Places Covered: Delhi – Leh – Lamayuru – Alchi – Likir – Nubra – Hemis – Shey – Thiksey.
The flight from Delhi to Leh, the capital of Ladakh, over the ice giants of the Himalayas gives us an idea of the magnificent landscape that awaits us in the coming weeks. The vast mountainous desert, numerous monasteries and the Buddhist culture, which still determines the lives of the extremely friendly people, are reminiscent of Tibet and the Tibetan plateau. We are enchanted by idyllic villages and green oases along the Indus and Nubra valleys.
In this programme you will visit numerous monasteries, high altitude villages, passes & valley. In around Ladakh there are several valley. Each region and almost each village in Ladakh has its own monastery. Home to student monks and nuns many of these edifices stand on rugged mountain sides high above the valley floor and provide religious sustenance to the local populace strengthening their beliefs and traditions. You will visit Nubra valley, famous for Asiatic camel, all major and rich monetary in the Indus valley. We offer all major monastery, lakes, villages.
Upon arrival in Delhi will be transfer to hotel. After a break, we set off for the first explorations in India’s capital in the afternoon. In the northeast of the old Shahjahanad is the former center of power of the Mughal rulers with its eponymous built of red sandstone towers and its 2 km long defensive wall. Even from a distance, Lal Qila – the Red Fort can be seen. Only 500 meters away is the Jami Masjid, the largest mosque in India. Up to 25,000 worshipers find place in the red-and-white magnificent building, which sits enthroned above the lively lanes of the bazaar district. According to the religious custom, we leave our shoes at the entrance before entering the courtyard, which reveals the marble cupolas of the main prayer hall. On the way back to our hotel we make a stop at the almost monumental India Gate. Hotel Pride Plaza Aerocity or SIMILAR.
Early in the morning our flight starts to Leh -Ladakh (weather dependent). We cross the Himalayan main ridge, the view of the snowy ice giants is fantastic. When we get off the plane in Leh, we are presented with a completely different landscape at about 3,520 m and it is hard to believe that we are still in India. Leh extends into a small tributary valley, surrounded on one side by inhospitable desert and on the other by fertile farmland. Unique in Leh is the atmosphere of the lively bazaar, which was one of the most visited markets. Three full days allow us time for Leh and the fascinating Indus Valley with its important monasteries. Hotel Ladakh Residency or SIMILAR.
About 15 km southeast of Leh we find Shey – the former capital of Ladakh. In the middle of the 19th century, the royal family was expelled from here – a small monastery, a large number of chorten and the ruins of the former palace, which we visit, have remained. From here we continue to Thiksey with his well-known and probably the most photographed monastery in Ladakh – captivating its architecture and its golden cross-flowering, which is mostly illuminated by the temple. A unique view is afforded to visitors from the roof terrace of the monastery down to the valley, when the view sweeps over the fields to the snow-capped mountains. Directly at the foot of a massive rubble moraine we find the Palace of Stok – today the official residence of the royal family of Ladakh. Hotel Ladakh Residency or SIMILAR.
Another day full of interesting sightseeing is waiting for us! We make our way to Phyang, which is about 40km away. Here we visit the monastery of the same name. Continue from here to Shankar Gompa. A visit to the Shanti Stupa offers absolutely stunning views of the valley of Leh and the surrounding snowy ice giants. Hotel Ladakh Residency or SIMILAR.
In the early morning we drive west along the Indus. Once again, and especially on this route, we have the opportunity to enjoy the fantastic landscape. Almost unimaginable, what magnificent colors the arid highlands produce. After 4-6 hours drive (depending on traffic), the monastery of Lamayuru appears in front of us. The surroundings are a mysterious moonscape in which the Lamayuru Monastery towers over an exposed rock spur. In addition to the monastery itself, we also explore the nearby village oasis. We stay in a simple guest house. Guest hosue or Monastery.
After a simple breakfast we leave for our day hike (14km, approx. 5-6h). Close up, we experience the magnificent mountain landscape. From the monastery, we turn down to the village and the nearby creek, which we follow. On a small path through rolling fields we pass some farmhouses before the path slowly winds up to a long climb to the Prinkti-La Pass (3,725 m). The magnificent view of the magnificent landscape compensates us for the effort of the ascent. Now the path leads down in serpentines to the small villages of Shila and Wanla, where we are already expected by our jeeps. In Wanla we visit the local gompa (monastery) before the departure.
Those who can’t or do not want to join the hike will have the opportunity to spend some exciting hours in Lamayuru, then drive by jeep to Wanla and meet the hikers again. Together we will drive along the rushing Yapola River to Temisgang. Local house (HOMESTAY).
On our day’s hike we follow the old trade path that connects the villages off the road. Desert plateaus and bizarre moonscape alternate with terraced cornfields. Two small passes (about 3.700 m) are on our way, which brings to Hemis Supachen (10km, about 3-4h).
If you can’t join in the hike, you have the opportunity to stay in Temisgang and then drive to Hemis Supachen by jeep. As far as Likir, a simple jeep road leads us through the wonderful landscape to the green apple and apricot tree-lined Likir valley. At the top of the valley stands the interesting Likir Monastery with one of the most imposing seated Buddha statues in Ladakh. After our visit to the monastery in Likir we continue to Alchi. Hotel Sumduling or SIMILAR.
The morning we use for the interesting exploration of the small idyllic village Alchi. The monastery is one of the oldest in Ladakh and is now a museum, widely known for its frescoes and wood carvings. The way back to Leh is not too far and so we have until the afternoon time to stray through the place to make walks in the area. On arrival at Leh check in hotel rest of the time free for individual activities. Ladakh Residency or SIMILAR.
Early in the morning, take a car ride across the highest passable pass in the world, the Khardung-La Pass (5,602m) into the valley of Nubra. Only a few years ago it is even possible to visit this “restricted area” of Ladakh. Near Hundar, the landscape changes completely – we reach a desert high plateau, where grazing camels offer a surprising sight and possibly also opportunity for camel riding (optional). In the afternoon we reach our small, simple camp in Hunder. Deluxe Fix Tent. Overnight stay at Hunder Camp.
Another day of discovery awaits us. Everywhere we find chorten, which testify to the deep religiosity of the people living here. First, we visit the Diskit Monastery, before we make our way to Tirith. From a distance we can see the snow-covered Karakoram chain in Pakistan. On the way we explore the small town of Panamik, known for its about 250 old Intsa Gompa and hot springs. In Tirith we move back to a simple camp. Deluxe Fix Tent.
We return to Leh and once again enjoy the spectacular view from Khardung-La Pass. The rest of the day in Leh we have at leisure for your own exploration or just to “relax”. Ladakh Residency or SIMILAR.
Once again, today we can enjoy the magnificent flight from Leh back to Delhi via the Himalayan main ridge. Since this flight is very weather dependent, we have scheduled a day of sightseeing and shopping in Delhi, as well as a reserve day if our flight should be postponed due to the weather. Hotel Pride Plaza Aerocity to SIMILAR.
The colorful and bustling streets of Delhi, sounds and exotic smells astonish us. Small market stalls with artfully piled mountains of fragrant fruit invite you to try. Near the Muslim, medieval-looking center of Nizzamudin we visit the mausoleum of Humayun. Continue to one of Delhi’s most famous landmarks, the red sandstone tower in the middle of the Qutub-Minar complex. At 71 m, it towers over the entire complex – filigree ornaments and Koran verses carved into the stone adorn its façade. Before we return to the hotel, we make a stop at the government buildings (only from the outside). Hotel Pride Plaza Aerocity or SIMILAR.
Depending on the flight time, after a farewell dinner, we will be taken to the airport and fly back to home.
The above price minimum 2 adult with twin/ double sharing basis only.