Ladakh Tours

13 NIGHTS – 14 DAYS

DELHI – LEH – LIKIR – ALCHI – ULEYTOKPO – LAMAYURU – NUBRA VALLEY – TSOMORIRI LAKE

After a brief sight-seeing of Delhi, the real ladakh tours starts with flight from Delhi to Leh over the dramatic expanse of the Himalayas. Flying over snow-clad ranges of pristine Himalayan peaks is going to be a never-to-be-forgotten travel experience. Ladakh is centre of Buddhist culture and also known as the little Tibet. It is home to some of the greatest monasteries in the world. The access to many of these monasteries is possible only through trekking as these are situated in the far-flung areas. Visit to Nubra valley is the highlight of the tour. The valley is surrounded by snowcapped mountains and famous for its orchards and Bactrian camels. Its landscape looks like that of moon during winters and that is why it got the name, Moonland.

1

Day:

Delhi

Arrive at Delhi airport and transfer to hotel.
Later we will start with sightseeing of Delhi with ladakh tour operators(State Express).

First we will visit Jama Masjid. Jama Masjid is one of the largest Mosques in Asia, built by the fifth Mughal king, Shah Jahan in 1656. Towering over the Old Delhi, the monument is constructed in red sandstone and white marble. It is covered with intricate carvings and has verses inscribed from the holy Quran.
Also enjoy a rickshaw ride through unwinding alleys of Chandni Chowk.
Then we will visit impressive sandstone structure, Red Fort. It was the seat of the Mughal dynasty for two centuries. This iconic symbol of India is used as a stage by the Prime Minister of India to address the public and hoist the National flag on Independence Day.

Later drive past through India gate. It is a sandstone Arch, also known as All India War Memorial. It was a mark to pay respect to all those soldiers who died during the First World War. In the middle of The Arch is the Black marble podium with an immortal flame, Amar Jawan Jyoti, which honors the soldiers who were killed during the Indo-Pak war in 1971 and Afghan War.
The Parliament Building is a circular colonnade building housing offices of various ministries and a well-stocked library. This imperial style architectural monument comprises of open air verandah and 144 columns. It is indeed a sight to watch.
Rashtrapati Bhawan is the residential estate of President of India. This splendid monument cannot be equated to any other monument in terms of its size, enormity and grandeur. Rashtrapati Bhawan houses 4 stories and 340 rooms. It is even famous for its Mughal Gardens, which are situated at the back of Rashtrapati Bhawan and is open for visitors during February, every year.
Return to hotel for overnight stay
2

Day:

Delhi – Leh

( By Flight – 1 ½ hours )

Very early morning we will transfer to the airport by ladakh tour operators to board a flight to Leh for ladakh tours.

Leh is a picturesque little town, cocooned amid the hills and is drowned in calmness. Beautiful monasteries and historical monuments attract numerous tourists around the world. The rugged terrain with snow clad mountains in the clear blue sky is the perfect holiday destination.

Arrive in Leh and then transfer to hotel.
Complete day is for acclimatization as Leh is situated at 3500 meters above the sea level.
In the evening we will set out for a short walk through the bazaars of Leh.
Overnight stay at hotel.
3

Day:

Leh

( Monastery Tour )

Full day excursion to the monasteries of Leh.
We will visit Thiksey Monastery. Resting on the hill top in the Indus Valley region is the extraordinary Monastery, Thiksey monastery. It is the largest Gompa in central Ladakh. This 12 storey building houses an amazing collection of Buddhist art. The monastery got a nickname – Mini Patola since its architecture resembles that of Tibet’s Patola Palace.

Hemis Monastery is the biggest and richest monastery in Ladakh. It is built on a green hillside and is surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery. It is an important heritage monument for Tibetans in exile. The monastery is more than 500 years old and holds an annual Hemis Festival, which is also a major tourist attraction. During the course of the festival, the local resident Lamas perform a holy masked dance to glorify the victory of good over bad.

Shey Monastery is situated within the complex of Shey Palace. The palace was the summer capital of the royal kingdom, but now it is in ruins. The palace was built in 1655 by the king of Ladakh. Shey Gompa has a high elevated statue of Lord Buddha.
Stok Palace is the private palace of the present king of Ladakh. A part of the Stok Palace has been converted into a museum. It is a photogenic palace with colorful window frames and patola like architecture.

Overnight stay at hotel.
4

Day:

Leh – Alchi – Likir- Uleytokpo

(85 KM , 4 Hours )

After breakfast drive to Uleytokpo and on the way visit Likir Monastery.

Likir Monastery belongs to Gelugpa sect or Yellow Hat sect. The monastery was founded in the year 1065 by Lama Duwang Chosje under the reign of the fifth king of Ladakh. The monastery houses a 25 foot high gold covered Buddha statue. It is a repository of old manuscripts, magnetizing array of Thangkas, and ancient costumes. It has very colorful buildings and offers breathtaking views over the mountains.

Then visit Alchi which is located at the distance of 69 kms west from Leh.

Alchi village is ancient site which is known for its Alchi monastery. It is known more as a complex of temples. The monastery is situated on the banks of River Indus and is the only monastery situated on the plains. The place houses a spot where Lama’s walking stick was planted and has now grown into a tree.

Finally drive to Uleytokpo. Overnight stay in the camp.

5

Day:

Uleytokpo – Lamayuru – Uleytokpo

( 50 KM, 2 Hours )

After breakfast drive to Lamayuru.

Lamayuru Monastery was built in the 10th century. The monastery is situated between Kyagar and Sumur villages. Belonging to Red- hat sect of Buddhism, the monastery is famed for its opulent wall paintings, murals, scriptures, collection of Thangkas and statutes of different form of Buddha.

Later drive to Uleytokpo and Rizong Monastery.

Uleytokpo Village is is one of the largest villages in Ladakh. The village is situated on the banks of the Indus river. The village features a Buddhist monastery that is perched over a hillock.

Rizong Monastery is located in the remote end of the valley. The monastery provides an impression of rocky fortress. Lama Tsultim Nim founded the monastery and the Gompa follows strict monastic disciplines.

Return to Uleytokpo for overnight stay in camp.

6

Day:

Uleytokpo – Ridzong – Phyang – Leh

( 100 KM, 5 Hours )

After breakfast drive to Leh.

En-route visit Ridzong and Phyang monastery.

Phyang Monastery is situated 20 kms from Leh. The name of the monastery is named after the blue mountain that is situated behind the monastery. The monastery complex features numerous shrines along with a wide array of exquisite paintings that date back to royal period. The oldest temple in the monastery complex is Gomkhang which was founded in the 16th century.Thanks to ladakh tour operators guides they were make our Ladakh tours more interesting and informative. After this tour we know about Ladakh culture

At night we arrive in Leh and check in at hotel for overnight stay.

7

Day:

Leh – Nubra

( Diskit & Hunder) 130 KM, 5 Hours

After early breakfast at hotel we shall leave for the Nubra valley with lunch box.

In the north of Leh, capital of Ladakh is the Nubra Valley. Nubra Valley is a wonderful destination of Ladakh. The natural beauty of this place will leave you enchanted. This high altitude valley in the tranquil region of Leh – Ladakh serves as the ideal place for the finest serene trekking routes as well as a few ancient Buddhist monasteries. All these major attractions of the Nubra Valley make this place a real treat to the eyes and soul.

Stop en-route and visit Diskit and Hunder Monastery.

Diskit Monastery is the oldest and the largest monastery in Nubra Valley. The monastery was established in the 14th century and belongs to the Gelukpa sect of Buddhism. The monastery was constructed in Tibetan style and houses beautiful murals and frescos. The monastery also offers picturesque view of the Nubra valley. The material Buddha statue beautifully gazes constantly at Nubra Valley.

Hunder Monastery is situated just below Diskit monastery. It is a very beautiful monastery housing a huge statue of Buddha.

Arrive and check in at camp for overnight stay.

8

Day:

Nubra Valley

(120 KM, 3 Hours )

After breakfast, visit Panamik village.

Panamik village is the last village that is accessible to foreigners. The green valley of Panamik is the sight to behold because the village is surrounded by snow clad mountains. The village is renowned for its curative hot springs. The destination is worth a visit as it has sulfur springs and Saichan glacier in close proximity. The village is also famous for Bactrian camels and Pashmina goats.

Return to camp for lunch.

In the afternoon visit Samtaling monastery in Sumur village. Samteling Monastery is a very beautiful monastery located in Nubra Valley. The monastery houses numerous shrines with intricate wood carvings.

Later in the evening return to camp for dinner and overnight stay.

9

Day:

Nubra – Leh

(130 KM, 5 Hours )

After a breakfast we shall leave for Leh with a lunchbox.

En-route stop at the Khardung-La Pass. The Khardung-La Pass is a high mountain pass located in Ladakh region and is 39 kms from Leh. The pass is the gateway to Nubra Valley. Some of the locals claim the pass to be the highest motorable road in the world.

Continue drive to Leh. Arrive and check in at hotel.

The rest of the day is free for exploring local bazaar and independent activities.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

10

Day:

Leh – Chumathang – Tsomoriri

(240 KM, 7 Hours )

Leave in the morning and drive to Tsomoriri lake.

Stop at Upshi for passport checks.

En-route visit Chumathang.

Chumathang is a town located on the banks of River Indus and is famous for its boiling hot sulfur springs.

Visit Sumdah village which has one of the oldest and most thought-provoking monasteries. The monastery sorts rare bronze figures; they are made in a different manner from that of Ladakhi and Tibetan monasteries. The figure exhibits an Indian style of construction. It is small but has well preserved its old monastic traditions.

Then continue drive to Tsomoriri and after reaching there, dinner and overnight stay in camp.

11

Day:

Tsomoriri

In the morning, visit Korzok village.

The village boasts a striking Korzok Monastery. It is the most sanctified monastery situated on the banks of Tsomoriri. Charismatically located on the hill, the monastery has a statue of Shakyamuni Buddha amongst other states. The main magnetism of the monastery is the Korzok GU-stor festival.

In the afternoon visit around the lake.

Tsomoriri Lake is a high altitude mountain lake which is attractively situated in a secluded incredibly pleasant Rupshu Valley. The lake is edged by lofty mountains on all sides and is located 4000 meters above the sea level. The lake appeals abundant migratory birds and marmots. It is the largest high altitude lake in India.

Dinner and overnight stay in camp.

12

Day:

Tsomoriri – Tsokar – Tanglang La – Leh

(250 KM , 7 Hours )

Morning drive to Tsokor via Polo Kongka pass and Tanglang La Pass, which is the second highest motorable pass in the world.

Perched at a high altitude of 4500 meters, Tsokar is a high altitude lake about 50 km from Tsomoriri. Tsokar is the smallest lake out of all the three lakes situated in Leh Ladakh region. The lake is surrounded by marshland that hosts an alluring bird life. Due to this fact, it is regarded as Bird watcher’s paradise. One can easily spot a black-necked crane, bar-headed geese or great crested grebe here. We have captured many memorable moment in this ladakh tours with our camera. Thanks to the State Express they were giving us educated and well mannered ladakh tour operator.

Arrive at Leh in the evening and then check- in at hotel for overnight stay.

13

Day:

Leh – Delhi

( By Flight – 1 ½ hours )

Early morning transfer to leh airport to board a flight to Delhi.

Arrive at Delhi airport and transfer to hotel.

The rest of the day is free to visit Delhi on your own or for shopping.
Overnight stay at hotel.
14

Day:

Delhi

Transfer to airport to board a flight to onward destination.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is this a group tour?

No, this is a private travel exclusively for you, your friends and family who may accompany you on the tour.

Is this trip possible for single traveler?

Yes, it is possible. But, the cost may be high in case of a single traveler. You may send us information in the form and we shall send you our best offer depending on number of persons in your group or for a single person.

May I choose dates according to my choice?

Yes, since this is a private tour, you may decide the dates as per your choice. Only in case of certain tours, we have to check if there are any operational difficulties for organizing a tour of your choice. Certain tours are not possible for particular period which we shall let you know. Besides, the cost may vary depending on seasonality.

Could you provide us international flights to India?

It is better if you could buy international tickets directly through your local agent or on internet. Although we can provide you international flight tickets, but you may a get a better deal locally.

Is visa service included in your cost?

No, you have to obtain visa on your own. The visa regulations will depend on your nationality. You may contact us for further details.

Is it possible to make extension or modify tours?

Yes, it is very much possible. You can extend your stay on arrival or departure or at any other place. You may also modify the tour. You may let us know your interest and we can send you modified tour itinerary with cost.

What’s included in the cost?

Our cost normally includes hotel accommodation with breakfast, private air-conditioned car with driver which includes fuel, parking and all taxes, entrance fee to monuments, train tickets if any, guided city tours in English or in other foreign languages, viz French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Russian or other foreign languages subject to availability which we can notify at the time of reservation request. Our cost also includes some other services viz Elephant ride at Amer fort in Jaipur, camel safari in Jaisalmer and boat tour in Varanasi. We shall send you all details at the time of sending you quotation.
We may also include other services viz lunches, dinners or other services if you wish. We may also exclude guide service and entrance fee to monuments if you so wish.

Are domestic flights and trains are included in our cost ?

Train tickets are included in our cost. But, we give supplement cost for domestic flight tickets as these days, there are dynamic fares and these are not fixed. We send you indicative fare at the time of sending you quotation which is subject to change until issue of tickets with advance purchase for which we need payment from you to issue flight tickets. You may also purchase domestic flight tickets directly on your own if you prefer.

What kind of hotel accommodation is provided ?

We provide minimum standard (3 star or similar), superior (4 star or similar), deluxe (5 star or similar) hotels and the cost will depend depending on category of hotels. We can send you quotation for the category that you are interested in. We usually provide heritage or palace hotels which fit in your category of hotels. We may also mix the hotel category if you prefer and can also provide you rates based on hotels of your liking in all places if you like.

When do I have to pay?

We usually request 25% advance upon confirmation of our services unless otherwise informed at the time of sending you quotation. We shall send you all payment terms at the time of sending you our offer.

I am interested. What is next step?

Click here to send us information of your trip and we shall send you soonest possible.

Why State Express

Established in 1980, State Express has been providing most reliable services to travelers all over the world for last 35 years. We are renowned for our customer first approach and unobtrusive efficiency which ensures the highest levels of customer satisfaction. We have been awarded several times by State Government for being best Tour Operator. All aspects of our tours have been carefully researched and then designed to give ultimate experience to travelers. Let our travel knowledge help you to create a wonderful experience, whether on one of our tour itineraries or a tailor made tour itinerary made exclusively for you to give you an unforgettable holiday.

Our people make the difference

Our success has been possible because of our people who are our biggest asset. We have a team of highly dedicated, sincere, hardworking who work with integrity that has made State Express one of the leading and most reliable tour companies in India. They not only have expertise and experience to meet any requirement, they also speak foreign languages and trained to offer only the best and leave nothing to chance. We know that travel to Indian sub-continent is a dream of many of our guests and our team does everything possible to make their dream true and give them an experience of their lifetime.

Our infrastructure

We have complete infrastructure to provide you best rate and services to you. We are an IATA approved and authorized agents for all domestic airlines and Indian Railways. We have our own cars vans and coaches with experienced drivers. We have multi lingual staff to ensure that our guests do not face any language problem. We also have associate offices in all major tourist centers to provide assistance in shortest possible time.

Our fleet of vehicles & drivers

We undoubtedly have one of the best and most modern fleet of cars, vans, 4X4s and large coaches. Surface travel is a very important aspect in India as you spend lot of your time while travelling on the road and therefore given us an edge over other tour companies who have to rely on other transport companies to provide this service to their clients. We have our own garage and all our vehicles are well maintained to give you hassle free journey.
Besides having the best fleet, it is our drivers who truly make the difference as they play a crucial role in making a tour successful. Even if you stay in best of the hotels and travel in most comfortable and luxurious vehicles, if you do not have a good driver, it may spoil your experience. We have our team of drivers who are part of State Express and have been working with us for years and they are trained, dedicated and motivated to take care of our guests and make them comfortable. That is the reason that more than 90% of our guests thank us and appreciate them after returning to their home.

Our choice of hotels

We take utmost care in selection of hotels that we recommend to our clients and include in our list of suggested hotels. We inspect these hotels regularly to be sure of their quality of product and services. We give lot of emphasis on the location and the people who run those hotels. We want to give you clients an experience of heritage and palace hotels which are unique and not available in other part of the world.

Our tour itineraries

All our tour itineraries are designed by experts to give you an opportunity to see most wonderful sites in number of days at your disposal at the same time giving you time to explore the places in your own way. We have a number of itineraries to choose from which covers all India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Tibet. We also include mode of travel and approximate time taken between places to ensure that you do not have any surprises during the tour. Our specialists will also work with you to create an itinerary of your choice either by modifying our readymade tour itineraries or prepare an exclusive tailor made tour for you based on your interest and liking keeping in mind local conditions.

24 X 4 assistance during the tour

We provide you clients real 24X7 assistance during the tour. This is not a marketing gimmick but we have someone in our office always to assist you in case of any emergency anytime. We also provide cell phone numbers of our executive who you may contact even during odd hours when you need them for anything urgent. We have associate offices in all major cities of India to provide you assistance in minimum possible time.

Response time

We know that response time is key to our success and we value it a lot. Even at initial stages before reservation, you will get replies from us in not more than 24 working hours. We shall always be there whenever you need us during the tour.

Personalised Service

Apart from professional service, we believe in emphasising on personalised service. That is to make our guests feel at home in a foreign country and also feel that they have friends here who they can trust for any need. Our customer executives remain in constant touch with our guests during the tour to give them comfort and trust that we are always with them.

Good value for money

We know that there are so many travel companies providing their services and unless we provide good value for money to our clients, they will not be satisfied. Our own fleet of cars, vans and coaches and best special discounted rates with hotels due to our volumes enables us to offer value for money.

Call us at +91 11 47674000 or email us on info@statexp.in for all the details on this itinerary and what is included in your tour. We shall be glad to make any amendments in the tour if you so wish and send you our best quotation and details of the tou to suit your budget and interest.

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