Ladakh is situated on the northernmost tip of India, sandwiched between the Karakoram and the Himalayas. It is one of the most popular areas for tourists and yet also among the few less explored regions in India. It's believed that Buddhism penetrated to Tibet from India via Ladakh Himalayas. The influence of Buddhism can also be seen in the capital of Ladakh, Leh. During winter, the region sometimes becomes inaccessible due the thick layer of snow. Enjoy the brightly painted monasteries, wall tapestries, handmade crafts and the peculiar fragrance of Ladakh.
For our Extended Ladakh tour, we fly from Delhi to Leh. From Leh, we make excursions to various regions and landscapes of Ladakh including Nubra Valley, Pangong Lake, Alchi, Kargil, and Tsomoriri Lake. Finally, we conclude the tour with a return flight from Leh to Delhi.
Other similar India tours include: Impressions of Ladakh Tour - 5 Days, Sikkim and Darjeeling Overland Tour - 5 days, Enchanting Sikkim, Kalimpong and Darjeeling: Overland tour - 7 Days.
We use 4 star or ‘A’ class hotels for this tour. The accommodation will be in Hotel Shambhala or Hotel Gwaling International or similar in Leh, Alchi Resort or similar in Alchi, Hotel Green Land or similar in Kargil and Marq Hotel or similar in Padum. We use deluxe camp on full-board basis in Pongong Lake and Tso-Moriri Lake. Since the tour is designed on a twin-sharing basis, we share a room with our fellow traveler, but if we prefer a single room, it can also be arranged by paying USD 665 as a single supplement.
Upon our arrival at the Leh Airport, we will be greeted by a representative from Himalayan Glacier who will take us to our hotel. We check in to the hotel for a complete day of rest to become properly acclimatized wherein welcome tea and coffee will be served by the hotel. In the evening, we will take a walking tour to the Leh Market and Shanti Stupa. Overnight in Leh.
After breakfast, we leave the hotel at 08:30 am and drive to Nubra Valley via Khardungla (highest drivable road in the world, 18,380 ft). Arrive at Deskit by Afternoon. Rest of the day we are free to explore Deskit, Hunder Villages and camel safari in sand dunes between Deskit and Hunder Village. Overnight in Nubra.
After breakfast, we visit Deskit Monastery and drive back to Leh by the same route, crossing Khardungla Pass. Upon arrival at Leh, we visit Shey, Thikshey and Leh Palace. Overnight in Leh.
After early breakfast, we leave for Pangong Lake (14,500 ft), through Changla Pass 17,350 ft., the third highest drivableroad in the world. At noon, we arrive at Pangong, the highest salt water lake in the World, shared both by India and China. Enjoy the beauty of the fascinating high-altitude Pangong Lake while appreciating its changing colors. Overnight at Pongong Lake(Camp).
After breakfast at camp, we leave camp and drive to Alchi and en-route visit Basgo Palace, Liker Monastery, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib and Magnetic Hill. Arrive at Alchi by afternoon. Visit Alchi monastery and spend rest of the day free to explore Alchi village. Overnight in Alchi.
After breakfast, we leave for Kargil and en-route we visit Moon Landscape, Lamayuru (oldest monastery in Ladakh) and Giant Maitreya Buddha at Mulbekh. We arrive in Kargil by evening and have dinner. Overnight in Kargil.Kargil: Kargil is a quiet town now, but previously Kargil once served as an important trade and transit centre in the Pan-Asian trade network. Numerous caravans carrying exotic merchandise comprising silk, brocade, carpets, felts, tea, poppy, ivory, etc. transited in the town on their way to and from China, Tibet, Yarkand and Kashmir. The old bazaar displayed a variety of Central Asian and Tibetan commodities even after the cessation of the Central Asian trade in 1949 till these were exhausted about two decades back. Similarly, the ancient trade route passing through the township was lined with several caravanserais. Now, travelers of numerous nationalities have replaced traders of the past, and Kargil has regained its importance as a center of travel-related activities.
Early morning after breakfast, we drive to Padum (Zanskar). On the way, we can admire the magnificent view of Nun Kun Peak and Dran Drung Glacier and visit Rangdum Monastery. We reach Padum by evening and spend the night.
After breakfast, we leave for sightseeing of Karsha, Stongdey and Sani then get back to Padum by evening. Overnight in Padum.
After breakfast, go back to Kargil by same route via Penzi La Passs. Overnight Hotel in Kargil.
After breakfast, leave back to Leh by same route. Reach Leh by evening. Overnight Hotel in Leh.
In the morning, we drive to Tsomoriri passing Chumathang (Hot Spring) along the Indus River then arrive at Tsomoriri at 4pm. Afterwards, we take a walk around the lake to enjoy the scenic beauty. Overnight at Tso-Moriri Lake (Camp).
After a leisurely breakfast, we walk around the lake and drive back to Leh passing Puga (Sulphur Mine), Tsokar Lake, Tanglang La Pass (17,585ft) and Rumtse. On the way, we visit Hemis Monastery, Shey Palace, and Thiksey Monastery. Overnight in Leh.
Today we spend the whole day leisurely. We can stroll around the market places of Leh for some time or just rest and relax throughout the day in our hotel. If we are interested in souvenirs from Ladakh, we can buy them in Leh. Overnight in Leh.
Our trip to Ladakh and Leh comes to an end today. A representative from Himalayan Glacier will take us to the airport for our flight to Delhi.