A visit to Ladakh and Kashmir will take you to deep into Northern India, home to some of the most remote and sparsely populated regions on earth.
Ladakh, bordered by Tibet, a lesser know, yet equally fascinating region in India has an almost moonlike terrain, surrounded by some of the greatest mountain ranges of the world. It is also home to the elusive snow leopard. Our classic Ladakh holiday idea is a good place to start when planning a visit to the region of Ladakh. A weekly flight connects Ladakh with Kashmir, avoiding the arduous road journey along the 434 kilometre Srinagar – Leh highway. Srinagar, the capital of Kashmir, once offered the Moghuls and British Rulers refuge from the summer heat. Today with its famed gardens, lakes, waterways and houseboats, Srinagar offers a captivating place to visit in Kashmir.
Places to visit in Ladakh
- Witness the compelling beauty and remote landscape of Tsomoriri Lake
- Take a two night adventure into the Nubra Valley, and travel to the northern frontier village of Turtuk
- Shakti Village Experience offers challenging and adventurous walking and trekking terrain
- Experience the colourful and vibrant festivals in Hemis and surrounding monasteries
Our specialists 'Must Do'
- Rise at dawn and experience the morning prayer ceremony at Thikse monastery.
- Enjoy a gentle meander downstream towards Leh by raft or reach further into remote frontier locations with comfortable camping .
- Spend a day in a traditional Ladakhi kitchen learning new ways to conquer Indian home cooking
A little more about Ladakh
Ladakh is the last refuge of pure Tibetan Buddhism and the sprawling old monasteries exude an atmosphere and smell which only comes with great age. It can be one of the most rewarding Himalayan trekking regions where you will find isolated, almost Italianesque villages, irrigated by the glaciers above but surrounded by desert. The capital, Leh, is a delight, and a day or so wandering the streets and visiting the Stok Palace located on the hillside above is essential.
It is now possible to explore this compellingly beautiful and remote region of India while staying in superb accommodation where previously it has barely existed. Accommodation is in beautifully converted, traditional Ladakhi homes in unspoilt villages, where you journey in comfort through the Indus Valley combining trekking, rafting, jeep safaris and visits to monasteries.
When to go to Ladakh
Whilst the rest of India is steaming hot, Ladakh remains the most pleasant destination in the Indian subcontinent in the summer months. June to September allows easier access by flight and road transfer into this high altitude area. At other times of the year weather may be a disrupting factor and temperatures will be significantly lower.
The annual monastery festivals are in full swing during the summer, notably the famous Hemis Festival taking place on the 3rd and 4th July this year. Whilst the Hemis Festival is well documented, there are other festivals, offering unique experiences throughout Ladakh.
Places to visit in Kashmir
- Pristine scenery with pine forested valleys, rolling wild flower meadows, fruit orchards and crystal lakes
- Himalayan snow-capped peaks offering a range of activities from trekking to skiing and trout fishing to horse riding
- Artisan crafts - carpets, papier mâché, shawls, wood carving, silks
- Experience a range of innovative accommodation including mobile camping, shikhara water safaris and luxury house boats
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Rise with the dawn in Srinagar and board your private shikhara to visit the floating market traders on peaceful waters of the Dal Lake. Using Srinagar as a base, explore the valleys of Gulmarg and the meadows of Sonmarg, famous for the abundance of spring flowers and summer blossoms.
A little more about Kashmir
With such spectacular scenery, some excellent accommodation options including the Vivanta by Taj and the Sukoon houseboat, fascinating cultural sites, traditional artisan crafts and welcoming people, a holiday to Kashmir should be added to everyone's travel wish list.
When to go to Kashmir
The best time to visit Kashmir is between March and October, when weather conditions in the Kashmir Valley are at their best and cover three seasons:
Spring (March to early May) - with its wild flower meadows
Summer (early May to August) - with its cooler temperatures, and profusion of apple blossom
Autumn (September to November) - when the trees take on gold and russet hues