Ladakh, a part of Jammu & Kashmir State in north of India consisting of two districts Leh and Kargil. Leh with an area of 45,110 Sq Km makes it largest district in the country in terms of area. It lies between 32 to 36 degree North latitude and 75 degree to 80 degree East longitude. The district is bounded by Pakistan occupied Kashmir in the West and China in the north and eastern part and Lahul Spiti of Himachal Pardesh in South East.
Day 1Arrive Delhi
Begin Your tour
Arrive into Delhi
Welcome to Vardhman's "Ladakh Intensive Tour"
On arrival at Delhi, you will be met and transferred by Vardhaman's representative to the hotel. Check in at hotel. Later, enjoy a sightseeing trip of Delhi visiting Humayun's Tomb, the Qutub Minar, the Red Fort and the great Jama Masjid - the biggest mosque in India. Humayun's Tomb: It was built by the emperor's grieving widow, Haji Begum, in 1565 AD. Constructed with red sandstone it marked the beginning of a new tradition of ornate style which culminated in the Taj Mahal of Agra. Designed by the Persian architect, Mirza Ghyas, Humayun's Tomb shows a marked shift from the Persian tradition of using coloured tiles for ornamentation. Located in the midst of a large square garden, screened by high walls, with gateways to the south and west, the tomb is a square tower surmounted by a magnificent marble dome, 140 feet from the base of the terrace and is topped with a copper pinnacle. The complex also houses remains of Humayun and the grave of many other distinguished members of the Mughal dynasty. Qutub Minar: It is one of the tallest and famous towers in the world. 234 feet high and the highest individual tower in the world. It has a number of floors or storeys which has beautiful carvings . There are inscriptions all round the tower which reveal that Iltutmish finised the tower. The structure of the wall is made as such that it widens from top to bottom, just to make the minar stronger. Red Fort: It is made up of red sandstone. Its walls have withstood the vagaries of time and nature. It rises above a wide dry moat in the northeast corner of the original city of Shahjahanabad. Its walls extend from two kilometers and vary in height from 18 metres on the river side to 33 metres on the city side. Jama Masjid: It is the largest mosque in India, built between 1644 and 1658. It is one of the last architectural works of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Its spacious courtyard holds thousands of devotees. Located on a mound in the heart of the old city , it projects beautifully into the Old-Delhi skyline. It was built in red sandstone and marble by more than 5000 artisans. It stands at the center of the erstwhile capital city of the Mughals, Shahjahanbad.
Optional : Sound and Light Show / Dances of India Overnight: Hotel
Morning after breakfast, transfer from city to domestic airport to connect flight to Leh. Upon arrival in Leh welcome in traditional Ladakhi style and transfer to hotel, rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize. Overnight: Hotel
Morning after breakfast, visit SOS Tibetan children village, Sabu & Stok Palace. Return to the hotel. Evening at leisure for personal activities. SOS Children’s Villages for Tibetan children: It was initiated in 1960 by His Holiness The Dalai Lama, to care for Tibetan refugee children who had fled across the Tibetan border following the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1959. To this day, thousands of children make the dangerous journey every year, across the mountains and often without their families. Stock Palace and Monastery: 15 Kms South of Leh at the West Bank of river Indus is the Royal Palace dating from the 1840s when the invading Dogra forces deposed the king of Ladakh. The Palace is a rambling building where only a dozen of the 80 rooms are used. The Palace Museum (3 rooms) is worth visiting. It is a show piece for the royal thankas (many 400 years old), crown jewels, dresses, coins, peraks encrusted with turquoise and lapis lazuli as well as religious objects. The monastery founded by Lama Lhawang Lotus in 14th century, a short distance away, has some ritual dance- mask (Guru Tseschu) held on the 9th and 10 th day of the Ist month of Tibetan calendar. Stok Palace Museum: 17 km from Leh town, this museum exhibits precious stones, thangkas, coins, royal crowns and dresses and prayer instruments. Overnight: Hotel
After breakfast full day city tour of Leh along with packed lunch boxes visiting Shey, Thiksey and Hemis monastery. Evening return to the hotel. Thiksey Gompa: It is situated at a distance of approximately 18 km from the town of Leh and belongs to the Gelukpa Order of Buddhism. Sherab Zangpo of Stod got the Thikse Monastery built for the first time, at Stakmo. However, later Spon Paldan Sherab, the nephew of Sherab Zangpo, reconstructed the monastery in the year 1430 AD. The new monastery was sited on a hilltop, to the north of Indus River. It has a temple, known as Lakhang Nyerma, built by Rinchen Zangpo, the Translator, dedicated to Goddess Dorje Chenmo. A huge temple in its time, today it stands mostly in ruins. Also there are a number of other sacred shrines inside the monastery complex. The monastery also has a rich collection of numerous valuable artifacts and ancient relics. Hemis Monastery: It holds the distinction of being the biggest as well as the wealthiest monastery of Ladakh. It dates back to the year 1630 and was founded by the first incarnation of Stagsang Raspa Nawang Gyatso. Hemis Monastery is positioned inside a gorge, at a distance of approximately 47 km from Leh. Belonging to the Dugpa Order, it stands on the western bank of the Indus River. The monastery also boasts of a very rich collection of ancient relics.The Hemis Monastery also serves as the venue of an annual festival, known as the Hemis Festival. This festival is celebrated as a commemoration of the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhav. The Thanka is the sacred appliqué-work tapestry wrought with pearls, which depicts Guru Padmasambhava. And not to be forgotten is a sacred mask dance that is performed at the monastery every year. The dance takes place on 9th and 10th day of the fifth month of the Tibetan calendar. Shey Gompa: It is situated on a hillock, at a distance of approximately 15 km to the south of Leh town. The monastery was erected on the instructions of King Deldon Namgyal, in the memory of his late father, Singay Namgyal. The main image inside the Shey Monastery is that of Buddha Shalyamuni. It is a huge image of the seated Buddha and is considered to be the biggest metal statue and the second largest Buddha statue in the Ladakh region. Copper sheets, gilded with gold, make up this amazing Buddha statue. The image also contains sacrificial offerings such as grain, jewels, holy signs and mantras inside it. Overnight: Hotel
Early morning after having breakfast, depart for Uletokpo camp along with lunch packets enroute visiting Alchi. Upon arrival in late afternoon check into tented camps. ULETOKPO: The most beautiful camping in the Ladakh region on the way of Spituk Monastery which is just 5 kms from Leh town. It is situated by the River Indus and within part of an apricot orchard. Alchi: It is located around 67 km from Leh has one of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh region. Alchi Monastery stands on the banks of river Indus. Though traditionally, the oldest monuments preserved here date back to the middle of the 12th century. It is the only monastery built on a flat ground.Its complex has two main temples - Alchi Du-khang and the Sum-tsek. Apart from these, there are Temple of Manjushri, Lotsawa Lha-khang, Lha-khang Soma and 3 Ka-ka-ni (entrance) chortens. It is managed by monks of Likir Monastery. For tourists, it is essential to carry a flashlight since there is no electricty inside and photography is prohibited inside. Overnight: Camp
After breakfast depart for visit of Lamayuru monastery after visit return to camp for hot lunch. Afternoon visit Rizong Monastery one of the most beautiful monastery of Ladakh region build in a valley a short trek to the monastery after visit return to camp. LAMAYURU MONASTERY: The oldest and spectacularly set Lamayuru monastery is about 125 kms. West of Leh, founded in the 10th century in 11th century the Mahasiddha Naropa came to this place. Then Rinchen Zangpo translator came and built many temples and stupas and then teaching of the Kadampa school came to flourish. Later Jamyang Namgyal offered it to Chosje Danma and Digung Kargyut school were introduced and named Yungdrung Therpalling. The Yundrung Kabgyad festival is held on the 28th and 29th days of the 2nd Tibetan month. RIZONG MONASTERY: Rizong is also known as Yuma Changchubling about 73 Kms from Leh and around 6 Kms from main road, founded about 138 years ago by the great Lama Tsultim Nima. Gompa belong to Gelukpa order. Dress and food provisions are provided for all member of the community by the Governing body of the monastery. The monastery is sited in a most solitary positions and there is a nunnery place called chulichan down the monastery. The work of spinning wool, milking, extracting oil for the temple lamps has to be performed by all the nuns. Overnight: Camp
After breakfast depart by surface for Leh, enroute stop to photograph Basgo monastery and visit Likir monastery. After visit continue drive to Leh. upon arrival check into the respective hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Likir gompa: Established in the 15th century , it is set on an isolated ridge a few kilometers north of Saspol. The road approaching the gompa makes a wide semi-circle around its base. Likir belongs to the yellow-hat sect of Buddhism and houses about 120 lamas. The head lama, the younger brother of the Dalai Lama, has married (against the rule of the sect) and is permanently absent from the gompa. The school has thirty pupils who learn three languages besides Ladakhi, Hindi and English, as these are the national languages of India, and Tibetan for religious purposes. Climb up to Likir's central courtyard and immediately on the right is the main Dukhang or main assembly hall. Basgo Monastery: It is a famous Buddhist monastery in Leh District of Jammu and Kashmir. It was once a seat of power of a branch of the Namgyal family. The monastery is located about 40 km from Leh. Built in the year 1680, it was the political and cultural center in the early days of Ladakh. Situated on top of the hill towering over the ruins, it holds a unique atmosphere of secrecy and calm. Basgo Monastery is famous for its Buddha statue. The 16th century murals and other arts of the monastery are awe-inspiring. Overnight: Hotel
Morning after breakfast depart for sightseeing of Spituk & Phyang monastery. Return to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure for personal activities. Spituk Monastery: It is located on a high hill overlooking the Indus river about 18 Km from Leh. The Spituk monastery has a wide collection of Buddhist artifacts and for the Spituk festival held from the 17th to 19th days of the 11th month of the Buddhist calendar. Further up the hill is a Mahakal Temple, where an image of Vajrabhairava is unveiled once a year at its annual festival. Phyang Monastery: It is situated on the Leh - Kargil Highway 24 kms. west of Leh. The place has got a gompa that belongs to the 15th Century. Built by king Tashi Namgyal, the gompa subscribes to Kagyupa Order. The gompa has got tall walled building and houses 50 Prigungpa Lamas. The Dukhang has got 3 silver chortens out of which one has got seven eyed coloured Dezi stone. This stone is believed to be highly auspicious and was brought from Tibet by a former Head Lama. Gonkhang enshrines a furious veiled protector Deoty and also has a great collection of weapons and armours used during the Mongolian invasion of 14th Century. Phyang is also well-known for its annual festival which is the second largest festival in Ladakh. Phyang Tsedup festival formely used to be held during the winters, but recently it has been rescheduled with the tourist season and is celebrated during the month of July - August. During the festival, one can witness the Chaam dances and exposition of Giant 10 mtrs. broacade Thangka. Overnight: Hotel
After breakfast depart for Tirit, driving over the world's highest pass Khardungla 5950 mts, a good two hours drive till the pass, in case one is lucky on a crystal clear sky gets an excellent view of Ladakh range and Karakoram range. Drive down to your camp at Tirit camp at the altitude of 2900 mts. Khardung La: It is known as the world’s highest motorable mountain pass. Individuals with their own GPS equipment have, apparently, measured less than the official 18,380 ft that is proudly stated on top of Khardung La, but this does not matter to most bikers who dream about driving their motorbike to the top of the world. Khardung La, 26 miles outside Ladakh’s capital Leh, is to many bikers the ultimate goal after the tough and challenging trip from Manali to Leh. Overnight: Camp
Morning after breakfast, depart for day sightseeing of Hunder & Deskit Monasteries, return to the camp for late hot meals. Afternoons visit Samstanling Monastery & if time permits visit hot sulphur springs in Panamik after visit return to camp. Deskit: It is the headquarters of the present administrative setup of the Nubra valley it is famous for its 515 years old Buddhist monastery, situated on the top of a hill, facing the entire valley; the breathtaking view from the top of almost the entire valley is a lifetime experience, visit Hunder and its temple at a distance of 5 kms from Deskit. Sumur and Samstanling Gompa: Sumur is home to the Nubbra valley's most important monastery, Samstem Ling Gompa, forty minutes' walk behind the village. Built in 1841, the Gompa is home to over a hundred Gelugpa monks, aged between seven and seventy. Action centres on the large Du-khang, which is hung with Thangkas and dominated by a huge gilded statue of Shakyamuni, accompanied by Maitreya and the protector deity Mahakala. Across the courtyard, the long, low Gon-Khang is guarded by statues of fierce protector deities strung wit wide-eyed skulls and figurines of the 84 Mahasiddhas, venerated Tantric saints. Samstem ling is linked to the Gompa of Rhizdong in the Indus valley west of Leh . Panamic: Panamic village is considered to be the largest camping ground for caravans in the Nubra valley. The hot spring of Panamic is known for curing skin disease and rheumatism. You may also enjoy 2-3 hr camel ride on double humped Bactrian camel at Panamic. Overnight: Camp
After breakfast half-day city tour of Leh visiting Leh palace, Shanker Gompa and Chanspa village. Return to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure for personal activities. Leh Palace: It's a monument and a historical building. The nine-storeyed palace was built by the 17th century illustrious ruler of Ladakh, Sengge Namgyal. It is an imposing structure, though in ruins now, situated on a hill and commands a grand view of the Leh town. The building in grand Tibetan architecture is said to have inspired the famous potala of Lahasa, built half a century later. Namgyal Tsemo, the peak overlooking the town, are the ruins of the fortbuilt, by the king Tashi namgyal in the 16th century, as a royal residence. Sankar Gompa: It's located 3-km north of the town centre and is among the most accessible monasteries in central Ladakh - hence its restricted visiting hours for tourists. The monastery has twenty monks, and is the official residence of the Kushok Bakul, Ladakh's head of the Gelug-pa sect. Chanspa village: It's situated at the edge of Leh. The prayer flags hanging from the roofs and the chortens in the background immediately mark this out as a Tibetan Buddhist society. Overnight: Hotel
After breakfast drive to Tsemorari via Mahai Bridge. Upon arrival check into two men tented camp in Kurzok village 4100 mts. Evening at leisure for personal activities. Tsemorari Lake: The Leh-Manali road goes through the upland desert plateau of Rupshu inhabited only by the nomadic Chag-pa herdsmen and their flocks of pashmina goats. Its bare rolling hills interspersed with dusty valleys are the settings for the spectacular Tso Moriri Lake and other lakes in the area. One trek wends its way to Korzok (15,000 ft/4,572 m) located just 5 km along the lake's 23 km length. This route takes off along the Leh-Manali road over the Taglang-la, proceeds to the twin lakes of Startsapuk Tso (a fresh water lake) and Tso-Kar (a salt water lake) and then on to Korzok. The lake is sparkling blue in its bleak surroundings. It is also surprisingly the breeding ground for a variety of water birds, notably the bar-heade goose, brahminy duck, the great crested grebe and the brown headed gull. Overnight: Camp
After breakfast depart for Leh via Tsokhar & Tanglang-la pass 5320 mts, one may see the wild ass in this region it is known as Changthang region of Ladakh which extends all the way into Tibet. Upon arrival late in the evening, check into the respective hotel. Overnight: Hotel
After early breakfast, depart for Pangong Lake approximately at 0500 hrs with pack lunch boxes. After visiting return to Leh late in the evening. Overnight at respective hotel. Pangong Lake: Situated at an altitude of 4,350 meters above sea level, Pangong Lake lies in the northeast of Leh. This famous blue blackish lake of Pangong is 5-6 km wide and over 144 km long with half of it running to the other side of the Indo-China border. The placid Pangong Lake is not just a tourist's paradise but a geologist's domain too. Travellers can enjoy the solitude for a day or two, zoom their cameras to shoot the black-necked Siberian crane around the Mahe marshes which are the only breeding ground for these migratory birds. At times, they are seen swarming in the cool colorful water of the lake. Overnight: Hotel
After breakfast half day city tour Leh city. Visit Matho & Stakna monastery. Rest of the day at leisure. Stakna monastery: The Stakna monastery lies at a distance of 25 Kms from Leh on the Right Bank of the River Indus. The monastery formed part of the one of the many religious estates offered to the great scholar saint of Bhutan called Chosje Jamyang Palkar in about 1580 AD by the Dharmaraja Jamyang Namgial who had invited his to Ladakh. Matho monastery: Matho is situated at a distance of 26 kms Southeast of Leh on the opposite bank of the River Indus. There is a monastery, which belongs to the Saskya Order. A Lama Dugpa Dorje founded it about five hundred years ago. Shrines and also a sacred temple dedicated to the guardian deities are to be seen there. Overnight: Hotel
After breakfast, transfer to Leh airport to board flight to Delhi. On arrival, transfer to international airport (by shuttle service available free of cost at the airport) to board the flight for your onward journey with sweet and unforgettable memories of "Ladakh Intensive Tour" escorted by Vardhman Vacations.