Welcome to the land of mystic mountains and the chanting lamas !!!! You will witness one of the most beautiful views from the aeroplane, flying over the Himalayas into the trans-Himalayan natural and cultural wonder, Ladakh is. And, after a mesmerizing flight would will land on one of the highest airports in the world, blessed with the name of Kushok Bakula Rinpoche, a great monk of Ladakh. Immerse yourself in the natural grandeur of Ladakh which welcomes you with a bit of chill and some sunshine. At the airport, while you wait for the luggage and are smitten by the sheer cuteness of the arrival area, take time to go through the informative posters hung on the walls for common good. With your luggage safe under your custody, get ready to be received by us and guided to your hotel. While you check in is done, relax and enjoy the scenic beauty of the barren mountains, never forgetting to do some deep breathing. We recommend you to take it slow on your first day in Leh, as there is a drastic change in air pressure, altitude and oxygen levels. Give your body some time to acclimatise to the changes so that you are able to enjoy the rest of your days in Ladakh to the fullest. So, check in, wash up and relax till lunch. The Last Resort, awarded the Best Value Leisure Product at Travel Tourism Fair-TTF, Delhi 2017, generously would arrange a complimentary luncheon picnic by the banks of Indus River. So enjoy the afternoon, relaxing by the mighty Indus, marvelling at the river which gave birth to our civilisation. Post lunch, enjoy the evenings of Ladakh and get ready to be pampered with an amazing dinner and some warm bonfire. Don’t forget to look up at the sky during your stay in Ladakh, one of the best things in Ladakh, is the night sky. The array of stars and the sheer clarity of the sky makes you forget virtual things like television. Don’t lose on the opportunity of witnessing our own galaxy, The Milky Way. For the patient and the sharp sighted, a lot of opportunities of catching a shooting star might turn up unless it is full moon time !!. Snuggle in your warm bed and enjoy your first night in these mountains.
To have a head start to the trip, a visit to The Hall of Fame is arranged, not only popular among the tourists but also has quite a lot of information on Ladakh. It is an interesting place to visit and you may also hang out at Cafe Aroma, run by army and enjoy some great coffee and conversations. take blessings from the holy Gurudwara Pathar Sahib which is around 30 km from the last resort is one a famous pilgrim. The presence of this Holy place here signifies the journey of great people in Ladakh, this place have amazing vibrations which will make to calm and quite in few moments, sit in the main area for few moments take some deep breath, Meditate for few minutes and have some magical Prasad. After the enlighten experience of this magical place you will proceed towards the funny Magnetic hill which look like a magic. This place look very spiritual in way too as it gives you an illusion same as the Maya of life, you will start moving uphill without any support but, most of the time it’s too crowded and trafficked to experience this magic but don’t worry you will get another chance to witness this. After few kilometers from this Maya place is a magical place, Sangam of Indus and Zanskar, Zanskar river comes from the south with different water and immerges into the color of Indus, As a lover it completely dissolves into the Great Indus and become It, Zanskar is the first river which confluence with the Indus, there Are more four more rivers which immerges into the Great Indus but the funny dispute of India and Pakistan don’t allow the tourist to witness that magic. After spending some time there, what could be better than catching the sunset perched on the mountains with a massive stupa in the background. Shanti Stupa, built as a symbol for world peace has an amazing view of Leh, a small monastery and a meditation hall and a great cafe. Spending time here is worth every minute. Circumambulate the stupa, catch the setting sun, enjoy the view, meditate in the hall listening to the prayers and chants of the monk and if you are game for more coffee, step right into the cafe.
Day 3 : ghoomleh NUBRA via the highest motorable road
In Ladakh, travelers who wake early have an advantage, as the morning is quite nice and the light is amazing for photography and natural view!After light breakfast leave for Nubra valley, Dumbra-means garden in Ladakhi, the road to Khardung-La is one of the highest roads on Earth and Indians have sacrificed their lives to construct this road. This road is maintained by the BRO, Indian Army, and plays a vital role in the defense system of Ladakh. It’s the only road in Ladakh which is kept open by the army in winters with amazing efforts for supplying materials to Siachen Glacier and other vital goods to Nubra and Changthang region. Your taxi will be stopped at South Pullu for identification where you need to give your details, by the time you can get some nice Army shoes and Caps at wet canteen situated at South pullu but don’t do a lot of movements as it quite high and you can get short breath. It’s nice to know that before 2013 to get a pass from here, a limited permission used to be issued from DC office, called as Inner line permit, but now thanks to few rebel volunteers and Leh’s Karmic DC Simrandeep Singh the permit system was waved off, now all you need to show is your legal ids and give a information paper which you can get from the driver. After few kilometers you will see the path of Old silk route and the great “India Gate” . Get few clicks as a memory on Khardung-La/pass, as it’s called the highest motor able road but , in fact, its only one of the highest road, a higher pass called as the Marsemik-La, the word ‘La’ means a pass, is situated in Changthang region. Don’t spend more than 10-15 minutes on the top as the altitude is high enough to make one sick, if you feel any breathlessness immediately inform the driver and don’t panic as there is nothing to panic about. You are at a good height and feeling uncomfortable is a natural phenomenon. Drive downhill towards Nubra valley and keep your imagination wide . After a 30 km drive via North Pullu, the word “Pullu” means a Halt, in ancient time people use to cross the pass by foot and these two point use to be halts before crossing the Great Khardung La pass, In few years Khardung Glacier has reduced a lot because of the global warming and unsustainable tourist practices. You will reach Khardung village which is one of the highest village in Ladakh, take a break at Khardung or Khalsar village. Capture the breathtaking view of Nubra valley, which look like great canyon on the way. Reach Your special Camp in, after a good lunch take some rest and ask your driver to arrange a camel ride on the double humped bactrian camel and later a sun-set view from Diskit Monastery. Hunder is small desert which keep changing its patterns like the famous Thar desert, you will be amazed by this natural miracle. Relax for the day and prepare for a good journey next morning.
Rise and shine in the garden that Nubra is, with a beautiful morning with lots of greenery, amazing nature music and if season permits, lots of apricots. Spend the morning with yourself and nature, enjoying both. After breakfast, we suggest you head back to the sand dunes again, to get mesmerised by it beauty in the morning. With not much tourists and the footprints of last day erased by the winds in the night, the sand dunes offer an amazing sight to witness, with sunshine gleaming on the contours of the waves. Spend some ‘shanti - shanti’ time at the dunes and get ready to head back to Leh. You are familiar with most places on the way back but the scenic beauty is as captivating as you saw it one day before. enjoy the ride back and if lucky come across herds of yaks on the road. Say your good bye to the mighty 'Dariye Shyok'. On the way back, you now can spend as much time as possible as now your body is acclimitized to it. Get some tea at the canteen, buy some souveniers and if you are up for some adventure, climb up the snow , following the music from the small temple above. Head back to Leh and take a tour on your bikes . You may also head for Leh market for some shopping in the evening . Come back to the last resort in the evening, take some rest and recollect the memories of your beautiful moments.
Another beautiful day in the land of passes and after enjoying the nature, morning and breakfast get ready for a journey to a destination that takes your breath away- Pangong. The beauty lies in the journey as well as you pass through the beautiful villages by the banks of Indus. Get ready to be captivated by the herculean feat of Ladakhis in not just building the stupas you come across but the well perched monasteris on the mountains. You would feel like stopping and visiting these, we will make sure you will visit them on the way back. So passing the amazing villages like Shey, Thiksey etc you take the road to Sakti village and thus Pangong from Kharu’s diversion. After passing the village of Sakti you ascend the road leading to the mighty Chang La. The road is quite a bad ass at many points with streams, ice and rocks, giving you an adventurous time on the wheels. At Chang La, pay homage to Chang La baba, take some tea, play with the friendly mutts and get ready to descend and continue to your destination Pangong. Passing through the villages of Durbuk and Tangtse. You may stop over from some nice warm food available at the restaurants. Post Tangtse, the scenery changes from mountains, pastures , pashmina goat herds to yaks and the hole loving marmots, be sure not to feed them. Enjoy the view and get ready for some bumpy time, followed by the dreamlike view of an oasis in the desert. Take your time, enjoy the view, marvel at the beauty. Drive along the Pangong you make check in to the camp or Pangong, whatever you desire, you have time. Spend the evening capturing the beauty in your memory or camera. Enjoy a cup of tea near Pangong and feel blessed to have a moment like that. Spend some time by the lake and enjoy the night by the blue lagoon and the star filled sky
Catch the sunrise at the beautiful lake, paint your imagination and witness the beauty of the rising sun with shivering cold. A good tea with the rising sun on Pangong Lake is all you need in life, this could be one of the most beautiful time of your life but, please make sure when you go out of your tent you are prepared enough for the cold else you will end up fighting with the cold rather than enjoying the moments. People who like photography and timelapse photography this will be the best time to capture best shots. After having your light breakfast you are all set for going back to the roots, drive back to Leh, Visit Thiksey Monastery and Shey Palace enroute. Head back to Leh and spend some time in the market doing some last minute shopping and head back to the resort.
Day 7 : hasta la vista ! Julley ! good-bye - Departure
After the amazing Journey of Mountain, Rivers, Lake, desert and passes its time so say goodbye to Ladakh to say hello again as it’s said that it takes a lifetime to absorb Ladakh. You have to go back to your world and work again but, this journey makes you aware of the nature its power and its beauty. The stars of Ladakh helps you realize many things and understand planets are small after gazing at the clear stars and galaxies and how life is a much bigger journey. Say your Julley to Ladakh, to say Julley again !! Catch an early morning flight from Leh-Delhi and head back Home with memories in your heart.
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