SAMPLE DAY by DAY ITINERARY
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DAY 1 June 27, 2014 Saturday Fly to NEW DELHI
This evening, we depart from JFK aboard Air India, on our flight
to New Delhi.
DAY 2 June 28, 2014 Sunday Arrive in INDIA
Late evening arrival in New Delhi and transfer to the LE MERIDIEN
DAY 3 June 29, 2014 Monday Sightseeing in
Sightseeing around old and the new Delhi. LE MERIDIEN HOTEL
DAY 4 June 30, 2014 Tuesday Fly to LEH
Leh, the capital of Ladakh, lies between the Stok Mountains and
the Ladakh Range to the north. Afternoon, walk around the old town.
SPIC 'n SPAN HOTEL
DAY 5 July 1, 2014 Wednesday Sightseeing
The morning is at leisure. Afternoon visit to Shanti Stupa, built
to promote world peace through Buddhism. SPIC 'n SPAN HOTEL
DAY 6 July 2, 2014 Thursday Sightseeing in
Today we visit Thiksey Gompa and Spituk Gompa. SPIC 'n SPAN HOTEL
DAY 7 July 3, 2014 Friday Drive to ULETOPKO
Traveling to the northwest, to the magnificent setting Likir (Water
Spirits) Gompa and then a pleasant walk to Ridzong Gompa and the
PERMANENT TENTED CAMP ULETOPKO
8 July 4, 2014 Saturday Drive to LAMAYURU then KARGIL
The oldest religious site in Ladakh is Lamayuru Gompa, dating from
the 10th century. Then on to Mulbekh, the last vestige of Buddhism,
before heading into the Muslim dominated areas of Kargil and beyond.
9 July 5, 2014 Sunday Drive to RANGDUM
Today, we venture into the Suru Valley. Visit the villages of Panikhar
and Parkachik, sitting in the presence of the handsome Nun Kun Massif
(23,400' and 23,250') Then onto Rangdum Monastery. PRIVATE TENTED
10 July 6, 2014 Monday Drive to TUNGRI
Visit to Rangdum, venture south into the Stod River Valley, Shafat
Glacier and Darung Drung Glacier. Late afternoon arrival in Tungri,
the end of the Zanskar Valley, for the next 4 days.
DAY 11 July 7, 2014 Tuesday KARSHA FESTIVAL
Karsha Gompa , where we will witness a traditional celebration, in Zanskar. The festival will bring Buddhist pilgrims from all over the mountain regions to witness the drama dances of Buddhism. PRIVATE TENTED CAMP
12 July 8, 2014 Wednesday SANI and BARDAN GOMPAS
Visits to Sani Gompa, which recalls the most ancient monastic foundations of the Himalayas and Bardan Gompa which is perched atop a cylindrical cliff, above the Zanskar River.
13 July 9, 2014 Thursday ZANGLA and STONGDE GOMPAS
Two other remarkable monasteries in Zanskar Valley are Zangla and
Stongde. We often visit the former Zanskari king. PRIVATE TENTED
DAY 14 July 10, 2014 Friday Drive to SHAFFAT
Begin our drive back up the Zanskar Valley and Kargil. Eexplore
with the spontaneity that the day offers. We have our private camp
waiting for us about half way up the valley at Shaffat. PRIVATE
15 July 11, 2014 Saturday Return to KARGIL
Continuing north to Kargil, we visit the villages of Panikhar and
Parkachik. During the afternoon, there will be a delightful (non-strenuous)
optional walk along the ridge from Parkachik to Panikhar. Late afternoon
will find arriving in Kargil for our overnight stay. KARGIL HOTEL
DAY 16 July 12, 2014 Sunday ALCHI GOMPA - Return to LEH
Briefly walk the streets of the Kargil before starting the drive
back to Leh. We will drive back past Mulbekh and Lamayuru and stop
a t Alchi Gompa, the finest examples of 11th century Indian Buddhist
art found anywhere, in the world.
. SPIC n SPAN HOTEL
DAY 17 July 13, 2014 Monday PHYANG GOMPA
Today, we visit Phyang Gompa, one of the ancient marvels in the world of religion. Built in the 16 th century, this gompa houses hundreds of sacred icons. SPIC n SPAN
Day 18 July 14, 2014 Tuesday Fly to DELHI
In the late morning we board our flight to Delhi. This evening we
will enjoy a special Indian meal and classical dance show. LE MERIDIEN
DAY 19 July 15, 2014 Wednesday In DELHI
Today is at leisure to explore the fascinating city of Delhi.
LE MERIDIEN HOTEL
DAY 20 July 16, 2014 Thursday Return USA
Our flight back to the USA departs Delhi early in the morning and
arrives back in USA, mid-afternoon.
TRIP PRICE: $9,150.00 for Ladakh land portion
only (based on 6 participants)
SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT: $983.00
DEPOSIT $1,000.00 PER/PERSON due
INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE via Air India round trip NYC-New Delhi approx.:
$1,800 + tax Economy
$4,300.00 + tax Business
This price includes: all accommodations based
on double occupancy; all meals; tea or coffee, ie. beverages presented
as part of or taken with the daily meals; all land transportation;
sightseeing and tours; all internal flights and domestic airport
taxes (flights within the India); all model fees including the private
models and private performances; all domestic transfers and ground
transportation; all porterage in hotels and airports within India;
and all entrance fees, service charges and taxes. This price covers
all gratuities to guides and drivers throughout the trip. We will
travel in private 4WD Tata-Sumos or jeeps. Each photographer will
have 2 seats and ample room for their equipment. Our professional,
hand-selected, national guide will travel with us throughout the
trip to enhance our daily photographic opportunities and our appreciation
and understanding of the country.
Please note: Occasionally the ground operator
passes along an increased charge. Generally, VIP Expeditions absorbs
these costs. However, sometimes they must be passed along to our
clients. While we do not expect this, you must be aware of the possibility.
TRIP PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE: Passport fees;
India visa fees; U.S. airfare, roundtrip airfare from the East Coast;
vaccinations; inoculations; international departure taxes; items
of a personal nature, eg. laundry, telephone, alcoholic or personal
beverages, etc.; personal tips; trip cancellation, travel delay
or baggage insurance; charges incurred as a result of delays beyond
the control of VIP Expeditions; and excess baggage.
CAMPING: Our camping arrangements will be
the best available for this part of the world. We will be in a permanent-tented
camp for a total of two nights. These facilities have beds, mattresses,
quilts (you will need your own sleeping bag), common toilets and
dining tent. There is a complete staff to handle everything in camp.
A true diversity of cuisine is not available in this part of the
world. However, we will have the best possible meals prepared for
us three times per day. We have five nights in a mobile camp that
will set-up and maintained for our group only. Tents will be walk-in
with cots and bedding (I still recommend a sleeping bag). There
will be a kitchen tent, dining tent and toilet tents (with chemical
toilets). Warm wash water will be available for tidying-up when
you need it ... each morning and evening. Showers are not available.
This is a wonderful camp that you will thoroughly enjoy!
Brian Vikander will lead this once-in-a-lifetime
experience. He is an internationally recognized photographer whose
work has appeared in virtually every publication that deals with
the world of exotic travel, including: 1) National Geographic publications;
2) New York Times Travel; 3) the Getty Conservation Trust; and 4)
Smithsonian, among others. Brian has conducted more than 60 photographic
trips, on six continents, over the years and has an excellent feel
for the destination, as well as the requirements of trip participants.
His goal is to have you better understand the manner in which you
can capture your impressions.