Ladakh, or La-Dags, the land of many passes, lies on the northern tip of India`s frontiers with Pakistan and China. India`s most remote northern province straddles two of Earth`s highest mountain ranges - the Himalayas and the Karakoram - with rugged villages , gem green valleys and heaven touching monasteries; a trekker`s paradise.
Ladakh covers about sixty percent of Jammu & Kashmir`s land area, but houses only a fraction of its population. Divided into the main regions of Leh and Kargil, this region has remained isolated from the rest of the world.
Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Day 02: Full day combine sightseeing of Old & New Delhi
Day 03: Morning fly to Leh
Day 04: Visit Hemis, Shey, Thikse
Day 05: Visit Alchi & Likir
Day 06: Drive to Nubra & Tirith
Day 07: Tirith/Leh
Day 08: Leh/Kargil
Day 09: Kargil/Srinagar
Day 10: Fulll day sightseeing
Day 11: Day at leisure
Day 12: Fly back to Delhi
Day 13: Depart Delhi
Leh is the capital of Ladakh (altitude 3505 M). Sheltered in the North by the Ladakh range and in the South by the Zanskar mountains, Leh gets very little rainfall. The most attractive feature of the landscape of Ladakh are the Buddhist gompas (monasteries). Situated on the highest point of the mountain spurs or majestically sprawling over cliff-sides, located in the vicinity of villages, these aesthetically leasing, architecturally interesting gompas provide the focus for the faith of the highly religious Buddhist people.of pilgrims gather during the major annual festival held here in summer. It celebrates Guru Padma Sambhav’s birth anniversary. It also has the largest thanka in Ladakh which is unfurled once in 12 years (Last was in 1992)
Hemis was built in 1630 during the reign of Sengge Namgyal, an illustrious ruler of Ladakh. It flourished under the Namgyal dynasty for the royalty favored the Drugkpa Sect which managed the monastery. It has an Assembly Hall and a temple known as Tshogkhang. The Hall, Dukhang, is also used as a `green room` by the dancers during the festival. The temple verandahs have a surfeit of frescoes, among them the Kalachakra (Buddhist wheel of life) and the `Lords of the Four Quarters`, besides rows of prayer wheels.
Thikse is one of the largest and architecturally most impressive ompas. There are several temples in this gompa containing images, stupas and wall paintings of Buddha which are exquisite, Hemis - 40 km from Leh, it is the wealthiest, best known and biggest gompa of Ladakh.
Srinagar is located in the heart of Kashmir valley at an altitude of 1,730 m above sea level, spread on both sides of river Jhelum. The Dal and Nagin lakes enhance its picturesque setting, while the changing play of the seasons and the salubrious climate ensures that the city is equally attractive to visitors around the year. each have an island in the centre, called Rup Lank or Char Chinari and Sona Lank, respectively.
Nagin lake lies to the east of the city at the foot of the Zabarwan Mountain. The Shankaracharya hill (Takht-i-Sulaiman) is to the south and Hari Parbat on its west.