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Flying into Leh, we will visit several monasteries and travel through the countryside. We cross the Khardungla pass at 18360ft to get to the Nubra Valley where we get to ride on the Bactrian double humped camels which is unique to this region. We finally end our trip to Ladakh with a visit to Pangong Lake which captivates you with its magical beauty – a awesome sight as you see this turquoise blue lake surrounded by mountains. With every change in light the lake ripples in hues of purple, pink tinges.
Transfer to HOTEL AND rest for for acclimatization.
After lunch drive for 15 minutes to Spituk monastery and you can also visit the Martyrs museum. Later drive to Shanti Stupa for views of the Indus valley.
Drive via Choglamsar and the link road to visit Stakna monastery with literally means Tiger’s Nose. This monastery is set atop a hill and has is interesting as it has very ancient relics and a wonderful display of the different manisfests of the goddess Tara. Later visit Stok Palace where the erstwhile royal family reside. They have a museum here with family heirlooms and also run a PALACE HOTEL. Evening visit Leh Palace
On the way stop at the Gurudwara. Considered one of the best monasteries in Ladakh and has unique kashmiri paintings on the Buddhist statues which was unique to the period it was made. Alchi is one of the few monasteries that survived the restoration of the 16th century and one of the few that you don’t have to climb a hill to get to. Continue further for another 30 mins to the peaceful surroundings of Uley Ethnic resort set amidst apricot and apple orchards. The river Indus flows close by and you have the option of taking a short rafting trip ( to be paid directly).
Drive for 1 ½ hrs to Lamayuru monastery. Unique here is the moonlike landscape which is the backdrop to this dramatically located monastery. Drive for another hour to the village of Tingmosgang tucked up a side valley. Tingmosgang used to be the ancient capital of ladakh . There is the ruins of the old fortress can be seen. There is an ancient temple here with a marble statue of Avalokitesvara brought from Assam. Buddha Purnima is celebrated here when people from all over Ladakh come to visit.
Around Tingmosgang – visit the village of Tia, village homes and enjoy the peaceful surroundings of this place.
Return to Leh. Enroute you can stop at Basgo fort, view the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar rivers and magnetic point.
Drive to Nubra valley – 4 1/2hrs. Leaving Leh, you quickly reach the 18360ft Khardungla pass. We avoid stopping here due to the altitude and will do so on return. The last 7 km to the pass and across is pretty rough else the road is in good condition. In June there would still be quite a bit of snow on the pass. You get good views of the Saser range of mountains . Once you cross the check point across the pass, it is a lovely drive through fantastic landscape to the valley floor and across to Hundar village . You have the option of visiting Deskit monastery . In the evening visit the sand dunes for a camel ride on the double humped Bactrian camels .O/N Hundar.
Visit Turtuk village – day trip.Turtuk used to be a part of Pakistan and is 7km from the border. This village is occupied by the baltis and is different from the rest of Ladakh. Return to Hundar.
Drive for 2 hrs to visit Panamic hot springs. Return to Kyagar village – 30 minutes. Visit around. Evening you have the option of watching a cultural program and visit a family home in the evening. O/N Kyagar.
Return to Leh
Drive for 5 hrs to Pangong Lake.O/N in Deluxe tents close to the lake. It can get very cold and it is advisable to have warm jackets, wool hats here.
Enjoy the colors of this magical lake and return to Leh.
Fly to Delhi
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