Travel 2 Touring 18/19

INDIAN SUBCONTINENT

Nubra

2

Lamayuru

Leh

4

1

Alchi

LAND AIR RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

1

INDIA LAND NIGHTS STAYED

1

LAND AIR NIGHTS STAYED

INDEPENDENT TOUR PRICES FROM £1369pp

1

3

Delhi

INCLUDED TOUR HIGHLIGHTS LAND RAIL CRUISE NI HTS STAYED 1

• Take a tour of Old & New Delhi • Discover the dramatic rugged mountain scenery of Ladakh • Explore remote Tibetan Buddhist monasteries • Travel over Khardungla Pass, the worlds highest road. • Visit villages and temples of the spectacular Nubra Valley LAND RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1 RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1

11 day Heritage of Leh & Ladakh Delhi • Leh • Alchi • Lamayuru • Nubra Valley

Day 1: Arrive Delhi You will be met at the airport and escorted to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. The Suryaa Day 2: Delhi Set off on a morning tour of Old Delhi, visiting the magnificent Red Fort, built by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1648. Opposite the fort are the black and white onion dome and minarets of the Jama Masjid, the most elegant mosque in India. Drive past the ruined fort, Kotla Firoze Shah, then visit Raj Ghat, where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated in 1948. In the afternoon visit the impressive administrative centre of New Delhi designed by Sir Edward Lutyens. Continue on to Humayun’s Tomb built in 1565, the Qutub Minar, 72 meters high and the ruins of Quwat-ul-Eslam (Light of Islam) Mosque. See Delhi’s most curious antique, the un-corroded Iron Pillar, which dates back to the 4th Century AD. Visit the Birla (Laxmi Narayan) Temple, with its many idols before returning to your hotel. (B) Day 3: Delhi - Leh After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Leh, where you will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. Today is free to acclimatise to the high altitude of Ladakh. (BLD) Hotel Ladakh Palace Day 4: Leh & Indus Valley Monasteries After breakfast, drive to the spectacular Thiksey Gompa home to several Buddhist temples. Continue on to Shey Village to visit Shey Palace and Gompa once the residence of the royal family. Next drive to Hemis Gompa, the wealthiest, best known and biggest Gompa of Ladakh. Later, on the way back to Leh visit Stok Palace and Museum, the palace of the banished royal family. Return to Leh in the evening and relax at the hotel. (BLD) Day 5: Leh - Alchi After breakfast, drive to Alchi with a packed lunch. En route visit, Magnetic Hill, the scenic confluence of the Zanskar and Indus rivers, Basgo Fort, site of a 3-year siege in 1680 and Likir Monastery founded in the 11th Century. On arrival in Alchi, visit Alchi Monastery on the banks of the Indus River and dating back over 1000 years. It is no longer an active religious centre but is looked after by the monks of Likir monastery. (BLD) Alchi Resort

Day 6: Alchi - Lamayuru - Leh Depart early and drive to Lamayuru. Lamayuru is famous for its ancient monasteries, the oldest holy site in Ladakh, and the surrounding landscape which closely resembles the surface of moon. This is where Ladakh gets its name ‘The Moonland’. Later, visit the Rizong monasteries, known as a paradise for meditation due to its isolation and Chulichan nunnery before driving back to Leh. (BLD) Hotel Ladakh Palace Day 7: Leh - Nubra Valley via Khardungla Pass Early morning, proceed to the Nubra Valley via the world’s highest motorable road (5602m), Khardungla Pass. Arrive in Nubra by noon and check in to your Hotel/Camp, the evening is at leisure. (BLD) Hotel Grand Nubra Day 8: Nubra Valley After breakfast, proceed for a visit to the White Sand Dunes at Hunder where you can enjoy a camel ride (own expense), before visiting Hunder and Diskit monasteries, taking in the spectacular view over the valley below. In the evening trek to Samstaling Monastery. (BLD) Day 9: Nubra Valley - Leh After breakfast, return to Leh, once again driving via Khardungla Pass. In the evening explore Leh bazaar for souvenirs, and visit Leh Jokhang, the Ladakh Buddhist Association or Leh Mosque. (BLD) Hotel Ladakh Palace Day 10: Leh - Delhi This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Delhi, the rest of your day is at leisure. (B) Hotel Pride City Day 11: Depart Delhi Today is at leisure until your transfer to Delhi airport for your flight. (B) Please note, altitude sickness can affect anyone, of any fitness level. Due to the high altitudes on this tour, a free day is scheduled on arrival in Leh (day 3) to assist with acclimatisation.

LAND AIR RAIL NIGHTS STAYED

1

LAND CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

1

TOUR DETAILS

£1369 per person

PRICES FROM:

PRICES INCLUDE • 10 nights’ accommodation in named hotels or similar • Meals as specified: 10 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners • All transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary • Services of an English-speaking local guide for all sightseeing and transfers • Inner Line Permits for Nubra • Monument and Monastery entrance fees

DEPARTURES Daily between June - September

TOUR STYLE: Independent

GROUP SIZE: 2+

PHYSICAL DEMAND:

ACCOMMODATION LEVEL: 3 star plus

Overnight hotels are subject to change. Should they vary from those shown in the itinerary, the alternative accommodation provided will always be of a similar standard.

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