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Popularly known as the Land of High Passes, this spectacular travel destination is winning the hearts of travelers from all across the globe and climbing up the bucket list quite steadily. The region is enclosed by alluring mountains, serene lakes, and variants of Buddhist culture. The corners of Ladakh are filled with its own enigmas and hail out to the revelers from all over the map. The Leh Ladakh trip along with a trip to Pangong takes you to visit numerous picturesque attractions and discover the land famous for its rich culture. Witness the gems of Ladakh from the ever-brackish Pangong lake to the bizarre magnetic hill, with this extensive trip itinerary. Indulge in the exquisite beauty of the colorful monasteries and gompas along with the unadulterated natural beauty of the Himalayas. This Leh Ladakh trip is a perfect getaway for a solo traveler or a vacation with your family.
Arrival at Leh
Once you arrive at the Leh Kushok Bakula Rinpoche Airport, our representatives shall receive you and transfer you to the hotel. Your Leh-Ladakh trip starts here. Check-in and enjoy the rest of the day. Visit the magnificent Leh Palace in the evening. Following this, pay a visit to the famous Shanti Stupa.
Stay overnight at the hotel.
Sightseeing in and around Leh
After having breakfast, proceed to visit Apituk, one of the most important Buddhist monasteries. Also, visit the Hall of Fame museum which primarily pays tribute to the role of soldiers in maintaining peace in the area. It displays various weapons and important documents. Post lunch, visit Sankar Gompa, which is home to the thousand-headed and thousand-armed idol of Avalokitesvara.
Enjoy shopping in the local markets and return to the hotel for a relaxed evening.
Leh to Sham Valley
Drive to the Lamayuru Monastery, the next stop in this Leh-Ladakh trip, after breakfast. Visit the Gurudwara Patthar Sahib on the way. This gurudwara was built in memory of Guru Nanak to celebrate his visit to the region. Drive further for about 4 km and you will reach the majestic Magnetic Hills, followed by the Sangram. The Sangram is the confluence of Indus and Zanskar rivers. Visit the Likir Monastery which houses old manuscripts, scroll paintings, and statues of many deities. Enjoy lunch en-route and post-lunch, visit the mesmerizing moon-like landscapes, and the Lamayuru Monastery.
Stay overnight at the luxury swiss tents of this region.
Sham Valley to Leh
After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, head to the Alchi Monastery. The monastery is located amidst heavily cultivated farms. This 11th-century complex is of immense historical and religious significance. Following this, visit the village of Basgo which was once the capital of Ladakh. Today, the ruins await you with their timeless charms.
Stay overnight at Leh.
Tso Moiri is the next place on our travel itinerary for this Leh-Ladakh trip. Set against a backdrop of majestic snow-capped mountains, the lake is at a distance of 220 km from Leh and is located 4200 m above the sea level. Cocooned by mountains on all sides, Tso Moiri provides a breath-taking view.
En-route the lake, pay a visit to the Shey Palace, the summer residence of King Deldan Namgyal. Drive further to visit the Thiksey Monastery, located north of the Indus river on a hilltop barely 20 km away from Leh. The monastery was built in 1430 AD and belongs to the Gelupaka order of Buddhism. It is home to the Maitreya statue of Buddha, one of the most photographed Buddha statues of the future. Visit the hot springs of the Chumathang Valley and the Mahe bridge.
Check in to your camp once you reach Tsomoriri lake. Later, visit the wetland sanctuaries near the shore. These sanctuaries are popular breeding grounds for thousands of migratory bird species including the Brahminy Duck and the Black Necked Cranes.
Tso Moiri to Tso Kar
In the morning, explore the intriguing village of Korzok, the highest permanent settlement in India. Witness the nomadic life of the people whenever you visit Korzok, especially during the summers. The nomads camp in their small tents at different places and look after their sheep from there. The sheep are known to produce the famous Pashmina wool.
Late in the day, check out of the hotel or camp and proceed to Tso Kar. Tso Kar is a saltwater lake and supports a vast variety of fauna, especially species of birds. Visit the Puga geothermal springs, in the Puga Valley of the Ladakh region. One can spot mud pools, hot springs, sulfur, and borax deposits in this region which prove the existence of geothermal activity in this region. Once you arrive at Tso Kar, check-in to your hotel or camp, and stay overnight.
After enjoying breakfast, drive to Leh across the Tanglang La. You will come across the Hemis Monastery on the way. This monastery is a must-visit for tourists and is surrounded by mountains on all sides. It is one of the largest and richest monasteries in the region. Located 45n km away from Leh, this monastery is tucked on a mountain on the west bank of the Indus river and belongs to Dugpa Kargupta order (Red sect of Buddhism). The monastery is enriched with a large number of Thangkas or paintings which are exhibited during a particular festival in Ladakh, the Hemis Festival. Once you arrive at Leh, enjoy the evening at Leisure.
Stay overnight at the hotel.
Leh to Nubra Valley via Khardung La
Post breakfast, drive through Khardung La, the highest motorable road in the world at 18,38o ft above sea level, to reach Nubra Valley. With an expanse of seemingly infinite mountains running past you, the drive is a memorable experience in itself. A visit to a Ladakhi home can be arranged to help tourists achieve a closer look at the uncomplicated lives of the local people. Enjoy refreshments at roadside cafes and take breath-taking photographs of the scenic surroundings. Check into your hotel or camp once you arrive at your destination. After enjoying lunch, drive to the Hunder village to enjoy a camel safari on the Bactrian camels, found in Ladakh and Mongolia. Enjoy the camel safari through the sand dunes between Deskit and Hunder. Explore the Diskit monastery.
Stay overnight at the camp.
Sightseeing in Nubra Valley
Drive down to the town of Diskit after breakfast. Explore the Diskit monastery, also known as the Diskit Gompa. It is this oldest and largest monastery in Nubra valley and belongs to the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Explore the local town markets. Visit Panamik in the afternoon, the northernmost part where foreigners are allowed. This road further leads to Siachen base camp which is the highest battlefield in the world. Located on the bank of the Nubra river, Panamik is well known for its hot water springs, Pashmina goats, and the Bactrian camels which were the main mode of transport in the silk route. The view of the sun capped mountains and the green valley is breath-taking. During September and October when the trees turn yellow with a tinge of red, the panoramic view is at its best. Tourists can take a bath in the therapeutic hot springs of this region.
Overnight stay at the camp.
Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso
Post breakfast, start for Pangong early in the morning. Drive through some small villages to finally reach Pangong Tso by the afternoon. The sight of the vivid blue waterbody is a treat in itself. Located at a height of nearly 14500 ft above sea level, this beautiful miracle of nature extends from India to Tibet. Indulge in a leisurely stroll on the shores of the lakes after lunch. Visit the nearby nomadic village in the evening to interact with the locals.
Enjoy a delicious dinner at the campsite and stay overnight at the camp.
Pangong Tso to Leh
Witness a breath-taking sunrise on the lake over the mountains. Post breakfast, drive back to Leh, and check-in to the hotel. Take rest and in the evening, set out to explore the local market to shop for gifts and souvenirs for your loved ones. Enjoy the local cuisine.
Stay overnight at the hotel.
Departure from Leh
Check-out from the hotel early in the morning and transfer to the airport for your onward flight via Delhi. Take along with you the pleasant memories of this wonderland cocooned in mountains. Your Leh-Ladakh trip ends here.
If you are lucky enough to get a window seat, enjoy a view of the snow-capped Himalayas.