Leh - Ladakh Hills

Leh - Ladakh Hills

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Leh is the capital of Ladakh, a region in the state of Jammu and Kashmir in India. Lying between the the Kunlun mountain range in the north and the main Great Himalayas to the south, this region is among the most sparsely populated regions in the state.
Perched on a height of 3505 meters from sea level, Leh is located towards the eastern side of Jammu and Kashmir. After a long haul in its history, Leh and Ladakh were cut from other areas of the country for long. However, now Leh has become a popular tourist destination among domestic and international tourists. For those interested in learning more about the region, a well-demonstrated Leh-Ladakh map would be good starting point. The map given here can help you to know about the areas in Leh and Ladakh.

Snuggled in the highest mountains, the Himalayas, Leh presents unique topographical features - Snow capped silvery mountain peaks and golden barley farmlands- both run together presenting a great picture. From the map, you can see that the area is watered by the Zanskar River that flows into Indus River just below. The Leh Palace is the most prominent structure in the area and the entire city of Leh, it seems, sprouts from this ruined Tibetan styled palace. Moreover, the city runs north narrowing into eroded snow-capped peaks. Rock and snow - covers most of its geology. This city with amazing geological and ecological features attracts thousands of adventure loving travellers from across the world.

Country India
Area 45,110 km2 (17,420 sq mi)
Time zone IST (UTC+05:30)
Languages spoken Urdu, Ladakhi & English
Currency Indian Rupees
Visa requirements No Visa needed for Indians

Places of interest

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LADAKH
The fact that attracts me most about Ladakh is that it is a cold desert situated in the lap of the mighty Himalayan range and Karakoram Range. This place will entice your heart and mind and provide you with an essence of tranquility. I personally find Ladakh to be a very famous vacation spot and pilgrimage destination among the tourists and devotees of Buddhism. High altitude lakes, thrilling and dangerous passes, monasteries and gompas, and historical sites contribute to the blissful essence of the place.

LEH:
Leh is the capital of Ladakh and also the largest town there. Leh was once the capital of Ladakh Kingdom and therefore has many historical places and monasteries. It has become a tourist hub and is connected with Srinagar and Manali by road and can even be reached by air. It is a pack packer's heaven; cheap hotels, good food, hospitable locals and exotic culture and destination. You would find decent commuting options in Leh to visit most of the places in Ladakh.

KARGIL:
Kargil is the second largest town in Ladakh. The town is a valley surrounded by mountain on all sides. There is not much to see in Kargil but it has an old world charm. There are many places to explore around Kargil.

PANGONG LAKE:
Pangong Lake seemed to be the favourite destination for many tourists visiting Ladakh. Few years back it was a beautiful brackish lake known to very few people. It was relatively unknown before it got popularised by the blockbuster film 3 Idiots. After that tourists have increased manifold. Pangong Lake may be perhaps one of the most beautiful high altitude lakes in the world. It can be reached after 6 hours drive from Leh.

PAHALGAM

LAMAYURU VILLAGE AND MONASTERY:
The Lamayuru monastery is the most beautiful monastery I have ever seen. The village is centered around this ancient monastery and is worth a visit. It is the centre of Buddhism and is one of the most revered Buddhist monasteries in Ladakh. The small village is also the host for many annual events and religious festivals. Don't miss the strange, out of this world 'moonscape' just near the village.

TSOMORIRI LAKE:
This is another high altitude Lake but less frequented than Pangong. The Lake is pristine and exotic. It is also a breeding ground for many migratory birds and so a good place for bird watchers.

SAND DUNES AT HUNDER:
Nubra valley is full of surprises. It is also one of the greenest valleys you will come across in Ladakh. Hunder is beautiful village in the middle of this valley known for its mysterious sand dunes. It is believed to have been formed out of a river bed that dried or got washed off by forces of nature like rain and wind. It also offers camping facilities. It has a small population of two-humped camels called Bactrian camels, that can be spotted and are like an attraction of Hunder.

KHARTUNGLA PASS:
Located at an altitude of 5,360 meters, Khartungla Pass is among the highest motorable roads around the world. It is continuously overflown with slush of mud and melted ice water. The 2,000 meters climb from Leh to Khartungla will offer some exciting view of Leh and the mountains beyond, i.e., the Zanskar Range. Some adventurous folk prefer to paddle down on cycle rather than hiring a taxi. Other than the snow covered peak and the cold, there's nothing much to see but the view is rewarding.

GOMPAS AND STUPAS:
Literally there are forests of gompas everywhere in Ladakh. Sometimes you would see stupas even at the most unexpected places. These religious monuments are an integral part of the land. They are as old as their civilization and have experienced the test of time. These holy structures against the desolate landscapes add dimension and certain mysticism to the region.

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VAST OPEN SPACE AND MOUNTAINS:
This may come as a surprise but you've to cover around 500 km from Manali to reach Leh and this road is a quite an experience for bikers. The diverse landscapes are just amazing to watch. After a hundred kilometers or so from Manali, the conditions became too harsh for habitation. So there's a vast stretch of mountains unoccupied. It was a relieving sight to me after the suffocating and overburdened plains of Central and North India. There are no inhabitants for some 300 km or so. It is just you and the road. You will see some of the most breathtaking sights in your entire life. I've always thought the journey is as important as the destination.

ZANSKAR:
Zanskar is a sub-district of Kargil and one of the most remote parts of Ladakh. It is also the least visited place in Ladakh. In winter Zanskar is accessible only by foot through a frozen river. The remoteness has preserved its old traditions and so far kept them authentic and unadulterated. Residents of Zanskar are colourful people, rich in tradition and culture. You wouldn't see such people in other parts of Ladakh. Padum is the largest town but have a meager population of around 700 inhabitants. The rest are distributed in small villages and on highlands. They keep cattle and sometimes live a semi-nomadic life especially during summer.

Note:
Both Indian and Foreign tourist are required to carry tourist permit while travelling to Pangong Lake, Tso Moriri, Nubra Valley and other destination bordering Tibet. The permit is valid for 7 days and can be acquired from any travel agency in Leh.

Culture and history

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Ladakh's culture, economy and society has been shaped by many factors - the fact that Ladakh neighbors Tibet in the east, in the north by the Xiniang province of China, in the northwest by Pakistan, in the west by Kashmir and in the south by the Lahaul and Spiti valleys of Himachal Pradesh, also Central Asia further a field - how all these areas have influenced and shaped the culture and society that has developed in Ladakh over the years to the present day.

Along the long established trade routes through Tibet, Central Asia, Kashmir and the plains of northern India, came not only goods but also ideas. Despite its harsh terrain and remoteness from urban centres, Ladakh has long been a location where people, commerce and cultures intermingled and its art forms therefore reflect influences from many other places. Records and monographs left by European travelers - the first Europeans to reach Leh in 1631were the Portuguese priests Francisco de Azevedo and John de Oliveira. Then in 1820 the two Englishmen William Moorcroft and George Trebeck, who worked for the East India Company - they had come to Ladakh in the course of a journey to central Asia in search of horses for the East India Co - were kept in Leh for two years waiting for permission to go to Yarkand, and which was eventually denied them. It was during this two-year wait that they observed and wrote about life in Ladakh, trade, clothes, religion, etc.

In old times, Leh was an important trade route for trade of silk yarn, Cashmere wool, Brocade, Resins and Semi precious stones. It fell on the crossroads of old routes from Kashmir, Tibet and China. During the times of Dard colonizers, Leh used to be an important stopover Tibetan nomads and traders.

Since Leh is highly influenced by Buddhist Monks, one can see 2 nd century monasteries, monuments, stupas along with Mughlai mosques erected in 16th century. It clearly shows the mixed cultures of two faiths.

SITT LEH-LADAKH TOURS PACKAGE (03 NIGHTS / 04 DAYS)

DAY 01: ARRIVE LEH
Upon arrival at Leh Airport you will meet our representative and transfer to Hotel for Check in. Complete day for rest and leisure to acclimatize to Ladakh's high altitude of 11500 feet. Evening Visit to Leh Market & Shanti Stupa. Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 02: LEH (EXCURSION TO MONASTERIES)
Post Breakfast we proceed for Indus Valley Monastery of Shey, The ancient capital of Ladakh, Thiksey an impressive monastery complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village, Stok Palace & Sindhu Ghat. Packed Lunch will be provided. Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 03: LEH (EXCURSION TO KHARDUNGLA TOP - 18,390 FT.)
Post Breakfast we drive to Khardung la, the highest motor able road in the world at 18,390 ft. is around 39 Kms away from Leh. The views from the top of the pass are amazing. Return to the hotel for hot lunch. Later in the afternoon at leisure for last day shopping and overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 04: DEPART LEH (FLY OUT)
Tour concludes. SITT thank you for your patronage and ensure a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport- Kushok Bakula Rinpochey Airport, Leh to catch the flight for your onward journey towards home.
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Cost Includes:

1. On arrival Meet and Greet at the airport.
2. Transportation (All sightseeing, long drive, transfer and drop).
3. All accommodations.
4. Innerline Permit.

Cost Dose Not Includes:

1. Air Fare/Train fare.
2. Parking, Entry fee, Toll tax not included.
3. Personal Expenses such as Laundry, telephone calls, tips. Liquor, boating & joy rides.
4. Any other item not specified in "Cost Includes".
5. Additional sightseeing or usages of vehicle not mention in the itinerary.
6. Guide charge not include.
7. Any cost arising due to natural calamities like, landslides, road blocks etc (to be borne by the clients directly on the spot).

Cancellation / Prepayment

Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to package type.
We are not responsible for tour cancellation due to Force Majeure clause (Expenses / Cancellations incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc.) Additional expenses incurred due to Force Majeure Clause on the ongoing tour shall be borne by the guest on actual.
We hope that the tour itinerary and the cost are acceptable to you. Please contact us on the specified address in case of any alterations. Please reply soon so as to enable us to provide efficient services.

SITT LEH-LADAKH TOURS PACKAGE (07 NIGHTS / 08 DAYS)

DAY 01:SRINAGAR TO KARGIL
Meet SITT representive and post breakfast drive to Leh via Sonamarg, One of the most beautiful drives from Srinagar to Leh. In Sonamarg one can take a pony ride (optional) to Thajiwas Glacier where snow remains round the year. Upon arrival in Kargil we check in at our hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 02: KARGIL TO TINGMOSGANG
Post breakfast we drive to Tingmosgang enroute visiting Lamayuru, Belongs to Drigung Kagyu sect of Buddhism often known as the Red Hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The oldest structure in Lamayuru is the Singey Lhakhang built by the founder of Alchi Lotsava Rinchen Zangpo in 11th century. After visiting Lamayuru we proceed further to Tingmosgang, once the capital of lower Ladakh for a short time. Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 03: TINGMOSGANG TO LEH
Post breakfast drive to Leh enroute visiting Ridzong Gonpa, Alchi, Likir and Basgo. Ridzong is one of the newest monasteries of Ladakh and Alchi famous for its wall paintings/frescos of 1000 years old. Basgo a ancient castle of world heritage site and Likir a beautiful monastery situated on hill top above the village of Likir. Upon arrival in Leh you will met by our representative and check in at our hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 04: LEH TO PANGONG LAKE (06 HOURS APPROX.)
After an early breakfast we leave for Pangong Lake through Changla pass 5486 Mtrs. Pangong Lake, situated at 14,000 feet (4,267 m). A long narrow basin of inland drainage, hardly six to seven kilometer at its widest point and over 130km long, it is bisected by the international border between India and China. A few years back the government decided to open it to tourists though the lake and its surrounding is under army surveillance. Enjoy the landscape in the back drop of the Lake. One rarely feels so close to nature and environment and the scenery is unforgettable. Overnight stay at the camp near lake.

DAY 05: PANGONG LAKE TO LEH (06 HOURS APPROX.)
Morning at leisure to explore the beauty of lake and later we drive back to Leh enroute visiting Thiksey an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. Visit Shey, the ancient capital of Ladakh. Drive further to Leh and check in at our hotel for Overnight.

DAY 06: LEH TO NUBRA VALLEY (126 KMS / APRX. 05 HRS)
After an early breakfast we drive to Nubra Valley via Khardongla Pass (the highest motor able road in the world) at 18,390 ft, around 39kms from Leh. Nubra Valley is popularly known as Ldumra or valley of flowers. It is situated to the North of Ladakh between the Karakoram and Ladakh ranges of the Himalayas. Visit Sumoor, another pretty village on the other side of the river. Samstan Ling Monastery or Gonpa is one of the 15 big monasteries of Ladakh founded by Lama Tsultim Nima who also founded the Ridzong Monastery. Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 07:NUBRA VALLEY – LEH
After your breakfast, visit the Deskit Monastery situated on a hill over looking the entire Nubra Valley and have see the biggest Maitreya Buddha's Statue below the Monastery and later drive to Sandunes enjoy a camel safari (Optional). Drive back to Leh and afternoon rest and relax or take a walk to the local market. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 08: DEPART LEH (FLY OUT)
Tour concludes. SITT thank you for your patronage and ensure a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onward Destination.
Book Now

Cost Includes:

1. On arrival Meet and Greet at the airport.
2. Transportation (All sightseeing, long drive, transfer and drop).
3. All accommodations.
4. Innerline Permit.

Cost Dose Not Includes:

1. Air Fare/Train fare.
2. Parking, Entry fee, Toll tax not included.
3. Personal Expenses such as Laundry, telephone calls, tips. Liquor, boating & joy rides.
4. Any other item not specified in "Cost Includes".
5. Additional sightseeing or usages of vehicle not mention in the itinerary.
6. Guide charge not include.
7. Any cost arising due to natural calamities like, landslides, road blocks etc (to be borne by the clients directly on the spot).

Cancellation / Prepayment

Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to package type.
We are not responsible for tour cancellation due to Force Majeure clause (Expenses / Cancellations incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc.) Additional expenses incurred due to Force Majeure Clause on the ongoing tour shall be borne by the guest on actual.
We hope that the tour itinerary and the cost are acceptable to you. Please contact us on the specified address in case of any alterations. Please reply soon so as to enable us to provide efficient services.

SITT LEH-LADAKH TOURS PACKAGE (04 NIGHTS 05 DAYS)

DAY 01: ARRIVE LEH
Upon arrival at Leh Airport you will met our representative and transfer to Hotel for Check in. Complete day for rest and leisure to acclimatize to Leh's high altitude of 11500 feet. Evening Visit to Leh Market & Shanti Stupa. Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 02: LEH (EXCURSION TO MONASTERIES)
Post Breakfast we proceed for Indus Valley Monastery tour including Shey, The ancient capital of Ladakh, Thiksey an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village, Stok Palace & Sindhu Ghat. Packed Lunch will be provided. Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 03: LEH TO NUBRA VALLEY (126 KMS / APRX. 05 HRS)
After an early breakfast we drive to Nubra Valley via Khardongla Pass (the highest motor able road in the world) at 18,390 ft, around 39kms from Leh. Nubra Valley is popularly known as Ldumra or valley of flowers. It is situated to the North of Ladakh between the Karakoram and Ladakh ranges of the Himalayas. Visit Sumoor, another pretty village on the other side of the river. Samstan Ling Monastery or Gonpa is one of the 15 big monasteries of Ladakh founded by Lama Tsultim Nima who also founded the Ridzong Monastery. Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 04:NUBRA VALLEY – LEH
After your breakfast, visit the Deskit Monastery situated on a hill over looking the entire Nubra Valley and have see the biggest Maitreya Buddha's Statue below the Monastery and later drive to Sandunes enjoy a camel safari (Optional). Drive back to Leh and afternoon rest and relax or take a walk to the local market. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 05: DEPART LEH (FLY OUT)
Tour concludes. SITT thank you for your patronage and ensure a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onward journey towards home.
Book Now

Cost Includes:

1. On arrival Meet and Greet at the airport.
2. Transportation (All sightseeing, long drive, transfer and drop).
3. All accommodations.
4. Innerline Permit.

Cost Dose Not Includes:

1. Air Fare/Train fare.
2. Parking, Entry fee, Toll tax not included.
3. Personal Expenses such as Laundry, telephone calls, tips. Liquor, boating & joy rides.
4. Any other item not specified in "Cost Includes".
5. Additional sightseeing or usages of vehicle not mention in the itinerary.
6. Guide charge not include.
7. Any cost arising due to natural calamities like, landslides, road blocks etc (to be borne by the clients directly on the spot).

Cancellation / Prepayment

Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to package type.
We are not responsible for tour cancellation due to Force Majeure clause (Expenses / Cancellations incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc.) Additional expenses incurred due to Force Majeure Clause on the ongoing tour shall be borne by the guest on actual.
We hope that the tour itinerary and the cost are acceptable to you. Please contact us on the specified address in case of any alterations. Please reply soon so as to enable us to provide efficient services.