Ladakh lies in Trans Himalayan region of India, the most spectacular and impressive range of the world which is fastly becoming the most visited adventure zone of the world. Ladakh is a cold desert lying in the rain shadow of the Great Himalayas and other smaller ranges. Little rain and snow reaches this dry area, where natural forces have created a fantastic landscape.
Join us and explore the land of picturesque Gompas, friendly locals, sparkling rivers, cold deserts, aquamarine lakes and numerous passes.
Duration: 09 Nights / 10 Days
Attractions: Leh, Pangong Lake, Alchi, Likir, Phyang, Basgo and Lamayuru, Khardungla Pass, Nubra Valley and Deskit, Rafting on the Indus.
Day 01: Arrival at Leh: Upon arrival at Leh Airport you will be welcomed in traditional Ladakhi style and transfer to hotel. The rest of the days at leisure to get acclimatize to the high altitude atmosphere. Overnight stay at hotel
This town is a haven for footloose travellers with its laid back pace and roof top cafes and pizzerias. The modern part of town melts into a crumbling old city of timber and mud bricks. The sky overhead is a vivid dark blue from the altitude of a breathless 3505m above sea level. The sights are breath taking as the town backs onto ruined palaces in the lee of the Himalaya. The sights include Stok Palace Museum, Sankar Gompa, Leh Palace and Shanti Stupa. Experience the early morning prayers at the Thiksey monastery, one of the oldest and the most beautiful monasteries in Ladakh which is home to approximately eighty monks, and houses various ancient relics
Day 02: Leh local sightseeing: After breakfast start you full day of local sightseeing of Leh. Visit Hemis, Thiksey Monastery, Shey Palace, Sindu Ghat, Hall of fame, Leh, Stok Palace, Shanti Stupa, Sankar Gompa, Overnight at the hotel
Leh Palace – Built in 1430, the Leh Palace is popular among tourists for its large statue of Lord Buddha called Chamba by Ladakhi. The statue represents the future Buddha according to Lamas.
Sankar Gompa – Located at a distance of 3-kms, the monastery has a good collection of miniature paintings. This can also be visited in the evening as it is well lit.
Shey – Set on the eastern bank of the river Indus, the small village Shey is just about 15 kms from Leh. The place is popular for the ancient palace and the monastery. The Shey Palace was the residence of the royal family built in the 17th century. Also you can see the ruins of a fortress present above the palace. The Shey Monastery also has a three storey image of Buddha Sakyamuni made of copper gilt.
Thiksey Monastery – Located on top of a hill, the monastery is an excellent example of Ladakhi architecture. This contains several stupas, statues, thangkas, wall paintings and a large pillar depicting Buddha’s teachings.
Hemis Monastery – Built in 1630, this is the biggest and most famous monastery in Ladakh. It is at a distance of 49 kms from Leh and 30 kms from Thiksey.
Stok – This is a small village located at a distance of 14 kms from the Leh. Stok Palace and Stok Monastery are prime attractions of this place. The Stok Palace is now the residence of the royal family members.
Day 03: Leh – Alchi (Via Phyang, Likir & Basgo): After breakfast we drive to Phyang, Located 22 Kms from Leh. The monastery is remarkably built on the hilltop, similar to the Likir monastery. This monastery belongs to the Degungpa order. And we drive further to Likir and visit Likir gompa situated atop a windy cliff top overlooking the beautiful village of Likir. It was founded in the 12th Century although the present construction dates back to the 18th century as the original one was destroyed by fire. In its courtyard is a yellow-coloured 3 storey high mammoth statue of the Lord Buddha, which was constructed by a resident monk. The top floor has an impressive museum containing old tangkhas and weapons used many centuries back.
Basgo – The seat of power of a branch of the Namgyal family. It is here in 1680 A.D. that invading Mongol and Tibetian armies were held in check over a three year long siege. Original 16th century murals and other arts of Basgo are well worth a visit.
Then we drive and cross the River Indus and reach Alchi, Ladakh’s most loved monastery. Over a century old, its wall paintings are very similar to those of the Tabo gompa in Spiti, Himachal Pradesh. Unlike other monasteries, which are usually on a cliff top or cling to a mountainside, Alchi is at ground level and is nestled in the shade of a garden, overnight at resort/ camp.
Day 04: Alchi – Lamayuru – Ridzong – Leh: After breakfast start early morning drive to Lamayuru, andRidzong and then head back to Leh .
Lamayuru lower ladakh its also called as sham. Lamayuru Gompa: The oldest holy site in Ladakh, it was a bon shrine prior to the advent of Buddhism. Also known as Yung Drung (Swastika) it is sited on a high promontory overlooking the village and valley. For sheer spectacle value no other Gompa can match Lamayuru.
After visit at Lamayuru Gonpa the drive to Ridzong Gompa: There is no road to Rizong Gompa hence one has to walk to the monastery which is deep into the mountains. Rizong Gompa is known as the paradise for Meditation. Guru Padma Sambhava is believed to editated here for years. One can still find the small caves where Lamas used to meditate for years cutting themselves from the rest of the world except for a one feet square outlet window from where they accept the one time meal of the day. After Ridzong visit we drive back to Leh and check in at our hotel for overnight stay
Day 05: Leh – Pangong Tso: After an early breakfast we Leave for Pangong Lake through Changla pass 5486 Mtrs. While ascending Changla pass 5486 Mtrs. Enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of the villages below the pass. After crossing the pass halt for picnic lunch at Tsoltak, the summer pastureland of the yaks. Arrive Durbuk and from there a short drive takes you to the western shore of the lake. Enjoy the landscape in the back drop of the Lake. This famous blue brackish Lake of Pangong is 5/6 Kms wide and over 144 Kms long with half of its running the other side of the “INDO CHINA BORDER”. One rarely feels so close to nature and environment and the scenery is unforgettable. Evening at leisure and stroll near the lake and overnight stay at the Camp/Guest house.
Day 06: Pangong Tso – Leh: Post breakfast visit the lake and after spending some time we drive back to Leh.. Upon arrival we check in at our pre-arranged hotel. Evening at leisure and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 07: Leh – Phey – Nimo rafting: Early morning after breakfast we will drive by car/bus to Phey village and start board on raft till Nimo village and after drive back to Leh. Overnight hotel in Leh.
Day 08: Leh – Nubra Valley: After breakfast drive to Diskit Nubra via Khardongla pass 18,380 ft (world highest motor able road) and reach at Diskit by lunch time, check-in to hotel/ camp. After lunch visit the famous high altitude cold desert of Ladakh, Hunder, enjoy the camel safari in sandune. Over night at Diskit Hotel/ Camp
Day 9: Nubra Valley – Leh: After breakfast visit Diskit monastery and then back to Leh by lunch. After lunch free to relax or shopping at Leh market, overnight at the hotel
Day 10: Departure from Leh: In the morning transfer to the airport to board the flight for your onward destination
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