Leh – Ladakh
Ladakh is a stretch of null vegetation hills, craggy mountain passes, thick snow, monasteries and clear water bodies that usually stands as block ice. It is spectacularly jagged, arid mountains enfold the magic of this ex-kingdom of Bhudhism. Its picture-perfect gompas (Tibetan buddhist monasteries), dramatically crown rocky outcrops amid whitewashed stupas and walls add to its esthetic value. You would see colourful fluttering prayer flags,, conveying their spiritual messages, with the mountain breeze. Prayer wheels spun clockwise, release more merit-making mantras. Interiors of gompas are colourfully awash with the murals and statuary of countless bodhisattvas. This is destination is for those, who love isolated adventure spot with outdoor activities that pump adrenaline into the brain.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Small Group
Duration: 11 Nights / 12 Days
Location: Delhi – Leh – Pangong Tso – Nubra Valley – Kargil – Sonmarg – Gulmarg – Srinagar – Delhi
Ladakh – the adventure capital of the country, is also home to some supernatural landscapes. Think stark mountains, ancient monasteries, snow covered peaks & glistening blue lakes ; there’s something about Ladakh that is unlike anything else. If you’re looking for an isolated adventure spot, Ladakh has you covered. From architecture to cuisine, the city has more to offer than you anticipated.
Highlights of Tour:
- Leh –visit mystic mountains of Leh and learning the lifestyle of monks. You can visit Thiksey, Hemis and Alchi Monasteries.
- Pangong Tso — visit Pangong Tso mesmerising lake plays artist with a surreal palette of vivid blues, which contrasts magically with the surrounding colourful mineral swirls of starkly arid, snow-brushed mountains.
- Nubra valley — where you can enjoy camel safari in sand and Khardung La pass which is 17,582 feet above the sea level
- Srinagar – Famous gardens, lakes and feisty Kashmiri cuisine.
- Sonmarg – Meadow of gold and beautiful landscape
- Gulmarg—Meadow of flower
- Delhi–visit the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, President’s Palace, India Gate, Bangla Sahib, Qutub Minar and other coveted sites in Delhi.
Arrive in Delhi
On arrival our representative will welcome you at the airport for transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Delhi - Leh (By Flight)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board flight to Leh. Arrive Leh and transfer to hotel for acclimatization where you can spend the day relaxing and leisure . Evening stroll around Leh Bazaar that is vibrant and attractive. You return to hotel for an overnight stay.
After breakfast, you will drive to Hemis Monastery (45 kms away from Leh). Hemis Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery (gompa) of the Drukpa Lineage, in Hemis and existed before the 11th century and a copper gilded statue of Lord Buddha is nestled within. Many other stupas that are said to be made of precious metal like gold and silver can also be seen here. Hemis Monastery becomes alive during the annual Hemis Festival which is celebrated here in early June each year to honor Guru Padamasambhava.
Later drive towards Leh enroute visit Thikse Monastery (19 kms away from Leh) founded 1433 AD. The monastery is located at an altitude of 3,600 metres (11,800 ft) in the Indus Valley. It is a twelve-story complex and houses many items of Buddhist art such as stupas, statues, thangkas, wall paintings and swords. Then you will driven to Shey Monastery (15 kms away from Leh). The palace, mostly in ruins now, was built first in 1655, near Shey village under the rule of Deldan Namgyal, also known as Lhachen Palgyigon. It was used as a summer retreat by the kings of Ladakh.
Late afternoon you will be driven to Leh to visit Leh Palace & Shanti Stupa. Leh Palace was built during the 17th century by the ruler King Sengge Namgyal. This 9-storey royal edifice has been preserved as a part of Ladakh’s heritage. Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Leh- Pangong Tso (223 kms/07 hours)
After breakfast, you will leave hotel and drive to Pangong Lake. Pangong Tso , meaning ”high grassland lake” in Tibetan language is also known to as Pangong Lake, is an endorheic lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4,350 m (14,270 ft). It is 134 km (83 mi) long and extends from India to China. Overnight stay at tent.
Pangong Tso- Leh (223 kms/07 hours)
After breakfast, you will be drive back to Leh. Arrive at Leh and visit Spituk Spituk Monastery, also known as Spituk Gompa or Pethup Gompa, is a Buddhist monastery. 100 monks reside in this monastery. Monsatry has a giant statue of Kali (Hindu Godess) also which is unveiled during the annual Spitok festival). Evening return to hotel for overnight stay.
Leh-Nubra Valley (160 kms/05 hours)
After breakfast, you will be drive to Nubra valley en route passing through Khardung La, a high mountain pass, at an elevation of 5,359 m (17,582 feet) above the sea level. Khardong La is historically important as it lies on the major caravan route from Leh to Kashgar in Central Asia.
Later you will visit Diskit Monastery also known as Deskit Gompa or Diskit Gompa , the oldest and largest Buddhist monastery in the Nubra Valley. The prayer hall of the monastery consists of 32 meter statue of Maitreya Buddha, various images of other guardian gods as well as a huge drum. Afterwards you will be transferred to Hunder sand dunes about 12,000 ft above sea level, 150 km north of Leh, lies the Nubra Valley, one of the highest deserts in the world where you would enjoy Bactrian Camel ride through the sand dunes. Unlike single-humped camels found in Rajasthan and other parts of India, Bactrian camels in Hunder have two humps and joyride on these camels would is a memorable experience for travelers.
You will transferred to Nubra Valley for overnight stay in tented accommodation.
Nubra Valley –Leh (160 kms/05 hours)
After breakfast, you will drive to Leh and transferred to hotel for rest and at leisure.
Leh- Kargil (210 kms/06 hours)
After breakfast, you will drive to Kargil , the second largest town in Ladakh , en route visiting Alchi and Lamayuru Monastery.
Alchi Monastery or Alchi Gompa is a Buddhist monastery dating back to 1000 years also known as a monastic complex (chos-’khor) situated in Alchi village in the Leh District. Lamayuru or Yuru Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Lamayouro, Leh district, India. It is situated on the Srinagar-Leh highway 15 kilometres east of the Fotu La at a height of 3,510 metres. Lamayuru is one of the largest and oldest gompas in Ladakh, with around 150 permanent monks resident.
Arrive Kargil and transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Kargil-Sonmarg-Srinagar (202 kms/ 06 hours)
After breakfast, you will drive to Srinagar en route visiting Sonmarg. Sonmarg (Meadow of Gold) is a hill station in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, this is most beautiful place in Kashmir. You can also ride on the back of a horse to visit Thajiwas Glacier, where snow remains round the year. Return to Srinagar in the evening. Overnight stay at deluxe houseboat or hotel.
After breakfast, you will do excursion tour to Gulmarg (51 kms from Srinagar).
Gulmarg, one of the most beautiful summer resorts in the valley is popular for its highest golf course in the world and skiing during the winter season. You can take a cable car from Gulmarg to Khalinmarg.
Evening drive back to Srinagar. Overnight stay at deluxe houseboat or hotel.
Srinagar- Delhi (By Flight)
After breakfast, you will visit Mughal gardens which is a group of gardens built by the Mughals in the Persian style of architecture, visiting Nishat Bagh (Garden of Pleasure), Shalimar Bagh (Abode of Love) and take a shikara (boat) ride on Dal Lake to enjoy the beauty that this city has been graced with.
Afternoon transfer to the airport to board flight for Delhi. Arrive Delhi and you will transferred to hotel for overnight stay.
Departure from Delhi
After breakfast, proceed to sightseeing tour of Delhi, starting with tour of Old Delhi covering Red Fort, Jama Masjid the largest mosque in India, Raj Ghat – the cremation ground of Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Nation and then drive through President’s Palace, the historical India Gate and visit to a Sikh Temple.
Afternoon visit 73 meter tall Qutub Minar, an architectural brilliance which was built around 1500 A.D by Qutub-ud-Din Aibek, the slave who became a monarch and Humayun’s tomb, the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun.
Our representative will meet you and assist you to IGI airport to catch your flight for onwards journey.