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Reviews for Ladakh cultural tour, India


review 29 Aug 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The most memorable part of the vacation would've been the experiences from visiting some of the Buddhist monasteries. The sense of calm and the quiet, friendly welcome extended in some of these beautiful oases perched amongst rugged mountains was at times overwhelming - in a very good way! The most exciting would have to be the travel on some of the roads, especially up over the Khardung-La. If a bit funny about heights, look out the other window...

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

We went 'off itinerary' a couple of times in that we gave our teenagers a day 'off' to chill at the hotel and to explore Leh a bit - get their own lunch, etc. I felt bad saying to their driver, and for the guide, who maybe felt he was letting us down somehow (he definitely wasn't - he was great), but the boys needed a day off from traveling and visiting temples. They thoroughly enjoyed it and did get a lot from it, but a little break was welcome. We also added a water rafting session into the mix, which was also a welcome break and fun for the 'kids'. Really glad we did that. Another tip - do what you're told on day one in Leh. Do nothing. Don't walk fast, don't run, etc, etc - it's worth it to acclimatise properly otherwise the rest of the trip is potentially scuppered. We played cards and so on and welcomed the chance to recharge a bit (we'd been busy before the trip so were already pretty tired). Be very respectful at temples. Some folk don't seem to be, and it's not good (read up on some pre-traveling tips for Ladakh). Soak it up and enjoy.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, I feel it benefited local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

It was a very memorable vacation. If we did it again (and I would go again tomorrow. The kids possibly would revisit in years to come) I would do some of it differently. Although sitting in a car much of the time, the altitude did make us pretty tired. The temperature was higher than expected, which was very nice, but also can make us Scots a bit languid. I would go for longer and add in some days to recharge. Of the 3 places we stayed in, I would go back to 1, maybe to another, but I'd make a different choice for the other.

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