Land of the Mountain Passes
DAY 1: ARRIVE DELHI
On arrival stay at Taj Palace Hotel.
DAY 2: DELHI - LEH (3500M /
Early morning flight arrives Leh, the capital of the ancient
Buddhist kingdom of Ladakh. Check in to Grand Dragon Hotel, your
home for the next 4 nights. Rest of the day at leisure for
DAY 3: LEH
After a leisurely start, spend the afternoon visiting Sankar
Gompa, Shanti Stupa Japanese peace pagoda, the Tibet an inspired
Leh Palace and the 15th century Namgyal Tsemo Gompa perched on top
the crag behind the palace.
DAY 4: LEH - THIKSEY - SHEY - HEMIS -
Witness morning prayers at Thiksey monastery. Later visit Shey
which was once the summer residence of Ladak Hikings. After lunch,
visit Hemis monastery to see an impressive array of thangka's and
frescoes dating back to the 17th century.
DAY 5: LEH - BASGO - LIKIR - ALCHI -
RIZONG - LEH
Begin your journey exploring Basgo Castle and the majestic Likir
Monastery. After lunch at Uley Ethnic Resort, visit the rocky
fortress, Rizong monastery which has one of the only nunneries in
Ladakh. End your day at Alchi Monastery, located on the banks of
the Indus river.
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DAY 6: LEH - NUBRA VALLEY (3040M /
Travel by road to Nubra Valley crossing Khardung La Pass,
situated along the ancient caravan route of Central Asia. At 5602M
/ 18,380 ft, Khardung Lais the highest motorable road in the world.
This high altitude unfolds a bizarre blend of landscapes with
gushing rivers, flower orchards, desert sand dunes and greenfields.
Arrive the Karma Inn, your home for the next 2 nights. This
afternoon visit Diskit Monastery and Hunder Sand Dunes. If
possible, enjoy riding a double hump camel.
DAY 7: NUBRA VALLEY
A morning drive brings you the base of Ensa Monastery, the
oldest monastery in Nubra. Take a steep 45-minute trek
(moderate/hard) up to the monastery to see the footprints of
Dachompa in one of the three prayer rooms. Next drive to the
132-year-old Samstanling Monastery.
DAY 8: NUBRA VALLEY - LEH
Morning transfer by road to Leh crossing Khardung La Pass. On
arrival, check in to Grand Dragon Hotel for the night. Rest of the
day with guide, car and driver at disposal to visit surroundings at
DAY 9: LEH - DELHI
Early morning flight arrives Delhi. On arrival, transfer to The
Imperial Hotel for the day at leisure.
DAY 10: DEPART DELHI
Early morning departure for onward destination.