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One of the most unparalleled travel experiences one can get is undeniably by visiting Leh Ladakh. It is easy to get overwhelmed here, being surrounded by snow-clad mountains at such great heights, numerous trekking trails, deep gorges and turquoise lakes. Renowned as the land of monks and monasteries, it has a spiritual value as it houses some of the most royal and ancient monasteries. Ladakh is dotted with colourful monasteries and is also a popular destination for adventure buffs. Within Ladakh flows the River Indus and Zanskar, which draws river rafters from far and wide. Explore the mesmerizing beauty of Ladakh region which is also referred to as the Land of Lama owning to its Tibetan connection. Bound by mountains and sharing border with Tibet, the religion, culture and lifestyle of Leh Ladakh is profoundly influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. Ladakh is mostly inhabited by people of Tibetan descent. We will visit monasteries, high altitude lakes and high mountain passes, royal palaces with Tibetan Buddhism influence and of course interacting with the local people
Highlights of the trip –
Arrival Leh Kushok Bakula Airport (This must be one of the Most Sensational Flights in the World. On a clear day from one side of the aircraft can be seen in the distance the peaks of K2, Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum and on the other side of the aircraft, so close that you feel you could reach out and touch it, is the Nun Kun massif.) Upon arrival transfer to Hotel. Complete day for rest and leisure to acclimatize followed by welcome tea or Coffee at the Hotel. Evening visit Shanti Stupa and Leh Palace if everyone is up for it. Later visit the market (stay for 01hour only). Return back to the hotel for Overnight stay.
After breakfast, we explore places near Leh and indulge in some adventure. Today we would be going for the much awaited River Rafting in Zanskar river. We first visit the Sangam of the Rivers, which is also near the Start point of our rafting adventure, we then head back towards Leh and experience a phenomenon of nature on the Magnetic Hills. We will also visit Hall of fame, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Kali Mata Temple & Stok Monastery. In the evening we visit Shanti stupa if not done the previous evening & Leh palace. Overnight stay at Leh.
Post breakfast we drive to Nubra Valley. The road journey from Leh to Nubra Valley passes over Khardung La (The Highest Motorable Road In The World) at 5,602 Mtrs / 18,390 Ft, around 39 km from Leh. From the pass, one can see all the way south over the Indus valley to seemingly endless peaks and ridges of the Zanskar range and north to the giants of the Saser massif. Visit Dikshit Monastery on the way. Nubra Valley is popularly known as Ldumra or the valley of flowers. It is situated in the north of Ladakh between the Karakoram and Ladakh ranges of the Himalayas. The average altitude of the valley is 10,000 Ft. above sea level. Upon arrival in Nubra we check in at our Guest house in Hunder for Overnight stay. Later visit the white sand dunes at Hunder where you can enjoy the Double Humped Bactrian camel ride. In the evening we can walk around the tiny villages to see how the locals live in this part of the world.
We will attend a cultural show later in Night.
Wake up to wonderful Sunrise, today we head towards Turtuk, located on the banks of shyok river is the the penultimate village open to foreign tourist before POK.
The landscape, culture, language, clothing, and even the physical features of people change quite drastically crossing over into Turtuk, technically entering Baltistan.
We return to Hunder in the evening to Spend the night here.
Early Morning after breakfast we leave for Pangong Lake via Shayok Route. Pangong Lake, is situated at 14,000 feet (4,267 m). A long narrow basin of inland drainage, hardly six to seven kilometer at its widest point and over 130km long, it is bisected by the international border between India and China. Enjoy the landscape in the back drop of the Lake. One rarely feels so close to nature and environment and the scenery is unforgettable).
After an early breakfast we will leave for Leh en-route we can take a short halt at Changla pass to enjoy a cup of hot steaming tea. En route, we stop by at Hemis & Thiksey Monastery, Shey palace, rancho school & Sindhu ghat, we then proceed further to Leh. Dinner & Overnight at Hotel in Leh.
Trip concludes. Thanks you for your patronage. Transfer to Leh Airport to catch the morning flight to your back home and return with fond memories.