Explore Ladakh in an offbeat way with The Blue Berry Trails!
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8 Days | 7 Nights
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It's that time of the year again! Come June and the snowed up passes in the Himalayas will clear up to make way for you as you head off to explore the magical, mystical place called LADAKH! The Blueberry Trails kickstarts the Ladakh Season in June during the Hemis Festival.
Escape to the land of the mystical-dotted with high passes, old yet spectacular monasteries, colourful markets, raging waters of the Indus, eclectic cafes in Leh-the land of prayer flags and prayer bells! Say Juleh.
Essential Trip elements:
Nature beauty ahoy! Snow capped peaks, bluest of lakes, dizzying heights, a simple life. Colours of landscapes that you could only imagine, up until now, when you see them
Monasteries which are centuries old-Hemis, Lamayuru, Alchi, Thiksey-all of which are still functional and host monk quarters
Colourful markets of Leh: Shopoholics alert! Curios, silver jewellery, custom made tee-shirts, incense, herbs, teas, sarongs-think of it and you can get it here. And cheerful locals! Ah!
Hemis Festival: It's a 2 day festival which marks the birth of Guru Padmasambhava who founded tantric Buddhism. The highlight is the masked dance performed by the monks which commemorates the victory of good over evil. We are visiting Hemis on it's Day 2
Turtuk: Nubras beauty is world famous, but its this tiny village 2 hours away from Nubra which makes it even more worthwhile, The northmost frontier in the country currently-it was open to tourists only in 2010.
Here is how your travel plan looks:
Day 2: Leh - Hemis Festival, Shey,Magnetic hill- Alchi Monastary
This day is dedicated to the colours of the monastaries: Our first stop is Hemis where we witness the Hemis Festival-And we move on to the others: Shey, Thiksey, Alchi. We get back to Leh in the evening for conversations and sharing of travel stories at yet another eclectic caf.
Travel time: total of 5 hours
Day 3: Leh to Nubra valley:
After breakfast drive to Nubra valley via Khardung La pass 18000 ft above sea level, the highest pass of the world. Nubra valley is deemed to be the prettiest part of all of Leh, with the quaint villages, the sand dunes and the Double Humped camels. We will be staying at Diskit in Nubra valley- check in at homestay. After Lunch we drive to Hunder about 2 kms. Camel safaris on Double Humped Bactarian Camel can be done at Hunder sand dunes. Overnight at the Diskit Homestay.
130 kms /about 5/6 hours drive
Day 4: Nubra Valley to Turtuk
83kms form Nubra lies Turtuk, the north most frontier of our country currently. Tourists were allowed here only in 2010 and those who went came back with stories of its insatiable beauty. Apricot orchards everywhere, crystal clean streams and the slice of rural life at such heights. We start off in the morning to visit the Diskit monastery-its quiet and calm are an experience in itself. From the monastery we head to Turtuk and stay the night there.
83kms/ drive time 2 hours
Day 5: Turtuk - Leh:
After breakfast we drive back to leh via Khardung la Pass.
Day 6: Leh- Shey-Thiksey - Pangong lake:
After breakfast we drive to Pangong Tso, en route visit Shey and Thiksee monastery. Post that we head to Pangong Tso passing through the Chang La Pass at 17586 ft is the second highest motorable road in the WORLD. We will be staying overnight at a homestay near the Lake. Enjoy the blues and you can see for yourself the true blue colour of the Lake is NOT a photography trick. Local food, a small village to walk about and explore.
120kms/5-6 hr drive one way
Day 07: Pangong - Leh
After breakfast drive to Leh en-route visit any Shey and Thiksey if they were missed out. Head back to Leh to explore the markets and bakeries
120kms/5-6 hr drive one way
Day 08: Transfer to Leh airport to board flight to Delhi. Breakfast in the homestay.
The next part of the trip is optional. It's a 2 day extension , a road trip to Srinagar.
Extension to Srinagar
Day 9: Leh-Mulbek
Enroute check out Lamayuru monastery and stay at Mulbek, the last town with Buddhist influences in the valley. We halt at Mulbek at a campsite for the night-Warm meals and an ever smiling host will give you a welcome to remember.
Day 10: Mulbek - Srinagar
We pass through Kargil, Dras-the second coldest inhabited place on earth, pay our respects at Tiger Hill and had straight to the airport to catch our flights. All flights have to booked post 2pm. Else one will need to stay over at Srinagar for the night.
Trip dates: 28th June-5th July (7th July for extensions)
Trip price: Rs 24800 per person for 8D7N
Extension to Srinagar: Rs 28800 per person
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNTS OF Rs 1000 if bookings made before 30th May
Trips Price includes:
Exclusions: Airfare, meals which are not mentioned, tips, beverages, bottled water.
The Blueberry Trails is an experiential travel company, where travel is more about the experience than the destination! But that doesn't make the locations of the trails any less kick-ass! They arrange trips for small groups of people or individuals, to places closer to home or as far away that you want to go.