"Leh (3505 m / pop: 28,000), the capital of Ladakh is a veritable kaleidoscope of sights and sounds. A quaint town nestling along the rugged slopes of the Ladakh range, it cradles a cultural legacy shaped at the crossroads of Asia on the Sub-continental Silk Route."
"Leh has many historic monuments, including the 17th century Leh Palace built by King Singe Namgyal on the hill overlooking the town. Higher up the hill called Namyal Tsemo, are the ruins of the earliest fort dating from 16th century."
"The Buddhist monasteries or Gompas constitute major cultural attractions of Ladakh. Out of the over dozen major monasteries situated on or near the Indus, the most famous from the heritage view point is that of Alchi, called Alchi Choskor on account of its ancient wall frescoes and other artistic elements dating from the 11th& 12th centuries, which pre-date the Tibetan style of paintings and art style seen in the other monasteries."
"Ladakh also boasts of high altitude lakes among which. Pangong Lake (a0 kms. from Leh) has the most dramatic setting. Located at an altitude of 14,500 ft / 4,267 M in, It is a long, narrow basin of inland water body, about 5-6 kms wide and about 140 kms long, one - third of which lies in India while the rest lies on the Tibet side of the border."
"Ladakh offers many options for adventure tourism amidst landscape of breathtaking natural beauty. These include jeep safaris, trekking & camping in the wilderness. The most popular activity, however, is rafting on the Indus & Zanskar Rivers which offers options for both amateurs and professionals."
"Kashmir is a destination of many hues and moods. Inspring and summer, the abundant orchards, rippling lakes and salubrious climate beckon all to experience the Valley's numerousdelights. Golfing in the picturesque courses, water-skiing in the lakes and angling for rainbow trout in the mountain streams-these are but some of the many pleasures you could indulge in on a Kashmir holiday."

BEST OF LADAKH – OPTIONAL


Tour Route : Leh - Indus Valley/Sham Valley -Pangong Lake (Overnight) - Nubra Valley

Tour Duration : 7 nights / 8 days

This tour is an option of the "Best of Ladakh Tour' for extending the tour to provide for overnight stay in camps near the Pangong Lake which is exciting experience.

Day-1 Arrival Leh (Alt: 11500 / 3505 M) - Acclimatization / Orientation.

Arrive Leh and transfer to the hotel. After welcome drink / breakfast take complete rest for acclimatization to the high altitude and rarefied air of Ladakh. In the late afternoon proceed on an orientation tour of the old city centre and take leisurely walks through the main market of this historic town. Overnight at Leh.

Day-2 In Leh: Visit Alchi -Likir (Sham Valley) Circuit /160 kms round trip / 4-5 hours

After breakfast proceed to explore the Sham Valley circuit, driving all the way to visit the 11 th century Alchi Choskor , oldest surviving monastic complex of Ladakh and famous for its ancient wall frescoes and architecture - now a UNESCO listed heritage site. While returning towards Leh, en-route drive up the hill to visit the 14 th century Likir Monastery , where you can also view a recently installed colossal image of the Maitreya Buddha seated out in the open. Thereafter visit Sangam (confluence of Indus & Zanskar Rivers), Magnetic Point , Gurudwara Pathar Sahib and Hall of Fame (museum of military heritage). Overnight at Leh.

Day-3 Leh- Khardongla - Nubra Valley / 125 kms / 4-5 hours

After breakfast leave for Nubra Valley , driving across Khardong-la (alt: 18,380 ft.), highest motorable pass in the world. Nubra Valley lies between the Karakoram & Ladakh ranges at an average altitude of 10,000 ft. Till closure of the trans-Karakoram trade route by the Chinese in 1949, Nubra Valley was a busy corridor on the Central Asian trade route.

Reach Deskit / Hunder in the afternoon and explore the area and the white Sand Dunes where you can also take a short camel Safari on the double-humped Bactrian camel found here (optional service). Overnight at Nubra.

Day-4 Nubra Valley - Khardongla - Leh / 125 kms / 4 - 5 hours.

After breakfast, explore Deskit (headquarters of Nubra valley) and visit the gigantic image of Maitreya Buddha (32 mtrs) seated out on a nearby hillock, which was installed in 2010. Thereafter drive up the hillside to visit the 15 th century Deskit Monastery dramatically located on a rock promontory overlooking the valley. Later drive back to Leh via Khardongla, reaching in the afternoon. Overnight at Leh .

Day-5 Leh- Pangong Lake / 150 kms. / 5 -6 hours.

After breakfast, leave for Pangong Lake, via the Chang-la pass (alt: 17370 ft. / 5486 meters), 3 rd highest motorable pass in the world. Pangong Lake (alt: 14,500 ft.), largest brackish water lake of Asia, is about 4-5 kms wide and about 135 kms long, of which some two-third portion lies on the other side of the Indo-China border . Spend rest of the day sightseeing around the lake. Later check into the camp for overnight stay.

Day-6 Pangong Lake - Hemis- Leh / Approx. 160 kms. / 6 hours

After breakfast, leave Pangong Lake and retrace the road to Leh via Chang-la pass. Upon reaching Karu, take a short trip across the Indus to visit the 17 th century Hemis Monastery , biggest monastery and principal centre of the Drukpa-Kargyut monastic order in the Ladakh region. Later return to Leh reaching in the late afternoon. Overnight at Leh.

Day-7 Day-7: In Leh: Visit Palaces & Monasteries / Shanti Stupa & City Centre.

After breakfast, proceed to visit the dramatically located Thiksey M onastery, a major Gelukpa monastery founded during the 16 th century. Returning from Thiksey, walk up the hill at Shey to visit the Shey Palace where the main attractions are the two gigantic copper-gilt Buddha statues installed in the complex during the mid-17 th century. Thereafter, visit the Druk Padma School (Rancho School) at Shey, if interested.

After lunch break drive to visit Shanti Stupa , a prominent landmark located on a great vantage point overlooking the valley. Thereafter visit the 9-storied Leh Palace dating from the 1600 AD, a historic landmark of Leh which renders a unique heritage character to the town. Wind up the trip with a short walking tour of the main markets in the city centre. Overnight at Leh.

Day-8 Depart Leh: Transfer to Airport

Early morning transfer to the airport for taking the flight back home.

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