India - 14 days
Ladakh and Kashmir
Prices from £2,299

Inside India’s north west lie Kashmir and Ladakh, perhaps the subcontinent’s most remote region and which has been largely out of bounds for some time now. This Ladakh and Kashmir tour takes us from the heaving capital Delhi to the Ladakhi town of Leh, dominated by Buddhist heritage and with cultural influences from neighbouring Tibet, a land of stunning monasteries where ancient traditions are still revered much as they have been for centuries. We explore Shey, Tikse and Hemis with their splendid icons and Buddhist monks, then head into the desert region of the Nubra Valley, only recently opened for tourism and a stronghold of Ladakhi customs, with prayer stones and stupas lining the roads. At Diskit we watch the monks at their morning prayers, then visit the traditional village of Hundar. Driving through incredible scenery we take roads flanked by glaciers and the peaks of the Himalaya and head to the beautiful region of Sonamarg, and important pilgrimage site for Hindus. From here we head down to Srinagar in the Vale of Kashmir, an area of legendary beauty, to stay on its iconic houseboats – an intrinsically Kashmiri experience – and visit the flower meadows of Gulmarg. Kashmir has been off limits for too long but now is the time to discover its treasures – it won’t be long before everyone else does.