Ladakh which is part of Jammu & Kashmir is home to exceptional wildlife. This diversity is a result of the unique landscape and the weather conditions in the region. The fauna of Ladakh has much in common with that of Central Asia in general and that of the Tibetan Plateau in particular. Trek the high mountains with expert guides to see the elusive leopard.
Ladakh is a once in a lifetime, must visit destination.
At a Glance
|Price||Dates||N°· of nights||N°· of pax||Holiday type||Weather||Price includes|
From £5, 125 per person based on twin share.
|9 – 22 Nov 2022||13 nights in country and 1 night of air travel||6 – 10 people||Group trip||Temperature range of -5 – 10 C||
Flights from the UK, internal flights, transfers, guides, accommodation, meals and activities where stated and back up service.
Time to visit: November to end of March
Aerocity hotel - arrive in Delhi
On arrival into Delhi International Airport, relax after your long journey at an Aerocity Hotel before your onward flight to Leh in Ladakh the following day. Ladakh was the largest district in the country and a part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, however it has now been separated and has become a Union Territory. The city of Leh lies at an altitude of 11,562ft above sea level, one needs to acclimatise to the high altitude.
Accommodation: ideally located in the Aerocity district of New Delhi and just a short drive from Delhi International airport. Relax in comfort before starting your snow leopard adventure.
Days 2 - 3
The Grand Dragon Hotel - acclimatisation, Leh
Spend the day acclimatising. This is vital since this expedition takes you to an elevation of 3500m to about 4900m. Leh, a high-desert city in the Himalayas was originally a stop for trading caravans, now it is known for its Buddhist sites and nearby trekking areas. With landscapes to take your breath away. Discover quaint mountain villages and ancient monasteries. Should you feel up to it, explore Leh to your hearts content.
Accommodation: the hotel rooms are well designed and luxuriously appointed with contemporary fittings like double glazing, centrally controlled air conditioning and heating, with large windows offering uninterrupted views of the snow-capped scenery.
Days 4 - 8
Snow Leopard Lodge - track snow leopard
Explore the area each day. Expert trackers and spotters accompany the group to help track snow leopards, as well as wolf, urial, ibex, fox and an array of birds that surprisingly thrive in this harsh winter landscape. The stark natural beauty is awe-inspiring. The climate is sub-arctic to arctic with less rainfall during summers and heavy snowfall during winters with temperatures dropping much below freezing point.
Accommodation: located in Ulley village in West Ladakh, this lodge consists of 4 bedrooms, built separately from the main house. The dining room and kitchen are all in the same stone building. Experience living with a Ladakhi family in the depths of winter, understanding their life and sharing the large warm kitchens which are the heart of a Ladkahi home.
The Grand Dragon Hotel, Leh
Travel back down the mountains after your expedition for a night back in Leh. Return to the warmth and hospitality of The Grand Dragon, Ladakh. The isolated former kingdom of Ladakh is located in the north of India on the border to Tibet. Known as ‘Little Tibet’, it takes a strong cultural and religious influence from its Buddhist neighbour, offering a mix of vibrant culture and spectacular mountain ranges.
Accommodation: the en-suite rooms at the Grand Dragon Hotel are comfortable and well appointed with a mountain or garden view and all with modern facilities and amenities.
Days 10 - 12
Amritara Jawai Sagar - Pali, Rajasthan
Nestled at the base of a sheer granite outcrop called Nag Giri or Cobra Mountain is Jawai Sagar. These outcrops are also the abode of the Indian leopard. The northern edge of the resort is lapped by the waters of the Jawai lake where the Indian Mugger crocodile might be seen basking in the sun while flocks of flamingos and pelicans lazily circle the waters. Evenings here are memorable with beautiful skies full of stars.
Accommodation: the resort comprises 12 spacious airconditioned double rooms, with private veranda providing magnificent views of the Jawai lake in the front and the outcrop to its right.
Taj Fateh Prakash Palace, Udaipur
A sunbathed vision on the eastern banks of Lake Pichola, this hotel is part of the iconic City Palace complex. It was built in the 20th century by Maharana Fateh Singh as a venue for royal events. Be mesmerized by exquisite vistas of the lake and the mighty Aravalli mountain range. The original palace décor has been meticulously maintained. Time for you to rest after your travels with a sunset boat ride on lake Pichola.
Accommodation: sophisticated and spacious, the rooms blend royal accents and period décor with modern amenities. You’ll find plenty of classic Mewari architectural elements to soak in.