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The Best of Ladakh
Duration: (09 Nights | 10 Days)

Day 01: Arrive in Leh & chill. Day for acclimatization
Day 02: Leh Local Sightseeing
Day 03: Leh to Nubra Valley (Diskit/Hunder) via Khardung La (17,582 ft.)
Day 04: Nubra Valley: Hunder to Turtuk & Thang (Zero Point)
Day 05: Nubra Valley: Turtuk to Hunder
Day 06: Nubra Valley to Tso Pangong via Shyok River
Day 07: Tso Pangong to Hanle via Chushul/Tsaga La (15,206 ft.)
Day 08: Hanle to Teri Village via Umling La (19,024 ft.) & Nyoma
Day 09: Teri Village to Leh via Karu
Day 10: Leh Airport Drop

• Drive over Khardung La (17,582 ft.), Tsaga La (15,206 ft.), Nurbu La (17,328 ft.), and the highest motorable road in the world Umling La (19,024 ft.)
• Leh – Srinagar Highway up till Sangam
• Drive through some of the most scenic & craziest routes of eastern Ladakh
• Visit Turtuk, Thang (the northernmost tip of India) & Rezang La War Memorial
• Visit Indian Astronomical Observatory (the highest observatory in India)
• Famous Palaces & Monasteries
• Leh (3N)
• Nubra Valley (3N)
• Pangong Lake (1N)
• Hanle (1N)
• Teri Village (1N)

Cost Includes
• Room category & accommodation as desired
• 03 Nights’ stay at Leh
• 03 Nights’ stay at Nubra Valley
• 01-Night stay at Tso Pangong
• 01-Night stay at Hanle
• 01-Night stay at Teri Village
• Meals on MAP Basis (Dinner & Breakfast included)
• Transportation: All sightseeing tours by Non-Ac Innova as per the itinerary
• Leh Airport pick-up & drop
• Ladakh Ecology & Environmental Fee
• Fuel, driver allowances & all transport-related costs
• All applicable taxes

Cost Excludes
• Airfare
• Entrance fee for monasteries/palaces, etc.
• Expenses of personal nature, such as laundry, telephone calls, room service, alcoholic beverages, mini bar charges, tips, portage, camera fees, room heater, etc.
• Any meals and services not specifically mentioned in the inclusions
• Any expense incurred or loss caused by reasons beyond our control such as bad weather, natural calamities (landslides, floods), flight delays/rescheduling/cancellations, any accidents / medical evacuations, riots/strikes/war/roadblocks, & force majeure events, etc.
• Medical insurance/travel insurance/oxygen cylinder
• Additional sightseeing charges or extra usage of the vehicle apart from the suggested itinerary

DETAILED ITINERARY
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Day One: Tickets To Paradise

Arrive in Leh (Altitude 11,500 ft.)

You will arrive at the Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport (Leh Airport) which is nestled in the midst of The Mighty Himalayan Mountain Range. Leh Airport; one of the highest airports in the world is also considered to be one of the most scenic owing to its heavenly surroundings. It is encircled by immense golden brown, barren mountains which are truly a sight for sore eyes.

You will be warmly welcomed by Unplugged Life’s representative and transferred to your hotel in Leh City. The rest of the evening is for you to acclimatize yourself by casually strolling in and around your lodgings. Overnight stay at Leh City. The capital of Ladakh, at one time, was a major stop on the Asian “Silk Route”.

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Day Two: On Vacation

Leh Local Sightseeing

Explore the gorgeous town of Leh and its beautiful stopovers. The most prominent among them is the Leh Palace. The ruins of this 350-year-old, nine-story high Palace offer a breathtaking view of the city of Leh and its surroundings. Leh Market is starkly different from its metropolitan counterparts. The shops here are small, colourful, and vibrant. It has a rare mix of western and native cultures which is unique to itself.

Leh also boasts of a widely diverse population and shows its influences on its infrastructure. The Shanti Stupa, Jama Masjid, Central Asian Museum, Zorawar Fort, Gurudwara Shri Pathar Sahib, and Magnetic Hill all lie within 25 km of Leh’s radius. Also, within this radius is the Indian Army’s Hall of Fame (Monday Closed). It is a monument dedicated to the soldiers who served, and/or perished on the borders during wartime.

The Sangam (Confluence of rivers) between the ice-cold Zanskar and the mighty Indus is incredible to watch. Its gushing blue waters put on a stunning display of power. Once you’ve absorbed in all these wonderful sights you will return to Leh and spend the night there.

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Day Three: Gateway to Nubra Valley

Leh to Nubra Valley (Diskit/Hunder) via Khardung La (17,582 ft.)

After an early breakfast, you’ll check-out & drive to super scenic Nubra Valley 10,000 ft. The road takes you through the world’s 11th highest motorable pass, Khardung La (17,582 ft.) a place engulfed in fog and wrapped by snow-laden peaks. You will literally be on cloud 9 that day.

Descending from the high pass, you will drive through the barren beauty of Nubra Valley, with the aquamarine waters of Shyok River for company. On arrival, you’ll first visit Diskit Monastery. It is over 250 years old and is the oldest monastery in Nubra Valley. Next to that lies an imposing 100 feet statue of Maitreya Buddha, in its resplendent golden avatar. From here drive to the sand dunes at Hunder. Overnight at Hunder Village.

You can also go on an ATV ride on the sand dunes or try go-karting (on direct payment basis). Later check-in at the camp & spend the evening looking up at the skies.

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Day Four: A Day in Baltistan

Nubra Valley: Hunder to Turtuk/Thang (Zero Point)

After a hearty breakfast in the morning, you will head to Turtuk/Thang (Zero Point) – the closest village to the LOC that tourists are allowed to visit.

Thang (Zero Point) is as far north as you can get in this country. Turtuk is one of the northernmost villages in India. It is the only Balti Region under the Indian Administration and was under Pakistan’s control until 1971.

Geographically, Turtuk lies in the Baltistan region and is one of four such villages in India, the other three being Tyakshi, Chalunkha & Thang after which Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan begins. Although the primary trade of Turtuk is agriculture, you will see intricate handicrafts around the village.

Turtuk is as green a village as it gets, which is quite unusual for a barren landscape like Ladakh. The abundance of Apricot trees is put to good use by making an authentic stew from it. Overnight stay at Turtuk Village.

Day Five: Losing Sight of the City Life

Nubra Valley: Turtuk Village to Hunder

After a lazy breakfast, you’ll check-out & drive to the sand dunes at Hunder. Here you can spot the world-famous double-humped camels, one of the rarest mammals, lounging in the desert. Spend the rest of the day chilling in the desert or take a leisurely walk around the village. Later visit a small hidden Museum inside Chamba Cottage.

At night, step out of your cosy room and gaze at the sky. Ladakh is one of the best places to stargaze, thanks to the pollution-free environment.

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Day Six: Along the Shyok River

Nubra Valley to Tso Pangong (13,943 ft.) via Shyok River

After an early breakfast, drive towards Tso Pangong 13,943 ft. via Shyok. This route goes via Agham – Shyok Village – DurbukTangste to reach Pangong Tso. The first glimpse of the tranquil, azure blue waters, and shaky lakeshore of Tso Pangong remains etched in the memory of tourists.

Tso Pangong has the most crystal clear, cerulean blue waters ever seen. The lake plays host to migratory bird families during mating seasons. Bar-headed Geese and Brahmani Ducks are two of the most prominently found birds here. The rare, endangered, and usually elusive Black-necked Cranes are also found here. What will surprise you is that the lake lies only partially in India, its major chunk lying in China-occupied Tibet.

In winter the entire lake freezes to the point where you can walk over it. Upon arrival you’ll check-in at the guest house/camp and spend the rest of the evening strolling around the lake, taking in the beautiful scenery.

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Day Seven: Unplugged Life

Tso Pangong to Hanle via Chushul/Tsaga La (15,206 ft.)

Today you will drive on one of the most scenic routes of Ladakh. The road goes parallel to the mesmerizing Tso Pangong until the lake takes a turn towards Tibet.

This route goes via Spangmik – Maan – Merak Chushul – Regzang La – Tsaga La (15,206 ft.) – Loma Bend and Rhongo to reach Hanle.

On your way, you will stop at Rezang La War Memorial. It is the site of the last stand of the 13 Kumaon, during the Sino-Indian War in 1962.

The Indian Astronomical Observatory in Hanle is situated at an elevation of 4500m (14,763 ft.). It is the highest observatory in India and the 10th highest in the world. The site is deemed excellent for stargazing, you can actually see the Milky Way with your naked eyes. Along with the magnificent views, you can also get a free tour of the observatory. From Hanle Monastery one can get a bird’s eye view of the beautiful Changthang Plateau.

Hanle will soon be known as India’s first Dark Sky Sanctuary. A dark sky sanctuary is an area, usually surrounding an observatory, that has distinct and clear starry nights.

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Day Eight: Head for the Border

Hanle to Teri Village via Umling La (19,024 ft.) & Nyoma

After an early breakfast, start the drive towards Umling La 19,024 feet via Nurbu La 17,328 feet. Umling La is located at the ridgeline between Koyul Lungpa and the Indus River. It is traversed by a road between Chisumle and Demchok, at an elevation of 5,798m (19,024 ft), making Umling La officially the world’s highest motorable pass. 

Umling La pass is very near the Line of Actual Control between India and China-occupied Tibet. The border village of Demchok is only 25 km from Umling La top. The Line of Actual Control (LAC) passes along the southeast side of the village, along the Charding Nullah (also called Demchok River and Lhari stream) which joins the Indus River near the village. Across the stream, less than a kilometer away is a Chinese-administered Demchok village.

From Umling La top backtrack to Hanle and head towards Teri Village or Karu via Nyoma, Mahe Bridge & Chumathang. Chumathang is famous for its medical hot spring. Upon arrival, check in at your accommodation in Teri a beautiful hamlet of 31 households. Overnight stay at Teri Village.

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Day Nine: Don’t Let it End 

Teri Village to Leh via Karu/Hemis & Thiksey Monastery

After breakfast, you’ll head to Hemis Monastery & Museum which existed before the 11th century. Naropa, the pupil of the yogi Tilopa, and the teacher of the translator Marpa are connected with this monastery. It is one of the oldest and richest monasteries in all of Ladakh and is definitely a must-visit on your Ladakh Adventure.

From here, head to Thiksey Monastery. It is located on the top of the hill. It is very famous for its similarity with Potala Palace of Lhasa. This monastery is famous for pilgrim activities, architectural elements, sightseeing, and exploration. It is a twelve-story complex and houses many items of Buddhist art such as stupas, statues, thangkas, wall paintings, and swords. Later take a stop at Rancho School, Sindhu Ghat, Shey Palace & Monastery.

Shey palace and the monastery were built in the 16th Century AD. The monastery enshrines the Du-Khang with an almost 10-meter-high copper statue of Lord Buddha. The Shey palace was built by King Deledan Nagmyal and Shey Palace boasts of the largest victory stupa in Leh, the top of which is made of pure gold. The Shey Palace was the abode of the royal family till 1834 AD when they moved to the Stok palace.

After that, it’s a non-stop drive to your hotel in Leh. The rest of the evening is at your own leisure.

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Day Ten: Wrapping Up

Depart Leh: Transfer to Airport

In the morning, you’ll be driven to the airport where you’ll board the flight to your onward destination.