The Last Shangrila’s

Land of the Pure

Ladakh, a land which can be described only in speculative expanse. Geographical, historical and human factors have endowed this region, known earlier as Manyul - the land of men - with its unique character and place in the World.

Ladakh has often changed names, all of which give a good description of the conditions prevailing in the region: Ladwags-land below the mountain passes; Bladwags: land of the lama; Maryul: the red country. In the West it is sometimes referred to as Moon country and Little Tibet. Rather a long list of names for an area of 59,000 square kilometers having one of the lowest population densities in the world: 2 inhabitants per kilometer, 59,000 square kilometers of rocky desert, apparently inhospitable mountains, a world of bewitching silence, framed in a parallel fashion by two of the most imposing mountain ranges, the Karakorams to the North, the Himalayas to the South.

Luxe India brings you a customized tour of Ladakh.

Suggested Ladakh Tour

Day 01

Arrive Delhi

On your arrival in Delhi, you will be met by a Luxe India representative, transferred to the hotel where he would assist you to check in at the hotel.

Morning at leisure.

Afternoon, proceed on a tour of New Delhi covering, Humayun’s Tomb the first garden-tomb in the Indian subcontinent and the inspiration for several monuments including the Taj Mahal. After this a drive around India Gate, Lutyen’s buildings and visit The Qutub Minar, one of the finest Islamic structures ever raised in India.

Spend two nights at The Park Hotel. Accommodation is in a Luxury room, on bed and breakfast basis.

Day 02

In Delhi


After Breakfast, proceed on a tour of Old Delhi. Visit The Jama Masjid located in the centre of the old city, this congregational mosque was built by Sultan Ahmed Shah in 1423; do climb the south minaret of Jama Masjid to have panoramic view of old Delhi. Take a Rickshaw ride in the back lanes of Chandni Chowk an experience you will never forget. Later visit The Raj Ghat where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated in 1948.

Evening at leisure.

Day 03

Delhi-Leh (HT 3500 M)

After an early breakfast you will be transferred to the domestic airport for your flight to Ladakh.This is one of the most sensational flights in the world. On a clear day from one side of the aircraft can be seen in the distance the peaks of K2, Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum and on the other side of the aircraft, so close that you feel you could reach out and touch it, is the Nun Kun massif.

Arrive Leh, you will be met by our representative who will assist with the transfer and check-in at the hotel.

Note: You would take a little time to settle in and acclimatize since you have gone from a relatively low elevation in New Delhi to over 11,000 feet!

Afternoon, you can walk through the old town, beneath the Leh Palace, to allow you to get oriented to this fascinating city.

Spend three nights at the A Class Hotel.

Day 04

In Leh

The morning is at leisure to acclimatize to the rarefied air. You may choose to stroll along the main bazaar - observing the varied crowds. Looking into curio shops is an engaging experience. A particularly attractive sight is the line of women from nearby villages sitting along the edge of the footpath with baskets of fresh vegetables brought for sale. Behind the main bazaar, Chang Gali is less bustling but has interesting little shops selling curios and jewellery.

Also walk to the Leh Palace & SHANKAR GOMPA (Ht 3730 M), which belongs to Gelukspa school of Tibetan Buddhism. Return to your hotel for dinner.

Day 05

In Leh

After Breakfast, visit THIKSE MONASTERY (Ht 3230 M), which is one of the most vibrant and active monasteries in the region. The monastery is 12 storied and painted in deep shades of red, ochre and white. It has evolved around a central courtyard with buildings surrounding it from three sides.

Continue your drive on a well mettled broad road traveling upstream along the Indus River to HEMIS GOMPA, crossing over the Indus at the village of Karu. The most famous of Ladakh’s monasteries, Hemis or Changchub Samstanling (The love palace of the compassionate person), dates back to the 17th century and was built over a period of 40 years (1602 – 1642 A.D.). Today Hemis is well known for its festival or Hemis Tsechu commemorating the birthday of Guru PadmasambhavaThe gompa boasts of an excellent library, well preserved frescoes and murals, silver gilt chortens and a Kashmiri lacquered wooden throne.

On the return journey to Leh, drive to STOK PALACE (Ht 3650m), which is the present residence of the former royal family of Ladakh. The palace museum displays the collections of the royal family.

Within the king’s room are displayed exquisite thangkas, most significant of which is the set of 35 thangkas depicting the stories relating to the former lives of Buddha.

Day 06

Leh - Alchi (HT 3250 M) - Uletytokpo (HT 3040 M)

After Breakfast, proceed for Ulleytokpo (Ht. 3040m). (3.5 hours drive approx.) driving via Alchi. The complex of temples located within the village is the most celebrated of Ladakh’s monasteries and dates back to the 11th century. The complex consists of a group of five temples as well as a number of chortens scattered around the complex.

After lunch you will proceed to Ulleytokpo. Camp for dinner.

Spend one night at Ulleytopko in a fixed camp.

Day 07

Ulleytokpo - Lamayuru (HT 3460 M) - Leh

After breakfast, you proceed for Leh (4 hours drive approx.). En route, you will drive to the 11th century LAMAYURU MONASTERY (Ht. 3460m), which is spectacularly located along the valley plain and surrounded by mountains on all sides. According to legend, the arhat Madhyantika, a disciple of Buddha offered “torma’ (sacred food) and water to the spirits inhabiting the site to satisfy them. A handful of rain spilled on the soil which caused barley plants to sprout in the shape of Yung-drung (swastika), hence its name Yung-Drung.

Spend one night at the A Class Hotel.

Day 08

Leh - Hunder (HT 4350 M) (Nubra Valley)

After Breakfast, proceed for Nubra Valley, 120Kms. (5-6 hours drive approx.)

The road journey from Leh to NUBRA VALLEY passes over KHARDUNG LA (the highest motorable road in the world) at 5602 M / 18,390 Ft, around 39 km from Leh. From the pass, one can see all the way south over the Indus valley to seemingly endless peaks and ridges of the Zanskar range, and north to the giants of the Saser massif. Nubra Valley is popularly known as Ldumra or the valley of flowers. It is situated in the north of Ladakh between the Karakoram and Ladakh ranges of the Himalayas. The average altitude of the valley is 10,000 Ft. above sea level. The Shayok and Saichen Rivers drain Nubra. En Route, visit DISKIT MONASTERY perched on a rock overhanging next to a stream, which provides the source of energy used by mills in the area. The monastery is rich, full of thangkas, magnificent giant statues, effigies of the Buddha and old mural paintings in which can be noted a multitude of influences.

After your visit to the monastery and shortly after leaving Diskit you will comes across sand dunes on the right of the road. Seen in isolation you could well be amongst the sand dunes of the Thar Desert in Rajasthan. It is indeed a strange sight since immediately on the left of the road is Rocky Mountains that characterize the Ladakhi landscape and in the distance can be seen snow-capped mountains.

Arrive Hunder; spend one night in your camp in Hunder.

Day 09

In Nubra Valley


After breakfast, you will proceed for a ride on a bacterian camel (double humped) amidst the sand dunes of this high altitude desert with snow capped mountains on the horizon. Thereafter, crossing over the Shayok River you will be driving upstream long the Saichen River to Panamik. The place has a number of hot springs on the right of the road just before entering the village. Panamik is literally the end of the road for this trip, as one has to return from this spot. On the return journey you stop by to visit SAMSTANLING GOMPA founded by Lama Tsultims Nima.

Day 10

Hunder - Leh

After breakfast, drive to Leh over Khardung La. Arrive Leh. You will be assisted for check-in at the hotel. Afternoon at leisure to relax or take a walk to the local market.

Spend one night at the A Class Hotel.

Day 11

Leh-Delhi…..Leave Delhi

Early morning, you will be transferred to the Leh airport for your flight to Delhi, 9W 610 (0735/0850 Hours).

Arrive Delhi; you will be met by our representative who will assist with the transfers and check-in at the hotel The Park (day use only).

Day at leisure; you can enjoy the Spa, at the hotel, to experience complete relaxation after your stay at high altitude.

Late evening you will be transferred to the international airport to board your flight back home.

 

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