06-days Ladakh….Pangong, India Travel
India is referred to as a mysterious land in the Orient. Shielded by the majestic Himalayan Mountains, India owns the 4th largest river in the world. Nature and history have created unique conditions for India to become one of the four largest centers of civilization in the East, beside Egypt, Mesopotamia, India and China.
Right from centuries BC, in India appeared many paterns of temples - caves. These temples were carved deep into the mountain or cliff with the patience and architectural - sculpture talent that could amaze every visitors. This temple patern was maintained and developed through several centuries of the Christian eea and lasted until about the ninth or the tenth century. First temples were dedicated to Buddhist, followed by temples Hindu and Jaina religion.
Experiencing over 5000 years of flourishing history, Indian culture awakes the curiosity of almost travelers coming to this sacred land. Being the cradle of 2 among 4 largest religions, the spiritual world of India is extremely rich and mysterious. Indians worship Hindu god; and every year millions of devotees pilgrims to this holy land. The festival that is held annually on Ganges River attracts millions of tourists coming her to explore India unique religious rituals and mystical culture.
The beauty of local people surprises tourists to India. Indian girls feature healthy dark brown skin, deep eyes and a red note put at the center of her forehead. Indian women are lovely and gentle in their colorful dresses and bandanas. Indian men have high foreheads and bushy eyebrows. The people show great love to dancing and singing.
India is such a wonderland that the more you explore it, the more fascinated and passionate you are. The mysterious beauty of Ganges River, along with an over-5000-year-old culture, will surely motivate visitors to come back India again.
Day 01: ARRIVE DELHI
On Arrival meet company representative and then transfer to Hotel Check in Hotel Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 02 : DELHI / LEH
Transfer to Domestic Airport to catch flight for Leh, Arrive Leh and transfer to hotel. Day free for acclimatization and individual activities. Dinner overnight in ‘A’ class Hotel.
Day 03 : LEH
Full day excursion to Shey, Thiksey and Hemis Gompas. Shey Gompa lies on the way to Hemis. It is situated on the top of a hill and houses the largest victory stupa with a golden top. The statues made of copper and glided with gold are worthseeing. Thiksey Gompa lies on the left side of this road to Hemis. One can have a beautiful view of Indus Valley from the Gompa. Wall paintings of this Gompa are very interesting. From here drive to Hemis which is the oldest, wealthiest and largest Gompa in Leh with beautiful paintings stupas. Dinner overnight in ‘A’ class Hotel.
Day 04 : LEH - PANGONG TSO
After very early breakfast drive upstream along the Right Bank of the Indus River. At Karu turn left towards Chemdey Gompa and continue along the steep roadside towards Chang La (17,350 ft.). Permits have to be verified at Zingrul travelling check point (TCP) (13,500 ft.), 12 kms short of the pass. There is a temple at the top of the Chang La and lots of prayer flags.
The next TCP is at Tsoltakh. The first village is Durbuk followed by Thangse, both big army stations. From here to Lukung is a 32 kms drive along a rough dirty track through spectacular Barren Mountain scenery, which takes about 2 hrs. Pass through Tak – Tak & the Chakartale TSO. Between the Muglib and Lukung there are many flat green stretches of land with clean streams ideal of compositions.
Pangong Lake (which means hollow) is very long narrow spread of water situated at an altitude of 14,500 ft. Extending from east to west through the whole length of the Ruthong region of Tibet to neighborhood of Chisul, it bends to the north west for about 25 miles and forms a boundary between Ladakh and Ruthong. Late afternoon return back to Leh. Dinner overnight Hotel.
Day 05 : LEH
Morning free. Afternoon visit Shanti Stupa built by Japanese, Shankar Gompa is associated with Spituk Gompa and serves as the residence of the Head Lama. The monastery has Dukar Lakhang with a Dukar figure, a most impressive representative of Avalokiteshvara complete with 1000 armes (All holding weapons), and 1000 heads. The painting of the walls is worth seeing Leh Palace is to be visited by foot as it
is situated on a hillock. It was built by Sengge Namgyal it is a 9-storey Palace, A building in the grand tradition of Tibetan architecture, said to have inspired the famous Potala in Lahsa. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 06 : LEH / DELHI - DEPARTURE
Transfer to Leh Airport to catch flight for Delhi.