SIGHTS & CULTURE
8 Days/7 Nights
This itinerary gives the opportunity to experience the the cultural intrigue of Ladakh and the stunning vistas of Nubra Valley.
From ₹52,000 per guest in a Double Tent.
From ₹62,000 per guest in a Double Cottages.
- Nubra Valley
- Thiksey Monastery
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Nubra Valley sits to the north of Leh, approaching the Pakistan border. Reaching Nubra means winding up a steep road to the Khardung La pass (allegedly the highest 'motorable' road in the world) and then quickly down as if t were a rollercoaster.
A giant basin is carved out by the Indus river and on all sides the Himalayas stand at an equal height like a vast, natural stadium. Sand dunes flank and colour the river and double humped Bactrian camels lurch clumsily across. Camels which are thought to have been left over from the armies of Alexander the Great and the nearby Silk Route. Above its capital Diskit, a 32 metre Maitreya Buddha statue and a monastery that clings impossibly to a cliff face preside over the entire valley.
Diskit lacks the sense of isolation that the area deserves so we recommend that our guests stay in Sumur or Hundar which are slightly further along the valley amidst the sand dunes. On from Nubra Valley is the culturally intriguing village of Turtuk and the hot water springs of Panamik.
A 3 hour drive from Hundar, Nubra Valley, takes you to Turtuk, on the edge of the Pakistan border. A small village, significantly lower than other parts of Ladakh, Turtuk celebrates two harvests a year and is lush with greenery, apricot trees and barley.
Turtuk only opened to foreign tourists in 2010 and has been isolate for many years before. As a result, the population has preserved its unique Balti culture. The locals are welcoming and incredibly photogenic - the King of Turtuk is known for giving visitors a guided tour. The residents are allegedly descendants of the armies of Alexander The Great. The Silk Route passed very close to Turtuk and K2 can be seen from the village.
Thiksey is a village 8km upstream from the Indus River Camp.
A whole village belonging to the monastery stacks up a crumbling hill face. The monastery perches above and houses a two-story statue of the Maitreya Buddha sitting on a lotus. The monastery boasts extraordinary views across the Indus valley towards Leh and towards Manali.
Inside is a medley of stupas, thangkas (Buddhist paintings), swords and ancient artefacts. Thiksey is one of the most holy constructions in Ladakh. Each sunrise it hosts morning prayers in the inner monastery that tourists can experience up close.
A particular treat is to walk down to its base through the steep monastery village - a community of silence, interrupted only by the scattering of young, orange-draped monks in the periphery.
Alchi and its monastery are 64km from Leh along the road to Srinagar.
The monastery and village are charming but the principal attraction are the exquisite 11th century murals in the temple rooms below. The art is some of the rarest and best preserved of Buddhist art throughout the region.
Read here about the struggle that Alchi monastery faces in conserving and restoring the ancient art
If you are travelling to Alchi then a must visit is Alchi Kitchen. Ladakhi food has long been neglected and the owner of Alchi Kitchen makes fantastic local dishes in an open kitchen with fresh, Ladakhi ingredients to showcase Ladakhi home food to the world.
Built in 1991 by a Japanese Buddhist, Shanti Stupa is a pristine white domed stupa that sits over Leh. It offers the most remarkable views of Leh and the Indus valley below when the sun sets and the mountains and city changes colour.