Apricot, which is known as "chulli " in Ladakhi, was brought to the region by Chinese traders passing through the silk route & now Ladakh is one of the largest producer of apricot in India. Apricot has become an integral part of the local cuisine. This 7 nights /8 days Ladakh tour package is handcrafted for those on the lookout for once in a lifetime experience. The package covers not only all the major attractions of Leh, Nubra, Pangong, Khardungla, Kargil, Magnetic Hill etc. but also takes you through roads with blooming trees on both sides, providing a unique offbeat experience of Lamayuru & Uleytokpo village famous for the Apricot Blossom tour. Best time to experience the Apricot flower shower is between 20th April to 15th May'20. Travel with us to join our social cause to #Saveladakh & become a responsible traveler.
date_range 7 Nights / 8 Days
Day 1: Arrive at Leh - Acclimatization and rest
Welcome at Leh airport from where you'll be transferred to the hotel, check-in and have some rest. Acclimatizing to the altitude is very important before doing any activity so we take rest till afternoon. In the evening, you can venture out to the city market for a casual stroll (No transport will be Provided for Market). Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Tip: At the height of 10,000 ft., oxygen level is dropped and carelessness can lead to AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). It is strictly advisable to rest and stay hydrated in order to acclimatize yourself. You can find the details here on how to prevent AMS -
Day 2: Indus Valley Tour - Visit Shey Palace - Thikse - Hemis Gompa
Wake up lazy morning. We begin the day by visiting Hemis Monastery, Thiksey Monastery and then to Shey Palace.
Shey monastery and palace is located 15 km from Leh town on the Leh - Manali road. The monastery enshrines the Du-Khang with an almost 10 meter high copper statue of Lord Buddha. The Shey Palace was the abode of the royal family till 1834 AD when they moved to the Stok palace.
Continue your drive on a well mettled broad road traveling upstream along the Indus River to Hemis Gompa, crossing over the Indus at the village of Karu. Hemis is well known for its festival or Hemis Tsechu commemorating the birthday of Guru Padmasambhava. In evening, return to Leh for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 3: Leh - Kargil via Alchi and Uleytokpo (6-7 hrs. Journey)
After a sumptuous breakfast we head towards Leh-Srinagar highway and first visit Spituk Monastery, located 2-3 km away from Leh town. Enroute visit Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, magical Magnetic Hill, the Sangam (confluence) of Zanskar and Indus river. Now continue towards Alchi, a small village situated on low land, all green with apricot trees on both side of road. Alchi monastery is a Buddhist worshipping place and study center and is managed by the monks of Likir. In Alchi, one can visit the Sumtsek Temple, Vairocana Temple, Lo Tsawa Temple, Manjushree Temple, Kangyur Temple with Stupas, Monk Cells etc.
Now drive towards Kargil passing by Lamayuru - The Moonland Escape. Reach Kargil in the evening. Check-in at the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 4: Visit Hunderman village and back to Leh via Lamayuru (6-7 hrs. Journey)
Post breakfast and some leisure, we'll head towards Hunderman village - around 7-8 KM from the hotel where we'll witness the surreal Apricot Blossom across the village. Hunderman is also the last village of India. It came under the territory of India after 1971 Indo-Pak war. One could see Pakistani post and village across the Line of Control.
Now we'll retrace outr steps back to Leh. Enroute visit the Lamayuru village to experience the Moonland like landscape followed by Lamayuru Monastery. Reach Leh in the evening. Dinner and overnight stay at Leh.
*Preferred dates of travel for apricot blossom - anytime b/w 20th Apr to 15th May
Day 5: Leh – Enroute Khardungla – Nubra Valley (5-6 hrs. Journey)
In the morning after breakfast, brace yourself for the splendid drive over the mighty Khardung La – one of the highest motorable Pass in the world at the height of 5602 M / 18,380 ft. Over the route, the road dramatically plunges, and Shyok and Nubra Rivers unfold magically. You move on via Diskit to reach the white sands of Hunder. Spend some time on the white sand dunes here; do a ride on the Double Humped Bactrian Camels if you want to (on your own). Visit the Diskit monastery, which is believed to be the largest and oldest monastery in Nubra valley, and enjoy the sunset. Return to camps in the evening where bonfire and tea-snacks would be arranged for. Dinner and overnight stay in Nubra.
Day 6: Nubra to Pangong Tso via Shyok / Warila (5-6 hrs. Journey)
Post breakfast, we’ll continue our journey towards Pangong Tso via Warila / Shyok village. Enroute explore the mound of earthen monastic dwellings, crowned by the Gompa. The valley is blessed with a beautiful stream flowing through it, originating from the lake, giving a greenish tincture to the otherwise dry landscape around. Apart from flora this area is rich in fauna too. You can see a lot of Himalayan Marmots around the area. However, the main attraction of this circuit is the grand Pangong Tso, which you would reach by early evening. The mesmerizing beauty and the fantastic view of Tso places it a league above anything you have seen so far. Dinner and overnight stay near Pangong.
Day 7: Pangong Tso to Leh - Visit Stok Village (6-7 hrs. Journey)
After breakfast and some leisure, drive your way back to Leh via Changla pass. Enroute head towards Stok village where we’ll visit the well maintained Stok Heritage Museum (almost 200 years old) run by the royal family itself. The Stok Palace was opened to the public in 1980 with blessings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This place holds great architectural significance and if you’re the kind of person who is interested in culture, history and heritage, this place would be heaven for you. You can sit and relax at the cafe right at the entrance with a panoramic view of the village and the valley of Singey Sangpo which is popularly known as the Indus River. Return to Leh in the evening where you can stroll around Leh market - collect some souvenirs of you want to. Dinner and overnight stay in Leh.
Day 8: Bid the Fairyland Good Bye
After a scrumptious breakfast, complete all the signing out formalities and cab will drop you at Leh airport. Board the flight back to home. End of trip.
* Accommodation for 7 nights in properties & room categories specified in the itinerary given above. All rooms / camps on double basis at all the locations unless specified otherwise.
* All ex-Leh airport transportation in Innova on private basis. Includes driver’s expenses, parking & toll charges, and road taxes. All the sight-seeing and transfers as per the itinerary. Leh airport pick-up and drop included. Day 1 is on your own.
* Meal plan: MAP (7 Breakfast and 7 Dinner - veg only at Nubra and Pangong)
* Permits for Nubra valley and Pangong
* Wildlife and environmental fee in Leh
* Oxygen Cylinder in vehicle for Nubra and Pangong
* First aid Box in vehicle in case of any emergency
* Single supplement charges - INR 20,000 only
* Cost per person with extra bed (triple sharing) - INR 32,000 only
* In order to promote Sustainable Tourism and #SaveLadakh, we would be carrying water dispenser in our vehicle, you are requested to carry your water bottles which you can refill throughout the journey.
* All applicable taxes
*Note - package cost mentioned is valid for min. 4 adults traveling together.
* Entry fee to monuments, monasteries, parks, etc.
* Medical expenses
* Personal tips, gratuities, laundry, etc.
* Any kind of recreational / adventure activity not mentioned in Inclusions
* Any kind of insurance
* Anything not specifically mentioned in Cost Includes.
* Meal plan: Lunch
* English Speaking Driver
* Camel ride and ATV ride charges in Nubra
* Rafting charges in Leh
* Transportation is not on disposal basis. It is strictly as per the program, any extra running will be charges extra.
* Any Change in plan or loss of property or life due to unforeseen conditions like landslides, roadblocks, curfew, Political Disturbance, etc.
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