Indian Himalayan Family Tour

Magnificently jagged, arid mountains unveiled this alluring Buddhist ex-kingdom. Ladakh has much to share with the visitors regarding ecological awareness. Most Ladakhis are cash poor yet their traditional mudbrick homesteads are large and virtually self-sufficient in fuel and dairy products, organic vegetables, and barley used to make tsampa (roast barley flour) and chhang (barley beer). The remote province of Ladakh is devoid of monsoonal rainfall and perfect for trekking during the summer holiday period.



Our family trip of fourteen days begins with the relaxing day on arrival in Delhi. Next day, early morning, we board the flight to Leh flying over snow covered peaks of Himalaya. We would be spending altogether five nights in Leh. First few days in Leh are purposefully scheduled to better acclimatize and explore some of the colourful Buddhist monasteries of the upper Indus Valley. We visit a Tibetan Refugee Centre and enjoy a rafting trip on the Indus. Thereafter, we set off on an easy-paced 5-day trek into the scenically splendid foothills of the Ladakh Range, with lots of opportunity for interaction with the friendly local people in the many villages we pass through. This trekking itinerary of five days has been chalked out in such a way that it suits the children as well. Throughout our trek and especially from the several 4000 meter passes on our route, there are wonderful views of the Zanskar Mountains to the south. After the beautiful stay in Kingdom of Ladakh, we fly back to Delhi to board our return flight.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Exploration of Ladakh and its sirrounding
  • Magnificent Stok palace and Shanti Stupa
  • Alchi - monastic complex of temples
  • The magnificent Taj Mahal in its full glory
  • Meet the charming Ladakhi people and see colourful Buddhist Monasteries
  • Homestay - interaction with local family

Day 1. Arrive Delhi

  • Arrive at the International airport of Delhi. After the traditional welcome, transfer to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 2. Delhi- Leh Flight

  • Check-out from the hotel and transfer to the airport to connect the flight for Leh.
  • Upon arrival, we transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax and acclimatize to the altitude (3,500m). Late in the afternoon, there is a gentle orientation walk of Leh and its bazaars. In the olden days, Leh was an important trading center along the old Silk Road from China. The town is dominated by the nine-story Namgyal Palace whose faded grandeur has been likened to a mini version of the Potala Palace in Lhasa .

Day 3. Leh - Sightseeing : Thiksey and Shey Monastery

  • After the breakfast, we would start the sightseeing of Thiksey Monastery which is a magnificent gompa. This monastery has affiliation with Gelug Sect which belongs to the Tibetan Buddhism, sitaued on the top of a hill in the village called Thiksey which is approximatevily 20 Kms from Leh. To get further acclimatized, we would do a small walk of approx. 02-03 Kms and visit the Shey Monastery. Thereafter, we visit Shey Palace, located around 15 Kms south of Leh. This was the summer capital of Leh in the past. After completing the sightseeing, we return back to our hotel. Rest of the say is free at leisure. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 4. Leh - Sightseeing: Shanti Stupa and Gyamsa Village

  • Breakfast is served to us in the Hotel. After the breakfast, we would venture out of the hotel for the sightseeing of Shanti Stupa which is approximately one kilometer away from our hotel. Upon arrival at Stupa, which further tests our acclimatization levels, we can see excellent views across the valley of Stok Kangri as well as the Zanskar Range. After completing the sightseeing, we would then continue our walk and would reach Gyamsa Village and while going to this village we can have a break for lunch enroute and then after finishing off our activities, we return back to our hotel. Rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight is at the hotel.

Day 5. Leh Sightseeing: Stok Palace & Tibetian Refugee Center

  • After breakfast this day, we would move out of Leh as we have planned a visit to Stok Palace which was constructed by craftsmen coming from Ladakh region in the year 1820. This complex still houses the descendant of Namgyal dynasty. Origin of this dynasty dates back to 10th century and Lhachen Palygon was the founder of this dynasty.After finishing the sightseeing, we drive for the visit of Tibetan Refugee center which is located in Choglamsar . This center is being taken care of by His highness, The Dalai Lama. After the visit, we drive back to our hotel. Evening free at leisure. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 6. Rafting at Phey and drive to Alchi

  • Today is an exciting day for us as we would do the Water Rafting on the Indus. This rafting starts from a place called Phey which is in close proximity to Spituk Monastery. (Rafting is subjected to flow of river).We would continue this activity for 03-04 hours.
  • After finishing the white water rafting, we drive to Alchi. It is considered to be the most important monastic complex in Ladakh, with its superb painted mandalas, mural paintings and terracotta images. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7. Trek to Yangtang

  • This day we would start our Trek from a point called Ridzong and before that we would be visiting Monastery and Nunnery. The trek that we would do today would be of 03 hours walk and would follow the Uley River till our camp at Yangtang at (3720 meters). Overnight will be at the camp in Yangtang.
    Duration of Trek: 4 Hrs

Day 8. Trek to Hemis Shukpachen

  • After having our breakfast, we would continue our Trek as we would have a day which is short and easy in Trekking. As we would be descending towards the Village of Hemis Shukpachen, we reach the camping site where we set up our camp. Later, we would have an option of meeting the local people. Overnight would be in the camp.
    Duration of Trek: 6-7 Hrs
    Distance: 20 Kms

Day 9. Trek to Ang Tingmosgaam.

  • After breakfast, we would head out for a long day Trek. We would be trekking across the Meptek La and would start our descend towards the village of Ang Tingmosgaam which is the old capital of Ladakh. This place has some ruined temples which deserve to be visited in this area.
    Duration of Trek: 4-5 Hrs

Day 10. Trek to Skindiyang.

  • Breakfast is served to us in the camp and we would leave for the longest day of trekking as we have to reach the Village of Teta and after that have to Trek towards the village of Skindiyang which is a decending trek. Our overnight will be here in the camp.

Day 11. Trek to Khalsi & overland drive to Leh

  • This is a relaxed day for us after a long walk yesterday. We would have our breakfast in the camp and would take an easy Two hour walk up to Khalsi.
  • Upon arrival at Khalsi, we would reconnect with our transport and would take our drive to Leh. Upon arrival, we check in to our hotel. Rest of the day is free for us to relax. Overnight will be at the Hotel.

Day 12. Leh- Delhi Flight and drive to Agra

Leh - Delhi
  • After early breakfast, we are transferred to the Leh Airport to board our flight to Delhi.
Delhi - Agra
  • Upon our arrival in Delhi Airport, we would connect with our driver and would start our drive to the City of Agra which is a comfortable four-five hours drive. Upon arrival in Agra, we will be taken to our hotel. Check-in at the Hotel. Rest of the evening is free to relax.

Day 13. Agra Taj Mahal Sightseeing & Agra- Delhi Express Train

  • Today is the day to strike off the Taj from our bucket list. We rise early to visit this astonishing wonder in white marble. Taj Mahal, a symbol of eternal love, stands on the southern bank of River Yamuna. It was built by the 5th Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, in the memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in the 16th century CE. The charisma of the amazing Taj Mahal never fails to leave a first time visitor spellbound. Thereafter, we visit Agra Fort, a blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture. An artwork originally belonging to the Rajputs got renovated from time to time by different Mughal emperors with red sandstone, bricks and the beautiful marble from Makarana.
  • After this rich day of discovery, we are transferred to Agra Cantt Station where we board our Express train to Delhi.
  • Upon arrival, check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 14. Final Departure : Ex Delhi

  • Check-out from the hotel and transfer to the International airport or any point of convenience for onward journey to respective countries.

Individual price per person

1-23-56-89-12
1700$1375$1500$1335$

Included

  • Accommodation for 05 nights on Full board in camp/tent/Guest House on double sharing basis
  • 05 nights on Half Board in Hotel in Leh
  • 02 nights in Delhi & 01 night in Agra on Breakfast basis
  • All ground transportation included in the program using private air-conditioned vehicle with English speaking driver
  • Water Rafting on the Indus river (Duration: 03-04 hrs)
  • Trekking equipment and materials including food (excluding personal equipment)
  • Train tickets in 1st class AC for the sector as mentioned below:
  • (Agra - Delhi)
  • Local English speaking guide in cities as per itinerary - till 05 Pax
  • (Trekking guide for 05 days during trekking (D:07 till D:11))
  • Professional English speaking tour leader throughout the trip (From 06 Pax onwards)
  • First aid kit
  • Hyperbaric chamber during the trek
  • Govt. Taxes

Not included

  • International flight tickets
  • Travel insurance
  • Domestic flight tickets for the two sectors : (Delhi - Leh and Leh - Delhi)
  • Tips for Local guide, trek guide and other trek staff
  • Rescue and evacuation services
  • Miscellaneous Expenses - drinks, souvenir, personal expenses etc.
  • Indian Visa
  • All services not mentioned in "Inclusion"

14 days from 1335$ per person. International flight not included.

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