Retreats from Kent - Himalayas
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A retreat or a ‘get away from it all’ holiday is the perfect way to replenish your energy and really restore your mind, body and soul. Some can be a journey of discovery, others simply an escape from the stresses of work and everyday living. Going to a quiet destination quite different from anywhere you’ve ever been before, away from crowds and package holidaymakers, can leave you with amazing experiences and memories you’ll never forget.

Our retreats, breaks and holidays are in places we know personally, each accompanied by guides and colleagues who have first hand knowledge of the area and the facilities. Small groups ensure everyone has the best possible experience.
LEH AND LADAKH

Leh, at a height of 3,500 metres, is the capital of Ladakh, (pronounced Ladakhi). It’s safe, compassionate, beautiful and remote. Ancient Ladakh is situated between the eastern borders of Tibet, the Kunlun mountain range in the north, the main Great Himalayas to the South and the Vale of Kashmir to the west. It’s renowned for its mountain beauty and culture and is often called ‘Little Tibet’ as historically it’s influenced by Tibetan culture. Most Ladakh people are Buddhists. The Indus river, greatly venerated in the Hindu religion, runs through the entire region. The average height of mountain ranges is between 5,000 to 6,000 metres. Although the vegetation is very sparse, apart from the Nubra Valley, Ladakh is home to 225 species of birds depending on the season. Animals found there are yaks, mountain goats, sheep, snow leopards, lynx, wolves, brown bears, foxes, gazelles, camels and the endangered Tibetan Antelope.

RETREAT DETAILS

We leave London the last week in August 2014 and stay one night in Delhi. The next day we fly to the capital of Ladakh, Ley, where we will be met by our guide and drivers who will take us to our hotel, situated above the city.
We will stay in Leh for at least 24 hours to acclimatise to the altitude, where we can explore the varied Tibetan markets.

Depending on the state of the roads we will visit the following monasteries over the next 10 days:16
th century Thikse, 11th century Likir which has one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world and is home to the Dalai Lama’s brother, Hemes, Lamayaru, Distik and Spituk which all have wonderful statues and Tankas (very intricate paintings of Buddha and other Buddhist deities).
We will also visit the ancient village of Basgo just past the place where the Indus and Zanskar rivers converge. This village has 3 temples.
We will go to the Palace at Shey which is where the capital of Ladakh used to be and here there is an interesting museum with many Tankas and we may be able to visit the State rooms where the present descendant of the Maharaja lives.
We will cross the highest motorable pass to the Nubra valley, where there is some lush vegetation and also a mountain desert, where we can ride camels!
We will also visit several lakes, which are salt lakes and extremely beautiful


You will be accompanied on this trip by Christine J. who has made this trip many times, and an experienced local guide called Vikram, whose in-depth knowledge of the area and culture makes this trip to authentic, traditional, fascinating Tibetan Buddhist places and communities an exceptional trip of a lifetime.
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