Delhi - Leh
Upon arrival at Leh Airport in Ladakh, a representative of Snow lion himalaya travel will greet and transfer you to the Hotel/ G. house. Have full day rest for acclimatization to the high altitude of Leh (11,500 ft / 3500 mtrs).Evening enjoy a small walk to the market.
Leh - Sightseeing around Indus Valley
Morning proceed to visit the most important monasteries of central Ladakh along river Indus. Visit SHEY GOMPA & village - was the ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery has a huge statue of Sakayamuni Buddha and a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue), THIKSAY GOMPA (one of the most picturesque Gompa, the monastery is actually a complex of buildings on a crag rising in tier upon tier above the village. The Chamba Dhukang enshrines a huge image of Maitraya Buddha) and later drive further down to cross over the bridge at Kharu and visit the largest and the richest HEMIS GOMPA (wander through the many darkly lit prayer halls with exquisite thankas, paintings, murals, silver stupas etc). Drive back to Leh. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Leh - Hunder
Early morning drive in jeeps to Hunder. After 39 kms from Leh cross over the highest motorable road in the world KHARDUNG-LA (5,578 m). The view from the top is simply amazing. Enter Nubra Valley situated along river Shayok. The valley is covered with dense thickets of seabuckthorn - a throny schurb which the villagers use for fuel and fencing their fields. Enroute drive past the capital Diskit. Drive another 9 kms further and arrive at the small village of Hunder (3,048 mt). Overnight stay in tents.
Hunder/Diskit - Camel Safari
Morning visit Chamba monastery of Hunder and then start the Camel Safari on the shabby double-humped Bactrian camels, which in olden days were the main mode of transport on the Ladakh-Yarkhand (Turkmanistan) trade. The Safari goes along the soft white sandy deserts with rolling sand dunes. Arrival at the capital of Nubra i.e. Diskit. Afternoon proceed to explore the Diskit Village. Being the main town of Nubra, it has a small market bustling with activity. Also visit the Gompa, situated on a rocky spur above the village providing a commanding view of the valley. Overnight stay in camps.
Diskit/Tegger - By Jeep
Morning drive to Tegger village (3,146 mt). Upon arrival visit the village off the main road and is one of the most charming villages of Nubra. Later short drive about 10 minutes to visit Samstanling Gompa. After lunch at camp or guest house start Camel Safari to reach Pinchimic. The Safari is comparatively short and goes right from the middle of the village, passing beautiful local houses and barley & wheat fields on either side of the road. Arrive Pinchimic and overnight stay in tents / guest house.
Pinchimic/Panamic - Camel Safari
Morning start the last leg of Camel Safari to Panamic, enroute visit a beautiful lake chucked between two small hills. Check in at the camps upon arrival. Afternoon explore Panamic Village. During the trade between Central Asia and Ladakh, Panamic was the last major settlement before the caravans cross the Karakoram Range. Today, Panamic is a sleepy village, with its people quietly working in their fields. Visit the village thermal HOT SPRINGS locally reputed to have therapeutic qualities. Overnight in tents or guest house.
Panamic/Leh - By Jeep
Morning visit to ENSA GOMPA across the river clinging precariously to the mountain surrounded by few trees. Return back and drive to Leh. Upon arrival in the evening check- in at the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day free at leisure to explore the market. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Leh - Delhi
Morning transfer to the airport and fly back to Delhi with sweet memories of Ladakh. Bactrian camel (Camelus bactrianus) - Two Humped Camel. The most distinctive feature of the Bactrian camel is its two humps. These humps, contrary to popular belief, are designed to store fat and not water. They are used for nourishment when food isscarde ambient. However, it is true that Bactrian camels can go several days without water. In addition to the water that is normally stored in the body, the Bactrian camel stores about 1.5 gallons in special sacks around its stomach. When water is available, they drink only to replace the water they have lost. If the Bactrian camel has used up all its water it will need to drink about 30 gallons of water to fill up. This only takes about 10 minutes. The camel is extremely well suited to water conservation. It sweats very little, emits very little water as a waste fluid, and can change its body temperature threshold depending on the ambient temperature to help contain water loss. Bactrian camels are usually a beige color with hair that ranges from short to long depending on the season. To protect themselves from sand and the harsh conditions they live in, they bushy eyebrows, a double row of long eyelashes, hair inside the ear, and they can tightly close their nostrils and lips to keep out flying sand. They have very tough mouths that are not bothered by eating hard, sharp objects such as thorns. Most of the Bactrian camels that you find today are domesticated. There are very few (estimated 300) wild Bactrian camels.
Food: Bactrian camels are classified as herbivores. They prefer vegetation that is prickly, dry, salty, and/or bitter. However, when food is scarce they will eat bones, and various types of animal flesh. They have even been known to eat rope, sandals, and tents. Camels also incur no ill effects by drinking salty or brackish water. Their ability to eat a wide range of products attributes to their success in very harsh conditions.
Habitat: Bactrian camel lives primarily in Central Asian deserts north of the Himalayas.