Ladakh or ‘Little Tibet’ as it is known is one of the most remote areas of India, lying to the north of the Himalayas on the Tibetan Plateau to the south of the Karakorams. Ladakh has a rich cultural and religious heritage as can be seen from the centuries old monasteries, some of them built on sheer cliff and still functioning actively.
In this cultural odyssey, we travel through the ancient kingdom of Ladakh, soaking in the beauty of its captivating landscape, visiting monasteries, villages, palaces and humble homes, meeting people from all walks of life and understanding their way of life and culture – a journey that will truly make you want to return – such is the mesmerizing effects of the hospitable people in this enchanting Buddhist land called Ladakh.
Arrive at Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport in Leh. (On a clear day, from one side of the aircraft, you can witness the peaks of K2, Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum and on the other side of the aircraft, witness the Nun Kun mountain massif.) As soon as you arrive, meet PPT Pretty Planet Travels representative and transfer to the hotel for check-in. Spend rest of the day relaxing at the hotel and get acclimatized with Leh. Enjoy a refreshing tea or coffee at the hotel. In the evening, visit Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa and Leh Market. Enjoy your overnight stay at the hotel.
Post breakfast, proceed for the excursion. Visit Thikse Monastery, Shey Monastery, Rancho’s School in the movie ‘3 Idiots’ and Sindhu Ghat. After visiting Sham Valley, visit Hall Of Fame (museum constructed by India Army), Gurudwara Pathar Sahib and Magnetic Hill. Later, head to the confluence of two rivers and visit the Chadar Trek area. After the excursion, return to Leh. Facilities for dinner and overnight stay will be arranged at a hotel, in Leh.
Post breakfast, drive to Khardung La which is one of the highest motorable road in the world. Enjoy the splendid view from this pass. In the afternoon, return to the hotel for lunch. Later, stroll around the market and indulge in last minute souvenir shopping. Facilities for dinner and overnight stay will be arranged at the hotel.
After an early breakfast, proceed for Pangong Lake through Chang La Pass. Stop by at Chang La Pass for a quick photograph session and drive down to the village of Tangtse, where you can relax and enjoy a cup of tea. Head to Pangong by travelling through few small villages and finally get a glimpse of the Pangong Lake situated at 14,000 feet (4,267 m). After spending some time at Pangong, return to Leh by late afternoon. In the evening, stroll around the market place for souvenir shopping. Facilities for overnight stay will be arranged at a hotel, in Leh.
Return home with wonderful memories of your sojourn in Ladakh.