Ladakh: Land of the Lamas9 days & 8 nights,
Delhi & Leh
Ladakh is a beautiful high desert valley set between the Kunlun Mountains and the Himalayas. On this journey, meet Ladakhi craftsmen and visit the medieval temples and Buddhist monasteries or gompas, which house the region's history. Delve into Ladakh's art and culture as you explore the fascinating monuments and admire the collections in the gompas. Before you head up to altitude, spend some time tracing the course of the Mughal Empire in Delhi.
Day 1Arrive Delhi
Welcome to India! Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be escorted to your luxury hotel.The Lodhi - 3 Nights
Immerse yourself in the grandeur of the past as you explore Old Delhi's Red Fort, an opulent bastion of the Mughal Empire. Also visit Shah Jahan's incredible Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in the world.
Take some time on your own this afternoon. Introduce yourself to the city's other sights, or just relax and enjoy your hotel's amenities.The Lodhi (B)
This morning visit the red sandstone tower of Qutab Minar, built to celebrate the onset of Muslim rule. Then, soak up the atmosphere at the garden tomb of Emperor Humayun and admire the imposing India Gate.
Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure to prepare for your journey to Ladakh, the "land of high passes."The Lodhi (B)
Day 4To Leh
Fly north to the high-desert capital of Leh, once an important stop on the trade route that ran through the Indus Valley between India and western China. Upon arrival, you will be met and taken to your home for the next four nights, the Chamba Camp, Thiksey. Relax in your individually designed tent with a private deck and the services of your very own butler. The camp also offers incredible food made from old family recipes. This evening, watch a dance performance as the sun sets on the mountain peaks. After dinner, get a blanket and sit out on your deck to watch the million stars light up the clear skies.The Chamba Camp - 4 Nights (B, L, D)
After a leisurely morning amid the natural beauty of your camp, spend some time exploring the city of Leh, including the magnificent 17th-century Leh Palace and the old bazaar. See how Leh was built as you tour a series of traditional houses and interact with a Ladakhi scholar on the architectural history of the old city. End your day with a cup of traditional butter tea as you admire the views from the Shanti stupa.The Chamba Camp (B, L, D)
Rise early for tea and coffee before beginning your visit to the Thiksey monastery, which lies about a half mile from your camp. See the two-story statue of the Buddha seated on a lotus and participate in the morning prayer ceremony if you wish. On your guided tour of the monastery, visit the lovely prayer room and shrines dedicated to the guardian deities of the monastery. Return to camp for breakfast, followed by some leisure time or an optional cycling trip. This afternoon, travel to a secluded valley to visit the Hemis Monastery, which is the oldest monastic institution in Ladakh.The Chamba Camp (B, L, D)
Enjoy a leisurely morning to stroll around the grounds, linger over breakfast or just relax with a good book.
After lunch, cross the Indus River to explore the Stok Palace, a beautiful medieval fortress that serves as the residence of the prince of Ladakh. Down in Stok village, walk around the picturesque streets, meet some of the village's inhabitants and enjoy a cup of tea at a quaint Ladakhi house.The Chamba Camp (B, L, D)
Day 8To Delhi
Return to Delhi by air.
Enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure.The Oberoi Gurgaon - 1 Night (B)
Day 9To Delhi
Bid farewell to India today as you are escorted to the airport for your onward flight.(B)