Towards Aryan Valley and Kargil (8 Nights / 9 days )
"Day 1 : Arrive at Leh "
Arrival Leh by morning flight and transfer to the hotel. Full day of rest for acclimatization to the high altitude of Leh (11,500 ft/ 35 00 mtrs). Late afternoon visit Shanti Stupa and Shankar Gompa
Shanti Stupa in Leh is located 10 minutes driving distance from Leh market is a Buddhist white-domed stupa on a hilltop in Changspa, Leh district, Ladakh. It was built in 1991 by Japanese Buddhist Monk Gyomyo Nakamura . it offers an incredible view of Leh valley and majestic Stok Kangri Peak at the back drop.
Sankar Monastery, is a Buddhist monastery within an easy 15 Minutes walk from Leh in Ladakh towards Shanti Stupa route. It is a daughter-establishment of Spituk Monastery and the residence of the Abbot of Spituk, the Venerable Kushok Bakula, Proceed to visit Leh town and evening back to the hotel and Overnight stay.
"Day 2 : Leh local sightseeing "
After leisurely breakfast, drive in the east of Leh town by following Leh - manali highway your first stop would be at Shey Palace, Thiksey Monastery, Hemis Monastery. Further drive to Stok Palace Museum.
Shey Palace & Monastery Situated in the east of Leh town approx 15 Kms away by following Leh - manali highway your first stop would be at Shey palace and Shey monastery built first in 1655, near Shey village, by the king of Ladakh, Deldan Namgyal, also known as Lhachen Palgyigon. It was used as a summer retreat by the kings of Ladakh. Shey monastery was built by the same king in the memory of his late father, Singay Namgyal
Thikse Monastery Thiksay Gompa related with the Gelug sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Located on top of a hill approximately 20 kilometres from Leh city. One of the most beautiful and picturesque monastery in Ladakh. It is noted for its resemblance to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet and is the largest gompa in central Ladakh, It is a twelve-story complex and houses many items of Buddhist art such as stupas, statues, thangkas, wall paintings and swords. Maitreya Temple installed to commemorate the visit of the 14th Dalai Lama to this monastery in 1970, contains a 15 metres high statue of Maitreya, the largest such statue in Ladakh.
Hemis Gompa Located nearly 45 Km east form Leh town by crossing Indus river by following a deep gorge of mountains on left bank of River Indus. Hemis Monastery existed before the 11th century. Naropa, the pupil of the yogi Tilopa, and teacher of the translator Marpa is connected with this monastery. Hemis Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery (gompa) of the Drukpa Lineage, located in Hemis, re-established in 1672 by the Ladakhi king Sengge Namgyal. Most famous annual Hemis festival honoring Padmasambhava is held here in early June.
Stok Monastery and Palace is a Buddhist monastery in Leh district, Ladakh, nearly 15 Km south of Leh City in the left bank of river Indus. Stok belongs to the yellow-hat sect of Buddhism. The oldest parts of the gompa are some 550 years old though the main Dukhang is only about 50 years old. Back to the main city and explore Leh palace
Leh Palace is a former royal palace in Leh Ladakh. Modelled on the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, the palace was built by King Sengge Namgyal in the 17th century. It is nine storeys building. The palace was abandoned when Dogra forces took control of Ladakh in the mid 19th century, forced royal family to move to Stok Palace in left bank of river Indus. The Palace Museum holds a rich collection of jewellery, ornaments, ceremonial dresses and crowns. Chinese thangka or sooth paintings which are more than 450 years old, with intricate designs, retain bright and pleasing colours derived from crushed and powdered gems and stones. Back to the hotel and Overnight stay.
"Day 03 Leh - Dah Hanu"
After breakfast get prepared to start your beautiful drive by travelling in the west of Leh by following Leh - Kargil highway. Your first stop would be Kali Mata Temple called Spituk Monastery just in the outskirts of Leh city, further drive will take you to to Pathar Sahib Gurudwara situated close to national highway. Further arrive at magnetic hill point and check the gravitational force at this point which is very much unusual. Further down you will arrive at Sangam point of Zanskar and river Indus offers an incredible view of this valley. After crossing nimo village you will reach at Khaltse where you might get registered your vehicle before you will leave the national highway and take the right turn by following river Indus to reach in Aryan valley. Arrive at Skarbuchen and explore a beautiful old fort. Further drive will take you to Beema village and check in at your Camp. Later proceed to explore the Drokpa community in nearby villages in Dah and hanu villages. Dinner and overnight stay at Camp
"Day 04 Aryan Valley to Kargil"
After breakfast get prepared for your drive to kargil via Himbotingla pass. Arrive at Batalik which is the last border area with Pakistan border which is just infront of the mountain ridge. Reach at Himbotingla pass offers an incredible view of Kargil valley - Suru Valley - Shashi La pass in opposite. Descend from this point to reach Kargil and further drive to Kargil War memorial fought with India Pakistan in 1999. Back to your hotel and overnight stay in your hotel in Kargil.
"Day 05 Drive back to Leh "
After breakfast drive back to Leh. Enroute stop at Lamayuru monastery which is one of the most ancient and beautiful monastery in the region. Called moon land due to its beautiful formation in the surrounding. Further drive will take you to Alchi the 11th century Alchi Choskor, oldest surviving monastic heritage of Ladakh- a UNESCO listed heritage site. Arrive Leh and check in at your hotel and overnight stay.
"Day 6 :- Leh-Khardongla- Nubra Valley (125 kms.)"
After breakfast leave for Nubra Valley, driving across Khardong-la (alt: 18,380 ft). After descending from the pass, drive to reach at Hunder village and check in at your hotel. Later proceed to explore the best of Nubra Valley. Explore Deskit monastery, is the oldest and largest Buddhist monastery in the Nubra Valley of Ladakh, northern India. It belongs to the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Further drive to Hundar and the Sand Dunes where you can enjoy a short camel safari using the double-humped Bactrian camel found here (optional on direct payment). Back to the hotel and overnight stay.
"Day 7:- Nubra Valley- Khardongla-Leh (125 kms.)"
After leisurely breakfast drive to Sumoor area and explore Samstaling Gompa. Visit Panamic Hot spring and retrace back to Leh. Check in at your hotel time at leisure in Leh. Dinner and overnight stay in Leh.
"Day 8 : Leh-Pangong Lake-Leh "
Full day excursion to Pangong Lake (approx. 300 kms round trip, located on the Indo-China Border), enroute crossing the Chang-la pass (alt: 17370 ft.) The Pangkong lake (which means extensive cavity or hollow) is a very long narrow spread of water situated at an altitude of 14,500 feet (4,750 m). situated in the north east of Leh city by crossing third highest pass called Changla Pass (17370 Ft ) Extending from east to west, only a quarter of the lake lies in India, the rest stretching into Ruthog (Tibet). Its eastern extremity is unknown. The lake acts as an important breeding ground for a variety of birds including a number of migratory birds. During summer, the Bar-headed goose and Brahmini ducks are commonly seen here. The region around the lake supports a number of species of wildlife including the kiang and the Marmot. Back to the hotel in the late evening and another overnight at hotel in Leh
"Day 9: Drop to Leh Airport "
Early morning transfer to the airport for taking the flight back home.