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 ₹ 550. 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.
This 5-day tour package is ideal for those who only have a short time in Ladakh. During this intense trip, you will explore the best attractions of Ladakh. After visiting Leh on the first day, you will head to Alchi in the Sham region for a fantastic day tour. Highlights include the Magnetic Hill, the confluence of Indus and Zanskar rivers, Basgo, Alchi, Likir and Spituk monasteries and Gurdwara Pathar Sahib. Then, you will embark on an overnight trip to the mesmerizing Pangong lake where the final scene of “3 Idiots” with Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor was shot. You will cross the impressive Chang La pass (5,360m) and you will have the opportunity to visit the famous monasteries of the Indus valley: Hemis, Chemrey, Thiksey and Shey.
If you have the possibility to extend your trip by one day, you could also visit the Nubra valley as in the Incredible Leh-Ladakh Tour Package.
Arrival in Leh, acclimatization & visit
Day 1: Leh
Indus valley to Alchi (1-day tour)
Day 2: drive from Leh to Alchi monastery and back to Leh
Pangong lake (2-day tour)
Day 3: drive from Leh to Pangong lake
Day 4: drive back to Leh via Hemis monastery
Departure from Leh
Day 5: departure from Leh
For more details, check out this Leh-Ladakh sightseeing map.
|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 Rimpochee 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
After breakfast, head to the west part of the Indus valley which is known as “Sham”. After driving 30 km on the Leh-Srinagar highway, you arrive at the mysterious Magnetic Hill. When your driver turns the engine off with the gear in neutral, the car will start moving uphill as if attracted by a strange magnetic force that defies gravity… Something that you must see with your own eyes! The next stop is one of the most popular photo spots of Ladakh, the spectacular vantage point over Sangam, the confluence of the Indus river (green colour) and the Zanskar river (blue or brown colour depending on the season). Pass through the charming Nimmu village and reach Basgo monastery and its nearby ruined palace. Basgo was the capital of lower Ladakh until the kingdom was united during 15th century. Then, drive to Alchi where you can have your lunch. Located on the left bank of the Indus river, the village is well-known for its 11th-century Alchi monastery. The five-temple gompa complex contains the oldest and most refined murals in Ladakh. On the right bank of the Indus river is the picturesque village of Likir. The Likir monastery is one of the largest Gelugpa gompas in Ladakh. The main building is backed by a huge 22m-tall golden statue of the Future Buddha. On the way back to Leh, visit the holy Sikh place Gurdwara Pathar Sahib and Spituk monastery.
|Day 3:||Leh - Chemrey - Chang La - Tangste - Pangong lake
Night at Pangong lake
This morning, head to the breathtaking Pangong lake, located 150 km east of Leh at the border with Tibet. A 45-minute drive from Leh brings you to Chemrey village where you can visit the beautiful Chemrey monastery rising above the barley fields. The monastery was built in the 17th century in memory of the king Sengge Namgyal. Next, driver over the Chang La pass located at an altitude of 5,360m and reach Tangtse village where you can get some tea and snacks. From Tangtse, there is another 35 km to reach Pangong lake commonly known as Pangong Tso (“Tso” means “lake” in Ladakhi language). The lake lies at an elevation of 4,250m, it is 140 km in length but only 30% of it is in India. Despite its brackish water, the lake freezes completely in winter when temperatures fall well below -20°C. Pangong lake was made famous when it featured in the Bollywood movie “3 Idiots” released in 2009.
|Day 4:||Pangong lake - Hemis - Thiksey - Shey - Leh
Night in Leh
Take a stroll along the shore of Pangong lake and watch the sunrise over the glistening blue waters. The lake is a wonderful place for wildlife enthusiasts as it serves as a breeding site for various migratory birds. Next, drive back towards Leh. When reaching the Indus valley, head to Hemis and visit the gompa. Hemis monastery is largest and richest monastery in Ladakh. Many shrines can be found within the monastery complex, including a temple that houses and impressive 8-metre-tall statue of Padmasambhava, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism. Then, head to Thiksey gompa located 20 km from Leh. This is one of the most famous monasteries in Ladakh, easily recognizable due to its architecture that resembles the the Potala Palace in Lhassa. The monastery enshrines a highly revered 14m-high statue of Maitreya Buddha with a finely decorated headdress. Just before reaching Leh, stop at the Shey palace, the former summer palace of the royal family.
|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|
The tour package is arranged with a private taxi (the car is only for you and it will not be shared with other passengers).
The price includes:
✓ Car with Ladakhi driver
✓ Tolls and parking fees
✓ Driver’s food and accommodation
✓ Oxygen cylinder (optional)
The price excludes:
✗ Meals and hotels
✗ Inner Line Permit
For each individual tour/trip, click on the price corresponding to the desired car category and you will be redirected to the booking form.
For more details, check out How to book a tour package: step-by-step guide.
Reviewed in September 2019
The tour covers the top places of interest in Ladakh and it is the best itinerary for those having a short time to visit. We had Wangtak as our driver, a very nice guy who knows so many things and loves his region so much, it was a treat being with him during the tour. The car was well maintained and suitable for bumpy roads. Ladakh is a paradise and we hope to go back soon!
Reviewed in August 2019
Reviewed in August 2019
The package was great. We had a wonderful experience throughout the journey. Special thanks to driver Sonam who is very kind person.
Reviewed in July 2019
Thank you for everything!
Reviewed in July 2019
Reviewed in June 2019
Reviewed in June 2019
We had only a short time in Ladakh and this tour package was the best possible option. Very good introduction to Leh-Ladakh. Now we are only thinking of coming back!
Reviewed in May 2019
Just loved this trip to Leh Ladakh.