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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.

Trip Highlights:
- A complete Ladakh roundtrip, starting in Manali and ending in Kashmir.
- Adventure: White water rafting in Leh!
- Cross the famous Manali-Leh highway and some of the world's highest roads.
- Stay at camps in Sarchu, Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso.
- Drive across Khardung La, amongst the worlds highest motorable passes.
- 2 nights at Turtuk Village.
- Stay on a luxury houseboat on the Dal Lake in Srinagar.
 

 
 
  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.
 
Day 5: In Leh
 
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 6: 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 stretches of sands and dunes and double humped bactrian camels. We spend some time with the camels at the dunes and then drive deeper into the Nubra Valley, crossing the world's highest airstrip at Thoise to Turtuk Village which has only recently been opened to travellers.
 
Day 7: 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 8: 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 9: 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 10: 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 11: In Leh
(Distance: 164km, Travel Time: 5-6 hrs)
 
A relaxed leisurely day exploring Leh town including visits to the Shanti Stupa and Leh Palace. A stretch of white water rafting on the Indus has also been included as part of the plan.
 
Day 12: Leh – Lamayuru – Fotu La – Namika La – Mulbek – Kargil
(Distance: 125km/15km / 40km / 15km /40km – 235km; Travel Time: 5-6 hrs
Elevation: Fotu La– 4,108m/13,478ft, Namika La– 3,700m/12,139ft, Kargil– 2,750m/9,000ft).
 
We start heading west on the Leh - Srinagar highway. We stop at the Patthar Sahib Gurudwara (Sikh Temple), the Magnetic Hill, confluence of the Indus and Zanskar rivers and then to Lamayuru, the 10th/11th century monastery known for its moon like landscape. The Monastery has always been very active and powerful and was, at one time, the main contender for acknowledged supremacy throughout Tibet. Then to the Fotu La, highest pass on the Leh – Srinagar highway and the Namika La, to reach Mulbek, famous for its 9 metre high Buddha statue, carved out of solid rock around the 7th or 8th century. From Mulbek, we head to Kargil for an overnight stay.
Please note: Those opting to end their trip in Leh would be dropped to the airport early morning for departure
 
Day 13: Kargil – Drass – Zoji La – Sonamarg – Srinagar
(Distance: 58km / 42km / 20km / 85km – 205km; Travel Time: 5-6 hrs
Elevation: Drass– 3,280m/10,761ft, Sonamarg– 2,800m/9,186ft, Srinagar– 1,585m/5,200ft).
 
Driving from Kargil, this is when we enter into the famed Valleys of Kashmir. Starting from Drass where the landscape changes completely. We stop and visit the famous war memorial and then drive over the Zoji La into the lush green valleys around Sonamarg from where we head to Srinagar for an overnight stay atop a luxury houseboat on the Dal lake.
 
Day 14: Srinagar – Departure
 
Spend the morning indulging in relaxed Shikara rides around the Dal Lake. Depart by mid-day to the airport to catch an afternoon flight out of Srinagar/or proceed to the next destination after checking out at noon.
 



















 
 
  Package and Pricing    
 
- 14 Days - Drive In Fly Out - INR 44,700/- per person

- 12 Days - Drive In Fly Out - INR 36,800/- per person


Inclusions:
 
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis in comfortable hotels and deluxe camps.
- Meals: Breakfast only in Manali and Leh.
- Meals: All meals during stay at camps in Sarchu, Pangong, Nubra Valley.
- Meals: Breakfast and Dinner included during stays at Kargil and Srinagar.
- All transport to Ladakh by SUV’s (Scorpios/Xylos/Innovas).
- Trip lead traveling with the group for the entire duration of the trip.
- Volvo coach journey from Delhi to Manali.
- Inner Line Permits and Wildlife fees for restricted areas.
- Adventure Activities: White water rafting in Leh.
   
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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