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The remote, high altitude area of northern India occupies 96,701 sq km (including Aksai Chin) of the eastern half of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir is called Ladakh. It is bordered on the northwest with Pakistan; the north with the Chinese province of Sinkiang; and the east with Tibet. The capital city of Leh lies at an altitude of 3500 meters and it is also the largest population center, about 25,000 residents.
Many books have been written about this fascinating and remote area in the Himalayas. Short descriptions of the following subjects should provide you with basic knowledge, and hopefully encourage you to visit Ladakh to learn more.

Topography
Ladakh translates to Land of the High Passes, and it certainly merits this name with its multitude of towering mountain ranges, river valleys and high plateaus. The Karakoram Range isolates the northern border and contains the highest peak in Ladakh, Saser Kangri at 7672 meters (25,164 ft). The Himalayan Range along the southern and eastern border contains two 7000-meter peaks, Nun and Kun. Popular trekking peaks are Stok Kangri (6121 m) in the Stok Range and Kang Yatse (6401 m) in the Zanskar Range.The remote, high altitude area of northern India occupies 96,701 sq km (including Aksai Chin) of the eastern half of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir is called Ladakh. It is bordered on the northwest with Pakistan; the north with the Chinese province of Sinkiang; and the east with Tibet. The capital city of Leh lies at an altitude of 3500 meters and it is also the largest population center, about 25,000 residents.
Many books have been written about this fascinating and remote area in the Himalayas. Short descriptions of the following subjects should provide you with basic knowledge, and hopefully encourage you to visit Ladakh to learn more.
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  • Motorbiking in Leh Ladakh is the ultimate dream of mountain bikers. There is nothing that compares to the echoes of your Enfield bullet's regular, pleasing firing as your ride through a cold desert plain, surrounded by rocky mountains. But for most bikers, this dream never comes true-it is not easy to organize a Leh Ladakh bike trip, convince friends to join you, and get the necessary government permits. Also, there is one question in the mind of the most reckless biker.
  • Milestone Journeys has successfully completed two thrilling Royal Enfield bullet trips to Ladakh (in 2011 and 2012), and we can affirmatively say that as long as you have good biking skills and a well-tuned bike, you are safe. But you also need a support team made up of other avid bikers to boost your energy and help you out on that extremely cold, high-altitude climate and rough roads. We have been organizing motorcycle tours in India since many years, and having successfully completed two Leh-Ladakh motorcycle trips in two consecutive years, we are offering special Ladakh bike tour packages for all adventure biking enthusiasts. If the idea of a bike trip to the world's highest motorable road, Khardungla Pass, doesn't scare you but excite you, we would love ride with you.
  • While we prefer technically sound bikers with Royal Enfield 350CC or 500CC for ouradventure holiday tours in India, we also welcome bikers with any bike that is 150CC or more.
  • In case you do not have a motorcycle worthy of Ladakh bike expedition, you can avail our bike rental services to get a bike that is perfectly appropriate for Himalayan motorbike tours. We are here to help passionate motorcyclists make their dream come true. We organize adventure Ladakh bike tours from Chandigarh, Manali, Leh, Srinagar, Jammu, Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Pune, and Gujarat by road.
  • Imagine biking through the zigzagging roads, trekking in Ladakh, riding through 9 of the highest passes in the world, halting near the clear waters of Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri, and Tso Kar! You can also check out our Leh-Ladakh bike trip pictures on this site to get a feel for what lies ahead.
  • Your dream of covering Ladakh on bullet doesn't need to remain unfulfilled. We are old hands are Himalayan motorbike tours, and you will get all the technical and emotional support you need for the trip. Also, our Ladakh bike trip cost won't burn a hole in your pocket, and you will not need to worry about how to reach Ladakh. We will take care of all the minute details.

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Culture Tour
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Ladakh land of high passes is a region of India in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and inhabited by people of Indo-Aryan and Tibetan descent.

Cuisine
Ladakhi food has much in common with Tibetan food, the most prominent foods being thukpa (noodle soup) and tsampa, (roasted barley flour). dish that is strictly Ladakhi is skyu, a heavy pasta dish with root vegetables.. As in other parts of Central Asia, tea in Ladakh is traditionally made with strong green tea, butter, and salt. It is mixed in a large churn and known as gurgur cha, most of the surplus barley that is produced is fermented into chang, an alcoholic beverage drunk especially on festive occasions

Architecture
The architecture of Ladakh contains Tibetan and Indian influences and monastic architecture reflects a deeply Buddhist approach. The Buddhist wheel, along with two dragons, is a common feature on every gompa, Many houses and monasteries are built on elevated, sunny sites facing south, and in the past were made of rocks, earth and wood but are now more often concrete frames filled in with stones or .

Music and dance
Traditional music includes the instruments surna and daman, The music of Ladakhi Buddhist monastic festivals, like Tibetan music, often involves religious chanting in Tibetan or Sanskrit as an integral part of the religion,Religious mask dances are an important part of Ladakh's cultural life. The dances typically narrate a story of the fight between good and evil, ending with the eventual victory of the former.

Wear
Weaving is an important part of traditional life inLadakh. Both women and men weave, on different looms. Typical costumes include gonchas of velvet, elaborately embroidered waistcoats and boots and hats. The Ladakh Festival is held every year from September 1 to 15. Performers adorned with gold and silver ornaments and turquoise headgear throng the streets. Monks wear colourful masks and dance to the rhythm of cymbals, flutes and trumpets. The yak, lion and Tashispa dances depict the many legends and fables of Ladakh

Sports
The most popular sport in Ladakh now is ice hockey, which is played only on natural ice generally mid-December through mid-February.Archery is a traditional sport in Ladakhaccompaniment of the music of surna , Polo, the other traditional sport of Ladakh is indigenous to Baltistan and Gilgit, and was probably introduced into Ladakh in the mid-17th century by King SinggeNamgyal, whose mother was a Balti princess.

Traditional medicine
Tibetan medicine has been the traditional health system of Ladakh for over a thousand years. This school of traditional healing contains elements of Ayurveda and Chinese medicine, combined with the philosophy and cosmology of Tibetan Buddhism. For centuries, the only medical system which was accessible to the people have been the amchi who are traditional doctors following the Tibetan medical tradition. Amchi medicine is still an important component of public health to this day, especially in remote areas..

  • Day 1 arrived lehfullday rest at hotel,
  • Day 2 Shanti stupa, Leh Palace, and Leh market,
  • Day 3 Shey ,Thiksay, Hemis,
  • Day 4 LehSpituk, magnetic Hill,Alchi,
  • Day 5 alchilamayuruleh,
  • Day 6 LehNubra
  • Day 7 NubraLeh,
  • Day 8 Tsomoririlake,
  • Day 9Tsomorir Leh
  • Day 10 LehPangong Lake,
Trip Highlights:
Exploring the 1000 year old murals of AlchiChoskor, the ancient LamayuruMonaster, the Monastery enshrines of the most revered statues of Avalokiteshwara, White Sand Dunes between Diskit&Hunder. Khardongla pass 5620 meters, and beautiful high altitude lakes, among others.


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August to October is the best time to visit

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Ladakh Zanskar Package Tours
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Day 01: Leh–Kanji 4 hrs.
Drive to Heniskut. Enroute visit Lamayuru Monastery, one of the oldest in Ladakh. Have lunch in a restaurant. Over night stay at camp.
Day 02: Kanji–Kanji-la Base 6-7 hrs.
Walk along Kanji valley before you reach to the base of Kanji la Pass. Camp at this side of the base of Kanji pass.
Day 03: Kanji-la base–Kanji-la (5150mtrs) Base 5-6hrs.
Today you will cross the first pass of your trek.
Day 04: Kanji la Base–Pigdong-la (5020mtrs)-Dipling 7-8 hrs.
After walking down stream for a couple of hours you will reach at a point where the two streams coming from Kanji-la and Pigdong-la will join each other. From there you will turn towards the left and after some time you will cross Pigdong-la before your get to Dipling.
Day 05: Dipling- Lingshet Sumdo 6-7 hrs.
Tie your sandal or slipper at a side of your bag for today you will be crossing the same river time and again
Day 06: Lingshet Sumdo–Barmi-la_Lingshet (Shangdong) 6-7 hrs
After walking for some time you will leave behind Oma Tokpo and go towards the left for Lingshet. You will camp near a Shangdong (wolf trap).The locals use this structure to catch wolf, a menace for the villagers.
Day 07: Lingshet–Lanang
After breakfast you will proceed towards Lingshet village one the most isolated village in Ladakh and visit the Monastery. Explore the village and come back to you camp.
Day 08: Lanang–Hanamula (4900)-Jingchen 7-8 hrs.
Today is quite a strenuous day for you have to climb on of the steepest pass of your trek. You will have great view from the top of the pass. After that you will walk down in a valley to reach Nyetse-la. Have a great view of the surroundings and also see your camp down near Oma Tokpo.
Day 09: Jingchen - Hanamur 5-6 hrs.
Good chances seeing wild animals like Urial, blue ship, argali and Ibex on the mountain side of Parfila pass. You will camp at Hanamur, the first village of Zanskar valley. They have only two house hold.
Day 10: Hanamur - Zangla 5-6hrs.
Walk all along the Zanskar River till you see another village called Pidmo. From there cross the river and proceed towards Zangla. A visit to the king’s home will be a nice experience.
Day 11: Zangla - Stongday 5-6hrs.
Though there is a road from Zang-la to Padum but you will seldom see vehicles moving. There are two villages on the way. Visit Stongdey Monastery in the evening.
Day 12: Stongday-Stongdey-la (4850mtrs)–Doksa. 6-7hrs.
It’s an up hill walk to cross Stongday-la. Today again there is a good of chances of seeing wild animals. You will camp near a Doksa (shepherd hut).
Day 13: Doksa - Shaling 6-7hrs.
You have to cross the stream several times while walking along the valley.
Day 14: Shaling–Shadey-Thangtak 6-7hrs.
Today again you will walk along the valley. Before you reach your camp, you will turn left into a valley to see Shadey village, one of the remotest village in Zanskar. Come back to your camp.
Day 15: Thangtak-Phuktal 6-7 hrs
Phuktal Monastery is famous for its structure. It is built in a cave on the side of Soft Rock Mountain. The monastery is built by Changsem Sherap Zangpo, disciple of Gyalwa Tsongkhapa, the founder of Gelukpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism.
Day 16: Phuktal-Tarktal
As you are now in the wild mountains, you will see wild animals very often.
Day 17: Tarktal-Shun Chomogon
Shun is again a very remote village. The people lead more like a nomadic life than farmer. Animal products are the main source of livelihood

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The Indus River, locally known as the Singhe Khababs (out of Lion's mouth), flows across the northwest to the southeast, passing through Ladakh and flows into Pakistan where it joined Shayok and Suru to become major historical Indus River.

The Indus, originates near the Kailash Mountain and the Mansarovar Lake in Western Tibet. Water levels remain high during the month June to late August, which is the best season for fascinating rafting expeditions. The travel agent offers White Water River rafting on Indus for one to five days. The rafting on Indus provides spectacular view of the landscapes Ladakh and Zanskar ranges, which housed Buddhist monasteries on high cliff.

The popular rafting points are from Phey to Nimo and also from Upshi to Kharu or from Upshi to Nimo. The other points run from hey to Saspol or Phey to the Indus Zanskar confluence. At Nimo and from Nimo to the historical monastic enclave of Alchi, about 75 Kms west of Leh. Experienced rafters may also want to try the more challenging route between Alchi and Khaltsey, which takes in the kilometre long series of rapids at Nurla. Easier runs include the run between Hemis (40km south of Leh) situated along a road crossing the Indus and Choglamsar, which is a three-hour trip that goes through quiet, calm waters, and passes through the riverside villages of Stakna, Shey and Thiksey (25km south-east of Leh), before ending at Choglamsar, just short of Leh city.

Phey-Nimo route:
This route consist mostly of Grade II or III easy rapids is that it passes through astoundingly beautiful mountains, many of them with tiny hamlets and imposing old monasteries nestling among the valleys. Starting from Phey Village, about 12 Kms from Leh and ends Indus-Zanskar confluence at Nimo, about 36 kms from Leh.

Upshi-Kharu route:
This route is somewhat long as compare to the Phey-Nimo, but not too difficult. The stretch between Upshi and Kharu consists of I and II rapids, although there are some grade III rapids too. The starting point is at Upshi, about 90 Kms South east of Leh, along the road which leads south to Manali. From Upshi, the river makes its way westwards to Kharu, along the road to Leh.

Phey-Saspol:
This rafting trip starts from Phey, about 8 kms south of Leh and its end at Saspol, on Leh-Srinagar Highway, near Alchi. This route is short and relaxed enough to enjoy the breathtaking view of landscapes and beauty of tiny hamlets on the both side of Indus.

Kharu-Spituk:
It starts from Kharo, about 45 Kms South-East of Leh and ends at Spituk, just short of Leh. This route is specially recommended for the beginners and amateurs.

Saspol-Khaltsey:
If you are experienced rafters, you may try the more challenging route between Saspol and Khaltsey, which has kilometre long series of rapids at Nurla. The rafting will finish at Khaltsey 90 Kilometres from Leh.

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Snow Leopard Trials Wildlife Tours
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Snow leopard trek in ladakh

tour route

leh/hemis national park/leh

tour program

day 01 fly to leh (11,500)
explore leh and acclimatize: rise early andtransfer to the delhi domestic airport for a spectacular flight to leh, capital of ladakh (11,500 ft). The dramatic views of this high altitude desert are punctuated by sharp snowy peaks. Transfer to your hotel where you’ll receive welcome tea. Rest till noon. After lunch, join our local crew and the snow leopard conservancy staff for a briefing, then free time to explore leh on your own. It is important to rest on these first few days at high altitude. Welcome dinner with the conservancy. Overnight in the hotel.

day 02 full day at your leisure to explore leh market:
leh is full of small lanes with hidden treasures – take the time to explore, or rest up as you are still acclimatizing to the elevation. Overnight in the hotel.

day 03 walking tour of leh:
take a guided walking tour of leh town, including a visit to leh palace, victory peak, and the old quarter. Visit the gift shop and headquarters of ledeg, a conservation organization working to preserve the environment and ladakhi traditional ways of life. Overnight in the hotel.

day 04 leh to phey, trek to camp:
after a hearty pre-trek breakfast, drive to phey bridge, and start walking along the indus river towards zingchen gorge. Continue up the gorge, a dramatic entry to the snow leopard’s high altitude home in hemis national park. Enroute, watch amidst the cliffs and at the base of rocks where they mark their turf for sign of snow leopard, and other wildlife. Camp at wildlife study camp. Trekking time: approx 5-6 hrs. Elevation: 12,400’

day 05 wildlife viewing
proceed for full day of tracking snow leopard and its wildlife prey. Hemis national park is home to blue sheep, argali (a large horned sheep), numerous mountain and migratory birds, as well as an occasional tibetan wolf. You are likely to see sign of snow leopard as winter is the time that they descend to lower elevations. If lucky, you’ll actually see one perched high in the rocks or balanced on a near vertical ridge. Return to camp for some warming tea and share tales of the day. Camp.

day 06 wildlife viewing
spend another day with dr. Jackson and trained naturalists on the look-out for snow leopard and its prey. The views of this stark landscape, the sky pierced by upward tilted strata and – on snow-free days -- the ground adorned with hardy alpine plants, provides constant fascination. Camp.

day 07-09 wildlife viewing, visit villages and homestays:
trek to nearby sites where snow leopard may have been sighted recently. Visit and overnight in a neighboring village, rumbak, and experience a homestay. Homestay hosts have been trained in hospitality and are members of a community conservation effort to conserve the endangered snow leopard. Learn about their livestock herding practices and try your hand at winter pastimes (spinning, weaving, and turning a tale). Spend the days tracking snow leopard and wildlife, and overnight in a homestay or camp. Elevation 13,500’

day 10 trek to zingchen, and return to leh:
say goodbye to your hosts and hike down-valley past familiar snow leopard haunts and piles of carved tibetan prayer stones to the road head at zingchen; 5 hrs. Drive to leh, and check into a hotel for your first real bed in a week! Overnight in a hotel.

day 11 leh to delhi:
early morning transfer to leh airport and fly to delhi. Transfer to your hotel.

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Winter Festival Tour & Trek
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Day 01: Delhi to Leh
Arrive Leh and transfer to hotel. Full day rest at your Leisure. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 02: Leh to Thiksey to Leh
Morning after breakfast drive visit thiksey monastery and walk to Nyerma Nunnery. Visit Nyerma and drive back to Leh enroute visit Shey Palace. Lunch at Hotel. After Lunch free at your Leisure. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 03: Stok Festival (Monastic Festival - Mask Dance)
After Breakfast leave for full visit to Stok monastic Festival. Evening drive back to Leh. Overnight in Hotel. Day

04: Leh to Liker to Yangthang
4-5 hours Drive to Liker around 45 kms from Leh towards Srinagar. At Liker, before starting the trek, you can visit the monastery atop a hill upstream of the village. As you begin your trek you come across Yangthang and Sumdo villages crossing small passes called Phobe La (3550 meters) and Charatse La (3650 meters). Overnight in Homestay.

Day 05: Yangthang to Hemis Shukpachan
2-3 hours After the breakfast proceed for Hemis Shukpachan crossing Tsermangchan La (4000m). Arrive Homestay and rest of the day free to explore the village. Overnight in Homestay.

Day 06: Hemis Shukpachan to Ang
4-5 hours Today is a bit longer trek involving crossing of Maptek La (3750 meters), which has great views of surrounding valleys and mountains. Soon after the pass you get the sight of Ang village. From Ang the road leads down to the Temisgam village, which has ruins of historical fort and a small monastery enshrining the highly sacred marble statue of Avalokitesvara. Overnight in Homestay.

Day 07: Ang to Lamayuru to Leh
After having breakfast drive to visit Lamayuru monastery and return to Leh enroute visit Rezong and Alchi monastery. Overnight in Hotel.

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Markha Valley Trek
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  • The Markha Valley Trek is certainly one of the most varied and beautiful treks. It ventures high into the Himalayas crossing two passes over 15,000 ft (4575 m) as it circles from the edges of the Indus Valley, down into parts of Zanskar, and passes through terrain that changes from incredibly narrow valleys to wide-open vast expanses! It is made all the more interesting by the ancient form of Buddhism that flourishes in the many monasteries that dot the landscape perched high atop hills.
  • The trails are decorated by elaborate chortens(shrines) and Mani(prayer) walls that further exemplify the region's total immersion in Buddhist culture. As we trek to the upper end of the Markha Valley we are rewarded with spectacular views of jagged snow capped peaks before crossing the 5150m Kongmaru La (Pass) and descending to the famous Hemis Monastery, where we end our trek. There are also a few days to explore the fascinating town of Leh and raft the Indus River.

Day 01: Arrive Delhi

  • Upon arrival at Delhi airport met our representative and then transfer to pre booked hotel for overnight stay.
  • Day 02: Delhi-Leh (Complete Rest in Leh for acclimatisation)
  • Take the morning flight for Leh from Delhi. On arrival at Leh met our representative and transfer to pre booked hotel/Guest house for relax and acclimatisation. This is necessary for getting acclimatised at high altitude. Evening one can visit the color full market of Leh. Overnight in the hotel/guesthouse.
  • Day 03: Leh-Shey-Thiksey-Hemis
  • On this day you will go a sightseeing trip to some ancient monasteries in this area.
  • Shey Gompa is about 15 kms from Leh. It used to be the summer palace of the kings of Ladakh. There are lots of Stupas and Gompas built around the palace. Shey palace was built by Deldan Namgyal in the beginning of 17'Th century AD. Main attraction in Shey is the 12m Shakyamuni Buddha statue inside the Dresthang Gompa.
  • Thiksey Gompa, close to Shey is about 17 kms from Leh. The monastery is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Ladakh and belongs to the Gelukspa order.
  • Hemis, about 45 kms south of Leh it is one of the most famous and largest monastery in Ladakh. It belongs to the Drukpa order and was founded in the early 17'Th century. The setting is perfect with the monastery cradled in a lovely valley, surrounded by streams and fronted by long Mani walls. Overnight stay at the guest house.

Day 04: Leh-Spitok Zingchen (3200 mts/10496 ft))
Leave Leh early morning by Jeeps and reach Zingchen (1 hr). Visit the Spituk Gompa, built about 500 years ago. Start the trek from here by crossing a bridge and walking south-west of the river Indus. The gorge section leads to the confluence of Indus and Zingchan. Camp near the village of Zingchan. Overnight in Tents.

Day 05: Zingchan-Rumbak (3900)
It's a gradual climb from Zingchan to Rumbak. From here one gets fabulous views of the snow capped Stok Mountains. the camp side is just in the vally 100 meter from Parachute Cafe. Evening visite Rumbak. visite a family with Guide. So that you can experience ladakhi life style.

Day 06: Rumbak To Shingo Agradual ascent from Rumbak lead you to Yurutse.
Only one house with field infrond giving a typical view of a traditional ladakhi House. 4100 m approx.From here you continue in the small valley you reach Kandala base camp. A gradual ascent followed by a steep climb gets one to the Ganda la (4900 M). From here views extend south to the Zanskar range and distant summits of the Himalayan range. This i s followed by a long descent to Shingo village. Once you reach Parachute Cafe the camp side is just 15 minute from Shingo village.

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LIKER TO TEMISGAM TREK (CAMPING)
Tour Program Ancient caravan trek.Liker to temisgam trek is a easy trek. Any trekker can practise, possible during all season.It starts from liker and end at lamayuru on the way one can cross many small villages.

Day 01 Leh to Liker to Yangthang 4-5 hours
Drive to Liker around 45 kms from Leh towards Srinagar. At Liker, before starting the trek, you can visit the monastery atop a hill upstream of the village. As you begin your trek you come across Yangthang and Sumdo villages crossing small passes called Phobe La (3550 meters) and Charatse La (3650 meters). Overnight stay is in camp.

Day 02 Yangthang to Rizong to Hemis Shukpachan 5-6 hours
After the breakfast proceed towards Rizong monastery. The walk is through a thick grove of poplar, willow, apricot and apple trees along a stream before getting to the popular nunnery of Rizong at a site called Chulichan in about half an hour. The valley on the right is the way to the monastery, which is known for its strict rules of observing monastic life as per Buddhist tenets. After having lunch, the trek towards Hemis Shukpachan village involves crossing a simple pass behind the monastery. Overnight stay is in camp.

Day 03 Hemis Shukpachan to Temisgam 3-4 hours
Today is a bit longer trek involving crossing of Maptek La (3750 meters), which has great views of surrounding valleys and mountains. Soon after the pass you get the sight of Ang village. From Ang the road leads down to the Temisgam village, which has ruins of historical fort and a small monastery enshrining the highly sacred marble statue of Avalokitesvara. Overnight stay is in a camp.

Day 04 Temisgam to Khaltse 4-5 hours
Walk down to Khaltsey via Bongbongchan La, and your trek finishes at the Srinagar Leh highway. The same day you drive to Lamayuru for sightseeing of Yundrung Monastery perched on pillar shaped interesting geographical formations, which gives this valley a ‘moonlike’ image. Overnight stay is in Guest House.

Day This day you drive towards Leh.A memorable drive along with Indus river and many villages on the way. Transfer to Hotel.

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