Horseback Travel & Equestrian Tradition


Ladakh is the gateway to Tibet from India. Set high in the himalayas, the nomadic March Pa people use small, hardy horses to traverse the impressive landscape. This horse riding trail immerses you in their culture and Buddhist beliefs. The terrain means that the rides are slow, but the altitude makes them challenging. Each departure date is linked to a Buddhist festival at either Lamayuru (June), Phyang (July), Hemis (July) or Dhak Tok (August).


  • A monestary high in the mountains of Ladakh
    Monastery in Ladakh county in India
  • The sun shines at the summit with gorgeous views over Ladhak
    Prayers flags in India
  • Riding along a sandy path against a truly stunning backdrop
    Horseback trail riding holidays in India
  • Camping in the mountains in Ladakh
    Camping expedition on horseback  Ladakh, Little Tibet
  • Walking a steep ascent, leading your horses on foot
    Horseback pack trip and trail Ladakh

Entry formalities

A passport valid for at least 180 days and with at least two blank pages is required by all Australian, British, USA, Canadian and other EU nationals.
Visas for India are required by all nationals referred to above.
Nationals not referred to are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements for India.
Visa note:
A Tourist Visa on Arrival scheme currently exists for the following countries: Cambodia, Finland, Indonesia, Japan , Laos, Luxembourg, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam. The visa is valid for up to 30 days and for tourism only. It costs US$60. From late 2014, this scheme is being extended to nationals of 180 countries, whereby tourists will be able to apply for the visa online and pick it up on arrival at an airport within three days; check with the consulate before you travel, as the exact date of this change has not been confirmed yet.
Certain parts of the country have been designated protected or restricted areas that require special permits and in some cases prior government authorisation. You should indicate your intent to visit a specific restricted region when applying for a visa and a permit will be granted to visit that region only. It is advised that you apply for the special permit for restricted areas when you enter India by visiting the FRRO (Foreign Regional Registration Office) which has offices in all major Indian airports and cities. You must complete an additional form, but there is no fee for a restricted area permit.
Passengers are advised to check with the consulate for up-to-date information before departure. You must fill in application forms completely, and with as much detail as possible, otherwise the application may be rejected and a new application only allowed after three months have passed.
Types and cost:
For UK nationals: tourist visa: £82 (up to six months), £277 (up to two years).
For other nationals listed above: tourist visa: £32 (up to six months), £52 (up to one year).
All visa applications are subject to a non-refundable £10.20 VFS service charge.
Visas are valid from the date of issue not your date of departure.

Time required
All visa applications in the UK now have to be filed online at After the mandatory electronic filing of visa applications, applicants are asked to submit printed copies of their applications, photos, passports and fees to respective Indian Visa Application Centres (IVACs). Processing times vary at the sole discretion of the High Commission of India and its consulates in the UK, and some applications may take longer than others to get processed. You should confirm your travel plans only after obtaining the visa.
Postal applications take a minimum of 10 working days (not including transit). In addition, if the High Commission or the Consulate General requires an applicant to attend an interview, the India Visa Application Centre will contact the applicant and inform them of the date and time of the interview accordingly.

Addresses of consulates

  • Ambassade de l'Inde
    15, rue Alfred-Dehodencq
    75016 PARIS
    Tél. : 01 40 50 70 70
    Fax : 01 40 50 09 96
  • British High Commission in India
    Shantipath, Chanakyapuri
    110021 New Delhi
    Tél. : +91(11)24192492
    Fax :
  • Ambassade de France en Inde
    2/50-E Shantipath Chanakyapuri
    110021 NEW DELHI
    Tél. : +91 (11) 2419 6100
    Fax : +91 (11) 2419 6169
  • Ambassade d'Inde
    217 Chaussee De Vleurgat
    1050 Bruxelles
    Tél. : +32 (0)2 6409140
    Fax : +32 (0)2 6489638
  • Ambassade de l'Inde
    ChancellerieCase postale 406
    Kirchenfeldstrasse 28
    3000 Berne 6
    Tél. : 031/351 11 10
    Fax : 031/351 15 57


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Did you know?

All of our horseback riding trails in Ladakh coincide with a Buddhist festival. Local inhabitants will walk for days to attend their closest festival - dressed in all their finery with an array of necklaces and bangles on the women and colourful vests and hats on the men. Whilst this colourful crowd is part of the attraction, the performances, music and dances are riveting.

Peformances tend to consist of people dressed up and wearing large masks to depict the deities which accompany a person during the 49 days from death to reincarnation. The masks often have snarling teeth, small protruding skulls, wide eyes and upturned noses, worm above colourful, layered skirts and menacingly slicing the air with swords and daggers. These sinister deities are then destroyed by the attainment of virtue through "Mara". Mara is depicted by a triangular piece of wood which is painted in many bright colours and meditated and praid over for weeks before the festival. Mara is then burned or destroyed amidst a clammer of cheers from the crowd.

The Lamayuru festival (Yuru Kabgyat) takes place at Lamayuru Monastery and lasts for two days, usually in July. It is attended by monks from all over the world and the two main figures depicted are Yama (Lord of Death) and Padmasambhava (the second Buddha - considered to be the protector of horses and other animals).

The Phyang festival (Phyang Tsedup) takes place at Phyang monastery, usually in July/August. The monastery is home to 70 monks and every third year a huge, elaborate thangka of Skyabje Jigten Gombo, the founder of the Dri-gung-pa order is unveiled. This festival celebrates the victory of good over evil.

The Tak-Tok festival (Dak Thok Tsechu)  is held at a cave chapel which is part of the Dak Thok monastery, usually in July/August. The name Dak Thok means Black Rock in Ladakhi. This festival celebrates the deeds of Guru Rimpoche, one of the founders of Tibetan Buddhism.

Early bird discounts
Get 3% off all trips booked before 31/12/2019 for a departure in 2020.
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  • This 3% early bird discount applies to the cost of the trip, and excludes transfers & supplements, international or domestic flights, and any additional services.
  • This offer cannot be combined with any other current discount.