Kargil-Leh Apricot Blossom Tour is one of the offbeat tours in Ladakh where you experience the thrill of witnessing the valleys in Ladakh and Kargil region covered under pink and white blanket of Apricot flowers. Apart from this, you get the chance to meet and stay with the descendents of ancient Aryan race that settled along the banks of river Indus. One of the communities of the Aryan race that you see in Ladakh is called as Brokpa. You can more about it here!. You also get a chance to visit Kargil War memorial and pay remember and pay our respect to the war legends.
Apricot, known as chulli in Ladakhi, was introduced to the arid region of Ladakh over a century ago by Chinese traders passing through the area via the Silk Route. Now, in the 21st century, the fruit has become an integral part of Ladakh's culture, heritage and economy. The uniquely tolerant and highly stable plant of apricot has embraced the sandy soil of the cold desert and made it one of the largest producers of apricot in India.
Apricot blossom season is at its peak during spring and the entire Leh-Kargil region is covered under white delicate flowery blanket. This season can be considered similar to the Japan's famous Cherry Blossom season.
Highlights Of The Program
# Experience the sheer joy of apricot blossoms in the most serene environment of Ladakh.
# Apricot blossoms in Aryan Valley.
# Apricot blossoms in Suru Valley.
#Stay Local, Be As Local !!! You get the chance to meet and stay with the descendents of ancient Aryan race that settled along the banks of river Indus.
# Witness traditional tribal cultural program of the Aryans.
# Visit to the most scenic and a must-for-photographers valley of Panikhar. It is a lush green valley with the backdrop of snow-clad mountains.
# Visit to Kargil war memorial and scenic Drass which, otherwise, are only know for military presence.
# Visit to SECMOL school that was shown in the movie "3-idiots" and you will get to experience an unparalleled education system evolving there with stress on uncommon innovative application of common knowledge.
# Witness the most offbeat parts of Leh with great stays.
#Smaller batch for smooth, better and personlized service. This will make your time in Offbeat Leh worth a lifetime.
Program will commence on 21st April 2019, Sunday from Leh.
Day 1 (21st April): Arrival in Leh and transfer to Hotel. Leh being located at high altitude of about 11,000 ft. it is recommended for everyone to take rest to get acclimatized. Visit to Shanti Stupa and Leh Palace in the evening.
Day 2 (22nd April): Leh to Aryan valley. On the way, we will visit magnetic hill, Gurdwara Pathar and magnificant view of Sangam where river Indus and river Zanskar meet each other. We will also enjoy enchanting waterfall along the way and the entire journey to Aryan Valley is along the banks of beautiful river Indus.
Day 3 (23rd April): Short trek in Aryan Valley. The trek takes about 2 hours to reach Shurey, where one can have iconic view of river Indus. The trek is simple and can be done by anyone. For those who wish to skip the trek part, can do farm tour in the village which is be also one of the offbeat experience.
Day 4 (24th April): Apricot blossom tour in local Aryan Valley villages such as Dha, Hanu, Hordass, Lashtang and Fhotang. This is will be the most memorable part of this trip as you will be walking under the delicate white and pink blanket of Apricot blossoms. Here, one can also see real taste of ancient Aryan tribe culture and lifestyles.At night, we will witness traditional dance of Aryan tribal people.
Day 5 (25th April): Aryan Valley to Drass and Kargil. This is also one of the scenic journerys where will go through Humbathang Pass from where you can have panoramic view of snow-clad mountains surround the beautiful green valley. We will visit War Memorial in Drass and Chamba monument.
Day 6 (26th April): Kargil to Suru Valley and experience the valley covered under the blanket of apricot blossoms. We will also go to Panikhar and then return to Kargil.
Day 7 (27th April): Kargil-Lamayuru-Leh. Enroute, we will visit Mulbek to witness a giant Buddha statue on Rock Mountain and visit Lamayuru, oldest monestry and you will get to see spectacular Moon landscape. Also, we will visit famous SECMOL school which was shown in the movie "3-idiots".
Day 8 (28th April): Leh local sight seeing. A visit Himes monesteries, Thiksey Monesteries, Shey Palace Meseum and Sindhu Ghat.
Day 9 (29th April): Departure from Leh with happy and unforgetable memories.
*The above itinerary is subject to change without any prior notice on account of factors beyond our control (e.g bad weather, civil disturbances, change in flight or rail schedule etc).