I remember the excitement, when our flight was about to land in Leh. It almost looked like mountains saying hello to the clouds. I had read a lot about Ladakh and its varied names like Little Tibet, Roof top of the world, The Last Shangrila etc … and was looking forward to this trip. Despite the fear of high altitude, I just said “Juley” and entered Leh. Great landscape, unpolluted atmosphere, lovely people …this is what is top of mind for me when I think of Ladakh now. It was summer time and the Buddhist festivals added colour and vibrancy to this calm and serene place. While trekking here is a great achievement in itself, this is also a great option for people who want to experience the majesty of Himalayas, experience the culture and heritage of the mountain people and take a break from the noisy and mundane city life. This place is full of surprises, whether it is the double hump (Bactrian) camels in Nubra Valley or the illusion at magnetic hill, every place has something new in store.
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Arrive in Delhi
Arrive in Delhi, Brief sightseeing, Stay overnight.
Flight to Leh
Fly to Leh, and transfer to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day acclimatizing to the conditions of this place. Since it is at an elevation of 11,550 feet, it is important to get used to the environment here before exploring the scenic terrains.
Drive to the Leh Palace. Built in 17th century by Tashi Namgyal, it looks dilapidated and deserted now. It was the home of the royal family until they were exiled to Stok Palace in the 1830s. At the top of the peak is Victory Tower built to commemorate Ladakh King’s victory over the Baltic-Kashmir armies in the early 16th century. Meet with the Monks at various monasteries, Shey, Thiksey & Hemis. Get yourself acquainted with the Buddhist way of life…
Drive over the highest motorable road 5600 metres at Khardungla. At the pass, stop by to admire the fantastic view prior to continuing to Nubra valley. Situated on the old caravan (silk) route; Nubra is often called the valley of flowers. It is divided by two main rivers, the Shyok and the Nubra and many consider Nubra the most beautiful valley in Ladakh.
Explore the Gompa and the surrounding area on foot. Overnight stay at a Camp.
Located 150 kms North of Leh, Hunder, sitting at an average altitude of 10, 000 feet, is a small village where the Shyok river meets Nubra River. Hunder lies on the ancient silk route, once an important international trade route. Enjoy desert safari on Bactrian camels (twin hump camel), Return to Leh for overnight stay.
Drive to Pangong Lake over Changla, Stay by the lake side camp for the night. (3 idiots movie finale & some other shots were filmed here)
Thikse and Hemis Monastery
Visit Thikse Monastery, a Gompa affiliated with Tibetan Buddhism. It is located on top of a hill in Thiksey village. Spend some time at the Hemis monastery, which is said to be in existence since 11th century or before. Enjoy a Ladakhi cultural evening in Leh.
Magnetic Hill, Alchi
Drive to the magnetic hill and experience the illusion or magic. Enroute stop at the Hall of Fame, Pathar Sahab Gurudwara. Overnight stay at Leh
Get transferred to the Leh airport for your flight to Delhi and then connecting flight back home