Leh to Manali
DAY 1- ARRIVAL AT LEH BY FLIGHT
Upon arrival, transfer to the very hospitable Hotel in Leh. A day of rest is highly recommended as it eases the process of acclimatization. Also sipping hot tea while stretching your legs in the lap of Himalayas is definitely not a bad way to start you trip, alternatively you can also choose to visit the local market in the evening. Visit Shanti stupa . Overnight stay in Hotel in Leh.
DAY 2 – VISIT ALCHI & LAMAYURU
We head out to visit the Lamayuru or the Moonland and some more spots in the region.
Magnetic Hill: A hill alleged to have magnetic properties strong enough to pull car uphill. Visitors and residents alike claim the legend to be true.
Confluence of Sindhu and Zanskar rivers is a magical sight apart from the obvious geographical significance.
Moonland: As the name says it all, this particular area is said to resemble the moon surface.
Lamayuru Monastery: The Monastery is made up of number of shrines and is well known for its magnificent wall paintings.
DAY 3 – VISIT NUBRA VALLEY
Post breakfast drive Via Khardungla Pass (World`s Highest Motor able Road, 18360 ft) lies the uniquely landscaped Nubra valley which separates Ladakh range from the Karokaram range. One can experience the white sand desert of Hunder equipped with double hump camel rides. We spend the night sharing peace and space with the mountains at Nubra .
Please note: Ride on Double Hump Camels is optional. Overnight stay at Nubra.
DAY 4 – – VISIT DISKIT MONASTERY ONTHE WAY TO LEH
(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 5 - VISIT PANGONG LAKE
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. Overnight stay at Pangong Lake
DAY 6 – PANGONG TO TSOMORIRI LAKE
Pangong lake to Tsomoriri lake – 8 to 10 hrs drive
Named “Sacred gift for the living Planet” by the local community, Tsomoriri (High Altitude Lake, 15080ft) is indeed breathtaking. Our stay will be staying lies on the banks of the Lake, and certainly is an experience to remember. The area being breeding grounds for a number of birds is a protected reserve.
Dinner and overnight stay at the banks of Tsomoriri.
Day 7 - Tsomoriri to Keylong
Leave early in the morning from Tsomoriri towards the "White Lake" Tsokar. After spending sometime at the banks of the lake we continue out journey to Keylong. The highlights of the day are Morey plains, covering 3 hight mountain passes ( Lachungla, Nakeela, Baralachala), 21 Hairpin bends of gataloops.
Day 8 - Keylong to Manali
Post breakfast leave from keylong and after crossing Rohtang La we decent down to Manali. Overnight at Mamali
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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