Leh – Shey, Thiksey, Hemis – Pangong – Khardungla – Leh (4N/ 5D)
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 Shey, Thikse and Hemis. Shey monastery (Appx 3400 mts) is 15 kms South of Leh on Manali highway. Shey village was summer retreat for Kings of Ladakh. Monastery built in 1655 has giant copper with gilded gold statute of seated Shakyamuni Buddha. 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.
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 – 80 kms, Journey and Sight-seeing Time – approximately 6 hrs.
After Breakfast, drive on world’s highest motorable road to famous Khardungla pass (18380 ft/ 5606 mts). This falls on old silk route and is gateway to Karakoram, Nubra Valley, Siachen Glacier and famous trading town of Kashgar in central Asia. Enjoy the panorama whilst atop Khardungla. Drive back to Leh. Explore local market in the evening. O/n Hotel.
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.) Local Transfer from Airport to Hotel and vice-versa.
3.) Excursions in Leh and around as mentioned in the itinerary by exclusive AC cab.
4.) 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