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Ladakh and Kashmir with Zanskar Valley(16 Nights)

Leh, Nubra Valley, Pangong Lake, Uley, Kargil, Rangdum, Padum, Srinagar

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Holiday Overview

Nishat Garden
Shankaracharya Temple (Photo Courtesy: Burke John)
Karsha Monastery (Photo Courtesy: hamon jp)
Rangdum Monastery - Photo Courtesy Hanon JP
Pangong Lake (Nivalink Trip Dated - 15 July 2010)
Double Humped Camel Ride (Nivalink Trip Dated - 30 July 2014)
Diskit Monastery (Nivalink Trip Dated - 30 July 2014)
Diskit Monastery from a distance (Nivalink Trip Dated - 30 July 2014)
Khardungla Pass
Gurdwara Pathar Sahib
Leh Palace (Photo Courtesy: Beefy SAFC)
Spituk Monastery (Photo Courtesy: Redtigerxyz)
Hall of Fame Museum - Photos Courtesy Milind Kshirsagar
Shey Monastery (Nivalink Trip Dated - 30 July 2014)
Thiksey Monastery (Nivalink Trip Dated - 30 July 2014)
Hemis Monastery (Nivalink Trip Dated - 30 July 2014)
Shanti Stupa Leh (Nivalink Trip Dated - 30 July 2014)

Ladakh is an arid, barren and cold desert and Zanskar Valley is one of the least visited spots in ladakh. This itinerary takes you through the interiors of Ladakh region along with its normal route of Nubra Valley and Pangong Lake.

Route

Leh(2) - Nubra Valley(1) - Leh(1) - Pangong Lake(1) - Leh(1) - Uley(1) - Kargil(1) - Rangdum(1) - Padum(3) - Rangdum(1) - Kargil(1) - Srinagar(2)

Summarised Itinerary
  • Day-1 Arrive Leh
  • Day-2 Leh (Excursion to Monasteries)
  • Day-3 Leh–Nubra Valley Via Khardung La 18,390 Ft. (120 Kms / 4 – 5 Hrs)
  • Day-4 Nubra Valley – Leh (120 Kms / 4 – 5 Hrs)
  • Day-5 Leh to Pangong Lake (140 kms / 4 - 5 Hrs – One Way)
  • Day-6 Pangong Lake To Leh (140 Kms / 6 Hrs)
  • Day-7 Leh To Sham Valley (92 Kms / 4 Hrs)
  • Day-8 Ulley To Kargil (Via Lamayuru) 143 Kms / 5 Hrs
  • Day-9 Kargil To Rangdum (130 Kms / 6 Hrs)
  • Day-10 Rangdum - Padum Via Suru Valley (131 Kms/5 Hrs)
  • Day-11 In Padum (Excursion To Karsha & Bardan Gompa) Approx 5 – 6 Hrs
  • Day-12 In Padum (Excursion To Stongde & Zangla) Approx 6 – 7 Hrs
  • Day-13 Padum – Rangdum Via Suruvalley (131 Kms/5 Hrs)
  • Day-14 Rangdum - Kargil (130 Kms / 6 Hrs)
  • Day-15 Kargil to Srinagar
  • Day-16 Srinagar (Excursion to Shankracharya Temple & Mughal Gardens)
  • Day-17 Depart Srinagar (Fly Out)
Sightseeing Summary

Kargil - Lamayuru Monastery (149.00 kms), Pangong Lake (149.00 kms)

Leh - Leh Palace (3.00 kms), Hall of Fame Museum (4.00 kms), Shanti Stupa (5.00 kms), Spituk Monastery (8.00 kms), Shey Monastery (15.00 kms), Thiksey Monastery (19.00 kms), Gurdwara Pathar Sahib (25.00 kms), Khardungla Pass (39.00 kms), Hemis Monastery (45.00 kms), Likir Monastery (52.00 kms), Lamayuru Monastery (109.00 kms), Pangong Lake (128.00 kms)

Nubra Valley - Double Humped Camel Ride (5.00 kms), Diskit Monastery (14.00 kms)

Padum - Karsha Monastery (6.00 kms), Sani Monastery Walk (6.00 kms), Stongday Monastery (20.00 kms)

Pangong Lake - Pangong Lake (0.50 kms)

Rangdum - Rangdum Monastery (0.50 kms)

Srinagar - Shankaracharya Temple (10.00 kms), Nishat Bagh (14.00 kms)

Uley - Likir Monastery (26.00 kms), Lamayuru Monastery (87.00 kms)

Preferred Arrival /Departure Destination
Arrival - Leh Departure - Srinagar
Best Season to Travel
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec

Distances
  • Leh to Nubra Valley -125 kms (5 hrs)
  • Nubra Valley to Leh -125 kms (5 hrs)
  • Leh to Pangong Lake -150 kms (5 hrs)
  • Pangong Lake to Leh -150 kms (5 hrs)
  • Leh to Uley -70 kms (2 hrs)
  • Uley to Kargil -164 kms (8 hrs)
  • Kargil to Rangdum -130 kms (5 hrs)
  • Rangdum to Padum -110 kms (5 hrs)
  • Padum to Rangdum -110 kms (5 hrs)
  • Rangdum to Kargil -130 kms (5 hrs)
  • Kargil to Srinagar -204 kms (8 hrs)
Route

Leh(2) - Nubra Valley(1) - Leh(1) - Pangong Lake(1) - Leh(1) - Uley(1) - Kargil(1) - Rangdum(1) - Padum(3) - Rangdum(1) - Kargil(1) - Srinagar(2)

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1 Arrive Leh  Arrival Leh Kushok Bakula Airport (This must be one of the Most Sensational Flights in The World.) Upon arrival you will met by our representative and transfer to Hotel for Check in. Complete day at leisure to acclimatize followed by Welcome tea or Coffee at the Hotel. In evening, visit to LehPalace, Shanti Stupa & Leh Market. Dinner & Overnight at Hotel.

Day-2 Leh (Excursion to Monasteries)  Post breakfast, we visit Spituk Monastery and Hall Of Fame near Leh is worth a visit for every citizen. It is a glorious museum constructed by Indian army. Post lunch we take a sightseeing tour visiting Sankar Gompa and Leh Palace is one of the most captivating architectural ruins that attract the attention of the tourists almost immediately with its majestic setting at the edge of the Namgyal hill and overlooking the town and at once looks like a reminiscent of Lhasa's Potala Palace.

Day-3 Leh–Nubra Valley Via Khardung La 18,390 Ft. (120 Kms / 4 – 5 Hrs)  Post breakfast we drive to Nubra Valley. The road journey from Leh to Nubra Valley passes over Khardung La (The Highest Motorable Road In The World) at 5,602 Mtrs / 18,390 Ft, around 39 km from Leh. Nubra Valley is popularly known as Ldumra or the valley of flowers. The average altitude of the valley is 10,000 Ft. above sea level. Upon arrival in Nubra we check in at our Camp / Hotel in Hunder for Overnight stay. In the evening you can walk around the tiny villages to see how the locals live in this part of the world. Dinner and overnight at the Camp.

Day-4 Nubra Valley – Leh (120 Kms / 4 – 5 Hrs) After an early breakfast we check out from the Camp and you can have opportunity to ride on a Bactrian camel (double humped) amidst the sand dunes of this high altitude desert with snow capped mountains on the horizon. On the return stop at Diskit which is the headquarter town of Nubra Valley. Stroll around the bazaar observing the shops and local people going about their daily chores. Later we drive back to Leh in the late afternoon via Khardungla Top. On arrival at Leh you will check in to your Hotel. In the afternoon you can rest and relax.

Day-5 Leh to Pangong Lake (140 kms / 4 - 5 Hrs – One Way) After an early breakfast we leave for Pangong Lake enroute visiting Shey Palace, The ancient capital of Ladakh &3 Idiots Rancho School & further 5 Kms drive through a picturesque landscape to reach Thiksey an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. After visiting above two monasteries we drive further towards Changla Pass 5486 Mtrs and drive down to the village of Tangtse, where you can relax for a cup of tea. Leaving Tangtse for Pangong you pass through few small villages of Changthang and finally you can have a sudden view of the Pangong lake situated at 14,000 feet (4,267 m). This famous blue brackish Lake of Pangong is 5/6 Kms wide and over 133 Kms long with half of its running the other side of the "Indo China Border". Upon arrival we check in at our Camp near Pangong lake. Dinner & Overnight at the Camp.

Day-6 Pangong Lake To Leh (140 Kms / 6 Hrs) Morning at leisure to explore the beauty of lake and later we drive back to leh enroute visiting Hemis Gompa, the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. In the evening you can stroll around the market place for some last minute souvenir shopping. Overnight at Leh.

Day-7 Leh To Sham Valley (92 Kms / 4 Hrs)  After breakfast you drive downstream along the River Indus on Leh – Kargil Highway. Enroute visit Gurudwara Patthar Sahib, Magnetic Hill and picturesque landscape of the Confluence of the Indus and Zanskar River. Visit the Likir Monastery, Likir is one of the most active monasteries in the region. As you drive up to the monastery a recently installed colossal gilded image of the Maitreya out in the open is one of the most impressive sights in Ladakh. Drive along through Ridzong Monastery. After visiting above places we drive further and check in at our camp / hotel.

Day-8 Ulley To Kargil (Via Lamayuru) 143 Kms / 5 Hrs Post breakfast; drive to Kargil enroute visiting the 11th century Lamayuru Monastery and the mesmerizing MOON LANDSCAPES (you will believe why the name of this area is Moonland. Exactly the same formations of Land are visible as on the moon), Later Drive to KARGIL over Fatu-la (13,489 ft) which is the highest pass on Srinagar – Leh road. Upon arrival in Kargil we check in at our Hotel for an overnight stay.

Day-9 Kargil To Rangdum (130 Kms / 6 Hrs) Post breakfast, we drive towards Rangdum. Located 130 km south-east of Kargil, in the beautiful Suru Valley in Leh District, Rangdum is surrounded by steep hills, pastures, streams and rocky mountains. Upon arrival at Rangdum we check in at our Camp / Hotel / Guest House for Overnight stay. Rest of the day free for relaxation.Rangdum Village is an elliptical expanded plateau that is situated midway between Kargil and Padum. This isolated place is known for an old monastery, which is one of the most revered Buddhist places in Leh-Ladakh.

Day-10 Rangdum - Padum Via Suru Valley (131 Kms/5 Hrs) Drive to Padum, it’s the capital of the ancient kingdom of Zanskar, On way to Padum we visit Sani Monastery, of Ladakh belongs to the southern branch of the Drukpa Kagyupa School. Upon arrival in Padum we check in at our Camp / Hotel / Guest House for Overnight stay.

Day-11 In Padum (Excursion To Karsha & Bardan Gompa) Approx 5 – 6 Hrs After Breakfast; leave for full-day Sightseeing of Karsha & Bardhan (a 17th century Buddhist monastery). After visiting above monasteries we drive back to our Camp. Dinner & Overnight stay at the Camp / Guest House / Hotel.

Day-12 In Padum (Excursion To Stongde & Zangla) Approx 6 – 7 Hrs After an early breakfast, we drive to The monastery of Stongdey lies 18-km to the north of Padum, on the road leading to Zangla. After visiting above monastery we drive further towards Zangla, Lying deep in the northern arm of Zanskar at the end of the 35 km. After visiting above monasteries we drive back to our Camp. Dinner & Overnight stay at the Camp / Guest House / Hotel.

Day-13 Padum – Rangdum Via Suruvalley (131 Kms/5 Hrs) Post breakfast we check out from our Camp & Drive to Rangdum. Day at leisure to enjoy and relax. Dinner & Overnight at the Camp.

Day-14 Rangdum - Kargil (130 Kms / 6 Hrs) Post breakfast we check out from our Camp & Drive to Kargil. Dinner & Overnight at the Hotel.

Day-15 Kargil to Srinagar  After early Breakfast by 6.00 am drive to Srinagar passing through Drass, the second coldest inhabited Place on earth and you can have spectacular view of Kargil War famous Peaks Tiger Hill and Tololing Peak. Pay a tribute to Vijay Smarak, dedicated to Indian Soldiers who laid their lives for us during Kargil War in 1999. Arrive Srinagar by afternoon and rest of the day is for leisure. Overnight at Houseboat.

Day-16 Srinagar (Excursion to Shankracharya Temple & Mughal Gardens) Post breakfast we take a sightseeing tour of Srinagar (Lake City) visiting Shankaracharya Temple & Mughal Gardens, Nishat Bagh (Garden of Pleasure) & Shalimar Bagh (Garden of Pleasure). Overnight at Houseboat.

Day-17 Depart Srinagar (Fly Out) Tour concludes after punctual transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onward Destination.

Detailed Sightseeing

Kargil :

  • Lamayuru Monastery - Lamayuru is one of the largest and oldest gompas in Ladakh and visited enroute on the Leh - Srinagar route. It has a population of around 150 permanent monks resident.

  • Pangong Lake - Pangong Lake is an high altitude lake visited ex-Leh (128 kms). The lake is 134 kms long and max 5 km wide. Pangong drive from Leh is most spectacular via Changla pass and staying overnight at Pangong Lake is nothing short of an experience. Pangong area is also renowned for bird watching as its a nesting grounds for migratory birds like Bar headed Geese and being considered for a Ramsar site.

Leh :

  • Leh Palace - Leh Palace overlooks Leh and was modelled on the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. The palace was built by King Sengge Namgyal in the 17th century and was later abandoned. The palace, a ruin, is currently being restored by the Archaeological Survey of India. The palace is open to the public and the roof provides panoramic views of Leh and the surrounding areas.

  • Hall of Fame Museum - Hall of Fame Leh is a museum constructed and maintained by the Indian army in memory of the brave soldiers who lost their lives in the Indo-Pak wars

  • Shanti Stupa - Shanti Stupa is a Buddhist stupa on a hilltop near Leh built in 1991 by Japanese Buddhist Bhikshu Gyomyo Nakamura. The Shanti Stupa holds the relics of the Buddha at its base, enshrined by the 14th Dalai Lama himself. The stupa has become a tourist attraction not only due to its religious significance but also due to its location which provides panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

  • Spituk Monastery - Spituk Monastery is a Buddhist monastery at 8 kms from Leh in 11th century and part of the the Yellow Hat sect in the 15th century. The monastery contains 100 monks and a giant statue of Kali (unveiled during the annual Spitok festival).

  • Shey Monastery - The Shey Monastery and the Shey Palace complex are located 15 kilometres south of Leh on the Leh-Manali road. Shey was the summer capital of Ladakh in the past

  • Thiksey Monastery - Thikse Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Yellow Hat sect at 19 kms and is noted for its resemblance to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet and is the largest gompa in central Ladakh. The monastery is located at an altitude of 11,800 ft asl and is a 12-storey complex and houses many items of Buddhist art such as stupas, statues, thangkas, wall paintings and swords.

  • Gurdwara Pathar Sahib - Gurdwara Pathar Sahib was constructed in 1517 to commemorate the visit to the Ladakh region of Guru Nanak Dev in the region. Gurdwara is located at about 25 kms from Leh, on the Leh-Kargil road, 12000 ft above sea level.

  • Khardungla Pass - Khardung La (17582 ft asl) is one of the worlds highest motorable passes at 39 kms from Leh. Khardung La offers spectacular views and is kind of must visit for any traveller to Leh.

  • Hemis Monastery - Hemis Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Drukpa Lineage, located at 45 kms from Ladakh. The monastery existed before 11th century and was re-established in 1672 by the Ladakhi king. The annual Hemis festival honoring Padmasambhava is held here in early June.

  • Likir Monastery - Likir Monastery or Likir Gompa is a Buddhist monastery in Ladakh located approximately 52 kilometres from Leh off Kargil highway. It is a scenic place and is significant as it is the seat of the Ngari Rinpoche.

  • Lamayuru Monastery - Lamayuru is one of the largest and oldest gompas in Ladakh and visited enroute on the Leh - Srinagar route. It has a population of around 150 permanent monks resident.

  • Pangong Lake - Pangong Lake is an high altitude lake visited ex-Leh (128 kms). The lake is 134 kms long and max 5 km wide. Pangong drive from Leh is most spectacular via Changla pass and staying overnight at Pangong Lake is nothing short of an experience. Pangong area is also renowned for bird watching as its a nesting grounds for migratory birds like Bar headed Geese and being considered for a Ramsar site.

Nubra Valley :

  • Double Humped Camel Ride - Nubra Valley (120 kms from Leh) is known for being the high altitude desert area and home to double humped camels. A camel ride here is popular with tourists.

  • Diskit Monastery - Diskit Monastery is the oldest and largest Buddhist monastery in the Nubra Valley region of Ladakh. Lachung Temple and Hundur Monastery are also located nearby.

Padum :

  • Karsha Monastery - Karsha Monastery built in 11th century is the largest monastic establishment of Zanskar at 6 Km from Padum. Monastery is set on a hill by a river and offers excellent views of the area. It has the largest library of religious text in Zanskar. There are eight temples and two assembly halls in the complex, which also houses a large and priceless Thangka and smaller but valuable scrolls and precious idols.

  • Sani Monastery Walk - Sani Monastery is located next to the village of Sani at 6 kms from Padum and approachable by a 2 hour gentle walk. It belongs to the Drukpa Kargyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, and is the only one of this order in Zanskar which has nuns. It is thought to be the oldest religious site in the whole region of Ladakh and Zanskar.

  • Stongday Monastery - Stongday Gompa is built on a rocky outcrop overlooking the oasis-like village below. It lies 20 Km to the north of Padum, on the road leading to Zangla. Stongday is now the second largest monastic establishment of Zanskar with 60 resident Gelukpa monks.

Pangong Lake :

  • Pangong Lake - Pangong Lake is an high altitude lake visited ex-Leh (128 kms). The lake is 134 kms long and max 5 km wide. Pangong drive from Leh is most spectacular via Changla pass and staying overnight at Pangong Lake is nothing short of an experience. Pangong area is also renowned for bird watching as its a nesting grounds for migratory birds like Bar headed Geese and being considered for a Ramsar site.

Rangdum :

  • Rangdum Monastery - Rangdum Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery belonging to the Gelugpa sect, situated at an altitude of 12000 ft asl at the head of the Suru Valley enroute to Zanskar valley in Ladakh.

Srinagar :

  • Shankaracharya Temple - An ancient temple dating back to 250BC where the philosopher Shankaracharya is believed to have stayed here when he visited Kashmir ten centuries ago to revive Sanatan Dharma

  • Nishat Bagh - Nishat Bagh are a set of Mughal gardens at 14 kms and is characterised by terraced lawns, cascading fountains, paint-box-bright flowerbeds with the panorama of the Dal Lake and Pir Panjal mountain range in front of them. Nishat was designed in 1633 AD by Asaf Khan, brother of Nur Jehan.

Uley :

  • Likir Monastery - Likir Monastery or Likir Gompa is a Buddhist monastery in Ladakh located approximately 52 kilometres from Leh off Kargil highway. It is a scenic place and is significant as it is the seat of the Ngari Rinpoche.

  • Lamayuru Monastery - Lamayuru is one of the largest and oldest gompas in Ladakh and visited enroute on the Leh - Srinagar route. It has a population of around 150 permanent monks resident.

Destination Overview

Leh - Leh lies at altitude of 10500 ft and the region basically is a high altitude desert and home to ancient monasteries, offers some extreme weather and exceptional views.

Nubra Valley - Nubra Valley (120 kms from Leh) is known for being the high altitude desert area having sand dunes and the double humped camels.

Pangong Lake - Pangong Lake (160 kms from Leh) is situated at about 14,200 feet and is the world’s highest saltwater lake.

Uley - Uley (or Uleytopko) lies on the Leh - Srinagar highway at about 70 kms from Leh near Alchi Monastery.

Kargil - Kargil (8200 ft asl) is one of the coldest regions in India on the Srinagar - Leh highway.

Rangdum - Rangdum is located midway between Kargil and Padum and is about 100 kms from Kargil.

Padum - Padum (also spelt Padam) located 240 km from Kargil is the largest town and administrative center of Zanskar Valley.

Srinagar - Srinagar is the summer capital city of Kashmir. Srinagar is a city famous for its lake experience. Houseboats, Shikaras and Mughal gardens, Handicraft shops all combine to give a unique holiday experience.

Access
Prefered Arrival : No ImageLeh
Prefered Departure : No ImageSrinagarNo ImageUdhampur(231kms), Katra(280kms), Jammu(300kms)
Distances
  • Leh to Nubra Valley -125 kms (5 hrs)
  • Nubra Valley to Leh -125 kms (5 hrs)
  • Leh to Pangong Lake -150 kms (5 hrs)
  • Pangong Lake to Leh -150 kms (5 hrs)
  • Leh to Uley -70 kms (2 hrs)
  • Uley to Kargil -164 kms (8 hrs)
  • Kargil to Rangdum -130 kms (5 hrs)
  • Rangdum to Padum -110 kms (5 hrs)
  • Padum to Rangdum -110 kms (5 hrs)
  • Rangdum to Kargil -130 kms (5 hrs)
  • Kargil to Srinagar -204 kms (8 hrs)

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Distances
  • Leh to Nubra Valley -125 kms (5 hrs)
  • Nubra Valley to Leh -125 kms (5 hrs)
  • Leh to Pangong Lake -150 kms (5 hrs)
  • Pangong Lake to Leh -150 kms (5 hrs)
  • Leh to Uley -70 kms (2 hrs)
  • Uley to Kargil -164 kms (8 hrs)
  • Kargil to Rangdum -130 kms (5 hrs)
  • Rangdum to Padum -110 kms (5 hrs)
  • Padum to Rangdum -110 kms (5 hrs)
  • Rangdum to Kargil -130 kms (5 hrs)
  • Kargil to Srinagar -204 kms (8 hrs)

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