Jet Airways ( jetairways .com) is one of five Indian carriers that service both Srinagar and Leh from Delhi, which has nonstop flights from most major Asian cities. If you’re pressed for time, Air India ( airindia.in) flies direct between Srinagar and Leh.
Where to Stay
Set back from the southern shore of Dal Lake, The Lalit Grand Palace Srinagar ( 91194/250-1001; thelalit.com; doubles from US$233) has 113 well-appointed rooms and suites.
Outside Leh, Chamba Camp Thiksey – Ladakh ( 91/801-090-2222; tutc .com; all-inclusive multiday packages from
US$1,573 per person) offers three- to seven-night stays in deluxe tents. Rates include all meals, a private tour manager, chauffeur and vehicle, plus ground experiences in the itinerary. The camp is typically open from May 15 to October 10 each year.
Tailor-made experiences in Kashmir and Ladakh can be booked through Ampersand Travel ( ampersandtravel.com), a luxury tour operator that has been organizing trips to India since 2003.