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Leh – Lower Indus valley – Nubra – Pangong
Unforgettable experiences, tranquil ambiance and immense natural beauty await you in Ladakh. For the best of sights and sounds of this region, opt for classic Ladakh tour. This extremely well-planned itinerary is a combination of popular attractions and destinations in Ladakh. You get to explore charming places, lakes, palaces, markets, valleys and monasteries in Ladakh, Indus valley, Pangong, and Nubra valley. Some of the highlights of the tour are Shey Palace, Hemis monastery, Pangong Lake, Hunder Sand Dunes, shopping at Leh market, and driving on Khardunga La. Get ready for a memorable sojourn.
The tour is for visiting the popular monasteries of Ladakh. Your tour will cover all major monasteries including Thiksey, Hemis, Shey ,Rizong, Alchi, Lamayouru and Liker. These spiritual centres are an architectural marvel with a cultural legacy which creates curiosity in the minds of travelers. Thiksey boasts of being the most beautiful monastery in the central Ladakh region. Hemis is believed to be the largest and wealthiest monastery in Leh. The 11th century Spituk monastery is blessed with breathtaking views of the Indus. Shey is a popular palace with huge copper and gilded gold statue of seated Shakyamuni Buddha. Alchi temple Renowned as the oldest Buddhist learning centre, the Alchi Gompa is one of the magnificently built monasteries in Ladakh. Lamayuru Monastery Renowned as Tharpa Ling which means the ‘place of freedom’; Lamayuru monastery is one of the oldest and largest monasteries in Ladakh and said to have been built around the same time as Alchi Monastery. Likir Monastery also known as lu-Khyil gompa, the Likir Monastery was ordered to built by the 5th king of Ladakh Lhachen Gyalpo and was thus founded by Lama Duwang Chosje in 1065. Rizong Monastery according to popular belief, Guru Padmasambhava along with other lamas used to meditate in the caves around Rizong in isolation, surviving on two times meal a day
NOTE:- All the itineraries can be customized to suit your own special interests, preferences, abilities, extension and reduction of numbers of days.
Board a flight to Leh from Delhi airport. On arriving at the Kushok Bakula airport, Leh (3500 m), meet our tour representative. Get assistance for transfer to the hotel. Complete the check-in formalities as you savour your welcome drink. Settle in your rooms. The day is for resting and getting acclimatized to the high altitudes of Ladakh. Before any journey across this place, acclimatization is necessary. In the evening, walk up to the local market to spot the hustle bustle and shanti stupa. O/N hotel
After breakfast drive to Lamayouru enroute magnetic hill, visit Likir, also known as lu-Khyil gompa, the Likir Monastery was ordered to built by the 5th king of Ladakh Lhachen Gyalpo and was thus founded by Lama Duwang Chosje in 1065. The monastery is of the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism and visit Alchi temple Renowned as the oldest Buddhist learning centre, the Alchi Gompa is one of the magnificently built monasteries in Ladakh. Located 70 kilometres west of Leh on the banks of the Indus River, it is also the largest and most famous of the gompas built by Tibetan translator Rinchen Zangpo IN 11TH century, continue drive to visit the mesmerizing Moon landscapes and the Lamayouru monastery renowned as Tharpa Ling which means the ‘place of freedom’; Arahat Nimagon blessed the site and Mahasiddha Naropa founded the monastrery in the 11th century and Lamayuru is one of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh .
(optional) If the weather permits, gear up for river rafting in River Zanskar. O/N Lamayuru. O/N hotel
After the Breakfast drive to Leh, visit Rizong, according to popular belief, Guru Padmasambhava along with other lamas used to meditate in the caves around Rizong in isolation, surviving on two times meal a day and avoiding any contact with the outside world. Before building the monastery in 1831, Lama Tsultim Nima started a hermitage at the site to teach monks about Buddhism, visit a nunnery, known as Chulichan (Chomoling), is under the cover of the monastery, where 20 nuns or the Chomos reside and worship at the temples of the monastery, perform chores like milking, spinning wool and getting oil for the temple lamps.on the the way back make a stop at Sangam (confluence of two river). Arrive at Leh by evening. O/N hotel
Start the day getting ready to travel to the Nubra valley. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations of Ladakh. The unique landscape has given it the name of ‘desert in sky’ drive through Kharzongla (Highest Motorable road in the World) the spectacular views of the never ending snow-capped mountain ranges around Kharzongla, proceed to nubra valley, post lunch we explore Nubra valley we start with Diskyid Monastery located on a hilltop from where one have the panoramic view of Nubra valley, this is the oldest and largest monastery in Nubra valley and belongs to Gelugpa sect (founded in the 14th century by Changsem Sherab Zangpo), Then we head to Hunder which is famous for its sand dunes and for (double-humped) Bactrian camels. O/N fixed camp
(in July & Aug sometime Shayok road remain closed due to increase of water in the river )
Morning after breakfast at leisure and later drive to Pangong via shayok route. Evening free at pangong lake, enjoy changing colors of Lake during sunset, Pangong is the highest salt water lake in the world shared by Ladakh and Tibet . The views around the lake are extremely enchanting and soothing. Spot colorful birds on the banks of Pangong. Do visit the local village in the vicinity to known about the local culture. O/N fixed camp.
Start the day early before the sun is up. The mesmerizing sun rising over the lake and changing colour of lake is definitely one you would love to capture in your camera. Marvel at the blessed view. After having breakfast drive to leh via Changla, visit Thiksey, (Founded in 1433 by Palden Sherab) this monastery is the most beautiful monastery of Ladakh .This monastery majestically overlooks the valley, a magnificent group of about 80 monks.
Hemis Monastery founded by the first incarnation Stagtsang Raspa Nawang Gyatso in 1630, it is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Drukpa Lineage. The monastery houses an amazing collection of the age-old relics such as the idol of Lord Buddha made up of copper gilt, gold and silver stupas It holds the distinction of being the biggest as well as the wealthiest monastery of Ladakh and Shey (Built in 17th century by king Deldan Namgyal.) capital of ancient Ladakh, is an interesting complex whose importance is still measured by the quality of the paintings and the astonishing quantity of chortens , especially the copper gilt statue of lord Buddha. The Rock-carved statue of five Buddha can be seen below the palace on the roadside, which was probably carved during the reign of Singay Namgyal. O/N hotel
Early morning transfer to airport to board flight back to home and tour ends with sweet memories.
For the more adventurous a drive to either Manali or Srinagar can also be arranged on request. The road journey is covered in two or more days with an overnight halt at either Serchu or Jispa, which lies on the Leh-Manali highway, or Kargil, which lies on the Leh-Srinagar highway.
Pay heed to the guidelines given by trek leader or instructor in order to enjoy a safe and sound tour experience. Single rooms and tents can be requested for a supplement (subject to availability). Please enquire at the time of booking.
Ladakh is very safe, tourist friendly and cheering place, but still you need to take care of some preparations which can make your tour even better and memorable: Carry headache, stomachache, anti-vomiting tablets with you. Please respect the culture of Ladakh. We are Providing world class services in the secluded place, which is similar to an oasis, is very difficult and challenging. Still we try our best to bring cheer on your faces.
Code of Ethics for tourists visiting Ladakh
Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3-4 litres per person per day.
We strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Ladakh. In Leh there is a shop called Dzomsa which sells safe drinking water. Ask anyone they will show you where this is on your first day in Leh.
We also suggest that you may like to bring a reusable bottle with a wide opening (Nalgene or similar)
The above weather chart for Leh shows average temperatures only – it does not reflect extremes of heat and cold. Generally the weather is good in Ladakh during the summer time, with warm to very hot sunny days (up to 30ºC/35ºC+) with cooler nights depending on the altitude (it can reach freezing point at some places in September). There is, however, the possibility of rain, and you should be prepared for this. The sun is very strong at these altitudes and some of the days on trek can be extremely hot.
Ladakh, though technically part of the Tibetan plateau and classified as a high altitude desert, can and does occasionally experience the effects of the Indian monsoon. Although the departures are timed to coincide when the weather is normally good, you should remember that in any mountain area the weather is never wholly predictable and you should be prepared and equipped to deal with any differences in weather beyond the conditions described above.
What to bring
Hiking trousers and shirts, warm jackets, pullovers and raincoat Good hiking shoes Flash light Sun hat/baseball cap Sunglasses, Lip balm Sun lotion cream and toiletries