This extraordinary set-departure journey caters for intimate groups and offers special access to a series of exclusive &Beyond guest experiences. This is a fascinating journey of rarities: little-known wildlife, fascinating communities, ancient traditions, far-flung monasteries, and a spread of wild and wonderful landscapes.
A mixture of a bustling international metropolis, medieval chaos and regal splendour, the city is crammed to bursting point with tombs, temples, monuments and ruins, all of which exist side by side with modern suburbs, and glass and chrome skyscrapers. In this quintessentially Indian city, there are elements of regal British architecture, ancient Mughal ruins, modern suburban developments, and even a bit of rural India. Delhi houses two UNESCO World Heritage sites – the garden tomb of Humayun, and the towering Qutub Minar. Engage all your senses at the bustling market of Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi’s oldest and most dynamic marketplace, and get an authentic feel for this city’s pulse.
Leh, Ladakh, India
This spectacular region features an abundance of towering snow-capped mountains, revered monasteries, vibrant markets, exhilarating outdoor adventures, breathtaking natural beauty, fascinating culture, and iconic wildlife. Explore the Thiksey monastery, the most dramatically situated monastery in Ladakh, perched high on a hill above the Indus River. Travel to the ancient Alchi Gompa monastery, located on the south bank of the Indus River. The heart of the monastery complex is the Dukhang, where the monks perform their rituals and ceremonies. The complex boasts huge statues of Buddha and elaborate wood carvings in a style similar to European Baroque.
Indian Himalayas, India (Drass, Nimmu, Tsokar)
The breathtaking beauty of the Indian Himalayas sprawl over the states of Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, and west Bengal, along with the Lesser, Greater, Tethys and Siwalik Ranges. Steeped in a rich cultural heritage this sublime mountain range is inhabited by colourful multicultural mountain communities that influence the architecture and history of the region, spectacular meadows embellished with vivid wildflowers, lush forested valleys, and towering snow-draped peaks.
Walk and drive with wildlife spotters in the nearby valleys of the Sham region. This area is a showcase of majestic, little-known wildlife species. It’s prime ibex country and there are few more evocative sights than a magnificent horned male Ibex standing vigil on some impossibly high cliff face. There are chances of spotting Himalayan wolves, urials, golden eagles and maybe even the ghost of the mountains, the snow leopard.
The Tsokar Lake is known as the ‘White Lake’ due to the salt water residue on the lake shores. The lake and surrounding wetlands are a haven for wildlife and birds, in particular, the iconic black-necked cranes, but including ruddy shelducks, bar-headed geese, gulls, terns, the great crested grebe, short-toed larks and other migrants that breed on these banks.