Among the popular places of tourist interest include Leh, Drass valley, Razi khar (Chiktan Khar), Suru valley, Kargil, Zangskar, Zangla, Rangdum, Padum, Phukthal, Sani Monastery, Stongdey, Shayok Valley, Sankoo, Salt Valley. Popular treks are Manali to Ladakh, the Nubra valley, Pangong tso, Tso moriri, the Indus valley, Markha valley, Ladakh monastery trek, South Zangskar, Trans-Zangskar Expedition, Spiti to Ladakh, Spiti to Pitok to Hemis, Rupshu, the Great Salt lakes, Chadar Ice trek, Padum-Phuktal, Padam to Darcha, Panikhar to Heniskot, Padum to Manali, Lamayuru-Martselang, Lamayuru – Alchi, Kala Pattar trek, Pahal
The Razi Khar (Chiktan kahr/Chiktan Palace), which is situated 76 km from Kargil and 180 km from Leh is situated on the highway from Kargil to Leh, is the first Palace of the then ruler Thatha Khan. Its historic importance in the history of Ladakh and its ruler is very significant. It is said that the Leh Palace was built by the same architect after the completion of the Razi Khar, with his left hand because the king than cut his right hand so that he cannot built such a beautiful palacea after it. Although it a little bit wrecked now, but the scenery from the top of the palace is unbelievable, especially on a full moon.
The Leh Palace, which is situated behind the main market has eight stories and is similar to the Potala Palace of Lhasa and still belongs to the royal family of Ladakh. Just ahead of the palace is the famous Chamba Temple, which is a one roomed shrine that has a huge icon of Maitreya, the Buddha to come. Since this temple cannot be found easily, it is essential to enquire about it in the second row of shops.
Also in the bazaar, at the top of the street, one can see the Jama Masjid. This has been painted in green and white colour. Another place must to visit is the Sankar Gompa, which is situated within the city and is one of the oldest structures here. At one time, this monastery only welcomes maximum twenty monks and is a fairly active one. Also the monks here are extremely hospitable and always offer yak butter tea to those visiting the monastery.
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Upon arrival at the Kushok Bakula airport in Leh, meet our representative who’ll escort you to the hotel pre-decided for your stay. Upon arrival, you’ll be given a welcome drink followed by room check-in. The rest of the day is free to get acclimatized to the high altitudes of Ladakh. In the evening, proceed on a walking tour to Leh Bazaar. Stay overnight in the hotel.
Today, go out for a full day sightseeing tour of some of the most important monasteries and palaces in Leh. Start with Shey Palace (the former summer palace of Ladakh king), Thiksey monastery (enshrined with the beautiful statue of Maitreya Buddha) and Hemis Monastery. By evening , return back to the hotel for dinner and night stay.
Early morning, leave by road for Mulbekh, located 190 kilometers away on the Leh-Srinagar highway. On the way, visit the Magnetic Hill and Alchi Murals known to be 1000 years old. Later, visit the lunar landscapes nearby Lamayuru. By evening, arrive in Mublekh followed by check in at the Deluxe Camp. Later, go out to see the large rock-cut statue of Maitreya Buddha in Mublekh. Later, return back to the hotel for night stay.
Early morning, leave by road for Drass via Kargil. On reaching Drass, you will be taken to visit “Vijay Memorial” followed by a photo shoot of the famous Tiger Hill. After having lunch at Drass, return back to Kargil for overnight stay.
Post a leisurely breakfast in the morning, return back to Leh (which is around 180 kilometers away from Kargil). En route, visit the scenic hamlet of Likir and meet with the local people. Stay overnight at the Lukhil hotel.
Post a leisurely breakfast in the morning, drive back to Leh. Upon arrival in Leh, you can go out for a shopping tour around the small curio markets of Leh. The interesting places you can visit include Tibetan Super market, Ecological Centre Crafts shop, Moti market and the old town. Stay overnight in the hotel.
Early morning, embark on a full day tour of Pangong Lake, which is around 135 kilometers away from Leh. En route, you will pass through Durbuk and Tangtse villages in the Changthang region. Pangong Lake is the largest lake in Asia which changes its color 4 to 5 times in a day. Later, return back to the hotel for overnight stay.
Today, start driving on the Nubra Valley highway to visit the famous Khardongla Pass located at 18,380 feet. It is the world’s highest motorable pass. Later, drive back to Leh for night stay.
In the morning, you will be transferred to the Kushok Bukula airport to board flight for onward destination.
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Go on-board a flight to Leh from Delhi airport. As you arrive at the airport of Leh, our tour representative meets you and offers an assisted transfer to the hotel. After reaching, complete the check-in formalities at the hotel. Now the day is at leisure but schedule the day to get acclimatized to the high altitudes of Leh, around 3542 m. The enchanting Leh town, one of the prime tourist attractions of India, boasts of a vivid landscape and engrossing culture. In the evening, visit to the local markets of Leh. Overnight stay.
On day 2, get all set to visit Indus Valley and explore its prime attractions. While driving from Leh to Indus Valley, drive past Magnetic Hill- one of the wonders of the Himalayas. Just before the Indus valley, visit the Nimu valley-famed for its barren yet enchanting landscape. If the weather permits, try your hand at rafting in River Indus. The next visit is to Pathar Sahib Gurudwara, lying on Leh-Nimu road. This Gurudwara has been built to commemorate the visit of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikh religion to this region. Indus valley is not only known for its scenic beauty but also for offering excellent adventure opportunities. Back to Leh for overnight stay.
Today visit the tri-armed Nubra Valley, tucked away on the north-eastern side of Ladakh. One of the most popular tourist destinations of Ladakh, Nubra Valley is dotted with a number of attractions. On arrival, check-in at a guest house/hotel. Later leave for sightseeing. Do not miss taking a camel safari on the Hunder sand dunes. Hop-on to the backs of double-humped camels to explore the surrounding scenery. The next visit is to Panamik village that has hot water sulphur springs. You can also visit the Diskit Monastery/Diskit Gompa- the oldest and the largest monastery of Nubra. Overnight stay.
On the 4th day of the tour, in the morning Samstanling Monastery-this 19th century monastery is placed in an extremely serene ambiance. Later, begin your drive back to Leh. Drive past Khardung La, touted as the highest motorable road in the world. As you reach Leh, complete the check-in formalities at the hotel. The day is at leisure. Indulge in the activities of your interest. Explore the nearby surroundings on your own. Relish sumptuous delicacies of the local cuisines. Interact with the locals to know more about their culture. Overnight in Leh.
Day 5 is for visiting the serene environs of Pangong Lake, also known as Pangong Tso. You drive past the high mountain pass of Chang La, placed at an altitude of 5360 m above the sea level. While driving towards the lake, drive through Durnuk and Tangtse villages and witness the daily activities of the locals of Changthang region. Afternoon arrival at the Pangong Lake. Set your camps here. The views around the lake are extremely enchanting and soothing. Spot colorful birds on the banks of Pangong. Do visit the local village in the vicinity to known about the local culture of Leh region. Stay overnight in tents.
It is advisable that you get out of bed early for clicking some memorable pictures. Early mornings near the lake offer some lifetime views that must be captured in the camera. Later, begin your drive back to Leh. Upon arrival in Leh, check-into the hotel, followed by sightseeing. The list of tourist attractions of Leh includes Shanti Stupa- a white-domed Buddhist stupa on a hilltop offering panoramic views, Leh Palace- the former royal palace built during the 17th century, Hall of Fame Museum- founded and managed by the Army in the memory of war heroes. Stay overnight.
The 7th day of the tour is for visiting the popular monasteries of Leh including Thiksey, Hemis, Spituk, Shey and Stakna. Each of them is not only a spiritual centre but also an architectural marvel. While Thiksey boasts of being the largest monastery in the central Ladakh region, Hemis is believed to be the largest and wealthiest monastery in Leh. The next one is Spituk monastery. Founded during the 11 century, this Gompa is placed in a hilltop, offering nice views of the Indus. Shey is another popular monastery with huge copper and gilded gold statue of seated Shakyamuni Buddha being its most striking feature. Lastly visit Stakna monastery that belongs to Drugpa Buddhist sect and is home to around 30 monks. Overnight in Leh.
On the last day of your Discover Best of Ladakh tour, get an assisted transfer to the Leh Airport to board flight for Delhi.
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Begin your tour by driving towards Keylong from Manali, crossing the Rohtang Pass (3978 meters). Later, drive through Marhi, Koksar, Sissu and Tandi villages. On arriving in Keylong, complete the check-in formalities at your hotel. Leave for exploring Keylong town that may include Guru Ghantal Gompa, Shashur Monastery, Gemur Monastery etc. Stay overnight.
After morning breakfast on day 2, hit the road to Sarchu, crossing Bara-lacha pass (4890 meters). This road journey is going to be amazing because of the surrounding natural beauty of the majestic Himalayas. Move to your camps after reaching the Sarchu plains. The rest of the day is free- explore the surroundings on foot, admire the picturesque location, indulge in activities of your interest etc. This area is quite popular amongst trekking enthusiasts because of its rugged terrain. Overnight camping.
Have breakfast and begin driving towards Leh through Taglang La (5328 meters). Cross the great plains of Moree. After arriving in Leh, complete the check-in formalities at your hotel. The evening is free at leisure-take a stroll around the city center, interact with the locals, visit the local bazaar etc. Stay overnight.
The morning of day 4 after breakfast is free. In the afternoon, proceed for sightseeing visiting the Shanti Stupa – a white-domed Buddhist chorten that is not only highly revered as a religious spot but is also well-known for the panoramic views it offers, Sankar Monastery- a Buddhist Gompa, home to around 20 monks. Later, visit the now ruined Leh Palace – the former residence of the royal family, built during the 17th century. The evening is for exploring the local market. Stay overnight.
Today, get transported by road to Nubra valley through the Khardungla pass (17582 feet). After reaching, in the afternoon, check-in the Camp/hotel. Later, visit the popular Sand Dunes where you can see double-humped camels wandering and thorny bushes scattered all over the dunes. The day’s last visit is Diskit (Deskit) Monastery- the oldest and the largest Buddhist Gompa of Nubra. Stay overnight.
On day 6 after breakfast, return to Leh. On arrival, check-in your hotel. The afternoon is free for leisure activities- explore the nearby area, interact with the locals, treat your eyes to the mesmerizing view etc. Stay overnight.
After breakfast, enjoy excursions to Phyang and Spituk Monasteries. Phyang is a Buddhist monastery housing a 900-yr old museum. Spituk is a Buddhist monastery which is home to around 100 monks and also houses a huge statue of Goddess Kali. Have lunch at your hotel. Post lunch, visit the Hall of Fame- a museum built by the Indian army in the memory of soldiers who died in the Indo-Pak wars. The other visits are the Tibetan Handicrafts Center and the market of Leh. Stay overnight.
Have an early morning breakfast and leave for a day trip to the Pangong Lake- a beautiful lake with blue waters bounded by snow-clad Himalayan Mountains. Enjoy a leisure walk, admire the surrounding beauty. Have lunch here, explore the lake area. Return to Leh for an overnight stay.
After breakfast on day 9, begin driving to Lamayuru. On the way, halt to visit the confluence of the rivers Indus and Zanskar, Alchi Monastery- a well-known ancient Buddhist monastery that is one of the best preserved ancient Gompas as well and the ruins of the 15th century Basgo Castle. After arriving in Lamayuru, complete the check-in formalities at your hotel for an overnight stay.
In the morning, visit the lunar landscapes and the Lamayuru monastery- also known as Yuru Gompa, an ancient Tibetan Buddhist Monastery that is home to around 150 monks. Afterwards, proceed to Kargil. En-route visit the well-known monolithic rock -cut statue of Maitreya Buddha in Mulbekh village. This 8 m high statue dates back to 1st century B C. On arriving in Kargil by evening, check-in your hotel for staying overnight.
Today is the last day of the tour. After an early morning breakfast, begin driving to Srinagar. En-route, visit Drass- known as the second coldest place on earth, often called ‘the Gateway to Ladakh’. Drive past Zojila pass and Sonamarg. After arriving in Srinagar, get transported to the airport.