Leh – Alchi,Likir – Kargil – Padum – Lamayuru, Rizong – Pangong – Leh (7N/ 8D)
Arrival at Leh Airport. Transfer to Hotel at Leh (3524 mts/ 11560 ft). Breakfast & relax. It is very important to get acclimatized to the rarefied high altitude Ladakh. In process to do so, walk to the Shanti stupa late in the afternoon to obtain excellent view of entire Leh town down below. Take an easy half hour walk to Sankar Gompa which is daughter eablishment of Spituk monastery and residence of Abbot of Spituk. Evening visit is recommended as Sankar Gompa is open the evening and is kept well lit. O/n Hotel.
Distance – 235 Kms, Journey and Sight-seeing Time – approximately 8 hrs.
After an early breakfast we check out from the hotel and start our journey for Kargil, enroute visiting Basgo which is certainly the most impressive of Ladakhi citadels despite its ruined state. Proceed to Likir(3500 mts/ 11550 ft). (Period: 11th century). The name Likir is derived from the word Lukhgil (coiled snake) as the site appears to be encircled by two great serpent spirits - Nanda and Taksako. Likir is one of the most active monasteries in the region with100 monks in residence. The Gompa has affine collection of Thanka's some of which are now housed in its museum. As you drive up to the monastery, a recently installed colossal gilded image of the Maitreya out in the open is one of the many impressive sights in Ladakh. we drive and cross the River Indus and reach Alchi (3100 mts/ 10200 ft), (Period: 11th century). The complex of temples located within the village of Alchi is the most celebrated of Ladakh's monasteries. It is one of the earliest existant monasteries in Ladakh built by Lodan Shorab and Tsulkhrim Od, disciples of Rin-chen Zangpo. The complex consists of a group of five temples, as well as a number of chortens scattered around the complex. The Dukhang and the Sumstek are the most significant of the complex. The Dukhang lies at the far end of the complex and is entered through a finely carved wooden archway and a door richly embellished with wood carvings depicting the five Buddha's. The other significant temple in the complex is the three tiered Sumstek, entered through a small portico supported by a superbly carved wooden archway showing a strong influence of Kashmiri traditions. Reach Kargil (2676 mts/ 8800 ft) by late evening. Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel in Kargil.
Distance – 240 Kms, Journey and Sight-seeing Time – approximately 10 hrs.
Early Morning drive to Padum (Zanskar), On the way obtain magnificent view of Nun Kun Mountain massif comprising a pair of Himalayan peaks (7135 mts/ 23409 ft). Visit Rangdum Monastery, situated on a hilltop (4031 mts/ 13325 ft) in isolated region of the Suru valley of Ladakh. Rangdum is located midway between Kargil and Padum. On one side there are the colorful hills while on the other side are rocky mountains and glaciers, notably the very famous Drang-drung. The Drang-Drung Glacier is the long river of ice and snow, with a maximum length of 23 kilometres and at an average elevation of 15680 ft/ 4780 mts., a source of Stod River which is a tributory of Zanskar River and Zanskar River is a tributary of Indus River. It is best viewed fom top of Pensi-la. From Rangdum the valley rises to 4400mts/ 14436 ft at Pensi-la, the gateway into Zanskar. Reach headquarters of Zanskar, Padum (3657 mts/ 12000 ft) by Evening. Overnight Hotel/ Camp at Padum.
Distance – 30 Kms, Journey and Sight-seeing Time – approximately 5 hrs.
Breakfast & Relaxed morning. Leave for Karsha village which has the largest and most important monastery in Zanskar, attributed to Padmasambhava, and there are ancient rock-carvings at the site. The oldest remaining structure, an Avalokiteshvara temple, Chuk-shik-jal, contains wall paintings which seem to associate it with the era of famous builder monk Rinchen Zangpo (958-1055). The monastery is under the younger brother of the Dalai Lama. Behind his seat in the chapel is a statue of Lhaso Cho Rinpoche, which was brought from Lhasa in the 1960s and has a golden crown with carnelian and turquoise decorations. The gorge portion of the Zanskar River is called the ‘Grand Canyon’ of Asia. One can also enjoy River Rafting session. Visit beautiful villages and Gompas of Sani & Stongdey. Overnight Hotel/ Camp at Padum.
Distance – 346 Kms, Journey and Sight-seeing Time – approximately 12 hrs.
Leave early after Breakfast. It’s day long drive to Lamayuru over Fatu – la, highest pass on Leh Srinagar highway (4108 mts/ 13500 ft). At Mulbekh (3300 mts/ 10900 ft), Visit the famous Chamba Statue, a striking enormous figure carved into the rock face on roadside. It pictures a standing Maitreya Buddha overlooking the old trade route and modern highway. Arrival at Lamayuru by late evening. O/n Hotel.
Distance – 127 Kms, Journey and Sight-seeing Time – approximately 7 hrs.
Lamayuru (3500 mts/ 11550 ft), this beautiful ancient monastery is the main seat of Drikung Kagyu (Red Hat) tradition in Ladakh. One of the largest and oldest Gompas in Ladakh, it has a population of around 150 permanent monks residents. Lamayuru is host to two annual masked dance festivals. Besides its history, Lamayuru attracts travelers and trekkers for its lunar landscape. After visiting Lamayuru, proceed further to Leh. Sojourn at Rizong Monastery (Gelugpa or Yellow Hat). It is situated at the top of a rocky side valley on the north side of the Indus. It was established in 1831 by Lama Tsultim Nima under the Gelukpa order, at Ri-rdzong. There are 40 monks in the monastery. The monastery is also called “the paradise for meditation” and is noted for its extremely strict rules and standards. Reach Leh by evening. O/n Hotel.
Distance – 340 kms, Journey and Sight-seeing Time – approximately 10 hrs.
Early departure for hectic but exciting tour of Pangong Lake. This route proceeds past the picturesque villages of Shey and Thikse, and turns into the side-valley of Chemrey Sakti. The Ladakh range is crossed by the Chang-la (5360 mts/ 17800 ft) which is one of the easier passes remaining open for much of the year even in winters. Visit Tangtse, just beyond the foot of the pass, with an ancient Temple. Pangong Lake, situated at an altitude of (4350 mts/ 14350 ft), is a long narrow basin of inland drainage, hardly 3 to 4 kms at its widest point, and over 140 kms long, and bisected by the international border between India and China. Spangmik is the farthest point up to which travelers are allowed. After visiting the Lake, reach Leh late in the evening. Dinner & O/N stay at Hotel.
Check out & Drive to Airport for return flight.
Cost Per Person on Twin Sharing basis
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Our Price Includes
1.) 3 overnight stays at Leh in Deluxe Room with Bed Tea, Breakfast & Dinner.
2.) 1 overnight stay at Kargil in Deluxe Room with Bed Tea, Breakfast & Dinner.
3.) 2 overnight stays at Padum in Deluxe Room with Bed Tea, Breakfast & Dinner.
4.) 1 overnight stay at Lamayuru in Deluxe Room with Bed Tea, Breakfast & Dinner.
5.) Local Transfer from Airport to Hotel and vice-versa.
6.) Excursions as mentioned in the itinerary by exclusive AC cab.
7.) All taxes.
Price does not include
1.) Meals other than those indicated above, drinks, tips, laundry, telephone calls & expenses of personal nature.
2.) Entrance/ Guiding charges in Monuments, Adventure Sports, Joy rides, travel and health insurance.
1.) The tour cost is subject to change without prior notice.
2.) Hotels : Subject to availability at the time of making reservation