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Day 1 : Manali to Jispa (6-8 hrs) 137 kms
It is advised that you start as early as you can from Manali to avoid traffic congestion at Rohtang. Cross the first high altitude pass of your journey and enjoy beautiful vistas all day long. There is mostly a lot of slush towards the top of Rohtang Pass and roads too are narrow so drive carefully. Jispa is a beautifully located town and in my opinion, you must stay at one of the camps there rather than Keylong. Depending upon your speed, this journey can take you anywhere between 6-8 hours.
Day 2 : Jispa to Tsokar (7-8 hrs) 225 kms
Start easy by 8-9 AM from Jispa, cross Baralacha La, Lachulung La, Nakeela on the way. Also see two small lakes, Deepak Tal and Sooraj Tal and witness the beauty and challenging nature of Manali Leh highway. Gata Loops are another major attraction. After Sarchu, you will cross into the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Reach tsokar lake by evening and check into the hotel.
Day 3 : Tsokar - Tsomoriri (3-4 hrs)
After breakfast retrace the route down to Puga Sumdo and then follow the road across the tsomoriri lake, on the way the maginficant hot spring and the sulphur soil on the side way of Puga village road witness the beauty of nature . hot spring area wetland and habitat of many migratory birds. The Rupsho plateau which is home of the Changa nomads and support many rare wild life species.
The beautiful multi shades of blue color offered by this lake along with a picturesque landscape around gives this place an extremely romantic feel and breathtaking feel. However, in actual reality the place is extremely harsh and difficult to survive especially in winters. There is only one cemented accommodation available around the lake and the facilities like electricity, medical aid, hot running water, western toilets etc. are rare to find. The lack of oxygen makes survival difficult if your body is not properly acclimatized to its high altitude and hence, one need to plan his/her journey extremely carefully to make it acute mountain sickness free vacation.
Day 4 : Tsomoriri - Leh 220kms (6-7 hrs)
After Breakfast, you will proceed from world's highest Salt water Tsomorriri Lake. Later you can stop by Chumathang Hot Water Springs before finally arriving at village Upshi . passing enroute passing Stakna Thiksey, shey Overnight stay at leh.
Day 5 : Leh Sightseeing
The village shey is about 16kms to the east of Leh and the right bank of Indus. They shey palace originally began with a hill top fortress of which only ruins are existing at the higher end of the present day palace and temple. It overlook the village along with the river valley below. At the base of the hill there is a small lake. Shey was once the capital of the kingdom of ladakh. The present place, which has now been taken over by ASI for restoration, dates back to the time of Deldan Namgyal. The entire area below the palace is dotted with many archaic of chortens which implies that shey has been a historically significant palace.
Village Thikse is situated about 20km east of Leh. The thikse gonpa is a fantastic architectural complex which resemble the Potala of Lhasa and takes up whole hill side on a right bank of Indus. It was founded by Sherap Zangpo nephew Paldan Sherap in 15th century and belongs to the Gelugpa order. Infact the foundation was prophesied by Tsongkha pa who declare “on the right bank of the river Sindh my teaching will come to flourish”. This active monestary is headed by successive reincarnation of the Khanpo rimpochay, the present one is kushok Nawang camba Stanzin .
About 50km to the east of Leh on the left bank of Indus, Hemis gonpa is perhaps the most famous and richest Monasteries of Ladakh. It is also the largest in terms of number of lamas residing. It was founded in 1602 by Staksang Raspa a butanese monk, who was invited to Ladakh by king singay namgyal. It belongs to the Drukpa order of the Kargud pa sect with the royal patronage it soon become the most prominent monastery. However the site has a history prior to the event s. The successive reincarnation of lama Stagsang Raschen act as the head lama of the monastery. The monastery also possesses world biggest thanka, which is unfurled for display once in 12 year. The thanka wrought in pearl and appliqué is one of the most famous treasures of Ladakh.
The shanti stupa is a new stupa which was constructed by the Japanese Fuji Furuji and promote world peace. The stupa was completed in 1985 and consecrated by HH the Dalia lama. It is atop a hill in changspa village with a motorable road right up to the top. Its position atop the hill overlooks the entire Leh town and the Indus valley, which is a breathtaking view.
Driving back to hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in leh.
Day 6 : Leh - Kargil 5-6 hrs ( 225 kms)
Pack you bag to start your trip to zanskar . drive towards kargil. On the way you will view many sites like pathar sahib gurduwara , magnetic hill, confluence of Indus and zanskar river. Basgo monestry. you will find many restaurant in mulbeck Have your lunch at mulbeck. Statue of matyria Buddha of 7th century can see on the way to kargil. Overnight at kargil
Day 7 : Kargil - Zankar (231 kms ) 7-8 hrs
After Breakfast proceed for Rangdum, enroute giving a stop at Dhamsna, a must for photographers for capturing stunning landscapes. You can have view of nun-kun peaks in the valley. Visit Rangdum monastery Later visit Rangdum Monastery. Don't exert your body here, except a few acclimitization walks.
drive further to Padum via Pensila (4450m)-the administrative capital of Zanskar. Rangdum village is the 18th century Rangdum Gompa and a stop here for photos is highly recommended. From here one can continue on the “road” or take a shortcut and ride on the dried up river bed .
Day 8 : Zanskar Sightseeing
After breakfast, proceed for the tour of nearby monasteries. The monastery at Zongkhul is a spectacular cave monastery. The frescos on the cave walls are very old and reflect the high degree of artistic achievement. Situated like a swallow's nest on a rock face, the monastery is associated by legend with the famous Indian who lectured in the Nalanda and Vikramsila universities.
Later drive to Sani. The Initial founding of this Gompa is associated with Kanishka (Kushan ruler of 2nd century). The complex comprises of a huge multi columned central prayer hall with the statues of popular Budddhist deities including Drugpa (old school) high saints. The most interesting frescos can be seen in a small and almost discarded chapel at the back of the main building.
If time permits, visit the monasteries at Photong and Pibithing as well. Drive back to Padum.
Day 9 : Zanskar - Kargil (231 kms ) 7-8 hr
Drive back to kargil through the same route . Your Tour ends here with colorful memories of ladakh . overnight stay night at kargil.
Day 10 : Kargil to Srinagar or Back to Leh
Kargil to Srinagar or back to leh
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