Discover Leh and Ladakh Tour

12 Day – Private tour with air-conditioned car and driver
Price guide: £2725
ABTA and ATOL protected holidays

On this fantastic Discover Leh and Ladakh tour you will visit majestic monasteries, cross enchanting deserts, admire panoramic views from the passes, and relax next to magical lakes.

Explore the delights of Leh-Ladakh, including Buddhist monuments, monasteries, palaces and the bustling market before moving on to Ulley. Here, you can discover some of Ladakh’s oldest monasteries, and take advantage of the photo opportunities the lofty heights present.

The tour continues to the beautiful Nubra Valley (Valley of the Flowers) via the highest motorable road in the world, the Khardung La Pass. Enjoy a camel safari between Deskit and Hunder Village and end your tour in a peaceful stay by the shimmering waters of Pangong Lake.

Please remember all our private tours are designed to meet your exact requirements, and this tour is just an example to help inspire you. If you would like we can also arrange your flights for a fully ATOL protected holiday. Contact the team for more information on 01792 315499 or email info@aitholidays.com

Highlights of the Discover Leh and Ladakh Tour

Basgo Village, Leh, Ladakh
  • Excursions to a variety of monasteries including Hemis, Thiksey, Phyang, Likir and Alchi, Lamayuru, Rizong and Samstaling.
  • Visit Leh’s famous Shanti Stupa and the impressive Shey Palace, the former residence of the King of Ladakh
  • Travel on the highest motorable road in the world, the Khardung La Pass
  • Camel safari across the sand dunes between Deskit and Hunder Village
  • Stay beside the glistening waters of Pangong Lake
  • Meet and greet service plus car and driver throughout

Discover Leh and Ladakh Tour Itinerary

Discover Leh and Ladakh Tour

Upon arrival at Delhi International Airport, you’ll be welcomed by your Authentic India Tours representatives who will transfer you to your hotel for a 1 night stay.

The rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy the wonderful facilities of your luxury hotel or explore the local area.

Accommodation: Holiday Inn New Delhi

This morning you’ll be transferred to Delhi Airport for your flight to Leh, Ladakh. You’ll be met on arrival by your Authentic India Tours representative and transferred to your hotel.

After some time to rest and acclimatise to the high altitude, you’ll be taken to Shanti Stupa, a Buddhist white domed monument on a hilltop in Changspa. It was built in 1991 by Japanese monks to promote world peace. The day concludes with a visit to the 17th century Leh Palace, which offers amazing views from the rooftop, followed by an evening walk around the local market. Your first day in Ladakh concludes with a dinner in style at your hotel.

Approximate travel time: 1-hour flight
Accommodation: Grand Dragon / Zen Hotel, Ladakh
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

Following a leisurely breakfast, your tour today includes a drive to the statuesque Hemis Monastery, the largest and wealthiest monastery in Ladakh. Then you’ll head to Thiksey Monastery, which offers incredible views of the Indus Valley from its lofty hillside location. Thiksey is known for its gigantic seated statue of the Maitreya Buddha and its impressive Dukhang (assembly hall) housing hundreds of rectangular prayer books, stacked between wooden covers and bound in silk.

Your day then continues with a drive through a series of chortens (another word for stupas – Buddhist monuments often containing relics) to visit Shey Palace the former summer residence of the King of Ladakh. After an exciting day of exploring, relax and unwind over dinner at your hotel in Leh.

Accommodation: Grand Dragon / Zen Resort, Ladakh
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

After breakfast, the tour continues to Ulley, visiting the Phyang, Likir and Alchi Monasteries en route. Alchi is one of the earliest monasteries built in Ladakh and dates back to the 11th century.

Later, your tour continues to Uleytokpo, a tiny village 70 km west of Leh. Here you can get settled into your new accommodation and end the day with dinner.

Approximate travel time and distance: 1 hr 20 mins, 68 km
Accommodation: Ule Ethnic Resort / Uley Eco Resort, Ulley
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

Today, your adventure takes you to the fascinating village of Lamayuru, with its unusual moon-like landscape. You’ll venture high up in the hills to Lamayuru Monastery, the oldest in Ladakh. This fascinating 10th century holy place is believed to have been a sacred site for the pre-Buddhist religion called Bon and is home to a selection of fine frescos, carpets and Tangkhas.

From the monastery, you can enjoy amazing views over a green carpet of farming terraces. The complex includes one of the oldest libraries in the region, containing extensive books and other literature on the Tibetan Kagyupa Sect. You’ll also visit Rizong Monastery perched at the top of a rocky valley which is home to around 40 monks. The monastery is known as “the paradise for meditation” and is noted for its extremely strict rules and standards.

Approximate travel time and distance: 1 hour, 45 km
Accommodation: Ule Ethnic Resort / Uley Eco Resort, Ulley
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

After breakfast, your tour takes you back to Leh stopping at Basgo along the way to explore the half-ruined temples and castle that are the last reminder of its former royal precinct. This town on the banks of the Indus River was once an important cultural and political centre of Ladakh.

Once you leave Basgo, the route returns to Leh. You will have some leisure time in your hotel along with a delicious dinner.

Approximate travel time and distance: 1 hr 20 mins, 70 km
Accommodation: Grand Dragon / Zen Hotel, Ladakh
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

Today’s drive to Nubra Valley will be a magical experience, as it will involve travelling on the highest motorable road in the world, the Khardung La Pass at a whopping 5,360 metres high.

Following that exhilarating journey, you’ll arrive in Hunder by the afternoon. After lunch, you can travel across the sand dunes by camel safari to explore the Diskit and Hunder Villages.

Diskit may be a modest village, but it is known as the commercial centre of Nubra and features the Diskit Gompa Monastery on the surrounding hillside. The pretty Hunder Village is home to the small Chamba monastery and a medieval watchtower offering fantastic panoramic views.

Approximate travel time and distance: 3 hr 45 mins, 125 km
Accommodation: Stone Hedge / Mystique Meadows Earth Home, Nubra
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

It’s another full day today starting with a visit to Sumur to explore the 140 year-old Samstanling Monastery and then to Ansa to see its hilltop monastery. You will then head to Panamik Village to see the hot water springs with steamy water gushing from under the ground.

Next on the list is Yarab Tso, a small holy lake between the Nubra Mountains.

In the evening you will return to Hunder where you can dine in the hotel and spend time relaxing under the stars.

Accommodation: Stone Hedge / Mystique Meadows Earth Home, Nubra
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

Today’s journey takes you to Pangong via Shayok and onto Tang Tse and Spangmik (Pangong). Part of the road is uneven but it is a beautiful route. The road follows the Shayok River and climbs up a mountain before descending into Shayok Village.

It takes less than an hour to reach picturesque Shayok, a large village surrounded by barren mountains. In the afternoon you’ll head to the breathtaking Pangong Lake. This shimmering body of water is 4,300 metres above sea level, and you can while away the hours sitting by its beautiful banks or strolling around its shores.

Then it’s back to the camp for dinner, which you can enjoy whilst looking out over the lake.

Approximate travel time and distance: 7 hrs, 274 km
Accommodation: Pangong Sarai Camp, Pangong
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

If you can forfeit a lie-in, it’s worth getting up early this morning to witness the spectacular sunrise over the lake. Then, enjoy a leisurely breakfast before you start on the lofty drive to Leh via the 5,486 metre high Chang La Pass.

After checking in to the hotel at Leh, your evening is free for shopping or to spend at your leisure.

Enjoy dinner and a final stay in Leh.

Approximate travel time and distance: 5 hrs, 224 km
Accommodation: Grand Dragon / Zen Resort, Ladakh
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

All good things must come to an end! You’ll be transferred to Leh Airport with plenty of time to board your flight to Delhi.

You will be met on arrival at Delhi Airport and transferred to your hotel for your final night on the tour.

Approximate travel time: 1 hr 15 mins flight
Accommodation: Holiday Inn New Delhi Aerocity, Delhi
Meals Included: Breakfast

We will transfer you to Delhi International Airport in plenty of time to board your return flight (around three hours before departure), after saying a sad farewell.

If you have more time and would like to see Delhi please inform your Authentic India Tours representative who will be happy to arrange this.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Sights to enjoy on the Discover Leh and Ladakh Tour

Shanti Stupa, Leh, Ladakh
Shanti Stupa, Leh, Ladakh
Skyline of Himalayas, Leh, Ladakh
Leh City, Leh, Ladakh
Maitreya Buddha Statue, Leh, Ladakh
Lamayuru Monastry, Leh Ladakh,
Thiksey Monastery, Leh, Ladakh
Thiksey Monastery, Leh, Ladakh
Basgo Village, Leh, Ladakh
Khardung La Pass, Ladakh
Hot Water Springs, Panamik Village, Nubra, Ladakh
Pangong Lake, Ladakh
Pangong Tso Lake, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir
Bactrian Camels Drinking Water, Nubra Valley, Nubra
Changla Pass, Ladakh
Himalayas, Ladakh
Himalayas, Nubra, Ladakh
Snow Leopard Valley, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir

Shanti Stupa, Leh, Ladakh

Shanti Stupa, Leh, Ladakh

Skyline of Himalayas, Leh, Ladakh

Leh City, Leh, Ladakh

Maitreya Buddha Statue, Leh, Ladakh

Lamayuru Monastry, Leh, Ladakh

Thiksey Monastery, Leh, Ladakh

Thiksey Monastery, Leh, Ladakh

Basgo Village, Leh, Ladakh

Khardung La Pass, Ladakh

Hot Water Springs, Panamik Village, Nubra, Ladakh

Pangong Tso Lake, Ladakh

Pangong Tso Lake, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir

Bactrian Camels, Nubra Valley, Ladakh

Changla Pass, Ladakh

Himalayas, Ladakh

Himalayas, Ladakh

Snow Leopard Valley, Ladakh

Places on the Discover Leh and Ladakh Tour

Pricing and Inclusions

The price guide for this 12 day Discover Leh and Ladakh Tour is £2725 based on 2 people sharing a room. This tour is available from May – September only.

The prices do not include flights.

Authentic India Tours is a member of ABTA and ATOL. All the holidays on this website are ABTA protected. If you would like us to arrange your holiday including flights we will be happy to provide a quote and your holiday will also be ATOL protected.

This is a private tour and can be tailor-made to meet your exact requirements. Prices will vary depending on the number of people, length of tour, accommodation & season. Reductions are normally available for groups of three or more. Some hotels operate an additional peak pricing rate during busy times which is normally from mid-December to mid-January.

Please get in touch with your dates and we will be pleased to provide you with your personal itinerary and accurate quote.

Included with this tour are the following:

  • Authentic India Tours meet & greet assistance on arrival
  • All transfers and sightseeing tours using a car and a private chauffeur
  • Air-conditioned vehicle in Delhi and non-air-conditioned vehicle in the hills
  • Entrances at all national parks, museums and monuments as per the itinerary
  • English speaking guide for sightseeing tour
  • Economy class flight tickets for Delhi – Leh – Delhi travel (Please note the luggage allowance on all domestic flights is only 15 kg per person. You have the option to buy an extra 5 kg or 10 kg as required).
  • Accommodation for 11 nights on twin sharing basis.
  • Meal Plan: Bed & Breakfast in Delhi; Half Board (Breakfast & Dinner) elsewhere.
  • Inner Line permits
  • Environmental, Wildlife & Red cross Fee
  • 1 small oxygen cylinder during Nubra & Pangong for an emergency
  • Mineral water on all days of travel

Price does not include:

  • International flight tickets
  • Travel insurance and visa
  • Expenses of personal nature like laundry, telephone, tips, beverages etc
  • Meals other than those mentioned in the above meal plan
  • Camera and video fees at national parks, museums & monuments

The prices mentioned above are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication may be subject to change, based on your date of travel and local market fluctuations. You will be informed of any price differences prior to booking.

For a quote based on your dates of travel, any alternative accommodation or changes to this itinerary, please call Authentic India Tours on 01792 315499 or email us at info@aitholidays.com

Please remember all our private tours are designed to meet your exact requirements, and this Ladakh tour is just an example to help inspire you.

For more information please email info@aitholidays.com or call our India specialists on 01792 315499.

ABTA and ATOL Protected Tour Package

Authentic India Tours is a member of ABTA and ATOL. All the holidays on this website are ABTA protected. If you would like us to arrange your holiday including flights we will be happy to provide a quote and your holiday will also be ATOL protected.