Best of Ladakh

Delhi - Leh - Indus Valley - Nubra Valley - Pangong Lake - Tso Moriri - Tso Kar - Uleytokpo - Leh - Delhi

Overview

India’s highest state which is proud to house some of the highest mountain passes and lakes is Ladakh. This destination deserves every right to be called the ‘land of adventure’ and untouched beauty. You will understand the real reason behind this by taking the ‘Best of Ladakh’ tour. Throughout the 10 Nights and 11 Days tour, you will be taken for an adventure to some of the pristine parts of the state.

Get ready to enjoy a mind-blowing experience by visiting some of the colorful monasteries. Also, get enthralled by driving to one of the highest motorable roads in the world. During this trip, you will not only enjoy seeing the fascinating gompas but also get an insight into the local village life. Make sure to savor some delicious food and check out their arts and culture. For adventure enthusiasts, this Ladakh tour also includes hiking to various places.

Trip Highlights
  • Explore the Shanti Stupa and the Chowkhang Monastery
  • Enjoy shopping at the markets in Leh
  • Visit the Royal Museum
  • Excursion to Hemis and Thiksey Monasteries
  • Soak in the beauty of Nubra Valley
  • Ride on a double-humped camel
  • Go for a trip to the high-altitude Yarab Tso
  • Camping at the scenic Pangong Lake
  • Visit quaint villages of Diskit
  • Enjoy bird watching at the Tso-Moriri
  • Check out the statue of Maitreya Buddha in Likir Monastery
  • Explore Spituk Monastery, Magnetic Hill, and Military Hall of Fame
Tour Map route map
Itinerary Details

On the first day of the tour, board your flight from Delhi airport which will take you to Leh. You will be greeted by our representative at the Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport in Leh. This airport is situated at a height of 3,256 m above sea level and is one of the highest commercial airports in the world. From there, you will be comfortably escorted to the hotel.

On arrival, you can check-in at the hotel and rest for a while to help your body get accustomed to the high-altitude of Ladakh. Later, head out for an evening sightseeing to Shanti Stupa, Chowkhang Monastery and a local market in Leh.

Shanti Stupa: A beautiful white-domed Buddhist Stupa built in 1991 is an eye-catching attraction in Leh. The rugged mountains and clear blue sky create such a stunning backdrop for a photo opportunity. The top circular floor features the life of Buddha, idols depicting his birth, meditating and death.

Chowkhang Monastery: This beautiful monastery is located conveniently in the main street of the town and it is easily accessible for the pilgrims. The gompa is beautifully decorated with colorful Buddhist prayer flags and offer a spiritual ambiance. Despite the rush in the street, you can find solace inside Chowkhang Monastery.

After shopping in the local markets, return to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Today, you will be visiting many tourist attractions around Leh. After having hearty breakfast at the hotel, head out for sightseeing tour. Visit places such as the Royal Museum at Stok Palace, Thiksey Monastery, Hemis Monastery, Stakna Monastery and Changchubling.

Royal Museum: This museum is located inside the official residence of the royal family. The Royal Museum features interesting items such as coins, Buddhist art, thangka paintings, weapons, seals and many other items from the royal household. One of the highlights of the museum is the ceremonial jewelry of the queen.

Thiksey Monastery: Thiksey Monastery is amongst the top tourist sites in Leh sitting high atop a hill. You can find an interesting anecdote around the monastery. Here, you will get a sense of calm and serenity. It is an absolute stunning monastery in Leh.

Hemis Monastery: Amongst the many monasteries, Hemis is the most popular in Leh. Mainly because it hosts a famous Hemis Festival where traditions are followed uniquely. The monastery has stunning architecture and is completely awe-inspiring.

After the tour, return to the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

After your breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven to an enchanting destination, the Nubra Valley. It is located at an approximate distance of 160 km. During the journey, you will traverse the famous Khardung La which is nestled at a height of 18360 ft. Some of the advantages of coming to this place are the views you get to see. It was once used as a trading route between eastern Tibet and Turkistan via the famous Karakoram Pass. It offers breathtaking views and cool ambiance. The Valley is known for Hunder Sand Dunes. You can also ride on a double-humped camel also known as Bactrian camel which is found here only.

Thereafter, you will visit the Diskit village. The village has one of the famous monasteries known by the same name. After the tour, head to the camp in Nubra Valley where you will be spending the night.

Enjoy your dinner followed by an overnight stay.

After having a fun time exploring Nubra Valley, today, you will go to explore Yarab Tso (Lake) after having a delicious breakfast. This beautiful lake is located near the Panamik village which is quite an offbeat attraction. You can relish the charm and serenity of the lake where the waters are untouched. It is considered sacred by the locals of Ladakh. The only way one can reach the lake is by hiking.

After exploring the hidden lake, you will drive to Leh which is about 125 km via Khardung La. On arrival, check-in at the hotel and spend the evening at leisure or head out to explore the markets. At the hotel, delicious appetizing delights will be served.

Panamik Village: Panamik Village is located near Siachen Glacier which is the highest battlefield in the world. The village also attracts many people because it is also famous for housing hot sulfur springs.

An overnight stay at the hotel.

On day 5 of your Best of Ladakh tour, after having breakfast, you will go for an excursion to Pangong Lake. It is located at a distance of 135 kilometers from Leh. Pangong Lake is one of the region's most stunning places, mainly because it is the world's highest saltwater lake. It is approximately 162 kilometers in length. It is said that the water changes colors more than four times a day.

On your way to the ethereal lake, you will cross Chang La (mountain pass) which sits at an elevation of 17500 ft. This mountain pass is considered to be one of the highest motorable roads in the world. This mountain pass is also a part of the famous silk route which was once a trading route between India and China.

En route, you will also traverse two lovely villages, Durbuk, a quaint village in Ladakh and Tangtse which is home to colorful Tangste Gompa. Both these villages are located in the Changthang region.

On arrival at the lake, you can check in at the campsite nearby.

After waking up to a beautiful morning, eat breakfast at the campsite and leave for an early morning drive to Tso Moriri (lake). This beautiful lake is at a distance of some 240 kilometers from Pangong Lake. The lake is located at the height of 4200 meters.

On the way, you can visit the Chumathang Hot Springs. It is counted as one of the favorite places to visit not just by travelers but by locals as well. This hot spring within the cold desert is a great stop for resting for those suffering from the high-altitude sickness.

To get to the Tso Moriri, you have to cross Mahe Bridge from where you get a sight of the dramatic landscape and the Indus River. While at the lake, keep your eyes open to see the Himalayan marmot species. These animals inhabit the alpine grasslands of the Himalayas. Tso Moriri is also a great nesting hotspot for many migratory birds. You can easily spot the Brahmin Duck, black-necked cranes, bar-headed goose and more.

On arrival at the Tso-Moriri, you can check-in at the camp near the lake and spend the night under the stars.

Day 7 of your Ladakh trip takes you to Leh via Tso Kar. En route, you will stop and visit Puga Geo-Thermal Gas Spring and Nomadic Rebo Tents at Polo-Kongka Pass.

After driving further, you will reach Tso Kar and stop for a while. This saltwater lake is known for its massive size and is also said to be quite deep as compared to other lakes in Ladakh. Since it is a high-altitude lake, it can get very cold here with temperatures dropping to -40 degrees. The lake is overshadowed by two massive mountains giving an ideal photo opportunity. There is also a monastery located around this wetland area, Thukje village.

After the sightseeing, you can head towards Leh. On arrival, check-in at the hotel and prepare for an overnight stay.

Today, you begin your trip by visiting Ulley Resort from Leh. Mid-way, you will witness a massive statue of Maitreya Buddha located in the Likir Monastery. This Gompa or Monastery is a well-known tourist spot in Ladakh. It also has a museum that contains many interesting relics of Buddhism and ancient items.

Next, you will also explore 1000-year-old murals inside the Alchi Monastery. It is here you get to see some of the best Buddhist miniature paintings. An interesting feature of this Monastery is that it is located on the edge of a cliff. This monastery is one of the oldest in the region and it possesses two prominent temples inside the complex namely, Lotsabha Lakhang and Lakhang Soma.

After exploring, proceed towards Ulley Resort. On arrival, check in at the resort and relax for the day. Later, dinner will be served followed by an overnight stay.

Wake up to a beautiful day at the resort with delicious breakfast. Later, you will go for a full day excursion to witness spectacular lunar landscapes. You will also visit the Lamayuru Monastery This Tibetan Monastery is considered one of the stunning Gompas by many visitors. Its quiet surrounding is ideal for peaceful meditation. You can also interact with the monks who reside here. Next attraction is the Rizong Nunnery.

Later, you can enjoy a day hiking to a charming Rizong Village or a shorter hike to Gera-Lardo Village located across Indus River. The hike to the Rizong Village takes over 2 or 3 hours. The locals in Ladakh are super hospitable. If you are in luck, you may be invited over for some tea.

After the full day exploring, return to the resort in Uleytokpo.

On the 10th day of the Ladakh travel package, head towards to your final destination in Leh. It is approximately 70 kilometers away and takes over 2 to 3 hours' drive. On your way, you will stop to visit Spituk Monastery. Next, you will visit Magnetic Hill. Amongst the many places to visit in Ladakh, Magnetic Hill is an unusual attraction. The vehicles that run on the hill appear to roll uphill when they are rolling downhill. This optical illusion is due to the layout of the area. The surrounding mountain slopes around the road create the appearance of a hill.

You will also be visiting the Military Hall of Fame which is run by the military. It is a great place to come to check out the weapons, explore the history exhibits and also take home souvenirs from the in-house shop.

After the short stoppage, continue your drive to Leh and on arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Afterward, you will visit the city's famous markets like the Moti Market. You can also visit Super Market and Balkhang Chowk to get apricots from the vendors.

Later, return to the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

Today, your Leh and Ladakh tour will be over. In the morning, have a hearty breakfast and check out from the hotel in Leh. You will be transferred to Leh Airport to board your flight to Delhi.

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