India North  Leh – Ladakh

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Duration: 8 days and 7 nights

Description: What can be better than travelling across some of the highest terrain in the country? With its unbelievable sights and experiences, this Leh-Ladakh tour will have you wanting to stay back for more.

Day 1: Leh
Ladakh is the largest province within the North Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir, covering approximately 60,000 square miles (100,000 sq. km). It is surrounded and bisected by some of the highest mountain ranges in the world. On your arrival at Leh, a representative will meet, greet, assist and transfer you to your hotel in Leh. Rest of the day is free to acclimatize to the high altitude of Ladakh. Stay overnight at hotel in Leh.

Day 2: Sightseeing around Leh (80 Kms round trip)
After breakfast at hotel, drive to Sangam. Enroute visit Magnetic Hill and Gurudwara Patthar Sahib. The confluence of the Indus and Zanskar Rivers is in Ladakh at Nimu. From this point on, beyond this confluence of the two, the stream is regarded as the Indus River. Can anyone ever imagine the movement of a vehicle up a steep mountain with its engines off? Reach Magnetic Hill to experience nature, which sounds completely unbelievable. Just before reaching Leh visit Spituk Monastery (Kali Mata Temple) Ladakh Hall of fame. Arrive at your hotel in Leh for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 3: Leh – Nubra via Khardungla Pass (140 Kms 5hours approx)
Early morning proceed to Nubra Valley via the world’s highest motorable road (5602 Mts) – Khardungla pass. Popularly called the orchard of Ladakh, you will definitely be overwhelmed to see the Bactarian camels (shaggy double hump camel) around sand dunes, Deskit & Samstanling monasteries. Arrive at Nubra Valley and proceed on a visit to the White Sand Dunes at Hunder. You can enjoy a camel ride (at your expense). Later if time permits visit Hunder and Deskit monasteries and check in at the camp/hotel. The evening is at leisure. Stay overnight at the comfortable Swiss camps.

Day 4: Nubra – Leh (140 Kms, 4hours approx)
Morning after breakfast, proceed to Leh, once again driving via Khardungla pass, the world’s highest motorable road. In the evening explore Leh bazaar for souvenirs, visit Leh Jokhang or Leh Mosque by foot. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 5: Monastery tour and Leh sightseeing
Morning, after breakfast, drive to Thiksey Monastery. One of the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh, it belongs to the Gelukpa Order of Buddhism. After visiting the Thiksey Monastery drive to Shey Palace, located 15km to the south of Leh on the Leh-Manali highway. The 3 storey palace is perched on a hillock overlooking the beautiful Shey village. Later visit Sindhu Ghaat. The festival is also a symbolic salutation to the courageous soldiers of the country, who have endangered their life to save ours. Arrive at Leh and you will be dropped at Leh Market / hotel for Lunch (on own). Post lunch you will leave for sightseeing to Shanti Stupa and Leh Palace. Return to your hotel for dinner and a comfortable overnight stay.

Day 6: Excursion to Pangong Lake (280 Kms round trip)
Morning, after breakfast drive to Pangong Lake on the Indo China border. Pangong Lake is situated in the northeast of Leh, 4,350 meters above sea level. The long and narrow lake lies in the neighborhood of the famous Chushul Mountains. The size of the lake is best inferred from the probable etymology of its name Pangong, which means extensive concavity. The mirror-calm water is cold, clear, and extremely salty. By the evening, come back to your hotel in Leh for dinner and overnight sleep.

Day 7: Leh at leisure
Today is a day to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the Leh town. You may want to walk down to the local bazaar to buy souvenirs that will remind you of your small but enthralling rendezvous with Ladakh. As an option, you may opt for the various additions mentioned.

Day 8: Airport Departure
Leave to Leh airport to board your flight to Delhi.