Ladakh may be one of the most sparsely populated parts of India, but that won’t be the case this summer if the number of tourist packages on offer is anything to go by. We pick the best:
Jeep safari: Mercury Himalayan Explorations has a Manali-Leh, five nights/six days package for Rs15,490. The route touches Jispa, Sarchu, Tso Kar, Thiksey, Hemis and Leh before returning to Delhi. To book a departure on 18 June, 16 July or 20 August, call 011-23340033.
Backpacking trek: Freespirit has a seven nights/eight days ex-Leh deal for Rs12,500 that includes visits to palaces and monasteries, nights at home stays, and a trek through the Valley of Wulle, with the option of extending the trip by including Nubra Valley and Pangong La. To book the 12 June departure, call 09869201443/022-24442944.
Overland and river journeys: GetOff ur ass has four trips planned over July and August: Three overland (9-18 July, 17-25 July and 7-22 August) and one down the Zanskar river (25 July-7 August). The nine-day overland trips cost Rs37,500, while the 15-day jeep trip comes for Rs49,900. The river-rafting package costs Rs82,500. All costs are per person, inclusive of ex-Delhi airfares. They promise a trip you’ll remember for a long time, with handpicked sights and well-loved guesthouses. Call 09916192000.