High Moonland Mountains of Ladakh
Delhi – Leh – Shey – Thiksey – Hemis – Leh – Uleytokpo – Lamayuru – Alchi – Khardung – Nubra 11 Nights/12 Days
Qutab Minar, Delhi
Met on arrival at International airport and transfer to hotel for check in. Delhi : the capital of kingdoms and empires is now a sprawling metropolis with a fascinating blend of the past and the present. Delhi is a perfect introduction to the composite culture of an ancient land and a window to the kaleidoscope - that is India.
Jama Masjid , Delhi
Full day Tour to Jama Masjid, New Delhi and Old Delhi :
Sightseeing tour of Old Delhi would entail visiting the Raj Ghat - the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated, Jama Masjid - the largest Mosque in India and the Red Fort once the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Moghul Empire. Enjoy the cycle rickshaw ride from Jama Masjid to Chandni Chowk.
An extensive sightseeing tour of New Delhi would include a visit to the Humayun's Tomb, the Qutub Minar, a drive along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath - past the imposing Heritage India Gate, Parliament House and President's Residence. It would end with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave.
Early morning departure transfer to airport to board flight for Leh. Its landscape, sky, silence, wizened faces, dragons and Zen – everything makes Leh a quite place to visit. Leh, the capital of Ladakh is a beautiful destination with so many attractions and is the center of Tibeto-Buddhist culture for ages. Its colorful gompas have attracted the devout Buddhists from all over the world. Besides it is also a favorite hiking locale and is known for some of the best hikes in the country. Arrive in Leh and you will be transferred to your hotel. Leh is at a height of 3300mts above sea level and so it is necessary to acclimatize yourself for a day. In the evening visit the Shankar Monastery nearby your hotel and then go up to the Shanti Stupa (built by the Japanese) for a breath taking view of the Capital city of Ladakh. Overnight stay at Popular eco resort.
Full day tour of Leh visit Stok Palace Museum, the Queen of Ladakh still lives in this Palace. More than a palace it is the surrounding views of Barron Mountains and formation which are extraordinary. Also visit SOS Tibetan Refugee Camp. In the afternoon walk to the Leh Fort that dominates the city. The view from a top the fort is magnificent.
Excursion to Shey, the summer Palace of Royal family. A small drive ahead takes you to Thiksey where you can see the biggest future Buddha statue of Maitreya. Finally on to the richest Monastery of Ladakh, Hemis, this Monastery is nestled between two mountains and houses the rare Buddhist artifacts and texts. It is here in the month of June – July takes place the famous Hemis festival.
After breakfast at hotel leave for Uleytokpo. Upon arrival in Uleytokpo a short trek of 30 minutes takes you to visit the monastery at Rizong, the school where young lamas are taught Buddhism. You are surrounded by peach and apple trees and you are right over a cliff on the river Indus.
Full day tour of Lamayuru, another ancient Monastery believed to be made by sowing a seed of barley in a pond. However, your journey to this place allows you to travel over the serpentine road and once you reach at the top the mountain you will believe why the name of this tour is Moonland, exactly the same formation of land is visible as on the moon. Visit Lamayuru and drive back to Uleytokpo via Alchi Monastery. Alchi has murals paintings dating back to the 11th century and is perhaps one of the oldest Monastery in Ladakh. Continue your drive towards Uleytokpo.
Leave for Leh and on the way visit the Monastery at Likir, Spituk and Phyang. Reach Leh by late afternoon and relax for the day.
Nubra double humped camel
In the morning leave for Nubra via the world’s highest motorable road Khadung-La at the altitude of 5800mts above sea level. Nubra is located near the strategic Siachen Glacier, on the Indo-Pak border. The Khardungla Pass, the highest motor able pass in the world is located nearby. Nubra has been thrown open to tourism only recently, and offers some spectacularly beautiful landscapes. One of the peculiarities of Nubra that make it a special place is the co-existence of water, mountain and desert! Continue your drive to Nubra valley, arrive and check in at deluxe tented accommodation. After lunch see the natural hot springs at Panamik. It is believed that if one bathes in these hot springs all the skin ailments are taken care of.
In the morning an excursion to the Greater Himalayas include visit to Diskit and Hundarmonasteries. Diskit is one of the oldest Monasteries in this part of the World. It is the seat of the Dalai Lama in Nubra with a private palace dedicated to the Lama. At Hundar there is a very small Monastery but this Monastery is known throughout the Buddhist world for its high order. Return to your camps and on the way stop to see the double hump camels: a race of camels that dates back to the time of the Silk route caravan.
Drive back to Leh. This day is at leisure to walk through the bustling Chanhspa where you can interact with locals and put your feet up in small Ladakhi cafes and take in the last views of the incredible purple mountains and moonlike landscape!
Transfer to airport to connect your morning flight to Delhi. Met on arrival at Delhi and transfer to International airport for onward destination .