For Abhishek, it had been a dream to visit those jagged, arid mountains of Ladakh since his friends first showed him its pictures during his college days. And after so many years of waiting for the opportune moment, he finally decided to pursue that dream with his favourite travel companion – his wife. Eager to greet those picture-perfect terrains at last, the couple booked a 6 nights 7 days Ladakh tour package that included their accommodation, meals (breakfast & dinner) and private transfers.
Trip type: A traveler couple on their dream adventure!
Duration: 6 nights 7 days (how we wished it was ‘forever’!)
Budget: INR 37,000/- (unbelievable, right?)
Destination: Leh, Ladakh
Inclusions: Accommodation, meals (breakfast & dinner), private transfers
Traveling, for me, is like taking a fresh breath by breaking away from monotonous daily routine of life. I travel to see new places in this beautiful world and what they have to offer in terms of culture, food, experiences, and more. And when I saw TravelTriangle’s ad on Facebook, I had a feeling they could provide me just that on my trip to Ladakh. I immediately raised a trip request, and in no time at all, me and my wife were packing our bags, looking forward to living the beautiful itinerary hand-crafted by our agent Mr. Akash Raj from Shoes on Loose.
Day 1: Witnessing the sunrise from 30,000 ft & wandering about in lively markets
It’s always fascinating to see the sun rise in a distant land, but to witness it from above 30,000 ft in the air is an entirely different experience altogether. After this jaw-dropping display of beauty in the sky and dodging between the numerous mountains of Himalayan and Ladakh ranges, we landed in Leh at around 6:30 am.
Our driver met us as soon as we exited the airport and took us to our hotel in Leh – Katpa Residency, where our tour agent had made commendable arrangements to ensure our comfort on our holiday in Ladakh. Since one needs 24 hours to acclimatize to the environment in Ladakh, we spent the entire day indoors, till the enticing Leh market nearby pulled us out of our rooms and into its buoyant streets.
Day 2: Riding camels on the cold, velvety sands of the Nubra Valley
After a good breakfast, we started early for Nubra Valley. On the way to Nubra Valley, one has to cross the highest motorable pass in the world – Khardung La. The view from 18,380 ft here was mind blowing. Post a delicious lunch in a local restaurant in Khardung village, we continued our journey while the River Shyok flowed right beside us.
Upon our arrival, we decided to visit the sand dunes before checking in to the hotel. We rode peculiar looking double humped camels and took a stroll on those velvety sand dunes which turned breathtaking in the golden light of the setting sun.
After spending some time in the cold desert, we checked-in at Hotel Snow Leopard in Hunder, a mere 10 min drive from the desert.
Day 3: Strolling through dreamy organic gardens and gorging on mouth-watering Ladakhi cuisines
We woke up to some spectacular sights in the morning that left us speechless. Our surroundings had completely transformed under the morning sun and we felt like we were in an oasis in the middle of a desert. Our freshly prepared breakfast came from the hotel’s organic garden, which was otherwise bathed in alluring colours owing to a variety of orchids, apples, and apricots that grew here.
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After spending some refreshing time in the garden, we proceeded to Leh. En route, we visited Diskit Monastery, that provided us a scintillating 360-degree view of Nubra Valley. Upon reaching Leh, we decided to visit the market and try local cuisines in the restaurants there before returning to Katpa Residency.
Day 4: Revelling in the beauty of the most magnificent of Nature’s creation: The Pangong Tso Lake
We decided to leave early for Pangong Lake so as to spend maximum time at this beautiful creation of Nature. En route, we crossed the Changla Pass, which is the third highest motorable pass in the world. We were occasionally met with interesting sights of wild horses and yaks grazing idly on the way, along with many picturesque landscapes dotted with flora in those otherwise barren mountains. We reached the lake at around 3 pm and proceeded to Spangmik Village where our abode for the night, the Swiss Tents of Royal Camp, was located.
When it comes to describing Pangong Tso Lake, no amount of words will ever be enough. You have to see it with your eyes in order to be truly acquainted with it’s beauty. We spent the day on the banks of the lake, basking in its magnificence and in the ever-changing colours of the water owing to the changing positions of the sun above it.
Post sunset, we returned to the campsite, which was an absolute delight and equipped with all amenities one could possibly demand. We missed stargazing as the weather turned bad and cloudy at night.
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Day 5: Delighting ourselves with the season’s first snowfall and paying our respects at Hemis monastery
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Post breakfast, we took one last look at the mesmerising lake, which now had a different colour in the morning sun, and started our journey back to Leh. On the way to Changla, we spotted some cute little Himalayan Marmots at the roadside. As we approached Changla Pass, we learnt that it had experienced snowfall the previous night, which had turned the grey-brown mountains snow white. The weather deteriorated and it started snowing over the Pass all over again.
Despite the sudden traffic jam in Changla Pass owing to the weather, we enjoyed the first snowfall of the season, an unexpected delight of our trip to Ladakh. After crossing Changla, we visited the gorgeous Hemis Monastery on the way back to Leh.
Day 6: Engaging in an exciting sightseeing tour of Leh & buying Tibetan mementos at vibrant markets
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The last day of our Ladakh tour itinerary was for local sightseeing near Leh. After breakfast we proceeded to the Leh-Srinagar highway. We first visited the Hall of Fame, a military museum dedicated to Indo-Pakistan and Indo-China wars, and then went to the mysterious Magnetic Hill.
Post spending some memorable time at the stunning Confluence Point of Indus & Zanskar as well as the Pathar Sahib Gurudwara, we returned to Leh market to buy some Tibetan souvenirs and simply wander about in those lively streets.
Day 7: Heading home with heart-warming memories of our time in Ladakh
Early in the morning, we left to catch our flight to New Delhi. Once high up in the air, we were again greeted by the majestic views of the Himalayas that seemed to be bidding us farewell post our utterly sensational trip to Ladakh.
I had always dreamed about these barren terrains and striking blue skies, and they turned out to be better than what I expected. Needless to say, me and my wife loved every bit of our escapade to Leh, Ladakh!
What we loved: Well, everything. But if I still have to single one out, it was out time at the Pangong Tso Lake.
What we didn’t love as much: Nothing at all!
Tips for future travelers: Plan your Ladakh trip with 1-2 days in spare as one needs to acclimatize to the surroundings due to the sudden rise in altitude at Leh. Also, make sure you’re physically fit to engage in the trip.
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