The Best Of Ladakh
- Ancient monasteries of the Indus Valley
- Interaction with the local people of beautiful villages of Ladakh
- Enjoy a ride on the Bactrian double humped camel
- The nomads & the high altitude lakes of Changthang region
|Title||The Best Of Ladakh|
|Details||Delhi – Leh – Alchi - Lamayuru – Likir – Leh - Hunder – Sumur – TsoMoriri – TsoKar - Hemis – Leh – Delhi|
|Duration||13 Nights / 14 Days|
Ladakh is a land that abounds in awesome physical features set in an enormous landscape and, therefore, it appears beautifully desolate and remote. Yet, over the centuries, it has imbibed diverse ethnic, religious and cultural influences through the many missionaries, explorers and traders who traversed its windswept plateaux and deep valleys. In the process, it has been able to evolve and inherit a rich culture, which survives even today as a living heritage of the Western Himalayas. This heritage finds manifestation in the region's monuments, monasteries, art and oral literature, fairs and festivals, and in the time-honoured tradition of collective celebration of various events. Here, every occasion - marriage, birth, farming and harvesting, even the flowering of plants is celebrated with great fanfare, marked with feasting, dancing and singing of folk songs that form part of its rich culture. In summer, most villages hold colourful archery festivals and thanks giving events, while winter is the period in which most of the religious festivals and social and cultural events are held.
The Indus valley which offers fabulous huge and rough landscapes alternating with vast and green oasis constitutes the major axis of Ladakh. The valley is full of all the colours of ladakhi’s life and their Buddhist and Tibetan cultures. The most prestigious monasteries of Ladakh are the soul of this valley. These Gompas are decorated with splendid frescos, which force us to evoke the multiple aspects of their thoughts.
South east of Leh sprawls the picturesque Nubra Valley. Once a halting place for the ancient caravans that travelled on the traditional trade routes to the bazaars of Central Asia, Nubra now plays host to a number of visitors from all over the world. Lying on the other side of the Ladakh range across the highest motor-able road in the world, Nubra is a mixture of desert and lush fields of barley, wheat, peas, millet, buckwheat, and apricot orchards. It is here also that you will find the rare Bactrian Double Humped Camel once used as a pack animal by traders coming in from China. This safari crosses the Khardung La (above 18,000ft) the highest mountain passes in the world and enters the Nubra valley. Two rivers flow through this beautiful valley – the Shyok and the Nubra. Visit the villages of Panamik, Tirirt, Khalsar, Diskit, and Hunder. An unforgettable drive through the Ladakh ranges.
Then head towards the extensive Changthang plateau. On the way stop over at the hot springs of Chumathang known for their healing properties for a refreshing dip. After crossing the Mahe Bridge we reach the ancient village of Karzok with its impressive monastery on a hillside on the northern shores of the TsoMoriri salt water lake. This water body is about 65 Kms in circumference and is ringed by barren mountains. The next destination is TsoKar another salt water lake that has enormous deposits of salt on its shore. Then crossing the extensive Kyungshu or More plains we head back towards Leh crossing the second highest motor-able pass in the world – the Tanglang La and camp at the small village of Rumtse .
Some of them which could cherish your mind with the beauty of places are Red fort, India Gate, Jama Masjid. Enjoy a rickshaw ride through Old Delhi – a truly memorable experience. A visit to Qutab Minar, the tallest stone tower in India
Flight to Ladakh. On a clear day from one side of the aircraft can be seen in the distance the peaks of K2, Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum and on the other side of the aircraft, so close that you feel you could reach out and touch it, is the Nun Kun massif.
Today after an early breakfast proceed to visit the West Indus Valley. Visit ALCHI Monastary. The complex of temples located within the village is the most celebrated of Ladakh’s monasteries and dates back to the 11th century. After lunch you will proceed to Lamayuru for dinner and an overnight stay.
In the morning proceed to visit the 11th century LAMAYURU Monastery, which is spectacularly located along the valley plain and surrounded by mountains on all sides. According to legend, the arhat Madhyantika, a disciple of Buddha offered “torma’ (sacred food) and water to the spirits inhabiting the site to satisfy them. Later in the afternoon visit the LIKIR Monastery, this is situated at the head of the village by the same name. Drive back to Leh for dinner & overnight stay.
The road journey from Leh to NUBRA VALLEY passes over KHARDUNG LA (the highest motor-able road in the world) at 5602 M / 18,390 Ft, around 39 km from Leh. Before proceeding to your camp at Hunder, stop to visit DISKIT MONASTERY perched on a rock overhanging next to a stream, which provides the source of energy used by mills in the area.
After breakfast you will get the unique opportunity to ride on a bacterian camel (double humped) amidst the sand dunes of this high altitude desert with snow capped mountains on the horizon. On the return journey you stop by to visit SAMSTANLING GOMPA founded by Lama Tsultims Nima.
After breakfast drive to Leh over Khardung La. Afternoon rest and relax or take a walk to the local market.
Today is a free day at leisure. You can also have optional activities life rafting on the Indus or the Zanskar rivers. Or explore the Leh town on foot or a mountain bike on your own.
Tso in the Ladakhi language means a Lake. TsoMoriri is one of the most exciting places in Ladakh; some rate it better than PangongTso. A visit to Ladakh is incomplete without visiting TsoMoriri. It is a brackish water lake about 28 km long and 8 km wide at an altitude of 15,000 Ft above sea level. The complete area is considered as a protected wildlife sanctuary and special permits are required for the visit. TsoMoriri or “Mountain Lake” is situated in the middle of the elevated valley of Rupshu surrounded by snow-capped peaks.
Day 10 : To TsoKar (4485 m) - approx 55 km / approx 2 ½ hrs
Rise early in the morning to capture some unforgettable snaps of the deep blue waters of the lake against the backdrop of rocky mountains of unimaginable hues.
Later explore the surrounding areas of the Lake. The village of Karzok is besides the lake. Afternoon you continue your journey to TSO KAR. On getting to the bottom of this descent you get your first glimpse of TsoKar also called “White Lake” because of the salt deposits around it.
In the morning, you commence your journey back to Leh. A 20 minutes drive gets you onto the Manali – Leh highway. On this route you cross over Taklang La (5260 M / 17, 582 Ft), a sign board proclaims it to be the second highest motorable road in the world. On crossing over the pass the full force of the awesome stark grandeur of the barren mountains greets you. Enroute visit Continue your drive to HEMIS GOMPA, crossing over the Indus River at the village of Karu.
The day serves as a reserve for any unexpected delay in the itinerary or as an opportunity to visit a few monasteries of the Indus valley.
In time transfer to the Leh airport to board your flight back to Delhi. You are met upon arrival at Delhi airport and transferred to your hotel. The afternoon & evening is at leisure to enable you to do some shopping so as to take some souvenirs back home.
Depending on your flight. Afternoon City tour Of Old Delhi. Later in time transfer to the International Airport to connect your flight for home / onward journey.