Travel Ark is a versatile multi-facetted travel partner that conducts tours to various destinations. However, Ladakh tops the list. It is not only you, but us who are mesmerized by the lure of Ladakh. Ladakh has an intrinsic romance. It is the lovesong of mountains, monasteries, myths, mysticism and mountainfolk - magic that is hard to escape.
Because we are not just another tour operator, we are specialists on Ladakh
Because our itineraries are not about touring the place, but preserving moments and memories
Because we do not take you only to chosen familiar spots, we hold your hand and take you into the unknown
Because we do not want you to be anxious when tripping with us, but open to each landscape, each turn of the road, each prayer fluttering on the breeze
Because we don’t care whether you pay us in dollars or rupees
Because Ladakh is no longer an inaccessible terrain, its only town Leh is connected with most of its 112 villages and transport and telecommunication are much improved today
Because we don’t care about what you shopped, but the photographs you clicked for eternity
Because to us you are not just another tourist, but our friend in adventure
Despite increased accessibility and development, Ladakh still has enormous wide open spaces where one can be alone with oneself. These are the preying haunts of explorers. And then, the passes ('la'-s). They are plenty. Either swooping down from peaks on either side, or a slight dip on a ridge or a wide field marked by cairn. Wastelands are bordered by bare and ice-sprinkled mountains. Every part of that landscape emits majestic light.
Travel Ark takes you and accommodates you first at Leh. It is Leh where the adventure starts. For some, it is the final destination. For others, it is only the first stop to go deeper into Ladakh – Nubra, Doh-Hanu, Pangong Tso and Zanskar. They are all accessible from Leh throughout the year. Ladakh lies across the Himalayas and the first range for you is Zanskar. So welcome to Ladakh. Valleys giving way to massive deserts bordered by colourful mountains are ready to greet you.
Outstandingly rugged and barren mountains surround this erstwhile Buddhist kingdom. Picturesque gompas are the crown of majestic mountains as are the whitewashed stupas and mani walls. Fluttering prayer flags dot the mountaintops and landscapes and imbue the mountain breezes with their conversations with God. Prayer wheels spin the destinies of the simple mountain folk while the colour-laden interiors of the gompas with countless bodhisattvas send out positive vibes.
Though threatened by a rapidly increasing number of visitors, Ladakh has much to teach the West regarding ecological awareness. The traditional mudbrick homes of the Ladakhis are sustainable lifestyle models complete with fuel, dairy, organic vegetables and barley (used to make roast barley flour or tsampa and barely beer or chhang).
Unforgettable and picturesque landscapes make Ladakh though its entry maybe through high altitude passes that close between October and May due to heavy snowfall.
SNOW LEOPARD EXPEDITION
My experience of visiting Ladakh and a little bit of Kashmir with them was spectacular. First of all the routes are not conventional and also the accommodation options they provided with are so very good. I have thoroughly enjoyed my one of a kind of an experience of visiting one of most amazing places on earth with Travel Ark. Thank you for this travelling bliss without any headache and providing time at each place properly, keeping in mind with the kind of money we paid. I would again love to go on tour with you guys, looking forward anxiously as..Read More
I travelled with Travel Ark in June 2016 along with a few friends and family. We have been fortunate to have Mr Mahapatra with us on the tour. It is one of the best organized tour I have enjoyed. There were many long car journeys, stay overnight in several hotels. Everything was organised at a very high standard and utmost professionalism. Attention to details of individual need of the members of the group (age 12 to 56) was excellent. I must say the experience of the beautiful Ladakh was significantly enhanced by absolute hassle free organisation of the tour itself..Read More
We had an wonderful and memorable trip to Ladakh; the trip was organised by Mr Pradip Mahapatra, proprietor of www.travelark.in; We are grateful to him for his sincere and caring attitude; we were 18 close friends and families with kids; total tour was of 12 days ( kolkata-kolkata); we stayed at night at Srinagar (houseboat); Kargil (1 night); Leh (total 4 nights); pangong lake (1 night at camp); lake tsomoriri (1 night at camp); Nubra valley (1 night); we had an experience of a lifetime of rafting at river Zansker; that was also arranged by him; The pangong and tsomoriri..Read More
Just back from Leh-Ladakh trip. Mr. Pradip Mahapatra of travel ark planned our whole trip. We were more than satisfied with their excellent choice of hotel/tent. The car provided was good and the driver was very friendly and efficient. Overall we are very very happy with the service. Looking forward to another trip with travel ark very soon!
Visiting Ladakh was always on my priority list and that too at an early age. Ultimately last June a group of 7 of us friends finally nailed it. Everybody had their share of opinions regarding the planning of the trip but we were really fortunate to meet MR. PRADIP MAHAPATRA, the lead member of Travel Ark. It was his intelligent, still adventurous planning that made our trip a real success. The resorts or tents were impeccable .We enjoyed our trip to the fullest. It will always remain as one the best trips ever. I strongly suggest everyone reading my review to consult Mr. Mahapatra for Ladakh trip.
I had contacted this Travel organizer for my trip to Ladakh during July, 2015. My plan was to travel by train to Delhi, from there to Srinagar by flight, from Srinagar to Leh by road via Kargil , Suru valley, Mulbek, from Leh to Nubra valley right up to the last border village named Turtuk, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri, Tso Kar and other places right up to Manali by Taxi, and then back via Delhi.To say the least, their arrangements, be it in hotels, tents, etc. for night stay, food arrangements, tour guidance, medical advice, selection of transport operator..Read More
Ladakh has been keeping me fascinated since my childhood. Those days I used to read magazines and travelogues on Himalaya. The dream came true only a year ago. It was a family trip under the guidance and care of Travel Ark. We reached Leh from Manali on our own. At Leh we were received by Mr. Pradip Mahapatra of Travel Ark-a very cordial and easy going man with vast knowledge of Ladakh and the Greater Himalaya. The arrangements were excellent and we never felt we were in Ladakh for the first time. Right from our Hotel at Leh, tents at ..Read More
The livewire of Travel Ark is a man who has proved that a real Jonathan Livingston Seagull lives within us all. Pradip Mahapatra. A man who feels the importance of making the most of our lives even if our goals run contrary to the norms of our flock. So he makes his own rules to find a higher purpose. A cyclist, a trekker, a mountaineer and a nature photographer since early days, he has always been inclined towards adventure amidst nature. He was living life albeit 'normally' with customary education and then an employment, when he visited Ladakh with a trekking team in 1998. That changed everything!
The rest of the story consists of the romance of nature, a tryst with the unknown and passion for adventure. He ultimately discovered nature. His race to learn began. Later he visited Ladakh and of course other mountainous terrain innumerable times. He retired from his conventional job and founded 'Travel Ark' – named after Buddhist stupas and the abode of peace; since Buddhists are also famous for travelling.
Pradip and the Travel Ark team know Ladakh's wide spaces that funnel into spectacular gorges and open up again, the ridges that cut Ladakh in almost parallel valleys and the flowing rivers, as deeply as they know the back of their hands. Coupled with this is their knowledge of its habitants and their culture. Travel Ark – a house of nature and adventure tourism is now a known name that provides the ultimate comfort zone to tourists who have a 'nature soul' and follow their dreams.