CYCLE AWAY

Explore the terrain of Ladakh on your own terms as you pedal with the wind on German engineered Merida mountain bikes. Meander through quaint villages, with their little streetside shops. Buy homemade yak cheese, shawls and local varieties of tea. Stop to take in a stunning view. Breathe the fragrance of some wild flowers. Take a break to chat with the warm and wonderful people of Ladakh. And burn up some of those calories, while you’re having a great time.

YOGA & MEDITATION

At The Grand Dragon Ladakh you have the rare opportunity to do yoga and meditate against the backdrop of the Himalayas with the fresh mountain air cleansing you inside, out. Conducted by Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre, these sessions are held in groups to maximise the flow of positive energy created when more people do ‘dhyana’ together. Their approach is two-fold approach: ‘samatha’ to help calm the mind and body, and ‘vipassana’ for elevation to a greater consciousness. Get ready to set yourself free: mind, body and soul.

GET CULTURAL

You don’t have to leave The Grand Dragon Ladakh to get a taste of the local culture because there’s always something to inspire you within the hotel. Film screenings. Art showings. Exhibitions on local craft and textiles. Workshops on traditional calligraphy. You name it. And if you, your family or colleagues want something special, just ask and we will be happy to organise it for you.

SHOP FOR SOUVENIRS

At The Grand Dragon Ladakh, we have another real treat in store for you: the in-house Souvenir Gallery with its handpicked selection of Pashmina shawls, Buddhist masks, Thangka paintings, silver and turquoise jewellery, hand-woven carpets and rugs, Tibetan prayer wheels and intricately carved low tables, the Choktse. So come, discover their beauty and craftsmanship, and carry home a really special trove of gifts and memories.

Shop without a stop

What’s a holiday without time spent browsing the charming bazaars of Leh, curious little stores and community enterprises? You’ll be hard pressed to choose between gorgeous Pashmina shawls, dramatic Buddhist masks, beautiful thangka paintings, silver and turquoise jewellery, Ladakhi hand-woven carpets and rugs, and Tibetan prayer wheels and intricately carved low tables, the choktse. And don’t forget to carry home some apricots – they grow abundantly in Ladakh and are a delicious reminder of your time spent in Ladakh. Else of course, you stay within the comfort of The Grand Dragon Ladakh and choose from the handpicked selection at the Souvenir Gallery.

WATCH Polo & Archery

Polo and archery are two favourite sports of the people of Ladakh. And in the summer months, viewing these sports is a great tourist attraction. Witness the fun and fanfare of archery competitions and polo matches. Listen to the accompanying sounds of the Surna and Daman (the oboe and the drum). Enjoy the sight of men and women in their colourful traditional gear. And get a taste of chang, the local barley beer that’s flowing all around!

ENJOY THE FESTIVITIES

The cultural experience of Ladakh is perhaps as amazing as its geography. Across the year, in festivals such as the Hemis Festival, Stongday Gustor Festival, Ladakh Festival, Sindhu Darshan (Visit Indus) Festival, etc., you will see the land come alive as people from different corners of Ladakh converge to celebrate. So come, be a part of the festive spirit of Ladakh. For Tibetan lunar calendar of festivals, check here.

PICNIC PLEASURES

Whether you’re a family on vacation, a group of colleagues on a business trip or a honeymooning couple, at The Grand Dragon Ladakh, we love to make your experience of the outdoors even more special by packing special picnic hampers for the day, and taking you to scenic locations where you can relax, chat, read, play and even wander around together.

TIME TO TREK

What better way to explore the breathtaking beauty of the eternal landscape of Ladakh than to put on your trekking shoes and step out to discover it? There are several trekking tours that take you across rocky cliffs, lush grasslands, high altitude peaks, and freezing rivers. Always accompanied by the clear blue skies, you could, in one instant, feel that the snow kissed mountains are miles away, and yet as you round the corner, their majestic glory seems to within your reach! Trekking in Ladakh is quite something.

GO WHITE WATER RAFTING

It’s an experience quite unlike anywhere else in the world. Riding the rapids of the Indus and Zanskar rivers in Ladakh. Feeling the vitality of the water in the midst of the stark desert landscape. Enjoying the beauty of the deep gorges, the towering snowcapped peaks, hilltop monasteries and villages. And enjoying rare glimpses of the unique wildlife of the region.

CLIMB A ROCK

On the roof of the world with its dramatic peaks and plateaus, climbing the rocks is an experience like no other. Explore the rocky outcrops with long sprouting strands of grass and wildflowers. Let experts guide you to natural footholds and handholds and help propel you upwards securely. While you will only be scaling a modest part of the mighty mountains, you’ll never forget the feeling from up there.