Many travelers find themselves at loss to understand how something so barren can yet be so beautiful.Today, a high -altitude desert, Ladakh was once covered by an extensive lake system, the vestiges of which still exist on its south -east plateaux of Rupshu and Chushul – in drainage basins with evocative names like Tsomoriri, Tsokar, and grandest of all, Pangong-tso. The main source of water remains the winter snowfall. As the crops grow, the villagers pray not for rain, but for the sun to melt the glaciers and liberate their water. Usually their prayers are answered, for the skies are clear and the sun shines for over 300 days in the year.
The summer temperatures rarely exceed about 27 degree Celsius in the shade, while in winter they may plummet to minus 20 degree Celsius even in Leh. Interestingly, though, the thin air makes the heat of the sun even more intense than at lower altitudes; it is said that only in Ladakh can a man sitting in the sun with his feet in the shade suffer from sunstroke and frostbite at the same time!
Destination Covered Leh - Indus Valley - Khardungla - Leh - Tour Itinerary :
Day 1: Leh - Arrival
After arrival at Leh airport, meet our representative at the airport who’ll escort you to the hotel. Check-in at the hotel. Welcome drink on arrival. After resting and relaxing for a while step out to visit the local bazaar of Leh. The market is the perfect place to buy pearls and coral jewelry. Later in the evening enjoy an excursion to the Shanti Stupa- a Buddhist pilgrimage. Return to hotel in the evening for dinner and Stay.
Day 2: Leh - Indus Valley - Leh
In the morning after breakfast move out to visit Thiksey Gompa that is situated in the village of Ladakh . The monastery exhibits the gold-plated statue of Lord Buddha, called the Maitreya Buddha. Also visit the Indus Valley Monastery. The tour plan also includes a stop over at the Indus Valley monastery. Then return to the Leh city and after lunch visit the beautiful Stok Palace that lies on the bank opposite to Tsangspo River . Spend night at the hotel.
Day 3: Leh - Khardungla - Leh
Post breakfast, leave for Khardungla top. While going to Khardungla top you would be driving on the highest motor drive road in the world with a height of 18,390 feet. In the later part of the day enjoy shopping extravaganza. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Leh - Departure
In the morning after breakfast, transfer to the airport to board a flight for the onward journey.