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Splendour Ladakh Tour
Duration: 8 Nights / 9 Days
Destinations: LEH / ALCHI / TINGMOSGARN / LAMAYURU / TSOMORIRI LAKE
DAY 01 : ARRIVAL LEH
Upon arrival at Leh airport, meet our local 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 the high altitude. In the late afternoon drive to down town for an orientation walk in the market and overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 02 : LEH
In the morning proceed to Thiksey and Hemis monasteries. Visit the 600 years old Thiksey monastery which is the most beautiful monastery in Ladakh, the 12-storey complex is considered one of the finest examples of Ladakhi art and architecture. Perched atop a hill slope, it is a stunning sight as you get closer to it and offers a beautiful view of the Indus Valley below it. Then take a halt at Hemis monastery, built in 1630 it is the biggest and very richly endowed monastery of Ladakh. A copper gilded statue of Lord Buddha can be seen along with various stupas that are said to be made of precious metals like gold and silver inside the monastery. On the way back visit Shey Palace which is located beside Indus River and is around 15 km from leh. It is one of the ancient palaces in Leh. Return to Leh and overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 03: 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 also as the 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 04 : TINGMOSGAM – LAMAYURU – TINGMOSGARN (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, artifacts, thangkas, wall paintings, 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 05 : TINGMOSGAM – RIZONG – PHYANG – LEH (100KM, 5 HOURS)
After having breakfast, drive to Leh, 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, 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 06 : 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. These springs are considered curative. 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 plays host to a large number of flora and fauna. Dinner and overnight stay in camp.
DAY 07 : TSOMORIRI
In the morning visit Korzok which is a small village situated 3 km from northwest end of the Tso Moriri Lake. Korzok means “Middle of the mountain” and it’s an excellent location to enjoy the lake side. There is about 500 years old monastery at korzok. In the afternoon visit Tsomoriri Lake located 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 ft deep. The lake is surrounded by barren hills, with the backdrop of beautiful snow-covered mountains. Dinner and overnight in camp.
DAY 08 : 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 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 Taklang 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 are likely to make the journey wonderful and then visit Rumtse. Reach Leh and Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 09 : DEPARTURE LEH
Early morning transfer to Leh airport to catch flight for onward destination.