It means that we will not provide a car with driver on that day because it is not needed. Indeed, on that day, you will need a car only for a very short distance.
For the transfer from Leh airport to the city centre, you do not need to book a taxi in advance. Leh airport is only 4 kilometres from the city centre and you can easily find a local taxi (dedicated to airport transfers) directly at the airport; a prepaid taxi from Leh airport to the city centre costs approximately ₹ 600.
If you still want us to arrange airport transfers for you, send us an email with your flight details.
The visit of Leh (Main Bazar, Leh Palace, Namgyal Tsemo Gompa, Shanti Stupa) can be done on foot or you can get a local taxi on the street.
It means that we will not provide a car with driver on that day.
For the transfer from the city centre to Leh airport, you can get a local taxi on the street. If you still want us to arrange airport transfers for you, send us an email with your flight details.
This 5D/4N tour package is ideal for those who only have a short time in Ladakh. During this intense trip, you will explore the best attractions of Ladakh. On the first day, you will do a sightseeing tour around Leh. Highlights include the Magnetic Hill, the confluence of Indus and Zanskar rivers (Sangam), Gurdwara Pathar Sahib and Spituk monastery. You will also visit the Hall of Fame museum, Leh Palace and watch the sunset over Leh city from Shanti Stupa. On the second day, you will head to the Nubra valley via Khardung La pass (the world’s highest motorable road). In the Nubra valley, you will see Diskit gompa and enjoy a camel ride at Hunder Sand Dunes. Next morning, after a stop at Sumur village, you will follow the scenic and remote Shayok road leading to Pangong lake where the final scene of “3 Idiots” with Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor was shot. Pangong lake is one of the most mesmerizing natural site in Ladakh. During your overnight stay at the lake, you will be dazzled by the beauty of the starry sky and the moon reflection on the lake. On day 4, you will head back towards Leh via the impressive Chang La pass (5,360m). You will have the opportunity to visit the famous monasteries of the Indus valley: Hemis, Chemrey, Thiksey and Shey. You will reach Leh in the evening and spend the night there so that you can catch your flight the next morning.
If you have the possibility to extend your trip, you could spend more time in the Sham region (west part of Ladakh) as in the Best Leh-Ladakh Tour Package.
See other 5-day itineraries.
Arrival in Leh, Indus valley to Sangam, around Leh sightseeing (1-day tour)
Day 1: rest for a few hours at your hotel in Leh, visit Leh town and the main attractions around Leh
Nubra valley and Pangong lake (3-day tour)
Day 2: drive from Leh to Nubra valley
Day 3: drive from Nubra valley to Pangong lake
Day 4: drive back to Leh via Hemis monastery
Departure from Leh
Day 5: departure from Leh
For more details, check out this Leh-Ladakh sightseeing map.
Option 1: You could spend more time in Leh at the beginning of your trip. On day 1, you could relax at your hotel in Leh in the morning and stroll the city centre in the afternoon. Then, the rest of the tour package will remain as per the original plan, but the tours will be postponed by one day. On day 2, you will do the Indus valley to Sangam, around Leh sightseeing (1-day tour). On day 3 to 5, you will do the Nubra valley and Pangong lake (3-day tour). You will depart from Leh on day 6.
Option 2: You could spend one more day in the Nubra valley and visit Turtuk village and Panamik hot spring. To do so, replace the Nubra valley and Pangong lake (3-day tour) by the Nubra valley with Turtuk, Panamik and Pangong lake (4-day tour).
|Day 1:||Leh airport - Leh - Hall of Fame - Magnetic Hill - Sangam (confluence of Indus and Zanskar rivers) - Gurdwara Pathar Sahib - Spituk - Shanti Stupa - Leh Main Bazar - Leh|
Night in Leh
After a glorious morning flight over the Himalayas, reach Kushok Bakula Rimpochee airport and transfer to your hotel in Leh. If you want, you can relax a few hours at your hotel. Then, the driver picks you up from your hotel for a sightseeing tour around Leh. The first stop is at the Hall of Fame museum where you can learn more about the role of the Indian army in the region and Ladakh’s history. After driving 30 km on the Leh-Srinagar highway, you arrive at the mysterious Magnetic Hill. When your driver turns the engine off with the gear in neutral, the car will start moving uphill as if attracted by a strange magnetic force that defies gravity… Something that you must see with your own eyes! The next stop is one of the most popular photo spots of Ladakh, the spectacular viewpoint over Sangam, the confluence of the Indus river (green colour) and the Zanskar river (blue or brown colour depending on the season). On the way back to Leh, visit the holy Sikh place Gurdwara Pathar Sahib and Spituk monastery. Then, head to the Tibetan-style Leh Palace overlooking the old town. The palace was built in the first half of the 17th century and was the residence of the royal family of Ladakh until the middle of the 19th century. It is currently under restoration by the Archaeological Survey of India. Next, climb to the Shanti Stupa, a Japanese peace pagoda nestled atop a hillock. This two-level chorten was inaugurated by the Dalai Lama in 1991. It offers a great vantage point over Leh and the Indus valley; it is a favourite place to watch the sunset. In the evening, your driver will drop you at Leh Main Bazar where you can do shopping and try typical Ladakhi food in one of the many restaurants.
|Day 2:||Leh - Khardung La - Diskit - Hunder (Nubra valley)|
Night in Hunder
After breakfast, your driver takes you to the Nubra valley passing through the Khardung La pass, the world’s highest motorable road at an elevation of 5,602 metres. From the top, there is an amazing view of the K2 mountain range (the Karakoram). Drive down to the Nubra Valley which means “valley of flowers” in Ladakhi language. The valley lies at an average altitude of 3,100 metres and it is crisscrossed by the Nubra and Shayok rivers. Visit the Diskit monastery, the largest and oldest gompa in the Nubra valley. Perched atop a rocky hillock, the monastery was established by Changzem Tserab Zangpo in the 15th century. At the top of a nearby hill, there is a colossal 32-metre-high statue of Maitreya Buddha, one of the landmarks of the valley. From Diskit, follow the Shayok river for 10 km to reach Hunder village where you can spend the night.
|Day 3:||Hunder - Sumur - Shayok - Tangtse - Pangong lake|
Night at Pangong lake
This morning, experience a camel ride across the Hunder sand dunes. The double-humped Bactrian camels were brought to Ladakh when Hunder was a stopping point for caravans travelling on the old Silk Road. Next, visit the Samstanling monastery in the charming village of Sumur. From here, drive along the Shayok river towards Pangong, an adventurous road trip through beautiful mountain scenery. After passing through Tangtse village, there is another 35 km to reach Pangong lake commonly known as Pangong Tso (“Tso” means “lake” in Ladakhi language). The lake lies at an elevation of 4,250m, it is 140 km in length but only 30% of it is in India. Despite its brackish water, the lake freezes completely in winter when temperatures fall well below -20°C. Pangong lake was made famous when it featured in the Bollywood movie “3 Idiots” released in 2009.
|Day 4:||Pangong lake - Chang La - Chemrey - Hemis - Thiksey - Shey - Leh|
Night in Leh
Take a stroll along the shore of Pangong lake and watch the sunrise over the glistening blue waters. The lake is a wonderful place for wildlife enthusiasts as it serves as a breeding site for various migratory birds. Next, go back towards Leh. After driving over the Chang La pass located at an altitude of 5,360m, you reach Chemrey village where you can visit the beautiful Chemrey monastery rising above the barley fields. The monastery was built in the 17th century in memory of the king Sengge Namgyal. In the Indus valley, head to Hemis and visit the gompa. Hemis monastery is largest and richest monastery in Ladakh. Many shrines can be found within the monastery complex, including a temple that houses and impressive 8-metre-tall statue of Padmasambhava, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism. Then, head to Thiksey gompa located 20 km from Leh. This is one of the most famous monasteries in Ladakh, easily recognizable due to its architecture that resembles the Potala Palace in Lhassa. The monastery enshrines a highly revered 14m-high statue of Maitreya Buddha with a finely decorated headdress. Just before reaching Leh, stop at the Shey palace, the former summer palace of the royal family.
|Day 5:||Leh - Leh airport|
Today is the end of a wonderful trip replete with beautiful memories. Say goodbye to the enchanting region of Ladakh as you board the scenic flight to Delhi.
This package is the combination of 2 tours:
|Xylo, Scorpio, Tavera||Sumo, Eeco Van, Qualis|
|Indus valley to Sangam, around Leh sightseeing (1-day tour)|
The tour package is arranged with a private taxi (the car is only for you and it will not be shared with other passengers).
The price includes:
✓ Car with Ladakhi driver
✓ Tolls and parking fees
✓ Driver’s food and accommodation
✓ Oxygen cylinder (optional)
The price excludes:
✗ Meals and hotels
✗ Inner Line Permit
Our dedicated team can assist you with your accommodations, permits and everything else you need.
For each individual tour/trip, click on the price corresponding to the desired car category in the above table and you will be redirected to the booking form.
For more details, check out How to book a tour package: step-by-step guide.
Inner Line Permit is required for this trip.
You need an Inner Line Permit during the tour to Nubra valley and Pangong lake on day 2, 3 and 4. Therefore, you need a permit with a validity period of 3 days.
You can easily obtain an Inner Line Permit when you are in Leh and it takes one working day. We can help you to get it. More information about permits can be found on this page.