Set amidst the Northern Himalayan ranges lies the area of Ladakh. Let being the main city stands proudly in the valley at 3300 metres. A few hundred kilometres in every direction are high passes which go as high as up to 5359 metres and the view is breathtaking. All the passes are motor-able and are the highest motor-able roads in the world. Lady region is divided into 2 regions. Nubra valley which is north of Leh city and Zanskar valley which is south of the Leh city. You will find some of the most beautiful monasteries in this region. Besides its cultural attraction this area is also very popular for adventure. So for those seeking trekking, expeditions, whitewater rafting and sighting the Himalayan snow Leopard, this is the best place to be. As Leh is at a high altitude the day of arrival is used to just relax and rest at the hotel so as to acclimatise to the altitude. You have the Indus river which is a mythological river in Hindu manuscripts, which runs through Leh itself. When you move westwards from Leh towards Lamayuru you pass by and drive all the way alongside the Zanskar river, which in the winter freezes over and is open for a month’s period during end Jan time as the Chadar Trek, one of the absolute must do treks in the world. Basically it’s a trek on the frozen river and you encounter temperatures as low as minus 30 degrees and the wind factor can further reduce temperatures by 10 degrees. The river passes through very narrow gorges and this can at some places be compared to the Grand Canyon. Ladakh region is open only June to early Oct each year. Other than that it remains shut due to extreme cold and snowfall. The locals however continue to live there. The landscape around this region is unparalleled in the world and a photographer’s delight.
Day 01: Delhi
Arrive Delhi. Transfer to hotel for overnight.
Day 02: Delhi – Amritsar
After breakfast, we transfer to the railway station to take the train to Amritsar. In the afternoon we visit Wagha border to see the sunset flag down ceremony. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 03: Amritsar – Dharmshala
After breakfast we visit the Golden Temple and then drive to Dharmshala. In the afternoon we visit the Monastery. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 04: Dharamshala – Manali
After breakfast we leave for Manali, en-route visiting the Triloknath Temple. Check into your Hotel. The afternoon is free for leisure activities. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 05: Manali
After breakfast, we visit the Pagoda Temple of Hadimba Devi and Old Manali to see the Manu Temple. In the afternoon we visit the Vaishisht Hot Sulphur Spring Bath. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 06: Manali – Jispa
After breakfast, we leave for Jispa. En-route we visit the Keylong local bazaar and continue our drive to Jispa. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 07: Jispa – Sarchu
After breakfast, we leave for Sarchu. En-route we visit the Dalai Lama Monastery. Overnight in tents.
Day 08: Sarchu – Leh
After breakfast, we leave for Leh and there is the chance to see tiny colonies of Mormots & Yaks. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 09: Leh – Alchi – Leh
After breakfast, we have a full day excursion to Basgo Fort and Alchi Monastery. In the evening we return back to Leh. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10: Leh
After breakfast, we have a half day tour of Spituk and Phyang Monastery. In the afternoon we visit the King’s Palace, Leh Mosque, Leh Gompa and Shankar Gompa. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 11: Leh
After breakfast, we have a full day to visit Thiskey Monastery to see praying ceremony and visit one of the biggest Monsatery of Leh “Hemis”. On the way back we visit Shey palace. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 12: Leh – Delhi
After breakfast, we transfer to the Airport for Flight to Delhi. Arrival at Delhi Airport. Half day free for city tour and shopping.
Day 13: Delhi
Transfer to the airport for flight to home destination.