Nomadic Land of Ladakh
Nomadic Land of Ladakh
You arrive at Leh Kushok Bakula Airport, the flight can be truly sensational, on a clear day you can see the peaks of K2, Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum from one side of the aircraft and from the other side you are so close to Nun Kun Massif, that you feel you could reach out and touch it.
At the airport you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Day is at leisure for you to acclimatize to the altitude. In the evening visit Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa and Leh market.
Dinner and overnight at hotel in Leh.
After breakfast you drive downstream along the River Indus on Leh – Kargil Highway. We visit Hall of Fame (Museum Constructed by India Army), worth a visit for every Indian, we proceed further to Gurudwara Patthar Sahib Nestled deep in the Himalayas, A drive of another 4 kms will take us to Magnetic Hill which defies the law of gravity. We then drive through a picturesque landscape to the confluence of The Indus and Zanskar River. We then visit the Likir Monastery, Likir is one of the most active monasteries in the region. As you drive up to the monastery a recently installed colossal gilded image of the Maitreya out in the open is one of the most impressive sights in Ladakh.
After visiting the Monastery you continue your drive along the River Indus to Uletokpo or Tingmosgang, enroute visiting Ridzong Monastery, there is an option to walk up to the Monastery for those who wish to do so. Hidden at the end of a steep valley, the first view of the Monastery is dramatic. After visiting above places we drive further and check in at our camp / hotel for overnight stay.
After a scrumptious breakfast you drive to the 11th Century Lamayuru Monastery enroute visiting the mesmerizing Moon Landscapes (This area is called Moonland because similar formations of land are visible here as on the moon). Lamayuru is spectacularly located along the valley plain and surrounded by mountains on all sides. On your return drive to Leh you first visit the Alchi Gompa, the complex of temples located within the village is the most celebrated of Ladakh’s monasteries and dates back to the 11th century. After Alchi you proceed to Basgo, which lies astride the road to Leh. The jagged skyline of the ruins of the 15th century capital of Ladakh dominates the village of Basgo.
You arrive back to Leh for dinner and overnight stay at your Hotel.
In the morning leave for Tsomoriri Lake enroute visiting Shey Palace, the ancient capital of Ladakh & 3 Idiots Rancho School. Driving through a picturesque landscape we reach Thiksey an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. After visiting above two monasteries we drive further towards Chumathang, which is famous for therapeutic hot springs and visited by many tourists. From here a short drive will take you to Mahey bridge, the checking point to enter this new area. On the way visit Sumdah village and proceed to Tsomoriri.
The Tsomoriri Lake is located at 14,000 ft. near a small village of Korzok. Recently opened to foreigners due to the proximity of the Chinese border, the Changthang is a land of wilderness and magnificent landscapes, Tsomoriri Lake is also the breeding ground for numerous species of birds, like the bar headed goose, crested grebe, the Brahmini duck (ruddy sheldrake) and the brown-headed gull. The Tsomoriri Lake is 8 kms wide and 28 kms long. Upon arrival we check in at our camp.
In the morning visit Korzok village with its houses and its Gompa appearing like a mirage. The few barley fields at Korzok must be among the highest cultivation in the world. Later we check out from our camp and drive to Tsokar, the nomadic people, Changpas, are most outstanding feature of this area. They can be seen moving from one place to another, grazing herds of goats, sheep and yaks. Changpas, spend their days with their animals and move with their flocks, their only wealth, from pasture to pasture according to changing season. Their flocks, yaks and goat's hair furnish the raw material from which they make their ropes, clothes and shoes. All day long men and women are busy milking he animals, churning milk into butter, making ropes, weaving mats and other fabrics. These people are completely isolated from modern civilization. The Drive is scenic and Tsokar lake is one of the best. Upon arrival in Tsokar you check in at our pre-arranged Camp for overnight stay.
Enjoy the breathtaking views of the lake and your surroundings. After a leisurly breakfast we checkout from our camp and drive to Leh enroute visiting Hemis Monastery, The largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu order of Tibetan Buddhism. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Leh.
After breakfast we drive to Nubra Valley. The road journey from Leh to Nubra Valley passes over Khardung La (The Highest Motorable Road In The World) at 5,602 Mtrs / 18,390 Ft, around 39 km from Leh. From the pass, one can see all the way south over the Indus valley to seemingly endless peaks and ridges of the Zanskar range, and north to the giants of the Saser massif. Nubra Valley is popularly known as Ldumra or the valley of flowers. It is situated in the north of Ladakh between the Karakoram and Ladakh ranges of the Himalayas. The average altitude of the valley is 10,000 Ft. above sea level.
Upon arrival in Nubra we check in at our Camp for overnight stay. In the evening you can walk around the tiny villages to see how locals live. A visit to a Ladakhi home can be arranged.
Dinner and overnight at camp.
After an early breakfast we check out from the Camp and drive to Hunder where you have opportunity to ride on a double humped camel amidst the sand dunes of this high altitude desert with snow capped mountains on the horizon. Between Hunder and Diskit you come across sand dunes besides the road. Seen in isolation you could well be amongst the sand dunes of the Thar Desert in Rajasthan. It is indeed a strange sight since immediately on the left of the road are rocky mountains that characterize the Ladakhi landscape and in the distance, snow-capped mountains can be seen. On the return stop at Diskit which is the headquarter town of Nubra Valley. Stroll around the bazaar observing the shops and local people going about their daily chores. Diskit is famous for 515 years old Buddhist Monastery, lying magnificently situated on a hilltop, facing the entire Valley.
Later we drive back to Leh via Khardungla Top. On arrival at Leh you will check in to your Hotel. Evening is at leisure, you may stroll around the market place for some last minute souvenir shopping.
After breakfast check out and transfer to the airport for a flight to your onward destination.
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