It means that we will not provide a car with driver on that day because it is not needed. Indeed, on that day, you will need a car only for a very short distance.
For the transfer from Leh airport to the city centre, you do not need to book a taxi in advance. Leh airport is only 4 kilometres from the city centre and you can easily find a taxi directly at the airport; a prepaid taxi from Leh airport to the city centre costs approximately ₹ 600. You can also ask your hotel in Leh to arrange airport transfers for you.
The visit of Leh (Main Bazar, Leh Palace, Namgyal Tsemo Gompa, Shanti Stupa) can be done on foot or you can get a local taxi on the street.
It means that we will not provide a car with driver on that day.
For the transfer from the city centre to Leh airport, you can get a local taxi on the street or you can ask your hotel to arrange it for you.
|Day 1:||Leh airport - Leh (Main Bazar, Leh Palace, Namgyal Tsemo Gompa, Shanti Stupa)
Night in Leh
After a glorious morning flight over the Himalayas, reach Kushok Bakula Rimpoche airport in Leh and transfer to your hotel. Leh, the main town in Ladakh, has 30,000 inhabitants with a majority of Buddhists. The height of Leh is 3,500 metres above sea level and you need to drink a lot of water and walk slowly on the first day so that your body can adapt properly to the high altitude. Stroll the city centre, look for a place for lunch and try local cuisine.
Leh’s old town is one of the city’s main attractions. To fully appreciate the richness of this historic site, you could join the guided heritage walk organized by LAMO (Ladakh Arts and Media Organisation). The Tibetan-style Leh Palace overlooking the old town was built in the first half of the 17th century. It was the residence of the royal family of Ladakh until the middle of the 19th century. It is currently under restoration by the Archaeological Survey of India. From the palace, follow the steep trail to Namgyal Tsemo gompa. The top of the hill is covered with multi-colour fluttering prayer flags and it is famous location for photography. The mud-brick Buddhist monastery that crowns a rocky peak was built in the 15th century. Next, climb to the Shanti Stupa, a Japanese peace pagoda nestled atop a hillock. This two-level chorten was inaugurated by the Dalai Lama in 1991. It offers a great vantage point over Leh and the Indus valley; it is a favourite place to watch the sunset. In the evening, head back to the busy Main Bazar where ladies wearing Gonchas (traditional Ladakhi dress) sell locally grown vegetables. In the same area, you can find the largest mosque in Ladakh (Jama Masjid) and Gompa Soma, a quiet Buddhist temple hidden away behind the market.
|Day 2:||Leh - Magnetic Hill - confluence of Indus and Zanskar rivers - Basgo - Alchi - Likir - Gurdwara Pathar Sahib - Spituk - Leh
Night in Leh
Today is dedicated to the visit of “Sham”, the west part of the Indus valley. This area of Ladakh is at the same altitude as Leh so it helps to acclimatize gently. The first stop on this 150 km day tour is at the puzzling Magnetic Hill where a vehicle with engine turned off and in neutral gear appears to be rolling uphill… A phenomenon that you must witness by yourself! Just 30 km from Leh, you reach the popular Sangam viewpoint, the confluence of Indus and Zanskar rivers. Next, visit the Basgo gompa and the ruined mud-brick fortress which was the residence for the king of lower Ladakh until 1470. For lunch, you can find restaurants in the pleasant village of Alchi on the bank of the Indus river. Then, visit the famous 11th-century Alchi monastery, the oldest Buddhist gompa in Ladakh. The monastery contains some of the most outstanding murals in Ladakh. On the other side of the Indus river is the charming village of Likir dominated by the Likir monastery. This gompa is well-known for its 22m-high statue of Maitreya Buddha situated just next to the main building. On the way back to Leh, stop at Gurdwara Pathar Sahib and Spituk monastery.
|Day 3:||Leh - Chemrey - Chang La - Tangste - Pangong lake
Night at Pangong lake or in Tangtse
|Day 4:||Pangong lake - Hemis - Thiksey - Shey - Leh
Night in Leh
|Day 5:||Leh - Leh airport
Today is the end of a wonderful trip replete with beautiful memories. Say goodbye to the enchanting region of Ladakh as you board the scenic flight to Delhi.
This package is the combination of 2 tours:
|Indus valley to Alchi (1-day tour)|
|Pangong lake (2-day tour)|
|TOTAL||₹ 17,301||₹ 16,455||₹ 14,941|
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