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Bangladesh and Ladakh lead Peregrine’s new 2015 subcontinent programme

October 22, 2014 Tour Operator No Comments Email Email

Two lesser known destinations in the Indian Subcontinent – Bangladesh and Ladakh – are at the centre of the brand-new Peregrine Adventures programme for 2015.

 

Man selling live chickens in Dhaka, BangladeshHeading into Bangladesh for the first time, Peregrine is one of the only tour operators offering travellers the chance to venture through a destination only just opening up to tourism. And while Ladakh has established itself as a worthy contender of Rajasthan in India, Peregrine’s Ladakh Explorer trips will run during cultural festivals, providing travellers with the opportunity to celebrate with the locals.

“Peregrine Adventures is at the forefront of travelling to unfamiliar destinations, and Bangladesh in particular will be an exciting prospect to those experienced travellers looking for somewhere completely different,” says Ryan Turner, Subcontinent Destination Manager. “Bangladesh is about to be discovered. It’s a great time for our more adventurous travellers to explore a fascinating and challenging country before everyone else.”

As one of the world’s most populated nations, Bangladesh can often be confronting on the crowded streets of Dhaka but it is also a rural wonderland with its maze of snaking waterways, tropical jungles, tea estates and wildlife. A highlight of the trip is three days spent in the Sundarbans National Park, the world’s largest mangrove forest recognised by UNESCO as a site of universal value. Home to a variety of animals, it is most famous for hosting the largest population of tigers in the world, who have adapted to life on the estuary by becoming largely amphibious.

By contrast, Ladakh is one of the least populated regions in India, and is a sanctuary of sparse mountain ranges and ancient monasteries. Often described as looking like a moonscape, Peregrine’s Ladakh trip includes flights from Delhi to Leh return, avoiding the long commute, and journeys to the Nubra Valley via one of the highest motorable mountain passes in the world, the Khardung La, where travellers stay at an organic farm.

Travellers can experience colourful local festivals on the first two departures of the trip. The Hemis Festival in June commemorates the birth of Guru Padmasambhava, who founded Tantric Buddhism in Tibet, and is celebrated at the 300-year old Buddhist monastery of Hemis Jangchub Choling near Leh, while the Phyang Tsedup Festival is held in July at the Phyang Monastery. Both include elaborate costume and masked dancing.

Peregrine’s Bangladesh trip is 12 days and costs from $3,090 per person. Four departures are available in 2015 with the first trip departing on 19 February.

The Ladakh Explorer trip is 10 days and costs from $2,295 per person. Four departures are available in 2015 with the first trip departing on 20 June.

Peregrine Adventures’ new Asia brochure is out now.

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