"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."

KASHMIR-LADAKH OVERLAND TOUR


Tour Route : Srinagar - Kargil -Indus Valley -Pangong Lake-Nubra Valley

Duration : 6 nights / 7 days

This overland journey is designed to combine the sights and sounds of the Kashmir Valley with exploration of dramatic Ladakh region across majestic mountain ranges, deep valleys and the rich cultural heritage of villages and centuries-old hilltop monasteries.

Day-1 Srinagar- Zojila- Drass- Kargil / 205 kms / 5-6 hours

After breakfast leave for Kargil, driving through Sonamarg and crossing the Zoji-la pass (11,500-ft. / 3,505 mtrs) en-route. Drass, the first town over the pass is famous as the 2 nd coldest inhabited place in the world. About an hour's drive down the valley from Drass is Kargil , 2 nd largest town of Ladakh and headquarters of Kargil district. Overnight at Kargil.

Day-2 Kargil-Lamayuru- Leh / 235 kms / 6-7 hours

In the morning leave for Leh, en-route stopping briefly at Mulbek to view the 9-Mtrs. tall rock sculpture of Maitreya Buddha (7 th - 8 th century AD). Driving on towards Leh, stop at Lamayuru to view / visit the dramatically located Lamayuru monastery and the adjoining ' Moonland " hills. Driving further on along the Indus, visit Sanagm (confluence of Indus & Zanskar Rivers), Magnetic Point , Pathar Sahib Gurudwara& Hall of Fame (museum of military heritage). Reach Leh in the evening. Overnight at Leh

Day-3 In Leh: Visit Monasteries & Palaces / 110 kms / 4 hours

After breakfast, proceed to explore the Indus Valley attractions starting from 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, 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. Thereafter, 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, and visit the palace museum displaying the priceless collections of art & artifact of the royal family. Overnight at Leh.

Day-4 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-5 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-6 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, you can visit 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-7 Departure Leh: Transfer to Airport

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

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