Located in a land known as the Trans-Himalayas (literally, ‘Beyond the Himalayas’) Ladakh is home to the Indus River valley, stunning mountain views and beautiful lakes and fjords. While the terrain is harsh and inhospitable, the landscape is hauntingly beautiful, dotted with picturesque Buddhist monasteries, quaint local settlements and warm and friendly locals who welcome tourists as guests in their own homes.
Ladakh is a motorcyclist’s dream journey, and as such remains a must-visit destination for several Enfield riding clubs. The challenging mountain terrain is a test of any rider’s control, while the riders themselves are rewarded for their skill with some magnificent natural beauty, unique to the region. The terrain of Ladakh is home to some exotic flora and fauna, including the Ibex, the Bharal, or Blue sheep and the rare and famous snow leopard, the Eurasian lynx and the Tibetan Wolf.
Ladakh’s culture is an intriguing mix of Chinese, Tibetan and Indian influences. The Buddhist influence is most visible, in the form of architecture, language, local traditions and customs and the food. However, given the influx of tourists into the land, Ladakh also sports numerous influences of the rest of India.
Experience time come to a standstill, high up in the mountains of Ladakh with Born Voyager’s 5 nights/6 days package.
Fly in to Leh Kushok Bakula Rinpochey Airport. Post disembarkation formalities, our representative will meet you and escort you to your hotel and assist you with the check-in formalities. Check in to your room and spend some time getting acclimatized to the thin mountain air. We recommend you take it easy on your first day, as the altitude of 11,500 feet is challenging and takes time to get used to. Explore the second hand clothing bazaar near the jeep stand, where you can pick up good quality winter clothes for low rates. A quick stroll around the main bazaar introduces you to several local shops selling Tibetan souvenirs and relics related to Buddhism. In the evening, sample some of the local cuisine at any of the small, local-run restaurants and then head back to your hotel and relax. Overnight stay in Leh.
After breakfast at the hotel, strap in for a day of exploration and wonder. Our first stop is the historical Phyang Monastery. The monastery contains numerous sacred shrines, frescoes dating from the royal period and a 900 year old museum which has an extensive collection of idols from Kashmir, China and Tibet. The tour continues onward with a visit to Likir, home to the picturesque Likir Gompa. The Gompa, founded in 1065 AD remains an important spiritual centre for the Buddhists in Ladakh. The next stop on the tour is the Basgo monastery, towering above the ruins of the ancient city. Basgo was an ancient Ladakhi centre of faith and religion and occupies a special place in Ladakhi history. A drive across the Indus river leads us to Alchi, home to some breathtaking 1000 year old frescoes detailing the Buddhist and Hindu history of the village. Our final stop is the town of Ule, where the journey breaks for an overnight rest. Sample the local cuisine and mingle with the locals before retiring to your room and relaxing. Overnight stay in Ule.
On Day 3, after breakfast, continue your cultural exploration of Ladakh with visits to the Lamayuru Monastery, one of the oldest and largest gompas in Ladakh. On your way back to Leh, you will also visit the Rizong gompa, known as the paradise for meditation. In addition to the peaceful meditation centres within the monastery, the accompanying caves have also served as meditation centres for Buddhist lamas. On our way back, you will also visit the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar rivers at Sangam and experience the perplexing optical illusions of Magnetic Hill. Back in Leh, check in to your hotel room and relax. At night, grab a traditional meal at one of the local restaurants and spend some time mingling with locals and other tourists. Head back to your hotel and relax. Overnight stay in Leh.
After breakfast, pack your camping gear and prepare for an overnight trip to the Pangong lake. The 6 hour long journey from Leh takes you through the high Changla pass and offers spectacular views of the mountainous terrain. Pangong Tso, as it is known in Tibetan, is situated at a height of about 14,270 feet. The 134 kilometre long river runs from India to China, while the eastern end of the lake is located in Tibet. The picturesque landscape and the natural beauty of the area surrounding the lake has made it a favored destination among filmmakers with several blockbusters including 3 Idiots, Tashan and Jab Tak Hai Jaan featuring exterior shots of the lake. The lake itself doesn’t contain much acquatic life, but is an important breeding ground for several species of birds including the Bar-Headed goose and the Brahmini Ducks. At night, retire to your tent under the stars and experience the serenity and solitude of the area. Overnight stay at Pangong Lake.
Rise early to watch the first rays of the sun hit the water surface. After breakfast at the campsite, pack up your gear and head back to Leh. En route, visit the Thiksey Monastery, located on top of a hill in Thiksey village. The 12 storied complex houses the Maitreya Temple, built to commemorate the visit of the 14th Dalai Lama to the monastery. It also houses several Buddhist artifacts, native wall-hangings and an impressive collection of swords from the region. The tour also visits the Shey Palace and monastery, located in the village of Shey. In ancient times, Shey was the summer capital of the Ladakhi kings, and, though in ruins, still bears witness to some spectacular architecture of the period. The neighboring monastery is noted for its giant copper and gilded gold statue of a seated Shakyamuni Buddha, the second largest statue in Ladakh. The tour drops you back in Leh, where we recommend you visit the bazaars for some last minute souvenir shopping and a chance to mingle with the locals. Enjoy a ladakhi meal and head back to your hotel to prepare for your journey out the next day. Overnight stay in Leh. .
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Leh Kushok Bakula Rinpochey Airport for your flight back home or to your next destination.