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- Explore Kashmir and Ladakh with Zara Fleming.
- Float on the serene surface and little-known backwaters of Srinagar's iconic Dal Lake
- Sample Kashmiri hospitality; stay on an ornately decorated wooden houseboat.
- Attend morning prayer ceremonies and experience Ladakh's vibrant Buddhist culture.
- Visit remote monastic villages and discover the region's Tibetan influence.
Under the expert guidance of our expert, Zara Fleming, trace the history of the predominately Muslim region of Kashmir, known for being a troubled region but arguably the jewel in India's crown. Continue to neighbouring Ladakh, with its strong Buddhist influences and sharing more in common with Tibet than India.
WHERE DOES THIS GROUP TOUR VISIT?
Begin in the snow-capped mountains and picturesque lakes of Srinagar; explore this ancient city with its impressive Mughal gardens and mesmerising views from traditional Shikaras. Venture up into the region's breath-taking mountains. Fly over stunning Himalayan landscape to Leh, sitting on the Tibetan Plateau at the heart of India's least accessible region, Ladakh. Explore the dramatic, unspoilt scenery, peppered with fascinating monasteries and religious sites.
Why should I join this group tour to Srinagar and Ladakah?
For those that aspire to visit these high kingdom regions, to explore the age old handicrafts for which Kashmir is famed, gain a better understanding of current Kashmiri events, explore the contrasting regions of Srinagar and the Buddhist Kingdom that is ancient Ladakh.
WHY TRAVEL WITH zara fleming?
Zara Fleming is a real expert on the Himalayan regions; its people, culture, and art, as well as Tibetan Buddhism. To travel with Zara really ‘opens up’ this interesting high altitude region which is surely one of the world’s most fascinating Kingdoms.
IS THIS GROUP TOUR SUITABLE FOR SOLO TRAVELLERS?
Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places does provide security and peace of mind. We handle all the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour Expert.
If you are willing to share, we will always do our best to match you up with another solo traveller of the same sex so that you do not have to pay for a single room.
If you would prefer the privacy of your own room and would like this guaranteed, then the single room price supplement will apply.
DO I NEED A VISA FOR INDIA?
All visitors need a visa for India. There is now provision for an online e-visa for citizens of certain countries, including UK citizens. The visa must be obtained before arrival in all circumstances but can be arranged as little as four days before departure. Standard issue tourist visas sourced from the UK have six months’ validity from date of issue.
WHAT IS THE ACCOMMODATION LIKE IN srinagar and ladakh?
Stay on traditional houseboats located on Dal Lake whilst in Srinagar. We are using the best accommodation available in Leh. Outside of the city the accommodation will be more rustic, located in fruit orchards and countryside. Throughout the stay there is access to ensuite facilities, and electricity.
WHAT IS THE FOOD LIKE IN srinagar and ladakh?
Both regions have distinctive cuisine. Kashmiri Wazwan cuisine is primarily famous for its non-vegetarian dishes and Rogan Josh is its signature dish. This spicy red lamb-based curry is ideally eaten with saffron rice. Street foods are popular in the city, with chutneys and lawasas coming free with each marinated skewer of mutton and chicken.
Ladakh has traditional foods like mukh mukh available at restaurants. A traditional tea suitable for chilly winters called gur gur chai (buttered salty tea) is available at tea shops. Local breads called Khambir can be sampled when in Leh Bazar. Cheese is sourced from Yak’s milk, known as Chhupri, and Momos are available all over Leh as is clear Tibetan soup.
WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE?
Autumn is pleasant in Kashmir. The orchards are full of apples. Snow-capped mountains will be on show in Gulmarg. The weather in September is usually dry with beautiful, clear views of the mountains. Daytime temperatures reach the high twenties with low humidity. When arriving at higher altitude in Ladakh it will be quite cold so it is advisable to pack warm clothes and dress in layers. Mornings and evenings can feel chilly hovering around 13 degrees. Afternoons will warm up reaching low twenties. The weather in September in Ladakh is extremely dry and ample sunshine allows clear skies and great views this month.
HOW FIT SHOULD I BE TO ENJOY THIS TOUR?
An average level of fitness is enough to get the best out of this tour. Rather than the walks being the challenge, it is more likely the altitude when in Ladakh, however we have built in enough time for the group to acclimatise properly so the chance of this is minimal. If you enjoy walking and the great outdoors, then this is the perfect trip for you. There are several walks during the tour where you will be able to walk at your own pace and we incorporate plenty of rest stops.
WHAT IS THE MAXIMUM GROUP TOUR SIZE?
Unlike other companies Steppes Travel guarantee that you join a small group with a maximum of 15 people.
CAN I EXTEND MY STAY IN INDIA?
Yes, this can easily be arranged at the end of the tour. Private travel arrangements with a car and driver will be provided and a private guide arranged for sightseeing.
For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.