Apricot Blossom tours in Ladakh
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Set amidst the epic Himalayas at an altitude of 11400ft, Ladakh is a rustic and heavenly beautiful travel destination. Also known as 'Land of High Passes' it is enclosed with hash brown mountains, snow-clad high peaks, cold deserts, and massive glaciers that will surely make you awe-struck. During our journey of 7 Days in Leh we will be witnessing the iconic Magnetic Hill, the turquoise coloured Pangong Lake, the confluence of two mystical rivers, ancient and awe inspiring monasteries, the highest passes and few beautiful villages such as Hunder and Turtuk.
So, pack your bags to explore one of the most enthralling destination of India and bring back home some beautiful souvenirs of endless memories.
2N Leh - 2N Hunder - 1N Pangong - 1N Leh
3 Star Hotel
The flight to Ladakh is absolutely scenic. Arrive in Leh on Day 1 as per your preference and we will pick you up from the airport. You get a birds-eye view of the entire city and the layers of snow-clad mountains. You will feel a drop in the temperature the minute you land at the Leh airport, which is also one of the highest airports in the world. Collect your bags and check in to your hotels. TGE organiser will be at hotel to welcome you.
Today’s day is extremely important for acclimatisation, so try to stay indoors as much as possible and try not to exert yourself. In the evening we will take you for a beautiful sunset to Leh Palace and Namgyal Monastery (Tsemo). The colorful flags fluttering in the air and the view of the entire city from Namgyal Monastery is not to be missed. Drink plenty of fluids during the day to help you with acclimatization and prepare yourself for upcoming adventure.
Note: If you are arriving early in the morning, breakfast can be arranged at the hotel itself at an additional cost on INR 150 Rs. Buffet Breakfast time is between 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM. Post that, you can order from the menu.
Aerial view from flight
Apricot blossoms in Leh
3 Star Hotel
Today we spend the day exploring the vibrant capital of Ladakh, Leh. Leh is a powerhouse of beauty and culture. Roaming around the city and nearby will help you get acclimatize with the weather and high altitude.
We will start the morning by visiting Shanti stupa, a symbol of peace. After that, we will take you for a drive on Srinagar-Leh highway where you can seek blessing of Guru Nanak Dev at Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, find the illusion of magnetic hill for yourself and witness the confluence of Indus and Zanskar.
We will also be visiting the Hall of Fame, a museum constructed by the Indian Army in memory of the brave Indian soldiers who laid down their lives defending the motherland in the Indo-Pak wars. The Hall of Fame museum is located on the Leh-Kargil Road, about 4km from the city of Leh.
We return to Leh in the evening and spend some quality time in the market. For dinner we will recommend must try local cuisines and famous not to missed cafe's in the market. We will also recommend local shops for souvenirs.
Hall Of Fame
Luxury Tents/ Private Rooms at a Boutique Farmstay
Post breakfast, we check out of the hotel & start our journey to Nubra Valley through Khardungla, which is amongst world's highest motor able roads at 17580 feet above sea level ( Fun fact: the highest pass is Umling La, which passes through the Umlingla Top in Ladakh region at a height of over 19,300 feet). At Khardungla pass the snow capped peaks and the mountain views are amazing. Gateway to the remote Nubra and Shyok valleys, the mountain pass holds a strategic significance as it enables supplies to the Siachen Glacier.
En route we visit Diskit Monastery; which was founded in the 14th Century, and is one of the largest of the Buddhist Monasteries. For adventure lovers, there is the thrill of ATV rides at high altitude sand dunes of Nubra valley ( at your own expense)
We reach Hunder in the evening. The village of Hunder is situated like an oasis amidst the cold desert of the Nubra Valley. The gorgeous silver sand dunes are located at an altitude of 4000m and are bounded by snow-capped mountains. It is home to Bactrian Camels. Hunder lies on the ancient silk route, once an important international trade route. Today it is one of the most strategic points located close as it is to the Siachen Glacier, the world highest battle ground between India and Pakistan.
For the night, we have arranged accommodation in a Boutique farmstay
Hunder Sand Dunes
ATV at Hunder
Luxury Tents/ Private Rooms at a Boutique Farmstay
Turtuk is located approx 80 km from Hunder and takes about 3 hrs. We start our day trip to Turtuk after an early breakfast today.
Turtuk is the last village to which travel permits are issued for tourists in Nubra valley. Located at an altitude of 9846 ft it is inhabited by the Balti people of Tibetian Decent. The Beautiful village of Turtuk is located at the edge of Shayok valley which is part of Nubra valley. Untill 1971 Turtuk was part of Baltistan which was under control of Pakistan. The interesting story that goes around Turtuk by elders is about how one day when they went to bed in night they were in Pakistan and when they woke up they were part of India. To enter Turtuk you have to cross a wooden bridge on top of a river , surrounded with apricot trees, this village is certainly one of most beautiful and colorful villages in our route.
We have arranged lunch at the home of a local family, where you experience the local Balti cuisine along with some interesting conversations with them. .
Optional Activities: If possible, we will arrange a visit to Diskit Monastery to attend the morning prayers
Thang ( Zero Point)
Balti Heritage Museum
Lakeside Cottage Stays
Today we start early for the most awaited part of the trip, the beautiful Pangong lake. The road from Hunder to Pangong Tso (Tso means Lake in Tibetan) takes about 5 hours and goes alongside the River Shyok till Shyok village. Pangong Lake is situated at a height of 14,270 ft above sea level and is said to be one of the highest saline water lake in the world. Lying almost on the Indo-Chinese border, a part of it falls in India, while the other is in China. The beauty of the lake is such that it has been a cinematic backdrop for the popular movie, 3 Idiots. In fact, there is a 3 Idiots Point in the area, where the famous yellow scooter from the movie's climax is stationed. The lake is about 5 km wide at its broadest point and about 134 km in length. The Pangong Tso Lake is a breeding ground for different types of birds, including migratory ones. During the summer, the bar-headed goose and Brahminy Ducks are commonly spotted. Fishe such as False Osman and Kunar Snow Trout are found in the lake
Today we spend the night at a beautiful cottage stay beside lake. Those interested can venture out in the night to see the sky lit by uncountable stars and of course, the milky way
3 Idiots Point
3 Star Hotel
After breakfast we drive back to Leh by the off beat route of Chang La. Get ready for a bumpy road journey. En route we visit Thiksey and Shey Monastery and as per everyone's preference can also take a short detour to Hemis Monastery if interested.
We spend our last evening in Leh, in the market, where you can buy souvenirs for your near & dear one's. Over an amazing dinner, we will end our trip with loads of new memories, friendships and stories.
Stay Not Applicable
(At the assigned time)
And it's already time to say good bye to your fellow travellers and this magical land.
We will drop you at your preferred departure time to the the airport to take your flight out of Leh
Please Note: Breakfast will be provided only in the assigned time of 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM.
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𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐉𝐎𝐘 𝐎𝐅 𝐓𝐑𝐀𝐕𝐄𝐋𝐈𝐍𝐆 Did you know that there is a village in Meghalaya where their inhabitants are called by tunes, not names? Or were you aware of a unique art form practiced in Kutcha, Gujarat, that isn’t practiced anywhere else on Earth? Or did you know that Bhutan’s GDP is determined by its people's Happiness? The joy of traveling is to wholly immerse yourself into the story of the place that you travel to and we at TGE Travels bring nothing less than that on the table. Our well thought out itineraries give a deeper insight into the culture and history of a place by getting our travelers closer to the local communities, their customs, cuisines and lifestyle. And it goes without saying that we are the queens of finding offbeat locations, stays and activities which we bring out in all our itineraries. TGE stands for The Great Escape and a trip with us is like pressing the “Escape” key from the mundane routine to an exciting and cherishable travel experience 𝐖𝐇𝐎 𝐀𝐑𝐄 𝐖𝐄? Established in the year 2016, TGE travels was founded by Reetu Yadav and Jamila Kapasi, two expert mountaineers who had more than 6+ years of experience in mountaineering and the outdoors. TGE Travels is infact one of the rare travel and outdoor companies wholly owned by women with a vision of adding more women leaders in the unconventional outdoor leadership roles. What started as just a trekking company, TGE Travels has evolved into a more wholesome style of traveling by adding experiential traveling as one of its primary services. Our team at TGE Travels are a bunch of travel experts who want to add a meaning to your excursions. We are a strong unit of on ground team leads, backend supports and partner vendors who work cohesively to make your trip smooth and memorable. 𝐖𝐇𝐘 𝐓𝐆𝐄 𝐓𝐑𝐀𝐕𝐄𝐋𝐒? Small Groups Even before Corona, we have firmly believed that traveling in small groups is the best way to form connections and gain experiences. Now more than ever, we are committed to limiting the group size. Our travelers might meet as strangers but we ensure that they leave as friends. Amazing Team Leads What makes TGE Travels awesome are our team leads. They are the reason why our travelers choose to travel with us again and again. Full of energy and enthusiasm, our team leads are the ones who bring the whole group together. Their energy bounces off our travelers and within no time, the entire group forgets that they were just strangers just sometime ago. But of course, our team leads are also very skilled in handling any situation and ensuring the trip goes as smoothly as possible. Well Thought Out Itineraries We have spent endless hours brainstorming on itineraries to bring out the unique stories of the place that we travel to. Not only that, while designing any itinerary our team personally travels to the location to identify experiences and off beat locations. We try to provide the best experience within the timeframe and budget and that has made us popular as one of the more thought driven travel itinerary planners. Choosing the Right Stays We select our accommodation partners meaningfully. Our stays should have a story to tell. This encourages us in going beyond the standard hotels and instead delving into a wide range of accommodation options where we can choose from authentic homestays, which to us is one of the best ways to learn about the culture of a place, to beautiful resorts that are situated at the perfect picturesque locations to boutique hotels that are elegant and charming. Safe Mode of Transport Just like our accommodation partners, we give a lot of importance in choosing the right transport partners. Most of our journey is on road and we ensure our travelers are comfortable in the vehicle. Our drivers become a part of the group and it's amazing to see how our travelers treat them as just one of their own. When it comes to bike trips or Scooty trips, we ensure the two wheelers are well serviced and maintained. Apart from that we always have a support vehicle with us throughout the journey Delicious Food Food is an integral part of our itineraries. Hence all meals are planned in advance allowing our travelers to taste the unique cuisines of the regions that they travel to. We encourage our travelers in trying out local delicacies but never hesitate to deliver something comfortable immediately if the local food does not suit their palette. Responsible Travel We firmly believe in responsible tourism. Apart from the standard no littering policy, we encourage our travellers to be sensitive to the local communities.
It's always a pleasure travelling with TGE! The one thing I love most is their attention to detail, which ensures that your trip is a memorable one. Travelling with TGE is a wholesome experience, you see the larger more iconic places with no compromise on the little things. Travel with them if you want to interact with the people of the place, eat their food, in short experience their lives. These guys do a superb job of making everyone comfortable and everytime I travel with them I make beautiful bonds with all the other travellers. I would 100% recommend TGE to everyone who has the travel bug. It doesn't get better than this! ☺️❤️
I have known Reetu and Jamila for many years and have worked with them in the past. But this was the first time I decided to travel with them as a participant. When Reetu told me about exploring Spiti in winters I was completely on board. The itinerary sounded exciting and the pricing less. S my friend Manish and I immediately signed up for it. One of the best decisions I ever took. Spiti in winters in beautiful. The 7 days with the team was wonderful. We spent our days driving around the valley and our evenings dancing to pahadi songs. The planning was perfect with utmost care given in the choice of stay and comfort. Of course the highlight of the trip was spotting a snow leopard. Overall it was an amazing trip and I am looking forward to join many more with The Great Escape
Shravan Kumar Poshetty
Should I describe with “perfect planning” / “meticulous coordination”/ “cordial organiser”...might be with all of it.
Flawless execution is what makes them unique and organiser Reetu Yadav has let all of us experience it with her executional capabilities...
Clarity n flow of communication:-5/5
Comfort in Mode of Travel:-5/5
Action in Emergency:- very swift 5/5
Team has proved that its not all about the commercial trip but also the cause which is concealed in their carryings. What we pay at Flemingo Resort at Dholavira goes to educate and for taking care of more than 400 students and their boarding facilities as well.
Its not over yet, you will be pleased to meet the gifted souls from remote villages who are manifested in their respective disciplines like Rogan Art (Hon’le prime minister himself have gifted one to Barack Obama), Wood Art and Bell Art, Textile etc.
You will get to eat the delicious food made out of love from the local (A1 class food).
Off all, well planned itinerary and the execution is commendable. We RoK team who departed on 12th Dec’19 are truly happy with the onsite organiser Reetu Yadav and the offline backbone Jamila Kapasi who took good care of each of us at every stretch.
Their intact affirmative relation and proper delicacy in their execution makes then unique.
My best friend is much impressed with their proceedings and that makes me much happier than ever.
Last but not least, am fortunate to have rest 13 of the participants as part of my extended family. Again the credit goes to TGE.
Kudos to the team and i look for further association with “THE GREAT ESCAPE” ( you have already give our team a great escape from the routine.
Way to go TGE team!!!
Kumar Tarur Parameswaran
Such great detailed planning at micro level and being open and upfront about the tour details impressed me at the very start. They lived up to their promise in every which way.
TGE’s expression of their solidarity towards the cause of the villagers by getting travellers to interact with them in a lively way and help the villagers in their livelihood was one of the primary reasons I chose to travel with TGE.
TGE means immersive experiential travel and what you get in return and come away with are unforgettable lifetime memories.
Looking forward to many more tours with TGE. Reetu and Jamila pull your collars up. Way to go! You will go miles!
The great escape recently took care of my 10 days family trip to Bhutan. We were 9 of us, including 2 kids and 2 elderlies. Each detail of the trip was so beautifully planned and coordinated. Jamila was personally in touch with drivers, hotels and homestay owners to ensure we ar getting the best of experience. We never even had to look for directions, call hotel or tell driver about anything. Everything was already taken care of and we were just the guests in very true sense. Such a wonderful trip it was. Everything was so beautiful including all the places where we stayed.
Much thanks to Jamila and the great escape team to make it work like magic for us!
• Accommodation at all locations on double sharing basis
• Meals Included: As mentioned in the itinerary
• Airport pick and drop as per your preferred arrival and departure time
• Private Vehicle for Sightseeing as per itinerary(Tempo Traveller)
• Experienced Guide and Driver
• All Inner Line Permits for Pangong and Nubra
• Bonfire whenever possible
• Oxygen Cylinder and First Aid Kit
• 5% GST
• Airfare or transportation to Leh
• Personal Beverages of any kind ( Included mineral water bottles and cold drinks)
• All meals not mentioned in inclusion section
• Activity Charges ( River Rafting, ATV, Camel Ride etc)
• Personal Expenses of any kind
• Monuments Entrance fees during sightseeing
THINGS TO CARRY
- Photo ID proof
- Hand Sanitizer and mask
- Comfortable clothing (Leh has warm summer days and cold nights)
- Warm jacket and thermal wear.
- Comfortable Shoes (you can carry slippers to wear at hotel/homestay)
- Personal medication if any
- Sunscreen and cap for the day
- warm cap/socks for evenings
- Power bank (you will be on the road everyday)
- Water bottle (We don't encourage buying plastic bottles)
HOW TO REACH
By Air (Recommended)
The nearest airport is Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport located in Leh. This airport is just 3.8 km away from the main city. It is well connected with many international airports in India like Delhi and Mumbai
From Jammu and Kashmir or from Manali, if you're planning to approach Leh in a bus, get ready for an adventurous bumpy ride. It’s got what it takes to become the ride of a lifetime and will take at least 4 days (starting at New Delhi).
Policy and Terms
20 days before the event start date: No Refund
20- 40 days before the event start date: 50% Refund
Before 40 days of the event start date: 75% Refund
Note: The above charges are calculated on the total trip cost and not the booking amt.
You can send any cancellation request to [email protected]
Terms and Conditions
Please pay a booking amt of INR 5000/- per person to confirm your spot.
Balance amount to be paid 30 days before the trip start date.
Booking amount is non refundable. Balance amount will be deducted/refunded/transferred as per the standard cancellation policy
Booking amount is transferable only if a request for such is made 30 days before the trip start date. You can email the request to [email protected]
Cancellation/Ammendment by the Participant during the tour
Incase you are unable to continue with the tour due to any health conditions or acclimatization issues or any other issue, any expenses on alternate arrangements made have be borne by you and TGE is not liable to pay for transportation, accommodation, hospitalization, meals or any other expenses incurred
Question: Is Covid Certificate Required?
Question : What are symptoms of High Altitude Sickness and how can we prevent it?
Answer : Leh is located at a high altitude - nearly 11,000 feet above sea level. As one climbs higher, the amount of oxygen in the air begins to fall, so our body needs time to adjust it. Few symptoms of AMS are:
Loss of appetite
Here are few things to keep in mind once you reach Leh.
If you taking a direct flight make sure to rest for atleast a day.
Keep yourself well hydrated
avoid drinking and smoking
avoid any strenuous activity and if possible stay indoors on first day.
Question : Do I need to take Diamox or any other medication for AMS before arriving at Leh?
Answer : No
Question : What happens if I start showing the symptoms of AMS?
Answer : We have emergency oxygen available which will be administered if need be. If your symptoms worsen and medical intervention is required, TGE will help you in getting to the nearest hospital. All expenses incurred including transportation to the hospital, accommodation, food, emergency evacuation have to be borne by you and TGE is not liable to pay for any.
Question : How will the weather be in April?
Answer: April temperatures will range between ( 4 degrees 13 degrees)
With Pangong being your coldest night where temperature can go as low as sub zero.
Question : Why is dinner not included in Day 2 and Day 6?
Answer: One of the vibrant high altitude markets that you will ever come across is in Leh. The market is an amalgamation of culture and cuisine and we want our travelers to experience just that. So, instead, we recommend some must visit cafe's and some authentic local restaurants where you can have a gastronomical adventure.
Question : Is it recommended to bring kids to this trip?
Answer : We don't recommend kids below 6 yrs for group trips. Kids more than 6 yrs are most welcome to join us provided they are fit (no prior medical condition specifically breathing related) and can endure weather conditions.
Question : Which mobile network service is good in Leh?
Answer : Only postpiad network works in Leh with Airtel, Jio and BSNL working the best. Vodafone does not work.
Question : What is local cuisine of Ladakh?
Answer : Vegetarian: Tsap Thuk , Thud, Sku, Thukpa, lotus root
Non-vegetarian: Tigmo, stew, Momos, Tabaq Naat
Question: What is the average cost of meals not included?
Answer: On an average a meal can cost between Rs 200 - Rs 300 per person
Question: What is the room sharing basis?
Answer: All our rooms are on double sharing basis.
Question: Can I get a room to myself?
Answer: Yes. Subject to availability. Please contact us for costing for the single occupancy room
Question: Are you open to customization?
Answer: YES, If you want us to design a customized itinerary for you and your family/friends, reach out to us at [email protected] or Call us at 7899218201/9110302881
Question: Where is the nearest hospital facility available?
Answer: Leh Town has fully equiped govt hospital facility available.
Question : I have asthma, can I travel to Leh?
Answer: We have had many participants in the past who suffer from asthma and have travelled to Leh with us and not faced any complications. However, it is important that you check with your doctor before signing up for any high altitude trip.
Question: I'm above 60. Can I join this trip?
Answer : Age has never been a a factor for us. But you need to understand the demanding nature of any road trip. You will be traveling and spending a lot of time in the vehicle, the roads in certain stretches might be bad & bumpy and the weather could be a challenge for some senior citizens too. However, if you are up for the adventure, we are here to ensure we make the trip as comfortable as possible for you.
Question: What happens if there is a another lockdown or I am covid positive on the departure date?
Answer: If there is another lockdown, either in the entire country or in your departure city or in Leh & Ladakh, we will refund in credits the entire amount paid by you less irrevocable losses ( if any)
If you are covid positive on the departure date and show us the covid positive certificate, we will offer you credits less irrevocable losses ( if any) and a flexible date change which you can use for any other future departure dates or any other TGE travels trips
We would also advice you to book the Flexi Plus scheme or a Zero Cancellation Fee scheme for your flights which hardly charges a little more than the normal airfare but secures your amount completely.
Question: What happens incase of a road block or if the itinerary is ammended due to external factors outside TGE's control.
Answer: If there is any ammendment in the itinerary due to external factors such as but not limited to landslides, roadblocks, heavy snowfall, religious/political unrest etc alternate arrangements will be made by TGE. If any extra cost is incurred, we will equally divide it with all the travelers.