LAST UPDATED:  7th December 2013 at 11:50am

Chris Caldicott

If the object of your honeymoon is to get away from it all, Ladakh, high up in the Himalayas, is pretty much as far away as you can get.


With otherworldly landscapes like you've never seen (soaring lunar-like peaks that frame lush green valleys) and the most peaceful, friendly people you'll ever meet, you are in for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

You'll stay in charming converted 'village houses' that are wrapped in prayer flags and feature simple, chic bedrooms - think neutral walls, hardwood floors and locally crafted toiletries.

Days involve climbing, mountain-biking and white-water rafting on the Zanskar River, as well as visiting monasteries and cooking or archery lessons.


There's no lack of romance though, as almost every activity ends in a banquet-style picnic in a beautiful spot - they'll even bring the carpet and tables.

WOW FACTOR: After dinner, climb on to the terrace to look for shooting stars. Between the altitude and lack of light pollution, the sky appears like a big, shimmering, inky canopy.

FLIGHT TIME: 10 hours.

GO: Scott Dunn offers seven nights, including a night in Delhi, from £3,945 per person, all-inclusive. Also includes flights and transfers.

LAST UPDATED:  1st November 2012 at 2:35pm

Often referred to as 'Little Tibet', Ladakh is a high-altitude desert rising up to over 3,500 metres.

Even the flight is jaw-dropping - skimming over snow-capped peaks before swooping down to land at Leh airport. In winter, snow leopards stalk the mountains, while in summer the skies are the bluest you'll ever see, the heat tops 30°C and the bare hillside landscape is lunar-like, framing green valley floors.

Accompanied by your knowledgeable guide, and staying in converted traditional 'village houses', days are spent walking over ridges, cycling along mountain passes and white-water rafting down the Zanskar river.

It's not all action, though - you can make your itinerary as relaxing as you please, and all activities end with a luxury alfresco picnic. Evenings are quiet and dinners are served in the copper-pot-lined kitchen. Afterwards, you can snuggle up with a drink or climb up to the roof to watch the stars.

WOW FACTOR: How can you pick just one? From white-water rafting to star-gazing on the roof, it's like nothing you've ever seen before.

FLIGHT TIME: 10 hours

WHEN TO GO: Summer

GO: Scott Dunn ( offers seven nights, full-board, from £3,885 per person. Includes flights, all activities (including two raft trips), guides and porters, a car and all transfers (