Delhi - Leh
Duration : 05 Nights / 06 Days
Destinations covered : Delhi - Leh
Day 01 : Delhi/Leh
Transfer to Domestic Airport to catch flight for Leh, Arrive Leh and transfer to hotel. Day free for acclimatisation and individual activities. Dinner overnight in ‘A’ class Hotel.
Day 02 : In Leh
Full day excursion to Shey, Thiksey and Hemis Gompas. Shey Gompa lies on the way to Hemis. It is situated on the top of a hill and houses the largest victory stupa with a golden top. The statues made of copper and glided with gold are worthseeing. Thiksey Gompa lies on the left side of this road to Hemis. One can have a beautiful view of Indus Valley from the Gompa. Wall paintings of this Gompa are very interesting. From here drive to Hemis which is the oldest, wealthiest and largest Gompa in Leh with beautiful paintings stupas. Dinner overnight in ‘A’ class Hotel.
Day 03 : Leh / Pangong Tso (154 kms/ 5hrs drive)
After very early breakfast drive upstream along the Right Bank of the Indus River. At Karu turn left towards Chemdey Gompa and continue along the steep roadside towards Chang La (17,350 ft.). Permits have to be verified at Zingrul travelling check point (TCP) (13,500 ft.), 12 kms short of the pass. There is a temple at the top of the Chang La and lots of prayer flags.
The next TCP is at Tsoltakh. The first village is Durbuk followed by Thangse, both big army stations. From here to Lukung is a 32 kms drive along a rough dirty track through spectacular Barren Mountain scenery, which takes about 2 hrs. Pass through Tak – Tak & the Chakartale TSO. Between the Muglib and Lukung there are many flat green stretches of land with clean streams ideal of compositions.
Pangong Lake (which means hollow) is very long narrow spread of water situated at an altitude of 14,500 ft. Extending from east to west through the whole length of the Ruthong region of Tibet to neighborhood of Chisul, it bends to the north west for about 25 miles and forms a boundary between Ladakh and Ruthong. Only a quarter of the Lake lies in India, the rest stretching into Ruthong. Rare black necked cranes and other migratory birds are seen here. The water of the lake is salty.
Late afternoon return back to Leh. Dinner overnight Hotel.
Day 04 : In Leh
Morning free. Afternoon visit Shanti Stupa built by Japanese, Shankar Gompa is associated with Spituk Gompa and serves as the residence of the Head Lama. The monastery has Dukar Lakhang with a Dukar figure, a most impressive representative of Avalokiteshvara complete with 1000 armes (All holding weapons), and 1000 heads. The painting of the walls is worth seeing Leh Palace is to be visited by foot as it is situated on a hillock. It was built by Sengge Namgyal it is a 9-storey Palace, A building in the grand tradition of Tibetan architecture, said to have inspired the famous Potala in Lahsa.
Day 05 : In Leh
Excursion to Khardung-la (18,380 ft.), one of the highest motorable roads in the world. Khardung-la is gateway to Nubra Valley, enroute have a magnificent view of the surrounding mountains which includes Parcha Khangri, Stok Khangri etc. Return to Leh to Hotel for lunch. Afternoon free for personal activities. Dinner overnight hotel.
Day 06 : Leh/Delhi
Transfer to Leh Airport to catch flight for Delhi.