Ladakh

Glimpse of Ladakh

One of the most remote and mythical regions of India, Ladakh is a landscape of unearthly beauty. Carved through its center by the headwaters of the Indus River, Ladakh sits high in a Himalayan valley between the Ladakh and Zaskar ranges, close to the Chinese border. The wall of the Himalayas blocks precipitation, and the resulting terrain is dry, barren, and poetically austere. Life here has remained virtually unchanged for thousands of years. A thousand years ago Leh was the commercial center of central Asia on the Silk Route’. This is the route that Genghes Khan, Alexander the Great, and Marco Polo once passed. The greatest attraction of Leh is its Buddhist culture, similar to Tibet with monasteries carved into the hillsides. It is a land of magnificent statues of Buddha in precious metals studded with prismatic stones; rich art treasures; timeless Thankas and forceful murals with Tantric Symbols, signposts of a glorious culture long gone. In Leh we’ll visit the royal palace of the Erstwhile King of Ladakh, Hemis Monastery -the largest in Ladakh. It contains a number of gold statues and Stupas decorated with precious stones and a superb collection of the Thankas, including the one that is largest in existence. Hemis Gompa is the home of the three stories high statue of Buddha. We’ll also meet with the Monastery’s resident Lama if permitted. Afterwards proceed to Aichi & Likir Monasteries, which house statues of Buddha and 1000 year old religious wall paintings. Before we start our trek from Padum we’ll have a day to explore Kargil and its rural life and to acclimatize ourselves. You will experience the virgin beauty of this desolate rugged mountain range and its cheerful inhabitants the Zanskaris as we call them, who welcome us with smiles and prayer wheels along our route. Definitely an experience to treasure.

Itinerary Overview

  • Day 1 : Arrive Delhi
  • Day 2 : Excursion around Delhi
  • Day 3 : Early fly to Leh from Delhi
  • Day 4 : EXCURSION AROUND Leh
  • Day 5 : Drive to Lamayuru via Likir - Alchi
  • Day 6 : Drive to Kargil (107 km, 6 hrs)
  • Day 7 : Drive to Rangdum (130 km/6-7 hrs)
  • Day 8 : Drive to Padum (110 km/6 hrs)
  • Day 9 : Padum Sightseeing
  • Day 10 : Padum Sightseeing
  • Day 11 : Drive back to Rangdum
  • Day 12 : Drive back to Kargil
  • Day 13 : Drive to Leh (231 km)
  • Day 14 : Free and Leisure day at Leh
  • Day 15 : Leh – Delhi
  • Day 16 : Departure

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Arrive Delhi
    Upon arrival at Delhi airport meet our representative and transfer to pre-reserved hotel. Stay overnight at hotel.
  • Day 2 : Excursion around Delhi
    Today, excursion around New and old Delhi took place with our guide. After breakfast, visiting the monuments of Qutab Minar, Lotus Temple, India Gate, Parliament House, Birla Temple, and Raj Ghat. A visit to the majestic Red Fort or Lal Kila, the beautiful marvels covered in red sandstone. Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India that was built by Emperor Shah Jahan of the Taj Mahal fame. Rajghat - a memorial of Mahatma Gandhi. After exploring the Old Delhi monuments, we visit Rastrapati Bhawan (Presidential Palace), the India Gate - a memorable monument built in the honor of Indian soldiers, and Qutub Minar- one of the tallest towers in the world. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 3 : Early fly to Leh from Delhi
    Early in the morning we fly for Leh from Delhi Airport. Upon arrival at Leh our representative will greet and transfer to pre reserved hotel. Leh is main centre of Ladakh travel, Leh is located in small valley just the north of Indus valley. After refreshment our representative will take you for a short walk around colorful market. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 4 : EXCURSION AROUND Leh
    Today onwards we begin the real journey of Northern India by vehicle. This day we will go for a complete sightseeing of ancient monasteries and local life’s. Shey Gompa: Shey Gompa is 15 km far from Leh. Shey Gompa is used to be the summer palace of the kings of Ladakh. We can see the many stupas and Gompas built around the Palace. Shey Gompa was built in the beginning of the 17th century by Deldan Namgya. The main point of attraction in Shey is a 12m Shakyamuni Buddha statue inside the Dresthang Gompa Thiksey Gompa: Thiksey Gompa is very close to Shey Gompa. Thiksey Monastery is considered and marked as a one of the beautiful monastery in Ladakh Hemis: Hemis Monastery is about 45 km south of Leh and known as largest in Ladakh. It belongs to the Drukpa order and was founded in the early of the17th century. The setting and view of the Monastery is stunning and perfectly cradled in a lovely valley, surrounded by streams and fronted by long Mani walls. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 5 : Drive to Lamayuru via Likir - Alchi
    Today, after breakfast we drive to Likri and visit Likir Gompa situated atop a windy cliff top overlooking the beautiful village of Likir. Likir Gompa was founded in the 12th century but due to fire it was totally destroyed and present construction dates back to the 18th century. After exploring villages around the area, it comes as a surprise to find that Lamayuru is a scruffy little place. The Gompa completely shadows and is the most famous spectacular monastery in Ladakh. Alchi and Likir Monasteries, these two monasteries are located near Saspal on the Srinagar-Leh road. They house many gigantic clay statue of Buddha in various forms. The primary attraction of these monasteries is, their 1000-year old wall painting which makes it a very rewarding experience. Overnight at Lamayuru.
  • Day 6 : Drive to Kargil (107 km, 6 hrs)
    Today early in the morning we visit the Lamayuru monastery to be part of the morning religious ceremony. It will be a very amazing and fascinating spiritual experience to be there among these warm and friendly monks. Then drive to Kargil and overnight in the hotel.
  • Day 7 : Drive to Rangdum (130 km/6-7 hrs)
    After breakfast we drive continue towards Suru valley along Suru river. Along the way twin peaks of Nun and Kun can be observed and these are also known as challenging peaks in Ladakh. By evening we arrive at Rangdum plains in Zanskar region and we install camp here. Overnight in tented camp.
  • Day 8 : Drive to Padum (110 km/6 hrs)
    Early In the morning we begin and visit the famous Rangdum Monastery perched on a solitary rock in the middle of the valley. After that we drive to Padum, the capital of Zanskar region. By late afternoon we reach Padum and install the camp. Stay overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 9 : Padum Sightseeing
    Today is a day of excursion around Padum and we observed the glorious monasteries. Karsha: Karsha is the largest (Gelug-pa monastery) and believed as the most important Monastry here in Ladakh. It was founded in 10-11th century by great translator of the period Lotsava Rinchen Zangpo. Later drive back to Padum en-route we stop to visit the Kalachakra Gompa where His Holiness Dalai Lama performed Kalachakra initiations. Zongkhul: Zongkhul Monastery Cave need ascend short trek from Ating village (village located in Zanskar river) and it was founded of which is ascribed to Naropa. Later on drive back to Padum.
  • Day 10 : Padum Sightseeing
    Today is a day of excursion around Padum and we observed the glorious monasteries. Thongde: We can explore the Monastery of Thongde situated on a rocky outcrop. One of the main attractions is the Gon Khang “the chambers of the protectors" of the monastery. Explore the other prayer halls of the Gompa. Later explore the village of Thongde. Zangla: Drive to the northern part of Zanskar valley, Zangla is believed to be still ruled by the king whose Palace stands on hill top Visit the one of the last remaining suspension bridges a remarkable example of primitive engineering. After a visit to the Palace, drive further 5-10 minutes to visit the Zangla Nunnery monastery. Bardan - Pibting: Visit the villages of Bardan, 15 km from Padum, and then visit the Pibiting village. Pibiting village can also be walked down from Padum, which is a short distance. Pibiting is considered to be one of the most interesting villages to be explored for the village life.
  • Day 11 : Drive back to Rangdum
    Today, morning drive back to Rangdum. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 12 : Drive back to Kargil
    Early in the morning we drive back to Kargil, on arrival check in the hotel. Later on, after refreshment short walk around Kargil. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 13 : Drive to Leh (231 km)
    Today, we leave our foot prints in Kargil and back to Leh by private vehicle. On our way back to Leh we can visit the Basgo monastery, famous for its Buddha statue. Stay overnight in Leh.
  • Day 14 : Free and Leisure day at Leh
    We leave this day as a rest day or free day and you are free for shopping in local markets. But if you want to guide for more monasteries we are always ready for your every needs.
  • Day 15 : Leh – Delhi
    We fly back to Delhi with collecting amazing views of the Himalaya. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 16 : Departure
    Our company representative will drop you back to the airport as your flight schedule for next destination.

Includes/Excludes

  • Includes
    • Airport, Hotel picks up and drops by private vehicle.
    • Tourist Standard Twin-Sharing Basis with Breakfast.
    • Guided tour of the city in Private vehicle mentioned on the itinerary.
    • Welcome Dinner and Farewell dinner.
    • All entrance fees and permit as well as government tax or charges.
    • First Aid kits.
    • Map.
       
  • Excludes
    • All meals and dinner except welcome and farewell dinner.
    • Travel Insurance.
    • Nepal & India entry Tourist Visa fee.
    • International Airfare, Airport taxes as well as extra baggage charges.
    • Personal stuff such as electronic device, phone call, internet charges, essential drugs, telephone and its charge etc.
    • Any kind of alcoholic drinks, hot water and cold drinks.
    • Laundries.
    • Tips for tour Guide and Driver (not mandatory).
    • Medical evacuation in case of emergency.
    • In case of further stay due to Natural calamities or disaster such as political unrest, landslides, cancellation of flight due to weather, strikes, and accident etc.

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Trip Facts

  • Group Size: Min 2 Pax
  • Duration: 16 Day(s)
  • Max. Altitude: 4200m
  • Grade :
  • Rating: Best
  • Region: India
  • Activity:Sightseeing, Cultural Tour, Photography, High Altitude Tour
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