Wonders of Ladakh
Ladakh is the only place where a man sitting in the sun with his feet in the shade can suffer from sunstroke and frostbite at the same time. Also known as the “land of high passes”, Ladakh is a land like no other with a plethora of attractions to visit. With dreamy and mesmerizing landscapes, amazing people, and culture, Ladakh is truly a heaven on Earth. The beautiful high altitude desert is nestled between two of the world’s highest mountain ranges, the Great Himalaya and the Karakoram, it lies athwart two other ranges, the Ladakh range, and the Zanskar range.
famDay 1 – Arrival at Delhi – Leh (D)
In the morning board your flight from Delhi to Leh.
Welcome to Leh! Few places in India are at once so traveler-friendly and yet so enchanting and hassle-free as mountain-framed Leh. Dotted with stupas and crumbling mudbrick houses, the old town is dominated by a dagger of steep rocky ridge topped by an imposing Tibetan-style palace and fort.
The private car will pick you from Leh Airport and transfer you to the hotel. Check-in at the hotel. The entire day is at your leisure. Leh town is situated at an altitude of more than 3000 meters above sea level. Relax and acclimatize to the high altitude of Leh. Dinner & overnight stay at hotel in Leh. (Hotel: Ladakh Sarai Resort or similar)
Remarks: Domestic flight from Delhi to Leh is included.
Day 2 – Leh Day Tour (B, D)
After breakfast head out for local sightseeing of Leh. Start with a visit to the Hall of Fame, a museum constructed by the Indian Army in memory of the brave Indian soldiers who laid down their lives defending the motherland in the Indo-Pak wars. It stands as a reminder of the great sacrifices made by our soldiers to ensure the safety and security of our country.
Then visit Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, a beautiful Sikh Temple built-in 1517 to commemorate the visit to the Ladakh region of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder Guru of the Sikh faith. Then take a stop at Magnetic Hill, a “Cyclops hill” or Gravity hill located near Leh. The layout of the area and surrounding slopes create an amazing optic illusion. The hill road is actually a downhill road. Objects and cars on the hill road may appear to roll uphill in defiance of gravity when they are, in fact, rolling downhill.
After that visit Sangam (the confluence of Zanskar & Indus rivers), a very picturesque sight. You could try adventurous rafting on the river. Afterward visit Alchi Monastery, built between 958 and 1055 CE. The artistic and spiritual details of both Buddhism and the Hindu kings of that time in Kashmir are reflected in the wall paintings in the monastery complex. The complex also has huge statues of the Buddha and lavish wood carvings and art-work — almost baroque in style.
Reach back Leh by evening and visit Shanti Stupa a Buddhist white-domed stupa on a hilltop in Chanspa. It was built in 1991 by Japanese Buddhist Bhikshu, Gyomyo Nakamura, and part of the Peace Pagoda mission. Dinner & overnight stay at hotel in Leh. (Hotel: Ladakh Sarai Resort or similar)
Day 3 – Leh – Nubra Valley (B, D)
After breakfast drive from Leh to Nubra Valley via Khardung-La Pass (18380ft) – one of the world’s highest motorable road. The valley is located around 159 km from Leh. The route will be Leh – Phyang – Khardung La – Khardung – Khalsar – Diskit – Nubra Valley.
Along the way before and after Khardungla Pass, you will pass by 2 Indian Army check-posts namely – South Pullu & North Pullu, which are very picturesque sites and flaunt the beauty of nature. On the route, you will pass by some beautiful villages, where you can catch glimpses of locals working on their farms.
Reach Nubra Valley by early evening. This valley is a virgin destination for people who seek peace and an interaction with the tribal community of Ladakh. The Sasser Pass and the famous Karakoram Pass of the silk route fame lie to the northwest of the valley and connect Nubra with Xinjiang (China).
Check-in at the hotel on arrival. If you not tired and still have energy in you, in the evening you can head out for a bicycle ride through the villages nearby to get an insight into the culture and rural life. Dinner & overnight stay is at a hotel in Nubra Valley. (Hotel: Lchang Nang Retreat or similar)
Day 4 – Nubra Valley Day Tour (B, D)
After breakfast head out to explore Nubra Valley. Visit Diskit Monastery, the largest and the oldest surviving monastery in Nubra Valley. The prime attraction of the Diskit monastery is 100 feet high Maitreya Buddha statue, which was inaugurated by the holy Dalai Lama.
Afterward, visit Hunder Sand dunes. Beyond the cultural and monastic side of Ladakh, there are picturesque silver sand dunes of Hunder in the Nubra Valley. Located at an altitude of 4,000 meters, Hunder Sand Dunes are beautiful beyond imagination. The desert is cut across by a serene meandering stream and the beautiful countryside. With such awe-inspiring landscapes against the backdrop of the snow-clad mountains, the Hunder Sand Dune looks nothing less than a dreamland. Try a ride over the rare Bactrian Camel (double humped camels), which should not be missed. In the evening see the Folk Dance Show at Hunder village, and enjoy the entertaining side of the local culture.
Back to the hotel by the evening. Dinner & overnight stay at Nubra valley. (Hotel: Lchang Nang Retreat or similar)
Day 5 – Nubra Valley – Pangong Lake (B, D)
After breakfast drive from Nubra Valley to Pangong Lake. This endorheic Himalayan Lake lies at a height of about 4,350 m (14,270 ft) above sea-level. It is 134 km (83 mi) long and extends from India to China.
Check-in at the resort close to Pangong Lake, which offers unparalleled views of the surrounding mountain ranges. In the evening head out visit Pangong Lake. Its water is salty, crystal clear, and has a lovely shade of blue. It looks its best when the sun is shining bright. The evening is at your leisure. You can also indulge in a Yak Safari or stroll around the lake.
Dinner & night stay is at a resort near Pangong Lake. (Luxury Camp: Pangong Sarai or similar)
Day 6 – Pangong – Leh (B, D)
After breakfast drive from Pangong Lake to Leh. On the way visit Hemis Monastery. Hemis Monastery is revered as the largest monastic institution in Ladakh. It is the wealthiest Buddhist monastery in India and famous for its rich collection of ancient remnants like the statue of Buddha made of copper, stupas made of gold, and silver. Monastery also has sacred Thangkas, murals, and various artifacts.
Reach Leh in the evening and check-in at the hotel. The evening is at your leisure.
Dinner & overnight stay will be at the hotel in Leh. (Hotel: The Grand Dragon or similar)
Day 7 – Leh Day Tour (B, D)
After breakfast, visit Thiksey Monastery, one of the finest examples of Ladakhi architecture. This Monastery is located on the top of the hill in solitude which lies at a distance of 20 kilometers away from Leh. It is very famous for its similarity with the Potala Palace of Lhasa. This monastery is famous for pilgrim activities, architectural elements, sightseeing, and exploration.
In the evening, you could visit the local market or spend time at the resort which is situated in a lovely location outside the city and surrounded by fields and small villages. Dinner & overnight stay will be at the hotel in Leh. (Hotel: The Grand Dragon or similar)
Day 8 – Leh – Departure from Delhi (B)
After breakfast check-out from the hotel. The private car will drop you at the Leh airport for your return flight to Delhi. To all the good things comes an end. Leave with wonderful memories of this amazing trip to Leh-Ladakh, worth remembering for a lifetime.
Remarks: Domestic flight from Leh to Delhi is included.
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