Ladakh & Kashmir holiday, India

“Two week guided small group tour within one of India's remotest regions including a couple of nights on a houseboat and relaxed sightseeing and walking tours.”

Highlights

Delhi | Leh | Spitok | Phyang | Tikse | Hemis | Shey | Nubra Valley | Khardung La Pass | Hundar | Diskit | Alchi | Uletokpo | Sonamarg | Zoji La Pass | Drass Valley | Sindh Valley | Thajiwas Glacier | Srinagar | Gulmarg |

Description of Ladakh & Kashmir holiday, India

Discover Ladakh & Kashmir on this two week small group holiday in northern India that takes you into the country’s remotest region within the shadow of Tibet and the Himalayas.

Once out of bounds to travellers, but now starting to reopen its doors, the Ladakh & Kashmir region provides a fascinating insight into Buddhism and Tibetan influences in a land dominated by religion, tradition and ancient customs still revered in timeless towns like Leh, Shey, Tikse and Hemis.

As our Ladakh & Kashmir holiday heads into the deserts of the Nubra Valley we’ll witness the prayer stones and stupas lining the road whilst in Diskit it will be monks attending to their morning prayers that provide cultural interest prior to heading to Hundar for a glimpse at traditional village life.

Stunning Himalayan scenery steals the show at every turn with shimmering glaciers and snow-capped mountain peaks forming the scenic backdrop to our holiday as we travel to the beautiful region of Sonamarg, which stands as a spiritual home for Hindus in Ladakh & Kashmir.

From Sonamarg we continue onwards to Srinagar within the fabled vale of Kashmir, famed for its natural beauty, whereupon we’ll board a houseboat for a typically Kashmiri experience prior to visiting the glorious flower-filled meadows of Gulmarg.

Ladakh & Kashmir holidays have been out of reach for way too long, and now is the time to seize the opportunity to visit this remote region of northern India before word reaches the ears of the tourist hordes.

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18 Jul 2020
£2449
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17 Jul 2021
£2499
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Responsible tourism

Ladakh & Kashmir holiday, India

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

This tour travels through some very remote regions, many of which have barely been touched by the presence of humans, and we strongly believe in maintaining their pristine nature. We strive to ensure that we leave these areas as we find them and our team have been trained in strict no litter policies, meaning that we take all refuse to either be recycled or properly disposed of in nearby towns. When exploring the landscape on foot we make sure that we stick to whatever tracks there may be, and when driving we stick to the roads so as not to degrade the landscape. Much of this region is a high altitude desert which means that even biodegradable material such as orange skins, banana peel etc can take a very long time to degrade; for this reason we are also strict about ensuring that this is properly disposed of – unless it can be fed to nearby goats!

In some areas visited on this trip we take the opportunity to hike through the region’s stunning landscapes. We are careful about sticking to whatever paths there may be, as Ladakh’s environment can be quite fragile.

In conjunction with our local team we work with the guesthouses and hotels to help them to implement best practice in terms of environmental issues, from energy conservation to waste disposal. We also help to educate local guides and drivers about how not to negatively impact upon the areas visited. Western norms with regards to this can be quite different from local concepts, so this can be a challenge but we are keen to play our part in the development of environmentally sensitive tourism within this region.

Community

As with many of the trips that we offer, this tour has a strong focus on local culture and different ethnic groups. Where possible we try to ensure that local people benefit from our presence. This trip includes some nights staying in locally run guesthouses, which provide employment for people from the remote communities we travel through, often in areas where little alternative for employment exists. We do this in Padum in Zanskar, an isolated region that is cut off from the rest of India for much of the year, as well as in the Nubra Valley.

The fact that some of these areas are relatively isolated means that it is important to behave appropriately. We do not wish to change the traditions of the people that live here – which can often be a result of mass tourism, as people become more exposed to other ways of life. We operate just one group tour and a small number of private departures here, trying to balance the financial benefits of tourism with avoiding some of its negative effects.

We meet many different ethnic groups on this trip, all with their particular sets of customs. We are careful to ensure that we do not break any local taboos, and travellers are briefed on appropriate behaviour when visiting such groups. This is particularly relevant in the monasteries that we visit – there are strong codes of behaviour here and Buddhist principles are deeply revered, so our travellers are explained how to behave respectfully.

We visit a number of sites and monuments on this tour that do not necessarily receive much funding from other sources; the entrance fees that we include help to maintain the heritage of this country for future generations – not just western travellers but more importantly to local people to whom they have far more cultural and historical significance. We use locally owned suppliers and our partners here are deeply involved with the preservation of the culture and heritage of the country.

Where possible we encourage our travellers to spend their money with local businesses; for this reason we do not include meals where it is feasible to eat outside of the hotels, in order that local restaurants are able to benefit from the presence of tourism, rather than the income being channelled just to the hotel.

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Reviewed on 11 Aug 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Staying on the houseboat in Shrinagar and using the Shikara boat.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Make sure you get the chance to go round the markets

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes I felt we supported the local ec.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


I would have liked more than three on the trip but accommodation and food
excellent only one hotel didn’t come to standard that was the ThecTrabquil Retreat in Kargil

Reviewed on 04 Aug 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


It was all memorable and exciting. Shopping in Leh, the floating market on Dal Lake, the mountain passes, our stay on the houseboat . . . . . all thrilling and wonderful.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Just book it! Buy a bottle of gin from Duty Free in Britain to take with you; our house boat stocked the tonic but we were able to improvise elsewhere with Sprite etc. And carry a traditional hand-held fan because it can become rather airless in the monasteries.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, we contributed to the local economy through our purchases and tips and we took positive action to support the move to rid the area of plastics and polystyrene.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Fantastic. This was the second time I have visited Ladakh and my third visit to Kashmir and stay on Dal Lake. And I hope to stay again on Dal Lake in five years time with family and friends to celebrate my 80th birthday. Doesn't that say it all??

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