Tour Name:

Diversity of Ladakh

Duration:

6 Nights / 7 Days

Destinations:

Leh - Shay - Thiksay - Hemis - Stock - Alchi- Lamayuru - Nubra - Leh

Detailed itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Leh (Sankar gompa, Shanti stupa)

Upon arrival at Leh Airport you will met by The representative and transfer to hotel day at leisure to acclimatize.

Later in the afternoon, guided sightseeing tour visiting the Sanker Gompa, which is towards the north of the Town, it has an impressive). Later visit Shanti Stupa, The Japanese for World Peace built the Shanti Stupa, at Changspa, on the hilltop, and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985. Its state of the art work attracts a lot of tourists to Ladakh and is spectacular to watch. From there one can see the nice spectacular view of Leh town. Overnight stay at hotel in Leh

Leh City :The capital of Ladakh, at one time was a major stop on the Asian "Silk Route". A stroll along the main bazaar, observing the varied crowd and peering into the curio shops, is an entrancing experience. Chang Gali, behind the main bazaar is less bustling but has intriguing little shops selling curios and jewelry like pearls, turquoise, coral, malachite, lapis and many other kinds of semi-precious stones, as well as curiously carved Yak-horn boxes, quaint brass locks, china or metal bowls etc.

Day 2: Leh Excursion to Shey, Thiksey, Hemis, Stok

Today we proceed for Indus Valley monastery tour. We start with a visit to Sheythe ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue.

Then we visit Thiksey Gompa an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future. Drive further to visit the famous Hemis Gompafounded in 1630's by Stag-tsang-ras-pa under the royal patronage of Sengge Namgyal.

Hemis is one of the largest and richest gompas of Ladakh. The two-day festival of monastic dance in June-July has raised the reputation of Hemis particularly high. The festival is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as second Buddha and responsible for spreading Buddhism in the Tibetan world.

Stok palace; which is currently a museum was built in 1840 to house the Ladakhi royal family after the Dogra army had exiled them. Later in the evening we drive back Overnight stay at hotel in Leh

Day 3: Leh – Alchi (Via Phayang, Likir & Basgo)

After breakfast we drive to Phayang, Located 22 Kms from Leh. The monastery is remarkably built on the hilltop, similar to the Likir monastery. This monastery belongs to the Degungpa order. And we drive further to Likir and visit Likir gompasituated atop a windy cliff top overlooking the beautiful village of Likir.

It was founded in the 12th Century although the present construction dates back to the 18th century as the original one was destroyed by fire. In its courtyard is a yellow-colored 3 storey high mammoth statue of the Lord Buddha, which was constructed by a resident monk. The top floor has an impressive museum containing old tangkhas and weapons used many centuries back.

Basgo, The seat of power of a branch of the Namgyal family. It is here in 1680 A.D. that invading Mongol and Tibetan armies were held in check over a three year long siege. Original 16th century murals and other parts of Basgo are well worth a visit.

Then we drive and cross the River Indus and reach Alchi, Ladakh's most loved monastery. Over a century old, its wall paintings are very similar to those of the Tabo gompa in Spiti, Himachal Pradesh. Unlike other monasteries, which are usually on a cliff top or cling to a mountainside, Alchi is at ground level and is nestled in the shade of a garden. Overnight stay at Camp

Day 4:Alchi - Lamayuru – Leh

After breakfast start early morning drive to Lamayuru its also called as sham. Lamayuru Gompa The oldest holy site in Ladakh, it was a bon shrine prior to the advent of Buddhism. Also known as Yung Drung (Swastika) it is sited on a high promontory overlooking the village and valley. For sheer spectacle value no other Gompa can match Lamayuru. Continue drive to Leh Overnight stay at the Hotel

Day5 : Leh - Nubra (126 km) (42OOm/ 5-6hrs. Drive)

After breakfast drive to Nubra Valley the road to the Nubra Valley goes through the highest motorable pass in the world at Khardungla La (5602m) The Pass is almost permanently covered in fog and snow,

On arrival in the Nubra valley Nubra means green used to be on the trading roué connecting Tibet with Turkistan, and was the navy of Turkistan which invaded it several times. Also known as the Valley of flowers, Nubra has always been well cultivated and fertile, with the best climate in Ladakh, so grains and fruit, such as apples and apricots, have always been plentiful. Ninety per cent of Nubra's population is Buddhist.

Nubra's very known monastery, Samstaling is situated on the mountainside just above Sumur. This was the route taken by the trade caravans, and Panamik, the last village on this circuit, was at that time a busy centre, the last major settlement before the caravans plunged into the mountains of the Karakoram and the Kun-Lu. Here they invariable halted for a few days to make final preparations for getting over the mountains, or to recuperate afterwards. There would be no supplies, not even grazing for the animals, for about 12 days after Panamik, so they had to carry all their provisions for that time. The Government maintained a granary to sell food grains for the men, and even for the horses. Overnight stay at the Camp.

Day 6: Nubra - Leh

After breakfast drive to Leh over the Khardungla pass. On arrival check in hotel. Rest of the evening at leisure or one can explore the beauty of Leh on their own

Overnight stay at hotel in Leh

Day 7: Depart Leh

In the morning transfer to the airport to board the flight for your onward destination

Hotel envisaged: Leh:The Grand Dragon / The Kaal, Ladakh Sarai Resort, Noble House / Leh Meadows guest house

Alchi: Uley ethnic resort / Eco leaf camp / Niranjana guest house Nubra: Mystique meadows camp / Samstaling guest house

The Above Itinerary Includes:
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis listed below or similar on full board basis.
  • All meals
  • Assistance upon arrival at Leh airport
  • Return airport and round trip transfers along with all sightseeing tours by non-a/c Innova or Scorpio.
  • All monuments fee
  • Currently applicable taxes and service charges
Not included in the package:
  • Domestic and International airfares
  • Any Guide
  • Any increase in Indian taxes or services charges
  • Camera, video and movie camera fees
  • Tips/gratuities
  • Any item of a personal nature, such as alcoholic beverages, telephone calls, laundry, mineral water, etc. Personal or medical insurance
  • Any charges incurred as a result of delays – beyond our control
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