OVERVIEW- Positioned in Himalayan mountain magnificence, Ladakh is a fascinating land. The picturesque splendor of the towering mountains and immaculate valleys, tied with the vivacity of its culture, makes Ladakh one of the secluded and must-visit destinations; an exploration to feed the heart and enrich the senses. Jeep Safari Tour takes the travelers to majestic monasteries like Thiksey, Shey and Hemis. The highlight of this journey is a visit to Khardung La Pass, the highest motorable pass in the world along with visit to Tso Moriri Lake, one of the most famous and breathtaking lakes in the world. The trail also encompasses Nubra Valley, which is a wonderful place known as the Orchard of Ladakh. Along with monasteries and palace will give you a peek into the culture and natural flavor of this incredible Himalayan terrain.
LEH LADAKH- A land like no other with superabundance of attractions to visit and phantasmagoric and fabulous landscapes, amazing people and culture, Ladakh is truly a heaven on Earth. Bounded by two of the world's mightiest mountain ranges, the Great Himalaya and the Karakoram, it lies athwart two other, the Ladakh range and the Zanskar range.
KHARDUNG LA PASS- Best known as the gateway to the Nubra and Shyok valleys in the Ladakh, the Khardung La Pass, commonly pronounced as Khardzong La, is a very important strategic pass into the Siachen glacier and claims to be the world's highest motor able pass at an elevation of 5,602 m. The pristine air, the scenic beauty one sees all around and the feeling that you are on top of the world.
NUBRA VALLEY- Nubra Valley is known as the Orchard of Ladakh and was originally called Ldumra which meant the valley of flowers. Surrounded by snowcapped Himalayan ranges, Nubra valley lies sandwiched between Tibet and Kashmir. The view of the valley is picturesque and breathtaking. During winter, the whole valley looks like landscape of the moon (reason for calling Moonland) and in summer full of greenery.
TSOMORIRI LAKE- Situated in Changthang plateau in south-east Tso Moriri or Lake Moriri is known for its scenic splendour. The high altitude lake is set between Ladakh in the north, Tibet in the east and Zanskar in the west. Tsomoriri is one of the very popular high altitude lakes in Ladakh. Officially the lake is known as Tso Moriri Wetland Conservation Reserve
MANALI- Popularly called the “Switzerland of India” is a small hill town in the valley of Kullu. Manali is extremely popular with tourists for its lavish display of un spoilt natural beauty. Manali is mainly popular for the adventure sports like trekking, mountaineering, hiking, skiing, paragliding, kayaking and mountain biking. It is an excellent place for a holiday.
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Tour Destination: Manali – Keylong - Sarchu - Leh – Khardung La Pass – Nubra Valley – Leh - Pangong Lake - Leh
Travel Duration: 07 Nights/08 Days
DAY 1: LEH- Arrival at Leh Airport and transfer to hotel. Retire for few hours to enable yourself to acclimatize with the high altitude. Later in the afternoon visit
SHANTI STUPA- It is an impressive white-domed structure located on a hilltop at Changspa in Ladakh. Built by a Japanese Buddhist organization named 'The Japanese for World Peace' - the stupa was inaugurated by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama in 1985. Built in commemoration of 2500 years of the spread of Buddhism, Shanti Stupa was aimed at promoting World Peace. A magnificent white-domed structure which is wonderfully illuminated at nights.
In the evening go out in the Leh markets which are famous for Pashmina Shawls, Pearls, Chinese Cutleries and Ladakhi wooden handicraft items.
Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 2: LEH MONASTERY TOUR- After breakfast enjoy full day Monastery Tour, visiting
HEMIS MONASTERY- Hemis Monastery is revered as the largest monastic institution in Ladakh. Hemis Monastry is the wealthiest monastery in India and famous for its rich collection of ancient remnants like the statue of Buddha made of copper, stupas made of gold and silver. Monastery also has sacred Thangkas, murals and various artifacts. The Tibetan style architecture of the monastery is very colourful and attractive. Also visit the Hemis High Altitude Wildlife Sanctuary and a number of Gompas in and around the area.
THIKSEY MONASTERY- Thikse Gompa, of the Yellow Hat (Gelugpa) sect, is around 19 kms to the East of the main city of Leh. The architecture of the largest monastery in central region of Ladakh is similar to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. This 12-storey building complex consists of a number of things related to Buddhist art such as Thangka paintings, statues, stupas, swords, and so on. A major tourist attraction is the Maitreya temple installed in 1970. The statue of future Lord Buddha in this temple of 49 feet high, which is also the largest in the region.
STOK PALACE- Located close to the Indus River; it was built in 1825 AD by King Tsespal Tondup Namgyal. Well known for its architecture and design, beautiful gardens and amazing views, the palace presents a collection of royal attires, crown and other royal materials.
SHEY MONASTERY- It is one of the most revered Buddhist learning centers in the valley of Ladakh. The renowned monastery was built in the mid of the 17th century by King Deldon Namgyal in the memory of his late father Singay Namgyal. The Shey Monastery still holds the glimpses of the bygone rule.
Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 3: LEH – KHARDUNG LA PASS – NUBRA VALLEY- After breakfast, drive to Khardung La Pass, world’s highest motorable road.
KHARDUNGLA PASS- Best known as the gateway to the Nubra and Shyok valleys in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, the Khardung La Pass, commonly pronounced as Khardzong La, is a very important strategic pass into the Siachen glacier and claims to be the world's highest motor able pass at an elevation of 5,602 m. The pristine air, the scenic beauty one sees all around and the feeling that you are on top of the world.
Later in the afternoon continue your drive to Nubra Valley. Transfer to hotel. After freshen up visit
DISKIT MONASTERY & HUNDUR MONASTERY- Both are popular Buddhist monasteries of Nubra. Also known as Diskit/ Diskit Gompa, this is the oldest and largest monastery in Nubra valley, belonging to Gelugpa (yellow hat) sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Diksit has been named as "The orchard of Ladakh". Diksit monastery also has a school which is run in collaboration with an NGO named "The Tibet support group".
MAITREYA BUDDHA- This is a 32 meter tall statue of Maitreya Buddha facing towards the Shyok river. This statue has been recently built, with 8 Kg gold which was donated by the head of Gompa and was sanctified by H.
Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 4: NUBRA VALLEY - LEH- After breakfast, visit
SAMSTANLING MONASTERY- The Monastery is in Sumlur village and was founded by Lama Tsultim Nima, 140 years ago. The monastery houses 50 monks and this is the main monastery of the region.
On the way and around the monastery the landscape is enchanted with the yellow-red trees, vibrant and colourful prayer flags, berry bushes, golden-grey mountains reaching out to cuddle the pristine blue skyline.
BACTARIAN CAMEL SAFARI- They is white sand dunes where you partake in Camel Safari on double-humped camels and were the major mode of transport to travel to silk route.
Later drive back to Leh.
Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 5: LEH – TSOMORIRI LAKE- After breakfast, drive to Korzok, along the Indus River upto Mahe Bridge. Enroute visit beautiful
Villages of Changthang valley, Hot Sulphur Spring at Chumathang and many Nomadic Camps. On reaching transfer to camp. In the evening you can enjoy the panoramic view of this amazing Tsomoriri Lake with Turquoise colored water.
TSOMORIRI LAKE- Located inside the Changtang wildlife sanctuary, this lake offers a scenic place of peace and tranquility. The lake is surrounded by barren hills, with the backdrop of beautiful snow-covered mountains. Tso Moriri has been declared as a wetland reserve. A number of species of birds and Himalayan hares are abundantly found here. Moriri Tso is also called the 'mountain lake', owing to the peaks that surround it.
Overnight at Camp.
DAY 6: TSOMORIRI LAKE – TSOKAR LAKE- Today drive to Mahe Village, which has spurting fountain and white clouds hanging upon. Afterwards visit Tsokar via Polokongka pass (at 13500 ft.). On the way, visit the Tanglangla pass, the second highest motorable pass in the world at 5350 m. Transfer to hotel.
Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 7: TSOKAR LAKE - JISPA- Drive to Jispa via Sarchu. Later reach to the village of Gemur, famous for an ancient Buddha Gompa and further 7 km ahead is village Jispa, where the Regional Center of the Mountaineering Institute, Manali is located.
Overnight in Camp.
DAY 8: JISPA - MANALI- Today drive to Manali via Keylong. From here the path leads to Rohtang Pass then you’ll reach to theManali , and later through villages.
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Leh Ladakh at a Glance
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