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Ladakh is at the northern most tip of India and is cradled in the Himalayas. The Leh-Ladakh tour packages take you on an enchanting trip of the Himalayas. The tour itinerary for the Leh - Ladakh tours are drawn up in such a way that not only do you get a view of the picturesque surroundings but also a glimpse of the culture and religion of the region. Book a Leh - Ladakh tour and experience the distinctive natural and cultural environment of Ladakh.

Day 01: Arrive Leh
Arrive Leh, transfer to hotel. Late afternoon walking tour of city to get acclimatize. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 02: Visit Shey, Thiksey, Hemis Monastries
Full day sightseeing with guide and pack lunch to SHEY / THIKSEY and HEMIS monasteries.

SHEY : Situated on a hillock 15 km. upstream from Leh was once the residence of the royal family. According to tradition, it was the seat of power of the pre-Tidetan kings. A 7.5 meter high copper status of Buddha, plated with gold and the largest of its kind is installed here.

THIKSE : Spectacularly sighted, Thiksey is one of the largest and architecturally most impressive gompa. There are several temples in this gompa, containing images stupas and wall painting of Buddhas which are exquisite.

HEMIS : It is the wealthiest, best known and biggest gompa in Ladakh. Its popularity stems from the major annual festival held here in summer. The festival is in honour of Guru Padma Sambhav's birth anniversary. It also has the largest Thanka, which is unfurled once in 12 years (next in 2004).

Day 03: Leh - Lamayuru - Alchi
Drive to Lamayuru monastery, after visiting the monastery drive to Alchi for overnight stay.

LAMAYURU : The oldest holy site in Ladakh, it was a Bon shrine prior to the advent of Buddhism. Also known as Yun Drung (Swastika) it is sighted on a high promontory overlooking the village and valley. For sheer spectacle value no other gompa can match.

ALCHI : On the banks of the Indus is the Alchi gompa, dating a thousand years back. One of its walls feature thousands of miniature-sized pictures of the Buddha. Three large sized images made on clay and painted brightly are its focal attraction. No longer an active religious center, it is looked after by monks from the Likir monastery

Day 04: Alchi - Likir - Leh
Visit Alchi monastery and drive back to Leh, enroute visit Likir monastery. Overnight stay in hotel at Leh.

LIKIR : Founded in the 11th century and rededicated to a different monastic order in the 15th century, its earlier gompa was destroyed in a fire. The present gompa dates back to the 18th century. Skilled craftsmen producing excellent Thankas, earthen pots and carved folding wooden tables. Majestically situated, Likir commands a spectacular view. A magnificent giant juniper tree, one of the few survivors of its species stands in the courtyard

Day 05: Leh - Khardungla Pass (18,380 ft) - Leh
After breakfast, start for a full day excursion to Khardungla pass. The Khardungla pass, which is the highest motorable pass in the world, has been recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records. At the top, you can enjoy the natural beauty of snow-capped mountain. In the evening return to the hotel and spend the night there

Day 06: Leh- Pangong lake-Leh (290km)

In the early morning leave for Pangong Lake through Changla pass, which is at a height of 5486 mts. While ascending Changla pass, enjoy the beautiful view of the villages below the pass. After crossing the pass, you can halt for a picnic lunch at Tsoltak, the summer pastureland of the yaks. And then visit Durbuk and from there a short drive will take you to the western shore of the lake. This famous blue brackish Lake of Pangong is 4 km wide and 250 km long. In the late afternoon drive back to Leh. Stay overnight in the hotel.

Day 07: Leh - Delhi
Departure transfer to the airport for onward flight

Season: May to October
Duration: 6 nights / 7 days
Places Covered: Leh - Likir - Alchi - Lamayuru - Shey - Thiksey - Hemis - Khardung-La - Pangong Lake







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