CULTURAL TOUR LADAKH
The history of those people their art, architecture, religions & other elements that helped shape their way of Life. Like the land itself, the people of Ladakh are generally quite different from those of the rest of India
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Medium Group
Like the land itself, the people of Ladakh are generally quite different from those of the rest of India. The people of Ladakh, by and large, exhibit a natural joie-de-vivre, which is given free rein by the region’s ancient traditions. Socio-religious festivals, including the annual festivals held in the monasteries, provide the excuse for convivial gatherings. Traditional music includes the instruments surna and daman (shenai and drum). The music of Ladakhi Buddhist monastic festivals, like Tibetan music, often involves religious chanting in Tibetan as an integral part of the religion.
The Program Highlights of:
- Desert Safari
- Local folk music and Dance
Trip Facts :
Best Season: May To October
Trip Type: Cultural
Batch Size: 12 Persons
Trip Duration: 07 Nights / 08 Days
Trip Grade: Moderate
• 07 Nights accommodation on twin sharing basis.
• Meals on MAP (Breakfast & Dinner).
• All transportation by non A/C Innova/Tempo Traveller/ Xylo / Scorpio.
• Inner line permits, Environmental fees and wild life fees.
• Toll & parking.
- Monuments and museums entrance fees
- Any kind of personal expenses or optional tours/ extra meals ordered. Anything not specifically mentioned under the prices include
- Oxygen Cylinder, Tips, Insurance, Laundry, Phone Calls any kind of drinks [Alcoholic, Mineral, Aerated] Optional activities like Rafting and Double Hump Camel Riding.
Arrival Leh (Alt: 11500 / 3505 M) - Acclimatization / Orientation
Arrive Leh by morning flight and transfer to the hotel. After welcome drink / breakfast at the hotel, take complete rest for acclimatization to the high altitude of Ladakh. In the late afternoon visit the city centre and walk through the old markets for general orientation. Over night stay at the hotel.
In Leh: Visit Monasteries & Palaces / 80kms / 4-5 hrs
After breakfast, visit Shanti stupa, Leh Palace followed by Sangam (confluence of Indus & Zanskar Rivers), Magnetic Point, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Kali Mata (temple of the Guardians in Spituk monastery), Hall of Fame (museum of military heritage) and take a detour across the Indus to visit the Stock Palace Museum. Over night stay at Leh hotel.
Leh - Khardung-La - Nubra Valley
After breakfast leave for Nubra Valley, driving across Khardung-La (alt: 18,380 ft.), highest motorable pass in the world. The pass offers spectacular views of the Zanskar range across the Indus Valley in the south, and the Saser massif in the north. Reach Diskit / Hunder in the afternoon and check-in at your camp / hotel. Rest at leisure to explore Hundar and the white Sand Dunes where you can enjoy a short camel Safari on the double-humped Bactrian Camel found here (optional, on direct payment). Over night stayin camp / hotel at Hunder / Diskit.
Nubra – Leh
After breakfast drive back to Leh via Khardung-La, on the way visit Diskit Monastery. Evening free followed by Dinner & over night stay at Leh hotel.
Leh to Pangong Lake
After early breakfast leave for Pangong Lake via Chang-la pass (alt: 17370 ft./ 5486 meters), 3rd highest motorable pass in the world.Pangong Lake (alt: 14,500 ft.), largest brackish water lake of Asia, is 4-5kms wide and about 135 km long of which two-third portion lies on the other side of the Indo-China border. On the way visit the 12-storied Thicksey Monastery dating from the 16th century, and then the 17th century monastery. After sightseeing around the lake and dinner, over night stay at the camp.
Pangong – Tso-moriri / Korzok (15,070 ft.)
After breakfast leave for Tso-moriri Lake, driving up stream the Indus Mahe Bridge and Sumdo, where the road bifurcates, with the right side road leading all the way to Tso-moriri through dramatic mountain scenery. Tso-moriri Lake (28km long & about 8km wide) is the breeding ground of many migratory birds including the rare bar-headed goose. The village & monastery of Korzok nestling along the hill slopes on the banks of the lake is the only settled population in the area, otherwise inhabited by scattered population of Changpa pastoral nomads. Over night stay in fixed tent camp or Guest House.
Tso-moriri-Tsokar (14,900 ft.)-Taglang-la (17,582 ft.) –Leh / approx 200kms / 5-6 hours
After breakfast retrace the route till Puga Sumdo and then follow the left side road through the Puga Valley with its sulphur springs, at the end of which the road ascends the Polo kongka pass (4920 mtrs). After descending from the pass, we proceed to Tso-Kar, a small salt producing lake system located in the Rupshu region. After sightseeing and lunch at the lake side, take the Manali-Leh road to return to Leh via the Taglang-la pass, 2nd highest motorable road in the world. On the way visit Hemis Monastery, biggest and richest monastery in Ladakh then visit Shey Palace (with its associated Gompa housing the gigantic copper-gilt statue of the Buddha). Reach Leh by the late evening. Over night stay at the hotel.
Early morning transfer to the airport for taking the flight back home. Move in Souls ensures punctual departure to your onward journey. Cultural Tour Ladakh ends here.
|Leh||Hotel Kartok, The Palace, Alpine villa, Ladakh Inn, Munshi, Ladakh Heaven, Ladakh Continental, or Similar|
|Nubra Valley||Royal Desert Camp, Grand Nubra, Olthang Hotel, or similar|
|Pangong||Pangong Resort, Holiday Shore camp, Pangong Holiday, Royal Camp or similar in Pangong|
|Tso-moriri||Yak Camp, Lake view Hotel or similar|
- Loose clothing with full sleeves two pairs
- Writing material
- Thick Pullover (2 number)
- Antiseptic / Sunburn cream
- Knee cap & band – aid
- Torch with spare cells.
- Sports shoes
- Water bottle
- Sun hat
- Snow/Sun goggles
- Cotton Thermal Inners
- Monkey Cap, Muffler, Hand Gloves, Socks (All woollen), Cotton Socks
- Personal Medicine Kit
- Waist Pouch
- Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, road blocks and / or any factors beyond control.
- In case of changes in routes and properties, company will accept no liability but make arrangements for substitution of equal measure.
- In case of accident, illness, injury or miss happening, Company will accept no liability or its staff wholly or partially, responsible for the same.
- In case of Loss or Damage of equipment’s issued participant has to pay the cost for the same.
Please note that this is an outdoor and adventure trip and to enjoy such trips, one requires being reasonably fit both physically and mentally, along with a previous experience of outdoors. On the other side the trips are carried out in some of the most amazing and extraordinary locations and in very special times such as winter and at the same time they do provide a bit of challenge to our endurance, fitness and our ability to cope with some adverse conditions. Though we will provide the best equipment and manpower, and do our best to leave no stone unturned. But still before taking up this trip we want to make very clear that nothing is certain in trips like this. Such as bad weather and cold and other logistical uncertainties such as power cut and water supply cut etc. Though we will try to do our best to provide water by buckets and lights by solar batteries etc. but still before signing up one should be experienced enough to carry himself or herself in outdoor conditions and well aware of these uncertainties and hence cooperate if any such situation arises due to the reasons beyond human control.