Visit Ladakh - Roof of the world
There are few places left in the world like Ladakh, where, the forces of nature conspired to create a land of fantasy & reality... a landscape of extremes... desert & blue waters... burning sun & freezing winds... glaciers , sand dunes , mystic culture and magnificent monasteries .
The district of Ladakh lies at the border with Tibet at the most eastern corner of the State of Kashmir. Bounded by two of the world's mightiest mountain ranges, the Great Himalaya and the Karakoram. Ladakh is a mysterious land shrouded in myth and legend. Much of its ancient history is known only through the mythology of its people as its written history is of very recent origin. Known for centuries as the 'land of passes' (La-pass; Dakh-land), Ladakh was described by Fa-hian, who travelled across its inhospitable terrain in 399 A.D., as 'The land where snow never melts and only corn ripens'.
People of Ladakh are mostly Mahayana Buddhists belonging to the sect of the Red or Yellow Lamas. The faces and physique of the Ladakhis, and the clothes they wear, are more akin to those of Tibet and Central Asia than of India.
Whether you are an adventure enthusiastic or a culture explorer or a traveler who loves to discover different natural terrains, Ladakh has something to offer to everyone.
It offers exciting options in trekking, mountaineering and white water rafting. While rafting options are available on both Indus and Zanskar rivers, the Zanskar course is more difficult and adventurous. The trekking options range from short, day-long walks to visit monuments or monastic settlements to long, trans-mountain treks involving weeks of walking and camping in the wilderness.
And then there are some unique monastic festivals of the major monasteries, though most of those happen in winters. Also, Ladhak Festival is organised in Sepetmber which gives a peek into the richness, depth and pageantry of region's centuries-old culture, traditions and folk heritage. You can get a glimpse of of the region's performing arts, Archery contests and the Ladhak Polo Cup.
Ladakh offers an amazing journey of exploration, learning & understanding!
Popular Places to visit
Tso Pangong : Very fee places on the earth can compare to the awe inspiring beauty of Tso Pangong - the highest salt water Lake in the World. A 135km long deep blue stretch of water trapped in the middle of a stark mountain landscape at an altitude of 4300m, shared by two countries India and China (Approximately 60% of the length of the lake lies in Tibet). Throughout the day the turquoise and azure Pangong Lake keep changing changing Colors w as the day progresses.
Tso Moriri : Even though Tso Moriri is smaller (approximately 19 km long and 7 km wide) compare to Tso Pangong, in some ways it is probably even more beautiful than Tso Pangong. The bank of the lake sports a lush green long patch of grass. Horses from the nearby villages graze on the grass.The lakes also acts as an important breeding ground for a variety of birds including a number of migratory birds. During summer, the Bar-headed goose and Brahmini ducks are commonly seen here. The region around the lake supports a number of species of wildlife including the kiang and the Marmot.
Nubra Valley :From Leh a road runs north over the Khardung La, the second highest motorable pass in the world. Beyond the pass is the wide, flat Nubra Valley , crisscrossed by the winding channels of the Shyok and Nubra Rivers. This is a one-of-a-kind place. A desert at 10,000 feet above sea level, surrounded by craggy brown mountains with snow-covered peaks. On the Shyok (pronounced Shayok) River, the main village, Diskit, is home to Diskit Monastery. Hundar was the capital of the erstwhile Nubra kingdom in the 17th century, and is home to the Chamba Gompa. Between Hundar and Diskit lie several kilometres of sand dunes, and (two-humped) bactrian camels graze in the neighbouring "forests" of seabuckthorn.
What is included in the tour
Accommodation as per package selected.
Meals as per package selected.
Transfers and sightseeing by Exclusive vehicle with all toll tax, parking fuel and driver allowance.
Two bottles of packaged water per person per day.
What is NOT included in the tour
Personal expenses like laundry, tips & gratuity, telephone charges.
Anything not mentioned in Inclusions.
How to reach:
- Nearest Airport : Leh - regular flights available from Delhi
- By Road : Ladakh can be reached from Manali in Himachal Pradesh or Srinagar.in Kashmir
How to prepare:
Due to the nature of the high altitude terrain and strains involved one needs to prepare physically as well as mentally. Regular exercises help improve flexibility, stamina and strength. If you are above 50 or have any medical issues, then please consult your physician.
Quality of Accommodation:
In recent years, accommodation options and standards have improved noticeably and we arrange the tours in Economy, Standard, Deluxe and Premium categories. However, even then the standards of hotels outside Leh are not comparable to hotels in the plains.
We offer Toyota Innova, Mahindra Xylo with highly skilled professional drivers experienced in driving on mountain roads.
Heath advisory :
Ladakh is at High altitude and Kedarnath being the highest. It is advisable to acclimatize and adjust to low oxygen levels for high altitude. You have to be careful and walk slowly. Over exersion can lead to high altitude sickness, which could be life threatening. You need to consult your physician whether you should take this trip.
Best Time to visit and climate:
While some people suggest summers ( June - Sept) to be the best time to visit the place when the weather is most exciting and amiable, when the snow has melted and there is a buzz of activity with the colorful and vibrant Monastery Festivals taking place.
On the other hand, according to some, winters have their own charm when only a handful of travelers visit the place and the site is all covered with snow and the views are most breathtaking.
|Best Time to Travel|
Day 1 – Delhi-Leh (Capital of Ladakh) by Air
Relax and acclimatize to high altitude. Afternoon Leh Sightseeing - Leh palace and Shanti Stupa
Day 2 –Full day sightseeing of local attraction
Thiksey Monastery,Shey Palace and Monastery, Hemis Monastery (UNESCO Heritage),Stakna Monastery
Day 3 – Excusion to Lamayuru
Drive to Lamayuru and on the way visit Magnetic Hill, Patha Sahib, Sangam, Lamayuru Moonland
Day 4 – Leh - Nubra Valley (140 Km / 4.5 hrs)
Drive across Khardung La (5,602 m) Pass and take a moment to enjoy this unique vantage point. Get your photo taken next to the signboard which says“Khardung La, 5602m, Highest Motorable Road in the world”.
Afternoon - Visit Diskit Monastery , explore Nubra and enjoy a ride on double hump camel.
Day 5 – Nubra - Leh
On the way visit Diskit monatery and hot spring.
Day 6 – Leh - Pangong Lake (150 km / 4.5 hrs)
Drive to Pangong Lake (14,500 ft), through Changla Pass 17,350 ft.,it is the third highest motorable road in the world.
Spend the afternoon enjoying the changing colors of the mesmerizing Pangong lake.
Day 7 – Pangong-Leh
Return to Leh.
Day 8 – Leh-Delhi
Transfer to Leh Airport & fly to Delhi