Top of the World – Ladakh & Kashmir tour

Himalayan Kingdoms

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Maximum Group Size: 10

Starts in Delhi on Thursday 14th June 2018

Finishes in Delhi on Thursday 5th July 2018

Entrance Fees Included for all sites visited as part of the itinerary

Fully Escorted by Deb Kindness, who has been travelling and leading tours through the Indian Subcontinent since 1993.

Cost USD 4890 (AUD5990) per person twin share (USD5795 /AUD7076 including Optional Single Supplement)

 

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IN THEIR OWN WORDS – Some testimonials from our past guests

“This is absolutely the best trip I have done. Every day was a WOW day. The scenery was stunning and totally unexpected. There were unplanned surprises along the way which were accommodated effortlessly. The small group was taken care of admirably. Lots of different types of accommodation but all highly acceptable.  Great trip but if you don’t like road trips it may be challenging.”

Suzanne, Australia, August 2017

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“This is an incredible journey and one not to be missed. You are immersed in the landscape, the people and the culture in a wide variety of activities and experiences, with all logistics professionally taken care of by Deb Kindness and her team. Lots of beautiful surprises along the way. This is what I have come to expect from Incredible India Tours and Deb Kindness – Himalayan Adventure & Hemis Festival 2017 was my fourth trip with them.”

Robyn, Australia, August 2017

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“This trip without a doubt was one of the most incredible journeys I have ever done. From the overnight train in Delhi (always a great experience) connecting to the Toy Shimla train. Mcleod Ganj, Manali and then over the Himalayas. We made 10 Crossings of the mighty Himalayas, crossed the highest motorable pass in the world @ 5602m twice, 2nd highest once @5400m, 3rd highest twice @ 5360m and 5 other passes from 3860m to 5000m. To meet Tibetan people and travel the Northern part of India from Ladakh / Leh and Pangong Lake in the East to Kashmir / Srinagar in the West. Staying in excellent hotels, Tents x 3, Houseboat and train.”

Geoff, Australia, August 2017

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Accommodation Transport Meals
15 nights Hotels Airport Transfers 9 dinners
3 nights tents Train 21 Breakfasts
3 nights houseboat Mini Bus and/or Private Vehicles (4WD) 4 lunches
  Auto Rickshaw  
  Cycle Rickshaw  
  Flight  

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This is a very exotic Himalayan Kingdoms adventure across the Top of the World.

First we journey to Ladakh through Himachal Pradesh, visiting Shimla and Manali before driving the spectacular Manali – Leh highway. In and around Leh we explore the Nubra Valley and also experience the Hemis Festival. Heading west we drive through the upper Himalayas along one of the most stunning drives in the world to Kashmir, and Srinagar, summer holiday mecca of India.

Experience Incredible India and the Himalayas on this Small Group Tour, fully escorted within India by a western female tour leader with the service of local guides for various activities and sightseeing.

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Himalayan Kingdoms Group Tour

 

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Itinerary

 

Day 1 Delhi

Arrival Day. We meet at 6pm for a short tour briefing before dinner.

Hotel: The Claridges

 

Day 2 Delhi / Overnight Train

We have a half day sightseeing tour of New Delhi this morning visiting Humayans Tomb, Rajpath and the Bangla Sahib Gurudwara. This afternoon relax by our hotel’s swimming pool, take a massage or get some retail therapy.

Hotel: The Claridges

 

Day 3 Shimla

We take a morning express train to meet the World Heritage Toy Train for a 5 hour journey on this famous mountain railway, travelling over 864 bridges and through 102 tunnels, arriving in Shimla late afternoon. 

Hotel: Clarkes Hotel

 

Day 4 Shimla

We explore Shimla the old summer capital of the British Raj and surroundings today, taking a heritage walk through Shimla town to the Viceregal residency, visiting historic buildings and monuments along the way.

Hotel: Clarkes Hotel

 

Day 5 Shimla

A visit to the Jakhu temple and then Wildflower Hall for morning tea before a free afternoon to enjoy Shimla, take a walk, explore the markets or rest in our charming Heritage Hotel. 

Hotel: Clarkes Hotel

 

Day 6 Manali

We drive to Manali today via beautiful valleys and stunning scenery. Manali, a favourite Indian holiday destination is also a very spiritual part of the Himalayas and a favourite with many long-time western travellers to India.

Hotel: Mayflower

 

Day 7 Manali

We have a half day hike to a nearby village untouched by tourists to experience traditional life here in the Kullu valley. 

Hotel: Mayflower

 

Days 8-9 Jispa/Sarchu

We commence a two day drive along one of the most spectacular roads in the Himalayas, crossing the Rohtang Pass and into the Lahaul & Spiti valleys, stopping the night at Jispa. On day 10 we continue over the Bara-lacha Pass north and have a second night at Sarchu, situated at 4290m.

Hotel: Jespa – Ibex Hotel  / Sarchu – Goldrup Camp

 

Day 10 Leh

Today’s drive is breathtaking as we head to Leh in Ladakh, caught in the rain shadow of the Himalayas, this land is a high altitude desert with some of the most incredible landscape scenery you’ll ever see. Today we cross the 2nd highest motorable pass in the world, the Taglang La at 5328m.

Hotel: Ladakh Residency

 

Day 11 Leh

We take a day to relax and acclimatise to the high altitude of Leh (3500m) with a trip to Hemis Monastery to experience the fascinating Hemis Festival in all it’s flamboyant colour and ritual.

Hotel: Ladakh Residency

 

Days 12-13 Nubra Valley

Heading over the highest motorable road in the world, the Khardung La pass at 5359m, we travel to the remote Nubra valley. Visiting the stunning Diskit monastery on the afternoon of day 12, we have a full day on day 13 to hike through villages and countryside enjoying the local culture and scenery. You will also have the opportunity to ride the double humped Bactrin camels through the sand dunes at nearby Hunder.

Hotel: Desert Himalaya Camp

 

Days 14-15 Leh

We return to Leh and take some time out to visit some of the towns sights and monasteries, including Thiksey Gompa, Shey Palace and the Shanti Stupa. There is also time to wander the markets in Leh, where you’ll find many Tibetan market stalls and Kashmiri shops selling beautiful handicrafts.

Hotel: Ladakh Residency

 

Days 16-17 Uleytokpo/Kargil

We spend two nights on our second spectacular scenic Himalayan mountain drive to Kashmir. Heading west from Leh, we head first to Uleytokpo via the monastery villages of Basgo and Alchi. In Uleytokpo we stay in charming cottages overlooking the Indus river. On day 17 we travel on to Kargil, via Lamayuru Monastery, one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries in Ladakh, situated in a barren moon-like valley of eroded hills and snowy peaks. 

Hotel: Uleytokpo – Ule Ethnic Resort / Kargil – Zojila Residency

 

Day 18 Srinagar

We continue on today to Srinagar over our final high altitude pass, the Zoji La at 3528m. The capital of Kashmir, often called Paradise on Earth, Srinagar was a summer getaway for the British Raj and before that for the Moghul Emperors back in the 17th century. Srinagar is famous for it’s houseboats on the idyllic mountain reflecting Dal Lake.

Hotel: Royal Houseboats

 

Days 19-20 Srinagar

We spend two days relaxing on our houseboat and exploring the sights in and around Srinagar including the Dal Lake, the Moghul Gardens, the old city and perhaps nearby locations, such as Gulmarg and Pahalgam.

Hotel: Royal Houseboats

 

Day 21 Delhi

After a free morning, we take an afternoon flight over the Himalayas to Delhi for our final night. After checking into our hotel we head out for a final night dinner to celebrate our remarkable journey across the Indian Himalayas.

Hotel: Claridges

 

Day 22 Departure Day

There are no organised activities today. You are free to depart at any time.

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