Ladakh and Changtang cultural tour, India
Description of Ladakh and Changtang cultural tour, India
This ten day tailor made cultural tour of Ladakh and the Changtang plateau region takes you from downtown Delhi into the Himalayan foothills to leave you in no uncertain terms as to the natural beauty of northern Indian.
Flying from Delhi to Leh, in Ladakh, allows for an efficient means of making the most of your time and we'd also recommend travelling during the months of June to September so as to coincide with the nomadic migration of the Changpa people.
The suggested itinerary below has been designed to incorporate many of the cultural highlights of Ladakh and Changtang as well as many lesser-known landmarks to give you an extremely well-rounded tour.
The opportunity to join the Changpa people as they embark on their journey from higher to lower ground for cattle grazing is a remarkable and rare experience. Camping out close to the herders' temporary villages is an authentic way to become immersed in the culture of the region as well as being able to experience, first-hand, the vast lakes and high altitude plateau on the Tibetan border.
Listening to the folklore tales around the campfire is one such way that travellers get to learn about the cultural traditions of the Changpa people, on their terms. This is not a gimmick or a display for the tourists, this is an opportunity to live with local families and find out more in a natural setting.
A combination of organised activities and organic adventures allows this ten day trip to unfold at your own pace as well as including interactive herding, cooking and dancing sessions to ensure you become completely immersed in the nomadic way of life in the mountains.
Spending two whole days within the Changpa community is an absolute privilege and an experience that's bound to stay long in the memory for cultural travellers and adventure seekers alike.
Life in Ladakh and on the Chantang plateau is geared around farming much of which means preparing food and livestock for the colder months of winter. The contrasts between life in the countryside and life in the town of Leh is significant and you'll find both locations provide fascinating perspectives with the meeting of Buddhism, Sikhism and Islamism, certain to make an indelible impact.
Planeta) Our vehicles are of BS-IV standard (equivalent to Euro 4) emission norms. It is currently the national emission standard followed in India. Responsible driving by our drivers ensures your safety and keeps the fuel consumption low
b) During the hikes and village walks, we educate you on local waste management practices that use compost. Villages in general have a much lesser negative footprint on environment, and it is worthwhile to adopt some of it back in our cities
c) We contribute toward lowering carbon emissions by paying for projects like biomass, efficient cooking stoves, waste management or reforestation in India or other developing nations.
d) Raw material for your meals is sourced locally. Therefore there is less consumption of fuel during transportation
e) Cooking at most places is done by LPG gas or kerosene stove rather than on firewood. Ladakh has scanty vegetation, and this helps in lesser use of wood. Only in few remote places of Changthang, firewood may be used to keep warm
f) The lighting used in homestays and in camps is solar powered with low energy consuming CFLs or LED lights. Water is also heated by solar power in homestays. Electric geysers are kept in certain places only as backups
Peoplea) Training of locals in best practices to get better yield of vegetables and apricots, building greenshouses with involvement of SHGs. Ladakh is in rainshadow area of Himalayas, and gets scanty rainfall. If proper training in farming is not given, the yield may be low and not of good quality
b) Marketing of the farm products in metropolitan cities of India to get direct benefit for the farmers in Ladakh. Help in preparing uncultivated fertile land for production and in setting up small production units in villages
c) We execute small groups to be conscious about the consumption of natural and human resources of the village
d) The homestays in Leh and Saspol are run by the families themselves that have been provided training in responsible travel and hospitality. It gives direct empowerment to the locals
e) Before you start the tour, we will share with you detailed information through the e-brochures about Changpa people, their life and migrating patterns. This is to ensure responsible cultural exchange