DAY 2: BASGO -ALCHI-DHA HANU
On the second day you will head towards the western part of Ladakh. Apricot farms are
found all around Ladakh, but lower areas of Sham valley are particularly abundant in the fruit.
You will visit Driving towards the Indus River you will notice the remains of the fort on the
hillside, which used to be the royal residences between the 15th and 17th centuries. Basgo
monastery includes the statue of the future Buddha which is 75 feet in height. This statue
was enlisted as one of the hundred endangered sites of the world 201 by UNESCO.
Next stop is the beautiful village Alchi. The village is famous for the existence of one of the
oldest monasteries in Ladakh, mainly known for its magnificent and well-preserved 11th or
12th century wall painting, all in an Indo-Himalayan style. You can enjoy a cup of Tea under
the apricot blossoms.
Next Dha Hanu renowned as “the Land of Ayrans”, are settlements of Drokpa or Brokpa
community in Ladakh. According to popular belief, the Brokpas were part of the army of
Alexander the Great and came to the region over two thousand years ago. You will interact
with the locals and experience their culture and their tradition.
DAY 3: LAMAYURU-SANGAM-MAGNETIC HILL -GURDWARA PATHAR
SAHIB – HALL OF FAME
After the morning breakfast head towards Lamayuru. The village is situated at the distance of
78kms from Dha. Lamayuru is one of the popular destination in Ladakh. Also known as the
Moonland of Ladakh, Lamayuru is known for its distinct geographical formation of moon-like
landscapes carved into the greater Himalayas. The monastery is one of the oldest in Ladakh
dating back to the 10th century. It has many legends associated with it, one of which is that
there existed a vast lake in Lamayuru, and the founding Lama, Mahasiddhacharya Naropa,
dried the lake up to lay the foundation of the village and the monastery.
Drive alongside the Indus River and enjoy the spectacular view of Sangam, confluence of
two rivers Zanskar and Indus, this spectacular sight of two diverse rivers meeting is best
from an elevated point. Part of the Zansker River tend to freeze during extreme cold
conditions. Indus, on the other hand, never does. You will stop at the Magnetic hill where
a magnetic force is so strong that it can pull car up hills. A visit to religious site of Sikh, the
imprinted stone of Guru Nanak and hall of fame, a museum constructed as well as
maintained by the Indian Army in the memory of the soldiers who had lost their lives
during the Indo-Pak wars.
DAY 4: STOK PALACE AND MEUSEUM-LEH PALACE-SHANTI STUPAMARKET
The summer home of the royal family of Ladakh, Stok Palace is one of the major attractions in
Leh. Built in 1820 by King Tsepal Namgyal, the palace encapsulates and reflects the rich history
and lifestyle of the royal family. The architecture of Stok Palace is a fine meld of the traditional
and the contemporary architectural styles. Comprising of beautiful gardens as well as a library
that houses 108 volumes of the Kangyur (collection of teachings of Lord Buddha), the palace is
amongst the must visit places in Ladakh.
The museum rooms in the palace also showcase family treasures, including queen’s ancient
turquoise-and-gold encrusted crown, which is called Yub-Jhur and a sword that the king’s
Oracle managed to bend into a knot known as the Uri Geller–style. Stok palace still remains
the summer home for the royal family. Annually a dance-mask festival is celebrated here in
which local participate in a large number. The palace has now been turned into a heritage hotel
and has six guest rooms and a cafe.
Visit Leh Palace, one of the tallest buildings of its time with nine storeys. Modelled on the
Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, the palace was completed in the 17 th century by the ruler
King Singee Namgyal known as Lion King was once a symbol of Ladakh’s strength
throughout the region. Shanti stupa is a white-domes structure located above the Leh
town. It was initiated by the Japanese Buddhist Bhikshu and was inaugurated in the year
DAY 5: LEH- PANGONG LAKE
Pangong Lake is situated at an altitude of 4350m/14, 270ft. This beautiful lake is 134 km
long and 5 km wide, extending from India to China. Approximately 60% of the length of the
lake lies in China. The beauty of the lake lies in rich deep blue colour of its water and has
attracted people from all over the country and beyond. During winter the lake freezes
completely, despite being saline water. Enjoy the spectacular view of the lake.
DAY 6: THIKSEY-SHEY-SINDHU GHAT
Visit the largest monastery in central Ladakh. Situated on the banks of the river, with 10
temples and a nunnery within it, this picturesque Thiksey monastery is a twelve storeys
building built in the 15th century. Visit Shey palace built in 10th century as the royal
residence of the Namgyals who lived here till 1500. The location at the Shey Palace has an
excellent view of the 108 stupas below, the holy fish pound, and the vast field of the
Sindhu Ghat is the banks of the Indus River in Ladakh. It is the place where the annual
Sindhu festival is held.