Ladakh is a rich cultural state so, we have made this custom in-house Leh Ladakh cultural tour itinerary for those who want to experience a subtle touch to its Culture And Heritage.
As you will soon realise after reaching Leh, one of the most popular activities for visitors to Ladakh is touring some of the amazing Buddhist monasteries that Ladakh is blessed with. Even for those less interested in the interiors of monasteries with all their religious icons and shrines, many of the gompas are simply beautiful structures, worth admiring in themselves.
Usually, Monasteries are built-in dramatic locations on the top of hills or ridges with some even constructed in or around caves, situated high up on a cliff-face. Being usually surrounded by lots of prayer-wheels, even just a walk around the boundaries of village gompa can be a very rewarding experience, allowing time for a moment’s reflection, as well as soaking up the Cultural Atmosphere of life in the villages, that just goes to say that no Leh Ladakh cultural tour is complete without these beautiful gompas (monastery).
In summer, villages are alive with activity. Everyone is busy working on the fields and the animals. Splashing streams boosted by summer snow-melt and lined with shady willow trees, glitter amongst the fields green with swaying barley. Beautiful houses with gardens of extravagant flowers nestle amongst the trees and fields, full of birdsong and the cries of the villagers as they work their fields.
What is included in the tour
- Inner line permit for all the mentioned places in the itinerary.
- Airport pickup and drop
- Vehicle will be Toyota Innova or Manindra Xylo, if the group exceeds more then 6 Pax, then we will provide Force Traveller.
- Accommodation will be on double sharing basis in the mentioned hotel or similar.
- Breakfast and Lunch
- An oxygen cylinder in the car throughout the tour.
- All the sightseeing and excursion as per the itinerary.
What is NOT included in the tour
- Any other items which are not specified in the cost inclusion.
- Entry fee to Monastery, or Monuments.
- Cost arising due to an unforeseen event, i.e- Landslides, Roadblock etc.
- A/c in the car is charged separately if asked @ ₹5 / km.
- Travel insurance
- Travel guide on demand
- GST @ 5%.
Day 1- Arrival in Leh | acclimatise for the new weather | visit LAMO.
- Our representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. You have to acclimatise for the day in order to better experience the days to come.
- In the evening you will visit L.A.M.O ( Ladakh art and media organisation) at the hill of Kharyok (a place near the Leh Palace). This place houses gallery, library and open-air performance site where lectures, film screenings, research and documentation projects, workshops and exhibitions about Ladakh’s material and visual culture, performing arts and literature are held regularly.
- Also visit Leh Palace if time allows for it.
Day 2- Leh to Lamayuru Village (120 km)
- After breakfast Leave for Lamayuru, visit Hall of fame, Pather Saheb Gurdwara and Sangam on the way.
- Shortly after crossing the bridge at Khaltse the road splits, Both roads lead to Lamayuru. Yungdrung Gompa, as Lamayuru Gompa is more properly known, is thought to have its origins in the pre-Buddhist era, as a holy site of the Bon religion.It is also considered to be the oldest monastic site in Ladakh. It offers views down on the ‘moonscape’ refers to what some geologists believe was once a lake-bed in the steep, enclosed valley.
- In the evening expect a dinner invitation from one of the local, as they are good at telling about the culture and whereabout.
- Enjoy the local cuisine and head for bed.
Day 3- Back to Leh | Enroute Alchi and Likir
- Today you will leave for Leh, visit Alchi monastery on the way.
- Alchi is one of the few remaining places that have a huge significance in any Ladakh cultural tours, it well preserved Buddhist art from the early Indian Buddhist period, partly due to the damage inflicted on many other important sites during their takeover, in later times, by Muslims.
- Alchi was abandoned as a place of active worship, it was later taken charge of by Likir Gompa. To which we are heading next.
- Likir Gompa is situated farther up this side valley beyond the village. On the way to the gompa, you pass several Chortens (statues). This is a good spot to take a photo. From here you can just make out a giant gold-coloured statue situated behind the gompa that, as usual, crowns a hill.
- Head back to Leh and let go of your tiredness.
Day 4- Leh to Changthang | Merak village (180 km)
- Well, today is for a treat because not many people go to these places in Changthang (northern plain of Ladakh), this is where the Pashmina comes from in Leh and exports to other states in India. Well, the culture of the place is such that they have a small grin on their face. And the redness of the cheek is because of the typography of the land, they are welcoming and good for hosting a guest.
- This is a long journey so it is recommended to leave early in the morning, visit Shey Palace on the way.
- Shey situated 15km southeast of Leh, is one of the ancient capitals of Ladakh and has a great cultural significance to Ladakh, as it was the first capital of Ladakh. Opposite the palace is a large man-made pond, which houses lots of fish and ducks, thought to have been created when the palace was built. This is a good spot for some Photography.
- Next, you will run into Chang-la pass, highest road of the journey. This place is worth stopping for and taking pictures.
- You will descend into a beautiful valley of Changthang, after sometimes through a gap in a ridge, Pangong lake appears, and there she is in all her glory. On a good day, the waters of the lake reflect the incredible blues of the skies of Ladakh. And the lake continues down all the way to Spangmik as far as the villages of Maan and Merak.
- Merak has a small gompa and is worth taking a walk. The view of the Pangong lake and surrounding is amazing from here.
- Stay in a homestay for the night and try a local cuisine of your choice.
Day 5- Merak to Chuchul village | Border of Indo-China (30 km)
- Start your day with a healthy breakfast and head towards Chuchul village. This place in this Leh Ladakh cultural tour is tailor-made for the itinerary because of its Location. Just a few kilometres away then there is the border for India and China.
- A lot has happened on this ground from the 1962 war, on ground and Rizang-La. There is a memorial of that war and most of the people are employed by the army as porter, helper and for road construction works.
- Chuchul is the biggest village among all the other villages in Changthang region. There is a lot to look for in its culture and you have to take a walk in the village and the gompa to find some.
- Later that evening you can choose to stay at Chuchul or go back to Merak village.
Day 6- Chuchul to Tsomoriri and Korzok village (180 km)
- Today is an exciting journey covering lots of barren lands and seeing Kyangs ( Himalayan wild ass) on the way to tsomoriri Lake. You will come across Taklang-La pass and descend into the unknown picturesque valley.
- This is a great route offering lots of variety. Along the way, you will most likely come across Chang-pa (people of northern plain) nomads and may also spot some interesting wildlife.
- Tsomoriri lake is visually bigger than Pangong Tso, the lake is an important breeding ground for migratory bird species, including rare and endangered species such as the black-necked crane, as well as: brahminy ducks, Great-crested grebes, bar-headed geese and brown-headed gulls. Tsomoriri hosts a far greater number of birds than does Pangong Tso.
- Korzok village is the benefactor of fewer tourist for Tsomoriri and it is the highest village in India with around 60 families and 70 monks. Korzok celebrates its festival ( Korzok gustor) every year in the monastery, which attracts a lots of people for the display of its cultural dance by the monk wearing huge masks.
- In the evening stay in a guest house or homestay in Korzok.
Day 7- Local Sightseeing
- Today is for some serious local business, walk around the village, visit the Gompa or talk to a local about the place.
Day 8- Tsomoriri to Leh | Tsokar (white lake) | Taklang-la (220 km)
- If you wish to visit Tsokar salt lake on the way back from Tsomoriri – a route that after Tsokar joins up with the main Manali to Leh road below Taklang-la pass – you must allow more time. As the road to Tsokar is unmade, driving is slow. Also, you will want to spend some time at Tso Kar itself before returning to Leh.
- From here the landscape is just a visual feast up until Taklang-la. (second highest motorable road)
- After descending from the pass you will come across few prominent villages of Ladakh like ‘Gya’ Meru, Runtse, Upshi and Kharu all alongside the main highway.
- Visit Thiksay Gompa on the way back. Thiksay gompa is one of the most impressive and probably also the largest gompa in Ladakh. Even before you arrive in Thiksey, you cannot fail to see Thikse Gompa perched high on a ridge overlooking the Indus valley. Thiksay is one of several gompas established in Ladakh during the period of reformation of Tibetan Buddhism in the 15th century by the Tibetan lama, Tsong Khapa. The Rimpoche of thikse is considered to be a re-incarnation of Tsong Khapa.
- Thiksa is perhaps most famous with visitors for the beautiful giant statue of Maitreya Buddha it houses.
- Later check into the hotel and restoff.
Day 9- Leh local
- Today is at your disposal. Whether you want to visit a nearby village or monastery, or perhaps you can visit local market for some souvenir.
Day 10- Return
- Tour ends with loads of memory from Leh Ladakh culture. Our representative will transfer you to the airport.
- Shirts ,
- Worm clothes in winter.
- Camera and power bank.
- Comfortable clothes.
- Personal medication
- Sunglass, Sunscreen cream,
- Personal toiletries
- Most of which you are going to carry boils down to your personal pereference.
- 50% Of the payment should be transferred at the time of booking the trip & balance to be paid 15 days before tour starts.
- Mototour ladakh holds no responsibility for road blocks or flight cancelled or any unforeseen situation happen on tour.
- Child between 5 – 8 yrs will be considered under without bed charges (no bed / extra mattress will be provided) and child above 8 yrs will be considered as extra bed (extra mattress will be provided)
- 25% Of the total tour cost will be charged if cancelled before 15 days before the tour departure date.
- 50% cancellation charges if cancelled 10 days before the tour departure date.
- No cancellation refund will be made if cancelled before 9 days to departure date.
- No refund will be made once the tour starts.