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.
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.
After breakfast, we drive towards Nubra Valley and enroute we traverse the highest motorable road on earth (Khardungla Pass, 18384 feet). 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. Visit Deskit, the HQ town of Nubra Valley. Driving for 30 Kms takes to Khalsar Bridge. Deskit can be approached by driving parallel to Shyok River for 20 Kms. From the Historical & Tourist point of view, Deskit is famous for 515 years old Buddhist Monastery, lying magnificently situated on a hilltop, facing the entire Valley. Further drive from Deskit to Hunder, another 15 - 20 Kms drive. At Hunder, you may see a few Double Humped, Hairy and Bactrian Camels. Night Stay in Nubra at Camp.
Breakfast at the Camp. Drive to the road at Sumur, which is 265 years old. Drive back the same route to Leh. On arrival in Leh, check in at the Hotel at 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.
Wake up calls by the migratory birds this morning. Indulge in the walk beside the lake or go for a photography splurge. Later depart for Leh. Rest of the day free on own. Overnight in Leh.
After early breakfast leave hotel for Leh Airport for onwards destination.
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