The largest town in Ladakh is Leh, followed by Kargil, each of which headquarters a district. The Leh district contains the Indus, Shyok and Nubra river valleys. The Kargil district contains the Suru, Dras and Zanskar river valleys. The main populated regions are the river valleys, but the mountain slopes also support the pastoral Changpa nomads. In contrast to the neighbouring Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh has a non-Muslim majority. The main religious groups in the region are Muslims (mainly Shia) (46%), Tibetan Buddhists (40%), Hindus (12%) and others (2%). Ladakh is one of the most sparsely populated regions in India. As its culture and history are closely related to that of Tibet, it is known as the "Little Tibet".
Arrive Srinagar Airport , meet our representative and transfer to Srinagar .Check-in at hotel & have a rest for a while, visit Dal Lake,Nishat Garden ,CheshmaShahi .Evening Shikara Ride at Dal Lake .Overnight stay at Hotel or Houseboat .
After breakfast proceed to Kargil following Sindh Valley which presents yet spectacular beautiful scenery of the countryside in Kashmir .Situated an altitude of 2730m,it proudly, show cases snowy mountains against a cerulean sky. On the way enjoy many beautiful spots like Island Retreat & Sind valley. Continue drive to Sonmarg 2690 mts .You can enjoy pony ride towards Thajiwas Glacier where snow remains round the year. Sonmarg is known as gateway of Ladakh.on the way visit ,Zoji-La, Drass, & war memorial .Arrive Kargil& your night stay will be at Kargil .
After breakfast proceed to Leh which is 234 km and going to take 6 hours via Fotu La, which is the highest pass on the Leh – Srinagar road and pretty much divides the majorly Buddhist district of leh from the primarily islamic population of Kargil. Lamayaru. It is also known for its Moonland like surface. Lamayaru, followed by Magnetic Hill &Gurudwara Sri Pathar Sahib, confluence of Indus &Zanskar river called Sangam by locals. Overnight at Leh.
After breakfast visit ancient monasteries SheyGompais about 15 kms from Leh. It used to be the summer palace of the kings of Ladakh. There are lots of Stupas and Gompas built around the palace. Shey palace was built by DeldanNamgyal in the beginning of 17’Th century AD. Main attraction in Shey is the 12m Shakyamuni Buddha statue inside the DresthangGompa.
ThikseyGompa, close to Shey is about 17 kms from Leh. The monastery is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Ladakh and belongs to the Gelukspaorder . This Monastery is more than 500 year old .
Hemis Monastery, about 45 kms south of Leh it is one of the most famous and largest monastery in Ladakh. It belongs to the Drukpa order and was founded in the early 17’Th century. The setting is perfect with the monastery cradled in a lovely valley, surrounded by Mountain and fronted by long Mani walls. . Overnight in Guest House.
After breakfast drive to Nubra Valley via Khardunglapass(Highest Motor able Road in the World, 18,380 ft)from here you can feel the cold dry and thin air like you are in glacier . Arrive at Deskit by afternoon. You can have lunch as Diskit is Head quarter of Nubra Block and visit Diskit Monastery .One is free to explore Deskit, Hunder Villages and Camel Safari in Sand Dunes between Diskit and Hunder (At Own) Overnight in Hunder.
Early in morning drive to Turtuk village ( Village was first time opened for the tourists in 2010) which is a place captured by Indians in the War of 1972 with Pakistan, enroute visit Tyakshi (it is the border which divides India and Pakistan),Enjoy the Lush Green village and Bulti Culture, Dress , Food etc . Overnight stay at Nubra.
After early breakfast transfer to Pangong via Shyok Road, to the spectacular Changthang Valley, winding your way over the exhilarating Chang la (5320m.)- The second highest point of our journey. The landscape on the way to Pangong is just spectacular. Overnight stay at Pangong .
Start your day early when the surroundings of the lake look even more beautiful. If you want, you can click some photographs here. Proceed to Tsomoriri Lake. The largest lake in Ladakh, it lies at an altitude of 15075 feet. You drive up to Kharu and then right to the Moriri Lake. En-route halt at Chumathang Hot springs via Mahe Bridge and then drive towards the beautiful Tsomoriri Lake..you can spot as many as 34 avifauna species. The lake has been declared a Wetland of international significance under the Ramsar Convention in 2003.Stay overnight in the camp.
Early morning drive to Sarchu passing Puga (Sulphur mine), Tsokar Lake, Skyangchuthang (The biggest and Highest Plateau on Stretch about 45 kms), In Pang you can enjoy the Lunch, then Leave for Sarchu via crossing Nakeela and Lchung la . Night stay at Keloyng.
After Breakfast leave for Manali, a beautiful Scenic drive by crossing Baralacha la pass (4845 mts), Lunch at Sissu village, later cross famous Rothang pass, (Which is 13050 fts) overnight in Manali.
We will bid you good bye with your cherish able memories with us of your Ladakh tour.