Classic Ladakh September 2018 Exclusive Women’s Tour

Classic Ladakh
With the Ladakh Festival!
6 nights/7 days

18-24 September 2018
Exclusive Women’s Tour

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Ladakh is a spectacular region that has mesmerized travelers for the longest time. It has a fascinating culture and is steeped in spirituality that makes it one of the most peaceful destinations. Being isolated from modernity has allowed it to retain its traditions and sustain its natural beauty. There is so much incredible beauty here – from its blue lakes to surreal landscapes, from glaciers to deserts, from snow-capped mountains to high passes. Its Buddhist monasteries, palaces and charming traditional houses paint a picture of perfection for the senses.


What makes this tour special?

  • All must-see places in a compact tour but at a relaxed pace
  • Mix of hotels, homestays and camps so you can experience Ladakh in the best possible manner.
  • Professional and enthusiastic tour guides and drivers
  • Emphasis on safety and hygiene
  • Led by a professional tour leader with over 20 years of travel experience in India

Highlights of Jasmine Trails’ Classic Ladakh

  • Attend the opening ceremony of the famous Ladakh Festival
  • Halt at Sangham, the confluence of Indus and Zangskar rivers
  • An exclusive picnic with Ladakhi home-made specialties
  • Drive through Khardong-La, the world’s highest motorable road
  • Camp at Nubra in a stunning location with a campfire
  • Visit monasteries at Diskit, Shey and Thiksey
  • Witness the early morning prayers at Thiksey monastery
  • Camp at Pangong Lake

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Day One: Leh

18 Sep 2018

An early morning arrival at Leh airport where you will be received and transferred to your accommodation. Spend the rest of the day resting and adapting to the high altitude of Ladakh. Take in the surrounding mountain views and the local gardens before dinner.

Hotel: Snowland Hotel or similar
Meals: Dinner

Day 2, Leh – Phyang (Approximately 2 hours driving time)

19 Sep 2018

Start the day visiting the opening ceremony of the Ladakh Festival. Enjoy the excitement with the local people as you watch the parade of masked dancers, traditional music and performers.

After this we visit the Japanese built Shanti Stupa, where you can make a silent prayer. Make your way through the Sham valley. Enjoy the optical illusion of ‘Magnetic Hill’ where your car appears to move without any ignition. Next, make a halt at the picturesque Sangham confluence of the Indus and Zangskar rivers for a picture or two.

Lunch is a specially prepared Ladakhi gourmet picnic made by our friend and restaurateur. Enjoy traditional home-made Ladakh food in the serenity of the surrounding mountains, forests and Indus river.

This night is booked at a family run guest house where you can relax in the garden and learn about typical family life in Ladakh.

Hotel: Nyanjen Family Guest House or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3, Phyang – Sumoor (Approximately 6 hours driving time)

20 Sep 2018

After an early breakfast depart to Nubra Valley, popularly known as ‘valley of flowers’ because of the variety of wildflowers and medicinal plants that grow all over the area. Situated in the northern part of Ladakh (between the Karakoram and Ladakh Himalayan ranges), the journey between Leh and Nubra takes you over Khardong La pass, the world’s highest motorable road at 18,390 feet above sea level! The journey is a half-day drive of unforgettable and breathtaking landscapes and spectacular scenery. On arrival the rest of the day is free to relax. In the evening have fun by a complimentary campfire before dinner.

Hotel: Valley Flower Camp or similar

Meals: Breakfast, basic packed lunch, Dinner

Day 4, Sumoor -Diskit – Hunder – Leh

21 Sep 2018

After an early breakfast visit the Disket monastery where you will see a 100-foot tall Buddha statue. Those interested in riding the famous resident double humped camel around the cold desert sand dunes can do so in Hunder (On direct payment).

Thereafter head back to Leh with one last safari drive over Khardong La Pass. For those interested mountain bikes can be arranged to meet you at the top of Khardong La peak so you can take a leisurely ride downhill into Leh (On direct payment), followed by the vehicle for those who don’t want to ride.

On your arrival to Leh, you can enjoy a visit to the 16th century built Leh Palace before free time in the town for any last-minute souvenir shopping before overnight stay in our prearranged guest house accommodation.

Hotel: Snowland Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5, Leh – Thiksey – Pangong Lake (Approximately 5.5 hours drive)

22 Sep 2018

Start early this morning as you depart Leh at 6:30am to witness the mesmerizing morning puja at Thiksey monastery. Famous for its striking resemblance to the ‘Potala Palace’ in Lhasa, Tibet, the Thiksey gompa is a great place to start your journey of Ladakh and you will surely find peace within the traditional rituals and prayers of the local monks.

Next, sure to be a highlight of your tour, you will embark on an adventurous drive with a constantly scenic landscape to the magnificent Pangong Lake. A must-see destination for your time in Ladakh, Pangong Lake has been made famous by the ‘Three Idiots’ movie and more than half of the lake marks the separation border of India and China.  The appearance of the water changes colour at every angle of the sun – which makes for some amazing photographs so don’t forget your camera (and spare batteries!)

Hotel: Shambala Camp or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6, Pangong Lake – Leh (Approximately 5 hours drive)

23 Sep 2018

Start your morning with a sunrise view of beautiful Pangong Lake before making your way back to Leh via Shey Monastery and Palace – both built in 1655 as a summer retreat for the reigning King. Return to Leh for a well-earned rest with the evening free to roam in the market as per your leisure.

Hotel: Snowland Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7, Leh-Delhi

Transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

Meals: Breakfast


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Tour Price

Per person price on twin sharing basis Single room price
10 participants Rs. 27,300 Rs. 33,100

 Inclusions

  • All transportation as per programme including group transfers in Tempo Traveller vehicle
  • Accommodation and meals as mentioned in programme
  • Campfire at Nubra Valley
  • English/Hindi speaking tour guide
  • Protected area permit required for travel to Nubra Valley and Pangong regions
  • Wildlife and Red Cross fees
  • All monument/monastery and sightseeing fees
  • Mineral water during sightseeings and long drives
  • 01 Oxygen cylinder for the group on long drive days
  • All applicable taxes

Exclusions

  • Room service, telephone calls, laundry
  • Any airfare
  • Any cost of insurance
  • Any new taxes that government may levy
  • Any expenses that arise from illness, hospitalization, accident or any other medical emergency
  • Additional sightseeing or extra usage of vehicle, other than mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Any porterage at hotels, tips, insurance, alcohol, soft drinks, telephone charges, and all items of personal nature
  • Any changes / cancellations / expenses borne due to delay in Flights / Trains / Buses.
  • Any services or meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Camel ride, mountain bike rental
  • Any cost arising due to ‘Acts of God’ including landslides, road blockage, terrorist activities, political disturbances (strikes) etc. Cost to be borne by the client – directly payable on the spot.

Cancellation Policy

Standard Cancellation fees:
21 – 8 days notice prior to commencement of services: 25% of total package price
7 – 4 days notice prior to commencement of services: 50% of total package price
3 days or less up until departure day: 100% of total package price


Like what you see and want to book?

Call us at +91 9899116467 or email us at jasminetrailsindia@gmail.com.

We will send you a registration form and bank details. We will require a part deposit to confirm your seat.

Last date for booking and making your payment is
03rd August 2018


Some notes to the trip

Group size

Unlike most tour organizers we do not believe in jamming large numbers of travelers in a group. That defeats the purpose of ‘getting away’ for an enjoyable vacation. Our group size for this tour is 10-11 passengers only. This is the desirable number that we would like to operate the tour on. Incase less number of people sign up we can still operate the tour at a nominal supplement charge per person. This will be advised to you incase you have signed up so that you can decide if you would like to still travel.

Flights

Flights are not included in the cost. However, once the required number of participants confirm with a payment, we will be happy to book flights for all participants as a group. We are usually able to get better fares for a group. The fares fluctuate day to day, so we will inform you of the fare available and expect an immediate confirmation for a go-ahead to book the flights. All terms and conditions regarding cancellation policies and refunds will apply as per the airline rules.

You could book the flights on your own as well, however please take care to book the same flight as the group as the arrival transfer in Leh included in the tour cost is for a group and not individuals. If you prefer to arrive and leave on another flight, we can help you book separate transfers in Leh for you on extra payment.

PLEASE NOTE: DO NOT BUY TICKETS UNTIL YOU HEAR FROM US WITH A CONFIRMATION THAT THE TOUR IS OPERATING.

Accommodation and meals

There are limited number of hotels and other accommodations in Ladakh but we do our best to book you in hotels and guesthouses which have charm and character. As all hotels require a money deposit to guarantee rooms we are sometimes unable to get the hotels mentioned in the itinerary by the time we make the booking. In such a situation, we book other hotels/camps/guesthouses similar in comfort and service standards. The accommodation is very simple but clean. Meals which are included are healthy and sumptuous and are usually a mix of local cuisine and typical north Indian food and sometimes Chinese dishes as well. Outside Leh, meals are likely to be vegetarian.

Unexpected changes to itinerary due to reasons outside our control

The weather in the region is unpredictable and it may rain or become quite cold suddenly. Please read the document on what to pack. Rains may cause roads to get flooded, which may hamper with the flow of the itinerary. These situations are not within our control, but we will try to make alternate arrangements where possible.

Therefore, any cost arising due to ‘Acts of God’ including landslides, road blockage, terrorist activities, political disturbances (strikes) etc or any such situation will be borne by the client directly on the spot.

Health Note

Ladakh is a high-altitude region and it is not uncommon for people to experience mild symptoms of altitude sickness on arrival. For this reason, we suggest clients consult their doctor before travel and if recommended, take ‘Diamox’ (or a similar medication) to help with the acclimatization process. We purposely arrange a complete day of rest for the first day of all tours and our guides and drivers are well equipped to handle altitude related emergencies throughout the tour.

Most other standard medications are available in the main town of Leh, but if you prefer your own trusted brands or if you have any specific prescriptions please bring these with you for your Ladakh holiday period.

Staying Connected

All pre-paid Indian SIM cards will not work in Ladakh and due to security restrictions, it is very difficult for outsiders to obtain a local SIM card. Postpaid services with BSNL, Airtel and Aircel will work but we suggest relying on internet-based services such as Skype, Viber, Whatsapp, Facebook or email to keep in touch.
Note: There is free WIFI in most hotels and there are plenty of internet cafes in the main bazaar but be aware that power failures occur frequently, and it is not uncommon for all satellite internet connections to be lost for up to a few days at a time.

Weather

The best time to vacation in Ladakh is between May and October. Days are usually nice and sunny, but the nights can be quite cool. It is unlikely clients will experience much rainfall, but they may get wet from snow at Khardong La or snowy areas whilst driving.

Customized private groups

If you and your family and friends would like to travel as a separate group we can arrange a private tour for you without other travelers signing up on it. Let us know and we will be happy to customize it for you.

 

 

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