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Camel Safari in Ladakh

(18 Days / 17 Nights)
(New Delhi-Manali-Rohtang-Tandi-Keylong-Sarchu-Gata-More Plains-Tsokar Lake-Puga-Tsomoriri Lake-Leh-Shey-Thiksey-Hemis-Leh-Hunder-Diskit-Tegger-Pinchimic-Panamic-Leh-New Delhi)

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Safaris are the ideal way of exploring the Indian land. Camel Safari in Ladakh will enable you to have a glimpse into the economic and social life of Ladakh people. In this tour you will have camel safari on the back of double humped Bactrian camel, which were used in earlier days as means of transport on the Silk Route.

Day 01: New Delhi
Around midnight arrival in New Delhi. The cosmopolitan city and capital of India is the main gateway for travelers to India. Upon arrival, you will be met by an Indo Vacations representative and transferred to the hotel.

Day 02: New Delhi

In the morning have sightseeing in Old Delhi. Sightseeing of Old Delhi includes "Rajghat", the site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated, Jama Masjid and the great mosque of old Delhi. Today we also visit the famous "Humayun Tomb" which is the first substantial example of Mughal architecture in India and "Kutub Minar". Before we proceed to the hotel we drive through New Delhi where we will visit the India Gate, Government buildings and Embassies.

Day 03: New Delhi - Kullu (by air) - Manali

In the morning from Delhi we will drive to airport for the flight to Kullu. Upon arrival in Kullu we will drive further to Manali. Manali, nestled on the foot of the giant Rohtang Jot and on the bank of the Beas River, is an evergreen area with Pine and Deodar trees surrounding the town. Visit the mall, the markets and the Hidimba temple in the evening. Overnight stay in Manali. 

Day 04: Manali - Rohtang - Tandi - Keylong
In the morning from Manali we drive further to Rohtang pass which offers some great views of the Pir Panjal range. In the way we will come across some scenic views of snow-covered peaks and glaciers. As we drive further we will come across the change in vegetation. The tree line seems to be getting away from us making way for small bushes. We are in the foothills of the Pir Panjal range. So now we will descend into the drier Lahaul valley travelling along the Chandra river past its confluence with the Bhaga river at Tandi. We reach Keylong, the district headquarters of Lahaul by evening and have an overnight stay at Keylong.

Day 05: Keylong - Sarchu

Today we will start our day with a short drive on a flat road, and then we will ride downhill and then enter a gorge descending down the bridge connected to the Sarchu Plateau. We will come across some arid landscapes with some beautiful scenery and high rise mountain ranges, bearing watermarks & erosion of soil clearly indicating that the area was under water a few million years ago. The area is sparsely green. We have an overnight stay at Sarchu.

Day 06: Sarchu - Gata - More Plains - Tsokar Lake

Today we drive up the Gata loops and reach the More Plains. Changpas, the Nomadic people who tend their yaks here and few Wild Ass are the only sign of life on this isolated and long road. This belt is barren and known for its fast blowing winds, sandstorms & extreme temperatures in the early morning and evenings. Across the More Plains, enroute to Leh from Manali are the remote Rupshu Plains and the 23km long Tsomoriri Lake at 15000 feet surrounded by mountains towering over 20000 feet. From More Plains we will drive further to Tsokar Lake. This lake is a salt lake from where nearly all of Ladakh's salt supply used to come from. We will have camp by the salt lake after visiting Tugche village and monastery on the banks of the lake. 

Day 07: Tsokar Lake - Puga - Tsomoriri Lake

After breakfast, we will drive past Tsokar lake to the top of Polo Gonka pass and descend to the hot water springs of Puga, where patients are treated by specialist doctors from Leh. Then we will drive to Tsomoriri and set camp near a little gully leading down to the lake. 

Day 08: Tsomoriri Lake

The Tsomoriri lake serves as a breeding ground to the Bar-headed Geese, Black-necked crane, Brahminy Ducks and other wild life. The day is free to enjoy the bird watching. The other animals which are found in this region are Blue Sheep, Kiangs (wild asses), Yaks and Pashmina goats (Shatoosh). We also take a hike upto the "Changpa" settlements on a large pasture.

Day 09: Tsomoriri Lake - Leh

We leave Tso Moriri after breakfast for a long eight hours drive to Leh via Mahe where we meet the Indus river continuing down the valley. We reach Leh by the afternoon.

Day 10: Leh Excursion (Shey - Thiksey - Hemis)

In the morning after having the breakfast we will visit the most important monasteries of central Ladakh along River Indus. We visit Shey which was the ancient capital of Ladakh. The Shey monastery has a huge copper gilted image of Sakayamuni Buddha and a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue. Then we will drive further and visit Thiksey. The Thiksey monastery is actually a complex of buildings on a crag rising in tier upon tier above the village. We will drive further down to cross over the bridge at Kharu and visit the largest and the richest Hemis monastery. After visiting the monastery drive back to Leh.

Day 11: Leh - Hunder 

Early morning we will drive to Hunder. After travelling for around 39 km from Leh we cross the Khardungla Pass (5578 m) which is the highest motorable road in the world. The view from the top is simply amazing. Sheltered on the other side is the beautiful and fertile Nubra valley situated along river Shayok. The valley is covered with dense thickets of sea buck thorn - a throny shrub which the villagers use for fuel and fencing their fields. The Nubra Valley, with an average altitude of 10000 feet has a milder climate than the rest of Ladakh and the Shyok river which feeds this valley has made agriculture possible. It is in this valley that you will see the double humped Bactrian camel, which were used in earlier days as means of transport on the Silk Route. Snow capped mountains surround this valley which also boasts of some of the best monasteries in Ladakh. We will drive further and arrive at the small village of Hunder (3048 m) and have an overnight stay there only.

Day 12: Hunder - Diskit 
In the morning visit Chamba monastery of Hunder and then start the Camel Safari on the Bactrian camels. The Safari goes along the soft white sandy deserts with rolling sand dunes. We continue to Diskit, a quaint village on the banks of the Shyok River and boasts of a 500 year old monastery perched atop a hillock. Then we will arrive at the capital of Nubra i.e. Diskit. In the afternoon explore the Diskit. Being the main town of Nubra, it has a small market bustling with activity. We visit the Gompa, situated on a rocky spur above the village providing a commanding view of the valley.

Day 13: Diskit - Tegger - Pinchimic 

In the morning drive to Tegger village (3146 m). There visit Samstanling Gompa. In the afternoon start Camel Safari to reach Pinchimic. The Safari is comparatively short and goes along the river where the valley is well spread. We will arrive in Pinchimic in the evening and have an overnight stay there only.

Day 14: Pinchimic - Panamic 

In the morning start the last leg of Camel Safari to Panamic. Enroute visit a beautiful lake chucked between two small hills. In the afternoon explore Panamic Village. During the trade between Central Asia and Ladakh, Panamic was the last major settlement before the caravans cross the Karakoram range. Today, Panamic is a sleepy village, with its people quitely working in their fields. There we will visit the thermal hot springs locally reputed to have therapeutic qualities. We have an overnight stay in Panamic.

Day 15: Panamic - Leh 

In the morning visit the "Ensa Gompa" across the river clinging precariously to the mountain surrounded by few trees. In the afternoon drive to Leh. Upon arrival in the evening drive to the hotel.

Day 16: Leh

The whole day is free to explore the local market.

Day 17: Leh - New Delhi (by air)

In the morning transfer to the airport to board flight for New Delhi. Arrival in Delhi in the afternoon. The rest of the day at leisure. Rooms are available to get refresh before departing for the airport.

Day 18: New Delhi

round midnight flight to home destination.

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Our Services Include:
      Accommodation in double rooms on twin sharing basis with bath and WC in the 
         chosen category.
American/continental Breakfast.
Services of qualified local guides (English speaking or languages of your choice) at     
         every place of sightseeing.
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All Transfers and Sightseeing throughout the tour by an air-conditioned Car with driver.

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