June 2018

India Little Tibet

June 12 - June 25
14 Days
RM 5700
15 Pax

Price Details

Tour Date : 12/6/2018- 25/6/2018 (14 days)
Tour Fee : RM 5,700
Booking deadline : 1/3/2018
Travel style : Road trip
Tour status : Booking Open
Group size : min 10 pax, max 15 pax
Remarks: Due to Indian border policy, this tour off-limit to Mainland China passport holders.


Price Details

Fee includes:

  1. Accommodation (Most days in Guest houses, 2-sharing basis; D6/D7/D9 in Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso at tourist campsite with basic modern amenities)
  2. Chartered transport (4WD, 4-5pax/ car; airport transfers)
  3. Half board meals (breakfast & dinner from D2 to D12, except in New Delhi)
  4. Local tour guide (English speaking)
  5. Inner Line Permit (for visiting Indian border areas)
  6. Tourist sites entrance fee as per itinerary
  7. D3 Sulphur bath fee
  8. D8 camel ride in Nubra Valley
  9. D12 Hemis Monastery gompa festival fee
  10. Tips (for local drivers and guide)
  11. International travel insurance (only for Malaysia-based tour members, the point of embarkation and return must be Malaysia. Overseas based members, please acquire own policy, the charges included in Levart’s costing shall be deducted from tour fee)

Fee excludes:

  1. Indian visa fee (tourist visa cost RM 168)
  2. Flights (round-trip KL-Delhi with Malaysia Airlines estimated cost RM 1,100 – RM 1,500. Two legs of one-way Indian domestic flights Delhi – Kullu & Leh – Delhi estimated RM 800 – RM 1,300. Once the trip is confirmed ON, LevArt will provide flights schedule and inform members to buy own tickets online.)
  3. Daily lunch and all meals in Delhi (D1, D13)
  4. All cost incurred during free & easy sessions
  5. Optional activities
  6. Additional cost due to unforeseen calamity (acts of god)

Payment terms:

A non-refundable deposit (unless tour cancelled by LevArt) of RM2,400 is payable to secure booking. Balance fee RM 3,300 to be collected upon booking deadline or when the tour is fully booked.

Terms & Conditions

Your travel has been booked with Levartravel Sdn Bhd (referred as LevArt herein), on the basis of the following terms and conditions:

  1. Tour: all LevArt tours are published on www.levart.com.my, please ensure you have read, understand, and agree to all details stated for the tour package you are interested in prior to booking.
  2. Tour Fee: all rates are quoted per person in Malaysia Ringgit (RM). LevArt reserves the right to alter the fee in the event of a significant spike in fuel prices, airfares, and foreign exchange rates.
  3. Tour Booking: all bookings must be registered and confirmed via LevArt official website or email to levartjourney@gmail.com, by furnishing personal details: full name (as in passport), mobile contact, and gender.
  4. Booking Fee: once confirmed tour registration, a non-refundable deposit as stated in individual itinerary’s price details is payable to secure booking. The deposit can be returned in full if LevArt cancelled the tour, for reasons such as insufficient number of participants, or unforeseen calamity (acts of god), etc.
  5. Balance Fee Payment: full payment upfront upon booking deadline or when the tour is fully booked. If registered tour member failed to make payment a month after LevArt issued balance fee collection notification, the booking will be cancelled and deposit forfeited.
  6. Tour Cancellation & No Show:
    • If a tour member wish to pull-out after full payment, LevArt may consider partial refund based on a case-to-case review. A RM200 administrative fee applied, and cost that has incurred for the tour arrangement applied.
    • If prior to departure, tour member’s visa application is rejected, may opt for tour cancellation and refund, but cost that has incurred for the tour arrangement applied.
    • If a tour member pulled out 1 month before tour departure, 100% tour fee non-refundable.
    • Cancellation must be formally informed via email to levartjourney@gmail.com, verbal cancellation unacceptable.
    • 100% charge will be applied for No Show booking.
    • After commence of travel, no refund in part or in full will be given for services included in the booking and not utilized by the tour member.
  7. Itinerary Amendment: itineraries may subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances beyond LevArt’s control. Every effort will be made to operate tours as planned, but alterations in accommodation arrangement, tour program, travel date, may occur when deem necessary.
  8. Travel Documents: tour member must possess a valid passport and is responsible for obtaining necessary visa prior to departure. LevArt cannot accept responsibility for your failure to ensure that you have correct travel information. We are not in any way liable if you are subsequently denied entry/deported at your destination due to your failure to follow the correct travel document procedures.
  9. Travel Insurance: LevArt tours included travel insurance to protect tour members. If a tour member has an existing policy, the insurance charges included in LevArt’s costing shall be deducted from tour fee. LevArt cannot be held responsible for any losses as a result of you being inadequately insured/ without insurance.
  10. Contents and T&C Amendment: LevArt reserves the rights to update or modify website contents and clauses in terms and conditions without prior notice, please check and keep tab of changes by browsing our website regularly.

Reminders

Reminders

  • Ladakh is set at high elevation, mostly dry and arid, beware of dehydration.
  • Travel in high elevation and border areas poses uncertainties, including unpredictable weather, road blocked due to landslide or other reasons, political situations, policy changes, and more. Tour itinerary may subject to change in response to various uncertainties, interested tour members should be mentally prepared to accept changes and be understanding.
  • People who suffer from high blood pressure, heart disease, asthma, and chest problem are advised against traveling to Ladakh.
  • High altitude sickness prevention tips: avoid alcohol, sleeping pill, and cigarette, drink more water, eat more fruits, rest well and avoid strenuous activities.
  • Respect Tibetan Buddhism culture and custom in Ladakh. When entering temple and monastery, take off your hat and sun glasses, do not smoke, and do not touch holy statues or articles without permission. Please check with local guide if unsure of local taboos.

 

Hardship Level

  • Some places covered by the itinerary are remote, with limited facilities and amenities; accommodation standard would be basic but clean.
  • Huge temperature gap between day and night, strong UV rays.
  • Possibility of suffering from high altitude sickness.
  • Mountainous winding road, at times, bumpy drive.
  • Some places lack modern toilet, may have to answer nature’s call in the wild.

Tour Map


Tour Leader

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Sean Xu

He is a semiconductor engineer by profession, but travel is his passion and a way of life. He likes backpacking, get upclose and engage with the locals during travel, as he appreciates true cultural exchange experiences. The destinations he has covered including western Europe, South East Asian countries, and the ancient Silk Road countries. He has previously stayed in France and Central Asia, and learnt basic French and Russian. In recent years, he is attracted to the high altitude, and has been exploring various hiking routes in Nepal.

Itinerary

Journey from the Hindu-culture dominated hill station Manali, through some of the highest motorable mountain passes in the world into Ladakh, known as the Little Tibet of India. Ladakh is a high altitude region tucked in the Himalayas, with breathtaking landscapes - valleys with jagged edges, deep blue lakes surrounded by snow peaks, highland cold desert nourished by glacier-fed rivers. Ladakh is steep in Tibetan Buddhism, during this tour, attend a religious festival and watch the sacred mask dance in action.


DAY 01 : Kuala Lumpur – New Delhi (6h flight)

Take a morning Malaysia Airlines flight to Delhi, arrival around noon, transfer to hotel in downtown Paharganj area, the backpackers’ haven with lots of hotels, restaurants, and shops. Afternoon free & easy, you have the options to explore Paharganj open-air market and relax in a cafe, or take metro to visit Red Fort built in 17th century by Mughal emperor, and Jama Masjid, the biggest mosque in India. At night, retire early to bed, in preparation for next day dawn flight to Manali.


DAY 02 : New Delhi – Manali (1h20m flight)

Transfer to airport around 4am, catch early morning flight to Kullu, upon arrival, transfer by car for some 50km to Manali (2050m), a hill town surrounded by lush green valleys and towering mountains. Enjoy the laidback atmosphere, the main draw that turned Manali into a hang-out place for hippies. Evening explore the bustling local market.


DAY 03 : Manali

Morning visit Hadimba Temple, a 16th century wooden structure built around an ancient cave temple, dedicated to Hidimbi Devi, wife of Bhima, a figure in the Indian epic Mahabharata. The temple with three-tier pagoda-style roof is surrounded by cedar forest at the foot of the Himalayas. Later, visit the art gallery of Nicholas Roerich, a Russian artist and archeologist who stayed in India from 1920s-30s, the gallery is housed in his old residence. Afternoon enjoy sulphur bath in Vashisht.


DAY 04 : Manali – Jispa (140km)

Transfer by car via Rohtang La pass (3,978m) to Jispa. The high mountain pass provides a natural divide between the Kullu Valley with a primarily Hindu culture (in the south), and the arid high-altitude Lahaul and Spiti valleys with a Buddhist culture (in the north). Impressive view of mountain ranges along the drive over numerous hairpin turns that lasted for some 6 hours. Overnight in a hotel surrounded by towering peaks.


DAY 05 : Jispa – Leh (260km)

A day of long drive via Baralacha pass (4,890m), Lachung La pass (5,050m), and Taglang La pass (5,328m) for some 9 hours to reach Leh (3,524m), once the imperial capital of Ladakh Kingdom. Upon arrival, check in to guesthouse for rest and altitude acclimatization. Minimize movement and avoid strenuous activities to keep high altitude sickness at bay.


DAY 06 : Leh

Sightseeing in Leh, a town populated by people of different faiths; Buddhists, Muslims, and Hindus live harmoniously side by side. Visit Chokang Monastery and Leh Palace, the former mansion of Ladakh royal family, fashioned after the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. Visit also Tibetan refugee camp to learn how these stateless people adapted to foreign land for three generations.


DAY 07 : Leh – Nubra Valley/ Hunder (120km)

Drive to Nubra valley via Khardung la Pass (5,359m), one of the world’s highest motorable passes. En-route visit the 14th century Diskit Monastery, the oldest and biggest Buddhist gompa in Nubra Valley, its rooftop offers amazing panoramic view of the valley. Nearby stands the giant statue of Maitreya Buddha, colourfully painted. Afternoon arrive in Hunder campsite, an oasis surrounded by arid mountains.


DAY 08 : Nubra Valley/ Hunder

Morning explore Samtenling Monastery surrounded by scenic views. Hunder is a high altitude cold desert dotted with farmlands along the Shyok River, a green belt sandwiched between desert and barren mountains. Afternoon visit nearby “Silver Sand Dunes”, enjoy double-humped camel ride in the whitish-looking desert.


DAY 09 : Hunder – Stok (140km)

Depart from Nubra Valley, transfer to Stok, the erstwhile seat of the Laddakh royal family. Descendants of the royal family still live in the Stok Palace, which was built in early 19th century, its architecture is a mix of traditional and contemporary styles. Part of the palace is a museum now, showcasing royal family heirlooms, history and culture. Above the palace is Stok Monastery.


DAY 10 : Stok – Panggong Tso (160km)

Visit Pangong Tso, a trans-boundary lake straddling India and Tibet, China. The lake is situated on the Sino-Indian line of control, require special permit to enter. Located at 4,250m, the lake is surrounded by towering peaks, and it is a breeding ground for a variety of birds. Overnight at a campsite by the lake shore.


DAY 11 : Panggong Tso – Leh (180km)

Wake up early to admire sunrise, watch golden sun rays slowly sprinkling on rolling hills and the surface of Pangong Tso, when the weather is fine and the lake is calm, mirror image of the surrounding peaks in the waters. Panggong Tso has become very popular with Indian tourists, as it was one of the filming locations for the acclaimed Indian movie Three Idiots. Afternoon drive back to Leh.


DAY 12 : Leh

Visit Hemis Monastery, and attend the annual Gompa Festival. This two-day festival celebrates the birth of Padmasambhava, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism. Locals dressed up in colourful traditional costume for the occasion. At the festival, the monastery’s lamas would perform the sacred mask dance, known as Chaam, while accompanied by musical drums, long horns and cymbals.


DAY 13 : Leh – Delhi

After breakfast, transfer to airport, catch a flight back to Delhi, and then connect to Kuala Lumpur-bound flight at night.


DAY 14 : Kuala Lumpur

Early morning arrival in Kuala Lumpur, end of tour.

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