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Those who visit Ladakh are usually adventure-seekers looking for the next high-altitude thrill, but we wanted to focus more on the zen side of things. Rich in culture, scenery and history, Ladakh is a treasure trove of wonders hidden away in a remote part of the world. After a start in Delhi, we’ll visit mountain villages, valleys, and Hindu and Buddhist temples along the road to Leh. If you’re looking to break a sweat after all, try rafting or hiking amongst other pulse-racing activities, but we totally understand if you’d rather just lay back and let the culture of the region soak right in.
  • Day 1 Delhi

    Arrive at any time. Opt to book an arrival transfer with G Adventures and be picked up by Women on Wheels, a Planeterra-supported project. This program provides safe and reliable transport for women travellers, while providing a dignified livelihood for local women from resource-poor communities.

  • Day 2 Delhi (1B)

    Take a morning walk through the city with a young adult from the Planeterra-supported New Delhi Streetkids Project. Later, visit Old Delhi, explore the spice markets, and visit Jama Masjid and Connaught Place. Opt to visit Akshardham temple before an overnight train to Pathankot Cantt.

  • Days 3-4 Dharamsala (1B)

    Arrive early to Pathankot Cantt and continue by van to Dharamsala. Enjoy an orientation walk of the city and tour the temples of Masrur. On Day 4, take a morning excursion to Bhagsunag. Visit the temple and enjoy a hike to a waterfall. Later, enjoy free time with the option to visit the Norbulingka Institute, dedicated to preserving Tibetan culture.

  • Days 5-6 Manali (2B)

    Day 5 is a long travel day on the road towards Leh. En route to Manali explore Palampur, a green hill station surrounded by tea gardens and forests, and the Kullu Valley in the Himachal Pradesh region with rivers, mountain villages, orchards and forests. On Day 6 enjoy a visit to the Old Manali Manu Temple and Hidimba Temple. Manu Temple is dedicated to the Hindu sage Manu and is a site for many pilgrims. Hidimba Devi Temple is a cave temple surrounded by forest. Free time in the afternoon to explore further.

  • Day 7 Keylong (1B,1D)

    En route to Keylong, drive through the Rohtang Pass, known for its spectacular scenery, at 4112m. Spend the afternoon in Keylong exploring the town and visiting the Kardang Monastery.

  • Day 8 Sarchu (1B,1D)

    Depart on another scenic drive to reach Sarchu. Cross the Bara-lacha Pass at 4890m (16,0643 ft). Arrive to the tented camp in the middle of the Himalayas and prepare to enjoy a night in this remote location.

  • Day 9 Leh (1B)

    Continue on crossing the Zanskar Range, travelling through the Lachlung Pass (5060 m/16,601 ft) and the Taglung Pass (5330 m/17,487 ft) to reach the town of Leh at a “lower” elevation of 3524 m (11,562 ft). Settle in and spend some free time visiting the town.

  • Days 10-13 Leh (4B)

    Over the next four days explore Leh and the surrounding region. Visit the Shey Thikse and Hemis Monastery. On Day 12, take a day trip to Gya and Miru villages, enjoy the scenic meadows on the way. Visit the Stok Palace and Museum. With free time, opt for a rafting excursion, take part in meditation session or yoga at a nearby centre or go mountain biking.

  • Day 14 Delhi (1B)

    Catch a morning flight back to Delhi with some free time to explore the bustle of this capital city.

  • Day 15 Delhi (1B)

    Depart at anytime.

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