Ladakh cultural and rural tour, India
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.
3 Reviews of Ladakh cultural and rural tour, India
Reviewed on 15 Jun 2023 by Cecile SmithIt was an excellent holiday, very enriching and inspiring. It made a lasting impression. Also there was a really friendly atmosphere. Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Aug 2018 by Ann Clarke-OveryThis 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. Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Nov 2017 by Vaughn LewisThe 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. Read full review
Planet1. Our vehicles are of the lates emission standards in India.
2. Our drivers drive responsibly in mountains. This not only ensures your safety, but also keeps in check the fuel consumption
3. During the hikes and village walks, we educate you on local waste management and organic farming practices
4. We don't encourage use of plastic carry bags or non-biodegradable plastic bottles. We provide other alternatives
5. Some of your accommodations will be made from eco-friendly material which is a mix of wood, stone and mud. This also keeps the accommodation temperature regulated.
6. 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.
People1. 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, building green houses and irrigation facilities through canals. We will tell you more about this as you travel with us.
2. We execute small groups. We want to be conscious about the consumption of natural and human resources of the village.
3. We are using locally owned homestays only that have taken significant steps in ensuring sustainability. 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.
4. We encourage you to buy any souvenirs (if you want) from local craft centers where locals work, rather than from bigger shops.
5. Our homestay accommodations are not run by front desk staff, but by the family themselves.
6. We also contribute part of what you pay towards the development of the village according to the requirement of locals (eg. installation of dustbins and sanitation in general, contribution in schools, maintenance of homestays, salaries for local support staff).
7. We encourage mutual respect between travellers and locals. We do not support or conduct engaging activities with young schoolchildren.
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