- Weekend gateways
On arrival at airport pick up and transfer to the hotel. Full day free and rest for complete day for acclimatization. In the evening visit to visit to Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace & Market. Stay overnight in Leh.
Shanti Stupa is a white-domed Buddhist stupa on a hilltop in Leh. The Stupa was built in 1991 by Japanese Buddhist Bhikshu who was the part of Peace Pagoda mission.There is a huge idol of Buddha placed inside the Stupa which was enshrined by the 14th Dalai Lama..The stupa has become a tourist attraction not only due to its religious significance but also due to its location which provides panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.The beauty of Shanti Stupa takes a level up at night, especially during the full moon night when it is naturally illuminated by the moonlight.
Leh Palace is a former royal palace overlooking the Ladakhi Himalayan town of Leh. The palace was built by King Sengge Namgyal in the 16th century. Leh Palace is nine storeys high, the upper floors accommodated the royal family, while the lower floors held stables and store rooms.Leh Palace is an excellent example of medieval Tibetan architecture.The walls of the palace was constructed with wood and mud helps keep the scorching heat away, thus the palace has a soothing and pleasant temperature inside.The entrance of the palace is decorated with wood carved figurines. The roof top of the palace provides spectacular views of the mountain and the entire town which attracts the tourist from all around.
You can enjoy shopping for curios and souvenirs in the bazaars and markets of Leh, while on your tour of Ladakh. Popular items with tourists are Pashmina shawls, stoles and other Pashmina wool garments. Locally handmade woolen socks, gloves, caps and sweaters are a favorite of tourists in Ladakh. Tibetan handicraft items including prayer wheels, Buddhist masks and Thangka paintings can be purchased in Ladakh. Tibetan silver jewelry and traditional Ladakhi jewelry with turquoise are also popular with tourists. Apricots that grow abundantly in Ladakh are another popular gift that you can take back as a delicious souvenir of your trip to Ladakh. Handwoven rugs, carpets and shawls are available in a range of prices in Ladakh's markets. The carpets have floral or geometric designs or dragon motifs on them and can also be hung as decorative wall hangings. Woven in wool gathered from Ladakhi goats, and dyed with natural dyes, Ladakhi carpets and rugs are thick, long-lasting and objects of utility and beauty, which you can buy while shopping in Ladakh. Some other popular items with tourists are Pashmina shawls, stoles and other woolen garments. Handmade woolen socks, gloves, caps and sweaters are also a favorite of tourists in this region. Then the market is also filled with carpets and handwoven rugs in a range of prices. During your visit, you must not forget to buy apricots, because this dry fruit of the region is considered to be of a good quality.
After breakfast drive to Uleytokpo enroute visit Likir Monastery, Magnetic Hill, Hall of Fame, The Sangam of Zanskar & Indus River and Gurudwara Pathar Sahib. After Lunch proceed to visit Lamayuru Monastery and witness a beautiful mesmerizing moon landscapes. Stay overnight in Uleytokpo / Alchi / Lamayuru / Faryok.
Gurudwara Pathar Sahib sits on the Srinagar-Leh Road at some 25 km from Leh. Much revered by people of all faiths, it is dedicated to Guru Nanak. Going by the folklore, it was built to house an unmovable boulder. Back in the year 1970, this boulder was discovered during the road construction but could not be moved by any machine. As per the story, Guru Nanak appeared in the dreams of monks, the construction workers and the Army and asked them not to remove the boulder! Thus, a gurudwara was built to preserve the same. Almost all the vehicles on the stretch take a stop at the gurudwara to pay respect and pray for a safe journey on the rather treacherous roads.
Magnetic Hill is a gravity hill located near Leh in Ladakh, India. The hill is 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 created by the gravity hill. The “magnetic hill” is located on the Leh-Kargil-Baltik national highway, about 30 km from Leh, at a height of 14,000 feet above sea level. On its eastern side, flows the Sindhu, which originates in Tibet and goes to Pakistan The hill is located on the Leh-Kargil-Batalik national highway, and is bordered by the Sindhu river. The Indian Army maintains a sikh Gurudwara near the hill where Guru Nanak Dev, the first of the Ten Gurus of Sikhism, meditated in the 15th century. Due to both the Gurudwara and the gravity hill, the area has become a popular sightseeing destination.
Sangam Valley is a 48 kilometre drive from Leh and is the confluence of the rivers Indus and Zanskar. Just the view of Sangam Valley from the road above it can make you swoon in ecstasy. The colours of the two rivers can be distinctly seen at the confluence. It is an amazing place to sit, relax, and enjoy a picnic with family and friends.
Lamayuru Monstery is a famous Buddhist Monatery in Leh district, at a height of 11520 ft.Lamayuru monastery is said to be the oldest as well as the largest in Ladakh.This Monastery was a collection of five gigantic building out of which only one survives now,still remains the largest monastery.The Monastery houses about 150 Buddhist monks permanently, in earlier days the number was 400.The Monatery is also famous for a worth visiting festival called the mask festival as the monks were different mask during the ceremony.
Hall of Fame is a museum which was built in memory of the brave soldiers who lost their lives fighting for India at the Indo-Pakistan war.This museum is maintained by Indian Army.The Museum showcases seized arms and amenities of Pakistani Army, pictures and biographies of brave soldiers.It also displays Siachen area, exhibiting apparel and amenities used by the Indian Army in the region.Inside the museum, one can also witness items related to Ladakhi culture, history, vegetation and wildlife found across the globe.
After breakfast drive back to Leh enroute visit Basgo and Alchi Monastery. Stay overnight in Leh.
The monastery was built for the Namgyal rulers in 1680, Bazgo itself was embedded in the early days of Ladakh and is frequently mentioned in the Ladakhi Chronicles when it was a political and cultural center. In the 15th century, a palace was built in Basgo.
Alchi Monastery is situated in the bank of Indus River and shares a distance of 70 km from Leh.It is Considered as one of the oldest Buddhist learning centers in Northern India.Alchi is an ancient Monastery,constructed by Guru Rinchen Zangpo between 958 and 1055 AD.The elaborate artwork along with wood carving and the amazing huge ancient statues of Buddha attract the tourists from all around.Tourists across the globe explore this place just to enjoy the heavenly beauty and to experience the ancient architecture of the monastery temples.
After Breakfast drive to Nubra Valley via Khardung La (Highest Motorable road in the World, 18,380 ft) continue drive till Hunder village. On arrival check in to the Camp. After lunch enjoys the beauty of sand dunes one can also enjoy Camel Safari. Stay overnight in Nubra Valley.
Khardung La is a mountain pass in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir.It lies north of Leh and is the gateway to the Shyok and Nubra valleys.The elevation of Khardung La is 17,582 ft.It is a famous attraction for adventure seekers.Biking at Khardung La Pass is something visitors shouldnot miss. It was opened to public motor vehicles in 1988 and has since seen many automobile, motorbike and mountain biking expeditions. The pass is historically important also as it lies on the major caravan route from Leh to Kashgar in Central Asia. The thrill of visiting the highest pass in the world will churn up your emotions.
After breakfast, visit to Deskit Monastery and have a wonderful view of Nubra Valley. Later drive back to Leh by same Route, crossing Khardung La Pass. Stay overnight in Leh.
After early breakfast drive to Pangong Lake (14,500 ft) through Changla Pass 17,350 ft, 3rd highest motorable road in the world. It is the highest salt water Lake in the World, shared by two countries India & China. En route, cross Chang la pass and drive through Durbuk and Tangtse village situated in the Changthang region of Ladakh. On arrival check in to the Camp. Enjoy the turquoise color panoramic lake and the sun set on the banks of lake with magnificent mountains. Stay overnight in Pangong.
Pangong Lake, is an endorheic lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 14,270 ft. The Lake is 134 km long and extends from India to China. Approximately 60 of the lake lies in China. The lake is 5 km wide at its broadest point. The lake freezes completely during winters, despite being saline water. The Lake has no fish or other aquatic life in the lake, except for some small crustaceans, but there are numerous ducks and gulls over and on the lake surface. There is a variety of birds including a number of migratory birds and a number of species of wildlife including the kiang and the Marmot.
Early morning enjoy the picturesque view of Sun rise on the lake. After breakfast drive back to Leh, take a short halt at Changla Pass to enjoy a cup of hot steaming tea. Stay overnight in Leh.
Early morning transfer to Leh airport. Tour ends with sweet memories of Ladakh...