Wonder of Ladakh with TurTuk- A journey to the land of high passes gives an experience of a lifetime. Very few Leh Ladakh packages are designed with such great attention to detail. This tour is designed especially for a wonderful tour of Ladakh via Turtuk. This Ladakh expedition will let you explore the scenic views, barren mountains, serene lakes, cultural heritage and so much more.
Spread over a period of 10 nights and 11 days, this Leh Ladakh tour will treat you with some of the best and spell bounding views. The trip leaves you in awe with an abundance of stunning and never done before experiences. Right from visiting Lamayuru Monastery to riding a shikhara and visiting Diskit Gompa of Ladakh hall of fame. Watching the beautiful sunrise at Nubra valley or going speechless when you see the water changing colors at the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar River, this trip will imprint a mark on you like none other.
The highlight of this Ladakh road trip is the visit to Turtuk village, which is a hidden gem in Ladakh. There are no words to define the beauty of this hidden valley which was earlier in Pakistan. The village consists of 15 – 20 homestays to stay there for exploring the beautiful landscape and Tibetan culture. Get ready to embark on the journey of a lifetime and come close to nature.
Day 1: Arrival at Srinagar
Once you reach the Hotel in Dal Lake or the Deluxe Houseboat at Srinagar, our representative will greet you with a warm welcome. Have lunch and enjoy the shikara ride at the lake and then proceed to drive to the Mughal Garden. This trip also includes a visit to Nishat Bagh and Shalimar Gardens in your sightseeing schedule. Stay overnight at Srinagar.
Day 2: Drive from Srinagar to Kargil (204 Kms / 6-7 Hrs.)
After morning breakfast, start your journey to Kargil. Enroute visit the Sonmarg and Zodjila pass. Visit the second coldest inhabitation in the world – Drass village. See the war memorial hall and museum and reach Kargil by evening. Stay overnight here.
Day 3: Drive to Leh from Kargil
Drive to Lamayuru Monastery after breakfast. Also visit the Magnetic Hill, Patthar Sahib Gurudwara and Hall of Fame museum. Overnight stay in Leh.
Day 4: Explore on your own
Today is a free day for you to rest and get acclimatized to the weather. Later you can go to explore local markets and do shopping. Special care has been taken to include halts in your Ladakh road trip for acclimatization to ensure a healthy and enjoyable journey.
Day 5: Drive to Nubra Valley from Leh (120 Kms / 4-5 Hrs)
Have an early morning breakfast and drive to Nubra Valley via Khardungla (Highest Motorable road in the world at 18,380 ft.). Have lunch and get ready to enjoy the camel safari at Sand Dunes located between Diskit & Hundur villages. Overnight stay at Nubra Valley.
Day 6: Visit from Nubra to Turtuk and back
This less popular destination recently opened for tourists is the hidden treasure of Ladakh and the highlight of the Leh Ladakh package. If you are looking to explore some unique destination in Ladakh, then this is the place. Your thirst for a beautiful location ends here. One of the most fascinating journeys, this route will take you through spectacular mountains and lovely villages. Turtuk is controlled mainly by the Ladakh Scouts, a rear department of the Indian Army. This place is at the border between India and Pakistan, captured by the Indian Army in 1971.
Locals have relatives across the border in Baltistan, which is a beautiful village with charming locals. Locals depend mainly on farming of vegetables, apricot besides providing mules and porters. You can hear the history of the place from these locals who will tell you how on 13th December 1971, the people of this village who belonged to Pakistan woke up in the region which belonged to India the next day. This remote northwest corner of Ladakh will leave you speechless and astounded. After a full day of rough excursion drive back to Nubra Valley in the evening, stay overnight at the camp in Nubra Valley.
Day 7: Visit Pangong Tso via Shayok route
After breakfast you can visit Diskit Monastery, which is the oldest and the largest Buddhist monastery in Nubra valley. Catch the magnificent view of Nubra Valley from the top of the monastery. Later drive to Pangong Tso Lake via Shayok River passing through avid landscape enjoying the thrill and adventure. Stop for lunch at Durbuk village on the way. Overnight stay at Pangong and enjoy the star-gazing experience.
Day 8: Drive to Leh from Pangong Lake via Chang La
Don’t forget to watch the early morning picturesque view of sunrise on the lake. After breakfast, get ready for your drive back to Leh. Enroute, you shall visit Thiksey Monastery and Shey Palace. You can explore the local markets of Leh in the evening.
Day 9: Drive to Jispa via Sarchu
After early morning breakfast, you shall drive via Sarchu passing through the biggest and highest Plateau on Earth – Skyangchu Thang. Arrive at Pang by crossing Nakeela and Lachlung La and have a hot lunch. Continue to drive towards Jispa and check-in by evening. Overnight stay at Jispa.
Day 10: Drive from Jispa to Manali (140 Kms/ 6 Hrs )
Start your journey towards Manali, which is a beautiful scenic drive crossing Baralacha La at the height of 15,896 ft. Lunch at Sissu village and later cross famous Rohtang Pass at an altitude of 13,050 ft. Reach Manali and check-in to the hotel. You can go for sightseeing in Manali depending on traffic and time of arrival.
Day 11: Tour end (Departure)
Your beautiful journey through the land of high passes comes to an end now. Depart with beautiful memories of your Ladakh road tripand move towards the airport or station as per your travel arrangements. Our executive can arrange for airport transfers if informed 3 hours in advance.
Here’s a quick note on the inclusions and exclusions of your Leh Ladakh package;
- Tour guide (we provide a guide only for eight pax or above in a group)
- Welcome drinks on arrival with cookies and biscuits.
- Exclusive sightseeing & excursions by one non-ac Deluxe tempo or car as per above program
- 3kg Oxygen cylinder is included from Leh to Leh only
- First Aid box
- Daily breakfast and dinner at all the hotels.
- Twin sharing accommodation at all places in Hotel/Camps as applicable to the itinerary.
- Cost of arrival (by air or road)
- Ride on shikara in Srinagar Dal Lake or Ther Lake
- Entrance fees for visiting Monasteries.
- Camel riding fee.
- Airport transfers at Srinagar airport / Manali drop Services
- Personal items like mineral water, phone calls, laundry etc.
- Extra meals/room services / bottled beverages consumed at the hotel.
- Additional costs incurred for hotel accommodation, transport services due to flight cancellation, roadblocks etc.
- Porter age & tips at the airport, Hotel/Camp staff & drivers
- GST 5%
Terms & Conditions:
Most Leh Ladakh packages require a large group to offer good deals, but this Ladakh road trip can be organized even with a group of minimum 8 persons;
- Srinagar local sightseeing reporting time: 3 PM, departure 3:30 PM
- Seating plan on a daily rotation basis and not chosen by personal interest
- Srinagar pick-up and Manali transfer arrange by guest only (services available INR 2,000 OPTIONAL)
- All the hotel vouchers /confirmation status will be issued ten days prior to the departure.
- Tour starts from Srinagar hotel only.
Article Submitted By Community Writer