Ladakh: Spectacularly jagged, arid mountains enfold this magical Buddhist ex-kingdom. Picture-perfect Gompas (Tibetan Buddhist monasteries) dramatically crown rocky outcrops amid whitewashed Stupas and Mani walls. Colorfully fluttering prayer flags share their spiritual messages metaphorically with the mountain breeze. Prayer wheels spun clockwise release more merit-making mantras. The Gompa interiors are colorfully awash with the murals and statuary of countless bodhisattvas. Though threatened by a rapidly increasing number of visitors, Ladakh has much to teach the West regarding ecological awareness. Most Ladakhis are cash poor yet their traditional mudbrick homesteads are large and virtually self-sufficient in fuel and dairy products, organic vegetables, and barley used to make tsampa (roast barley flour) and Chhang (barley beer).The walls of dramatic mountains that hem in Ladakh make for an unforgettable land scape, but be aware that road access requires crossing tortuous high passes, which close from around October to May (or longer when snows are heavy).The entire valley of Leh is dotted with monasteries and is amongst the prime attractions of Leh. The monasteries in Leh houses rich collections of Buddhist relics like Thangkas, murals, sculptures and scriptures. Generally located in isolated locations atop hills overlooking the settlements monasteries of Leh lend an air of tranquility and calm to the beautiful valleys of the Leh. Most of the monasteries in Leh are also located in the most beautiful locations, making a visit to the monastery even more attractive to travelers.
Khardung La: Is a mountain pass in the Ladakh region of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The local pronunciation is "Khardong La" or "Khardzong La" but, as with most names in Ladakh, the romanised spelling varies. The pass on the Ladakh Range lies north of Leh and is the gateway to the Shyok and Nubra valleys. The Siachen Glacier lies part way up the latter valley. Built in 1976, it was opened to public motor vehicles in 1988 and has since seen many automobile, motorbike and mountain biking expeditions. Maintained by the Border Roads Organisation, the pass is strategically important to India as it is used to carry supplies to the Siachen Glacier.The elevation of Khardung La is 5,359 m (17,582 ft). Local summit signs and dozens of stores selling shirts in Leh incorrectly claim that its elevation is in the vicinity of 5,602 m (18,379 ft) and that it is the world's highest motorable pass. Khardungla Pass is an important gateway to the Nubra and Shyok Valley. The pass is another important gateway to Siachen Glacier. Construction work for the pass began in 1976 and was first opened in 1988. Today, it is a two way road. Though motorable road came late, it has long been navigated by traders. A caravan of about 10,000 horses and camels navigated this road annually on their way to Kashgar in Central Asia. The pass is strategically important because of the tense Indo-China relation.
Lamayuru Monastery: is a Tibetan Buddhist Gompa located in Kargil district in Ladakh which is 15 km from Fotu La at a height of 3510m.In past,there were only 400 lamas,but now a report says that the number of lamas decreased and at present 150 lamas are living here.Some of other lamas stay and provide education to Gompas which are staying outside the villages.Lamayuru monastery is at a distance of 127km from the Leh city. Lamayuru monastery Ladakh belongs to Red-Hat Sect of Buddhism .There are 150 houses of Buddhist monks in Lamayuru monastery Leh.It was founded by Mahasiddhacharya Naropa during the Eleventh century.It is famous for the Largest and Oldest Gompa in Ladakh. An important and interesting story is connected with the Lamayuru monastery Ladakh. Prehistoric tradition says that during the time of Sakyamuni Lamayuru's valley was a clear lake where holy serpents lived. The Bodhisattva Madhyantaka foretold that the lake would be emptied and a monastery built there. The legends continue by saying that Naropa, an 11th century Indian Buddhist scholar, came to Lamayuru and spent many years meditating in a cave, which can still be seen in the main Dukhang. After than Naropa then caused a split in the surrounding hillside and the lake emptied through this opening. After the lake emptied, Naropa found a dead lion previously covered by the waters of the lake. On this spot, Naropa built the first temple at Lamayuru, the Singhe Ghang.
Nubra: Is a tri-armed valley located to the north east of Ladakh valley. Diskit the capital of Nubra is about 150 km north from Leh town, the capital of Ladakh district, India. Local scholars say that its original name was Ldumra (the valley of flowers). The Shyok River meets the Nubra or Siachan River to form a large valley that separates the Ladakh and Karakoram Ranges. The Shyok river is a tributary of the Indus river. The average altitude of the valley is about 10,000 ft. i.e. 3048 metres above the sea level. The common way to access this valley is to travel over the Khardung La pass from Leh town. Foreign nationals are required to get a Protected area permit to visit the Nubra Valley. Since 1 April 2017 Indian citizens are also required to get an Inner Line Permit to visit the valley. Nubra valley is a dash of lush greenery in Ladakh's dessert and moonlike landscapes and slopes, being almost 3000m lower than Leh. Snuggled between the Karakoram Range and nourished by two rivers, Nubra is brimming with Sea buckthorns and Alfalfa. During summers, the whole valley is carpeted with Pink and yellow roses and by Autumn in oodles of wild lavenders which, like almost everything around it, a sight beyond simple natural beauty. To travel to this place, tourists require an Inner Line Permit, that they can obtain in Leh.
Yarab Tso: is Ladakh’s best kept secret. This pretty lake is situated some 15 kms from Diskit Region and is believed as a sacred place in Ladakh. It is a high altitude lake that is hidden in the Sumur Village and can only be reached by trekking. Though it is possible to reach this holy lake by foot from Panamik Village, tourists are asked not to wash or swim in the water of this lake. Yarab Tso is highly revered by the locals and one can also see the colourful flags fluttering around its crystal clear water. Yarab Tso is trekkable from Panamik Village. A 20-minute walk up the mountain will make one reach the lake. In order to get to Panamik, one has to take a cab. Apart from trekking to this beautiful lake, one can visit by cab to the hot springs at Panamik Village. Also, explore the beauty of Sumur and Diskit Village, Diskit Monastery, Cold Desert at Hunder and Maitreya Buddha in Diskit. The months from July to September are ideal to visit Yarab Tso. The weather becomes pleasant during these months and the roads are cleared of the snow.
Thiksey Monastery: is the finest example of Ladakhi architecture. This Monastery is located on the top of the hill in solitude which lies at a distance of twenty kilometers away from Leh. It Gelukpa order of Buddhist faith. Paldan Sherab, nephew of Sherb Zangpo, founded this monastery. It is a massive twelve storey monastery complex with a number of stupas, statues, thankas and wall paintings. There is also a large pillar engraved with the Buddha's teachings. In its museum many sacred items besides a royal sword among other precious objects are on display. As per tradition of Buddhist monastic orders, the successive Lamas are believed to be reincarnations of the original Lama.. The successive reincarnations of the Skyabje Khampo Ringpoche act as Head Lama of this monastery. The main prayer hall has a 15 mt high seated Buddha statue. The prayer held in the early morning. The festival of Thiksey gustor is held from 17th to 19th day of the 12th month in this monastery.
Stakna Monastery: Leh is to be found on the right bank of the Indus River, in Ladakh. Stakna Gompa Ladakh is at a distance of 25 km from Leh town. Stakna exactly means 'tiger's nose'. Stakna Gompa was callen by tiger's nose name because it looks like a tiger's nose. This monastery is a visual display of the religious and cultural heritage of India and Buddhism. Stakna Gompa ladakh has several sister monasteries which contains three in the Zanskar valley which are Mud and Kharu and those of Stakrimo, Bardan and Sani in Zanskar. Stakna Monastery of Leh Ladakh has been provided its beginning to Chosje Jamyang Palkar,who was a great scholar saint of Bhutan. It formed a part of the many religious estates offered by the Dharmaraja Jamyang Namgial to the saint, around 1580 AD. Stakna Monastery Leh is small and there are only 35 lamas of the red hat sect. There are various other lamas who are residing in its branch monastery namely Sani, Bardan and Stakrimo in Zanskar. In 1982 it was again painted quiet recently. Stakna Gompa Ladakh is also known as the most colourful gompa in the Ladakh region. Just entering inside the courtyard there is small stuffed Lhasa Apso.It was one of the favourite choice of the ancient lama of the Stakna monastery Leh. When we enter along the center of the courtyard,there is a big assembly hall known as Dukhang.
Stok Palace: The Stok Palace Heritage rooms have been recently opened to visitors where they can enjoy the hospitality of the Royal family with well appointed rooms with the comfort of the past where you can enjoy remarkable natural, cultural and architectural heritage overlooking the Ladakh range. In the morning you can experience the chants of the monks in the temple above, and fire at the courtyard at night is just for those that stay there, and make you feel at home and in Palace at once. Preserved from urbanity, this pristine natural landscape allows you to relax in serene atmosphere, pregnant with the delicious aroma of the country side and amazing views all around and takes the visitors through the imagery experience, detailing the softness of Snow, the brilliance of sunlight, billowing clouds, wandering pathways, and picturesque local architecture. As with anything embracing the grandeur and beauty of nature, the landscapes achieve a sense of timelessness; they envelop the echoes and silence of eons gone by. So come and enjoy the fine dining experience prepared from the family kitchen products coming from the local market and village. You can enjoy the pleasures of healthy and natural Ladakhi, Tibetan and Indian food.
Takthok Monastery: is situated in a Sakti village, Ladakh which lies 46km east of Leh.Takthok monastery is also recognized as Thag Thong or Thak Thak. Generally Takthok means rock-roof as it is made up of rock. This monastery belongs to Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and the number of lamas is only 55 that reside in the monastery. Takthok Gompa was founded in the sixteen century during the control of Tshewang Namgyal on a hillside near a cave in which Padmasambhava was meditating in the 8th century. During each year these lamas celebrate the festival on every 9th and 6th of six months of Tibetan calendar and they also perform sacred dances that provide you an opportunity to enjoy the rich cultural heritage of Ladakh. The structure of Takthok Gompa is somehow similar to another monastery; it has a main temple which is very dark with a low ceiling of rock which covered with residue from time of butter lamps having been burned there. On the left of the central courtyard there is the cave chapel of the monastery and opposite to the chapel are the images of Padme Sambhava and Avalokitesvara. A small cave lies behind this image which is thought that Padme Sambhava lived and meditated for three years. On the left of the courtyard, there is a main assembly hall and a mural of guardian divinities decorate the veranda on to the entrance to the Dukhang and they are displayed during the time of the annual festival of this monastery. A throne in the assembly hall is reserved exclusively for the Dalai Lama. Also, there are paintings that once adorned the walls are covered with grime and even the floor feels sticky. There are statues the Future Buddha, Padmasambhava and Dorje Takposal. Takthok Gompa also include the Kandshur, the 108 volumes of Buddha's teachings. An important thing can be seen that a cave has been turned into a kitchen which has enormous stoves that are capable of producing enough food for all the peoples who get there for the annual festival.
Hemis Monastery: is one of the biggest and wealthiest monasteries in Ladakh. Presently, Hemis Gompa Leh is run by a Drukpa sect of Buddhism, which once flourished during the Namgyal dynasty. Is located approximately at a distance of 47 km from Leh.It belongs to Dugpa order and was founded in the year of 1630 by the First incarnation of Stagsang Raspa Nawang Gyatso. Hemis Monastery, Ladakh existed before the 11th century. Guru Rimpoche have been born of on 5th month, 10th day, which was predicted by Buddha Shakyamuni.It is said that he born on the earth in order to improve the religious condition of all living beings. And so on this day, which comes once in a cycle of 12 years, Hemis observes a major extravaganza in his memory. The observance of these sacred rituals is believed to give spiritual strength and good health. Naropa, the student of the yogi Tilopa, and teacher of the translator Marpa is connected with this monastery. A translation was made by A. Grunwedel of Naropa's biography that was found in Hemis Gompa Ladakh monastery. In this manuscript Naropa meets the Tantric Master who has given Naropa on 12 large and 12 small tasks to do in order to make clear to him to the natural illustriousness of all things. Naropa is depicted as the "Abbott of Nalanda"the university-monastery in today's Bihar, India, that flourished until the sacking by Turkish and Afghan Muslim forces. This sacking must have been the driving force behind Naropa's peregrination in the direction of Hemis. After Naropa and Tilopa met in Hemis and both of them traveled back in the direction of a certain monastery, which now no longer existing kingdom of Maghada, called Otantra which has been identified as today's Otantapuri. Naropa is considered the founding father of the Kagyu-Lineage of the Himalayan esoteric Buddhism. Hemis is one of the main seat of the Kagyu lineage of Buddhism.
Rizong Monastery: is situated at the top of a mountainside valley on the north side of the Indus valley. It lies to the west of Alchi on the way to Lamayuru.Rizong monastery Ladakh belongs to Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism which is called as the Yellow Hat sect. Rizong monastery Ladakh was established in 1831 by Lama Tsultim Nima under Gelukpa order.There are mainly 40 monks in this monastery.It is also known as Yuma Changchbling in Ladakh,India.Chulichan is located about 2 km from the Rizong monastery and the number of nuns reside in Chlichan is only 20. According to popular belief, Guru Padmasambhava meditated in the caves around Rizong . It is said that lamas used to meditate in the caves around Rizong in isolation, depends on one meal a day and avoid maintaining relationship with the outside world. Lamas used to mediate for many years without in touch with other peoples. Local peoples were only the way from where they get one meal in a day through a square window that was opened in the cave. Lama Tsultim Nima in the 18th century mediates at the mountains on order to establish a monastery for monks to learn the teachings of Buddha and mediate .It was supported by various monks and many mud huts were built.Vinaya Rules were made and it should be followed by each of the monks.No monks can leave the monastery only if monks is sick,there is no bed to sleep at night,none of the monks can touch thing that are handled by women,monks cannot leave their cell before sunrise or after sunset in case if there is need of water,no fire cannot be lit in their rooms.
The Druk White Lotus School: is located in Shey, Ladakh, in northern India, and is known locally as the Druk Padma Karpo School. Karpo means White and Padma means Lotus in the local language Bodhi. The school was started at the request of the people of Ladakh who wanted a school that would help maintain their rich cultural traditions, based on Tibetan Buddhism, while equipping their children for a life in the 21st century. The masterplan and school buildings, designed by architects and engineers from Arup Associates and Ove Arup & Partners, combine local building techniques and materials with leading edge environmental design to make them effective in the extreme climate. In 2012, landscape architects from the School of Architecture, Design and Construction at the University of Greenwich began work on a landscape master plan and garden for the DWLS School. The school offers a broad education, initially in the Ladakhi language and English. Residential blocks allow children from Ladakh's remote areas to attend, and a programme of sponsorship ensures that the poorest are not excluded. It is managed by the Druk Pema Karpo Educational Society and financed with money raised internationally. Druk White Lotus/Padma Karpo school is being built in stages. The Nursery and Infant Courtyard opened in September 2001, and the Junior School in November 2004. Middle and Secondary School facilities were built year by year as funds permitted, with the last two secondary school classrooms completed in 2014. Additional facilities for residential students and the school are ongoing. The school was featured in a 2007 episode of the PBS series Design e2, Cisco Systems "Human Network" advertisement as well as the Aamir Khan movie 3 Idiots. The school was damaged in August 2010 when cloudbursts caused flash floods that washed mud and boulders into many school buildings. The Bollywood star Aamir Khan made a special effort to lend a helping hand.
Pangong Tso Tibetan for "high grassland lake", also referred to as Pangong Lake, is an endorheic lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4,350 m (14,270 ft). It is 134 km (83 mi) long and extends from India to China. Approximately 60% of the length of the lake lies in China. The lake is 5 km (3.1 mi) wide at its broadest point. All together, it covers 604 km2. During winter the lake freezes completely, despite being saline water. It is not a part of the Indus river basin area and geographically a separate land locked river basin. The lake is in the process of being identified under the Ramsar Convention as a wetland of international importance. This will be the first trans-boundary wetland in South Asia under the convention. Formerly, Pangong Tso had an outlet to Shyok River, a tributary of the Indus River, but it was closed off due to natural damming. Two streams feed the lake from the Indian side, forming marshes and wetlands at the edge. Strand lines above the current lake level reveal a 5 m (16 ft) thick layer of mud and laminated sand, suggesting the lake has shrunken recently in geological scale. No fish have been observed in the lake, however, in the stream coming from the Southeastern side (Cheshul Nalla),three fish species (Schizopygopsis Stoliczkae, Triplophysa Stoliczkae and Triplophysa Gracilis) have been reported (Bhat et al., 2011). The low biodiversity in the lake has been reported as being due to high salinity and harsh environmental conditions. Pangong Tso, can be reached in a five-hour drive from Leh, most of it on a rough and dramatic mountain road. The road crosses the villages of Shey and Gya and traverses the Chang La, where army sentries and a small teahouse greet visitors. The road down from Chang La leads through Tangste and other smaller villages, crossing river called Pagal Naala or "The Crazy Stream". The spectacular lakeside is open during the tourist season, from May to September. An Inner Line Permit is required to visit the lake as it lies on the Sino-Indian Line of Actual Control. While Indian nationals can obtain individual permits, others must have group permission (with a minimum of three persons) accompanied by an accredited guide; the tourist office in Leh issues the permits for a small fee. For security reasons, India does not permit boating.
The Chang La Pass: is a high mountain pass located in Ladakh, India. At an elevation of 5,360 m (17,590 ft) above the sea level, it’s said to be the third highest motorable road in the world. The pass, guarded and maintained by the Indian Army (due its proximity to Chinese border), it’s covered with snow throughout the year. This road is usually open all year, but it can be closed anytime when the access is not cleared of snow. The Changla Pass is the main gateway for the Changthang Plateau situated in the Himalayas. The pass is located on the 134 km-long (83 mi) road between the Pangong Lake and Leh. Road closures can be frequent, so check conditions before traveling to this area. It is falsely claimed that the pass is named after the supposed sadhu Changla Baba, a myth propagated by the dedication of a temple at the pass to the supposed Changla Baba. There are certain precautions necessary while visiting this place due the cold and chill climate and less of oxygen due to the altitude. 15 -20 minutes would be the ideal time one can spend on the Changla pass and enjoy the snow along with the views of the snowcapped mountains as many visitors experience breathlessness. Fully warm clothing with ears covered and appropriate footwear is a must and it is best to have warm water frequently to bear the extreme cold climate. It is best to carry a medical kit containing medicines for altitude sickness, headaches, nausea etc. as a precautionary measure. Some of the places to see around Chang La pass are the Pangong lake, Nubra valley, Tso Moriri lake and Hermis Gompa. Though the Changla Pass has extreme cold and chilly winds that can blow you away, the breathtaking views from this region leave any visitor speechless and will be a memorable adventure trip. The name literally means "Pass towards the South" or "Pass in the South" (Chang = South, La = Pass). It is falsely claimed that the pass is named after the supposed Sadhu Changla Baba, a myth propagated by the dedication of a temple at the pass to the supposed Changla Baba. If any such sadhu exists or existed, he would have been named for the pass, rather than vice versa (since the name "changla baba" means the "baba of the southern pass". The small town of Tangste is the nearest settlement. The Changla Pass is the main gateway for the Changthang Plateau situated in the Himalayas. The nomadic tribes of the region are collectively known as the Changpa or Chang-pa. The world’s highest research station, established by the Defence Research and Development Organisation is functional in Chang La at a height of 17,664 ft.
Uleytokpo: Ulleytokpo in Ladakh is one of the well known trekking bases and camping in Ulleytokpo is considered one of the most beautiful experiences, amidst the snow draped mountains. In the area is Lamayuru village, famous for its lunar like landscapes and the 11th century Yundrung Monastery of Lamayuru reputed for its statues of Buddha, wall painting and attractive wood carving. Also worth visiting is Chulichan Nunnery & Rizong Monastery, if you like one can has the opportunity to enjoy a nice easy hike 2 – 3 hrs to Rizong Monastery in the morning. One would reach Ulleytokpo by road from Stok, en route the great statue of Maitreya Buddha at Likir is worth visiting. The 11th Century Likir Monastery is on the site gifted by the fifth king of Ladakh and presently serves as the residence of approximately 120 Buddhist monks. You should also visit 1000AD old murals of Alchi monastery. One can easily see an Indian touch in this monastery, especially in the way its paintings have been made.
Alchi Gompa: Alchi Gompa is located approximately 60 kms west of Leh off the main Kargil Leh route near Saspul. Alchi Gompa was established in 1000 AD, by Rinchen Zangpo. The Alchi Monastery is famous for the murals which adorns the walls of this ancient Gompa although most of them require restoration and unfortunately a few of the murals are beyond repair. The Alchi monastery is now managed by monks from the Likir Gompa. The two main temples in Alchi are the Alchi Du-khang and the Sum-tsek, but there are also many smaller buildings to explore.
Day 01: Delhi - Leh Board a flight to Leh from Delhi airport. On arriving at the Kushok Bakula airport, Leh (3500 m), meet our tour representative. our tour representative helps you with an assisted transfer to the hotel. After completing the check-in formalities, the day is scheduled for resting for acclimatization to the high altitudes of Ladakh, a necessary thing to do. In the evening, at around 04:30 PM, leave your hotel rooms for visiting the very popular Shanti Stupa- erected on a hilltop in Chanspa in 1991, it is white dome-shaped Buddhist stupa. Next, you visit the Chowkhang monastery- this serene monastery is marked by fluttering prayer flags. Later on, indulge in at the local market of Leh. Some of the best buys include Buddhist masks, prayer wheels, Thangka paintings and woolen items like Pashmina shawls, gloves, sweaters and more. Stay Overnight. Day 02: Leh – Indus Valley Tour – Leh (90 km round trip / 7-8 hours) After Breakfast, get all set for a full day tour of Indus Valley. The attractions that you visit today include the Royal Museum at Stok Palace- called the Stok Palace Museum, it offers an insight into the heritage of the region; Thiksey Monastery- belonging to the Gelug sect of Tibetan Buddhism, this gompa is the largest monastery in central Ladakh region, Stagna Monastery- placed on a barren mountain top, the monastery offers nice views of the surrounding area, Changchubling monastery- better known as Rizong monastery, it was erected in 1829 and is known for its high standards of monastic disciplines and the extremely well-known Hemis Monastery- India’s wealthiest monastery, Hemis is the biggest one too and the site of an annual festival. Overnight stay in Leh. Day 03: Leh - Nubra Valley (Valley of Flowers) (125km / 4-5 hours) After an early breakfast at around 08:00 AM, begin your road journey to Nubra Valley via the world-popular Khardungla Pass. At an altitude of 18360 feet, it is one of the highest motorable passes. As you reach the valley, set your camps at the assigned location. Later on, you visit the silver sand dunes near Hunder village. Hop onto a double humped Camel for a memorable camel safari around the place. The next visit is to the villages of Diskit and Hunder (80 km round trip / 6-7 hours). The road trip in this region is a beautiful one. These places own monasteries and hot springs. Get a sneak-peak into the lifestyle of the locals. Stay overnight at the camp. Day 04: Nubra Valley - Leh (125 km) Today, leave the valley early morning after relishing sumptuous breakfast. The mornings here are extremely mesmerizing. Thereafter, visit the tiny yet beautiful Yarab tso Lake, also referred to as the hidden lake. This crystal clear lake is bounded by barren yet beautiful surroundings. After sightseeing, begin your drive back to Leh via Khardungla pass. After arrival, check-in at a hotel. Spend the evening by enjoying leisure walk in the Leh market. Stay overnight. Day 05: Leh - Pangong Lake (135 km) On the 5th day of the tour, leave early morning for Pangong Lake, placed at an altitude of 4400 m. Start driving eastwards of Leh crossing Changla Pass, 17500 ft. Take a route via Durbuk and Tangtse villages in the Changthang region of Ladakh. Treat your eyes to the scenic beauty all around you. As you reach, set up your camps near the lake side. Finding its place in both India and China, this lake is blessed with enchanting surroundings. The lake has even featured in the Bollywood blockbuster, 3 Idiots. The brackish water changes color with the sunlight. Enjoy your day here. Overnight stay at the Camp. Day 06: Pangong - Tsomoriri Lake (240 km / 9-10 hours) Start your day early when the surroundings of the lake look even more beautiful. If you want, you can click some photographs here. Later on, start driving towards Tsomoriri Lake. The largest lake in Ladakh, it lies at an altitude of 15075 feet. You drive up to Kharu and then right to the Moriri Lake. En-route halt at Chumathang Hot springs. Drive past Mahe Bridge and then drive towards the beautiful Tsomoriri Lake. Spot Himalayan marmots. Evening arrival at the Lake. Check-in at the tented camp near the lake. Near the lake, you can spot as many as 34 avifauna species. The lake has been declared a Wetland of international significance under the Ramsar Convention in 2003. Stay overnight in the camp. Day 07: Tso Moriri Lake - Toskar Lake - Leh (235 km / 8-9 hours) After an early breakfast on day 7, start driving to Leh via Tsokar Lake. On the way, take a halt to visit Puga Geo-Thermal Gas springs, visiting the Nomadic Rebo tents at Polo-Kongka pass, and further after the pass, stop by Tsokar Lake - a wetland area. Stop here for photographs. If you are interested, you can also visit the monastery of tiny Thukje village. Overnight stay in hotel in leh. Overnight stay. Day 08: Leh - Uleytokpo (82 km / 2-3 hours) After breakfast, today you start driving to the Ulley Resort from Leh. On the way, visit the great statue of Maitreya Buddha in the Likir monastery and the 1000 -year old murals of Alchi monastery, listed among the best Buddhist miniature paintings. Continue your road journey. Finally, you arrive Uley. Check-in at the resort/hotel. After completing the formalities, you can simply relax. Stay overnight. Day 09: Uleytokpo The day is going to be full of action. Your first visit is to region with Lunar landscapes- an area that is similar to the land condition of Moon. After this, you visit Lamayuru Monastery- one of the largest and oldest monasteries in Ladakh, it houses, wall paintings, thangkas, murals, old scriptures and various statues of different forms of Buddha as well as other deities. Next you explore Rizong Nunnery- residence of 40 monks, this monastery was constructed in 1831 by the great Lama Tsultim Nima (130 km round trip / 6-7 hours). If you want, you can also enjoy a day hike to the Rizong village (around 2-3 hours) or a go for a short hike to Gera-Lardo village across Indus River. Overnight stay at Uleytokpo. Day 10: Uleytokpo - Leh (70km / 2-3 hours) Today, you start driving back to Leh. On the way, halt to visit Spituk Monastery- also known as Pethup Gompa, it was founded in the 11th century; Magnetic Hill or the gravity hill-a natural wonder of the region and the Military Hall of Fame- a museum and memorial of the war heroes that is established and managed by the Indian Army. Late afternoon arrival in Leh. As the rest of the day is free, you can indulge in some last minute shopping at the popular markets of Leh such as Moti market, Balkhang chowk for apricot and Super Market. Overnight stay at Hotel. Day 11: Leh - Delhi. (Departure) In the morning, get an assisted transfer to the airport to board flight for Delhi.
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