Ladakh is a land like no other. Bounded by two of the world's mightiest mountain ranges, the Great Himalaya and the Karakoram, it lies athwart two other, the Ladakh range and the Zanskar range.
In geological terms, this is a young land, formed only a few million years ago by the buckling and folding of the earth's crust as the Indian sub-continent pushed with irresistible force against the immovable mass of Asia. Its basic contours, uplifted by these unimaginable tectonic movements, have been modified over the millennia by the opposite process of erosion, sculpted into the form we see today by wind and water.
Yes, water! Today, a high -altitude desert, sheltered from the rain-bearing clouds of the Indian monsoon by the barrier of the Great Himalaya, Ladakh was once covered by an extensive lake system, the vestiges of which still exist on its south -east plateaux of Rupshu and Chushul - in drainage basins with evocative names like Tso-moriri, Tsokar, and grandest of all, Pangong-tso. Occasionally, some stray monsoon clouds do find their way over the Himalaya, and lately this seems to be happening with increasing frequency. But the main source of water remains the winter snowfall. Drass, Zanskar and the Suru Valley on the Himalaya's northern flank receive heavy snow in winter; this feeds the glaciers whose meltwater, carried down by streams, irrigates the fields in summer. For the rest of the region, the snow on the peaks is virtually the only source of water. As the crops grow, the villagers pray not for rain, but for sun to melt the glaciers and liberate their water. Usually their prayers are answered, for the skies are clear and the sun shines for over 300 days in the year.
Ladakh lies at altitudes ranging from about 9,000 feet (2750m) at Kargil to 25,170 feet (7,672m) at Saser Kangri in the Karakoram. Thus summer temperatures rarely exceed about 27 degree celcius in the shade, while in winter they may plummet to minus 20 degree celcius even in Leh. Surprisingly, though, the thin air makes the heat of the sun even more intense than at lower altitudes; it is said that only in Ladakh can a man sitting in the sun with his feet in the shade suffer from sunstroke and frostbite at the same time!
DAY 01 Arrival In Delhi
Our representative will meet you at the airport and will escort you to the hotel for overnight stay
DAY 02 Delhi
After Breakfast Full day city tour of Old & New Delhi, Visiting :- Raj Ghat, Jama Masjid, Red fort, India gate, Birla Temple, Govt Buildings, Humayu Tomb and Qutab Minar. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 03 Delhi - Leh
Fly to Leh. You will be met and assisted by representative on arrival. Transfer to Hotel. Rest of the day is free to acclimatize the body to the high altitudes. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 04 Leh
After breakfast proceed for a full day sightseeing of Shay palace, Thiksey and Hemis monasteries and the Stok Palace.
DAY 05 Leh - Khardung La Pass - Leh
After breakfast proceed for an unforgettable drive to Khardung La Pass (18,300ft), the highest motor able road in the world ( Subject Road Openning). Enjoy spectacular views of the Himalayas. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 06 Depart Ladakh
Transfer to airport to connect flight for onward destination.
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Note: After end of the India trip, you can extend your great holiday to Nepal for trekking to the World's highest peak Mt Everest (8848m) base camp, visit to Buddha's birth place-Lumbini, and sightseeing tour in holiest Pasupatinath temple including lots of historical and world heritage sites. You can also combine a trip Tibet through Nepal.
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Two weeks holiday in Nepal with Mission Eco-Trek
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