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North India’s Ladakh is a mountainous area known as the “land of high mountain passes.” The major city of Leh is located 3500 metres above sea level, tucked away in the Ladakh, Karakoram, and Zanskar mountain ranges. Ladakh is renowned for its secluded mountain grandeur, dotted with stupas and monasteries. Ladakh is frequently referred to as “Little Tibet” because of its closeness to Tibet and its close ties to Tibetan culture.
Our tour representative will greet you when you arrive in Leh and help you with a hassle-free transfer to the pre-arranged hotel. Complete the hotel check-in procedures, then spend the remainder of the day relaxing. Taking a rest for a day is a necessary thing to do in Ladakh to get familiar with the high-altitude place. Also, it is advisable to keep yourself hydrated.
After resting in the hotel for the day, visit the Shanti Stupa in the evening for a peaceful retreat. This beautiful white dome-shaped Buddhist Stupa is a popular tourist attraction in Leh. The Chanspa Stupa, situated atop a slope, provides a breathtaking sunset view. From the hilltop, you can also take in a comprehensive perspective of Leh. Then explore the famous Leh market, an ideal place to buy Buddhist masks, prayer wheels, Thangka paintings and woollen items like Pashmina shawls, gloves, sweaters and more. After exploration, go back to your hotel and have dinner.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
Start the day by munching a delicious breakfast and then drive towards the west of Leh to visit the Alchi Monastery. En route, halt near Magnetic Hill, one of the must-visit places in Ladakh. Located on the Leh-Kargil highway, Magnetic Hill is famous for its anti-gravity phenomenon. Also, visit the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar Rivers at Nimu, a popular spot for white water rafting in Ladakh. Then continue to the Alchi Monastery.
Built sometime back in 990 A.D., the monastery is famous for magnificent and well-preserved wall paintings created in the 11th- or 12th century in Indo-Himalayan style. The monastery is located in the scenic Alchi village on the bank of the river Indus. After walking on the village pathway and exploring the ancient monastery, head back to Leh. En route, visit the Hall of Fame. The Indian army set up this museum in honour of the Indian soldiers martyred in the Indo-Pakistan war. After exploration, go back to your hotel and have dinner.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
On the day three morning of the tour, get ready to visit Nubra Valley, one of the most popular destinations in Ladakh. Have your breakfast and leave by road for Nubra Valley via Khardongla Pass. This is considered the highest motorable pass in the world at an altitude of 18360 ft. On arrival at Nubra valley, check in at the pre-booked hotel or deluxe camp as per your preferred itinerary.
Nubra valley is like a wonderland of sparkling dunes overlooked by snow-covered mountains. Its mystic beauty places Nubra valley among the top tourist destinations in Ladakh. In the evening, take a camel safari in Nubra Valley. Next, explore Hunder, the site of white dunes on the back of a double-humped camel found only in Nubra valley. Again, this is among the top tourist activities in Ladakh. After the enjoyment, return to your hotel/camp and have dinner.
After breakfast, check out from the hotel or camp and start for the Pangong Lake at 14,500 ft., through Shyok River. Before beginning the Pangong journey, you will visit on the way the Diskit Monastery, one of the most famous and oldest monasteries in Ladakh.
Later drive the most adventurous journeys that cover a distance of 274 km in about 8 hours. Enjoy the views of towering mountains during the trip from Nubra Valley to Pangong Lake. On arrival at Pangong, check in at the camp and get delighted in the sheer bliss of nature. Witness the change of colour of Pangong Lake and the unmatched beauty of the sunset over the lake. Finally, enjoy overnight camping at Pangong, the best camping site in Ladakh.
Wake up to the heavenly beauty at the chirping of the birds and come out of your camp to enjoy stunning views of the sunrise over the lake. Thereafter, have your breakfast and drive back to Leh via Changala Pass. En route, visit Hemis and Thikshey, two of the most famous monasteries in Ladakh.
Thiksey Gompa is one of the most beautiful monasteries in Ladakh. The 12-story monastery located on a hilltop resembles the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. The monastery houses a valuable collection of Buddhist books, scripts, Thangka paintings, stupas, statues, and swords. Then visit the Hemis Monastery, one of the largest monasteries in India, where the famous musk festival in Ladakh is celebrated. After exploration, you will return to Leh and check-in at the hotel, followed by dinner.
Today is the last day of the tour. In the morning, enjoy your breakfast and get escorted to Kushok Bakula airport to catch a flight for your onward journey.