Before we started the second 'adventure' leg of our trip in Himalayan Ladakh, we had one night of unbridaled luxury in Delhi at the newly opened Leela Palace New Delhi. The 'palace' in its name was apt from the moment we arrived to at least three staff opening our car doors, taking luggage and ushering us into the mirror and flower stuffed lobby, where I was promptly presented with two dozen red roses. It didn't stop there: a chocolate gateaux and petit fours in the room awaited us, as did a couple's massage, on-demand movies from a snazzy iPod room controller and lobster curry in the hotel's very smart Indian restaurant. Heaven.
It was from one extreme to another as we caught a flight up to Leh, in Ladakh the next morning - 3,500m above sea level and one of the most incredible landings, ever. Make sure you get a window seat! We were spending a week with Shakti Ladakh and our private guide Mark moving between three of the companies six 'village houses', which are simple and stylish converted rooms in traditional houses.
How you spend your week is up to you and your guide but my new husband was in search of some action. We climbed mountains, whitewater rafted down the Zanskar River, went up to the world's highest road at 18,000ft and then mountain biked down from the last village at 15,000ft. But what gave the biggest thrill was the setting: it was jaw-dropping, in fact I spent the whole of the first 'adjusting to the altitude' day on the roof of our first house just staring at it, and taking hundreds upon hundreds of photos (as pictured).
There as plenty of lower-adrenalin action too: visiting monasteries clinging to the cliff-sides, cooking and archery lessons, watching a polo match in Leh and afternoons lying in a gazebo on the roof of the house reading and playing scrabble in the sunshine. And at every turn you felt utterly spoilt - not least the fact Mark (and often our driver) was with us at every step of the way, but at the end of almost every activity a private gourmet picnic had been set up on some beautiful secluded spot. Honeymoons are all about a once in a lifetime experience and Ladakh is without a doubt it.
For more information on the Leela Palace New Delhi
visit www.theleela.com; for Shakti Ladakh
see www.shaktihimalaya.com; and for more
information on luxury honeymoons visit www.scottdunn.com
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