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Mysteries of Ladakh India

13 days, India

Mysteries of Ladakh India


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Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Our representative will receive you on your arrival. Checking into the hotel, In the evening visit the local markets to get an illustration on how to buy Indian spices. Return to the hotel for a traditional dinner and an overnight stay

Day 02: Fly from Delhi – Leh; 3505 meters / 11567 feet.
Arrive at Leh's Kushok Bakula Rinpochi Airport. Take the first whiff of this spectacular mountain city as you step out into 10000 feet plus terrain.You are received and welcomed by our local representative at the airport and transferred to hotel and you rest for acclimatization.In the late afternoon, after tour briefing by our representative, visit Shanti Stupa and then stroll through Leh Bazaar.Overnight in hotel at Leh. Leh: a historic town that served as the royal capital of the Old Kingdom, is dominated by the nine-storey Leh palace built by King Singge Namgyal in the 17th century in the grand tradition of Tibetan architecture, which is said to have inspired the famous Potala in Lhasa built about half a century later. It rises from the edge of the town overlooking Leh. However, it is now dilapidated and deserted.

Day 03:Today proceed for a full day monastery tour and get a flavour of the history and culture of Ladakh.
With a visit to Thiksey, Shey, Hemis, Stok and Leh Palace you cover the best known monuments around Leh.Overnight in hotel at Leh.Shanti Stupa is 3 km from Fort Road, Leh and located on the hilltop at Changspa. There is a very steep set of steps but there are great views from the top. A magnificent white-domed structure, the Shanti Stupa offers spectacular views of the sunrise and sunset. The stupa looks best at night, when it is beautifully illuminated with glittering lights

Day 04: Drive east of Leh to Alchi (3300 m / 10000 ft)., Ulleytokpo, 68 kms.
After breakfast, drive along the Indus river past Spituk and Hall of Fame meeting the sangam of Zanskar and Indus rivers near Nimu and further past Magnetic Hill on to Alchi and Ulleytokpo. Visit Alchi Monastery and admire the 1000 year old paintings and murals.Overnight in camp at Uleytokpu.Alchi (3500 m / 11500 feet) is a small village in the Indus Valley, 67 kms west of Leh. Abandoned centuries ago the gompa or monastery is known as Chos-kor, or religious enclave and comprises of five temples. Its murals, dating from the 11th century, pre-date the Tibetan style of painting seen in all the other gompas of the region. Unlike other monasteries, Alchi is at ground level and is nestled in the shade of a garden.

Day 05: After breakfast drive 57 kms up to reach Lamayuru

with its lunar landscapes and the oldest monastery of Ladakh. After lunch drive 30 kms to Drokpa Valley, and up to the villages of Dha and Hanu, inhabited by the ancient Aryan community.Overnight in camp at Ulleytokpo.Lamayuru Monastery is believed to have been a sacred site for the pre-Buddhist religion known as Bon. The main image is a large Vairocana (the Teaching Buddha) seated on a lion throne with a garuda (mythical bird) and sea monsters surrounding his head. Lamayuru is 125 kms west of Leh at an altitude of 3510 m / 11600 feet.

Day 06: After breakfast in the morning, drive back from Lower Ladakh (Sham)
to Leh and enroute visit the monasteries of Ridzong, Likir, Basgo. Overnight in hotel at Leh Basgo Gompa (Maitreya Temples), is situated about 40 km west of Leh. In Buddhist philosophy, the Maitreya represents the Buddha of the future. Its three sacred buildings, constructed in the fifteenth century, are the oldest surviving Chamba Lhakhang (Maitreya Temples). Within the main temple sits a 14-meter-high Maitreya Buddha.

Day 07: Drive north of Leh to Nubra Valley, 120 kms one way (6 hours).
Exciting experience at Khardung La, 39 kms from Leh. (Mountain Pass at 5578 m / 18300 ft.) Here is supposed to be the highest motorable road in the world.In Nubra Valley (also known as Valley of Flowers), visit Diskit gompa, the white sand dunes and take a short camel safari on the double humped Bactrian Camels. Drive upto Hunder village.The name Nubra Valley is applied to the region comprising the valley of the river Nubra and that of the Shayok, both above and below their confluence. The route north of Leh crosses over Khardung-la. From the top, one can see all the way south over the Indus valley to the seemingly endless peaks and ridges of the Zanskar range, and north to the giants of the Saser massif. The villages are large and prosperous, and have thick plantations of willow and poplar.

Day 08: Visit Samstenling Monastery,
Sumur Village in Nubra Valley. Drive back to Leh, passing Khardung La once again.Overnight in hotel at Leh.Tso Moriri, Rupshu Valley:Here, the Zanskar range is transformed into bare rolling many-hued hills, divided by open high-altitude valleys scoured by dust devils. It is a landscape quite unlike any other in Ladakh or elsewhere in India. This area is now open for foreigners for visiting.

Day 09: A long drive to Tso Moriri through spectacular landscapes and rough roads via Chumathang
hot springs into Rupshu Valley - 240 kms, 8 hours. Tsomiri, at 4595 m / 15165 feet, is the largest of the High Altitude Lakes to be situated entirely within India. It is 180 square kms in area and about 25 kms / 15 miles long and 7 kms / 4-5 miles wide. Overnight in camp at Tso Moriri. Tso Moriri, Rupshu Valley: Here, the Zanskar range is transformed into bare rolling many-hued hills, divided by open high-altitude valleys scoured by dust devils. It is a landscape quite unlike any other in Ladakh or elsewhere in India. This area is now open for foreigners for visiting.

Day 10: Explore Korzok monastery, nomad Chang-pa camp and the migratory birdlife.Overnight in camp at Tso Moriri.Tso Moriri, Rupshu Valley:
Here, the Zanskar range is transformed into bare rolling many-hued hills, divided by open high-altitude valleys scoured by dust devils. It is a landscape quite unlike any other in Ladakh or elsewhere in India. This area is now open for foreigners for visiting.

Day 11: Tsomoriri lake - Leh, 265 kms / 9 hrs.Drive back to Leh via Tso Kar,
Tanglang la (5359 m / 17700 feet).Last minute shopping in Leh bazaar for curios in the evening.Overnight in hotel at Leh.Korzok, situated at 15,000 ft (4,572 m) is the only permanent settlement in Rupshu.In Rupshu the animal most likely to be spotted is the Kyang, the wild ass. The lakes are breeding grounds for numerous species of birds.

Day 12: Check out from Leh hotel
and transfer to airport to board the morning flight to New Delhi or onward destination, feeling blessed for the stolen moments spent in Ladakh.

Day 13 : Varanasi - Delhi – By Flight
On time assistance & transfer to airport for flight to Delhi. Arrive Delhi dinner with India Dance Show at local restaurant and transfer to International airport to connect flight for your onward destination.

Trip & Facts

    Trip Facts

  • Group Size:Minimum 2 Pax
  • Grade: Strenuous
  • Season: Spring & Autumn
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Tented Camp
  • Transportation: 4WD drive, Airplane
  • Walking Hours a day: 4 to 7 approximately
  • Duration: 13 Days

Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Day 02: Fly from Delhi – Leh; 3505 meters / 11567 feet.
Day 03:Today proceed for a full day monastery tour and get a flavour of the history and culture of Ladakh.
Day 04: Drive east of Leh to Alchi (3300 m / 10000 ft)., Ulleytokpo, 68 kms.
Day 05: After breakfast drive 57 kms up to reach Lamayuru
Day 06: After breakfast in the morning, drive back from Lower Ladakh (Sham)
Day 07: Drive north of Leh to Nubra Valley, 120 kms one way (6 hours).
Day 08: Visit Samstenling Monastery,
Day 09: A long drive to Tso Moriri through spectacular landscapes and rough roads via Chumathang
Day 10: Explore Korzok monastery, nomad Chang-pa camp and the migratory birdlife.Overnight in camp at Tso Moriri.Tso Moriri, Rupshu Valley:
Day 11: Tsomoriri lake - Leh, 265 kms / 9 hrs.Drive back to Leh via Tso Kar,
Day 12: Check out from Leh hotel
Day 13: Varanasi - Delhi – By Flight

Includes/Excludes

Cost includes:
Accommodation Twin/Triple sharing (Choice of your Hotel)
Full board meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
All transfer guided tours excursion by a/c coach
Monument entrance fees
Local English speaking guide

Cost does not includes:
International Airfare
Expenses of personal nature like cold drinks beverages
Travel insurance
Visa fee
Phone calls
Laundry
Tipping for guide etc.

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