Stories From The Camp: Cultural Evenings
Why glamp at The Ultimate Travelling Camp? Our resident blogger, Rupert Winchester, says do it for the the unique experiences. Here’s him listing down one of his favourite experiences at the camp.
One of the great things about The Ultimate Travelling Camp is how everything they do involves the importance of experiences. It’s not just the luxury: the super-soft beds, the four-course haute cuisine dinners, the dedicated butlers and chauffeur-driven cars; in the end, what TUTC offers is experiences that will last you a lifetime.
It’s the guided trips to time-worn local monasteries, the personal meetings with oracles brimming with ancient wisdom, the rafting trips through vast canyons, the bike rides down huge and remote valleys. Everything that you can do here is destined to remain in your mind forever.
And it’s the little things, the kepong players who serenade you gently at dinner, the barbecues on the outside deck with tempura prawns and vegetables and the best chicken tikka in the world, a glass of something cold in your hand as you watch the sun set in a riot of colour across the mountains.
And the cultural evenings, outside, under a blanket of stars. TUTC gets a troupe of local dancers to come and perform for the guests. Dressed in their traditional Ladakhi costumes, gorgeously embroidered, the men and women perform dances and sing songs drawn directly from their traditional way of life. Songs for ploughing and songs for drinking, songs for clearing streams and songs for gathering the crops; gentle and fascinating slices of their ancient way of life.
Their high, clear voices bubble up into the evening skies, telling stories of love and agriculture, of ancient gods and villages and markets and hunger and of everything that they know and love.
It is an intoxicating spectacle, to watch these beautiful dances and listen to their lovely songs as the sun reddens the distant mountain sides and their voices echo through the groves of trees and up into the darkening skies. It is an unrepeatable experience.
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