"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."

PANORAMIC LADAKH


Tour Route : Leh-Indus Valley -Alchi / Lamayuru Circuit - Pangong Lake - Nubra Valley

Duration : 8 nights / 9 days.

In this tour we will introduce you to the panorama of sights & sounds of Ladakh, its high altitude lakes, majestic mountain ranges and deep valleys, smiling people, rich culture and the living heritage of centuries-old hilltop monasteries. Ladakh is a natural retreat for escaping from the monotony of urban life to a land of un-ending discoveries.

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 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. 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 & artifact of the royal family. Overnight at Leh.

Day-3 Leh - Lamayuru - Uleytokpo / Alchi / 180 kms / approx. 5 hours

After breakfast, drive down the Indus Valley all the way to Lamayuru (127 kms.), believed to be the oldest site where a monastery was founded during the 11 th century AD. Presently a major Brigung-Kargyut-pa foundation , Lamayuru monastery is famous for its dramatic setting with the ' Moonland' hills forming its backdrop. After sightseeing here, drive back on the Leh road till Uleytokpo or Alchi. Overnight in camp at Uletokpo or hotel at Alchi .

Day-4 Uleytokpo / Alchi - Likir- Sangam - Leh / Approx 90 kms / 3- 4 hours

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

Day-5 Leh- Khardongla - Nubra Valley / 125 kms / 4 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 of the Himalayas, at an average altitude of the valley is 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 network.

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 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-7 In Leh: Excursion to Pangong Lake / 150 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, 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. Overnight at Leh.

Day-8 In Leh: visit Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace / city centre.

After leisurely breakfast or early lunch, drive to visit Shanti Stupa , located on a great vantage point overlooking the valley. Thereafter visit the 9-storey Leh Palace built by King Singey Namgyal in 1600 AD, a historic landmark 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 the hotel.

Rafting Option : On this day, you can also opt for an exciting half-day Rafting trip on the Indus River between Phey and Nimu (if water level is adequate) OR on the Zanskar River between Chiling & Nimo (optional service).

Day-9 Departure Leh: Transfer to airport.

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

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