Delhi - Leh - Lamayuru - Pangong - Khardungla - Leh - Delhi
Ladakh - land of high passes
ladakh is a region of Jammu and Kashmir, It lies between the Kunlun mountain range in the north and the main Great Himalayas to the south, inhabited by people of Indo-Aryan and Tibetan descent. It is one of the most sparsely populated regions in Kashmir.
Historically, the region included the Baltistan (Baltiyul) valleys, the Indus Valley, the remote Zangskar, Lahaul and Spiti to the south, Aksai Chin and Ngari, including the Rudok region and Guge, in the east, and the Nubra valleys to the north.
Contemporary Ladakh borders Tibet to the east, the Lahaul and Spiti to the south, the Vale of Kashmir, Jammu and Baltiyul regions to the west, and the trans–Kunlun territory of East Turkistan to the far north. Ladakh is renowned for its remote mountain beauty and culture. It is sometimes called "Little Tibet" as it has been strongly influenced by Tibetan culture.
Leh - The land of Mountains
Leh was the capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh, now the Leh District in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India. Leh with an area of 45,110 sq km makes it largest district in the country in terms of area.
The town is still dominated by the now ruined Leh Palace, former home of the royal family of Ladakh, built in the same style and about the same time as the Potala Palace. Leh is at an altitude of 3,500 meters (11,483 ft).
The principal access roads include the 434 km Srinagar-Leh highway which connects Leh with Srinagar and the 473 km Leh-Manali Highway which connects Manali with Leh. Both roads are open only on a seasonal basis. Although the access roads from India are often blocked by snow in winter, the local roads in the Indus Valley usually remain open due to the low level of precipitation and snowfall.
Pangong Lake :
Pangong Tso or Pangong Lake (Tso: Ladakhi for lake) is an endorheic lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4,350 m (14,270 ft). It is 134 km (83 mi) long and extends from India to China. 60% of the length of the lake lies in China. The lake is 5 km (3.1 mi) wide at its broadest point. During winter, the lake freezes completely, despite being saline water.
The lake is in the process of being identified under the Ramsar Convention as a wetland of international importance. This will be the first trans-boundary wetland in South Asia under the convention.
Day to day description:
Day 01: Arrival Leh.
Meet on arrival at Leh airport and transferred to the Hotel. Check in to the hotel for a complete day of rest wherein welcome tea and coffee will be served by the Hotel. Afternoon visit Leh Market, Leh Palace, Shankar Gompa and Shanti Stupa. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 02: Leh - Uleytopko
After Breakfast drive to Uletokpo enroute visiting the famous Gurudwara Patthar Sahib, the Magnetic Hill and Hall of Fame, Basgo Palace, Liker and Alchi monasteries. Also walk around the village and drive to Uletokpo. Overnight in camp.
Day 03: Uletopko - Lamayuru - Leh
After breakfast, checkout from the camp and drive to Lamayuru monastery. Lamayuru monastery is one of the oldest and spectacularly set founded in 10th century. Afternoon drive back to Leh. On arrival check in and overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Leh - Pangong Lake
After Breakfast leave for Pangong Lake (14,500 ft), through Changla Pass 17,350 ft., it is the third highest motorable road in the world. 1200 hrs. Arrive Pangong, it is the highest salt water Lake in the World, shared by two countries India & China. Enjoy the beauty of the lake on the Banks of Pangong while appreciating the changing Colors and fascinating high altitude of the Lake. Overnight Camp.
Day 05: Pangong Lake - Leh
After Breakfast drive back to Leh, enroute visit Hemis, Thikse Monastery and Shey Palace. Overnight Hotel.
Day 06: Leh -Khardong La - Leh
Drive for Khardongla Pass, World’s highest motorable road at 18380 feet. Return Leh in the afternoon. Afternoon & Evening one is free to explore the local markets at your disposal. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Day 07: Departure Leh
Morning in time transfer to airport to board flight for Delhi.