Rustic & Off-beat Ladakh

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DAY - 1 - Arrival in Leh (11,562 ft)

Upon arrival, transfer to Hotel. A day of rest is highly recommended as it eases the process of acclimatisation. 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.

Dinner and overnight stay in Leh.

DAY - 2 - Local sightseeing in Leh (11,562 ft)

Sindhu Ghat: The Sindhu Ghat at Choglamsar village at the bank of Indus is where 50 senior Lamas hold prayers to mark the beginning of the Leh festival.

Thiksey Monastery: Thiksey Gompa is the most beautiful of all monasteries in Ladakh which lies on a hilltop to north of Indus River. The monastery is home to a 35ft Buddha statue, a must visit.

Leh Palace: The erstwhile palace was home to the royal family, located on a hilltop it overlooks the Leh town and offers spectacular views of the same.

Shanti Stupa: A spectacular white domed structure, the Shanti Stupa located on a hilltop at Chagspa offers magnificent view of the sunset. It was constructed by a Buddhist organization, known as 'The Japanese for World Peace'.

Dinner and overnight stay at Leh.

Day - 3 - Leh to Ule

We head out to visit the Lamrayu or the moonland and some more spots in the region.

Alchi Monastery: Located at the Alchi village the monastery counts itself as one of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh region.

Lamayuru Monastery: The Monastery is made up of number of shrines and is well known for its magnificent wall paintings.

Moonland: As the name says it all, this particular area is said to resemble the moon surface.

As we finish with the spots we head back to Alchi for an overnight stay.

Day - 4  - Ule to Leh

Confluence of Sindhu and Zanskar rivers is a magical sight apart from the obvious geographical significance.

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.

Pattharsahib Gurudwara: A beautiful Gurudwara constructed in memory of Guru Nanak Dev. It is situated on the Leh Kargil road. The armed forces looks after the Gurudwara.

DAY - 5 - Visit Nubra Valley ( Avg height of Valley - 10,000 ft )

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.

Dinner and overnight stay at the Nubra.

DAY - 6 - Visit Diskit Monastery (10,315 ft) - Pangong Lake

Early morning we will take off-road to Pangong Lake . New road from Nubra Valley to Pangong lake .

Village Agham – Wari La – Shakti – Chang La – Durbuk – Tangste – Pangong Tso (Lukung) . 8 to 9 Hrs .

Late afternoon 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.Dinner and overnight at Pangong Lake.

Day - 7 –  Pangong Lake to Tsomoriri Lake

 Early morning departure to Tsomoriri Lake via – Village Man – Merak – Chusul – Tsaga – Loma – Nyoma – Mahe – Sumdo – Kiagar Tso – Tso Moriri (Korzok)

 Late afternoon reach tsomoriri lake. Evening visit to tsomoriri lake. Dinner & Ovenight at Tsomoriri Lake.

Day - 8 - Drive Back to Leh

Post Breakfast departure for Leh via Tsokar Lake & Tanglangla Pass. Evening free to explore Leh market,  Dinner and overnight stay at Leh.

DAY - 9 - Depart from Leh

Catch the early morning flight back to Leh.

Resort Options :

Leh : Hotel Kartok

Nubra Valley - Home Stay

Pangong Home Stay

Ule - Home Stay

Tsomoriri - Home Stay






Trip Cost :

Rs 40,000 + 4.5% Tax


08 night accommodation on twin sharing basis
All Meals
All transportation by non A/C Innova
Inner line permits and wild life fees
Toll Parking

Monuments and museums entrance fees
Any kind of personal expenses or optional tours/ extra meals ordered
Anything not specifically mentioned under the ‘prices included
Tips, Insurance, Laundry, Phone Calls
Any kind of drinks [Alcoholic, Mineral, Aerated]
Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad
weather, ill health, roadblocks and / or any factors beyond control


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.

Jungle Lore organizes road trips, trekking expeditions, specialized high altitude wildlife trips and customized trips to Ladakh.

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 is a landscape photographer's fantasy land. It spreads over an altitude ranging from 9000ft at Kargil to 25,170 ft at Saser Kangri in the Karokoram. At this altitude the mountains take an aggressive form and the barren rocks stare right at you so as to shape your very imagination. The mountain ranges in this region were formed over a period of 45 million years by the folding of the Indian plate into the more stationary Eurasian Plate. The drift continues, causing frequent earthquakes in the Himalayan region.

Ladakh as they say is the Land of high passes and it lives up to the tag as the three of the highest motor-able passes - Khardungla, Tanglangla and Changla lie in Ladakh. Khardungla- the highest of them all, at 18360 ft gives way to the Nubra valley - the land of sand dunes. The Pensi la at 14,436 ft is the gateway to Zanskar, one of the most unexplored destinations. The inaccessibility of this unique region can be attributed to it being blocked by snowfall for 8 months of the year.

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. As currency started making its place in the economy of Ladakh, food from the Indian plains gained popularity. 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.

Ladakhis are very fond of ice hockey which is generally played in the month of January on natural ice. Archery is a traditional sport and many villages still conduct archery festivals, which also include drinking, dancing and gambling as a medium of celebrating the sport. Polo is another traditional sport of Ladakh.

The architecture in Ladakh draw heavy influences from Tibet and India. The monastic architecture reflects a deeply rooted Buddhist approach. The Buddhist wheel, along with two dragons, is a common feature on almost every gimp, including the likes of Hemis, Thiksey, Alchi etc. Ladakhi Buddhist festival music is much like its Tibetian counterpart and often involves religious chanting. These chants are complex, often recitations of sacred texts in celebration of various festivals.



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 Y,ear 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.

People of Ladakh:

Ladakh has a population which is a blend of many different races, predominantly the Tibetans, Mons and the Dards. People of Dard descent predominate in Dras and Dha-Hanu areas. The residents of Dha-Hanu, known as Brokpa, are followers of Tibetan Buddhism and have preserved much of their original Dardic traditions and customs. The Dards around Dras, however, have converted to Islam and have been strongly influenced by their Kashmiri neighbours. The Mons are descendants of earlier Indian settlers in Ladakh. They work as musicians, blacksmiths and carpenters. Most of the people in Leh district of Ladakh and Zanskar valley of Kargil district are Tibetian Buddhist, while most of the people in the rest of Kargil District are Shia Muslims. There are sizeable minorities of Buddhists in Kargil District and of Shia Muslims in Leh District. There are some Sunni Muslims of Kashmiri descent in Leh and Kargil towns and also Padum in Zanskar.


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. There are a lot of practices in the Ladakhi society aimed towards nurturing such a concept, a brief introduction which may at least help us broaden our perspective, if not fully grasp them. One of the features of economic dealings are that there is always a third party observer who will acts arbiters- intervening to assist two parties in making an Agreement. When conflicts do arise, they are resolved by the elected head of the village called Goba. 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.


The harsh living conditions of Ladakh make co-operation among families imperative for survival. The Ladakhis establish co-operative groups called phasphuns, in which several unrelated families maintain alliances of friendship, co-operation, and helpfulness. If both parents in a family would die, other adults in the phasphun would adopt the young children. If a family separates, the other members of the phasphun make a fair division of the property. The families in the phasphun usually live in the same village, participate in group religious ceremonies, and worship a common god, though they are not necessarily neighbors and are often not related. Ladakhis tend to develop a very strong sense of self with deeply rooted self respect and noticeable lack of pride. They also have a strong sense of their place on earth developed by their daily interaction with their natural environment.



Quick Info

Trip Cost : Rs 40,000 + 4.5% Tax Per person

 Trip Dates : 

7th Oct to 16th Oct, 2016

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Skipper: Kaustubh Upadhye - 9987126233