"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


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

Duration : 6 nights / 7 days

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

Arrive Leh and transfer to the hotel. After welcome drinks / breakfast, take complete rest for acclimatization to the high altitude. In the late afternoon, visit the city centre and take leisurely walks through the main market for general orientation. Thereafter return to your hotel. Overnight at Leh.

Day-2 In Leh: Visit Monasteries & Palaces / Shanti Stupa & City Centre.

After breakfast, proceed to explore the Indus Valley cultural & historical attractions, starting from the dramatically located   Thiksey   M onastery,   a major Gelukpa foundation dating from the 16th century. On the way back from Thiksey, you may walk up the hill at Shey to visit the   Shey Palace, oldest royal residence of Ladakh's ruling dynasty ,  where the main attractions are the two gigantic copper - gilt Buddha statues installed during the mid -17th century. Thereafter, drive to visit the   Druk Padma Karpo School at Shey, which featured as the Rancho School in the famous Hindi film Three Idiots' .

In the afternoon, drive to visit the Shanti Stupa , a prominent landmark located on a great vantage point overlooking Leh & the valley beyond. Thereafter, proceed to explore the 9-storied Leh Palace, dating from the 1600 AD, a historic landmark of the region, which renders a unique heritage character to Leh town. Wind up the day's trip with a walking tour of the city centre and exploring its main markets Overnight at Leh.

Day-3

Leh- Khardongla Pass (18,380 ft.) - Nubra Valley / 125 kms / 4 5 hours

After early breakfast leave for Nubra Valley , driving across Khardong-la , highest motorable pass in the world. Nubra Valley lies between the Ladakh & Karakoram 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 trade corridor on the Central Asian trade route.

Reach Deskit ( headquarters of Nubra valley) in the afternoon and visit the gigantic image of Maitreya Buddha (32 mtrs ) seated out on a hillock which was inaugurated by the Dalai Lama in 2010, Thereafter drive on to Hunder & check-in at your accommodation. Later, proceed to explore the white Sand Dunes where you can also take a short camel Safari on the double-humped Bactrian camel found here ( optional - direct payment ).
Overnight at Nubra.

Day-4 Nubra Valley - Shyok Valley- Durbuk- Pangong / 155 kms / 5 hours.

After early breakfast, proceed to Deskit and drive up the hillside to visit the 15 th century Deskit Monastery located dramatically on a rock promontory overlooking the Nubra valley. Thereafter drive upstream the Shyok valley & follow the Shyok Durbuk Road amidst spectacular mountain sceneries to approach Pangong Lake. The road passes through the pretty villages of Aghyam, Shyok & Durbuk en-route to Pangong (alt: 14,500 ft.), the largest brackish water lake of Asia, which is about 4-5 kms wide and about 135 kms long, of which about two-third lies on the other side of the Indo-China border. Overnight at Pangong .

Day-5 Pangong Lake Changla Pass - Hemis - Leh / Approx. 160 K / 5-6 hours.

After breakfast, leave Pangong Lake and follow the road to Leh via Chang-la pass ( alt: 17, 370 ft.), 3 rd highest motorable pass in the world. 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. A museum set up in the complex displays some of the rare art treasure collected through the centuries and is well worth exploring. Thereafter drive on to Leh, reaching in the evening. Overnight at Leh.

Day-6 In Leh: Visit Alchi / Likir (Sham Valley) Circuit /160 kms round trip / 4-5 hrs.

After breakfast proceed to explore the Sham Valley circuit, driving all the way to Alchi and explore the 11th century   Alchi Choskor , oldest surviving monastic complex of Ladakh and famous for its ancient wall frescoes and architecture now a UNESCO listed heritage site. Thereafter drive back toward Leh, en-route, visiting the 14th century   Likir Monastery ,   where you will also be able to admire a newly installed colossal image of the Maitreya Buddha, seated out in the open on a hillock. Later drive on to Leh, en-route visiting   Sangam   (confluence of Indus & Zanskar Rivers),   Magnetic Point , Gurudwara Pathar Sahib   &   Hall of Fame   (museum of military heritage). Overnight at Leh.

Day-7 Departure Leh: Transfer to Airport.

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

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