Julley!—one of the the most powerful words in the Ladakhi language.
A word that means ‘Hello’, ‘Bye’, ‘Thank you’, ‘Please’.
The name Ladakh means the “the land of high passes”. It is derived from the Tibetan name La-dvags. And in the land of high passes there is a saying:
the land is so barren and the passes so high that only our fiercest enemies or our best friends would want to visit us.
Our first visit to Ladakh blew us all away. The land is indeed barren and mountains are so high that we were reminded how tiny and insignificant we were. History of our planet was writ large on those majestic mountains. The terrain is unlike anything we had ever seen—the towering majestic Himalayan mountains, clouds kissing the mountain tops, lush green valleys, sand dunes, blue lakes, bluest skies, and snow covered peaks.
Most importantly, we met the kindest, loving people on this planet. They indeed become your best friends. Hence, it is no wonder why Ladakh, and Kashmir by extension, is considered heaven on earth. Mughal Emperor Jahangir is said to have said,
If there is a heaven on earth, it is here, it is here, it is here!
So, then, are you interested in visiting a heaven on earth for a photo tour? Then please register for tour by clicking on the button in the Details and Pricing section.
We have limited seats, and we will handle requests on a first come first serve basis only. Hence, book a spot on the tour at the earliest opportunity.
Day 1: Arrival at Leh
Upon arrival at the Leh airport, you are met by one of our representatives. We then proceed to our pre-booked hotel.
Leh is at an altitude of 3,524 meters (11,562 ft). Hence, you will need a day or two to acclimatize to the high altitude. Otherwise, you run the risk of having altitude sickness. Therefore, on day 1, you spend most of the day acclimatizing. Later in afternoon, we go to Shanti Stupa for a short photo outing.
Pro tip: Take the window seat on the left side of the plane during your flight to Leh and you can take some amazing shots from the sky. If you’re flying from Delhi, try taking the early morning flight so that you can catch the golden flames of the rising sun wash over the majestic mountain range of the inner and the lesser Himalayas.
Day 2: Leh to Lamayuru
Early morning on day 2, we leave Leh for the Lamayuru. Lamayuru is about 120 kms from Leh and is famous for the Lamayuru monastery. On our way to Lamayuru, we will stop at Sangam, the confluence of Indus and Zanskar rivers. We will also pass an attraction called “moonland” or “moonscape”. Spend the night a Lamayuru and, weather permitting, try some night photography.
Day 3: Lamayuru to Leh
Today, we will return to Leh from Lamyuru. After resting in Leh for a while, in the evening, we will visit the Thiksey and Stakna monasteries for some blue light photography. Night stay at Leh.
Day 4: Leh to Nubra Valley
Early morning on day 4, we leave Leh for the Nubra valley via Khardung La. Nubra valley is approximately 150 kms from Leh. Once there, we spend the afternoon and evening photographing in that area. We will also travel to a lake called Yarab Tso. Next, we the return to Panamik and spend the night there. Panamik is world famous for its sulphur hot springs.
Days 5: Warshi
Early on day three, we head to a remote village in the Nubra valley called Warshi and spend the day photographing there. We do some astrophotography in the evening. Stay the night at or around Panamik.
Day 6: Chamshan Charasa
After a night of astrophotography, we head to a village called Chamshan Charasa. We spend the day photographing around that area. Stay the night at or around Panamik.
Day 7: Hundar
On day 7, we head south to Hundar village. We visit the Diskit monastery on the way. We also visit the magnificent sand dunes at Nubra Valley for an evening of photography. Night stay at Hundar village.
Day 8: Hundar to Leh
We will leave Hundar for Leh in the morning of Day 10. On our arrival at Leh, we can spend the day at our will. Those who would like to shop can do so. Others can head out to take some final shots of Leh. Leh market is a great place for street photography.
Day 9 : Leh
On day 9 of our trip, we will visit a few other monasteries in Leh, such as Shey monastery and palace, Hemis monastery, Stok monastery, etc.
Day 10: Depart from Leh
Day to say bye till we meet again!
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