Sankar village and Spituk monasteries. Overnight hotel at Leh.
SHANTI STUPA Shanti Stupa/Japanese peace pagoda is build by a Japanese religious organization headed by Head monk Nakamura with the help from the organization and local people. It is situated at a hill top in Cahngspa village providing a bird eye view of the Leh town and the surrounding mountain peaks. Architecturally it has the Japanese touch with small clean rooms on the side for meditators and the main Japanese shrine at the entrance.
SANKAR GOMPA A relatively modern monastery, it is closely associated with the Spituk monastery and serves as the residence of the head priest-Kushak Bakula. A number of gold icons are to be found here.
SPITUK GOMPA 8 Kms from Leh, it stands prominently on the top of hillock commanding a panoramic view of the Indus Valley for miles. Many icons of Buddha and fine Thankas are to be found in this 15th century Gompa. The Gompa also houses a collection of ancient masks, antique arms, and an awe-inspiring image of Mahakaal. The face of the Kali image is kept covered and is revealed only at the annual function at January every year.
Drive towards Sham valley, visit Gurdwara Shri Patthar Sahib, Magnetic Hill, and the confluence of the Zanskar and Indus river. Overnight hotel at Leh.
GURDWARA SHRI PATTHAR SAHIB The Shrine known as Gurdwara Patthar sahib is situated about 25 kms. Short of Leh town on the Leh-Srinagar road. Built in the everlasting memory of Shri Guru Nanak Deve Ji the great prophet who sanctified the place by his sacred visit during the year 1517 while on his second missionary tour (2nd Udassi 1515-1518). The Guru reached here via Nepal, Sikkim, Tibet Yarkand and Leh after having spiritual discourses with the sidhas at Mount Sumer ( Central Himalayas ). The boulder having imprint of the Guru's back is lying in the Gurdwara to this day.
MAGNETIC HILL Defying the Law of gravity. This place is close to the Gurdwara Shri Patthar Sahib. It has been noticed that when a vehicle is parked on neutral gear on this metallic road the vehicle slides up-hill that's the Believe it or not of Ladakh!
CONFLENCE OF THE ZANSKAR and INDUS On way to Sham Valley before Nimu village one can have this magnificent view of two rivers in wed-lock! In seasons they have different colors and flow and wildness.
Morning excursion to the World's Highest Motorable road Khardung-la pass. Afternoon free for shopping etc. Overnight hotel at Leh.
Khardungla pass The road journey to Nubra valley leads through Khardung La pass (The highest Motorable road in the world) 18,390 ft. around 39 Kms. Away from Leh. There are two checkpoints on the both sides of the pass. Khardong is the first village of Nubra valley at higher altitude than Deskit and other villages.