Today, you will be stepping on the magical lands of Ladakh with a drive from Kargil to Leh! After having breakfast at the Kargil hotel, our tour representatives will pick you up and get started with a 6-7 hours’ drive that will take you to the mesmeric city of Leh.
On your way to Leh, you will also be visiting the pious Lamayuru Monastery, Sangam Point, Alchi Monastery, Gurdwara Patthar Sahib, and the gravity defying Magnetic Hill. Upon completing these visits, you will finally reach Leh city; you will be checked-in into a hotel for your overnight stay.
- Lamayuru Monastery:
The ‘Place of Freedom’, Lamayuru Monastery is one of the largest and most sacred monasteries in Ladakh. Located around 127km from the heart of Leh, this religious enclave was established in the 11thcentury and belongs to the Red-Hat sect of Buddhism. According to the legends, this monastery was built by the Ladakhi king and was later donated to the religious leader. The monastery buildings were exempted from all sorts of taxes and thus is was called the ‘Place of Freedom’.
- Alchi Monastery:
This sacred monastery in Ladakh is famed as one of the most ancient Buddhism learning centre in the entire of Ladakh. Located with the Alchi hamlet, unlike other monasteries in Ladakh, Alchi Monastery is located on a flat ground and was built in the 12th century. On a visit to this holy site, you can also visit a temple dedicated to Mnajushri, and can witness intricate as well as captivating murals, wall paintings, ancient scriptures, and lot more.
- Hall of Fame:
On a visit to this museum by the Indian Army, you can pay homage to the brave Indian soldiers who sacrificed their lives while protecting the honour and dignity of their motherland. A one of its own kind museum in the country, it also houses biographies of the martyrs, seized arms and ammunitions, images and dresses worn by the soldiers during the warfare.
- Gurdwara Patthar Sahib:
This holy gurdwara is one of the highest religious places among the Sikhs in the world. Dedicated to Guru Nanak Dev, it is around 25km from Leh city, and was sanctified by the Guru himself. Legends have it that hearing the pleas and agonies of the locals, the Sikh Guru arrived in this place by following the routes to Nepal, Sikkim, Tibet and Yarkand. With his arrival, a local demon got raged up and planned to kill the Guru. In return, the holy Guru turned the demon into an honest man who later led his life at the service of humanity. Holy Gurdwara Patthar Sahib was built to commemorate the life and teachings of Guru Nanak Dev.
- Magnetic Hill:
Ladakh is a land of mist and mysteries; the Magnetic Hill is one of the natural mysteries in Ladakh! A hill that defies all the laws of gravity by pulling all the vehicles upward, a visit to Magnetic Hill is must during any Leh Ladakh tour.
- Sangam Point:
As the sweet water of the gurgling Zanskar River meets the salt water of the Indus River, it gives birth to a magical view called the Sangam Point in Ladakh. Mystique in its own ways, this site is ideal to be visited during the winters when the Zanskar River tends to freeze down while the Indus River flows with full glory!