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  • Visit the Mughal splendours of Delhi & stay in ultra luxury tents in an undiscovered region of India.
  • This private journey explores some of the fascinating monuments and ancient monasteries that continue to preserve the traditional art forms, fairs and festivals of the area whilst staying in luxurious tented accommodation.
  • Explore Leh Palace, Stok Palace and Thiksey monastery, join morning prayers with local monks and  enjoy a camel back safari in the desert of the Nubra Valley.
  • Our offer includes 8 nights in luxury tented camps with full board dining, and 4 nights in 5* hotels in Delhi.

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Your Destinations

Ladakh
In the far North of India, in the region of Jammu and Kashmir lies Ladakh - a former Buddhist Kingdom that remains totally untouched by tourism.  Shrouded in mystery and legend, this awe-inspiring landscape of jagged mountains and desert dunes is awash with tales of mercenaries and monks, who traversed the land in search of health, wealth and enlightenment.

Located in a small valley just to the north of the Indus River is Leh, the capital of Ladakh, a region often referred to as ‘Little Tibet’ which marks the boundary between the peaks of the western Himalaya and the vast Tibetan Plateau.

Leh was only opened to tourists in 1974, and until 1947 it had close trading relations with Central Asia, with yak trains setting off from the Leh bazaar to complete the stages over the Karakoram Pass to Yarkand and Kashgar. The town itself is dominated by the nine-storey Leh Palace, home of the Ladakhi royal family before they were exiled to Stok in the 1830s.

Discover the incredible scenery and centuries-old culture of Ladakh on this private tour, which explores some of the fascinating monuments and ancient monasteries that continue to preserve the traditional art forms, fairs and festivals of the area.
Delhi
The Indian capital, is steeped in a glorious, but turbulent, history. In the pulsating old city, the mighty Mughal-built Red Fort and the vast Jama Masjid mosque are divided by Chandni Chowk’s teeming bazaars.

New Delhi provides a fascinating contrast, with the grand Lutyens-designed government buildings, the majestic India Gate memorial, the thriving hub of Connaught Circus and broad tree-lined avenues, which give much of the city a park-like feel. Visitors should head for the gracefully preserved Humayun’s tomb, an early example of Mughal architecture, and the 13th-century red sandstone tower of Qutb Minar.

Your Itinerary - 14 days/12 nights

(B = Breakfast , L = Lunch, D = Dinner)

Day 1: Fly to Delhi
Overnight flight from London to Delhi with Virgin Atlantic.

Day 2: Delhi
Arrive and transfer to The Imperial or The Leela New Delhi (or similar) for a 2-night stay. (B)

Day 3: New Delhi
Morning tour of New Delhi. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
When the British chose Delhi as their capital in 1911, they appointed two architects, Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker, to plan and build a new city to rival the fabled cities of the Mughals. New Delhi was thus built in true colonial style with tree-lined avenues, colonial bungalows, the Parliament House, the War Memorial Arch and the Viceregal Palace, now the official residence of the President of India.

Alongside these British architectural gems are several monuments commemorating other occupants of Delhi including the Emperor Humayun and the Muslim saint, Nizamuddin Auliya. Indigenous Indian monuments include Jantar Mantar, the observatory built by Raja Jai Singh of Jaipur, and the Birla Mandir, a modern marble Hindu temple. During your tour you will drive past India Gate and the President's Palace and visit the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun, and the pre-Mughal monuments including Iltutmish's tomb, Qutb Minar and the tomb of Isa Khan.


Day 4: Fly to Leh
Morning arrival and check into the Chamba Camp, Thiksey for a 4-night stay. Remainder of the day at leisure. (B, L, D)

Walk through the organic vegetable garden, speak with the gardening team, play croquet, try archery and soak up the stunning setting.

Day 5: Leh
Morning at leisure with the option of a guided early morning birdwatching walk. In the afternoon, unravel the treasures of the old city with a gentle orientation tour, including the Leh Palace. (B, L, D)

The region is renowned for its fascinating bird life.  Leh Palace is a former royal palace overlooking the dramatic Ladakhi Himalayas.  Modelled on the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, the Palace was built by King Sengge Namgyal in the 17th century.  It is nine storeys high, the upper floors accommodated the royal family, while the lower floors held stables and storage rooms.  The palace was abandones when Dogra forces took control of Ladakh in the mid 19th century and the royal family moved to Stok Palace.

Day 6: Leh
Discover the hidden relics of Thiksey monastery in the morning. After lunch, explore the Hemis monastery, the oldest monastic institution in Ladakh. (B, L, D)
Hemis Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Drukpa Lineage, located in Hemis, Ladakh, India. Situated 45 km from Leh, the monastery was re-established in 1672 by the Ladakhi king Sengge Namgyal.

Day 7: Leh
After breakfast, witness the traditional fanfare and glamour associated with the game of polo, which originated in the western Himalaya (subject to minimum numbers of guests staying at the camp). In the afternoon, visit Stok Palace, residence of the Queen Mother and Prince of Ladakh. (B, L, D)

Leh’s Polo Ground, is the world’s highest polo ground.  Chamba Camp, Thiksey .  Guests are not allowed to play, the ponies are rather wild. Stok Palace is a Buddhist monastery in Stok, Leh district, Ladakh, northern India, 15 kilometres south of Leh.It was founded by Lama Lhawang Lotus in the 14th Century and has a notable library including all 108 volumes of the Kangyur. A ritual dance-mask festival is held annually.It was used for some time as a residence by the Ladakhi royalty of the Namgyal dynasty of Ladakh, when the family moved from Leh Palace.

Day 8: To Nubra valley
Drive to Nubra valley and stay 2 nights at the Chamba Camp, Diskit. (B, L, D)
The drive from Thiksey to Diskit goes over the world’s highest motorable pass – the Nubra Valley, where Chamba Camp, Diskit is located is at a lower altitude than Thiksey, 10,000 feet/3048 metres.
The scenery is spectacular.

Day 9: Nubra valley
Early this morning, visit Hundar village. Later, take a camel-back ride along the soft, white, sandy deserts of Nubra valley. (B, L, D)

Like the rest of the Tibetan Plateau, Nubra is a high altitude cold desert with rare precipitation and scant vegetation except along river beds. The villages are irrigated and fertile, producing wheat, barley, peas, mustard and a variety of fruits and nuts, including blood apples, walnuts, apricots and even a few almond trees. Most of the Nubra Valley is inhabited by Nubra dialect or Nubra Skat speakers. The majority are Buddhists

Day 10: Leh
Return to Leh and stay 2 nights at the Chamba Camp, Thiksey. (B, L, D)
Guests can partake in cooking lessons or dine in the kitchen tent and watch the culinary artisans at work.  

Day 11: Leh
Walk in the footsteps of Buddha and explore the monastic treasures of Ladakh, including visits to Alchi and Ridzong monasteries. (B, L, D)

Renowned as the oldest Buddhist learning centre in Ladakh, Alchi Monastery is located 70 km from Leh in Jammu and Kashmir in north India on the bank of Indus River. ... The foundation of the monastery was laid by Tibetan translator Rinchen Zangpo in the middle of 12th century.

Ridzong Monastery is73 Kms from Leh, the monastery of Rizong was built in 1831 by the great Lama Tsultim Nima. The monastery upholds the teachings of the great Tsongkhapa. Dress and food provisions are provided for all members of the community by the governing body of the monastery. Nothing other than religious robes and books is permitted for the inmates of each cell.

There are 40 monks in residence. The incumbents of the monastery are the successive reincarnations of Lama Tsultim Nima and of his son, Sras Rinpoche. Within the monastery there are shrines, the painting blocks of the biography of Lama Tsultim Nima, many objects made and books composed by the 1st. Sras Rinpoche. The monastery is sited in a solitary position. 2 Km below it there is a nunnery called Chulichan (Chomoling) where about 20 nuns reside. The governing body of Rizong Monastery provides their food provisions and clothes

Day 12: Fly to Delhi
In the morning, bid farewell to the land of the lamas as you transfer to Leh airport for your flight back to Delhi. On arrival, transfer to the Dusit Devarana (or similar) for a 2-night stay. Afternoon tour of Old Delhi. (B)
Shah Jahan founded the city of Shahjahanabad, now referred to as Old Delhi, in 1648. The famous Red Fort in the heart of Old Delhi was once the most opulent fort of the Mughal empire and it boasts the Diwan-i-Am, Hall of Public Audience; and the Diwan-i-Khas, Hall of Private Audience.

A short drive from the fort is the Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in the world, built by Shah Jahan to dominate his city. The Raj Ghat is the location of Gandhi's cremation. Your tour will include visits to the Red Fort, the Jama Masjid mosque and Raj Ghat.

Day 13: Delhi
At leisure. (B)

Day 14: Fly to London
In the morning, transfer to Delhi airport for a flight back to London.

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Points to Note

  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
  • Daytime temperature: 20-25oC. Nighttime temperature: 5-8oC. Cashmere ponchos are provided in each tent.
  • You may experience some altitude sickness - there is a paramedic & oxygen on site.
  • Wifi is available in the main Reception Tent.
  • The camp features European plug sockets.
  • Wines and spirits are not included in your package.
  • Gratuities are at the guest’s discretion and are not included.

Your Accommodation

2nts in Delhi at The Imperial or The Leela New Delhi
4nts at the Chamba Camp, Thiksey
2nts at the Chamba Camp, Diskit  
2nts at the Chamba Camp, Thiksey
2nts at the Dusit Devarana Hotel

Adults Adults
2 Adults
On arrival you will stay at either The Imperial or The Leela New Delhi, for 2 nights in a Standard Room. (Bed & Breakfast)

The Imperial
Ranked by World Luxury Hotel Awards as the Best Luxury Hotel in India for 2010-2012, The Imperial blends rich historical past with an awe-inspiring heritage and International standards of modern luxury.

Guest rooms are luxuriously spacious and feature Italian marble bathrooms, sumptuous fabrics and a charming view of the impressive Atrium.

There is a fitness centre, outdoor pool and intimate spa.

The colonial style building is set in spacious grounds, steps away from Connaught Place, the renowned shopping district and the city’s major attractions.

OR

The Leela Palace New Delhi
Featuring some of the most spacious rooms in the city, this lavish 5* is a tranquil oasis in the heart of a bustling capital. 

The ornate architecture and gilded interiors blend the best of royal Indian culture and modern luxury. Cool down in the rooftop pool, pamper yourself in the spacious ESPA spa, and choose from four fantastic and glamorous dining venues.

The Leela Palace New Delhi is less than 10 minutes' drive from the India Gate so you are perfectly placed for sightseeing.
Chamba Camp, Thiksey - 6 nights in a Luxury Suite Tent (Full Board)
Nestled in the shadows of an ancient 15th-century monastery, this super luxury camp showcases the wild beauty of Ladakh - a Himalayan land of snow-capped peaks, highland deserts and lush green valleys.

The camp features individually designed, air-conditioned luxury tents with en suite facilities and a private butler service. Decorated to the highest standards, the tents are spacious and offer striking views of Thiksey Monastery and the snow-capped peaks of the Himalaya.

The on site restaurant fantastic traditional local specialities and international delicacies, cooked using fresh, organically grown produce from the vegetable garden.  Local and International wines and spirits are available, many of them award-winning.

Experiences and activities include polo games (a local Royal tradition), cooking lessons, croquet, archery and blessings with local monks.

For excursions, guests are cared for by their own personal guide, chauffeur and vehicle.

Chamba Camp, Thiksey was recognised by Tatler Magazine as one of the Best 101 Hotels of the World in 2014, and also featured in The Best List by Victoria Mather in the November 2015 edition of Vanity Fair.
Chamba Camp, Diskit - 2 nights in a Luxury Suite Tent 
(Full Board)
Where two ancient rivers meet in the enchanting Nubra Valley, you will find Chamba Camp Diskit, with inspiring views of the ancient Diskit monastery and the imposing snow-capped mountains.

As above, this sister camp features the same luxurious tents and 5* service.
The lounge tent has a collection of books on Ladakh covering its historic monuments and the region's cultural history, while sumptuous meals are served in the dining tent: expect award-winning cuisine with recipes from the chef's family, interspersed with fusion cuisine.
Dusit Devarana Hotel, Delhi - 2 nights in a Standard Room (Bed & Breakfast)
Sprawling across eight acres of land, the ultra-luxurious resort is surrounded by tranquil waterways and lush greenery - you will feel miles from the city!

Each of the rooms features modern furnishings, the latest technology and panoramic views of the landscaped gardens.

Treat your tastebuds to delightful regional delicacies, as well as Chinese, Continental, Mexican, Thai and seafood cuisines. Dusit Devarana also offers a host of recreational facilities for guests to unwind, relax and rejuvenate including sports, a spa and numerous excursions.

Your Journey

Flights: Included with 23kg of luggage per person

International flights with Virgin Atlantic
London Heathrow to Delhi: 21:55 - 10:45 (overnight flight)
Delhi to London Heathrow: 12:55 - 17:30

Domestic flights with Jet Airways
Delhi to Leh: 06:15 - 07:45
Leh to Delhi: 08:20 - 09:45

All flight times are local

Transfers: Private transfers are included as per itinerary.

Delhi: 35 mins/ 15 miles approx
Leh: 30 mins / 13 miles
Thiksey to Diskit: 3.5hrs / 85 miles

Please note: flight details are given as a guide only and may change.  We will however notify you in advance if flights are more than 2 hours outside the time range given.  Specific flights cannot be selected and confirmed timings will be shown on your official documentation from the tour operator.  Flights are non-changeable and non-refundable at time of booking.

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If you are driving to the airport in the UK, and book our package including flights, you may wish to add our Meet and Greet service. Take the hassle out of airport parking and have an official representative take your car on arrival, and it will be waiting for you on your return.

This can be added at the next stage of booking process where available.

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The flight inclusive offer(s) shown on this page are ATOL Protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Voyage Privé is acting as agent for Cox & Kings Travel Ltd with ATOL number 2815 and your contract is with that company.

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We will send all documents out as early as possible (subject to full payment being received) but you should receive all your documentation at least 10 days prior to departure.  Generally, travel documents are sent via email however, in some cases they will be sent by post.

If you have booked Meet & Greet, you will receive a separate voucher for this via email.
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Please note that the location shown on our map is to be used as a guide only and the actual location of the property may differ

Although we endeavour to provide up to date information we cannot guarantee that all hotel facilities and services will be available during your stay, especially when travelling out of the main holiday periods

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