Trekking in Ladakh 11 Days
Ladakh is a land like no other. Bounded by two of the world's mightiest mountain ranges, the Great Himalaya and the Karakoram, it lies athwart two other, the Ladakh range and the Zanskar range. In geological terms, this is a young land, formed only a few million years ago by the buckling and folding of the earth's crust as the Indian sub-continent pushed with irresistible force against the immovable mass of Asia.
Destinations Covered : Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Alchi - Leh
Day 01: Delhi
On arrival at Delhi transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
Day 02: Delhi
The morning is at leisure. In the afternoon take a sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi. The tour includes a visit to the Presidential-Palace, Parliament House, India Gate,Qutab Minar, Jantar Mantar, the stylish Connaught Circus, Red Fort, Chandni Chowk, Mahalaxmi Temple and Mahatma Gandhi Samadhi. The evening is free.
Day 03: Delhi - Leh
Catch the early morning flight to Leh, the capital of Ladakh.Leh has a population of 50,000 and is located in a small valley, north of Indus valley. Rest for the day and get acclimatized to the high altitude of Leh.
Day 04: Leh - Alchi
Drive from Leh to Alchi.On the way to Alchi visit Lamayuru. Lamayuru is a nice little hamlet surrounded by the rugged Hindukush peaks. Explore the villages around Lamayuru.The gompa at Lamayuru, is the most famous and fabulous monastery in Ladakh. The gompa dominates the enitre landscape. Visit the Alchi and Likir monasteries that are located near Saspol on the Srinagar-Leh road.These monasteries have huge clay statues of Budda in different forms. The main attraction of these monasteries is the 1000-year old wall paintings. These paintings are so exquisite that it makes the visit worthwhile.Spend the night at Alchi.
Day 05: Alchi - Leh
On the way back to Leh from Alchi, vist the Rizong and Spitul monastaries. The Rizong gompa is about 5 miles along a steep, rocky track from the main road. The nunnery of Julochen is also here. The gompa belongs to the Gelukpa order. Just before Leh on the Srinagar-Leh road on a hill top over looking the Indus is the Spituk monastery. This monastery has some prized tankha and has a chamber with an enormous statue of Kali. The face of this statue of Kali is unveiled only once a year. The chamber has an ancient collection of facemasks too.
Day 06: Leh
Spend the shopping and discover some interesting infomation about Ladakhi art and culture by visiting the Tibetan refugee camp at Choklamsar, the Library and the Ecological Development center.
Day 07: Leh
Spend the day visiting the Leh Bazaar,Leh Palace and the women's vegetable market. In the evening visit Zanskar and Leh monasteries. The Leh Gompa is situated above the Leh Palace and was built in 1430. The gompa has a 47 ft. tall statue of Buddha, which the Ladakhis call "Chamba". According to the Lamas of the monastery this statue is that of the future Buddha. Butter lamps burn in front of the statue through out the day and night. The Zanskar gompa is 2 miles from Leh. This monastery is renowned for its excellent collection of miniatures in pure gold and a number of other splendid painting.
Day 08: Leh - Delhi - Agra
Catch the morning flight to Delhi. On arrival drive directly to Agra. In the afternoon visit the famous Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort.Spend the night at the hotel.
Day 09: Agra - Fatehpur-Sikri - Jaipur
Drive to Jaipur and on the way stop over at Fatehpur-Sikri, a huge fort comples that served as the capital of India before it was shifted to Delhi in the 17th century. On arrival at Jaipur check in at the hotel. In the afternoon visit the City Palace, the Albert Museum and the Observatory.
Day 10: Jaipur - Delhi
It's time to say goodby. In time transfer to international airport to connect flight for onward journey.
Day 11: Depart Home
Trasfer to airport at appropriate time to catch connecting flight.