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It's better in the mountains, isn't it? Ladakh is referred to as the forgotten kingdom! A life in the mountains and one which is straight out of a beautiful picture! A cult among the wanderlusts or the Mecca for the thrill seekers, Leh and Ladakh is the destination that can tempt anyone to ditch the rest of the world!

In the middle of winter, the Zanskar River offers an accessible path that allows this isolation to end for a while. Because of the cold, the waters are frozen building an avenue of ice in the center of the mountains. The tumultuous Zanskar then becomes chadar, the ice river. The Zanskaris can move for four or five weeks.

The Chadar Trek is one of the most impressive itineraries in the world for several reasons. Its location, the conditions in which the expedition is carried out and the wild environment it transcends is for those who assiduously visit the mountains of the world in search of new challenges, of landscapes and authentic and indescribable sensations.

The average temperature during the day is about 10 degrees below zero, which at night can reach the glamorous 30 degrees below zero. However, with the right chadar trek preparation and clothing we can enjoy the wonders that this trekking offers us with a river literally stopped with turquoise and deep blue colors, completely frozen waterfalls, vertical rock canyons bathed only by the sun the morning.

We must say, a trip to this paradise is an experience of one of its own kind. Seated high in the lap of the Indian Himalayas it's a traveler's delight and can satiate all your cravings for an adrenaline rush. The alluring landscape, cerulean lakes, cobalt skies, hospitable culture and roughly set monasteries make visiting Ladakh a picturesque place and such a dreamy vision to capture.

Ladakh tour packages can also be enjoyed with just your girlfriends through many tour companies which offer an all ladies tours. Such companies are always available to assist and entertain you through your Leh Ladakh tour offering the best of security and services throughout. Sumptuous breakfast, lunch, and dinner are mostly inclusive and many of such tour companies also offer a 'Zero Money on Tour Policy'.

Some highlights of Leh Ladakh tour packages from Mumbai are mentioned here that are offered by most tour operators in Ladakh.

Arrival in Leh

On the first day, after reaching Leh airport, you are greeted by the respective representatives and transferred to the hotel for check-in. Rest in the hotel and revel in the peace of this place. In the evening visit Shanti Stupa and Leh market for a local feel. Have an overnight stay in Leh.

Leh - Uleytokpo

Cover the Leh to Srinagar Highway for some sightseeing in the daytime. Supposed to be built to mark the visit of Guru Nanak Dev to this area, visit the Gurdwara Pathar Sahib and the Hall of Fame Kali Mata Temple. Admire the confluence of Indus and Zanskar which are simply gorgeous and experience the effects of Magnetic Hill which is set to defy the law of gravity. Visit Alchi Monastery, Likir, and Basgo.

Uleytokpo - Leh

Cover a good stretch of Leh and proceed to Lamayuru (the oldest monastery in Ladakh). Take some good snaps of the moon landscape (land which reassembles the lunar surface) and enjoy the stunning views on the way.

Leh to Pangong Lake

Proceed to Pangong via Changla Pass, the third highest pass in the world and make some lovely memories and as you visit places like Shey and Thiksey. Being 6 to 7 Km broad at the longest point and 120 km in length, Pangong Lake is a saltwater body. It is bisected by the international border between India and China (2/3 of the lake is in China's possession). Enjoy outing along the banks of the lake as you visit the lake which is the exact location of the famous 3 idiots movie.

Pangong Lake to Leh

Travel back to Leh and give rest to some of your nerves. Enjoy a cup of hot steaming tea en route Leh as you take a short halt at Changla Pass. Return to Leh after visiting the Hemis Monastery.

Leh to Nubra Valley

For the most scenic ride of your life, drive to Nubra Valley (known as the valley of flowers and the warmest region in Ladakh) via Khardungla pass. Considered to be the highest motorable road in the world, it is a must visit. Offering a spectacular view, are the never-ending snow-capped mountain ranges around Khardungla Pass (18,390 feet). After spending some time at Khardungla, proceed to Nubra. Enjoy camel safari in the evening.

Nubra Valley (local sightseeing) and back to Leh

Take a stroll around the place to see the lifestyle of people living in the northernmost region of India as you visit Diskit and Hunder villages and monasteries. Drive back to Leh via Khardungla pass.

Departure from Leh

Get transferred to Leh Airport for boarding the flight to your destination on the last day of your journey. Tour concludes with some wonderful long lasting memories.

Most tour companies offer Leh Ladakh tour packages from Mumbai with the below inclusive and non-inclusive items. Check them carefully before you select your preferred tour operator.

Package Inclusions

Assistance on arrival at Leh

To and fro air ticket (Mumbai-Leh-Mumbai) in economy class

Traditional welcome in the hotel

Accommodation on twin sharing basis in the above-mentioned hotel or similar category

MAP Meal Plan (Breakfast and Dinner) at all locations

Inner line permit for Nubra and Pangong

All airport transfers and sightseeing tours

Budget, super deluxe, premium and luxury transport options for every kind of tourist.

Package Exclusions

Monument and museum entrance fees.

Charges for extra meals, starters and drinks etc. and personal expenses.

Any kind of optional tours.

Insurance, tips, laundry, phone calls, guide fee and camera fee.

Costs of any adventure activity (pony ride, camel safari, rafting etc.)

Medical and travel insurance.

Services of the vehicle on off days and after finishing the sightseeing tour

Charges coming out of - flight cancellations, roadblocks, natural calamities etc.

Ladakh is amongst one of the most exotic destinations in India. If there is paradise, it's here as well. Most common on the list of all tour operators, Ladakh is a great and majestic place to visit but some precautions need to be kept in mind as well. Make sure you are fit and healthy and get a physical check-up done before you embark on any of the Ladakh tour packages to be doubly sure of your health.

Ladakh is at high altitude. The oxygen levels are generally low which are not taken too well by most of the travelers and especially people who are unhealthy in any sense. It's going to be an exhaustive journey to this place. Keep that in mind and prepare yourself accordingly. We wish you an absolutely wonderful, adventurous and rocking journey to this place which is full of magical stories!

Kalyan Panja Kalyan Panja Author