For those with a limited amount of time, yet with the yen to see the best of Ladakh, this one condenses the most popular sightseeing spots at an action packed pace for you.
Some of the most famous monasteries in Ladakh
A day trip to the gorgeous Pangong Lake
An overnight trip to Nubra valley over the Khardung La
Day 1: Fly into Leh via one of the most visually stunning flights in the Himalayas. Check in to the hotel, and spend the first half of the day acclimatizing to the high altitude terrain. In the evening, visit the ruins of the Leh Palace overlooking the old town, and end the day with a spectacular sunset from the Shanti Stupa.
Day 2: Travel to the Sham valley- stopping at a couple of points for photo ops during the day. The Hall of fame, Magnetic Hill, Gurdwara Pather Sahib, confluence of Indus and Zanskar rivers, are interesting stopping points on the way. The highlight of the trip is a visit to the Alchi monastery, a quaint monastic complex dating back to the 10th century AD.
Day 3: The next leg of your trip takes you on an exciting drive up Khardung La, considered to be the highest motorable road in the world. The drive itself is adventurous, with glorious views of the Leh town left behind, and majestic views of the Nubra and Stok ranges from the top of Khardung La. Descend into Nubra valley, and drive to Diskit village, with the ice blue Shyok river meandering past on your right. Explore the Hunder village, and visit the sand dunes here for a ride on the Bactrian camels, remnant of the ancient trade between Ladakh and Yarkand. In the evening, visit the Diskit monastery, from where you get a bird’s eye view of the Nubra valley.
Day 4: Return back to Leh via the same route. Evening at leisure in Leh.
Day 5: The last day of your trip is dedicated to visiting the gorgeous high altitude lake of Pangong lake, the scene of many movie shoots. On the way, visit the Thiksey monastery. Return back to Leh by evening.
Day 6: Assisted transfer to the airport for departure.