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Duration: 13 Nights / 14 Days
Destinations: LEH / ALCHI / LIKIR / TINGMOSGAM / LAMAYURU / RIDZONG / PHYANG / NUBRA / TSOMORIRI
DAY 01: DELHI
Upon arrival at Delhi, welcome at the airport and transfer to hotel. Later start with a city tour of Old Delhi that includes visit to Jama Masjid, built from red sandstone and white marble, the edifice dominates the skyline of the busy Bazar in central Delhi and is the largest mosque in India. Then visit amazing Red Fort which is located in the center of the city, it was constructed by Shah Jahan in the year 1939. This imposing piece of architecture derives its name from its impregnable red sandstone walls. Also enjoy shopping at the ancient bazaar of Chandni Chowk. Then drive past imposing India Gate, Parliament Buildings and President House. Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 02: DELHI – LEH (BY FLIGHT – 1 ½ hours)
Early morning transfer to Delhi airport to catch flight fot Leh. Upon arrival at Leh airport, meet our representative, transfer to hotel. We recommend you complete relax for the rest of the day to enable yourselves to acclimatize, as high altitude sickness occurs when your body does not adjust due to lack of oxygen at high altitude. In the late afternoon drive to the city centre for an orientation walk in the market and overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 03: LEH
After having breakfast proceed for a full day sightseeing to Thiksey monastery, Hemis monastery and Shey palace. Firstly visit Thiksey monastery which is referred to as ‘Mini Potala’ of India. Settled on the hill top and is home to around 120 monks. With its amazing and iconic architecture, Thiksey is a twelve storied monastery and boasts of 10 shrines and an assembly hall. The monastery houses many stuffs of Buddhist art such as stupas, statues, swords, thangkas (a painting on cotton or silk, depicting Buddhist deity) and wall paintings. In-addition, there is also a nunnery in the monastery complex. After that visit Hemis monastery, situated on a green hill and surrounded by spectacular mountains. It is the largest and most popular monastery in Ladakh. Hemis monastery is a rich treasure house of cultural riches of Ladakh. There is the Hemis museum with cultural artifacts from the past, various Buddhist temples with daily prayers by monks, several gilded statues of various dieties. On the way back visit Shey Palace. The Shey Palace is built up in a very beautiful way and is extended up to 3 floors. The name Shey is translated into Ladakhi that means mirror and it is known as the reflection of the palace. It is famous for its scenic magnificence, palace and monasteries. Return back and overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 04: LEH – ALCHI – LIKIR- TINGMOSGAM (100 KM, 4 HOURS)
After having breakfast proceed to Tingmosgam , on the way visit Alchi monastery that is regarded as one of the most important Buddhist centers and monastic jewels of Ladakh. This Gompa is built in Kashmiri style of architecture. The details of Buddhist culture and the Hindu kings of that time are depicted on the wall paintings in the monastery. Then visit Likir. The monastery got its name as it is believed two serpent spirits –Nanda and Taksako – guard it. The monastery consists of various other shrines inside the monastery complex. This monastery stores the thangka collection, earthen pots, old manuscripts and old costumes. The monastery also has a huge Maitreya Buddha statue which is 23 meters high covered with gold. Continue drive to Tingmosgam, it is a famous village in the sham valley for its nuts, apricots, apples and beautiful houses. Reach Tingmosgam and overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 05: TINGMOSGAM – LAMAYURU – TINGMOSGAM (50 KM, 2 HOURS)
After having breakfast proceed to Lamayuru, the word Lamayuru means eternal in Tibetian language and hence the monastery is known as the eternal one. This monastery houses a rich collection of statues, wall paintings, artifacts, thangkas, carpets and an impressive eleven headed, 1000 eyed image of Chenzing. Lamayuru also attracts tourists for its wonderful landscape which is quite similar to the lunar territory. In the afternoon visit Tingmosgam Gompa and the village. Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 06: TINGMOSGAM – RIDZONG – PHYANG – LEH 100KM, 5 HOURS)
After breakfast, drive to Leh, on the way visit Rizong and Phyang monastery. It is a big complex accommodating a number of sacred shrines inside the monastery complex. These shrines have some exquisite wall paintings, dating back to royal period. Phyang Gompa complex has 900 years old museum. This museum exhibits a rich collection of numerous idols and thangkas besides variety of weapons and firearms of Chinese, Tibetan and Mongolian origin. Then visit the Rizong monastery which was founded by Lama Tsultim Nima and is well known for its high standards of monastic disciplines. To its visitors it gives an impression of a rocky fortress. The monastery is around 72 km from Leh. Later reach Leh and check in at hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 07: LEH – NUBRA ( DISKIT & HUNDER) 130 KMS, 5 HOURS
After having breakfast proceed to Nubra Valley. Known for its orchards, scenic vistas, Bactrian camels and monasteries, it was originally called Ldumra which means the valley of flowers. The Nubra valley lies in the north of Leh and is accessible via Khardungla pass at 5600, making it one of the highest motorable roads in the world. En route visit Diskit and Hundar monastery. Visit Diskit Gompa which is one of the oldest and largest monasteries in Ladakh, standing atop a hill above the plains of Shayok river. The prime attraction of the Diskit monastery is 100 ft high Maitreya Buddha statue, which was inaugurated by holy Dalai Lama. Besides Buddha statue, other attractions in the monastery are the ancient murals and frescoes. From the top of the Gompa, one can have a panoramic view of the Nubra valley. Then take a halt at Hundar monastery which is 8 km from diskit and it is popular for its sparkling silver sand dunes with barren mountains as its backdrop. These sand dunes are home to 200 bactarian camels. Reach Nubra and overnight stay in the camp.
DAY 08: NUBRA VALLEY
After having breakfast visit Panamik, It has hot water springs and a sacred Yarab Tso lake nearby the entrance of the village. The scenic beauty, sulphur springs and the proximity to Siachen glacier make it a must visit destination. In the Afternoon visit Samtaling monastery which is situated in Sumur village. Set amidst picturesque mountains and greens, Samstanling is an acclaimed monastery which exhibits the traditional touch with shades of gold, red and white. Return for overnight stay in camp.
DAY 09: NUBRA – KHARDUNG LA – LEH (130 KM, 5 HOURS)
After having breakfast proceed to Leh. On the way visit the Khardung La Pass, commonly pronounced as Khardzong La, is a very important strategic pass into the Siachen glacier and claims to be the world’s highest motor able pass at an elevation of 5,602 meters. You can feel the pristine air and view the scenic beauty all around. Continue drive to Leh. After arrival at Leh, check in at hotel. Rest of the day is free for shopping and independent activities. Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 10 : LEH – CHUMATHANG – TSOMORIRI (240 KMS, 7 HOURS)
In the morning proceed to Tsomoriri. Stop at Upshi for passport checking. En route visit Chumathang which is famous for the boiling hot sulphur springs by the icy cold Indus river. Visit Sumdah village on the way and another 55 km drive will take you to Tsomoriri, this serene lake is about 4,000 meters above sea level. The Lake is breeding grounds for numerous species of birds. It is 8 Km wide and 28 Km long. This beautiful blue lake is host to a large number of flora and fauna. Dinner and overnight stay in camp.
DAY 11 : TSOMORIRI
In the morning visit Korzok which is a small village situated 3 km from northwest end of Tso Moriri Lake. Korzok means “Middle of the mountain” and it’s an excellent location to enjoy the lake side. There is a 500 year old monastery in korzok. In the afternoon visit Tsomoriri Lake situated inside the Changtang wildlife sanctuary. This lake offers peace and tranquility. The water body measures about 28 km in length from north to south and about 100 feet deep. The lake is surrounded by barren hills, with the backdrop of beautiful snow-covered mountains. Dinner and overnight in camp.
DAY 12 : TSOMORIRI – TSOKAR – TANGLANG LA – LEH 240 KM, 7 HOURS
After having breakfast proceed to Leh via Tsokar Lake, it is situated in the Rupshu Valley at an elevation of over 14,700 ft. It is also known as the White Lake because of the amount of salts that get deposited on the banks of the lake. On the way, visit Puga (natural sulphur mine), then drive through Tanglang La Pass at 17,585ft, it is like the gateway to Leh. As one drives through this high motorable pass, scenic views on both sides to make journey wonderful. Reach Leh and Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 13: LEH – DELHI ( BY FLIGHT 1 ¼ HOURS)
Early morning transfer to Leh airport to catch flight for Delhi. Arrival at Delhi airport and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day is free to visit Delhi on your own or for shopping. Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 14 : DELHI
Transfer to airport to catch flight for onward destination.