Duration: 7 nights / 8 days
Destinations Covered: Leh - Hemis Festival (Leh) - Khardungla Pass - Nubra Valley - Turtuk - Pangong Lake
Ladakh, located on the roof of India at one of the highest places on earth, is defined by its dramatic landscape and unique culture. On this roller coaster tour to Ladakh for “7 nights and 8 days”, you will be laying eyes on the stark mountains resembling the moonscapes, drive through the challenging and one of the world’s highest motor-able road - Khardungla Pass at 17,852 feet, stay at a camp amid the breathtaking high-altitude Pangong Lake, take an adventurous ride on a double-humped camel exploring the sand dunes of Nubra Valley (an ancient trading route), spend time at some of the spectacular monasteries with remarkable Buddhist art on display, explore Turtuk - one of the most remote villages in India with a distinct culture, plus, get a lifetime opportunity of being a part of the very famous Hemis festival - Ladakh’s grandest religious festival celebrated at the equally famous Hemis monastery. To sum it up, Ladakh is a destination that requires a good amount of time to be explored, and once you do, you will forget the rest of the world.
- A lifetime opportunity of attending the grandest festival of Ladakh region - Hemis Festival.
- Get captivated by the sacred Cham dance performed by monks wearing vivid and elaborate head gears.
- Conquer one of the world’s highest pass at Khardungla, situated at a mind-blowing elevation of 17,852 feet above sea level.
- Take a trip to Turtuk village, one of the last villages in India, at the international borders that welcomes you to a unique distinct culture.
- Sight the largest Buddha statue in Ladakh at Thiksey Monastery that is located on top of a hill.
- Relish the mesmerizing panorama of the high-altitude blue Pangong Lake at 14,000 feet.
- Witness unique Ladakhi art and culture in the local markets of Ladakh.
- Take a delightful tour at the sand dunes of Nubra Valley riding on an exotic double-humped Bactrian camel.
Day 01: (10 July): Arrive in Leh Airport – Leh city
On arrival at Leh Airport, our representative will greet you and assist you in transfer to your hotel in Leh City. Check-in at the hotel, relax and acclimatize. Enjoy lunch, and rest of the day at leisure.
Note: Acclimatization is essential to get accustomed to such high elevations in Leh and Ladakh, which are located above the altitude of 10,000 feet. It is strongly advised because altitude sickness is a common condition for most tourists flying to Leh.Day 02: (11 July): Leh – Hemis Festival
After a leisurely breakfast, we will drive you to Hemis monastery (45 km/ approx 1.5 Hrs drive from Leh) where you will experience Hemis Festival. The festival is dedicated to the birth of the spiritual leader Padmasambhava also known as Guru Rinpoche, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism as well as Tantric Buddhism. Watch and enjoy Cham, a sacred masked dance performed by the Lamas (monks), with the underlying theme of victory of good over evil. Hemis monastery is one of the oldest (built in the 17th century, but its earliest evidence dates back before 11th century), largest and most popular monasteries in Ladakh. The beautiful Hemis Monastery is filled with the Ladakhis and the tourists to watch this spectacular festival.
Later, proceed for lunch at a local restaurant. Afterward, explore twelve story Thiksey Monastery complex, which houses many items of Buddhist art such as stupas, statues, thangkas, wall paintings, swords and has a huge statue of seated Maitreya Buddha (15m or 49ft) largest in Ladakh. Thiksey monastery also resembles with Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet.
Dinner and Overnight stay at hotel in Leh. Enquire Now
Post breakfast, check-out and we head for Khardungla Pass (17852 Ft), which is the world’s highest motor-able pass. It lies north of Leh and is the gateway to the Shyok and Nubra valleys. It would take about 6-7 hrs from Leh crossing over Khardungla to reach Nubra Valley which is a high-altitude desert. On reaching Nubra, explore Diskit Monastery and nearby areas. Diskit Monastery is the largest and oldest monastery in the Nubra Valley. Then call it a day and head to check-in at Hotel / Luxury Camp and relax for the rest of the evening. Dinner and Overnight stay at Luxury Camp/ Hotel in Nubra.Day 04: (13 July): Nubra – Turtuk – Nubra
This morning after breakfast, take a journey to Turtuk Village (3-4 Hrs drive approx.), which is the last village on the Indian side and very close to the Indo-Pak military line of control (LoC). The place is a part of Balistan, which is across border. The culture here is different from the Tibetan Buddhist dominant region of Ladakh, as we will see a sudden shift to a more Islamic community. After exploring the village and lunch, we will continue back to your hotel in Nubra and then relax at the hotel. Dinner and Overnight at hotel in Nubra.Day 05: (14 July): Nubra – Leh
After breakfast in Nubra, proceed to Leh city, but not before experiencing the high altitude cold-desert sand dunes and the double humped camel rides of the Nubra Valley. Also, keep your cameras handy as you can take some wonderful pictures of this surreal natural wonder.
Have lunch on the way and then try to reach Leh by evening, so that you may also experience the local markets and pick some souvenirs. Arrive at the hotel and relax. Dinner and Overnight at hotel in Leh.Enquire Now Day 06: (15 July): Leh- Pangong Tso
This day we will start our day with an early breakfast, head to Pangong Tso or Pangong Lake - the main attraction of the trip. This is a high altitude lake (at 14,000 Ft), which extends from India to Aksai Chin and is 83 miles in length. The road to Pangong Tso is very scenic. En route, cross a wildlife reserve and you may be able to sight some rare Himalayan wildlife. Go over Changla Pass then stop for lunch. Later, head to Pangong Tso, this is where the most scenic part of the journey starts. Reach the lake in the evening hours, which is the best time to get a scenic view. Get yourselves comfortable in camps on the banks of Pangong Tso. Relax for a while, enjoy dinner and Overnight stay in a Camp in Pangong Tso.Day 07: (16 July): Pangong Tso – Leh City
Though it can be quite chilly in the morning, but if you make like you can wake up early as morning sunrise could be a great time to go out by the lake and enjoy some breathtaking views and also capturing few stunning photos. Return to the camp for breakfast. After breakfast, enjoy tranquil ambiance and the breathtaking panorama on the backdrop of this lake. Then drive back to Leh city. Lunch will be done en route.
Check-in at the hotel where you will relax. Afternoon / Evening visit the marketplace of Leh.
Overnight stay at hotel in Leh.
After enjoying a hearty breakfast, our team will transfer you to Leh Airport and from here take a flight to your onward journey/ home. We are sure you’ll have amazing memories to take back from this incredible tour.Enquire Now
The Hemis Festival is one of the most colourful and the largest religious festival of Ladakh. It is an opportunity to witness unique cultural fiesta that leaves each traveler and passionate photographers beguiled. Hemis Festival is celebrated annually on the 10th day of the Lunar month of the Tibetan Calendar, which usually falls between the months of June & July, every year. The festival is celebrated to mark the victory of good over evil and to seek blessings of spiritual leader Guru Padmasambhava for spiritual and health well-being.
The highlight of the festival is the masked dances known as “Cham Dance”. These very lively dances are performed by the Lamas (monks), who wear intensely multihued and elaborate masks and a headgear, and dance to the beats and traditional Tibetan intruments like long horns, cymbals, drums and trumpets and act out feats performed by Guru Padmasambhava. What makes the dance interesting and quirky at the same time are the heavy and colorful costumes and masks that these Lamas adorn. And each mask holds its own unique significance. With their spectacular moves and expressions, they generate a massive energy in the environment to create an aura of intense positivity. What adds to the scene is the adrenaline-pumping beats of the music. In addition, the picturesque location of Leh also offers uniquely natural settings for a tourist's delight.
The local people and natives dress up in their best traditional attires and gather for the function in the courtyard of the beautifully adorned Hemis Monastery, which is the venue for Hemis Festival. Hemis Monastery is one of the largest Buddhist Monastery of Ladakh, with the stunning Himalayan mountains at its backdrop.
The name Ladakh when translated means the “land of high passes” with elevations of as high as 10, 000 feet and above. Anyone travelling to Ladakh will be overwhelmed by its extraordinary beauty. Ladakh is one of the most sparsely populated regions in India and its culture and history has a strong Tibetan influence. It is the largest of the 10 provinces in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India. The great Indus river flows right through Ladakh. The province is divided into Leh (the capital), Nubra (the land of cold white desert), Zanskar, Lower Ladakh and Rupshu. Ladakh borders Tibet to the east, and the corners of China in the far north; it is bordered by Karakoram ranges in the north and Himalayas in the south.
Ladakh has long and bitter winter of frozen landscape but yet spectacular, and a short summer, which contributes remarkably in making the landscapes of Ladakh even more gorgeous. If you have to visit Ladakh then summer is the most enjoyable time for trying numbers of adventure activities, for sightseeing and of course plenty of mind-blowing photography opportunities.