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Ladakh , Hemis Festival and Taj Mahal


15 days 14 nights

Code LCT104

Category India Small Group Adventures

  • Group Size 2-16 Person
  • 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 largest mountain ranges- the great Himalaya and the Karakoram, is politically a part of India but culturally and by lands, its 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 pilgrims travelled 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-Kashmi state of India. We spend 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 north frontiers of Nubra valley-which was restricted to the tourists until recently. At Nubra Valley, we spend 2 full days visiting rock-clinging monasteries, villages, and riding double humped camels on its sand dunes.

We experience an easy 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 series of mask dances dedicated to Guru Padamasambhava, 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 Padmasmbhava in his eight different manifestations to vanquish 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 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 is very basic. Our accommodations will be in the guest houses, home-stays or tented camp. Some places are out of phone network. Road conditions vary and some day we have 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.

Trip Cost

US$ 1799 per person on double occupacy 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 withour prior notice.

International airfare is not included.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01 ~ Arrive in New Delhi, India

Upon arrival in New Delhi International Airport, complete the immigration and custom formalities and meet Far & High representative at the arrival gate. Following introductions, you are transferred to the hotel.

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

Overnight in Red Fox Hotel near by the airport

Meals : Dinner
Day 02 ~ 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. The valley of Leh is situated at an altitude of 11,500 ft; so it's likely that we experience some mild symptoms of altitude sickness that includes lightheadedness, disorientation, headache etc. Drink plenty of water and take rest today. The symptoms should go away in a day or two.

If you are feeling fine, you will be taken for a leisurely 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 high routes into the legendary Central Asian bazaars of Yarkhand, Kashgar and Kotan, now Leh is a popular tourist destination and serves as the trail head for many interesting trekking and excursions.

Overnight: Hotel Kanglachan or Lotus or Grand Willow or similar A class

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, majority population here are 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 largest victory stupa with a golden top and a giant copper statue of Shakyamui Buddha. Once the summer capital of Ladakh, now the palace is largely in ruins.

Thiksey Gompa Monastery lies about one and half mile further south. Located on top a hillock in Thiksey Village, the monastery is noted 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 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, you will be taken for visit to Shanti Stupa and the Leh Palace. Shanti Stupa, also situated on a hillock was built by Japanese monk Gyomyo Nakamura .The Shanti Stupa enshrines the relics of the Buddha. The stupa is also popular for beautiful and panoramic view of the surrounding landscape.

Leh Palace served as the palace of Ladakh from 17th century till themid-19th century. The palace which is in ruins now is being restored by the archeological department. We visit the museum that preserves a wide 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 are able to 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 own interests.

Overnight: Hotel Kanglachan or Lotus or Grand Willow or similar A class

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 motor able 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: Guest house in Nubra Valley.

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 the village and visit its monastery before we return to our accommodations.

Overnight: Guest house in Nubra Valley.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 06 ~ Retrace our drive to Leh

After a 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 or similar A class.

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 current structured dates back to the 17th century. It's a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery of Drukpa Lineage.

Hemis Festival is among the largest 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 series of mask dances, performed by the monks and laymen. 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 strongly 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 or similar A class

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 crossing of a high pass, Changla Pass (17,350 ft) which is believed to be the third highest motorable road in the world! Most part of the road is smooth except the last one hour stretch which is a dirt road. The place is in complete wilderness with limited facilities! No phones and internet but gorgeous views! Pangong Lake is among the highest salt water Lake and its shared by two countries India and China.

We backtrack and take 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 colorful 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 tents. Before evening meals, you will have time to wander about the beautiful lake shores.

Overnight in tented 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 or similar A class

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 Manosaroara 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 in a basic accommodation here.

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 in basic a guesthouse

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 villages are called Dard and have Indo-European appearance where as 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 elderly women who still wear the colorful headdress with flowers.

Overnight in basic a guesthouse

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 super 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 own interests.

Overnight: Hotel Kanglachan or Lotus or Grand Willow or similar A class

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 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 hotel. Time permitting, you will visit the Mehtab Bagh to view Taj Mahal from other 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 Sarovar Crystal or similar

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, its least crowded and the monument looks gorgeous with the morning glow of sunlight. We spend quite a good amount of time enjoying the tranquil atmosphere and appreciating the beauty of the monument.

We return to the hotel for breakfast and then we check out the hotel. Before we leave the city, we stop to visit Agra Fort-one of the finest Mughal forts in India. This massive fort dates back to the mid-16th century and built by the 2 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, home stays or camping in the rest of the places).
  • All transfers, assistance and sightseeing as on itinerary.
  • Sightseeing admission fees and inner line permits as per itinerary.
  • English speaking local guides.
  • Rafting gears.
  • 3 meals a day while in Ladakh. Breakfast only in Delhi and Agra

Cost Does Not Include:

  • India visa.
  • International and internal airfare. Estimated internal airfare is separately indicated.
  • Lunch and dinner while in Delhi and Agra.
  • Camera fees at monuments.
  • Expenses of personal nature such as drinks, tipping, laundry, telephones, 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 located 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 kinds of people around and have high spirit of adventure.

Travelers must have a good fitness level, outgoing, willing to start the day early and return to the accommodations late.  As this trip involves high altitude, it's obvious 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 exhibit highest level of patience in case of obstruction on the road or mechanical breakdown of the vehicle. The terrain mountainous, arid and challenging. The roads at a number of places are narrow, bumpy or dusty and sometime blocked due to landslide or flooding. One needs to 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 chance for complain.

Transportation

As the terrain of the region is mountainous and challenging and roads are with varying conditions, we provide good vehicles for transportation that can bear with the challenges of these areas. Our vehicles are Toyota Innova Jeeps, Scorpio, Qualis or Tata Sumo Jeeps who have done excellent jobs in these roads. Our vehicles do have roof top luggage carrier; provided with tarpaulin to cover from the rain. Our vehicles 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, 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. Buying refreshment drinks such as pops or tea, offering cigarettes (if you smoke) or candies and asking if he has eaten or not will help you get along with the driver soon.

Accommodation

The trip features deluxe 4 star 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 in basic guest houses or home stays or tented camps some places. We do our best that you get a room with private bathroom but it may not be always possible. We also do not promise hot shower all the time but sponging is available. We may have to share the toilet and showers. The guest houses are run by local families and they provide  opportunities to socialize and experience the local life.  Some places, we sleep in the fixed tented camping sites, supported by local staffs.  

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

Accommodaton List

Leh Hotel Kanglachan or Lotus or Grand Willow or similar A class property
Nubra Camp or guest house
Panggong Tent
Alchi Alchi Resort
Dah Hanu Home Stay/Tent
Delhi Red Fox or similar mid-range hotel by the airport.
Agra Sarovar Crystal or similar

Meals

Almost every hotel and guest house has a kitchen and they provide basic Indian meals such as lintel, rice, 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, its advisable that you buy some dry foods, candies, energy bars, cookies, instant noodles etc. You will also want to bring supplementary vitamins to maintain 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, knows 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, arranges your lodging and boarding, and makes 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 tour. 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 altitude 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 of 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 overly exert 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 (!); 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 own 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 have been prepared with 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. This is the best season to visit this area. It seldom rains, and the mercury level does not exceed 30 °C (86 °F) and seldom falls below 15°C (60 °F) throughout the summer but nights can be quite cold. One can always enjoy bright sunshine wandering within lush green valley. There is little or no rain in monsoons. The climate remains dry and refreshing. Travelers need to be prepared with warm cloths 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 6 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 USA, India visa processing has been outsourced to Cox and King Global Services

eTourist Visa: You are also able to apply eTourist Visa online. You need to upload the passport and picture scan online. You will recieve visa approval document in 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. Local airport taxes may or may not be included. Our local 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.
  • Health requirements arranged. 1 photocopy of above document.
  • 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 incase if you have to walk).
  • Alarm clock and torch/flashlight.
  • Lightweight travel towel.
  • Refillable water bottle, for filling from thermos.
  • Iodine based water purification tablets.
  • Ear plugs can be useful if you are a light sleeper.
  • Inner sheet/sleeping sheet are recommended due to the basic nature of some of our accommodation.
  • Please bring your own sleeping bag.
  • Warm clothes. It is recommended to bring thermal under wear, and either a down or a fleece jacket.
  • A wind proof jacket.
  • A pair of gloves.
  • A scarf or face mask for dust, Sarong for covering up when washing / showering.
  • Underwears: 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. Sometime, we can locally hire porters but it may not possible all the time. Rucksack or duffel bags would be handy during such situations.Avoid Suitcases.Keep your bags locked. The smaller your bag is the better, for when it comes to traveling on trains or buses usually only smaller bags will fit into the storage areas.

Dressing

It is very important that you kindly dress up keeping in mind the respect for the locale culture. Skimpy, tight or revealing cloths are frowned upon. As a general guideline full shirts and full length skirts or knee covered skirts are recommended at all times. At some places or the religious buildings shorts are not allowed as it will restrict your entry into buildings. Admission to some religious places such as Bhima Kali Temple at Sarahan or Kamru Fort in Sangla may be declined without a head cover but a piece of cloth can be borrowed in the temple. You are required to cover your head before entering every Sikh Temple. You may cover it with a handkerchief or a piece of cloth provided by the temple. Muslim mosques do not allow admission with shorts but they rent out wrappers at a nominal fee. Leather shoes are also not allowed in some shrines and temples but plastic slippers are fine.

Photography

During our trip there will be many opportunities for you to meet and talk with locals. You are allowed to take pictures but it is also suggested that we ask for permission before we venture into with our cameras. 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. The internal flights are the key factor in determining whether your trip can be realized or not. A deposit of US$300 on land is requested along with complete trip application form and passport copies.

Balance payment is due 90 days prior to your departure. If airfares needs to be purchased before that, we will request the second part payment to cover that. Balance payment by credit card attracts additional 3.5% fee.

Cancellation Fee

  • 180 days prior departure: No penalty
  • 90 days prior departure: Administrative fee US$ 150 per person.
  • 60-89 day's prior departure: US$ 250 or 25% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • 45 days to 59 days prior 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 cancellation 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. Highland Asia’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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