Welcome at the Leh airport from where you'll be transferred to hotel in your private vehicle. Check-in at the hotel. Acclimatizing to the altitude is very important journey before doing any activity so we take rest and venture out to the city market in evening for a casual stroll (No transport will be Provided for Market) . Overnight stay at the Hotel.
local sight-seeing in Leh (23 SEP)
Wake up lazy morning. After breakfast and some leisure, head for local sight-seeing where you will observe the confluence of the river Indus and Zanskar. Make a stopover at the Magnetic Hills, Pathar sahib Gurudwara and Hall of Fame. In evening, the Shanti Stupa – bask in the peace amidst this hilltop Stupa and revel in the panoramic view of the city. The sunset is the perfect backdrop you can wish for. Head back to the hotel by late evening. Return to hotel in the evening for dinner and overnight stay.
Early morning proceed to Nubra Valley via the World Highest Motorable road (5602 Mts) Khardungla pass. Arrive Nubra and proceed for a visit to the White Sand Dunes at Hunder. You can enjoy the camel ride (On Own). Later if time permits visit Hunder and Diskit monasteries and check in at Deluxe Camp. Evening at leisure. Overnight at the camp.
KHARDUNGLA PASS: The road journey to Nubra valley leads through Khardung La pass (The highest Motorable road in the world) 18,390 ft. around 39 Kms. Away from Leh. There are two checkpoints on the both sides of the pass. Khardong is the first village of Nubra valley at higher altitude than Deskit and other villages.
DESKIT VILLAGE: Deskit is the main village of headquarter of Nubra valley, which has a small market consisting of a row of shops and about 500 years old Gompa on the hilltop. Spectacular view of the valley can be seen form the monastery.
DESKIT GOMPA: Deskit Gompa was founded by Lama Sherab Zangpo of Stod in about 1420 AD during the reign of King Dragspa. About 100 monks are residing in the Gompa, which is a branch of Thikse Monastery. The monastic festival called Gustor takes place on 20th and 21st days of the 12th month of Tibetan calendar.
HUNDAR VILLAGE: Hundar is a beautiful village to stay with lot of trees and you will really enjoy your stay at Hundar. It has a small monastery and ruined fort above the village. The walk or Camel Safari (Double Hump bacterian camels) from Hundar to Deskit, through sand dunes for two hours is wonderful (on own).
Nubra – Leh (215 kms) 8 hrs drive (25 SEP)
Post breakfast, begin your journey for the day, exploring the various villages of Nubra Valley. Retrace your steps past Diskit, to go to Khalsar Walk your way to the ancient Gompa. Don’t forget to pack a lunch. Spend some time and then drive back over Khardung La to reach Leh by early evening. The sunset is the perfect backdrop you can wish for. Head back to the hotel by late evening.
LEH – PANGONG TSO (150 kms) 5 hrs drive (26 SEP)
After breakfast, drive 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. Stay overnight in safari tents by the lake shore.
Pangong – Leh (27 SEP)
After breakfast drive back to Leh. On the way back, the Sindhu Ghat, Shey monastery, Thiksey monastery, Hemis monastery – the most powerful monastery in the Ladakh region. Reach Leh by evening. Dinner and overnight in Leh.
Bid the fairy land good bye (28 SEP)
In morning after breakfast, bid the Ladakh region goodbye and board the flight back to home.
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