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January, February, March & December

Difficulty

Medium

IN SEARCH OF THE SNOW LEOPARD

Ladakh has a fauna very different from that of the rest of India. The appeal of Ladakh’s wildlife lies not only in this uniqueness, but also from the remoteness and harshness of the land. Ladakh, consisting mainly of high plains, brackish lakes and deep valleys, is situated 2700 metres above the sea level. It is very sparsely populated and it is so cold in places like the Zanskar region that people and cattle remain indoors for much of the year. It gets less than 10 centimetres of rain on average annually. Its vegetation is stunted. The region has over 300 bird species and 30 mammals. This tour is meant for those who are purely interested in tracking and viewing the elusive snow leopard. The best time for this tour is between December to March when the Blue sheep come down the valley. The snow leopard of Central and South Asia has a life span of 15-18 years and is unable to roar because of the absence of the larynx. Well known for its beautiful fur, the snow leopard has a whitish-tan coat with ringed spots of dark, ashy-brown and rosettes of black. Its tail is heavy with fur and the bottoms of its paws are covered with fur for protection against snow and cold. Early snow can push wild animals on to lower slopes. It is also a time of rut of one of the major prey of snow leopard – the blue sheep or bharal. These large wild sheep aggregate on the lower slopes in large numbers. The rut takes place among the most rugged terrain and it allows us to watch them at relatively close range without having to climb the steep mountain slopes. Since these ungulates are favourite snow leopard prey and higher slopes are under snow cover, snow leopard follows its major prey to these slopes which means sightings are easier.

  • Travel to higher regions of Ladakh in search of the elusive snow leopard
  • Opportunity to interact with villagers
  • Visit the famous monasteries of Ladakh – Shey, Thiksay and Hemis
  • Local market in Leh

Hotels in this Itinerary

  • Hotel Omasila, Leh

    At just a 15- minute drive from Leh airport and 2-minute drive from main marker, bank and post office, in the capital of Ladakh, the hotel provides a comfortable accommodation in the unique Himalayan Kingdom. It lies between green barley fields and apple trees and has a nice garden. It has a large terrace with superb views of the mountains and a very good restaurant which serves dishes with vegetables grown in the garden outside in summers.

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  • Roseate House, Delhi

    Roseate House New Delhi is a contemporary upscale hotel stationed in the capital’s only hospitality district, Aerocity. Spread across 1.6 acres, Roseate House New Delhi combines lineage and novelty in its design and services to cater to the new generation of cosmopolitan guests. 30 minutes from the business hubs of Gurgaon and Delhi, 20 minutes from the Indira Gandhi International Airport, the hotel renders a contrasting respite from the city’s hustle-bustle. Hotel offers a rooftop infinity pool, a spa and wellness centre and 3 dining options. The property features an ultra-chic cinema hall – Upstage. Each room is equipped with state-of-art amenities, a 4-fixture bathroom, flexible workstation and flat-screen TV. Guests can pamper themselves at the Aheli spa that has 4 therapy rooms, salon, steam and sauna. Those who prefer to work out can head to the fitness centre. VIP Lounge and Club Lounge can be used for brand launches or cocktail dinners whereas Club Prive can be used for corporate meetings. Del, an all-day dining restaurant serves world cuisine while Kheer is an exclusive Indian restaurant. Tara is the Japanese rooftop lounge. The finest tea from across the globe can be found at Roasted by Roseate. Chidya Ghar serves a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

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  • The Grand Dragon, Leh

    The Grand Dragon Ladakh, one of the first luxury hotels in Ladakh, is owned and operated by the Abdu family from Leh, who have more than 40 years of experience welcoming visitors to the beautiful region. It is decorated magnificently with handmade paintings by Gulam Mustafa (First modern Artist of Ladakh) around every corner, and fixtures that are reminiscent of royalty. The Grand Dragon Ladakh is the first hotel with a host of state of the art amenities. The entire facility is wheelchair accessible, for providing differently abled guests with a comfortable sojourn. The hotel is also centrally heated and solar powered, not only ensuring warmth but also ensuring that all our services are eco-friendly.

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