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Scenic View, Leh, Ladakh

Kashmir and Ladakh

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.

Experiences

It’s all here. Things to see and do, places to explore and moments to discover.

Tsomoriri Lake

Witness the compelling beauty and remote landscape of Tsomoriri Lake.

Explore Nubra Valley

Take an adventure into the Nubra Valley, and travel to the northern frontier village of Turtuk.

Kashmir and Ladakh

Discover Kashmir and Ladakh’s pristine scenery with pine forested valleys, rolling wild flower meadows, fruit orchards and crystal lakes.

Hemis Festival

Experience the colourful and vibrant festivals in Hemis and surrounding monasteries.

Thikse Monastery

Rise at dawn and experience the morning prayer ceremony at Thikse monastery.

Explore the Himalayas

Himalayan snow-capped peaks offer a range of activities from trekking to skiing and trout fishing to horse riding.

Travel through Kashmir

Experience a range of innovative accommodation including mobile camping, shikhara water safaris and luxury houseboats.

White Water Rafting

Enjoy a gentle meander downstream towards Leh by raft.

Shakti Village Walks

Visit Shakti Village and take part in challenging and adventurous walking and trekking.

Cooking Class

Spend a day in a traditional Ladakhi kitchen learning new ways to conquer Indian home cooking.

Thiksey Monastery, Ladakh, India
Thiksey, India

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 which are 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.

Shikara Boats, Dal Lake, Srinagar, Kashmir, India
Kashmir, India

Accommodation Options

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 combining trekking, rafting, jeep safaris and visits to monasteries. There are a number of luxury nomad camps that offer incredible luxury and open up the best and most remote locations. Ask one of our experts for advice on which to choose from.

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Kate Hitchen

My travels were first inspired by my love of the UK, which I take as much pleasure in exploring as countries far and wide. For me, travel is all about the adventure, the people I meet and the food I sample along the way. In fact, I am never happier than when I’m cycling, trekking or simply eating my way through a country! My heart and head regularly pull me east, notably to India but I may also be found wandering through the galleries and piazzas of Italy or daydreaming about fresh ceviche in the far west.
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Joe Parkes

As a child I read voraciously so the seed of travel was planted by none other than Enid Blyton. Family holidays ran the gamut from icy dips in the early summer seas of Cornwall, to camel rides in north Africa, from Times Square to Tenerife. A GAP year upon leaving school cemented the travel bug. After graduating University and before stumbling, happily, into a career in the travel industry I spent a couple of glorious years exploring southern and east Africa, large swathes of South-east Asia, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
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