Ladakh is a high altitude mountainous region bounded by the Karakoram Range from the north and the Great Himalayas in the south. It is a land that abounds in awesome physical features set in an enormous and spectacular environment. Often described as ‘Moonland’ on account of the unique lunar landscape, Ladakh was an independent mountain kingdom for close to a millennium. Leh, the royal capital, was a major crossroads of Asia and a stopping point on the ancient migration routes of the trans-Himalayas, connecting Central Asia with the Indian sub-continent. Its landscape, sky, shooting stars, silence, wizened faces, rosy cheeks, dragons and Zen - everything makes Ladakh a quite place to visit. This ethereal cold desert that goes by names such as 'The Last Shangrila', Moonscape,Little Tibet and so many others - all of which ring true, is a land that seldom fails to baffle or surprise. Ladakh, the land of jagged peaks and barren landscape is alluring and awe-inspiring.
Program (10 Days / 9 Nights)
Day 01: Arrive DelhiWelcome to Delhi! On arrival you will be received by our local representative and transferred to hotel.Delhi :India’s capital and a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds – the ancient with the modern. Amidst the fast spiraling skyscrapers the remnants of a bygone time in the form of its many monuments stand as silent reminders to the region’s ancient legacy. The first impressions for any visitor traveling in from the airport are of a specious, garden city, tree-lined with a number of beautiful parks .Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02: Delhi-LehPacked breakfast ,In time transfer to airport to connect flight to Leh. Upon arrival you will be received by our representative at airport &escorted you till check in hotel.Leh :Leh was an important stopover on trade routes along the Indus Valley between Tibet to the east, Kashmir to the west and also between India and China for centuries. The main goods carried were salt, grain, pashm or cashmere wool, charas or cannabis resin from the Tarim Basin, indigo, silk yarn and Banaras brocade. Buffet lunch at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure for independent activitiesArrive KushokBakula airport Leh - 3500m above sea level. Transfer to hotel. Breakfast at the hotel before 09.30 am. Half Day at rest for acclimatization. Lunch at the hotel. After Lunch drive to Visit Shanti Stupa &Leh Palace, Later in the evening walk around local market. Overnight stay at the hotel (Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner)
Day 03: Tour of Hemis, ThikseyShey monastery 3 Idiots School Campus SindhuDarshanAfter a leisurely breakfast, we drive to visit Hemis Monastery situated 45km west of Leh; Hemis is the largest and the wealthiest monastery in Ladakh. From Hemis, you are driven back taking the same route to visit Thiksey Monastery, located on a hill-lock with formidable views of the Indus valley. Thiksey is especially noteworthy for its gigantic seated statue of the Maitreya and is also known for its (Dukhang) assembly hall which houses hundreds of rectangular prayer books, stacked between wooden covers and bound in silk. After that we continue to drive through series of chortens to visit Shey Palace the former summer palace of the King of Ladakh. 3 Idiots School Campus SindhuDarshan visit. Overnight stay at the hotel (Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner)
Day 04: Leh – Alchi – Lamayuru– Alchi/Ulleytokpo (180kms)After breakfast, carry packed lunch for the day. Sightseeing of 1000 year old Alchi monastery the only Gompa in Ladakh region on flat ground. Proceed to Moon Landscape &Lamayuru. After visit Lamayuru drive back to Ulleytokpo. Overnight stay at the camp (Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner)
Day 05: Alchi / Ulleytokpo – Leh (70kms)After Breakfast departs UleytopkoThereafter proceed to the LikirMonastrey to visit the splendid three storeys Dharma Wheel Gompa. Here you'll be awestruck with the sight of the massive Buddha statues., Indus &Zanskar river Sangam, drive along the Indus river visiting, Pathar Sahib Gurdwara and Magnetic Hill (where the cars defy gravity), Basgo Palace Hiking only and further on to Leh Hall of Fame (which has a museum of the Kargil War memorabilia) Overnight stay at the hotel(Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner)
Day 06: Tour of Khardungla Pass 18380ft. Nubra Valley and Hundur Sand Dunes – Drive 120 Kms 4/5hrsAfter Breakfast drive to Nubra Valley via Khardungla (Highest Motorable road in the World, 18,380 ft) Arrive at Hundur by Afternoon. Rest of the day, Post lunch free to explore Deskit, Hunder Villages and camel Safari in Sand Dunes between Deskit and Hunder Village. Overnight stay at the camp (Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner)
Day 07: After Breakfast proceed to Diskit monastery which is 515 years oldAfter Breakfast visit Deskit Monastery and drive back to Leh by same Route, crossing Khardungla Pass. Reach Leh by afternoon. Evening free time at Leisure to explore Leh market. Overnight stay at the hotel (Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner)
Day 08: Tour of Pangong Lake- It is the highest land locked lake (155 Kms One way)After early Breakfast leave for Pangong Lake (14,500 ft), through Changla Pass 17,350 ft., it is the third highest motorable road in the world. Arrive Pangong Lake it is the highest salt water Lake in the World, shared by two countries India & China. Enjoy the beauty of the lake on the Banks of Pangong Lake while appreciating the changing Colors and fascinating high altitude of the Lake. Overnight stay at the camp (Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner)
Day 09: Drive back to Leh, evening is Free for marketOvernight stay at the hotel (Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner)
Day 10: Leh-Delhi (By flight)In time transfer to airport to connect flight to Delhi.Upon arrival you will be received by our representative at airport proceed directly for full day sightseeing tour of Old & New DelhiSightseeing tour of Old Delhi: The 300 year old walled city built by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1648 as his capital & named after him. Yourintroduction to the city will be with a visit to Red Fort (closedon Monday) - the magical monument in red sandstone built at the pinnacle of the Mughal Empire. From here proceed through the bustling streets to Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in Asia built by Shahjahan. Thereafter, visit the Raj Ghat – the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. Also drive past KotlaFiroze Shah.Lunch at Chore Bizarre (local restaurant)Afternoon: Sightseeing of New Delhi You will visit QutabMinar, the tallest stone tower in India built to establish the might of Islam and onset of Muslim rule in India and Humayun's tomb, the first great example of a new distinctive style, which developed to become the hallmark of the Mughal Dynasty. The tour also includes a drive past the imposing India Gate (War Memorial Arch), Parliament buildings and RashtrapatiBhawan (President's residence).In the evening transfer to the airport to board the flight for your onward destination.
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