North India – 8D/5N Majestic Ladakh
DAY 01 KUALA LUMPUR – NEW DELHI
Departure to New Delhi: flights by MAS/ MalindoAir/ Air Asia (all night arrivals). After clearing Immigration & Customs, take the Airport courtesy Coach to the domestic terminal to check-in for your early morning flight to Leh.
DAY 02 NEW DELHI – LEH
Board early morning (5.00 am) flight to Leh. You will be met on arrival at the airport and transfer to your hotel. (We try to get early Check-in by around 9 AM as per availability). Day free to acclimatise to the high altitude of Ladakh (app 11,000 ft). In the evening take a walk to the local bazaar in Leh. Overnight in Leh.
DAY 03 LEH (Indus Valley Monastery tour >120 kms round trip) (B/PL/D)
After breakfast, drive to Thiksey village, visit Thiksey monastery and drive to Shey Village to visit Shey Palace and Gompa. Continue drive to Hemis monastery to visit one of the most famous monasteries of Ladakh. Later on the way back to Leh Visit Stok Palace and Museum. Come back to Leh in the evening and relax at the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Leh.
THIKSEY GOMPA: 19 Kms from Leh, spectacularly sited, Thiksey is one of the largest and architecturally most impressive Gompas. There are several temples in this Gompas, containing images, stupas and wall paintings of Buddha, which are exquisite.
SHEY PALACE AND GOMPA: Situated on a hillock 15 kms upstream from Leh, it was once the residence of the royal family. According to tradition, it was the seat of power of the pre-Tibetan kinds. A 7.5 mts high copper statue of Buddha, plated with gold and the largest of its kind, is installed here.
HEMIS GOMPA: 40 Kms from Leh, it is the wealthiest, best known and biggest Gompa of Ladakh. Its popularity stems from the major annual festival held here in summer. The festival is in honor of Guru Padma Sambhava’s birth anniversary. It also has the largest Thanka in Ladakh which is unfurled once in 12 years Hemis was built in 1630 during the reign of Singge Namgyal, an illustrious ruler of Ladakh. It flourished under the Namgyal Dynasty for the royalty favored the Drugpa sect, which is managed the monastery. It is divided into two, the assembly hall on the right and the main temple on the left. The hall (Dukhang) is also used as “green room” by the dancers during the festival. The temple is known as Tshogkhang. The verandahs have a surfeit of frescoes, among them the Buddhist “Wheel Of Life” (Kalachakra) and the lords of the four quarters, besides the prayer wheel.
STOK PALACE & MUSEUM: The palace of the banished royal family, Stok has a museum which displays fabulous period costumes and jewelry of the royalty along with exquisite Thankas representing the life style of Shakya Muni. Interesting historical objects like coins, armor, weapons, precious jades and porcelain too can be seen here.
DAY 04 EXCURSION TO ALCHI AND LIKIR – 150 Kms round trip) (B/PL/D)
After breakfast drive to Alchi. Enroute visit Magnetic Hill, Confluence of Zanskar and Indus river. Visit Alchi Monastery and drive back to Leh. Enroute visit Likir Monastery. Later drive back to your hotel for dinner and overnight in Leh.
MAGNETIC HILL: Defying the Law of gravity. This place is close to the Gurdwara Shri Patthar Sahib. It has been noticed that when a vehicle is parked on neutral gear on this metallic road the vehicle slides up-hill that’s the Believe it or not of Ladakh!
CONFLUENCE OF THE ZANSKAR & INDUS: On way to Sham Valley before Nimu village one can have this magnificent view of two rivers in wed-lock! In seasons they have different colours and flow and wildness.
ALCHI GOMPA: 70 kms from Leh, on the banks of the Indus, is the Alchi Gompa dating a thousand years back. One of its walls features thousands of miniature sized pictures of the Buddha. Three large sized images made of clay and painted brightly are its focal attractions. No longer an active religious centre, it is looked after by monks from the Liker monastery. This is the only monastery amongst 34 monasteries, which is not located on a hilltop.
LIKIR GOMPA: Founded in the 11th century and rededicated to a different monastic order in the 15th century, its earlier Gompa was destroyed in a fire. The present Gompa dated back to the 18th century. Likir commands a spectacular view. A magnificent giant Jupiter tree, one of the few survivors of its species, stands in the courtyard.
DAY 05 TO NUBRA VALLEY Via KHARDUNGLA PASS (140 Kms/5–6 hrs) (B/PL/D). Overnight in Camp.
Early morning proceed to Nubra Valley via the World Highest Motorable road (5602 Mts) Khardungla pass. Arrive Nubra and proceed for a visit to the White Sand Dunes at Hunder. You can enjoy the camel ride (On Own). Later if time permits visit Hunder and Diskit monasteries and check in at Deluxe Camp. Evening at leisure. Overnight at Camp in NUBRA.
Khardung La Pass: The road journey to Nubra valley leads through Khardung La pass (The highest Motorable road in the world) 18,390 ft. around 39 Kms. Away from Leh. There are two checkpoints on the both sides of the pass. Khardong is the first village of Nubra valley at higher altitude than Deskit and other villages.
DESKIT village: Deskit is the main village of headquarter of Nubra valley, which has a small market consisting of a row of shops and about 500 years old Gompa on the hilltop. Spectacular view of the valley can be seen form the monastery.
DESKIT GOMPA: Deskit Gompa was founded by Lama Sherab Zangpo of Stod in about 1420 AD during the reign of King Dragspa. About 100 monks are residing in the Gompa, which is a branch of Thikse Monastery. The monastic festival called Gustor takes place on 20th and 21st days of the 12th month of Tibetan calendar.
Hundar village: Hundar is a beautiful village to stay with lot of trees and you will really enjoy your stay at Hundar. It has a small monastery and ruined fort above the village. The walk or Camel Safari (Double Hump bacterian camels) from Hundar to Deskit, through sand dunes for two hours is wonderful (on own).
DAY 06 NUBRA VALLEY – LEH (B/PL/D)
After Breakfast proceed for Leh, once again driving via Khardungla pass the World Highest Motorable road. Evening explore Leh bazaar for souvenir, visit Leh Jokhang or Leh Mosque by foot. Dinner & Overnight in Leh.
Jokhang: the Ladakh Buddhist Association in 1957 built the small Gonpa opposite to SBI and known as Jokhang in the main bazaar, which is open throughout the day for visitors. The Gonpa contains statue of Joyo Rinpoche (crowned Buddha).
LEH MOSQUE: The Jama Masjid of Leh was built in 1666-67 AD under an agreement between Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb and Ladakhi ruler Deldan Namgyal. Initialy, the architecture of the mosque bore Tibetan, Central Asian and Ladakhi style. In recent years it has been reconstructed and given a new look with minarets and domes.
DAY 07 LEH – DELHI – KUALA LUMPUR (B)
After breakfast transfer to Leh Airport to board your morning flight to Delhi. Upon arrival, car provided for shopping in Delhi. Evening transfer to the airport to board your flight to Kuala Lumpur.
Travel Dates between (01 May to 30 Sept 2019)
8D/5N Monasteries, Jeep Safari to Alchi & Valley of flowers – Nubra Valley.
Land Cost: From RM 2,850.00 – Minimum 4 Pax to go
Just pay RM 850.00 to upgrade to a higher category.
Ground Package Cost (01 May to 30 Sept. 2019 – Tour to finish by 30 Sept.)
Hotels Envisaged (or Similar)
Leh (4 Nights) Padma Ladakh / Spic n Span / Grand Himalaya or similar
Nubra (1 Night) Desert Himalaya Resort (Luxury Tent)
Package Includes :
– 5 Nights accommodation on Twin/Triple sharing basis at the hotels specified above or similar.
– Meals as specified in the itinerary above (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, PL-Picnic Lunch & D-Dinner)
– Transport by Non-Aircond MUV Type Vehicles as per above Itinerary (Delhi A/C Vehicle D07).
– Services of a Local English Speaking Guide at Ladakh as per itinerary.
– All Monuments/Monastery Entry fees at the places of visits.
– Ladakh Royalty Fee and Inner-line permit Charges.
Any airfares (International or Domestic), airport taxes, Meals other than specified above, Joy rides/rafting/ Camel rides, Medical expenses, insurance of any kind, Tips to Guide/Drivers/Porters & Restaurant boys, Any personal expenses, mineral water/drinks, camera fee or any items/expenses NOT specified above as included.
- All arrangements MUST be prepaid.
- If you leave the tour in the middle due any reasons, there is NO refund for any unutilized services.
- Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delays/Cancellation/strikes or any other natural calamities or emergency evacuation expenses etc will have to be borne on Own.
- Innerline Permits are necessary to visit Ladakh. The Permit is NOT issued to Diplomatic Passports of any country & also for citizens of Pakistan/Afghanistan/Burma/Bangladesh & China.