Arrive Kushok Bakula airport Leh – 3500m above sea level. Transfer to hotel. Breakfast at the hotel . Half Day at rest for acclimatization. Evening drive to Leh Palace , A former royal palace overlooking the town of Leh, Ladakh, in the Indian Himalayas. The palace was constructed by Sengge Namgyal. The palace was abandoned when Dogra forces took control of Ladakh in the mid-19th century and forced the royal family to move to Stok Palace. Visit Shanti Stupa , is a Buddhist white-domed Stupa on a hilltop in Changspa, It was built in 1991 by Japanese Buddhist Bhikshu, Gyomyo Nakamura and part of the Peace Pagoda mission. Later in the evening walk around local market to buy regional items like Pashmina shawls, stoles, Tibetan handicrafts like prayer wheels, Buddhist masks and overnight stay at the Hotel in Leh.
Day 2Sham Valley
Days start with Hall of Fame, which was constructed by the Indian Army to commemorate the sacrifice of soldiers during Indo-Pak wars , Kali Mata Temple, followed by Spituk Gompa – an 11th century structure , Next on the list of attractions is the majestic Gurudwara Patthar Sahib. Nestled deep in the Himalayas, it was constructed by the Lamas of Leh in 1517 to honour the visit of Guru Nanak Dev – the founder of the Sikh faith. Drive another few km to witness the magic of Magnetic Hill that defies the law of gravity. It has been noticed that when a vehicle is parked on neutral gear on this metallic road, it seems to slide up and further. Driving through a picturesque landscape, we reach the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar River. Proceed back to Hotel via same route. Dinner and overnight stay at the Hotel in Leh.
Day 3Festival Day
Highlights of the Festival. Peak winter, Snow capped mountain, Traditional dresses , Mask Dance and oracles.
Day 4Tour of Hemis, Thiksey Shey monastery OR Khardungla Pass
After a leisurely breakfast, we drive to visit Hemis Monastery situated 45km west of Leh; Hemis is the largest and the wealthiest monastery in Ladakh. From Hemis, you are driven back taking the same route to visit Thiksey Monastery, located on a hill-lock with formidable views of the Indus valley. Thiksey is especially noteworthy for its gigantic seated statue of the Maitreya and is also known for its (Dukhang) assembly hall which houses hundreds of rectangular prayer books, stacked between wooden covers and bound in silk. After that we continue to drive through series of chortens to visit Shey Palace the former summer palace of the King of Ladakh. Dinner & Overnight stay at the hotel.
After breakfast drive Khardungla, which is the World’s highest Motorable road at 18832 feet above sea level. At Khardungla pass the snow capped peaks and the mountain views are amazing. Drive through the Valley which is extremely beautiful for photography. Nubra Valley is the Oasis of Ladakh as you see some colorful trees in this region. But unfortunately we have go back to Leh. Dinner & Over Night at the Hotel.