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"India - You'd be mad not to go!" - Joanna Lumley
Travel through the Himalayas to the state of Ladakh, where the altitude is not the only thing that will take your breath away! Discover the mountains and monasteries of this former-Buddhist kingdom in the ultimate Himalayan adventure.
Marvel at the marble-white Taj Mahal, the ‘Crown of Palaces’
Explore this wonderful city nicknamed 'Queen of Hill Stations'
Experience the unique festival where masked lamas perform dances
Take a camel safari through this picturesque valley
Fly overnight to Delhi, India’s rambunctious capital city. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Transfer to the station and take an express train to Agra. On arrival visit the 17th-century Itmad-Ud-Daulah, nicknamed the ‘Baby Taj’ and the colossal Agra Fort. (B,L)
Rise early for an enchanting sun rise at the magnificent Taj Mahal. Drive back to Delhi and tour New Delhi, visiting India Gate, passing the grandiose Parliament buildings and finishing in the heart of the city, the vibrant Connaught Place. (B,L)
Transfer to the station and take a train to Chandigarh, before continuing by road to Shimla. The rest of the day is free. (B,D)
The summer capital of British India, and nicknamed the ‘Queen of Hill Stations’, Shimla has a spectacular location. Start the day with a visit to Jakhoo Temple, which sits at the highest point of the city, offering amazing views. Continue exploring with visits to the Himachal State Museum, Chadwick
Falls, Prospect Hill and Sankat Mochan. Spend some time in the heart of town, soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying the views. (B,L)
Drive to the picturesque town of Manali, passing through some breathtaking scenery. (B,L)
Take an excursion to Naggar, where you’ll find an old castle and temples, and the Roerich Art Gallery. Set up a hill, the views are as impressive as the paintings. This afternoon, discover more about the town of Manali with a city tour. You’ll visit Hadimba Temple, Vashisht hot water springs and old Manali village. (B,L)
Drive to the small village of Jispa, going over the Rohtang pass (3,980 metres) en route. Visit Keylong village to browse the local market and explore the 12th-century Khardong monastery. (B,L,D)
Travel on to Sarchu, making photo stops regularly along this spectacular route as it heads up into the mountains and over the Baralacha pass (4,800 metres). This afternoon is at leisure, where you can spend some time exploring your home for the night – a beautifully located tented camp. (B,L,D)
Drive on to the captivating mountain-enveloped town of Leh, crossing two more spectacular mountain passes, La Chung La (5,065 metres) and Tanglang La (5,360 metres). This evening is at leisure to acclimatise to the altitude. (B,L,D
Surrounded by stark mountain peaks, wherever you go in Leh brings more and more spectacular views. Today your explorations will include 11th-century Spituk Gompa, the Tibetan-Buddhist Sankar Gonpa and the hilltop Phyang Monastery. (B,D)
Spend a day at one of the largest and well-known monasteries of the Ladakh region, Hemis. The Hemis festival is a colourful affair, with masked lamas performing dances and making sacrificial offerings to the divinities of the Buddhist Drukpa order. (B,D)
Visit Thiksey Monastery, an excellent example of Ladakhi architecture, before exploring Shey Palace, built by the first king of Ladakh. (B,D)
Drive to Uletokpo, stopping at Likir Monastery en route. Arrive at the Sham valley, where you will be spending the night in a tranquil eco resort. Take a pleasant walk through the woods to Ridzong Monastery. (B,L,D)
Explore the centre of the Ladakh region, an area that has a high concentration of Buddhist monasteries and visit the ruins of Lamayuru Monastery. (B,L,D)
Hit the road back to Leh, stopping en route at Alchi Monastery, which boasts particularly beautiful sculptures and wood carvings. (B,L)
Travel to the Nubra Valley via the route that is said to be the highest drivable road in the world. Crossing the Khardung Pass (5,260 metres) you’ll have incredible views down over the Indus Valley. Tonight’s tented camp is close to the beautiful
village of Hunder, an oasis in the cold desert of the Nubra Valley. (B,L,D)
This morning, visit the famous sand dunes of this high altitude desert and take a camel safari. This afternoon explore Diskit Monastery, which is full of tangkas and statues to admire. (B,L,D)
Travel back to Leh, where the rest of the day will be at leisure. (B,L,D)
Spend the morning at leisure before an afternoon walking tour that takes you through the historic bazaar and the narrow backstreets. (B,D)
Fly to Delhi. Take the afternoon to explore the sights of Old Delhi; drive past colossal Red Fort, browse the bustling bazaar of Chandni Chowk, and visit Jama Masjid, India’s largest and most impressive mosque. Visit an Indian family home for dinner this evening. (B,D)
Fly to the UK, arriving home later the same or following day. (B)
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.
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A visa is required by all nationalities. A single entry visa should be arranged in advance of travel. Unlike many other tour operators, we include your entry visas in the price of our tour. We handle the entire visa process – all you need to do is fill out the form and send your passport to us. We are always on hand to help you with any questions or queries you might have when completing the form.
To call the UK the international access code is 0044 then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625. Mobile Phones Mobile phones are growing in popularity and you will find high quality coverage. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK.Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost.
Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Bhutan is no exception. We have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount is calculated for each tour. We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.
Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs. We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity.
The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is served in the hotel and usually includes western dishes. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste. Any food/diet requests MUST be specified at the time of booking and you should mention it again to the National Escort/ Local Guides when you meet them – they will do their utmost to cater for any special requests, such as vegetarian meals or food to be avoided in case of allergies.
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