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Himalayas Dream Tour with Always Outbound

What if you could escape to a hidden Himalaya? And immerse yourself in a two thousand year old Tibetan Buddhist culture? Travel through tiny villages dotted around expansive valleys. The Himalayan peaks filling the sky. The crisp air quiet except for the soft sounds of fluttering prayer flags and soft prayer chants

If so this is the trip for you. A one of a kind journey that combines:
- Extraordinary Himalayas & Buddhist sightseeing and,
- Rich cultural immersion through a few days of community volunteering.

One hour flight = views of a lifetime

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The scale and magnificence of the Himalayas are best experienced by flying over them. That’s what we do at the start of the trip. Just to set the stage!

A road trip to the sky

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Some people say that the journey should be better than the destination. We say, both the journey and the destination should be breathtaking. The journey from the Leh Valley floor to the top of Khardung La pass is as much a spiritual experience as it is a visual one.

Top of the World – almost

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18,000 feet. When you’re walking about at Khardung La pass you’re standing higher than any mountain peak in every continent but Asia. And you can feel it. Don’t just take our word for it. Few people on this planet will ever see the Himalayas, even fewer will get to see them at eye-level. Himalayas mountains surround you as you’re enveloped in thousands of Buddhist prayer flags. Their prayers reaching the sky.

Nubra Valley – a lush, alpine desert

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Alpine. Lush. Desert – words that typically don’t go together. Only in Nubra valley, they come together to create a one-of-a-kind landscape. The mineral-rich Nubra river cuts through the Himalayas leaving rich alluvial deposits and sand banks. As you walk the sand dunes or simply sit by the gently flowing river, you’ll find a state of calm that you’ll want to indulge in for hours, if not days.

Deluxe Tented Camp in an Alpine Organic Farm

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Just like our sightseeing is extraordinary, so are the places we stay. Each is meant to enhance your experience. The Organic luxury tented camp in Nubra is just one such place. Set inside a sunflower filled working farm. Sound like a place you might want to stay?

Camel Safari? In the Himalayas? On Sand?

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Yes. Yes and definitely Yes. Bactrian camels from the time of the ancient Silk route trade now entertain travelers and you can choose a ride from 15 minutes to several hours – along sand dunes and river deltas. Or just gawk at them as they play with their young :)

Authentic Interactions – Sharing stories by photos

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Most tours and guides will take you to ‘cultural attractions’ that are really nothing but a glorified 15 minute show followed by a long visit to the gift shop. We like ours to be the real deal. Shows where the locals go, stops when we encounter ceremonially clad locals waiting for the high priest. Communication barrier, what communication barrier – all you need is an open desire.

Mother and Daughter – Traditional and Modern

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The changing face and pace of Ladakh. From mother to daughter. As the economy zooms in India, progress both desirable and not, is coming to Ladakh.

Ladakhis – the friendliest, most beautiful people in India

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There’s always a smile on a Ladakhi face. A combination of innocence and curiosity of the outside world. Yet a feeling of absolute contentment with their own world – with the slow pace of living.

Picnicking ala Himalayan style

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As everyone waits for the lama, its time for a picnic. Don’t you yearn to just hang out in the Himalayas. Under the shade of a tree. Catching up with the locals, listening to traditional music. Getting to know each other a tad. While the clouds play with the high mountains.

And finally, His Holiness, The next Dalai Lama.

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The High Lama of Rimboche is six years old. And he’s already traveling widely within India’s Ladakh region to establish his authority.

These are the moments that make you stand back and take it all in. Store the memory for a rainy day. To reminisce about when facing a stressful day back home. Long after experiencing the Buddhist Himalayas in Ladakh, India. Check out the full itinerary here.

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