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India's Heights: Kashmir, Ladakh & the Himalayas

Hit new heights in India with our spectacular 14-day Kashmir and Himalayas luxury itinerary. This incredible travel adventure takes you through the spectacular mountain scenery of Leh, Srinagar and Shimla, where you’ll get well-acquainted with the Himalayas. Nature-lovers will be in heaven exploring the great outdoors of Kashmir, with some of the best outdoor activities the world has to offer.

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  • Learn about New Delhi’s past and present on a tour of the city
  • Receive a private blessing by a Buddhist monk
  • Purchase a Kashmiri (cashmere) rug or pashmina straight from the source
  • Enjoy the great outdoors of the little-known Gulmarg
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Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrive in New Delhi and transfer to one of our three recommended luxury hotels: The Lodhi, Imperial Hotel, or Oberoi Gurgaon. Check in and get settled in to your new surroundings, relaxing at your hotel or exploring the nearby areas.

Day 2

Today you’ll learn all about the history and present of New Delhi, on a full-day tour of Old and New Delhi. You’ll visit can’t-miss spots like Qutub Minar, the tallest minaret in India, the Laxminarayan Temple, India Gate, the country’s national monument, and more. See the city’s more modern side as well with a trip to its National Gallery of Modern Art, and enjoy a bit of retail therapy at its world-class shops.

Day 3

Today you’ll be flying to Leh, part of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Leh has a long and fascinating history that starts with its one-time status as capital of the Himalayan Kingdom of Ladakh. Check into your luxury room and spend the day acclimatizing to your new altitude of 11,562 feet.

Day 4

After a peaceful night’s sleep, explore your new surroundings by starting with a heritage walking tour of the city, taking in Leh’s well-preserved Old Town and historic buildings. Stop by the Central Asian Museum, home to a collection of historical artefacts from around the area, as well as a library and garden restaurant. Finish your day off with a visit to a charming village, where you can visit a monastery to witness monks young and old chanting and praying.

Day 5

Today, you’ll really get in touch with your spiritual side, with visits to the ancient Alchi and Phyang monasteries. Stop in a local village for lunch, before continuing on to visit a Buddhist monk for a private blessing - the perfect ending to your day.

Day 6

After a hearty breakfast, pay a visit to Khardungla pass today, said to be the world's highest motorable pass. Next up, pick up some handcrafted souvenirs on a shopping tour of Leh town. Head back to your hotel and relax for the evening.

Day 7

Today, you’re taking off for Srinagar via Delhi. Once arrived, you’ll transfer to your luxury room at Vivanta by Taj - Dal View, overlooking Dal Lake. The lake is also known as the crown jewel of Kashmir, and is lined with Mughal era gardens, parks, and houseboats. Enjoy a languid sunset cruise on the lake this evening.

Day 8

Wake up bright and early this morning for a boat trip to the floating market, checking out its sights, smells, are goods for sale. Stop and smell the roses in the beautiful 17th-century Mughal Gardens, and pay a visit to the sacred Shankaracharya Temple, which overlooks the city. In the afternoon, stock up on the high-quality rugs and pashminas for which the city is world-renowned.

Day 9

Gulmarg is a hill station and popular skiing destination around 90 minutes' drive from Srinagar. It’s a low-profile city with a host of outdoor fun. You’ll take a day trip there today, for a skiing trip in some of Asia’s best conditions, a mountain hike, or in the Summer months, horseback riding, water-skiing, and fishing.

Day 10

Explore the great outdoors of Srinagar today, enjoying a hiking trip through its rugged landscape, or finding out why Kashmir is often called an angler’s paradise, fishing its rich waters. Alternatively, create your own perfect day, enjoying free time to explore the city or relax at your hotel as you please.

Day 11

Check out of your hotel today and fly to Chandigarh, a city that receives much international praise for its architecture and urban design. Check in to the Windflower Hall, nestled high in the Himalayas, and get acclimatized once again to your new elevation of 8,250 feet.

Day 12

Meditate on your new surroundings today with a yoga session, combined with a spa session. Refreshed and rejuvenated, explore the city with a full day tour of Shimla’s colonial sites and their Tudorbethan and neo-Gothic architecture.

Day 13

On your final day in Shimla, explore its dense forest on a trek that takes you through pine, deodar, oak and rhododendron trees. Have lunch at Jakhu Hill, the city’s highest peak, offering a stunning view of the town.

Day 14

Check out of your hotel and say goodbye to Shimla today, before your flight to New Delhi via Chandigarh, where you can check in for your onward destination.


Suggested Accommodations

Imperial Hotel, The Lodhi, The Oberoi Gurgaon

Imperial Hotel

Located in the center of New Delhi, The Imperial is a splendid reminder of the city’s colonial past. The hotel’s 231 rooms and suites are designed in a combination of Art Deco and traditional English styles, and the hotel’s main lobby has an impressive collection of colonial-era Indian art. Dining options are Spice Route, which serves exceptional Southeast Asian cuisine, and 1911, set on an outdoor verandah overlooking the property’s lush gardens, serves continental cuisine. Other amenities include complimentary wi-fi, fitness center, outdoor pool, spa, and business center. The Imperial Hotel is approximately a 40-minute drive from the international airport (DEL).


The Lodhi

The Lodhi New Delhi (formerly the Aman New Delhi) is located on the outskirts of the Indian capital just south of the Delhi Golf Course and adjacent to the western half of the medieval Nizamuddin complex. Stone quarried from northern India is used for all floors and the interior design combines clean, modern lines with classic Mughal elements. There are 40 rooms and suites designed with regional style architecture featuring private plunge pools and the highest quality furniture and furnishings. The Lodhi offers a range of restaurants serving Indian, Thai and European cuisine. During the daytime guests may enjoy light snacks and classic cocktails at the Pool Café and in the evenings head to Anidra the supper and night club serving fine wines, beers, spirits, mixers and tapas. Other amenities include a spa, health center with four tennis courts, three squash courts, a pilates studio and a gymnasium, a lap pool, library and cigar room.  


The Oberoi Gurgaon

The Oberoi Gurgaon is set on a lush nine-acre property just outside of New Delhi near the airport, offering luxury and tranquillity on the outskirts of India's capital. The hotel's 202 rooms and suites are among the largest in the city, featuring contemporary decor with large windows that overlook the property's landscaped pools and gardens. All have LED televisions and both wired and wireless internet access. Dining options include Threesixtyone, serving pan-Asian cuisine across 5 interactive show kitchens, with indoor and outdoor seating, and Amaranta, offering fresh seafood. The hotel also boasts a piano bar, the country's first exclusive cigar lounge, and a patisserie and delicatessen. Other amenities include an outdoor pool, gym complex, and a 24-hour spa centre. The Oberoi Gurgaon is 15 minutes by car from Delhi International Airport (DEL).

Chamba Camp Thiksey, Stok Palace Heritage Hotel

Chamba Camp Thiksey

Ladakh, at an elevation of over 9,800 feet, is known for its icy lakes, glaciers, clear blue skies, picturesque valleys and historic monasteries festooned with colorful prayer flags. From the Chamba Camp, guests are well-placed to go on excursions to Thiksey, Hemis and Alchi monasteries, embark on hikes and treks, visit local homes, stage picnics or even play a game of polo. The area is rich in culture and history, with an Old City to explore and beautiful hamlets to visit. It’s also replete with natural beauty, known for its abundant birdlife and spectacular Tso-Moriri Lake. At Chamba Camp, guests will be treated to homestyle cooking by local chefs, and be regaled with tales from fellow guests or from travel experts while around the campfire. There’s a private butler on call 24/7 to cater to guests’ needs, whether they want to organize an intimate dinner for two or a day-trip to the Indus River. In their tents, guests are treated to five-star luxury, with spacious, beautifully-appointed living spaces, a private ensuite and indoor and outdoor seating areas.


Stok Palace Heritage Hotel

The official residence of the Ladakhi royal family, the Stok Palace is a 200-year old four storey palace sitting on a mountainside moraine overlooking the valley. Its 77 rooms & suites are beautifully decorated with colourful hand-painted woodwork and Tibetan rugs, and have magnificent views over the Indus valley. The hotel also boasts splendid gardens and a fascinating museum which includes jewels, armour and ceremonial Buddhist scrolls.
Vivanta by Taj - Dal View

Vivanta by Taj - Dal View

A state-of-the-art retreat located 1730 feet (527 meters) above sea level, the Vivanta by Taj – Dal View is one of India's most spectacular properties. Perched on a hill above Dal Lake and built from local timber and painted in warm, earthy colours, the resort evokes the spirit and ethos of the valley. The Vivanta by Taj –Dal View features eighty-two spacious, intimate rooms and suites spread across six acres, all offering the latest in-room technology, king-sized beds, electronic safes, internet access, LCD televisions, and a work desk. Dining options include Jade Dragon, which serves Sichuan, or southwestern Chinese cuisine; Latitude, an all-day eatery serving local specialties; Easy, a creative, fun cocktail lounge; and Rhythm, a stylish tea lounge. Vivanta by Taj – Dal View is only 12 miles (20 kilometers) from Srinagar International Airport.

Wildflower Hall

Wildflower Hall

Oberoi Wildflower Hall rests atop the Himalayas at 8,250 feet high. Once the estate of the British Commander-In-Chief, Lord Kitchener, Wildflower Hall offers outdoor jacuzzis, heated swimming pools and restaurants overlooking the sweeping mountain views. Each of the resort’s 87 suites is equipped with Satellite television, Wi-Fi connectivity and a separate walk-in closet with an electronic safe. Guests have an option of three restaurants which serve a range of Pan-Asian, International and authentic Indian cuisines. Other facilities at the hotel include a fitness center which offers steam baths, a private spa pavilion and a Billiards room. Wildflower Hall is approximately a 25-minute drive from Shimla Airport and two hours from Chandigarh Airport.

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