"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."


Tour Route : Leh- Indus Valley -- Nubra Valley- Pangong Lake-Alchi / Kargil - Srinagar

Duration: 06 nights / 07 days

This tour follows the old trade route in and out of Ladakh. It covers Pangong Lake & Nubra Valley & Indus Valley and then follows the present highway along the Indus, across various mountain passes to enter Kashmir Valley via Lamayuru, Kargil, & Drass.

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 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: Visit Monasteries & Palaces / 110 kms / 4 hours

After breakfast, proceed to explore the Indus Valley attractions starting from the dramatically located Thiksey M onastery a major Gelukpa foundation dating from the 16 th century. Thereafter drive on to visit the 17 th century Hemis Monastery, biggest monastery and principal seat of the Drukpa-Kargyut monastic order in the Ladakh region. On the way back from Hemis, you may walk up the hill at Shey to visit the Shey Palace where the main attractions are the two gigantic copper-gilt Buddha statues installed during the mid - 17 th century. You may also visit the Druk Padma School (Rancho School) at Shey, if interested.

Before returning to Leh, drive across the Indus to visit the Stok Palace (Circa 1825 AD), present residence of former royal family of Ladakh. The main attraction here is the museum displaying the priceless collections of art & artifacts of the royal family. Overnight at Leh.

Day-3 In Leh: Excursion to Pangong Lake /145 kms / one way / 5-6 hours

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, is4-5 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, return to Leh , reaching in the evening. O vernight at Leh.

Day-4 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 trade 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 a deluxe camp or hotel.

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

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

Day-6 Leh- Alchi / Lamayuru-Kargil / 235 kms. / 6-7 hours

After breakfast proceed towards Kargil en-route visiting Hall of Fame (museum of military heritage), Gurudwara Pathar Sahib and Magnetic Point, and then drive on to visit the 11 th century Alchi Choskor , oldest surviving monastic heritage complex of Ladakh, famous for its wall frescoes and architecture - a UNESCO listed heritage site. Thereafter proceed towards Kargil, en-route stopping to visit / view the dramatically located Lamayuru monastery , and the adjoining Moonland Hills . Driving further on crossing the Fotula & Namika La passes, reach Mulbek where you may stop briefly to view the 9-Mtrs. tall rock sculpture of Maitreya Buddha (7 th - 8 th century AD). Kargil is at an hour's drive from here. Overnight in the hotel at Kargil.

Day-7 Kargil- Zojila- Sonamarg-Srinagar / 205 kms / 5-6 hours

Early departure for Srinagar via Drass , Zojila pass & Sonamarg. Drass is famous as the second coldest inhabited place in the world. Zoji-la Pass (11,500-ft. /3,505 m) is the watershed between the rugged landscape of Ladakh and the lushness of Kashmir . After crossing the pass, the road descends to Sonamarg from where it's just over a couple of hours' drive to Srinagar through the beautiful Kashmir countryside.

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