Leh Festival Tour

ITINERARY

Leh Festival Tour

Amidst the barren yet breathtaking Himalayas exists the fragile and vibrant cultural landscape of Ladakh. Since 1985, the annual Ladakh Festival showcases ancient traditions and folk heritage that highlight the distinct Ladakhi cultural ethnicity that is foreign to the rest of us Indians.

 

Every villager is to participate in the festivities in accordance to an established social code. Unlike other festivals of Ladakh, which celebrate a monastic or an auspicious occasion, the annual Six-day Ladakh Festival, brings together the cultural heritage of various village contingents and troupes from the plateau. 

 

  

DETAILED ITINERARY: 8 NIGHTS / 9 DAYS


DAY 1 - 15th SEPTEMBER: ARRIVAL AT LEH BY FLIGHT        

Upon arrival, transfer to a 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. We can also visit the famous Shanti stupa.

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 & Overnight stay at Leh Hotel.

 

Day 2 - 16th SEPTEMBER: VISIT ALCHI & LAMAYURU

Post breakfast, 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.

Dinner & Overnight at Leh.

 

DAY 3 - 17th SEPTEMBER: VISIT NUBRA VALLEY (130 Kms - 4.5 Hours)

Post breakfast, we drive Via Khardungla Pass (World`s Highest Motorable Road, 18360 ft.) lies the uniquely landscaped Nubra valley which separates Ladakh range from the Karakorum 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.

Dinner & Overnight stay at Nubra.

 

DAY 4 – 18th SEPTEMBER: VISIT PANGONG LAKE (155 Kms- 5 Hours); OVERNIGHT IN PANGONG

After crossing the third highest motor able pass the Changla Pass (17800 ft.) one arrives at the picture perfect Pangong lake (14500 ft., highest saltwater lake). It’s an unimaginable 135 kms long with almost 70% of the lake in China. It’s part of the Changthang geographical setting in the higher Himalayas.

Dinner & Overnight stay at Pangong Lake.

 

DAY 5 - 19th SEPTEMBER: VISIT DISKIT MONASTERY ON THE WAY TO LEH

Post breakfast departure for Leh via Diskit monastery is the oldest and the largest monastery in Nubra Valley. 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.

Dinner & Overnight stay at Leh.

 

DAY 6 - 20th SEPTEMBER: ATTEND LEH FESTIVAL & LOCAL SIGHTSEEING

Post breakfast, we head to attend annual Ladakh Festival. The festival showcases ancient traditions and folk heritage that highlight the distinct Ladakhi cultural. Post lunch, head out for full day Leh sightseeing. 

Sindhu Ghats: The Sindhu Ghats 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.

Dinner & Overnight at Leh.  

 

DAY 7 - 21st SEPTEMBER: VISIT TSOMORIRI LAKE (300 Kms - 9 Hours)

Post breakfast, we head out to visit the pristine Tsomoriri Lake. It is about 7 hrs. to reach.

Named the “Sacred gift for the living Planet” by the local community, Tsomoriri (high altitude lake, 15080ft) is indeed breathtaking. Our stay will be 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 8 - 22nd SEPTEMBER: BACK TO LEH VIA TSOKAR (220 Kms - 6 Hours)

Post breakfast, depart to Leh. Visit the Tsokar Lake, also known as 'Salt Lake' or 'White Lake'. Come back viaTanglangla pass (World 2nd highest pass) on Manali - Leh highway.

Dinner & Overnight at Leh.

 

DAY 9 - 23rd SEPTEMBER: DEPARTURE TO MUMBAI

Post breakfast, we take a flight back home with memories for a lifetime from Leh.

Trip Cost: Rs. 36,000/- + 5% GST per Head 

Trip Dates: 15th September to 23rd September 2018

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Trip Leader: Sampada