Grand Ladakh with Zanskar rafting expedition. July 27, 2012

This summer go on a trip of your lifetime to Ladakh. Visit thousand year old palaces and monasteries, Indus valley, Magnetic hill, Hall of fame, Shanti Stupa. Be on the world’s highest motorable road at K-Top (Khardung La pass) Romance the spectacular Pangong Tso lake. Camp at Nubra valley as you explore the lunar landscape and silver white sand dunes. Ride a double humped Bactrian camel. Experience the spine chilling thrill of rafting (with mostly Grade 3 and a few Grade 4 rapids also!) on the gushing Zanskar river. Enjoy long stretched spectacular safari from Manali to Leh*. Meet the Ladakhis and explore their culture. Befriend a monk. Let your spirit soar higher than ever to once in a lifetime heights.

* – In case of Delhi – Leh – Delhi travel by road.

Highlights –
Indus valley, Spituk, Khardung La, Hall of Fame, Pangong Lake, Nubra valley, Shanti Stupa, White water rafting in along Zanskar river.
Accommodation in decent hotels and deluxe tents.
Opportunity to dine with a Ladakhi family in their home.
Choice of veg. / non-veg. meals.
Travel by Scorpio / Xylo in and around Leh.
Zanskar rafting. Rafting gear. Expertise. 100% Safety.
Lonely Planet approach.
Very reasonable, young and energetic group with live in the moment spirit to take you through the trip.
Local friends not only to guide you but to give you deeper insight in to Ladakh and everything that is Ladakhi. (A traveler is way different from a tourist)
Options for Pune – Leh – Pune travel to suit your budget.

Dates :
Friday, 27th July 2012 to Friday, 03rd August 2012 (In case of Pune – Leh – Pune travel by air)

Friday, 27th July 2012 to Friday, 05th August 2012 (In case of part train – part air, Pune – Leh – Pune travel. Please refer details under itinerary)

Itinerary :

Day 1 – Friday, 27th July, 2012.

21:30 – Assemble at airport in Pune.
22:25 – Fly out for Delhi.

Day 2 – Saturday, 28th July, 2012.

00:25 – Arrive at Delhi.
05:15 – Fly out for Leh.
06:30 – Arrive at Kushok Bakula airport in Leh (3500m altitude), to be received and transferred at hotel in Leh city (4 km). After welcome tea/coffee, check in to rooms. Post breakfast, take a full day’s rest to acclimatize completely with the high altitude conditions of Ladakh. Lunch at hotel. Evening free for an easy walk to Leh bazaar. Dinner at hotel. Overnight at the Hotel.

(Detailed timings from Day 3 onwards will be provided on arrival at Leh and will have some flexibility as per the ethos of the group and choice of onward journeys / excursions)

Day 3 –

After an early breakfast, set out for a full day excursion of the Indus valley. Visit the Shey Palace. Visit ancient Thiksey, Hemis and Stok monasteries which are historically most important and magnificent among the Buddhist monasteries in Ladakh. Packed lunch for the day. Evening free at the market in Leh. Dinner at hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4 –

Today we will drive you to the Nubra valley, famous for its Lunar landscape and silver white sand dunes inhabiting the double humped Bactrian camel. Enroute, we will visit Khardung La – claimed to be the world’s highest motorable road. Visit Diskit monastery and camp overnight in tents.

Day 5 –

Breakfast at leisure or choose to have quick early breakfast and visit Samstanling monastery in Keygar village. Later drive back to Leh and arrive by late noon. Tonight visit a Ladakhi family and have dinner with them in their home. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 6 –

After an early breakfast, leave for full day excursion to Pangong Lake 135 km east of Leh at 4400m altitude, crossing Chang La Pass (17500ft) and driving via Durbuk and Tangtse villages in the Changthang region of Ladakh. Pangong is perhaps one of the most amazing lakes in Asia which changes its color 4 – 5 times a day. Drive back to Leh or choose to camp overnight by the lake (at an extra cost as applicable at actuals)

Day 7 –

Post breakfast drive towards lower Ladakh, on the way visit the miraculous magnetic hill, hall of fame and enjoy breathtaking views of the confluence of Indus and Zanskar rivers. Later enjoy spine chilling thrill of white water rafting along the Zanskar river till Sangham. Hot lunch after rafting. Drive back to Leh. Overnight at hotel.

Day 8 –

05:30 – Transfer to Leh airport.
06:55 – Fly out for Delhi on a flight with spectacular views of mountain ranges and peaks of the majestic Himalayas soaking in the early morning sunshine.
08:15 – Arrive Delhi.
08:55 – Fly out for Pune.
10:55 – Arrive Pune with Ladakh in your head, heart and handbags.

Cost : 47000/- (Air travel. Please check under for other options)

Includes Pune to Pune travel by economy class flights (Total 4 flights) Accommodation in decent hotel and deluxe tents on twin sharing basis. All meals from Day 2 to Day 7 (Bed Tea, Breakfast, Hot / Packed Lunch, Dinner)
To & Fro Airport Transfers at Leh.
Local transportation by Xylo or Scorpio.
Inner line Permit. Restricted / Special area permits.
Wild life fee.
Monument Entry Fees(For Indian citizens)
Bactrian camel ride at Nubra valley.
White water rafting on river Zanskar. Rafting gear.

Excludes any Kind of personal expenses, costs of optional trips / excursions, extra meals ordered, cost of any drinks (Alcohol, Mineral water, soft drinks), Tips, Insurance, Laundry, use of hotel telephone, anything not specified in ‘Includes’ section above.
Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/stay on account of flight cancellation, due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any unforeseen factors beyond control.

Cost if booked before 1st of July 2012 with 100% payment – 45000/-

EasyPay :

Pay in 3 easy monthly installments of 17000/- each with one advance EMI

or in 6 easy monthly installments of 9250/- each with one advance EMI.

Other travel options : (Begin at 03:30am on Friday, 27th July and end on Sunday, 5th August)

Cost : Rs.41000/-

Pune – Delhi travel by Third AC train.
Delhi – Leh travel by economy class flight.
Leh – Jammu travel by economy class flight.
Jammu – Delhi travel by Third AC train.
Delhi – Pune travel by economy class flight.

Cost : Rs.37000/-

Pune – Delhi travel by Third AC train.
Delhi – Leh travel by economy class flight.
Leh – Jammu travel by economy class flight.
Jammu – Pune travel by Third AC train.

Cost : Rs.32000/-

Pune – Delhi travel by Third AC train.
Delhi – Leh travel by economy class flight.
Leh – Delhi by road (Leh – Keylong – Manali – Delhi)
Delhi – Pune travel by Third AC train.

Cost : Rs.27000/-
Pune – Delhi – Pune travel by Third AC train.
Delhi – Manali – Delhi travel by AC Volvo.
Manali – Leh – Manali travel by mini luxury non-ac bus.
Call or text 9923770077 / 9923199310 for details and booking.

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