So, if it has to be a vacation in India that’s to be lived in memories for a lifetime, it has to be LADAKH! The colorful monasteries, steep curves, snow-topped peaks, double humped camels, burning sun, freezing winds and a destination that comes straight out of the world of fantasies.
Bordered on the northwest with Pakistan, north with the Chinese province of Sinkiang and east with Tibet, stands this GIANT kingdom.
The photographers around the world await for the Rohtang pass to open up its jaws for the road trip, that takes you through the steep curves of Keylong, followed by riverside camps amidst mountains at Jispa, and the beautiful roads of Baralancha La that leaves you spell bound by its beauty. If you have time in hand, you definitely must hit the road trip, for this is the place where the journey would mean more than reaching the destination.
Once you are in Leh, relax and let your body acclimatize to this sudden change of altitude.
Be to the Khardungla pass, and feel proud to be at the highest motorable road of the world. Speak to the military men on the route, they have some inspiring stories to share and then head to the Nubhra valley. The major attractions here are White sand dunes and double humped camels for ride.
The another well known place to be is the color changing Pangong Tso lake located next to China border through Changla pass. You would be awfully smitten by the beauty of this “3 idiot’s” lake.
Life at Ladakh is characterized by intense spiritualities. When you are here, visit the monasteries of Alchi, Diskit & Hunder, Hemis, Lamayuru, Shanti Stupa, Spituk, Thiksey etc. Another thing to look here is the priceless antiques and art. You might even bump into students from different parts of the world, studying Buddhism here.
Other major attractions for the tourist worldwide have been the cycling , rafting and trekking expeditions at the region.
Even if you are an Indian traveler, this world would not be same like the people you have left behind. Take this road for this is less travelled.. this leads to a whole new unseen world.
Arrival at Delhi. Welcome at the airport and transfer to hotel. Afternoon visit Old Delhi. Start with drive to Raj Ghat, where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. Then visit Red Fort and enjoy a rickshaw ride along the alleys of ancient bazaar of Chandni Chowk with stop at Jama masjid, the largest mosque in Asia. Return to hotel. Overnight stay.
Day 2 DELHI – SRINAGAR ( BY FLIGHT – 1 ½ HOURS )
Transfer to airport to catch flight for Srinagar. Arrival at Srinagar and transfer to Houseboat. Srinagar is acclaimed to be one of the loveliest places in India, in terms of natural splendor. Set in the picturesque Kashmir valley at an altitude of 1730 meters, it is a tourist’s paradise. Afternoon enjoy Shikara ( boat ) ride at Dal Lake
which has, within its periphery, four enormous water bodies, Lokut Dal, Bod Dal, Gagribal and Nagin. The lake is not a flat, continuous mass of water, but an intricate labyrinth of waterways, that constitute a spectacular sight and an amazing locale to explore. Overnight stay at Houseboat.
Half day tour of world famous Mughal Gardens , as the name suggests, built in the Mughal period is a marvel located in Srinagar. These gardens are the nice example of the Mughal style of constructing attractive places. These gardens are beautifully decorated with bright flowerbeds, terraced lawns and well maintained cascading fountains. Visit Nishat Bagh (The garden of pleasure) and Shalimar Bagh (Abode of love). Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at Houseboat.
Day 4 Srinagar – Gulmarg – Srinagar (110 Kms, 5 HOURS.)
Full day tour of Gulmarg which is one of the most beautiful summer resorts in the valley. It is also popular for its golf course in summer season, the highest in the world and Skiing during winter season. Enjoy the splendour of nature and the snowy mountains. You can have Gondola ride (cable car) from Gulmarg to Khalinmarg. In the evening return to
Srinagar. Overnight at Houseboat.
Day 5 Srinagar – Sonmarg – Kargil (225 Kms , 8 HOURS)
Leave in the morning and drive to Kargil. The road passes through panoramic village, Sonmarg (2740 Mtrs). Then drive through Zojila pass (3527 Mtrs) which is also called Gateway of Ladakh. Continue drive towards Drass (The second coldest inhabited place in the world) and stop here for tea and passport check. Another two and half hours drive will take you to Kargil (2710 Mtrs. After arrival check in at hotel for overnight stay.
Day 6 Kargil – Lamayuru – Alchi (175 Kms / 6 HOURS)
Morning departure for Leh. Today, you have to ascend three passes, so the day will be tiresome but panoramic too. First Buddhist village will be Mulbek. You have to cross the highest pass on Srinagar Leh route. At lunch time you will be at Lamayuru, the oldest Monastery in the region. Finally arrive Alchi which is the only monastery in ladakh on flat ground. This is also the largest and most famous of all of the temples and built by the great translator Ringchem Zangpo. Overnight stay at Alchi.
Day 07 Alchi – Likir – Phyang – Spituk – Leh (80 Kms, 4 HOURS )
Morning departure for Leh and on the way visit Likir monastery which was founded in 14th century by Lama Dhwang Chosje, a great champion of meditation. Also visit Spituk and Phyang. Continue drive to Leh and after arrival check in at hotel for overnight stay.
Day 08 Leh ( Monastery Tour )
Day excursion to the famous monasteries. It is interesting to visit Thiksey monastery early in the morning to witness praying ceremony. Continue drive to Hemis monastery which is one of the most famous monasteries of the Ladakh region. On the way back to Leh, visit Shey and Stok Palace. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 09 Leh – Nubra ( Diskit & Hunder) 130 Kms, 5 HOURS
After early breakfast at the hotel departure to Nubra Valley with box lunch. Stop en route and visit Disket and Hundar monastery. On arrival check in at Camp. The valley is on the trade route from leh to Khangar via Samsar and Karakoram passes. Apart from unparraled trekking opportunities, the valley has serval Buddhist Gompas. Diskit Gompa is 350 years old and is situated on the highest point near the village in which there are about 120 Resident Buddhist Monks. Overnight stay in Camp.
Day 10 NUBRA VALLEY
After breakfast visit Panamik village. It is an incredibly beautiful place blessed by sheer beauty, rugged mountains and hot springs. The incredible thing about the village is the superb irrigation system built over decades, the system though rudimentary provides an effective means to channel precious water during summer to the homes as well as the fields. Return to the camp for Hot Lunch. Afternoon visit Samtaling monastery in Sumur village. This monastery belongs to the Gelukpa sect of Buddhism, the Dalai Lama’s branch. In the evening come back to camp for dinner and overnight stay
Day 11 NUBRA – KHARDUNG LA – LEH ( 130 KM, 5 HOURS )
After breakfast at the camp, departure to Leh with lunch box. En route stop at Khardungla Pass ( 5359 m ) – world’s highest motorable pass. Khardong La is historically important as it lies on the major caravan route from Leh to Kashgar in Chinese Central Asia. About 10,000 horses and camels used to take the route annually. Continue drive to Leh and on arrival check in at the hotel. Rest of the day is free for shopping and independent activities. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.
Day 12 Leh – Delhi ( BY FLIGHT – 1 ¼ HOURS)
Morning transfer to airport to catch flight for Delhi. Arrival at Delhi airport and transfer to hotel. Then start tour of New Delhi which is in complete contrast with Old Delhi with wide tree lined avenues, parks and fountains surrounding the imposing Government and State Buildings. Drive past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament Buildings and President House. Visit Qutab Minar, built in 1193 A.D. It is a striking medieval tower of victory of Persian architecture style. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 13 Delhi
Transfer to airport to catch flight for onward destination.
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12 Nights / 13 Days
Delhi - Srinagar - Gulmarg - Sonmarg - Kargil - Lamayuru - Alchi - Likir - Leh - Nubra valley
Price per person from USD 750 Only.