This is an exploration tour of the incredible highlights at Ladhak and Leh as well as the most pristine destinations within the Himalayas. On this personally guided six days expedition, you will visit Buddhist monasteries and enjoy the panoramic view of the snow capped mountains. You will also marvel at the Magnetic Hills that defy the laws of gravity as well as the mighty rivers Zanskar and Indus.
On the first day of the tour, it is important for you to rest for a few hours at the hotel to acclimate and get ready for the following 6 days. Breakfast and lunch will be taken at the hotel. In the evening, visit the Shanti Stupa for a breathtaking view of the setting sun. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 2: [B,L,D]
After breakfast you will go on a 4-hour sightseeing tour of Leh and the areas around it. Visit the Magnetic Hill that defies the laws of gravity. Marvel at the confluence of the mighty rivers Zanskar and Indus. See the 15th-century Gompa that houses rare and exquisite
collection of thankas, masks and antique arms. Return to your hotel to rest and enjoy lunch. Around 3pm visit the Leh Palace built in the 17th century by the royal Namgail family that ruled Ladhak. This palace is nine stories high and overlooks the main bazaar of Leh. The palace has a rich collection of jewelery, ceremonial dresses, artifacts and armory. In the evening enjoy a stroll through the colorful bazaars of Leh. Dinner and overnight stay at your hotel.
Day 3: [B,L,D]
After an early breakfast you will leave for the Nubra Valley (approx. 4 hours). You will drive along the Khardongla Highway at 18,380 feet above sea level as the highest highway in the world. On a clear day you will be able to see the Karakoram mountain range with its majestic snow-capped peaks and down below the Indus River coursing its way to the Indian plains. Dinner and overnight stay in your AC tented accommodation.
Day 4: [B,L,D]
After breakfast you will visit the lovely Disket Monastery situated on a hill top. From here drive through to the other side of the Nubra Valley passing small villages that form part of the famous Silk Route through which much trade took place in the ancient times. Check in to your hotel at Leh for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 5: [B,L,D]
After breakfast leave for Pangong Lake located 296 km from Leh and cross the Changla Pass situated 17500 feet above the sea level. After a five hour drive you will reach the lake. This pristine and calm lake is 125 km long and is shared by both India and China. You will find that the scenery is unforgettable. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 6: [B,L,D]
On the last day of your tour, after breakfast, visit Gurudwara Patthar Saheb. It is here that Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism meditated. You will also visit the Ladhak Hall of Fame Museum that houses memorabilia, images of flora and fauna of the Himalayas, the dresses and several other things depicting the history and culture of the region. After dinner we will drop you off at your hotel.