Ladakh cultural and rural tour, India

Fly from Delhi to Ladakh and take an overland tour of the region on a round-trip from Leh staying with local families and experiencing rural life amongst the lakes and mountains.
Delhi homestay Leh Valley Palam village Sham village Turtuk village Hunder Valley Nubra Valley Pangong Lake
£750To£1250 including domestic flights only
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9 Days
Tailor made
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Includes (twin sharing basis): Stay, meals as shown in itinerary | Over land travel in AC vehicle | all activities | Domestic airfare | Permits --- Excludes: Intl.
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Description of Ladakh cultural and rural tour, India

This nine day tailor made tour of Ladakh takes travellers deeper into the lives of local people so as to initiate interaction with families living within rural areas where barren desert landscapes, in the shadow of the Himalayas, provide a unique glimpse at Ladakhi culture from within the mountains.

Although the suggested itinerary below is based around a nine day tour, itís entirely possible to lengthen or shorten the experience depending on your preferences however, no matter how long you intend to visit, you can be assured of an authentic and insightful experience.

The culture of Ladakh has long been formed by the dramatic natural landscapes and the influence of those undertaking the ancient trading route to and from Europe. As such, Ladakh has become increasing popular with tour groups seeking out cultural and rural points of interest.

We like to think that our Ladakh cultural and rural tour unveils the true nature of the region where storytelling, not sightseeing, sets the standard for off the beaten path journeys whilst hands-on experiences, such as farming, handicrafts and cooking, help you gain further first-hand knowledge.

This tour also aims to leave as little trace as possible both from an environmental impact and on a more human level. We aim to interact rather than simply observe with chances to join in with cultural singing and dancing certain to leave a longer lasting legacy for local people and travellers alike.

Throughout this tailor made tour we take a steady medium pace with an internal flight from Delhi allowing travellers to experience as much of Ladakh as possible, without feeling like theyíre in a rush.

Over the last few years, we have been working hard to create exceptional storytelling based responsible travel experiences in India. We come from a background of travel writing, photography and corporate experience. We are well travelled in India, and understand the villages and people of our country. Before booking we will make everything transparent including expenditure so there are no hidden costs later on. Hope to host you in India soon.

Price information

£750To£1250 including domestic flights only
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Includes (twin sharing basis): Stay, meals as shown in itinerary | Over land travel in AC vehicle | all activities | Domestic airfare | Permits --- Excludes: Intl.
airfare, visa & travel insurance
Make enquiry

Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

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2 Reviews of Ladakh cultural and rural tour, India

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2018 by

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

We met the king of Turtuk who explained the history of his family and the turbulent times experienced by them. We sat right beside the mighty Shyok river which was raging after recent heavy rain. There are many other very memorable and different experiences we had too.

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

Drink about 4 litres of water to help with the altitude and move slowly! Be prepared to be without wifi for several days and take a good torch.

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

Yes. We stayed in simple homestays where we were made very welcome. We ate food grown in their gardens or from the local market. We met many local people on our days out and spent some money in the local stalls.

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

This was an excellent trip where we experienced a different side to India. Indeed, it felt very much like a different country. The accommodation was simple but perfectly adequate, although you had to be prepared for intermittent electricity! We enjoyed fresh good food and drank gallons of tea. The organisation of the trip was excellent both before we went and during the trip.

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Ann, we are very thankful for such a lovely review. It was fun meeting such a joyful couple like you. Please do come back to India soon. :) During this tour, you
also helped save about 80 plastic bottles of mineral water by choosing an eco-friendly alternative.

Reviewed on 06 Nov 2017 by

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

The most memorable part is the people that we stayed with throughout the holiday in Ladakh and the itinerary which was put together for us. Everyday we did something amazing and it was so well planned out.

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

Make sure you research what you want to do and stay with local people!

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


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

Amazing, we would love to go back!

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Vaughn, thank you for taking out time for the feedback and we are glad that you could make it to India. It was a real joy planning the holiday for you and hosting you here. You certainly made a big difference by choosing a responsible holiday.

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.


We follow our environmental conservation policy while executing this trip to minimize the negative impact of tourism. Some of the points are -

a) Our vehicles are of BS-IV standard (equivalent to Euro 4) emission norms. It is currently the national emission standard followed in India
b) Our drivers drive responsibly in mountains. This not only ensures your safety, but also keeps in check the fuel consumption
c) During the hikes and village walks, we educate you on local waste management and organic farming practices
d) We don't encourage use of plastic carry bags or non-biodegradable plastic bottles. We provide other alternatives
e) Your accommodation is made from eco-friendly material which is a mix of wood, stone and mud. This also keeps the accommodation temperature regulated
f) Raw material for your meals is sourced locally. It is organic, fresh and is not transported in vehicles from long distances. Therefore there is less consumption of fuel. And you get authentic local cuisine to taste


Under our community development policy, we execute the holiday in such a way that it provides direct financial support to them. It also helps in forming a closer, more meaningful connect between you and the local communities. At every point, you will get a clear sense of how your money is supporting local community. And we are open to any questions from you during the trip. Some of the points are -

a) The money you pay is used in projects like training of villagers in responsible tourism, education of children in villages which are BPL (Below Poverty Line), socio-economic development of villages of Ladakh by promoting products like apricot, bulding green houses and irrigation facilities through canals. We will tell you more about this as you travel with us
b) We execute small groups. We want to be conscious about the consumption of natural and human resources of the village
c) We are using local homestays. This not only gives you a very authentic experience, but also helps the community directly. Facilities like cleanliness, food quality and safety are taken care of. In some locations of Ladakh like Leh, we are using hotels to maintain the quality in places where good homestays are not available
d) We encourage you to buy any souvenirs (if you want) from local craft centers where locals work, rather than from bigger shops
e) Our homestay accommodations are not run by front desk staff, but by the family themselves
f) We also contribute part of what you pay towards development of the village according to the requirement of locals (eg. installation of dustbins and sanitation in general, contribution in schools, mainenance of homestays, salaries for local support staff)
g) We encourage mutual respect between travellers and locals. We do not support or conduct engaging activities with young school children

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