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Wonders of Ladakh

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8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS

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Known as Paradise for trekkers and culture loving tourist ,Ladakh has always been a land known for its beautiful landscapes and beautiful valleys and monastries ,this tours let you discover this beautiful land .

Visiting :-8 Days / 7 Nights Days visiting  Leh town / Nubra valley / Sham valley / Pangong Lake

Pre-departure planning is important. Here are certain things you should watch for and plan for.

Visas

Check with the appropriate consulate or embassy in your country to find out if you will need a visa to visit the country of your destination, especially for an extended period of time. Some countries have extremely detailed and complicated entry/departure laws, and treat visits of a week or two very differently from longer stays.

Money

If you’re traveling to one area, check the cost of living there. If it’s high you’ll probably want to budget more carefully and save some money before leaving. The lower the cost of living the less you’ll have to save, but be sure to have a back up reserve in emergency cases.

General Tips

Talk to other people who have done a similar trip.

If you don’t know anyone personally, try any of the dozens of online travel web sites full of first-person travel stories covering every possible type of trip.

Plan big and loose. Read everything you can about the area.

There may be sights and attractions you didn’t know about. A rough outline of your trip might have three or four target points and a variety of ways to get between them.

You don’t want to find out that the weather isn’t what you thought, or the guide book was incorrect, after committing to 6 weeks in a specific spot.

Some trips will allow you more leeway than others. Travel plans in Asia can often be made day-by-day while summer travel in Europe should be organized at least a few weeks ahead, unless you’re prepared to hunt around for hotel rooms and train seats.

Set up a pre-trip time-line so you don’t end up with a full todo list your last week of work or school.

Things to consider are doctor’s visits for a check up, inoculations, and prescription refills; purchasing plane tickets; renewing passports and obtaining visas and other documents.

Check your insurance coverage abroad and purchasing additional travel insurance if needed. Don’t forget visiting friends and family members!e

The longer the trip, the lighter you should pack. This might seem strange, but it’s true you can afford to lug a heavy bag around for a week or two, but do you want to have anything extra for a year?

Stick to the absolute basics and know what you can and cannot buy at your destination(s). There’s no point in bringing 6 months of toothpaste to Europe or buying a sarong at home to take to the tropics. If you are visiting several climates, try to arrange it so you visit the warmer places first and coldest last. That way you can purchase sweaters and long pants and not have to carry them any more than needed. Alternately, visit cold climates first and then ship unneeded layers home — or sell them off.

A good rule of thumb is to bring one outfit for the hottest day you’re likely to encounter, one for an average day, and one for the coldest.

Make sure everything goes with everything else (if that’s important to you), and remember that layers are always best.

Be prepared for uncomfortable trips. You will often find yourself in a busy, cramped, economy class environment and it could be for many hours – especially long plane trips.

If you want to arrive at your destination refreshed and able to enjoy the sights, then try a good quality travel pillow to support your head, some ear plugs to block out the screaming babies, and an eye cover to block out the sun or cabin lights.

Just avoid those cheap U-shaped pillows from airport shops – your head drops forward and you wake up with a stiff neck.

Make contact with the locals before you go.

Maybe you have a friend-of-a-friend or a foreign exchange student from high school you remember, or just found a friend through a travel web site; almost everyone is happy to welcome a foreign visitor to their home town. This might be as elaborate as a home-stay for a few weeks, or just coffee in their home town or dinner at a locals restaurant.

 

A perfect city for exploring on foot with a shop around every corner. Much of the inner city can be walked without trouble, however, in parts walking include crowds, uneven streets, heavy traffic, and skinny sidewalks. If that’s a problem, there are plenty of taxi’s to ride in and scooters to rent.

How to Travel

  • Subway – The metro is the fastest transportation. Running 5am to 10pm every day.
  • Bus & Train – Operated by an independent organization, busses and trains include wifi access for the public. You can take any bus or train marked with the (B Public) sign for free.
  • Taxi – Available in all parts of the city. From a restaurant or hotel you can have them call the city taxi service.
  • Car – Rental cars are easy to get and hotels have good parking prices. Once in the main city, you can often walk so we suggest returning the when you arrive.
  • Bike – The best way to get around, other than walking, is by bike. If you don’t mind hills, you can bike anywhere. If that’s not for you, stick to the inner city with your bike.

Mini Trips

Just a few miles away you can explore the history and legacy, drink wine and relax. You can wander the hills or be lulled by the fountains. If you have time, the attractions can fill 3 days. We’ve highlighted the best ones here.

Tours

Because of the number of sights to see, some first-time visitors should start with an organized tour. Some things can be covered in depth, other are just useful for getting your bearings.

The leading tour operators use local historians to lead their tours. Guides offer walking tours, including visits to monuments, museums, and historic locations, as well as eating tours. Tour prices can be high, but most participants consider them a trip highlight. In addition, there are many family related tours, sights and more appealing activites to children.

Walking tours, like the 3 hour ghost tour, is an exclusive in the early evening. A bus excursion ruins special tours like you’ve never seen. Also worth consideration, a group of art historians and architects do a theatrical retelling from dramatic scripts. Go on a tour, expect guides to break out into a rendition of “Singing in the Rain”, it’s a lot of fun.

 

  •   visit Hemis monastery and Sindhu Ghat.
  •   Double Hump camel riding at Nubra valleys.
  •   Visit  Deskit monastery.

Quick Tips

  • Banks – Open Monday to Friday 9am to 2pm. Some banks are closed for lunch.
  • Emergencies – For police, dial a local phone number; for ambulance call a hospital.
  • Internet Access – Wifi is standard in most hotels and free in many coffee shops.
  • Mail – Buy stamps at the Post Office. Convenient post offices are located all cities. Most are open Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.
  • Safety – Pickpocketing can be a common problem. It is suggested for men to keep wallets in their front pocket. Purse snatching also occurs at times.

Visitor Information

This site contains information with a very personal and friendly structure. It also has great links to other related sites online.

Information, internet access, maps, and train passes are available at local Tourist Information terminals. These are located at various sites around the city. Expect a wait if you arrive late in the afternoon or during lunch time. Local travel agencies are also helpful for quick information and finding hotels. There is no service charge for these services. Hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, and Saturday 10am to 2pm.

Transportation

Getting in from the airport and other arrival locations. Travel planning is about more than just knowing where you’re going. Prepares to navigate, take control and be ready for anything. This section helps you steer clear of disaster and stay open enjoy the unexpected.

  • Plane – Flights arrive at the main airport near city center. If flying from European cities, you might land at a connecting airport. There is a tourist information office at the Terminal E, international arrivals, open 8am to 6pm.
  • Train – A train station is on the lower level of the airport. To get into the city, follow the marked signs.
  • Taxi – From the airport there is a flat-rate for the 1-hour trip, depending on traffic. Hotels charge up to $80 for shuttle service.
  • Train & Bus – Trains and buses arrive a city center. This is the transportation hub for the city and is surrounded hotels.

A perfect place for exploring on foot, with local shops around every corner. You will eventually walk somewhere, it’s just going to happen. If you don’t like crowds, uneven cobblestones, heavy traffic or narrow sidewalks, take a taxi or rent a scooter.

 

Itinerary – Day by Day

Day 01: Arrival Leh Kushok Bakula Airport (3500m / 11565 ft). Overnight at Leh.

Upon arrival welcome and meet by our representative and transfer to Hotel/Guest for check in wherein welcome tea and coffee will be served. Complete half day rest at hotel for acclimatization as it is important at the height of Ladakh. Lunch will be served at 02:00pm. Afternoon around 3:00 PM sightseeing to Shanti stupa, Leh palace and central Asian museum. Overnight at Leh in Hotel/Guest house.

Day 02: Full day sightseeing of Indus valley. (Round 94 km 5/6 hrs). Overnight at Leh.

Today after breakfast at 8 am full day sightseeing of Indus valley, 16th century Shey palace, 3-idiot Rancho school , 14th Thiksay monastery, 17th century Hemis monastery and Sindhu Ghat.

Sightseeing start with 17th century Hemis monastery 47km from Leh.  On the way stop to take picturesque photos of Shey palace and Thiksay monastery. After Hemis monastery drive 14th century Thiksay monastery on the same way back. Visit Thiksay monastery and Lunch at Thiksay monastery restaurant. After Thiksay monastery drive back to Leh on the way visit 3 Idiot Rancho School, 16th century Shey palace and Sindhu Ghat. Evening at leisure to explore the city on your own. Dinner & Overnight at Leh in Hotel/Guest house.

Day 03: Leh–Nubra valleys via Khardong La pass.(5,602 m 120 km 4/5 hrs). Overnight at Nubra valley.

Today after breakfast at 7:30 AM leave to Nubra Valley, popularly known as the valley of oasis among the tourist. The road journey from Leh to Nubra Valley passing through Khardong-La (one of the highest motorable road in the world at 5,602 Mtrs / 18,390 Ft) around 39 km from Leh. From the pass panoramic view snow peaks ranges of Zanskar valley. After 1:00 hrs drive from Khardungla pass there is Kardung village, the first village on the way to Nubra valley. Stop at Kardung village for lunch in Garden restaurant.  You will arrive at Deskit village around 3:00 PM or 4:00 PM Deskit now main town of Nubra valley. Visit 14th century Deskit monastery and 107feet Maitreya Buddha. After sightseeing of Deskit monastery drive to Hunder sand-dune 6 km from Deskit monastery. Explore the scenic beauty of Hunder sand-dune and double hump camel riding.  Dinner & overnight at Hunder in Deluxe camp / Hotel.

Day 04: Nubra valley – Leh by same route (120 km – 4/5 hrs). Overnight at Leh.

Today after breakfast at 9:00 AM check out from hotel and drive back to Leh by same route. Stop at Kardung village for short hike in the middle of barley field and take the photos of charming   Kardung village.  After short hike lunch at Garden restaurant of Kardung village.  Post lunch drive to Leh. You will arrive at Leh around 3:00 PM or 4:00 PM.  Evening free to explore the Leh market. Dinner & overnight at Leh in Hotel / Guest house.

Day 05: Leh – Alchi Choskor monastery (Sham Valley 75 km – 4/5 hrs). Overnight at Alchi.

Today after breakfast at 8:00 AM leave to Alchi monastery drive downstream along the River Indus on Leh – Srinagar (Kashmir) Highway. Enroute visiting, Hall of fame Museum, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, and Magnetic hill which defies the law of gravity and panoramic view of confluence of Indus – Zanskar River.  Likir monastery, Likir monastery is second biggest Gelugpa sect monastery in Ladakh after Thiksay monastery. After Likir monastery drive to 11th century Alchi Choskor monastery. Lunch at Alchi village in garden restaurant. Post lunch around 3:00 PM visit 11th century Alchi monastery and hike around the village. Dinner & overnight at Alchi in Hotel / Guest house.

Day 06: Alchi – Leh via Lamayuru (180 km 5/6 hrs). Overnight at Leh.

Today after breakfast around 8:00 AM back to Leh enroute visiting the mesmerizing Lamayuru landscape popularly known Moon Landscapes among tourist. (You will believe why the name of this area is Moon land. Exactly the same formations of land are visible as on the moon).  A drive of another 1 km took us to Lamayuru monastery.  After visiting Lamayuru monastery drive back to Leh on the same way back stop at Kaltse village market for hot lunch in restaurant. After lunch at Kaltse drives another 20 km visit Rigzong monastery and Nunnery school at Rigzong.  After Rigzong drive straight back to Leh. You will arrive at Leh around 5:00 PM or 6:00 PM. Evening explores the Leh market by own. Overnight at Leh in Hotel/ Guest house.

Day 07: Leh – Pangong Lake – Leh (Round 280 km – 10/12 hrs). Overnight at Leh.

Today after an early morning breakfast at 5:00 AM leave to Pangong Lake enroute visit Thiksay monastery and attend Morning Prayer of monks in the main assembly hall of the monastery and visit Shrine rooms of monastery after that drive to Pangong Lake passing through Chang-La pass 5486 Mtrs above sea level. Stop at the Chang-La pass for a short moment to takes the photo o panoramic view Chang-la pass glacier and drive down to the of Tangtse, the main nomadic village of Changthang region. From Chang-la pass to Pangong lake drive through panoramic landscapes. You will arrive at Pangong Lake around 12:30 PM. Hike around the lake to explore the beauty of lake. Hot Lunch at Pangong Lake in restaurant. After lunch drive back to Leh enroute visit Chemrey monastery. You will arrive at Leh around 5:00 PM or 6:00 PM. Dinner & Overnight at Leh in Hotel/Guest house.

Day 08: Flight Leh – Delhi.

After early morning breakfast transfer to airport and fly back to Delhi with sweet memories of Ladakh.

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