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leh ladakh tour package LADAKH BIKE TOURS

Our itineraries are designed for anyone who loves cycling, whatever your age or ability, and whether you like to travel as a family, a couple, with a group of friends or on your own. We offer a range of tours for both occasional cyclists who enjoy shorter distances and flat cycle paths away from traffic, as well as tours for more experienced cyclists who relish the challenge of a few hills. Depending on the tour you choose, you could cover anything from 5-10 kilometers in a day (2-4 hours of cycling), leaving plenty of time to stop off along the way, take photos, enjoy some wonderful sightseeing or just have a leisurely lunch.

1.   Biking on the World's Highest Motorable Road (8 Nights / 9 Days)

BIKING ON THE WORLD'S HIGHEST MOTORABLE ROAD

A biking tour to the World's highest motorable road is an experience of a lifetime. This adventure is the staple diet of any adventurer who visits Ladakh.

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Location:  Himachal & Ladakh
Duration:  9 days
Grade:      Tough
Season:    July - August

Day 01 Flight to India ( Delhi )

Midnight: Around midnight arrival in Delhi . The cosmopolitan city and capital Delhi is the main gateway for travelers. You are met by an Ladakh Traveler representative and transferred to your Hotel.

Morning: In the morning a short flight brings us to Leh, the capital of Ladakh. Due to its altitude (3500 m.) Ladakh is also known as the roof of the world. Leh was an important place in the historical times on the silk road to central Asia . The rest of the day is at leisure to acclimatize ourselves to the high altitude of Leh. It is important to go slow as acclimatisation is critical to your enjoyment.

Day 02 : In Leh

Local sightseeing of Leh. The town is a fascinating labyrinth of winding streets and quaint bazaars. Visit the Leh Palace , Shanti Stupa and the Leh Mosque.

Day 03: Leh - Thiksey - Shey - Hemis Monsteries - Stok Palace

Full day sightseeing of Thiksey, Shey, Hemis monasteries and visit teh Stok Palace and Museum. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 04: Leh - Sarai: Cycle trek starts

all luggage, camp staff will go in a jeep/truck SARAI : Starting from Leh at a height of 3368 Mts. ascend steadily along a bridle path for few kilometers to Sambog a height of 4500 Mts. From here the ascent is steep and though the snow (till August) rises 1030 mts. Within 16 km is a two-hour, back-breaking climb to reach the Khardung La pass at 5602 mts. Braving the ever present threat of avalanches the route is a steep descent goes down over rocky and slippery terrain to 4572 mts. reaching the Sarai village enclosed in a cluster of willows.

Day 05: Sarai - Sumur

The next stage is the most precarious negotiating a steep descent within 8 kilometers through narrow gorges down to the left bank of the Shyok river which leads to the village of Khalsar or Khartsar 6 km away. After a 5 km. stretch along the bank is a suspension bridge that crosses over to the otherside. Following the river bank for 18 km over sandy maiden with thorny bushes one reaches extensively cultivated villages, Ran Kralzung and Sumur on the fringes of this valley.

Day 06: Sumur - Panamik

The last stop, Panamik is another 19 km away, after crossing a sandy and stony road and fording swiftly flowing side-stream. The ascent from Leh and descent from the pass to the Khardong valley, but once the ordeal is over the hardy soul is rewarded with a smiling valley and villages flowing with apples, apricots and mulberry trees amidst the patches of thick scrub jungle that dot the valley.

Day 07: Panamik - Tigar

We reach Tigar from Panamik and on our way we get a chance to interact with locals and explore local cuisine and culture.

Day 08: Tigar to Leh

We drive back from Tigar to Leh. Day free for exploring the city and bazaar.

Day 09: Leh - Delhi (by air)

In the noon flight from Leh to Delhi . Meet our representative and transfer to your hotel.

END OF THE TOUR / SERVICES & WISH YOU A MEMORABLE TOUR

2.   Manali to Leh Bike Safari (15 Nights / 16 Days)

MANALI TO LEH BIKE SAFARI

A biking tour where you start to cycle from Manali and ending at Leh crossing over some very high mountain passes, passing through rugged & picturesque terrain. Remember you would be testing yourself on the World's second highest motorable road where the climb is steep, air thin and it requires great stamina, strength and determination.

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Location:  Himachal & Ladakh
Duration:  16 days
Grade:      Tough
Season:    July - August

Day 1: Delhi/Chandigarh (248kms)

Morning after breakfast drive to Chandigarh . Arrive at Chandigarh and check into the Hotel. Afternoon visit the amazingly created Rock Garden - a beautiful garden created out of waste materials. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2: Chandigarh/Manali (320kms)

Morning after an early breakfast drive to Manali. Evening arrive Manali and check into the Hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 3: Manali

Morning free to explore the city as well as to set your Bikes ready for the spectacular Trans-Himalayan mountain Bike covering a total distance of 484 kms. The high altitude road beyond the Great Himalaya range, on the edge of the Tibetan plateau, connects the densely fertile Lahaul Valley to the stark barren region of Ladakh, once accessible only from Kashmir . As you traverse, contrast in the topography becomes apparent. Lahaul and later Ladakh reveal barren landscapes that assume fantastic and bizzare shapes, surrealistic colours splash off rocks ranging in hue from various shades of brown to rust, gold, pink and yellow. Here one is traversing the roof of the world where Buddhist influence on the inhabitants tries to soften the rough existence they must lead to survive. Manali is set amidst lovely forests of towering cedars, circled by snowy peaks and the unending roar of the Beas river. Manali offers unparalleled opportunities for trekking, rock climbing, angling and winter sports. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 4: Manali/Khoksar(57kms)

Morning after breakfast start cycling to reach Khoksar via Rothang pass (3980 mt), the first of the high passes links Kulu Valley and Lahaul-Spiti Valley . It is one of the most important passes on the Manali-Leh Highway . For many centuries, Rohtang had served as an important trade-route to Lahaul, Leh and Central Asia . Arrive Khoksar (3140 M) a bleak and wind swept place. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

Day 5: Khoksar/Tandi (49 kms)

Morning after breakfast start cycling to reach Tandi along Chandra river. Arrive Tandi and overnight stay in Tents.

Day 6: Tandi/Darcha (43 kms)

Morning after breakfast start cycling to reach Darcha. Enroute stop at Gondhala to see the ancient Gondhala Fort., pass by Keylong (3348 M), an oasis of green fields, through Jispa (3142 M) where you can visit a newly built monastery which was specially built for H.H. the Dalai Lama and later in the evening arrive at Darcha which is situated in a very beautiful, wide and open landscape. Overnight stay in Tents.

Day 7: Darcha/Intermediary Camp I

Morning after breakfast start cycling to reach the Intermediary Camp, passing through Patseo (3811 M) which has a very beautiful and big green pasture land. After Patseo the road passes through few high altitude lakes and there are many camping sites near these lakes. Arrive the Intermediary Camp and overnight stay in Tents.

Day 8: Intermediary Camp I/Sarchu

Morning after breakfast start cycling to reach Sarchu, the border of Himachal and Jammu and Kashmir States. After a level stretch acros large meadows such as Zingzingbar a gradual ascent up the Bhaga river leads to Baralacha Pass (4892 M). The word Baralacha means " a pass with cross roads". From here the snow covered peaks of the Barashigri, Chandrabhaga and Mulkila ranges are visible. Here the roads from Zanskar, Ladakh, Spiti and Lahaul meet together. Arrive Sarchu (4253 M) for dinner and overnight stay in Tents.

Day 9: Sarchu/Intermediary Camp II

Morning after breakfast start cycling to reach Intermediary Camp II, passing through the expansive Kyangshuthang Plains, named after the Kyang (wild ass) the donkey-like animal that can be seen here. Arrive the Intermediary Camp II near Lachung La for dinner and overnight stay in Tents.

Day 10: Intermediary Camp II/Pang

Morning after breakfast start cycling to reach Pang, enroute stop for a while at Lachulung La top (5065 M) the third pass is reached after crossing the Tsarap Chu river. Arrive Pang which serves as a popular lunch stop. You will find many small parachute-made restaurants served by local Ladakhi women. Dinner and overnight stay in Tents.

Day 11: Pang/Taglang La (63kms)

Morning after breakfast start cycling to reach Taglang La. You will cycle down from of the longest plain belt at More plains. In distant you can see flock of sheeps of the nomadic Changpas who in summmers come down to More plains for greener pasture. A gradual climb leads upto the Taglang Pass (5328 M), the 2nd highest motorable road in Ladakh after Khardungla. Cross over the pass and overnight stay in Tents by a samll stream at the base.

Day 12: Taglang La/Upshi (54kms)

Morning after breakfast start cycling to reach Upshi. The descent to Leh via a narrow valley along a white stream past small villages of Rumtse, Gya, Meeru is very fantastic that stands out like a small oasisi. Upshi is the first small commercial town of Leh with a small market. Arrive Upshi for dinner and overnight stay in Tents.

Day 13: Upshi/Leh (60kms)

Morning after breakfast start cycling to reach Leh, the Capital of Ladakh. From here the road follows the Indus. Enroute visit Hemis Gompa - the biggest and the richest Monastery of Ladakh, Thiksay Gompa - a beautiful Monastery perched atop a hill and the ancient palace of Shey. Arrive Leh by evening and check into Hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 14: Leh

Fullday at rest. OPTION: Morning visit to Sankar monastery, Shanti Stupa and the impressively huge Leh Palace which was the main Palace of the ruler of Ladakh. Afternoon free at leisure. Evening Traditional Folk dances of Ladakh. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 15: Leh

Morning after breakfast visit to Stok Palace and museum. The Palace which is still the Royal residence of Stok has an impressive museum displaying ancient heritage of Ladakh. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 16: Leh - Delhi

Morning after breakfast transfer to the airport in time to board the flight for Delhi.

END OF THE TOUR / SERVICES & WISH YOU A MEMORABLE TOUR

3.   Paddle on - Manali to Leh Bike Tour (14 Nights / 15 Days)

PADDLE ON - MANALI TO LEH BIKE TOUR

A biking tour from Manali to Leh taking you through one of the finest roads and destinations. The roads in these high mountain passes are challenging and very picturesque. If you are tired, you can just relax by the road and gain back the drive to ride higher. On the World's second highest motorable road - the climb is steep, air thin and it requires great stamina, strength and determination.

ladakh tour

Location:  Himachal & Ladakh
Duration:  15 days
Grade:      Tough
Season:    July - August

Day 1: Flight to India ( Delhi )

Midnight: Around midnight arrival in Delhi. The cosmopolitan City and capital Delhi is the main gateway for travellers. You are met by an TTRAVEL EXCELENCE representative and transferred to your Hotel.

Day 2: (Manali)

Connect train for Chandigarh. On arrival drive to Manali. (320 kms in 10 hours) Arrive Manali and check into hotel for overnight stay.

Day 3: Manali - Marrhi Nallah- 40 Kms

Manali, nestled on the foot of the giant Rohtang Jot (Mound Of Skulls) & on the bank of the Beas river, is an evergreen area with Pine & Deodar Trees surrounding the town. We will start early and cross the Beas river over Manali town bridge in the middle of the market & proceed to Palchan the Army Check post. The Beas river flows on the left side of the road. Passing through a small Hamlet town we take the first set of hairpin bends on the Serpentine road on the road to Rohtang. Be prepared to a total contrast in weather from the partly sunny Manali. There will be fog and mild rain. Overnight at Marhhi in Camp.

Day 4: Marrhi - Rohtang - Koksar - Sissu - Gondla - 70 Kms

The 17 Kms to Rohtang jot is all ascend. After a welcome cup of tea in one of the little Parachute cafes on the Pass ride downhill till Koksar bridge. If the weather is clear there are some scenic views of snow-covered peaks & Glaciers in the far horizon. As we descend there is change in vegetation, the tree line seems to be getting away from us making way for small bushes. We are in the foothills of the Pir Panjal range. After crossing the check post follow the river flow till Tandi. At certain points we will abandon the bank, climbing uphill but we will be moving more or less along the river. In case the sun is out weather can be warm & Humid, but the nights will be cold being on the riverbank & open area. We will encounter some unmetalled stretches of road today after Koksar till Gondla, & cross a few mountain streams flowing over the road. O/Nt Camp.

Day 5: Tandi - Keylong - Gemur - Jispa - Darcha - 45 Kms

At the confluence point of River Chandra & Bhaga cross the bridge & proceed uphill to Keylong town. Enroute is Gemur as we ascend the serpentine road into a gorge. Ahead lies the Jispa hamlet town as we come out of the gorge & descend downhill. The Ibex hotel at Jispa is the last comfortable hotel till we reach Leh town. It's again a green belt for sometime where you will see many shepherds and their sheep scattered on the hillsides. We are almost in the Land of Lamas now. Infact Keylong does support a small Gompa. After crossing Jispa one is definitely in an isolated region & in far horizon you can distinctively see the bareness of the Higher Himalayan ranges. O/nt camping at Darcha.

Day 6: Darcha - Patseo - Baralacha La - Bharatpur - 55 Kms

Darcha can be considered the gateway to the Higher Himalayas as we cross the bridge & proceed on the hairpin bends uphill. Now it is going to be all ascend till we come to the cantonment area of military garrison of Himmatnagar, Appx - 20 Kms ahead. For next 10 Kms we are into the flat area & then down hairpin bends of Patseo & Zing Zing Bar as we move into the harsh terrain of the arid mountains. The sun suddenly seems hotter than before and the atmospheric pressure make the ride today a bit more challenging. But there are little signs painted in yellow on the rocks - When the going gets tough the Tough get going! - boosting our Spirits as we ascend the heights of the Baralacha Pass - 4892 M & Suraj Tal Lake . The Icy blue water & the origin of the river at the top of the bend that brings us closer to the Pass is a post for the road construction worker toiling hard everyday to maintain the roads as best as they can under the harsh conditions. It is time now for mountain river crossings. Twice we will be in the middle of water. We will descend down to the gorge area of Bharatpur, a small make shift Tentage accommodation area & night halt for the Truck drivers on their way with fresh supplies to the higher regions. O/Nt Camp.

Day 7: Bharatpur - Sarchu - 4253 M - Brandy Nallah - 35 Kms

The Day starts with an easy ride on a flat road, downhill & then entering a gorge descending to the bridge connecting to the Sarchu Plateau. Cross over the bridge & we move ahead ascending a small uphill road making us move to the plateau area & now ahead lies another vast stretch flat ground with shepherds and their mountain goats. There are a number of features of arid landscapes with some beautiful scenery, a delight for photographers who are looking for high rise mountain ranges, bearing water marks & erosion of soil clearly indicating that the area was under water a few million years ago. The area is sparsely green, the wind is chilly & fast blowing here. We are at the Traffic Check post, which is the entry point into Ladakh. Another 20 Kms ahead on the base of the Gata loops hair pin bends we will camp for the night at Brandy Nallah. The road though metalled is very bumpy with flat stretches of barren land on both sides.

Day 8: Brandy Nallah - Gata loops - Naki la - Lachungla - Pang - 57 Kms

After an easy day yesterday we now move to scale the Gata loops, 23 hairpin bends bringing us top of the mountain feature. We ride up hill, over an easy slope only to cross the Naki La pass, descend down into the gorge to an isolated military garrison area & then ascend again to the height of the Lachulung la - 5065 M. After Naki La we are almost on an unmetalled stretch of gravelly road all the way inside the gorge of Pang. O/Nt Camp.

Day 9: Pang - More Plains - Tanglangla (Base Camp ) - 47 Kms

Eight Kms uphill from the Bowl-like feature of Pang we come to the plateau area of the More plains. Changpas, the Nomadic people who tend their yaks here and a few wild asses are the only sign of life on this isolated and long road. This belt not only barren but is known for fast blowing winds, sandstorms & extreme temperatures in the early morning and evenings. Fresh stream water can be considered a scarcity in this area though you might find some isolated mountain streams flowing down from the Tanglangla. The ride is easy going being a flat plateau area, but the road, which stretches on ahead, is not as smooth as it looks. There are tiny bumps all along! O/Nt Camp at the base of Tanglang La.

Day 10: Tanglangla - Rumtse - Gya - 50 Kms

We proceed early to scale the World's second highest pass, Tanglang la - 5,360 M. The ride for the next 17 Kms is a challenge for even the fittest of riders, weather being cold early in the morning, with gravelly stretches of the road consuming extra energy, riding over the altitude of 17,000 Ft will be an acid test for the mind & Body. Reaching the top is a very satisfying experience & then it's all down hill with smooth gradients till the base of the Pass. After crossing a small mountain river it is time to find civilisation again! The Chortens along the road in the villages announce our arrival in the heart of Buddhist culture. The greenery changes the landscape, and the red coloured mountains surrounding us and reflected in the river only add to the beauty as we hit Rumtse and Gya for O/Nt Camp.

Day 11: Gya - Upshi - Karu - Leh - 61 Kms

For next 20 Kms we ride on some metalled & unmetalled stretches of roads & cross over the Upshi bridge across the river Indus. The river originates in China & crosses over into India somewhere in the higher regions of these great Himalayan ranges. The road condition improves considerably as we follow more traffic from the cantonment area & local villages going to Leh. Ahead lies the Thiksey Monastery & the Chortens Garden before we finally enter Leh Town . The ride is easy & we can expect to reach Leh by evening. O/Nt Hotel Leh

Day 12: Leh - Khardungla - 5602 - 40 Kms

The weather on the pass is not always very reliable and an early start is called for. The journey from Leh till the North Pullu Check post, Appx 20 Kms, is fair enough to warm up, with some easy uphill ride. After North Pullu one has to gear up more. The roads are under maintenance & construction thus the ride is bumpy & as we proceed ahead it becomes a gravel track & the ride becomes more and more challenging. But reaching the top is worth every bit of the effort and sweat! Its the highest motorable pass in the world, and not many dare to bicycle their way up to 18,380 Ft. The Truck awaits on top of Khardung la for the cycles to be loaded and brought back to Leh town. We will ride back comfortably in 4 Wheel drive vehicles taking time for photography. O/Nt in Leh.

Day 13: In Leh

Local sightseeing of Leh visiting the famous Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, and the Leh Mosque.

Day 14: Leh - Shey - Hemis Monsteries - Stok Palace

Full day sightseeing of Shey and Hemis Monasteries and Stok Palace. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 15: Leh - Delhi (by air)

In the noon flight from Leh to Delhi. In the afternoon we visit Bahai Temple, also known as Lotus Temple which is built out of white marble and in the characteristic Bahai temple shape of a lotus flower. Bahai temples are 9 sided, symbolizing comprehensiveness, oneness and unity. We visit this unique building which gives the message of unification of the human race.The rest of the day at leisure.

END OF THE TOUR / SERVICES & WISH YOU A MEMORABLE TOUR

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1.   Culture & Jeep Safari (8 Nights / 9 Days)

CULTURE & JEEP SAFARI (8 Nights / 9 Days)


DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN LEH

Upon arrival at Leh Airport you will met by TRAVEL EXCELLENCE representative and Welcome in traditional Ladakhi style and transfer to our pre-arranged hotel, rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize. Overnight stay at hotel.

Leh City : The capital of Ladakh, at one time was a major stop on the Asian "Silk Route". A stroll along the main bazar, observing the varied crowd and peering into the curio shops, is an entrancing experience. Chang Gali, behind the main bazar is less bustling but has intriguing little shops selling curios and jewelry like pearls, turquoise, coral, malachite, lapis and many other kinds of semi-precious stones, as well as curiously carved Yak-horn boxes, quaint brass locks, china or metal bowls etc.

Evening we visit Shanti Stupa A magnificent white-domed structure, The Japanese for World Peace built the Shanti Stupa, at Changspa, on the hilltop, and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985. Its state of the art work attracts a lot of tourists to Ladakh and is spectacular to watch. From there one can see the nice spectacular view of Leh town.

The stupa looks best at night, when it is beautifully illuminated with glittering lights. A large number of tourists come to Ladakh every year to visit this amazing stupa.

DAY 02: LEH

AM: Excursion Spituk & Hall of Fame
PM: Excursion to Sankar Gompa & Leh Palace
Post breakfast we depart for AM Sightseeing tour to Spituk

Spituk Monastery was built in 15th century during the reign of Grags 'bum-lde, these new Gelug-pa monastery was built like fortress on the summit of crags. Spituk lies some 5 kms south of Leh. Nesting at the foot of the crags are the flat-topped houses which go to form the village of Spituk.

And also visit Hall of Fame near Leh is worth a visit for every citizen. It is a glorious museum constructed by Indian army. You can see the memorabilia, eminent defence personalities with biographies, images and weapons used during Kargil war and belongings of enemy soldiers found at war site. Another section of this building is entirely dedicated to Siachen and its heroes. On display are attires, multi layered shoes to keep their feet from frost bites, their daily instruments, their day to day food mainly frozen and packed, which is heated by lighting small balls of Hexamycin tablets, as fire is difficult to ignite at a temperature dipping -30 deg to -50 deg centigrade. It is mentioned on a board that 97% of the casualties in Siachen are due to cold and terrain.

Later we drive back to hotel on time for lunch.

Later in the afternoon, guided sightseeing tour visiting Sankar Gompa, located at a distance of approximately 3 km from the town of Leh. A subsidiary of the Spituk Gompa, it belongs to the Gelukpa or the Yellow Hat Sect. The monastery also serves as the official residence of the Ladakh's head of Gelukpa Sect, known as The Kushok Bakul. There are time restrictions for visiting the Sankar Monastery of Leh Ladakh. You can also go either between 7:00 am and 10:00 am, or between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. These restrictions have been placed because a few of the monks, of the yellow-hat sect, attached to the monastery reside here permanently.

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. The Palace was built in the middle of the 16th century by King Singe Namgyal and still belongs to the royal family that now lives in the Stok Palace. The nine-storeyed monument is now in ruins. The palace remains locked and may be opened at request by a monk.

Leh Palace is also an excellent example of the medieval Tibetan architecture. It features colossal inclined buttressed walls and protruding wooden balconies. Overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 03: LEH

Excursion to Matho, Stakna & Stok.

Post breakfast we take an excursion to few more interesting monasteries of leh and start with Matho, lies 26 Kms south-east of Leh on the opposite bank of the Indus river. The monastery was founded by Lama Dugpa Dorjay in 16th century. Matho is the only Sakya-pa establishment in Ladakh.

Matho monastery is renowned mainly for its yearly festival, which takes place on the 14th and 15th of the first Tibetan month thus in late March or early April. It is known as Nag-hrang after the name of the local god (sa-bdag). Following drive to Stakna

Stakna is a small monastery, comprising the private apartment, all newly decorated in good Tibetan style, a Du-khang and the roms of monks and attendants. The Du-khang contains a silver gilt stupa, some seven feet high, set up by the present Head Lama Stakna Rinpoche. Other items of interest were the images of three Drug-pa lamas, Padma Karpo, Ngag-dbang rNam-rgyal, the stone man of Bhutan in 17th century, and of Ngag-dbang rGyal-mtshan.

After covering above two monasteries we drive back to leh and visit Stok Palace on the way, Stok lies south south of leh on the opposite side of the singe Tsangspo River . The castle was built on a hill at the end of village in about the year 1825 by king Tsespal Tondup Namgyal. In stok there is also the sacred monastery of Gurphug, a branch of Spituk Monastery. On the 9 th and 10 th days of the first tibeten month of the festival called the "Guru Tshechu" is held during which the monks of Spituk Monastery come to perform the sacred dances. At that time two gods make their appearance.

DAY 04: LEH

Excursion to Shey, Thiksey, Hemis

Today we proceed for Indus Valley Monastery Tour.

We start with a visit to Shey the ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue, built in the memory of King Singee Namgyal by his son lDeldan Namgyal in 1633 A.D. It is the only kind of statue made of Gold, Gilt and copper in entire Ladakh.

Then we visit Thiksey Gompa an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future is one of the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh.

Drive further to visit the famous Hemis Gompa, This is the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Most of the other Drukpa monasteries are the branch monasteries of Hemis. It was built during early 17th century with the blessing of Lama Stagtsang Raspa (Shambunatha), by famous Namgyal dynasty king Singee Namgyal.

The two-day festival of monastic dance in June-July has raised the reputation of Hemis particularly high. The festival is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as second Buddha and responsible for spreading Buddhism in the Tibetan world.

Day 05: Leh - Chumathang - Tsomoriri (240 kms)

In the morning leave for Chumathang stop, which is famous for medical hot spring and people visit to this place for medical bath. From here a short drive will take you to Mahey bridge, the main checking point to enter to this new area. On the way visit Sumdah village and another 55 kms drive will take you to Tsomoriri.

The Tsomoriri Lake is a beautiful mountain bounded expanse of water, around 240 Kms. from Leh in Rupsho Valley. The Lake is located at 14,000 ft. near a small village of Korzok. Recently opened to foreigners due to the proximity of the Chinese boarder, the Changthang is a land of wilderness and magnificent landscapes. This region is characterized by high arid plains, remote villages, snow-capped peaks and beautiful high altitude azure-blue lakes, the largest being Tsomoriri at 4,500 m.

The Tsomoriri Lake is also the breeding ground for numerous species of birds, like the bar headed goose, crested grebe, the Brahmini duck (ruddy sheldrake) and the brown-headed gull. The Tsomorir Lake is 8 kms wide and 28 kms long.

Upon arrival we check in at our camp for two nights.

DAY 06: Tsomoriri

In the morning visit Korzok village with its houses and its gompa appearing like a mirage. The few barley fields at Korzok must be among the highest cultivation in the world. In the afternoon visit around the Lake.

Dinner and overnight at the camp.

DAY 07: Tsomoriri - Mahe - Puga - Tsokar - Tanglangla - Leh

From there, you will proceed towards Puga Valley, famous for Butan gas. Thereafter, you will continue towards Tsokar via Polokongka pass (at 13500 ft.). After visiting the Tsokar Lake, you can also see Thugke gompa. The place is quite known for wild Asses, seen grazing and moving in flocks. From here, you will drive towards Leh. On the way, you will stop to Tanglangla pass, the second highest motorable pass in the world at 5350 m.

Upon arrival in leh check in at your pre-arranged hotel for two nights.

DAY 08: LEH

Complete day at leisure for own activities and Last day Shopping. Overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 09: DEPART LEH

Tour Concludes: TRAVEL EXCELLENCE thank you for your patronage and ensure a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onward Destination.

END OF THE TOUR / SERVICES & WISH YOU A MEMORABLE TOUR

2.   Culture & Magnificent Lakes of Ladakh (7 Nights / 8 Days)

CULTURE & MAGNIFICENT LAKES OF LADAKH (7 Nights / 8 Days)


DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN LEH

Upon arrival at Leh Airport you will met by TRAVEL EXCELLENCE representative and Welcome in traditional Ladakhi style and transfer to our pre-arranged hotel, rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize. Overnight stay at hotel.

Leh City : The capital of Ladakh, at one time was a major stop on the Asian " Silk Route". A stroll along the main bazar, observing the varied crowd and peering into the curio shops, is an entrancing experience. Chang Gali, behind the main bazar is less bustling but has intriguing little shops selling curios and jewelry like pearls, turquoise, coral, malachite, lapis and many other kinds of semi-precious stones, as well as curiously carved Yak-horn boxes, quaint brass locks, china or metal bowls etc.

Evening we visit Shanti Stupa A magnificent white-domed structure, The Japanese for World Peace built the Shanti Stupa, at Changspa, on the hilltop, and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985. Its state of the art work attracts a lot of tourists to Ladakh and is spectacular to watch. From there one can see the nice spectacular view of Leh town.

The stupa looks best at night, when it is beautifully illuminated with glittering lights. A large number of tourists come to Ladakh every year to visit this amazing stupa.

DAY 02: LEH

AM: Excursion Spituk & Hall of Fame
PM: Excursion to Sankar Gompa & Leh Palace
Post breakfast we depart for AM Sightseeing tour to Spituk

Spituk monastery was built in 15th century during the reign of Grags 'bum-lde, these new Gelug-pa monastery was built like fortress on the summit of crags. Spituk lies some 5 kms south of Leh. Nesting at the foot of the crags are the flat-topped houses which go to form the village of Spituk.

Spituk or dpe-thub mean 'effective as an Example' and this is thus a suitable name for the first Gelug-pa monastery in Ladakh. Inside the monastery, which includes several courtyards and temples of various sizes, has been built at different levels, following the shape of the rock.

And also visit Hall of Fame near Leh is worth a visit for every citizen. It is a glorious museum constructed by Indian army. You can see the memorabilia, eminent defence personalities with biographies, images and weapons used during Kargil war and belongings of enemy soldiers found at war site. Another section of this building is entirely dedicated to Siachen and its heroes. On display are attires, multi layered shoes to keep their feet from frost bites, their daily instruments, their day to day food mainly frozen and packed, which is heated by lighting small balls of Hexamycin tablets, as fire is difficult to ignite at a temperature dipping -30 deg to -50 deg centigrade. It is mentioned on a board that 97% of the casualties in Siachen are due to cold and terrain.

Later we drive back to hotel on time for lunch.

Later in the afternoon, guided sightseeing tour visiting Sankar Gompa, located at a distance of approximately 3 km from the town of Leh.

A subsidiary of the Spituk Gompa, it belongs to the Gelukpa or the Yellow Hat Sect. The monastery also serves as the official residence of the Ladakh's head of Gelukpa Sect, known as The Kushok Bakul. There are time restrictions for visiting the Sankar Monastery of Leh Ladakh. You can also go either between 7:00 am and 10:00 am, or between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. These restrictions have been placed because a few of the monks, of the yellow-hat sect, attached to the monastery reside here permanently.

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. The Palace was built in the middle of the 16th century by King Singe Namgyal and still belongs to the royal family that now lives in the Stok Palace. The nine-storeyed monument is now in ruins. The palace remains locked and may be opened at request by a monk

Leh Palace is also an excellent example of the medieval Tibetan architecture. It features colossal inclined buttressed walls and protruding wooden balconies. Overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 03: LEH - ALCHI

Enroute visiting: Phyang, Likir, Basgo.

After breakfast we drive to Phyang, located 6 kms away from the Srinagar-Leh highway and 17 km from Leh. It was built during the reign of King Jamyang Namgyal in late 15th century by lama Kunga Dragspa. Phiyang belongs to Dri-pung kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. The man Assembly Hall which is now under conservation contains as main image Vairocana accompanied by Shakyamuni and various Kagyu lamas, and the walls are painted pleasingly with murals of Vajradhara and Five Dhyani Buddhas.

And we drive further to Likir, Likir gompa situated atop a windy cliff top overlooking the beautiful village of Likir, This Monastery is headed by the younger brother of Dalai Lama. According to tradition the foundation of Likir monastery goes back 11th century when it was a Bon center. But the real foundation seem to be not earlier than 15th century. On the top on roof they have newly setup a museum which contains some very old thankas brought from Tibet and the armory, coins, seals etc.

Basgo is certainly the most impressive of Ladakhi citadels despite its ruined state. Amidst the ruines of the fort there are two large temples and adjoining one of there is a small shrine. They all contains images of Maitreya in due proportion to their size. The most beautiful one is the higer one, which is known as the Chamba Lha-khang ( Maitreya Temple ) and which was built by Tsewang Namgyal, son of Tashi Namgyal, about the middle of 16th century.

Then we drive and cross the River Indus and reach Alchi, Ladakh's most loved monastery. Over a century old, its wall paintings are very similar to those of the Tabo gompa in Spiti, Himachal Pradesh. Unlike other monasteries, which are usually on a cliff top or cling to a mountainside, Alchi is at ground level and is nestled in the shade of a garden.

After visiting the Alchi Monastery we check in at our Camp / Guest House for Overnight stay.

DAY 04: Alchi - Leh

Enroute visiting Lamayuru, Ridzong.

After break fast start early morning drive to Lamayuru, and Ridzong back to Leh.

Lamayuru is around further towards Kargil. Lamayuru monastery belongs to Dripung Kagyu (Red Hat) like Phiyang. The oldest structure in Lamayuru is the Singey Lhakhang built by the founder of Alchi Lotsava Rinchen bzangpo in 11th century. Lamayuru lower ladakh its also called as sham.

After visit at lamayuru Gonpa the drive to Ridzong Gompa: Rizong Gompa is known as the paradise for Meditation. Guru Padma Sambhava is believed to editated here for years. One can still find the small caves where Lamas used to meditate for years cutting themselves from the rest of the world except for a one feet square outlet window from where they accept the one time meal of the day.

Rid-zong is the most recent of the Gelug-pa foundation in Ladakh. The monastery has been built picturesquely at the head of a gorge reached by a side-valley running north from the Indus near a village Uletokpo. Rid-zong is best known as best disciplined monastery of the whole of Ladakh.

After Ridzong visit we drive back to Leh and check in at our hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 05: LEH

Excursion to Shey, Thiksey, Hemis

Today we proceed for Indus Valley Monastery Tour.

We start with a visit to Shey the ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue, built in the memory of King Singee Namgyal by his son lDeldan Namgyal in 1633 A.D. It is the only kind of statue made of Gold, Gilt and copper in entire Ladakh.

Then we visit Thiksey Gompa an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future is one of the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh.

Drive further to visit the famous Hemis Gompa, This is the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Most of the other Drukpa monasteries are the branch monasteries of Hemis. It was built during early 17th century with the blessing of Lama Stagtsang Raspa (Shambunatha), by famous Namgyal dynasty king Singee Namgyal.

The two-day festival of monastic dance in June-July has raised the reputation of Hemis particularly high. The festival is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as second Buddha and responsible for spreading Buddhism in the Tibetan world.

DAY 06: LEH - PANGONG LAKE (06 hours approx.)

Post breakfast we Leave for Pangong Lake through Changla pass 5486 Mtrs. While ascending Changla pass 5486 Mtrs. Enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of the villages below the pass. After crossing the pass halt for picnic lunch at Tsoltak, the summer pastureland of the yaks. Arrive Durbuk and from there a short drive takes you to the western shore of the lake.

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. The tourism department intends to develop the infrastructure and facilitate the route leading to the lake.

Enjoy the landscape in the back drop of the Lake . One rarely feels so close to nature and environment and the scenery is unforgettable.

Evening at leisure and overnight stay at the camp near lake.

DAY 07: PANGONG LAKE - LEH

Morning at leisure to explore the beauty of lake and later we drive back to leh and check in at our hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 08: DEPART LEH

Tour Concludes: TRAVEL EXCELLENCE thank you for your patronage and ensure a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onward Destination.

END OF THE TOUR / SERVICES & WISH YOU A MEMORABLE TOUR

3.   Culture & Short hikes Close (7 Nights / 8 Days)

CULTURE & SHORT HIKES (7 Nights / 8 Days)


DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN LEH

Upon arrival at Leh Airport you will met by TRAVEL EXCELLENCE representative and Welcome in traditional Ladakhi style and transfer to our pre-arranged hotel, rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize. Overnight stay at hotel.

Leh City : The capital of Ladakh, at one time was a major stop on the Asian "Silk Route". A stroll along the main bazar, observing the varied crowd and peering into the curio shops, is an entrancing experience. Chang Gali, behind the main bazar is less bustling but has intriguing little shops selling curios and jewelry like pearls, turquoise, coral, malachite, lapis and many other kinds of semi-precious stones, as well as curiously carved Yak-horn boxes, quaint brass locks, china or metal bowls etc.

Evening we visit Shanti Stupa A magnificent white-domed structure, The Japanese for World Peace built the Shanti Stupa, at Changspa, on the hilltop, and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985. Its state of the art work attracts a lot of tourists to Ladakh and is spectacular to watch. From there one can see the nice spectacular view of Leh town.

The stupa looks best at night, when it is beautifully illuminated with glittering lights. A large number of tourists come to Ladakh every year to visit this amazing stupa.

DAY 02: LEH

AM: Excursion Spituk & Hall of Fame
PM: Excursion to Sankar Gompa & Leh Palace
Post breakfast we depart for AM Sightseeing tour to Spituk

Spituk monastery was built in 15th century during the reign of Grags 'bum-lde, these new Gelug-pa monastery was built like fortress on the summit of crags. Spituk lies some 5 kms south of Leh. Nesting at the foot of the crags are the flat-topped houses which go to form the village of Spituk.

Spituk or dpe-thub mean 'effective as an Example' and this is thus a suitable name for the first Gelug-pa monastery in Ladakh. Inside the monastery, which includes several courtyards and temples of various sizes, has been built at different levels, following the shape of the rock.

And also visit Hall of Fame near Leh is worth a visit for every citizen. It is a glorious museum constructed by Indian army. You can see the memorabilia, eminent defence personalities with biographies, images and weapons used during Kargil war and belongings of enemy soldiers found at war site. Another section of this building is entirely dedicated to Siachen and its heroes. On display are attires, multi layered shoes to keep their feet from frost bites, their daily instruments, their day to day food mainly frozen and packed, which is heated by lighting small balls of Hexamycin tablets, as fire is difficult to ignite at a temperature dipping -30 deg to -50 deg centigrade. It is mentioned on a board that 97% of the casualties in Siachen are due to cold and terrain.

Later we drive back to hotel on time for lunch.

Later in the afternoon, guided sightseeing tour visiting Sankar Gompa, located at a distance of approximately 3 km from the town of Leh. A subsidiary of the Spituk Gompa, it belongs to the Gelukpa or the Yellow Hat Sect. The monastery also serves as the official residence of the Ladakh's head of Gelukpa Sect, known as The Kushok Bakul. There are time restrictions for visiting the Sankar Monastery of Leh Ladakh. You can also go either between 7:00 am and 10:00 am, or between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. These restrictions have been placed because a few of the monks, of the yellow-hat sect, attached to the monastery reside here permanently.

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. The Palace was built in the middle of the 16th century by King Singe Namgyal and still belongs to the royal family that now lives in the Stok Palace. The nine-storeyed monument is now in ruins. The palace remains locked and may be opened at request by a monk.

Leh Palace is also an excellent example of the medieval Tibetan architecture. It features colossal inclined buttressed walls and protruding wooden balconies.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 03: LEH - ALCHI

Enroute visiting: Phyang, Likir, Basgo

After breakfast we drive to Phyang, located 6 kms away from the Srinagar-Leh highway and 17 km from Leh. It was built during the reign of King Jamyang Namgyal in late 15th century by lama Kunga Dragspa. Phiyang belongs to Dri-pung kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. The man Assembly Hall which is now under conservation contains as main image Vairocana accompanied by Shakyamuni and various Kagyu lamas, and the walls are painted pleasingly with murals of Vajradhara and Five Dhyani Buddhas.

And we drive further to Likir, Likir gompa situated atop a windy cliff top overlooking the beautiful village of Likir, This Monastery is headed by the younger brother of Dalai Lama. According to tradition the foundation of Likir monastery goes back 11th century when it was a Bon center. But the real foundation seem to be not earlier than 15th century. On the top on roof they have newly setup a museum which contains some very old thankas brought from Tibet and the armory, coins, seals etc.

Basgo is certainly the most impressive of Ladakhi citadels despite its ruined state. Amidst the ruines of the fort there are two large temples and adjoining one of there is a small shrine. They all contains images of Maitreya in due proportion to their size. The most beautiful one is the higer one, which is known as the Chamba Lha-khang ( Maitreya Temple ) and which was built by Tsewang Namgyal, son of Tashi Namgyal, about the middle of 16th century.

Then we drive and cross the River Indus and reach Alchi, Ladakh's most loved monastery. Over a century old, its wall paintings are very similar to those of the Tabo gompa in Spiti, Himachal Pradesh. Unlike other monasteries, which are usually on a cliff top or cling to a mountainside, Alchi is at ground level and is nestled in the shade of a garden.

After visiting the Alchi Monastery we check in at our Camp / Guest House for Overnight stay.

DAY 04: Alchi - Leh

Enroute visiting Lamayuru, Ridzong
After break fast start early morning drive to Lamayuru, and Ridzong back to Leh.

Lamayuru is around further towards Kargil. Lamayuru monastery belongs to Dripung Kagyu (Red Hat) like Phiyang. The oldest structure in Lamayuru is the Singey Lhakhang built by the founder of Alchi Lotsava Rinchen bzangpo in 11th century. Lamayuru lower ladakh its also called as sham.

After visit at lamayuru Gonpa the drive to Ridzong Gompa: Rizong Gompa is known as the paradise for Meditation. Guru Padma Sambhava is believed to editated here for years. One can still find the small caves where Lamas used to meditate for years cutting themselves from the rest of the world except for a one feet square outlet window from where they accept the one time meal of the day.

Rid-zong is the most recent of the Gelug-pa foundation in Ladakh. The monastery has been built picturesquely at the head of a gorge reached by a side-valley running north from the Indus near a village Uletokpo. Rid-zong is best known as best disciplined monastery of the whole of Ladakh.

After Ridzong visit we drive back to Leh and check in at our hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 05: LEH - STOK

Excursion to Stok Palace & Hike to Stok George

Stok lies south south of leh on the opposite side of the singe Tsangspo River. The castle was built on a hill at the end of village in about the year 1825 by king Tsespal Tondup Namgyal. In stok there is also the sacred monastery of Gurphug, a branch of Spituk Monastery. On the 9 th and 10 th days of the first tibeten month of the festival called the "Guru Tshechu" is held during which the monks of Spituk Monastery come to perform the sacred dances. At that time two gods make their appearance.

After visiting the stok palace we take a hike to beautiful Stok George. Later we walk back to stok and spend a night in kalden guest house.

DAY 06: STOK - LEH

Enroute visiting: Matho & Stakna
Post breakfast we walk to Matho Gompa, Which is about 6 kms from Stok and houses some incredible statues and paintings. The monastery was founded by Lama Dugpa Dorjay in 16th century. Matho is the only Sakya-pa establishment in Ladakh.

Matho monastery is renowned mainly for its yearly festival, which takes place on the 14th and 15th of the first Tibetan month thus in late March or early April. It is known as Nag-hrang after the name of the local god (sa-bdag). Following drive to Stakna.

After Visiting Matho we drive to Stakna Monastery, Stakna is a small monastery, comprising the private apartment, all newly decorated in good Tibetan style, a Du-khang and the roms of monks and attendants. The Du-khang contains a silver gilt stupa, some seven feet high, set up by the present Head Lama Stakna Rinpoche. Other items of interest were the images of three Drug-pa lamas, Padma Karpo, Ngag-dbang rNam-rgyal, the stone man of Bhutan in 17th century, and of Ngag-dbang rGyal-mtshan.

Later in the evening drive back to hotel. Evening at leisure to stroll in the bazaar and overnight at the hotel.

DAY 07: LEH

Excursion to Shey, Thiksey, Hemis
Today we proceed for Indus Valley Monastery Tour.

We start with a visit to Shey the ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue, built in the memory of King Singee Namgyal by his son lDeldan Namgyal in 1633 A.D. It is the only kind of statue made of Gold, Gilt and copper in entire Ladakh.

Then we visit Thiksey Gompa an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future is one of the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh.

Drive further to visit the famous Hemis Gompa, This is the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Most of the other Drukpa monasteries are the branch monasteries of Hemis. It was built during early 17th century with the blessing of Lama Stagtsang Raspa (Shambunatha), by famous Namgyal dynasty king Singee Namgyal.

The two-day festival of monastic dance in June-July has raised the reputation of Hemis particularly high. The festival is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as second Buddha and responsible for spreading Buddhism in the Tibetan world.

DAY 08: DEPART LEH

Tour Concludes: TRAVEL EXCELLENCE thank you for your patronage and ensure a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onwards journey.

END OF THE TOUR / SERVICES & WISH YOU A MEMORABLE TOUR

4.   Culture & Soft Trek (9 Nights / 10 Days)

CULTURE & SOFT TREK (MTCTTI-19) (9 Nights / 10 Days)


DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN LEH

Upon arrival at Leh Airport you will met by TRAVEL EXCELLENCE representative and Welcome in traditional Ladakhi style and transfer to our pre-arranged hotel, rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize. Overnight stay at hotel.

Upon arrival at Leh Airport you will met by TRAVEL EXCELLENCE representative and Welcome in traditional Ladakhi style and transfer to our pre-arranged hotel, rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize. Overnight stay at hotel.

Leh City : The capital of Ladakh, at one time was a major stop on the Asian "Silk Route". A stroll along the main bazar, observing the varied crowd and peering into the curio shops, is an entrancing experience. Chang Gali, behind the main bazar is less bustling but has intriguing little shops selling curios and jewelry like pearls, turquoise, coral, malachite, lapis and many other kinds of semi-precious stones, as well as curiously carved Yak-horn boxes, quaint brass locks, china or metal bowls etc.

DAY 02: LEH

AM: Excursion Spituk
PM: Excursion to Sankar Gompa & Shanti Stupa
Post breakfast we depart for AM Sightseeing tour to Spituk

Spituk monastery was built in 15th century during the reign of Grags 'bum-lde, these new Gelug-pa monastery was built like fortress on the summit of crags. Spituk lies some 5 kms south of Leh. Nesting at the foot of the crags are the flat-topped houses which go to form the village of Spituk.

Spituk or dpe-thub mean 'effective as an Example' and this is thus a suitable name for the first Gelug-pa monastery in Ladakh. Inside the monastery, which includes several courtyards and temples of various sizes, has been built at different levels, following the shape of the rock.

Later we drive back to hotel on time for lunch
Later in the afternoon, guided sightseeing tour visiting Sankar Gompa, located at a distance of approximately 3 km from the town of Leh. A subsidiary of the Spituk Gompa, it belongs to the Gelukpa or the Yellow Hat Sect. The monastery also serves as the official residence of the Ladakh's head of Gelukpa Sect, known as The Kushok Bakul. There are time restrictions for visiting the Sankar Monastery of Leh Ladakh. You can also go either between 7:00 am and 10:00 am, or between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. These restrictions have been placed because a few of the monks, of the yellow-hat sect, attached to the monastery reside here permanently.

Later we visit Shanti Stupa A magnificent white-domed structure, The Japanese for World Peace built the Shanti Stupa, at Changspa, on the hilltop, and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985. Its state of the art work attracts a lot of tourists to Ladakh and is spectacular to watch. From there one can see the nice spectacular view of Leh town. The stupa looks best at night, when it is beautifully illuminated with glittering lights. A large number of tourists come to Ladakh every year to visit this Stupa.

DAY 03: LEH

Excursion to Shey, Thiksey, Hemis
Today we proceed for Indus Valley Monastery Tour.

We start with a visit to Shey the ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue, built in the memory of King Singee Namgyal by his son lDeldan Namgyal in 1633 A.D. It is the only kind of statue made of Gold, Gilt and copper in entire Ladakh.

Then we visit Thiksey Gompa an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future is one of the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh.

Drive further to visit the famous Hemis Gompa, This is the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Most of the other Drukpa monasteries are the branch monasteries of Hemis. It was built during early 17th century with the blessing of Lama Stagtsang Raspa (Shambunatha), by famous Namgyal dynasty king Singee Namgyal.

The two-day festival of monastic dance in June-July has raised the reputation of Hemis particularly high. The festival is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as second Buddha and responsible for spreading Buddhism in the Tibetan world.

After covering these three monasteries we drive back to leh to our hotel for night stay.

DAY 04: LEH - LIKIR

Enroute visiting: Phyang & Basgo

After breakfast we drive to Phyang, located 6 kms away from the Srinagar-Leh highway and 17 km from Leh. It was built during the reign of King Jamyang Namgyal in late 15th century by lama Kunga Dragspa. Phiyang belongs to Dri-pung kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. The man Assembly Hall which is now under conservation contains as main image Vairocana accompanied by Shakyamuni and various Kagyu lamas, and the walls are painted pleasingly with murals of Vajradhara and Five Dhyani Buddhas.

Basgo is certainly the most impressive of Ladakhi citadels despite its ruined state. Amidst the ruines of the fort there are two large temples and adjoining one of there is a small shrine. They all contains images of Maitreya in due proportion to their size. The most beautiful one is the higer one, which is known as the Chamba Lha-khang ( Maitreya Temple ) and which was built by Tsewang Namgyal, son of Tashi Namgyal, about the middle of 16th century.

And we drive further to Likir, Likir gompa situated atop a windy cliff top overlooking the beautiful village of Likir, This Monastery is headed by the younger brother of Dalai Lama. According to tradition the foundation of Likir monastery goes back 11th century when it was a Bon center. But the real foundation seems to be not earlier than 15th century.

On the top on roof they have newly setup a museum which contains some very old thankas brought from Tibet and the armory, coins, seals etc.
Overnight stay at the camp.

DAY 05: LIKIR TO YANGTHANG

Breakfast at the camp. From the village the trekking path descends into a narrow gorge. Follow the trail along the bare hill down the village upto Sumda in the next valley. Before you enter Sumdo village the path forks at a stupa. Follow the path on the left side till you reach Yangthang village.

Visit to Rizong Gonpa (a secluded and a peaceful monastery) and back to the village for the night.

DAY 06: YANGTHANG - HEMIS SHUKPACHAN VIA RIZONG (6-7 HRS)

Today our trek is pretty long. We walk alongside the river and trees amidst the gorge to the Ridzong monastery. It is worth visiting Ridzong Monastery, which is an isolated at the back of a natural amphitheatre and has three main rooms to visit, two with large Buddhas and third with a large stupa.

After visiting the gompa, we ascend gradually to the Shushut pass 4000 m. From the pass we have a view of Hemis Shukpachan as well as surrounding peaks. An easy descent towards our camp at Hemis Shukpachan takes a couple of hours. It is one of the major villages of Sham, and the name of the village is derived from the conifers (shukpa cedar or juniper).

DAY 07: HEMIS SHUKPACHAN - TINGMOSGAM (4 hrs trek) - LAMAYURU (SURFACE)

From Hemis Shukpachan we go onto a flat ground as far as ill-defined pass alongside the Chortens (stupas). A steep descent will lead us to the right side of the mountains and climb steadily on the slope towards the Mebtak La 3720 m.

After taking short rest and enjoying the view from the pass, we head down to the village of Ang. From Ang, we head towards the south on the dusty jeep road to the village of Tingmosgam. Tingmosgam is well famed for its monastery, and is perhaps the most affluent village in the sham valley for its apricots, apples, nuts and beautiful houses.

After finishing the trek we drive to Lamayuru lower ladakh it's also called as sham. Lamayuru Gompa: The oldest holy site in Ladakh, it was a bon shrine prior to the advent of Buddhism. Also known as Yung Drung (Swastika) it is sited on a high promontory overlooking the village and valley. For sheer spectacle value no other Gompa can match Lamayuru.

Overnight at Camp near lamayuru.

DAY 08: LAMAYURU - ALCHI - LEH

In the morning before breakfast you may again visit the Lamayuru monastery to be part of the morning prayer ceremony.

After breakfast we drive towards Alchi (55 km from Lamayuru). Just before Alchi we drive across the mighty River Indus over the bridge and reach Ladakh's most loved Alchi Monastery.

Over a century old, its wall paintings are very similar to those of the Tabo gompa in Spiti, Himachal Pradesh. Unlike other monasteries, which are usually on a cliff top or cling to a mountainside, Alchi is at ground level and is nestled in the shade of a garden.

Later we drive to Leh (3521 m), capital of Ladakh and check-in the Hotel.
Evening at leisure & Overnight stay at the Hotel.

DAY 09: LEH

Complete day at leisure for own activities and Last day Shopping. Overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 10: LEH

Tour Concludes: TRAVEL EXCELLENCE thank you for your patronage and ensure a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onward Destination.

END OF THE TOUR / SERVICES & WISH YOU A MEMORABLE TOUR

5.   Discovering Silk Route (6 Nights / 7 Days)

DISCOVERING SILK ROUTE (6 Nights / 7 Days)


DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN LEH

Upon arrival at Leh Airport you will met by TRAVEL EXCELLENCE representative and Welcome in traditional Ladakhi style and transfer to our pre-arranged hotel, rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize. Overnight stay at hotel.

Leh City : The capital of Ladakh, at one time was a major stop on the Asian " Silk Route ". A stroll along the main bazar, observing the varied crowd and peering into the curio shops, is an entrancing experience. Chang Gali, behind the main bazar is less bustling but has intriguing little shops selling curios and jewelry like pearls, turquoise, coral, malachite, lapis and many other kinds of semi-precious stones, as well as curiously carved Yak-horn boxes, quaint brass locks, china or metal bowls etc.

Evening we visit Shanti Stupa A magnificent white-domed structure, The Japanese for World Peace built the Shanti Stupa, at Changspa, on the hilltop, and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985. Its state of the art work attracts a lot of tourists to Ladakh and is spectacular to watch. From there one can see the nice spectacular view of Leh town.

The stupa looks best at night, when it is beautifully illuminated with glittering lights. A large number of tourists come to Ladakh every year to visit this amazing stupa.

DAY 02: LEH

Excursion to Shey, Thiksey, Hemis
Today we proceed for Indus Valley Monastery Tour.

We start with a visit to Shey the ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue, built in the memory of King Singee Namgyal by his son lDeldan Namgyal in 1633 A.D. It is the only kind of statue made of Gold, Gilt and copper in entire Ladakh.

Then we visit Thiksey Gompa an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future is one of the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh.

Drive further to visit the famous Hemis Gompa, This is the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Most of the other Drukpa monasteries are the branch monasteries of Hemis. It was built during early 17th century with the blessing of Lama Stagtsang Raspa (Shambunatha), by famous Namgyal dynasty king Singee Namgyal.

The two-day festival of monastic dance in June-July has raised the reputation of Hemis particularly high. The festival is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as second Buddha and responsible for spreading Buddhism in the Tibetan world.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Leh.

DAY 03: LEH - HUNDER ( NUBRA VALLEY ) (126 Kms / approx 06 hours drive)

After an early breakfast we drive to NUBRA VALLEY leads through KHARDUNG-LA-PASS (the highest motorable road in the world) at 18,390 ft, around 39kms from Leh. From the pass, one can see all the way south over the Indus valley to seemingly endless peaks and ridges of the Zanskar range, and north to the giants of the Sase massif.

Nubra Valley is popularly known as Ldorma or the valley of flowers. It is situated to the North of Ladakh between the Karakoram and Ladakh ranges of the Himalayas . Nubra lies at and altitude of about 10,000 - ft. above the sea level and is drained largely by the Shiyok river. The Siachen river forms its single largest tributary.

First visit SUMUR, another pretty village on the other side of the river'; SAMSTANLING GOMPA here was founded by Lama Tsultims Nima and Monastic community was introduced as Rezong Gonpa. About 50 monks are residing at this 132 years old Monastery. The Gompa has some strict rules and regulations like not allowing women in the monastery after sunset and before sunrise, no smoking etc.

Our tented camp - Nubra Organic Retreat is situated in a beautiful village called HUNDAR with lot of trees. There is nothing more to see here except a small monastery and ruined fort above the village however the site for the camp is so beautiful that it will invite you to explore the village on own.

DAY 04: HUNDER ( NUBRA VALLEY )

Explore Nubra Valley
After your breakfast at the camp, visit the SAND DUNES to enjoy a camel safari (Optional).

In second half of the day enjoy a visit to DISKIT MONASTERY perched on the rock overhanging the steam which is the source of the energy used by the mills. The monastery is rich, full of tangkas (skill paintings) and above all of magnificent giant statues, effigies of the Buddha and old mural paintings in which can be noted a multitude of influences.

DISKIT is the main village or headquarter of Nubra Valley , which has small market consisting of a row of shops and about 500 years old Gompa on the hilltop. DESKIT GOMPA was founded y Lama Sherab Zangpo of stod in about 1420 AD during the reign of King Dragspa. About 100 monks are residing in the Gompa, which is a branch of Thiksey Monastery. The monastic festival called Gustor takes place on 20th and 21st days of the 12th month of Tibetan calendar.

DAY 05: HUNDER - LEH

After breakfast drive to Leh over Khardung La. Afternoon rest and relax or take a walk to the local market. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 06: LEH

Excursion to, Stakna & Stok
Post breakfast we take an excursion to few more interesting monasteries of leh and start with Matho, lies 26 Kms south-east of Leh on the opposite bank of the Indus river. The monastery was founded by Lama Dugpa Dorjay in 16th century. Matho is the only Sakya-pa establishment in Ladakh.

Matho monastery is renowned mainly for its yearly festival, which takes place on the 14th and 15th of the first Tibetan month thus in late March or early April. It is known as Nag-hrang after the name of the local god (sa-bdag). Following drive to Stakna.

Stakna is a small monastery, comprising the private apartment, all newly decorated in good Tibetan style, a Du-khang and the roms of monks and attendants. The Du-khang contains a silver gilt stupa, some seven feet high, set up by the present Head Lama Stakna Rinpoche. Other items of interest were the images of three Drug-pa lamas, Padma Karpo, Ngag-dbang rNam-rgyal, the stone man of Bhutan in 17th century, and of Ngag-dbang rGyal-mtshan.

After covering above two monasteries we drive back to leh and visit Stok Palace on the way, Stok lies south south of leh on the opposite side of the singe Tsangspo River . The castle was built on a hill at the end of village in about the year 1825 by king Tsespal Tondup Namgyal. In stok there is also the sacred monastery of Gurphug, a branch of Spituk Monastery. On the 9 th and 10 th days of the first tibeten month of the festival called the "Guru Tshechu" is held during which the monks of Spituk Monastery come to perform the sacred dances. At that time two gods make their appearance.

DAY 07: LEH

Tour Concludes: TRAVEL EXCELLENCE thank you for your patronage and ensure a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onward Destination.

END OF THE TOUR / SERVICES & WISH YOU A MEMORABLE TOUR

6.   Flavours of Ladakh (5 Nights / 6 Days)

FLAVOURS OF LADAKH (MTCTI-6) (5 Nights / 6 Days)


DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN LEH

Upon arrival at Leh Airport you will met by TRAVEL EXCELLENCE representative and Welcome in traditional Ladakhi style and transfer to our pre-arranged hotel, rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize. Overnight stay at hotel.

Leh City : The capital of Ladakh, at one time was a major stop on the Asian "Silk Route". A stroll along the main bazar, observing the varied crowd and peering into the curio shops, is an entrancing experience. Chang Gali, behind the main bazar is less bustling but has intriguing little shops selling curios and jewelry like pearls, turquoise, coral, malachite, lapis and many other kinds of semi-precious stones, as well as curiously carved Yak-horn boxes, quaint brass locks, china or metal bowls etc.

Evening we visit Shanti Stupa A magnificent white-domed structure, The Japanese for World Peace built the Shanti Stupa, at Changspa, on the hilltop, and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985. Its state of the art work attracts a lot of tourists to Ladakh and is spectacular to watch. From there one can see the nice spectacular view of Leh town.

The stupa looks best at night, when it is beautifully illuminated with glittering lights. A large number of tourists come to Ladakh every year to visit this amazing stupa.

DAY 02: LEH

Excursion to Shey, Thiksey, Hemis
Today we proceed for Indus Valley Monastery Tour.

We start with a visit to Shey the ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue, built in the memory of King Singee Namgyal by his son lDeldan Namgyal in 1633 A.D. It is the only kind of statue made of Gold, Gilt and copper in entire Ladakh.

Then we visit Thiksey Gompa an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future is one of the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh.

Drive further to visit the famous Hemis Gompa, This is the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Most of the other Drukpa monasteries are the branch monasteries of Hemis. It was built during early 17th century with the blessing of Lama Stagtsang Raspa (Shambunatha), by famous Namgyal dynasty king Singee Namgyal.

The two-day festival of monastic dance in June-July has raised the reputation of Hemis particularly high. The festival is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as second Buddha and responsible for spreading Buddhism in the Tibetan world.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Leh.

DAY 03: LEH - ALCHI

Enroute visiting: Phyang, Likir, Basgo

After breakfast we drive to Phyang, located 6 kms away from the Srinagar-Leh highway and 17 km from Leh. It was built during the reign of King Jamyang Namgyal in late 15th century by lama Kunga Dragspa. Phiyang belongs to Dri-pung kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. The man Assembly Hall which is now under conservation contains as main image Vairocana accompanied by Shakyamuni and various Kagyu lamas, and the walls are painted pleasingly with murals of Vajradhara and Five Dhyani Buddhas.

And we drive further to Likir, Likir gompa situated atop a windy cliff top overlooking the beautiful village of Likir , This Monastery is headed by the younger brother of Dalai Lama. According to tradition the foundation of Likir monastery goes back 11th century when it was a Bon center. But the real foundation seems to be not earlier than 15th century. On the top on roof they have newly setup a museum which contains some very old thankas brought from Tibet and the armory, coins, seals etc.

Basgo is certainly the most impressive of Ladakhi citadels despite its ruined state. Amidst the ruines of the fort there are two large temples and adjoining one of there is a small shrine. They all contains images of Maitreya in due proportion to their size. The most beautiful one is the higer one, which is known as the Chamba Lha-khang ( Maitreya Temple ) and which was built by Tsewang Namgyal, son of Tashi Namgyal, about the middle of 16th century.

Then we drive and cross the River Indus and reach Alchi, Ladakh's most loved monastery. Over a century old, its wall paintings are very similar to those of the Tabo gompa in Spiti, Himachal Pradesh. Unlike other monasteries, which are usually on a cliff top or cling to a mountainside, Alchi is at ground level and is nestled in the shade of a garden.

After visiting the Alchi Monastery we check in at our Camp / Guest House for Overnight stay.

DAY 04: Alchi - Leh

Enroute visiting Lamayuru, Ridzong
After break fast start early morning drive to Lamayuru, and Ridzong back to Leh.

Lamayuru is around further towards Kargil. Lamayuru monastery belongs to Dripung Kagyu (Red Hat) like Phiyang. The oldest structure in Lamayuru is the Singey Lhakhang built by the founder of Alchi Lotsava Rinchen bzangpo in 11th century. Lamayuru lower ladakh its also called as sham.

After visit at Lamayuru Gonpa the drive to Ridzong Gompa : Rizong Gompa is known as the paradise for Meditation. Guru Padma Sambhava is believed to editated here for years. One can still find the small caves where Lamas used to meditate for years cutting themselves from the rest of the world except for a one feet square outlet window from where they accept the one time meal of the day.

Rid-zong is the most recent of the Gelug-pa foundation in Ladakh. The monastery has been built picturesquely at the head of a gorge reached by a side-valley running north from the Indus near a village Uletokpo. Rid-zong is best known as best disciplined monastery of the whole of Ladakh.

After Ridzong visit we drive back to Leh and check in at our hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 05: LEH

Excursion to Khardungla Top

After breakfast drive to Khardung la, the highest motorable road in the world at 18,390 ft. is around 39 Kms away from Leh. There are two checkpoints on the both sides of the pass. Khardong is the first village of Nubra valley at higher altitude than Deskit and other villages

The views from the top of the pass are amazing. This road carries on to the Nubra Valley (optional). Return to the hotel for hot lunch.

Later in the afternoon at leisure for last day shopping and overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 06: LEH

Tour Concludes: TRAVEL EXCELLENCE thank you for your patronage and ensure a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onward Destination

END OF THE TOUR / SERVICES & WISH YOU A MEMORABLE TOUR

7.   Heights of Ladakh (5 Nights / 6 Days)

HEIGHTS OF LADAKH (5 Nights / 6 Days)


DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN LEH

Upon arrival at Leh Airport you will met by TRAVEL EXCELLENCE representative and Welcome in traditional Ladakhi style and transfer to our pre-arranged hotel, rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize. Overnight stay at hotel.

Leh City : The capital of Ladakh, at one time was a major stop on the Asian " Silk Route ". A stroll along the main bazar, observing the varied crowd and peering into the curio shops, is an entrancing experience. Chang Gali, behind the main bazar is less bustling but has intriguing little shops selling curios and jewelry like pearls, turquoise, coral, malachite, lapis and many other kinds of semi-precious stones, as well as curiously carved Yak-horn boxes, quaint brass locks, china or metal bowls etc.

Evening we visit Shanti Stupa A magnificent white-domed structure, The Japanese for World Peace built the Shanti Stupa, at Changspa, on the hilltop, and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985. Its state of the art work attracts a lot of tourists to Ladakh and is spectacular to watch. From there one can see the nice spectacular view of Leh town.

The stupa looks best at night, when it is beautifully illuminated with glittering lights. A large number of tourists come to Ladakh every year to visit this amazing stupa.

DAY 02: LEH - ALCHI

Enroute visiting: Phyang, Likir, Basgo

After breakfast we drive to Phyang, located 6 kms away from the Srinagar-Leh highway and 17 km from Leh. It was built during the reign of King Jamyang Namgyal in late 15th century by lama Kunga Dragspa. Phiyang belongs to Dri-pung kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. The man Assembly Hall which is now under conservation contains as main image Vairocana accompanied by Shakyamuni and various Kagyu lamas, and the walls are painted pleasingly with murals of Vajradhara and Five Dhyani Buddhas.

And we drive further to Likir, Likir gompa situated atop a windy cliff top overlooking the beautiful village of Likir, This Monastery is headed by the younger brother of Dalai Lama. According to tradition the foundation of Likir monastery goes back 11th century when it was a Bon center. But the real foundation seem to be not earlier than 15th century. On the top on roof they have newly setup a museum which contains some very old thankas brought from Tibet and the armory, coins, seals etc.

Basgo is certainly the most impressive of Ladakhi citadels despite its ruined state. Amidst the ruines of the fort there are two large temples and adjoining one of there is a small shrine. They all contains images of Maitreya in due proportion to their size. The most beautiful one is the higer one, which is known as the Chamba Lha-khang (Maitreya Temple) and which was built by Tsewang Namgyal, son of Tashi Namgyal, about the middle of 16th century.

Then we drive and cross the River Indus and reach Alchi, Ladakh's most loved monastery. Over a century old, its wall paintings are very similar to those of the Tabo gompa in Spiti, Himachal Pradesh. Unlike other monasteries, which are usually on a cliff top or cling to a mountainside, Alchi is at ground level and is nestled in the shade of a garden.

After visiting the Alchi Monastery we check in at our Camp / Guest House for Overnight stay.

DAY 03: Alchi - Leh

Enroute visiting Lamayuru, Ridzong
After break fast start early morning drive to Lamayuru, and Ridzong back to Leh.

Lamayuru is around further towards Kargil. Lamayuru monastery belongs to Dripung Kagyu (Red Hat) like Phiyang. The oldest structure in Lamayuru is the Singey Lhakhang built by the founder of Alchi Lotsava Rinchen bzangpo in 11th century. Lamayuru lower ladakh its also called as sham.

After visit at lamayuru Gonpa the drive to Ridzong Gompa: Rizong Gompa is known as the paradise for Meditation. Guru Padma Sambhava is believed to editated here for years. One can still find the small caves where Lamas used to meditate for years cutting themselves from the rest of the world except for a one feet square outlet window from where they accept the one time meal of the day.

Rid-zong is the most recent of the Gelug-pa foundation in Ladakh. The monastery has been built picturesquely at the head of a gorge reached by a side-valley running north from the Indus near a village Uletokpo. Rid-zong is best known as best disciplined monastery of the whole of Ladakh.

After Ridzong visit we drive back to Leh and check in at our hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 04: LEH - CHUMATHANG - TSOMORIRI (240 KMS)

In the morning leave for Chumathang stop, which is famous for medical hot spring and people visit to this place for medical bath. From here a short drive will take you to Mahey bridge, the main checking point to enter to this new area. On the way visit Sumdah village and another 55 kms drive will take you to Tsomoriri.

The Tsomoriri Lake is a beautiful mountain bounded expanse of water, around 240 Kms. from Leh in Rupsho Valley. The Lake is located at 14,000 ft. near a small village of Korzok. Recently opened to foreigners due to the proximity of the Chinese boarder, the Changthang is a land of wilderness and magnificent landscapes. This region is characterized by high arid plains, remote villages, snow-capped peaks and beautiful high altitude azure-blue lakes, the largest being Tsomoriri at 4,500 m.

The Tsomoriri Lake is also the breeding ground for numerous species of birds, like the bar headed goose, crested grebe, the Brahmini duck (ruddy sheldrake) and the brown-headed gull. The Tsomorir Lake is 8 kms wide and 28 kms long.

Upon arrival we check in at our camp for Overnight stay.

DAY 05: TSOMORIRI - MAHE - PUGA - TSOKAR - TANGLANGLA - LEH

The day will start with a drive to Mahey village, a picturesque village with spurting fountain and white clouds hanging upon. From there, you will proceed towards Puga Valley, famous for Butan gas. Thereafter, you will continue towards Tsokar via Polokongka pass (at 13500 ft.). After visiting the Tsokar Lake, you can also see Thugke gompa. The place is quite known for wild Asses, seen grazing and moving in flocks. From here, you will drive towards Leh. On the way, you will stop to Tanglangla pass, the second highest motorable pass in the world at 5350 m.

Upon arrival in leh check in at your pre-arranged hotel for two nights.

DAY 06: LEH

Excursion to Khardungla Top

After breakfast drive to Khardung la, the highest motorable road in the world at 18,390 ft. is around 39 Kms away from Leh. There are two checkpoints on the both sides of the pass. Khardong is the first village of Nubra valley at higher altitude than Deskit and other villages.

The views from the top of the pass are amazing. This road carries on to the Nubra Valley (optional). Return to the hotel for hot lunch.

Later in the afternoon at leisure for last day shopping and overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 07: LEH

Tour Concludes: TRAVEL EXCELLENCE thank you for your patronage and ensure a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onward Destination

END OF THE TOUR / SERVICES & WISH YOU A MEMORABLE TOUR

8.   Highlights of Ladakh (3 Nights / 4 Days)

HIGHLIGHTS OF LADAKH (3 Nights / 4 Days)


DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN LEH

Upon arrival at Leh Airport you will met by TRAVEL EXCELLENCE representative and Welcome in traditional Ladakhi style and transfer to our pre-arranged hotel, rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize. Overnight stay at hotel.

Leh City : The capital of Ladakh, at one time was a major stop on the Asian "Silk Route". A stroll along the main bazar, observing the varied crowd and peering into the curio shops, is an entrancing experience. Chang Gali, behind the main bazar is less bustling but has intriguing little shops selling curios and jewelry like pearls, turquoise, coral, malachite, lapis and many other kinds of semi-precious stones, as well as curiously carved Yak-horn boxes, quaint brass locks, china or metal bowls etc.

Evening we visit Shanti Stupa A magnificent white-domed structure, The Japanese for World Peace built the Shanti Stupa, at Changspa, on the hilltop, and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985. Its state of the art work attracts a lot of tourists to Ladakh and is spectacular to watch. From there one can see the nice spectacular view of Leh town.

The stupa looks best at night, when it is beautifully illuminated with glittering lights. A large number of tourists come to Ladakh every year to visit this amazing stupa.

DAY 02: LEH

Excursion to Shey, Thiksey, Hemis, Stok

Today we proceed for Indus Valley Monastery Tour.

We start with a visit to Shey the ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue, built in the memory of King Singee Namgyal by his son lDeldan Namgyal in 1633 A.D. It is the only kind of statue made of Gold, Gilt and copper in entire Ladakh.

Then we visit Thiksey Gompa an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future is one of the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh.

Drive further to visit the famous Hemis Gompa, This is the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Most of the other Drukpa monasteries are the branch monasteries of Hemis. It was built during early 17th century with the blessing of Lama Stagtsang Raspa (Shambunatha), by famous Namgyal dynasty king Singee Namgyal.

Drive further to visit the famous Hemis Gompa, This is the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Most of the other Drukpa monasteries are the branch monasteries of Hemis. It was built during early 17th century with the blessing of Lama Stagtsang Raspa (Shambunatha), by famous Namgyal dynasty king Singee Namgyal.

The two-day festival of monastic dance in June-July has raised the reputation of Hemis particularly high. The festival is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as second Buddha and responsible for spreading Buddhism in the Tibetan world.

After covering these three monasteries we drive back to leh and visit Stok Palace on the way, Stok lies south south of leh on the opposite side of the singe Tsangspo River . The castle was built on a hill at the end of village in about the year 1825 by king Tsespal Tondup Namgyal. In stok there is also the sacred monastery of Gurphug, a branch of Spituk Monastery. On the 9 th and 10 th days of the first tibeten month of the festival called the "Guru Tshechu" is held during which the monks of Spituk Monastery come to perform the sacred dances. At that time two gods make their appearance.

DAY 03: LEH

Excursion to Pangong Lake

After an early breakfast we Leave for Pangong Lake through Changla pass 5486 Mtrs. While ascending Changla pass 5486 Mtrs. Enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of the villages below the pass. After crossing the pass halt for picnic lunch at Tsoltak, the summer pastureland of the yaks. Arrive Durbuk and from there a short drive takes you to the western shore of the lake.

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. The tourism department intends to develop the infrastructure and facilitate the route leading to the lake.

Enjoy the landscape in the back drop of the Lake . One rarely feels so close to nature and environment and the scenery is unforgettable.

After spending some time at Pangong we drive back to hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 04: LEH

Tour Concludes: TRAVEL EXCELLENCE thank you for your patronage and ensure a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onward Destination.

END OF THE TOUR / SERVICES & WISH YOU A MEMORABLE TOUR

9.   Ladakh - Top of the World (3 Nights / 4 Days)

LADAKH TOP OF THE WORLD (3 Nights / 4 Days)


DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN LEH

Upon arrival at Leh Airport you will met by TRAVEL EXCELLENCE representative and Welcome in traditional Ladakhi style and transfer to our pre-arranged hotel, rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize. Overnight stay at hotel.

Leh City : The capital of Ladakh, at one time was a major stop on the Asian "Silk Route". A stroll along the main bazar, observing the varied crowd and peering into the curio shops, is an entrancing experience. Chang Gali, behind the main bazar is less bustling but has intriguing little shops selling curios and jewelry like pearls, turquoise, coral, malachite, lapis and many other kinds of semi-precious stones, as well as curiously carved Yak-horn boxes, quaint brass locks, china or metal bowls etc.

Evening we visit Shanti Stupa A magnificent white-domed structure, The Japanese for World Peace built the Shanti Stupa, at Changspa, on the hilltop, and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985. Its state of the art work attracts a lot of tourists to Ladakh and is spectacular to watch. From there one can see the nice spectacular view of Leh town.

The stupa looks best at night, when it is beautifully illuminated with glittering lights. A large number of tourists come to Ladakh every year to visit this amazing stupa.

DAY 02: LEH

Excursion to Shey, Thiksey, Stok
Today we proceed for Indus Valley Monastery Tour.

We start with a visit to Shey the ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue, built in the memory of King Singee Namgyal by his son lDeldan Namgyal in 1633 A.D. It is the only kind of statue made of Gold, Gilt and copper in entire Ladakh.

Then we visit Thiksey Gompa an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future is one of the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh.

After covering above two attractions we drive back to leh and visit Stok Palace on the way, Stok lies south south of leh on the opposite side of the singe Tsangspo River. The castle was built on a hill at the end of village in about the year 1825 by king Tsespal Tondup Namgyal. In stok there is also the sacred monastery of Gurphug, a branch of Spituk Monastery. On the 9 th and 10 th days of the first tibeten month of the festival called the "Guru Tshechu" is held during which the monks of Spituk Monastery come to perform the sacred dances. At that time two gods make their appearance.

DAY 03: LEH

Excursion to Khardungla Top

After breakfast drive to Khardung la, the highest motorable road in the world at 18,390 ft. is around 39 Kms away from Leh. There are two checkpoints on the both sides of the pass. Khardong is the first village of Nubra valley at higher altitude than Deskit and other villages.

The views from the top of the pass are amazing. This road carries on to the Nubra Valley (optional). 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: LEH

Tour Concludes: TRAVEL EXCELLENCE thank you for your patronage and ensure a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onward Destination.

END OF THE TOUR / SERVICES & WISH YOU A MEMORABLE TOUR

10.   Ladakh Adventure Tour (6 Nights / 7 Days)

LADAKH ADVENTURE TOUR (6 Nights / 7 Days)


DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN LEH

Upon arrival at Leh Airport you will met by TRAVEL EXCELLENCE representative and Welcome in traditional Ladakhi style and transfer to our pre-arranged hotel, rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize. Overnight stay at hotel.

Leh City : The capital of Ladakh, at one time was a major stop on the Asian " Silk Route ". A stroll along the main bazar, observing the varied crowd and peering into the curio shops, is an entrancing experience. Chang Gali, behind the main bazar is less bustling but has intriguing little shops selling curios and jewelry like pearls, turquoise, coral, malachite, lapis and many other kinds of semi-precious stones, as well as curiously carved Yak-horn boxes, quaint brass locks, china or metal bowls etc.

Evening we visit Shanti Stupa A magnificent white-domed structure, The Japanese for World Peace built the Shanti Stupa, at Changspa, on the hilltop, and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985. Its state of the art work attracts a lot of tourists to Ladakh and is spectacular to watch. From there one can see the nice spectacular view of Leh town.

The stupa looks best at night, when it is beautifully illuminated with glittering lights. A large number of tourists come to Ladakh every year to visit this amazing stupa.

DAY 02: LEH

Excursion to Shey, Thiksey, Hemis
Today we proceed for Indus Valley Monastery Tour.

We start with a visit to Shey the ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue, built in the memory of King Singee Namgyal by his son lDeldan Namgyal in 1633 A.D. It is the only kind of statue made of Gold, Gilt and copper in entire Ladakh.

Then we visit Thiksey Gompa an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future is one of the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh.

Drive further to visit the famous Hemis Gompa, This is the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Most of the other Drukpa monasteries are the branch monasteries of Hemis. It was built during early 17th century with the blessing of Lama Stagtsang Raspa (Shambunatha), by famous Namgyal dynasty king Singee Namgyal.

The two-day festival of monastic dance in June-July has raised the reputation of Hemis particularly high. The festival is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as second Buddha and responsible for spreading Buddhism in the Tibetan world.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Leh.

DAY 03: LEH - HUNDER ( NUBRA VALLEY ) (126 Kms / approx 06 hours drive)

After an early breakfast we drive to NUBRA VALLEY leads through KHARDUNG-LA-PASS (the highest Motorable road in the world) at 18,390 ft, around 39kms from Leh. From the pass, one can see all the way south over the Indus valley to seemingly endless peaks and ridges of the Zanskar range, and north to the giants of the Sase massif.

Nubra Valley is popularly known as Ldorma or the valley of flowers. It is situated to the North of Ladakh between the Karakoram and Ladakh ranges of the Himalayas. Nubra lies at and altitude of about 10,000 - ft. above the sea level and is drained largely by the Shiyok river. The Siachen river forms its single largest tributary.

First visit SUMUR, another pretty village on the other side of the river'; SAMSTANLING GOMPA here was founded by Lama Tsultims Nima and Monastic community was introduced as Rezong Gonpa. About 50 monks are residing at this 132 years old Monastery. The Gompa has some strict rules and regulations like not allowing women in the monastery after sunset and before sunrise, no smoking etc.

Our tented camp - Nubra Organic Retreat is situated in a beautiful village called HUNDAR with lot of trees. There is nothing more to see here except a small monastery and ruined fort above the village however the site for the camp is so beautiful that it will invite you to explore the village on own.

DAY 04: HUNDER ( NUBRA VALLEY ) - LEH

After your breakfast at the camp, visit the SAND DUNES to enjoy a camel safari (Optional).

In second half of the day enjoy a visit to DISKIT MONASTERY perched on the rock overhanging the steam which is the source of the energy used by the mills. The monastery is rich, full of tangkas (skill paintings) and above all of magnificent giant statues, effigies of the Buddha and old mural paintings in which can be noted a multitude of influences.. DISKIT is the main village or headquarter of Nubra Valley, which has small market consisting of a row of shops and about 500 years old Gompa on the hilltop. DESKIT GOMPA was founded y Lama Sherab Zangpo of stod in about 1420 AD during the reign of King Dragspa. About 100 monks are residing in the Gompa, which is a branch of Thiksey Monastery. The monastic festival called Gustor takes place on 20th and 21st days of the 12th month of Tibetan calendar.

Later we drive to Leh over Khardung La. Afternoon rest and relax or take a walk to the local market. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 05: LEH

Excursion to Pangong Lake

After an early breakfast we Leave for Pangong Lake through Changla pass 5486 Mtrs. While ascending Changla pass 5486 Mtrs. Enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of the villages below the pass. After crossing the pass halt for picnic lunch at Tsoltak, the summer pastureland of the yaks. Arrive Durbuk and from there a short drive takes you to the western shore of the lake.

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. The tourism department intends to develop the infrastructure and facilitate the route leading to the lake.

Enjoy the landscape in the back drop of the Lake. One rarely feels so close to nature and environment and the scenery is unforgettable.

After spending some time at pangong we drive back to hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 06: LEH

Half Day Rafting - Phey to Nimu
Post breakfast drive to Phey (45 min) and Enjoy River rafting from Phey to Nimu followed by packed lunch.

Note: Season for Rafting is from 25th June until 30 August)
Drive to Gurdwara Pathar Sahib, Magnetic Hill & Hall of Fame.

Gurudwara Patthar Sahib Nestled deep in the Himalayas, about 25 km from the town of Leh, which was built by the Lamas of Leh in 1517 to commemorate the visit of Guru Nanak Dev. It was run by them for over four centuries. Currently, the Army is looking after it.

A drive of another 4 km took us to Magnetic Hill which defies the law of gravity. It has been noticed that when a vehicle is parked on neutral gear on this metallic road the vehicle slides up.

Driving through a picturesque landscape we reached the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar river 4 km before Nimmu village. One can have the magnificent view of two rivers in wed lock. In season they have different colors, flow and beauty. It is at an altitude of 10,823 ft.

Later we drive back to leh and visit Hall of Fame near Leh is worth a visit for every citizen. It is a glorious museum constructed by Indian army. You can see the memorabilia, eminent defence personalities with biographies, images and weapons used during Kargil war and belongings of enemy soldiers found at war site. Another section of this building is entirely dedicated to Siachen and its heroes. On display are attires, multi layered shoes to keep their feet from frost bites, their daily instruments, their day to day food mainly frozen and packed, which is heated by lighting small balls of Hexamycin tablets, as fire is difficult to ignite at a temperature dipping -30 deg to -50 deg centigrade. It is mentioned on a board that 97% of the casualties in Siachen are due to cold and terrain.

In the evening return to the hotel for dinner & overnight at the hotel.

DAY 07: LEH

Tour Concludes: TRAVEL EXCELLENCE thank you for your patronage and ensure a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onward Destination.

END OF THE TOUR / SERVICES & WISH YOU A MEMORABLE TOUR

11.   Ladakh Budhist Tour (8 Nights / 9 Days)

LADAKH BUDHIST TOUR (8 Nights / 9 Days)


DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN LEH

Upon arrival at Leh Airport you will met by TRAVEL EXCELLENCE representative and Welcome in traditional Ladakhi style and transfer to our pre-arranged hotel, rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize. Overnight stay at hotel.

Leh City : The capital of Ladakh, at one time was a major stop on the Asian "Silk Route". A stroll along the main bazar, observing the varied crowd and peering into the curio shops, is an entrancing experience. Chang Gali, behind the main bazar is less bustling but has intriguing little shops selling curios and jewelry like pearls, turquoise, coral, malachite, lapis and many other kinds of semi-precious stones, as well as curiously carved Yak-horn boxes, quaint brass locks, china or metal bowls etc.

Evening we visit Shanti Stupa A magnificent white-domed structure, The Japanese for World Peace built the Shanti Stupa, at Changspa, on the hilltop, and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985. Its state of the art work attracts a lot of tourists to Ladakh and is spectacular to watch. From there one can see the nice spectacular view of Leh town.

The stupa looks best at night, when it is beautifully illuminated with glittering lights. A large number of tourists come to Ladakh every year to visit this amazing stupa.

DAY 02: LEH

AM: Excursion Spituk & Hall of Fame
PM: Excursion to Sankar Gompa & Leh Palace
Post breakfast we depart for AM Sightseeing tour to Spituk

Spituk Monastery was built in 15th century during the reign of Grags 'bum-lde, these new Gelug-pa monastery was built like fortress on the summit of crags. Spituk lies some 5 kms south of Leh. Nesting at the foot of the crags are the flat-topped houses which go to form the village of Spituk .

Spituk or dpe-thub mean 'effective as an Example' and this is thus a suitable name for the first Gelug-pa monastery in Ladakh. Inside the monastery, which includes several courtyards and temples of various sizes, has been built at different levels, following the shape of the rock.

And also visit Hall of Fame near Leh is worth a visit for every citizen. It is a glorious museum constructed by Indian army. You can see the memorabilia, eminent defence personalities with biographies, images and weapons used during Kargil war and belongings of enemy soldiers found at war site. Another section of this building is entirely dedicated to Siachen and its heroes. On display are attires, multi layered shoes to keep their feet from frost bites, their daily instruments, their day to day food mainly frozen and packed, which is heated by lighting small balls of Hexamycin tablets, as fire is difficult to ignite at a temperature dipping -30 deg to -50 deg centigrade. It is mentioned on a board that 97% of the casualties in Siachen are due to cold and terrain.

Later we drive back to hotel on time for lunch.

Later in the afternoon, guided sightseeing tour visiting Sankar Gompa, located at a distance of approximately 3 km from the town of Leh. A subsidiary of the Spituk Gompa, it belongs to the Gelukpa or the Yellow Hat Sect. The monastery also serves as the official residence of the Ladakh's head of Gelukpa Sect, known as The Kushok Bakul. There are time restrictions for visiting the Sankar Monastery of Leh Ladakh. You can also go either between 7:00 am and 10:00 am, or between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. These restrictions have been placed because a few of the monks, of the yellow-hat sect, attached to the monastery reside here permanently.

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. The Palace was built in the middle of the 16th century by King Singe Namgyal and still belongs to the royal family that now lives in the Stok Palace. The nine-storeyed monument is now in ruins. The palace remains locked and may be opened at request by a monk.

Leh Palace is also an excellent example of the medieval Tibetan architecture. It features colossal inclined buttressed walls and protruding wooden balconies.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 03: LEH - ALCHI

Enroute visiting: Phyang, Likir, Basgo

After breakfast we drive to Phyang, located 6 kms away from the Srinagar-Leh highway and 17 km from Leh. It was built during the reign of King Jamyang Namgyal in late 15th century by lama Kunga Dragspa. Phiyang belongs to Dri-pung kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. The man Assembly Hall which is now under conservation contains as main image Vairocana accompanied by Shakyamuni and various Kagyu lamas, and the walls are painted pleasingly with murals of Vajradhara and Five Dhyani Buddhas.

And we drive further to Likir, Likir gompa situated atop a windy cliff top overlooking the beautiful village of Likir, This Monastery is headed by the younger brother of Dalai Lama. According to tradition the foundation of Likir monastery goes back 11th century when it was a Bon center. But the real foundation seem to be not earlier than 15th century. On the top on roof they have newly setup a museum which contains some very old thankas brought from Tibet and the armory, coins, seals etc.

Basgo is certainly the most impressive of Ladakhi citadels despite its ruined state. Amidst the ruines of the fort there are two large temples and adjoining one of there is a small shrine. They all contains images of Maitreya in due proportion to their size. The most beautiful one is the higer one, which is known as the Chamba Lha-khang (Maitreya Temple) and which was built by Tsewang Namgyal, son of Tashi Namgyal, about the middle of 16th century.

Then we drive and cross the River Indus and reach Alchi, Ladakh's most loved monastery. Over a century old, its wall paintings are very similar to those of the Tabo gompa in Spiti, Himachal Pradesh. Unlike other monasteries, which are usually on a cliff top or cling to a mountainside, Alchi is at ground level and is nestled in the shade of a garden.

After visiting the Alchi Monastery we check in at our Camp / Guest House for Overnight stay.

DAY 04: Alchi - Leh

Enroute visiting Lamayuru, Ridzong
After break fast start early morning drive to Lamayuru, and Ridzong back to Leh.

Lamayuru is around further towards Kargil. Lamayuru monastery belongs to Dripung Kagyu (Red Hat) like Phiyang. The oldest structure in Lamayuru is the Singey Lhakhang built by the founder of Alchi Lotsava Rinchen bzangpo in 11th century. Lamayuru lower ladakh its also called as sham.

After visit at lamayuru Gonpa the drive to Ridzong Gompa: Rizong Gompa is known as the paradise for Meditation. Guru Padma Sambhava is believed to editated here for years. One can still find the small caves where Lamas used to meditate for years cutting themselves from the rest of the world except for a one feet square outlet window from where they accept the one time meal of the day.

Rid-zong is the most recent of the Gelug-pa foundation in Ladakh. The monastery has been built picturesquely at the head of a gorge reached by a side-valley running north from the Indus near a village Uletokpo. Rid-zong is best known as best disciplined monastery of the whole of Ladakh.

After Ridzong visit we drive back to Leh and check in at our hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 05: LEH

Excursion to Matho, Stakna & Stok

Post breakfast we take an excursion to few more interesting monasteries of leh and start with Matho, lies 26 Kms south-east of Leh on the opposite bank of the Indus river. The monastery was founded by Lama Dugpa Dorjay in 16th century. Matho is the only Sakya-pa establishment in Ladakh.

Matho monastery is renowned mainly for its yearly festival, which takes place on the 14th and 15th of the first Tibetan month thus in late March or early April. It is known as Nag-hrang after the name of the local god (sa-bdag). Following drive to Stakna.

Stakna is a small monastery, comprising the private apartment, all newly decorated in good Tibetan style, a Du-khang and the roms of monks and attendants. The Du-khang contains a silver gilt stupa, some seven feet high, set up by the present Head Lama Stakna Rinpoche. Other items of interest were the images of three Drug-pa lamas, Padma Karpo, Ngag-dbang rNam-rgyal, the stone man of Bhutan in 17th century, and of Ngag-dbang rGyal-mtshan.

After covering above two monasteries we drive back to leh and visit Stok Palace on the way, Stok lies south south of leh on the opposite side of the singe Tsangspo River. The castle was built on a hill at the end of village in about the year 1825 by king Tsespal Tondup Namgyal. In stok there is also the sacred monastery of Gurphug, a branch of Spituk Monastery. On the 9 th and 10 th days of the first tibeten month of the festival called the "Guru Tshechu" is held during which the monks of Spituk Monastery come to perform the sacred dances. At that time two gods make their appearance.

DAY 06: LEH

Excursion to Hemis, Takthok, Chemdey
Today we proceed for Indus Valley Monastery Tour.

We start with a visit to famous Hemis Gompa, This is the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Most of the other Drukpa monasteries are the branch monasteries of Hemis. It was built during early 17th century with the blessing of Lama Stagtsang Raspa (Shambunatha), by famous Namgyal dynasty king Singee Namgyal.

The two-day festival of monastic dance in June-July has raised the reputation of Hemis particularly high. The festival is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as second Buddha and responsible for spreading Buddhism in the Tibetan world.

Tak-thok Monastery is situated in Sakti Village, at a distance of approximately 46 km from the town of Leh . The site where the monastery is now situated, once served as the meditation cave of Mahasidhas "Kunga Phuntsog". The name Takthok literally means 'rock-roof'. The monastery was so named, as both its roof as well as walls are made up of rock. Tak Thok belongs to the Nying-ma-pa sect of Buddhism, also known as the Old Order, and serves as the residence of approximately 55 lamas.

Chemday, The other monastery closely associated with Hemis is Chemday, which occupies an imposing position just to the south of Sakti village. The Du-khang contains images of stag-tshang Raspa, founder of the Hemis monastery and Chemday, and the last but one head-lama in this series of reincarnations. Behind the images are murals of Shakyamuni flanked by his two chief disciples amd bu mandalas of Kalachakra of Akshobhya.

After finishing the sightseeing tour we drive back to hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 07: LEH

Today we proceed for Indus Valley Monastery Tour With Mahabodhi Meditation Centre.

We start with a visit to Shey the ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue, built in the memory of King Singee Namgyal by his son lDeldan Namgyal in 1633 A.D. It is the only kind of statue made of Gold, Gilt and copper in entire Ladakh.

Then we visit Thiksey Gompa an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future is one of the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh.

Drive return to leh on the way visiting Mahabodhi, The only centre in Ladakh to conduct Dhamma talks and meditation programs. Situated in the center of Leh city (which is away from the main bazaar and not too noisy) daily meditation courses are conducted for the benefit and happiness of the people those who come from within and outside India. At this centre, Mahabodhi conducts yoga and meditation classes (Monday through to Saturday) throughout the summer months.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 08: LEH

Early morning visit Sabu oracle for Prophecy Namgyal peak - Crowned by the now ruined fortress, houses Buddha's deity Maitreya. It was here that the bodies of the defeated Mughals were offered to deities in the medieval era.

Rest of the day at leisure to explore the beauty of ladakh on your own and time for last day shopping.

DAY 09: DEPART LEH

Tour Concludes: TRAVEL EXCELLENCE thank you for your patronage and ensure a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onward Destination.

END OF THE TOUR / SERVICES & WISH YOU A MEMORABLE TOUR

12.   Ladakh Insentive Tour (16 Nights / 17 Days)

LADAKH INSENTIVE TOUR (16 Nights / 17 Days)


DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN LEH

Upon arrival at Leh Airport you will met by TRAVEL EXCELLENCE representative and Welcome in traditional Ladakhi style and transfer to our pre-arranged hotel, rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize. Overnight stay at hotel.

Leh City: The capital of Ladakh, at one time was a major stop on the Asian "Silk Route". A stroll along the main bazar, observing the varied crowd and peering into the curio shops, is an entrancing experience. Chang Gali, behind the main bazar is less bustling but has intriguing little shops selling curios and jewelry like pearls, turquoise, coral, malachite, lapis and many other kinds of semi-precious stones, as well as curiously carved Yak-horn boxes, quaint brass locks, china or metal bowls etc.

Evening we visit Shanti Stupa A magnificent white-domed structure, The Japanese for World Peace built the Shanti Stupa, at Changspa, on the hilltop, and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985. Its state of the art work attracts a lot of tourists to Ladakh and is spectacular to watch. From there one can see the nice spectacular view of Leh town.

The stupa looks best at night, when it is beautifully illuminated with glittering lights. A large number of tourists come to Ladakh every year to visit this amazing stupa.

DAY 02: LEH

AM: Excursion Spituk & Hall of Fame
PM: Excursion to Sankar Gompa & Leh Palace
Post breakfast we depart for AM Sightseeing tour to Spituk

Spituk Monastery was built in 15th century during the reign of Grags 'bum-lde, these new Gelug-pa monastery was built like fortress on the summit of crags. Spituk lies some 5 kms south of Leh. Nesting at the foot of the crags are the flat-topped houses which go to form the village of Spituk.

Spituk or dpe-thub mean 'effective as an Example' and this is thus a suitable name for the first Gelug-pa monastery in Ladakh. Inside the monastery, which includes several courtyards and temples of various sizes, has been built at different levels, following the shape of the rock.

And also visit Hall of Fame near Leh is worth a visit for every citizen. It is a glorious museum constructed by Indian army. You can see the memorabilia, eminent defence personalities with biographies, images and weapons used during Kargil war and belongings of enemy soldiers found at war site. Another section of this building is entirely dedicated to Siachen and its heroes. On display are attires, multi layered shoes to keep their feet from frost bites, their daily instruments, their day to day food mainly frozen and packed, which is heated by lighting small balls of Hexamycin tablets, as fire is difficult to ignite at a temperature dipping -30 deg to -50 deg centigrade. It is mentioned on a board that 97% of the casualties in Siachen are due to cold and terrain.

Later we drive back to hotel on time for lunch.

Later in the afternoon, guided sightseeing tour visiting Sankar Gompa, located at a distance of approximately 3 km from the town of Leh. A subsidiary of the Spituk Gompa, it belongs to the Gelukpa or the Yellow Hat Sect. The monastery also serves as the official residence of the Ladakh's head of Gelukpa Sect, known as The Kushok Bakul. There are time restrictions for visiting the Sankar Monastery of Leh Ladakh. You can also go either between 7:00 am and 10:00 am, or between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. These restrictions have been placed because a few of the monks, of the yellow-hat sect, attached to the monastery reside here permanently.

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. The Palace was built in the middle of the 16th century by King Singe Namgyal and still belongs to the royal family that now lives in the Stok Palace. The nine-storeyed monument is now in ruins. The palace remains locked and may be opened at request by a monk.

Leh Palace is also an excellent example of the medieval Tibetan architecture. It features colossal inclined buttressed walls and protruding wooden balconies.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 03: LEH - ALCHI

Enroute visiting: Phyang, Likir, Basgo

After breakfast we drive to Phyang, located 6 kms away from the Srinagar-Leh highway and 17 km from Leh. It was built during the reign of King Jamyang Namgyal in late 15th century by lama Kunga Dragspa. Phiyang belongs to Dri-pung kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. The man Assembly Hall which is now under conservation contains as main image Vairocana accompanied by Shakyamuni and various Kagyu lamas, and the walls are painted pleasingly with murals of Vajradhara and Five Dhyani Buddhas.

And we drive further to Likir, Likir gompa situated atop a windy cliff top overlooking the beautiful village of Likir, This Monastery is headed by the younger brother of Dalai Lama. According to tradition the foundation of Likir monastery goes back 11th century when it was a Bon center. But the real foundation seem to be not earlier than 15th century. On the top on roof they have newly setup a museum which contains some very old thankas brought from Tibet and the armory, coins, seals etc.

Basgo is certainly the most impressive of Ladakhi citadels despite its ruined state. Amidst the ruines of the fort there are two large temples and adjoining one of there is a small shrine. They all contains images of Maitreya in due proportion to their size. The most beautiful one is the higer one, which is known as the Chamba Lha-khang (Maitreya Temple) and which was built by Tsewang Namgyal, son of Tashi Namgyal, about the middle of 16th century.

Then we drive and cross the River Indus and reach Alchi, Ladakh's most loved monastery. Over a century old, its wall paintings are very similar to those of the Tabo gompa in Spiti, Himachal Pradesh. Unlike other monasteries, which are usually on a cliff top or cling to a mountainside, Alchi is at ground level and is nestled in the shade of a garden.

After visiting the Alchi Monastery we check in at our Camp / Guest House for Overnight stay.

DAY 04: Alchi - Dha Hanu

Enroute visiting Lamayuru

After break fast start early morning drive to Dha Hanu enroute visiting Lamayuru.

Lamayuru is around more further towards Leh - Kargil road. Lamayuru monastery belongs to Dripung Kagyu (Red Hat) like Phiyang. The oldest structure in Lamayuru is the Singey Lhakhang built by the founder of Alchi Lotsava Rinchen bzangpo in 11th century. Lamayuru lower ladakh its also called as sham.

Dha-Hanu, is situated at an altitude of 10000 ft. It is the Land of the "Drok-Pa "an Indo Aryan race. Only two villages Dha & Biama are open for tourists. Their cultural and religious practices are totally different from the rest of Ladakh. Bon-Chos believe in an ancient Pre-Buddhist animist religion known as "Bon-Chos". These people abstained from bathing all their lives saying that "If you wash your self your luck goes away" but since the last few years this practice is beginning to fade away. It has much to offer to scholars in the field of Ethnology & Social Anthropology.

Overnight stay at the Guest house / tented accommodation.

DAY 05: DHA HANU - LEH

Enroute visiting RIdzong

Post breakfast we check out from the camp and start our journey back to leh enroute visiting Ridzong Gompa: Rizong Gompa is known as the paradise for Meditation. Guru Padma Sambhava is believed to editated here for years. One can still find the small caves where Lamas used to meditate for years cutting themselves from the rest of the world except for a one feet square outlet window from where they accept the one time meal of the day.

Rid-zong is the most recent of the Gelug-pa foundation in Ladakh. The monastery has been built picturesquely at the head of a gorge reached by a side-valley running north from the Indus near a village Uletokpo. Rid-zong is best known as best disciplined monastery of the whole of Ladakh.

After Ridzong visit we drive back to Leh and check in at our hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 06: LEH

Excursion to Matho, Stakna & Stok

Post breakfast we take an excursion to few more interesting monasteries of leh and start with Matho, lies 26 Kms south-east of Leh on the opposite bank of the Indus river. The monastery was founded by Lama Dugpa Dorjay in 16th century. Matho is the only Sakya-pa establishment in Ladakh.

Matho monastery is renowned mainly for its yearly festival, which takes place on the 14th and 15th of the first Tibetan month thus in late March or early April. It is known as Nag-hrang after the name of the local god (sa-bdag). Following drive to Stakna.

Stakna is a small monastery, comprising the private apartment, all newly decorated in good Tibetan style, a Du-khang and the roms of monks and attendants. The Du-khang contains a silver gilt stupa, some seven feet high, set up by the present Head Lama Stakna Rinpoche. Other items of interest were the images of three Drug-pa lamas, Padma Karpo, Ngag-dbang rNam-rgyal, the stone man of Bhutan in 17th century, and of Ngag-dbang rGyal-mtshan.

After covering above two monasteries we drive back to leh and visit Stok Palace on the way, Stok lies south south of leh on the opposite side of the singe Tsangspo River. The castle was built on a hill at the end of village in about the year 1825 by king Tsespal Tondup Namgyal. In stok there is also the sacred monastery of Gurphug, a branch of Spituk Monastery. On the 9 th and 10 th days of the first tibeten month of the festival called the "Guru Tshechu" is held during which the monks of Spituk Monastery come to perform the sacred dances. At that time two gods make their appearance.

DAY 07: LEH

Excursion to Hemis, Takthok, Chemdey
Today we proceed for Indus Valley Monastery Tour.

We start with a visit to Gamous Hemis Gompa, This is the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Most of the other Drukpa monasteries are the branch monasteries of Hemis. It was built during early 17th century with the blessing of Lama Stagtsang Raspa (Shambunatha), by famous Namgyal dynasty king Singee Namgyal.

The two-day festival of monastic dance in June-July has raised the reputation of Hemis particularly high. The festival is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as second Buddha and responsible for spreading Buddhism in the Tibetan world.

Tak-thok Monastery is situated in Sakti Village, at a distance of approximately 46 km from the town of Leh. The site where the monastery is now situated, once served as the meditation cave of Mahasidhas "Kunga Phuntsog". The name Takthok literally means 'rock-roof'. The monastery was so named, as both its roof as well as walls are made up of rock. Tak Thok belongs to the Nying-ma-pa sect of Buddhism, also known as the Old Order, and serves as the residence of approximately 55 lamas.

Chemday, The other monastery closely associated with Hemis is Chemday, which occupies an imposing position just to the south of Sakti village. The Du-khang contains images of stag-tshang Raspa, founder of the Hemis monastery and Chemday, and the last but one head-lama in this series of reincarnations. Behind the images are murals of Shakyamuni flanked by his two chief disciples amd bu mandalas of Kalachakra of Akshobhya.

After finishing the sightseeing tour we drive back to hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 08: LEH

Today we proceed for Indus Valley Monastery tour With Mahabodhi Meditation Centre.

We start with a visit to Shey the ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue, built in the memory of King Singee Namgyal by his son lDeldan Namgyal in 1633 A.D. It is the only kind of statue made of Gold, Gilt and copper in entire Ladakh.

Then we visit Thiksey Gompa an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future is one of the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh.

Drive return to leh on the way visiting Mahabodhi, Mahabodhi is the only centre in Ladakh to conduct Dhamma talks and meditation programs. Situated in the center of Leh city (which is away from the main bazaar and not too noisy) daily meditation courses are conducted for the benefit and happiness of the people those who come from within and outside India. At this centre, Mahabodhi conducts yoga and meditation classes (Monday through to Saturday) throughout the summer months.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 09: Leh - Chumathang - Tsomoriri (240 kms)

In the morning leave for Chumathang stop, which is famous for medical hot spring and people visit to this place for medical bath. From here a short drive will take you to Mahey bridge, the main checking point to enter to this new area. On the way visit Sumdah village and another 55 kms drive will take you to Tsomoriri.

The Tsomoriri Lake is a beautiful mountain bounded expanse of water, around 240 Kms. from Leh in Rupsho Valley. The Lake is located at 14,000 ft. near a small village of Korzok. Recently opened to foreigners due to the proximity of the Chinese boarder, the Changthang is a land of wilderness and magnificent landscapes. This region is characterized by high arid plains, remote villages, snow-capped peaks and beautiful high altitude azure-blue lakes, the largest being Tsomoriri at 4,500 m.

The Tsomoriri Lake is also the breeding ground for numerous species of birds, like the bar headed goose, crested grebe, the Brahmini duck (ruddy sheldrake) and the brown-headed gull. The Tsomorir Lake is 8 kms wide and 28 kms long.

Upon arrival we check in at our camp for two nights.

DAY 10: Tsomoriri

In the morning visit Korzok village with its houses and its gompa appearing like a mirage. The few barley fields at Korzok must be among the highest cultivation in the world. In the afternoon visit around the Lake.

Dinner and overnight at the camp.

DAY 11: Tsomoriri - Mahe - Puga - Tsokar - Tanglangla - Leh

The day will start with a drive to Mahey village, a picturesque village with spurting fountain and white clouds hanging upon. From there, you will proceed towards Puga Valley, famous for Butan gas. Thereafter, you will continue towards Tsokar via Polokongka pass (at 13500 ft.).

After visiting the Tsokar Lake, you can also see Thugke gompa. The place is quite known for wild Asses, seen grazing and moving in flocks. From here, you will drive towards Leh. On the way, you will stop to Tanglangla pass, the second highest motorable pass in the world at 5350 m.

Upon arrival in leh check in at your pre-arranged hotel for two nights.

DAY 12: LEH - HUNDER ( NUBRA VALLEY ) (126 Kms / approx 06 hours drive)

After an early breakfast we drive to NUBRA VALLEY leads through KHARDUNG-LA-PASS (the highest motorable road in the world) at 18,390 ft, around 39kms from Leh. From the pass, one can see all the way south over the Indus valley to seemingly endless peaks and ridges of the Zanskar range, and north to the giants of the Sase massif.

Nubra Valley is popularly known as Ldorma or the valley of flowers. It is situated to the North of Ladakh between the Karakoram and Ladakh ranges of the Himalayas. Nubra lies at and altitude of about 10,000 - ft. above the sea level and is drained largely by the Shiyok river. The Siachen river forms its single largest tributary.

Our tented camp - Nubra Organic Retreat is situated in a beautiful village called HUNDAR with lot of trees. There is nothing more to see here except a small monastery and ruined fort above the village however the site for the camp is so beautiful that it will invite you to explore the village on own.

DAY 13: HUNDER ( NUBRA VALLEY )

Explore Nubra Valley
After your breakfast at the camp, visit the SAND DUNES to enjoy a camel safari (Optional).

In second half of the day enjoy a visit to DISKIT MONASTERY perched on the rock overhanging the steam which is the source of the energy used by the mills. The monastery is rich, full of tangkas (skill paintings) and above all of magnificent giant statues, effigies of the Buddha and old mural paintings in which can be noted a multitude of influences.. DISKIT is the main village or headquarter of Nubra Valley, which has small market consisting of a row of shops and about 500 years old Gompa on the hilltop. DESKIT GOMPA was founded y Lama Sherab Zangpo of stod in about 1420 AD during the reign of King Dragspa. About 100 monks are residing in the Gompa, which is a branch of Thiksey Monastery. The monastic festival called Gustor takes place on 20th and 21st days of the 12th month of Tibetan calendar.

DAY 14: HUNDER - LEH

After breakfast drive to Leh over Khardung La. Afternoon rest and relax or take a walk to the local market. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 15: LEH

Excursion to Pangong Lake

After an early breakfast we leave for Pangong Lake through Changla pass 5486 Mtrs. While ascending Changla pass 5486 Mtrs. Enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of the villages below the pass. After crossing the pass halt for picnic lunch at Tsoltak, the summer pastureland of the yaks. Arrive Durbuk and from there a short drive takes you to the western shore of the lake.

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. The tourism department intends to develop the infrastructure and facilitate the route leading to the lake.

Enjoy the landscape in the back drop of the Lake. One rarely feels so close to nature and environment and the scenery is unforgettable.

After spending some time at pangong we drive back to hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 16: LEH

Complete day at leisure for own activities and Last day Shopping. Overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 17: DEPART LEH

Tour Concludes: TRAVEL EXCELLENCE thank you for your patronage and ensure a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onward Destination.

END OF THE TOUR / SERVICES & WISH YOU A MEMORABLE TOUR

13.   Ladakh Monastery Tour (8 Nights / 9 Days)

LADAKH MONASTERY TOUR (8 Nights / 9 Days)


DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN LEH

Upon arrival at Leh Airport you will met by TRAVEL EXCELLENCE representative and Welcome in traditional Ladakhi style and transfer to our pre-arranged hotel, rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize. Overnight stay at hotel.

Leh City: The capital of Ladakh, at one time was a major stop on the Asian "Silk Route". A stroll along the main bazar, observing the varied crowd and peering into the curio shops, is an entrancing experience. Chang Gali, behind the main bazar is less bustling but has intriguing little shops selling curios and jewelry like pearls, turquoise, coral, malachite, lapis and many other kinds of semi-precious stones, as well as curiously carved Yak-horn boxes, quaint brass locks, china or metal bowls etc.

Evening we visit Shanti Stupa A magnificent white-domed structure, The Japanese for World Peace built the Shanti Stupa, at Changspa, on the hilltop, and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985. Its state of the art work attracts a lot of tourists to Ladakh and is spectacular to watch. From there one can see the nice spectacular view of Leh town. The stupa looks best at night, when it is beautifully illuminated with glittering lights. A large number of tourists come to Ladakh every year to visit this amazing stupa.

DAY 02: LEH

AM: Excursion Spituk & Hall of Fame
PM: Excursion to Sankar Gompa & Leh Palace
Post breakfast we depart for AM Sightseeing tour to Spituk.

Spituk monastery was built in 15th century during the reign of Grags 'bum-lde, these new Gelug-pa monastery was built like fortress on the summit of crags. Spituk lies some 5 kms south of Leh. Nesting at the foot of the crags are the flat-topped houses which go to form the village of Spituk.

Spituk or dpe-thub mean 'effective as an Example' and this is thus a suitable name for the first Gelug-pa monastery in Ladakh. Inside the monastery, which includes several courtyards and temples of various sizes, has been built at different levels, following the shape of the rock.

And also visit Hall of Fame near Leh is worth a visit for every citizen. It is a glorious museum constructed by Indian army. You can see the memorabilia, eminent defence personalities with biographies, images and weapons used during Kargil war and belongings of enemy soldiers found at war site. Another section of this building is entirely dedicated to Siachen and its heroes. On display are attires, multi layered shoes to keep their feet from frost bites, their daily instruments, their day to day food mainly frozen and packed, which is heated by lighting small balls of Hexamycin tablets, as fire is difficult to ignite at a temperature dipping -30 deg to -50 deg centigrade. It is mentioned on a board that 97% of the casualties in Siachen are due to cold and terrain.

Later we drive back to hotel on time for lunch.

Later in the afternoon, guided sightseeing tour visiting Sankar Gompa, located at a distance of approximately 3 km from the town of Leh. A subsidiary of the Spituk Gompa, it belongs to the Gelukpa or the Yellow Hat Sect. The monastery also serves as the official residence of the Ladakh's head of Gelukpa Sect, known as The Kushok Bakul. There are time restrictions for visiting the Sankar Monastery of Leh Ladakh. You can also go either between 7:00 am and 10:00 am, or between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. These restrictions have been placed because a few of the monks, of the yellow-hat sect, attached to the monastery reside here permanently.

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. The Palace was built in the middle of the 16th century by King Singe Namgyal and still belongs to the royal family that now lives in the Stok Palace. The nine-storeyed monument is now in ruins. The palace remains locked and may be opened at request by a monk.

Leh Palace is also an excellent example of the medieval Tibetan architecture. It features colossal inclined buttressed walls and protruding wooden balconies. Overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 03: LEH - ALCHI

Enroute visiting: Phyang, Likir, Basgo

After breakfast we drive to Phyang, located 6 kms away from the Srinagar-Leh highway and 17 km from Leh. It was built during the reign of King Jamyang Namgyal in late 15th century by lama Kunga Dragspa. Phiyang belongs to Dri-pung kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. The man Assembly Hall which is now under conservation contains as main image Vairocana accompanied by Shakyamuni and various Kagyu lamas, and the walls are painted pleasingly with murals of Vajradhara and Five Dhyani Buddhas.

And we drive further to Likir, Likir gompa situated atop a windy cliff top overlooking the beautiful village of Likir , This Monastery is headed by the younger brother of Dalai Lama. According to tradition the foundation of Likir monastery goes back 11th century when it was a Bon center. But the real foundation seem to be not earlier than 15th century. On the top on roof they have newly setup a museum which contains some very old thankas brought from Tibet and the armory, coins, seals etc.

Basgo is certainly the most impressive of Ladakhi citadels despite its ruined state. Amidst the ruines of the fort there are two large temples and adjoining one of there is a small shrine. They all contains images of Maitreya in due proportion to their size. The most beautiful one is the higer one, which is known as the Chamba Lha-khang ( Maitreya Temple ) and which was built by Tsewang Namgyal, son of Tashi Namgyal, about the middle of 16th century.

Then we drive and cross the River Indus and reach Alchi, Ladakh's most loved monastery. Over a century old, its wall paintings are very similar to those of the Tabo gompa in Spiti, Himachal Pradesh. Unlike other monasteries, which are usually on a cliff top or cling to a mountainside, Alchi is at ground level and is nestled in the shade of a garden.

After visiting the Alchi Monastery we check in at our Camp / Guest House for Overnight stay.

DAY 04: ALCHI - LEH

Enroute visiting Lamayuru, Ridzong

After break fast start early morning drive to Lamayuru, and Ridzong back to Leh.

Lamayuru is around more further towards Kargil. Lamayuru monastery belongs to Dripung Kagyu (Red Hat) like Phiyang. The oldest structure in Lamayuru is the Singey Lhakhang built by the founder of Alchi Lotsava Rinchen bzangpo in 11th century. Lamayuru lower ladakh its also called as sham.

After visit at lamayuru Gonpa the drive to Ridzong Gompa: Rizong Gompa is known as the paradise for Meditation. Guru Padma Sambhava is believed to editated here for years. One can still find the small caves where Lamas used to meditate for years cutting themselves from the rest of the world except for a one feet square outlet window from where they accept the one time meal of the day.

Rid-zong is the most recent of the Gelug-pa foundation in Ladakh. The monastery has been built picturesquely at the head of a gorge reached by a side-valley running north from the Indus near a village Uletokpo. Rid-zong is best known as best disciplined monastery of the whole of Ladakh.

After Ridzong visit we drive back to Leh and check in at our hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 05: LEH

Excursion to Matho, Stakna & Stok

Post breakfast we take an excursion to few more interesting monasteries of leh and start with Matho, lies 26 Kms south-east of Leh on the opposite bank of the Indus river. The monastery was founded by Lama Dugpa Dorjay in 16th century. Matho is the only Sakya-pa establishment in Ladakh.

Matho monastery is renowned mainly for its yearly festival, which takes place on the 14th and 15th of the first Tibetan month thus in late March or early April. It is known as Nag-hrang after the name of the local god (sa-bdag). Following drive to Stakna.

Stakna is a small monastery, comprising the private apartment, all newly decorated in good Tibetan style, a Du-khang and the roms of monks and attendants. The Du-khang contains a silver gilt stupa, some seven feet high, set up by the present Head Lama Stakna Rinpoche. Other items of interest were the images of three Drug-pa lamas, Padma Karpo, Ngag-dbang rNam-rgyal, the stone man of Bhutan in 17th century, and of Ngag-dbang rGyal-mtshan.

After covering above two monasteries we drive back to leh and visit Stok Palace on the way, Stok lies south south of leh on the opposite side of the singe Tsangspo River. The castle was built on a hill at the end of village in about the year 1825 by king Tsespal Tondup Namgyal. In stok there is also the sacred monastery of Gurphug, a branch of Spituk Monastery. On the 9th and 10th days of the first tibeten month of the festival called the "Guru Tshechu" is held during which the monks of Spituk Monastery come to perform the sacred dances. At that time two gods make their appearance.

DAY 06: LEH

Excursion to Hemis, Takthok, Chemdey
Today we proceed for Indus Valley monastery tour.

We start with a visit to famous Hemis Gompa, This is the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Most of the other Drukpa monasteries are the branch monasteries of Hemis. It was built during early 17th century with the blessing of Lama Stagtsang Raspa (Shambunatha), by famous Namgyal dynasty king Singee Namgyal.

The two-day festival of monastic dance in June-July has raised the reputation of Hemis particularly high. The festival is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as second Buddha and responsible for spreading Buddhism in the Tibetan world.

Tak-thok Monastery is situated in Sakti Village, at a distance of approximately 46 km from the town of Leh. The site where the monastery is now situated, once served as the meditation cave of Mahasidhas "Kunga Phuntsog". The name Takthok literally means 'rock-roof'. The monastery was so named, as both its roof as well as walls are made up of rock. Tak Thok belongs to the Nying-ma-pa sect of Buddhism, also known as the Old Order, and serves as the residence of approximately 55 lamas.

Chemday, The other monastery closely associated with Hemis is Chemday, which occupies an imposing position just to the south of Sakti village. The Du-khang contains images of stag-tshang Raspa, founder of the Hemis monastery and Chemday, and the last but one head-lama in this series of reincarnations. Behind the images are murals of Shakyamuni flanked by his two chief disciples amd bu mandalas of Kalachakra of Akshobhya. After finishing the sightseeing tour we drive back to hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 07: LEH

Today we proceed for Indus Valley monastery tour With Mahabodhi Meditation Centre. We start with a visit to Shey the ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue, built in the memory of King Singee Namgyal by his son lDeldan Namgyal in 1633 A.D. It is the only kind of statue made of Gold, Gilt and copper in entire Ladakh.

Then we visit Thiksey Gompa an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future is one of the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh.

Drive return to leh on the way visiting Mahabodhi, Mahabodhi is the only centre in Ladakh to conduct Dhamma talks and meditation programs. Situated in the center of Leh city (which is away from the main bazaar and not too noisy) daily meditation courses are conducted for the benefit and happiness of the people those who come from within and outside India. At this centre, Mahabodhi conducts yoga and meditation classes (Monday through to Saturday) throughout the summer months.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 08: LEH

Early morning visit Sabu oracle for Prophecy Namgyal peak - Crowned by the now ruined fortress, houses Buddha's deity Maitreya. It was here that the bodies of the defeated Mughals were offered to deities in the medieval era.

Rest of the day at leisure to explore the beauty of ladakh on your own and time for last day shopping.

DAY 09: DEPART LEH

Tour concludes: TRAVEL EXCELLENCE thank you for your patronage and ensure a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onward Destination.

END OF THE TOUR / SERVICES & WISH YOU A MEMORABLE TOUR

14.   Ladakh Odyssey (3 Nights / 4 Days)

LADAKH ODYSSEY(MTCTI-3) (3 Nights / 4 Days)


DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN LEH

Upon arrival at Leh Airport you will met by TRAVEL EXCELLENCE representative and Welcome in traditional Ladakhi style and transfer to our pre-arranged hotel, rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize. Overnight stay at hotel.

Leh City : The capital of Ladakh, at one time was a major stop on the Asian "Silk Route". A stroll along the main bazar, observing the varied crowd and peering into the curio shops, is an entrancing experience. Chang Gali, behind the main bazar is less bustling but has intriguing little shops selling curios and jewelry like pearls, turquoise, coral, malachite, lapis and many other kinds of semi-precious stones, as well as curiously carved Yak-horn boxes, quaint brass locks, china or metal bowls etc.

Evening we visit Shanti Stupa A magnificent white-domed structure, The Japanese for World Peace built the Shanti Stupa, at Changspa, on the hilltop, and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985. Its state of the art work attracts a lot of tourists to Ladakh and is spectacular to watch. From there one can see the nice spectacular view of Leh town.

The stupa looks best at night, when it is beautifully illuminated with glittering lights. A large number of tourists come to Ladakh every year to visit this amazing stupa.

DAY 02: LEH

Excursion to Shey, Thiksey, Hemis, Stok
Today we proceed for Indus Valley Monastery Tour.

We start with a visit to Shey the ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue, built in the memory of King Singee Namgyal by his son lDeldan Namgyal in 1633 A.D. It is the only kind of statue made of Gold, Gilt and copper in entire Ladakh.

Then we visit Thiksey Gompa an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future is one of the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh.

Drive further to visit the famous Hemis Gompa, This is the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Most of the other Drukpa monasteries are the branch monasteries of Hemis. It was built during early 17th century with the blessing of Lama Stagtsang Raspa (Shambunatha), by famous Namgyal dynasty king Singee Namgyal.

The two-day festival of monastic dance in June-July has raised the reputation of Hemis particularly high. The festival is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as second Buddha and responsible for spreading Buddhism in the Tibetan world.

After covering these three monasteries we drive back to leh and visit Stok Palace on the way, Stok lies south south of leh on the opposite side of the singe Tsangspo River. The castle was built on a hill at the end of village in about the year 1825 by king Tsespal Tondup Namgyal. In stok there is also the sacred monastery of Gurphug, a branch of Spituk Monastery. On the 9 th and 10 th days of the first tibeten month of the festival called the "Guru Tshechu" is held during which the monks of Spituk Monastery come to perform the sacred dances. At that time two gods make their appearance.

DAY 03: LEH

Excursion to Pangong Lake

After an early breakfast we Leave for Pangong Lake through Changla pass 5486 Mtrs. While ascending Changla pass 5486 Mtrs. Enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of the villages below the pass. After crossing the pass halt for picnic lunch at Tsoltak, the summer pastureland of the yaks. Arrive Durbuk and from there a short drive takes you to the western shore of the lake.

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. The tourism department intends to develop the infrastructure and facilitate the route leading to the lake.

Enjoy the landscape in the back drop of the Lake . One rarely feels so close to nature and environment and the scenery is unforgettable.

After spending some time at Pangong we drive back to hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 04: LEH

Excursion to Khardungla Top

After breakfast drive to Khardung la, the highest motorable road in the world at 18,390 ft. is around 39 Kms away from Leh. There are two checkpoints on the both sides of the pass. Khardong is the first village of Nubra valley at higher altitude than Deskit and other villages

The views from the top of the pass are amazing. This road carries on to the Nubra Valley (optional). Return to the hotel for hot lunch.

Later in the afternoon at leisure for last day shopping and overnight stay at the hotel.

Tour Concludes: TRAVEL EXCELLENCE thank you for your patronage and ensure a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onward Destination.

END OF THE TOUR / SERVICES & WISH YOU A MEMORABLE TOUR

15.   Leh with Nubra Valley (4 Nights / 5 Days)

LEH WITH NUBRA VALLEY (4 Nights / 5 Days)


DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN LEH

Upon arrival at Leh Airport you will met by TRAVEL EXCELLENCE representative and Welcome in traditional Ladakhi style and transfer to our pre-arranged hotel, rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize. Overnight stay at hotel.

Leh City: The capital of Ladakh, at one time was a major stop on the Asian " Silk Route ". A stroll along the main bazar, observing the varied crowd and peering into the curio shops, is an entrancing experience. Chang Gali, behind the main bazar is less bustling but has intriguing little shops selling curios and jewelry like pearls, turquoise, coral, malachite, lapis and many other kinds of semi-precious stones, as well as curiously carved Yak-horn boxes, quaint brass locks, china or metal bowls etc.

Evening we visit Shanti Stupa A magnificent white-domed structure, The Japanese for World Peace built the Shanti Stupa, at Changspa, on the hilltop, and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985. Its state of the art work attracts a lot of tourists to Ladakh and is spectacular to watch. From there one can see the nice spectacular view of Leh town.

The stupa looks best at night, when it is beautifully illuminated with glittering lights. A large number of tourists come to Ladakh every year to visit this amazing stupa.

DAY 02: LEH - HUNDER ( NUBRA VALLEY ) (126 Kms / approx 06 hours drive)

After an early breakfast we drive to NUBRA VALLEY leads through KHARDUNG-LA-PASS (the highest motorable road in the world) at 18,390 ft, around 39kms from Leh. From the pass, one can see all the way south over the Indus valley to seemingly endless peaks and ridges of the Zanskar range, and north to the giants of the Sase massif.

Nubra Valley is popularly known as Ldorma or the valley of flowers. It is situated to the North of Ladakh between the Karakoram and Ladakh ranges of the Himalayas . Nubra lies at and altitude of about 10,000 - ft. above the sea level and is drained largely by the Shiyok river. The Siachen river forms its single largest tributary.

First visit SUMUR, another pretty village on the other side of the river'; SAMSTANLING GOMPA here was founded by Lama Tsultims Nima and Monastic community was introduced as Rezong Gonpa. About 50 monks are residing at this 132 years old Monastery. The Gompa has some strict rules and regulations like not allowing women in the monastery after sunset and before sunrise, no smoking etc.

Our tented camp - Nubra Organic Retreat is situated in a beautiful village called HUNDAR with lot of trees. There is nothing more to see here except a small monastery and ruined fort above the village however the site for the camp is so beautiful that it will invite you to explore the village on own.

DAY 03: HUNDER ( NUBRA VALLEY ) - LEH

After your breakfast at the camp, visit the SAND DUNES to enjoy a camel safari (Optional).

Later we drive to Leh over Khardung La. Afternoon rest and relax or take a walk to the local market.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 04: LEH

Excursion to Shey, Thiksey, Hemis

Today we proceed for Indus Valley Monastery Tour.

We start with a visit to Shey the ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue, built in the memory of King Singee Namgyal by his son lDeldan Namgyal in 1633 A.D. It is the only kind of statue made of Gold, Gilt and copper in entire Ladakh.

Then we visit Thiksey Gompa an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future is one of the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh.

Drive further to visit the famous Hemis Gompa, This is the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Most of the other Drukpa monasteries are the branch monasteries of Hemis. It was built during early 17th century with the blessing of Lama Stagtsang Raspa (Shambunatha), by famous Namgyal dynasty king Singee Namgyal.

The two-day festival of monastic dance in June-July has raised the reputation of Hemis particularly high. The festival is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as second Buddha and responsible for spreading Buddhism in the Tibetan world.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Leh.

DAY 05: LEH

Tour Concludes: TRAVEL EXCELLENCE thank you for your patronage and ensure a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onward Destination.

END OF THE TOUR / SERVICES & WISH YOU A MEMORABLE TOUR

16.   Ladakh Where Nature’s Silence is Eloquent (7 Nights / 8 Days)

LADAKH WHERE NATURE'S SILENCE IS ELOQUENT (7 Nights / 8 Days)


DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN LEH

Upon arrival at Leh Airport you will met by TRAVEL EXCELLENCE representative and Welcome in traditional Ladakhi style and transfer to our pre-arranged hotel, rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize. Overnight stay at hotel.

Leh City: The capital of Ladakh, at one time was a major stop on the Asian "Silk Route". A stroll along the main bazar, observing the varied crowd and peering into the curio shops, is an entrancing experience. Chang Gali, behind the main bazar is less bustling but has intriguing little shops selling curios and jewelry like pearls, turquoise, coral, malachite, lapis and many other kinds of semi-precious stones, as well as curiously carved Yak-horn boxes, quaint brass locks, china or metal bowls etc.

Evening we visit Shanti Stupa A magnificent white-domed structure, The Japanese for World Peace built the Shanti Stupa, at Changspa, on the hilltop, and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985. Its state of the art work attracts a lot of tourists to Ladakh and is spectacular to watch. From there one can see the nice spectacular view of Leh town.

The stupa looks best at night, when it is beautifully illuminated with glittering lights. A large number of tourists come to Ladakh every year to visit this amazing stupa.

DAY 02: LEH

AM: Excursion Spituk & Hall of Fame
PM: Excursion to Sankar Gompa & Leh Palace
Post breakfast we depart for AM Sightseeing tour to Spituk

Spituk monastery was built in 15th century during the reign of Grags 'bum-lde, these new Gelug-pa monastery was built like fortress on the summit of crags. Spituk lies some 5 kms south of Leh. Nesting at the foot of the crags are the flat-topped houses which go to form the village of Spituk.

Spituk or dpe-thub mean 'effective as an Example' and this is thus a suitable name for the first Gelug-pa monastery in Ladakh. Inside the monastery, which includes several courtyards and temples of various sizes, has been built at different levels, following the shape of the rock.

And also visit Hall of Fame near Leh is worth a visit for every citizen. It is a glorious museum constructed by Indian army. You can see the memorabilia, eminent defence personalities with biographies, images and weapons used during Kargil war and belongings of enemy soldiers found at war site. Another section of this building is entirely dedicated to Siachen and its heroes. On display are attires, multi layered shoes to keep their feet from frost bites, their daily instruments, their day to day food mainly frozen and packed, which is heated by lighting small balls of Hexamycin tablets, as fire is difficult to ignite at a temperature dipping -30 deg to -50 deg centigrade. It is mentioned on a board that 97% of the casualties in Siachen are due to cold and terrain.

Later we drive back to hotel on time for lunch.

Later in the afternoon, guided sightseeing tour visiting Sankar Gompa, located at a distance of approximately 3 km from the town of Leh. A subsidiary of the Spituk Gompa, it belongs to the Gelukpa or the Yellow Hat Sect. The monastery also serves as the official residence of the Ladakh's head of Gelukpa Sect, known as The Kushok Bakul. There are time restrictions for visiting the Sankar Monastery of Leh Ladakh. You can also go either between 7:00 am and 10:00 am, or between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. These restrictions have been placed because a few of the monks, of the yellow-hat sect, attached to the monastery reside here permanently.

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. The Palace was built in the middle of the 16th century by King Singe Namgyal and still belongs to the royal family that now lives in the Stok Palace. The nine-storeyed monument is now in ruins. The palace remains locked and may be opened at request by a monk.

Leh Palace is also an excellent example of the medieval Tibetan architecture. It features colossal inclined buttressed walls and protruding wooden balconies.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 03: LEH

Excursion to Shey, Thiksey, Stok

Today we proceed for Indus Valley Monastery Tour.

We start with a visit to Shey the ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue, built in the memory of King Singee Namgyal by his son lDeldan Namgyal in 1633 A.D. It is the only kind of statue made of Gold, Gilt and copper in entire Ladakh.

Then we visit Thiksey Gompa an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future is one of the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh.

Drive further to visit Stok Palace on the way, Stok lies south south of leh on the opposite side of the singe Tsangspo River.

The castle was built on a hill at the end of village in about the year 1825 by king Tsespal Tondup Namgyal. In stok there is also the sacred monastery of Gurphug, a branch of Spituk Monastery. On the 9 th and 10 th days of the first tibeten month of the festival called the "Guru Tshechu" is held during which the monks of Spituk Monastery come to perform the sacred dances. At that time two gods make their appearance.

DAY 04: LEH - ALCHI

Enroute visiting: Phyang, Likir, Basgo

After breakfast we drive to Phyang, located 6 kms away from the Srinagar-Leh highway and 17 km from Leh. It was built during the reign of King Jamyang Namgyal in late 15th century by lama Kunga Dragspa. Phiyang belongs to Dri-pung kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. The man Assembly Hall which is now under conservation contains as main image Vairocana accompanied by Shakyamuni and various Kagyu lamas, and the walls are painted pleasingly with murals of Vajradhara and Five Dhyani Buddhas.

And we drive further to Likir, Likir gompa situated atop a windy cliff top overlooking the beautiful village of Likir, This Monastery is headed by the younger brother of Dalai Lama. According to tradition the foundation of Likir monastery goes back 11th century when it was a Bon center. But the real foundation seem to be not earlier than 15th century. On the top on roof they have newly setup a museum which contains some very old thankas brought from Tibet and the armory, coins, seals etc.

Basgo is certainly the most impressive of Ladakhi citadels despite its ruined state. Amidst the ruines of the fort there are two large temples and adjoining one of there is a small shrine. They all contains images of Maitreya in due proportion to their size. The most beautiful one is the higer one, which is known as the Chamba Lha-khang ( Maitreya Temple ) and which was built by Tsewang Namgyal, son of Tashi Namgyal, about the middle of 16th century.

Then we drive and cross the River Indus and reach Alchi, Ladakh's most loved monastery. Over a century old, its wall paintings are very similar to those of the Tabo gompa in Spiti, Himachal Pradesh. Unlike other monasteries, which are usually on a cliff top or cling to a mountainside, Alchi is at ground level and is nestled in the shade of a garden.

After visiting the Alchi Monastery we check in at our Camp / Guest House for Overnight stay.

DAY 05: Alchi - Leh

Enroute visiting Lamayuru, Ridzong

After break fast start early morning drive to Lamayuru, and Ridzong back to Leh.

Lamayuru is around further towards Kargil. Lamayuru monastery belongs to Dripung Kagyu (Red Hat) like Phiyang. The oldest structure in Lamayuru is the Singey Lhakhang built by the founder of Alchi Lotsava Rinchen bzangpo in 11th century. Lamayuru lower ladakh its also called as sham.

After visit at lamayuru Gonpa the drive to Ridzong Gompa: Rizong Gompa is known as the paradise for Meditation. Guru Padma Sambhava is believed to editated here for years. One can still find the small caves where Lamas used to meditate for years cutting themselves from the rest of the world except for a one feet square outlet window from where they accept the one time meal of the day.

Rid-zong is the most recent of the Gelug-pa foundation in Ladakh. The monastery has been built picturesquely at the head of a gorge reached by a side-valley running north from the Indus near a village Uletokpo. Rid-zong is best known as best disciplined monastery of the whole of Ladakh.

After Ridzong visit we drive back to Leh and check in at our hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 06: LEH

Excursion to Hemis, Takthok, Chemdey
Today we proceed for Indus Valley Monastery Tour.

We start with a visit to Gamous Hemis Gompa, This is the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Most of the other Drukpa monasteries are the branch monasteries of Hemis. It was built during early 17th century with the blessing of Lama Stagtsang Raspa (Shambunatha), by famous Namgyal dynasty king Singee Namgyal.

The two-day festival of monastic dance in June-July has raised the reputation of Hemis particularly high. The festival is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as second Buddha and responsible for spreading Buddhism in the Tibetan world.

Tak-thok Monastery is situated in Sakti Village, at a distance of approximately 46 km from the town of Leh. The site where the monastery is now situated, once served as the meditation cave of Mahasidhas "Kunga Phuntsog". The name Takthok literally means 'rock-roof'. The monastery was so named, as both its roof as well as walls are made up of rock. Tak Thok belongs to the Nying-ma-pa sect of Buddhism, also known as the Old Order, and serves as the residence of approximately 55 lamas.

Chemday, The other monastery closely associated with Hemis is Chemday, which occupies an imposing position just to the south of Sakti village. The Du-khang contains images of stag-tshang Raspa, founder of the Hemis monastery and Chemday, and the last but one head-lama in this series of reincarnations. Behind the images are murals of Shakyamuni flanked by his two chief disciples amd bu mandalas of Kalachakra of Akshobhya.

After finishing the sightseeing tour we drive back to hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 07: LEH

Excursion to Matho, Stakna

Post breakfast we take an excursion to few more interesting monasteries of leh and start with Matho, lies 26 Kms south-east of Leh on the opposite bank of the Indus river. The monastery was founded by Lama Dugpa Dorjay in 16th century. Matho is the only Sakya-pa establishment in Ladakh.

Matho monastery is renowned mainly for its yearly festival, which takes place on the 14th and 15th of the first Tibetan month thus in late March or early April. It is known as Nag-hrang after the name of the local god (sa-bdag). Following drive to Stakna.

Stakna is a small monastery, comprising the private apartment, all newly decorated in good Tibetan style, a Du-khang and the roms of monks and attendants. The Du-khang contains a silver gilt stupa, some seven feet high, set up by the present Head Lama Stakna Rinpoche. Other items of interest were the images of three Drug-pa lamas, Padma Karpo, Ngag-dbang rNam-rgyal, the stone man of Bhutan in 17th century, and of Ngag-dbang rGyal-mtshan.

DAY 08: DEPART LEH

Tour Concludes: TRAVEL EXCELLENCE thank you for your patronage and ensure a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onward Destination.

END OF THE TOUR / SERVICES & WISH YOU A MEMORABLE TOUR

17.   Meditation Tour (6 Nights / 7 Days)

MEDITATION TOUR (6 Nights / 7 Days)


This tour is specially tailored for people who are interested in meditation. Mahabodhi is the only centre in Ladakh to conduct Dhamma talks and meditation programs. Situated in the center of Leh city (which is away from the main bazaar and not too noisy) daily meditation courses are conducted for the benefit and happiness of the people those who come from within and outside India . At this centre, Mahabodhi conducts yoga and meditation classes (Monday through to Saturday) throughout the summer months.

DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN LEH

Upon arrival at Leh Airport you will met by TRAVEL EXCELLENCE representative and Welcome in traditional Ladakhi style and transfer to our pre-arranged hotel, rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize. Overnight stay at hotel.

Leh City: The capital of Ladakh, at one time was a major stop on the Asian "Silk Route". A stroll along the main bazar, observing the varied crowd and peering into the curio shops, is an entrancing experience. Chang Gali, behind the main bazar is less bustling but has intriguing little shops selling curios and jewelry like pearls, turquoise, coral, malachite, lapis and many other kinds of semi-precious stones, as well as curiously carved Yak-horn boxes, quaint brass locks, china or metal bowls etc.

Evening we visit Shanti Stupa A magnificent white-domed structure, The Japanese for World Peace built the Shanti Stupa, at Changspa, on the hilltop, and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985. Its state of the art work attracts a lot of tourists to Ladakh and is spectacular to watch. From there one can see the nice spectacular view of Leh town.

The stupa looks best at night, when it is beautifully illuminated with glittering lights. A large number of tourists come to Ladakh every year to visit this amazing stupa.

DAY 02: LEH

Excursion to Shey, Thiksey, Hemis
Today we proceed for Indus Valley Mmonastery Tour.

We start with a visit to Shey the ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue, built in the memory of King Singee Namgyal by his son lDeldan Namgyal in 1633 A.D. It is the only kind of statue made of Gold, Gilt and copper in entire Ladakh.

Then we visit Thiksey Gompa an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future is one of the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh.

Drive further to visit the famous Hemis Gompa, This is the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Most of the other Drukpa monasteries are the branch monasteries of Hemis. It was built during early 17th century with the blessing of Lama Stagtsang Raspa (Shambunatha), by famous Namgyal dynasty king Singee Namgyal.

The two-day festival of monastic dance in June-July has raised the reputation of Hemis particularly high. The festival is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as second Buddha and responsible for spreading Buddhism in the Tibetan world.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 03: LEH

Excursion to Lamayuru, Ridzong (125 Kms approx. one way / 03 hours)
Post breakfast we take an excursion to Lamayuru and Ridzong

Lamayuru is around more further towards Kargil. Lamayuru monastery belongs to Dripung Kagyu (Red Hat) like Phiyang. The oldest structure in Lamayuru is the Singey Lhakhang built by the founder of Alchi Lotsava Rinchen bzangpo in 11th century. Lamayuru lower ladakh its also called as sham.

After visit at lamayuru Gonpa the drive to Ridzong Gompa : Rizong Gompa is known as the paradise for Meditation. Guru Padma Sambhava is believed to editated here for years. One can still find the small caves where Lamas used to meditate for years cutting themselves from the rest of the world except for a one feet square outlet window from where they accept the one time meal of the day.

Rid-zong is the most recent of the Gelug-pa foundation in Ladakh. The monastery has been built picturesquely at the head of a gorge reached by a side-valley running north from the Indus near a village Uletokpo. Rid-zong is best known as best disciplined monastery of the whole of Ladakh.

After Ridzong visit we drive back to Leh and check in at our hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 04: LEH

Full day at Mahabodhi meditation center.

DAY 05: LEH

Full day at Mahabodhi meditation center.

DAY 06: LEH

Full day at Mahabodhi meditation center.

DAY 07: DEPART LEH

Tour Concludes: TRAVEL EXCELLENCE thank you for your patronage and ensure a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onward Destination

END OF THE TOUR / SERVICES & WISH YOU A MEMORABLE TOUR

18.   Monasteries of Ladakh & Rafting (3 Nights / 4 Days)

MONASTERIES OF LADAKH & RAFTING (3 Nights / 4 Days)


DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN LEH

Upon arrival at Leh Airport you will met by TRAVEL EXCELLENCE representative and Welcome in traditional Ladakhi style and transfer to our pre-arranged hotel, rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize. Overnight stay at hotel

Leh City: The capital of Ladakh, at one time was a major stop on the Asian "Silk Route". A stroll along the main bazar, observing the varied crowd and peering into the curio shops, is an entrancing experience. Chang Gali, behind the main bazar is less bustling but has intriguing little shops selling curios and jewelry like pearls, turquoise, coral, malachite, lapis and many other kinds of semi-precious stones, as well as curiously carved Yak-horn boxes, quaint brass locks, china or metal bowls etc.

DAY 02: LEH

AM: Excursion Spituk
PM: Excursion to Sankar Gompa & Shanti Stupa
Post breakfast we depart for AM Sightseeing tour to Spituk

Spituk monastery was built in 15th century during the reign of Grags 'bum-lde, these new Gelug-pa monastery was built like fortress on the summit of crags. Spituk lies some 5 kms south of Leh. Nesting at the foot of the crags are the flat-topped houses which go to form the village of Spituk.

Spituk or dpe-thub mean 'effective as an Example' and this is thus a suitable name for the first Gelug-pa monastery in Ladakh. Inside the monastery, which includes several courtyards and temples of various sizes, has been built at different levels, following the shape of the rock.

Later we drive back to hotel on time for lunch.

Later in the afternoon, guided sightseeing tour visiting Sankar Gompa, located at a distance of approximately 3 km from the town of Leh. A subsidiary of the Spituk Gompa, it belongs to the Gelukpa or the Yellow Hat Sect. The monastery also serves as the official residence of the Ladakh's head of Gelukpa Sect, known as The Kushok Bakul. There are time restrictions for visiting the Sankar Monastery of Leh Ladakh. You can also go either between 7:00 am and 10:00 am, or between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. These restrictions have been placed because a few of the monks, of the yellow-hat sect, attached to the monastery reside here permanently.

Later we visit Shanti Stupa A magnificent white-domed structure, The Japanese for World Peace built the Shanti Stupa, at Changspa, on the hilltop, and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985. Its state of the art work attracts a lot of tourists to Ladakh and is spectacular to watch. From there one can see the nice spectacular view of Leh town. The stupa looks best at night, when it is beautifully illuminated with glittering lights. A large number of tourists come to Ladakh every year to visit this amazing stupa.

DAY 03: LEH

Excursion to Shey, Thiksey, Hemis
Today we proceed for Indus Valley Monastery Tour.

We start with a visit to Shey the ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue, built in the memory of King Singee Namgyal by his son lDeldan Namgyal in 1633 A.D. It is the only kind of statue made of Gold, Gilt and copper in entire Ladakh.

Then we visit Thiksey Gompa an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future is one of the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh.

Drive further to visit the famous Hemis Gompa, This is the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Most of the other Drukpa monasteries are the branch monasteries of Hemis. It was built during early 17th century with the blessing of Lama Stagtsang Raspa (Shambunatha), by famous Namgyal dynasty king Singee Namgyal.

END OF THE TOUR / SERVICES & WISH YOU A MEMORABLE TOUR

19.   Nomadic Land of Ladakh (6 Nights / 7 Days)

NOMADIC LAND OF LADAKH (6 Nights / 7 Days)


DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN LEH

Upon arrival at Leh Airport you will met by TRAVEL EXCELLENCE representative and Welcome in traditional Ladakhi style and transfer to our pre-arranged hotel, rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize. Overnight stay at hotel.

Leh City: The capital of Ladakh, at one time was a major stop on the Asian "Silk Route". A stroll along the main bazar, observing the varied crowd and peering into the curio shops, is an entrancing experience. Chang Gali, behind the main bazar is less bustling but has intriguing little shops selling curios and jewelry like pearls, turquoise, coral, malachite, lapis and many other kinds of semi-precious stones, as well as curiously carved Yak-horn boxes, quaint brass locks, china or metal bowls etc.

Evening we visit Shanti Stupa A magnificent white-domed structure, The Japanese for World Peace built the Shanti Stupa, at Changspa, on the hilltop, and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985. Its state of the art work attracts a lot of tourists to Ladakh and is spectacular to watch. From there one can see the nice spectacular view of Leh town.

The stupa looks best at night, when it is beautifully illuminated with glittering lights. A large number of tourists come to Ladakh every year to visit this amazing stupa.

DAY 02: LEH

Excursion to Shey, Thiksey, Hemis
Today we proceed for Indus Valley Mnastery Tour.

We start with a visit to Shey the ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue, built in the memory of King Singee Namgyal by his son lDeldan Namgyal in 1633 A.D. It is the only kind of statue made of Gold, Gilt and copper in entire Ladakh.

Then we visit Thiksey Gompa an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future is one of the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh.

Drive further to visit the famous Hemis Gompa, This is the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Most of the other Drukpa monasteries are the branch monasteries of Hemis. It was built during early 17th century with the blessing of Lama Stagtsang Raspa (Shambunatha), by famous Namgyal dynasty king Singee Namgyal.

The two-day festival of monastic dance in June-July has raised the reputation of Hemis particularly high. The festival is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as second Buddha and responsible for spreading Buddhism in the Tibetan world.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Leh.

Day 03: Leh - Chumathang - Tsomoriri (240 kms)

In the morning leave for Chumathang stop, which is famous for medical hot spring and people visit to this place for medical bath. From here a short drive will take you to Mahey bridge, the main checking point to enter to this new area. On the way visit Sumdah village and another 55 kms drive will take you to Tsomoriri.

The Tsomoriri Lake is a beautiful mountain bounded expanse of water, around 240 Kms. from Leh in Rupsho Valley . The Lake is located at 14,000 ft. near a small village of Korzok . Recently opened to foreigners due to the proximity of the Chinese boarder, the Changthang is a land of wilderness and magnificent landscapes. This region is characterized by high arid plains, remote villages, snow-capped peaks and beautiful high altitude azure-blue lakes, the largest being Tsomoriri at 4,500 m.

The Tsomoriri Lake is also the breeding ground for numerous species of birds, like the bar headed goose, crested grebe, the Brahmini duck (ruddy sheldrake) and the brown-headed gull. The Tsomorir Lake is 8 kms wide and 28 kms long.

Upon arrival we check in at our camp for two nights.

DAY 04: Tsomoriri

In the morning visit Korzok village with its houses and its gompa appearing like a mirage. The few barley fields at Korzok must be among the highest cultivation in the world. In the afternoon visit around the Lake.

Dinner and overnight at the camp.

DAY 05: Tsomoriri - Mahe - Puga - Tsokar - Tanglangla - Leh

The day will start with a drive to Mahey village, a picturesque village with spurting fountain and white clouds hanging upon. From there, you will proceed towards Puga Valley, famous for Butan gas. Thereafter, you will continue towards Tsokar via Polokongka pass (at 13500 ft.). After visiting the Tsokar Lake, you can also see Thugke gompa. The place is quite known for wild Asses, seen grazing and moving in flocks. From here, you will drive towards Leh. On the way, you will stop to Tanglangla pass, the second highest motorable pass in the world at 5350 m.

Upon arrival in leh check in at your pre-arranged hotel for two nights.

DAY 06: LEH

Half Day Rafting - Phey to Nimu

Post breakfast drive to Phey (45 min) and Enjoy River rafting from Phey to Nimu followed by packed lunch.

Note: Season for Rafting is from 25th June until 30 August)

Drive to Gurdwara Pathar Sahib, Magnetic Hill & Hall of Fame

Gurudwara Patthar Sahib Nestled deep in the Himalayas, about 25 km from the town of Leh, which was built by the Lamas of Leh in 1517 to ommemorate the visit of Guru Nanak Dev. It was run by them for over four centuries. Currently, the Army is looking after it.

A drive of another 4 km took us to Magnetic Hill which defies the law of gravity. It has been noticed that when a vehicle is parked on neutral gear on this metallic road the vehicle slides up.

Driving through a picturesque landscape we reached the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar river 4 km before Nimmu village. One can have the magnificent view of two rivers in wed lock. In season they have different colors, flow and beauty. It is at an altitude of 10,823 ft.

Later we drive back to leh and visit Hall of Fame near Leh is worth a visit for every citizen. It is a glorious museum constructed by Indian army. You can see the memorabilia, eminent defence personalities with biographies, images and weapons used during Kargil war and belongings of enemy soldiers found at war site. Another section of this building is entirely dedicated to Siachen and its heroes. On display are attires, multi layered shoes to keep their feet from frost bites, their daily instruments, their day to day food mainly frozen and packed, which is heated by lighting small balls of Hexamycin tablets, as fire is difficult to ignite at a temperature dipping -30 deg to -50 deg centigrade. It is mentioned on a board that 97% of the casualties in Siachen are due to cold and terrain.

In the evening return to the hotel for dinner & overnight at the hotel.

DAY 07: LEH

Tour Concludes: TRAVEL EXCELLENCE thank you for your patronage and ensure a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onward Destination.

END OF THE TOUR / SERVICES & WISH YOU A MEMORABLE TOUR

20.   The Magnificent Lakes of Ladakh (9 Nights / 10 Days)

THE MAGNIFICENT LAKES OF LADAKH (9 Nights / 10 Days)


DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN LEH

Upon arrival at Leh Airport you will met by TRAVEL EXCELLENCE representative and Welcome in traditional Ladakhi style and transfer to our pre-arranged hotel, rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize. Overnight stay at hotel.

Leh City: The capital of Ladakh, at one time was a major stop on the Asian "Silk Route". A stroll along the main bazar, observing the varied crowd and peering into the curio shops, is an entrancing experience. Chang Gali, behind the main bazar is less bustling but has intriguing little shops selling curios and jewelry like pearls, turquoise, coral, malachite, lapis and many other kinds of semi-precious stones, as well as curiously carved Yak-horn boxes, quaint brass locks, china or metal bowls etc.

Evening we visit Shanti Stupa A magnificent white-domed structure, The Japanese for World Peace built the Shanti Stupa, at Changspa, on the hilltop, and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985. Its state of the art work attracts a lot of tourists to Ladakh and is spectacular to watch. From there one can see the nice spectacular view of Leh town.

The stupa looks best at night, when it is beautifully illuminated with glittering lights. A large number of tourists come to Ladakh every year to visit this amazing stupa.

DAY 02: LEH

AM: Excursion Spituk & Hall of Fame
PM: Excursion to Sankar Gompa & Leh Palace
Post breakfast we depart for AM Sightseeing tour to Spituk.

Spituk Monastery was built in 15th century during the reign of Grags 'bum-lde, these new Gelug-pa monastery was built like fortress on the summit of crags. Spituk lies some 5 kms south of Leh. Nesting at the foot of the crags are the flat-topped houses which go to form the village of Spituk.

Spituk or dpe-thub mean 'effective as an Example' and this is thus a suitable name for the first Gelug-pa monastery in Ladakh. Inside the monastery, which includes several courtyards and temples of various sizes, has been built at different levels, following the shape of the rock.

And also visit Hall of Fame near Leh is worth a visit for every citizen. It is a glorious museum constructed by Indian army. You can see the memorabilia, eminent defence personalities with biographies, images and weapons used during Kargil war and belongings of enemy soldiers found at war site. Another section of this building is entirely dedicated to Siachen and its heroes. On display are attires, multi layered shoes to keep their feet from frost bites, their daily instruments, their day to day food mainly frozen and packed, which is heated by lighting small balls of Hexamycin tablets, as fire is difficult to ignite at a temperature dipping -30 deg to -50 deg centigrade. It is mentioned on a board that 97% of the casualties in Siachen are due to cold and terrain.

Later we drive back to hotel on time for lunch

Later in the afternoon, guided sightseeing tour visiting Sankar Gompa, located at a distance of approximately 3 km from the town of Leh. A subsidiary of the Spituk Gompa, it belongs to the Gelukpa or the Yellow Hat Sect. The monastery also serves as the official residence of the Ladakh's head of Gelukpa Sect, known as The Kushok Bakul. There are time restrictions for visiting the Sankar Monastery of Leh Ladakh. You can also go either between 7:00 am and 10:00 am, or between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. These restrictions have been placed because a few of the monks, of the yellow-hat sect, attached to the monastery reside here permanently.

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. The Palace was built in the middle of the 16th century by King Singe Namgyal and still belongs to the royal family that now lives in the Stok Palace. The nine-storeyed monument is now in ruins. The palace remains locked and may be opened at request by a monk.

Leh Palace is also an excellent example of the medieval Tibetan architecture. It features colossal inclined buttressed walls and protruding wooden balconies.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 02: LEH

Excursion to Shey, Thiksey, Hemis Today we proceed for Indus Valley Monastery Tour.

We start with a visit to Shey the ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue, built in the memory of King Singee Namgyal by his son lDeldan Namgyal in 1633 A.D. It is the only kind of statue made of Gold, Gilt and copper in entire Ladakh.

Then we visit Thiksey Gompa an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future is one of the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh.

Drive further to visit the famous Hemis Gompa, This is the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Most of the other Drukpa monasteries are the branch monasteries of Hemis. It was built during early 17th century with the blessing of Lama Stagtsang Raspa (Shambunatha), by famous Namgyal dynasty king Singee Namgyal.

The two-day festival of monastic dance in June-July has raised the reputation of Hemis particularly high. The festival is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as second Buddha and responsible for spreading Buddhism in the Tibetan world.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Leh.

DAY 04: LEH - PANGONG LAKE (06 hours approx.)

Post breakfast we Leave for Pangong Lake through Changla pass 5486 Mtrs. While ascending Changla pass 5486 Mtrs. Enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of the villages below the pass. After crossing the pass halt for picnic lunch at Tsoltak, the summer pastureland of the yaks. Arrive Durbuk and from there a short drive takes you to the western shore of the lake.

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. The tourism department intends to develop the infrastructure and facilitate the route leading to the lake.

Enjoy the landscape in the back drop of the Lake . One rarely feels so close to nature and environment and the scenery is unforgettable.

Evening at leisure and overnight stay at the camp near lake.

DAY 05: PANGONG LAKE - LEH

Morning at leisure to explore the beauty of lake and later we drive back to leh and check in at our hotel for stay.

DAY 06: LEH - CHUMATHANG - TSOMORIRI (240 KMS)

In the morning leave for Chumathang stop, which is famous for medical hot spring and people visit to this place for medical bath. From here a short drive will take you to Mahey bridge, the main checking point to enter to this new area. On the way visit Sumdah village and another 55 kms drive will take you to Tsomoriri.

The Tsomoriri Lake is a beautiful mountain bounded expanse of water, around 240 Kms. from Leh in Rupsho Valley . The Lake is located at 14,000 ft. near a small village of Korzok . Recently opened to foreigners due to the proximity of the Chinese boarder, the Changthang is a land of wilderness and magnificent landscapes. This region is characterized by high arid plains, remote villages, snow-capped peaks and beautiful high altitude azure-blue lakes, the largest beingted grebe, the Brahmini duck (ruddy sheldrake) and the brown-headed gull. The Tsomorir Lake is 8 kms wide and 28 kms long.

Upon arrival we check in at our camp for two nights.

DAY 07: Tsomoriri

In the morning visit Korzok village with its houses and its gompa appearing like a mirage. The few barley fields at Korzok must be among the highest cultivation in the world. In the afternoon visit around the Lake.

Dinner and overnight at the camp.

DAY 08: Tsomoriri - Mahe - Puga - Tsokar - Tanglangla - Leh

The day will start with a drive to Mahey village, a picturesque village with spurting fountain and white clouds hanging upon. From there, you will proceed towards Puga Valley, famous for Butan gas. Thereafter, you will continue towards Tsokar via Polokongka pass (at 13500 ft.). After visiting the Tsokar Lake, you can also see Thugke gompa. The place is quite known for wild Asses, seen grazing and moving in flocks. From here, you will drive towards Leh. On the way, you will stop to Tanglangla pass, the second highest motorable pass in the world at 5350 m.

Upon arrival in leh check in at your pre-arranged hotel for two nights.

DAY 09: LEH

Complete day at leisure for own activities and Last day Shopping. Overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 10: DEPART LEH

Tour Concludes: TRAVEL EXCELLENCE thank you for your patronage and ensure a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onward Destination.

END OF THE TOUR / SERVICES & WISH YOU A MEMORABLE TOUR

21.   Waves of Ladakh (5 Nights / 6 Days)

WAVES OF LADAKH (05 Nights / 06 Days)


DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN LEH

Upon arrival at Leh Airport you will met by TRAVEL EXCELLENCE representative and Welcome in traditional Ladakhi style and transfer to our pre-arranged hotel, rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize. Overnight stay at hotel.

Leh City: The capital of Ladakh, at one time was a major stop on the Asian "Silk Route". A stroll along the main bazar, observing the varied crowd and peering into the curio shops, is an entrancing experience. Chang Gali, behind the main bazar is less bustling but has intriguing little shops selling curios and jewelry like pearls, turquoise, coral, malachite, lapis and many other kinds of semi-precious stones, as well as curiously carved Yak-horn boxes, quaint brass locks, china or metal bowls etc.

Evening we visit Shanti Stupa A magnificent white-domed structure, The Japanese for World Peace built the Shanti Stupa, at Changspa, on the hilltop, and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985. Its state of the art work attracts a lot of tourists to Ladakh and is spectacular to watch. From there one can see the nice spectacular view of Leh town.

The Stupa looks best at night, when it is beautifully illuminated with glittering lights. A large number of tourists come to Ladakh every year to visit this amazing stupa.

DAY 02: LEH - ALCHI

Enroute visiting: Phyang, Likir, Basgo

After breakfast we drive to Phyang, located 6 kms away from the Srinagar-Leh highway and 17 km from Leh. It was built during the reign of King Jamyang Namgyal in late 15th century by lama Kunga Dragspa. Phiyang belongs to Dri-pung kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. The man Assembly Hall which is now under conservation contains as main image Vairocana accompanied by Shakyamuni and various Kagyu lamas, and the walls are painted pleasingly with murals of Vajradhara and Five Dhyani Buddhas.

And we drive further to Likir, Likir gompa situated atop a windy cliff top overlooking the beautiful village of Likir, This Monastery is headed by the younger brother of Dalai Lama. According to tradition the foundation of Likir monastery goes back 11th century when it was a Bon center. But the real foundation seem to be not earlier than 15th century. On the top on roof they have newly setup a museum which contains some very old thankas brought from Tibet and the armory, coins, seals etc.

Basgo is certainly the most impressive of Ladakhi citadels despite its ruined state. Amidst the ruines of the fort there are two large temples and adjoining one of there is a small shrine. They all contains images of Maitreya in due proportion to their size. The most beautiful one is the higer one, which is known as the Chamba Lha-khang (Maitreya Temple) and which was built by Tsewang Namgyal, son of Tashi Namgyal, about the middle of 16th century.

Then we drive and cross the River Indus and reach Alchi, Ladakh's most loved monastery. Over a century old, its wall paintings are very similar to those of the Tabo gompa in Spiti, Himachal Pradesh. Unlike other monasteries, which are usually on a cliff top or cling to a mountainside, Alchi is at ground level and is nestled in the shade of a garden.

After visiting the Alchi Monastery we check in at our Camp / Guest House for Overnight stay.

DAY 03: Alchi - Leh

Enroute visiting Lamayuru, Ridzong

After break fast start early morning drive to Lamayuru, and Ridzong back to Leh.

Lamayuru is around further towards Kargil. Lamayuru monastery belongs to Dripung Kagyu (Red Hat) like Phiyang. The oldest structure in Lamayuru is the Singey Lhakhang built by the founder of Alchi Lotsava Rinchen bzangpo in 11th century. Lamayuru lower ladakh its also called as sham.

After visit at lamayuru Gonpa the drive to Ridzong Gompa: Rizong Gompa is known as the paradise for Meditation. Guru Padma Sambhava is believed to editated here for years. One can still find the small caves where Lamas used to meditate for years cutting themselves from the rest of the world except for a one feet square outlet window from where they accept the one time meal of the day.

Rid-zong is the most recent of the Gelug-pa foundation in Ladakh. The monastery has been built picturesquely at the head of a gorge reached by a side-valley running north from the Indus near a village Uletokpo. Rid-zong is best known as best disciplined monastery of the whole of Ladakh.

After Ridzong visit we drive back to Leh and check in at our hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 04: LEH - PANGONG LAKE (06 hours approx.)

Post breakfast we leave for Pangong Lake through Changla pass 5486 Mtrs. While ascending Changla pass 5486 Mtrs. Enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of the villages below the pass. After crossing the pass halt for picnic lunch at Tsoltak, the summer pastureland of the yaks. Arrive Durbuk and from there a short drive takes you to the western shore of the lake.

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. The tourism department intends to develop the infrastructure and facilitate the route leading to the lake.

Enjoy the landscape in the back drop of the Lake . One rarely feels so close to nature and environment and the scenery is unforgettable.

Evening at leisure and overnight stay at the camp near lake.

DAY 05: PANGONG LAKE - LEH

Morning at leisure to explore the beauty of lake and later we drive back to leh and check in at our hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 06: DEPART LEH

Tour Concludes: TRAVEL EXCELLENCE thank you for your patronage and ensure a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onward Destination.

END OF THE TOUR / SERVICES & WISH YOU A MEMORABLE TOUR

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1.   Alchi Monastery Jeep Safari (6 Nights / 7 Days)

ALCHI MONASTERY JEEP SAFARI (6 Nights / 7 Days)


DAY 01: DELHI-CHANDIGARH - MANALI

Morning you will met by our representative and transfer to New Delhi Railway station to catch the Shatabdi Express train to Chandigarh.

Upon arrival Our jeep will pick up guest from chandigarh railway station and straight drive to Manali enroute Kullu Valley. The most charming and beautiful Kullu valley spreads out its charm on either side of river Beas.Kullu was once known as Kulanthpitha, which means the end of the habitable world. Beyond rose the forbidding heights of the Greater Himalayas, and by the banks of the shining river Beas, lay the fabled 'Silver Valley'. The valley runs north to south of Beas River and is 80 kms. Long and about 2 kms wide.

DAY 02: MANALI

In the morning we drive to the adjoining town of Naggar, the ancient capital of the Kullu valley, and visit the Naggar Castle. Built in the 18th century astride a sheer-sided bluff the castle is built in the traditional "earthquake-proof" way common to this region around a central courtyard that houses a legendary shrine.

Over the centuries, it has served as a palace and a colonial mansion and is now run as a heritage hotel. Not far from here is a fine art gallery dedicated to the famous Russian painter, Nicholas Roerich. Spend the afternoon at leisure to explore Manali.

DAY 03 & 04:MANALI - LEH: (MANALI TO LEH JEEP SAFARI)

Two days drive from Manali to reach Leh.

Considered as one of the highest roads in the world, Manali-Leh highway is the most popular and spectacular approach to Ladakh. From the months of end June to October this highway is open. It's a very scenic route, full of adventure and rugged beauty. The road was closed for the civilian use till 1990, but now the adventure and nature lovers worship it, for this road gives closest contact with nature and thrill of being on the top of the world is enormous.

DAY 03: MANALI TO SARCHU (222 KMS)

Today we cross Rohtang Pass (3978 m), Keylong (3350 m), Baralacha Pass (4890m) with overnight stopover at Sarchu (4253 m), border of the states of Himachal Pradesh (Lahaul) and Jammu & Kashmir (Ladakh).

Upon arrival in Sarchu we check in at our tented campsite for overnight stay

DAY 04: SARCHU TO LEH

Today, the road from Sarchu crosses high mountain Passes of Namika La and Lachalung La to reach the army camp in the Pang valley. The dry barren mountains around Pang are eroded in very spectacular way. They look like giant fortress like structures with spires, pinnacles and windows. From Pang, the road climbs up and reaches a different world altogether.

Here is the flat high desert of More Plains, 50-60 km of road bisecting it. This is Rupshu, an extension of Changthang plateau of Tibet. The road then climbs for Tanglang Pass (5415 m), the second highest mountain Pass in Ladakh and then finally reaches Leh. This 475 km Himalayan journey is a visual delight with not one moment of boredom en route.

Upon arrival in Leh transfer to your pre-arranged hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 05: LEH - HUNDER (NUBRA VALLEY ) (126 Kms / approx 06 hours drive)

After an early breakfast we drive to NUBRA VALLEY leads through KHARDUNG-LA-PASS (the highest motorable road in the world) at 18,390 ft, around 39kms from Leh. From the pass, one can see all the way south over the Indus valley to seemingly endless peaks and ridges of the Zanskar range, and north to the giants of the Sase massif.
Nubra Valley is popularly known as Ldorma or the valley of flowers. It is situated to the North of Ladakh between the Karakoram and Ladakh ranges of the Himalayas . Nubra lies at and altitude of about 10,000 - ft. above the sea level and is drained largely by the Shiyok river. The Siachen river forms its single largest tributary.

First visit SUMUR, another pretty village on the other side of the river'; SAMSTANLING GOMPA here was founded by Lama Tsultims Nima and Monastic community was introduced as Rezong Gonpa. About 50 monks are residing at this 132 years old Monastery. The Gompa has some strict rules and regulations like not allowing women in the monastery after sunset and before sunrise, no smoking etc.

Our tented camp - Nubra Organic Retreat is situated in a beautiful village called HUNDAR with lot of trees. There is nothing more to see here except a small monastery and ruined fort above the village however the site for the camp is so beautiful that it will invite you to explore the village on own.

DAY 06: HUNDER ( NUBRA VALLEY ) - LEH

After your breakfast at the camp, visit the SAND DUNES to enjoy a camel safari (Optional). Later we drive to Leh over Khardung La. Afternoon rest and relax or take a walk to the local market. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 07: LEH

Excursion to Pangong Lake

After an early breakfast we Leave for Pangong Lake through Changla pass 5486 Mtrs. While ascending Changla pass 5486 Mtrs. Enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of the villages below the pass. After crossing the pass halt for picnic lunch at Tsoltak, the summer pastureland of the yaks. Arrive Durbuk and from there a short drive takes you to the western shore of the lake.

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. The tourism department intends to develop the infrastructure and facilitate the route leading to the lake.

Enjoy the landscape in the back drop of the Lake. One rarely feels so close to nature and environment and the scenery is unforgettable.

After spending some time at pangong we drive back to hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 08: LEH

Excursion to Shey, Thiksey, Hemis

Today we proceed for Indus Valley monastery tour.

We start with a visit to Shey the ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue, built in the memory of King Singee Namgyal by his son lDeldan Namgyal in 1633 A.D. It is the only kind of statue made of Gold, Gilt and copper in entire Ladakh.

Then we visit Thiksey Gompa an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future is one of the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh.

Drive further to visit the famous Hemis Gompa, This is the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Most of the other Drukpa monasteries are the branch monasteries of Hemis. It was built during early 17th century with the blessing of Lama Stagtsang Raspa (Shambunatha), by famous Namgyal dynasty king Singee Namgyal.

The two-day festival of monastic dance in June-July has raised the reputation of Hemis particularly high. The festival is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as second Buddha and responsible for spreading Buddhism in the Tibetan world.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Leh.

DAY 09: LEH - ALCHI

Enroute visiting: Phyang, Likir, Basgo

After breakfast we drive to Phyang, located 6 kms away from the Srinagar-Leh highway and 17 km from Leh. It was built during the reign of King Jamyang Namgyal in late 15th century by lama Kunga Dragspa. Phiyang belongs to Dri-pung kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. The man Assembly Hall which is now under conservation contains as main image Vairocana accompanied by Shakyamuni and various Kagyu lamas, and the walls are painted pleasingly with murals of Vajradhara and Five Dhyani Buddhas.

And we drive further to Likir, Likir gompa situated atop a windy cliff top overlooking the beautiful village of Likir, This Monastery is headed by the younger brother of Dalai Lama. According to tradition the foundation of Likir monastery goes back 11th century when it was a Bon center. But the real foundation seem to be not earlier than 15th century. On the top on roof they have newly setup a museum which contains some very old thankas brought from Tibet and the armory, coins, seals etc.

Basgo is certainly the most impressive of Ladakhi citadels despite its ruined state. Amidst the ruines of the fort there are two large temples and adjoining one of there is a small shrine. They all contains images of Maitreya in due proportion to their size. The most beautiful one is the higer one, which is known as the Chamba Lha-khang ( Maitreya Temple ) and which was built by Tsewang Namgyal, son of Tashi Namgyal, about the middle of 16th century.

Then we drive and cross the River Indus and reach Alchi, Ladakh's most loved monastery. Over a century old, its wall paintings are very similar to those of the Tabo gompa in Spiti, Himachal Pradesh. Unlike other monasteries, which are usually on a cliff top or cling to a mountainside, Alchi is at ground level and is nestled in the shade of a garden.

After visiting the Alchi Monastery we check in at our Camp / Guest House for Overnight stay.

DAY 10: Alchi - Leh

Enroute visiting Lamayuru, Ridzong

After break fast start early morning drive to Lamayuru, and Ridzong back to Leh.

Lamayuru is around more further towards Kargil. Lamayuru monastery belongs to Dripung Kagyu (Red Hat) like Phiyang. The oldest structure in Lamayuru is the Singey Lhakhang built by the founder of Alchi Lotsava Rinchen bzangpo in 11th century. Lamayuru lower ladakh its also called as sham.

After visit at lamayuru Gonpa the drive to Ridzong Gompa: Rizong Gompa is known as the paradise for Meditation. Guru Padma Sambhava is believed to editated here for years. One can still find the small caves where Lamas used to meditate for years cutting themselves from the rest of the world except for a one feet square outlet window from where they accept the one time meal of the day.

Rid-zong is the most recent of the Gelug-pa foundation in Ladakh. The monastery has been built picturesquely at the head of a gorge reached by a side-valley running north from the Indus near a village Uletokpo. Rid-zong is best known as best disciplined monastery of the whole of Ladakh.

After Ridzong visit we drive back to Leh and check in at our hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 11: LEH

Excursion to Khardungla Top

After breakfast drive to Khardung la, the highest motorable road in the world at 18,390 ft. is around 39 Kms away from Leh. There are two checkpoints on the both sides of the pass. Khardong is the first village of Nubra valley at higher altitude than Deskit and other villages.

The views from the top of the pass are amazing. This road carries on to the Nubra Valley (optional). Return to the hotel for hot lunch.

Later in the afternoon at leisure for last day shopping and overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 12: DEPART LEH

Tour Concludes: TRAVEL EXCELLENCE thank you for your patronage and ensure a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onward Destination

END OF THE TOUR / SERVICES & WISH YOU A MEMORABLE TOUR

2.   Golden Temple Jeep Safari(9 Nights / 10 Days)

GOLDEN TEMPLE JEEP SAFARI (9 Nights / 10 Days)


DAY 01: DELHI - AMRITSAR (BY SWARNA SHATABDI)

Morning you will met by our representative and transfer to New Delhi Railway station to catch the Shatabdi Express train to Amritsar.

Departure: 0720 hrs By: Swarna Shatabdi Express
Arrival:1315 hrs

Upon arrival in Amritsar You will met by our representative and transfer to Hotel.. In the evening we journey 40 Kms to Wagha, the border between India & Pakistan . Each evening a very impressive lowering of guards ceremony is performed along with a march past by soldiers of both countries in synchronization to the accompaniment of bugles. The soldiers of both countries wear ceremonial dresses. It is quite a spectacular sight to see the same thing happening on both sides of the border. Overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 02: AMRITSAR

Following breakfast we visit the Golden Temple, which is the Mecca of Sikh religion. The temple with a shinny pure gold dome, is beautifully situated in the center of a lake (The Holy Tank). And is approached by a causeway. All around the lake are marble walkways and various other temple buildings. The community kitchen, which feeds over a thousand people continuously, is spectacular. The huge utensils to prepare the food and the chapattis (breads) - 20 to 25 at a time - are a mind-boggling sight. However, besides the physical beauty of the place, the strong and tranquil spiritual atmosphere of the place is soul stirring without being overwhelming. The constant recitation of the holy book brings a certain sense of peace to the individual. We walk through the temple complex and try soak in the atmosphere. We would also have an opportunity to meet some Sikh religious leaders who would talk to us about the basic tenets of Sikhism.

Just outside the Golden Temple are various shops that sell Sikh religious artifacts like swords (decorative), bracelets, combs, small daggers etc.

During the day, we would also visit the Jalianwala Bagh, the martyr's memorial where thousands of innocent Indians were cordoned off by the British and fired. The well where several Indians jumped to escape the bullets as well as bullet marks and a museum of pictures can be still seen here.

We would also be visiting the Golden Temple after dinner. There happens a spectacular ceremony, where the Sikhs put their holy book (Guru Granth Sahib) to sleep. The priests carry the books over their head to place them in a golden palanquin.

The book is then carried to an inner chamber in the Palanquin to the accompaniment of bugles and drums and the chanting of the name of the Lord. The palanquin itself is carried by devotees in turns. It is quite a special sight. The book is again placed in the main sanctum similarly in the morning.

Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 03: AMRITSAR - DHARAMSHALA (200 KMS. / 07 HRS)

Post breakfast we check out from hotel and drive to Dharamshala (about 200 km / 7 hrs) which is an Alt. 2080 M, Home of His Holiness Dalai Lama.

Upon arrival we check in at our pre-arranged hotel for 02 Nights

DAY 04: DHARAMSHALA

Dharamshala stands at the foot of snow wrapped lofty Dhauladhar ranges and offers a magnificent view of snowy peaks, deodar and pine forests, tea gardens and beautiful hills. Dharamshala with a number of Tibetan settlements and the residence of the spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people, the Noble Laureate His Holiness the Dalai Lama, now really has become a place of international significance.

Dharamshala: Morning half day tour of Dharamshala visiting The Tibetan Medical Center, Church of St. John, meditation courses & local monasteries. Rest of the at leisure to explore the destination on your own.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 05: DHARAMSHALA - MANALI (VIA JAWALJI TEMPLE)

Early morning depart for Manali enroute visiting famous Jawalaji Temple crowned with a Squat Golden Spire, contains a blue gas flame, considerd a manifestation of the Goddess of Fire, Jawalamukhi.

After visiting continue drive to Manali via Mandi and Kulu valley. The most charming and beautiful Kullu valley spreads out its charm on either side of river Beas. Kullu was once known as Kulanthpitha, which means the end of the habitable world. Beyond rose the forbidding heights of the Greater Himalayas, and by the banks of the shining river Beas, lay the fabled 'Silver Valley '. The valley runs north to south of Beas River and is 80 kms. Long and about 2 kms wide.

Upon arrival check into the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 06 & 07:MANALI - LEH: (MANALI TO LEH JEEP SAFARI)

Two days drive from Manali to reach Leh Considered as one of the highest roads in the world, Manali-Leh highway is the most popular and spectacular approach to Ladakh. From the months of end June to October this highway is open. It's a very scenic route, full of adventure and rugged beauty. The road was closed for the civilian use till 1990, but now the adventure and nature lovers worship it, for this road gives closest contact with nature and thrill of being on the top of the world is enormous.

DAY 06: MANALI TO SARCHU (222 KMS)

Today we cross Rohtang Pass (3978 m), Keylong (3350 m), Baralacha Pass (4890m) with overnight stopover at Sarchu (4253 m), border of the states of Himachal Pradesh (Lahaul) and Jammu & Kashmir (Ladakh).

Upon arrival in Sarchu we check in at our tented campsite for overnight stay.

DAY 07: SARCHU TO LEH

Today, the road from Sarchu crosses high mountain Passes of Namika La and Lachalung La to reach the army camp in the Pang valley. The dry barren mountains around Pang are eroded in very spectacular way. They look like giant fortress like structures with spires, pinnacles and windows. From Pang, the road climbs up and reaches a different world altogether.

Here is the flat high desert of More Plains, 50-60 km of road bisecting it. This is Rupshu, an extension of Changthang plateau of Tibet. The road then climbs for Tanglang Pass (5415 m), the second highest mountain Pass in Ladakh and then finally reaches Leh. This 475 km Himalayan journey is a visual delight with not one moment of boredom en route.

Upon arrival in Leh transfer to your pre-arranged hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 08: LEH

Excursion to Shey, Thiksey, Hemis

Today we proceed for Indus Valley monastery tour.

We start with a visit to Shey the ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue, built in the memory of King Singee Namgyal by his son lDeldan Namgyal in 1633 A.D. It is the only kind of statue made of Gold, Gilt and copper in entire Ladakh.

Then we visit Thiksey Gompa an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future is one of the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh.

Drive further to visit the famous Hemis Gompa, This is the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Most of the other Drukpa monasteries are the branch monasteries of Hemis. It was built during early 17th century with the blessing of Lama Stagtsang Raspa (Shambunatha), by famous Namgyal dynasty king Singee Namgyal.

The two-day festival of monastic dance in June-July has raised the reputation of Hemis particularly high. The festival is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as second Buddha and responsible for spreading Buddhism in the Tibetan world.

Later we drive back to hotel for overnight stay

DAY 09: LEH

Excursion to Khardungla Top

After breakfast drive to Khardung la, the highest motorable road in the world at 18,390 ft. is around 39 Kms away from Leh. There are two checkpoints on the both sides of the pass. Khardong is the first village of Nubra valley at higher altitude than Deskit and other villages.

The views from the top of the pass are amazing. This road carries on to the Nubra Valley (optional). Return to the hotel for hot lunch.

Later in the afternoon at leisure for last day shopping and overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 10: LEH

Tour Concludes: TRAVEL EXCELLENCE thank you for your patronage and ensure a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onward Destination

END OF THE TOUR / SERVICES & WISH YOU A MEMORABLE TOUR

3.   Himalayan Height Jeep Safari (9 Nights / 10 Days)

HIMALAYAN HEIGHT JEEP SAFARI (9 Nights / 10 Days)


DAY 01: DELHI - KALKA (BY SHATABDI EXPRESS) - SHIMLA

Morning you will met by our representative and transfer to New Delhi Railway station to catch the Shatabdi Express train to Chandigarh.

Departure: 0740 hrs By: Shatabdi Express
Arrival:1200 hrs

Upon arrival at Kalka railway Station you will met by our Driver and drive to Shimla, A hill station that was once the summer capital of the British Raj and it retains some imposing buildings from that era.

Upon arrival check in at our pre-arranged hotel for two nights.

After lunch A walk down the Mall provides an interesting glimpse of the colonial structures and some magnificent views of the Himalayas . Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 02: SHIMLA

The British called Shimla the "Queen of Hill Stations "Situated in the north-West Himalayas, Shimla the summer capital of India before independence is now the capital of Himachal Pradesh. Shimla derives its name from "Shyamala" - the goddess Kali, whose temple existed in the dense forest that covered Jakhu Hill in the early 19th century. The English named it Simla. Shimla is well connected by air, road and rail with all parts of Himachal Pradesh, and the neighbouring states of Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashimir and the Union territory of Chandigarh . Covering the area of 18 sq. km. at a height of 7,238 ft. Shimla is surrounded by pine, deodar, oak and rhododendron forests. Its well developed facilities, easy accessibility and numerous attractions make it one of Indian's most popular and biggest hill-stations.

Day free to visit Shimla - The Mall - The Mall is the main shopping centre of Shimla. It also has many Restaurants, Clubs, Banks, Bars, Post Offices, Christ Church : Situated on the Ridge is Christ Church, which is the second oldest church in Northern India. It has a very majestic appearance and inside there are stained glass windows which represent faith, hope, charity, fortitude, patience and humility. Shimla State Museum : The Museum, which was opened in 1974, has tried to project hill-out and the cultural wealth of the state. There is a collection of miniature Pahari paintings, sculptures, bronzes wood-carvings and also costumes, textiles and jewellery of the region

DAY 03: SHIMLA - MANALI

After breakfast, leave for Manali enroute Kullu Valley . The most charming and beautiful Kullu valley spreads out its charm on either side of river Beas.Kullu was once known as Kulanthpitha, which means the end of the habitable world. Beyond rose the forbidding heights of the Greater Himalayas, and by the banks of the shining river Beas, lay the fabled 'Silver Valley'. The valley runs north to south of Beas River and is 80 kms. Long and about 2 kms wide.

On arrival in Manali, a charming hill station, check in to your hotel for two nights.

DAY 04: MANALI

In the morning we drive to the adjoining town of Naggar, the ancient capital of the Kullu valley, and visit the Naggar Castle. Built in the 18th century astride a sheer-sided bluff the castle is built in the traditional "earthquake-proof" way common to this region around a central courtyard that houses a legendary shrine.

Over the centuries, it has served as a palace and a colonial mansion and is now run as a heritage hotel. Not far from here is a fine art gallery dedicated to the famous Russian painter, Nicholas Roerich.

Spend the afternoon at leisure to explore Manali.

DAY 05: MANALI TO JISPA (10,978 FEET)

After breakfast, we leave Manali and drive towards the Beas watershed where we quickly climb and cross the first high pass of our journey, the Rothang La (12,960 feet). La is the Tibetan word for a mountain pass. Descending the far side of Rothang La we enter the rain shadow of the Himalaya and the district of Lahaul. Passing through the bustling town of Keylong.

We continue on to Jispa. Upon arrival in jispa we check in at our hotel ibex for overnight stay.

DAY 06: JISPA TO BRANDY NALLA (13,000 FEET)

This morning we leave Jispa and drive along the Braga River to Darcha. From this point, we ascend to the 16,020 foot Baralacha La pass, a five mile stretch featuring a small lake that is the source of the Bhaga and the Chandra rivers. From here, the snow-covered peaks of the Barashigri, Chandrabhaga, and Mulkila ranges tower thousands of feet above us.

Descending the other side, we reach the surprisingly comfortable camp at Brandy Nalla (13,000 feet) to enjoy stunning views, a memorable home-cooked meal and our first high-altitude overnight stay.

DAY 07: BRANDY NALLA TO TSOMORARI / EXPLORING TSOMORARI

We enjoys a leisurely breakfast at Brandy Nalla then depart for a spectacular off-road drive that few Westerners have ever taken. First we pass lake Tsokar and traverse Lachulung La (16,615 feet). Passing the summit, we come to the Kyangshu Plains, a 25-mile stretch named after the kyang, a wild donkey that roams these plains. Late in the day we arrive at our camp near the turquoise blue waters of the Tso Morari Lake.

The following day we explore the spectacular area surrounding Tsomorari. We visit the Karzok Gompa (monastery) and have the option for various afternoon hikes.

Overnight stay at the camp near Tso Morari lake.

DAY 08: TSOMORIRI - TANGLANG LA - LEH

Leaving camp we approach the Tanglang La, which, at 17,475 feet, is the highest point on our journey. We descend the other side to the village of Upshi . A pleasant drive along the Indus River valley features hillsides dotted with Buddhist chorten (cemeteries), mani (prayer walls), and cliff-hanging monasteries.

We reach our hotel in Leh by late afternoon, with the rest of the day free to relax and acclimate to the altitude.

DAY 09:LEH

Half Day Rafting - Phey to Nimu

Post breakfast drive to Phey (45 min) and Enjoy River rafting from Phey to Nimu followed by packed lunch. Drive to Gurdwara Pathar Sahib, Magnetic Hill & Hall of Fame.

Gurudwara Patthar Sahib Nestled deep in the Himalayas, about 25 km from the town of Leh, which was built by the Lamas of Leh in 1517 to commemorate the visit of Guru Nanak Dev. It was run by them for over four centuries. Currently, the Army is looking after it.

A drive of another 4 km took us to Magnetic Hill which defies the law of gravity. It has been noticed that when a vehicle is parked on neutral gear on this metallic road the vehicle slides up.

Driving through a picturesque landscape we reached the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar river 4 km before Nimmu village. One can have the magnificent view of two rivers in wed lock. In season they have different colors, flow and beauty. It is at an altitude of 10,823 ft.

Later we drive back to leh and visit Hall of Fame near Leh is worth a visit for every citizen. It is a glorious museum constructed by Indian army. You can see the memorabilia, eminent defence personalities with biographies, images and weapons used during Kargil war and belongings of enemy soldiers found at war site. Another section of this building is entirely dedicated to Siachen and its heroes. On display are attires, multi layered shoes to keep their feet from frost bites, their daily instruments, their day to day food mainly frozen and packed, which is heated by lighting small balls of Hexamycin tablets, as fire is difficult to ignite at a temperature dipping -30 deg to -50 deg centigrade. It is mentioned on a board that 97% of the casualties in Siachen are due to cold and terrain.

In the evening return to the hotel for dinner & overnight at the hotel.

Note: Season for Rafting is from 25th June until 30 August)

Tour Concludes: TRAVEL EXCELLENCE thank you for your patronage and ensure a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onward Destination.

END OF THE TOUR / SERVICES & WISH YOU A MEMORABLE TOUR

4.   Nubra valley Jeep Safari (9 Nights / 10 Days)

NUBRA VALLEY JEEP SAFARI (8 Nights / 9 Days)


DAY 01: DELHI = CHANDIGARH - MANALI

Morning you will met by our representative and transfer to New Delhi Railway station to catch the Shatabdi Express train to Chandigarh.

Upon arrival Our jeep will pick up guest from chandigarh railway station and straight drive to Manali enroute Kullu Valley. The most charming and beautiful Kullu valley spreads out its charm on either side of river Beas.Kullu was once known as Kulanthpitha, which means the end of the habitable world. Beyond rose the forbidding heights of the Greater Himalayas, and by the banks of the shining river Beas, lay the fabled 'Silver Valley'. The valley runs north to south of Beas River and is 80 kms. Long and about 2 kms wide.

DAY 02: MANALI

In the morning we drive to the adjoining town of Naggar, the ancient capital of the Kullu valley, and visit the Naggar Castle. Built in the 18th century astride a sheer-sided bluff the castle is built in the traditional "earthquake-proof" way common to this region around a central courtyard that houses a legendary shrine.

Over the centuries, it has served as a palace and a colonial mansion and is now run as a heritage hotel. Not far from here is a fine art gallery dedicated to the famous Russian painter, Nicholas Roerich.

Spend the afternoon at leisure to explore Manali.

DAY 03 & 04:MANALI - LEH: (MANALI TO LEH JEEP SAFARI)

Two days drive from Manali to reach Leh Considered as one of the highest roads in the world, Manali-Leh highway is the most popular and spectacular approach to Ladakh. From the months of end June to October this highway is open. It's a very scenic route, full of adventure and rugged beauty. The road was closed for the civilian use till 1990, but now the adventure and nature lovers worship it, for this road gives closest contact with nature and thrill of being on the top of the world is enormous.

DAY 03: MANALI TO SARCHU (222 KMS)

Today we cross Rohtang Pass (3978 m), Keylong (3350 m), Baralacha Pass (4890m) with overnight stopover at Sarchu (4253 m), border of the states of Himachal Pradesh (Lahaul) and Jammu & Kashmir (Ladakh).

Upon arrival in Sarchu we check in at our tented campsite for overnight stay.

DAY 04: SARCHU TO LEH

Today, the road from Sarchu crosses high mountain Passes of Namika La and Lachalung La to reach the army camp in the Pang valley. The dry barren mountains around Pang are eroded in very spectacular way. They look like giant fortress like structures with spires, pinnacles and windows. From Pang, the road climbs up and reaches a different world altogether.

Here is the flat high desert of More Plains, 50-60 km of road bisecting it. This is Rupshu, an extension of Changthang plateau of Tibet. The road then climbs for Tanglang Pass (5415 m), the second highest mountain Pass in Ladakh and then finally reaches Leh. This 475 km Himalayan journey is a visual delight with not one moment of boredom en route.

Upon arrival in Leh transfer to your pre-arranged hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 05:LEH - HUNDER (NUBRA VALLEY ) (126 Kms / approx 06 hours drive)

After an early breakfast we drive to NUBRA VALLEY leads through KHARDUNG-LA-PASS (the highest motorable road in the world) at 18,390 ft, around 39kms from Leh. From the pass, one can see all the way south over the Indus valley to seemingly endless peaks and ridges of the Zanskar range, and north to the giants of the Sase massif.
Nubra Valley is popularly known as Ldorma or the valley of flowers. It is situated to the North of Ladakh between the Karakoram and Ladakh ranges of the Himalayas . Nubra lies at and altitude of about 10,000 - ft. above the sea level and is drained largely by the Shiyok river. The Siachen river forms its single largest tributary.

First visit SUMUR, another pretty village on the other side of the river'; SAMSTANLING GOMPA here was founded by Lama Tsultims Nima and Monastic community was introduced as Rezong Gonpa. About 50 monks are residing at this 132 years old Monastery. The Gompa has some strict rules and regulations like not allowing women in the monastery after sunset and before sunrise, no smoking etc.

Our tented camp - Nubra Organic Retreat is situated in a beautiful village called HUNDAR with lot of trees. There is nothing more to see here except a small monastery and ruined fort above the village however the site for the camp is so beautiful that it will invite you to explore the village on own.

DAY 06: HUNDER ( NUBRA VALLEY ) - LEH

After your breakfast at the camp, visit the SAND DUNES to enjoy a camel safari (Optional).

Later we drive to Leh over Khardung La. Afternoon rest and relax or take a walk to the local market. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 07: LEH

Excursion to Pangong Lake

After an early breakfast we Leave for Pangong Lake through Changla pass 5486 Mtrs. While ascending Changla pass 5486 Mtrs. Enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of the villages below the pass. After crossing the pass halt for picnic lunch at Tsoltak, the summer pastureland of the yaks. Arrive Durbuk and from there a short drive takes you to the western shore of the lake.

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. The tourism department intends to develop the infrastructure and facilitate the route leading to the lake.

Enjoy the landscape in the back drop of the Lake. One rarely feels so close to nature and environment and the scenery is unforgettable.

After spending some time at pangong we drive back to hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 08: LEH

Excursion to Shey, Thiksey, Hemis

Today we proceed for Indus Valley monastery tour.

We start with a visit to Shey the ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue, built in the memory of King Singee Namgyal by his son lDeldan Namgyal in 1633 A.D. It is the only kind of statue made of Gold, Gilt and copper in entire Ladakh.

Then we visit Thiksey Gompa an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future is one of the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh.

Drive further to visit the famous Hemis Gompa, This is the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Most of the other Drukpa monasteries are the branch monasteries of Hemis. It was built during early 17th century with the blessing of Lama Stagtsang Raspa (Shambunatha), by famous Namgyal dynasty king Singee Namgyal.

The two-day festival of monastic dance in June-July has raised the reputation of Hemis particularly high. The festival is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as second Buddha and responsible for spreading Buddhism in the Tibetan world.

Overnight stay at the hotel in leh.

DAY 09: DEPART LEH

Tour Concludes: TRAVEL EXCELLENCE thank you for your patronage and ensure a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onward Destination.

END OF THE TOUR / SERVICES & WISH YOU A MEMORABLE TOUR

5.   Tsomoriri Lake Jeep Safari ((8 Nights / 9 Days))

TSOMORIRI LAKE JEEP SAFARI (8 Nights / 9 Days)


DAY 01: DELHI - CHANDIGARH - MANALI

Morning you will met by our representative and transfer to New Delhi Railway station to catch the Shatabdi Express train to Chandigarh.

Upon arrival Our jeep will pick up guest from chandigarh railway station and straight drive to Manali enroute Kullu Valley. The most charming and beautiful Kullu valley spreads out its charm on either side of river Beas.Kullu was once known as Kulanthpitha, which means the end of the habitable world. Beyond rose the forbidding heights of the Greater Himalayas, and by the banks of the shining river Beas, lay the fabled 'Silver Valley'. The valley runs north to south of Beas River and is 80 kms. Long and about 2 kms wide.

DAY 02: MANALI

In the morning we drive to the adjoining town of Naggar, the ancient capital of the Kullu valley, and visit the Naggar Castle. Built in the 18th century astride a sheer-sided bluff the castle is built in the traditional "earthquake-proof" way common to this region around a central courtyard that houses a legendary shrine.

Over the centuries, it has served as a palace and a colonial mansion and is now run as a heritage hotel. Not far from here is a fine art gallery dedicated to the famous Russian painter, Nicholas Roerich.

Spend the afternoon at leisure to explore Manali.

Day 03: Manali to Keylong

Post breakfast we check out from the hotel and Drive to the Lahaul valley. Cross over the famous Rohtang Pas at an altitude of 4000m. Enroute view spectacular scenery of the Lahoul Valley all along the River Chandra. Witness the confluence of River Chandra and Bhaga at Tandi. There on drive upstream along the river Bhaga to arrive at Keylong.

Upon arrival in keylong we check in at our pre-arranged hotel.

Later we visit KARDANG MONASTERY (3500 m): It is about 5kms. from Keylong across Bhaga river. It is believed to be built in 12th century. The Monastery has a large library of Kangyur and Tangyur volumes of Budhist scriptures in Bhoti. Kardang village was once the capital of Lahaul.

If time permits we also visit SHASHUR MONASTERY: Situated on a hill about 3 kms. far from Keylong towards north on the same slope. During June/July this monastery attracts lot of visitors when Lamas perform devil dance. It was founded in the 17th century a.d. It belongs to red hat sect and is located among the blue pines. The paintings are represent the history of 84 Buddha's.

Overnight stay at the Hotel.

Day 04: Keylong to Sarchu [114 KMS, 6 HRS DRIVE]

Post breakfast we check out from the hotel and Drive north on the Manali-Leh Highway. You get to see some of the most breath taking landscapes that the Western Himalayas can offer. The scenery gets more stark and barren as we climb up to the 16,500-foot high Baralacha La the second mountain pass on our journey. From the pass beautiful views of meadows and snow-capped mountains can be seen. By early evening we reach the small hamlet of Sarchu with set on a large plateau.

Upon arrival in Sarchu we check into camp. Evening at leisure & overnight stay at the camp.

Day 05: Sarchu to Tsomori-ri

After breakfast today there is a drive almost 200 km journey full of beautiful landscapes on the way when you reach at tsokar 115 km and ahead 85 km is Tsomori-ri Lake . Tsomoriri is full of natural Landscaped which includes beautiful small lakes on the way and Mountains after this drive you reach to the Rupshu valley. Tsomori-ri is the Biggest Brackish water Lake which has no outlet. Overnight Camp.

Day 06: Full day in Tsomori-ri

Full day excursion around lake and K0rzok Monastery which belongs to the yellow sect. Tsomori-ri or "Mountain Lake" is situated in the middle of the elevated valley of Rupshu surrounded by 6000 M peaks which completely shut the lake in. This Valley is inhabited by a small scattered population of "Changpas" nomadic shepherds who also engage in trade and work the Caravans in Ladakh, Lahaul and Spiti the area is rich in wildlife including the "Kyang" (Wild Ass) red fox and the rare highly endangered snow Leopard. Black Necked cranes and Geese flock to the lakeside for breeding during the summer months.

Also visit the 350 years old Korzok Monastery which has about 33 resident monks.

Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.

DAY 07: TSOMORI-RI TO LEH (3506M/280 KMS)

After breakfast drive for 7hours to Leh via Sumdo and Chuma - Thang (3965M). Enroute stop at Mahe Bridge from where the road crosses to the south bank of the river by a bridge; it then follows the unmetalled road through Sumdo village up to join Puga stream. The drive from Sumdo to Mahe follows a narrow mountain gorge through green bushes. Packed lunch en-route.

Chuma-Thang is known for its famous medicated hot water springs where people from various parts of Ladakh come for relieving their pains. Enroute drive past beautiful villages of Nurnis, Kery and Kadgam. The Jeep drive through this part of the Indus valley is quite flat without much uphill or downhill drive, a wide-open village.

Upon arrival in Leh transfer to your pre-arranged hotel for two nights.

DAY 08: LEH

Complete day at leisure to explore the area on your own and last day shopping. Overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 09: LEH

Tour Concludes: TRAVEL EXCELLENCE thank you for your patronage and ensure a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onward Destination.

END OF THE TOUR / SERVICES & WISH YOU A MEMORABLE TOUR

leh ladakh packages LADAKH MOTOR BIKE TOURS

Motorbike safari is a one of a kind extreme sport of driving to the limits and beyond The Road to Ladakh from Manali and Srinagar offers superb biking conditions, tough climbs, endless descents, and maximum of-road potential for the die hard adventure lovers. Ride a classic Enfield Bullet through India's spectacular Himalayas.

1.   Manali to Leh Motorbike Tour (8 Nights / 9 Days)

Manali to Leh Motorbike Tour (8 Nights / 9 Days)


Day 1: Delhi

On arrival in Delhi , our representative will meet you at the airport and help you transfer to your hotel, where you can rest and stay overnight.

Day 2: Delhi/Kullu/Manali

Leave for the domestic airport to board the flight to Kullu. Our representative will meet you at Kullu airport and take you to the waiting vehicles for your drive to Manali. Have lunch on the way. Arrive in Manali and check into the hotel where you stay overnight.

Day 3: Manali

Enjoy a relaxed day at Manali or go sightseeing and visit the Doongari Devi temple, Vashisht Bath, and view points in Manali. Stay overnight at your hotel.

Day 4: Manali/Jispa

After breakfast we begin our motorbike safari to Jispa (3320 m). On the way we stop at Rohtang Pass (3978 m) on one of the highest motorable roads in the world. We also visit Dashohar Lake and Beas Kund and ride past the green meadow at Keylong (3348 m). Arrive at Jispa and stay overnight in tents.

Day 5: Jispa/Sarchu

After breakfast we leave for Sarchu on the border between Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir. Here you can see the nomadic Gaddi people and an army outpost. On our way we stop at Baralacha la Pass (4891 m). At Baralacha la, which means " a pass with cross roads," the roads from Ladakh, Zanskar, Lahaul and Spiti intersect. Stay overnight at tents in Sarchu.

Day 6: Sarchu/Pang

After Breakfast we leave for Pang. On the way we halt for lunch at Lachung La (5079 m). We arrive at Pang in the evening and stay overnight in a tented camp at an altitude of 4630 m.

Day 7: Pang/ Leh

After breakfast we leave for Leh and ride though the vast Kyungshu Plains. You can see Kiang - the Wild Ass of Ladakh on these plains. On the way we halt at Tanglangla Pass (5500 m). This is one the highest passes to have a metalled road. Stay overnight at a hotel in Leh.

Day 8: Leh

After breakfast we leave for a tour of Shey, the summer palace of the royal family of Ladakh. We also tour Thiksey and Hemis monasteries, where you can see the Buddhist cultural heritage of Ladakh. Return to your hotel to stay overnight.

Day 9: Leh/Delhi

After breakfast you will transferred to the airport to board the flight to Delhi . Our representative will meet you in Delhi and help you to transfer to the international airport for your flight to your onward destination.

END OF THE TOUR / SERVICES & WISH YOU A MEMORABLE TOUR

2.   Pangong Lake Motorbike Tour (6 Nights / 7 Days)

PANGONG LAKE MOTORBIKE TOUR (6 Nights / 7 Days)


Pangong Tso (or Pangong lake; Tso: Ladakhi for lake) is a lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4250 m (13,900 ft). It is 134 km (83.3 mi) long and extends from India to Tibet. Two thirds of the length of this lake falls in Tibet. It is 5 km wide at its broadest point. In winter, the lake surface freezes completely despite being salt water. The road to Pangong lake traverses the third-highest pass in the world, the Changla pass, where army sentries and a small teahouse greet visitors.

The lake is in the process of being identified under the Ramsar Convention as a wetland of international importance. This will be the first trans-boundary wetland in South Asia under the convention.

Day 1: Leh - Durbuk (110 km)

Visit enroute Chemra and Taktak Gompas. Overnight stay in camp at Durbuk.

Day 2: Durbuk - Lukung 100km

Bypass village Tangtse, drive upto Lukung. Overnight stay in camp.

Day 3: Lukung - Pangong Lake ...60km

Ride via Spangmik village at the bank of Pangong lake. This lake is the highest in Ladakh and is famous for colourful stones and wild flowers (in summer months).

Overnight stay in camp.

Day 4: At Pangong Lake

Explore the area, ride and trek along the lake. It is a once-in-a-life time experience.

Day 5: Pangong Lake - Tangtse ...90km

Ride back upto Tangtse by crossing over a pass. There are beautiful sites for photography. Overnight stay in camp.

Day 6: Tangtse - Changla

Enroute visit Durbuk Gompa. Overnight stay in camp.

Day 7: Changla - Hemis - Leh

Visit Hemis Gompa. It is the richest gompa of this region. Overnight stay in a Hotel at Leh.

END OF THE TOUR / SERVICES & WISH YOU A MEMORABLE TOUR

3.   Srinagar to Leh Motorbike Tour (12 Nights / 13 Days)

SRINAGAR TO LEH MOTORBIKE TOUR (12 Nights / 13 Days)


Day 1: Delhi to Srinagar (by air)

Reception upon arrival and transfer to Deluxe Houseboat. Afternoon shikara ride on the Dal lake. Dinner and overnight stay in Deluxe Houseboat.

Day 2: Srinagar

Morning test ride your motorbikes and ride them through the valley. Visit the Mughal Gardens and Nishat Bagh. Enjoy your ride and get familiar with the motorbikes. Evening free for relaxation. Dinner and overnight stay in Deluxe Houseboat.

Day 3: Srinagar to Kargil via Drass

Morning ride to Kargil, enroute stops include Sonamarg and Baltal hamlets, famous for rugged snow peaked meadows. Past Baltal cross over Zoji-La Pass (11,500 ft). Reach the Drass valley with strikingly different landscape dotted with remote mud huts giving an impression that you really have travelled back in time. After a passport check we continue on to Kargil. Overnight in a local hotel.

Day 4: Kargil to Leh

Morning visit to local Immambarah and Turkish inspired architectural structures from the Silk route days, when this used too be a major stop for Central Asian trade route. Enroute to Leh stops include Mulbekh Monastery, perched on a mountain over the village of the same name, known for the huge image of Buddha carved from a giant rock. After Mulbekh, continue on to Alchi and Likir Monasteries. These monasteries house Buddha and renowned 1000-year-old religious wall paintings. This evening arrive in Leh and check into hotel.

Day 5: Leh

Full day sightseeing tour of the monasteries - Hemis, Shey and Thikse. The Hemis Gompa is the most powerful of the monasteries in the vicinity of Leh and belongs to the Kaguyupa Buddhist sect. Shey and Thikse occupy hill top sides and offer remarkable views across the Indus Valley . Overnight at Leh.

Day 6: Local sight seeing

Morning sightseeing of the Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa and Sankar Gompa. Afternoon drive to Stok across the river Indus to see the Stok Palace. Evening free to explore the bazaars. Overnight Leh

Day 7: Leh - Spituk - Alchi - Likir- Uleytokpo

After breakfast at the hotel we'll set out for Spituk and arrive after a ride of 8kms. From there we move further upto Alchi, 64 kms from Leh. Here you'll visit the 11th century Alchi Gompa- the only Gompa in Ladakh region on flat ground. Thereafter, we cover Likir to visit the splendid three storey Dhamma Wheel Gompa, which houses a massive Buddha statue. Then we'll proceed to the Uleytokpo camping ground for overnight camping.

Day 8: Lamayuru

Today, we'll ride to Lamayuru. Here we'll visit the small Wanlah Gompa located in the south of this place. The night is spent in an overnight camp in Lamayuru.

Day 9: Back to Leh

After breakfast we start our backward trip to Leh. Riding in these high altitude regions is quite adventurous, with the winding and serpentine roads flanked by mountains on one side and deep gorges on the other. Upon arrival, you check in at your hotel and spend the night there.

DAY 10: Leh to Sarchu

Today ride to Sarchu - the traditional village on the way to Manali. Overnight at Sarchu Deluxe Camp.

DAY 11: Sarchu to Manali

Ride through beautiful landscapes through Rohtang pass and Marhi. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12: Manali Sightseeing

Visit to the hot sulphur spring water, Hidimba temple, Tibetan monastery, overnight at the hotel.

Day 13: Manali to Delhi

After early breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport in Kullu for your flight to Delhi. Our representative will meet you in Delhi and help you to transfer to the international airport for your flight to your onward destination.

END OF THE TOUR / SERVICES & WISH YOU A MEMORABLE TOUR

4.   Tsomoriri Lake Motorbike Tour (10 Nights / 11 Days)

TSOMORIRI LAKE MOTORBIKE TOUR (10 Nights / 11 Days)


The Motorbike Safari to the Tsomoriri Lake is one of the most interesting of all the safaris in Ladakh. The 5-day safari goes along rivers, small streams, remote villages, blue lakes and high passes. Tsomoriri Lake is one of the highest fresh water lakes in the world.

Day 01: Delhi - Leh

Early morning transfer to domestic airport to board flight for Leh (3505 mt). Met upon arrival at the airport and transfer to hotel. Day rest for acclimatization. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 02: Leh

Morning proceed for Indus Valley monastery tour. Visit to Shey Palace -The ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery has a huge copper-gilted image of Sakyamuni and the large silver lamp burning in front of the statue. Visit to Thiksey Gompa which is actually a complex of buildings on a crag rising in tier upon tier above the village. The monastery was dedicated by His Holiness Dalai Lama in 1980 and houses an immense image of Maitreya Buddha. Ride further to visit the famous Hemis Gompa, founded in 1630's by Stag-tsang-ras-pa under the royal patronage of Sengge Namgyall, Hemis is the is one of the largest and richest gompas of Ladakh. Visit Stok Palace and Museum - the Royal residence of the King of Stok, the museum has a rich collection of Ancient Ladakhi artifects which includes old Thankas, precious stones, arms and armoury, the Queens necklace and the crown of the King of Ladakh among others. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 03: Leh

Morning proceed to visit Sankar Gompa, Shanti stupa and Leh Palace. Afternoon free to explore the market. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 04: Leh/Chumathang

Morning ride to reach Chumathang (3965 M) by covering 140 kms. This place is known for its famous medicated hot water springs where people from various parts of Ladakh come for releiving their pains. Enroute ride past beautiful villages of Nurnis, Kery and Kadgam. The motorbike ride through this part of the Indus valley is quite flat without much uphill or downhill drive. Arrive and overnight stay in tents.

Day 05: Chumathang /Sumdo

Morning ride to Sumdo, a wide open village. Enroute stop at Mahe Bridge from where the road crosses to the south bank of the river by a bridge; it then follows the unmetalled road through Puga stream up to join Sumdo village. The ride from Mahe to Sumdo follows a narrow mountain gorge through green bushes. Upon arrival in Sumdo check in at the camp and later visit the monastery of Sumdo which is famous for its well preserved paintings. Overnight stay in tented camp.

Day 06: Sumdo/Korzok

Morning ride to Korzok (4,572 mt) the only village near Tsomoriri Lake. The safari from Sumdo to Tsomoriri is one of the most interesting as it goes through sandy deserts & rocky paths. After slowly zigzaging up to the Namshang-La, the drive follows a smooth descent and ride past the isolated Thasang Tso - a small torquoise lake which appears like an emarald of a queen's necklace. Little before Tsomoriri Lake ride past a small green valley of wild Marmots locally known as Phya. Arrive at Korzok village and check in at the camps. Afternoon explore Korzok: Situated at 15,000 ft (4,572 mt), its the only permanent settlement in Rupshu region with an approximate population of 500 people. The few barley-fields at Korzok must be among the highest cultivation in the world. Visit Korzok Monastery with its dimly lit prayer halls. Overnight stay in tents.

Day 07: Korzok

Day free to explore the Lake area and the village. Tsomoriri Lake: The clear blue lake is one of the most breathtaking fresh water lakes in Ladakh. The lake is considered sacred by the locals. The Lake is surrounded by beautiful peaks like Mt. Mentok and Mt Kharlung on the right side and Mt Kurchu and Mt Lungser on the left side. The Lake is a breeding ground for numerous species of birds like Bar Headed Goose which is found in abundent, Great Crested Grebe, the Brahmini duck etc Overnight stay at the camps.

Day 08: Korzok/Tsokar

Morning ride to reach Tsokar via Puga by covering 75 kms in 3-4 hours. Tsokar lake 4485 mt is also called as white lake because of salt deposit around it. It is approx 45 kms northwest of the Tsomoriri lake. Tsokar lake is so salty that salt extracted from its margins are still sold all over Ladakh. Overnight stay in tents.

Day 09: Tsokar/Leh

Morning ride to Leh via Thukje Gompa. Join Manali-Leh highway and ride down to Leh via Tanglang-la (5224 mt.) the 2nd highest motorable road in Ladakh. Enroute ride pass beautiful villages of Rumtse, Gia, Meeru. Arrive Leh and check into hotel for overnight stay.

Day 10: Leh

Day free at leisure for independent activities. Evening proceed to see Folk dances of Ladakh which shall be arranged on the spot. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 11: Leh - Delhi

Morning transfer to airport to board flight for Delhi

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leh and ladakh tour packages LADAKH RIVER RAFTING TOURS

River rafting in Ladakh is quite unlike anywhere else in the world. It provides the best opportunity to enjoy and experience the natural beauty of the spectacular landscape with deep gorges, towering snowcapped peaks, hilltop monasteries, hillside villages, and glimpses of the unique wildlife.

1.   Indus River Rafting (6 Nights / 7 Days)

INDUS RIVER RAFTING (6 Nights / 7 Days)


The Indus River rafting offers a spectacular river rafting course along with camps at interesting locations. Much easier and quieter than the Zanskar, the Indus is suitable for Grade II and III trips. The river, which originates in Tibet, flows down through Ladakh, past Leh, and then passes into Pakistan.

Day 01: Delhi - Leh

Welcome upon arrival at the Leh airport (3,500 mt) and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day fee for accalamatisation.

Day 02: Leh

Morning after breakfast proceed to visit Sankar monastery, Peace Pagoda and Changspa Chorten. which is situated on the valley floor. Afternoon free at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 03: Leh - Hemis - Stakna - Thiksey

Morning after breakfast drive 50 kms to visit the famous Hemis Monastery. Later drive back to Stakna. Upon arrival meet the Rafting team who will give you instructions on Rafting and safety. Raft along smooth river to reach Thiksey. Enroute stop at Stakna bridge and have Lunch. Afternoon Raft again and stop at Thiksey. Overnight stay in tents.

Day 04: Spituk - Thiksey

After an early breakfast drive to visit Thiksey Monastery. Later drive 2 kms further to visit Shey Palace. Drive back to camp and start Rafting to reach Spituk. Lunch enroute. Checkin at the camps in Spituk for overnight stay.

Day 05: Spituk - Nimu

Morning after an early breakfast proceed to visit Spituk Monastery situated at the end of the Leh airport. Later drive back to the Rafting camp and start the final part of the Rafting till Nimu. Rafting will finish after the confluence of River Zanskar and Indus at Nimu. Later proceed for a short village visit to Nimu. Overnight stay at the Camp.

Day 06: Nimu - Likir - Leh

Morning after breakfast proceed to visit the Likir Monastery which has an impressive sitting statue of Maitreya Buddha. On the way back visit Basgo Monastery. Later drive back to Leh and on arrival checkin at the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 07: Leh - Delhi

Morning after breakfast transfer to airport to board flight for Delhi.

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2.   Zanskar River Rafting (11 Nights / 12 Days)

ZANSKAR RIVER RAFTING (11 Nights / 12 Days)


Zanskar River originates from the high altitude plateau of Sarchu on the border of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir . Originally known as the Tsarap the river gorges a path out of the rocky mountains of western Himalayas , dropping in a continuous torrent of class V rapids. The river then eases into the forbidden Kingdom of Zanskar and slowly flows past the capital at Padum. Here it joins with the Stod river which flows down from the Pensi La pass on the road from Kargil to Padum.

Day 01: Flight to India ( Delhi )

Midnight: Around midnight arrival in Delhi. The cosmopolitan city and capital Delhi is the main gateway for travelers. Meet our representative and transfer to your Hotel. Morning fly to Leh. The rest of the day is at leisure to acclimatize ourselves to the high altitude of Leh. It is important to go slow as acclimatisation is critical to your enjoyment.

Day 02: In Leh

Local sightseeing of Leh, the capital of the historic kingdom of Ladakh. The town is a fascinating labyrinth of winding streets and quaint bazaars. The main street is open and airy, lined with rows of shops. Visit the Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, and the Leh Mosque.

Day 03: Leh - Thiksey - Shey - Hemis Monsteries - Stok Palace

Full day sightseeing of Thiksey, Shey, Hemis and Stok monasteries. Overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 04: Drive Leh - Kargil (180Kms / 8-9 Hrs)

Drive from Leh to Kargil, (180 kms) through a spectacular moonscape. We drive over the Fotu La (14,000-ft), a high mountain pass, exiting the Indus valley and entering the Suru valley. Enroute, we visit the Lamayuru and Redzong Monasteries. Packed lunch enroute. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 05: Drive Kargil - Rangdum (12,000ft) (105Kms / 7-8Hrs)

A spectacular drive past Panikar and Parkachik, with magnificent views of the Nun and Kun massifs (7000 metres), hanging glaciers and large meadows. Overnight tented camp.

DAY 06: Rangdum - Remla (95Kms / 6Hrs)

Drive over the Pensi La (14,500 ft), which enables grand views of the Zanskar peaks at the bottom of which is the Drung Durung glacier that feeds the Zanskar river, 40 km below, into which we flow trip the next day. Overnight in tented camp.

DAY 07: Remla - Karsha

Rafting expedition begins at Remala. Raft till Karsha Gompa, near Padum. We raft 30 km in 5 hrs which includes a break for lunch and hot beverages. We are surrounded by 6000 metre high peaks. River section today includes a Class II section, a good introduction for first timers as well as to the river in general. After settling into camp by afternoon, we take a hike to Karsha Gompa for the evening incantation.

DAY 09: Pidmu - Nyerak

After packing camp, we raft 20 km to Nyerak, a Class III sections. The gorge narrows in on the river - this indeed is a Grand Canyon in its own right. We stop for the day to pitch camp in a gorge below Nyerak village.

DAY 10: Nyerak - Lamayuru

Today's 35 km rafting section takes us from Nyerak to Lamayuru, through the core of the Zanskar A classic white water day with continuous Class III rapids, and a few Class IV rapid where the river squeezes between a gap of about 18ft. We stop for lunch near a huge waterfall at the confluence of Markha river with Zanskar. Rock formations, spires and an amazing palette of colors add to the trip today. Camp at Lamaguru.

DAY 11: Lamayuru - Nimmu - Alchi - Leh

We raft 40 kms of Class III/IV white water from Lamayuru to Nimmu today. Finish the trip at Nimmu and drives to Leh 60 kms enroute visit Alchi. Visit the Alchi Monastery. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 12: Leh - Delhi (by air)

In the noon flight from Leh to Delhi.

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leh ladakh package LADAKH TREKKING TOURS

Trek along some of the finest trekking routes to explore the regions from within. Visit village and monasteries and interact with the local villagers while on your deep trekking explorations.

1.   Jhunglam Trek (12 Nights / 13 Days)

ZHUNGLAM TREK (12 Nights / 13 Days)


This is one of the most adventurous treks on an isolated route far into the mountains with many rivers to be crossed. It is a real wilderness experience for adventure seekers, and the best period for exploration is from August - October when most of the snow has melted and the roaring rivers are passable.

DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN LEH

Upon arrival at Leh Airport you will met by TRAVEL EXCELLENCE representative and Welcome in traditional Ladakhi style and transfer to our pre-arranged hotel, rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize. Overnight stay at hotel.

Leh City: The capital of Ladakh, at one time was a major stop on the Asian "Silk Route". A stroll along the main bazar, observing the varied crowd and peering into the curio shops, is an entrancing experience. Chang Gali, behind the main bazar is less bustling but has intriguing little shops selling curios and jewelry like pearls, turquoise, coral, malachite, lapis and many other kinds of semi-precious stones, as well as curiously carved Yak-horn boxes, quaint brass locks, china or metal bowls etc.

DAY 02: LEH

AM: Excursion Spituk
PM: Excursion to Sankar Gompa & Shanti Stupa

Post breakfast we depart for AM Sightseeing tour to Spituk.

Spituk monastery was built in 15th century during the reign of Grags 'bum-lde, these new Gelug-pa monastery was built like fortress on the summit of crags. Spituk lies some 5 kms south of Leh. Nesting at the foot of the crags are the flat-topped houses which go to form the village of Spituk.

Spituk or dpe-thub mean 'effective as an Example' and this is thus a suitable name for the first Gelug-pa monastery in Ladakh. Inside the monastery, which includes several courtyards and temples of various sizes, has been built at different levels, following the shape of the rock.

Later we drive back to hotel on time for lunch.

Later in the afternoon, guided sightseeing tour visiting Sankar Gompa, located at a distance of approximately 3 km from the town of Leh. A subsidiary of the Spituk Gompa, it belongs to the Gelukpa or the Yellow Hat Sect. The monastery also serves as the official residence of the Ladakh's head of Gelukpa Sect, known as The Kushok Bakul. There are time restrictions for visiting the Sankar Monastery of Leh Ladakh. You can also go either between 7:00 am and 10:00 am, or between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. These restrictions have been placed because a few of the monks, of the yellow-hat sect, attached to the monastery reside here permanently.

DAY 03: LEH - MARTSELANG (2 ½HRS DRIVE) - SHANG SUMDO (6 HRS TREK )

Leave Leh by jeep to the starting point of the trek at Martselang (3600 m.) and start our trek to Shang Sumdo,a small village at 3700 m. Martselang is the entry point into the Hemis National Park in which we may see endangered high altitude animals like Snow leopard, Tibetan Wolves, the great Tibetan Sheep and Golden Eagle.

DAY 04: SHANG SUMDO - LARTSA (6 HRS TREK)

Today we trek through the gorge of Shang, ascending gradually an enjoying the magnificent colors, shapes and rock formations of the gorge. We will pass by the small village of Chogdo before arriving at camp at Lartsa (4600m).

DAY 05: LARTSA - THACHUNGTSE VIA KONGMARU LA 5200 M (6 HRS TREK)

A steep ascent leads us up to Kongmaru La (5200 m.) From the pass we will see a breath taking view of Kangyatse Peak (6400 m), Zanskar and the Karakoram ranges. Then we descend gradually to the summer pasture of Nimaling, where the villagers of Markha valley stay during the summer season with their sheep, goats and yaks.The campsite of Thachungtse (4000 m) is further down the valley on the bank of the Markha River.

DAY 06: THACHUNGTSE - YAKRUPAL (5-6 HRS TREK)

After yester day's strenuous walk, today is easier as we walk through the remote Langthang valley, where few other trekkers go. Only the villagers from Markha use this valley as a pasture ground for their sheep, donkeys, yaks and horses. From Thachungtse, we follow the valley own until it divides, cross the river and follow the valley to the left along the Langthang Chu River.

The Langthang River has the tendency of rising during the day due to snow melting in the mountains and by noon it becomes a dangerous river to cross. An early start in the morning is therefore essential, as one has to cross the river several times. Yakrupal (4200 m) is a nice, green campsite and a good place to rest.

DAY 07: YAKRUPAL - ZALUNG KARPOLA 5150 M - TILAT SUMDO (5/6 HRS TREK)

We will continue up the valley towards the Zalung Karpo Pass (5200m). From the top of the Pass there is a spectacular view of the Zanskar range on the one side, while on the other, the highest plateau in the world appears, the Changthang plateau stretching far into Tibet. The only inhabitants of the Changtang are a nomadic and semi-nomadic people, living in tiny settlements with their animals and a small harvest of barley on which to survive.

Descending own from the Pass, several river crossings will follow and lea us to the right bank of the Changchu River and the camping site of Tilat Sumdo (3750m).

At the crossroads of Tilad Sumdo, it's worth exploring some of the secluded gorges nearby. If fortune strikes there are chances of seeing wild life around, including blue sheep and the rare snow leopard.

DAY 08: TILAT SUMDO - BASE OF CHARCHARLA (8 HRS TREK)

Today we'll have more river crossings than any other day. The day starts with crossing the icy cold river of Changchu and entering into a beautiful narrow valley until a canyon.

After several river crossings, the valley narrows and crossing the river becomes much easier. Walking further leads us to a plain with stones opposite a cluster of spectacular rocky needles where two cold streams intersect. Camp at Charcharla base (4400 m).

DAY 09: BASE OF CHARCHAR LA - ZANGLA SUMDO VIA CHARCHARLA 4950 M (5 HRS TREK)

Following the stream will reveal several impressive gorges. After the third narrowing gorge, leaving the stream towards the left, we finally ascend gradually to the top of Charchar la (4950m). From the pass we will have a fine view of the main Himalaya beyond Padum. We descend steeply along glacial steps to the base of the Pass. After crossing a magnificent canyon towards the left as far as the intersection along the stream to the large river at the campsite of Zangla Sumdo, we'll have a very beautiful campsite to relax for the night.

DAY 10: ZANGLA SUMDO -ZANGLA (4 HRS TREK)

With many river crossings downstream into the Zulung valley, we sight the first Zanskari village amidst the greenery of barley fields. The trail goes gradually up as far as Zangla castle an then own for half an hour beyond the Chortens (Stupas),bringing us to the village of Zangla (3370 m). Until 1989.

Zangla had its own ruler with control over the nearby villages of Honia, Chazar, Hanumil, Pidmo and Pishu on the far side of the valley. Zangla monastery has its legacy with the Spituk monastery of the Gelugpa sect.

DAY 11: ZANGLA - KARSHA (5/6 HRS TREK)

Our day begins with crossing the longest hanging bridge over the Zanskar River. From Pishu the trail ascends gradually to the village of Rinam (3550 m), following the banks of the Great Zanskar River. Along the way, we'll see the stunning monastery of Tongde. Thereafter we will arrive at Karsha (3600 m) an reinvigorate ourselves at the banks of the Zanskar River listening to the musical tune of the flowing water.

Karsha monastery is one of largest monasteries of Gelugpa sect. It is on the hillside with am imposing view of the entire valley. Most of the monks are from the surrounding villages. It is believed that the monastic site was founded probably around the 10th century A.D. It is recommended to visit the monastery to get a holy blessing.

DAY 12: KARSHA - PADUM (2 HRS TREK)

From Karsha we will follow the route to Pipiting village on the dusty road to Padum (3531 m). Padum is the major hub for all the activities of the entire valley and the capital of Zanskar. Here all villagers gather on auspicious days. After arriving at Padum, we once again intermingle with civilization for a day, and it is time to have a complete rest before preparing for the long drive back to Leh.

DAY 13: PADUM - RANGDUM (110 KM /6 HRS APPROX.)

We start our journey for Rangdum. Upon arrival in to our Private tents. After tea /coffee late in the afternoon we visit the famous Rangdum Monastery perched on a solitary rock in the middle of the valley. After visiting the monastery we drive to Rangdum plains in Zanskar region.

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2.   Kangyatse Expedition (11 Nights / 12 Days)

KANGYATSE EXPEDITION (11 Nights / 12 Days)


This climb offers you an opportunity to reach a height of 6200m without technical skills, and 6400 m with basic technical skills. The climb on Kangyatse is challenging and interesting, ideal for someone in quest of his/her first Himalayan summit.

DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN LEH

Upon arrival at Leh Airport you will met by TRAVEL EXCELLENCE representative and Welcome in traditional Ladakhi style and transfer to our pre-arranged hotel, rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize. Overnight stay at hotel.

Leh City: The capital of Ladakh, at one time was a major stop on the Asian "Silk Route". A stroll along the main bazar, observing the varied crowd and peering into the curio shops, is an entrancing experience. Chang Gali, behind the main bazar is less bustling but has intriguing little shops selling curios and jewelry like pearls, turquoise, coral, malachite, lapis and many other kinds of semi-precious stones, as well as curiously carved Yak-horn boxes, quaint brass locks, china or metal bowls etc.

DAY 02: LEH

AM: Excursion Spituk
PM: Excursion to Sankar Gompa & Shanti Stupa

Post breakfast we depart for AM Sightseeing tour to Spituk.

Spituk monastery was built in 15th century during the reign of Grags 'bum-lde, these new Gelug-pa monastery was built like fortress on the summit of crags. Spituk lies some 5 kms south of Leh. Nesting at the foot of the crags are the flat-topped houses which go to form the village of Spituk.

Spituk or dpe-thub mean 'effective as an Example' and this is thus a suitable name for the first Gelug-pa monastery in Ladakh. Inside the monastery, which includes several courtyards and temples of various sizes, has been built at different levels, following the shape of the rock.

Later we drive back to hotel on time for lunch.

Later in the afternoon, guided sightseeing tour visiting Sankar Gompa, located at a distance of approximately 3 km from the town of Leh. A subsidiary of the Spituk Gompa, it belongs to the Gelukpa or the Yellow Hat Sect. The monastery also serves as the official residence of the Ladakh's head of Gelukpa Sect, known as The Kushok Bakul. There are time restrictions for visiting the Sankar Monastery of Leh Ladakh. You can also go either between 7:00 am and 10:00 am, or between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. These restrictions have been placed because a few of the monks, of the yellow-hat sect, attached to the monastery reside here permanently.

Later we visit Shanti Stupa A magnificent white-domed structure, The Japanese for World Peace built the Shanti Stupa, at Changspa, on the hilltop, and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985. Its state of the art work attracts a lot of tourists to Ladakh and is spectacular to watch. From there one can see the nice spectacular view of Leh town. The stupa looks best at night, when it is beautifully illuminated with glittering lights. A large number of tourists come to Ladakh every year to visit this amazing stupa.

DAY 03: LEH

Excursion to Shey, Thiksey, Hemis

Today we proceed for Indus Valley monastery tour.

We start with a visit to Shey the ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue, built in the memory of King Singee Namgyal by his son lDeldan Namgyal in 1633 A.D. It is the only kind of statue made of Gold, Gilt and copper in entire Ladakh.

Then we visit Thiksey Gompa an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future is one of the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh.

Drive further to visit the famous Hemis Gompa, This is the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Most of the other Drukpa monasteries are the branch monasteries of Hemis. It was built during early 17th century with the blessing of Lama Stagtsang Raspa (Shambunatha), by famous Namgyal dynasty king Singee Namgyal.

The two-day festival of monastic dance in June-July has raised the reputation of Hemis particularly high. The festival is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as second Buddha and responsible for spreading Buddhism in the Tibetan world.

After covering these three monasteries we drive back to leh to our hotel for night stay.

DAY 04: LEH TO SHANG SUMO (2 ½HOURS)

We will leave Leh by jeep to the starting point of the trek at Martselang (3600 m). We will drive to Martselang, the entry point into Hemis National Park , where we can get glimpses of endangered high-altitude animals such as the snow leopard, Tibetan wolf, the great Tibetan sheep and Golden eagle. There we will meet the crew and trek for 2 and ½ hours, before reaching our campsite in the tiny village of Shang Sumdo (3700m).

DAY 05: SHANG SUMDO -LARTSA (6-7 HRS)

We will begin the day climbing through the spectacular gorge of Shang, which is rife with magnificently hued rock formations that provide a dramatic evidence of the collision between the Indian and Tibetan plates. The trail crosses rivers several times before we reach our campsite (4600 m).

DAY 06: LARTSA - BASE CAMP VIA GONGMARU LA 5200 M

A steep 3-hour climb will lead us to Gongmaru La (5200 m), where there are jaw-dropping views of Kangyatse, the Zan kar and Karakoram Range. After satisfying ourselves with the surrounding views, we will make our descent toward the pasture of Nimaling, where the villages of Markha Valley tend their sheep, goats and yaks during the summer. From Nimaling it is a steady climb up to Base Camp (5200 m).

DAY 07: BASE CAMP -HIGH CAMP (2 HRS)

Day 4 is crucial, so we will spend the morning recuperating from the last few days' fatigue. After sufficient rest, we will embark on a steep 2-hour climb to High Camp (5500 m). Although the distance is quite short, the altitude makes the hike quite strenuous.

DAY 08: HIGH CAMP -SUMMIT - BASE CAMP (9-10 HRS)

The final push, beginning at 2 am, will be both physically and mentally challenging. But once atop the summit (6200m), the surrounding awe-inspiring scenery of Tibet, and the Zanskar and mighty Karakoram ranges, all of our numbing pains will melt away in a warm glow of success! After spending an hour on top of the world, we will descend to Base Camp, where we will while away the afternoon, relaxing and congratulating each other on a job well done. Note:If you choose to scale the primary summit (6400 m),you will need to be experienced and well prepared, as you must traverse a very difficult and technically challenging ridge.

DAY 09 & 10: BASE CAMP -SHANG SUMDO -MARTSELANG - LEH

We will spend these last two days retracing our footsteps, strolling casually downward while taking in the otherworldly beauty. Now is the time for us to enjoy the rare wildlife, unique scenery, and each other's company. On the final day of our adventure, we will travel by jeep back to Leh stopping at any places you may wish to visit.

DAY 11: LEH

Complete day at leisure to explore the beauty of Leh city on your own and time free for last day shopping.

Or one can take an optional excursion to KHARDUNG-LA-PASS (the highest motorable road in the world) at 18,390 ft, around 39kms from Leh.

Or

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.

DAY 12: LEH

Tour Concludes: TRAVEL EXCELLENCE thank you for your patronage and ensure a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onward Destination.

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3.   Lamayuru Darcha via Zanskar Trek (25 Nights / 26 Days)

LAMAYURU DARCHA VIA ZANSKAR TREK (25 Nights / 26 Days)


The ancient Buddhist kingdom of Zanskar is hidden deep in the western reaches of the great Himalayas. For most of the year the high passes are inaccessible because of snow, making the frozen Zanskar River the only access for transport and travel. Villages nestled high on cliffs, the greenest of fields, where peas and buckwheat are grown, and ancient monasteries are just some of the attractions on this spectacular trek, which starts from Lamayuru and ends at Darcha, or, alternatively, at Padum.

DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN LEH

Upon arrival at Leh Airport you will met by TRAVEL EXCELLENCE representative and Welcome in traditional Ladakhi style and transfer to our pre-arranged hotel, rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize. Overnight stay at hotel.

Leh City: The capital of Ladakh, at one time was a major stop on the Asian "Silk Route". A stroll along the main bazar, observing the varied crowd and peering into the curio shops, is an entrancing experience. Chang Gali, behind the main bazar is less bustling but has intriguing little shops selling curios and jewelry like pearls, turquoise, coral, malachite, lapis and many other kinds of semi-precious stones, as well as curiously carved Yak-horn boxes, quaint brass locks, china or metal bowls etc.

DAY 02: LEH

AM: Excursion Spituk
PM: Excursion to Sankar Gompa & Shanti Stupa

Post breakfast we depart for AM Sightseeing tour to Spituk.

Spituk monastery was built in 15th century during the reign of Grags 'bum-lde, these new Gelug-pa monastery was built like fortress on the summit of crags. Spituk lies some 5 kms south of Leh. Nesting at the foot of the crags are the flat-topped houses which go to form the village of Spituk.

Spituk or dpe-thub mean 'effective as an Example' and this is thus a suitable name for the first Gelug-pa monastery in Ladakh. Inside the monastery, which includes several courtyards and temples of various sizes, has been built at different levels, following the shape of the rock.

Later we drive back to hotel on time for lunch.

Later in the afternoon, guided sightseeing tour visiting Sankar Gompa, located at a distance of approximately 3 km from the town of Leh. A subsidiary of the Spituk Gompa, it belongs to the Gelukpa or the Yellow Hat Sect. The monastery also serves as the official residence of the Ladakh's head of Gelukpa Sect, known as The Kushok Bakul. There are time restrictions for visiting the Sankar Monastery of Leh Ladakh. You can also go either between 7:00 am and 10:00 am, or between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. These restrictions have been placed because a few of the monks, of the yellow-hat sect, attached to the monastery reside here permanently.

Later we visit Shanti Stupa A magnificent white-domed structure, The Japanese for World Peace built the Shanti Stupa, at Changspa, on the hilltop, and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985. Its state of the art work attracts a lot of tourists to Ladakh and is spectacular to watch. From there one can see the nice spectacular view of Leh town. The stupa looks best at night, when it is beautifully illuminated with glittering lights. A large number of tourists come to Ladakh every year to visit this amazing stupa.

DAY 03: LEH

Excursion to Shey, Thiksey, Hemis

Today we proceed for Indus Valley monastery tour.

We start with a visit to Shey the ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue, built in the memory of King Singee Namgyal by his son lDeldan Namgyal in 1633 A.D. It is the only kind of statue made of Gold, Gilt and copper in entire Ladakh.

Then we visit Thiksey Gompa an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future is one of the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh.

Drive further to visit the famous Hemis Gompa, This is the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Most of the other Drukpa monasteries are the branch monasteries of Hemis. It was built during early 17th century with the blessing of Lama Stagtsang Raspa (Shambunatha), by famous Namgyal dynasty king Singee Namgyal.

The two-day festival of monastic dance in June-July has raised the reputation of Hemis particularly high. The festival is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as second Buddha and responsible for spreading Buddhism in the Tibetan world.

After covering these three monasteries we drive back to leh to our hotel for night stay.

DAY 04: LEH - LIKIR - ALCHI - LAMAYURU ( 05HRS DRIVE)

We drive to Likir and visit Likir gompa, Likir gompa situated atop a windy cliff top overlooking the beautiful village of Likir, This Monastery is headed by the younger brother of Dalai Lama. According to tradition the foundation of Likir monastery goes back 11th century when it was a Bon center. But the real foundation seem to be not earlier than 15th century. On the top on roof they have newly setup a museum which contains some very old thankas brought from Tibet and the armory, coins, seals etc.

Then we drive and cross the River Indus and reach Alchi, Ladakh's most loved monastery. Over a century old, its wall paintings are very similar to those of the Tabo gompa in Spiti, Himachal Pradesh. Unlike other monasteries, which are usually on a cliff top or cling to a mountainside, Alchi is at ground level and is nestled in the shade of a garden.

After Alchi we have an option to visit the impressive Ridzong Gompa, reached from the road head after a 30-minute uphill walk. It's an impressive monastery well hidden in the lap of the mountains until you're face to face with it. It is situated on the mountainside wedged in between 2 ends of a ridge. It is about 100 years old and the name means 'mountain fort' aptly describing this isolated gompa. It also has a nunnery of female monks also.

Finally we reach Lamayuru monastery, founded by Rinchen Zangpo in the 10th century. This gompa is located amidst the massive mountains. The spectacular setting of this gompa and its renowned collection of carpets, thangkas and frescoes has been attracting many people over a long time. It is believed to be the oldest in central Ladakh. Overnight stay in Lamayuru.

DAY 05: LAMAYURU - WANLA (3-4 HRS TREK)

We pack our small backpacks, watch the horses get ready, and set off for this first day of our adventure. A gentle trail leads up to the small pass of Prinkti La (3750m) before heading down to the village of Shilla and the last 3 km to Wanla (3250m). Here we set up camp for the night and spend the afternoon relaxing in the sun or exploring the gompa in Wanla, before we gather around for a good dinner.

DAY 06: WANLA - HANUPATTA (6 HRS TREK)

An easy walk towards Phansila (3410m) will lead us to a beautiful valley. From here we descend a pass beyond which the valley starts to narrow, with mountains towering above our heads and the Zanskar River making its way deep down in the gorge. In this barren, harsh landscape, beautiful rosebushes give your senses an unforgettable experience. We camp close to the river, just after the village of Hanupatta (3760m), where we have a great view down the valley.

DAY 07: HANUPATTA - SIR SIR LA 4850M - PHOTOSKAR (6 - 7 TREK)

We follow the river and the wide valley up for some time before we cross the river and start the long and gradual ascent to Sir Sir La (4850m). From the top of the pass we can get panoramic view of the main Zanskar range as well as our next pass, the Singge La (5090m). It is another 2 - 2 ½ hrs of walk down to the village of Photoskar (4200m), situated in the cliffs of mountains virtually piercing the sky and surrounded by green fields. The trail towards Sumdo disappears in the deep gorge down to the right of the village. We spend the night close to the village and enjoy a well-deserved rest.

DAY 08: PHOTOSKAR - SINGGE LA 5090M - FOOT OF SINGGE LA (7- 8 HRS TREK)

After crossing the small pass of Bumiktse La (4200) this morning, we enter the broad and lush Photang valley. A gentle trail leads us through this beautiful landscape, where villagers graze their yak/dzo and horses. One of the most fascinating things about the Zanskar trek is the ever-changing landscape. Every time you turn a corner, or cross a pass, a new world appears in front of you. Passing through the deepest of gorges and meandering through the greenest of fields, the majestic Zanskar River assumes a fascinating form and life of its own. With colors and shadows changing with the sun, one never gets bored! Slowly we ascent towards Sengge La ( 5090m), or the "Lion Pass". The last few meters are steep, but will give us an incredibly rewarding view on the top. From the pass it is an easy walk down to our campsite.

DAY 09: FOOT OF SINGGE LA - LINGSHED (5 HRS TREK)

We follow the trail high above the Zanskar River; the mountains take a greener and gentler formation, before we descend from Kiupa La (4400 m) down the steep zigzag trail to the villages of Gongma (3840m) and Skiumpata. From here we climb up a gentle trail to the Margum La (4400m), from where we can see Lingshed an hour or so away. The campsite in Lingshed is just by the monastery belonging to the Gelugpa order and housing around 60 monks. The village itself is spread out over a big area, enclosed in green fields of barley.

DAY 10: LINGSHED - SNERTSE VIA HANUMA LA 4950 M (8 HRS TREK)

A long day, we walk through the green fields of Lingshed early in the morning. It takes some ups and downs before we reach the base of the Hanuma La (4950m), from where we start climbing the many steep zigzags that lead to the top of the pass. The walk down is gentle before we enter a rocky, spectacular gorge and soon the valley flattens out, the trail following a lush riverbed with rosebushes. Just above the campsite of Snertse, there is a herders' camp, and sometimes, fresh cheese, milk and curd is available here.

Down in the riverbed it is possible to go hunting for fossils. The locals sometimes show nice collections of their findings. When the Indian plate slammed into the stationary mass of Asia some 50 millions years ago, the Great Himalayas were formed from the base material of the Indian plate. The Zanskar range consists of layers of sediments from the ocean floor and the Ladakh range is granite born out of the immense heat generated by the friction between the two plates.

DAY 11: SNERTSE - HANUMIL VIA PURFI LA 3950 M (5 HRS TREK)

Today we head for another pass: Parfi La (3950m). A short walk after Snertse, there is a wonderful lookout from where we can see the pass and, down the valley, the Oma Chu River . We follow the trail 500m down the valley, cross the bridge and start on the juniper covered zigzag trail up to Parfi La. Red alert! If fortune strikes, we may come across a rare species of the Himalayan region: the majestic brown bear. We may also see herds of attractive Himalayan blue sheep. Here we walk down to the banks of the Zanskar River and follow it all the way to the village of Hanumil (3380 m), where we will camp for the night.

DAY 12: HANUMIL - PISHU (4-5HRS TREK)

We will start with an easy walk on plain and barren land along the Zanskar River and follow it all the way to Pishu (3470 m), passing Pidmo (3420m), an exotic landlocked hamlet of 8-9 families leading a simple traditional life. Pishu is located on the west side of the Zanskar River and opposite of Zangla (formerly a tiny kingdom). Here we will come across a 55m hanging bridge, the longest on Zanskar River . Our day will end at a lush green campsite with a spring situated nearby where we can quench our thirst.

DAY 13: PISHU - KARSHA (4-5HRS TREK)

After a hearty breakfast we will begin our day with another effortless stride towards our next destination. From Pishu the trail ascends gradually to Rinam (3550m) along the bank of the Great Zanskar River . We will have a view of the stunning monastery of Tongde. Once reaching Karsha (3600m), we can reinvigorate ourselves at the bank of Zanskar River . Karsha monastery: Karsha monastery is one of largest monasteries of Gelukpa sect, located on a hillside with an imposing view of the entire valley. Believed to have been founded around 10th century A.D, a visit to the monastery to get its blessing is recommended.

DAY 14: KARSHA - PADUM 3531 M (2HRS TREK)

We will follow the route to Pipiting village on the dusty road from Karsha. Padum is the major hub of activities of the entire valley. The villagers gather here on every auspicious occasion. It is also a place to purchase our food supply for the remaining trekking days. The day can be used for sightseeing the famous Sani Gompa, located at a distance of 4 hours both ways. The Kanika Chorten, the oldest Stupa in the entire Ladakh region (dating from the first century BC) stands in the courtyard of Sani Gonpa, belonging to Drukpa Kagyud sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Or simply stroll around the village or visit the nearby monasteries of Pipiting and Stakrimo.

DAY 15: PADUM - MUNE (6 HRS TREK)

From Padum we continue along a dusty Jeep track. En route, we'll come across Shila and Bardhan villages. Bardhan is known for its valley monastery (3620m), which is closely associated with the Drukpa order of Hemis monastery. It is also famous for its huge and beautifully engraved (mantras) prayer wheels. From Bardhan it will take another 2-½ hrs (approx.) along the Tsarap River before we turn off to the Kangla, and mount to a plateau and the village of Mune (3900 m).

DAY 16: MUNE- ICHAR 3650M (5-6 HRS TREK)

People consider the day ahead from Raru (3850m) onwards a bit tough. Till Raru, the dusty road trip is quite easy and relaxing. After crossing the main tributary beyond Raru, there is a short walk before a gradual descent to the main valley. Thereafter the trail begins alongside the river leading to Ichar village (3650 m), where we will camp for the night.

DAY 17: ICHAR-PURNE (5-6 HRS TREK)

From Ichar the trail is sometimes quite tricky for the horses, but it's really thrilling to be in the magnificent gorge. En route there are many climbs and falls as we cross some small side rivers leading to Surle and Cha village. From Cha, walking along the river amidst greenery till the crossing of the bridge with the mystical tune of flowing rivulet drives the exhaustion away. We will camp at Purne village (3700 m).

DAY 18: PURNE- PHUKTAL - PURNE (4 HRS TREK)) SIDE TRIP

The trail to Phuktal (3850 m) follows the right bank of the Tsarap River and enters splendid gorges for sometime before reaching a makeshift bridge. After a short walk we will come across a small plateau with sprinklings of chortens and prayer flags. Here we'll have an amazing view of Phuktal monastery, one of the most fabulous sights in the Zanskar valley. The sight of the monastery leaves a lasting impression due to its unique creation. It is on alimestone cliff, with the main assembly hall carved out of a huge cave and the monks' residences scattered down the hillside. The spring that gurgles deep in the cave is still out of bounds for women. Inside the monastery there is an inscription of Cosma de Koros (the Hungarian historian, 1825-26), one of the first Europeans to visit the Zanskar region. After visiting the monastery, we'll come back to Purne for an overnight of rest.

DAY 19: PURNE- TABLEY (6 HRS TREK)

Now it's time for us to start a fresh venture with the crossing of the bridge in the gorge. Before the steep ascent to the huge fertile plateau of Tetha village (3980), we keep to the trail along the right bank of the river. An excellent path with a minor climb and descent marked by a progression of well-maintained stupas of the village of Kuru (3990), a major center for livestock breeding. After Kuru the trail descends back to the right side of the riverbank toward the village of Tanze (3850m). From Tanze, it's an easy short walk to the route that joins up with hiking tours Darcha-Padum by the Baralacha & Phirtse la.

DAY 20: TABLEY - LAKUNG (7-8 HRS TREK)

The trail from Table gradually ascends to the village of Kargyak (4050m) on the left bank, the highest permanent settlement in the Zanskar region. We climb up easily towards a majestic rock tower known as Gonpo Rangjung. After passing the awesome rock-face, there are plenty of passages to the upper reaches of the Kargyak River . The path then heads to the beautiful yak grazing pastureland known as Lakung (4470 m). This is one of the most rewarding places for encampment.

DAY 21: LAKUNG - RAMJAK 4290M ( 6-7 HRS TREK)

Today, we'll have good breakfast to generate extra energy to meet the challenge of Shingo pass (5090m). Though not tough by Himalayan standards, it is a trying one and can be accomplished in a couple of hours. The gradual ascent leads to the top of the pass. The view can leave us aghast with its panoramic scenery, a backdrop of 6000 mtr snow-capped peaks defining both the main Himalayas and the Baralacha Range . A series of prayer- flags mark the Shingo la.
The descent path is easy and well trodden. It starts with a small steep route leading to a slope to the right side of the valley, passes shepherds' huts at Chumik (4640m) and a further descend leads to the meadowland campsite of Rumjak (4290 m).

DAY 22: RUMJAK - PALLAMO (5 HRS TREK)

We continue on the right bank of the river, where the descent is rather gradual until the last section of the Zanskar Sumdo (3860m). Before reaching Zanskar Sumdo, the path is easy; but we need to be alert of the steepness. After a steep descent at the intersection, we cross the river on a manned pulley bridge. Further on, the trail runs along the far bank towards boulder fields until Pallamo. There, we will camp for the last night of our trekking, ending our thrilling adventure on prepossessing greenery.

DAY 23: PALLAMO - DARCHA 3350M (3 HRS TREK)

Hurray! Today we will commence the easiest and shortest hike on this adventure. We will pass the village of Rarig (3430m) down the valley, continuing in a spectacular gorge along a dusty path until the final count down to Darcha.

DAY 24: DARCHA - ROHTANG PASS (3978M) - MANALI (07 HRS DRIVE)

Today, we'll take you to Manali. We drive for about 145 kms through the fascinating Himalayan tracks to arrive at Manali, one of the most beautiful spots in Himachal. On arrival, you check in at your hotel and stay overnight.

DAY 25: MANALI

Breathe in the fresh mountain air of Manali, the most famous hill resort in Himachal Pradesh. the pine covered slopes, the panoramic mountain vistas, the gushing waters of the Beas river are sure to enthrall you as you embark on a tour of Naggar Castle, Roerich's Art gallery, Hadimba Devi Temple, Tibetan Monastery. Evening is at leisure. Overnight at the Hotel Mayflower or equivalent.

DAY 26: DEPART MANALI

Tour concludes. TRAVEL EXCELLENCE thank you for your patronage and ensure a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport / Bus Station to catch the flight / Bus for your onward Destination.

END OF THE TOUR / SERVICES & WISH YOU A MEMORABLE TOUR

4.   Lamayuru to Alchi Trek (8 Nights / 9 Days)

LAMAYURU TO ALCHI TREK (8 Nights / 9 Days)


This is a beautiful and interesting trek where we will come across some of the oldest and most famous monasteries in Ladakh, founded around 11th century by Lotsawa Rinche Sangpo. Lamayuru, Wanla, and Alchi are too important to be missed because of their historical value. This trek is unique in that it offers an opportunity to see not only the many natural beauties of Ladakh, but also some of its most famous monasteries.

DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN LEH

Upon arrival at Leh Airport you will met by TRAVEL EXCELLENCE representative and Welcome in traditional Ladakhi style and transfer to our pre-arranged hotel, rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize. Overnight stay at hotel.

Leh City: The capital of Ladakh, at one time was a major stop on the Asian "Silk Route". A stroll along the main bazar, observing the varied crowd and peering into the curio shops, is an entrancing experience. Chang Gali, behind the main bazar is less bustling but has intriguing little shops selling curios and jewelry like pearls, turquoise, coral, malachite, lapis and many other kinds of semi-precious stones, as well as curiously carved Yak-horn boxes, quaint brass locks, china or metal bowls etc.

Evening we visit Shanti Stupa A magnificent white-domed structure, The Japanese for World Peace built the Shanti Stupa, at Changspa, on the hilltop, and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985. Its state of the art work attracts a lot of tourists to Ladakh and is spectacular to watch. From there one can see the nice spectacular view of Leh town. The stupa looks best at night, when it is beautifully illuminated with glittering lights. A large number of tourists come to Ladakh every year to visit this amazing stupa.

DAY 02: LEH

Excursion to Shey, Thiksey, Hemis

Today we proceed for Indus Valley monastery tour.

We start with a visit to Shey the ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue, built in the memory of King Singee Namgyal by his son lDeldan Namgyal in 1633 A.D. It is the only kind of statue made of Gold, Gilt and copper in entire Ladakh.

Then we visit Thiksey Gompa an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future is one of the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh.

Drive further to visit the famous Hemis Gompa, This is the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Most of the other Drukpa monasteries are the branch monasteries of Hemis. It was built during early 17th century with the blessing of Lama Stagtsang Raspa (Shambunatha), by famous Namgyal dynasty king Singee Namgyal.

The two-day festival of monastic dance in June-July has raised the reputation of Hemis particularly high. The festival is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as second Buddha and responsible for spreading Buddhism in the Tibetan world.

DAY 03: LEH -LAMAYURU (3-4HRS DRIVE)- WANLA 3250 M (3-4 HRS)

We drive from Leh in the morning towards Lamayuru (3 hrs) along the Indus River through Sham valley. Lamayuru monastery was founded by Rinche Zangpo in the 10th century. This gompa is located amidst the massive mountains. The spectacular setting of this gompa and its renowned collection of carpets, thangkas and frescoes has been attracting many people over a long time. It is believed to be the oldest in central Ladakh.

After visiting the Lamayuru Monastery, we pack our backpacks, watch the horses get ready and set off for our first day's trek. After following the stream for sometime, we will gradually move up to the small Pass of Prinkti La (3750m). We will the walk down a narrow gorge to the small village of Shilla , and the last 3 km will take us to Wanla (3250m).

DAY 04: WANLA -BASE OF TARLA 4200 M (8 HRS)

Today we will follow the dusty road along the river's left bank and arrive at the small village of Phenjilla (3410 m). From Phenjilla, we will follow the left side of the valley along a small stream for around a hour and arrive at the scattered Ursi village .We will walk a little further to arrive at our campsite.

DAY 05: BASE OF TARLA -TAR (6-7 HRS)

The trail from the camp is clear but challenging, as we will have to trek up and down a few times before reaching the Tarla (5250 m).Our hard labor will be rewarded with the splendid view of the mountains around. Climbing down is difficult due to a mass of fallen rocks strewn about. It takes 3-4 hrs for us to reach our campsite at the village of Tar.

DAY 06: TAR -MANG GYU (4-5 HRS)

From Tar, the path heads up along the mountainside to a small Pass. We will have a easy descent to Mang Gyu village, where there are traditional Ladakhi houses and a Ancient monastery worth visiting. It is believed that the monasteries of the Mang Gyu and Alchi were built on the same day.

DAY 07: MANG GYU -ALCHI (4/5 HRS TREK) - L EH (3HRS DRIVE)

We will end our last day by walking down a very beautiful arrow valley covered with rosebushes all along the path. We will reach the village of Gera, where we'll find our vehicle waiting to take us back to Leh. But before that we will visit the beautiful and famous monasteries of Alchi and Likir.

Alchi, is Ladakh's most loved monastery. Over a century old, its wall paintings are very similar to those of the Tabo gompa in Spiti, Himachal Pradesh. Unlike other monasteries which are usually on a cliff top or cling to a mountainside, Alchi is at ground level an is nestled in the shade of a garden. Later we drive to Likir and visit Likir gompa situated atop a windy cliff top overlooking the beautiful village of Likir. It was founded in the 12th Century although the preset construction dates back to the 18th century as the original one was destroyed by fire. In its courtyard is yellow-coloured 3-storey high mammoth statue of the Lord Buddha, which was constructed by a resident monk. The top floor has an impressive museum containing old thangkas and weapons used many centuries back.

We reach Leh by evening. Upon arrival in Leh we check in at our pre-arranged hotel for Two nights stay.

DAY 08: LEH

Complete day at leisure to explore the beautiful leh city on your own and time free for last day shopping.

Or one can take an optional excursion to KHARDUNG-LA-PASS (the highest motorable road in the world) at 18,390 ft, around 39kms from Leh.

Or

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.

DAY 09: LEH

Tour Concludes: TRAVEL EXCELLENCE thank you for your patronage and ensure a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onward Destination.

END OF THE TOUR / SERVICES & WISH YOU A MEMORABLE TOUR

5.   Lamayuru to Chilling Trek (8 Nights / 9 Days)

LAMAYURU TO CHILLING TREK (8 Nights / 9 Days)


The valley of Sham in the lower part of Ladakh, is celebrated for its beauty and richness during the harvesting season. This trek follows the old caravan route to Lamayuru which diverges from the Kargil-Leh road at the Phatu La. According to legend, Lamayuru was once a lake, which miraculously disappeared by the hand of Lotsawa Naropa. The monastery at Lamayuru built in the 10th century is one of the oldest in Ladakh, and belongs to the Kargyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism. This trek offers not only view of the many natural beauties of Ladakh, but also some of its most famous monasteries and the traditional lifestyle of the natives.

DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN LEH

Upon arrival at Leh Airport you will met by TRAVEL EXCELLENCE representative and Welcome in traditional Ladakhi style and transfer to our pre-arranged hotel, rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize. Overnight stay at hotel.

Leh City: The capital of Ladakh, at one time was a major stop on the Asian "Silk Route". A stroll along the main bazar, observing the varied crowd and peering into the curio shops, is an entrancing experience. Chang Gali, behind the main bazar is less bustling but has intriguing little shops selling curios and jewelry like pearls, turquoise, coral, malachite, lapis and many other kinds of semi-precious stones, as well as curiously carved Yak-horn boxes, quaint brass locks, china or metal bowls etc.

Evening we visit Shanti Stupa A magnificent white-domed structure, The Japanese for World Peace built the Shanti Stupa, at Changspa, on the hilltop, and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985. Its state of the art work attracts a lot of tourists to Ladakh and is spectacular to watch. From there one can see the nice spectacular view of Leh town. The stupa looks best at night, when it is beautifully illuminated with glittering lights. A large number of tourists come to Ladakh every year to visit this amazing stupa.

DAY 02: LEH

Excursion to Shey, Thiksey, Hemis

Today we proceed for Indus Valley monastery tour.

We start with a visit to Shey the ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue, built in the memory of King Singee Namgyal by his son lDeldan Namgyal in 1633 A.D. It is the only kind of statue made of Gold, Gilt and copper in entire Ladakh.

Then we visit Thiksey Gompa an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future is one of the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh.

Drive further to visit the famous Hemis Gompa, This is the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Most of the other Drukpa monasteries are the branch monasteries of Hemis. It was built during early 17th century with the blessing of Lama Stagtsang Raspa (Shambunatha), by famous Namgyal dynasty king Singee Namgyal.

The two-day festival of monastic dance in June-July has raised the reputation of Hemis particularly high. The festival is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as second Buddha and responsible for spreading Buddhism in the Tibetan world.

DAY 03: LEH -LAMAYURU (3-4HRS DRIVE)- WANLA 3250 M (3-4 HRS)

We drive from Leh in the morning towards Lamayuru (3 hrs) along the Indus River through Sham valley. Lamayuru monastery was founded by Rinche Zangpo in the 10th century. This gompa is located amidst the massive mountains. The spectacular setting of this gompa and its renowned collection of carpets, thangkas and frescoes has been attracting many people over a long time. It is believed to be the oldest in central Ladakh.

After visiting the Lamayuru Monastery, we pack our backpacks, watch the horses get ready and set off for our first day's trek. After following the stream for sometime, we will gradually move up to the small Pass of Prinkti La (3750m). We will the walk down a narrow gorge to the small village of Shilla, and the last 3 km will take us to Wanla (3250m).

DAY 04: WANLA -HINJU 3720M (4-5 HRS)

Following a dusty road we will reach the small village of Phenjilla (3410 m) and the scattered village of Uri. We will then walk through a narrow gorge until we reach a traditional Rangthak (flour mill) at the far end of the village. The trail will then cut through the village of Hinju (3720 m) roughly 2 km below our campsite in a yak herder's encampment.

DAY 05: HINJU -SUMDA DOKSA 4430M (5-6 HRS)

From the encampment we will continue along the trail and ascend the ridge below Kongskil La (4950m). If lucky we will get glimpses of some wild life. We will then climb gradually until we reach Kongskil La where we will be surrounded by dizzying views of the Karakoram and Stok ranges. The descent down the trail is quite steep with loose moraine causing the difficulty--so be careful! The trail then follows the left side of valley floor, passing a yak herders ' hut (4500m), before we reach our campsite. This valley is occupied mainly by the villagers of Sumda Chenmo.

DAY 06: SUMDA DOKSA - DUNG DUNG CHAN LA BASE 4430M(4-5 HRS)

After a short walk and a few river crossings, we will reach the village of Sumda Chenmo. From there we head towards the true left side of the valley, which provides a beautiful view of the village with its lush greenery. Further on the trail cuts through the valley's wild rose bushes and leads us to another river crossing (this stream originates from the high snow- capped peaks of Photoksar (5685m). Before making a steep challenging ascent over Lanak, we will see Edelweiss and some of the other rare wild flowers of Ladakh.

From the campsite, there is a splendid view of Konskila.

DAY 07: DUNG DUNG CHAN LA BASE - CHILLING 3550M (5 HRS) - LEH

We will begin the day with a straightforward climb to Dungdung Chan La (4820m), which offers views of the beautiful vistas of the Stok Range in the east and the Zanskar Range in the south. From the pass the trail gradually descends down a ridge toward the valley continually tapering before reaching the village of Chilling.

Chilling is the only village in Ladakh that has provided metalworks such as copper, bronze, tin, silver and iron to the Leh market through the centuries.

From Chilling we will drive for about 3 hours along the Zanskar River. We will eventually reach its confluence with the Indus and the easy road back to Leh.

DAY 08: LEH

Complete day at leisure to explore the beauty of leh city on your own and time free for last day shopping.

Or one can take an optional excursion to KHARDUNG-LA-PASS (the highest motorable road in the world) at 18,390 ft, around 39kms from Leh.

Or

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.

DAY 09: LEH

Tour Concludes: TRAVEL EXCELLENCE thank you for your patronage and ensure a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onward Destination.

END OF THE TOUR / SERVICES & WISH YOU A MEMORABLE TOUR

6.   Markha Valley (Stok to Hemis) (12 Nights / 13 Days)

MARKHA VALLEY (STOK TO HEMIS) (12 Nights / 13 Days)


The Markha Valley Trek is certainly one of the most varied and beautiful treks in the world. It ventures high into the Himalayas crossing two passes over 15,000 ft. as it circles from the edges of the Indus Valley, down into parts of Zanskar, and passes through terrain that changes from incredibly narrow valleys to wide open vast expanses. It is made all the more interesting by the ancient form of Buddhism that flourishes in the many monasteries that dot the landscape perched high atop hills. As we trek to the upper end of the Markha Valley we are rewarded with spectacular views of jagged snow capped peaks before cross the 16500 ft. Gongmarlu Pass and descending to the famous Hemis monastery, where we end our trek.

DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN LEH

Upon arrival at Leh Airport you will met by TRAVEL EXCELLENCE representative and Welcome in traditional Ladakhi style and transfer to our pre-arranged hotel, rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize. Overnight stay at hotel.

Leh City: The capital of Ladakh, at one time was a major stop on the Asian "Silk Route". A stroll along the main bazar, observing the varied crowd and peering into the curio shops, is an entrancing experience. Chang Gali, behind the main bazar is less bustling but has intriguing little shops selling curios and jewelry like pearls, turquoise, coral, malachite, lapis and many other kinds of semi-precious stones, as well as curiously carved Yak-horn boxes, quaint brass locks, china or metal bowls etc.

Evening we visit Shanti Stupa A magnificent white-domed structure, The Japanese for World Peace built the Shanti Stupa, at Changspa, on the hilltop, and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985. Its state of the art work attracts a lot of tourists to Ladakh and is spectacular to watch. From there one can see the nice spectacular view of Leh town. The stupa looks best at night, when it is beautifully illuminated with glittering lights. A large number of tourists come to Ladakh every year to visit this amazing stupa.

DAY 02: LEH

AM: Excursion Spituk & Hall of Fame
PM: Excursion to Sankar Gompa & Leh Palace

Post breakfast we depart for AM Sightseeing tour to Spituk

Spituk monastery was built in 15th century during the reign of Grags 'bum-lde, these new Gelug-pa monastery was built like fortress on the summit of crags. Spituk lies some 5 kms south of Leh. Nesting at the foot of the crags are the flat-topped houses which go to form the village of Spituk.

Spituk or dpe-thub mean 'effective as an Example' and this is thus a suitable name for the first Gelug-pa monastery in Ladakh. Inside the monastery, which includes several courtyards and temples of various sizes, has been built at different levels, following the shape of the rock.

And also visit Hall of Fame near Leh is worth a visit for every citizen. It is a glorious museum constructed by Indian army. You can see the memorabilia, eminent defence personalities with biographies, images and weapons used during Kargil war and belongings of enemy soldiers found at war site. Another section of this building is entirely dedicated to Siachen and its heroes. On display are attires, multi layered shoes to keep their feet from frost bites, their daily instruments, their day to day food mainly frozen and packed, which is heated by lighting small balls of Hexamycin tablets, as fire is difficult to ignite at a temperature dipping -30 deg to -50 deg centigrade. It is mentioned on a board that 97% of the casualties in Siachen are due to cold and terrain.

Later we drive back to hotel on time for lunch.

Later in the afternoon, guided sightseeing tour visiting Sankar Gompa, located at a distance of approximately 3 km from the town of Leh. A subsidiary of the Spituk Gompa, it belongs to the Gelukpa or the Yellow Hat Sect. The monastery also serves as the official residence of the Ladakh's head of Gelukpa Sect, known as The Kushok Bakul. There are time restrictions for visiting the Sankar Monastery of Leh Ladakh. You can also go either between 7:00 am and 10:00 am, or between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. These restrictions have been placed because a few of the monks, of the yellow-hat sect, attached to the monastery reside here permanently.

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. The Palace was built in the middle of the 16th century by King Singe Namgyal and still belongs to the royal family that now lives in the Stok Palace. The nine-storeyed monument is now in ruins. The palace remains locked and may be opened at request by a monk.

Leh Palace is also an excellent example of the medieval Tibetan architecture. It features colossal inclined buttressed walls and protruding wooden balconies.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 03: LEH

Today we proceed for Indus Valley monastery tour With Mahabodhi Meditation Centre.

We start with a visit to Shey the ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue, built in the memory of King Singee Namgyal by his son lDeldan Namgyal in 1633 A.D. It is the only kind of statue made of Gold, Gilt and copper in entire Ladakh.

Then we visit Thiksey Gompa an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future is one of the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh.

Drive return to leh on the way visiting Mahabodhi, Mahabodhi is the only centre in Ladakh to conduct Dhamma talks and meditation programs. Situated in the center of Leh city (which is away from the main bazaar and not too noisy) daily meditation courses are conducted for the benefit and happiness of the people those who come from within and outside India. At this centre, Mahabodhi conducts yoga and meditation classes (Monday through to Saturday) throughout the summer months.

Overnight stay at the hotel

DAY 04: LEH -STOK ( 30 MIN DRIVE ) - FOOT OF STOKLA (4900M) 3HRS TREK

After an early breakfast we visit the Stok Palace , Stok lies south south of leh on the opposite side of the singe Tsangspo River . The castle was built on a hill at the end of village in about the year 1825 by king Tsespal Tondup Namgyal. In stok there is also the sacred monastery of Gurphug, a branch of Spituk Monastery. On the 9th and 10th days of the first tibeten month of the festival called the "Guru Tshechu" is held during which the monks of Spituk Monastery come to perform the sacred dances. At that time two gods make their appearance. the Royal residence of the King of Stok and the Museum that has a rich collection of Ancient Ladakhi artifacts including old Than gkas precious stones arms and armoury the Queen's necklace and the crown of the King of Ladakh among others.

Later after visiting the Palace We start our trek, after passing off Stok village and following left bank of the river for two hours, climb gently leaving a small pass on the left, continue onto a small valley, It is the foot of Stokla. Overnight in Tents.

DAY 05: FOOT OF STOKLA - STOKLA - YURUTSE 6/7HRS TREK

After by passing this beautiful stopp ing valley, ascent up to Stokla (4900m). By very steep zigzag, difficult footpath, by now it is 3 Hrs. Now steep descent to summer pastures of Stok and follow the river, which comes from Stok - Kangri massif. Overnight in Tents.

DAY 06: YURUTSE - GANDALA - SKIU 6/7HRS TREK

Yurutse follow path along the mountainside, then cross a small valley and follow zig zag steep path. Thereafter cross Gandala. Then long descent towards Shingo. After 2 Hrs. descent arrive in the valley of Markha and then after few hundred meters further will reach Skiu.

Overnight in Tents.

DAY 07: SKIU - MARKHA 7HRS TREK

From Skiu, follow a good path on the right bank of Markha where one can find great vegetation. Then cross right bank of river and cross through barren plain and arrive at Chaluk. Thereafter walk along the left bank of river and after another crossing climb towards Markha village. Good camp site beyond the village and near river. Overnight in Tents.

DAY 08:MARKHA - TCHATCHUTSE 6/7HRS TREK

Start trek towards the main valley on the right bank. The path is sometimes difficult in the river bed and pass the monastery of Humlung. Then carry on trek along the right bank and arrive in Hankar where there are several houses. The path improve s and cross a broad valley on the right side. The valley becomes narrow and higher and cross bridges on to the left bank and then reaches Tchatchuste.

Overnight in Tents.

DAY 09: TCHATCHUTSE - NIMALING (4700 M) 3HRS TREK

Trek starts on good path and several small inclines. The river is rather far to the other side and walk near a small lake, then cross pasture to Nimaling. This is one of most beautiful high valleys in Ladakh dominated by the Kang Yaze. Trek ascent towards other side and gradually reach Nimaling.

Overnight in Tents.

DAY 10: NIMALING - KNOGMARULA (5150 M) - SHANG 8HRS TREK

Cross the Markha valley and follow long climb along the m ountain side, then zig zag road leads towards Kongmarula (5150m). Follow steep descent into gorges and then keep walking on the left bank to Chukirmo. Thereafter crossing right and left bank and arrive Shang, a beautiful camp in groves and there is a monastery an hour away from the village.

Overnight in tents.

DAY 11: SHANG - HEMIS (4HRS TREK) - LEH (1½HR DRIVE)

Trek starts from the riverbed, then follow a good path through large blocks and then go left bank. You reach a dusty trail suitable for motor vehicles and then pass a small house and series of Chortens. Leave Martsellang on the right and follow a gently rising trail towards Hemis.

We start with a visit to famous Hemis Gompa, This is the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Most of the other Drukpa monasteries are the branch monasteries of Hemis. It was built during early 17th century with the blessing of Lama Stagtsang Raspa (Shambunatha), by famous Namgyal dynasty king Singee Namgyal.

The two-day festival of monastic dance in June-July has raised the reputation of Hemis particularly high. The festival is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as second Buddha and responsible for spreading Buddhism in the Tibetan world.

Later drive towards to Leh. Upon arrival at Leh check in at your pre-arranged hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 12: LEH

Complete day at leisure to explore the beauty of leh city on your own and time free for last day shopping.

Or one can take an optional excursion to KHARDUNG-LA-PASS (the highest motorable road in the world) at 18,390 ft, around 39kms from Leh.

Or

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.

DAY 13: LEH

Tour Concludes: TRAVEL EXCELLENCE thank you for your patronage and ensure a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onward Destination.

END OF THE TOUR / SERVICES & WISH YOU A MEMORABLE TOUR

7.   Markha Valley via Ganda la Trek (13 Nights / 14 Days)

MARKHA VALLEY VIA GANDA LA TREK (13 Nights / 14 Days)


This is one of the most popular and beautiful treks with an easy access. The trail will, in many places, reveal the impact of the collision between the Indian subcontinent and Eurasia, resulting in unique rock formations rife with beautiful colors. The area is home to rare and endangered Himalayan wild lives. This trek also provides an opportunity to glimpse traditional villages and livelihoods of the Ladakhi people.

DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN LEH

Upon arrival at Leh Airport you will met by TRAVEL EXCELLENCE representative and Welcome in traditional Ladakhi style and transfer to our pre-arranged hotel, rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize. Overnight stay at hotel.

Leh City: The capital of Ladakh, at one time was a major stop on the Asian "Silk Route". A stroll along the main bazar, observing the varied crowd and peering into the curio shops, is an entrancing experience. Chang Gali, behind the main bazar is less bustling but has intriguing little shops selling curios and jewelry like pearls, turquoise, coral, malachite, lapis and many other kinds of semi-precious stones, as well as curiously carved Yak-horn boxes, quaint brass locks, china or metal bowls etc.

Evening we visit Shanti Stupa A magnificent white-domed structure, The Japanese for World Peace built the Shanti Stupa, at Changspa, on the hilltop, and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985. Its state of the art work attracts a lot of tourists to Ladakh and is spectacular to watch. From there one can see the nice spectacular view of Leh town. The stupa looks best at night, when it is beautifully illuminated with glittering lights. A large number of tourists come to Ladakh every year to visit this amazing stupa.

DAY 02: LEH

AM: Excursion Spituk & Hall of Fame
PM: Excursion to Sankar Gompa & Leh Palace

Post breakfast we depart for AM Sightseeing tour to Spituk

Spituk monastery was built in 15th century during the reign of Grags 'bum-lde, these new Gelug-pa monastery was built like fortress on the summit of crags. Spituk lies some 5 kms south of Leh. Nesting at the foot of the crags are the flat-topped houses which go to form the village of Spituk.

Spituk or dpe-thub mean 'effective as an Example' and this is thus a suitable name for the first Gelug-pa monastery in Ladakh. Inside the monastery, which includes several courtyards and temples of various sizes, has been built at different levels, following the shape of the rock.

And also visit Hall of Fame near Leh is worth a visit for every citizen. It is a glorious museum constructed by Indian army. You can see the memorabilia, eminent defence personalities with biographies, images and weapons used during Kargil war and belongings of enemy soldiers found at war site. Another section of this building is entirely dedicated to Siachen and its heroes. On display are attires, multi layered shoes to keep their feet from frost bites, their daily instruments, their day to day food mainly frozen and packed, which is heated by lighting small balls of Hexamycin tablets, as fire is difficult to ignite at a temperature dipping -30 deg to -50 deg centigrade. It is mentioned on a board that 97% of the casualties in Siachen are due to cold and terrain.

Later we drive back to hotel on time for lunch

Later in the afternoon, guided sightseeing tour visiting Sankar Gompa, located at a distance of approximately 3 km from the town of Leh. A subsidiary of the Spituk Gompa, it belongs to the Gelukpa or the Yellow Hat Sect. The monastery also serves as the official residence of the Ladakh's head of Gelukpa Sect, known as The Kushok Bakul. There are time restrictions for visiting the Sankar Monastery of Leh Ladakh. You can also go either between 7:00 am and 10:00 am, or between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. These restrictions have been placed because a few of the monks, of the yellow-hat sect, attached to the monastery reside here permanently.

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. The Palace was built in the middle of the 16th century by King Singe Namgyal and still belongs to the royal family that now lives in the Stok Palace. The nine-storeyed monument is now in ruins. The palace remains locked and may be opened at request by a monk.

Leh Palace is also an excellent example of the medieval Tibetan architecture. It features colossal inclined buttressed walls and protruding wooden balconies. Overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 03: LEH

Today we proceed for Indus Valley monastery tour With Mahabodhi Meditation Centre.

We start with a visit to Shey the ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue, built in the memory of King Singee Namgyal by his son lDeldan Namgyal in 1633 A.D. It is the only kind of statue made of Gold, Gilt and copper in entire Ladakh.

Then we visit Thiksey Gompa an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future is one of the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh.

Drive return to leh on the way visiting Mahabodhi, Mahabodhi is the only centre in Ladakh to conduct Dhamma talks and meditation programs. Situated in the center of Leh city (which is away from the main bazaar and not too noisy) daily meditation courses are conducted for the benefit and happiness of the people those who come from within and outside India. At this centre, Mahabodhi conducts yoga and meditation classes (Monday through to Saturday) throughout the summer months.

Overnight stay at the hotel

DAY 04: LEH - SPITUK TO ZINGCHEN (4-5 HOURS)

After an early start from Leh, we will travel by jeep to Spituk, where horses will be waiting to carry our equipment. The trek will begin along an old jeep road into a parched and exposed region, so water and sunscreen are absolutely vital! After plodding through the shattered land for 3-hours, we will enter the lush Zingchen Valley , where the Rumbak River flows into the mighty Indus.

Further into the valley lies our campsite, in the two-house hamlet of Zingchen (meaning 'big field'). The rest of the day may be spent relaxing, or even taking a dip in the stream.

DAY 05: ZINGCHEN TO GANDA LA BASE (3-4 HOURS)

Today we will enter Hemis National Park, where we may be fortunate enough to get a glimpse of wild lives as diverse as the snow leopard, lynx, Ladakhi Urial (a type of goat), arghali (great Tibetan sheep), blue sheep, red fox, Tibetan wolf, dhole (wild dog), marmot and mountain hare. After paying the entrance fee, we will climb gradually through a beautiful gorge that will unveil the imposing Stok Range from time to time.

Before reaching Rumbak, we will stop at a teahouse run by women from the village. After a warm cup of tea, we will continue through Rumbak, and pass by the house of Yurutse village, before reaching camp at the base of Ganda La (4545m). From our campsite, we can see a spectacular view of Stok Kangri and the whole of the Stok range.

DAY 06: GANDA LA BASE TO SKIU VIA GANDA LA 4900 M (6-7 HOURS)

After a light breakfast, we will begin our 2-hr ascend to Ganda La; views of the lofty Zanskar and Stok Ranges will leave you breathless. The usual chorten and prayer flags mark the top of the pass, where one may see blue sheep and marmots roaming the hills.

After a short rest, we will make a gradual hour-long descent to Shingo and break for lunch. We will finish the day by hiking through a spectacular gorge before pitching camp at Skiu (3300m). Within this idyllic village lies an old monastery and ruins of an old castle (once a rest stop for the Royal family on their way to Srinagar ).

DAY 07: SKIU TO MARKHA (7-8 HOURS)

Following the Markha River, we will hike through the lovely valley on a fairly level path. The trail crosses the river at various points, and passes through winter settlements that contain Lhatos (religious shrines for local deities) and Mani walls (stones inscribed with Buddhist prayers). During peak season, a number of tented teahouses will be open, providing hearty refreshment. After cross the river for the last time, we will arrive in Markha, the largest village in the valley, consisting of around 20 houses, an old monastery and a ruined fort.

Note: Water and sunscreen are essential, since the valley is quite exposed.

DAY 08: MARKHA TO THACHUNGTSE (5-6 HOURS)

The Markha valley trail continues past old stone-mills, a ruined castle and the auspicious monastery of Techa, which is proudly perched on a towering cliff that looms above Markha, well worth visiting if we have the energy! The path then intersects the river several times before cutting through the last hamlets in the valley. After leaving the village of Umlung, we will be afforded our first view of Kang Yatse (6400m), which will stay in sight until we cross Kongmaru La.

After we break for lunch in the village of Hangkar (the last in the valley), we will press onward to the lovely green pasture of Thachungste, where we will camp.

DAY 09: THACHUNGTSE TO NIMALING (4 HOURS)

Today the trail will lead us up to the beautiful plateau of Nimaling, where the people of the Markha Valley brings their herds to graze during the summer months. At 4700m, Nimaling is the highest camp on the trek, giving us spectacular views of Kang Yatse to the right, the Zangskar Range and the Markha Valley below.

DAY 10: NIMALING TO SHANGSUMDO VIA KONGMARULA 5200 M (7 HOURS)

After a hearty breakfast, we will cross Kongmaru La, the highest pass on the trek. Here we have a wonderful view of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The 2-hour descend is quite steep, but will gradually level as we enter Shang Gorge, with its strange and otherworldly rock formations. More river crossings bar our way before we arrive at the sour-spring of Chuskurmo (used in traditional medicine by the Amchi doctors).

After a break, we will pass through a couple of villages before reaching Shang Sumdo, where we will spend our last evening together enjoying the camaraderie and an excellent beer!

DAY 11: SHANGSUMDO TO LEH VIA MARTSELANG (2 HOURS TREK, 1 HOUR DRIVE)

Our spirits lifted by a successful trek, we will enjoy a pleasant 2-hr walk along a jeep road to Martselang, where the jeep will pick us up for Leh. Upon arrival we check in at our pre arranged hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 12: LEH

Excursion to Hemis, Takthok, Chemdey

Today we proceed for Indus Valley monastery tour.

We start with a visit to Gamous Hemis Gompa, This is the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Most of the other Drukpa monasteries are the branch monasteries of Hemis. It was built during early 17th century with the blessing of Lama Stagtsang Raspa (Shambunatha), by famous Namgyal dynasty king Singee Namgyal.

The two-day festival of monastic dance in June-July has raised the reputation of Hemis particularly high. The festival is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as second Buddha and responsible for spreading Buddhism in the Tibetan world.

Tak-thok Monastery is situated in Sakti Village, at a distance of approximately 46 km from the town of Leh. The site where the monastery is now situated, once served as the meditation cave of Mahasidhas "Kunga Phuntsog". The name Takthok literally means 'rock-roof'. The monastery was so named, as both its roof as well as walls are made up of rock. Tak Thok belongs to the Nying-ma-pa sect of Buddhism, also known as the Old Order, and serves as the residence of approximately 55 lamas.

Chemday, The other monastery closely associated with Hemis is Chemday, which occupies an imposing position just to the south of Sakti village. The Du-khang contains images of stag-tshang Raspa, founder of the Hemis monastery and Chemday, and the last but one head-lama in this series of reincarnations. Behind the images are murals of Shakyamuni flanked by his two chief disciples amd bu mandalas of Kalachakra of Akshobhya.

After finishing the sightseeing tour we drive back to hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 13: LEH

Complete day at leisure to explore the beauty of leh city on your own and time free for last day shopping.

Or one can take an optional excursion to KHARDUNG-LA-PASS (the highest motorable road in the world) at 18,390 ft, around 39kms from Leh.

Or

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.

DAY 14: LEH

Tour concludes. TRAVEL EXCELLENCE thank you for your patronage and ensure a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onward Destination.

END OF THE TOUR / SERVICES & WISH YOU A MEMORABLE TOUR

8.   Martselang to Stok (9 Nights / 10 Days)

MARTSELANG TO STOK (9 Nights / 10 Days)


If you are looking for a relatively short, accessible trek with beautiful view and moderate difficulty, this trek is definitely the one for you to explore.

DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN LEH

Upon arrival at Leh Airport you will met by TRAVEL EXCELLENCE representative and Welcome in traditional Ladakhi style and transfer to our pre-arranged hotel, rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize. Overnight stay at hotel.

Leh City: The capital of Ladakh, at one time was a major stop on the Asian "Silk Route". A stroll along the main bazar, observing the varied crowd and peering into the curio shops, is an entrancing experience. Chang Gali, behind the main bazar is less bustling but has intriguing little shops selling curios and jewelry like pearls, turquoise, coral, malachite, lapis and many other kinds of semi-precious stones, as well as curiously carved Yak-horn boxes, quaint brass locks, china or metal bowls etc.

DAY 02: LEH

AM: Excursion Spituk
PM: Excursion to Sankar Gompa & Shanti Stupa

Post breakfast we depart for AM Sightseeing tour to Spituk

Spituk monastery was built in 15th century during the reign of Grags 'bum-lde, these new Gelug-pa monastery was built like fortress on the summit of crags. Spituk lies some 5 kms south of Leh. Nesting at the foot of the crags are the flat-topped houses which go to form the village of Spituk.

Spituk or dpe-thub mean 'effective as an Example' and this is thus a suitable name for the first Gelug-pa monastery in Ladakh. Inside the monastery, which includes several courtyards and temples of various sizes, has been built at different levels, following the shape of the rock.

Later we drive back to hotel on time for lunch

Later in the afternoon, guided sightseeing tour visiting Sankar Gompa, located at a distance of approximately 3 km from the town of Leh. A subsidiary of the Spituk Gompa, it belongs to the Gelukpa or the Yellow Hat Sect. The monastery also serves as the official residence of the Ladakh's head of Gelukpa Sect, known as The Kushok Bakul. There are time restrictions for visiting the Sankar Monastery of Leh Ladakh. You can also go either between 7:00 am and 10:00 am, or between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. These restrictions have been placed because a few of the monks, of the yellow-hat sect, attached to the monastery reside here permanently.

Later we visit Shanti Stupa A magnificent white-domed structure, The Japanese for World Peace built the Shanti Stupa, at Changspa, on the hilltop, and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985. Its state of the art work attracts a lot of tourists to Ladakh and is spectacular to watch. From there one can see the nice spectacular view of Leh town. The stupa looks best at night, when it is beautifully illuminated with glittering lights. A large number of tourists come to Ladakh every year to visit this amazing stupa.

DAY 03: LEH - MARTSELANG (VISITING HEMIS MONASTERY ENROUTE) - SHANG SUMDO

Drive to Martselang enroute visiting Hemis monastery

Hemis Gompa, This is the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Most of the other Drukpa monasteries are the branch monasteries of Hemis. It was built during early 17th century with the blessing of Lama Stagtsang Raspa (Shambunatha), by famous Namgyal dynasty king Singee Namgyal.

The two-day festival of monastic dance in June-July has raised the reputation of Hemis particularly high. The festival is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as second Buddha and responsible for spreading Buddhism in the Tibetan world.

Later we carry on with our further drive to Martselang and then trek to Shang Sumdo (3750): 2-3 hrs trek: pitch the tent near by the village & rest of the time explore the village.

Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.

DAY 04: SHANG TO SHANG PHU (4200MTRS) 5 TO 6 HRS

After leaving the campsite we will trek along the shang village which is a long and Narrow village, will pass some pass some chortens, and Mane Walls beside an old Monastery which is about 5ooyrs,old.Trek continue for another couple hrs before you get to a small shrine which is the sign of local deity.

Continue trekking for another an hrs to get to the camp site. Which is known as shaang Phu. The summer pastuer of shaang villages.Dinner and overnight at the camp.

DAY 05: SHANG PHU TO GANGPOCHEY (4880 METERS) 6 TO 7 HRS

Over Shaang laa. Today you will have a choice of exploring the surrounding or trek to Gangpochey, cross over shaang la where one can get a magnificent view of Stok, Zanskar, Ladakh and Karakorram ranges, pass through some more shepherd camps on the way before you get to the camp site at Gangpochey.

DAY 06: GANGPOCHEY TO MANKARMO 5 TO 6 HRS

After breakfast leave the camp and trek towards North direction to get to Matho la, 4850 mts. Then trek down to Mankarmo which is used by climber as lower base camp for Stok kangri. Mankarmo has also got a small shepherds settlement of stok Village, Camp will be setup at an altitude of 4200mtrs. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.

DAY 07: MANKARMO

Day hike to Upper base camp. 5hrs.Today you will be day trip to upper base camp of Stok kangri. Then trek down to the same at mankarmo.

Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.

DAY 08: MANKARMO - STOK - LEH

After breakfast, we start descending to Stok village through a narrow valley of beautiful rock patterns. It is possible to visit the Stok palace.

Stok Palace lies south south of leh on the opposite side of the singe Tsangspo River. The castle was built on a hill at the end of village in about the year 1825 by king Tsespal Tondup Namgyal. In stok there is also the sacred monastery of Gurphug, a branch of Spituk Monastery. On the 9th and 10th days of the first tibeten month of the festival called the "Guru Tshechu" is held during which the monks of Spituk Monastery come to perform the sacred dances. At that time two gods make their appearance.

which is currently a museum was built in 1840 to house the Ladakhi royal family after the Dogra army had exiled them. The drive to Leh is about 30 minutes.

Car will pick you up at stok to take you to the hotel in leh.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

DAY 09: LEH

This morning, We visit to the local oracle. If you have any ailments or problems, she can conduct a healing. Should you have questions to ask, she can also help. That will take a good part of the morning.

DAY 10: LEH

Tour Concludes: TRAVEL EXCELLENCE thank you for your patronage and ensure a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onward Destination.

END OF THE TOUR / SERVICES & WISH YOU A MEMORABLE TOUR

9.   Phyang Hunder Trek (10 Nights / 11 Days)

PHYANG HUNDER TREK (10 Nights / 11 Days)


The Nubra Valley lies to the north of Leh and was once the gateway to the ancient Silk route. The valley has vast alluvial plains and bacterian camels, which roam the sandy banks of the Shayok River. This trek is one of the least visited and the beauty of the unspoiled landscape will leave you reminiscing about its stunning views of Karakoram ranges. The beauty of the trek is surpassed only by the final day--a spectacular bus or jeep ride over the highest motorable road in the world (5606 m).

DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN LEH

Upon arrival at Leh Airport you will met by TRAVEL EXCELLENCE representative and Welcome in traditional Ladakhi style and transfer to our pre-arranged hotel, rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize. Overnight stay at hotel.

Leh City: The capital of Ladakh, at one time was a major stop on the Asian "Silk Route". A stroll along the main bazar, observing the varied crowd and peering into the curio shops, is an entrancing experience. Chang Gali, behind the main bazar is less bustling but has intriguing little shops selling curios and jewelry like pearls, turquoise, coral, malachite, lapis and many other kinds of semi-precious stones, as well as curiously carved Yak-horn boxes, quaint brass locks, china or metal bowls etc.

Evening we visit Shanti Stupa A magnificent white-domed structure, The Japanese for World Peace built the Shanti Stupa, at Changspa, on the hilltop, and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985. Its state of the art work attracts a lot of tourists to Ladakh and is spectacular to watch. From there one can see the nice spectacular view of Leh town. The stupa looks best at night, when it is beautifully illuminated with glittering lights. A large number of tourists come to Ladakh every year to visit this amazing stupa.

DAY 02: LEH

AM: Excursion Spituk & Hall of Fame
PM: Excursion to Sankar Gompa & Leh Palace

Post breakfast we depart for AM Sightseeing tour to Spituk

Spituk monastery was built in 15th century during the reign of Grags 'bum-lde, these new Gelug-pa monastery was built like fortress on the summit of crags. Spituk lies some 5 kms south of Leh. Nesting at the foot of the crags are the flat-topped houses which go to form the village of Spituk.

Spituk or dpe-thub mean 'effective as an Example' and this is thus a suitable name for the first Gelug-pa monastery in Ladakh. Inside the monastery, which includes several courtyards and temples of various sizes, has been built at different levels, following the shape of the rock.

And also visit Hall of Fame near Leh is worth a visit for every citizen. It is a glorious museum constructed by Indian army. You can see the memorabilia, eminent defence personalities with biographies, images and weapons used during Kargil war and belongings of enemy soldiers found at war site. Another section of this building is entirely dedicated to Siachen and its heroes. On display are attires, multi layered shoes to keep their feet from frost bites, their daily instruments, their day to day food mainly frozen and packed, which is heated by lighting small balls of Hexamycin tablets, as fire is difficult to ignite at a temperature dipping -30 deg to -50 deg centigrade. It is mentioned on a board that 97% of the casualties in Siachen are due to cold and terrain.

Later we drive back to hotel on time for lunch

Later in the afternoon, guided sightseeing tour visiting Sankar Gompa, located at a distance of approximately 3 km from the town of Leh. A subsidiary of the Spituk Gompa, it belongs to the Gelukpa or the Yellow Hat Sect. The monastery also serves as the official residence of the Ladakh's head of Gelukpa Sect, known as The Kushok Bakul. There are time restrictions for visiting the Sankar Monastery of Leh Ladakh. You can also go either between 7:00 am and 10:00 am, or between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. These restrictions have been placed because a few of the monks, of the yellow-hat sect, attached to the monastery reside here permanently.

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. The Palace was built in the middle of the 16th century by King Singe Namgyal and still belongs to the royal family that now lives in the Stok Palace. The nine-storeyed monument is now in ruins. The palace remains locked and may be opened at request by a monk.

Leh Palace is also an excellent example of the medieval Tibetan architecture. It features colossal inclined buttressed walls and protruding wooden balconies. Overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 03: LEH- PHYANG- PHYANG PHU (4 HRS TREK)

We will drive to Phyang monastery, 17km. west of Leh is remarkably built on the hilltop, similar to the Likir monastery. This monastery belongs to the Degungpa Order. It was the first monastery, which introduced the Degungpa teaching of 'Skyob Jigsten Gonbo' in Ladakh that was founded by Chosje Danma Kunga, during the reign of King Jamyang Namgyal in the 16th Century A.D. It has about 50 monks in residence. Phyang also has a festival called 'Phyang Tseruk' on the 2nd & 3rd of the 6th month of Tibetan Calendar. After visiting the Monastery, trek to Phyang Phu. Today is a short day in terms of walking but a good day for Acclimatization.

DAY 04: PHYANG PHU- SOUTH BASE OF LASERMO 4700M (4 HRS TREK)

After a leisurely breakfast, we will continue our trek to the base of Lasermo La 4700 m.

DAY 05: SOUTH BASE OF LASERMO- NORTH BASE VIA LASERMOLA 5400M (6-7 HRS TREK)

Today we start quite early in the morning as we will cross the Lasermo Pass (5400m). The top of Lasermo pass offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding peaks, the Indus valley and the Shayok Valley. The trail from the pass towards our camp passes rough moraines for an hour and a half. It is important to start early, as the ponies must cross the glacier before midday in order to avoid difficulties arising from snow and ice melting. The campsite is in a beautiful meadow and offer opportunities to explore and see flowers growing at high altitude.

DAY 06: NORTH BASE- HUNDAR DOK (5 HRS TREK)

Today we will walk down through meadows, flowers, and sometimes rocks. Most of the time, we will be walking along the Hundar stream. After following the stream for a while, we will pass through shepherds' huts, where the men and women from Hundar Dok Village live with their Yaks, cows, goats and sheep. They could be seen collecting milk, cheese, butter, wild vegetables and fuel for the winter.

If you feel adventurous, you can taste the delicious milk and cheese with Tsampa. Purchasing these is not possible in Leh. Our campsite is just above the Village of Dok Gongma ( Upper Dok ).

DAY 07: HUNDER UPPER DOK- SKARCHEN (5 HRS TREK)

Another beautiful day. We will pass through the villages of Dok Gongma, Dok Yokma and Wachan, which are names of different places with concentrations of scattered houses belonging to a common village known locally as Hundar Dok. If you are not in a hurry to get to your camp at Skarchen (a place where some of the local families go with their animals during the winter), you can spend sometime exploring the villages and share a few moments getting to know the locals.

DAY 08: SKARCHEN- HUNDER (4 HRS TREK)

The last day of trekking is through the beautiful Hunder Gorge, which opens up just before descending to Hunder Bridge. Before the final descent we will have a great view of Saser Kangri Peak (7672m). Upon arrival check in to our Camp Nubra Organc Retreat and later visit Sumur, another pretty village on the other side of the river';

Samstaling Gompa here was founded by Lama Tsultims Nima and Monastic community was introduced as Rezong Gonpa. About 50 monks are residing at this 132 years old Monastery. The Gompa has some strict rules and regulations like not allowing women in the monastery after sunset and before sunrise, no smoking etc.

Our tented camp is situated in a beautiful village called 'Hundar' with lot of trees. There is nothing more to see here except a small monastery and ruined fort above the village however the site for the camp is so beautiful that it will invite you to explore the village on own.

DAY 09: HUNDER (4350M) - KHARDUNGLA (5260M) LEH

Drive across Shyok river and visit hot springs at Panamik. Drive back to Leh over Khandurgla Pass (the highest motorable road in the world) at 5260m.

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 09: LEH

Excursion to Shey, Thiksey, Hemis

Today we proceed for Indus Valley monastery tour.

We start with a visit to Shey the ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue, built in the memory of King Singee Namgyal by his son lDeldan Namgyal in 1633 A.D. It is the only kind of statue made of Gold, Gilt and copper in entire Ladakh.

Then we visit Thiksey Gompa an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future is one of the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh.

Drive further to visit the famous Hemis Gompa, This is the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Most of the other Drukpa monasteries are the branch monasteries of Hemis. It was built during early 17th century with the blessing of Lama Stagtsang Raspa (Shambunatha), by famous Namgyal dynasty king Singee Namgyal.

DAY 10: LEH

Complete day at leisure to explore the beauty of leh city on your own and time free for last day shopping.

Or one can take an optional excursion to 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.

DAY 11: LEH

Tour Concludes: TRAVEL EXCELLENCE thank you for your patronage and ensure a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onward Destination.

END OF THE TOUR / SERVICES & WISH YOU A MEMORABLE TOUR

10.   Rumtse to Tsomoriri Trek (12 Nights / 13 Days)

RUMTSE TO TSOMORIRI TREK (12 Nights / 13 Days)


The remote high plateau of Changthang (meaning 'northland') stretches from western Tibet into eastern Ladakh. This region, known as the land of the nomads, will give you an experience to last a lifetime. See the nomads' traditional lifestyle and share a cup of butter tea in one of their black yak-hair tents along the incredible oval-shaped bank of Tsomoriri. The lake changes its turquoise blue color with the light and is surrounded by a picturesque landscape. The area is also an important wildlife sanctuary, harboring snow leopards and wild asses, as well as various species of birds.

DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN LEH

Upon arrival at Leh Airport you will met by TRAVEL EXCELLENCE representative and Welcome in traditional Ladakhi style and transfer to our pre-arranged hotel, rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize. Overnight stay at hotel.

Leh City: The capital of Ladakh, at one time was a major stop on the Asian "Silk Route". A stroll along the main bazar, observing the varied crowd and peering into the curio shops, is an entrancing experience. Chang Gali, behind the main bazar is less bustling but has intriguing little shops selling curios and jewelry like pearls, turquoise, coral, malachite, lapis and many other kinds of semi-precious stones, as well as curiously carved Yak-horn boxes, quaint brass locks, china or metal bowls etc.

DAY 02: LEH

AM: Excursion Spituk
PM: Excursion to Sankar Gompa & Shanti Stupa

Post breakfast we depart for AM Sightseeing tour to Spituk

Spituk monastery was built in 15th century during the reign of Grags 'bum-lde, these new Gelug-pa monastery was built like fortress on the summit of crags. Spituk lies some 5 kms south of Leh. Nesting at the foot of the crags are the flat-topped houses which go to form the village of Spituk.

Spituk or dpe-thub mean 'effective as an Example' and this is thus a suitable name for the first Gelug-pa monastery in Ladakh. Inside the monastery, which includes several courtyards and temples of various sizes, has been built at different levels, following the shape of the rock.

Later we drive back to hotel on time for lunch

Later in the afternoon, guided sightseeing tour visiting Sankar Gompa, located at a distance of approximately 3 km from the town of Leh. A subsidiary of the Spituk Gompa, it belongs to the Gelukpa or the Yellow Hat Sect. The monastery also serves as the official residence of the Ladakh's head of Gelukpa Sect, known as The Kushok Bakul. There are time restrictions for visiting the Sankar Monastery of Leh Ladakh. You can also go either between 7:00 am and 10:00 am, or between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. These restrictions have been placed because a few of the monks, of the yellow-hat sect, attached to the monastery reside here permanently.

Later we visit Shanti Stupa A magnificent white-domed structure, The Japanese for World Peace built the Shanti Stupa, at Changspa, on the hilltop, and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985. Its state of the art work attracts a lot of tourists to Ladakh and is spectacular to watch. From there one can see the nice spectacular view of Leh town. The stupa looks best at night, when it is beautifully illuminated with glittering lights. A large number of tourists come to Ladakh every year to visit this amazing stupa.

DAY 03: LEH- RUMTSE (3 HRS DRIVE)- KYAMAR 4050 M (4 HRS)

From Leh, the drive to Rumtse is an exciting one, with views of the Indus Valley and many monasteries on the way. Day one is easily manageable: we have a short walk on a rather flat terrain to aid acclimatization.

We will camp overnight at lush Kyamar, near a spring.

DAY 04: KYAMAR- TISALING 4200 M (6-7 HRS)

We should be fully energized today with proper breakfast for a challenging day ahead. We begin with gradual ascent towards our first pass of Kumur La (4800 m), which gives a spectacular view of the Changthang range with its colorful rife of mountain. After the pass, we steadily descend towards the base of the next pass.

Here we might come across nomads with their herds of sheep, goats and yaks. After a short rest, we set out for Mandalchan La (4850 m). From this pass it's an easy descend to the camping site at the pastureland of Tisaling.

DAY 05: TISALING - PONGANABU 4250 M (6 HRS)

By now, we are well acclimatized to conquer our third pass, the Shibuk La (4900 m), and about 2-hour journey. From the top of the pass, we have an incredible view of the surrounding mountains and of our next destination, Tsokar Lake. With a breathtaking view to ease our exhaustion, we head down towards the valley accompanied by the shrill whistles of the shy and active marmots, which is characteristic of this harsh region. It's approximately a 4 hrs walk to the Tsokar basin, and our camp for the night will be the windy Pongunabu.

DAY 06: PONGANAGU - NURUCHAN 4300 M (6 HRS)

Today is an easy day, and we follow a dusty jeep road towards Tsokar Lake . Along the salty shores of the lake, we have a rare impeccable opportunity to see some of the endangered migratory birds of the world. From here we carry on along the trail to the right of the lake, keeping to a barren land until Nuruchan, where we will be welcomed by a grassy land with streams nearby.

DAY 07: NURUCHAN- GYAMAR BARMA 5100 M (7-8 HRS)

We have to get set for a tough day ahead. We will cross the icy cold stream in Nuruchan before gradually ascending Horlam Kongka La (4900 m). From the pass, we will have a view of the turquoise blue Tsokar. After an easy 40-minute walk down to Rajungkaru, we will encounter several typical Tibetan nomads with their flock of yaks, sheep and pashmina goats. Following the stream for about 50 minutes, we will enter another nomad settlement. These nomads are of Western Tibetan origin. When the Chinese subjugated Tibet these nomads and their animals faced numerous hardships, fighting biting cold and losing many lives while fleeing into Ladakh from Tibet.

After sharing a cup of butter tea with the nomads, we will continue to ascend the Kyamayuru La (5410 m); this pass is challenging in nature, but the magnificent view from the top makes it well worth all our strenuous efforts.

From the pass we descend gradually to the valley towards our campsite at Gyamar Barma (5150 m). Due to the campsite's high altitude, bad weather can make night temperature freezing.

DAY 08: GYAMAR BARMA - GYAMAR 5200 M (3-4 HRS)

When we open our eyes in the morning, we will find ourselves amidst a herd of grazing yaks. After breakfast, we head to our next pass, Kartse La (5300 m). Ascending slowly in the thin air of the plateau, we will eventually reach the pass. The trail leads gradually down to the lush green valley of the Gyamar, where we spend our night.

DAY 09: GYAMAR - KORZOK 4500 M (6-7 HRS)

Today, we gradually ascend towards the highest and final pass on the trek. Following the narrow valley until the Yalung Nyaulung La (5450 m), we will see some of the rare flowers and herbs of the Himalayan region. The fragrances will astonish you! To our right we can view snowcapped mountains and from the top of the pass we will also have a view of the lake Tsomoriri , surrounded by snowcapped mountains. We descend steeply for a couple of hours to the Korzok Phu, the summer pasture of the Korzok people. From the pasture.

we continue to the Korzok (Tsomoriri lake), the destination of our adventure.

DAY 10: KORZOK - LEH (7 HRS DRIVE)

We drive back to Leh along the gorges of the mighty Indus with all these good memories in mind, leaving behind the beautiful lake Tsomoriri.

DAY 11: LEH

Excursion to Shey, Thiksey, Hemis, Stok

Today we proceed for Indus Valley monastery tour.

We start with a visit to Shey the ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue, built in the memory of King Singee Namgyal by his son lDeldan Namgyal in 1633 A.D. It is the only kind of statue made of Gold, Gilt and copper in entire Ladakh.

Then we visit Thiksey Gompa an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future is one of the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh.

Drive further to visit the famous Hemis Gompa, This is the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Most of the other Drukpa monasteries are the branch monasteries of Hemis. It was built during early 17th century with the blessing of Lama Stagtsang Raspa (Shambunatha), by famous Namgyal dynasty king Singee Namgyal.

The two-day festival of monastic dance in June-July has raised the reputation of Hemis particularly high. The festival is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as second Buddha and responsible for spreading Buddhism in the Tibetan world.

After covering these three monasteries we drive back to leh and visit Stok Palace on the way, Stok lies south south of leh on the opposite side of the singe Tsangspo River . The castle was built on a hill at the end of village in about the year 1825 by king Tsespal Tondup Namgyal. In stok there is also the sacred monastery of Gurphug, a branch of Spituk Monastery. On the 9th and 10th days of the first tibeten month of the festival called the "Guru Tshechu" is held during which the monks of Spituk Monastery come to perform the sacred dances. At that time two gods make their appearance.

DAY 12: LEH

Complete day at leisure to explore the beautif leh city on your own and time free for last day shopping.

Or one can take an optional excursion to KHARDUNG-LA-PASS (the highest motorable road in the world) at 18,390 ft, around 39kms from Leh.

Or

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.

DAY 13: DEPART LEH

Tour Concludes: TRAVEL EXCELLENCE thank you for your patronage and ensure a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onward Destination.

END OF THE TOUR / SERVICES & WISH YOU A MEMORABLE TOUR

11.   Rupshu Kharnak Trek (12 Nights / 13 Days)

RUPSHU KHARNAK TREK (12 Nights / 13 Days)


A beautiful trek through a less-frequented area of Ladakh, this route follows the same trail as on the Markha trek for the first 3 days, before entering the high plateau of Changthang, which stretches far into Tibet. The only inhabitants of this desolate wilderness, where the climate is so extreme that you can get sunburn and frostbite at the same time, are nomadic and semi-nomadic people, who live in tiny settlements with their yak, sheep, pashmina goats and a small harvest of barley on which they survive.

DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN LEH

Upon arrival at Leh Airport you will met by TRAVEL EXCELLENCE representative and Welcome in traditional Ladakhi style and transfer to our pre-arranged hotel, rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize. Overnight stay at hotel.

Leh City: The capital of Ladakh, at one time was a major stop on the Asian "Silk Route". A stroll along the main bazar, observing the varied crowd and peering into the curio shops, is an entrancing experience. Chang Gali, behind the main bazar is less bustling but has intriguing little shops selling curios and jewelry like pearls, turquoise, coral, malachite, lapis and many other kinds of semi-precious stones, as well as curiously carved Yak-horn boxes, quaint brass locks, china or metal bowls etc.

DAY 02: LEH

AM: Excursion Spituk
PM: Excursion to Sankar Gompa & Shanti Stupa

Post breakfast we depart for AM Sightseeing tour to Spituk

Spituk monastery was built in 15th century during the reign of Grags 'bum-lde, these new Gelug-pa monastery was built like fortress on the summit of crags. Spituk lies some 5 kms south of Leh. Nesting at the foot of the crags are the flat-topped houses which go to form the village of Spituk.

Spituk or dpe-thub mean 'effective as an Example' and this is thus a suitable name for the first Gelug-pa monastery in Ladakh. Inside the monastery, which includes several courtyards and temples of various sizes, has been built at different levels, following the shape of the rock.

Later we drive back to hotel on time for lunch

Later in the afternoon, guided sightseeing tour visiting Sankar Gompa, located at a distance of approximately 3 km from the town of Leh. A subsidiary of the Spituk Gompa, it belongs to the Gelukpa or the Yellow Hat Sect. The monastery also serves as the official residence of the Ladakh's head of Gelukpa Sect, known as The Kushok Bakul. There are time restrictions for visiting the Sankar Monastery of Leh Ladakh. You can also go either between 7:00 am and 10:00 am, or between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. These restrictions have been placed because a few of the monks, of the yellow-hat sect, attached to the monastery reside here permanently.

Later we visit Shanti Stupa A magnificent white-domed structure, The Japanese for World Peace built the Shanti Stupa, at Changspa, on the hilltop, and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985. Its state of the art work attracts a lot of tourists to Ladakh and is spectacular to watch. From there one can see the nice spectacular view of Leh town. The stupa looks best at night, when it is beautifully illuminated with glittering lights. A large number of tourists come to Ladakh every year to visit this amazing stupa.

DAY 03: LEH TO SHANG SUMDO VIA MARTSELANG (2½ HOURS)

We will leave Leh by jeep to the starting point of the trek at Martselang (3600 m). Along the way, we will visit the first Palace of Ladakh at Shey, the ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue, built in the memory of King Singee Namgyal by his son lDeldan Namgyal in 1633 A.D. It is the only kind of statue made of Gold, Gilt and copper in entire Ladakh.

following the famous Yellow Sect monastery of Thiksey, which houses one of the largest Buddha statues in Ladakh (called the future Buddha). We will then visit Hemis.

Hemis Gompa is the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Most of the other Drukpa monasteries are the branch monasteries of Hemis. It was built during early 17th century with the blessing of Lama Stagtsang Raspa (Shambunatha), by famous Namgyal dynasty king Singee Namgyal.

The two-day festival of monastic dance in June-July has raised the reputation of Hemis particularly high. The festival is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as second Buddha and responsible for spreading Buddhism in the Tibetan world.

From here we will drive to Martselang, where we will meet our crew. Martselang is the entry point into Hemis National Park, where we might get glimpses of such endangered high-altitude animals such as the snow leopard, Tibetan wolf, Tibetan sheep and Golden eagle. From there, we will walk for 2 ½ hours to the small village of Shang Sumdo (3700 m).

DAY 04: SHANG SUMDO 3700 M. - LARTSA 4600 M.(6 HRS)

Today we will climb steadily through the gorge of Shang, enjoying the magnificent colors and rock formations on view. We will then pass through the small village of Chogdo (4000 m) and cross a few rivers before reaching camp for the night.

DAY 05: LARTSA 4600 M. - THACHUNGTSE 4250 M VIA KONGMARU LA 5200 M. (6-7 HRS)

A steep ascent leads us up to Kongmaru La (5200 m). From the pass we will get a breathtaking view of the north face of Kangyatse (6400 m), Zanskar and the Karakoram ranges. We then descend gradually to the summer pasture of Nimaling, where the villagers from Marka valley spend the summer with their sheep, goats and yaks, which graze on this lush greenery. The campsite of Thachungtse is further down the valley on the bank of the Marka River at 4000 m.

DAY 06: THACHUNGTSE - YAKRUPAL (5-6 HOURS)

After yesterday's strenuous walk, today is easier as we walk through the remote Langthang valley, where few other trekkers go. It's only the villagers from Markha, who use this valley as a pasture ground for their animals. From Thachungtse, we will follow the valley down until it divides, cross the river and follow the valley to the left along the Langthang Chu River. The valley down to the right leads to Markha. The Langthang River has a tendency to rise during the day due to the melting of snow in the mountains, and by noon it becomes a dangerous river to cross. An early start in the morning is therefore essential, as one has to cross the river several times. Yakrupal is a nice, green campsite.

where both the horses and we will have a good meal.

DAY 07: YAKRUPAL - ZALUNG KARPO LA 5200M - KHAR (5-6 HOURS)

After Yakrupal, we will continue up the valley towards the pass of Zalung Karpo La. From the top of the pass there is a spectacular view of the Zanskar range on one side, while on the other, the highest plateau in the world appears: the Chang Tang plateau stretching far into Tibet, known as the land of the nomads.

The trail down is steep and several river crossings will follow to the beautiful and lush campsite of Khar, which will be our home for tonight. Kharnak means "black castle" in Ladakhi, and, situated on a hill above the campsite, one can imagine the former palace of Khar where the king of Kharnak used to live. The ruins of this former kingdom still stand, and the nomads believe it to be haunted. It is said that the nomads in Dat are descendants of the people who lived in Khar and that they for some reason moved to Dat three or four generations ago.

DAY 08: KHAR - DAT (5-6 HOURS)

A relatively easy day and a beautiful walk through wide, lush valleys (by Ladakhi standards!). At Tangtse Sumdo the valley divides - the left valley leading to Dat and the right into Zanskar, by the 'Zhunglam trek', where one will get one's feet real wet due to the 80 river crossings! On the way we pass several nomad camps before reaching the tiny village of Dat, a settlement of stone huts and the winter headquarters for the nomads in Kharnak. Here they live from October to December and March to June. The nomads of Kharnak are a colorful and joyful people moving together with their yaks and pashmina goats. In Dat there is also a Monastery, and when the villagers are away from Dat, one or two people ride back on horses every second day to light the candle here.

DAY 09: DAT - YAR LA 4950M - LUNGMO CHE (5-6 HOURS)

From Dat we enter the vast land of the Changthang plateau and follow a long, wide valley before taking one of the side valleys towards Yar La. In spring the nomads move with all their animals towards Zara and it can be an unforgettable sight to see 30-40 families moving with their yaks in caravans. It is an easy ascent to this pass. From here it is a short walk down to the pastures of Lungmo Che, where we will spend the night, surrounded by snowcapped mountains, grazing yaks and pastel light.

DAY 10: LUNGMO CHE - ZARA (5 HOURS)

The trail follows rolling hills towards Yagang, another settlement of stone huts belonging to the Kharnak nomads. A jeep road continues to Zara, the summer headquarters for the nomads in Kharnak. If you go for a visit up here, you will most likely be welcomed with numerous cups of butter tea and probably be invited into the nomads' black tents woven out of yak hair.

DAY 11: ZARA - LEH (5 HOURS)

It will feel sad to leave this fascinating world, but it is time to return to Leh. From Zara the drive takes us back over the Taklangla pass, the second highest pass in the world.

DAY 12: LEH

Complete day at leisure to explore the beautif leh city on your own and time free for last day shopping.

Or one can take an optional excursion to KHARDUNG-LA-PASS (the highest motorable road in the world) at 18,390 ft, around 39kms from Leh.

Or

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.

DAY 13: LEH

Tour Concludes: TRAVEL EXCELLENCE thank you for your patronage and ensure a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onward Destination.

END OF THE TOUR / SERVICES & WISH YOU A MEMORABLE TOUR

12.   Sabu to Nubra Trek (10 Nights / 11 Days)

SABU TO NUBRA TREK (10 Nights / 11 Days)


It is well- known as the "ancient silk route" for camel riders, bringing their wares from Central Asia through the Himalayas into northern India. Although traders are a thing of the past, they left an indelible mark on the Valley in the form of the present herd of bactrian camels, descendants of the original beasts of burden. The beauty of the trek is surpassed only by the final day- a spectacular bus or jeep ride over the highest motorable road in the world 5606 m.

DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN LEH

Upon arrival at Leh Airport you will met by TRAVEL EXCELLENCE representative and Welcome in traditional Ladakhi style and transfer to our pre-arranged hotel, rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize. Overnight stay at hotel.

Leh City: The capital of Ladakh, at one time was a major stop on the Asian "Silk Route". A stroll along the main bazar, observing the varied crowd and peering into the curio shops, is an entrancing experience. Chang Gali, behind the main bazar is less bustling but has intriguing little shops selling curios and jewelry like pearls, turquoise, coral, malachite, lapis and many other kinds of semi-precious stones, as well as curiously carved Yak-horn boxes, quaint brass locks, china or metal bowls etc.

Evening we visit Shanti Stupa A magnificent white-domed structure, The Japanese for World Peace built the Shanti Stupa, at Changspa, on the hilltop, and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985. Its state of the art work attracts a lot of tourists to Ladakh and is spectacular to watch. From there one can see the nice spectacular view of Leh town. The stupa looks best at night, when it is beautifully illuminated with glittering lights. A large number of tourists come to Ladakh every year to visit this amazing stupa.

DAY 02: LEH

AM: Excursion Spituk & Hall of Fame
PM: Excursion to Sankar Gompa & Leh Palace

Post breakfast we depart for AM Sightseeing tour to Spituk

Spituk monastery was built in 15th century during the reign of Grags 'bum-lde, these new Gelug-pa monastery was built like fortress on the summit of crags. Spituk lies some 5 kms south of Leh. Nesting at the foot of the crags are the flat-topped houses which go to form the village of Spituk.

Spituk or dpe-thub mean 'effective as an Example' and this is thus a suitable name for the first Gelug-pa monastery in Ladakh. Inside the monastery, which includes several courtyards and temples of various sizes, has been built at different levels, following the shape of the rock.

And also visit Hall of Fame near Leh is worth a visit for every citizen. It is a glorious museum constructed by Indian army. You can see the memorabilia, eminent defence personalities with biographies, images and weapons used during Kargil war and belongings of enemy soldiers found at war site. Another section of this building is entirely dedicated to Siachen and its heroes. On display are attires, multi layered shoes to keep their feet from frost bites, their daily instruments, their day to day food mainly frozen and packed, which is heated by lighting small balls of Hexamycin tablets, as fire is difficult to ignite at a temperature dipping -30 deg to -50 deg centigrade. It is mentioned on a board that 97% of the casualties in Siachen are due to cold and terrain.

Later we drive back to hotel on time for lunch

Later in the afternoon, guided sightseeing tour visiting Sankar Gompa, located at a distance of approximately 3 km from the town of Leh. A subsidiary of the Spituk Gompa, it belongs to the Gelukpa or the Yellow Hat Sect. The monastery also serves as the official residence of the Ladakh's head of Gelukpa Sect, known as The Kushok Bakul. There are time restrictions for visiting the Sankar Monastery of Leh Ladakh. You can also go either between 7:00 am and 10:00 am, or between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. These restrictions have been placed because a few of the monks, of the yellow-hat sect, attached to the monastery reside here permanently.

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. The Palace was built in the middle of the 16th century by King Singe Namgyal and still belongs to the royal family that now lives in the Stok Palace. The nine-storeyed monument is now in ruins. The palace remains locked and may be opened at request by a monk.

Leh Palace is also an excellent example of the medieval Tibetan architecture. It features colossal inclined buttressed walls and protruding wooden balconies. Overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 03: LEH - SABU (BY JEEP) - PULU DIGAR 4400 M (6 HRS)

We will leave Leh in the morning by jeep to the beautiful village of Sabu, where we will begin our trek by crossing a bridge. Further along the trail amidst grass and meadows, we will find herd of yaks and Dzos (crossbreed of yak and cow). We will ascend gradually towards our campsite while enjoying the incredible view of snowcapped Stok Kangri to the south. This is fairly strenuous day.

DAY 04: PULU DIGAR- CHUMIK TANGMO (5-6 HRS)

After a hearty breakfast we will proceed towards the Digar la 5300 m. The ascent to the top of the pass is fairly steep. Your hard work will be well rewarded by the stunning views you will witness at the top of the Digar La - Karakoram Range to the north and Stok range to the south. We will hang prayer flags among the existing ones at the top of the pass. It is widely believed among Buddhists that raising a prayer flag atop the pass brings good luck for the journey. In the past days, it was a common practice for the traders on the silk route to have safe journey and flourishing business.

From the pass, it is an easy walk down to the camp, a very pleasant river- side spot.

DAY 05: CHUMIK TANGMO- HOTONG (4-5 HRS)

Today's trek will be full of adventure. Shortly after our morning start we will reach the picturesque village of Digar, and then continue a long hot, dusty trail through the desert until we reach a spectacular sand dune - you will have to see it to believe it! We will then continue through a swampy area to our third night's spot, a beautiful area set amongst a grove of trees.

DAY 06: HOTONG- RONGJUK (4-5 HRS)

Today again leaving in the morning hours we will continue our trek in the desert along left side of the Shayok River. The trail ahead is hot and dusty, so in order to prevent dehydration, we need to have plenty of water. After a tiring hot day, we will end the day at the river- side village of Rongjuk . You must not miss this chance to dip in the cold river to cool down.

DAY 07: RONGJUK- HUNDER(1-2 HRS)

Our last day of trekking is an easy one. We will walk only one 1-2 hrs. to our destination Khalsar, a military town in Nubra. From here you will have the opportunity to spend some time on your own exploring further into the famous Nubra Valley, Overnight sat at the Camp Nubra Organic Retreat.

DAY 08: HUNDER (4350M) - KHARDUNGLA (5260M) LEH

Drive across Shyok river and visit hot springs at Panamik. Drive back to Leh over Khandurgla Pass (the highest motorable road in the world) at 5260m.

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 09: LEH

Excursion to Shey, Thiksey, Hemis

Today we proceed for Indus Valley monastery tour.

We start with a visit to Shey the ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue, built in the memory of King Singee Namgyal by his son lDeldan Namgyal in 1633 A.D. It is the only kind of statue made of Gold, Gilt and copper in entire Ladakh.

Then we visit Thiksey Gompa an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future is one of the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh.

Drive further to visit the famous Hemis Gompa, This is the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Most of the other Drukpa monasteries are the branch monasteries of Hemis. It was built during early 17th century with the blessing of Lama Stagtsang Raspa (Shambunatha), by famous Namgyal dynasty king Singee Namgyal.

DAY 10: LEH

Complete day at leisure to explore the beauty of leh city on your own and time free for last day shopping.

Or one can take an optional excursion to 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.

DAY 11: LEH

Tour Concludes: TRAVEL EXCELLENCE thank you for your patronage and ensure a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onward Destination.

END OF THE TOUR / SERVICES & WISH YOU A MEMORABLE TOUR

13.   Sham Valley Trek (7 Nights / 8 Days)

SHAM VALLEY TREK (7 Nights / 8 Days)


This short trek runs through Sham, the lower part of Ladakh .The trek will give you a great opportunity to see several ancient monasteries and villages that are rich in agriculture, especially fruit. The Likir- Tingmosgam trek is one of the easiest treks to acclimatize to, as the trail rarely rises above 4000 m. Tingmosgam.

DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN LEH

Upon arrival at Leh Airport you will met by TRAVEL EXCELLENCE representative and Welcome in traditional Ladakhi style and transfer to our pre-arranged hotel, rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize. Overnight stay at hotel.

Leh City: The capital of Ladakh, at one time was a major stop on the Asian "Silk Route". A stroll along the main bazar, observing the varied crowd and peering into the curio shops, is an entrancing experience. Chang Gali, behind the main bazar is less bustling but has intriguing little shops selling curios and jewelry like pearls, turquoise, coral, malachite, lapis and many other kinds of semi-precious stones, as well as curiously carved Yak-horn boxes, quaint brass locks, china or metal bowls etc.

DAY 02: LEH

AM: Excursion Spituk
PM: Excursion to Sankar Gompa & Shanti Stupa

Post breakfast we depart for AM Sightseeing tour to Spituk

Spituk monastery was built in 15th century during the reign of Grags 'bum-lde, these new Gelug-pa monastery was built like fortress on the summit of crags. Spituk lies some 5 kms south of Leh. Nesting at the foot of the crags are the flat-topped houses which go to form the village of Spituk.

Spituk or dpe-thub mean 'effective as an Example' and this is thus a suitable name for the first Gelug-pa monastery in Ladakh. Inside the monastery, which includes several courtyards and temples of various sizes, has been built at different levels, following the shape of the rock.

Later we drive back to hotel on time for lunch.

Later in the afternoon, guided sightseeing tour visiting Sankar Gompa, located at a distance of approximately 3 km from the town of Leh. A subsidiary of the Spituk Gompa, it belongs to the Gelukpa or the Yellow Hat Sect. The monastery also serves as the official residence of the Ladakh's head of Gelukpa Sect, known as The Kushok Bakul. There are time restrictions for visiting the Sankar Monastery of Leh Ladakh. You can also go either between 7:00 am and 10:00 am, or between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. These restrictions have been placed because a few of the monks, of the yellow-hat sect, attached to the monastery reside here permanently.

Later we visit Shanti Stupa A magnificent white-domed structure, The Japanese for World Peace built the Shanti Stupa, at Changspa, on the hilltop, and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985. Its state of the art work attracts a lot of tourists to Ladakh and is spectacular to watch. From there one can see the nice spectacular view of Leh town. The stupa looks best at night, when it is beautifully illuminated with glittering lights. A large number of tourists come to Ladakh every year to visit this amazing stupa.

DAY 03: LEH - LIKIR - YANGTHANG (4-5HRS)

We start the day early in the morning from the Leh. It is 2 hours drive from Leh to Likir following the Indus River. Likir gompa situated atop a windy cliff top overlooking the beautiful village of Likir, This Monastery is headed by the younger brother of Dalai Lama. According to tradition the foundation of Likir monastery goes back 11th century when it was a Bon center. But the real foundation seem to be not earlier than 15th century. On the top on roof they have newly setup a museum which contains some very old thankas brought from Tibet and the armory, coins, seals etc.

After visiting the famous Likir monastery we begin our trek below a mountain nearby the monastery.

DAY 04: YANGTHANG - HEMIS SHUKPACHAN VIA RIZONG (6-7 HRS)

Today our trek is pretty long. We walk alongside the river and trees amidst the gorge to the Rizong monastery. It is worth visiting Rizong Monastery, which is an isolated at the back of a natural amphitheatre and has three main rooms to visit, two with large Buddhas and third with a large stupa.

After visiting the gompa, we ascend gradually to the Shushut pass 4000 m. From the pass we have a view of Hemis Shukpachan as well as surrounding peaks. An easy descent towards our camp at Hemis Shukpachan takes a couple of hours. It is one of the major villages of Sham, and the name of the village is derived from the conifers (shukpa cedar or juniper).

DAY 05: HEMIS SHUKPACHAN - TINGMOSGAM (4 HRS)

From Hemis Shukpachan we go onto a flat ground as far as ill-defined pass alongside the Chortens (stupas). A steep descent will lead us to the right side of the mountains and climb steadily on the slope towards the Mebtak La 3720 m.

After taking short rest and enjoying the view from the pass, we head down to the village of Ang. From Ang, we head towards the south on the dusty jeep road to the village of Tingmosgam. Tingmosgam is well famed for its monastery, and is perhaps the most affluent village in the sham valley for its apricots, apples, nuts and beautiful houses.

DAY 06: TINGMOSGAM - LEH (3 HRS)

After a night at Temisgam, we drive back to Leh en route visiting Alchi monastery, the only monastery in Ladakh built on flat ground, well known for its peerless wall paintings.

DAY 07: LEH

Complete day at leisure to explore the beautiful Leh city on your own and time free for last day shopping.

Or one can take an optional excursion to KHARDUNG-LA-PASS (the highest motorable road in the world) at 18,390 ft, around 39kms from Leh.

Or

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.

DAY 08: LEH

Tour concludes. TRAVEL EXCELLENCE thank you for your patronage and ensure a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onward Destination.

END OF THE TOUR / SERVICES & WISH YOU A MEMORABLE TOUR

14.   Spituk to Stok (7 Nights / 8 Days)

SPITUK TO STOK (7 Nights / 8 Days)


DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN LEH

Upon arrival at Leh Airport you will met by TRAVEL EXCELLENCE representative and Welcome in traditional Ladakhi style and transfer to our pre-arranged hotel, rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize. Overnight stay at hotel.

Leh City: The capital of Ladakh, at one time was a major stop on the Asian "Silk Route". A stroll along the main bazar, observing the varied crowd and peering into the curio shops, is an entrancing experience. Chang Gali, behind the main bazar is less bustling but has intriguing little shops selling curios and jewelry like pearls, turquoise, coral, malachite, lapis and many other kinds of semi-precious stones, as well as curiously carved Yak-horn boxes, quaint brass locks, china or metal bowls etc.

DAY 02: LEH

Excursion to Shey, Thiksey, Hemis

Today we proceed for Indus Valley monastery tour.

We start with a visit to Shey the ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue, built in the memory of King Singee Namgyal by his son lDeldan Namgyal in 1633 A.D. It is the only kind of statue made of Gold, Gilt and copper in entire Ladakh.

Then we visit Thiksey Gompa an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future is one of the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh.

Drive further to visit the famous Hemis Gompa, This is the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Most of the other Drukpa monasteries are the branch monasteries of Hemis. It was built during early 17th century with the blessing of Lama Stagtsang Raspa (Shambunatha), by famous Namgyal dynasty king Singee Namgyal.

The two-day festival of monastic dance in June-July has raised the reputation of Hemis particularly high. The festival is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as second Buddha and responsible for spreading Buddhism in the Tibetan world.

DAY 03: LEH - SPITUK TO ZINGCHEN 3700 M (4-5 HOURS)

Post breakfast we drive to Spituk, Spituk monastery was built in 15th century during the reign of Grags 'bum-lde, these new Gelug-pa monastery was built like fortress on the summit of crags. Spituk lies some 5 kms south of Leh. Nesting at the foot of the crags are the flat-topped houses which go to form the village of Spituk.

Spituk or dpe-thub mean 'effective as an Example' and this is thus a suitable name for the first Gelug-pa monastery in Ladakh. Inside the monastery, which includes several courtyards and temples of various sizes, has been built at different levels, following the shape of the rock.

After visiting monastery Our walk begins along an old jeep road on very dry and exposed land, so water and protection against the sun are important! After 3 hours the landscape becomes greener as we go into the Zingchen Valley, where the Rumbak River flows into the Indus. Our camp is in the small village of Zingchen, which means 'big field', where there are just two houses. The rest of the day will be spent enjoying the view and maybe even a dip in the river.

DAY 04: ZINGCHEN TO RUMBAK 3900 M (3-4 HOURS)

Today we enter Hemis National Park, home to the famous Snow Leopard, Blue Sheep, Ladakhi Urial (a type of goat), great Tibetan sheep (Arghali), red fox, Tibetan wolf, wild dog (dhole), Lynx, marmot and mountain hare. We start to climb gradually up to village of Rumbak, through a beautiful gorge from which the Stok peaks come into view from time to time. Rumbak is known as a place to see and research on the magnificent Himalayan snow leopard.

DAY 05: RUMBAK TO MANCARMO 4200 M VIA STOK LA 4900 M (5 -6 HRS)

The trail up to the base of Stok la (4900 m) starts fairly gradual but becomes steeper as we approach the pass. Views of the Indus valley and remarkable colorful rock formations of Stok la will diminish the hardship of the our climb. We descend along the mountainside up and down until we reach some stone houses, use by the Stok villagers for summer pasture.

Our campsite at Mancarmo is also a first camp for the Stok Kangri approach.

DAY 06: MANCARMO TO STOK (3-4 HRS TREK )- LEH (BY JEEPS)

After breakfast, we start descending to Stok village through a narrow valley of beautiful rock patterns. It is possible to visit the Stok palace, Stok lies south south of leh on the opposite side of the singe Tsangspo River. The castle was built on a hill at the end of village in about the year 1825 by king Tsespal Tondup Namgyal. In stok there is also the sacred monastery of Gurphug, a branch of Spituk Monastery. On the 9th and 10th days of the first tibeten month of the festival called the "Guru Tshechu" is held during which the monks of Spituk Monastery come to perform the sacred dances. At that time two gods make their appearance.

The drive to Leh is about 30 minutes.

Upon arrival in Leh we check in at our hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 07: LEH

This morning, We visit to the local oracle. If you have any ailments or problems, she can conduct a healing. Should you have questions to ask, she can also help. That will take a good part of the morning.

DAY 08: LEH

Tour concludes. TRAVEL EXCELLENCE thank you for your patronage and ensure a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onward Destination.

END OF THE TOUR / SERVICES & WISH YOU A MEMORABLE TOUR

15.   Stok Kangri Expedition (7 Nights / 8 Days)

STOK KANGRI EXPEDITION (7 Nights / 8 Days)


Stok Kangri is one of the most beautiful peaks in Ladakh. The climb is technically not difficult, and requires no special mountaineering skills. It gives you a real opportunity to climb a 6150 m mountain in less than a week, which is not possible in any other part of the world. The summit presents one of the most spectacular views of the Saser peak in the Karakoram Range, where the K2 lies.

DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN LEH

Upon arrival at Leh Airport you will met by TRAVEL EXCELLENCE representative and Welcome in traditional Ladakhi style and transfer to our pre-arranged hotel, rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize. Overnight stay at hotel.

Leh City: The capital of Ladakh, at one time was a major stop on the Asian "Silk Route". A stroll along the main bazar, observing the varied crowd and peering into the curio shops, is an entrancing experience. Chang Gali, behind the main bazar is less bustling but has intriguing little shops selling curios and jewelry like pearls, turquoise, coral, malachite, lapis and many other kinds of semi-precious stones, as well as curiously carved Yak-horn boxes, quaint brass locks, china or metal bowls etc.

Evening we visit Shanti Stupa A magnificent white-domed structure, The Japanese for World Peace built the Shanti Stupa, at Changspa, on the hilltop, and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985. Its state of the art work attracts a lot of tourists to Ladakh and is spectacular to watch. From there one can see the nice spectacular view of Leh town. The stupa looks best at night, when it is beautifully illuminated with glittering lights. A large number of tourists come to Ladakh every year to visit this amazing stupa.

DAY 02: LEH

Excursion to Shey, Thiksey, Hemis

Today we proceed for Indus Valley monastery tour.

We start with a visit to Shey the ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue, built in the memory of King Singee Namgyal by his son lDeldan Namgyal in 1633 A.D. It is the only kind of statue made of Gold, Gilt and copper in entire Ladakh.

Then we visit Thiksey Gompa an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future is one of the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh.

Drive further to visit the famous Hemis Gompa, This is the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Most of the other Drukpa monasteries are the branch monasteries of Hemis. It was built during early 17th century with the blessing of Lama Stagtsang Raspa (Shambunatha), by famous Namgyal dynasty king Singee Namgyal.

The two-day festival of monastic dance in June-July has raised the reputation of Hemis particularly high. The festival is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as second Buddha and responsible for spreading Buddhism in the Tibetan world.

DAY 03: LEH - STOK - MANCARMO (4-5 HRS TREK)

We leave from Leh in a jeep in the morning. At Stok the pony man will load our big backpacks on the horses that are waiting for us. With our small daypacks we head off for Mancarmo through a beautiful valley, where there are unusual rock formations that point skywards in orange, purple, green colors. Mancarmo (4250 m) is the summer pasture of Stok villagers.

DAY 04: MANCARMO - BASE CAMP (3-4 HRS TREK)

Gradually we go higher into a desolate area, which is inhabited only by marmots and blue sheep. Surrounded by high mountains, we, at base camp (5020 m), will prepare our self mentally and physically for the big day.

DAY 05: BASE CAMP - SUMMIT 6150 M - BASE CAMP (10-11 HRS CLIMBING)

Depending on weather and snow conditions, we leave early around 1:00 am or 2:00 am. Usually conditions are better in the night/morning, when the sky is clearer because it is colder and the snow will be harder to walk on. We just take a cup of tea and bring our lunch bag, before walking into the night with our torches.

However, if it is a full moon night, the moon will guide us in its silvery glow. It is a strenuous walk, and in the last part we will most likely use not only ice axes, but also crampons and, maybe, even rope, depending on snow conditions. However, by the time we come close to the top, you will forget about the hardship as you are surrounded by one of the most beautiful sights in the Himalayas, lighted up by the slowly rising morning sun. In good weather conditions we can see the Saser group in the Great Karakoram Range, where K2 lies. To bring good fortune, we leave our Khatag, a religious scarf, on the mountaintop with prayer flags. Leaving the peak, we go down to Base Camp and by the time we arrive, the only thing running in our mind is diving into our sleeping bags for a rest.

Day 06: Base Camp - Stok (4 hrs trek) - Leh (17 Km / 1hr drive)

This morning we will not hurry and by the time we open our eyes, you realize that you have scaled a peak higher than any mountain in Europe or North America . After breakfast we will walk down to Stok, retracing our footsteps.

Upon arrival transfer to Leh by Jeeps.

DAY 07: LEH

Complete day at leisure to explore the beauty of leh city on your own and time free for last day shopping.

Or one can take an optional excursion to KHARDUNG-LA-PASS (the highest motorable road in the world) at 18,390 ft, around 39kms from Leh.

Or

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.

DAY 08: LEH

Tour concludes. TRAVEL EXCELLENCE thank you for your patronage and ensure a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onward Destination.

END OF THE TOUR / SERVICES & WISH YOU A MEMORABLE TOUR

16.   Tsomoriri to Kibber Trek (16 Nights / 17 Days)

TSOMORIRI TO KIBBER TREK (16 Nights / 17 Days)


The Trek through the ancient Pashmina route starts from the Nomads headquarter of Korzok, near the Tsomoriri Lake approximately 240 kms from Leh. It has wonderful walk along the Tsomoriri Lake, Parangchu with excellent landscape and climbing to Prangla Pass (5588m) with 3 hours walking on the Glacier. It was traditional route to reach Leh when Spiti was part of Ladakh. And in 19th Century Britisher used this route to enter into Highland of Ladakh to get high quality Pashmina. For Changpa nomads it's an important trade route even today, they sell their sheep and goats in Spiti, in return they get wheat, barley, cloths and other stocks for the cold winter. The trek finishes at Kibber village the highest village in the world and drive to Kaza, the biggest town of Spiti.

DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN LEH

Upon arrival at Leh Airport you will met by TRAVEL EXCELLENCE representative and Welcome in traditional Ladakhi style and transfer to our pre-arranged hotel, rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize. Overnight stay at hotel.

Leh City: The capital of Ladakh, at one time was a major stop on the Asian "Silk Route". A stroll along the main bazar, observing the varied crowd and peering into the curio shops, is an entrancing experience. Chang Gali, behind the main bazar is less bustling but has intriguing little shops selling curios and jewelry like pearls, turquoise, coral, malachite, lapis and many other kinds of semi-precious stones, as well as curiously carved Yak-horn boxes, quaint brass locks, china or metal bowls etc.

Evening we visit Shanti Stupa A magnificent white-domed structure, The Japanese for World Peace built the Shanti Stupa, at Changspa, on the hilltop, and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985. Its state of the art work attracts a lot of tourists to Ladakh and is spectacular to watch. From there one can see the nice spectacular view of Leh town. The stupa looks best at night, when it is beautifully illuminated with glittering lights. A large number of tourists come to Ladakh every year to visit this amazing stupa.

DAY 02: LEH

AM: Excursion Spituk & Hall of Fame
PM: Excursion to Sankar Gompa & Leh Palace

Post breakfast we depart for AM Sightseeing tour to Spituk.

Spituk monastery was built in 15th century during the reign of Grags 'bum-lde, these new Gelug-pa monastery was built like fortress on the summit of crags. Spituk lies some 5 kms south of Leh. Nesting at the foot of the crags are the flat-topped houses which go to form the village of Spituk.

Spituk or dpe-thub mean 'effective as an Example' and this is thus a suitable name for the first Gelug-pa monastery in Ladakh. Inside the monastery, which includes several courtyards and temples of various sizes, has been built at different levels, following the shape of the rock.

And also visit Hall of Fame near Leh is worth a visit for every citizen. It is a glorious museum constructed by Indian army. You can see the memorabilia, eminent defence personalities with biographies, images and weapons used during Kargil war and belongings of enemy soldiers found at war site. Another section of this building is entirely dedicated to Siachen and its heroes. On display are attires, multi layered shoes to keep their feet from frost bites, their daily instruments, their day to day food mainly frozen and packed, which is heated by lighting small balls of Hexamycin tablets, as fire is difficult to ignite at a temperature dipping -30 deg to -50 deg centigrade. It is mentioned on a board that 97% of the casualties in Siachen are due to cold and terrain.

Later we drive back to hotel on time for lunch.

Later in the afternoon, guided sightseeing tour visiting Sankar Gompa, located at a distance of approximately 3 km from the town of Leh. A subsidiary of the Spituk Gompa, it belongs to the Gelukpa or the Yellow Hat Sect. The monastery also serves as the official residence of the Ladakh's head of Gelukpa Sect, known as The Kushok Bakul. There are time restrictions for visiting the Sankar Monastery of Leh Ladakh. You can also go either between 7:00 am and 10:00 am, or between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. These restrictions have been placed because a few of the monks, of the yellow-hat sect, attached to the monastery reside here permanently.

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. The Palace was built in the middle of the 16th century by King Singe Namgyal and still belongs to the royal family that now lives in the Stok Palace. The nine-storeyed monument is now in ruins. The palace remains locked and may be opened at request by a monk.

Leh Palace is also an excellent example of the medieval Tibetan architecture. It features colossal inclined buttressed walls and protruding wooden balconies. Overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 03: LEH

Excursion to Shey, Thiksey, Hemis

Today we proceed for Indus Valley monastery tour.

We start with a visit to Shey the ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue, built in the memory of King Singee Namgyal by his son lDeldan Namgyal in 1633 A.D. It is the only kind of statue made of Gold, Gilt and copper in entire Ladakh.

Then we visit Thiksey Gompa an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future is one of the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh.

Drive further to visit the famous Hemis Gompa, This is the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Most of the other Drukpa monasteries are the branch monasteries of Hemis. It was built during early 17th century with the blessing of Lama Stagtsang Raspa (Shambunatha), by famous Namgyal dynasty king Singee Namgyal.

The two-day festival of monastic dance in June-July has raised the reputation of Hemis particularly high. The festival is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as second Buddha and responsible for spreading Buddhism in the Tibetan world.

DAY 04: LEH - CHUMATHANG - TSOMORIRI (240 KMS)

Leave in the morning and drive to Chumathang stop at Upshi for check point. Chumathang is famous for medical hot spring and & people visit to this place for medical bath. On the way visit Sumdah village and another 55 km. Drive will take you to Tsomoriri. The Lake is breeding grounds for numerous species of birds. Chief among them are the bar headed goose, found in great numbers, crested grebe, the Brahmin duck (ruddy sheldrake) and the brown headed gull. The Lake is 8 Km. Wide and 28 Km long. Overnight in tents.

DAY 05: KORZOK TO KYANGDAM (4595 M) - 05 HRS

Today it is an easy trek along the Lake towards southeast. The campsite is just at the end or the Lake.

DAY 06: KYANGDAM TO SKITPODANGSA (4563 M) 04-05 HRS

As soon as you leave Kyangdam, cross the river and walk towards east through a plain ground. After 02 hours of walk you will see a spring (Chumik Sharte), Trek to the same direction leaving Nurboo Sumdo campsite behind, and the Skitpodangsa is just across the river. Overnight camp.

DAY 07: SKITPODANGSA TO GETPABUZAK (4600 M) 05 HRS

Today it is again an easy walk along the Parangchu to the south. The campsite is just before the slopes. Overnight camp.

DAY 08: GETPABUZAK TO TARANGYOKMA (4731 M) 04-05 HRS

Trek towards the same direction passing through several slopes. You reach the campsite after crossing the tributaries coming from the east. Overnight camp.

DAY 09: TARANGYOKMA TO KARSHA GOMPA (4900 M) OR PARANG LA BASE

Today it is an easy walk. Walk to the same direction till a huge rock from where you have to cross the river to the right. If you are in a big group camp across the river, otherwise walk ahead to the base of Parang La. Overnight camp.

DAY 10: TARANGYOKMA TO TAKKARZONG (4850 M)

Today you have to cross the Parang-La pass through the glacier. Walk form right side of the glacier (your left) through the foothill till the crevasses becomes very narrow or finishes, and then walk towards south to the top of the pass. The pass has prayer flags and an other side is dry and very steep down.

The campsite is near a huge rock with waterfalls from it. But in end of September and October water dries up, therefore you have to carry water from the Parang base.

DAY 11: TAKKARZONG TO THAGLTAK (4500 M) 04-05 HRS

Walk down to the river (It is also called Parangchu) and walk towards east along the river through a narrow gorge. Thagltak is reached after crossing the river and a steep ascent towards south. The campsite is up the hill, which has spring water at the campsite.

DAY 12: THAGLTAK TO KIBBER 03 HRS

Walk towards east and you can have the view of Kibber village just after a small pass across the river. The walk from Kibber to Key takes around one and half hours. Overnight at camp.

DAY 13: KIBBER - KEY GOMPA - KAZA ( 3600M)

An early morning drive to Kee gompa 8 km, which is situated on a small hill. Drive to Kaza check in to hotel.

DAY 14: KAZA

Visit Dankhar monastery old capital of Spiti valley, Tabo monastery built in 996 AD, known as Ajanta of Himalaya, Lalung monastery and Kungri monastery in Pin valley. Evening drive back to Kaza.

DAY 15: KAZA - MANALI (1'950 MTRS)

An early start for a spectacular jeep ride to Manali via the Kunzum la pass (4'551 m) and Rohtang la ( 3'978 m )Passes. En-route magnificent view of numerous peaks of C.B. ranges CB 13, CB 14 far at Kunzom La, Shigri Parbat, Pinnacle, Kullu Pumori, White Sail, Bara Shigri Glacier (12 km long glacier) at Upper Chandra valley.

From Rohtang Gephang Goh, Hanuman Tibba. We arrive in Manali about 6 pm after a long dusty day on the road.

DAY 16: MANALI

Breathe in the fresh mountain air of Manali, the most famous hill resort in Himachal Pradesh. the pine covered slopes, the panoramic mountain vistas, the gushing waters of the Beas river are sure to enthrall you as you embark on a tour of Naggar Castle, Roerich's Art gallery, Hadimba Devi Temple, Tibetan Monastery. Evening is at leisure. Overnight at the Hotel.

DAY 17: DEPART MANALI

Tour Concludes: TRAVEL EXCELLENCE thank you for your patronage and ensure a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport / Bus Station to catch the flight / Bus for your onward Destination.

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