Places to See:Delhi-Ladakh-Leh-Uletokpo-Alchi-Thicksey-Shey-Hemis-Korzok
Day 01 : Delhi
Arrive at Delhi and transfer to hotel. Morning visit to Mogul styled Red Fort, the Jama Masjid Mosque and the various bazaars like Chandini Chowk where one can find everything from antiques to silver jewelry.
Delhi- the commercial hub has many tourist attractions to offer. Visit vibrant shopping complex of Connaught Place, Delhi Haat for handicraft goods and delicious food bonanza. Pay a visit to Red Fort and Qutub Minar to view the excellence of Mughal architecture.
Or just drop in at Janpath- for buying a variety of cheap and best items. If you are looking for spiritual peace, visit Lotus temple, which is also famous for its marvelous architecture and heavenly beauty. Take a stroll at Rajpath. Or pay a visit to India Gate and Rashtrapati Bhawan for viewing monuments made during British era.
Day 02 : Ladakh
Early flight to the ancient Ladakhi capital of Leh. Day free for acclimatize to high altitude. You will be stationed at the Leh Hotel.The hotel has all the modern facilities that suit the tastes and compliments the nature outside and is a paradise in disguise.
Ladakh, the land of jagged peaks and barren landscape is alluring and awe-inspiring. Hidden behind this harsh and forbidding façade is an ancient civilization and captivating people. Beyond the old frontiers lies the land of wilderness with its unaltered character and overwhelming natural beauty beckoning the more intense and adventurous of travelers. This awesome wildness and magic belongs to that great land of towering mountains and Buddhist simplicity-Ladakh.
The largest of the 10 provinces of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh is bordered by the Karakoram chain of mountains in the north and the Himalayas in the south. With the great Indus flowing right through Ladakh, the province is divided into Leh, the capital, Nubra, Zanskar, lower Ladakh and Rupshu. The many distinctive features of Ladakh are its uplands, craggy, barren cliffs and plateaus. Governed by a climate that provides about 50mm of rainfall each year, Ladakh is cold and dry. One, therefore, will be faced with a long and bitter winter of frozen landscape but yet very beautiful, and a short, hot summer when the precious glaciers melt.
Day 03 : Leh
Visit the ancient city of Leh, with its winding streets, bazaar and hundreds of little shops. Leh lies near the Indus River in a fertile valley. A 400-year-old King’s Palace and surrounding buildings as well as Buddhist gompas, stupas and cloisters, dominate the city. Leh Hotel.
Amidst the snow capped hills of the Himalayas lies the lovely holiday destination of Leh. This center of Tibeto-Buddhist culture and study is dotted with colorful gompas. These gompas are much visited by the Buddhist devotees from all over the globe. On a holiday the sport and adventure buffs may indulge in activities like hiking, trekking, river rafting (at the Zanskar river), polo and archery. The quieter ones amongst you must try out meditation at the Mahabodhi Meditation center. The must visit list is topped by the Leh Palace which is a miniature version of the Potala in Lhasa. Then there are gompas like the Namgyal Tsemo Gomapa, Soma gompa and the Sankar gompa.
You may climb up the Shanti Stupa to get a better view of the neighboring exotic locales. You may pick up souvenirs of the local handicrafts and traditional clothes from the Ladakh festival or from the bustling bazaar. Let us get moving to the lovely Leh and be in the lap of the Himalayas. The best time to be there is between the months of June and September.
Day 04 : Ladakh
Visit the Oracle of Sabu in the village of Ayu followed by Shey Palace and on to Thiksey Gompa that is one of the largest and best-endowed monasteries in Ladakh. Leh Hotel.
Day 05/06 : Leh - Ladakh
Drive into the Indus Valley and visit ancient Dardic villages that were among the first to inhabit this area. Dards remain today animist and wear clothing very different from others in the area. We later move to the Dha Hnu.where we will camp for overnight stay.
Day 07 : Uletokpo
Follow the Indus River to Lamayuru and to the Yung-drung monastery that dates to the 11th century. Continue driving to Uletokpo for overnight Camp.
Day 08 : Alchi
Drive down a small river valley to Alchi Gompa that dates to the 6th century. Aftervisiting monestary continue driving to Leh. Overnight at Hotel.
A busy village in the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir, Alchi is tucked away in the Himalayan region of Ladakh at an altitude of around 3,500 m above sea level. Alchi is nestled in the valley of the Indus River along the ancient trade route and is famous for its gompas. It is connected to Leh with a road network.
Alchi has an extreme climate with icy winters and normal summers. In summer, the maximum temperature can rise to 25°C and go down to a minimum of around 12°C. Protection against sunburn is necessary in this time of the year. In winters, the maximum temperature hovers around 15°C and minimum temperature can drop to -30°C. The best season to visit this place is from May to September.
Day 09 : Thicksey-Shey-Hemis-Leh
Today visit ancient gompas of Thicksey, Shey and Hemis and Leh area. Leh Hotel.
Day 10/11: Korzok
Drive to Changthang region on the way to Tso Morari Lake. This is a different world of high altitude landscapes, mountains and little vegetation. It is also the home of nomads who live here. We camp at near Lake Thazang at the village of Korzok. Camp.
Day 12 : Leh
Return to Leh through some of the wildest regions seeing a few scattered nomad settlements. Leh Hotel.
Day 13-14 : Delhi
Early morning flight to Delhi, or in the case of a flight cancellation, we will spend the day around Leh. The extra day in Delhi can be spent with an optional sightseeing of Delhi Hotel or Leh Hotel.
Day 15 : Delhi
Transfer to airport for flight home.
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