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HERITAGE LADAKH

PACKAGE CODE : L001
DURATION : 06 NIGHTS / 07 DAYS
BEST TIME : MAY TO OCTOBER
ACCOMMODATION : 06 NIGHTS IN HOTEL
MINIMUM PEOPLE REQUIRED : TWO
LEVEL OF ENDURANCE : MILD moderate



Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive LehLeh Airport
Make an early start to take the flight to Leh, the capital city of Ladakh. The flight would take you over the Greater Himalaya and make an exciting landing at one of the highest airports in the world. One can hope to get excellent views of Stok Kangri as one flies-in and on a clear day the great peaks of the Karakoram are visible to the north. You would be met at the airport by our representative and taken to your hotel. The rest of the day is for rest. Leh is at an altitude of nearly 11,000 ft. and you can expect to feel the effects of the rarefied atmosphere. For the first few hours, you may experience a little breathlessness and perhaps a slight headache. These symptoms of altitude sickness are mild and usually disappear quite quickly; however, everyone is advised to take it easy for the first day or two. Press-ups and hill sprints are definitely taboo. Overnight at Hotel in Leh.

 

Day 02: Leh SightseeingLeh Sightseeing
Departure in the morning after breakfast and half a day of sightseeing in Leh which includes the Sankar Gompa, Shanti Stupa and Leh Palace. Overnight at Hotel in Leh.

 

Sankar Gompa & VillageSankar Gompa & Village
A comparatively modern monastery, the Sankar Gompa is closely associated with the Spituk Monastery and served as the residence of the late Head Priest - Kushak Bakula. A number of gold icons can be seen here.

 

Shanti Stupa (Japanese Peace Pagoda)Shanti Stupa (Japanese Peace Pagoda)
The Shanti Stupa or Japanese Peace Pagoda was built by a Japanese religious organization led by Head Monk - Nakamura with help from the locals. It is beautifully situated on a hill top in Cahngspa Village and provides a bird's eye view of the entire Leh town and surrounding mountain peaks. With small clean rooms on the side for meditation and a main Japanese shrine at the entrance, its architecture bears the mark of Japan.

 

Leh PalaceLeh Palace
The Namgyal Tsemo (Victory Peak) was built by King Tashi Namgyal after the reunification of upper and lower Ladakh and victory over Hor whose dead warriors were placed under an image of Mahakala, the guardian deity, to stop further invasions from Hor. The Leh Palace, also known as 'Lechen Palkhar', was built by Singay Namgyal around the beginning of the 17th century A.D. The nine-storied palace is now deserted and the ASI (Archeological Survey of India) is renovating it. It is open to public and offers spectacular views of Leh and surrounding mountains.

 

Day 03: Monastery Tour and Sindhu Darshan (90 km round trip)
Departure in the morning after breakfast and drive to Thiksey Village, visit Thiksey Gompa and then drive to Shey Village to visit Shey Palace and Gompa. Post-visit continue driving to Hemis Gompa, one of the most famous monasteries of Ladakh. Turn back towards Leh and on the way back climb down to Sindhu Ghat for Sindhu Darshan and a walk alongside the river before returning to Leh.  Overnight at Hotel in Leh.

 

Thiksey GompaThiksey Gompa
19 km away from Leh and spectacularly sited, Thiksey is one of the largest and architecturally most impressive Gompas. There are several temples in this Gompa containing vivid imagery, multiple stupas and exquisite wall paintings of Buddha.

 

Shey Palace and GompaShey Palace and Gompa
Situated on a hillock 15 km upstream from Leh, this was once the residence of the royal family and according to tradition; it was the seat of power in pre-Tibetan eras. A 7.5 mt. high gold-plated copper statue of Buddha, the largest of its kind, can be seen here.

 

Hemis GompaHemis Gompa
40 km away from Leh, Hemis is the wealthiest, most known and biggest Gompa in Ladakh. Its popularity stems from a major annual festival held here in summers. This festival is celebrated in honor of Guru Padma Sambhava’s birth anniversary. Hemis Gompa has among its wonders, the largest Thanka in Ladakh which is unfurled only once every 12 years. The Gompa was built in 1630 during the reign of Singay Namgyal and flourished under the Namgyal Dynasty for the royalty favored the Drugpa sect which managed the monastery. It is divided into two sections, the assembly hall on the right and the main temple, known as Tshogkhang, on the left. The hall (Dukhang) is also used as the “Green room” by dancers during the festival. The verandahs have a surfeit of frescoes among them the Buddhist ‘Wheel of Life’ (Kalachakra) and the lords of the four quarters besides the prayer wheel.

 

Sindhu Ghat
The Sindhu Ghat, at Choglamsar Village, on the banks of River Indus was inaugurated on June 1, 2001 by Shri L. K. Advani who was then the Home Minister of India. Every year, the Sindhu Festival is held at Sindhu Ghat, forging bonds of unity between various communities. The festival is an ideal opportunity for travelers from all over the world to visit this wonderful region and to savour its rugged beauty and charm.

 

DAY 04: Excursion to Sham Valley (150 km round trip)
Departure in the morning after breakfast and drive to Magnetic Hill, Gurudwara Shri Patthar Sahib, Confluence of Zanskar and Indus river and finally to the Alchi Gompa.  On your way back to Leh, visit Ladakh Hall of Fame.Overnight at Hotel in Leh.

 

Magnetic HillMagnetic Hill
Defying the laws of gravity is Magnetic Hill, a gravity hill that has been known to pull vehicles towards itself if they are left in neutral! Even aircrafts sometimes increase their altitude when in vicinity to avoid magnetic interference.

 

Gurudwara Shri Patthar SahibGurudwara Shri Patthar Sahib
The Gurdwara Shri Patthar Sahib is around 25 km away from Leh town on the Leh-Srinagar road. It is built in memory of Shri Guru Nanak Deve Ji, the great prophet who visited here in 1517 while on his second missionary tour (2nd Udassi 1515-1518). In folklore, there lived a wicked demon that terrorized the people in the area. As their miseries became unbearable they prayed for divine intervention and the great prophet came to their rescue. The prophet settled on the bank of the river flowing nearby and was called Nanak Lama by the locals. One morning, when the prophet was in meditation, the demon rolled down a big boulder from the hilltop on him but remarkably at the very touch of his body, the solid rock melted like wax with his back embedded in it. The prophet kept on sitting in meditation undisturbed. Thinking that the prophet must have been killed, the demon came down but was taken aback on seeing the prophet in meditation, undisturbed. In a rage of anger, he tried to push the rock with his right foot but the rock had already become like wax and even his foot was now embedded in it. The demon realized his folly and powerlessness as compared to the spiritual power of the great prophet. He fell on his feet and prayed to be pardoned. The prophet advised him to get rid of his wickedness and lead the life of a noble person, in the service of humanity. This changed the demon and he started serving the people. The prophet then continued his Holy journey towards Srinagar and Kashmir via Kargil. The boulder having the imprint of the prophet’s back is seen in the Gurdwara to this day.

 

Confluence of the Zanskar & IndusConfluence of the Zanskar & Indus
On your way to Sham Valley before Nimmu Village, you’ll have a magnificent view of these two great rivers in wedlock. What will amaze you most here is the stark contrast in the colors of the two rivers.

 

Alchi GompaAlchi Gompa
70 km from Leh, on the banks of the Indus, is the Alchi Gompa with origins dating back a thousand years. One of its walls features thousands of miniature sized pictures of the Buddha. Three large sized images made of clay and painted brightly are its focal attractions. It is no longer an active religious center but is looked after by monks from the Liker monastery. This is the only monastery amongst 34 monasteries, which is not located on a hilltop.

 

Ladakh Hall of FameLadakh Hall of Fame
The Hall of Fame is a glorious museum constructed by the Indian Army. It is worth a visit for everyone to see defense memorabilia, biographies of eminent soldiers and images of the Kargil War along with a display of the weapons and gallantry awards.

 

Day 05: Excursion to Khardungla Pass (78 km round trip)
Departure in the morning after breakfast towards the ultimate adventure of your life.  A drive right up the highest motorable road in the world to Khardungla Pass. How much time one remains lost in the standstill beauty all around is hard to predict. Overnight at Hotel in Leh.

 

Khardungla PassKhardungla Pass
The road journey to Nubra Valley goes through Khardungla Pass, the highest motorable road in the world at 18,390 ft. It is around 39 km away from Leh and has two checkpoints on both sides.

 

Day 06: Excursion to Pangong Lake (280 km round trip)
Departure in the morning after breakfast to Pangong Lake on the Indo China border with the route taking you past the picturesque villages of Shey and Thikse, and turning off the Indus valley by the side valley of Chemrey and Sakti. The Ladakh range is crossed through Chang-la Pass (18,000 ft.), which despite its great elevation is one of the easier passes, remaining open for much of the year, even in winter, apart from periods of actual snowfall. Overnight at Hotel in Leh.

 

The Pangong LakeThe Pangong Lake
The Pangong Lake, situated at 14,000 ft. is a long narrow basin of inland drainage, nearly six to seven km at its widest point. Visitors are permitted to only around 7 km along the southern shore from the head of the lake as part of Pangong lies in China. Standing there offers stunning views of the mountains of the Changchenmo range to the north, their reflection shimmering in the ever-changing blues and greens of the lake’s brackish water. Also visible above Spangmik are the glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Pangong range.

 

Day 07: Departure to Airport
Nomadier provides assistance in your transfer to the Airport and wishes you goodbye.