SURREAL- the only word that comes close to describing the supernatural beauty of Leh and Ladakh. The scenery of the place mesmerizes and enchants – speckled with stupas and monasteries, blue hues of the sky and the lakes, aptly contrasted by the red and saffron robes of the Buddhist monks, a journey through this place is an experience that can only be felt, not described.
Catch an early morning flight to Leh, the capital of Ladakh. Once you are in the city, check into your hotel room and spend the day resting. It’s important that you take a day off to let your body adapt to the high altitude and the low air pressure.
Wake up early on day 2. Have a heavy breakfast and then begin your explorations in and around the city. Visit Shey Palace, Thikse Monastery, Hemis Monastery and Stok Palace Museum. In the afternoon, visit the Shanti Stupa. Once done, return to the hotel for a scrumptious dinner and a good night’s sleep.
On day 3, after breakfast, leave for Nubra Valley via Khardong-la (Altitude – 18,380 feet). Once you descend from the pass, drive on for sightseeing in the Sumoor area. Later in the day, check into a camp in the same area or drive across to Deskit for dinner and an overnight camp stay.
On day 4, explore Deskit and Hundar. Visit the sand dunes and take a short camel safari on the double-hump of a Bactrian camel. Later, in the afternoon, drive back to your hotel in Leh. You will reach in time for dinner. Sleep early for the next day.
Spend day 5 exploring the Pangong Tso Lake, located on the Indo-Chinese border. It is a round trip of roughly 300 km. You will be crossing the Chang-la, situated at an altitude of 17370 ft., to reach there. After sightseeing around the lake, drive back to your hotel in Leh. You will reach by the evening. Enjoy your dinner and have a relaxing, good night’s sleep.
The day you bid farewell to the beautiful city. Leave on time for Leh airport, collecting beautiful memories on the way.