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iXiGOers Apr 22 2013

Suggest a 5 day tour itinerary for Leh.

Krishna Srivatsa Nimmaraju Apr 24 2013
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Monday: Sight seeing: Thiksey Monastery, Shey Palace, Sindhu Ghaat. Arrive at Leh and you will be dropped at Leh Market / hotel for Lunch (on your own). After lunch, you will leave for sightseeing to Shanti Stupa and Leh

Tuesday: Leh–Nubra Valley Via Khardungla Pass: (140 Kms in approximately 5-6 hours). White Sand Dunes at Hunder. You can enjoy the camel ride (on your own). Later if time permits visit Hunder and Diskit monasteries and check in at Deluxe Camp.

Wednesday: Nubra Valley – Leh Via Khardungla Pass . In the evening, explore Leh bazaar for souvenirs, visit Leh Jokhang or Leh Mosque by foot.

Thursday: Sight Seeing: Drive to Sangam. Enroute visit Magnetic Hill and Gurudwara Patthar Sahib. The Confluence of the Indus and Zanskar Rivers is in Ladakh at Nimu. isit Spituk Monastery (Kali Mata Temple) and Ladakh Hall of fame. Rafting.

Friday: Pangong Lake : 150km from Leh. As per schdule, we have to return to leh by night.

This itinerary is followed by almost all the travel operators in ladakh. Check out these Leh tour packages to plan your trip in more efficient way.

Shikha Gautam Apr 26 2013
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While the above outlined 5 day itinerary for Leh will work out well for you, we have an alternative itinerary that can be used in conjunction with the one above or separately while mapping your own, especially if you are not planning on availing the services of a tour operator.

Desolate but perpetually surrounded by a divine aura, Leh has for long lured travelers and explorers from all over the world with its mysticism and old world charm. Heed the call of this ancient, cold desert kingdom and come back with memories and experiences to last you a lifetime.

Day 1

As you excitedly make your way towards this two-parts-sublime-one-part-adventure city keep a lookout for the Hall of Fame that will fall your way on Srinagar-Ladakh highway. Essentially a museum, Hall of Fame or War Museum as its also known, is really a  narrative on the rich and colorful cultural heritage of Ladakh as well as the heart wrenching sacrifice made by Indian soldiers over the past two decades in their fight against terror and infiltration.

Head over to your hotel and after checking in first up for visit is Leh Royal Palace. Sitting atop Namgyal hill, overlooking the entire region like an affable royalty enjoying peaceful days, Leh Royal Palace spreads over nine floors and presently lies in ruins. An excellent place to get a glimpse of the palace's and Namgyal dynasty's lost glory is the Palace museum that has on display a rich collection of jewellery, Chinese Thangkas over a 450 years old, crowns, ceremonial dresses, and much more. Further up the same hill lies Namgyal Tsemo Gompa, a beautiful, serene 15th century monastery.

Know all about timings and entry fee at Leh Royal Palace.

Next up is Shanti Stupa, down Sankar road, Leh’s emblem of peace created and built by Bhikshu Gyomo Nakamura, a Japanese Buddhist and Kushok Bakula. With lunch time overhead, make your way to the bazaar or stop en route at Changspa road where a number of cafes and restaurants like La Pizzeria are situated. 

Next you could head over to Jama Masjid, a glorious symbol of religious forbearance and magnanimity.

Now that you are in the main bazaar area make your way through the shops that line it up. Look out for Buddhist Thangka house and Ladakh Bookshop. At Buddhist Thangka house you will come across a  fine collection of stunning paintings, exotic Turquoise jewellery, antique Tibetan tables, etc while Ladakh Bookshop is replete with an excellent range of books, travel guides, novels and trekking maps.

Be sure to pay your homage at the Prayer Wheels on Fort Road. Integral to Buddhist worship and prayer, spinning the Prayer Wheels clockwise with mantras coiled inside on a paper is a purely transcendental experience.  Know all about them at Prayer Wheels

With night having set in, head back to the hotel for dinner or visit Lamayuru restaurant on Fort Road for delicious Chinese and North Indian fare.

Day 2

First make your way to DC office in Leh and file out the form for Inner Line Permit you will need to cross Khardung la Pass and Nubra Valley that lies beyond. Try to reach there before 10AM and you need to have photocopies and original of your nationality and identity proof like Passport,Driving license. The process usually takes half an hour to 3 hours. Once you have your ILP, make sure it covers Nubra valley and Pangong Tso, arrange for a ride you will need to cover Khardung la pass tomorrow.

At the bazaar head over to any of the restaurants like Tenzin Dickey Tibetan or Bon Appettit for a early lunch and be sure to carry some food with you as most of the attractions next in line are spread apart.

With all the technicalities out of the way and you fueled up, get set to explore rest of Leh. First head over to Spituk monastery. Know about the timings and other details at Spituk monastery.

Then head out to Phyang where lies Phyang Monastery, one of the most important, culturally and historically, monastery of Leh. Visiting Phyang Monastery and returning back to Leh will possibly take better part of the evening. While heading back Gurudwara Pathar Sahib is bound to fall en route at Nimmoo. Be sure to pay your homage at the gurudwara, built in 1517 to commemorate Guru Nanak Devji's visit, founder Guru of Sikhism.

3 km from the gurudwara lies the ever flummoxing Magnetic hill. Be sure to check it out at Magnetic hill and see for yourself in Leh what the fuss is all about.

Alternatively, instead of visiting Phyang monastery you could opt for a trek through Markha valley that begins at Spituk and ends at Markha. But this requires some pre-planning and booking. Make all the arrangements well before you reach Leh.

As the night sets in head back to the hotel for dinner and turn in early as you have quite a thrilling day ahead.

Day 3

Get up early, have a filling breakfast, pack some food, gear up and head out to Khardung la pass, gateway to Nubra Valley and the highest motorable pass in India. Opened in 1988, it is a Mecca for most biking enthusiasts in India and the ride till up here is considered one of the most exhaustive and taxing ones.

Know about the timings and other important details at Khardung la pass.

Decked in a coat of thick snow all year long, Khardungla translating to 'Pass of Lower Castle' is widely popular for its natural beauty and splendid views of the snow capped Himalayan Ranges. 

Keep in mind that vehicles are allowed to enter only in one direction at a given time. From 9AM-1PM in Leh-Khardongla-Nubra direction and from 1PM-5PM in Nubra-Khardongla-Leh direction. Keep your Inner Line Permit handy to show it at the checkpoint and reach there well before 9AM.

Make your way to Nubra valley, 84 km away. Nestled between Karakoram Range and nourished by two rivers, Nubra is a lush green valley brimming with sea buckthorns and alfalfa. Samstanling Monastery and Diksit Monastery out here are two of the most revered monasteries in Nubra and be sure to visit both of them. 

Keep in mind that you have to reach Khardung la pass well before 5PM when it shuts down for the day.

After this exhaustive but thrilling adventure through the valleys of Ladakh simply head back to the hotel for dinner.

Day 4

Get up early and after a filling breakfast head out to the luminescent, resplendent glory of Leh- Pangong Tso, 61.1 km away. Be sure to carry food with you and keep in mind that visiting Pangong Tso requires Inner Line Permit.

Know all about the lake at Pangong Tso.

Now for the rest of the day give sightseeing a rest and head over to Zanskar gorge for some adrenaline pumping white water rafting. Preferably opt for camping out by the banks of Pangong Tso as not only is the drive back tiring but couple of hours by Pangong Tso do no justice to its beauty and the distance you have traversed to glimpse its ethereal beauty.

Back in Leh turn in for the day with a filling dinner at the hotel.

Day 5

After a filling breakfast at the hotel get prepared for quite a drive to Likir Monastery 48 km away on NH 1D. Set by river Indus and recognizable from afar by the large seated statue of Maitreya Buddha, gilded in gold and 75 feet tall. Belonging to the Gelugpa sect of Buddhism, known by their Yellow Hat, it is the official seat of Ngari Ringpoche.

Know about the monastery's timings and other details at Likri Monastery

With Alchi being 21 km away from Likir it would be a good idea to head out there and pay your tributes at Alchi Choskor Monastery, the only remaining specimen of Indian Buddhist Iconography, which flourished in this region before the Tibetan influences started gaining strength.

Know all about the timings and entry fee to monastery at Alchi Choskor monastery

Now head back to Leh and after a spot of late lunch head down to Shey Palace 12 km away on Leh-Manali highway past the golf course. The erstwhile summer retreat of Namgyal dynasty in 17th century, Shey Palace today lies in a mostly ruined state. Spread over three floors, the Palace attracts people from all across the globe, but not for itself rather the Shey monastery housed within the palace complex and the glorious three storey statue of Buddha.While the climb up the hillock is tough and literally breathtaking but more than worth what awaits you at the top.

If time is left then visit Thiksey monastery 4.1 km away. Ancient, magnificent and steeped in folklore and legends Thiksey monastery is a beautiful, striking 12 storey monastery and not only houses the largest statue of Maitreya Buddha in Leh but is also the largest monastery in Central Ladakh.

Check out the timings and other details at Thiksey Monastery.

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