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  1. Ladakh | Monasteries, Cold Desert & High Passes

    15 Days/ 14 Nights

    Under Rs 2,000

    Per person per night

    Spectacularly jagged, arid mountains enfold this magical Buddhist kingdom. Picture-perfect gompas (Tibetan Buddhist monasteries) dramatically crown rocky outcrops next to fluttering prayer flags and whitewashed stupas, while prayer wheels spun clockwise release merit-making mantras. Gompa interiors are a riot of golden Buddhas and intricately colorful murals and home to red-robed monks. It's a little corner of Tibet marooned in the furthest reaches of India. Ladakh is most famous for breathtaking landscapes, the crystal clear skies, the highest mountain passes, thrilling adventure activities, Buddhist Monasteries, and festivals.

    Amongst the top attractions of the Ladakh are the Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, Tsomoriri Lake, Region of Kargil & Drass, and a number of Buddhist Monasteries like Hemis and Thiksey along with unsurpassed trekking trails. Ladakh, sometimes referred to as Little Tibet, is popular with tourists because it is home to one of the purest remaining examples of Tibetan Buddhist culture. Visitors come to see a preindustrial culture, tour the Buddhist monasteries, and take in the dramatic mountain vistas. Ladakh was an important crossroads on the ancient silk route trade, strategically located.


    BEST TIME TO VISIT:
    Access by surface routes starts opening by the months from mid-April onwards till Mid October. Though May to mid-September is considered to be the best season to enjoy the stunning beauty of the landscape of Ladakh.

    Ladakh is also a winter destination accessible by flights throughout the year. There are now nice centrally heated hotels in Leh & Kargil town. However, most trips will revolve around these accommodations.


    ACCESS BY ROAD & FLIGHT
    The two roads into the area from outside are the Zoji-La Pass via Kargil from Srinagar District from the Kashmir Valley and the high altitude Manali-Leh Highway from Himachal Pradesh. The Manali-Leh road is open only from May or June to October / November when snow is clear from several passes. The Srinagar-Leh road is open from April to November /December and is generally blocked by snow through the winter only at Zoji La Pass. Roads within Ladakh, except for Zanskar, are open all year round. Khardungla Pass to Nubra can get closed by snow for several days in winter and spring. Chang-La pass to Pangong Lake rarely closes.


    Permits and Borders
    Permits are required for all tourists to visit the "Inner Line" areas, i.e. Nubra Valley; Pangong Lake and the Durbuk Block that it lies in (i.e. north of the Changla Pass); Tso-Moriri and Tsokar Lakes and the area along the Indus River east of Upshi; and Dha-hanu and the area along the Indus River northwest of Khalatse. No special permit is required to visit most of Ladakh, including Leh and Kargil towns.
    Permits are not available for foreigners to go to the far reaches of each of the above-named areas close to the borders (or Line of Control, etc.) with Pakistan and China. For example, foreigners can go to the edge of Pangong Lake and Maan and Merak villages, but not along the edge of it to Phobrang or Chushul villages; they cannot proceed east up the Indus from the Mahe Bridge; and in Nubra, they can only go as far as Panamik to the north and Turtuk to the west.
    There are no border crossings open between Ladakh and neighboring regions of Tibet (under China).





     

    Monasteries, Cold Desert & High Passes

    Karakoram, Zanskar & Himalayan Ranges

    Enchanting Walks & Hikes in Supernatural Landscapes

    NO OF DAYS/ NIGHTS: 15 Days/ 14 Nights

    Highlights of the Journey:

    * Visits & short Hikes to hidden Ancient Monasteries.
    * Ladakhi wetlands along the Indus.
    * Arid Moon Landscape of Lamayuru.
    * Rich Ladakhi heritage
    * Talk by Tibetan Medicine doctor popularly known as “Amchi”.
    * Meeting monks and yogis.
    * Culinary Journeys in remote locations.
    * Crossing High Mountain passes.
    * Awe striking azure lakes.
    * Yoga & meditation sessions

    DAY

    SKETCH ITINERARY

    MEALS

    01

    Arrive Delhi

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    02

    New Delhi City Tour

    Breakfast, Langer(Lunch) at Gurudwara & Dinner

    03

    Flight to Leh

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    04

    Short Walks to Shey, Thikse & Stakna Monasteries

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    05

    Hike to Rumbak Village, Land of Snow Leopards

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    06

    Hike to Sumda Chun Monastery/ Visit Alchi Monastery

    Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner

    07

    Moon Landscapes near Lamayuru Monastery / Hike to Wanla through Gorge

     Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    08

    Cold Desert of Nubra Valley / Sand Dunes & Bactrian Double Humped Camels

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    09

    Walks Around 600 Year Old Ensa Monastery & Hidden Yarab Tso Lake

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    10

    Spectacular Day Trek to High Meadows in the Great Himalayan Range

     Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    11

     Magnificent Drive Along the River Shyok to the Pangong Lake

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    12

    Nomadic Village High Grassland Lake Walk Hike

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    13

    Hike between 2 Monasteries / Meditate and interact with the Monks

     Breakfast,  Lunch, Dinner

    14

    Leh Town Heritage Walk

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    15

    Flight to Delhi / International Flight Back Home

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner



    DETAILED ITINERARY (14 NIGHTS/ 15 DAYS)



    Day 1: Arrive Delhi

    You will be greeted with a warm reception at the Delhi International airport and transferred to your hotel. Your rooms will be on hold on an immediate occupancy basis. Overnight at the hotel

    Meal: Nil



    DAY 2: New Delhi City Tour

    * Drive through the Lutyens City

    * Visit a Sikh temple – Gurudwara Bangla Sahib

    * Visit Humayun’s Tomb

    * Transfer to the hotel. Overnight at Hotel

     

    Meals: Breakfast, Langer (Lunch) at Gurudwara, Dinner 






    Day 3: Flight to Leh

    Transfer to the airport for an early morning flight to Leh. All flights to Leh depart early starting from 0530 Hrs till 1030 Hrs. It’s a short flight of around 1:30 Hrs. 

    Arrive Leh and transfer to the hotel

    People start feeling the effect of high altitude after 3000 M altitude. Leh is situated at an altitude of 3500 M above sea level, therefore, this is recommended to have a complete rest on the day of arrival if flying directly to Leh. Effects of low oxygen levels: Low oxygen levels and a decrease in air pressure can be harmful to people who suffer from asthma, respiratory problems, and for senior citizens. It may get difficult for them to breathe. Everyone arriving in Leh by air has to keep a day free to simply acclimatize. Proper rest must be taken every day. Enough sleep, good food, and no exertion will help your body get used to the heights, and low oxygen.

     

    Breakfast will be served in the hotel. Rest and sleep ate highly recommended.

    Post lunch, we will drive for a short sightseeing and walking tour near the town Return to the hotel. The evening’s highlight will be a short meditation session in our magnificent yoga room with a great view of the Himalayan range. 

    Dinner and overnight in Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 







    Day 4: Short Walks in & Around Leh

    TODAY’S EXPERIENCE - Centuries palace and monasteries, breathtaking walk along the river and Ladakhi village, a great culinary experience, introduction to ancient science of Tibetan Medicine.

    HIGHLIGHTS

    * Early morning yoga and meditation session. 
    * 16th Century AD Monasteries
    * Ladakh’s biggest chorten fields
    * Outdoor barbeque lunch.
    * Visit a Tibetan Medicine Doctor. 
    * Return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Hotel

     

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 






    Day 5: Hike to a Ladakhi Village within the National Park

    TODAY’S EXPERIENCE - A magical drive across the River Indus, A great walk-in the wilderness, Lunch in traditional Ladakhi house, Beautiful Spituk monastery. 


    HIGHLIGHTS

    Yoga and meditation session. 

    Walking / Hiking for 4 hours on a beautiful trail towards a Ladakhi village situated within the national park at an altitude of 4000m. It is home to a rich diversity of wildlife such as snow leopards, Tibetan wolves, blue sheep, Asiatic ibex, Ladakh urial, and more.

    Experiential lunch in a local traditional Ladakhi house.  

    Return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 








    Day 6: Hike to a 1000-year-old Monastery

    TODAY’S EXPERIENCE - A beautiful drive and a great walk today to the One-thousand-year-old monasteries, a great luxury resort with a magical view of the River Indus.

    HIGHLIGHT

    * Yoga and meditation session.
    * A beautiful confluence of rivers
    * Willow groves 
    * One thousand year monastery
    * Walkthrough a gorge 
    * Unique style and workmanship of a monastery complex built between 958 and 1055. 
    * Check into the hotel. Dinner and overnight in the hotel after a great day of the walk and a visiting century-old culture

     

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 







    Day 7: Hikes in Moon Landscapes through Gorge

    TODAY’S EXPERIENCE - Beautiful landscape with the moonscape crater view, a majestic monastery. Fabulous trek.

    HIGHLIGHTS

    * Visit a Tibetan Buddhist oldest surviving monastery 
    * Hike over a 3700 meters pass - a magical walk through a gorge
    * Check into the hotel. Dinner and overnight in the hotel after a great day of the hike and a visiting century-old monastery and culture

     

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 






    The Nubra Valley

     is referred to as the “Valley of Flowers” in the Tibetan culture. The Shyok River meets the Nubra or Siachen River to form a large valley that separates the Ladakh and Karakoram Ranges. The deep-cut Shayok and Nubra River Valleys offer tremendous scenery on a grand scale, with green oasis villages surrounded by thrillingly stark scree slopes, and harsh arid mountains, strongly reminiscent of Pakistan's Northern Areas. Permits are required by foreigners.



    Day 8: Cold Desert of Nubra Valley / Sand Dunes & Bactrian Double Humped Camels

    TODAY’S EXPERIENCE - Experience thin air at the 5370 meters,  dramatic walk to the dunes in the high cold desert of the world, walk along the river at Hundar

    HIGHLIGHTS

    * Khardungla Pass at 5370 meters (highest motorable road in the world).
    * Famous Sand dunes, Bactrian camels
    * The Death River
    * A 550-year-old monastery belonging to Gelugpa monastery.
    * Dinner and overnight in the hotel after an impressive  day 

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

    Overnight at Hotel (Nubra Valley)




    Day 9: Walks around 600 years Old Monastery & Hidden lake

    TODAY’S EXPERIENCE - A great secluded monastery, a great view, and lunch served at this spectacular location. A sacred lake hidden the hills.

    HIGHLIGHTS

    * Stunning view of the valley among hundreds of stupas
    * Remote 600-year-old Ensa Monastery
    * Fabulous valley views. 
    * Willow and poplar trees.
    * A spectacular tiny lake hidden in the small rolling hills
    * Check into the hotel. Dinner and overnight in the hotel after a grand explorations 

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 






    Day 10: Spectacular Day Trek to High Meadows in the Great Himalayan range 

    TODAY’S EXPERIENCE - A spectacular trek in the Great Himalayan range showcasing beautiful meadows with a variety of wildflowers along Hundar River upstream 

    HIGHLIGHTS

    * Beautiful meadows
    * Variety of wildflowers
    * Families of local shepherds
    * Yaks, sheep and cows grazing

    Check into the hotel. Dinner and overnight in the hotel after a magnificent trek 

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 








    Stunning  Pangong Lake 

    Stretching around 150km (with the eastern two-thirds in Tibet), this mesmerizing lake plays an artist with a surreal palette of vivid colors – from Caribbean-style turquoise to leaden grey, depending on the light – contrasting magically with the surrounding khaki swirls of arid, snow-brushed mountains. 





    Day 11: Magnificent drive along the River Shyok  to the Pangong Lake 

    TODAY’S EXPERIENCE - Stunning drive over stunning Changla pass. Meetings with the monks at Chemdrey and Trakthok monasteries 

    HIGHLIGHTS

    After a timely breakfast, we start our car journey towards Pangong Lake. We will drive along the Shyok river, for the most part, today, the view will be rewarding, en-route we will enjoy picnic lunch at a  lovely location of a pristine gurgling stream. 

    After 4 hours of driving, we will be at the magnificently beautiful Pangong Lake. We will drive another hour or more along the lake to reach our camp at Mann village. 

    Post settling down, we go for a gentle walk along the lake, sit quietly in a secluded location, and meditate to the glory of the sunset.

    Dinner and overnight in the hotel after a great drive 

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 






    Day 12: Nomadic Village High Grassland Lake Walk Hike

    TODAY’S EXPERIENCE - A great walk, spectacular scenery of the highest salt-water lake in the world and close up encounter with the nomads

    HIGHLIGHTS

    Sunrise at the lake 

    Five hours of hike 

    High Grassland Lake located at an altitude of 14,270 ft (4,350m) the highest salt-water lake in the world. The lake, it is believed, changes its color 4 – 5 times a day making it a spectacular visit. The plains and valleys of Ladakh(and Tibet) were once the land of nomads. Of course, with ever-changing times, nomads settled down in clusters that ultimately led to the small hamlets as we now see. There still remains, however, a precious few who have continued their nomadic lifestyle. Our walk gives a glimpse of the nomadic village, with small tent homes, herds of animals nearby and gives you a glimpse into their lives. Spend some time interacting with people here to get to know more about their routine and seasonal travels across the valley in search of greener pastures and trade.

    Dinner and overnight in the hotel after a great hiking day.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 









    Day 13: Hike to Monasteries / Meditate and interact with the Monks

    TODAY’S EXPERIENCE - Visit to 2 rarely visited monasteries. A great drive over 5360 M

    HIGHLIGHTS

    * Hike for 10kms
    * Meditate and interact with the monks.
    * Dinner and overnight in the hotel after a great hiking day.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 







    Day 14: Leh Town Heritage Walk

    HIGHLIGHTS 

    * Leh Palace constructed in 1600
    * Heritage walking tour 
    * Old Town of Leh
    * After a great visit to Leh town, we drive back to our hotel. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 




    Day 15: Flight to Delhi / International flight back home

    Arrive Delhi and transfer to the hotel. Since May - September is hot months in Delhi, we take this day a bit easy. Enjoy the luxuries of the modern 5 Star hotel and relax after an amazing trip to Ladakh. 

    Delhi is also a modern city and has great luxurious malls next door. In the evening, we visit a mall offering great deals on international and Indian brands. Perhaps you would like to pick up some Indian souvenirs, dresses for friends and families and 

    Post farewell dinner, transfer to the international airport for flight back home 

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

     

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