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Indus Odessey: A  Journey along the sacred river from Ladakh to Punjab 


Embark on a soul-stirring experience, our journey unfolds amidst the pristine landscapes of Ladakh, the timeless allure of Kashmir, and the spiritual sanctity of Amritsar.

From the rugged terrain of Ladakh’s high-altitude desert, where ancient monasteries cling to mountain slopes, to the tranquil beauty of Kashmir’s picturesque valleys and serene lakes, we immerse ourselves in nature’s grandeur. Finally, in Amritsar, we seek solace and spiritual enlightenment at the revered Golden Temple, amidst the harmonious chants and vibrant Sikh culture, completing a voyage that promises an unforgettable fusion of adventure, tranquility, and cultural immersion.

Indus Odessey: A Journey along the sacred river from Ladakh to Punjab

15 nights/ 16 days Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and Acclimatization

Upon arrival at Leh Airport, drive to your riverside accommodation at Nimmu. Nestled amidst the tranquil landscapes of Ladakh, Nimmu offers a serene retreat perfect for relaxation. Settle into your comfortable lodgings, designed to provide a blend of traditional charm and modern amenities.

As you unwind, take the time to acclimatize to the high altitude of this breathtaking region. The peaceful ambiance of the riverside setting allows you to rejuvenate your senses, preparing you for the adventures that await in the majestic landscapes of Ladakh

Overnight stay at Nimmu.

Day 2: Explore the offbeat Sham Valley

Begin your journey with a visit to the historic Alchi and Likir Monasteries, marveling at their ancient art and serene ambiance. Drive across the enigmatic Magnetic Hill, where the landscape creates an optical illusion of vehicles moving uphill against gravity.

Witness the stunning confluence of the Indus and Zanskar Rivers at Sangam Point, a natural spectacle of blending waters. Engage in a hands-on pottery workshop at Likir, learning the traditional craft from local artisans. Finally, savor a soulful ‘Langar’ at Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, enjoying a community meal that nourishes both body and spirit amidst the peaceful surroundings.

Head back to Nimmu for your overnight stay.

Day 3: Discover the beauty at Nubra

Enjoy an exhilarating road trip past the renowned Khardungla Pass, one of the highest motorable roads in the world. Arrive at the serene Diskit Monastery, where you can explore its ancient architecture and take in panoramic views of the Nubra Valley.

Experience the unique thrill of meeting the rare Double Humped Bactrian Camels, a sight exclusive to this region. As the day ends, relax and enjoy a bonfire under the starlit sky of Nubra, creating unforgettable memories amidst the enchanting landscape.

Overnight stay at Nubra.

Day 4: Discover the offbeat at Nubra

Start your day with a refreshing hike to the ancient Ensa Gompa, where you can soak in the spiritual ambiance and panoramic vistas. Continue to the Rock Art village of Murgi, exploring petroglyphs that tell tales of Ladakh’s rich history. Next, discover Yarab Tso, a hidden gem known for its pristine beauty and serene atmosphere, offering a tranquil retreat from the bustling world.

Conclude your day with a visit to Sumor Gompa, where the tranquil setting and rich cultural heritage provide a deeper understanding of Ladakh's spiritual and historical tapestry.

Overnight stay at Nubra.

Day 5: An Immersive day at Pangong 

Discover the charming village of Spangmik, nestled along the shores of the breathtaking Pangong Tso lake. Here, meet the resilient locals who rear the renowned Pashmina goats and gain fascinating insights into their traditional lifestyles and the meticulous process of producing luxurious Pashmina wool.

Savor an authentic Ladakhi meal at Spangmik Cafe, delighting in the rich flavors and warmth of local hospitality. As the day winds down, find yourself mesmerized by the iconic Pangong Tso, its crystal-clear waters reflecting the changing hues of the sky,

Overnight stay at Pangong.

Day 6:  Transfer to Leh via Chang La Pass

Explore the picturesque village of Tangtsey, where you can encounter playful marmots in their natural habitat. Embark on a thrilling drive up to the majestic Chang La Pass, one of the world's highest motorable roads, offering awe-inspiring views.

Visit the serene Chemrey Monastery, the grand Hemis Monastery, and the historic Shey Palace, each providing a unique glimpse into Ladakh's rich cultural and spiritual heritage. Conclude your adventure with a shopping spree in Leh, where bustling markets offer a variety of local handicrafts, souvenirs, and traditional artifacts.

Ovenright stay at Leh.

Day 7: Explore Leh like a Local!

Start your day with a serene prayer and meditation session at Thiksay Monastery, immersing yourself in the tranquil ambiance and spiritual essence of this sacred place. Next, tour the Central Asian Museum, where exhibits reveal the rich cultural exchanges along the ancient Silk Road.

Explore the historic Leh Palace and visit the Shanti Stupa, both offering panoramic views and a deep sense of history. Embark on a rewarding hike to Namgyal Tsemo Monastery, where stunning vistas await. In the evening, witness an engaging Light and Sound Show at the Hall of Fame Museum, vividly bringing Ladakh's history and heritage to life.

Head back to Leh for your overnight stay.

Day 8: Transfer to Kargil from Leh

Embark on a scenic drive to Kargil, journeying through the breathtaking Fotu La Pass, the highest point on the Srinagar-Leh highway. As you descend into the picturesque Suru Valley, marvel at the unique Ladakhi terrain, where stark mountains and verdant valleys create a mesmerizing landscape.

Upon reaching Kargil, pay heartfelt homage to the brave martyrs at the Kargil Memorial, a poignant tribute to those who sacrificed their lives. Reflect on the profound sense of history and patriotism that the memorial embodies.

Overnight stay at Kargil.

Day 9:  A day at Kargil

Participate in a guided walk through the historic old Caravan Bazaar, where the echoes of ancient trade routes come alive. Visit the Central Asian Museum and the Museum of Memories, each offering fascinating insights into the region's vibrant past and cultural exchanges. Journey to the Line of Control, absorbing the profound historical significance of this pivotal area. Discover the 500-year-old village of Hundurman, a place steeped in history and heritage. Learn about its unique significance, exploring ancient architecture and hearing stories that reveal the resilience and rich cultural tapestry of Ladakh. This immersive experience blends history, culture, and poignant reflection.

Overnight stay at Kargil.

Day 10:  Step into Kashmir

Embark on an enchanting drive from Kargil to Sonmarg, traversing the awe-inspiring Zoji La Pass, which offers breathtaking views of rugged mountains and deep valleys. Along the way, pause to soak in the majestic beauty of the Thajiwas Glacier, its icy grandeur and serene landscape providing a perfect backdrop for memorable photographs.

Upon reaching the picturesque town of Sonmarg, check into your cozy accommodation, and relax.

Day 11:  Day Trek to Dumail Marchoi

Embark on an exhilarating trek to the summit of Dumail Marchoi, where panoramic views of the stunning Kashmir Valley await. Along the way, take in the lush greenery, pristine streams, and vibrant flora that characterize this breathtaking region. Enjoy a delightful picnic lunch amidst these picturesque landscapes, savoring the fresh air and serene environment. Continue your adventure with a visit to Naranaag Village, a place steeped in history and culture.

Spend time at the ancient Shiva temple, marveling at its intricate architecture and spiritual ambiance.

Day 12: Sightseeing at Srinagar

Dive into the cultural odyssey through the jewels of Srinagar, visiting the resplendent Shalimar Bagh, Nishat Bagh, the revered Hazratbal Shrine, and the ethereal Pari Mahal. Step into the annals of history at Parihaspora, the ancient capital of Kashmir, where echoes of bygone eras linger in its timeless ruins. Wander through the enchanting bylanes of Srinagar, where every corner narrates tales of its rich heritage and vibrant past.

Conclude your day with a tranquil Shikara ride on the legendary Dal Lake, immersing yourself in the timeless beauty and serenity of Kashmir's iconic waterways.

Overnight stay at Srinagar.

Day 13: Day trip to Gulmarg

Embark on a memorable journey to Gulmarg, where every stop promises an adventure. Pause along the way to marvel at the frozen splendor of the Drung waterfall, a winter wonderland that captivates with its icy cascade. Take a leisurely hike around Tangmarg, immersing yourself in the rustic charm of this offbeat village and gaining invaluable insights into the lives of its inhabitants.

Upon reaching Gulmarg, elevate your experience with a thrilling ride on the second-highest gondola in the world, offering panoramic views of the majestic Himalayas. Immerse yourself in the serene beauty of Alpather Lake, where the pristine waters mirror the surrounding snow-capped peaks in a mesmerizing dance of nature.

Cap off your journey with a visit to the sacred Shiva Temple, a tranquil sanctuary steeped in spiritual allure,

Overnight stay at Gulmarg.

Day 14:  Fly into Amritsar, Punjab

Begin your day with an enchanting visit to the bustling floating market of Srinagar, where the vibrant colors and lively atmosphere of the dawn create a picturesque scene on the tranquil waters. Afterward, catch your flight to Amritsar from Srinagar Airport, anticipating the next leg of your journey.

Upon landing at Amritsar Airport, immerse yourself in the city's warm hospitality as you check into your accommodation, allowing yourself a moment to unwind and recharge. Then, embark on a culinary exploration across the bustling markets of Amritsar, indulging in the savory delights of chaats and other delectable street food offerings.

As the sun begins to set, witness the majestic Palki Sahib Ceremony at the revered Golden Temple. Bathed in the soft hues of twilight, the sacred atmosphere resonates with spiritual fervor, offering a transcendent experience that lingers in the heart long after the day concludes.

Overnight stay at Amritsar.

Day 15:  Explore the best of Amritsar

Begin your day by paying homage to the poignant history of Jallianwala Bagh, a solemn reminder of sacrifice and resilience. Then, immerse yourself in the serene ambiance of the Golden Temple, offering prayers that resonate with centuries of spiritual devotion.

As the day unfolds, witness the stirring Wagah Border Ceremony, a testament to the shared heritage and camaraderie between India and Pakistan. Led by the Border Security Force of India and the Pakistan Rangers, this daily ritual is a powerful display of patriotism and unity, leaving a lasting impression on all who witness its fervor and pageantry.

Overnight stay at Amritsar.

Day 16:  Departure

Head to Amritsar Airport to catch your flight, carrying with you the unforgettable memories of your journey. Board your flight and return home, filled with the rich experiences and cherished moments that will last a lifetime.


What Travellers say

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Sriya Sen Gupta

Ladakh had been a dream destination for a very long time. And as I set to plan for it reached out to Offbeat Tracks to curate this trip for us. Understanding our need to not have a fast-paced one and avoid touristy places, they helped to plan an itinerary that was paced just right with all the places/ experiences we wanted to cover this time. The team was easy to approach and help through the trip, even with any urgent support. The hotels/ homestays were comfortable & each of them gave us spaces to relax and take in the ambience.We had an amazing time as we got to have a mix of experiences- enjoying the varied landscape of this region, feeling the calmness and peace within while visiting the monasteries, learning about the history and heritage of the region, relishing the local food and treats, getting a glimpse of the Indian army and how they have been fighting bravely in the various disputes since independence and being able to show our appreciation towards them.

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Cyrus Jalnawala

First of all Thank you for the wonderful travel experiences we had in Amritsar and Kashmir by Offbeat Tracks.Second , the arrangements were done very well and the places to stay were picked very well,Thirdly, the cultural and gastronomic experiences were amazing - the Kashmiri wedding , was an experience we will always remember, the people at the places we stayed were very hospitable and warm always asking me if the guests from overseas were comfortable. We did cover most of the items on the list we planned and were happy to deviate from the plan. Overall we enjoyed the experiences and will take back good memories of our TravelThanks Sudha and Devansh for setting this entire experience for us. Great Work GuysThe Guides in Amritsar were v good and had information about the places and localities we went to. For Kashmir the guide could have been better.The surface transportation was very well taken care of.

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