LEH – LADAKH (INDIA)
Leh pronunciation (help·info) (Tibetan alphabet: གླེ་, Wylie: Gle), was the capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh, now the Leh District in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India. Leh, with an area of 45,110 km2, is the second largest district in the country (after Kutch, Gujarat) in terms of area. The town is still dominated by the now ruined Leh Palace, former mansion of the royal family of Ladakh, built in the same style and about the same time as the Potala Palace. Leh is at an altitude of 3524 metres (11,562 ft), and connects via National Highway 1D to Srinagar in the southwest and to Manali in the south via Leh-Manali Highway
Leh is connected to the rest of India by two high-altitude roads both of which are subject to landslides and neither of which are passable in winter when covered by deep snows. The National Highway 1D from Srinagar via Kargil is generally open longer. The Leh-Manali Highway can be troublesome due to very high passes and plateaus, and the lower but landslide-prone Rohtang Pass near Manali.
The overland approach to Ladakh from the Kashmir valley via the 434-km. Srinagar-Leh road typically remains open for traffic from June to October/November. The most dramatic part of this road journey is the ascent up the 3,505 m (11,500 ft.) high Zoji-la, a tortuous pass in the Great Himalayan Wall. The Jammu & Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation (JKSRTC) operates regular Deluxe and Ordinary bus services between Srinagar and Leh on this route with an overnight halt at Kargil. Taxis (cars and jeeps) are also available at Srinagar for the journey.
Since 1989, the 473-km Manali-Leh road has been serving as the second land approach to Ladakh. Open for traffic from June to late October, this high road traverses the upland desert plateaux of Rupsho whose altitude ranges from 3,660 m to 4,570 m. There are a number of high passes en route among which the highest one, known as Tanglang La, is sometimes (but incorrectly) claimed to be the world’s second highest motorable pass at an altitude of 5,325 m. (17,469 feet). See the article on Khardung La for a discussion of the world’s highest motorable passes.
Leh’s Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport has flights to Delhi at least daily on Kingfisher, Jet Airways and/or Indian Airlines which also provides twice weekly services to Jammu and a weekly flight to Srinagar. Connect in Delhi for other destinations.Go air operates delhi to leh daily flights during peak time.
There are no railways currently in Ladakh, however a railway is proposed. See Bilaspur-Mandi-Leh Railway for more information.
Ladakh is a region of Jammu and Kashmir and lies between the Kunlun mountain range in the north and the main Great Himalayas to the south, inhabited by people of Indo-Aryan and Tibetan descent. It is one of the most sparsely populated regions in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Ladakh, the Persian transliteration of the Tibetan La-dvags, is warranted by the pronunciation of the word in several Tibetan districts.”
Historically, the region included the Baltistan (Baltiyul) valleys, the Indus Valley, the remote Zangskar, Lahaul and Spiti to the south, Aksai Chin and Ngari, including the Rudok region and Guge, in the east, and the Nubra valleys to the north. Contemporary Ladakh borders Tibet to the east, the Lahaul and Spiti to the south, the Vale of Kashmir, Jammu and Baltiyul regions to the west, and the trans–Kunlun territory of Xinjiang to the far north. Ladakh is renowned for its remote mountain beauty and culture. It is sometimes called “Little Tibet” as it has been strongly influenced by Tibetan culture. In the past Ladakh gained importance from its strategic location at the crossroads of important trade routes, but since the Chinese authorities closed the borders with Tibet and Central Asia in the 1960s, international trade has dwindled except for tourism. Since 1974, the Government of India has successfully encouraged tourism in Ladakh. Since Ladakh is a part of strategically important Jammu and Kashmir, the Indian military maintains a strong presence in the region. The largest town in Ladakh is Leh. It is one of the few remaining abodes of Buddhism in South Asia, including the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bhutan and Sri Lanka; a majority of Ladakhis are Tibetan Buddhists and the rest are mostly Shia Muslims. Some Ladakhi activists have in recent times called for Ladakh to be constituted as a union territory because of its religious and cultural differences with predominantly Muslim Kashmir.
There are about 1,800 km (1,100 mi) of roads in Ladakh of which 800 km (500 mi) are surfaced.The majority of roads in Ladakh are looked after by the Border Roads Organisation. Ladakh was the connection point between Central Asia and South Asia when the Silk Road was in use. The sixty-day journey on the Ladakh route connecting Amritsar and Yarkand through eleven passes was frequently undertaken by traders till the third quarter of the 19th century. Another common route in regular use was the Kalimpong route between Leh and Lhasa via Gartok, the administrative centre of western Tibet. Gartok could be reached either straight up the Indus in winter or through either the Taglang la or the Chang la. Beyond Gartok, the Cherko la brought travelers to the Manasarovar and Rakshastal lakes, and then to Barka, which is connected to the main Lhasa road. These traditional routes have been closed since the Ladakh-Tibet border was sealed by the Chinese government. Other routes connected Ladakh to Hunza and Chitral but, as in the previous case, there is currently no border crossing between Ladakh and Pakistan. In present times, the only two land routes to Ladakh in use are from Srinagar and Manali. Travelers from Srinagar start their journey from Sonamarg, over the Zoji La pass (3,450 m, 11,320 ft) via Dras and Kargil (2,750 m, 9,022 ft) passing through Namika la (3,700 m, 12,140 ft) and Fatu la (4,100 m, 13,450 ft). This has been the main traditional gateway to Ladakh since historical times and is now open to traffic from April or May until November or December every year. However, with the rise of militancy in Kashmir, the main corridor to the area has shifted from the Srinagar-Kargil-Leh route via Zoji la to the high altitude Manali-Leh Highway from Himachal Pradesh. The highway crosses four passes, Rohtang la (3,978 m, 13,050 ft), Baralacha la (4,892 m, 16,050 ft), Lungalacha la (5,059 m, 16,600 ft) and Taglang la (5,325 m, 17,470 ft) and the More plains and is open only between May and November when snow is cleared from the road.
Buses run from Leh to the surrounding villages. The Manali–Leh–Srinagar road makes up about half of the road network, the remainder being spurs off it. Ladakh is criss-crossed by a complex network of mountain trails which even today provides the only link to most of the valleys, villages and high pastures. For the traveler with a number of months it is possible to trek from one end of Ladakh to the other, or even from places in Himachal Pradesh. The large number of trails and the limited number of roads allows one to string together routes that have road access often enough to restock supplies but avoid walking on motor roads almost entirely. There is one airport in Leh, from which there are daily flights to Delhi on Jet Airways, Air Deccan, and Air India and weekly flights to Srinagar and Jammu. There are two airstrips at Daulat Beg Oldie and Fukche for military transport.
1N Kargil – 1N Alchi – 4N Leh – 2N Nubra Valley – 1N Pangong -1N Nyoma (Leh)- 1N Sarchu – 1N Tsooriri
Srinagar – Kargil. Morning After breakfast leave for Kargil, by visiting Sonamarg (Known As Meadow of Gold), Drass Village (2 Coldest Inhabitated place in the World), Enroute have a magnificent view of Kargil war Famous Peaks (Tiger, Tololing) from Vijay memorial hall, reach Kargil by evening. Overnight in Kargil.
Kargil – Ule via Batalik. Morning after breakfast leave for Ule by visiting / crossing Batalik (one of the most famous war zone fought by the Indian soldiers in 1999 with Pakistan at this place) this route is also opened for tourist in 2010,Silmo, Dha, Beeama (it’s a lovely village of the Aryans who still lives there), Reach Ule by Evening. Overnight in Resort.
Ule – Leh. After the Breakfast drive to Leh enroute visit Alchi monastery, Magnetic hill, Pathar Sahib Gurudwara and Hall of Fame museum. Arrive at Leh by afternoon. Overnight Leh.
Leh – Nubra Valley. After Breakfast drive to Nubra Valley via Khardungla (Highest Motorable road in the World, 18,380 ft) Arrive at Hundur by afternoon. Lunch at Camp, rest of the day one is free to explore Deskit, Hunder Villages and camel Safari in Sand Dunes between Deskit and Hunder Village. Overnight Nubra Valley.
Hunder – Tyakshi – Hunder. After breakfast drive to Turtuk (which is first time opened for the tourist in 2010) which is a place captured by Indians in the war of 1972 with Pakistan, enroute visit Tyakshi(it is the border which divides India and Pakistan), reach Hunder by evening. Overnight Nubra Valley.
Hundur – Leh. After Breakfast visit Deskit Monastery, explore the place where one of the unique features of the landscapes in Nubra is the sand dunes between Deskit and Hunder villages and drive back to Leh by same Route, crossing Khardungla Pass. Overnight Hotel.
Leh Local. A Complete day of visit to the monasteries. After breakfast drive to visit the Shey Palace, Thiksey, Hemis monasteries, Stok Palace Museum & Sindhu Ghat. Return to Leh in the evening. Overnight Leh.
Leh to Spangmik. After Breakfast leave for Pangong Lake 14,500 ft, through Changla Pass 17,350 ft. (third Highest Motorable road in the world) Arrival at Camp, Hot Lunch will be served aat Camp, Later free time at Leisure and enjoy the color changing lake and the sun set on the banks of lake. Overnight On the banks of Pangong Lakes.
Spangmik – Man Merak – Leh. After Breakfast drive from Spangmik to Man Merak also opened for the tourist for the first time in 2010 after that drive back to Leh with the sweet memory of Man Merak which is also a border which divides China and India. Back to Leh by evening. Overnight Leh.
Leh – Nyoma. After breakfast drive to Nyoma(first time opened for the tourist in 2010) via Mya bridge passing Chumathang (Hot Spring) along the Indus river, visit the beauty of the village whole day, later visit to last village from Indian side at Loma. Overnight Nyoma.
Nyoma – Tsomoriri Lake. Morning after breakfast drive to Tsomoriri lake. Spend your evening on lake by leisure walk on the banks of lake. Overnight in Korzok.
Tsomoriri Lake Tsokar – Sarchu. Early Morning drive to Serchu passing Puga (Sulphur Mine), Tsokar Lake, Skyang chu Thang Skyangchu Thang (Biggest and Highest Plateau on Stretch of 42 Kms, Enjoy your pack lunch at Pang, post lunch leave for Sarchu by crossing Nakeela and Lchung La. Arrive Sarchu by evening. Overnight in Sarchu.
Sarchu – Manali. After the breakfast drive for Manali, a beautiful scenic drive by crossing Baralacha La (4845m), lunch at Sissu village, later cross famous Rohtang Pass, 13050 ft. Arrive Manali by evening. Drop at Hotel / Manali Bus Stand. Journey ends here.
Price / Inclusion
|PRICE FROM||INR STANDARD||INR FIRST||INR SUPERIOR||INR DELUXE||INR LUXURY Adult (Sharing 2)||81845||89745||96199||102240||110535 Child with Bed||21300||23805||29010||31355||37785 Infants 0-23 Months||9465||10505||12910||15975||18315 4 Passenger||54205||59725||66175||72220||80514 6 Passenger||44999||49725||56170||62215||70510|
|CITY NAME||HOTEL NAME STANDARD||HOTEL NAME FIRST||HOTEL NAME SUPERIOR||HOTEL NAME DELUXE||HOTEL NAME LUXURY Leh||Mahay Palace & Jorchung Hotel||Pangong Hotel Nalanda & Alpine Villa Lotus||Lharisa Resort & Glacier View||Druk & Ladakh Residency||The Grand Dragon Alchi||Faryok Resort / Moonland Guest House Lamayuru||Ule Ethnic Resort & Ule Adventure Resort (Hut & with common Bath) / Alchi Resort||Ule Ethnic Resort & Ule Adventure Resort (cottages with attached Bath)||Ule Ethnic Resort & Ule Adventure Resort (cottages with attached Bath)||Ule Ethnic Resort & Ule Adventure Resort (cottages with attached Bath) Nubra Valley||Snow Leopard Hotel||Organic Retreat Camp / Silk Route Cottages||Valley Flower Luxury Camp/Karma Inn or Organic Retreat||Valley Flower Luxury Camp /Karma Inn or Stendel||Valley Flower Luxury Camp / Karma Inn or Stendel Pangong||Martsemik Camp||Martsemik Camp||Pangong Retreat Luxury Camp Man-Merak (Attached Bath)||Pangong Retreat Luxury Camp Man-Merak (Attached Bath)||Pangong Retreat Luxury Camp Man-Merak (Attached Bath) Tsomoriri||Nomadic Camp / Tsomoriri Resort||Nomadic Camp / Tsomoriri Resort||Nomadic Camp / Tsomoriri Resort||Nomadic Camp / Tsomoriri Resort||Nomadic Camp / Tsomoriri Resort Kargil||Greenland Hotel||Greenland Hotel||PC Place / Siachen Hotel||PC Place / Siachen Hotel||PC Place / Siachen Hotel Sarchu / Jispa||Goldrop Deluxe Camp (Sarchu)/ Ibex Hotel or Padma Lodge (Jispa)||Goldrop Deluxe Camp (Sarchu)/ Ibex Hotel or Padma Lodge (Jispa)||Goldrop Deluxe Camp (Sarchu) /Ibex Hotel or Padma Lodge (Jispa)||Goldrop Deluxe Camp (Sarchu)/ Ibex Hotel or Padma Lodge (Jispa)||Goldrop Deluxe Camp (Sarchu)/ Ibex Hotel or Padma Lodge (Jispa)|
- 12 nights Accommodation on twin sharing Basis as per Package Selected.
- All Meals (Bed Tea, Breakfast, Hot / Pack Lunch, Dinner)
- To & Fro Airport Transfers.Transportation by Non A/C Innova or Xylo for Premium, Luxury, Super Deluxe and Deluxe Packages.
- Transportation by Non A/C Scorpio, Sumo Grande or Qualis in Standard Package.
- Innerline Permit.
- Complimentary Reach Ladakh Guide Book on Arrival in Leh.
- Any Kind of Personal Expenses or Optional Tours / Extra Meals Ordered
- Monument Entrances, Rafting & Camel Safari Charges.
- Any thing not specifically mentioned under the head “Prices included”.
- Tips, Insurance, Laundry, Phone Calls.
- Any Kind of Drinks (Alcoholic, Mineral, Aerated)
- Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control.
- GST will be applicable on total amount.
- Cultural Program Rs. 6800 per program.
- River Rafting INR 1700 Per Person (Phey – Nimoo (Indus) / Choksti – Nimoo (Zangskar) – 2 Hrs Approx.
- River Rafting INR 2200 Per Person – Chilling – Nimoo (Zangskar River)
- Professional Tourist Guide Rs. 1600/- Per Day.
- Two Hump Camel Ride at Nubra Valley at Sand Dunes: INR 250 (15 Mins) / INR 500 (30 Mins)
- 1 Litre Mineral Water Bottle: INR 30 Per Bottle.
- Prices valid from 01st April 2013 to 31st October 2013.
- Prices valid for minimum 02, 04 & 06 pax traveling together in one vehicle.
- Final Confirmation will be provided on full payment.
- April & October Month, Pangong Lake Journey will be done in one-day excursion.
- For Cancellation please refer to our Terms and Conditions.
Itenary : LINE OF CONTROL -LEH LADAKH 13 DAYS / 12 NIGHTS