Ladakh: Land of Lamas
Like a dream captured in a snow globe, Ladakh is a wildly beautiful high desert Valley. Meet Ladakhi craftsmen and visit the Buddhist monasteries or Gompas, which house the region’s rich history.
• All hotel accommodations as per the itinerary
• Meals as noted in the itinerary
(B=Breakfast, L=Lunch & D=Dinner)
• All transfers and transportation
• Private sightseeing as described in itinerary including entrance fees and services of professional local guides
WHEN TO GO
Due to its vast size, India & The Subcontinent has a varied climate and it is possible to travel at almost all times of year and find certain areas of the Subcontinent that are at their best. The region has a three season year – summer, monsoon and winter. Generally the best time to visit is during winter (November to February), although there are regional variations. The rainy season is from June to September. And the post-monsoon season, which is the north-east monsoon in South India, is from October-November. Summer (March to May) is hot everywhere, except in the hills.
During the winter months of November to February, light woolen clothes are appropriate for travel in the plains and heavy woolens for travel in the hills. For the rest of the year, it can be very hot, so light, tropical clothing is advised. Raincoat or waterproof clothing is advisable throughout the monsoon season. We have put together a guide below to enable you to get a general idea of the best time to travel to the different parts of the Subcontinent. Please be advised, the chart below is just for reference as temperatures and weather conditions are subject to change. We recommend you reconfirm the prevailing weather conditions at time of travel.
Upon arrival in Delhi, transfer to your luxury hotel. The Claridges (Deluxe Room) – 2 nights
Explore Old Delhi’s Red Fort and Shah Jahan’s Jama Masjid. (B)Option: Discover Delhi’s renowned Temples.
Fly to Leh. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to acclimatize to the high altitude. The Grand Dragon (Deluxe Room) – 6 nights (B, L, D)
At the Stok Palace, see the dazzling collection of thangkas – some adorned with pure gold and paints made of crushed stones. (B, L, D)
Explore the revered Shey, Thiksey and Hemis Gompas. (B, Packed Lunch, D)Option: Enjoy local tea with a Ladakhi family.
Drive west through stunning scenery to visit some of Ladakh’s ancient Gompas – Alchi, Likir and Rizong. (B, Packed Lunch, D)
After a visit to beautiful Spituk Gompa, marvel at the views from the Phyang Gompa. (B, L, D)
Discern your destiny at the Oracle at either Matho or Stok. (B, L, D)
Return to Delhi and transfer to your hotel. The Oberoi (Deluxe Room) – 3 nights (B)
On a day trip to Agra, visit the magnificent Agra Fort, Itmad-ud-Daulah and the exquisite white marble mausoleum of the Taj Mahal. (B)
Marvel at Qutab Minar, India Gate and the garden tomb of Emperor Humayun. (B)
Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)