DURATION: 8 NIGHTS / 9 DAYS
DETAILED TOUR PROGRAMME
DAY 01: DELHI – LEH BY FLIGHT
Early morning board the flight to Leh, perhaps the most fascinating flight over Himalayas. Upon arrival in Leh, traditional welcome by our representative and transfer to a Ladakhi style hotel. Rest of the day free to take a complete rest for acclimatization due to the high altitude of Leh (3505 m). Evening take a walk in the colorful Market of Leh. Overnight in Leh.
DAY 02: LEH
After breakfast, visit Leh Palace. It has nine storeys and was built by King Singe Namgyal in the 16th century, after that visit Sankar Gompa & Shanti Stupa (Japanese Pagoda) a magnificent white-domed structure, offers spectacular views of the sunrise and sunset. Overnight in Leh.
DAY 03: EXPLORE INDUS VALLEY
Morning after breakfast, proceed for a full day excursion to the Indus valley, visiting
Shey Palace - a ruined Castle, after that visit the 14th century Thikse monastery, it is an outstanding specimen of Ladakhi architecture. It is a glorious Buddhist monastery & a marvelous Buddha statue in the seated position is adorning the main prayer hall. Later visit the Hemis monastery- the richest monastery in Ladakh. In the last, visit the Royal Stok Palace & museum (Residence of the royal family of Ladakh). Later back to Hotel. Overnight in Leh.
DAY 04: LEH - LAMAYURU - ULETOKPO
After early breakfast drive to Lamayuru (127 Km / about 5 hrs), enroute visit Spituk gompa, the name "Spituk", meaning exemplary. Spituk Gompa is beautifully located on a hilltop and provides a beautiful view of the Indus Valley & Leh Airport. Later drive continue for Lamayuru, on arrival visit Lamayuru monastery- known to be the oldest monastic establishment in Ladakh. The monastery is made up of a number of shrines and also has a very rich collection of thankas and magnificent wall paintings. Later we move towards to Uletokpo (55 km/ 2 hrs). Stay for overnight at Uley Ethnic Resort, a fine camp above Indus River.
DAY 05: ULETOKPO - ALCHI – LIKIR – LEH (72 km/ about 3 hrs drive)
After breakfast, drive back to Leh En route visit Alchi village, situated on the bank of Indus River. The village is famous for the existence of one of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh (a national heritage) Alchi Monastery, mainly known for its magnificent and well-preserved 11th or 12th century wall paintings. Later proceed toward Likir, it contains the huge Buddha statue, museum & various old manuscripts. It also houses an interesting collection of thankas, old religious and domestic costumes and implements etc. Further continue drive to Leh. Arrive and transfer to hotel for overnight.
DAY 06: LEH – NUBRA, VIA KHARDUNG LA (PASS) (125 Km/ about 7 hrs drive)
After breakfast, drive to Nubra Valley Known as Ldumra (the valley of flowers). There is only one road to Nubra valley, journey to Nubra valley leads through the world highest motorable road, Khardungla Pass which is at a height of 5606m. / 18380 ft above sea level and around 39 kms from Leh. The views from the top are spectacular. After crossing the pass, you see the main villages of Nubra Valley like Khardung village, Khalsar and Deskit. On arrival in Deskit Village, check into the camp & relax. Overnight in Deskit.
DAY 07: EXPLORE NUBRA VALLEY
After breakfast start excursion of the valley, to visit Deskit & Hundar gompa, passing through the white Sand Dunes, where you see double humped Bactrian camel once used by the local traders on the famous silk route. Later visit the Hundar, here you can see all the elements of nature – desert, snow, greenery and water. Evening back to Camp & relax or you can do leisure walks around the campsite.
DAY 08: NUBRA – LEH, VIA KHARDUNG LA (125 Km/ about 7 hrs drive)
After reakfast, drive to visit the Panamik hot-springs, the holy lake and Samstanling gompa & its school. Later drive back to Leh, overcrossing Khardung la pass. Arrive & transfer to hotel. Evening free for own activities. Overnight in Leh.
DAY 09: LEH - DELHI BY FLIGHT
Morning transfer to Leh airport to board once again most fascinating flight to Delhi over the heights of the great Himalayas.