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Leh, the erstwhile capital for many as well as the mecca of adventure enthusiasts. Leh, one of the coldest deserts in the world is located at a distance of 434km from Srinagar and 474km from Manali (Himachal Pradesh). Leh is a backpacker's haven, with numerous trekking trails, valleys and picturesque lakes. Renowned as the land of monks and monasteries, there is plenty to see in this amazing land.

Leh (Ladakh) was known in the past by different names. It was called Maryul or low land by some Kha- chumpa by others. Fa- Hein referred to it as Kia-Chha and Hiuen Tsang as Ma-Lo-Pho. It is said that the first Immigrants to this land appears to have been the Brokpas from Dadarstan who inhabited the lower reaches of the Indus Valley popularly known as Sham. Another wave of  Immigrants who came from karja (Kulu) were the Monsan Aryan type who first settled in Gya and spread to Rong, Shayok, Sakti Tangtse and Durbuk, the area extending from Martselang to Khaltsi. Gia was the seat of government of the first Mon ruler having been elected by the whole tribe. His kingdom included   the   villages   mentioned   above,   all   of   which   was inhabited by the Mons people He was known by the title Gyapacho, derived from his being the master of Gia.

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Day 1 : Arrival in Leh

After your early morning flight has brought you to the beautiful city of Leh, our representatives will escort you out of the Kushok Bakula Rinpoche (KBR) Airport transfer to your hotel. Once you have checked into your room you have the remainder of the day at your own leisure. We recommend you use this time to get acclimatized to the high altitude and low air pressure in Ladakh. Evening can be utilized for a short walk to local markets. Return to your hotel for overnight stay. 

Day 2 : Leh city tour

You begin your day with a visit Shey Palace - overlooking a small lake, the palace and fortification of Shey was the site of one of the former capitals of Ladakh. In the 10th century the first ruler of Western Tibet, Nyima-Gon, laid the foundations of the first dynasty of Ladakh. On a large rock below the palace is an engraving in shallow relief of the Five Dhyai Buddhas, credited to him. His son constructed the small place and made it the first capital of Ladakh. During subsequent reigns the palace was expanded and the present structure dates back to the time of Deldan Namgyal who lived here for the better part of his reign. The significance of the sight is apparent from the large number of chortens that dot the entire landscape around Shey. 
At a short distance away is Thiksey Monastery, which is one of the most vibrant and active monasteries in the region. It dates back to the 16th century and is part of the Gelug-pa Sect. It is headed by successive reincarnations of the Khanpo Rimpoche. 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. At one extreme lies the main dukhang, which houses numerous racks containing religious texts. Behind the main alter lies a small chamber that contains images of revered deities.
Thereafter, drive to Hemis Gompa. Hemis Chemdey monasteries monks. During the Hemis Festival, a huge thangka made of silk and embroidered with pictures of various Buddhist deities is hung in the courtyard. It is displayed once every twelve years, this, the largest thangka in the world, was last shown in 2004. On the gruesome end, the hands of the artist who painted this thangka are preserved here as holy relics, though not on public display. Hemis is the largest and the richest monastery of Ladakh. The monastery was founded at the foot of a gorge in 1627 by the king Singe Namgyal and the first incarnation of Lama Stagsang Raspa. After surviving a volatile history of diplomacy and intrigue, the monastery continues to be the leading Buddhist institution in the region. Apart from the 12th century Kashmiri Bronze Buddha, it also contains a large collection of golden statues, stupas, relics set with precious stones, and numerous thangkas, including the world's largest one. Overnight stay at your hotel.

Thiksey Monastery
Day 3 : Leh - Pangong Lake - Leh

After an early breakfast we leave for Pangong Lake through Changla pass 5486 Mtrs. The long easy ascent takes you to Changla pass through its winding roads passing through Sakti Village. Stop at the Changla Pass for a quick photograph session and drive down to the village of Tangtse, where you can relax for a cup of tea. Leaving Tangtse for Pangong you pass through few small villages of Changthang and finally you can have a sudden view of the Pangong Lake situated at 14,000 feet (4,267 m). This famous blue brackish Lake of Pangong is 5/6 Kms wide and over 133 Kms long with half of its running the other side of the "INDO CHINA BORDER". One rarely feels so close to nature and environment and the scenery is unforgettable. After spending some time at Pangong We drive back to Leh in the late afternoon. Overnight at Hotel in Leh.

Pangong Lake
Day 4 : Leh - Khardungla Top - Leh

Post Breakfast we drive to Khardung La (The Highest Motor able Road in the World) at 5,602 Mtrs.| 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. The views from the top of the pass are amazing.
Return to the hotel & later you can stroll around the market place for some last-minute souvenir shopping. Dinner & Overnight at hotel.

Khardungla Pass
Day 5 : Departure from Leh

After early breakfast leave hotel for Leh Airport for onwards destination.

INCLUSIONS:

  • Accommodation 
  • Buffet Breakfast and dinner.
  • Transfers & Sightseeing by individual Non AC vehicle
  • Inner Line Permit.
  • LAHDC Fee.
  • All applicable hotel taxes / Parking / Toll taxes / Driver allowance except GST.

EXCLUSIONS:

  • GST Extra.
  • International or domestic flight tickets.
  • Entrance Fees & Guide charges.
  • Fees for any kind of insurance or travel insurance.
  • Additional sightseeing or extra usage of vehicle, other than mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Cost of beverages i.e. mineral water, soda water, cold drinks, beer or other alcoholic/ non-alcoholic drinks during meals.
  • Items of Personal Nature - such as mini bar in the room, laundry, table drinks, telephone bills, tips to room boys, drivers, guides, personal clothing including sleeping bags etc.
  • Any cost arising due to natural calamities like, landslides, road blockage, political disturbances (strikes) etc.
  • Any increase in Airlines taxes or fuel price at the time of departure, leading to increase in cost on surface transportation & land arrangements, which may come into effect prior to departure.
  • Cost of any other services not specifically mentioned in inclusions.
Note: Above mentioned rates are on per person basis on twin / double sharing.    |    Rates are not applicable during festive periods and long weekends.

Terms & Conditions :

  • All prices are in INR only.
  • Rates and accommodations are subject to availability.
  • Cost does not include any thing apart from the itinerary inclusions.
  • Rates are not valid for long weekend and any fair & festival
  • All cancellations & amendments will be done as per policy.
  • The guest must carry photo identification like Passport / Voter ID / Driving License or any other government issued card IN ORIGINAL at the time of checkin at the hotel.
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