Ladakh is a high altitude mountainous region bounded by the Karakoram Range from the north and the Great Himalayas in the south. It is a land that abounds in awesome physical features set in an enormous and spectacular environment. ‘Ladakh’ a word which means “land of high passes”, is a region in the state of Jammu and Kashmir of Northern India sandwiched between the Karakoram mountain range to the north and the Himalayas to the south and is situated at the height of 11,400 ft. The Indian portion of Ladakh is composed of the Leh and Kargil districts.
Its landscape, sky, shooting stars, silence, wizened faces, rosy cheeks, dragons, and Zen – everything makes Ladakh a quiet place to visit. This ethereal cold desert that goes by names such as ‘The Last Shangrila’, Moonscape, Little Tibet and so many others – all of which ring true, is a land that seldom fails to baffle or surprise. Ladakh, the land of jagged peaks and barren landscape is alluring and awe-inspiring.
|Location||Part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, located the Karakoram Range from the north and the Great Himalayas in the south.|
|Total Area||86,909 km²|
|Best time to visit||Mid April to Mid October|
|Inhabitants||Approx 2.74 lakhs (2011)|
|Religion||Buddhists, Muslims , Sikh, Hindu|
|Altitude||Approx 11,500 ft.|
Arrival Leh in the morning and transfer to the hotel. Full day of rest for acclimatization to the high altitude of Leh (11,500 ft / 3500 mtrs). Overnight in hotel.
After breakfast visit Shey Palace, Sindhu Ghats & Thiksey Monastery. Post lunch proceed for sightseeing of Hall of Fame (museum of Military heritage & local culture), Kali Mata (Temple of Guardians in Spituk monastery), Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Magnetic Point and Sangam (confluence of Indus & Zanskar rivers). Overnight in hotel.
Early departure for Pangong Lake (approx. 150 kms), via Chang-la pass (alt: 17370 ft./ 5486 meters)-3rd highest motorable pass in the world. Pangong Lake (alt: 14,500 ft.) is 4-5 kms wide and about 140 kms long, of which about two-third lies on the other side of the Indo-China border. After sightseeing around the lake, drive back to Leh, reaching in the evening. Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast leave for Nubra Valley, driving across Khardong-la (alt: 18,380 ft), world’s highest motorable road. After descending from the pass, drive on to Hunder / Deskit (headquarters of Nubra Valley) and check in at a fixed camp or hotel. Rest of the day at leisure to explore the area at your own pace. Overnight in fixed camp at Hunder or hotel at Deskit.
In the morning explore Deskit , Hundar and the Sand Dunes where you can enjoy a short camel safari using the double-humped Bactrian camel found here (optional). Thereafter return to Leh to reach in the late afternoon, enroute visiting the dramatically located 15th century Deskit monastery. Overnight at the hotel.
Early morning transfer to the airport for taking the flight back home.