Leh > Indus Valley > Khardung La > Nubra Valley > Pangong
11 Mar 2020 - 20 Mar 2020 ** Indicates tentative date.
2 people in 1 Room (s)
IVAT REPRESENTATIVE will receive you on arrival at the airport and transfer the hotel. The whole day enables you to relax and get acclimatized with the thin air of high loftiness. Leh is the capital of Ladakh, lies nestled among low hills on the north side of the Indus Valley, between the Stok Mountains to the south and the Ladakh Range to the north, for centuries it has been a place where travelers of different nationalities have rested, In the 15th century both Leh and the village of Shey shared the responsibility of being the capitals of Upper Ladakh, Shey was the more fortified of the two, while Leh was in the prime position for trade. The towns growth in importance is relegated by the building of the first royal residency on top of Namguyal peaks. Leh's prosperity derived from its location at the foot of the Khardung La, the gateway of the infamous trade route to Yarkand in Turkistan. The trade involved the people of Leh at all levels, a few undergoing the rigorous journey over the mountains themselves, some merely setting up as merchants. Rest of the day will be at leisure to get used to the rarefied air of Ladakh. In the evening you can take a small walk in the market. Overnight will be at Leh.
Breakfast will be at the hotel. Enjoy sightseeing. Shey Gompa: The historical monument of Ladakhis a must. The monastery possesses a copper-made statue of Lord Buddha, along with a burning silver lamp placed near the statue. Shankar Gompa: The Shankar gompa is located a couple of kilometers north of the town center. The gompa belongs to the Gelukpa order and has an impressive impression of the Buddhist deity Avalokiteshwara Padmahari or Chenresig, with 1,000 arms and an equal number of heads. Spituk Monastery: Spituk Gompa is on the hilltop near Indus, around 18 Kms from Leh. The Gompa was founded in 11th century by Od De the Gompa was named Spituk (exemplary) by Rinchen Zangpo, a translator came to that place and said that exemplary religious community would rise. Initially, it belonged to the Kadampa School then during the lifetime of king Gragspa Bumide made it Gayluk Pa order. Phyang Monastery: Phyang is situated 17 km west of Leh. The site for the monastery there formed part of one of the many monastic estates Offered to Chosje Damma Kunga from Digung during the time of Dharmaraja Jamyang Namgial, who had invited the former to Ladakh monastery called Tashi Chozong was founded in 1515 there on the hill of Phyang and a monastic community introduced. It marked the 1stestablishment of the Digung teachings in Ladakh, teachings whose traditions began with Skyoba Jigsten Gonbo, within the monastery, there are sacred shrines and various wall paintings are to be seen which date from the royal period. The protective of the monastery is Apchi Choski Dolma. Every year from the 2nd to 3rd of the 6th month the sacred dances and the hurling of votive offering associated with the festival of (Gang sngon Tsedup) are held. The successive reincarnation of Skyabje Toldan Rinpoche acts as the incumbents of the monastery. Continue on to visit Shanti Stupa before returning to the hotel for lunch. Shanti Stupa: A relatively new addition to the rocky skyline around Leh is the toothpaste white Shanti Stupa above Changspa village. Inaugurated in 1983 by the Dalai Lama, the "Peace Pagoda", whose sides are decorated with gilt panels depicting episodes from the life of the Buddha, is one of several such monuments erected around India by a "Peace Sect" of Japanese Buddhists. The Stupa is a vintage point to enjoy the wondrous views of the exotic locales of Leh. This prayer monument overlooks Changspa and Leh and offers spectacular views of the surrounding valley and hills The site of the Stupa is particularly atmospheric at dusk when the drums played at evening prayers seem to set the pace of growing shadows as the sun sinks behind the mountains in the west. Explore the Tibetan handicrafts, junk jewelries or other shopping materials. Overnight will be at Leh.
Breakfast will be at the hotel. Drive towards Hunder. After getting away 39 km from Leh, we move over to the chief motorable road of Khardung-la (5,578 m). The perspective viewed from the top is simply splendid. Then, we will be moving into the Nubra Area, positioned along the stream of Shayok. The valley is concealed with hefty coppices of sea buckthorn - a spiky plant, which the local villagers use for fuel and walling their areas. Driving for another 9 km will lead to reaching the bantam town of Hunder (3,048 meters). Overnight will be at camp.
Breakfast will be at camp. In the morning visit Chamba monastery of Hunder and then start the Camel Safari on the shabby double-humped Bactrian camels, which in olden days, were the main mode of transport on the Ladakh-Yarkhand (Turkmenistan) trade. The Safari goes along the soft white sandy deserts with rolling sand dunes. Arrival at the capital of Nubra i.e. Diskit. In the afternoon proceed to explore the Diskit Village. Being the main town of Nubra, it has a small market bustling with activity. Also visit the Gompa, situated on a rocky spur above the village providing a commanding view of the valley. Overnight will be at camp.
Breakfast will be at camp. In the morning drive to Tegger village (3,146 mt). Upon arrival visit Samstanling village off the main road and it is one of the most charming villages of Nubra. Visit Samstanling Gompa. In the afternoon start Camel Safari to reach Pinchimic. The Safari is comparatively short and goes along the river where the valley is well spread. Arrive at Pinchimic and relax. Overnight will be at camp.
Breakfast will be at camp. Our ultimate destination to Panamik will be continued in the morning through Camel trekking and in the way we will come of the striking is the view of a Lake, located between two alternatives hills. In the afternoon, the wayfarers can have a delving exploration into the DJ and destination of the village. During the business between Main Japan and Ladakh, Panamik was the last significant agreement before the caravans could actually cross the Karakoram. These days, Panamik is a drowsy, but serene village, with its people quietly are engaged in their jobs in the fields. HOT SPRINGS cannot be missed, provincially well-known to have curative characteristics. Overnight will be at camp.
After a leisurely breakfast drive to Pangong Lake over crossing the Chang-la pass (5,300mts. /17,800 ft.). Arrive & rest of the day exploring the picturesque Pangong Tso or Hollow Lake (Asias largest saltwater lake, the water appears to be striped in varying shades of blue, purple & green). En route visits the impressive Thiksey monastery overlooking Indus valley. Thiksay Gompa, the monastery is actually famous for mind-blowing engravings. It is located on a crag, initiating from a level above the town. The Chamba Dhukang treasures a huge portrait of Maitreya Buddha. Enjoy the camp experience. Overnight will be at camp.
Breakfast will be at camp. Spend the morning around the lake. Later drive back to Leh via Chang la pass. En route visit Hemis monastery the richest monastery in Ladakh. Crossing the bridge of Kharu, you will visit the prevalent a prayer spot of Hemis Gompa (ramble through the wonderful darkly lit prayer hallways with beautiful thankas, sculptures, paintings, and other embarks of art). Rest of the day free for shopping and rest in Leh. Overnight will be at Leh.
Breakfast will be at the hotel. As per the flight timings, you will be transferred to the airport to take the flight back home with sweet memories of the Leh & Ladakh Tour.
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