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A Cultural Tour of Northern India

On a journey to Ladakh, in the shadow of the Himalayas, T+L uncovers a bold new model of cultural tourism. Is this what’s next for travel to India?

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Destinations: Ladakh

Themes: Arts + Culture

Inspired by: Northern India's Cultural Tourism — by Sophy Roberts, Published Jun. 2009

Hotels (2)

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    Stok Palace Heritage Hotel

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    The 77-room royal residence now has three guest suites including one in lapis blue and another in ruby red, with balconies o

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    Padma Guest House & Hotel

    Simple but immaculate lodgings in a Ladakhi family’s ancestral home.

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Activities (6)

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    Wild Frontiers

    Founded in 2002 by acclaimed travel writer Jonny Bealby, Wild Frontiers is an award-winning adventure travel company offering small group tours and

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    Leh Palace

    The former seat of the royal family, built in the 17th century, offers panoramic views of Leh and its surroundings.

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    Tibet Arts

    Specializes in handmade Ladakhi and Tibetan jewelry and antique headdresses.

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    Ladakh Art Palace

    A treasure trove of affordable silver and Tibetan beads, as well as vintage trunks costing up to $4,000.

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    Artou's

    A bookshop filled with travel guides, maps, and limited-edition photographic essays.

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    Shakti Ladakh's Village Experience

    A network of chic homestay accommodations in the Indus Valley, reached by hiking, rafting, or driving. The premise—a rather singular one in India—i

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