You only need to spend a few days in the northern Indian region of Ladakh before you succumb to the spiritual powers of this ex-Buddhist Kingdom. On this 12 night luxury holiday to India you’ll discover the symbolic of peace and freedom of this fascinating part of the world. Hole up at the luxurious Chamba Camp, where guests have the opportunity to reconnect with your spiritual side, immerse yourself in local communities on this rejuvenating nomadic journey in canvas luxury and charming home-stays in the Himalayas.
Local living IN THE HIMALAYAS
Touch down in Delhi where you’ll be taken to the Imperial hotel. Once rejuvenated, the following day we’ll jet you to Leh on a one hour flight into the Himalayas. At 3,332m you’ll be staying in a traditional village house in Nimoo. Your guide will meet you at the airport and take you to the beautiful village characterised by stunning mountain scenery. With a courtyard and roof terrace, your hotel is the perfect place to relax as you acclimatize to the altitude.
Immerse yourself in Nimoo village, and have a lesson in Ladakhi cooking with a local family. For an insight into local life you can visit the charming Phyang monastery, if you’re feeling more active, our guides will take you on a hike through the stunning scenery and enjoy the views.Read more
FROM MORNING PRAYER TO RIVER RAFTING
By the end of the day you’ll be at the pop-up Chamba Camp, Thiksey, where you’ll receive a warm Ladkah welcome. Here you’ll be staying in your own opulent canvas palace. Surrounded by the stunning scenery, lie back in your tent or on the deck and unwind in an aura of unmatched beauty and serenity.An enlightening day in the monasteries will help you understand the region’s Buddhist heritage. Participate in the Morning Prayer ceremony at the Thiksey monastery at sunrise and visit the prayer room which is filled with handwritten books. There are small shrines dotted around, but the best bit of the site is the two storey high statue of the Maitreya Buddha. The Hemis Monastery is built in a secluded valley and belongs to the Dragon Order of Mahayana Buddhism. The monastery has taught young lamas literature, history, philosophy, yoga and tantra since the 13th century. Enjoy the ornate statues and mural paintings as you wonder around.
Delve into nature with a gentle rafting excursion down the ancient Indus River. You’ll bob past traditional Ladkhi villages and savour the enchanting views. The contrast between the emerald shades of the Minoo village on one bank and the stark barren landscape on the other has to be seen to be believed. As the sun sets over the mist shrouded mountains by your camp, you’ll be entertained by a traditional dance performance, Zyabro, into the night.
hilltop villages and gentle walks
After a leisurely breakfast you’ll head to the village of Eego where you’ll stay in a Shakti village house. After an insightful tour around the village you can take a picnic by the stream and breathe in the beauty of the area. The following morning you’ll can take a gentle walk over to Aazo. As you travel you’ll see the scenery change from scrubland to lush grazing pastures. The walk takes four hours, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the little shrines and summer dwellings. Camp in the lower reaches of Aazo you’ll get the best views of the valley bellow.
Fully rested you’ll head east the next morning to the village of Nang, where you can hike the terrain and gentle hills, during your hike you probably won’t see another soul along your journey. By the afternoon you’ll reach the Ganspar campsite at the head of the village. An agricultural area, you’ll see green fields abundant with peas, potatoes and barley. This stop is completely off the beaten track, few tourists reach this far, so enjoy the tranquility of this unique destination. Sleeping in domed tents under the stars, on the clearest nights you’ll even be able to see the Milky Way.
sleep by the banks of the Indus River
For your final home-stay, you’ll be driven to the Shakti village house in Shey. On the banks of the Indus River, Shey was once the capital of Upper Ladkah under the Namgyal rulers. There’s a magnificent palace and spectacular Gompa with the second largest Buddah statue in Ladkah. Your village house at Shey is over 100 years old with views of Shey Palace, Thiksey monastery and the mountains from the roof terrace. Enjoy a tour around the village, hearing interesting facts and local tales. In the evening a Buddhist monk can come by and share stories with you about the Buddhist way of life.
During the next days enjoy the landscape and take a full day hike, following a small river up a narrow valley until it reaches Cangma’s tea house. The higher you’re able to climb, the more impressive the scenery gets with unusual rock formations and stunning views of the Stok range. On your final day, you’ll be driven 20 minutes to the domestic airport for your flight to Delhi where you can connect to your international flight home. With your spiritual side reawakened you’ll be loathe to leave, but happy and contented with all the memories you’ve made.