Ladakh is situated on the Tibetan Plateau and is the least populated and the remotest region in India. Hence, it is an outstanding destination, home to many Tibetan Buddhists and its capital, Leh, is often considered as the “Little Lhasa”. Charming in its own right, it is the overland way to Leh from the low-lying town of Manali that lures travelers from all over the world to take on this Ladakh Tour. This journey will literally take your breath away.
This tour is of 16 days which starts as you arrive in Delhi to fly to Leh. The tour takes you to several breathtaking places via the passes of Khardung La (5359m), Chang La (5360m), Pensi La (4400m), and Tanglang La (5228m). You explore the beautiful Nubra Valley and have fun with the beautiful double-humped camels in the Hunder Sand Dunes. The gorgeous landscape made up of grey and brown sand dunes along a well maintained black-topped road makes this road trip relaxing and fun. A lot of your nights are spent in Leh as you move back and forth to various places from this capital. Many ancient monasteries and tranquil lakes are visited during this tour. Lakes like Pangom Lake, Thasang Tso look absolutely jaw-dropping as their surface reflects the grey hills and stony mountains along with the different shaped clouds. Religious heritage sites like Alchi Monastery, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, and so on give you a glimpse of the practice of Buddhism as well other religions present in the beautiful Ladakh. At Magnetic Hill, you can take a moment to relax and take in the immense beauty that Ladakh has to offer. It is famously said that “Jammu and Kashmir is heaven on earth” and this Ladakh Tour proves you just that.
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Welcome to the capital of India! We will meet you at the arrival section of Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi. After, your luggage will be taken to the hotel room so that you can explore Delhi at its best. Overnight in Delhi.
Fly to Leh and explore the monasteries nearby. Explore the Hemis Monastery with the tall Buddha sculpture and many stupas made of gold and silver with Tibetan Thankas. Walk towards the Thiksey Monastery, the largest in Ladakh, to adore its traditional Tibetan building. Spend some more serene moments at the Shanti Stupa. Overnight in Leh.
Ladakh is a land of opposing sceneries and a fine example of this is the Nubra Valley and the Hunder Desert situated in its core. Nubra and Hunder are best relished over a night’s stay. The intensely changing views over the 6-hour drive through the Khardung La (5359m) must be observed keenly to be enjoyed thoroughly. Set off to know the shiny splendor of the Hunder Sand Dunes right among the luscious valley, and meet the beautiful double-humped camels. Overnight in Nubra Valley.
Wake up to a postcard perfect morning in Nubra. You can go for a hike through the valley or enjoy a picnic by the gushing stream. Try one of the Ladakhi favorites for lunch—Tigmo, a sweet and spicy combo of fermented bread, with stew. If you choose to head back, we will reach Leh by lunchtime. Overnight in Leh.
Wake up and move on a 220 km long track via Chang La (5360m) to reach Pangong Lake. It’s a dreamlike experience watching the magically beautiful lake with enduring mountains around, altering colors throughout the day. Immerse in the atmosphere, pile up as many memories as possible, and then check into a home-stay for the night. Overnight in Pangong Lake.
Pass the Indus River and ascend to Alchi to explore the Alchi Monastery. It has numerous temples situated within Alchi village and is the most renowned of Ladakh’s monasteries. Dating back to the 11th century, Alchi Monastery is very renowned for its paintings and architecture, which has an Indian and Kashmiri inspiration in them. After the visit, en-route to Leh, we stop to visit Basgo. By the evening, we will be back in Leh. Overnight in Leh.
After breakfast, we leave for Kargil. En route, explore Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, a place where the founder of the Sikh religion, Guru Nanak, is believed to have vanquished a demon. We can then rest at the Magnetic Hill and enjoy its immensely gorgeous scenery. The rocks rise infrequent forms and shades of yellow to grey. Stop for lunch in Mulbek village. Overnight in Kargil.
We will drive all the way to Padum today passing through the remotest area of Ladakh. From Pensi La (4400m), we will move to the final stretch of the journey to Zanskar valley and go downhill into Padum. The journey gives you some jaw-dropping views that the lenses of your cameras can never do justice to. The hidden valley of Zanskar welcomes us into Padum with its arms wide open. Overnight in Padum.
There are lots of places you can visit in Padum. The picturesque views of the snow-capped Himalayan array and glittering blue rivers make it a flawless holiday target. It is the main place for paragliding, trekking, and river rafting in Ladakh. You can visit Karsha Monastery which is the major monastery of Zanskar in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir. It is situated in the Padum village beyond the Stod River and is locally known as Karsha Gompa. Overnight in Padum.
We move through the Zanskar villages and reach Drang Drung Glacier and Pensi La (4400m) as soon as possible to take some lovely photos and spend some good time. As we move towards Kargil, we can get the view of tall mountains when we reach the lovely spot for the breathtaking view right through the extended Drang Drung Glacier. Overnight in Kargil.
Moving through the village named Akchamal, we continue to drive towards Batalik. Arrive at the check post of Batalik and enjoy the view of Batalik village and the next village called Darchik. By now, Leh is only a short drive away. We reach Leh while relishing the serene beauty of the barren yet alluring landscape. Overnight in Leh.
The route to Tso Moriri goes via Chumathang, where we move back from Pangong Tso to Leh up to Karu and take left towards Upshi. This way is taken by tourists who are not permitted for the shorter route that goes through the Changthang region. Drive towards Tso Moriri via Chumathang. The deep blue lake sits peacefully along a pastureland and is surrounded by barren hills and snowy mountains from other sides. The view is absolutely enthralling when the lake reflects on its surface the deep blue sky and its various shaped clouds. Overnight in Tso Moriri.
We move to Karzok, the only village which is near Tso Moriri. Through sandy and rocky trails move past the remote Thasang Tso, a small turquoise lake. Arrive at Tsokar via Puga and move to Leh via Thukje Gompa. We move on Manali-Leh Highway and descend to Leh via Tanglang La (5228m). Overnight in Leh.
Today is a free day in Leh. You can visit the Leh Palace which was built in the 17th century. You can also visit the Lala’s Art Café, which is a small, mudbrick house with an important ground-floor monument from 2000 years back that was saved from destruction and radiantly reestablished in 2006. And at the end of the day, you can visit the Old Town of Leh. Behind Leh’s Jamia Masjid, zigzagging lanes and staircases burrow between and underneath a sequence of old mud-brick Ladakhi houses and worn Chortens. Overnight in Leh.
You will be transferred in time to the Leh Airport to board your flight back to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, you will get transferred to your hotel. You can stroll around the capital city and enjoy the nightlife here. Overnight in Delhi.
Today you will be dropped at the airport to board on a flight to your home country. If wish, you can extend your trip to Nepal, Tibet, or Bhutan to enjoy the beautiful places.