"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."

GLIMPSES OF LADAKH


Tour Route : Around Leh- -Indus Valley - Pangong Lake - Khardongla.

Duration : 4 nights / 5 days.

This program is designed to introduce the visitor, in the shortest possible time frame, to the amazing Ladakh region with its majestic mountain ranges & deep valleys, smiling people, rich culture and the living heritage of some of the centuries-old hilltop monasteries.

Day-1 Arrive Leh (Alt: 11500 / 3505 M) - Acclimatization / Orientation / Visit Shanti Stupa

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 walk through the main market for general orientation. Wind up the tour with a visit to the Shanti Stupa , a prominent landmark perched upon a hillock commanding panoramic views of the valley. Overnight at Leh.

Day-2 In Leh: Glimpses of the Indus Valley / Approx.80 kms round trip / 3-4 hours

After breakfast drive to visit the dramatically located Thiksey M onastery , a major Gelukpa foundation dating from the 16 th century. Returning from Thiksey, at Shey you may walk up the hill to Shey Palace where the main attractions are the two gigantic copper-gilt statues of the Buddha installed during the 17 th century. Thereafter, you may visit the Druk Padma School (3-Idiot's Rancho School), if interested.

Post lunch, drive to visit Sangam (confluence of Indus & Zanskar Rivers), en-route visiting Hall of Fame (museum of military heritage ), Gurudwara Pathar Sahib & Magnetic Point. Overnight at Leh.

Day-3 In Leh: Excursion to Pangong Lake / 150 kms /one way / 5-6 hours one way.

After early breakfast leave for Pangong Lake via 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 4-5 kms wide and about 135 kms long of which about two-third portion lies on the other side of the Indo-China border. After sightseeing at the lake, drive back to Leh, reaching by the evening. O vernight at Leh.

Day-4 In Leh: Excursion to Khardongla / 80 kms - round trip / 4 hours.

After breakfast proceed on an excursion to Khardong-La (alt: 18,390 ft. / 5602 M), highest motorable pass in the world. The pass offers spectacular views of the Zanskar range across the Indus Valley in the south, and the Saser massif in the north. Rest of the day is at leisure to explore the markets on your own for shopping etc. Overnight at Leh.

Day-5 Departure from Leh

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

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