Day 01: Leh
Arrival at LehAirport – Assistance upon Arrival and Proceed the hotel / resort get freshen up and free for Leisure relax for acclimatization to the high altitude of Leh (11,500 ft / 3500 mtrs)
Leh, Embodiment of natural beauty Leh, picturesquely nestled by Karakoram and Himalayan ranges, District Leh with an area of 45100 SqsKms makes it 2nd largest district in the country after Kutch (Gujrat) with an area 45652 SqsKms in terms of area. The district in the west and china in the north and eastern part and LahulSpiti of Himachal Pardesh in the south east. It is at a distance of 434 Kms from State capital (Summer) Srinager and 474 Kms from Manali (HP).Perfectly located on the banks of the renowned Indus River with all its majesty and amazing sceneries, Leh valley attracts tourists from all over the world to its lap all through the year. The major part of the Leh city is covered by ancient Buddhist monuments, Mosques dating back to 16th and 17th centuries and a nine storied palace Sengge Namgyal constructed in Tibetan architectural style
The Shey Monastery or Gompa and the Shey Palace complex are structures located on a hillock in Shey, 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) to the south of Leh in Ladakh, northern India on the Leh-Manali road. Shey was the summer capital of Ladakh in the past. The palace built first in 1655, near Shey village, by the king of Ladakh, Deldan Namgyal, also known as Lhachen Palgyigon. It was used as a summer retreat by the kings of Ladakh. The Shey Monastery was also built in 1655 on the instructions of Deldon Namgyal, in the memory of his late father, Singay Namgyal, within the palace complex. The monastery is noted for its giant copper with gilded gold statue of a seated Shakyamuni Buddha. Shakyamuni Buddha is so named since Buddha was the sage (muni) of the Sakya people who resided in the Himalayan foothills and their capital was Kapilvastu. It is said to be the second largest such statue in Ladakh
Day 02: Leh – Sham Valley
After Breakfast you drive downstream along the River Indus on Leh – Kargil Highway. En-route visiting Gurudwara Patthar Sahib Nestled deep in the Himalayas, A drive of another 4 km took us to Magnetic Hill which defies the law of gravity & further Driving through a picturesque landscape we reached the Confluence Of The Indus And Zanskar River, Just before Saspul a road to the right takes you for your visit to the Likir Monastery, Likir is one of the most active monasteries in the region. As you drive up to the monastery a recently installed colossal gilded image of the Maitreya out in the open is one of the most impressive sights in Ladakh. After visiting the Monastery you continue your drive along the River Indus to or Uletokpo or Tingmosgang enroute visiting Ridzong Monastery, there is the option to walk up to the Monastery for those that wish to do so. Hidden at the end of a steep valley, the first view of the Monastery is dramatic.
Day 03: Sham Valley – Lamayuru / Leh
After Breakfast drive to the 11th Century Lamayuru Monastery En-route visiting the mesmerizing Moon Landscapes (you will believe why the name of this area is Moonland. Exactly the same formations of Land are visible as on the moon), Lamayuru is spectacularly located along the valley plain and surrounded by mountains on all sides. On your return drive to Leh you first visit the Alchi Gompa. The complex of temples located within the village is the most celebrated of Ladakh’s monasteries and dates back to the 11th century. After visiting Alchi we drive back to Leh – Arrival at Leh as per the timings,
Alchi Monastery or Alchi Gompa, known more as a monastic complex (chos-'khor) of temples in Alchi village in the Leh. The complex comprises four separate settlements in the Alchi village in the lower Ladakh region with monuments dated to different periods. Of these four hamlets, Alchi monastery is said to be the oldest and most famous. The monastery complex was built, according to local tradition, by the great translator Guru Rinchen Zangpo between 958 and 1055. However, inscriptions in the preserved monuments ascribe it to a Tibetan noble called Kal-dan Shes-rab later in the 11th century.
Day 04: Leh - Nubra Valley
After Breakfast move for Nubra Valley passing thru Horzey & Gangles Village. The road then rises to reach Khardungla (5602 Mts.) The World's Highest Motor able road Khardong La is historically important as it lies on the major caravan route from Leh to Kashgar in Central Asia. About 10,000 horses and camels used to take the route annually, and a small population of Bactrian camels can still be seen at Hunder, in the area north of the pass. During World War II there was an attempt to transfer war material to China through this route. & Enjoy the landscape & the beautiful bird’s eye view of the Leh town. Halt for a picnic lunch at Khardong village + Another 35 Kms drive takes to Khalsar at ShyokValley, where the scenery is all around. The road after crossing Khalsar Bridge at Shyok River enters Nubra Valley then proceeds along the Nubra River to arrive in the afternoon at Tegar or Kyegar as locally called
Nubra Valley, a tri-armed valley located to the north east of Ladakh valley. Scholars say that its original name was Ldumra (the valley of flowers). The Shyok River meets the Nubra or Siachan River to form a large valley that separates the Ladakh and Karakoram Ranges. The Shyok river is a tributary of the Indus river. The average altitude of the valley is about 10,000 ft. i.e. 3048 metres above the sea level. Like the rest of the Tibetan Plateau, Nubra is a high altitude cold desert with rare precipitation and scant vegetation except along river beds.
Day 05: Nubra valley - Leh
After Breakfast move to Visit at Diskit Monastery and Sand Dunes enjoy Camel Safari (optional) by afternoon drive back to Leh over the same Pass – Arrival at Leh as per the timings,
Diskit Monastery also known as Deskit Gompa or Diskit Gompa is the oldest and largest Buddhist monastery (Gompa) in the Nubra Valley of Ladakh.It is picturesquely laid out on a hill side in typical architectural style, overlooking the Shyok river valley and the cold desert sands of Nubra. This is affiliated to the Thiksey Monastery of the Yellow Hat Sect of Tibetan Buddhists.
Day 06: Leh - Pangog Lake
After Breakfast move to Pangong Lake (14,500 ft) through Changla Pass 17,350 ft. (3rd Highest Motorable road in the world), Spend time at the banks of Pangong Lake. This Lake of Pangong is 5/6 kms wide and over 144 kms long and is shared by two countries (25% India and 75% China). Enjoy Hot Lunch at the banks of Pangong Lake. Return back to LehPangongTso Lake - PangongTso (or Pangong Lake; Tso: Ladakhi for lake) is a lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4,250 m (13,900 ft). It is 134 km (83.3 mi) long and extends from India to China. Two thirds of the length of this lake lies in China. The lake is 5 km (3 mi) wide at its broadest point. In winter, the lake surface freezes completely despite being salt water
Day 07: Pangog Lake - Leh
After Breakfast move Morning leisure and explore the panoramic beauty of Lake later drive back to Lek En-route Visit at Thiksey the beautiful complex rising tier upon the hill above the Village and Shey the Ancient Temple of Laddakh – Arrival at Leh transfer to hotel / resort as per the timings
Day 08: Leh
After Breakfast transfer to Leh Airport as per the timings.