The culture of a newly developed tourist destination – Ladakh – can be considered as the oldest culture of the planet. The roots of the existence of Ladakh go back to neolithic times and Buddhism goes back to the 2nd century. But to date, the region has been cherishing its century old heritage and inculcating modernity only if it doesn’t harm their ecosystem. One of that modernity is Astronomy Sessions at the lakeside. This tour makes one see how the place and culture looked like in the century
Arrive in the midst of a scenic landscape with a clear sky, take your time, and enjoy the first day. Acclimate to the weather and take in the sights of Leh. Today you will rest and acclimate to the high-altitude environment amidst the picturesque Himalayan landscape. This is known as the Acclimatization Day, and it is necessary to adjust your body to the low oxygen levels at this altitude.
Wake up to clear blue skies and a peaceful landscape. Today is a sightseeing day, so after a healthy breakfast, you head to Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Kali Mata Temple, and Spituk Monastery for a spiritual visit. Feel the pure tranquillity coursing through them. Explore the local Leh markets and go for a walk in the nearby area. Spend the day shopping, meeting locals, witnessing the magical aura of Buddhist monks around town, and participating in cultural activities. Then, head to the Magnetic Hill to experience anti-gravity. Nothing will take your breath away more than a magical force lifting you up! After seeing the Hall of Fame, Leh Palace, and Donkey Sanctuary, walk across the world's highest bridge, Bailey Bridge, and marvel at the spectacular Himalayan backdrop, gushing sound of water, and fluttering prayer flags that add charm to this region and peace to your soul. View the two beautiful colors of Indus and Zanskar that change throughout the day at the Confluence. Arrive
After a hearty breakfast, head to Sumda Chun first thing in the morning. Prepare for an experiential tour of one of Ladakh's hidden ancient heritages as we take you to ancient monasteries and two beautiful villages located along the Zanskar river. You'll also see breathtaking scenery as you drive to the pristine village in the Indus Valley, where you'll experience the region's authentic hospitality and culture. Sumda Chun, located at 12,700 feet above sea level in a remote part of the Himalayas, is only accessible by a 3- to 4-hour hike up a steep and winding river valley trail. The monastery (gonpa) there is one of the most important surviving early Tibetan Buddhist temples in northern India's Ladakh region. Sumda Chun Monastery, along with Alchi Monastery and Mangyu, has been attributed to the period of Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo (957-1055) and is thought to be one of the three temples founded by him in one night. The assembly hall, main shrine, two adjoining Bodhisattva chapels
Today you will depart for the village of Maan in Pangong. It will take approximately 7 hours to complete the journey. To get there, you'll have to cross ChangLa (17590ft) and stay at our one-of-a-kind homestay, Astrostay. Pangong Lake, also known as the 'Hollow Lake,' has brackish water that changes colors in response to sunlight. The lake and its surroundings are truly magical and hypnotic. To get to the lake, drive through the beautiful and peaceful countryside, as well as through Chang La, the world's third highest motorable mountain pass. Pangong Lake, the world's highest Salt Lake, is the most popular lake in Ladakh, located about 160 kilometers from Leh. Only one-third of this lake is owned by India; the rest is in Tibet, a region controlled by China. This endorheic lake is located at an elevation of approximately 14,270 feet. The lake is 134 kilometers long and is located on the Changtang plateau in eastern Ladakh. Get lost in the tranquil atmosphere of the world's high
Today's agenda includes a morning walk to a sacred Pangong lake as well as a climate change discussion. The Himalayan climate change effects will be discussed by the local coordinator. High altitude regions can see and feel the effects of global warming and pollution. The villagers are traditional archers, and you might pick up a few tips from them. The team will be immersed in the daily lives of the villagers. The local team will lead an Astronomy session at night, showing you stars and planets. The high-altitude night sky of Ladakh, with its crystal-clear milky way and bright and glowing moon, is a sight to behold! So, instead of being one of the thousands who flock to Pangong Lake, why not count the moon's crates? Along the turquoise Pangong Tso is a tranquil village where visitors can gaze at the sparkling night sky through a 10-inch Automatic telescope and identify constellations, stars, and even planets with the help of helpful and trained local women. You will be astound
Pangong Lake is located on the eastern side of the Ladakh region, at a height of 14,270 feet (4350 m). The distance by road from Leh town is 150 kilometers, and this road passes through Changla Pass (17,586 feet), the world's third highest motorable road. On the way, you can take pictures at the famous 'three idiots' point. You can also stop at Chang-La to take pictures. The name literally translates to "Northern Pass" (Chang = north, La = pass). Tangste, the nearest settlement, is a small town. The Changla Pass is the main entrance to the Changthang Plateau, which is located in the Himalayas. This is a lovely village with a monastery ( Tangtse Gompa) on a hill and farmland all around. You can eat lunch here; there are several restaurants along the road and within the village. Within the village, there are lovely garden restaurants. Between Tangtse village and Pangong Lake, you'll see warning signs about Marmots crossing the road. They are easily visible from the road. Touris
Today you will visit the well-known Hemis Monastery and Shey Palace. Hemis Monastery is a Drukpa Lineage Himalayan Buddhist monastery gompa) in Hemis, Ladakh, India. They are culturally significant sites, and your English-speaking guide will tell you everything you need to know about them. Along the way, take in the scenery of Ladakh's mountains, rivers, and plains. In contrast to other monasteries, Hemis is not located far from the main village, which has a very small non-monastic population. As we arrived, the weather was just starting to warm up, and in addition to the horde of foreign tourists, busloads of locals were arriving from all over. Hemis belongs to the red sect, Brokpa, and is Ladakh's largest monastery. It was built in 1630 and is located 45 kilometers south of Leh. It is not only impressive and intriguing, but it is also distinct from the other important monasteries in Ladakh. Shey Monastery, also known as Shey Palace, is located in the Ladakh region, 15 kilomet
The tour concludes after breakfast in the homestay on the final day. One can either fly back or spend the next few days exploring Ladakh. With colorful prayer flags fluttering, snow-covered mountains, and the wind in your hair, bid farewell to the cosmic experience and welcome back to reality.