Classic Leh to Leh
Day 1 – Arrival in Leh
Pickup from Leh airport, transferred to Hotel & full day rest for acclimatization. Overnight stay at Leh.
Day 2- Leh Local sightseeing
Post breakfast we do local sight seeing at Leh. A number of attractions en-route.
DAY - 3 - Local sightseeing in Leh (11,562 ft)
Day 5 - Leh to Nubra
Leh to Nubra valley (126 km) After breakfast drive to Diskit Nubra via Khardongla pass 18,380 ft ( world highest motorable road) and reach at Diskit where you have hot lunch at hotel. After lunch visit famous sandune of Ladakh in Hunder & camel safari in sandune.over night at Camp.
Day 6 - VISIT DISKIT MONASTERY ( option to increase stay at Nubra by one night and visit Turtuk Village, and head straight to Pangong Lake the next day )
Diskit monastery is the oldest and the largest monastery in Nubra Valey. The Gompa roof is said to offer glorious views of Nubra valley. We make our way to Leh as the sun sets in. Evening free for Shopping or Relaxation . Overnight stay at Leh.
DAY 7 - VISIT PANGONG LAKE (Optional overnight stay at Pangong)
After crossing the third highest motorable pass the Changla Pass (17800 ft) one arrives at the picture pefect Pangong lake (14500 ft, Highest Salt water lake). It’s an unimaginable 135 kms long with almost 70% of the lake in China. Its part of the Changthang geographical setting in the higher Himalayas. Post lunch departure for Leh. Over night at Leh
Day 8 - Departure from Leh
Take a morning flight out of Leh.
Ladakh translated as "Land of high passes" is a land like no other, it is bound to exceed every expectation that one can muster. A synonym for heaven, solace and nirvana. Bounded by the Great Himalayas on one side and the Karakoram on the other, this is the highest plateau (over 3000 mts) and houses the largest district in India, Leh.
Ladakh is also known as "Little Tibet" as it is heavily influenced by Tibetan culture. Over the years, Ladakh has gained strategic importance being at the crossroads of several trade routes, though the Chinese closed this route off in 1960s. A high altitude desert created by the Great Himalayas - which provide a rain shadow- meaning they prohibit the entry of rain bearing clouds.
Ladakh goes well with the tagline "All that's special", as everything here is unique and cannot be witnessed else where in the world. If you have been disappointed with something that hasn't lived upto the hype and more, try Ladakh.
Culture Of Ladakh
Ladakhi culture is heavily influenced by Tibetan culture, in fact it is quite similar. There are more Buddhists than Muslims in certain areas and the ratio changes as we move towards Zanskar valley. Ladakhi food has much in common with Tibetan food, the most prominent foods being thukpa (noodle soup) and tsampa, known in Ladakhi as ngampe (roasted barley flour).
A dish that is strictly Ladakhi is skyu, a heavy pasta dish with root vegetables. Tea in Ladakh is traditionally made with strong green tea, butter, and salt. It is mixed in a large churn and known as gurgur cha (Butter Tea), after the sound it makes when mixed. The milk and sugar based sweet tea made in Indian style is also common now. Most of the surplus barley that is produced is fermented into chang, an alcoholic beverage drunk especially on festive occasions.
Festivals Of Ladakh
Festivals of Ladakh are an important part of life there, which mark several occasions such as harvesting, commemoration of the head Lamas of the founding monastery, New Year etc. The festivals of Ladakh conducted by various monasteries often have religious masked dances, which are an important part of Ladakh's culture. The dances typically narrate a story between good and evil, which typically end up in victory of the former.
Hemis Festival : The most famous of all monastic festivals in June (a three day affair) to commemorate birth of Guru Padmasambhava, the founder of Tantric Buddhism in Tibet. The sacred dance drama of the life and mission is performed wearing facial masks and colorful brocades robes. The monkey year festival is a special treat which comes at a cycle of 12 yrs. The four-storey Thanka of Guru Padmasambhava is displayed during the festival.
Thiksey, Karsha and Spituk Gustor: Gustors takes place all the three monasteries at different times of the year. A two day celebration, to mark the victory of good over evil. Gustor literally means "Sacrifice of the 29th day" and it ends with burning of effigies representing evil.
Ladakh Festival: From September 1st to 15th every year in Leh and in the villages around, the Ladakh festival is celebrated in the grandest style. With cultural troupes performing from different parts of Leh, forming the part of the procession which leads to the Polo ground, for the big inauguration. Regular programs are held at the nearby villages during the 15 day period.
People Of Ladakh
The Ladakhi society is considered one of the most peaceful societies in the world and that is largely based on the beliefs that follow through from the Buddhist way of life. A feature of Ladakhi society that distinguishes it from the rest of the state is the high status and relative emancipation enjoyed by women compared to other rural parts of India. Fraternal polyandry is still practiced in some parts of Ladakh.
- Accommodation and all meals
- Government Service Tax as applicable (as on date 1/4/2016 it is 4.7%)
Once you move to a higher altitude, the body needs rest to get acclimatized.On reaching Leh - You should take complete rest and drink lot of water. No alcohol on Day 1 (on reaching Leh) and refrain from smoking, if you do that is.
None of the pre-paid networks work in the state of JNK. Most postpaid networks work fine in JNK. The most extensive network is BSNL followed by Airtel, and Vodafone. There wont be any connectivity at Nubra (only BSNL Postpaid works) and Pangong
THINGS TO CARRY
*Please note that the Kit List mentioned is a standard one for all our Himalayan trips, hence one can make a few changes as per personal preferences.
Recommended - Carry camphor or Easy-Breath inhalant capsules for easy breathing.
In the event of any cancellation by you, the initial deposit amount paid, shall stand forfeited and further cancellation shall be levied as per the following terms:
- 6 weeks before date of departure: 20% of tour cost + Air / Rail cancellation charges.
- 4 to 6 weeks before date of departure: 50% of tour cost + Air / Rail cancellation charges.
- 2 to 4 weeks before date of departure: 80% of tour cost + Air / Rail cancellation charges.
- 2 weeks before date of departure: 100% of tour cost + Air / Rail cancellation charges (Will be considered as no show).
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