DAY 01 ARRIVAL AT LEH, LADAKH

Early Morning flight from Delhi to Leh. You will be received by our representative and transferred to the hotel. Traditional Check in, welcome tea /coffee will be served. Ladakh is about 3500 Mts above sea level, we advice the rest of the day to be at leisure.It will enable you to get acclimatized of the rarefied air and high altitude.

At Evening , a planned tour of the following attractions.

  • Shanti Stupa Highest point in Leh city, Magnificent view. Ideal spot for city life photography and great landscape shots
  • Leh Mosque Situated in the heart of the Leh city is the Jama Masjid, the favorite mosque of Sunni Muslims in Leh and surrounding villages. Constructed during 1666-1667 A.D as per agreement between the then ruler of Ladakh Deldan Namgyal and the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, the mosque is believed to be an ancient heritage in Leh. With beautiful stone carving, it is definitely a place to visit while in Leh. The mosque is open to only men.
    Evening easy walk in Leh bazaar for experiencing the local hustle-bustle of the old Leh city.

Evening easy walk in Leh bazaar for experiencing the local hustle-bustle of the old Leh city.
Night Stay: Leh

DAY 02 LEH SIGHTSEEING

A Monastery & local sightseeing tour of the Leh City. Which includes visit to:

  • Thiksey Monastery Noted for its resemblance to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet and is the largest gompa in central Ladakh. One of the main points of interest is the Maitreya (future Buddha) Temple with a 15 metres (49 ft) high statue of Maitreya, the largest such statue in Ladakh, covering two storeys of the building is deified in the monastery.
  • Hemis Monastery Hemis Monastery is the largest monastic institution in Ladakh. Located on the outskirts of Leh City, a scenic setup famous for the annual Hemis festival in june.
  • Shey Palace & Monastery Located on a Hillock in Shey. Used to be the summer retreat for the king, now the palace lies in ruin. The monastery is noted for its giant copper with gilded gold statue of a seated Shakyamuni Buddha.
  • Sindhu Darshan A peaceful riverbank nestled in the surreal landscape of Ladakh. Ideal spot for clicking picture postcards of a Ladakh landscape, Indus river & Autumn color on trees.
  • Stok Palace Stok museum and gompa is situated in the Indus Valley 17 km south east of the Ladakhi capital, Leh. Stok is the current residence of the former royal family of Ladakh and the museum contains the shrines, crown, ceremonial dress and jewelry of the Ladakhi king.

Night Stay: Leh

DAY 03 Khardung La Top

After breakfast drive to KhardungLa (80 kms round trip).

Khardung La is widely, but incorrectly, believed to be the world's highest motorable pass. However it is the highest mountain pass located in the Ladakh region.

On the way back, a visit to the following spots.

  • Leh Palace It is a magnificent fort on a mountain top overlooking the Leh town. Ideal spot to see panoramic views of Leh and surrounding areas combined with Zanskar and Ladakh mountain ranges
  • Castle of Namgial Tsemo This is the Castle of King Tashi Nagmial 15th Cent. A.D. Below, a red temple which houses goddess Paldan Lhamo (skrt. Sreedevi) and a white temple in which a 3 storey height of Maitreya Buddha is to be seen. Monks from nearby Sankar monastery attend to both of these chapels every morning and evenings. A spectacular sight to view the old Leh valley.

Rest of the day at leisure.
Night Stay: Leh.

DAY 04 Leh to Lamayuru (The Moon Land)

After breakfast drive to Lamayuru AKA MoonLand the legend says Buddhist lama by the name of Yuru was looking for a place to set up his monastery. When he reached this spectacular spot, he paused and said, all be here, my monastery. But at that time the entire place was submerged under water, with just a few craggy peaks floating above it like glaciers. Lama Yuru, invoking his immense spiritual power, ordered the waters to recede and make place for his monastery. The moonscape in Lamayuru looks exactly as if a massive river that was flowing through these mountains receded in a hurry, leaving behind uncanny forms of solidified silt.

On the way, a visit to the following spots.

  • Patthar Sahib Gurudwara A beautiful Gurudwara sahib constructed in the memory of Guru Nanak, built in 1517 to commemorate the visit to the Ladakh region of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder Guru of the Sikh faith.
  • Magnetic Hill a gravity hill alleged to have magnetic properties strong enough to pull cars uphill and force passing aircraft to increase their altitude in order to escape magnetic interference. In reality, the effect is an optical illusion. Popular spot on Leh-Srinagar highway.
  • Confluence point A confluence of Indus & Zanskar river.
  • Spituk Monastery Built in the 11th century. The monastery, about eight km from Leh, Like most monasteries in Ladakh, Spituk is also located on a hill. River Indus flows behind the monastery, beyond which are the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. The monastery belongs to Gelugpa sect or Yellow Hat order of Tibetan Buddhsim. From the monastery we can get spactacular views of the leh airport as well.
  • Alchi Monastery Gompa is located near the small village of Saspol. It is one of the earliest monasteries built in Ladakh, It was built between 958 AD, the main temple is three storied are built in Kashmiri style, there is a huge statue of lord Budha , walls of temple have the oldest preserved paintings of that time and reflects the Hindu and Budhist artistic and spritual details
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Evening at leisure.

Night Stay: Lamayuru

DAY 05 Return form Lamayuru

After breakfast drive to we visit the
Lamayuru Monastery The monastery belongs to Red-Hat Sect of Buddhism. At its peak, the monastery housed 400 monks but nowadays there are only 50 inmates. About 150 monks reside in Lamayuru village. The monastery is famous for its rich wall paintings, collection of thangkas, murals, scriptures and statues of different forms of Buddha and other deities. There are several legends about the monastery. According to one, it was founded by Mahasiddhacharya Naropa in 11th century who came to the place for meditation.
On the way back, a visit to the following spots.

  • Basgo Gompa- It was once a seat of power of a branch of the Namgyal family. Built in the year 1680, it was the political and cultural center in the early days of Ladakh. Situated on top of the hill towering over the ruins, it holds a unique atmosphere of secrecy and calm. Basgo Monastery is famous for its Buddha statue and the 16th century murals and other art of the monastery which are beautiful.
  • Klu-kkhyil Monastery (Likir) The monastery was first built in the 14th century and rebuilt 200 year ago. The monastery got its name from the belief that it was encircled by the bodies of two great serpent spirits, Nanda and Taksako. This monastery belongs to the Yellow Hat (Gelugspa) order of Ladakhi Buddhism. This monastery currently has a twenty-five foot tall gold-covered Buddha statue.

Evening at leisure.
Night Stay: Leh

DAY 06 Camping at Pangong Tso

Early departure (6 AM) for Pangong Tso (Lake) (approx. 300 kms round trip) via Chang-la pass (alt: 17370 ft Third Highest Pass of the world)

Pangong Tso at an altitude of 14,500 ft is 4-5 kms wide and over 135 kms long, about two-third of which lies on the other side of the Indo-China LAC (Line of Actual Control). Pangong Tso was featured in the last scenes of the 2010 movie, 3 Idiots. After the success of the movie, this beautiful natural location has attracted more tourists from all over the world.
This area has the clearest skies and an exhilarating view of the stars at night.

Night Stay: Camp at Pangong Tso.

DAY 07 Return form Pangong Tso

On the drive back from the pass, you will be rewarded with spectacular views.

On the way back, a visit to the following spots.

  • Tangtse Monastery This magnificent Monastery was built into the hill and not on top of a hill like they are usually are.
  • Chemrey Gompa A Buddhist monastery bulilt in 1664 that belongs to the Drugpa monastic order. There are a number of shrines situated inside the monastery.The major attractions of the Chemrey Gompa is the one-story high image of Padmasambhava it houses. Other than that, the monastery also boasts of a precious collection of scriptures, having title pages in silver and the text in gold letters.

Evening at leisure and shopping at leh bazaar.

Night Stay: Leh.

DAY 08 Departure from Leh

Early morning transfer to the airport for taking the flight back home.

Inclusions
  • All the restricted area inner line permit with wild life fees
  • All the govt taxes included
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Assistance upon arrival at Leh airport with welcome in the Hotel
  • Days Accommodation per room sharing Basis as per the Itinerary
  • Breakfast (Buffet/Fixed Menu)*
  • Return airport and round trip transfers along with all sightseeing tours by Non-AC Qualis/Scorpio/Tavera/Sumo Grand or similar
  • Inner line Permit to restricted / protected areas (Khardungla Top, Pangong Lake)
  • 01 Bottle of Mineral Water every day to each guest

*Subjective to your chosen costing

Exclusions
  • Any Kind of Personal Expenses or Optional Tours / Extra Meals Ordered.
  • Monument Museum Entrance Fees for the sights mentioned in the Itinerary.
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head Services include.
  • Tips, Insurance, Laundry, Phone Calls
  • The Services of Vehicle is not included on leisure days after finishing the sightseeing tour as per the Itinerary
  • Any Kind of Drinks (Alcoholic, Mineral, Aerated)
  • Camera fee, Soft or Hard drinks, Starters.
  • Medical Travel insurance
  • Additional costs due to flight cancellation, road blocks etc. Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control, Act of god.