Festive Ladakh July 2018

Festive Ladakh
6 nights/7 days

10-16 July 2018

With 1 night extension for Rafting on the Zanskar River

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
  • Visit to festivals during tour
  • Optional river rafting on the Zangskar river
  • 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’ Festive Ladakh

  • 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
  • Visit the colorful and incredible Phyang Festival as well as the Polo Festival
  • Camp at Pangong Lake


July 10:  Leh

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

July 11: Leh – Phyang (Approximately 2 hours driving time)

Start the day with a visit to 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.

Visit the Phyang Festival and enjoy the traditional performances by masked dancers.

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

July 12: Phyang – Sumoor (Approximately 6 hours driving time)

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

July 13 Sumoor -Diskit – Hunder – Leh

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

July 14: Leh – Thiksey – Pangong Lake (Approximately 5.5 hours drive)

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

July 15 Pangong Lake – Leh (Approximately 5 hours drive)

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.

On the way take a diversion to Chushot to witness the Polo festival. Watch excellent horsemanship as players demonstrate their polo skills in matches.

Browse around to enjoy other activities taking place there.

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

July 16 Leh-Delhi

Transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

Meals: Breakfast

Extension for rafting on the Zangskar
Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity!
Minimum 6 participants needed

July 16 Leh

After a leisurely morning and breakfast, get set for an exciting day riding the rapids on the Zangskar. We will drive you to a point where you will be briefed about the do’s and don’ts of rafting by professional river guides. Then get ready for a memorable and picturesque experience. Return to your hotel and the rest of the day is free to relax and explore the city on your own.

Hotel: Snowland Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

July 17 Leh-Delhi

Transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

Meals: Breakfast


Tour Price

Per person price on twin sharing basis Single room price
8 – 9 participants Rs. 31,200 Rs. 38,600
10 participants Rs. 28,200 Rs. 36,568
Tour extension by 1 night for rafting trip Rs. 4,400 Rs. 6,000

 

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
  • Visit to the Phyang festival and the Polo Festival
  • All monument/monastery and sightseeing fees
  • Mineral water during sightseeings and long drives
  • 01 Oxygen cylinder for the group on long drive days
  • Rafting includes wetsuit, outer plastic coveralls (which can be worn over normal clothes), qualified guide who will brief the group on all safety aspects and a second guide who follows the raft in a safety kayak.
  • All applicable taxes

Exclusions

  • Room service, telephone calls, laundry
  • Any airfare
  • Any cost of any kind 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.

Last date for booking and making your payment is
28th May 2018

Please also let us know at the time of booking whether you would like to take the one night/one day extension.


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 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.

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. In such a situation, we book other hotels/camps/guesthouses similar in comfort and service standards. Most 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.

Rafting extension

Although we would need atleast 6 participants for this, it is also possible to offer this to less number of people. However, this would mean joining other visitors to Ladakh for the rafting trip. This may require more time spent outside, as other guests will also be picked up from other hotels and be dropped back. If you are less than 6 people and still keen to do rafting, we will give you a fresh pricing.

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