Leh and Sham region: Apart from its rustic charm and scenery, Ladakh the jewel of India is also known for its innumerable villages where the friendly and traditional Ladakhi villagers reside. These villages belong to like-minded communities sharing common customs and beliefs. The quaint village is set amidst beautiful vistas and feels as if it is a piece of heaven. Take a walk in a village to see and experience rural life at close quarters. Here at Offbeat Tracks, we offer you a unique opportunity to live life like a Ladakhi local.
Day 1: Leh: Arrive at Leh, Acclimatization and check into a guest house.
Day 2: Leh: Leh sightseeing.
Day 3: Takmachik: Drive to Takmachik via Alchi.
Day 4: Takmachik: Takmachik village sightseeing.
Day 5: Takmachik: Live life like a local and interact with the local artisans (shawl weaving, yarn making).
Day 6: Lamayuru: Drive to Lamayuru via Alchi.
Day 7: Pangong Tso: Pangong Tso lake visit.
Day 8: Nubra: Drive to Nubra Valley.
Day 9: Leh: Return to Leh and spend your day visiting the local market.
Day 10: Departure from Leh.
- Leh – 4 nights
- Takmachik village- 4 nights
- Alchi- 1 night
- Room with breakfast and Lunch/Dinner
Day 1 : Arrive at Leh
Fly into Leh. A flight where you marvel at the snow clad Himalayas and Ladakh valley. Spend the day acclimatizing and getting set for your adventure. Please rest this day and use this day for getting used to the high altitudes.
Day 2: Leh sightseeing
Today we will spend the day visiting the local sights of the Leh city. You will visit The Hall Of Fame Museum, the Shanti Stupa, Spituk Gompa and a lot more. Visit the famous Shey Palace, Thikse monastery and marvel at the spectacular landscape!
Day 3: Drive to village Takmachik
Pack your bags as of today we will drive to our village which will be our homestay for the next few days. En route, we will Drive past the famous Magnetic Hill where objects and cars on the hill may appear to roll “uphill” in defiance of gravity when they are, in fact, rolling downhill, witness the gravity-defying action and also be marvelled at the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar.
Takmachik has situated in the banks of river Indus and is a 115 km journey. Altitude is around 2940 meters above the sea level. Enjoy the splendid scenery with the meandering Indus en route and receive a warm welcome from your local host family, the village practices organic farming and encourages eco-tourism.
Day 4: Takmachik sightseeing
The village provides a perfect opportunity for a tourist to gain acquaintance and familiarity with the traditional systems of agriculture. Spend the day at the village learning the nuances of organic farming. Visit the local seed bank and dig your teeth into some succulent organic dried fruit. Dine in a traditional Ladakhi kitchen with a local family.
Day 5: Live life like a local
Spend the day learning traditional fabric and yarn making. Learn how to cook local Ladakhi dishes from experts at a customized culinary tour. Learn traditional ways of fabric manufacturing, right from spinning of yarn from goat wool to local shoemaking, pottery and woodwork.
Day 6: Drive to Leh via Lamayuru
On the way back to Leh we halt at Lamayuru and marvel at the beautiful monastery here that is carved from the rocks and get an experience of “mainland”!
Overnight at Leh
Day 7: Drive Pangong Tso
We will drive to the Pangong Tso lake today where the climax of the movie “3 Idiots” was shot and also visit the high Chang La Pass. We spend the rest of the day here admiring the calmness of the lake and the surrounding mountains.
Overnight at Pangong.
Day 8: Drive to Nubra Valley
We will drive to the Nubra Valley today and admire the beautiful peaky mountains. Visit the beautiful monastery of Diskit, with the imposing statue of the Buddha overlooking the valley and the sand dunes of Hunder. Ride the Bactrian double humped camels here.
Overnight at Nubra.
Day 9: Drive back to Leh
We drive back to Leh again crossing the curvy mountains and beautiful landscapes and check into our rooms. With the left, over time we visit the local market for some souvenirs.
Day 10: Au Revoir Ladakh
Sadly it’s time to leave Ladakh, but we hope that you are leaving with memories to last you a lifetime and with a yearning to come back once again! The transport will be provided for the airport.