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Nubra Valley Safari

Duration

09 Nights / 10 Days

Places Covered

Delhi - Leh - Panamic - Ansa - Panamic - Kyagar - Samstanling - Sumur - Deskit - Hunder - Deskit - Leh - Delhi

Overview

Nubra Valley Safari

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Delhi

Begin Your tour
Arrive into Delhi.
Welcome to Vardhman's "Nubra Valley Safari Tour".
On arrival at Delhi, you will be met and transferred by Vardhman's representative to your hotel. Relax for the rest of the day.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 2 Delhi - Leh (01 hrs 15 mins by flight)

This morning after having breakfast, transfer to Delhi airport to board the flight to Leh. On arrival at Leh, transfer to Hotel for rest and relaxation. Later visit Sanker Monastery , shanti Stupa & Leh Bazar.
Sankar Gompa: It is located at a distance of approximately 3 km from the town of Leh. A subsidiary of the Spituk Gompa, it belongs to the Gelukpa or the Yellow Hat Sect. The monastery also serves as the official residence of the Ladakh's head of Gelukpa Sect, known as The Kushok Bakul. There are time restrictions for visiting the Sankar Monastery of Leh Ladakh. You can also go either between 7:00 am and 10:00 am, or between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. These restrictions have been placed because a few of the monks, of the yellow-hat sect, attached to the monastery reside here permanently.
Shanti Stupa: It is located on the hilltop at Changspa. It can be reached quite easily from the Fort Road. The Stupa was constructed by a Japanese Buddhist organization, known as 'The Japanese for World Peace'. The aim behind the construction of the stupa was to commemorate 2500 years of Buddhism and to promote World Peace. His Holiness, the Dalai Lama inaugurated the Shanti Stupa in the year 1985. A magnificent white-domed structure, the Shanti Stupa offers spectacular views of the sunrise and sunset. The stupa looks best at night, when it is beautifully illuminated with glittering lights. A large number of tourists come to Ladakh every year to visit this amazing stupa.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 3 Leh

Morning after having a leisurely breakfast, proceed for the tour of Shey, Thiksey and Hemis Monastery.
Shey Gompa: It is situated on a hillock, at a distance of approximately 15 km to the south of Leh town. The monastery was erected on the instructions of King Deldon Namgyal, in the memory of his late father, Singay Namgyal. The main image inside the Shey Monastery is that of Buddha Shalyamuni. It is a huge image of the seated Buddha and is considered to be the biggest metal statue and the second largest Buddha statue in the Ladakh region. Copper sheets, gilded with gold, make up this amazing Buddha statue. The image also contains sacrificial offerings such as grain, jewels, holy signs and mantras inside it.
Hemis Monastery: It holds the distinction of being the biggest as well as the wealthiest monastery of Ladakh. It dates back to the year 1630 and was founded by the first incarnation of Stagsang Raspa Nawang Gyatso. Hemis Monastery is positioned inside a gorge, at a distance of approximately 47 km from Leh. Belonging to the Dugpa Order, it stands on the western bank of the Indus River. The monastery also boasts of a very rich collection of ancient relics.The Hemis Monastery also serves as the venue of an annual festival, known as the Hemis Festival. This festival is celebrated as a commemoration of the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhav.The Thanka is the sacred appliqué-work tapestry wrought with pearls, which depicts Guru Padmasambhava. And not to be forgotten is a sacred mask dance that is performed at the monastery every year. The dance takes place on 9th and 10th day of the fifth month of the Tibetan calendar.
Thiksey Gompa: It is situated at a distance of approximately 18 km from the town of Leh. One of the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh, it belongs to the Gelukpa Order of Buddhism. Sherab Zangpo of Stod got the Thikse Monastery built for the first time, at Stakmo. However, later Spon Paldan Sherab, the nephew of Sherab Zangpo, reconstructed the monastery in the year 1430 AD. The new monastery was sited on a hilltop, to the north of Indus River.It houses a temple, known as Lakhang Nyerma. This temple, built by Rinchen Zangpo, the Translator, is dedicated to Goddess Dorje Chenmo. A huge temple in its time, today it stands mostly in ruins. Apart from this temple, there are a number of other sacred shrines inside the monastery complex. The monastery also has a rich collection of numerous valuable artifacts and ancient relics.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 4 Leh - Panamic (3.2 kms)

This morning after breakfast, drive to Panamic via Gangles village , then crossing over Khardong La. Enter Nubra valley and then along the Nubra river camp at Panamic.
Overnight: Camp

Day 5 Panamic - Ansa - Panamic (14 km drive / 1 hrs walk)

Morning after having breakfast, drive to Ansa monastery on a hilltop across the Nubra river in the middle of the valley, drive for 7 km and then walk for about half-hour to arrive.
Visit Panamic village considered to be the largest camping ground for caravans in the Nubra valley.
Visit the hot spring of Panamic, which is known for curing skin disease and rheumatism. Enjoy 2-3 hr camel ride on double humped Bactrian camel at Panamic.
Overnight: Camp

Day 6 Panamic - Kyagar - Samstanling - Sumur - Deskit

This morning after a leisurely breakfast, drive to Deskit enroute visiting Samstanling monastery, old castle and temple of Kyagar. Also visit Sumur monastery which is 265 years old. Driving for another 30 km takes us to Khalsar Bridge. Deskit can be approached by driving parallel to the Shyok river for 20 km.
Sumur and Samstanling Gompa: Sumur is home to the Nubbra valley's most important monastery, Samstem Ling Gompa, forty minutes' walk behind the village. Built in 1841, the Gompa is home to over a hundred Gelugpa monks, aged between seven and seventy. Action centres on the large Du-khang, which is hung with Thangkas and dominated by a huge gilded statue of Shakyamuni, accompanied by Maitreya and the protector deity Mahakala. Across the courtyard, the long, low Gon-Khang is guarded by statues of fierce protector deities strung with wide-eyed skulls and figurines of the 84 Mahasiddhas, venerated Tantric saints. Samstem ling is linked to the Gompa of Rhizdong in the Indus valley west of Leh.
Overnight: Camp

Day 7 Deskit - Hunder - Deskit

Morning after breakfast, drive to Hunder & visit the Monastery. Later explore the town of Diskit , headquarter of Nubra.
Deskit: It is the headquarters of the present administrative setup of the Nubra valley it is famous for its 515 years old Buddhist monastery, situated on the top of a hill, facing the entire valley; the breathtaking view from the top of almost the entire valley is a lifetime experience, visit Hunder and its temple at a distance of 5 km from Deskit.
Overnight: Camp

Day 8 Deskit - Leh (118 kms)

Leave Deskit after breakfast. Arrive Leh in the evening. Rest of the day on your own.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 9 Leh

After having breakfast, morning tour of Phyang, Spituk and Stok Museum.
Phyang: It is situated on the Leh - Kargil Highway 24 kms. west of Leh. The place has got a gompa that belongs to the 15th Century. Built by king Tashi Namgyal, the gompa subscribes to Kagyupa Order. The gompa has got tall walled building and houses 50 Prigungpa Lamas. The Dukhang has got 3 silver chortens out of which one has got seven eyed coloured Dezi stone. This stone is believed to be highly auspicious and was brought from Tibet by a former Head Lama. Gonkhang enshrines a furious veiled protector Deoty and also has a great collection of weapons and armours used during the Mongolian invasion of 14th Century. Phyang is also well-known for its annual festival which is the second largest festival in Ladakh. Phyang Tsedup festival formely used to be held during the winters, but recently it has been rescheduled with the tourist season and is celebrated during the month of July - August. During the festival, one can witness the Chaam dances and exposition of Giant 10 mtrs. broacade Thangka.
Stok Palace (Entry Fee: Rs 25, Timings 8 a.m. - 7p.m.): The Stok Palace is located on a glacial deposit of pebbles and overlooks fields of barley grown on terraces on the mountains. Standing four storeys tall, the Stok Palace was the official residence of the royal family of Ladakh and was constructed in 1814 by Ladakh's last ruler. The museum at the Stok Palace has an intriguing collection of Buddhist art, weapons, jewelry and artifacts, including thangkas painted with colors derived from crushed precious stones. Also on display are the ceremonial headdresses or 'peraks' of the erstwhile rulers of Ladakh. These headdresses are decorated with turquoise, lapis lazuli and coral and gold, making them an exotic sight.
Spituk Monastery: The Spituk Gompa is perched on a high hill overlooking the Indus river about 18 Km from Leh. Rinchen Zangpo the Great Translator who helped spread Buddhism in Ladakh named the monastery. (Spituk means exemplary). The Spituk monastery is known for its collection of Buddhist artifacts and for the Spituk festival held from the 17th to 19th days of the 11th month of the Buddhist calendar. Further up the hill is a Mahakal Temple, where a fearsome image of Vajrabhairava is unveiled once a year at its annual festival.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 10 Leh -Delhi

After breakfast, transfer to Leh airport to board flight to Delhi. On arrival at Delhi Domestic airport, transfer to international airport (through shuttle service available free of cost at the airport) to board the flight for your onward journey with sweet and unforgettable memories of "Nubra Valley Safari Tour" escorted by Vardhman Vacations.

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