Leh -Indus Valley - Alchi - Lamayuru - Khardung La - Nubra
Ladakh, a region of Jammu & Kashmir, is no less than a paradise on earth. Here you do not only see the natural beauty but also the most exquisite flora and fauna. There is a major amount of Buddhist lining here. This 9 nights and 10 days tour is going to give you a chance of paying a visit to some of the most beautiful destinations. Almost every year this place is visited by many adventure lovers who travel here by road on their bikes.
Arrival in Leh, IHPL representative will meet you and assist you in getting transferred to the Hotel. Make yourself comfortable today to the high altitude of Ladakh. Visit the local market of Leh, in the evening. Overnight at the Hotel.
Have your breakfast and the spend half of the day in sight seeing of Sankar Gompa (closely associated with the Spituk monastery), Shanti Stupa (this stupa has a Japanese touch in its architecture) and Leh Palace (built in 17th century AD, it is now deserted). Evening are free. Overnight stay at the hotel.
After breakfast on day 3, drive to Thiksey village, pay a visit to Thiksey monastery (There are several temples in this Gompas, containing exqusite images, stupas and wall paintings of Buddha )and then drive off to Shey Village for visiting Shey Palace (once the residence of the royal family )and Gompa. Continue driving to Hemis monastery (one of the most famous monasteries of Ladakh). While heading back to Leh, enroute visit Stok Palace and Museum (displaying fabulous period costumes and jewelry of the royalty as well as exquisite Thankas representing the life style of Shakya Muni. Interesting historical objects like coins, armor, weapons, precious jades and porcelain too can be seen here. Once back, spend your evening relaxing in your home. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Leh.
Post breakfast, hit the road to Alchi carrying packed lunch. On the way visit, Magnetic Hill (it is belived that if a vehicle here is pakred on a neutral gear, it still slides upwards on this mnetallic road), Confluence of Zanskar and Indus river (amazing view of two rivers getting merged) and Basgo Fort (it was once the seat of power of branch of a Namgyal family). Arrive at Alchi and visit Alchi Monastery which is almost 1000 years old and is not located on the hilltop. Dinner and an overnight stay at hotel / camp in Alchi.
Day 5 is for the excursion to Lamayuru monastery (it is the oldest holy site in Ladakh). During the afternoon visit the Rizong monastery (it is a paradise for meditation with mno fee levied on it) and Chulichan nunnery (it offers clothes and food to the monks who perform prayers). Stay Overnight at camps in Uleytokpo or any resort in Alchi .
Today drive back to Leh, en route visiting Likir (originally founded in the 11th century but the present version was revamped in the 18th century) and Spituk (this monastery built in 15th century also has images of Kali) monastery. In the evening, visit Stok Palace and museum. Stay overnight at the hotel at Leh.
On day 7, move forward to Nubra Valley via the World Highest Motorable road (5602 Mts) Khardungla pass. Youi reach there by noon and check in at the Hotel / Camp. Evenings are free. An overnight stay at the hotel / camp.
Today after having breakfast, proceed for a visit to the White Sand Dunes at Hunder. If you wish, you can enjoy the camel ride here. Pay a visit to Hunder (if you want you can stay in this village, and enjoy the small monastery) and Diskit (this monastery built in AD 1420, is a home to about 100 monks) monasteries. In the evening, trek to Samstaling (founded by Lama Tsultrim Nima and Monastic community has extremely strict rules)Monestry. O/N
Once you have breakfast proceed for Leh, driving via Khardungla pass (the World’s Highest Motorable road). Evening is free for exploring the market of Leh for souvenir, visit Leh Jokhang (built in 1957, also has a statue of crowned Buddha, Joyo Rinpoche) or Leh Mosque (built in 1666-67 after an agreement between Ruler of Ladakh, Deldan Mangyal and Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb) by foot. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 10 is booked for departure for Leh airport in order to board the flight to Delhi.