The word “Ladakh” means “the land of high passes” and got its name as it is a completely locked by mountains on all sides. The Ladakh Calling is a tour of all the famous sight-seeing places of the Leh Ladakh Road Trip region. Everyone who has heard of the Leh-Ladakh tour feels a calling from within which resonates into the design of this wonderful trip of “Ladakh Calling”. The serene routes, breathtaking views, snow painted mountains, steep valleys, gushing rivers are the most important part of this Ladakh tour. The Ladakh packages cover the mesmerizing areas of the Ladakh Range. The whooping heights of this Leh-Ladakh region extend in a range of 3000 to 5000 meters above sea-level which makes it much more trilling.
Th Ladakh Calling package tour introduces you to an exquisite high land of passes. The large expanse of barren deserted lands through the Leh-Ladakh road trip will give an experience of “Moon Travel”. The Highest Motorable Road in the World, the Khardungla pass is evidence to the human skillfulness. Apart from this, the Ladakh tour also includes visits to the hushing constructions of Pathar Sahib Gurudwara, the Tibetan Buddhist influential – Alchi and Thiksey monasteries, Shakyamuni Buddha’s 39 foot peaceful statue at Shey Palace, 16th century Tibetan grandeur – The Leh Palace, The Buddhist Peace Pagoda – The Shanti Stupa and the hustling Leh market.
As a refinement to these man-made projects is the natural beauty of the Leh-Ladakh region. The “Apricot Valley” known as – Sham Valley, the gravity-defying – Magnetic Hill, the confluence of the two important rivers of Indus and Zanskar – the Sangam, the color changing – Pangong lake, a rare experience on the double humped camels in the Sand Dunes of the Nubra Valley, the lake drive through the “River of death” or Shyok lake and many more extraordinary allurements of nature.
The Ladakh Range tour has taken its fame just not for these existing eyeful attractions but also for the awe-inspiring sun rises and sun sets and pleasant view of the horizons stuck between the mountain ranges. A digital camera is a must for these trips as no one likes to miss capturing such splendid colors and life time experiences. The Leh-Ladakh tours/trips are trips which not only providers of recreation but for some it’s a retreat to their inner self.
After reading about this Ladakh package trip it is irresistible for anyone to hold themselves. Don’t forget to underline the fact that every dawn and dusk of this Leh-Ladakh tour will be a remembered down though your memory lane. It is a very safe trip to anyone from solo travelers to group travelers, as to suggest bring in as many people as possible because you are about to give everyone of them a new perspective of this living world to them. Finally, traveling is a calling from the nature which always shows it’s beauties to nurture us. The Ladakh Calling trip is designed to show how the divine sculptures made by life and the divinity of the natural extravaganza go hand in hand in the region of Ladakh.
The kick start of this most awaited Leh-Ladakh trip is from the Leh airport. The Kushok Bakula Rimponchee Airport is the 22nd highest airport in the world located at about 3,256 m (10,682 ft) above the sea level. The feel of the trip starts with the sensational view of Leh while the aircraft lands. The long curvy roads on deserted lands, with gushing streams of river water sparsely spread over the hills and the distant white painted capes of mountains are not to be missed. The guiding team of the tour picks up the passengers from the Leh airport and provides a transit to the reserved accommodation. After check-in, the tourists are all recommended to rest-it-out as the body requires time to accustom itself to the high altitudes. Along with this acclimatization, a lot of hydration to the body is suggested.
Absorb the flavor of Leh with some refreshing breakfast, post which we wouldn’t be any hungrier as there is crispness in every frame of the Sham Valley. The first stop of the Ladakh tour would be the city of Likir which is the adobe for Likir Gompa and the farthest from Leh at 52Kms. The way back to Leh, has many more stops which Alchi Monastery being next. This is a 11th century monastery with wood-carvings and art-work comparable to baroque style.
Then third stop is at the Sangam – the confluence of Zanskar and Indus rivers which is followed by next stop at Magnetic hill. The optical illusion theory at the Magnetic hill shows the down slope of the road appears to be upward slope making it look gravity defying. The upcoming religious site is the Pathar Sahib Gurudwara which is constructed in memory of Guru Nanak Dev.
Completing breakfast in Leh, it’s now time to see the World’s Highest Motorable Road, which is none other than Khardong La Pass which is at a unimaginable height of 18,380 feet above the sea level. Passing through this, the nature paves its way into the, once eastern Tibetan trading route, the Nubra Valley. The Nubra Valley is surrounded by the Himalayan ranges with breath-taking visuals of prayer-flag topped peaks with snow all round the year. The Sand Dunes between the towns of Diskit and Hundur is a vast dessert but the best place to have the local Ladakhi cuisine by the road-side cafes.
The Camel Safari is a must near the Diskit town as the camels here are double humped and are found only in Ladakh and Mongolia. The day ends in the Nubra Valley in the reserved accommodation.
After breakfast on day four, the journey starts toward the Pangong lake at 14,500 feet above the sea level. After reaching Pangong Lake, we check into the mesmerizing camp along the lake side to see the wonderful shades of blue shown by the lake whose color changes almost every hour. The day comes to an end with the sun-set view near the retiring camp surrounded by the grey and brown mountain range.
The day begins with a lovely walk and a picturesque sun-sun by the lake-side and after breakfast the journey back to Leh starts. Never miss to catch a sight of the rainbow in the morning above your tent, the simple breakfast on the lakefront. En route to Leh, the famous Tibetan Buddhist Thiksey Monastery locates at 11,800 feet about sea level is visited. It is 12-story complex which consists of Buddhist stupas, statues and thangkas, along with a 46 feet tall statue of Maitreya which is 2-story high of the building.
This is followed by the Shey Palace and the monastery. This is famous for the 39 foot tall Shakyamuni Buddha, covering over 3-floors of the building. Finally we rest it out at Leh.
This day completely is dedicated for the local city tour of Leh which initiates with a Peace Pagoda – the Shanti Stupa. This is located at a 5 kms distance from Leh, on a hill facing the Leh Palace. Absorbing the peace and harmony form the Buddhist Dharmacakra, we move ahead to witness the grandeur of the Tibetan architecture of the Leh palace. Later in the afternoon the tourists can spend at the Leh market, which is the best place to pick some Tibetan crafted souvenirs. This completes the Leh-Ladakh Road Trip leaving the evening at your disposal to feel the vibe of the Leh city.
The passengers are provided with transport early in the morning to get back to the Leh airport and wave a “Salut!” to the astounding Leh-Ladakh touring.
Accomodations – Stay is included from Day 1 to Day 5 (Leh to Leh). You will be staying in a hotel at Leh, desert camping in Nubra valley and lakeside camping in Pangong Lake.
Meals – From dinner at Leh on Day 1 to breakfast at Leh on Day 6 are included. All meals except Lunch are included in this cost. A lot of emphasis is given to nutritional needs.
Other Inclusions –
- Inner line security permits where applicable.
- One Motorcycle Royal Enfield 350cc on rent for you.
- Transfers from airport to hotel and then back to airport.
- Tour leader and local guide on motorcycle.
- Support vehicle with driver to carry your luggage.
- RE mechanic with spare parts and minor repairs en route.
- First aid kit and oxygen cylinder & Helmets.
- Fuel for entire tour.
- Foreigners permits for non-Indian riders.
- All hotel taxes and entry fees to monasteries etc.
- Flights to and from Leh.
- Any meals not specified (Lunches).
- Laundry, tips, camera fee, camel rides etc
- Personal riding kit – jacket, helmet, gloves or shoes.
- Alcohol and other beverages.
- 5% GST
- Anything not mentioned in the inclusions.
Going on a bike trip is like hard-core backpacking through the roughest of mountains. It’s an adventure visit to Ladakh that requires packing to be mild yet all of the basic requirements will need to get transported along.
- Trekking Shoes, gear and Helmet
- Backpack(40-60L) with rain cover
- Warn layer of Clothes with Windproof Jacket
- Two pairs of cotton socks. 2 pairs of woollen socks
- Two pairs of full sleeve shirts/T-shirts, track Pants and jeans
- Thermal inner – one pair
- Sun cap
- One pair of wooden hand gloves
- Balaclava or woollen scarves
- LED torch
- A good quality camera.
- Toiletries – Sunscreen, moisturiser, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer.
- One water bottle(1L) and one thermos flask(1L)
- Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalise things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.
- A Swiss Army Knife
- Personal Medical Kit
- Mandatory Documents especially driving licence.
By Air – Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport in Leh is the nearest airport, which is in Leh town. It is the most convenient way to reach Leh. There are a number of flights from Delhi to Leh.
By Railway – Jammu Tawi Railway Station is the nearest rail-head, which is 850 Km from Leh. An excellent rail network connects Jammu Tawi to other important cities like Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata. You have to get taxi and drive to Leh via Srinagar or Keylong. But since these routes are close in winter you can’t visit Leh during winters via road.
By Road – Planning Delhi as a base for your Ladakh bike trip, Srinagar to Leh and Manali to Leh will be the two chief paths offering the very best street conditions and scenic views.
- Weather is unpredictable in Himalayas due to high altitudes. It is necessary to acclimatized yourself before starting your trip. Be aware of symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) like mild headache, nausea and general discomfort.
- We have an experienced Ladakh bike trip guide who leads the trip. To enjoy your safe and sound experience, follow the leads of Trip leader.
- It is advisable not to drive in night as it could be dangerous.
- Consult your physician before undertaking the trip and carry basic medicines you are using for the purpose of added safety.
- While visiting the monasteries, do obey proper dress-code and do not hurt the local sentiments of the places.
- The trip takes place through eco-friendly zone; do not encourage littering the local sites or campsites.