LADAKH “The Forbidden Land”

Amritsar; known for its Golden Temple, the most revered and sacred shrine of the Sikhs. Literary it means Pool of Nectar. Devotees from all sects of life irrespective of their caste and creed come here to pray. Inside the temple is the Guru Granth Sahib, the Holy Book of the Sikhs, and the 24 hr running kitchen, which feeds about 10,000 pilgrims every day and is run on a voluntary basis. Nearby is Jallianwala Bagh.

Observe and experience the evening witness closing ceremony of Granth Sahib, Sikh holy book being carried to its night lodging by a palanquin at Golden Temple.

A day-by-day plan to guide your journey.

  • DAY 01

    Delhi – Leh



    Board the flight on your own to Leh. Upon arrival after traditional Indian style ‘Swagat’ (Welcome) by THE TIME TRAVELS representative, he would assist you at the airport & transfer to hotel for check in. Complete day for rest and leisure to acclimatize welcome Tea or Coffee at the Hotel.

    (This must be one of the Most Sensational Flights in The World. On a clear day from one side of the aircraft can be seen in the distance the peaks of K2, Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum and on the other side of the aircraft, so close that you feel you could reach out and touch it, is the Nun Kun massif) Evening visit to Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa & Leh Market.....

    Overnight Hotel – Leh (L,D)

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    DAY 02

    Leh Day excursion to Sham Valley (75 Kms / 4 Hrs)



    Post breakfast you drive downstream along the River Indus on Leh – Kargil Highway. En-route visiting Gurudwara Patthar Sahib Nestled deep in the Himalayas, A drive of another 4 km took us to Magnetic Hill which defies the law of gravity & further Driving through a picturesque landscape we reached the Confluence Of The Indus And Zanskar River, Just before Saspul a road to the right takes you for your visit to the Likir Monastery, Likir is one of the most active monasteries in the region. As you drive up to the monastery a recently installed colossal gilded image of the Maitreya out in the open is one of the most impressive sights in Ladakh.

    After visiting the Monastery you continue your drive along the River Indus to or Uletokpo or Tingmosgang enroute visiting Ridzong Monastery, there is the option to walk up to the Monastery for those that wish to do so. Hidden at the end of a steep valley, the first view of the Monastery is dramatic. Later driven back to Leh.

    Overnight Hotel – Leh (B, L, D)

  • DAY 03

    Leh – Nubra Valley Via Khardung La 18,390 Ft. (120 Kms / 4 – 5 Hrs)



    Post breakfast drive to Nubra Valley. The road journey from Leh to Nubra Valley passes over Khardung La (The Highest Motorable Road In The World) at 5,602 Mtrs / 18,390 Ft, around 39 km from Leh. From the pass, one can see all the way south over the Indus valley to seemingly endless peaks and ridges of the Zanskar range, and north to the giants of the Saser massif. Nubra Valley is popularly known as Ldumra or the valley of flowers. It is situated in the north of Ladakh between the Karakoram and Ladakh ranges of the Himalayas. The average altitude of the valley is 10,000 Ft. above sea level.

    On arrival in Nubra transfer to Camp / Hotel in Hunder.

    Evening walk around the tiny villages to see how the locals live in this part of the world. Also visit a Ladakhi home and experience the Ladakhi cuisine.

    Overnight Hotel – Nubra Valley (B, L,D)

  • DAY 04

    Nubra Valley – Leh (120 Kms / 4 – 5 Hrs) APPROX



    After early breakfast driven to Hunder and enjoy the ride on a Bactrian Camel (Double Humped) amidst the sand dunes of this high altitude desert with snow capped mountains on the horizon. Between Hunder and Diskit you come across sand dunes besides the road. Seen in isolation you could well be amongst the sand dunes of the Thar Desert in Rajasthan. It is indeed a strange sight since immediately on the left of the road are Rocky Mountains that characterize the Ladakhi landscape and in the distance can be seen snow-capped mountains.

    On the return stop at Diskit which is the headquarter town of Nubra Valley. Stroll around the bazaar observing the shops and local people going about their daily chores. Diskit is famous for 515 years old Buddhist Monastery, lying magnificently situated on a hilltop, facing the entire Valley. Later we drive back to Leh in the late afternoon via Khardungla Top.

    Overnight Hotel – Leh (B, L,D)

  • DAY 05

    Leh to Pangong Lake (140 kms / 4 – 5 Hrs – One Way) APPROX

    After an early breakfast we leave for Pangong Lake en-route visiting Shey Palace, The ancient capital of Ladakh & 3 Idiots Rancho School & further 5 Kms Driving through a picturesque landscape we reach Thiksey an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. After visiting above two monasteries we drive further towards Changla Pass 5486 Mtrs. The long easy ascent takes you to Changla pass through its winding roads passing through Sakti Village. Stop at the Changla Pass for a quick photograph session and drive down to the village of Tangtse, where you can relax for a cup of tea. Leaving Tangtse for Pangong you pass through few small villages of Changthang and finally you can have a sudden view of the Pangong lake situated at 14,000 feet (4,267 m). This famous blue brackish Lake of Pangong is 5/6 Kms wide and over 133 Kms long with half of its running the other side of the “Indo China Border”. One rarely feels so close to nature and environment and the scenery is unforgettable.

    After the success of 3 Idiots, this beautiful natural location has attracted more tourists from all over the world. Upon arrival we check in at our Camp near Pangong lake.

    Overnight Camp at Pangong Lake (B, L,D)

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    DAY 06

    Pangong Lake To Leh (140 Kms / 6 Hrs) APPROX



    Morning at leisure to explore the beauty of lake and later we drive back to leh en-route visiting Hemis Gompa, the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Later drive back to Leh.

    Evening you can stroll around the marketplace for some last minute souvenir shopping.

    Overnight Hotel – Leh (B, L,D)

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    DAY 07

    Leh – Delhi

    Delhi Departure



    Transfer to airport to board the flight to Delhi taking back wonderful memory of The Forbidden Land. Upon arrival board your international flight for onward journey.

    Tour Concludes: THE TIME TRAVELS Manager will assist you with your transfer to the airport for boarding onward flight.

Inclusions

  1. 4 Nights’ Accommodations with all Meals ( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  2. A/c transportation as per itinerary (On hills A/c will be switched off)
  3. Standard Hotel Accommodation on twin sharing basis
  4. Daily breakfasts
  5. 1 litre bottle of water per day
  6. Tour Buddy

Exclusions

  1. GST @ 5.0%
  2. Air/Train fare
  3. Anything not mentioned under the head inclusions.
  4. Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary / stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, road blocks and / or any factors beyond control.
  5. Camera charges and entry fees
  6. Guide fees
  7. Meals other than breakfast and a bottle of water a day
  8. Any additional rides / activities the traveler may wish to partake

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