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Ladakh, Tsechu Festival and Taj Mahal


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16 days 15 nights

Code NI-LDK

Category North India Classic Tours

  • Group Size 2-16 Persons
  • Difficulty Level 3
  • Rating Discovery
  • Highest Altitude Khardung La Pass (18,380ft.)
  • Trip Starts From New Delhi, India
  • Trip Ends At New Delhi, India
  • Accommodation Hotels, guest houses and camping
  • Type Tours
  • Destination Delhi Leh Nubra Valley Hemis Pangong Alchi Dah Hanu Agra
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Overview

Ladakh, bounded by world's two most extensive mountain ranges- the high Himalaya and the Karakoram, is politically a part of India but culturally and by lands, it's very much like - Tibet and Central Asia. Ladakh remains dry and cool and at its best during summer while the rest of India is hot and humid during this time. Ladakh became the melting point of artistic tradition as the Silk Road caravans, and for centuries, pilgrims traveled through this mountain crossroad between India, Tibet and Chinese Turkestan for centuries.

This trip puts together the best of what Ladakh has to offer. You first arrive in New Delhi, and after a night stop here, you will fly direct into Leh- the capital city of former Tibetan kingdom of Ladakh, now a part of Jammu-Kashmir state of India. We spend the first few days in Leh and around, acclimatizing and exploring its monasteries, palaces, and market and then we are ready to venture out on rafting trip, jeep safari and other exciting excursions. We drive over the world's highest motorable pass, Khardung La (18, 380ft.) to the northern frontiers of Nubra valley- which was restricted to the tourists until recently. At Nubra Valley, we spend two full days visiting rock-clinging monasteries, villages and riding double humped camels on its dunes.

We experience a leisurely rafting trip down in Indus River and enjoy the scenic beauty of the area. We travel further southwest to the remote Brokpa villages of Dah and Hanu Villages where we meet the Drokpa people, believed to be the last surviving pure Aryan race!

We attend the famous Hemis Tsechu festival which is a two-day celebration with a series of mask dances dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, the patron saint of Tibetan Buddhism and the one who brought Buddhism from India to Tibet. The Hemis dance-drama depicts the magical feats of Padmasambhava in his eight different manifestations to defeat the enemies of Buddhism and for its propagation.

We take a jeep safari to the east, to the plains of Changangtang grasslands, to visit the stunningly beautiful Pangong Lake and camp by the lakeshore. About half of the lake spans over the Chinese territory.

The trip completes with a visit to Taj Mahal which is truly a jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally appreciated masterpieces of the world's heritage. Taj Mahal was built by Emperor Shah Jahan to enshrine the tomb of his wife, Mumtaj Mahal.

Accommodations outside Leh are simple. Our accommodations will be in the guest houses, home-stays, or tented camp. Some places are out of the phone network. Road conditions vary, and someday we have a long day drive. This trip is for those who are open to adventure and fun, keen on meeting other people, learning different culture and religion and most importantly, can adjust with the minimum facilities.

Land Cost

US$ 1799 per person on double occupancy basis (land only).

US$ 650 (Single Room Supplement).

Estimated In-tour airfare (Subject to change).

US$ 450 (Delhi-Leh-Delhi).

Note: Trip cost is subject to change without prior notice.

International airfare is not included.

Trip Dates:

  • 19 June 2019: Trip times with Silk-route festival in Nubra Valley (23 & 24 June)
  • 05 Jul 2019: Trip times with Hemis Teschu Festival ( 11 & 12 Jul)
  • 22 Jul 2019: Trip times with Phyang Tsedup (30-31 Jul)
  • 02 Aug 2019: Trip times with festival in Thak Tok Monastery (10-11 Aug)


Detailed Itinerary

Day 01~ Arrive in New Delhi, India

Upon arrival in New Delhi International Airport, complete the immigration and customs formalities and meet Far & High representative at the arrival gate, followed by transfer to the hotel.

Check into your accommodations and take rest to recover travel fatigue.

 

Overnight: Hotel Red Fox or similar
Day 02~ By flight to Leh, Ladakh

The flight to Leh is usually early in the morning. It's about one hour 45 minutes long flight. Upon arrival, you are met by your local guide and driver and transferred to the hotel in the town. At an altitude of 11,500 ft of Leh, we are likely to experience symptoms of altitude sickness that includes light-headed-ness, disorientation, headache, etc. Drink plenty of water and take rest today. The signs should go away in a day or two.

If you are feeling fine, your guide will take you for a stroll in the market to get the feel of the town. The market sells shawls, warm clothing, Tibetan handicrafts, etc. Leh is a delightful green sanctuary amidst a high Tibetan plateau. Once a meeting place of the ancient trade caravans traversing the long routes into the legendary Central Asian bazaars of Yarkhand, Kashgar, and Kotan, now Leh is a popular tourist destination and serves as the trailhead for many exciting trekking and excursions.

 

Overnight: Hotel Kanglachan or Lotus or Grand Willow
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 03 ~ Sightseeing in Leh

Leh and the area around are abundant with Buddhist monasteries, temples, and shrines. Although Leh is part of India, the majority population here is Tibetan descents, and they follow Buddhism.

Today, we visit some of the prominent Buddhist monasteries, temples, and the palace of Leh. Shey Gompa Monastery and Shey Palace are about 10 miles south of the Leh town. Situated on a hillock- the monastery complex houses the most significant victory stupa with a golden top and a giant copper statue of Shakyamuni Buddha. Once the summer capital of Ladakh, the palace now is mostly in ruins.

Thiksey Gompa Monastery lies about one and a half mile further south. Located on top a hillock in Thiksey Village, the monastery is known for its similarity to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. This twelve story complex is the largest monastery in Central Ladakh and houses several chapels, stupas, arts, statues, murals, etc. The monastery has a separate nunnery as well. The monastery rooftop offers a magnificent view over the valley.

Now, we retrace our drive to the town. You will have some free time for lunch or other personal interests, and later, before visiting Shanti Stupa and the Leh Palace. A Japanese monk Gyomyo Nakamura built Shanti Stupa that enshrines the relics of the Buddha. The stupa is also famous for the beautiful and panoramic view of the surrounding landscape.

Leh Palace served as the palace of Ladakh from the 17th century till the mid-19th century. The archeological department is restoring the palace which is in ruins now. We visit the museum that preserves an extensive collection of jewelry, ornaments, ceremonial costumes, and crowns. It also has a collection of ancient Chinese thangka paintings with elaborate designs and bright colors derived from powdered gems and stones.

We will climb to the top of the monastery to enjoy the panoramic views of Leh and the surrounding areas. On a clear weather day, we can see Mount Stok Kangri in the Zangskar range across the Indus valley to the south and the Ladakh mountain range rising behind the palace to the north.

Evening time is free for you to pursue your interests.

Overnight: Hotel Kanglachan or Lotus or Grand Willow
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 04 ~ Travel to Nubra Valley

(94 miles, 5-6 hours)

The Nubra Valley (pronounced as "noobrah") lies north of Leh. The average elevations here is 10,000 ft above the sea level, but 31 miles from Leh, we cross Khardongla pass (18, 380 ft.) that claims to be the highest motorable road in the world. Onwards, the road drops through the beautiful villages of Khardong, Khalser, and Diskit which are in lower elevation and are perfect places for acclimatization.

Nubra Valley is a highly recommended destination in Ladakh. It offers enormous yet accessible scenery with green sanctuaries, authentic villages surrounded by enchanting barren slopes, boulder fields, and harsh arid mountains.

Overnight: Mystique Meadows Camp or Osay Khar Resort
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 05 ~ Explore Nubra Valley

We spend the day visiting the monasteries of Diskit and Hunder and riding double-humped camel on the sand dunes.

We begin from the Diskit Gompa Monastery which was founded in the 14th century and is the oldest monastery in the area. The monastery houses the image of Maitreya-the future Buddha. The monastery also runs a school for Tibetan children. From Diskit, we take a short drive (5 miles) on the historic Silk Route that winds through sand dunes and brings you to Hunder Village. With fruit orchards, rye and barley fields and sand dunes, Hunder is a welcome break from the monotonous moonscape scenery of Ladakh. In Hunder, we experience the double-humped Bacrtrian camel ride and explore the sand dunes. Bactrian camels here are known as "Ship of the Desert"and have been used by human being since ancient times. We stroll in the the village and visit its monastery before we return to our accommodations.

Overnight: Mystique Meadows Camp or Osay Khar Resort
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 06 ~ Retrace our drive to Leh

After leisurely morning breakfast, we retrace our drive across Khardungla Pass to our hotel in Leh. Balance of the day is open for you.

 

Overnight: Hotel Kanglachan or Lotus or Grand Willow
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 07 ~ Attend Hemis Festival

Hemis festival, as the name suggests, is held at Hemis Monastery which lies about 25 miles southeast of Leh, on Leh-Manali Highway. We again travel through the villages of Shey and Thiksey. Hemis Monastery existed even before the 11th century but the currently structured dates back to the 17th century. It's a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery of Drukpa Lineage.

Hemis Festival is among the most important festivals of Ladakh. It celebrates the deeds of Guru Padmasambhava (also called Rinpoche) who introduced Buddhism into Tibet and the area around. There will be a series of mask dances, performed by the monks and local villagers. The dances are associated with the biography of the great Guru. The locals, monks, nuns as well as foreign tourists gather in the monastery with great enthusiasm and watch the centuries-old tantric Tibetan traditions. Local people here firmly believe that they gain spiritual strength, good health, and prosperity by attending this sacred annual celebration. We spend the entire day here, enjoying the mask dances and activities in the monastery.

Late afternoon, we retrace our drive to Leh.

Overnight: Hotel Kanglachan or Lotus or Grand Willow
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 08 ~ Hemis Festival and Pangong Lake

We spend about half a day in the monastery enjoying the festival and then travel to Pangong Lake for overnight camping. Please pack lightly for one night only. The lake is about 75 miles further east from the Hemis monastery and takes about good 4 hours, excluding the photography and toilet stops on the way. The trip involves a crossing of a high pass, Changla Pass (17,350 ft.) which is believed to be the third highest motorable road in the world! Most of the way is smooth except the last one hour stretch, which is a dirt road. The place is in the complete wilderness with limited facilities! No phones and internet but gorgeous views! Pangong Lake is among the highest saltwater Lake, and two countries, India and China, share it.

We backtrack and take a left on the Leh-Manali road and soon take right on to the Pangong Lake Road. Now, the road winds up through Shakti village to Changla pass where we stop for a photo break and enjoy the views of Himalayan mountains all around you. We will cross many small villages before we reach Pangong Lake. The lake is dramatic, surrounded by picturesque mountains and its reflection makes the lake beautiful. The color of the lake changes into different colors throughout the day.

Upon arrival, settle into your tent. Before evening meals, you will have time to take a light walk about the beautiful lake shores.

Overnight: Regal Camp or Pangong Serai Camp
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 09 ~ Retrace drive to Leh

Enjoy the morning views across the turquoise green waters of the lake. Take a short hike on the lakeshores and late morning; we retrace our drive back to Leh.

Rest of the day is for rest.

Overnight: Hotel Kanglachan or Lotus or Grand Willow
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10 ~ Rafting in the Indus River (Phey-Nimo Section) and travel to Alchi.

Indus River originates in the Himalaya mountain, near Mount Kailash and sacred Mansarovar Lake and traverses northwest to the southeast in Tibetan plateau and flows into Pakistan. A rafting trip in Indus River passes through the amazing mountains, tiny hamlets and impressive monasteries nestled in the valleys.

There are several sections suitable for rafting, but we take the Phey-Nimo section which generally has easy grade II to III rapids. The rafting put in point Phey is about 8 miles from the town, and we conclude the trip in Nimo at the confluence of Indus and Zanskar River (22.5 miles from Leh). Rafting gears such as helmet, jackets, and paddles are provided. Not necessarily, you need to be a rafting expert. All you need is a spirit of adventure!

We meet our transport at the finish point, and then we proceed to Alchi. Alchi is a small village and has a monastery known for ancient Indo-Himalayan murals.

Overnight: Hotel Zimskhang
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11 ~ Drive to Brokpa Villages of Dah and Beima

From Alchi, the villages of Dah and Hanu are about 60 miles and takes about 4-5 hours. On the way, we stop to visit the Lamayuru Gompa-a Tibetan Buddhist monastery. Originally a Bon monastery, Lamayuru is among the largest and the oldest monasteries of Ladakh. It's an active monastery with around 150 resident monks.

 

 

Overnight: Hotel Aryan Residency
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12 ~ Today explore Dah and Beima villages

Dah and Beima are among the prominent Brokpa villages foreign tourists can visit in the area, while there are several others. The people of the communities are called Dard and have the Indo-European appearance, whereas the rest of Ladakh is dominant with Tibeto-Mongolian people. Although they are technically Buddhist, they also worship animist deities. They are believed to be the last pure descendants of Aryans, and they are proud to preserve their racial purity and distinct culture. They marry only within their community, and once polygamy and polyandry used to be common practice. We hike the villages made up of short houses which are more cave-like dwellings dug deep into the ground. We may come across some senior women who still wear colorful headdress with flowers.

Overnight: Hotel Aryan Residency
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13 ~ Retrace our drive to Leh via Likir Gompa

After breakfast, we drive back to Leh (106 miles, 6 hours). On the way, we stop in Likir Gompa monastery which is 32 miles before Leh. This 11th-century monastery belongs to Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism and sits picturesquely atop a small hill in the valley. The architecture here is beautiful, monks are very friendly, and it commands a superb view over the valley.

About 19 miles before Leh, we stop at the Magnetic hill which is a gravity hill. Here, it's claimed that a car in neutral gear pulls uphill which might be simply an optical illusion.
Upon arrival, check into your hotel and rest of the day is open for you to pursue your interests.

Overnight: Hotel Kanglachan or Lotus or Grand Willow
Day 14 ~ Flight back to Delhi and transfer to Agra

After breakfast, your Ladakhi guide and driver will transfer you to the airport in time for a flight to Delhi. Upon arrival, meet your local driver, with whom you will travel to Agra to see Taj Mahal (132 miles, 4-5 hours)

Upon arrival, check into the hotel. Time permitting, you will visit the Mehtab Bagh to view Taj Mahal from another side of Yamuna River. Sunset time is the best time to come here, and you can freely walk around in the garden and enjoy the views as the most tourist crowds are inside the Taj Mahal.

Overnight: Hotel Crystal Sarovara
Meals : Breakfast
Day 15 ~ Sunrise Tour of Tajmahal. Afternoon transfer to Delhi.

We wake up early morning for the sunrise tour of Taj Mahal. In the morning time, it's least crowded, and the monument looks gorgeous with the morning glow of sunlight. We spend quite a reasonable amount of time enjoying the tranquil atmosphere and appreciating the beauty of the memorial.

We return to the hotel for breakfast, and then we check out the hotel. Before we leave the city, we stop to visit Agra Forty-one of the most beautiful Mughal forts in India. This massive fort dates back to the mid-16th century and built by the two generations of the emperors. This UNESCO heritage site contains magnificent palaces, mosques, and towers. Late morning or early afternoon, we retrace our drive to Delhi.

Overnight: Hotel Red Fox or similar
Meals : Breakfast
Day 16 ~ Depart Delhi

Transfer to the airport in time for flight back home.

Meals : Breakfast

Trip Map

Trip Info

Trip Includes:

  • Accommodation on double occupancy basis (Deluxe 4 star hotel in Delhi and Agra, A class hotel in Leh and basic guesthouses, homestays or camping in the rest of the places).
  • All transfers, assistance, and sightseeing as indicated on the itinerary.
  • Sightseeing admission fees and inner line permits as per itinerary.
  • English speaking local guides.
  • Rafting gears.
  • Three meals a day while in Ladakh. Breakfast only in Delhi and Agra.

Trip Does Not Include:

  • India visa.
  • International and internal airfare. We will quote you the domestic airfare separately.
  • Lunch and dinner while in Delhi and Agra.
  • Camera fees at monuments.
  • Drinks, tipping, laundry, phones, internet usage, porter use, etc.
  • Travel Health Insurance (Strongly recommended, contact us if you want any recommendations).
  • Extra expenses due to nature and unforeseen events.

Trip Difficulty Level

Ladakh is in the remote area of the Himalayas with varying road conditions and limited facilities.  A trip to Ladakh is basically for those who enjoy in the unknown, be ready for the ups and downs of exploratory travel, and is prepared to adjust in any kinds of comfort level, socialize with all sorts of people around and have a high spirit of adventure.

Travelers must have the right fitness level, outgoing, willing to start the day early and return to the accommodations late.  As this trip involves high altitude, it's evident that one experiences mild symptoms of altitude sickness that should disappear in a day or two. If you have issues with hearts and lungs, diabetes or high blood pressure, please consult with your physician before you sign up the trip.

There are some long day drives, usually 4-6 hours on this trip. We expect you to exhibit the highest level of patience in case of obstruction on the road or mechanical breakdown of the vehicle. The terrain is mountainous, arid and challenging. The roads at several places are narrow, bumpy or dusty and sometime blocked due to landslide or flooding. Please, be prepared for an unexpected rerouting of the tour in such inclement conditions.
But the landscapes, the local people, culture, and architecture and mountain vistas are so beautiful that you will not have a chance to complain.

Transportation

As the terrain of the region is mountainous and challenging and roads are with varying conditions, we provide good vehicles for transport that can bear with the challenges of these areas. Our cars are Toyota Innova Jeeps, Scorpio, Qualis or Tata Sumo Jeeps who have done excellent jobs in these roads. Our vehicles do have rooftop luggage carrier; provided with a tarp to cover from the rain. Our cars carry spare tires and reserve fuel.

Our drivers hail from the local areas and know the geography and updated with the travel conditions. They are cooperative, polite and respectful to the guests and will not upset your mood. They will pace the speed depending on the road conditions, will stop where you want to, will not smoke in the car or play loud music or honk unnecessarily. On the other hand, as a traveler, it’s also your responsibility to take care of your driver. Do buy refreshment drinks such as pops or tea, offer cigarettes (if you smoke) or candies and ask if he has eaten or not. By doing so, you will quickly get along with your will help you get along with the driver soon.

Accommodation

The trip features deluxe four stars (by local standard) hotels in Delhi and Agra. In Leh, our preferred hotel is A class property as rated by the local authority. All rooms are en suite with running hot and cold water. But once out of Leh, accommodations are tented camps and guest houses, although they are called hotels. We do our best that you get a room with a private bathroom, but during a busy season, we may not have luck all the time, and you may have to use shared facilities. We also do not promise hot shower all the time, but sponging is available. Local families run guest houses and staying with them provide opportunities to socialize and experience the local life. Some places, such as Nubra Valley and Pangong, we sleep in fixed tented camps, supported by local staffs.  

Please, keep in mind that a trip to Ladakh is for an adventure and not for luxury. You are requested to co-operate and exhibit full understanding and patience to the limitations of the facilities and services available here.

Accommodation List

Leh Hotel Kanglachan or Lotus or Grand Willow or similar A class property
Nubra Mystic Meadows Camp
Pangong Regal Camp or Pangong Serai Camp
Alchi Alchi Resort
Dah Hanu Aryan Residency
Delhi Red Fox or similar mid-range hotel by the airport.
Agra Sarovar Crystal or similar

Meals

Almost every hotel and guest house have a kitchen, and they provide basic Indian food such as rice, lintel, chapatti bread, curried vegetable, non-vegetarian item, paneer, curd – sometimes, salad and sweet dish. Except in the cities of Delhi and Agra, please do not expect western style dishes. While you are in Leh, it's advisable that you buy some dry foods, candies, energy bars, cookies, instant noodles, etc. You will also want to bring supplementary vitamins to maintain the calorie level in your body system. You can also buy some dry foods and drinks in the roadside stores and inns.

Tour Guide

Our guides are local, college educated, fluent in English, know the areas around, culture, people and religion. They know that it’s the trip of your lifetime and they will make every effort to make your trip successful without a hitch! Your guide will share with you his knowledge about the local religion, culture, and traditions arrange your lodging and boarding and make sure that you have necessary permits and deals with the bureaucracies. They will show you the wonders of the areas that you will never find yourself on your own. They will deal with the lodge owners, work with the driver for planning the tours of the day, buys sightseeing admission fees, reconfirms your flight if any involved and overall is the manager of your trip. Our guides are friendly, polite and respectful and will share jokes at times and soon you will become friends

Altitude Sickness and Health Concerns

We travel on the high altitude areas of Himalayas and so altitude sickness, which another term is also called Acute Mountain Sickness, is a subject of concern. The effects of altitude begin first when you arrive at Leh which is in the elevation of 11,500 ft. Some of the symptoms, but not limited to, are headache, dizziness or lightheadedness, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, breathlessness, etc.
The main reason for the altitude sickness is the lesser amount of oxygen concentration in the higher altitudes. The higher we go, the lower is the oxygen concentration and on the arid Trans Himalayan region, the oxygen amount will be up to 40% less than in the regular atmosphere. There is no hard and fast rule to determine who gets altitude sickness and who not but there are certainly some ways we can minimize the chances of getting sick. You need to start training at least a couple of months ahead of the travel date. Please, do jog, walk, cycle, swim or take some aerobics that keeps your body in shape, build stamina and also increases confidence level. If you have cardiac or pulmonary issues, please consult with your physician before you sign up for this trip.

Our itinerary is slow paced with gradual altitude gain and allows additional days in certain places for acclimatization that will minimize the risks of getting sick. At higher altitudes, we do not overexert ourselves, and we take everything easy. We drink plenty of water and take liquid food in meals. Garlic soups are considered helpful in keeping blood circulatory system functioning! It may be a myth, but Sherpa guides of Nepal always recommend garlic soup against altitude sickness.

Besides altitude sickness, the other thing we need to be careful is the stomach disorder. Please do drink bottled water as long as it’s available and if it’s not, then make sure that the water you are consuming is boiled, filtered and also medicated. You may want to bring along your water bottle and some water purifying medications prescribed by your physician. Do not buy foods with street vendors and do not consume green salads or lassi drinks which might use untreated water.

Summer is the best time to Travel to Ladakh

Since Ladakh is situated in rain shadow Trans Himalayan area, the weather remains pleasant and quite comfortable during summers, i.e., from May to mid-October. It is the best season to visit this area. It seldom rains, and the mercury level does not exceed 30 °C (86 °F) and rarely falls below 15°C (60 °F) throughout the summer but nights can be quite cold. One can always enjoy bright sunshine wandering within a lush green valley. There is little or no rain in monsoons. The climate remains dry and refreshing. Travelers need to be prepared with warm clothes to battle the cold. By the end of October, snow starts mounting up high in the passes and roads are blocked, and the region becomes isolated with the rest of the world.

Passport, Visa and Permits

You need to have a passport with remaining validity at least six months beyond your trip. As India does not grant visa upon arrival, you need to obtain it beforehand from Indian embassies or consulates or the designated outsourcing agencies. In the USA, Cox and King Global Services handle all India visa processing.

eTourist Visa: You can also apply for an eTourist Visa online. You need to upload the passport and picture scan online. You will receive a visa approval document in the email within 2-3 business days if you have correctly submitted the form.

Besides Indian visa, you may need inner line permits for some areas, and we will obtain them locally for you.

International and Internal Travel

You can book your international airfare to New Delhi and return on your own or ask us for help if you need any. All internal airfares as required per itinerary will be booked by us and billed separately. Our regional managers will advise you if any of the airport taxes are not included in the ticket price.

Check List

  • Travel documents: passport, visa, travel insurance, air tickets.
  • Money: cash/credit card/travelers' checks, Money Pouch.
  • First aid kit including rehydration salts, Sunscreen, lip balm and sunglasses due to harsh sunlight and exposure to high altitudes.
  • Wide brim hat or umbrella.
  • Antibacterial hand gel, when water is scarce.
  • Day pack to carry your personal needs during the day.
  • Trekking boots and warm socks. (Just in case if you have to walk).
  • Alarm clock and torch/flashlight.
  • Lightweight travel towel.
  • Refillable water bottle, for filling from a thermos.
  • Iodine-based water purification tablets.
  • Ear plugs can be useful if you are a light sleeper.
  • Inner sheet/sleeping sheet is recommended due to the essential nature of some of our accommodation.
  • Please bring your sleeping bag.
  • Warm clothes. It is recommended to bring thermal underwear, and either a down or a fleece jacket.
  • A windproof jacket.
  • A pair of gloves.
  • Underwear: 7-8 pairs are enough.
  • For Women, tampons or sanitary napkins.

Travel Light

Pack as lightly as possible. The domestic airlines will allow a piece of checked in baggage with maximum weight 20 kg/44 lb. in checked-in baggage. Your luggage will go into the vehicle or on the roof rack but in the event of landslides, and if we need to walk, then you will need to carry it. Sometimes, we can locally hire porters, but it may not be possible all the time. Rucksack or duffel bags would be handy during such situations. Avoid Suitcases and keep your bags locked. When it comes to traveling on trains or buses usually only smaller bags will fit into the storage areas.

Dressing

It is crucial that you kindly dress up keeping in mind the respect for the local culture. People frown upon the skimpy, tight or revealing clothes. In general, we advise you to wear full shirts, and full-length pants or skirts or at least knee covered dresses at all times. At some places or the religious buildings, shorts are not allowed as it will restrict your entry into premises. Some places of worships also may need you to wear a head cover, but you can always borrow or rent a piece of cloth at the entrance. Muslim mosques do not allow admission with shorts, but they rent out wrappers at a nominal fee. One cannot get into the holy places with leather shoes on, but plastic slippers are okay.

Photography

During our trip, there will be many opportunities for you to meet and talk with locals. Photographing local people is generally okay, but it's essential that we ask for permission first. Children are very keen on having their picture taken and show them on the screen. Some temples and monasteries do not allow photography inside, or if they do, they might charge some fee.

Note on Itinerary

Although we will do our very best to adhere to the itinerary schedule as listed; it is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.

Booking

When you are sure you are traveling, please don't delay in booking. We request a deposit of US$300 along with a completed trip application form and passport scan. We also request your credit card info to purchase the domestic tickets for you. The balance payment is due 90 days before your departure. The balance payment by credit card attracts an additional 3.5% fee.

Cancellation Fee

  • 180 days before departure: No penalty
  • Ninety days before departure: Administrative fee US$ 150 per person.
  • 60-89 day's before departure: US$ 250 or 25% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • Forty-five days to 59 days before departure: US$ 450 or 50% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • 30 days to 44 days prior departure: US$ 600 or 75% of the land cost whichever is higher
  • Less than 30 days: 100%.

Travel Protection Plan

While we plan and do our best to make your trip smooth and seamless, there may be chances of unforeseen events and conditions such as illness, accident, inclement weather, and flight cancellation or missed connection or loss of baggage, etc that may cause interruption or delay or total abandonment of your trip putting your hard earned travel investment in jeopardy. It’s also possible that you may need medical assistance, emergency evacuation or medical transportation when you get ill or involve in an accident when you are traveling in remote areas. Far & High’s Tour cost does not cover any of these expenses or losses, and so we strongly recommend you that you should protect yourself and your travel investment against those unfavorable conditions.

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  • "Ladakh"
    5star

    My second trip with Postak's help, and we were very pleased. All of the accommodations and arrangements were well planned. Had an issue with one of the places where we were to have stayed, but when we brought it to our guide's attention, accommodations were promptly changed for the better. Region is fairly stark but dramatic, and if you are interested in traveling to this part of the world, I would strongly encourage you to book through "Far and HIgh."


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