Anyone who loves traveling simply cannot miss out on a Ladakh Tour and pass up the opportunity to delve deeper into the rich history and vibrant culture of Ladakh. Most novices think that Ladakh consists entirely of dusty trails and barren mountains but those who have seen the beauty of “The Land of High Passes” know that it deserves all the praise.
The essence of Buddhist culture that is speckled throughout the vast landscape of Ladakh is one of the many reasons why it attracts so many wandering travelers, not just from the country but all over the world. The moonlit valleys, alpine slopes, wicked trails and mighty rivers make Ladakh a perfect blend of calm and chaos, providing a little bit of something for everyone. Whether an individual is seeking the thrill of driving on high motorable passes or trying to attain a peaceful mind by learning the messages of Buddha in a monastery, Ladakh has it all and in this 5 nights 6 days Leh – Ladakh tour package, we make sure that you experience Ladakh in all its glory.
Many people overlook the crucial fact that traveling to high altitude can cause discomfort which is why it’s necessary to give your body time to get acclimatized to high altitude and harsh cold winds by spending a day in Leh. It’s also important to notice that AMS and other health related risks can easily be avoided if one stays hydrated and gives their body time to adjust to their surroundings. In this Ladakh tour itinerary, we have carefully curated it after keeping in mind the comfort and convenience of our travelers which is why we start this fixed departure tour for Ladakh with a buffer day.
The buffer day gives you ample opportunity to get familiar with your surroundings with a Leh sightseeing tour. It even allows you to interact with the locals which is an insightful experience on its own. Spending a day in Leh opens a gateway for you to embrace the many sides of the culture and customs of Ladakh. A day in Leh also gives you a glimpse into the daily, simple lives of the locals who have hospitality warmer than their smiles.
Leh bustles with the kind of zeal that is both comforting and thrilling. When you are spending a day here, you can even shop for souvenirs in the market. In that way, you’d be helping the local businesses and doing your part in making sure that the people who are so welcoming to travelers maintain their enthusiasm and hospitable nature. Another thing that you simply can’t miss out while you are in Leh is the local cuisine. We personally recommend our travelers to try the Gur Gur Cha which is a type of butter tea that keeps you warm while the Momos that have traveled all the way from Tibet to the streets of Delhi will satisfy all your cravings.
Finally, after the day is spent indulging in a Leh sightseeing tour, the real Ladakh tour begins with Sangam being the first major attraction of Ladakh that we tick off of our bucket list. The union of Zanskar’s earthly green hued water with the crystal blue waves of Indus is a breathtaking sight to behold, one you will remember for a long time. The fascinating part about the confluence of these two rivers is that just like the season changes the color of leaves, the flow of these two rivers changes exactly like that.
The mighty Zanskar River flows with rapid tides in summer while Indus remains calmer. The dynamic changes during winters, where Zanskar seemingly slows down, to a point where it even gets almost frozen and Indus flows relentlessly. If the situation permits, you can even indulge in some river rafting at Zanskar which is the highest winter rafting point in the entire world.
The next stop on our sightseeing tour on this Leh Ladakh tour is Gurudwara Patthar Sahib. It is an incredibly revered place and the beliefs associated with this place of worship are of utmost importance. As the legend goes, this is the place where Guru Nanak Dev ji is believed to have conquered a demon. A boulder with the imprint of the body of Guru Nanak Dev and the footprint of the demon is on display in Gurdwara Patthar Sahib. The Gurudwara is maintained by the Indian Army and though photography is prohibited inside, there are no restrictions for people who want to pay their respects. That is one of the reasons why even in a place like Ladakh which is majorly known for Buddhism, devotees arrive and worship at the Gurudwara.
Our next popular attraction of Ladakh is the iconic Magnetic hill. It is believed that the hill defies gravity and forces your vehicle to travel uphill even if you’re driving in the opposite direction. However, it’s a brilliant optical illusion of nature that people love to talk about.
The Hall of Fame which is a memorial constructed by the Indian Army to honor the legacy of the Indian soldiers who lost their lives during the many wars that occurred post partition is our next stop in this Ladakh tour package. This is perhaps one of the most symbolic embodiments of courage and valor of the army when it comes to our country .The most fascinating as well as heartbreaking part of the museum is the wall named “The last post”. The wall has the last letter written by Captain Vijayant Thapar before his martyrdom preserved in the frame. Simply being in such close proximity to these mementos, surrounded by the war history, how our soldiers lived their lives and more importantly how they sacrificed it will surely leave you teary-eyed.
Finally, the Shanti Stupa with it’s calming spiritual essence and pristine domed structure will set your mind at peace. The significance of the Stupa doesn’t end at it’s architectural design but expands to the rich history and culture it holds in its embrace. With ancient relics of Buddha and other notable emblems of Buddhist culture, it is also enshrined by the 14th Dalai Lama himself. The stunning landscape in the backdrop of the Stupa simply adds more charm to it.
One of the best places in Ladakh is Nubra Valley with the kind of beauty that surpasses the expectations of people who visit Ladakh for the first time. In Tibetan, the name of Nubra is actually Dumra which means valley of flowers and the name perfectly suits the vast expanse of land that stretches like a blooming spring field. The best part about this mini road trip from Leh to Nubra is that you’ll be traversing through Khardung La pass which is one of the highest motorable passes in the world, with a staggering height of 18,379 ft. The pass is a gateway to the Shyok and Nubra valleys. Adventure enthusiasts from across the world come on this pass to experience the thrill of riding their bikes at high altitudes. You can also indulge in exciting activities like Double Hump Bactrian Camel safari, ATV rides and more.
Our next destination is one of the reasons why Ladakh has gained so much popularity in the last few years. The Pangong Lake, a name you might be familiar with if you are into pop culture, specifically Bollywood, is one of the best places in Ladakh. It is not only extremely beautiful with its pristine beauty but also makes you nostalgic with its relevance to movies like 3 idiots, Jab tak hai Jaan and Dil se. Apart from being a treat to the eyes, what makes the lake interesting is that it doesn’t allow outflow to any other water bodies.
En-route Pangong while on this Ladakh tour, we will make a stop to pay our respects at the Diskit Monastery which is the oldest and the largest monastery in Leh and is known for the 106 ft tall statue of Buddha that is perched on top of hill. The Monastery has its roots dating back to the 14th century with frescoes and paintings depicting ancient tales of Buddhist culture.
After our day’s excursion, we will set up camp with the Pangong Lake in the backdrop. A night with starry skies and soothing breeze would give you the peace of mind that you must be seeking after the daily humdrum of your life.
In a nutshell, this Ladakh tour package is a perfectly balanced fixed group tour that explores the hidden gems of Ladakh and satiates the travel bug inside of you.
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Day 1 : Arrival at Leh Airport | Acclimatization Day
- The group will assemble at the airport. We’ll meet the team captains and a small tour briefing session will be conducted.
- We will check into our designated hotels. The rest of the day is at leisure.
- Dinner will be served in the evening followed by an overnight stay in Leh.
Day 2 : Leh Sightseeing Day
- After breakfast, we will head out for our local sightseeing tour.
- Afterwards, we will spend some time at the sangam site in Leh region where the Zanskar river meets the Indus river to form a beautiful confluence.
- We will also visit other tourist attractions such as Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Magnetic hill which is an anti gravity hill as well as The Hall of Fame which is a war memorial maintained by the Indian Army.
- The last stop on our sightseeing tour is the iconic Shanti Stupa known for it’s beautiful white dome shape, statues and intricate carvings.
- We will return to our Hotel where dinner will be served in the evening followed by overnight stay in Leh.
Day 3 : Leh to Nubra Valley (160 Kilometers, 7 Hours)
- Post breakfast, we’ll head out for Nubra Valley.
- En-route, we will make a pit stop at one of the Highest Motorable Road in the World, Khardung La.
- Upon reaching Nubra Valley, we’ll check into our campsite.
- In the evening, travelers can indulge in a Double Hump Bactrian Camel safari, ATV rides and more. (on personal expense)
- Post-check-in, Dinner will be served followed by overnight stay in Nubra Valley.
Day 4 : Nubra to Pangong (280 Kilometers, 7 Hours)
- Post breakfast, we will check out from our campsite and head towards Pangong Tso, the iconic lake that has gained popularity ever since featuring in the Bollywood blockbuster movie 3 Idiots.
- En-route, we will visit the Diskit Monastery, popular for the the 100ft tall colorful statue of Buddha.
- After paying our reverence at the monastery, we will resume our journey.
- Upon reaching Pangong, we will check-in to our campsite where we will have dinner followed by an overnight stay.
Day 5 : Pangong to Leh (230 Kilometers, 5 Hours)
- After spending a night under the starry skies and waking up to the beautiful view of the Pangong lake, we will have breakfast early in the morning.
- Traversing through Chang La Pass, which is one of the highest passes in the world, we will head back to Leh.
- En-route we will visit the Shey Palace which is popular for it’s 12 meter tall gold gilded statue of Buddha. We will also pay our reverence at Thiksey Monastery, which is the largest Monastery in Central Ladakh.
- Upon reaching Leh, we will check into our designated hotel where we will have dinner and spend the night.
*Note: Visiting Shey Palace and Thiksey Monastery is subjected to time.
Day 6 : Departure to Leh Airport | Tour Ends
- Post breakfast, we’ll check out of our hotels.
- The group will disband and go their separate ways, to their respective cities according to their own scheduled departure.
- End of Tour.
* Book your return flight for this day after consulting with your handler.
Can I Go to Ladakh by Myself Bike Trip?
Yes! You can go anywhere if you plan well but as stated that Ladakh is a zone where you’re all on your own, so being prepared is the only thing that you can rely on. Which is why we say that if you’re comfortable in your skills then you can otherwise either be prepared or go along with a group of people who are expert in the terrain.
How to Rent a Bike for Ladakh Trip?
You can easily rent bikes from Manali, Srinagar, and Leh. All you have to do is submit some required documents, security money and certify that you’re having a having a valid driver’s licence. Additionally, if you damage the bike during the course of the trip, you will have to pay the amount to the shop owner according to the damage incurred.
How Difficult Is Ladakh Bike Trip?
The roads are heavily made for offroading and it would be quite hard even for an expert biker to manage smoothly on the same terrain. Additionally, it also depends on the kind of vehicle that you’re using, if you’re going on a 100CC bike then it will be very much difficult and you might break your bike for sure that you’re at least having a 500CC machine.
What Type of Food Is Served During the Trip?
We provide nutritious, hygienic, and healthy food during the trip. But in case, you have some preferred food type such as Jain Foods, Only Vegetarian or any other type then we can make arrangements beforehand. But make sure to inform the same to your handler at the time of booking.
Is Ladakh Bike Trip More Expensive Than Organised Trip?
Yes! If you’re organising the trip on your own accord then it’ll be much more expensive as you’ll have to manage accommodation, transport, meals, permits, guides, breakdown cost and more on your own. In the moment of heat, you’re most probably to be given a surge price instead of a better deal, which you get when you pre-booked with any operator.