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Your Waitlist Deposit must be submitted before the offer expiry deadline above to qualify for a FREE flight. Since we have limited availability, waitlist requests are prioritized in the order they are received on a first-come-first-serve basis. Should we not be successful in requesting a complimentary flight for you we will refund your waitlist deposit within 2 business days. If approved, your 1st installment payment for the trip will be due within 30 days of when your deposit was made. Waitlist deposits are only refunded if we cannot approve your complimentary flight due to availability. Flight departures leave from New York, Sydney(Aus) or London(UK)
Dates: February 1-13, 2019
Countries: Himalayas & India
Accommodations: 5-Star Hotels and Lodge accomodations:
- 1 night, Trident Hotel Gurgaon – Delhi, India
- 3 nights, The Grand Dragon – Leh, India
- 7 nights, Snow Leopard Lodge – Ulley, India
- 1 night, The Grand Dragon – Leh, India
Waitlist Deposit Due: $750
Starts In: New Delhi, India
Ends In: New Delhi,India
Physical Rating: 2/5
Itinerary: See below
Payment Installments: 5 x monthly installments of $2,816 (includes tax and 3% credit card fee). All installments must be made before 1 October, 2018.
- The isolated barren wilderness of Ladakh, with the snow-capped Himalaya Mountains, cobalt lakes and ever-changing sand dunes, reminds you that you are on the “Roof of the World”.
- Visit the Snow Leopard Conservancy and view the efforts made by the local authorities, and community, to conserve this endangered species.
- Explore the Thiksey monastery, the most beautifully situated monastery in Ladakh, perched high on a hill above the Indus River.
- Set out in search of the elusive snow leopard, and explore three valleys, which are also home to other unique wildlife including ibex, Tibetan antelope, blue sheep, shapo, marmot and the Tibetan hare. Venture out on foot, and by 4×4 vehicle, and gain insight into the region’s fascinating folklore, customs and traditions.
- Enjoy the company of one of our most seasoned snow leopard guides.
- Travel to the ancient Alchi Gompa monastery, located on the south bank of the Indus River. The heart of the monastery complex is the Dukhang, where the monks worship and perform their ceremonies. The complex boasts huge statues of Buddha, and elaborate wood carvings in a style similar to European baroque.
- Explore the enchanted culture of Ladakh ( known as the ‘Little Tibet’).
Group Size: Min 6, Max 12
Upon your arrival in bustling Delhi, you will be warmly welcomed by a representative who will assist you through the customs / immigration and baggage collection process. Afterwards, you will be chauffeured to your hotel, the Trident Gurgaon.
Luxury and convenience converge at the Trident Gurgaon. The award-winning Trident, Gurgaon, is set amongst 7 acres of landscaped gardens, walkways, courtyards, reflection pools and fountains. The hotel is located in the central business district of Gurgaon, a part of the New Delhi National Capital Region.
Spend overnight at the Trident Gurgaon. Accommodation is in a Superior Room. Your stay is on bed and breakfast basis.
Today, you will be collected for your flight to Leh. Upon arrival at Leh Airport you will be driven to the The Grand Dragon, were you will have the rest of the day to acclimatise to the high altitude and explore your surrounds.
Located in the heart of the ancient city of Leh, The Grand Dragon Ladakh is amongst the first luxury hotels in Ladakh. The hotel is decorated magnificently with handmade paintings by Gulam Mustafa (First modern Artist of Ladakh) around every corner, and fixtures that are reminiscent of royalty. The entire hotel is wheelchair accessible, for providing differently abled guests with a comfortable sojourn.
The hotel is also centrally heated and solar powered, not only ensuring warmth but also ensuring that all the services are eco-friendly. Rest of the day is at leisure to acclimatize to the high altitude and rarefied air. Leh is at 11400 feet and the flight up from the plains means that you have to acclimatize gently without pushing yourself.
The 2 ½ days scheduled here is the minimum required as you will be going to a higher altitude and will be doing a fair amount of walking. At some point over the next few days in Leh, meet with staff from the Snow Leopard Conservancy for a briefing on the history of snow leopard conservation in Ladakh with insight given into the current threats to snow leopards and the strategy’s adopted to combat these threats.
Spend Three overnights at Grand Dragon. Accommodation is in a Deluxe Room with ensuite facilities. Your stay includes meals.
Leh is a fascinating labyrinth of winding streets and quaint bazaars retaining much of its atmosphere of a Central Asian trading town. The main street is open and airy, with rows of shops on either side. Leh is very Tibetan; the national dress, 'stove-pipe' hats and felt boots with turned-up toes are much in evidence. The Royal Palace, which dominates the town, is very reminiscent of the Potala in Lhasa and Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, large chortens, prayer flags and mud brick houses with flat roofs are a dramatic culture change from the hot, teeming frenetic rush of Delhi. This morning you will visit the Snow Leopard Conservancy; here you will see the efforts made by the authority with the help of the local community to conserve the endanger snow leopard.
In the afternoon we visit the Thiksey monastery. Thiksey Gompa is the most picturesquely situated monastery in Ladakh, perched high on a hill above the Indus. Its buildings are arranged at various levels, leading up to the private apartments of the incarnate lamas on the summit. From here one commands a magnificent view of the valley. The gompa possesses a rich and beautiful collection of hundreds of hand-written or painted prayer books. A new temple contains a 15-meter tall Buddha statue, constructed in 1970 to commemorate a visit to Thiksey by the Dalai Lama. The statue, made of clay and covered with gold paint, is the largest Buddha figure in Ladakh and took four years to construct. Inside, the statue is filled with the Kandshur and the Tandshur - volumes of Buddhist canonical texts. The statue was made entirely by local craftsmen and represents Maitreya, ("compassion" in Sanskrit) the Buddha of the Future. The prophecy made of the Future Buddha is that the world will be undergoing such chaos that He will teach compassion to the people.
Today you set out for an extraordinary drive East heading towards Taglang La and the villages of Gya, Lhato and Meru. It’s a fantastic drive taking you away from the valley of the Indus up a subsidiary valley to an extraordinary area (even by Ladakhi’s standards) that marks the line where the Indian mainland collided with and drove under Asian land mass. There is some dramatic scenery here and you have a chance of sighting wildlife including Blue sheep, Golden eagles and Bearded vultures. Rafts of Red-billed Choughs perform synchronized aerobatics and in the fallow fields you have the chance of seeing the very beautiful Tibetan Partridge and the more common Chukor partridge.
Today, you will be collected for another scenic drive, travelling westward on the road to Kargil and Srinagar, following the Indus River. You will pass through the small town of Nimmu – one of the most important settlements of Ladakh, where the Zanskar River meets the Indus. After a little over an hour you will head north on a road to Likir – one of Ladakh’s famous Buddhist monasteries. This is snow leopard country.
We continue on to turn off onto a dirt road, winding up a narrow valley, following a stream called the Ulley Chhu. Smaller valleys intersect and the guides have their heads craned all the time, scanning the hill sides and the skyline for any silhouette. This is excellent Ibex country and there are few more evocative sights than a magnificently horned male Ibex standing vigil on some impossibly narrow outcropping, a few thousand feet over a plunging cliff. Ulley village, west of Leh is an area that is only recently being developed for Snow Leopard watching.
Ulley village, west of Leh, is an area that is only recently being developed for snow leopard viewing.
Here, you will be staying at the enchanting Snow Leopard Lodge that consists of four bedrooms, built separately from the main house with a dining room and kitchen. Add to this the interest of living with a Ladakhi family, in the depths of winter, and understanding their lifestyle, and you have a very special experience instore – especially sharing the large, warm kitchens that are the heart of a Ladkahi home – resplendent with brass, copper and silver ornaments.
From the house and its terraced fields, you command a superb view across the valley and are almost certain to see ibex from here. If you are lucky, you will also have the opportunity to view other wildlife such as wolf, Himalayan fox and perhaps even snow leopard.
Settle in on arrival and acclimatize to the higher altitude of Ulley. You will be based here over seven nights and the advantage of Ulley is that it is relatively free of tourism and the chaos that has enveloped the first snow leopard destination of Rumbak. The other advantage is that from here you will explore three valleys, which, apart from snow leopards, are great for finding urial, ibex, wolf and Himalayan fox.
Over the next few days you will have the opportunity to venture into the area on foot and by 4×4 vehicle, with your expert guide. You will be amazed at the sheer dedication and commitment he brings to his trade and the effort he makes to ensure that his guests leave happy. Your guide will interact closely with the local people and usehis network of local intelligence to narrow down the likely sites. In the process, there will also be plenty of opportunity for you to gain insight into the region’s folklore, customs and traditions.
Please note: The trek route is one that is based on the experience of your guides and they have full discretion to change or alter the route accordingly. The weather will also be a crucial factor in deciding which places will eventually be visited and what will be dropped from the program.
Spend seven nights at Snow Leopard Lodge.
Over the next few days you explore the area on foot and SUV’s with your expert guide. You will be amazed at the sheer dedication and commitment he brings to his trade and the effort he makes to ensure that his guests leave happy. Your guide will interact closely with the local people and use the network of local intelligence to narrow down the likely sites. In the process there will also be plenty of opportunity for you to get insights into local folklore, as well as learn about local customs and traditions.
Overnight stay at Snow Leopard lodge.
This morning, after breakfast, we say our goodbyes to our host and drive back to Leh town. En-route we visit the Alchi monastery. Alchi Gompa is located near the small village of Saspol. It is one of the earliest monasteries built in Ladakh, dating from the 11th century. Because it was built before the invading wars began in the 15th century, Alchi was built on lowlands, rather than on a hilltop as others were, in order to protect them from marauding armies.
After the visit we carry on our journey to Leh. Spend one overnight at Grand Dragon. Accommodation is in a Deluxe Room with en-suite facilities. Your stay includes all meals.
Today, you will be collected for your flight to Delhi. Upon arrival, you will be driven to the ROSEATE HOUSE Hotel, where you can freshen up before your homeward flight later this evening.
· Meals as mentioned in itinerary
· Internal flights in economy
· Day 1 in Delhi hotel on Bed and Breakfast
· All sightseeing activities in Ladakh as mentioned.
· Entrance fee in monasteries
· Transportation for snow leopard sightings
· Donation fee for snow leopard conservation
· Services of a Tour leader from day 2-12 in Ladakh only
· Any expenses of personal nature including alcohol, laundry, gratuities etc.
· International Airfares
· Medical /Travel Insurances
· Any expenses arising due to unavoidable circumstances beyond our control.
· Any change in tax structure
· Rates include only those items specified in your itinerary.
· Please note, the names of hotels mentioned above only indicate that our rates have been based on usage of these hotels. It is not to be construed that accommodation is confirmed at these hotels until and unless we convey the confirmations to you on receipt of your acceptance. However in the event of any of the above mentioned hotels not becoming available at the time of initiating the reservations, we shall book alternate accommodation at a similar or next best available hotel and shall pass on the difference of rates (supplement/reduction whatever applicable) to you.
· In case on any currency fluctuations or amendment in local Government taxes, or any fuel hike, we reserve the right to adjust the tour price accordingly. The due increase or decrease will be communicated accordingly.
ENTRY / VISA REQUIREMENTS
· As for all international travel, the visitor to India is required to be in possession of a valid passport and visa. Travellers from all countries need a visa. Enquire about this from the Indian diplomatic Representatives abroad OR apply online at https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html
· Boarding or immigration can be denied if there is a mismatch of passport details mentioned on the visa letter issued by the Government of India and the passport presented at these checks.
The passport has to be valid for a minimum of 6 months AFTER the departure date from India and at least 2 (two) clear pages available in the passport for immigration stamping.
Please note: The trek route is one that is based on the experience of your leaders and they have full discretion to change it or alter it as per their wish. The weather will also be a crucial factor in deciding which places will eventually be visited and what will be dropped from the program.
The majority of time in Ladakh is spent at elevations of 11,800 feet or higher, with the highest sleeping altitude at 13,000. Anyone with a history of medical problems, particularly cardiac or respiratory, should consult a doctor before considering this trip. We always require a release of liability and medical certificate from our clients.
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