TOUR DE LADAKH

Overview

Ladakh “The Broken Moon Land” Popularly known as ʺBroken Moon Landʺ, Ladakh is a land of snow carved peaks, translucent Lakes, barren terrain and mystic culture. The district of Ladakh lies at the border with Tibet at the most eastern corner of the State of Kashmir. Bounded by two of the worldʹs mightiest mountain ranges, the Great Himalaya and the Karakoram, Ladakh is a land like no other. Ladakh is often referred to as the ʺLittle Tibetʺ, or the ʺLast Shangri‐Laʺ. Ladakh is the trans‐Himalayan region, which separates the western Himalayan peaks from the Tibetan plateau. In geological terms, this is a young land, formed only a few million years ago by the buckling and folding of the earthʹs crust as the Indian sub‐continent pushed with irresistible force against the immovable mass of Asia.

Itinerary

Day 01:

Arrival in Srinagar, Houseboat/ Overnight. Stay at Srinagar

Welcome to Srinagar, we are glad you are here with us, get into the vehicle & transfer to Houseboat. Later Proceed on a city tour visiting the Shankracharya temple situated on the highest hill of Srinagar, the famous Mughal Gardens-Chashmeshahi, Nishat & Shalimar, and Hazratbal Shrine. These gardens were Mughal Emperor’s concept of Paradise and today these are popular picnic spots. Also visit a handicraft shop where you can purchase local Hand-Crafted Items-Shawls, Jackets, Bed Covers, Paper Mache, Carpets & much more! In the evening leisurely stroll alongside the Dal Lake exploring the local markets. Overnight stay at the Houseboat in Srinagar.

Day 02:

Srinagar- Kargil (205 Kms/07 hrs)

Today post breakfast drive towards Kargil on the way Sonamarg (Meadow of Gold), Zojila Pass (one of the toughest road in the country) Drass Village (second coldest Inhabited place in the world/Drass War Memorial), Enroute have a magnificent view of Kargil War Famous Peaks (Tiger, Tololing). Drass War Memorial on the NH1D, visit to the memorial is a must for every Indian as it definitely instills a sense of patriotism while it takes you through the memory lane of sacrifices of the brave soldiers of Indian Army in the summer of 1999 in the war against Pakistan. Reach Kargil by evening.

Day 03:

Excursion Kargil: (90 Kms round trip/ 6hrs)

After breakfast drive to the Suru Valley, probably the most beautiful valley in the entire Ladakh region as you drive alongside the river Suru with poplar and willow trees dotted across the road, one can smell the fresh air as the wind breeze brushes against the face. You go to Kartse khar village to see the 7th century rock Buddha sculpture, 21 feet tall hidden in the village. In the evening visit the last habited hamlet on the Indian side, village Hunderman. From the top you get to see the last Pakistani village on the Kargil side that was destructed during the Kargil War. The drive upto the view point is just breathtaking as you move higher and higher with the river suru below and the Pakistani side in front of you only few kilometres away. With a binocular you actually see the Pakistani army soldiers in their bunkers, Pakistani flag rising on top. Return to Kargil by evening. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 04:

Kargil to Village Garkone in Aryan Valley (60 Kms /2hrs)

After breakfast leave for Garkone village, one of the largest and the most popular belt among the westerners. These belts of hamlets are also known as ‘The Land of Aryans’ as the inhabitants are believed to be the Descendants of the Alexander’s army who is believed to have wandered on their expedition some two thousand years ago. Dartsiks, Garkone, Dah, Beema and adjoining villages on the bank of river Indus are settlements of the Aryans also known as Drokpa or Brokpa community in the region. Unlike the rest of Ladakh, Aryans do not have Mongolian features instead they have close resemblance to Germans with their distinct features – tall and statuesque, with green eyes, high cheek bone, fair with flawless skin and some with blonde hair Besides tourists, the villages also attract large number of historians, film makers and anthropologists. Enroute you pass Hamboting La (Pass) (12,000ft) Batalik and other villages that became a household name during Kargil War. These villages are also considered to be the most fertile in the entire region and produces best of the apricots and apples. Spend the day interacting with the locals and if you happen to be here in July and August, you would get to taste fresh apricot straight from the apricot trees. Overnight at the Homestay run by the local family and you get to savor on authentic Aryan cuisine.

Day 05:

Garkone-Leh (170 Kms/4-5hrs)

Morning after Breakfast leave for Leave, via Sham valley, lower Ladakh, one of the most scenic drive as you drive along the mighty indus.. Confluence of Indus and Zanskar As the two majestic rivers meets below the highway, the view from the top is just spectacular and mesmerizes one’s eyes. Later Magnetic hill, as the mountains are believed to have magnetic attraction which you can experience by parking your car in the marked box on the road.
Pather Sahib Gurudwara, a religious place for the Sikhs as a huge boulder has the embossed impression of Guru Nanak Ji in his famous meditating position. Reach Leh by evening.

Day 06:

Leh Local/Sindhu ghat/Shey/Hemis Monastery/Shanti Stupa (50 Kms/full day)

Today Early Morning post breakfast go for local Sightseeing, Visit Shey Palace, Hemis Monastery,
Shanti Stupa, Hall of Fame. Post that free time in the Market. Overnight at Leh.

Day 07:

Leh to Nubra Valley via Khardung la pass – 126 Kms / Overnight at Nubra Valley

Today Early Morning post breakfast drive through one of the toughest terrains in the world and 2nd Highest motorable road in the world. Sip a tea and enjoy Maggie clicking pics at the Khardung la pont and proceed towards Nubra Valley. On reaching visit the sand dunes hunder and take a atv ride in sand dunes one of the unique formation of coldest desert in between the mountains and one can also get a ride on the double humped Bactrian camels. Overnight at Nubra Valley.

Day 08:

Nubra Turtuk Nubra

After breakfast leave for visit to Turtuk . Turtuk is about as close as you can get to Pakistan in India, physically and literally. This delightful village is crunched into the narrowing Shyok River valley in the furthest corner of India, right at the tippy-top of the map. Only when the Indo-Pakistan war ended in 1971, Turtuk (together with 5 other Balti villages) was then included within the Indian line of border control. It remained off limits until a few years ago and keeping it well off the the beaten track. Turtuk in every sense a treat – culturally intact, untainted by tourism, and simply delightful. Return back to Nubra valley for overnight stay at Nubra.

Day 09:

Nubra Valley to Pangong lake – 163 Kms / Overnight at Pangong Lake

Today Early morning post breakfast visit Diskit monastery which was founded in 14th Century and get to know the story and history of the gompa, later visit the Statue of Maitreya Buddha. The gold and red coloured Maitreya Buddha statue faces the Shyok River towards Pakistan and is seated below the Diskit Monastery above a hill. Now drive towards pangong lake we reach by evening. On reaching have snacks & leave for walk at Pangong Lake, A highest salt water lake in the world, shared by two countries India (25% ) & China (75%) enjoy the beauty of lake on banks of the lake while appreciating the changing colors of fascination high altitude lake. Overnight at Pangong lake.

Day 10:

Pangong Lake to Leh – 160 Kms / Overnight at Leh

Today Early Morning post breakfast drive through the scenic road towards leh on the way we witness many pasture of grass where you can spot Himalayan Marmot or the character in the famous movie Chronicles of Narnia Mr & Mrs Beaver. Going forward we visit the famous ranchos school. Later reach leh and overnight at Leh.

Day 11:

Leh Airport Drop

Early Morning post breakfast check out and transfer to Airport. Fly back with loads of memories.

IMPORTANT

1. Itinerary is subject to change without prior notice.
2. Organizer’s reserve full rights to claim any additional expenses due to delay/breakdown of buses / Rail / Strike /war / Riot / Natural Calamities.
3. In case of damage whatsoever done by the participants, cost of the same will be borne by Him/Her.
4. The organizers will not be responsible for any loss or damage

Booking Policy:
1. Booking Confirmation Subject to 50% Advance payment.
2. Balance 50% to be paid 15 Days before the departure.

Cancellation Policy:

1. 25% cancellation charge of the total package cost, if cancellation less than 30 days before arrival.
2. 50% cancellation charge of the total package cost, if cancellation between 15 to 7 days before arrival.
3. 90% cancellation charge of the total package cost if cancellation between 7 to 2 days before arrival.
4. Altering the confirmed plan Not possible.

Highlights

  • Few of the top passes of the world.
  • Aryan Valley
  • Turtuk Village – Captured by India from Pok during 1971 War.
  • Khardung la – The 2nd Highest Motorable road
  • Pangong Lake – The largest lake of Asia.
  • Changla Pass – 17600 ft
  • Fatu-La – 13489 ft
  • Zojila Pass – Indian army made world record by using tanks to combat with enemy.
  • Drass Valley – 2nd coldest place on the earth.
  • Kargil War Memorial
  • Lamayuru The Broken Moons Land

Inclusions/Exclusions

COST INCLUDES
  • Accommodation on Double Sharing basis in Deluxe Hotel / Camps/Homestay.
  • Veg / Non – Veg Food (Breakfast and Dinner)
  • Transfers & Sightseeing by Innova/Scorpio/xylo (Non – Ac) as per itinerary.
  • T3WR Goodie Bag, Personalised Bag Tag & Tour Freebies.
  • Inner line permit fee as applicable & Monument Entry Fees
  • Experienced Explore buddy from T3WR.
  • Any future taxes levied will be charged extra.
COST EXCLUDES
  • Overland journey which is not mention in the above itinerary.
  • Any medical / rescue evacuation due to mishaps.
  • Any personal nature items like Bar, Laundry Bills, Table Bills, Camera Fees, Tip and any other items Mineral water, Soft OR Hard drinks, Starters etc.
  • Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control.
  • Optional activity like rafting & double hump camel ride.
  • Any cost arising due to natural calamities like, landslides, roadblocks etc (to be borne by the clients directly on the sport.)
  • Anything that is not mentioned above in inclusions.

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