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Day 01 : Arrive Delhi
Day 02 : Delhi/Leh (By Flight)
Day 03 : Leh
Day 04 : Leh/Likir/Alchi/Tingmosgang (approx. 50 kms/ 1 ½ hrs drive)
Day 05 : Tingmosgang/Lamayuru/Tingmosgang (approx. 40 kms/1 hr, one way)
Day 06 : Tingmosgang/Basgo/Leh (approx. 90 kms/4 hrs drive’ with enroute visit
Day 07 : Leh
Day 08 : Leh/Pangong (approx. 5 hrs drive)
Day 09 : Pangong/Leh (approx. 5 hrs drive)
Day 10 : Leh/Nubra (approx. 5 hrs drive)
Day 11 : Nubra
Day 12 : Nubra/Leh (approx. 5 hrs drive)
Day 13 : Leh/Delhi
Day 14 : Delhi/Departure
After clearing Customs and Immigration, step into the receiving area, where our representative will meet you and escort you to the hotel.
Overnight at airport hotel (No Meals)
With packed breakfast, check-out from the hotel and transfer to Delhi airport to connect with your flight to Leh. Arrive Leh and check in to your hotel.
Leh, the capital city of Ladakh and a historical transit point for caravans of the bygone Silk Route, still looks and feels like a trading post of the ancient past. It is an imminently accessible and fascinating locale, featuring two notable monasteries, a palace, a mosque, and countless narrow, crooked alleyways beckoning the curious visitor. District Leh is situated at an altitude ranging from 2300 meters to 5000 meters above sea level.
Rest of the day is free to relax and acclimatize.
Overnight at hotel (B, L, D)
Start your day with the visit of Shey, the King’s old Palace. The Palace was built by King Deldan Namgyal in the beginning of the 17th century AD as a summer residence for the Kings of Ladakh. It is the oldest palace in Ladakh and above it is an even older fortress. The Palace and Fort are in ruins but the Monastery is in use to this day. Inside is a 39-foot statue made of gilded copper of the Shakyamuni Buddha, which was made by King Deldan Namgail in the memory of his father Singay Namgail. The statue is the only of its kind in the region.
We make our way towards the Thiksey Gompa – an impressive imitation of Lhasa’s Potala Palace dramatically perched on a slope overlooking the Indus Valley. Thiksey is the most beautiful of all monasteries in Ladakh, belonging to the Gelukpa order. The Gompa was first build at Stakmo by Changsem Sherab Zangpo of Stod. Later the nephew of Sherab Zangpo, Spon Paldan Sherab, founded the Thiksey Gompa on a hilltop to the north of the Indus River in 1430 AD. There are sacred shrines and many precious objects to be seen there.
After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Hemis Gompa, the biggest Monastery in Ladakh. Located 45 Km to the south of Leh, it is built on a green hillside surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery and hidden in a gorge. The Monastery belongs to Dugpa Kargyutpa order and houses monks of the Brokpa or Red Hat sect. One can see beautiful frescoes (paintings) on the walls and the largest Thangka painting in Ladakh, which is over 12m in length. Within the Monastery there are to be seen a copper-gilt statue of the Lord Buddha, various stupas made of gold and silver, sacred thankas and many objects. The Monastery was founded by the first incarnation of Stagsang Raspa Nawang Gyatso in 1630, who was invited to Ladakh by King Singay Namgial and offered a religious estate throughout the region.
Check out after breakfast and drive to the Likir Monastery
The Likir Monastery or Gompa is one of the oldest and well maintained monasteries in Ladakh. The Monastery is located in Likir village and is believed to have been in existence since the 11th century. The Monastery is also known for the 75 feet statue of Buddha. The Gompa belongs to the Gelugpa sect of Buddhism which is also referred as Yellow Hat sect. It was founded by Tsongkhapa in the 15th century.
After the visit drive on to Alchi (22 Kms/ approx. 45 mins)
The village of Alchi is situated around 70 kms from Leh on the left banks of the Indus river. The main attraction in Alchi village is the Alchi Monastery or Alchi Gompa. The Alchi Monastery dates back to nearly one thousand years. There are five shrines in the Choskor temple complex which has some splendid wall paintings.
Lunch will be at a local restaurant in Alchi.
After lunch, drive on to Tingmosgang (approx. 32 kms/ 1 hour drive).
Arrive and check in to your hotel/camp. Rest of the day is at leisure.
After breakfast, leave for an excursion to Lamayuru
Dating back to the 11th century, the Lamayuru Monastery was founded by Mahasiddhacharya Naropa and belongs to the Red-Hat sect of Buddhism. This Monastery is home to more than 150 monks and houses a rich collection of artifacts, wall paintings, thangas, statues, carpets and an impressive 11-headed, 1000 eyed image of Chenzing. Apart from the Monastery, Lamayuru also attracts tourists for its beautiful landscape. This remote Monastery is a favorite amongst photographers and trekkers.
Return to your hotel for lunch.
In the afternoon visit the village or a local school.
After breakfast, check out and depart for Leh, visiting Basgo enroute
Basgo Monastery, also known as Basgo Gompa, is a Buddhist Monastery located in Basgo. The Monastery was built by Namgyal rulers in 1680 and is situated on top of a hill towering over the remains of the ancient town and is noted for its Buddha statue and Murals. It was a cultural and political center and has a feature of being the only place where original 16th century Murals still exist.
Arrive Leh and check in to your hotel. Rest of the day is free.
In the morning visit the Leh & the Stok Palace.
The Leh Palace was built during the 17th century by the ruler King Sengge Namgyal. Its construction is on the same lines as the construction of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. This palace had to be deserted by the royal family in the middle of the 19th century, because of the taking over of Ladakh by Dogra forces.
Later visit the Stok Palace. Located 15 Kms south of Leh, on the West Bank of the Indus River, is the Royal Palace dating from 1834 A.D.
Later visit Shanti Stupa a Buddhist white-domed stupa (chorten) located on a hilltop. It was built in 1991 by Japanese Buddhist Bhikshu Gyomyo Nakamura. It holds the relics of the Buddha at its base, enshrined by the 14th Dalai Lama himself. The Stupa has become a major attraction not only due to its religious significance but also due to its location which provides panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. We dine at our hotel.
In the afternoon, visit the Leh Bazaar.
After breakfast, leave for Pangong Lake.
The route to Pangong passes through typical Ladakh landscape and over the Chang La pass, one of the highest motorable roads in the world.
Pangong Lake: One-third of the lake lies in India while the remaining two-third lies in Tibet. The serene, tranquil blue lake with a backdrop of mountains is best photographed in the afternoon.
After a visit to the lake return to your camp.
Overnight at tented camp (B, L, D)
After breakfast, check out and return to Leh, Enroute visit the Tak-Thok monastery.
The Tak Thok Gompa: The name Tak Thok in Ladakhi means “Rock Roof” and refers to the cave chapel found in this unusual gompa. The gompa houses about 55 lamas of the Nying-ma-pa sect of Buddhism, also known as the “Old Order”. The Rimpoche or head lama of Tak Thok is from Tibet and is highly respected by the Ladakhis.
Check out after breakfast and drive to Nubra valley (approx. 5 hrs drive) driving over the Khardungla Pass, this is the World’s highest motor able road at 18832 feet above sea level. At Khardungla pass, the snowcapped peaks and the mountain views are amazing. The road then passes through a bridge laid on Glacier which finds its way in Guinness Book of world records. Drive through the Valley which is extremely beautiful for photography.
Arrive Nubra and check-in to your camp.
Later visit the Samstaling Monastery.
After breakfast, depart for an excursion to Deskit & Hundar villages. Visit the Hundar village & its small monastery. Later visit the Deskit Gompa.
Thereafter, stop at the sandunes here where you may find the double humped Bactrian camels.
The valley is a photographer’s paradise.
After breakfast, return to Leh over the Khardung-La pass and check in to your hotel.
Rest of the day is at leisure.
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and transfer to Leh airport to connect with your flight to Delhi.
You will be received on arrival and proceed for a sightseeing tour of New Delhi with a drive past the India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan (President’s Residence) & the Parliament House. Time permitting, visit the Qutab Minar.
Thereafter check in to your hotel.
Overnight at hotel (Packed B)
In time transfer to the airport to board your onward flight.
Please note: Your room will be available for use till 12 Noon.
Valid from: May 2018 to September 2019