Exploring Ladakh

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Day 1

Welcome to your 'Explore Ladakh' tour! On arrival in Leh, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Leh is in the abode of the rocky paradise of Ladakh depicting eternal beauty and wrapped in the most beautiful design of mighty Himalayas.. Spend the rest of the day acclimatizing to the climate of Ladakh. Overnight in Leh. None (Meals on your own)

Day 2

This morning, after breakfast, proceed to visit Shanti Stupa built by Japanese monks to promote world peace. This large hilltop stupa has brightly colored reliefs on its mid-levels and is topped by a spired white hemisphere (smoking is prohibited here). Visit the eye-catching Sankar Gompa monastery. Lastly, visit Leh Palace, dilapidated yet interesting, which was built in the 17th century in the grand tradition of Tibetan architecture. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Leh (B)

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Day 3

This morning, drive to Nubra Valley, popularly known as Dorma or 'the valley of flowers' via Khardungla Pass - the world's one of the highest motorable road (5602 mts). On arrival, check-in to your camp.

Later in the afternoon, visit the Diskit Monastery and the giant statue of Maitreya Buddha which is the tallest Buddha statue in Ladakh. Later, visit the white sand dunes at Hunder where you can enjoy the Double Humped Bactrian camel ride (ride on direct payment basis). Overnight in Nubra Valley. (B, L, D)

You can stay at-

Economy/Standard/Deluxe- Deluxe Camp / Huts / Cottages Or Similar

Day 4

After breakfast, drive back to Leh. En route visit Khardungla Pass which is 39 kms away from Leh (Mountain Pass at 5578 m / 18300 ft.). Khardung-La which means 'Pass of Lower Castle,' is major caravan route from Leh to Kashgar in Central Asia. The rest of the day is at leisure for various activities. Overnight in Leh. (B)

Day 5

This morning, after breakfast, visit Alchi, (3500 m / 11500 feet) a small village in the Indus Valley, 67 kms west of Leh. Abandoned centuries ago the gompa or monastery known as Chos-kor or religious enclave comprises the five temples.

En route see the majestic Sangam - Confluence (where two rivers meet each other). Zanskar is the river formed from the junction of two streams, Lungnak means 'dark gorge' and Stod, which carries the melt water of the great Drang-drung glacier.

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See the marvelous Magnetic Hill, a gravity hill located near Leh. This hill is alleged to have magnetic properties strong enough to pull cars uphill and force passing aircraft to increase their altitude in order to escape magnetic interference.

Visit Military Hall of Fame, a glorious museum constructed by Indian army. You can see biographies of eminent defense personalities, images and weapons used during Kargil war, Siachen and its heroes and their daily instruments and lifestyle of Ladakhi people.

You will also visit Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, a beautiful Gurudwara constructed in the memory of Guru Nanak, about 25 miles away from Leh and Spituk Monastery famous for its wide and varied collections of ancient masks, icons, antique arms and numerous Thangkas. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Leh. (B)

You can stay at-

Economy- Hotel Kanika Himalayan View/Hotel Lumbini /Hotel Mahey Palace/ Hotel Abu Palace Or Similar

Standard- Hotel Holiday Ladakh/ Hotel Himalaya Residency/Hotel Mogol, Hotel Antelope TM / Grand Willow (New Block)/ Hotel Kidar Or Similar.

Deluxe-  The Grand Dragon Dlx Room, Zen Ladakh Premium Room, Suite/premium Room at Druk Ladakh/ Ladakh Residency/ Hotel Shrangrila Or Similar

Day 6

This morning, after breakfast, proceed to Pangong Tso, a lake which is 134 km long and extends from India to Tibet. 60% of the length of the lake lies in China. During winter, the lake freezes completely, despite being saline water. En route visit Shey Palace, the 15th century summer palace and monastery of Leh's Royal family; the 800 year old gompa at Thiksey built on a hilltop and modeled on the famous Potala Palace in Lhasa. Before reaching Pangong Lake, you will pass through the Changla, a high mountain pass and the world's 3rd highest motorable road. It is on the route to Pangong Lake from Leh. The name literally means 'Pass towards the South' or 'Pass in the South' (Chang = south, La = Pass). The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Pangong. (B, L, D)

You can stay at-

Economy/Standard/Deluxe- Deluxe Camp / Huts / Cottages Or Similar

Day 7

This morning, after breakfast, drive around the Pangong Lake and don't forget to click photos!! Continue to Leh. En route visit Hemis Monastery hidden in a gorge, the largest and wealthiest gompa in Ladakh. Visit Stok Palace, famous for beautiful gardens and the view of sunrise as well as sunset is amazing from the palace. At present, the palace is open to visit and present a collection of royal attires, crown and other royal materials. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the city. Overnight in Leh. (B)

Day 8

Today, bid farewell to your 'Explore Ladakh' tour, as you are transferred to the airport for your onward journey.

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INCLUSIONS

1. Accommodation in the hotels listed or similar hotels.

2. Transportation - All transfers and sightseeing by smaller Non Air-conditioned Scorpio or similar (Economy package / Standard package) and Non Air-conditioned Innova (Deluxe package) as per the itinerary. Vehicle will be as per the itinerary and not on disposal basis.

3. Meals - Daily buffet breakfast at all places. Stay in Nubra and Pangong includes all meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner as per the itinerary.

4. Restricted area permit fee for Nubra valley and Pangong.

5. Free installations of audio compass app on your smart-phone.

6. Travel Insurance.

7. All currently applicable taxes i.e. Hotel tax and Transportation tax.

Note

- Cox and Kings Terms and Conditions apply.

- Arrival into and departure from Leh would be on your own arrangements.

- Please contact our sales staff to give you best flight deals.

- The hotel confirmed will be as per the brochure or an alternate hotel of similar category.

- Water supply in the hills during the peak season is restricted due to shortage and water is supplied area wise at specific times. Please co-operate with the hotel on same.

- Travel Insurance, included in our package cost is valid for age group upto 80 years only. For age group beyond 80 years, rules, terms and conditions of the Insurance Company will apply. The same needs to be checked on case to case basis with the Insurance Company

- Its mandatory to bring one photocopy and along with original voters ID card or Indian National Passport for the permit for Khardungla Pass, Nubra Valley and Pangong lake.

- All sightseeing's are subject to weather conditions, political conditions in the destination.

- Shopping would be on your own arrangements.

- Do carry comfortable walking shoes.

- Do carry warm clothes and a personal torch.

- For higher altitudes, please carry Diamox tablets.

- All the prices are for Indian Nationals only, unless specified.

- It is mandatory to carry a valid photo identity card (Passport / Driving License / Voter ID card).

EXCLUSIONS

- Any transport to / from Leh. Your tour price starts Ex Leh.

- Air, Train or Bus fare from / to your originating city of stay, unless specified.

- Items of personal nature viz, tips, porterage, room service, laundry, mineral water, alcoholic or non alcoholic beverages, phone calls, additional sightseeing tours and excursions not included in the itinerary, still or video camera fees etc.

- Local Government Environment fee.

- Any increase in fuel cost, government taxes, entrance fees, intra and interstate taxes etc, the tour price will be amended in accordance.

- Entrance fees and guide charges wherever applicable.

- Any items / services not specifically mentioned in the 'Tour Price Includes' column.

- Supplement charges applicable for long weekends and festivals.

- 9% Govt. Service Tax.

Dates And Prices For The Trip

Dates- 15th April 2017 to 30th September 2017

Prices- Ex - Leh Valid From - 15 April, 2017 Valid To - 30 September, 2017

ECONOMY

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