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RARE Newsletter May 2019 | May - 2019

 

Welcoming Summer of 2019 in Ladakh with RARE

RARE is delighted to showcase our partners this month, who are resilient in offering the most heart-warming hospitality at 12500 ft and above in the middle of jagged peaks, green-tinged highlands and deep-gash canyons made from mammoth mountains of the trans Himalayas.

 
 

Exclusive Experiences with RARE Properties

Staying at an early 19th century built palace is nothing short of a riveting history lesson. The Stok Palace Heritage Hotel ushers you into the history and traditions of the Namgyals. The old world magic meets natural dioramas at TUTC's Camp Thiksey, where one can retire to luxury after viewing polo games, rafting down the Indus river or spending the day amidst wilderness with only a picnic in your schedule. TUTC's Camp Diskit can be reached by wending on the road north from the Leh Valley, where the two ancient rivers (Nubra and Shyok) meet. Here at Nubra Valley, you're in the land of legendary merchants and monks who walked the trans Himalayan routes for trade and contemplation.
 
At Chulli Bagh, time stands still, as you unwind amidst apricot, walnut and willow orchards. Easy hikes and treks break the stupor, only to get mesmerized once again with the views as you walk the mountain trails. Nimmu House at 10,000 feet offers an elevated experience of immersing one in local culture and treks, quite literally and otherwise. You have the opportunity to come back to the comfortable embrace of a Ladakhi styled 100-year-old house, where yaks and dzos graze. There's nothing like living the local life. At Snow Leopard Lodge at 13000 feet in the village of Ulley you will be blessed with the company of ibex, yaks, dzos, Himalayan fox, urials, eagles and the elusive leopard. Made for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers, the Himalayan Brown Bear journeys loop from Kargil to Ladakh and back to base to have a first hand experience of Ladakhi tribal villages and scanning the brown bear hotspots with experts.

 

Spotlight on Partners

 

Chamba Camp, Thiksey

Thiksey - the land of lamas - might make you revel in your own insignificance but the ultra-luxury camp dispels the feeling immediately by treating you like royalty. The tents are reminiscent of some of the best hospitality experiences in the world, in this faraway land the glamour of TUTC service and style has no peers. A fully loaded program from arrival to departure, every experience is curated to show you Ladakh at its best. Prepare to fall in love. 

 

TUTC Diskit Camp

The luxury camp anchors the traveller in the Nubra Valley, rimmed by staggering mountains all around. The atmosphere is alive with nature and quaint rural life including massive glaciers carving passages through entire mountain ranges. The camp is a haven for weary travellers and a place to feel energized by the simple village life again.

 

Stok Palace Heritage Hotel

A perfect example of opening up heritage and history to travellers. Stay at the meticulously restored palace of the King of Ladakh with unadulterated immersion into Buddhist culture. One gets to live amidst ancient murals, texts and chants of monks as the palace is home to Lhakchung Temple.

 

Chulli Bagh Heritage Villas

If lying on a hammock with a cathartic cool breeze and the company of a good book feature in your dream holiday, then Chulli Bagh is the ideal Ladakhi destination. Hand-built villas using mud and wood are a stellar throwback to local life.  

 

Nimmu House

A century old Ladakhi home has now been converted to a glamping retreat, while being rooted in Ladakhi traditions - be it architecture, food and local heritage. A Buddhist temple is still part of the house and hairy yaks and dzos hoof around in equal comfort as guests. Only the lure of a trek, cooking class, or nature walk can strip you from this trance.

 

Snow Leopard Lodge, Ulley

The perfect place to view the silent majesty of snow clad mountains and their elusive occupants. The only dedicated wildlife lodge in Ladakh ensures that you get to follow in the steps of the region's top snow leopard trackers and contribute to the preservation by directly contributing to the local community. Spend endless time taking in the wild inhabitants of the valley with seasoned naturalists, right from the lodge.

 
Fixed Departures for Himalayan Brown Bear ( April to November )
Brown bear tracking and Shina tribal villages dominate this thrilling itinerary where wildlife enthusiasts wend through Hundurman border village near the LoC, Musko valley the hotspot for bears and back to Kargil from where they started.
This trip is all about looking at Ladakh's diverse wildlife through the lens of a naturalist, and have first row seats to the vibrant local culture.
 
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