Ladakh has become the paradise of travelers in the recent years, and for good reason. It provides a comepletely different outlook of mountains and nature from what we see in the rest of India, and has mesmerizing blue skies in daytime and amazing clear skies at night.
But do most of the people who head to Ladakh see the complete picture of Ladakh? Has the thought ever crossed in your mind that Ladakh could be more than Khardung-La, Nubra, Pangong and the monasteries in the main town?
We will answer that question for you, and it's a big yes. There is a lot lot more to Ladakh than these commonly explored places which will blow your mind, and we are bringing you a package including the usuals, plus the extreme Ladakh.
So what extra are you getting in this you ask? Did you know that India's remotest sky observatory is in a Village called Hanle, 250 kilometres from Leh town? And for good reason that too. The air is extremely dry, and there is no light pollution. All you have to do to see the milky way is to look up at night, while there. And easily said, it's paradise for night sky photography.
We have something for everyone. This region is famous for the extremely rare black neck cranes. So all you people who are into birding, should I say more?
And for simpletons like our own itinerary designer Nadheem, we have wild horses running along the cars at multiple stretches of the route with their royal extra long necks and beautiful build. Such a pleasure for the eyes those magical moments are.
For the adventure junkies, let's just say we'll be driving really close to, and along the Border of China. You are free to try going abroad through the path but we will take no responsibility and give you no guarantee of a safe passage back :-P
And finally, for anyone who enjoys natural beauty, we have vast stretches where for 50+ kilometers, you won't see any sign of civilization and extremely bad roads, but blessed with mountains, beautiful skies, and breathtaking clouds. Every sunset is nothing but a miracle in the villages and camps you will be staying, and every sight, new, different, and unbelievable. For those who think Pangong is the most beautiful, we show you Tso Moriri which literally acts like a mirror reflecting the mountains and clouds. For those who think Pangong lacks vegetation, we show you the dry and lifeless stretches of Tso-Kar which is beautiful and scary at the same time. And for those who think the roads to Chang-la is tough, we will show you hundred plus kilometers of actual bad roads.
High on adventure, very high on adrenaline, and extremely high on beauty, this is the Ladakh to see if you are physically fit and fine, and you will end up telling all your Ladakh-return friends they haven't seen the actual Ladakh after you see it.
Checkin to hotel and rest up, acclimatising to the high altitude and thin air is very important. Headout for lunch, and explore market area and Leh palace in the latter half of the day.
Explore various sites in Leh like Likhi monastery, Aalchi monastery, Sangam Hall of fame, Magnetic hill and the Shanti stupa.
Day 1 and 2 in Leh is mandatory for acclimatization.
Head out to Kurzok in the morning Drive back to Loma, and then, to Kurzok via Nyoma and Mahe. Reach guest house and take rest. Head to the view point to get a beautiful reflection of the mountains and clouds in the lake. Watch an amazing sunset from there. Head back to guest house for the night.
Early morning start, drive along the China border, and visit Chushul falls on the way. Continue further to reach Loma Bend, from where the diversion to Hanle will be taken. The drive will surely take the breth away, you will get to see some of the most beautiful landscapes ever. Reach Hanle by evening.
Walk around and explore the village after breakfast. Visit the observatory and then head to the monastery. Enjoy the exquisite view of the starts and the milky-way post dinner.
Start early for Pangong Drive along Pangong lake which is about a 25km stretch to reach Merak village. Halt at Merak, away from all the touristy areas of Pangong.
Head to Nubra valley. Visit the mighty Kardung-La on the way. Enjoy the beauty of Nubra Valley, explore the area, and see the double humped camels.
Have breakfast and start your journey back to Leh, its an approximately 5-6 hour drive. Reach Leh and enjoy the evening.
Head back with everlasting memories from the trip.
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