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Ladakh – The Forbidden Land

  /  Ladakh – The Forbidden Land

Ladakh – The Forbidden Land

Route: Arrival – Delhi – Leh – Tsomoriri – Nubra Valley – Pangong – Leh – Departure
Duration: 09 Nights / 10 Days

City Attractions
Leh Tesmo Gompa, Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace, Druk White Lotus School of 3 idiots fame
Sham Valley Mulbekh, Lamayuru Monastery, Alchi Gompa, Confluence Of The Indus And Zanskar River, Likir Monastery
Tso Moriri Tsomoriri Lake, Tsokar Lake, Taklang La Pass 17,585ft and Rumtse.
Nubra Khardung La (The Highest Motorable Road In The World) at 5,602 Mtrs / 18,390 Ft
Turtuk Village The ruins of Pun Khar, K2 Peak’s view
Pangong Tso Pangong Lake

 

Day 1: Arrival (Delhi)
Arrive by International flight, after traditional Indian style ‘Swagat’ (Welcome) by our English-Speaking Representative and Transfer to Hotel.  Check-in at hotel.

Delhi: The heart of India, takes pride in being the capital of the country for several dynasties. Delhi’s official name is The National Capital Territory of Delhi. Delhi is a business city. Khari Baoli market of Delhi is the Asia’s largest spice market. Delhi is not only a beautiful name but also a beautiful place to visit and to explore the richness of its heritage.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 2: Delhi – Leh (By Flight)

Post breakfast, transfer to Delhi airport to board the flight to Leh; being the capital city, Leh is the biggest city and only airport in Ladakh. Some of the famous tourist attarctions and most of the monasteries are located in Leh region.

Upon arrival assisted by our local representative and drive to the Hotel. Check- in on arrival.

Relax at the hotel and adjust to the high altitude environment of Ladakh to avoid Altitude Sickness.

Post lunch, late afternoon proceed to visit:

Leh Palace: Once being the abode for the royal family of Leh, the palace was built in 17th century under the patronage of King Sengge Namgyal. The palce is also known as ‘Lhachen Palkhar Palace’ and built by taking inspiration from ‘Potala Place of Lhasa’. The palace is now served as the museum for the tourists.

Shanti Stupa: Constructed in 1991 by Japanese Buddhist Bhikshu Gyomyo Nakamura, the stupa is a religious place for Buddhists from all over the world. It holds the relic of Buddha which was consecrated by the 14th Dalai Lama. It is a white dome stupa on the hilltop in Chansa.

Rest Day is leisure to Relax on your own.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 3: Leh – Day Excursion to Sham Valley (75 Km / 4 Hrs Approx.)

Post breakfast, start your day a visit to Magnetic Hill; lies at a distance of 30 Kms from Leh, Magnetic hill is Cyclops hills. Due to optical illusion, the vehicles seems to move upward when parked in neutral. But actually they move downwards the slope. Optical illution is said to be occued due to the surroundings.

Later, visit Likir Monastery; founded in 11th century by Lama Duwang Chosje from Gelugpa Sect of Buddhism. It was rebuilt in 18th century after destroyed by fire.Literal meaning of Likir is ‘The Naga Encircled’ representing the Nanda, Takasko and Naga King. The monastery has the 75 ft. high gold – guilded statue of Maitreya Buddha, which is its major attraction.

Also visit Lamayuru Monastery on the way to Lamayuru village; a tiny village often known as Moonland of Ladakh, Lamayuru is popular for housing one of the oldest and largest monasteries in Ladakh.

On the way back to Leh, visit Alchi Gompa; is the oldest and most famous Buddhist Monastery in Laddakh. Situated in Alchi village, the monastery is a monastic complex built in Tibetan style of architecture with Indian influence as well.

Drive return to Leh. En- route visit Ridzong Monastery alongside River Indus.

Evening is free on your own.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 4: Leh – Tso Moriri Lake (240 Km / 8 Hrs Approx.)

Post breakfast proceed to Tso Moriri; is a lake situated between Ladakh and Tibet in Changtang region. It is said to be the largest high altitude lakes in India, at an altitude of 4,595 Mts. It has been declare a Ramsar site where no tenting or construction occurs near the lake. A number of bird species like the bare-headed goose, the great-crested grebe, the Brahmin duck and the brown-headed gull can be spotted here. It is also known as the “Mountain Lake” due to its surrounding peaks and definitely offers you a scenic place of peace and tranquillity flanked by mountains.

Overnight at Camp.

Day 5: Tso Moriri – Leh (240 Km / 8 Hrs Approx.)

Post breakfast, walk around the lake to enjoy the picturesquely scenic beauty of the surroundings. Later drive back to Leh, en- route visiting Leh passing Puga (Sulphur Mine), Tsokar Lake, Taklang La Pass 17,585ft and Rumtse.

Evening explore the local market.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 6: Leh – Nubra Valley; via Khardung La Pass (120 Km / 5 Hrs. Approx.)

Post breakfast proceed to Nubra Valley, en –route experience the driving at Kkardung La Pass (at an altitude of 5,602 Mtrs / 18,390 Ft); crowned as the highest motorable road in India, Khardung La is a high mountain pass near Leh and serves as the gateway to Shyok and Nubra Valley.

En – route visit Diskit Monastery; also known as Deskit/ Diskit Gompa, is among the oldest monasteries in Ladakh. Belong to Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism, this monastery was found in 14th century by Changzem Tserab Zangpo, a disciple of Tsong Khapa, founder of Gelugpa.

Nubra Valley; being to part of ancient Silk route, it is situated next to Shyok and Nubra rivers. It is famous for its monasteries and Bactrian double hump camels. It is also famous for its Hippophae shrub, popularly known as Leh Berry.

Once reached, check- in at the hotel. Later, enjoy the ride of Double humped Bactrian camel (on your own) to have an explicit experience of this terrain.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 7: Nubra – Day excursion of Turtuk Village

Post breakfast proceed to Turtuk Village; synonymic as the Last Frontier, Turtuk is a small village with predominant Muslim population is the last inhabitant before the border in Ladakh. It is also known as the Gateway of Siachin. Settled on the banks of Shyok River, people of Turtuk speaks balti as their mother tongue. It was once ruled by a central Asian clan of Yagbo dynasty from 800 – 1800 AD.

Drive back to Nubra. Rest day is leisure on your own.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 8: Nubra – Pangong Tso (150 Km / 6 Hrs Approx.)

Post breakfast, drive all the way to Pangong Lake in Pangong Tso region. Upon arrival, check- in at the camp.

Pangong Lake: Situated at an altitude of 4350 mts. In Hemis, Pangong Lake is one of the dream destinations for tourists to visit. The climax scene of Bollywood Film “3 Idiots” was shot on this location, which also attracts many of the Indian tourists these days to this location. A unique feature of the lake is that it does not remain blue throughout the year or even the day, and changes colours from azure to light blue to green and even grey.

Overnight at Camp.

Day 9: Pangong Tso – Leh (140 Km / 6 Hrs Approx.)

Post breakfast, check- out from the camp and continue to drive to Leh, en- route visit Stakna Monastery and Takthok Monastery. Upon arrival check- in at the hotel.

Later, proceed to visit the Indus Valley:

Shey Palace was built by Lhachen Palgyigon, the king of Ladakh (then called Maryul) in 10th century. It was rebuilt along with Shey Monastery by Deldan Namgyal, in the memory of his late father, Sengge Namgyal, below the first palace in 1655. The monastery is known for its giant golde guilded copper statue of Shakyamuni Buddha.

Later drive back to Leh. On the way back also visit 3 idiots fame school – Druk White Lotus School.

Evening is free to explore Leh Markets.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 10: Leh – Delhi (By Flight)
Departure

Post breakfast drive to Leh airport to board the flight for Delhi. Upon arrival assisted by our representative at Delhi airport to board your flight for onward journey taking back home, the wonderful experience of “Ladakh – The Forbidden Land” Tour.

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