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Leh-Ladakh Tours

12 days and 11nights

Day 1: Arrival in Manali (2000 m) 550kms 12 hrs

Arrive Manali for lunch. Post lunch submit all essential documents for biking followed by test ride in Manali and surrounding areas. Overnight in the hotel.

 

Day 2: Manali (2000 m)

Rohtang pass (3979 m) is 51 kms from Manali on highway to Keylong/Leh. It offers a panorama and spectacular Mountain View. The pass is open from June to October each year although trekkers can cross it earlier. It is a gateway to Lahaul Spiti, Pangi and Leh valley just as Zojila pass is a gatway to Ladakh. There is a beautiful sight of glaciers, peaks and Chandra River flows down in the Lahaul valley. Slightly to the left are the twin peaks of the Geypan. During summer (mid June to October) regular buses ply between Manali-Keylong/Darcha, Udaipur, Spiti and Leh.

Manali has many attractions but the chief center of interest, historically and archaeologically, is undoubtedly the DHOONGRI TEMPLE dedicated to goddess Hidimba, the Bhim of Mahabharata fame. It has four-tiered Pagoda shaped roof and the doorway is carved with legendary figures and symbols. This temple located amidst wooden forest of deodar is about 2.5 kms. from the tourist office. It is a pleasant experience to stroll in the temple complex which was built in 1533 A.D. A large festival is held here in May. Overnight stay in Manali.

Day 3: Manali- Udaipur [8H 170 km]

Udaipur is a town in Lahaul and Spiti District of Himachal Pradesh. It is located at an altitude of 2,743 meters, and is around 53 km north of Keylong. The village was called ‘Markul’ in olden days. Major attraction here is the Markula Devi Temple. A temple dedicated to this goddess is quiet famous in Lahaul because of the wooden carvings in it. The village is situated at the point where the Chenab and Mayar Nallah meet; hence it also becomes a starting point of the Mayar valley.

This place is therefore a starting point for Mayar valley and further on to Zanskar and other peaks. This is a green area rather the whole Chenab valley is greener than the Lahaul valley. Overnight in dome tents.

Day 4: Udaipur - Sarchu (4000 m) [6H 150 Km]

After breakfast, at about 07.30 Hours, you start the day ride for Sarchu. From Keylong, the road passes through a high altitude desert with extraordinary mountain views. You take timeout for a tea break at Darcha, another check-post, where our companion the Bhaga River and has been bridged. Further, the road climbs to Patseo, from where you can get birds eye-view of Darcha; a little further is Zingzingbar. The country gets wilder now: icy streams flow across the road that at times disappears into grey and red-brown scree, tumbled down from the bare mountainside to the roads periphery. Track goes over the Baralacha La [4880m] standing at the crossroads of Lahaul, Zanskar, Spiti and Ladakh regions, before dipping down to Sarchu .Overnight in dome tents.

 

Day 5: Sarchu - Rumtse (3500 m) 05hrs

The zigzag road goes up to Lachung La pass 5050 m and plunges into deep and impressive gorges. We then ascend in the direction of the Tanglang La pass (5300 m), world’s second highest motor able pass. We come across a few villages as we approach the Indus valley. We drive along the Indus for next 50 kms and finally cross the valley to reach Leh. Night in dome tents.

 

Day 6: Rumtse – Leh (3500m) 05hrs

From Rumtse, the ride to Leh is an exciting one, with views of the Indus Valley and many monasteries on the way. Day one is easily manageable: we have a short walk on a rather flat terrain to aid acclimatization. Overnight in dome tents.

Day 7: Leh Khardung La (5600 m) Leh (3500 m) (4H 110 Km)

We go up to Khardung La pass taking another labyrinth of zigzag tracks in our stride. The Khardung La is the highest suitable for vehicle pass of the world: 5600 m! The panorama on the Zanskar chain at the south and the great Karakoram chain at the north is magical. We are tracing our route to go back to Leh. For true riders and adventurous, the incomparable visit to Stock village, located on the other side of Indus, bottom of Stock Kangri with a height of more than 6000 m. Overnight in dome tents.

 

Day 8: Leh (4500 m) [5H 160 Km]

We ride to the Indus valley in the direction of the Tibetan border. On the way, we visit the monasteries of Tikse, erected at the top of a rocky terrain, dominating the village. Then the coveted visit of Hemis, the biggest monastery of Ladakh. After Upshi, we ride along the Indus till Mahe Bridge, and leave the valley to enter the heart of Rupshu, the most isolated part of Ladakh. Taking a sandy track, we reach the famous Tso Moriri Lake, gleaming in its turquoise glory. Camping on the shore of the sacred lake.

We call Rupshu (or Changtang), the Indian part of the huge Tibetan plateau which extends from East to West on more than 2000 Km. The average altitude of the Rupshu is 4500 m, too high for regular life. Only nomads live here, with their yaks and their goats. Overnight in dome tents.

 

Day 9: Tso Moriri lake Tso Kar lake (4300 m) [3H 100 Km]

Tso Moriri is the largest of the High Altitude Lakes to be situated entirely within India. The remote high plateau of Changthang stretches from western Tibet into eastern Ladakh. It is situated at a height of 4595 m above sea level. And the maximum length of the lake is 19 km and the maximum length of the lake is 40 m. You can visit Korzok monastery at Tsomoriri which lies on the western bank of the lake. This region, known as the land of the nomads, will give you an experience to last a lifetime. See the nomad’s traditional lifestyle and share a cup of butter tea in one of their black yak-hair tents along the incredible oval-shaped bank of Tsomoriri. The lake changes its turquoise blue color with the light and is surrounded by a picturesque landscape Korzok.

Korzok, situated at 15,000 feet (4,572 m) with its dozen or so houses and its gompa appearing like a mirage among the barren hills, is the only permanent settlement in Rupshu; otherwise the region is inhabited only by nomadic Chang-pa herdas people. The Rupshu Chang-pa live in tents all the year round, moving in accordance with an old-established annual routine between the pastures the exits wherever an occasional stream carrying snowmelt from the heights makes possible the growth of grass, scanty indeed, but reportedly highly nutritious. The few barley-fields at Korzok must be among the highest cultivation in the world, but there is no guarantee that the crop will ripen every year. Overnight in dome tents.

 

Day 10: Tso Kar lake Sarchu (5H 150 Km)

We take a rugged but safe track to reach the Leh-Manali road, next to Pang. Road straight to the south till Sarchu. Camping the region is the refuge of many animal species that we come across while trekking: wild hares, thick fur marmots, white partridges, ibex, wild donkeys from Tibet (Kyangs), wolves and if lucky, some very very rare snow leopards. Overnight in dome tents.

Day 11: Sarchu - Manali (2000 m) (7/8H 230 Km)

Last stage of the rally, which is one of the longest but definitely worthy! Early departure towards the south till Manali. Night spent at a comfortable guest house.

 

Day 12: Manali - Delhi

Free day in Manali (buffer day).  Night deluxe bus to Delhi.

8 nights and 9 days

Day 1: Arrival at Leh

Fly in to Leh. Yatra representative will assist you at the Airport on arrival. Get aboard the waiting vehicle and transfer to hotel. Check-in at the hotel. Complete day for rest and leisure to acclimatize. Evening Visit to Leh Market Shanti Stupa. Dinner and stay overnight at the Hotel.

 

Day 2: Leh (Full Day Excursion)

Post breakfast we drive towards Kargil road and start our sightseeing with Hall of Famenear Leh is worth a visit for every citizen.. It is a glorious museum constructed by Indian army. Visit to Kali Mata Temple and Spituk Gompa of Ladakh which dates back to the 11th century. It owes its inception to Od-de, the elder brother of Lha Lama Changchub Od. Od-de led to the establishment of a monastic community at this place. A three-chapel monastery, Spituk is located at a distance of approximately 8 km from the town of Leh. Gurudwara Patthar Sahib Nestled deep in the Himalayas, which was built by the Lamas of Leh in 1517 to commemorate the visit of Guru Nanak Dev. A drive of another 4 km took us to Magnetic Hill which defies the law of gravity. It has been noticed that when a vehicle is parked on neutral gear on this metallic road the vehicle slides up further Driving through a picturesque landscape we reached the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar river 4 km before Nimmu village. Return to the hotel, dinner and stay overnight at the Hotel.

Day 3: Leh to Nubra Valley (125 Kms / aprx. 06 hrs)

After an early breakfast we drive to NUBRA VALLEY leads through KHARDUNG-LA the highest motorable road in the world at 18,390 ft, around 39kms from Leh. Nubra Valley is popularly known as Ldorma or the valley of flowers. It is situated to the North of Ladakh between the Karakoram and Ladakh ranges of the Himalayas. Afternoon visit to Hunder village, Hunder is one of the remote villages in the Ladakh district of Indias northernmost State of Jammu and Kashmir (Kashmir). Lying close to the border between India and Pakistan in the north-western part of Ladakh, the village of Hunder comprises settlers that include Ladakhis and Tibetans. Visit SAND DUNES to enjoy a camel safari (Optional on direct payment basis). Overnight stay at Nubra (Tented Camp with attached toilet)

 

Day 4: Nubra Valley to Leh

After your breakfast at the camp, visit to Diskit Monastery en route to Leh. The Diskit Gompa of Leh Ladakh dates back to the 14th century and owes its inception to Changzem Tserab Zangpo, a disciple of Tsong-kha-pa. At the heart of Diskit Monasteryis an elevated cupola, which stands adorned with a beautiful fresco that illustrates the Tashilhunpo Gompa of Tibet. There are a number of shrines inside the monasterys complex, like Kangyu-lang, Tsangyu-lang, etc. Also, hundreds of Mongolian and Tibetan texts have found their storehouse inside these temples. Diskit Gompa has quite an interesting legend attached to it. It is believed that a Mongol demon once lived here and was considered to be a sworn enemy of Buddhism. Afternoon rest and relax or take a walk to the local market. Overnight at hotel.

Day 5: Leh to Alchi (70 Kms / approx. 02.5 hrs)

After breakfast, proceed to Alchi, visit Alchi Monastery, built in the 11th century, it is a treasure trove of early Buddhist art in the Kashmiri tradition, a style quite different from the Tibetan art found in Ladakhs other monasteries. It was constructed under the supervision of Kaldan Shesrab, a follower of Rinchen Zangpo, the man responsible for reviving an interest in Buddhism at that time. Alchi is one of the few remaining examples of that era. After lunch drive Likir Monastery. Evening drive back to Leh. Arrive in Leh and check-in at hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 6: Pangong Lake to Leh (06 hours approx.)

After an early breakfast we leave for Pangong Lake en-route visiting Shey Palace, The ancient capital of Ladakh Thiksey an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village and carry on further towards Pangong through Changla pass which is 5380 Mtrs. Pangong Lake, situated at 14,000 feet (4,267 m). A long narrow basin of inland drainage, hardly six to seven kilometer at its widest point and over 130km long, it is bisected by the international border between India and China. A few years back the government decided to open it to tourists though the lake and its surrounding is under army surveillance. Enjoy the landscape in the back drop of the Lake. Lunch at Pangong. One rarely feels so close to nature and environment and the scenery is unforgettable. Evening at leisure. Dinner and overnight stay at Pangong (Tented Camp with attached toilet)..

Day 7: Pangong Lake to Leh (06 hours approx.)

 Morning at leisure to explore the beauty of lake and later we drive back to leh enroute visiting Hemis Gompa, the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Drive further to Leh and check in at our hotel, Dinner and stay overnight at the Hotel.

 

Day 8: Leh

Complete day at leisure for last day shopping evening enjoy farewell Dinner. Overnight at the Hotel.

 

Day 9: Depart from Leh (Fly Out)

Early morning, transfer to the airport. Depart from Leh to Delhi by flight. Upon arrival in Delhi, board a connecting flight for your place.

6 Nights and 7 Days

Day 1: Arrival at Leh

Fly in to Leh. Yatra representative will assist you at the Airport on arrival. Get aboard the waiting vehicle and transfer to hotel. Check-in at the hotel. Complete day for rest and leisure to acclimatize. Evening Visit to Leh Market Shanti Stupa. Dinner and stay overnight at the Hotel.

 

Day 2: Leh (Full Day Excursion)

Post breakfast we drive towards Kargil road and start our sightseeing with Hall of Fame near Leh is worth a visit for every citizen.. It is a glorious museum constructed by Indian army. Visit to Kali Mata Temple and Spituk Gompa of Ladakh which dates back to the 11th century. It owes its inception to Od-de, the elder brother of Lha Lama Changchub Od. Od-de led to the establishment of a monastic community at this place. A three-chapel monastery, Spituk is located at a distance of approximately 8 km from the town of Leh. Gurudwara Patthar Sahib Nestled deep in the Himalayas, which was built by the Lamas of Leh in 1517 to commemorate the visit of Guru Nanak Dev. A drive of another 4 km took us to Magnetic Hill which defies the law of gravity. It has been noticed that when a vehicle is parked on neutral gear on this metallic road the vehicle slides up further Driving through a picturesque landscape we reached the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar river 4 km before Nimmu village. Return to the hotel, dinner and stay overnight at the Hotel.

Day 3: Leh (Excursion to Pangong Lake – 14,000 Ft.)

After an early breakfast we leave for Pangong Lake through Changla pass 5380 Mtrs. Pangong Lake, situated at 14,000 feet (4,267 m). A long narrow basin of inland drainage, hardly six to seven kilometer at its widest point and over 130km long, it is bisected by the international border between India and China. A few years back the government decided to open it to tourists though the lake and its surrounding is under army surveillance. Hot lunch will be served at Pangong. After spending some time at Pangong we drive back to LEH hotel for overnight stay.

 

Day 4: Leh to Nubra Valley (125 Kms / aprx. 06 hrs)

After an early breakfast we drive to NUBRA VALLEY leads through KHARDUNG-LA the highest motorable road in the world at 18,390 ft, around 39kms from Leh. Nubra Valley is popularly known as Ldorma or the valley of flowers. It is situated to the North of Ladakh between the Karakoram and Ladakh ranges of the Himalayas. Afternoon visit to Hunder Monastery, Hunder is one of the remote villages in the Ladakh district of Indias northernmost State of Jammu and Kashmir (Kashmir). Lying close to the border between India and Pakistan in the north-western part of Ladakh, the village of Hunder comprises settlers that include Ladakhis and Tibetans. Visit SAND DUNES to enjoy a camel safari (Optional on direct payment basis). Overnight stay at Nubra (Tented Camp with attached toilet).

Day 5: Nubra Valley to Leh

After your breakfast at the camp, visit to Diskit Monastery en route to Leh. The Diskit Gompa of Leh Ladakh dates back to the 14th century and owes its inception to Changzem Tserab Zangpo, a disciple of Tsong-kha-pa. At the heart of Diskit Monastery is an elevated cupola, which stands adorned with a beautiful fresco that illustrates the Tashilhunpo Gompa of Tibet. There are a number of shrines inside the monasterys complex, like Kangyu-lang, Tsangyu-lang, etc. Also, hundreds of Mongolian and Tibetan texts have found their storehouse inside these temples. Diskit Gompa has quite an interesting legend attached to it. It is believed that a Mongol demon once lived here and was considered to be a sworn enemy of Buddhism. Afternoon rest and relax or take a walk to the local market. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 6: Leh

After an early breakfast we leave for Shey Palace, The ancient capital of Ladakh Thiksey an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village, also visit Hemis. Evening enjoy farewell Dinner. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 7: Depart Leh (Fly Out)

Early morning, transfer to the airport. Depart from Leh to Delhi by flight. Upon arrival in Delhi, board a connecting flight for your place.

11 nights 12 days

Day 01:- Arrival at Bhuntar

On arrival Bhuntar airport our reprisentive meet you and assists to transfer you to Manali 52 kms Bhuntar to Manali and check in the hotel Manali whole day excursion Manali.

 

Day 02:- Manali to Keylong, Lahaul (114 kms, 5-6 hours)

Travel across Rohtang Pass (3978 m / 13127 feet) to reach Keylong at a height of 3350 meters / 11055 feet in Lahaul district. Night stay in hotel at Keylong.

 

Day 03:- Keylong to Sarchu (114 kms, 5-6 hours)

Ahead of Keylong, cross Baralacha La at 4830 m and reach the windswept Sarchu landscape at 4253 m / 14035 feet. Overnight in Sarchu.

 

Day 04:- Sarchu to Leh (245 kms, 8-9 hours)

Make an early start for the last leg to Leh. Many changing landscapes and high mountain passes. One reaches Leh after crossing Gata Loops, Lachunglang La (5019 m / 16560 feet), Pang, Moore Plains, Tanglang La (5360 m / 17688 feet) and Rumtse. Overnight in Hotel at Leh.

 

Day 05:- Indus Valley monastery tour

Flavour of the history and culture of Ladakh. With a visit to Thiksey, Shey, Hemis and Shanti Stupa you cover the best known monuments around Leh and its palaces, gompas, monasteries and museums. Overnight in Hotel at Leh.

 

Day 06:- Leh - Pangong Lake - Leh (290 kms, 12 hours round trip)

Make an early start and drive east of Leh via Chang-la Mountain Pass (18,000 ft / 5,475 m) to Pangong Lake, (4267m /14000 ft.), 145 kms / 6 hours one way.

The views all around Chang La are simply spectacular. Mesmerizing vistas with the changing hues of the waters of the lovely lake. Drive back to reach Leh by evening.  Overnight in Hotel at Leh.

 

Day 07:- Leh to Nubra Valley (120 kms, 5 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, visit Diskit, Hunder villages and the white sand dunes and take a short camel safari on the double humped Bactrian Camels. Overnight in deluxe camps with ensuite washrooms / guest-house at Nubra Valley.

Day 08:- Nubra Valley to Leh

In the morning explore Samstanling Monastery and Sumur village and then drive back to Leh, passing Khardung La once again. Drop to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure to take a walking tour and explore Leh Bazaar. Overnight in Hotel at Leh.

 

Day 09:- Leh to Ulleytokpo (75 kms, 3 hours)

Drive west of Leh to Alchi (3300 m / 10000 ft). Alchi, Ulleytokpo. A different respective of Leh Ladakh. Visit along the way Spituk, Hall of Fame, Magnetic Hill and then the sangam of Zanskar and Indus rivers near Nimu.

Further on visit Basgo castle, Likir village and monastery and Alchi. Overnight in deluxe camps / cottages at Alchi, Uleytokpo.  

Day 10:- Ulleytokpo, Alchi to Kargil (155 kms, 6 hours)

After breakfast, visit the lunar landscapes and Lamayuru which has the oldest monastery in Ladakh and then start the breathtaking drive towards Kargil over the barren terrain via Namik-La (3760m) and Fotu-La Pass (4147m).  Enroute visit the giant Maitreya at Mulbekh, Suru Valley (Mulbekh Chamba is a 9 meter high rock sculpture),  Situated on the bank of river Suru at a height of 9,000 feet, midway between Leh and Srinagar, reach Kargil by the evening. Overnight at hotel in Kargil.

 

Day 11:- Kargil to Srinagar (204 kms, 9 hours)

Travel across Drass (supposedly the second coldest inhabited place in the world). Visit the The Kargil War memorial at Drass. You can also view the infamous war peaks of Tiger Hill etc. Cross Zoji la-pass (3529 meters / 11645 feet) and then drive through the thickly forested Sonmarg to finally reach Srinagar.

Sightseeing / shikara ride at Srinagar on own arrangement and cost. Overnight in deluxe houseboat on Dal Lake / Nagin Lake or deluxe hotel at Srinagar.

Day 12:- Check out from Srinagar

Transfer to airport to board the flight for onward destination, feeling blessed for the stolen moments spent in Ladakh.

5 nights and 6 days

Day 1: (Arrive Leh; 3505 meters / 11567 feet.)

Arrive Kushok Bakula airport Leh - 3500m above sea level. Transfer to hotel. Breakfast at the hotel before 09.30 am. Half Day at rest for acclimatization. Lunch at the hotel. After Lunch drive to Visit Shanti Stupa Leh Palace, Later in the evening walk around local market. Dinner and overnight stay at the Hotel in Leh.

 

Day 2: (Drive Sham Valley Alchi -70km)

After breakfast, carry packed lunch for the day. Sightseeing of 1000 year old Alchi monastery the only Gompa in Ladakh region on flat ground. Thereafter proceed to the Likir Monastery to visit the splendid three storeys Dharma Wheel Gompa. Here youll be awestruck with the sight of the massive Buddha statues., Indus Zanskar river Sangam, drive along the Indus river visiting, Pathar Sahib Gurdwara and Magnetic Hill (where the cars defy gravity), Basgo Palace Hiking only and further on to Leh Hall of Fame (which has a museum of the Kargil War memorabilia) Dinner and Over Night at the Hotel in Leh.

 

Day 3: (Tour of Hemis, Thiksey Shey monastery 3 Idiots School Campus Sindhu Darshan)

After a leisurely breakfast, we drive to visit Hemis Monastery situated 45 kilometers west of Leh; Hemis is the largest and the wealthiest monastery in Ladakh. From Hemis, you are driven back taking the same route to visit Thiksey Monastery, located on a hill-lock with formidable views of the Indus valley. Thiksey is especially noteworthy for its gigantic seated statue of the Maitreya and is also known for its (Dukhang) assembly hall which houses hundreds of rectangular prayer books, stacked between wooden covers and bound in silk. After that we continue to drive through series of chortens to visit Shey Palace the former summer palace of the King of Ladakh. 3 Idiots School Campus Sindhu Darshan visit. Dinner and Over Night at the Hotel in Leh.

 

Day 4: (Tour of Khardungla Pass (18380FT) Stok)

After breakfast drive to Khardungla- world’s highest motorable road at 18832 feet above sea level. At Khardungla pass the snow capped peaks and the mountain views are amazing. In the afternoon we will visit Singhu point (Indus River where all the Singhes pay holy bath) and Stok Museum. The Stok palace and museum is around 200 years old. The palace and museum at Stok is a showpiece for the royal tankhas, royal crown, dresses, coins, precious stones and turquoise head dresses. Return back to the hotel for Dinner over Night at the Hotel in Leh.

 

Day 5: (Tour of Pangong Lake)

It is the highest land locked lake (155 Kms on way from Leh 04 Hrs driver each way. After an early breakfast we leave for Pangong Lake through Changla pass 5486 Mtrs. Pangong Lake, situated at 14,000 feet (4,267 m). A long narrow basin of inland drainage, hardly six to seven kilometer at its widest point and over 130km long, it is bisected by the international border between India and China. A few years back the government decided to open it to tourists though the lake and its surrounding is under army surveillance. Enjoy the landscape in the back drop of the Lake. One rarely feels so close to nature and environment and the scenery is unforgettable. Drive back to Leh over Night at the Hotel in Leh.

 

Day 6: (Depart from Leh)

In the morning transfer to the airport to board the flight for your onward destination.
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