11 Day Ladakh with Sri Nagar

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Stupendous mountain views, high altitude lakes, stunning monasteries and stupas. A breathtaking holiday in the heart of the Indian Himalayas.



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Stupendous mountain views, high altitude lakes, stunning monasteries and stupas. A breathtaking holiday in the heart of the Indian Himalayas.

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  • Day 1: Delhi Arrival

    A Wild Voyager representative will receive you on arrival at the International airport and transfer to your hotel.

     

    Delhi, India’s capital has seen great empires rise and fall around it for millennia, with each new batch of rulers building over the works of their predecessors. As a result, the city abounds in monuments and ruins of stunning diversity. The seat of the world’s largest democracy, it also boasts of magnificent symbols of government that pay architectural tribute to the ideals of self-rule and democracy. These co-exist side by side with wide multi-lane motorways, shopping malls, fast cars and ultramodern steel-glass office complexes that characterize any large 21st-century metropolis.

     

    Overnight will be at Delhi.

     

  • Day 2: Delhi to Leh, by air

    On arrival at Leh airport, our representative will assist in your hotel transfer.

     

    Breakfast at the hotel.

     

    Leh is the capital of the trans-Himalayan district of Ladakh. The wide, scenic approach roads to Leh with breath-taking (literally, because of the altitude) makes it a biker’s dream destination. Most places in this small Buddhist town are easily accessible on foot. The old town is a compact area of mud-brick houses and narrow lanes directly to the east of Main Bazar. Changspa is the agricultural "suburb" northwest of the center. Leh is a treasure-house of rich culture and natural resources as well as a haven for adventure enthusiasts.

     

    Leh’s elevation is approximately 3555 meters (11,490 feet) and acclimatization is highly essential. Please take plenty of rest on the first day and gradually get your body used to the altitude by taking leisurely evening strolls in the market area.

    Do please inform us if you have any discomfort.

     

    Overnight will be at Leh.

     

  • Day 3: Leh to Pangong Tso, cross Chang La Pass

    After breakfast, proceed to Chang La, the third highest pass in the world. An army check-point and teahouse will greet you as you pass. The tea is free and welcome in the biting cold.

     

    Continue to Pangong after the bracing brew.

     

    Pangong Lake or Pangong Tso (Tso: Ladakhi for lake) is a high altitude brackish/salt water lake situated in the Himalaya at a height of about 4,350 m (13,900 ft). A third of the lake lies in India while two-thirds of the lake lies in China. The lake is supposedly 5 km wide at its broadest point.

     

    Stay overnight in a luxurious camp adjacent to the Pangong Lake

     

  • Day 4: Pangong Tso to Leh, visit Hemis, Thiksey and Stok Gompas en route

    Drive back to Leh after breakfast. Enroute see Hemis & Thiksey monasteries as well as Stok Palace.

     

    The imposing Thikse monastery on a hilltop is about 20 Kms from Leh and is one of the finest examples of Ladakhi architecture. Of the Gelukpa order, Thikse was founded by Paldan Sherab, nephew of Sherab Zangpo. The 12-storied monastery complex contains numerous stupas, statues, thankas, wall paintings, swords and a large pillar engraved with the Buddha's teachings. There are sacred shrines and many precious objects to be seen. The successive reincarnations of the Kyabje Jampa Rinpoche, act as in charge of the monastery. Thiksey gustor (festival) held from 17th to 19th day of the 12th month. The main prayer hall has a 15 meter high seated Buddha figure. There is a chance to see prayer in the early morning.

     

    Hemis Monastery is the largest monastery in Ladakh and was built in 1630. It belongs to the red sect, Brokpa. It lies at a distance of 45 km south of Leh. Impressive and intriguing, Hemis is different from the other important monasteries of Ladakh. The annual festival, commemorating the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava, is held for two days in June-July, enlivening the courtyard of the monastery. The festival of dances, where good triumphs over evil in a colorful pageant, is also the annual 'bazaar' where Ladakhis from remote areas buy and sell wares.

     

    Stok Monastery or Stok Gompa is a Buddhist monastery in Leh district, Ladakh, northern India, 15 Kms south of Leh. It was founded by Lama Lhanang Lotus in the 14th Century and has a notable library including all 108 volumes of the kangyur. A ritual dance-mask festival is held annually. It was used for some time as a residence by the Ladakhi royalty.

     

    Overnight will be at Leh.

     

  • Day 5: Sightseeing in Leh

    The following places are a must.

     

    The nine-storied tall, imposing Leh Palace was built in the 17th century and models itself on Dalai Lama’s Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. The palace has a wonderful collection of Thangka paintings, ceremonial dresses and jewellery and offers fabulous views of the Zanskar range beyond. The palace is currently being restored by the archaeological survey of India.

     

    The Hall of Fame Museum near Leh constructed by the Indian army displays memorabilia, eminent biographies, images and weapons used during the Kargil war. Another section of this building is entirely dedicated to Siachen and its heroes.

     

    The Japanese-built Shanti Stupa is located at Changspa, on the hilltop, and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985. Its state of the artwork attracts a lot of tourists to Ladakh and is spectacular to watch. The Shanti Stupa can be reached by car, or on foot via a steep flight of five hundred steps. 

     

    You will enjoy the panoramic view of the chain of mountains and the peaceful little village of Changspa with typical Ladakhi houses built along a gushing stream, and the towering Namgyal Tsemo in the distance.

     

    In the evening you can visit the local markets.

     

    Overnight will be at Leh.

     

  • Day 6: Leh to Nubra Valley

    Have breakfast and proceed to Nubra Valley.

     

    Nubra Valley is renowned for its natural beauty. The name of the valley is derived from the Nubra River that flows through the and is one of the many hidden “Valleys of Flowers” that dot the Himalayas. 

     

    Diskit Monastery, also known as Deskit Gompa or Diskit Gompa is the oldest and largest Buddhist monastery (gompa) in the Nubra Valley of Ladakh, northern India. It belongs to the Gelugpa (Yellow Hat) sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It was founded by Changzem Tserab Zangpo, a disciple of Tsong Khapa, founder of Gelugpa, in the 14th century. It is a sub-gompa of the Thiksey Gompa.

     

    Hundur Monastery, otherwise known as Hindu Gompa, is a Buddhist monastery that can be seen near a bridge below the main road to the Nubra Valley. The village of Hundur, where the monastery stands, is the farthest point till which tourists are allowed to venture in this part of Nubra valley.

     

    Enjoy camel rides on the pristine white sand in this cold desert.  You can also do some local home visits to get a real flavor of the region

     

    Stay overnight in a camp.

     

  • Day 7: Nubra Valley to Leh

    Drive back to Leh after breakfast. Spend a leisurely afternoon and evening exploring Leh.

     

    Overnight will be in Leh.

     

  • Day 8: Leh to Shergol

    Proceed to Shergol after breakfast. Enroute see the confluence of Zanskar & Indus Rivers.

     

    Defying the Law of gravity, Magnetic Hill is close to the Gurdwara Shri Patthar Sahib. It has been noticed that when a vehicle is parked on neutral gear on this metallic road the vehicle slides up.

     

    The Shrine known as Gurdwara Patthar Sahib is situated about 25 km. And is built in the everlasting memory of Shri Guru Nanak Dev, the great prophet who sanctified the place by his sacred visit during the year 1517 while on his second missionary tour. The Guru reached here via Nepal, Sikkim, Tibet, Yarkand and Leh after having spiritual discourses with the Sidhas at Mount Sumer (Central Himalayas).

     

    Lamayuru monastery is the oldest and one of the largest monasteries in Ladakh region.

     

    Alchi Gompa is a Buddhist monastery, known more like a monastic complex (chos-'khor') of temples in Alchi village in the Leh District.

     

    Likir Monastery is mentioned in the Ladakhi chronicles as having been erected by King Lhachen Gyalpo (Lha-chen-rgyal-po) (c. 1050-1080 CE). The name Likir means "The Naga - Encircled", representing the bodies of the two great serpent spirits, the Naga-rajas, Nanda and Taksako. It presumably, originally belonged to the early Kadampa order of Tibetan Buddhism.

     

    Reach Shergol and stay at Nunkun camp, which is about 30 km before Kargil. Kargil has very basic accommodation and we would, therefore, recommend this camp with attached toilets.

     

    Overnight will be in Shergol.

     

  • Day 9: Shergol to Srinagar , visit Kargil en route

    After breakfast, proceed to Kargil. Kargil once served as important trade and transit centre in the Pan-Asian trade network. Numerous caravans carrying exotic merchandise comprising silk, brocade, carpets, felts, tea, poppy, ivory etc. transited in the town on their way to and from China, Tibet, Yarkand and Kashmir. Now, travelers of numerous nationalities have replaced traders of the past and Kargil has regained its importance as a centre of travel-related activities. 

     

    Dras is a town in the Kargil District. It is often called 'The Gateway to Ladakh'. The town shot into prominence in the summer of 1999 following Pakistani-backed incursions into Jammu and Kashmir.

     

    Continue to Srinagar.

     

    The capital of Jammu and Kashmir and the largest city in the state, Srinagar is famous for its canals, houseboats and Mughal gardens. The city itself is quite unlike most other large Indian cities for here you are much more in Central Asia than on the sub-continent. The city has long been a center of art and leaning. Srinagar is a unique city because of its lakes - the Dal, Nagin and Anchar. The River Jhelum also flows through a part of the city. 

     

    Overnight will be in Srinagar.

     

  • Day 10: Srinagar to Delhi , by Air

    Have breakfast and proceed for a boat ride in the morning on Dal Lake, an icon of Kashmir. A Himalayan urban lake, it has five basins and a number of channels that are well linked with each other. There are plenty of fish in Dal Lake and fishery is the second largest industry of the region centered on the lake

     

    Reach airport by late afternoon.

     

    Overnight will be in Delhi.

     

  • Day 11: Delhi-Back Home

    Have breakfast at the hotel.

     

    Your day is free to spend as you please. Later you will be driven to the airport for your flight home.

     

    Tour ends