DAY 1 : Delhi – Leh
Take early morning flight from Delhi for Leh. On arrival pickup from airport and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day leisure for acclimatization. Overnight stay at Leh.
Ladakh, the fascinating high altitude plateau at India’s furthest northern frontier is probably listed as one of the topmost ‘must visit destinations’ for the nature lovers.
Originating from La-Tags – Ladakh means “ land of the High Mountain Passes” where Nature has sketched some amazing landscapes with stunning pastel to make man feel spiritually high. In summer the valley wears the colour of sullen grey, silt laden, and sometimes turning into violet. In autumn, the Indus valley is at the height of gracefulness-turquoise and aquamarine water weaving through golden banks of tall poplars and tumbling willows.
Ladakh falls under the state of Jammu & Kashmir, bordered by POK and Tibet. To the west is Kashmir and to south Himachal Pradesh. Indus river bisects the plateau and on the banks of the Indus, sits Leh, the capital of Ladakh.
DAY 2 : Leh local Monastery and Palace Tour
Visit monasteries and other places of interest in and around Leh. Visit Leh Palace –the 9 storied construction which is the replica of Potala Palace, Shanti Stupa, Hall of Fame, Hemis Monastery, Thiksey Monastery, Shey Palace, Sindhu Ghat. Overnight stay at Leh.
DAY 3 : Leh-Nubra Valley
Transfer to Nubra Valley. Visit cold desert and enjoy the pleasure of Camel riding. Overnight stay at Hundar Village.
Originally called “Ldumra” meaning the ‘Valley of Flowers’. It is situated in the north of Ladakh region. The average altitude of the valley is about 10,000 ft above the sea level. The main settlements are along the Shayok River and the Siachen River. The river belt areas are sandy and the vegetative cover includes green farmarisk and myricaria. One of the unique features of the landscape in Nubra is the sand dunes between Deskit ( administrative center) and Hunder village.
Ancient trade routes once passed through Nubra valley and imprints can be seen even today. The double-humped Bactrian Camels of Silk route trade period still wander in the wilderness of the valley.
The drive between Leh and Nubra involves navigating the Khardungla Pass ( 5602 mtrs above sea level), which is considered as the highest motorable pass in the world.
DAY 4 : Nubra Valley – Sumoor – Panamik – Leh
Start early morning. Visit Sumoor and Panamik, Return to Leh via Khardungla and overnight stay.
DAY 5 : Leh – Pangong Tso
Drive to Pangong Tso. Pangong lake forms a part of the border area between India and China. On the Indian side the lake is 40 miles in length and nearly 2-4 miles in width- the majority lies on the Chinese side of the border. It is said that 75% of the Lake is in China and only 25% is in India. The landscape on the way to Pangong is spectacular. This large, serene lake at an altitude of 13,930 ft. above sea level has a brilliant colour variations including deep blue, turquoise etc.
Overnight stay at a camp at Pangong.
DAY 6 : Pangong Tso- Leh
Return to Leh and overnight stay.
DAY 7 : Leh-Lamayuru-Leh
Drive to Lamayuru monastery, which is the oldest and biggest monastery in Ladakh. The monastery has some of the oldest frescos in the region. Landscape of the area is also famous for its moon like features.
On the way visit some fascinating destination like Alchi Monastery, the confluence of Zanskar and Indus River, Patthar Sahib Gurudwara, Magnetic Hills etc.
Back to Leh in the evening and overnight stay.
DAY 8 : Leh-Airport drop
Morning transfer to Airport. Service ends. Take morning flight to Delhi.