This is more a tailored itinerary. But it visits every single attraction of the region. It includes about a half dozen of deep Himalayan valleys, series of amazing famous monasteries, lakes, dunes, high passes etc.
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Arrival at International Airport
Arrival greetings and transfer to Hotel at Delhi. Rest of the day rest.
Delhi to Leh-Ladakh
In time transfer to Delhi’s Domestic Airport to connect flight to Leh. Meeting assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel for check-in. Mysterious dust covered LEH is located on the fertile side of the Indus valley, about 10 kms from the river. Encircled by stark awe-inspiring mountains with the cold desert beyond. It is the nearest experiences of Tibet in India. Leh has developed from a trading post and market, attracting a wide variety of merchants from Yarkand, Kashgar, Kashmir, Tibet and North India. Full day at leisure for acclimatization to the high altitude.
Leh to Nubra Valley, Visit Diskit and Hundar
DISKIT VILLAGE AND MONASTERY: lunch can explore beautiful village of Hunder with a Visit Diskit Monastery.Visit Sand Dunes. Bactrian Camel ride. Visit high altitude cold desert and Sand Dunes to enjoy a Bactrian Camel ride (Double humped camel). Return and over night in camp. The central part of Nubra Valley. Driving 30 Kms further takes to Khalsar Bridge. Deskit can be approached by driving parallel to Shyok River for 20 Kms. From historical and touristic point of view, Deskit is famous for 515-years-old Buddhist monastery, located magnificently on a hilltop facing the entire Valley.
HUNDER VILLAGE AND CAMEL RIDE : where one can get to see a few double-humped, hairy, Bactrian camels. Optional Enjoy camels ride around the sand dunes of Hunder. Later drive back to the camp or hotel. This double hump Bactrian camels are the left over’s of the merchants of great silk route trade.
Drive to Turtuk
Drive to Turtuk, one of the most beautiful villages of Ladakh explore the village. O/N at Turtuk. (80 km) Drive to Turtuk about 4000 residents, inhabited by ethnic Muslims, a few kilometres from the ‘line of control’ (the de facto border) between India and Pakistan, on the Indian side Until 1971 a part of Baltistan, shared strong economic and cultural ties with Tibet. The residents speak Baltistani, and had a nice ring to it. The Muslim town on the edge of India’s border, sounded exotic, romantic – almost it is a beautiful village located in Nubra tehsil of Leh district in Jammu and Kashmir state. Located at 205 KM from Leh city and can be reached via Khardung la – Nubra valley route, the drive to Turtuk in Ladakh with the turquoise blue Shyok amid sky high snow clad peaks is worth every bit.Turtuk is the last village up to which travel permits are issued to visitors in Nubra Valley of the Ladakh region in the Himalayan state of Jammu and Kashmir in India. The village of Turtuk is located at an altitude of around ( 9,846 feet) above sea-level (3001 m) and is inhabited by the Balti people of Tibetan decent, there are beautiful places, and the people there are very nice.
Drive from Turtuk to Nubra Valley
Samstanling monastery: Samstanling monastery is a modern monastery found in late 18th cent by lama Tsultim Nima. Belong to the Rizong monastery and all rules of a monastic life is strictly followed here.
Pnamik hot spring: is 42 km away from Diskit village and has hot spring. Hundreds of people visit every month to have bath in the hot spring as it is believed to have medicinal values in the hot boiling sulphure water.
Drive from Nubra Valley to Pangong lake
It’s a short cut and a beautiful route. You also save a day in your tour. Nubra Valley Agham –Shyok Village – Durbuk – Tangste – Pangong Tso ( Lukung). In future this route may be mostly used by tourists interested to reach Pangong Tso directly from Nubra Valley. and the village of Tangtse which has an ancient temple. Finally we will reach the amazing Pangong Tso, one of the largest lakes of the Himalayas, with 6 kilometers at its widest and over 130 kilometers long. Pangong Lake also makes the border with Tibet.
Rest Day in Pangong Lake
Today after breakfast we will take a short trek to man village along the Pangong Lake. After lunch take rest gazing the lake.
Pangong to Leh via Changla Pass:150 km
After hot breakfast we Drive back to leh (150 kms – 5 hrs) via changla, Changla Pass is ( the third highest pass of the world) through durbuk valley we proceed to leh, on the pass a lot of scenery amazing view which will end up delighting you more.
Visit Chemday, Takthok and Hemis Monastery. 45 km
CHEMDREY MONASTERY: which was erected by the great Buddhist guru Lama Taktsang Repa in Ladakh (44 km from Leh). This festival marks the victory of good over the evil. The 28th and 29th day of the ninth month of Tibetan calendar marks the beginning of this festival.
TAKTHAK VISIT MONASTERY: and meditation cave in side of the monastery rock roof of cave on the way back visit Chamday monastery and Takthok Monastery is a Buddhist monastery in Sakti village in Ladakh, northern India, located approximately 46 kilometres east of Leh. The name Takthok, literally meaning ‘rock-roof’ was named because both its roof as well as walls are made up of rock. It belongs to the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddist.
HEMIS MONASTERY: situated at about 50kms southeast of leh in steep side gorge at the base of the stok mountain range. It is perhaps the most famous and richest gonpa in Ladakh. It was founded in 1630AD by Lama Stag Tsang Raspa under the patronage of king Singey Namgyal. It has a famous festival Hemis Tsechu in the 5th month of Tibetan calendar and is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava. It belongs to the Drugpa ‘Red Hat’ order of the kargyudpa sect. It has a huge impressive 12m tall Guru padmasambhava image in one of the temple room, completed recently about 20 years back. It also contains the world’s biggest Thanka that is unfurled once in every 12 year. The successive reincarnations of Lama Stag Tsang Raspa act as the the head or the Skushok of the gonpa. Overnight in Sakti village.
Visit Stakna, Matho, Thiksay and Shey Monasteries
THIKSEY GOMPA: 19 Kms from Leh, spectacularly sited, Thiksey is one of the largest and architecturally most impressive Gompas. There are several temples in this Gompas, containing images, stupas and wall paintings of Buddha, which are exquisite.
SHEY PALACE AND GOMPA: Situated on a hillock 15 Kms upstream from Leh, it was once the residence of the royal family. According to tradition, it was the seat of power of the pre-Tibetan kinds. A 7.5 mts high copper statue of Buddha, plated with gold and the largest of its kind, is installed here.
MATHO GOMPA. The matho gompa is the largest monastery belong to saskya sect of Tibetan bhudism founded in the 14th cent.The monastery has a huge collection of art and antiques besides the old shrines.
STAKNA GOMPA: Stakna gompa is 24 kmmaway from leh.This monastery is naothet fine example of lodruk kargue sect of Tibetan bhudism.Well known for its amazing paintings and wall hangings.Stakna means tiger nose. The cliff where the monastery is found is look like a tiger nose.
Drive to Tsomoriri via Chumathang (altitude 4245m/ 245km)
The morning drive to Tsomoriri via Chhumathang which is situated at an altitude of 245 km. The water is salty and clear and on the south west bank of the lake is Karzok village, en route pass through the snow clad mountain ranges and on arrival check in to the resort.
Drive from Tsomoriri to Sarchu ( 255 km )
Early in the morning after having your hot Breakfast toward Sarchu. On the way you will see the amazing barren landscape and scattered nomads tents on the changthang platue. Drive continuously to Sarchu through Polokongkala, Skyangchuthang, Pang valley , Lachangla pass 16,617 ft and you will have a nice scenery around, finally we will reach the Sarchu. Also Sarchu is check-point in Himachal Pradesh.
Sarchu to Keylong(189 km) 4000m
Drive for Keylong by early Morning, Amazing view of barren hill spectacular scenery, continuously drive toward Keylong through Baralacha Pass (16020 ft) Enter Lahaul Valley, Pass by Koksar, Tandi (Where Chandra River Meets Bhaga River), and Darcha valley, after we will reach Keylong. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Keylong to Kaza. (167 km)
200 kilometer (125 mile) road from keylong to Kaza in Spiti is filled with spectacular ever changing scenery From the dense forested . In this region, calls of The village of Losar is 19 kilometers further, and the main town of Kaza, 78 kilometers further. Before reaching Kaza we will do a short walk to Chandratal lake.
Beautiful town of Kaza is located at an altitude of about 12,500 ft., on the left bank of the Spiti River in the majestic Lahaul and Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh. It is known as the sub-divisional headquarters of Spiti and the largest township in the Lahaul and Spiti, Situated in the Trans-Himalayan region of India at an elevation of 3800 meters (12500 ft) above average sea level, Kaza is the biggest and most developed town in Spiti valley. The new town of Kaza houses some of the government buildings. The famous Ki Monastery is located at a distance of 11 kilometers from Kaza hill station. This monastery is the most renowned and the biggest monastery of the valley of Spiti, and The amazing hill station of Kaza. It feels a bit like a small frontier town with an easygoing.
KYE MONESTERY: Kye Gompa is said to have been founded by Dromon (Brom-ston, 1008-1064 CE), a pupil of the famous teacher, Asisha, in the 11th century. This may however, refer to a now destroyed Kadampa monastery at the nearby village of Rangrik, which was probably destroyed in the 14th century when the Sakya sect rose to power with Mongol assistance. Kye was attacked again by the Mongols during the 17th century, during the reign of the Fifth Dalai Lama, and became a Gelukpa establishment. In 1830, it was sacked again during the wars between Ladakh and Kulu In 1841.The walls of the monastery are covered with paintings and murals, an example of the 14th century monastic architecture, which developed as the result of Chinese influence. Kye monastery has a collection of ancient murals and books, including Buddha images. Kye Gompa now belongs to the Gelugpa sect. The monastery of Kye, for instance, accommodates nearly 250 monks, who reside within the sacred walls in winter, the higher ecclesiastical titles can only be obtained by the candidates proceeding in person to either Shigatzee (Shigatse) or Lhassa (Lhasa).A celebration of its millennium was conducted in 2000 in the presence of the Dalai Lama. A new Prayer Hall was inaugurated on 3 August 2000 by the Fourteenth Dalai Lama. It was presented through a tableau in the 69th Republic Day celebration held at Delhi. Evening night photo shoot around Kaza.
SAKYA MONASTERY: The Sakya monastery is believed to be among the 108 eight monasteries found by renowned translator the great lama Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo. It is well known while returning from Kashmir he had brought 32 crafts man and painter .The paints that were used by him were extracted from precious herbs and minerals.
KUNZUM SUPA: The Kunzum stupa is another beautiful Buddhist stupa near Kunzum pass. It is believed that the mata protect the people passing through the Kunzum pass.
Kaza to Manali ( 123 km)
The road from kaza to manali in Spiti is filled with spectacular ever changing scenery. See the visual acilities along the way are minimal, with roadside dhabas serving basic food to hungry stomachs .Cross another lovely tourist spot of rohthang pass .Over night drive to Dehli by Volvo bus. Upon arrival transfer to hotel.
In Dehli rest.
Back to Home
Transfer to international airport.
- No of night accommodation in Standard /deluxe room at specified hotels or similar as mentioned in the itinerary.
- Stay on map basis with breakfast only and dinner (only breakfast at Dehli)
- Transportation by NAC Quails / Tavera / Scorpio / Innova (as per availability) for sightseeing as per the itinerary and bottle of mineral per person per day.
- Miscellaneous charges are inclusive: Ladakh Royalty fee, Inner-line permits, Portages at hotel and airport
- All applicable luxury/road taxes
- Airfares Delhi to Leh,
- Volvo bus fare from Manali to Delhi,
- Any monastery entrance fees, Any Joy ride or rafting.
- Medical expenses (apart from first aid) and insurance of any kind.
- Tips, laundry, liquors, wines, mineral water, telephone charges, camera fee and items of personal nature.
- Transportation is not on disposal basis. It is strictly as per the programme, any extra running will be charges extra.
- Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay / cancellation / hike in fare, strike or any other natural calamities or any emergency evacuation expenses.
- Any other item not mentioned in the cost includes section.