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  Ladakh      

   
  Ladakh is a land like no other. Bounded by two of the world’s mightiest mountain ranges, the Great Himalaya and the Karakoram Himalaya, it is a high-altitude desert located at the western edge of the Tibetan plateau. Its awe-inspiring landscape has been modified and sculpted into its spectacular shape by wind and water over the millennia.
The moon-like scenery is extraordinary: stark and barren but interspersed with isolated settlements of green oases full of swaying poplar trees, apricot orchards and cultivated farmland.
Despite the rugged terrain and high altitude, the people of Ladakh exhibit a natural joie de vivre and their customs and lifestyle are a continuum from the past.The vibrancy and colour of their cultural traditions can be seen in the many local festivals that take place all through the summer.


 

 

  The Festival at Hemis:      
 
  Hemis Gompa - the biggest Buddhist monastery in Ladakh is the stage for its famo festival that celebrates the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava.
The colourful two-day pageant falls on the 10th day (Tse-Chu) of the Tibetan lunar month:18th-19th June 2013. The local people are seen dressed up in their finest traditional garb for the occasion. The head lama presides over the function. A colourful fair, displaying some beautiful handicrafts, is the special highlight
The ceremonies begin with an early morning ritual where, to the beat of drums, the resounding clash of cymbals and the spiritual wail of pipes, the portrait of "Dadmokarpo" is ceremoniously put on display for all to admire and worship.
The most esoteric of festivities are the mystic mask dances. The Mask Dances (Chams Performances) are part of a Tantric tradition, performed only in those gompas which follow Tantric teachings and the monks perform tantric worship.

Trip Highlights:
- Experience the Annual Monastic Festival at the Hemis Monastery in Leh.
- Paragliding in Manali - start the trip on a high!
- Cross the famous Manali-Leh highway and some of the world's highest roads.
- Stay at a high altitude campsite in Sarchu, known for its captivating night sky.
- Visit Khardung La, known to be one of the world's hghest motorable roads.
- Drive deep into the Nubra Valley - for 2 nights at Turtuk!
- Stay at a camp by the lake at Pangong Tso.
- 2 nights homestay in Leh.
 

 
 
  Itinerary:    

   
 
Day 1: Delhi – Manali
(Distance: 565 km, Travel Time: 12-14 hrs, Elevation: 2,050m/6,726ft)
 
Departure from New Delhi in the evening on board a Deluxe Coach to Manali. Overnight bus journey.
 
Day 2: Explore Manali
 
Manali is located at the northern end of Kullu valley. The river Beas meanders through the town, surrounded by deodar and pine trees, tiny fields, fruit orchards and grassy meadows carpeted with wildflowers which give way to stunning views of lofty snow-capped peaks. Start the day with paragliding near the Solang Valley, rest of the evening at leisure to explore the town.
 
Day 3: Manali – Rohtang – Keylong – Jispa – Baralacha La – Sarchu
(Distance: 51km/64km/30km/43km/42 km– 230km; Travel Time: 8-10 hrs;
Elevation: Rohtang– 3,978m / 13,051ft, Keylong– 3,350m/10,991ft, Jispa– 3,182m/10,439ft, Baralacha La - 5045m /16,551ft, Sarchu – 4,290m/ 14,075ft)
 
The toughest part of the journey, the drive from Manali to Leh. The highway is open only between June and September when snow is cleared from the road by the Indian Army. It connects the Kullu valley, Lahaul-Spiti and Ladakh. The highway crosses some of the highest mountain passes in the world and promises to be one of the most memorable and scenic experiences of all time.
 
Day 4: Sarchu – Lachulung La – Tanglang La – Leh
(Distance: 54km/81km/109km– 244km; Travel Time: 6-7 hrs;
Elevation: Lachulung La – 5,059m / 16,598ft, Tanglang La – 5,359m / 17,582 ft, Leh – 3,505m/11,500ft)
 
Depart early morning from Sarchu. Crossing over the picturesque Lachulung La, More Plains and Tanglang La, we arrive in Leh by late afternoon. Relax after the long journey or walk around Leh town in the evening.
Note: Those opting to fly in directly would me met upon arrival at Leh by our representative and assisted to the hotel to be joined by the group.
 
Days 5 and 6: Around Leh and the Hemis Festival
(Distance: Shey – 3km; Thiksey – 23km; Hemis – 42km; Leh – 45km: Total: 113km)
 
We spend these two days at the festival at Hemis, also visiting the Thiksey monastery, Shey Palace. Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace and other places of interest around Leh. Evenings at leisure to explore Leh town.
Leh, the capital city of Ladakh is a historical transit point for caravans of the bygone Silk Route, and still looks and feels like a trading post of the ancient past. It is an imminently accessible and fascinating locale, featuring two notable monasteries, a palace, a mosque, and countless narrow, crooked alleyways beckoning the curious visitor.
 
Day 7: Leh – Chang La – Pangong Tso
(Distance: 78km / 82km – 160km, Travel Time: 5-6 hrs;
Elevation: Chang La – 5,425m/17,800ft, Pangong – 4,250m/13,943ft)
 
Drive to Pangong Tso – a high altitude lake in the Ladakh Himalayas. It is 134 km long and extends from India to Tibet. Two thirds of the length of this lake lies in Tibet. The lake is 5 km wide at its broadest point. Along the way we traverse the high Chang La, where army sentries and a small teahouse greet visitors.
 
Day 8: Pangong Tso– Leh
(Distance: 164km, Travel Time: 5-6 hrs)
Elevation: Leh – 3,505m/11,500ft)
 
Drive back to Leh over the scenic Changthang ranges. Reach Leh by the afternoon, evening at leisure.
 
Day 9: Leh – Khardung La – Hunder – Turtuk
(Distance: 37km / 90km / 90km – 217km; Travel Time: 6-7hrs;
Elevation: Khardung La – 5,602m/18,380ft, Hunder – 3,245m/10,646ft)
 
Driving from Leh, we climb quickly to Khardung La, one of the world’s highest motorable passes, and then to Hunder in the Nubra Valley, famous for its unique landscapes with desert like sand dunes and double humped bactrian camels. We then drive deeper into the Nubra Valley, crossing the world's highest airstrip at Thoise to Turtuk which has only recently been opened to travellers.
A highlight on this trip, Turtuk was once a part of Baltistan. Besides the amazing scenery and the warmth of a serene village, there is an ancient fort and a monastery and the area boasts of rare wildlife: marmots, ibex and the elusive snow leopard.
 
Day 10: At Turtuk
 
A highlight on this trip, Turtuk was once a part of Baltistan. Along with the amazing scenery, organic farms, apricot orchards and the warmth of a serene village, there is an ancient fort, a monastery, a natural glacial tunnel that the locals use for cold storage of their supplies...and the area boasts of rare wildlife: marmots, ibex and the elusive snow leopard.
 
Day 11: Turtuk – Diskit – Leh
(Distance: 98km / 119km – 217km, Travel Time: 6-7hrs)
 
Heading back over the Khardung La we drive back to Leh. En route we stop at the Diskit Gompa dating back to the 14th century.
 
Day 12: Leh – Fly Out
Airfare not included.
 
Transfer to the airport to catch the early morning flight back to New Delhi. Pick up and transfers from the airport on arrival can be arranged on special request.
















 
         
  Package and Pricing    

- 12 Days / Drive In and Fly Out - INR 37,900/- per person

- 9 Days / Fly In and Fly Out - INR 28,900/- per person

Economy options are also available, please contact us for details.


Inclusions:
 
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis in comfortable hotels/guest houses or deluxe camps as mentioned.
 
- Meals: Breakfast only in Manali and Leh.
- Meals: All meals during stay at camps in Sarchu, Pangong and Nubra Valley.
- All transport to Ladakh and back by SUV’s (Scorpios/Xylos/Innovas)
- Representative for assistance on arrival and departure in Manali and Leh.
- Volvo coach journey from Delhi to Manali.
- Inner Line Permits and Wildlife fees for restricted areas.
- Paragliding in Manali
   
Exclusions:
- Any Airfare
- Personal expenses like laundry, telephone calls, alcoholic beverages, entrance and camera fees, medical expenses, gratuities etc.
 
- Any Insurance
- Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.
   
 
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