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Duration: 10 Nights / 11 Days
Destinations Covered: Leh - Nubra Valley -Leh- Pangong - Stok - Uleytokpo - Leh

Day 01 : Delhi - Leh

Transfer to Delhi airport (at your own) to catch flight for Leh
Begin your Tour
Arrive into Delhi
A warm welcome to "The Spirit of Ladakh"!
On arrival Leh Kushok Bakula Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel by our representative. Relax for the remaining part of the day.
Overnight : Hotel

Day 02: Leh
After breakfast proceed for full day tour of Indus Valley Monasteries.
Visit the Thiksey, Hemis monasteries and Stok Palace Museum.
Hemis Gompa: Ladakh's largest monastery. It contains a number of gold statues and Stupas decorated with precious stones and a superb collection of Thankas, including one that is the largest in existence. Hemis gompa is believed to have been established in 1630 by Lama Tagstang Raspa and built by Palden Sara under the patronage of King Sengge Namgyal on a site previously sanctified by the construction of a cave hermitage dating from the 12th century. This monastery is the oldest one in the area belonging to the Kargyu school. The Gompa is a unique example of a monastic complex of this period which manifests in its structure the geomantic principles which underlie religious constructions of this type.
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.
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.
Return to your hotel in Leh in the evening.
Overnight : Hotel

Day 03: Leh -Khardongla Pass- Nubra Valley
After an early breakfast drive to Nubra Valley via the world famous Khardongla Pass 18360 ft.
Khardungla 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
Arrive and checkin at the Camp in Nubra. Afternoon visit Samstanling & Panamic Hot springs.
Overnight : Camp

Day 04: Nubra Valley
After breakfast visit The Diskit & Hundur Gompas of Ladakh and white sand dunes with a camel Safari. There is a legend attached to this monastery. It goes that a Mongol demon, a sworn enemy of Buddhism, was annihilated near the monastery. However, his lifeless body kept coming back there again and again. It is further said that the wrinkled head and hand of the demon are still kept there in a dark and claustrophobic temple, packed with fierce Gods and Goddesses.
Overnight : Camp

Day 05: Nubra Valley - Leh
This morning after leisure breakfast drive back to Leh via Khrdongla pass. Enroute visit the small Yarabtso Lake. Check into your hotel upon arrival.
Evening is free to visit Leh market.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 06: Leh - Pangong
After breakfast leave for Pangong Lake through Changla pass. A visit to Changla pass will leave you mesmerized with the magnificent view of the villages below and Tsoltak, the summer pasture of the yaks.
Continuing the drive, you will reach Durbuk, from where a short drive will lead you to the western shore of the Pangong Lake. The unforgettable natural beauty of the lake will remain etched in your memory for a long time to come. Check into your camp.
Overnight : Camp

Day 07: Pangong - Stok
After breakfast back to Leh enroute visit Chemdey Monastery & Indus river banks.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 08: Stok - Uleytokpo
After breakfast drive to Ulleytokpo. Enroute visit the great statue of Maitreya Buddha at Likir and the 1000 year old murals of Alchi monastery.
Likir Gompa : The name Likir is a distortion of the word Klu-Kkhyil or "spirits of the water.This 14th Century monastery belongs to the Gelugpa (Yellow Hat) Sect. Also known as the Choes-kor or "religious enclave", the Alchi monastery was built in the 11th Century by a famous scholar, Rinchen Zangpo. The abandoned monastery is maintained by monks from the 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. Skilled craftsmen producing excellent Thankas, earthen pots and carved wooden folding stools, live here in the village. Majestically situated, Likir commands a spectacular view. A magnificent giant Jupiter tree, one of the few survivors of its species, stands in the courtyard.
Alchi Gompa : Alchi has murals which predate the Tibetan style of painting, along with Tabo (Spiti Valley) and Phugtol Gompa (Zanskar Valley). The murals are the sole survivors of a style of painting prevalent in the first millennium. 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 center, 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.
Arrive Ulleytokpo and check into your hotel. Relax for the remaining part of the day.
Overnight: Hotel.

Day 09: Uleytokpo
After breakfast fullday excursion to visit Lunar landscapes, Lamayuru Monastery & Rizong Nunnery. You can also enjoy a nice day hike to Rizong village.
Lamayuru: Situated on a drained lake the monastery at Lamayuru is known for its scenic beauty. The monastery is the oldest in Ladakh, dating before the 10th Century, and is built on a sacred Bon (the pre-Buddhist religion) site. Lamayuru used to be an asylum for criminals, though not any longer! is situated at a distance of approximately 127 km to the west of Leh. The legend associated with this monastery goes that at the time of Sakyamuni (the Historical Buddha), nags (holy serpents) used to live in a Lake at the present day Lamayuru's valley. It was the prediction of the Bodhisattva Madhyantaka that the lake would get drained out, making the place for the construction of a monastery. It is further believed that in 11th century, Mahasiddhacharya Naropa, Indian Buddhist scholar, meditated for many years in a cave in Dukhang, still seen today.
Rizong Monastery: It is built by the great Lama Tsultim Nima, it dates back to the year 1831. Approximately 40 monks reside in the Rizong Gompa of Ladakh, which belongs to the Tsongkhapa Order. The successive reincarnations of Lama Tsultim Nima and his son, Sras Rinpoche, serve as the incumbents of the monastery. The inmates of the Rizdong Monastery of Leh Ladakh are permitted to have only religious robes and books with them.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 10: Uleytokpo - Leh
After breakfast drive to Leh. Enroute visit Spituk and Hall of Fame.
Spituk Monastery: It is situated at a distance of approximately 8 km from the town of Leh. Towering over a conical, the 3-chapel monastery dates back to the 11th century, when it was founded century by Od-de, the elder brother of Lha Lama Changchub Od. He was the one to introduce a monastic community here. When a translator, Rinchen Zangpo, came to this place, he said that an exemplary religious community would develop there. This statement led to the naming of the monastery as Spituk, meaning Exemplary.
Reach by afternoon and check into your hotel. Relax for remaining part of the day.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 11: Leh - Delhi
In the morning transfer to Leh airport to board flight for Delhi. On arrival at Delhi domestic airport transfer to Delhi International airport (through Shuttle services available free of cost at the airport) to board the flight for your onward journey to back home with sweet and pleasant memories of your "The Spirit of Ladakh" escorted by Vardhman Vacations.
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