The Land of High Passes ~Ladakh~

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India : The Land of High Passes ~Ladakh~

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Highlights

Ladakh (land of high passes)is a region in northern India, famous for its picturesque beauty, unique culture, picture perfect gompas and the popular Chadar trek. 

Highlights of this tour:

*  Visit Aryan village
*  impressive gompas in Ladakh
*  Cham dance - Dakthok Tsetue festival
*  Khardulang pass - highest motorable pass in the world
*  Nubra valley  
*  Pangong Lake
*  ancient palaces

Lamayuru

Set among remarkable mountain-backed badlands scenery, picturesque homes huddle around a crumbling central hilltop, caves and eroded pillars topped by a photogenic gompa. It's mind blowing.

Shooting milky way in Pangong Lake

The night sky in Pangong Lake will definitely leave you wondering about the vastness of our universe and the grand scheme that we are a part of. Being able to view the Milky Way and hundreds of shooting stars adds to this ‘out of this world’ experience.

Ladakh ~The road less travelled

Ladakh - a word which means "land of high passes". In Ladakh, one can truly experience the wonders of Mother Nature. The entire landscape is decorated with mountain ranges, passes, lakes, monasteries and other monuments that are sure to take your breath away.

Ladakhi in traditional costume

Khardungla Pass

The pass on the Ladakh Range is north of Leh and is the gateway to the Shyok and Nubra valleys. Khardung La is the world's highest motorable pass.

The Cham Dance

Dressed in vibrant colours with extravagant headgears and masks, the monks take up the roles of deities and demons, killing the evil king and protecting the people from natural calamities, diseases, epidemics and ensuring health, happiness and prosperity for the people of the area. A truly spectacular dance to witness.

The Brokpa

The Brokpa is a small community. They have distinct features – tall and statuesque, with green eyes, high cheekbones, fair with flawless skin and some with blonde hair. They consider themselves to be the pure bloodline of the Aryans. The community also claims to be the direct descendants from Alexander the Great's Army, some of whom reportedly stayed back after Alexander abandoned his campaign at the banks of river Indus in 326 BC.

Leh

Dotted with stupas and whitewashed houses, the Old Town is dominated by a dagger of steep rocky ridge topped by an imposing Tibetan-style palace and fort. Mountains dominate the landscape around Leh as it is at an altitude of 3500m. Leh Ladakh, the stunning valleys, the magnificent mountains and the stunning views of the landscape call out to every traveller to come and pay homage.

Pangong Lake

Pangong Lake by Eatcha licensed by CC BY-SA 4.0

Situated at an altitude of 4350m, this long and narrow lake extends from India to Tibet. Picture-perfect, this lake has captured the imagination of many filmmakers. This is the place where the "3 Idiots" ending with Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor was shot.

Nubra Valley

Nubra Valley by Alex Hanoko licensed by BY CC 2.0

Situated at an altitude of 4,000 meters, the Valley is covered by magnificent sand dunes dancing to the rhythm of the wind and is what's left of an ancient ocean bed from the time before the tectonic plates shifted to give rise to the Himalayas.

Additional Info

Leh city is located at an altitude of 3500 meters above sea level and this is a high altitude area where visitors can be susceptible to altitude sickness and extreme weather conditions. If you are planning to travel to a higher altitude area, our advice would be to check details and any precautions/medications you need to take before making the journey.

Itinerary

25th July: ARRIVE LEH:-
Upon arrival at Leh Airport you will be transferred to hotel for check in. Complete day for rest and leisure to acclimatize to Ladakh’s high altitude of 11500 feet.
Evening Visit to Leh Palac,Shanti Stupa & Leh market.
Overnight at Hotel.

26th July: LEH TO DHA HANU (ARYAN VALLEY):-
Post breakfast we check out and drive to Dha Hanu (Aryan Valley) enroute Likir monastery, Likir Gompa is situated atop a hill overlooking the beautiful village of Likir. It is certainly the most impressive of Ladakhi citadels. Then we drive and cross the River Indus and reach Alch, popular for its 1000 years old frescos/wall paintings. All the above monasteries will be the great sign of unchanged ancient Tibetan Buddhist culture. After visiting above monasteries we will drive further to Bhama village of Aryan valley. It is situated at an attitude of 10000 ft.It is the land of Drok Pa “An Indo Aryan race”. Only three villages Dha ,Hanu and Bhama are opened for tourists.Their culture and religious practices are totally different from the rest of Ladakh. Upon arrival at Bhama we will check in at our hotel. Later we will walk around the village of Bhama and visit some local families. Overnight at Hotel.

27th July: DHA HANU TO LEH:-
After breakfast we will checkout form our hotel and drive to Hanu Yokma. It is one of the most beautiful village in the entire Aryan valley. We will head back to Leh enroute Lamayuru monastery if time permits. Lamayuru is one of the largest and oldest gompas in Ladakh with a population of around 150 permanent monks in residence. It has in the past, housed up to 400 monks, many of which are now based in gompas in surrounding villages. Also known as Yung-Drung, Lamayuru houses a rich collection of artifacts, wall paintings, thankas, statues, carpets and an impressive 11-headed 1000 eyed image of Chenzing. Apart from the monastery, Lamayuru also attracts tourists for its beautiful landscape which is quite similar to the lunar territory. Although it’s quite remote, it is a favorite spot for photographers and trekkers. After exploring Lamayuru we will head back to Leh for overnight stay.

28th July: LEH TO NUBRA VALLEY:-
After an early breakfast we drive to Nubra valley via Khardongla Pass (the highest motorable road in the world) at 18,390 ft, around 39kms from Leh. Nubra Valley is popularly known as Ldumra or valley of flowers. It is situated to the North of Ladakh between the Karakoram and Ladakh ranges of the Himalayas. On the way we will visit Deskit, the capital city of Nubra Valley. When we reach Deskit we will visit the Deskit Monastery situated on a hill overlooking the entire Nubra Valley and see the biggest Maitreya Buddha Statue below the Monastery. Later we head to the Sand dunes of Hunder to enjoy a camel safari (Optional) of Mongolian camels and head to our camp for overnight stay.

29th July: NUBRA VALLEY TO PANGONG LAKE VIA SHAYOK:-
After breakfast we will drive straight to Pangong lake via Shayok or Wari La. Pangong Lake, situated at 14,000 feet (4,267 m) is a long narrow basin of inland drainage. Hardly six to seven kilometer at its widest point and over 130km long, it is bisected by the international border between India and China. A few years back the government decided to open it to tourists though the lake and its surrounding is under army surveillance.
Enjoy the landscape in the back drop of the Lake. One rarely feels so close to nature and environment and the scenery is unforgettable. Overnight stay at the camp in Merak village of Pangong Lake.

30th July: 30th July: PANGONG LAKE TO LEH :-
Morning at leisure to explore the beauty of lake an then we will head back straight to Daktok monastery to witness the last day for the monastery festival and to see the CHAMS (The mask dance)later we drive back to Leh. Overnight in Leh.

31st July: LEH (EXCURSION TO MONASTERIES):-
Post breakfast we proceed for the Indus Valley Monastery of Thiksey, The ancient capital of Ladakh, Thiksey is an impressive monastery complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village, Hemis Monastery and Stok Palace. Overnight in Leh.

01st Aug: DEPART LEH (FLY OUT):-
Tour concludes.