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Himalayas

Tour Package

Tour Package
Day 01: Arrival / SrinagarSrinagar is located in the heart of the Kashmir valley at an altitude of 1,730 m above sea level, spread on both sides of the river Jhelum. The Dal and Nagin lakes enhance its picturesque setting, while the changing play of the seasons and the salubrious climate ensures that the city is equally attractive to visitors around the year. ts waterways with their own quaint lifestyle, the unique Houseboat, the blossoming gardens, water sports activities, shopping for lovingly handcrafted souvenirs and the nearby resorts make it a cherished spot among those looking for a memorable holiday.

Meeting and assistance on arrival at Srinagar airport and transfer to the Houseboat on Dal Lake

After wash & change we proceed for the sightseeing tour of the city.

The larger and more elaborate pleasure garden of the Mughals is the Shalimar Bagh, four kms away. Laid out by Emperor Jahangir for Nur Jahan, this garden is also divided into four terraces and has a water channel running down its centre. On the topmost terrace is the pavilion reserved for the royal visitors. Supported by stunning black marble pillars, the pavilion had tiny niches that were used to keep fragrant flowers in the day and light up the pavilion with lamps at night.

We will also visit the important mosques of Srinagar is the large Jamia Masjid built in 1674. The mosque has thick wooden pillars, each made from an entire deodar tree. One of the oldest mosques in Kashmir, the foundation of the building was said to have been laid as far back as 1398 by Sultan Sikandar. To the southeast is the Rozahbal Mosque, for some esoteric and strange reason known as the 'tomb of Jesus'. Across the River Jhelum lies the Pattar Masjid, built in 1623 for the Empress Nur Jahan. The mosque was later renamed as the Shahi Masjid.

Evening enjoy the Shikara ride on Dal Lake to enjoy the beauty that God has graced this city which is often compared to Venice. You will gat a view of some very interesting places around the lake.

Day 02: Srinagar / PahalagamMorning we drive to Pahalgham.

At an altitude of 2,130m and about 95-km from Srinagar, Pahalgam is probably the most popular hill resort in the Kashmir valley. Since it is rather lower than Gulmarg the nighttime temperatures do not drop so low and it has the further advantage of the beautiful Lidder River running right through the town.

Pahalgam is situated at the junction of the Aru and Sheshnag Rivers and surrounded by soaring, fir-covered mountains with bare, snow-capped peaks rising behind them. The Aru flows down from the Kolahoi glacier beyond Lidderwat while the Sheshnag from glaciers along the great Himalayan. At the confluence of the streams flowing from the river Lidder and Sheshnag Lake, Pahalgam was once a humble shepherd's village with breathtaking views. Now it Kashmir's premier resort, cool even during the height of summer.

Upon arrival check into the hotel Pahalgham

Rest of the day is at leisure for your independent activities

Tour Package

Tour Package
Day 03: Pahalgham This morning we trek to Aru. The little village of Aru is actually the first stage from Pahalgam on the trek to Lidderwat and the Kolahoi glacier. It makes an interesting day walk from Pahalgam, following the Lidder river for Pahalgam, following the Lidder river for 11-km upstream. The main track, which also can be taken by car, is on the left bank of the river. At Aru one will often find the Gujars, living in their log huts with their flocks of sheep and goats, en route to the higher sheep and goats, en route to the higher pastures for the summer. One of course does not have to trek the full way, but, we can return after an hour if we wish to.

Day 04: Pahalgham / GulamargMorning we drive to Gulmarg.

Literally a meadow of flowers, Gulmarg is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Kashmir valley. A two-hour drive from Srinagar, down roads lined with towering poplars and you arrive at the luxuriant resort with breathtaking views of the splendid mountains and unspoilt expanses of gree or white, depending on the season. Crowded with tourists in winter who come for skiing and winter sports or just to enjoy the snow, Gulmarg also has a good golf course.

Upon arrival check into the hotel Highland Park

Gulmarg offer plenty of options for nature walks and mild treks along amazing scenes of natural beauty. We would explore the magic of the place

Day 05: GulmargFull day at leisure for independent activities and walks. Optional trekking and horse ridding on request at the hotel can be made.

Gulmarg like most regions of Kashmir offer opportunities for Pony rides too. You would be helped to undertake pony rides if you wish to.

A Cable Car Ride:
Enjoy a fun-filled ride of a most unusual kind on Gulmarg's newly constructed gondola lift from high above Gulmarg, through pine-clad slopes, is exhilarating. A Cable Car (Gandola) is installed which is great hit with tourists and it takes tourist's upto Kongdori. The sky-car ride across 5 km and reaching an altitude of 13,500 ft, the highest in the world


Tour Package

Tour Package

Best of Kashmir
Day 06: Gulmarg / SonmargToday morning we drive to Sonmarg - located 96 kms, from Srinagar, is a resort set in a pristine village lying next to the Lidder River. Surrounded with fragrant pine forests, the idyllic resort includes a golf course and spots for angling. The bubbling Lidder harbours a sizeable population of rainbow trout and mahaseer to ensure you don't come away disappointed. The nearby forested slopes are home to the Himalayan brown bear. Once a very popular tourist destination, Pahalgam has camping facilities, ponies for short rides, skiing equipment for the winter and white water rafting in the Lidder. A trip to the Kolahoi Glacier near Pahalgam is worthwhile for the thrilling experience of riding in sledges on the ice.

Upon arrival check into the hotel Sonmarg Glacier View

Sonamarg is a trekker's paradise and small treks can be taken up with many other leisure activities form this place. Sledging at these snow covered glaciers is offered by the locals and is quite enjoyable.

Day 07: Sonmarg / Srinagar / Departure Morning transfer to the Srinagar airport to board your onward flight.

Ladakh Unveiled

Ladakh Unveiled
Day 01: Arrival / DelhiLate night arrival. Meeting and assistance upon arrival as our representatives welcome you and escort you to your car.

Whilst the room keys and check-in is organized, our representative would introduce the tour to you and hand over the documents to you.

Welcome to India, or as we say 'atithi devo bhava' (the guest is an incarnation of God). Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you!

Day 02: Delhi / Chandigarh (Kalka Shatabdi - 0740 / 1100 Hours) Chandigarh / Kullu Morning transfer to the train station to board your train to Chandigarh

Meeting and assistance upon arrival and we will drive to Kullu

Upon arrival check in to Hotel Apple Valley

Rest of the day is at leisure

Day 03: Kullu / Manali Following a leisurely breakfast we will drive to Manali

Upon arrival check into your hotel Ambassador

Day is at leisure for your independent activities. Chill out and wander around town. Adjust to a new pace of life and the sound of auto-rickshaws. Explore New Manali for a more Indian feel, take in the market, the tangle of backstreets or go for a gentle walk in the hills.

Day 04: ManaliProceed on a tour of Manali. The place has many attractions but the chief centre of interest, historically and archeologically, is undoubtedly the DHOONGRI TEMPLE dedicated to goddess Hadimba, the Bhim of Mahabharat fame. It has four-tiered Pagoda shaped roof and the doorway is carved with legendary figures and symbols. This temple located amidst wooden forest of deodar is about 2.5 kms. from the tourist office. It is a pleasant experience to stroll in the temple complex which was built in 1533 A.D.

Day 05: Manali / JispaWe start with an awesome ascent, following the Beas River gently upwards through one village after another. Drive along lush and green surroundings, a motley collection of tea stalls and restaurants provide ample opportunity for our first Indian dhaba experience. We're now about to enter Buddhist Himalaya. The road becomes rougher and the landscape takes on epic proportions - wet misty clouds lift to reveal grand peaks and deep river-filled valleys.


Ladakh Unveiled

Ladakh Unveiled
Day 09: Leh Day is at leisure for independent activities.

Day 10: Leh / Likir (Drive) / Yangtang (4/5 Hrs Trek)Following a leisurely breakfast we drive to Uletokpo Visiting the Likir Monastery on the way. The journey itself through spell bounding scenes of natural beauty is worth the effort. Snow capped Himalayas dot the background while craggy dusty mountain ranges and the swiftly flowing Indus river as well as patches of farm make up for the fascinating foreground.

At Nimu we witness the magical confluence of the two main rivers of the region - Indus & Zanskar.

Another interesting aspect of our journey would be the opportunity to travel past several Ladakhi Villages where time has stood still. We will walk into these villages and experience traditional Ladakhi Villages, lifestyles and occupations.

We make a brief stop at the Likir Monastery that houses many gigantic clay statue of Buddha in various forms. The primary attraction is, however, their 1000-year old wall painting which make a visit more than worthwhile.

After visiting the monastery, we commence our trek as we walk past Likir village leaving behind the last houses. We enter an arid terrain, and, start ascending towards a small pass PobeLa, arriving at Sumdo village where we cross the river and leaving Sumdo on the right side, continue in the valley for about an hour and finally reach at the summit of the CharastseLa..

Day 11: Yangtang - Hemis Shukpachen (3/4 Hrs Trek) Proceed to Wulle valley, (very close - 15 minutes only), then ascend for one hour to SermanchanLa and then descend towards Hemis Shukpachen a big village. Here Cedar is found in plenty, hence the name of the village. There is a beautiful gompa (Monastery) here.

Day 12: Hemis Shukpachen - Tingmosgam Trek 3/4 Hrs Trek - Uletokpo After crossing the village, there is flat land, then, a steep descent. Keeping to the right side climb a steep slope to the summit of the Meptekla. It is 2 Hrs. hike from Hemis Shukpachen. Descend for half an hour and you are in Ang village. Continue walking towards to Tingmosgam, It is the richest fruit valley in Ladakh - Apricots, Apples, Nuts are in plenty. The houses here are beautiful and unique. From here we will be driven to Uleytokpo.

Upon arrival at lunch time we check into tented accommodation at Uleytokpo. This place is heaven on earth ! the accommodation here are lovely fixed camps run by a Ladakhi family. The tents have attached toilets and beds, and are set amidst apricot orchards. The place is right in the lap of nature and you would very much enjoy the feel of the breeze, the scent of flowers, delightful nature walks, views of the snow capped Himalayas and the gentling rolling sound of the Indus river. If you are a bird lover there are great possibilities of viewing a variety of birds. Just 4 kms away is Ridzong, the most isolated monastery of all the monastery of Ladakh. One can still find the small caves where Lamas used to meditate for years cutting themselves 

Ladakh Unveiled Tour

Ladakh Unveiled Tour
Day 13: Uletokpo / Lamayuru / UletokpoA half day excursion through paradise as we visit Lamayuru. Every twist and turn brings to you new vistas of natural beauty. But, wait till you get to the 'Lamayuru Moonland'. We look down on this landscape which appears to be a dusty surface of the Moon itself with craters & hills . The snow rising in the backdrop of this sandy script reminds you that you are in Ladakh.

The landscape around Lamayuru monastery is one of most spectacular things one could see on earth.

Lamayuru monastery popularly known as, "Yangdrung Gomp" is situated 126 km west of Leh, on the Leh - Srinagar highway. In ancient times there was a huge lake in this place. The great saint Nyimagung, made a prophesy saying: " May a monastery be founded in this place" and he then offered a votive water offering to all the naga serpent spirits who were the guardians of that place. The grains of that corn that formed part of this offering were carried by the waves of different places along the cliff side by the edge of the lake and when they had become mixed with the earth they sprouted forth as corn in the shape of a swastika. At the time when a monastery was later founded there it was called Yangdrung "swastika". In the 11th century the mahasiddha Naropa came to this place and the cave where he resided and meditated is still to be seen today. Then Rinchen Zangpo, the Translator came and built many temples and stupas and so the teachings of the Kadampa School came to flourish greatly there. Thereafter, for many years the monastery was administered by the Red Hats order of the Tibetan Buddhism., but later it was taken over by Digungpa order. Then the rituals and observances of the Digung Kargud School were introduced and the monastery received the name of Yangdrung Tharpaling.

We return to Uletokpo by lunch time.

Afternoon is at leisure for nature walks . Alternatively, your 24x7 guide would be happy to walk you to the neighbouring Mangyu village (3hrs). This would be another opportunity to witness traditional Ladakhi country life unchanged from time immemorial. We will interact with locals and also learn more about Ladakhi living.
Day 14: Uletokpo/ Ridzong/ Uletokpo Just 4 kms away is Ridzong, the most isolated monastery of all the monastery of Ladakh. One can still find the small caves where Lamas used to meditate for years cutting themselves from the rest of the world except for an one feet square outlet window from where they accept the one time meal of the day. Also close by is a nunnery. Food and clothing besides shelter is provided to the Nuns. There are a few very old retired Nuns. A visit here shows us the day to day living of the Nuns, as well as the trainings they receive here and also an opportunity to witness the performance of the evening prayers.

Ladakh Unveiled

Ladakh Unveiled
Day 15: Uletokpo / Alchi / LehAfter breakfast we drive back to Leh Visiting Alchi on the way.

The village of Alchi in lower Ladakh is to be considered one of the most important cultural sites throughout the Himalayas. Consisting of four separate hamlets, the village contains numerous historic monuments of different ages and in various states of repair, the oldest and most famous of which is a monastic complex. The 1,000-year-old three-storied Himalayan temple, with its unique murals and iconography, is a fragile wooden structure. Confirmed a World Heritage site by UNESCO, this is one of only four surviving monasteries of the 108 founded by the Great Translator, Lotsava Rinchen bZangpo in the later 10 th and early 11 th century. The temple preserves some of the finest examples of Kashmiri art of the period

Following the tour of Alchi, we continue drive to Leh and get there by lunch time. Upon arrival, transfer to your Hotel Spic n Span. The afternoon is at leisure and you may wish to walk into the bustling bazaar or catch up with your reading and postcards.

This evening we are invited to a typical Ladakhi home for high tea and interaction with different members of the Ladakhi family. The kitchen is the heart of the Ladakhi house. These are people for whom food is so central it forms the basis of their all-purpose greeting, "Julay", an economical word used for hello, goodbye, please and thank you. Its literal translation is "good digestion"; it reflects their philosophy that if you have good digestion, you have everything.

Day 16: Leh - Spituk & Phyang Monastery TourPhyang Monastery of Ladakh is situated at a distance of approximately 40 km to the west of the Leh town. It belongs to the Red Hat Sect of Buddhism. The site where the monastery now stands was once a part of the numerous monastic properties, offered during the time of Dharmaraja Jamyang Namgial to Chosje Damma Kunga. The hill of Phyang served as the venue of a monastery, known as Tashi Chozong, established in the year 1515.

Another attraction of Phyang Gompa is its 900 years old museum. Its rich collection boasts of numerous idols, thankas, Chinese, Tibetan and Mongolian firearms and weapons, etc.

Spituk Gompa of Ladakh dates back to the 11th century. It owes its inception to Od-de, the elder brother of Lha Lama Changchub Od. Od-de led to the establishment of a monastic community at this place. A three-chapel monastery, Spituk is located at a distance of approximately 8 km from the town of Leh. The Dukhang (main temple) also has a high throne at its far end, reserved for the Dalai Lama. The door beside this central throne leads to dark old chapel. The central images inside the chapel are those of Tsong-kha-pa, his two chief disciples and of the Buddha

Ladakh Unveiled

Ladakh Unveiled
Day 17: Leh / Khardung La / Deskit / HunderToday we travel north from Leh over the highest motorable road and the Khardungla Pass (5570m), to the Nubra Valley which is little visited, as it is inaccessible for all but a couple of months in the year, its high passes closed by the winter snows. In comparison to the Indus valley which is cooler the Nubra is a comparatively warm valley where walnut, apricot, apple and mulberry trees grow and yak, sheep and goats graze in small forests and along the river Shyok. The journey brings us excellent view of great Karakoram Range.

In the ancient times the fertile Nubra Valley formed a part of the overland route between Tibet and Turkestan. Once dotted with garlands of camel and yak caravans, this Silk Route glen is also known as the 'Valley of Flowers' of Ladakh, and is amongst the greenest valleys in the region, .During early summer, Nubra is clad in endless bushes of yellow and pink wild roses, and once the valley is through with the season of roses around August, a carpet of wild lavender lies gently on it.

On our way we visit the Diskit Village which is amongst the larger villages in the region, and home to the 350 year-old Diskit Gompa - the oldest, and the largest monastery in the Nubra Valley . We will also find time to walk along the Nubra village. The people are amazingly friendly inspite of their lack of material disposition. Their traditional lifestyles and homes give you the feel of a Living Museum.

We reach Hunder Village through a gorgeous stretch of sand dunes. This is where we will camp tonight. The main attractions in this area are the Bactarian Double Humped Camels. This is the ancient Silk route and these animals were abandoned by the traders. Successive generations have procreated over centuries. This evening we enjoy camel ride over the Sand Dunes. This is a high mountain desert country with fertile dots of land in between. Sand dunes eclipse the mountains; rock and snow capped mountains rising majestically against a pastel landscape. Truly a soul stirring experience where you experience communion with nature

We end the day in absolute peace with ourselves. It is so simple to celebrate the mountains, sun the moon, water, stars and sky - this feeling of presence of a creator that has managed to create such beauty and wonder.

Day 18: Hunder Day at leisure for independent activities

Unveiled Tours

Unveiled Tours
Day 23: Leh - Tsomoriri In the morning leave for Tsomoriri. On the way visit Sumdah village and another 55 kms drive will take you to Tsomoriri. The Tsomoriri Lake is the breeding ground for numerous species of birds, like the bar headed goose, crested grebe, the Brahmini duck (ruddy sheldrake) and the. The Tsomorir Lake is 8 kms wide and 28 kms long.

Day 24: Tsomoriri In the morning visit Korzok village. In the afternoon visit around the Lake

Day 25: Tsomoriri - Puga - Tsokar In the morning, drive to Mahe village. The village is famous for the scene of shooting fountain and white clouds hanging upon. Drive to Puga valley, which is famous for Butan gas. Then visit Tsokar via Polokongka pass, which is at an altitude of 4090 mts. You can also visit Thugke gompa.

Day 26: Tsomoriri - Tanglangla - Leh Following breakfast, Continue driving towards Leh via Tanglangla pass, which is at a height of 5350 mts and is the second highest motorable pass in the world. We will have opportunities to stop on the way and enjoy the amazing scenery.


Day 27: Leh - Takhot & Chemrey GompaFollowing breakfast, proceed on a tour of Takthok Monastery & Chemrey Monastery.

Takthok Monastery of Ladakh is situated in Sakti Village. The site where the monastery is now situated, once served as the meditation cave of Mahasidhas "Kunga Phuntsog". The name Takthok literally means 'rock-roof'. The monastery was so named, as both its roof as well as walls are made up of rock. Tak Thok belongs to the Nying-ma-pa sect of Buddhism, also known as the Old Order, and serves as the residence of approximately 55 lamas. It is the probably the only Gompa in Ladakh that follows this order. On the right of the central courtyard, lies the Dukhang or the main assembly hall. Murals of guardian divinities adorn the verandah entrance to the Dukhang. There is a throne inside the Dukhang, reserved solely for the Dalai Lama. Also inside the Dukhang, are the statues of Maitreya (the Future Buddha or Buddha of Compassion), Padmasambhava and Dorje Takposal (a manifestation of Padmasambhava). Takthok Monastery also houses the Kandshur, the 108 volumes of Buddha's teachings.

From here, we continue to Chemrey Gompa. Clinging like a swallow's nest to the sides of a shay conical hill, the magnificent Gompa of Chemrey sees very few visitors because of its location - tucked up the side valley that runs from Karu, below Hemis. Founded in 1664 as a memorial to King Sengge Namgyal, the monastery is staffed by a dwindling community of around twenty Drugpa monks and their young novices. Its set of ancient Tibetan texts whose title pages are illuminated with opulent gold and silver calligraphy. Upstairs in the revamped Guru-La-Khang, reached via several flights of rickety wooden steps, sits a giant brass statue of Padmasambhava

Ladakh Unveiled

Ladakh Unveiled
Day 28: Leh / Delhi (9W 610 - 0735 / 0850 Hours) Transfer in time to the airport for your flight to Delhi.

Meeting and assistance upon arrival and transfer to your hotel Taj Palace

Home Visit & A Farewell Dinner with an Indian Family : This evening, we would visit an Indian family for an Indian home experience. The evening is designed to give you a 'feel' and insight into Indian family life as well as experience typical Indian hospitality and home made Indian food.

Day 29: Delhi / Departure Transfer to International airport to connect your inward flight back home.

Tour Package

Tour Package
Day 01: Arrival / DelhiLate night arrival. Meeting and assistance upon arrival as our representatives welcome you and escort you to your car.

Whilst the room keys and check-in is organized, our representative would introduce the tour to you and hand over the documents to you.

Welcome to India, or as we say 'atithi devo bhava' (the guest is an incarnation of God). Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you!

Day 02: Delhi / Chandigarh (Kalka Shatabdi - 0740 / 1000 Hrs) Chandigarh / ShimlaEarly morning transfer to the train station to board your train to Chandigarh

Meeting and assistance upon arrival and drive to Shimla

Upon arrival check into hotel Wild Flower Hall, this oberoi spa resort is the former residence of Lord Kitchener of Khartoum. It has been recently rebuilt to exacting standards.

A perfect base to explore the magnificent Himalayas & Buddhist temples. Outdoor activities include trekking, picnics, bird watching, nature walks & riding.

The building occupies only 5% of the property allowing guests ample space for privacy & tranquillity. All rooms overlook magnificent mountain ranges, beautiful valleys & dense pine forests.

Day 03: ShimlaFollowing a leisurely breakfast, proceed on a guided tour of Shimla. This pleasant sprawling town set among the pine-clad hills presents the visitor with glimpses of fading colonial charm. The buildings, the Mall, the picnic spots tell you the story of the era when it was the summer capital of the British India. A visit to the Mall brings you to the centre of activity in the city. Move around the city and you get to see some of the fascinating sights of the landscape around. Jakhoo Hill is the highest point in Shimla and offers a panoramic view of the city. Glen forest is one of the most fascinating picnic spots in Shimla. Summer Hill has pleasant shady walks in quite surroundings. Chadwick Falls are situated amidst thick forest and gives a breathtaking view. Prospect Hill is a popular picnic spot that gives some beautiful views of the region. Institute of Advance Studies is a renaissance structure used initially as Vice-regal lodge. Sankat Mochan is a temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman while Taradevi Temple is dedicated to Goddess Tara Devi, the Hindu variant of Tibetan Goddess Drolma. Himachal State Museum has some interesting collection of objects from all over Himachal Pradesh


Package Tour

Package Tour
Magic Of Shimla

Day 04: Shimla You would have your car and driver available to you. If you wish so you might take short excursions to the adjoining picturesque town of Chail and Kufri. Alternatively, a walk down the Mall road is a fascinating experience as you witness several buildings that serve as reminders of the days of the Raj. The Mall also offers incredible shopping options as well as a variety of restaurants to choose from.

Day 05: Shimla / Chandigarh Chandigarh / Delhi (Kalka Shatabdi - 1820 / 2145 Hrs) Transfer to Chandigarh train station to board your train to Delhi

Meeting and assistance upon arrival and transfer to your hotel The Oberoi

Day 06: Delhi / Departure Transfer to the airport to board your flight back home.

Himalayas

Himalayas
The Himalayas have remained the natural frontiers of India over centuries. The Himalayas have challenged mankind from time immemorial to explore and discover her natural and cultural treasures that have been lovingly treasured in her bosom with eternal love. We on our part invite you to tread along with us on this fascinating voyage across the Himalayas ranging from Darjeeling & Sikkim in the East to the harsh, yet charming frozen deserts of Ladakh.

The majestic beauty of the Himalayas is legendary. Darjeeling, at the end of a breathtakingly beautiful journey through the mountains, has reigned supreme as the queen of Hill Stations. Facing the towering Himalayas and surround by high green hills covered with coniferous forests, Darjeeling is perched at an altitude of 2134 mtrs amidst the shadow of the mighty Kanchanjunga. The town of Darjeeling is a maze of steps and terraces. It is studded with exotic little bazaars, lovely villas, forests and gardens. Some parts of the city air are filled with the aroma of the world famous Darjeeling tea, which is processed here. The views of the Kanchanjunga from the Observatory Hill, the sun’s play on the Everest seen from the nearby Tiger Hill are unforgettable experiences. Walks through the gardens growing the finest tea in the world, a ride down to the valley or just relaxing on the Mall road are all exquisite experiences.

Sikkim has often been described as the nearest thing to paradise. Here the swift Teesta river cleaves her serpentine track through precipitous slopes of bamboo and wild banana, rising to forest of orchid festooned trees towering like cathedrals. Overlooking the mountain clinging capital city of Gangtok, is the mighty Kanchanjunga—the snow mantled regal protective deity of Sikkim. The people of Sikkim cocooned for centuries by protective mountains, had countless generations to develop their own lifestyles untouched by the hurrying world outside. They structured their dress, folklore and cuisines around their ancient faith in their green home which rises from 250 mtrs to frigid 8,500mtrs, where nothing grows and the ice never melts, Their sense of colour was honed by their orchids and butterflies, blue poppies and wild rhododendrons. Their dance captures the savage force of nature in which waterspouts over icy lakes became dragons of the air swishing their scaly tails

Ladakh Unveiled Tours

Ladakh Unveiled Tours
Day 06: Jispa / LehAnother exciting day ! A double-whammy of two passes begins with the 21 hairpin bends of the infamous Gata Loops. The road continues to wind up to Nakeela La , before a fast and furious descent to the improbably named Nullah. We ride over the second highest pass before Leh, Lachlung La - at 5060m. Then it's downhill to Pang, along a road that plunges through a dramatic gorge, overlooked by bizarre, wind-sculpted rock formations.

After a short climb out of Pang, we emerge onto the brink of the Moray Plains, a 40km plateau cradled by massive peaks on either side. The plains are one area where nomads gather, searching out the best grazing for their yak, sprinkled like pepper grains in the distance.

A gentle, 16km ride from here leads us to the highest pass between Manali and Leh - Taglang La, a lofty 5328m. The weather is often unpredictable at this altitude, so we'll stop just long enough for a snack and to spin the prayer wheels of the Buddhist shrine. Ahead lies one switchback after another. Entering Ladakh, the valleys quickly become fertile once more. Tibetan-style houses appear all around and huge white stupas - meringue shaped representations of Buddha - guard the road like giant chess pieces. The gorge here is particularly impressive, flanked by fingers of rock, coloured by minerals.

We continue the descent through the valley on silky asphalt. At the junction town of Upshi we meet the mighty Indus River, which will lead us to Leh.

Upon arrival check in to your Hotel Spic n Span

On arrival the advice is to lie down for a day, until your body catches up with the altitude

Day 07: LehDay is at leisure. Late in the afternoon, you may gently stroll out to visit Leh's wide street bazaar that runs east-west. Together with the labyrinth of adjoining side streets and alleys, the bazaar is the center of business and shopping -- particularly for visitors who find the plethora of antiques (and not-antiques) shops worth checking out. The bazaar is an incredible example of traditional Ladakhi lifestyles. Watch out for the pavement vegetable sellers and the traditional homes that exist on top of the stores which sell only the very basic provisions.

Day 08: Leh / Shey / Thiksey / Hemis / LehThis morning we proceed on a guided tour of Shey, which is a small town in comparison to Leh. Shey Palace was built in early 17th century AD by Deldan Namgyal as a memorial for his father, Singay Namgyal. The palace houses a three storey copper statue of Buddha Shakyamuni. Overlooking the Shey palace are the ruins of the fort built by the first king of Ladakh, Lhachen Spalgigon. Shey also has a very large scattering of stupas all across its landscape

From here we drive to Thiksey Gompa (monastery), it is located 17 km on the main highway from Leh in the direction of Manali. The present day monastery founded by Paldan Sherab, overlooking the village below, was not the original location. It was originally built at Stakmo. This monastery hosts the festival of Thiksey Gustor.

Ladakh Unveiled

Ladakh Unveiled
Day 19: Hunder / Panamik / HunderThis morning we will spend some time exploring the village. Hunder is a quaint and beautiful village, maze-like in its formation, winding paths bathed in dappled sunlight, branches forming tunnels. The Ladakhi people are creative in the way they devise for water to enter homes and fields in turn, with tenderly cared for gardens and fruit orchards. The houses are thatched, built with mud-dried.

The people are so hospitable and look on curiously, smiling. They radiate joy, with their rosy sun burnt cheeks, wide smiles and eyes speaking volumes about the depth of character and humane goodness they exude. They are humble, joyous and childlike, with a palpable dignity. It would hit you to realize how material culture and luxury do not provide happiness.

Today we continue to explore the Nubra Valley and the quaint villages that dot the landscape. Sumur is one such village where we interact with the people and also visit the citadel of their faith - The Samtanling Gompa which is definitely worth a visit, and houses a fine collection of idols, frescos and tangkhas (painted and embroidered scrolls).

Continue a short way away to Panamik which used to be a busy centre being the last major settlement before the caravans entered into the mountains of Karakoram. Today, Panamik is a sleepy village, its inhabitants quietly going about their work in the fields. On the mountainside above the village, hot water bubbles out of the earth in thermal springs, reputed to have therapeutic qualities. Across the river, clinging to the mountains, are a few trees rooted among the rocks surrounding the tiny Ensa gompa.

Day 20: Hunder / Leh Morning we retreat back to Leh

Rest of the day is at leisure for your independent activities. This is the day to catch up on your shopping. Think about people who are in your thoughts and who 'deserve' souvenirs from this magical destination.

Day 21: Leh - Stakana & Matho Gompa Stakna Monastery of Leh Ladakh owes its inception to Chosje Jamyang Palkar, the great scholar saint of Bhutan. It formed a part of the many religious estates offered by the Dharmaraja Jamyang Namgial to the saint, around 1580 AD.

Lama Dugpa Dorje founded the Matho Gompa of Ladakh in the 16th century. It is situated on the opposite bank of the River Indus, at a distance of approximately 26 km to the southeast of Leh town. Matho is the only gompa of Ladakh that belongs to the Saskya order of Tibetan Buddhism. The oracle of the monastery is a priest, who resides in the monastery itself. Also situated near the monastery, are a number of sacred shrines, of which one is dedicated to the guardian deities.

Day 22: Leh - Chumathang This morning, drive to Chumathang , which is famous for medical hot spring and people visit to this place for medical bath. From here a short drive will take you to Maha bridge, the main checking point to enter to this new area.
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