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    Places visited:

  • Delhi
  • Leh
  • Alchi
  • Nubra Valley
  • Morning prayers at Thikse Monastery.

  • Cross the world's highest pass.

  • See unique Indian Buddhist art.

  • Experience Tibetan culture.

  • Enjoy spectacular views throughout.

Audley Travel specialist Niall

What our specialists say...

This trip is ideal for the first-time visitor to Ladakh, taking in many of the highlights as well as lesser-visited attractions that Ladakh has to offer. Start in the capital, Leh, and enjoy some gentle sightseeing to acclimatise before driving to Alchi, seeing some beautiful monasteries en route. A trip over the world's highest pass takes you to the Nubra Valley with some of the most picturesque scenery in Ladakh.

We recommend this trip for:

  • Delhi
  • Leh
  • Alchi
  • Leh
  • Nubra Valley
  • Leh

Itinerary idea in detail

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Day 1 Delhi

Delhi

On arrival, you will be met by our representative with a sign, and led to your private vehicle with your driver. You will then be driven to your hotel for some rest and relaxation. If you are on an early flight, you might like to explore Delhi this afternoon.

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Day 2 Leh

Delhi , Leh

You will be collected from the hotel by your driver and driven straight to the airport. This will be done so that there is plenty of time to check in and easily catch your flight from Delhi to Leh. On arrival, you are again collected from the airport and driven to your hotel in central Leh. Leh is at 3,500m above sea level. It is important to rest and relax for the rest of the day to acclimatise. Should you wish to, you would be more than welcome to visit the Shanti Stupa. This monument offers fantastic views over the city.

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Day 3 Leh

Leh

This morning you will be up early as you visit the Thikse Monastery at 6am to witness the morning prayers. If this is a little to early for you that is not a problem, just speak with your Country Specialist. You can also spend time exploring the areas and monasteries of Thikse and Shey before your return to Leh.

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Day 4 Alchi

Leh , Alchi

A two hour drive takes you from Leh to Alchi. The drive often takes considerably longer as there are a number of interesting places to stop including; a Sikh temple, the Indus / Zanskar River confluence, Magnetic Hill and some fine photogenic examples of stark, cold desert scenery. On arrival, the rest of the day is at leisure.

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Day 5 Alchi

Alchi

The day is spent exploring Alchi with particular emphasis on Alchi Choshkor. This collection of ancient temples is surrounded by friendly markets and is easily explored.

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Day 6 Leh

Alchi , Leh

The drive back from Alchi to Leh is broken up with a visit to the eroded remains of Basgo and Likir Monasteries. On arrival in Leh, the rest of the day is at leisure.

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Day 7 Nubra Valley

Leh , Nubra Valley

Today starts with a long drive from Leh over the world's highest pass, to get to the Nubra Valley. The drive could take longer as there are a number of photo stops, some amazing scenery and a recommended restaurant stop. On arrival in the picturesque Nubra Valley, the rest of the day is at leisure.

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Day 8 Nubra Valley

Nubra Valley

An hour's drive takes you around the valley to Samstanling Monastery. One of the more modern monasteries, you are likely to hear the monks at prayer at more sociable hours. In complete contrast to yesterday and the glaciers of the pass, the afternoon is spent riding through the Hundar sand dunes on camelback.

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Day 9 Leh

Nubra Valley , Leh

The drive to Nubra Valley back to Leh is likely to be considerably shorter. On arrival, the rest of the day is at leisure, but you are welcome to take a walking tour around Ladakh's capital should you wish.

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Day 10 Return home

Leh

You are collected from the hotel and driven to the airport in plenty of time to catch your flight home (most likely via Delhi).

Audley Travel specialist Niall
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