Start and end in Leh! With the adventure tour Ladakh with Hemis Festival - (Fixed Departure 11 July - 18 July 2019), you have a 8 day tour package taking you through Leh, India and 4 other destinations in India. Ladakh with Hemis Festival - (Fixed Departure 11 July - 18 July 2019) includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
In and around LehOn arrival at Leh Airport, our representative will greet you and assist you in transfer to your hotel in Leh City. Check-in at the hotel, relax and acclimatize. Enjoy lunch, and the rest of the day at leisure. Note:Acclimatization is essential to get accustomed to such high elevations in Leh and Ladakh, which are located above the altitude of 10,000 feet. It is strongly advised because altitude sickness is a common condition for most tourists flying to Leh. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
After a leisurely breakfast, we will drive you to Hemis monastery, where you will experience the Hemis Festival. The festival is dedicated to the birth of the spiritual leader Padmasambhava also known as Guru Rinpoche, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism as well as Tantric Buddhism. Watch and enjoy Cham, a sacred masked dance performed by the Lamas (monks), with the underlying theme of victory of good over evil. Hemis monastery is one of the oldest (built in the 17th century, but its earliest evidence dates back before the 11th century), largest and most popular monasteries in Ladakh. The beautiful Hemis Monastery is filled with the Ladakhis and the tourists to watch this spectacular festival. Later, proceed for lunch at a local restaurant. (ON YOUR OWN) Afterward, explore twelve-story Thiksey Monastery complex, which houses many items of Buddhist art such as stupas, statues, thangkas, wall paintings, swords and has a huge statue of seated Maitreya Buddha (15m or 49ft) largest in Ladakh. Thiksey monastery also resembles with Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Leh.
Post breakfast, check-out and we head for Khardungla Pass (17852 Ft), which is the worlds highest motorable pass. It lies north of Leh and is the gateway to the Shyok and Nubra valleys. It would take about 6-7 hours from Leh crossing over Khardungla to reach Nubra Valley which is a high-altitude desert. On reaching Nubra, explore Diskit Monastery and nearby areas. Diskit Monastery is the largest and oldest monastery in the Nubra Valley. Then call it a day and head to check-in at Hotel / Luxury Camp and relax for the rest of the evening. Dinner and Overnight stay at the Luxury Camp/ Hotel in Nubra.
In and around TurtukThis morning after breakfast, take a journey to Turtuk Village, which is the last village on the Indian side and very close to the Indo-Pak military line of control (LoC). The place is a part of Balistan, which is across the border. The culture here is different from the Tibetan Buddhist dominant region of Ladakh, as we will see a sudden shift to a more Islamic community. After exploring the village and lunch,(ON YOUR OWN) we will continue back to your hotel in Nubra and then relax at the hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Nubra.
After breakfast in Nubra, proceed to Leh city, but not before experiencing the high altitude cold-desert sand dunes and the double-humped camel rides of the Nubra Valley. Also, keep your cameras handy as you can take some wonderful pictures of this surreal natural wonder. Have lunch on the way (ON YOUR OWN) and then try to reach Leh by evening, so that you may also experience the local markets and pick some souvenirs. Arrive at the hotel and relax. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Leh.
This day we will start our day with an early breakfast, head to Pangong Tso or Pangong Lake - the main attraction of the trip. This is a high altitude lake (at 14,000 Ft), which extends from India to Aksai Chin and is 83 miles in length. The road to Pangong Tso is very scenic. En route, cross wildlife reserve and you might as well sight some rare Himalayan wildlife species too. Go over Changla Pass then stop for lunch.(ON YOUR OWN) Later, head to Pangong Tso, this is where the most scenic part of the journey starts. Reach the lake in the evening hours, which is the best time to get a scenic view. Get yourselves comfortable in the camps on the banks of Pangong Tso. Relax for some time; then enjoy dinner. Overnight at the Camp.
Though it can be quite chilly in the morning if you like you can wake up early as morning sunrise could be a great time to go out by the lake and enjoy some breathtaking views and also capturing few stunning photos. Return to the camp for breakfast. After breakfast, enjoy the tranquil ambiance and the breathtaking panorama on the backdrop of this lake. Then drive back to Leh city. Lunch will be done en route.(ON YOUR OWN) Check-in at the hotel where you will relax. In the afternoon/evening, visit the marketplace of Leh. Overnight at the hotel in Leh.
Departure transfer to airport to board your flight for onwards Destination.