Ladakh Local Lifestyle
Duration:10 nights/ 11 days
Type:Rural travel, Trekking, Homestays
Ideal Season : May-September
Cost : INR 38600
Experiencing Ladakh through a local lifestyle
If skies could be the bluest at a place, it would be in Ladakh. The sheer grandeur of the steely cold desert stuns you for a moment. Not a land for the faint hearted, Ladakh is one of the prime attractions for anyone visiting Jammu & Kashmir. From the countless monasteries to the breathtaking landscapes, Ladakh weaves the mountains into a beautiful story lined with clear water lakes, scenic cold deserts, and quaint towns.
Taming the rugged beauty of Ladakh into a set schedule – an itinerary- is not something that we are attempting here. We are not here to cage the myriad experiences of Ladakh in a post card or a photograph. You will get the experience Ladakhs Local Lifestyle in the remote village Urbis, which is hardly explored by tourists as it is really hidden and far from the nearest motorable road.
We want you to be part of this ongoing celebration of beauty, and go back with moments that have breathed their magnificence into your being and etched themselves firmly in your mind.
• Experience life of the locals in very remote villages of Ladakh.
• White water rafting in the icy cold Zanskar river and Indus.
• Drive through the moon like landscape at Lamayuru.
• Visit Ladakh”s most famous and largest Hemis monastery.
• Visit 11th century Alchi monastery.
• Chances of touching snow at the passes!
Day 01: The Himalayas from the sky – Delhi – Leh arrival
After an exciting flight from Delhi to Leh, with stunning views of the Himalayan mountain ranges, we receive you at Kushok Bakula Rinpochey airport in Leh and take you to your hotel to settle in for the night.. Here it is imperative that we take one full day of rest to acclimatise to the high altitude. Later in the evening we take a walk around Leh Town followed by an overnight stay at a local guest house.
Day 02: Reliving royal times in Stok palace – Shey – Thiksey – Hemis
After breakfast leave by car to visit Stok royal Palace, the present home of the royal family of Ladakh where you will visit the beautiful royal museum which houses ancient ornaments, antique jewellery and the crown of the King and the Queen of the region.
Shey – The ancient capital of Ladakh where you will find a 17th century copper gilded statue of the historical Buddha Sakyamuni.
In Thikseyv we will visit the beautiful Gelukpa monastery where the monastery boasts a 45 foot tall Maiterya Buddha statue as one of its features.
Hemis – The Drukpa monastery located on the other side of the river Indus is the biggest Drukpa Monastery and is well known for the world famous Hemis Festival and the auspicious Thanka Paint-ing, only open to the public once in every 12 years attracting travellers from around the world to come for the auspicious moment.
Overnight at guest house.
Day 03: Traversing majestic mountain passes from Leh – Pangong Lake (160 kms, 05 – 06 hours)
Early morning drive to Pangong Lake, 160 km from Leh. The long easy ascent takes you to Changla pass through Sakti Village. Stop at the Changla Pass for photos and drive down to the village of Tangtse, where you can relax for a cup of tea. Leaving Tangtse for Pangong you pass through few small villages to finally have a sudden view of the lake. Overnight halt at a deluxe camp.
Day 04: Resting up after a long day – Pangong Lake – Leh
After a leisurely breakfast, we head back to Leh and spend the night in a local guest house.
Day 05: White water rafting adventures – Leh – Chilling – Nimo rafting – Leh
Morning drive along the Leh Srinagar highway to Chilling rafting point. This rafting stretch is about 20 Kms on the Zanskar river, and takes approximately 2.5 hours to manoeuvre. The end point is at the confluence of Zanskar and Indus river. After lunch, we head back to Leh where en route we stop to visit the Magnetic hill.
Day 06 – Day 09: Experience the Local Life in a Home Stay.
After breakfast we make the 3 hour drive towards the south western part of Ladakh along a pleasant road following the Indus river where we begin our trek on foot towards the village home stay.
From the main road it will take us 3 – 4 hours of walking up hill until we reach this beautiful village named Urbis. This village isn’t widely exposed to the average tourist as it’s hidden and far from the nearest motorised road. We will spend 3 to 4 days living in a local home stay and learning about tra-ditional ways and culture. You get to participate and help in any of the local activities including wa-tering the fields, taking the cattle for grazing, washing the dishes amongst other daily chores. Apart from the local activities we will also explore the nearby mountains ranges with a local, well informed guide.
Day 10: Navigating the laws of physics and other attractions in Urbis village – Lamayuru – Al-chi – Magnetic hill – Hall of Fame – Leh
After the last traditional breakfast with the family, we head back down to the main road by foot. From here we drive to visit the mesmerising moon-like landscapes and the Lamayuru monastery. La-mayuru is the oldest religious centre of Ladakh. Later return the same way and en route we will visit the Alchi Monastery.
We also stop by at the Magnetic hill and the Hall of Fame. At Magnetic Hill it has been noticed that when a vehicle is parked on a neutral gear the vehicle slides up-hill due to the magnetic force, one of the natural wonders that can be observed there. The Hall of Fame is a museum constructed by the Indian army. After the day’s sight seeing, we leave for Leh, arriving in the evening spending the night in a local guest house.
Day 11: Homeward bound – Leh to Delhi departure
Early morning the vehicle will take you to the airport, to catch your flight back to Delhi.
Starting from : INR 38600 per head
Closest Airport: Leh (connected to all major cities of India)
Best time to visit: June-September
Good For: Trekking, sight-seeing, home-stay, holidays.