Zanskar River Extended Trip Options

Taj Mahal

Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983, the Taj Mahal remains one of the most fascinating destinations on Earth.  The cathedral-like structure is actually a mausoleum in the town of Agra, India.  The Mughal Emporer Shah Jahan commissioned the “Taj” built for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, in 1632.  A team from as many as twenty individual polities finished the extravagant complex of structures, gardens, and elaborate interior décor after a rigorous twenty-two years of construction.  The monument continues to marvel visitors from around the globe today!

 

Ladakh

Ladakh is a desolate mountainous region sprawling between the Karakoram Mountain range to the north and the Himalayas to the south.  A region of the state of Jammu-Kashmir, remains the most sparsely populated territory of India, and is known for its stark, stunning beauty and its peaceful Buddhist culture.  A multitude of Tibetan refugee camps dot the region, especially in the vicinity of the picturesque capital town of Leh (population 27,000; elevation 11,975 feet.)  Enormous raging rivers, calving glaciers, and jutted peaks compose the scenery of the area, while quaint monasteries silhouette the skyline.  Visitors of Leh enjoy the lively old town market shopping district and the numerous patio pubs.