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Ladakh had been one of my dream destinations for as long as I can remember and Waiting since 5 years to Visit this beautiful place. I guess ladakh is the only place on earth where you can experience deserts, greenery, highest water bodies, highest Passes, Snow fall, dusty mountains and lot more. Land Like no other. Everyone say the beauty of the place cannot be expressed in words. Right from gompas to the sensational momos, the superabundance of attractions to visit makes this city make it heaven on earth. 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. The place holds so many surprises together that one can’t help but be awed.
This year at Awkies we have decided to fulfill this dream hence welcoming all the solo travelers all over India to join us to experience this beautiful land and pride of The India.
With Experience of more than 200 trips and Hundreds of Other events.. We welcome you fr our upcoming trip To Ladakh.. I assure Leh Ladakh will be Most unforgettable journey of your life..
Anyways cutting it in short we jump onto Itinerary:
Day 0 : Meet at Delhi (those who wants to start journey from Delhi). The exact location will be shared to confirmed travelers.
Day 1 : Arrival at Jammu Airport or Jammu Railway station & transfer to Hotel/ Guest house, Get fresh and relaxed because remaining day is free for leisure or roam around as in there r many beautiful places to c around in Jammu (atleast visit few.. u wl love that). Evening we will take a bus for shrinagar ( 273 km) which is another 11 hrs journey via volvo/jktdc.
Day 2 : Check in at hotel/ guest house upon Arrival, get fresh, relax as in its our 1st night halt so feel free to roam around the local market or take a ride in world famous Shikaras or Whatever u like.(Srinagar is a beautiful city surrounded by Dal Lake and Nagin Lake, set in the backdrop of the Himalayan Mountains of Kashmir. Other than this, the city is famous for its traditional wooden houseboats...) Overnight halt in Shrinagar.
Day 3 : Early Morning we will proceed to our further journey of leh by luxury bus/ Car and on our way we wl take our 1st halt in kargil (Kargil is one of the base stations for many things like trekking and skiing. Mountaineering, camping, river rafting are some of the activities that are enjoyable. It is also serving as base for taking shorter excursions like in Mulbek. Goma kargil is also famous. Apart from all these, you have the best of shopping places that you should visit. Cave monastery, Trespone, Sankhoo Imambaras are another such famous places.) and will stay here for overnight at a hotel/Guest house. ( the route is Srinagar - Sonamarg 85 km - Drass 62 km - Kargil 58 km)
Day 4 : The same bus will drop us to Leh. (The route is Kargil - Lamayuru 110 km - Leh). Arrival to Leh in noon, where we will check in the hotel and be ready to visit Leh Palace, Namgyal Monastery, Shanti stupa and local market with masti masti and masti... this is our 4th day of trip so now let’s booze and party in hotel itself ; ) let’s do dhamaal as tomorrow.. we r gonna start with the most awaited and wonderful trip of lifetime thats Incredible Leh
Leh Palace (2.5 km)
Built in 1553 AD, the 19 stories high Leh Palace was built on a hilltop and still looks imposing from the town; apparently it was one of the tallest buildings in the world during that time. It was the residence of the royal family till the mid-19th century when the dogra forces attacked Ladakh and the royal family moved to the Stok palace thus abandoning the fort. Although in ruins now, the palace is now being restored by the Archaeological survey of India. The palace also has a museum which holds a rich collection of jewelry, ornaments, ceremonial dresses and crowns. The paintings in the museum are more than 450 years old Chinese thangka paintings.
Namgyal Tsempo Monastery (4.5 km)
Situated at the backdrop of the aforementioned Leh palace, Namgyal Tsempo Monastery was founded in 1430, and provides a panoramic view of the surrounding plains and especially the Indus River and the snow-capped peaks of the Zanskar mountain range. The view of Leh from the gompa is a special attraction as it changes with the change in light, this making it a breathtaking sight to gaze at. The monastery contains age old Buddhist manuscripts; however the main attraction of this monastery is the 3 stories high, golden statue of Maitreya Buddha.
Shanti Stupa (3.5 km)
It is a Buddhist white domed stupa in Leh district, Shanti Stupa was built by a Japanese Buddhist monk Gyomyo Nakamura and was enshrined by the 14th Dalai Lama himself. The stupa holds the relics of the Buddha at its base, and provides a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape which is the best during dawn and dusk. The stupa is considered to be a major tourist attraction in Leh; it is located at an altitude of 4,267 meters above sea level and is at a short distance of 5 km by road. One can alternatively reach the stupa by climbing 500 steps from the city of Leh.
Day 5 : Leh to Nubra (the route is Leh - Khardung La 40 km - Diskit/ Hunder 98 km ) Overnight Stay at Nubra.
Nubra is a tri-armed valley located to the north east of Ladakh valley. Diskit the capital of Nubra is about 150 km north from Leh town, the capital of Ladakh district, India. Local scholars say that its original name was Ldumra (the valley of flowers). The Shyok River meets the Nubra or Siachen River to form a large valley that separates the Ladakh and Karakoram Ranges. The Shyok river is a tributary of the Indus river. The average altitude of the valley is about 10,000 ft. i.e. 3048 m above the sea level. The common way to access this valley is to travel over the Khardung La pass from Leh town. Non-locals require an Inner Line Permit (obtainable in DC office, Leh town) to enter Nubra. Permit is not required anymore for Indian tourists (w.e.f May 1, 2014), though foreign tourists still require the permit.
Day 6 : Nubra to Leh ( Hunder/Diskit - Sumur - Panamik - Sumur - Khardung Pass - Leh) Overnight Stay at
Hunder is located in the Nubra Valley, Jammu and Kashmir and is 7 km from Diskit which is popular for it Buddhist monastery. Hunder was the farthest accessible points for the tourists in India before Turtuk was opened in 2010. It is a very quiet village serenaded by the soft sound of many streams and rivers crisscrossing the rather green landscape.
Panamik Renowned for its curative hot springs, Panamik is situated close to Siachen glacier, the highest battlefield in the world. About 150 km from Leh, Panamik in the Nubra valley is known for its hot water spring.
Panamik is also important as it is the northernmost part of India where foreigners are allowed.
The Panamik hot water spring is situated at an elevation of 10442 ft above sea level. The spring water contains high amount of sulphur and it is believed best for curing rheumatism and other ailments.
Surrounded by snowcapped mountains, the green valley of Panamik is a sight to behold. The village stands on the banks of Nubra River. The scenic beauty, sulphur springs and the proximity to Siachen glacier make it a must visit destination. Panamik is the last civilian settlement before Siachen base camp (where no civilians are allowed).
Khardung La or Khardung Pass is situated 40 kilometers from Leh, and is considered the highest motor able pass in the world (disputed by many modern measurements). Laying at an altitude of 5,602 meters above sea level the pass was built in 1976 and opened to motor vehicles in 1988. The pass is also used to carry military supplies to the notoriously famous Siachen glacier and has been a constant challenge destination for adventurers and bikers all around the world. The foreign tourists need to obtain a special permit to visit this spot. Image credits Meena Raghvendra
Day 7 : Leh to Pangong (Leh - Hemis MOnastery - Pangong Tso lake) Overnight Stay at Pangong lake, Spangmik.
Situated 45 km from the town of Leh, Hemis Monastery has existed before the 11th century but was re-established in 1672. It is a Tibetan monastery which is the wealthiest and biggest in Ladakh, it also has the largest of all thangka paintings in Ladakh which is unfurled in every 12 years and the next unfurling will take place in 2016. Hemis monastery is also a host of the famous annual festival held in the honor of Lord Padmasambhava; it is definitely one of the most eye-catching of all festivities found in the world, especially the mystic mask dances which are collectively known as Chams. The Hemis is also home to the endangered “Show leopard” which is found in the neighbouring Hemis national park.
Pangong Tso lake
Situated at height of around 4,350 meters above sea level, and extends from India to Tibet. Pangong Lake is at a distance of approximately 150 kms from the town of Leh, however travelling that distance is totally worth the effort as you’ll be mesmerized by the jaw dropping site for sure. The drive from Leh is rough and dramatic; you will find many other attractions on your way about which I will explain later in this post. As 60% of the lake lies in Tibet, tourists have to obtain special permits to visit the lake. While Indian nationals can obtain individual permits, others have to get group permits along with the company of an accredited tour guide.
Day 8 : Pangong to Leh (Pangong Tso - Thicksey Monastery - Shey Palace - Leh )
Thikse Monastery is the largest such structure in central Ladakh. Located on a hill slope, its building are arranged in an ascending order of importance and are well spaced, from the foot of the hill housing the dwelling units to the top of the hill enshrining the monasteries and potang (official residence) of the chief lama. The architecture of the monastery strongly resembles the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, the former official seat of the Dalai Lamas.
The Shey Monastery or Gompa and the Shey Palace complex are structures located on a hillock in Shey, 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) to the south of Leh in Ladakh, northern India on the Leh-Manali road. Shey was the summer capital of Ladakh in the past.
The palace, mostly in ruins now, was built first in 1655, near Shey village, by the king of Ladakh, Deldan Namgyal, also known as Lhachen Palgyigon. It was used as a summer retreat by the kings of Ladakh.
Day 9 : Leh to Manali 475 Km (Leh - Keylong Town - Manali)
We wl start our journey back to Manali Via Hptdc Bus/ Car With a night halt at Keylong town.
Keylong town is district headquarters and has proper hotels including an HPTDC hotel and PWD rest house.
Day 10 : Arrival to manali and Time to Say Tata Bye Bye.
Manali is one of the most frequented hill stations in India and during its peak season it is mostly occupied with tourists from different parts of the country. Thus with a flourishing tourism in Manali, the mighty hill station is well connected by road to different parts of the state and Kalka Railway Station that connects different parts of the country through broad gauge tracks is the closest railway station. Whereas encircling Manali one can even hop to the nearby hill stations like Shimla, Dalhousie, Manikaran, Dharamsala and Kasauli.
Jogindernagar railway station is the nearest railhead to Manali that connects the hill station with several important cities of the country. Chandigarh and Ambala are other options to reach Manali by train. From the railheads, one can get several mode of transportation including taxi and bus at reasonable cost.
Bhuntar airport located at a distance of 10 km from Manali and is the gateway to this region. Members who prefer and can afford to fly cut down on travel time hugely and thus can have a lot more time to enjoy Manali. Flights are available from all the major cities.
5 Reasons why we have choose Srinagar - Leh road over Manali - Leh road
Accommodation on sharing Basis during Entire journey of approx 10 days till we reach manali. ( Approx. 10 days).
Transportation by Taxi/Bus.
Any Meal (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner).
Entrance Charges and inner line permit to any place if any.
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Train or flight travel from Mumbai to Jammu and Manali to Mumbai.
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