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The Far Flung Monastic Tour – 9 Nts / 10 Days

Delhi – Leh – Monasteries near Leh – Nubra Valley - Leh - Delhi – Agra – Delhi

This extended tour takes you to the historical Nubra Valley which was once a stopover for the numerous caravans plying this trade route from China to Central Asia. You can still the two humped Bactrian camel a beast of burden used by the traders in those early days strolling along sand dunes a typical feature of Nubra.

Nubra Valley

Day 1: On arrival in Delhi airport you are met by our representative and taken to your hotel. As most International flights arrive rather early in the morning (12 Midnight to 5 am) the entire day is free to get over your jet lag if any. If you desire we take you an interesting tour of the old city known as ‘Shahjehanabad' . Here you'll walk through narrow streets lined with hoary figures offering delectable Kebabs (spiced up minced mutton cutlets) and Biryanis (Rice mutton Pilafs); an assortment of trinkets and curios beside other exotic ware. We visit the adjacent 15 th century built Jama Masjid India's largest mosque and then go over to explore the majestic Red Fort built during the same period with its beautiful gardens and red stone and marble pavilions. We escort you back to your hotel for dinner and the night.

Day 2: Take the early morning flight from Delhi to Leh . On arrival we transfer you to your hotel. The day is intentionally kept free due to the high altitude and you must acclimatize to the thin rarefied air containing less oxygen before heading out to explore some of the fascinating monasteries on our tour. Relax and unwind.

Day 3: After breakfast we visit the Leh Palace and Gompa and the recently built Shanti Stupa high on a hill. Return to your hotel for lunch and then head south east towards the small village of Sakti, visiting the Chemrey and Thak-thak Gompas on the way. Return to Leh by evening.

Day 4: After breakfast we check out of our hotel for a tour into the northern Nubra Valley also the gateway to the expansive Siachen Glacier. Crossing the second highest motorable pass in the world – the 5602m / 18,375ft high Khardungla pass we descend into the Nubra Valley and the village of Khalsar where we check into a deluxe tented camp.

Day 5: From Khalsar we take a left to visit the quaint villages of Diskit and Hunder . Diskit is a quiet laid back village. Visit the Diskit Gompa from where you 180° views of the countryside with numerous prayer flags fluttering all around you. Drive on along side the Shyok River to the last permissible point the village of Hunder set amidst a lush green valley with fruit trees. All along the drive surprisingly you'll see vast sand dunes without any vegetation. Visit the ruins of an old monastery and also the newer one before returning to the deluxe tented camp.

Day 6: Drive north along the Nubra River to the last motorable village of Panamik crossing the small villages of Tirit and Summor which is home to the most important Gompa in the Nubra valley Samstem Ling monastery . We reach Panamik known for its hot springs in about two hours. Stay overnight at a guesthouse or tented camp.

Day 7: Return to Leh via the Khardungla La and check into your hotel for the night. The afternoon and evenings are free for shopping or just relaxing.

Day 8: Transfer to airport to catch your morning flight into New Delhi. Check into hotel on arrival. The day is free for shopping or personal activities.

Day 9: Leave early in the morning for Agra. Here visit the legendary exquisitely built Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri 37 Kms from Agra. Return to Delhi by late evening and check into your hotel.

Day 10: Day at leisure. International flights normally leave late at night or very early in the mornings. We transfer you to the airport for your onward flight according to the flight timings. Other Ladakh Cultural Tours

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