Duration : 10 Nights /11 Days
Nubra Valley is
about 150 km north of Leh, the capital town of Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir,
India. The common way to access this valley is to travel over the Khardung
La from Leh where one will first encounter the Shyok valley. To enter the
Nubra valley, one must cross over the Shyok river via a small bridge and
pass through a military checkpoint. An "Inner Line" permit is required to
pass. The Nubra valley contains the small towns of Sumur and Panamik. Sumur
has a Buddhist Gompa or monastery while Panamik is noted for its hot
Early morning flight
Delhi to Leh, transfer to hotel and
Day 2: Morning sightseeing
Shanti Stupa, and Sangkar Gompa
Shanti Stupa above Changspa
village, 3km west of the bazaar. Inaugurated in 1983 by the Dalai Lama, the
"Peace Pagoda", whose sides are decorated with gilt panels depicting
episodes from the life of the Buddha, is one of several such monuments
erected around India by a "Peace Sect" of Japanese Buddhists;
lunch at hotel, afternoon rest.
Day 3: Full day of sightseeing
Famous Ladakh monasteries - Shey, Thikse, Hemis; picnic lunch; return to
hotel in Leh.
Day 4: Full day of sightseeing
Likir Gompa and Alchi Gompa; picnic lunch
The Gompa was
extensively renovated in the 18th century and there is little sign of the
antiquity related to the site. The impressive Du-khang is devoted to the
three Buddhas - "Marme Zat" (past), "Shakyamuni" (present) and "Maitreya"
(Future), while the Gon-khang, decorated with lavish murals of "Yamantaka"
and "Mahakala" contains the statue of the wrathful protector, "Tse-Ta-Pa
Overnight at Uletokpo Camp.
Day 5: Full day of sightseeing
Lamayuru Gompa; picnic lunch; return to Uletokpo Camp.
Day 6: Drive back to Leh, on the way visit Bazgo Gompa, overnight in
Day 7: Drive to Nubra Valley crossing the highest pass of the region,
the Khardong La (5602m); hotel in Diskit.
Day 8: Visit Diskit Gompa (now a major branch of Thikse Gompa),
Hunder, and Bactrian camel farm; picnic lunch; return to hotel.
Day 9: Morning visit Samstaling Gompa, another impressive monastery
in Nubra, and drive back to Leh.
Day 10: Free day - relax, go shopping, in the evening see cultural
show of Ladakhi songs and dances.
Day 11: Fly back to Delhi and transfer to hotel.
Places of Interest (Visit
Leh is nested in a side valley just to the north of the Indus Valley.
Until 1947 it had close trading relations with Central Asia yak trains would
set off from the Leh Bazaar to complete the stages over the Kaakoam Pass to
Yarkand and Kashgar.
Administering the Valleys of Suru , Drass, Wakha and Bodkarbu, Kargil
lies midway between the alpine valleys of Kashmir and the fertile reaches of
the Indus Valley and ladakh
Thak Thok gompa
shelters a cave in which the apostle Padmasambhava is said to have meditated
during his epic eight-century journey to Tibet.
Dhahanu is situated to the south west of Leh,
around 163 Kms. passing through the beautiful villages of Kaltsey, Domkhar,
Padum is 240 km to the south of Kargil, comes as a bit of an anticlimax
Rangdum is an elliptical expanded plateau surrounded by colourful hills on
the one side and glacier encrusted rocky mountains on the other.
Walled in by the Great Himalayan Divide, Zanskar, literally " Land of
White Copper" has for decades exrted the allure of Shangri La on visitours
Zangla is the nodal point on the popular Padum Strongdey Zangla Karsha
Padum round trip, which covers most of the cultural sites of Zanskar.
The Suru Valley
Diving two of the world's most formidable mountain ranges, the Suru
Valley winds south from Kargil to the desolate Pensi La the main entry point
the Nubra valley - nubra means green used to be on the trading route
connection Tibet with Turkistan, Also Now as the Valley of Flowers
Drass (3230 m), 60 km west of Kargil on the road to Srinagar, is a small township lying in the centre of the valley of the same name
The Shyok River receives the waters of the Nubra and Changchenmo rivers. It rises from the Khumdang glacier, which can be approached from
Pangong Tso, 15km to the southeast of Leh, is one of the largest
saltwater lakes in Asia, a long narrow strip of water stretching from Ladakh
east into Tibet.
Tso Moriri or "Mountain Lake" is Famous for the large herds of
king, or wild ass, which graze on its shores, the lake of Tso Moriri.