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Ladakh: Tracking the Snow Leopard

The Snow Leopard has been one of the most elusive big cats that ever roamed the planet. A lot about them is shrouded in mystery. A lot about them is in legend.

Trip Overview

There are 3 elements of the trip that makes it a must in your lifetime. The first is a chance to see a snow leopard – nature’s Ninja. For a long time seeing a Snow Leopard was close to impossible. Even tracking collars used by scientists did not help map this elusive beast. Once you have done that, move on to spot a tiger at Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan as well as to visit one of the best riverine wildlife spotting regions in India. Conclude all this wildlife experiences with a sombre but equally thrilling visit to the Taj Mahal and to the grand pink city of Jaipur with its myriad forts and palaces.

Trip Details

Day 1: Met on arrival and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Delhi.

Day 2:  Guided tour of old and New Delhi.

Day 3: Fly to Leh and embark on adventurous journey.

Day 4:  Explore the monastery in and around Leh.

Day 5: Drive to Yangthang after breakfast and explore the village.

Day 6:  Embark on a 2 hours hike from Yangthang to Ulley.

Day 7: Spend another day in Ulley village looking around for Himalayan wildlife.

Day 8: Trek from Ulley to Zingchen and explore the nearby area for Snow Leopard.

Day 9- 10: Hike from Zingchen to Rumbak and stay in Rumbak.

Day 11-13:  Hike from Rumbak to Yurtse and stay there.

Day 14: Hike from Yurtse to Zingchen and then drive to Leh.

Day 15:  Flight from Leh to Delhi and a drive to Agra. Overnight there.

Day 16: Drive from Agra to Chambal. Visit the riverine sanctuary.  

Day 17:  Drive from Chambal to Ranthambore.

Day 18: A day in Ranthambore.

Day 19: Jeep safari in Ranthambore . Then drive to Jaipur.

Day 20:  A day in Jaipur. Visit Ajmer Fort, City Palace Museum, and astronomical observatory there.

Day 21: Travel from Jaipur to Delhi. Visit Sultanpur bird sanctuary on way.  overnight in Delhi.

 

Day 22:  Departure from Delhi.

Description

Tailored to give you the best of Indian wildlife, this trip aspires to have you spot a Snow leopard. It is one of the most elusive of the big cats. The number in the wild, the difficult terrain that they live in, and the camouflage that the terrain provides, all combine to make it difficult to track one. But once, spotted, it is a wonderful animal to watch. The snow leopard’s powerful build allows it to scale great steep slopes with ease. Its hind legs give the snow leopard the ability to leap six times the length of its body. A long tail provides balance and agility and also wraps around the resting snow leopard as protection from the cold.

Talking about big cats, one can’t miss the tiger. While the tiger has descended from cooler regions, India is one of the best places in the world to spot one. Tiger parks span the length and the breadth of the country – from Corbett National Park in the North to Periyar National Park Ranthambore is one of the best places to spot this majestic cat as the forest goes eerie with an alarm call from a peacock or a barking deer or a rhesus monkey signaling the prelude of the big cat’s grand appearance.

India has many wildlife regions to evoke the naturalist in any traveller. And one doesn’t need to travel to remote forest for such experiences. Located a few hours away from New Delhi is the Chambal National Sanctuary, one of the best riverine wildlife spotting regions.  A great opportunity to spot some migratory birds as well. Same is the case with Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary which is also a part of your trip.

Conclude all this wildlife experiences with a sombre but equally thrilling visit to the Taj Mahal and to the grand pink city of Jaipur with its myriad forts and palaces.

Price starts from US$ 6750/-

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