Tour package to Ladakh : Leh – Nubra – Shey Palace – Thiksey – Pangong Lake – Likir – Alchi – Uletokpo – Lamayuru – Leh : 09 days
Day 01 Arrive at Leh Airport
Arrive at Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, Leh to a meet-and-greet session with one of our professional tour guides. Depart to a hotel in town where you will be treated to a traditional welcome ceremony as you check in.
Spend the rest of the day resting and acclimatizing to the weather at 12,500 FT/3.500 Mts altitude of Ladakh. Afternoon, go on a little tour of the local bazaar and walk around.
Night in Leh
Day 02 Sightseeing – Shanti Stupa-Sankar Monastery-Lek Palace , 20 km trip
Still recovering from your flight, take breakfast and go on a little leisure outing. Depart for the hills of Shanti Stupa for a clear view of Leh town. Along the way, pass by Sankar Monastery, the little branch of Spituk monastery, home to lots of small-sized pure gold statues and colorful paintings.
Next stop is Leh Palace, a 17th century wonder constructed by King Sengge Namgyal during his era, where you’d climb to the roof for a beautiful view of the valley. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is already renovating broken parts of the 9-storey palace. After the visit, return back to the hotel.
Night in Leh
Day 03. Explore Leh and Nubra Valley
Take your breakfast and immediately drive across the world-famous Khardong-La straight to Nubra Valley. At an elevation of 5602Mts/18390Ft above sea level, Khardong-La is the highest road in the world. Taking the road, found north of Ladakh, and near the Himalayas, is an experience one never forgets.
As you descend, be sure to catch a glimpse of the beautiful Ldorma, the valley of flowers. Later in the afternoon, arrive at Hunder and check in in a camp or hotel. You may go on a hiking expedition, go catch a panoramic view of the flowers or just relax and enjoy the evening. You could alternatively ride the 2-humped Bactrian camel out of your pocket. As the sun sets, relax and retire to bed.
Day 04 Cover the 120 km Hunder – Leh route
After breakfast, set off for Diskit monastery, a 14th century monument credited to Changzem Tserab Zangpo. Located at the top of a hill overlooking Shayok river, the monastery is historic, much like the 100ft Maitreya Buddha statue situated just nearby.
After visiting the statue which was inaugurated by Dalai Lama, visit the top of Gompa and get a clear view of Nubra valley. Head back to Leh using the same road and check in at the hotel for the night. After that, go on an evening walk around the market before retiring for the night in the hotel.
Day 05 Go on the 156 kms trip across Leh, Shey Palace, Thiksey and Pangong Lake
Immediately after taking breakfast, head out for a trip to Pangong Lake. The first stop is Shey Palace, the original capital of Ladakh, where you visit the 1655-built hilltop fortress. Explore the area around, including visiting the many stupas and Dresthang Gompa adjacent to the palace. Be sure to visit the mammoth-sized, gilded copper-made Buddha statue in the palace-cum-monastery.
Later, use Changala Pass and ascend amidst the breathtaking view of the villages to arrive at Pangong Lake – a scene of the 3 Idiots film. The 6km wide, turquoise colored lake is 14,000ft above sea level; it’s Asia’s highest salt lake, although a majority of it is in the Chinese territory. Spend the night at a camp near the lake, Pangong.
Day 06 Explore Pangong Lake and Thikse Monastery before turning back to Leh
The 167km trip starts after breakfast and a rare, early morning view of the sun rising above the lake. Driving along the same road to Leh, make the first stop at Thikse Monastery where the top-of-the-hill monastery is akin to Tibet’s Potala Palace. Visit the monastery and explore the largest Gompa in Ladakh.
The monastery stands at 3,600 Mts above the sea level, in the Indus Valley and among the must-sees in this 12-storey complex would be the countless Buddhist art and statues. Examine the stupas, thangkas, swords and paintings safely kept in the complex and discover why the Dalai Lama had to visit the adjacent Maitreya Temple in 1970. In the evening, check in at a Leh hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 07 Visit Likir, Alchi and Uleytopko
After taking breakfast, depart for Uletokpo. The first stop is at the ruins of one of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh, Likir Monastery. The 8th century structure is adjacent to the stunning Maitreya Budhha statue. Immediately after the stop, set off and drive until you arrive at Alchi Monastery whose 11th century wall paintings are still pretty colorful.
Explore the monastery, admiring the beauty of this sole structure built on a flat ground in the whole of Ladakh and the stunning lush greenery around. Alchi monastery has pristinely kept Tibetan paintings of 12th century and five temples, all still keeping the old Tibetan-style murals. Later, drive to Uletokpo for a night’s stay at a resort.
Day 08 Leave Uleytopko for Lamayuru and later, Leh
After breakfast, head out to Lamayuru and make your first stop at the oldest Monastery in Ladakh. At the Lamayuru monastery, be sure to see the picture-perfect Moon landscape – a huge favorite among tourists.
Right after, drive ahead to the Magnetic Hill Point called Gurudwara Pathar Sahib. Magnetic hill point is where vehicles defy the law of gravity and move upwards instead of moving downhill. Just near the area, take a walk to the meeting point of Indus and Zanskar Rivers and catch a picturesque view of Sangam.
Later once the adventure is over, drive to Leh and check in at the hotel. As the evening beckons, explore Leh market and grab a few bargains and souvenirs. Spend the night at the hotel.
Day 09 Departure
With your 9-day Ladakh trip coming to a close, our representatives will be at hand to thank you for your patronage. Thereafter, you are driven to the airport for your flight.
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