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Winter Odyssey to Ladakh by Rural Odyssey™

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Well, Rural Odyssey has combined the best of Ladakh in 9 days to give you the
essence of Ladakh as it happened ages ago. Do you know Buddhism entered Ladakh and western Tibet through Afghanistan and Kashmir in 2nd century? Earlier people were practicing Bon religion. We will start our journey in Ladakh following the ancient routes of Budhist monks, where they settled and meditated, observing the ancient architecture and how the architecture changed as they moved towards eastern Ladakh and western Tibet. How the invasion by Muslim invaders between 13th-16th century introduced Islam to the region. Ever heard of Padmasambhava? Considered as the master of Tantra and Tantric Buddhism, number of legends have grown around Padmasambhava’s life and deeds, and he is widely venerated as a ‘second Buddha’ across Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, and the Himalayan state of India, and whomever believes in Tibetan Buddhism.
There are so many stories waiting to unfold! Let’s unfold them together?


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5 Days Office Leave Required
Price Starts at ₹ 38000 (exclusive Flights) – Limited Seats Subject to Availability

Day 1 : Getting Acclimatised

Arrival in Leh Transfer to Phayang village farmstay, also the sight for famous Ice Stupa project from Ladakh. Rest day for acclimatizing. Overnight stay in the farm stay.

Day 2 : Going easy and east to find the roots of Buddhism in Ladakh

Post easrly breakfast, visit Saspol caves, Lamayuru Monastery and Alchi Monastery. Enroute Gurudwara Patthar Sahib, Magnetic Hill and confluence of Zanskar and Indus river. Lunch is going to be the best in Ladakh probably. It’s a secret little place in Alchi. Overnight stay in Hemis Shukpachan village in home stay.

Day 3 : Explore Hemis Shukpachan Village

Walk around the Juniper (Shukpa) trees, Gompa, water streams and water mills. Go for a day hike, OR Choose to work in the fields, OR Pick apricots in orchards, OR simply sit with your favorite book. Overnight stay in home stay.

Day 4 : Leh Town

Move to Leh. Visit SECMOL, explore Leh, Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace, market etc. We will also visit some fair trade shops. Overnight stay in Leh.

Day 5 & Day 6 : To the last outpost in India, Turtuk village and Hunder Sand Dunes

Eearly morning, 6-7 am, drive to Turtuk in Nubra valley via Khardung La and Diskit monastery. Diskit monastery is the oldest and largest monastery in Nubra valley. It also has a 32m long statue of Maitreya Budha (future Budha). Turtuk is a small village located on the banks of Shyok river. It is one of the few places in India where one can witness Balti culture. Explore TurtukWalk around the village talking to few elderlies learning about the unique Balti culture and history of the region. Drive to Thang, the northernmost village in Ladakh, from where you can see the Pakistan bunkers in PoK. Turtuk was open to tourists in 2009 only. Overnight stay in Turtuk home stay/guesthouse.

Day 7 : Drive to Pangong Lake via Hunder Sand Dunes and Shyok village

Start early, 5:30 am, and drive to Pangong Lake. It’s going to be a long one En-route witness the sunrise and freely wandering Bactrian Camels in Hunder Sand dunes when the place is quite and serene, unlike evening. Overnight stay in camps/home stay near the lake. Our camps will be a bit off from the crowd. Likely in the parts of Pangong where not many people go.

Day 8 : Drive back to Leh via Sakti

fter sunrise, we will start our journey to a place where Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) believe to have meditated in 8th century. The cave Gompa here is great for meditation. If time allows, visit Hemis monastery. Overnight stay in guesthouse in Leh.

Day 9 : Adieu

Drop to airport (~ 20 minutes). Tour ends!

More Information
  • Duration : 8 nights | 9 Days
  • Multiple Dates Available
  • History and Culture of Ladakh, Buddhism and Balti culture.
  • Homestay and personalised Guest House accommodation.
  • Small group size, 10 participants.
  • 1 Tour Leader and 1 Tour Guide with the group.
  • Well maintained first-aid kit and supplementary Oxygen in case of any emergency.
  • Professional and experienced driver to drive the mountain roads in winter.
  • All inclusions, exclusions & prices are mentioned on the booking page.
  • We would love to help you out with transit from anywhere across the world or any modifications that you may need, just call us on 1800-270 1447 (24 Hours | Toll Free) and a trip curator will assist you.
  • The itinerary may be modified to accommodate changes in weather or any other factor.
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