This tour covers monasteries and villages of all the three possible direction of Ladakh; Indus Valley at Leh – Manali Highway, Sham Valley at Leh – Srinagar Highway and Nubra Valley on the worlds Highest Motorable road towards Siachan glacier, once famous for the Silk Route Trade. During the visits you often walk from half n hour to two hours in the villages to see and observe local village lifestyle and interact will them.
Ladakh is very photogenic and has been favorites of many famous photographers and artist. The thin air, the blue sky and the barren Rocky Mountains with multi-colored rocks does all; you just have to do the clicks. We recommend you to take lots of films and batteries for this tour and a panoramic camera is an added tool.
Leh: Hemis, Thiksey, Shey
Nubra Valley: Highest Motorable Road In The World
Panamic-Leh: Ladakhi Village
Alchi: Monastery Of Lamayuru
Welcome to India- a country where hospitality is a way of life ; to a culture steeped in tradition, a land where history lives in music and dance. You will be received at the airport in a traditional manner with garlands and proceed to your hotel for overnight stay.
Early morning, we will transfer you to domestic airport to board flight to Leh (Leh is the the largest town of Ladakh with an area of 45110 Sq Km. The district is bounded by Pakistan occupied Kashmir in the West, China in the north and eastern part.The beauty of Leh is that it introduces you best to Ladakh’s ways while you head out for short walks or drive around. Leh stands accessible, surrounded by the majesty of the Himalayan enclave. The experience can best be described as a peek into the delights that make up this ancient trade route). Shikhar Travels’ Representative will receive you at Leh Airport and take you to your hotel. Relax by the courtyard upon arrival. While you enjoy your cup of tea / butter tea, the room keys will be handed over to you. Spend the day free for high altitude acclimatisation. Overnight at your hotel.
Morning after breakfast, we will take you to a guided tour of the Monasteries of the Indus Valley. Your excursion would include visits to,
HEMIS (45 KMS. SOUTH OF LEH) Hemis is the biggest and the most important monastery in Ladakh, built in the 17th century by Chapgon Gyalshas and ever since has enjoyed the patronage of the royal family. Hemis is the headquarter of the Drukpa order and all the monasteries throughout Ladakh are administered by it.
THIKSEY (25 KMS SOUTH OF LEH) Thiksey,one of the most imposing monasteries belonging to the 15th century, stands on a crag overlooking the flood plain on the east bank of the Indus. The monastery belongs to Elugpa order (Yellow sect) . There is a 15m high Buddha figure at the entrance of the new temple.
SHEY (15 KMS SOUTH OF LEH) On the East bank of the Indus river lies the beautiful Shey Monastery. Up to the 16th century it was the royal palace. There is a 17.5 m high blue haired Maitreya Buddha of copper, brass gilded and studded with precious gemstones. Return to your hotel by the later part of the afternoon. Evening at leisure. Overnight at your hotel.
Morning after a relaxed breakfast, we will take you to Nubra Valley. The route from Leh takes the traveler over the Khardung-La, the highest motorable road in the world. The line of the road is different from that of the old pony-trail – longer and actually higher (18,300 feet / 5,578 m). The view from the top of the pass is amazing. One can see all the way south over the Indus valley to the seemingly endless peaks and ridges of the Zanskar range, and north to the giants of the Saser massif. From Khardung-La, you drive towards Nubra Valley, popularly known as the Valley of Flowers.
Morning take a tour of Panamic Village (During the trade between Central Asia and Ladakh, Panamic was the last major settlement before the caravans cross the Karakoram range. Afternoon drive back to Leh. Upon arrival, check-in at your hotel for overnight stay
Today, we will take you to Alchi (Around 64 Kilometers west of Leh, south of the Indus River, is the little village of Alchi. It’s one of the most beautiful villages in Ladakh and an ideal place to get a feel for Ladakhi village life. Apart from its blissful tranquillity, Alchi has some of the subcontinent’s most impressive collections of Indo-Tibetan artwork).
Our first visit would be Monastery of Lamayuru (125 kms from Leh, Lamayuru is a pretty little village surrounded by the rocky Hindukush peaks.Dating back to the 10th century and belongs to Kargyu Pa sect (Red Hat Sect). Afterwards you will drive back to Alchi. Spend the evening at leisure.
Overnight at your hotel.
Morning after a relaxed breakfast, pay a visit to Alchi Monastery (The village of Alchi is famous for existence of Alchi Gompa- one of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh mainly known for its wall paintings which date back almost a thousand years. Post lunch drive back to Leh. Upon arrival, check-in at your hotel. A Traditional Dance (Performed by Local Laddakhi Artists) would be arranged espcially in your honour at your hotel premises in the evening. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Morning after an early breakfast, we will transfer you to the airport to board flight to Delhi upon arrival connect your flight for onward destination.