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Nubra Valley trek

Towards the western end of the Himalayas a series of continuous mountain ridges, comprising scores of 6000 metre (20000 foot) peaks, forms an effective barrier between the Indian provinces of Lahaul and Ladakh. Linking these contrasting mountainous regions is a trekking route of Darcha and Nubra Valleys that provide one of the great challenges of the Indian Himalaya. Visit several villages situated higher at Kargyak.

Highlights

Leh : the main town of the region, is dominated by Sengge Namgyal’s 9-story Palace, a building in the grand tradition of Tibetan architecture, said to have inspired the famous Potola in Lhasa. Down in the bazaar, the main sites to visit are the Jo-Khang, a modern ecumenical Buddhist temple, and the imposing Mosque dating from the late 17th century. For  locals and visitors alike a stroll along the main bazaar observing the varied crowd and peering into the curio shops is an entrancing experience.

Phyang: looks like a huge Palace from afar, built by Tashi Namgyal in the later half of the 16th century AD., it belongs to the Red Cap sect of Buddhists. Hundreds of icons of Buddha and other Gods are kept on  wooden shelves.

Spituk : Stands prominently on the top of a 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 mahakal. The face of the Kali image is kept covered and is revealed only at the annual function in January
Samkar Gompa : the seat of the yellow Hat Sect and one of the few Gompa built in the valley bottom, is a 3 km. Pleasant walk through fields. It houses the chief lama of Spituk and 20 others. The newer monks quarters are on three sides of the courtyard with steps leading up to the Du-Khang ( Assembly Hall ). There are a number of gold statues, numerous wall paintings and sculptures including a large one of the 11 headed, 1000-armed Avalokitesvara.

Shanti Stupa : There are good views from the top where a tea room is a welcoming sight after the climb. There is also a jeep able road.

Alchi : On the banks of the Indus is the Alchi Gompa, dating a thousand years back. One of its walls features thousands of miniature-sized pictures of the Buddha. Three large sized images made of clay and painted brightly are its focal attraction. No longer an active religious center, it is looked after by monks from the  Likir monastery.

Likir : Founded in the 11th century and rededicated to a different monastic order in the 15th century, its earlier Gompa was destroyed in a fire. The present Gompa dates back to the 18th century. Skilled craftsmen producing excellent thankas, earthen pots and carved folding wooden tables. A magnificent giant juniper tree, one of the few survivors of its species stands in the courtyard.

AGRA : At the  time of the  Moguls, in  the 16th  and  17th centuries,  Agra  was  the capital  of  India,  and  its  superb monuments date from that era. Agra has a
magnificent fort and the building  which many people come to India solely to see-the  Taj Mahal.  Agra  became the capital of Sikandar Lodi in 1501, but  was soon passed  on to the Moguls, and both Babur and Humayun  made  some early Moghul  constructions here. It was under Akbar  that  Agra first aspired to its height of magnificence.

TAJ  MAHAL : If there's  a building which represent a  country  - like  the  Eiffel Tower for France, the Sydney  Opera  House  for Australia - then it has to be the Taj Mahal for India.

This most famous Moghul monument was constructed by Emperor  Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, the `lady of the  Taj'. It has been described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love, for the emperor was heartbroken when Mumtaz, to whom he had been married for 17 years, died in 1629 in childbirth,  after producing 14 children.

Construction of the Taj began in 1631 and was not completed until 1653. Workers  were recruited not only from all over  India  but also from central Asia, and in total 20,000 people worked on  the building. Experts were even brought from as far away as Europe  -  the  Frenchman  Austin  of Bordeaux and the  Italian Veroneo of Venice  had a hand in its decoration. The main architect was  Isa Khan, who came from Shiraz in Iran.

The  Taj  is  definitely worth more than a single  visit  as  its character  change with the differing lights during the day.

SIKENDRA : The tomb of Akbar lies in the center of a large peaceful garden. The building has three-story minarets at each corner and is built of red sandstone inlaid with white marble polygonal pattern. It is an interesting place to study the gradual evolution in design that culminated in the Taj Mahal.

AGRA  FORT : Construction of the massive Agra Fort  was begun  by Emperor Akbar in 1565, and additions were made up until the  time of  his grandson, Shah Jahan. While in Akbar's time the fort  was principally  a  military structure by Shah Jahan's  time  it  had become  partially a palace. There are many fascinating  buildings inside the massive walls which stretch for 2.30 km, surrounded by a  moat  over  10 meters wide. The fort is on the  banks  of  the Yamuna River.

Some of the importance buildings within the fort include:-

Moti  Masjid,  Diwan-i-Khas, Octagonal Tower,  Jahngir's  Palace, Khas  Mahal,  Shish Mahal, Anguri Bagh, Delhi  Gate,  Hathi  Pol, Hauz-Jehangri, Itimad-ud-daulah.

NOTE:

For this Programme photocopies of the passport and visa must reach Leh at least 10 days before the start of the trek for getting necessary inner line permits.


Additional Info

MAY - OCT
15 Days

Day 01 : Arrive Delhi late night and transfer to domestic airport for early morning flight to Leh. Transfer to your hotel, rest day after a long flight and time to get acclimatize. Late afternoon walking tour of Leh bazaar. O/N in hotel.

Day 02 : After breakfast morning tour with guide of Spituk and Phyang monastries. Late afternoon tour of Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa & Samkar monastry. O/N in hotel.

Day 03 : Fullday trip with guide to Alchi and Likir Monastries. O/N in hotel in Leh.

Day 04 :  LEH - SABOO - LARTSA Leave Leh for Saboo by jeeps. You will be met by the staff and ponies at the end of the village. Trek time 6 hours. Camp at Lartsa.

Day 05 : LARTSE - DIGGER Today you cross Digger-la pass 5240 Mts. and descend to Digger village. Camp at Digger village. Trek time 7 hours.

Day 06 : DIGGER - KHUNGRU Mostly descending and walking slong riverside. Camp at Khungru village. Trek time : 6 hours.

Day 07 : Free at Khungru to rest and explore the surroundings.

Day 08 : KHUNGRU - RONGTHIL An easy but long trek alongside the Shyok river.
Camp at Rongthil. Trek time 7-8 hours.

Day 09 : RONGTHIL - KHALSAR It is a easy trek through very picturesque locations. Pass through and army area which is prohibited for photography. Camp at Khalsar.

Day 10 : Drive 3 hours to Disket the headquarter of Nubra valley. Day to explore. O/N camp.

Day 11 : Drive 4 hours to Panamik, famous for its sulphure springs. O/N camp.

Day 12 : Drive back to Leh over the Khardung-la pass at 5545 mts. World highest motorable road. O/N in hotel at Leh.

Day 13 : Free day in Leh, after the trek or as a security day. O/N in hotel

Day 14 : Early  morning  flight Leh to Delhi, after arrival drive straight to Agra  200 km. 4 hours. O/N in hotel at Agra.

Day 15 : Sightseeing of Taj Mahal, Red fort and Sikendra. Evening drive to International airport in delhi to catch your flight back home. Tour ends.

Deluxe arrangements will be EURO 875/- per head Standard arrangements will be EURO 775/- per head
Challenging

Services Included in the above given cost

  • Hotel Accommodation on Bed and Breakfast basis.
  • All transfers and sightseeing in Ladakh by Jeeps as per the itinerary.
  • All transfer and sightseeing by cars ACC in Delhi and Agra.
  • Camp staff, cook and English speaking guide.
  • Two men tents, dining tent, toilet tent, mattresses and all cooking equipments.
  • Horses/mules/donkeys for clients and camping equipments.
  • Portage at hotels and airport.

Services excluded in the above cost

  • Alcoholic Beverages.
  • Photographic Charges.
  • Entrance to monastries and monuments.
  • Liabilities of loss, damage and loss of life.
  • Rescue operation by any means of transportation.
  • International airport tax, Tipping etc.
  • Air tickets.
  • Nature of personal expenses.
  • Telephone, fax and laundry bills.
  • Personal Travel Insurance.
  • If individual requires horse to carry them, then individual must pay personally.
  • Any extra expenses to any unavoidable circumstances such as road blockage, landslide, snow, political unrest, sickness or accidents.
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