Leh – Thiksey, Hemis, Stok – Pangong – Nubra Valley – Leh (5N/ 6D)
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 embellishment 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 – 100 kms, Journey and Sight-seeing Time – approximately 7 hrs.
Breakfast followed Monastery Tour of Thikse, Hemis and Stok Palace. Thikse monastery (Appx 3600 mts) is 15thcentury gelugpa sect (Yellow Hat) monastery, 19 kms from Leh, noted for its resemblance to Potala palace in Lhasa, Tibet, is largest in central Ladakh. This 12 storey complex houses many items of Buddhist art such as stupas, thangkas, wall paintings etc. Main attraction is 15 mts tall image of maitreya Buddha. Hemis monastery (Appx 3600 mts) built in 1630 is the main seat of Kagyu lineage (Red Hat) of Buddhism and appears to be a beautiful cave hermitage. But entrance gives way to large courtyard with its enclosing gallery decorated with painted stone reliefs. Drive back to Leh, O/n Hotel. Stok palace (Appx 3650 mts), built in 1814 as a royal residence which occupies a museum displaying royal artifacts including some beautiful jewellery, thankas and costumes. Drive back to Leh, 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.
Distance – 130 Kms, Journey and Sight-seeing Time – approximately 6 hrs.
After an early breakfast, set off towards the Nubra Valley 'The Valley of Wild Roses'. The route from Leh to the Nubra valley is perhaps the most scenic in Laddakh, making its way over the world's highest motor able pass - Khardung La (18380 ft/5606m) and into the picturesque Nubra valley (3048 mts/ 10050 ft). Where the rest of Ladakh is arid and barren, the Nubra blooms and blossoms in many colors. The name Nubra is derived from the Ladakhi 'Dumra' which means garden or orchard. The Nubra valley is a small stretch of land in the northern part of Ladakh, nestled at the foot of the Karakoram Ranges. Two major rivers, the Nubra and the Shyok, irrigate this area giving rise to a fair bit of vegetation: mosses, wild roses, edelweiss, gentians, apricot and apple orchards, barley fields and willows. This combined with the ethereal beauty of the towering mountains all around it, makes the Nubra valley one of the most striking regions of Ladakh. This stunning valley is the same area through which the legendary silk route once traced its wealthy way - merchant caravans loaded with everything from carpets and silks to dry fruits and jewellery, made their way to Central Asia through the Nubra Valley. Dinner and overnight stay at Swiss cottage tents in Tigar.
Distance – 150 Kms, Journey and Sight-seeing Time – approximately 8 hrs.
After breakfast, visit Hundur and Diskit (3144 mts/ 10315 ft). One can see the famous sand dunes at Hundur and even can go for a Camel Ride on the famous double humped bactrian camels. See the vast expanse of Nubra from Diskit Monastery. Drive back and reach Leh by late evening. O/n Hotel at Leh.
Transfer to Airport for return journey.
Cost Per Person on Twin Sharing basis
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Our Price Includes
1.) 4 overnight stays at Leh in Deluxe Room with Bed Tea, Breakfast & Dinner.
2.) 1 overnight stay at Nubra in Deluxe Room with Bed Tea, Breakfast & Dinner.
3.) Local Transfer from Airport to Hotel and vice-versa.
4.) Excursions as mentioned in the itinerary by exclusive AC cab.
5.) 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