Leh- Ladakh Trip
Duration: 15 nights/ 16 days
Best Time: Mid June-Mid Sep
Hight Lights: Monasteries, Lakes, Local villages, Rafting, Wild Animal & Local House Experience.
On arrival meet to assistance drive to hotel for rest of the night.
Early in the morning take flight to Leh, ETD 0700 hrs one hour flight over the Great Indian Himalayas. On arrival at Leh, meet to our local representative, drive to hotel , on arrival take tea, coffees and snacks etc. take room, rest of the day at hotel, evening visit local market for get used the rare air of Ladakh. Overnight at hotel.
Full day local sightseeing of Indus Valley, visit Stok Palace, was built in 1825, by the King Tsespal Tondup Namgyal, the royal family resides here since Ladakh lost to Zorawar Signh, at preset the palace has collection of royal dresses king’s crown etc. Matho Gonpa, around 25 km from Leh, is only a gonpa belonging to the Saskya order. It was founded in the 16th century by Lama Tungpa Dorje, drive back to Leh city for lunch later after noon by walk visit Shanti Stupa, Sankar Gomnpa and Tsemo Castle. Rest of the time visit local market. Overnight at hotel.
Early in the morning after breakfast commence drive to Phey from you will do the rafting in the Indus river, till the Nimmu confluence of Zanskar and Indus river, this is around 34 km/ 3 hrs rafting, take lunch at Basgo continue drive to Lamayuru, visit the “Yungdung” monastery is remarkably built on the sand stone, monastery begins with the visit of Arahat Nimagung to this place, drive back to Uley Topko. Check in resort for overnight.
After breakfast commence journey to Rizong “Yuma Changchubling” around 5km north west form our hotel or resort, it is beautifully set in the valley, in a gorge and the most isolated monastery in Ladakh, just before the gonpa there is a nunnery, we can visit this nunnery as well. Drive to Alchi Choskor “Religious Enclave” the most famous and oldest monastery in Indus valley. Built by Lotsava Rinchen Zangpo, in 11th century and later he appointed four families to look after the Choskor as there was no monastic community. Lunch at Alchi, continue drive to Likir gonpa , was founded in 1065 by Lama Duwang Chosje during the reign of Kind Lhachen Gyalpo which was te named “Lhukhil Galdan Dargyasling” in front of the monastery there is a 9mtr high Buddha statue. Out next destination is Phyang, it was the first monastery to introduce the Drugnpa teaching of Skoba Jikstan Gonbo in Ladakh. The gonpa was founded by chosje Danma Kunga, on the top floor of the gonpa, one nice museum where you can see the 8th century thaka and another things. Drive to Leh, overnight at hotel.
After breakfast commence drive to Hemis around 44 km south from Leh, which is most famous and largest monastery in Ladakh, it belongs to the Dukpa order of Tibetan Buddhist, the monastery was founded by the first incarnation of Stagsang Raspa Nawang Gyatso in 1630 who was invited to Ladakh by king Singay Namgyal. Every year in month of Jun-July there is a big mask festival. Thiksey Gonpa was founded at Stakmo by Sherab Zangpo of Stok. Later the nephew of Sherab Zangpo, Paldan Sherab founded the Thikshey monastery. Inside the monastery one big Avaliketeshvara Shakyamuni Statue. Drive back to Leh, en route visit Shey Palace, was built by Deldan Namgyal in the beginning of 17th century. 15 km more, reach at Leh market, visit the colorful market, overnight at hotel.
Leh-Tsomoriri (altitude 4245m/ 245km)
Early in the morning drive to Tsomoriri via Chhumathang (hot water spring) and Mahe bridge, it is around 15 miles in length and 3-5 miles in width. The water is Salty and clear, on the south west bank of the lake is Karzok village, en route we through the mountain view top are cover by snow. On arrival check in fix tent rest of the time visit surround lake and village.
Tsomoriri-Tsokar (3950m) 135km drive
After a leisure breakfast drive back to Sumdo Village, this is the Tibetan Refuge village, visit a school there, than up ward drive on the left way towards Tsokar en route will see the hot water spring and some wild animals as Wild Ass (Kyang) and Black Neck Crain. On arrival take fix tent rest of the time visit local area for photos etc. Overnight at tent.
Tsokar-Sarchu (4230m): 175km drive
After breakfast drive to Sarchu over the over Lachung-la (5150M) and Nakee-la (5050m), till the Pang the road is not well, Pang is a small market where every tourist stop for a tea break and check in passport, on arrival at Sarchu check in fix tent for overnight, Plane of Pang is to much windy, nothing to do there just spent one night.
Sarchu-Jispa (3565m) 85 km drive
After breakfast drive to Jispa over Barlacha-la (4850m), en from there one path is leading to Chandra Tal (Moon Lake), just beneath one lake called Suraj Tal, now the valley progressively change on arrival at Jispa check in, rest of the time explore the local village. Overnight at hotel.
Jispa-Manali(1935m): 150km drive
After breakfast drive to Manali, through the Lahaul valley and Rohatang Pass (3980m), on arrival at Manali, check in hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Full day local visit, Nagar Castle, Jagatsukh Temple, Vashist hot spring & Local market. Manali is the Swaziland of India, lot of Indian tourist is there, overnight at hotel.
After an early breakfast drive to Nalagarh, through the Kullu valley, Nalagarh is a small town the most commercial district in Himachal Pradesh. On arrival check in Nalagarh Palace, the heritage hotel.
Early in the morning drive to Kalka around 40 km, take train to Delhi. On arrival at Delhi, check in hotel, rest of the time free for individual activities.
Full day leisure for individual activities, for shopping and visit Shanti Stupa. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast full day Old & New Delhi combined sightseeing visit, Red Fort (out side), Jama Masjid, Chandani Chowck, Raj Ghat (Gandhi Memorial) & Qutab Minar, Humayun’s Tomb rests of the time visit local market. After dinner in time dep. transfer to onward destination.