Ladakh is certainly a marvel of supernatural landscapes. It is indeed very difficult to find a geographical location that equals the splendor and majesty of this wordless world. Apart from landscapes, Ladakh serves as a popular pilgrimage site for many Buddhists and Muslims and even for Sikhs. Hemis, Thiksey, hey, Likir, Alchi and Spitnuk are some major Monasteries of Leh which are built centuries ago to commemorate Lord Buddha. Shanit Stupa is another major Monastery near to Leh. Pather Sahib on the other hand is a major pilgrimage site for Sikhs which was built in memory of Guru Nanak who visited the region in 15th century to spread the knowledge about Sikhs and the religion.
Other jewels embellished to the valley of Ladkah are the Indus, Zanskar, Nubra and Siachin Rivers that adds to the scintillating beauty to the snow deserts. No matter in which direction you drive to, you will be accompanied by these whimsical rivers everywhere you go in the region. In the silent deserts, roaring rivers add life and charm. Besides, the Valley of Ladakh is known for many high altitude Lakes including the stunning Pangong Lake which is a large salt water Lake and sprawls till China from India. The lake changes its color 4 to 5 times in a day. The Lake lies on the Sino-Indian Line of Actual Control and hence requires an Inner Line Permit to go there. The Lake do not support major aquatic life but serve as a meeting point for many migratory birds.
Talking of birds, Ladakh is no less than a treasure of wildlife. Snow Leopard and other rare species of wild animals are found here in Ladakh. The Hemis National Park is one National park to quench your wilderness thirst. Not only this, Ladakh is also home to the second coldest inhabited destination in the world Drass. Situated at a short distance from Kargil, this small village has a record of experiencing a temperature dip -65℃. Chilly isn’t it. Well, you would not want to go there in such freezing weather but summers are definitely is a good time.
Day 01: Delhi - Leh
As you board your flight from Delhi to Leh, start speculating about the amazing Ladakh and its beauty. Upon arrival, check into the hotel with an assistance of our tour representative. Get acclimatized with the air pressure and weather of the region to avoid any health issue. In the afternoon, visit Shanti stupa, a true Buddhist architectural gem. Use the evening to scout local markets. Overnight stay is at the hotel.
Day 2: Leh - Spituk - Pather Sahib – Leh
On day 2 you will be driving towards Spituk Monastery after your breakfast. The Monastery in the closer vicinity of Leh at just a distance of 8 kms was built in the 11th century by Od-de. Next visit Pathar Sahib, a famous Gurudwar built in memory of Guru Nanak, who visited the region in 15th century to spread the Sikh religion. Next visit to famous Magnetic Hill situated Leh-Kargil-Srinagar Highway at an altitude of 11,000 feet above sea level.
Day 3: Leh - Pangong Lake
On day 3, visit the mesmerizing Pangong Lake. The lake is situated at a distance of 135 kms from the main city. On your journey to Pangong Lake, you will cross the famous Changla Pass which is located at an altitude of 17,500 feet. . On your way to Pangong, you would be crossing Durbuk and Tangtse village. By afternoon, you would be reaching one of the most wonderful lakes of India, the Pangong Lake. Don’t be surprised by the nature’s bliss on this Lake as it looks no less than a movie set up on an unreal location. In the evening return to Leh for an overnight stay.
Day 4: Leh - Khardungla Pass
On day 4, begin your drive towards Khardung La Pass, world’s highest mototrable road in the world at n average altitude of 18, 360 feet. Later in the day, visit the place where Indus River and Zanskar confluence at the point. Later visit Magnetic Hill and the Thiksey Monastery which houses the giant statue of Maitreya Buddha. Spend evening indulging in leisure acitivities and exploring the market. Return to the hotel and spend the night at the hotel comfortably.
Day 5: Monasteries and Palaces
Day 5 is booked for sightseeing around Leh exploring the rich culture and heritage of Leh. At first start by visiting Thiksey Gompa, one of the most spectacular monasteries in Ladakh. Next, drive towards Shey Palace-- an old summer palace of the erstwhile rulers of Leh and Hemis Monastery- probably the richest Gompa in Leh. Now that your spiritual tour is over, drive towards the Stok Palace Museum which is a home to royal artifacts and other items. Later, return to your hotel and stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 6: Leh - Departure
This is the last day of your incredible Ladakh tour. Drive towards the airport early in the morning. On reaching, board your flight and carry on with your onward journey.