By Road Through High Passes

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14

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$1900 USD /Person

About tour

Himalayas are the youngest and tallest god-made structures in this world. Just the thought of travelling to such a place could give you goose bumps. To the extreme north, just beyond Himalayas lies a land of high passes called "Ladakh", which is bounded by two mountain ranges - Himalayas & Karakoram. Spectacularly protruding, arid mountains enfold this magical Buddhist ex-kingdom. The awe-inspiring gompas (Buddhist monasteries) dramatically crown rocky outcrops amid whitewashed stupas and Ladakhi local mud-houses. This trip to Ladakh all by road, is a true adventure and fun. The idea is to take you to heaven called Ladakh, not at once but just step by step. You will travel through one of the highest roads in the world to one of the most inaccessible places of the world. The road-journey itself is going to surge up your adrenaline high enough. On one side of the road you will see barren rocks & cliffs standing upright, and other side you will see a deep & steep gorge with a fast flowing violent river at the bottom. This trip will keep you on the edge of the seat throughout!

Itinerary

Day 1 : Delhi

Arrive Delhi by flight. Welcome to the capital of India and the second most populous city of India - Delhi. The city’s importance lies not just in its past glory as the seat of empires and magnificent monuments, but also in the rich and diverse cultures.

A private car will pick you from Delhi Airport and transfer you to the hotel for check-in. Evening at your leisure.

Overnight stay is at hotel in Delhi.

Meals: None

Day 2 : Chandigarh

After a hearty breakfast check-out from hotel and head towards Chandigarh – ‘The City Beautiful’. Chandigarh may appear oddly familiar to Western visitors and idiosyncratic to the rest of India. It is a good place to take a break while venturing into Himalayas. That is why it is also called as Gateway to Himalayas.

Reach Chandigarh by afternoon. Check-in at hotel. In the late afternoon head out to visit the famous Rock Garden, a beautiful and huge sculpture garden, founded by Nek Chand, a government official who started the garden secretly in his spare time in 1957. It is completely built of industrial and home waste and thrown-away items.

Later visit the beautiful Sukhna Lake that lies in the foothills of Shivalik range. You can enjoy cool breeze and the beauty of nature here. Overnight stay is at hotel in Chandigarh.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 : Mandi

After a filling breakfast check-out from hotel and head towards Mandi. Spiritually enlightening and amazingly photogenic, Mandi is decorated with shimmering lakes, pious temples and beautiful landscapes.

Reach Mandi by early evening. Check-in at hotel & relax. Evening at your leisure. Dinner & overnight stay is at hotel in Chandigarh.

Day 4 : Manali

After breakfast check-out and head towards Manali. A beautiful driving experience through the Himalayas and then you arrive Manali. Manali is located at an altitude of 2,050 m (6,726 ft) in the Beas River Valley and is also often referred to as the “Valley of the Gods”. Check-in to hotel on arrival & relax.

In the evening visit the Mall Road, the hub of the commercial activities of Manali town. Spend time exploring the local market and meeting the locals.

Dinner & overnight stay is at hotel in Manali.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 5 : Manali

After a nice breakfast, set out for local sightseeing tour of Manali starting with Vashisht, well known for its hot springs & Vashisht Rishi Temple. Then visit “HADIMBA TEMPLE” built in 1553 with a superbly crafted four-tiered pagoda roof, it is famous for its exquisitely carved doorway and the jungle park in which the temple is built.

Afterwards visit Old Manali, home to the backpackers and hippie travel crowd. It is a totally different side of Manali. There are plenty of backpacker cafés and restaurants which serve some really tasty food. The chocolate cookies, Cheese pizza, chicken burger, Italian, Mexican and Israeli cuisines are a few of the must have things to try in Old Manali.

Dinner & overnight stay is at hotel in Manali.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 6 : Jispa

After breakfast check-out from hotel and head towards Jispa via Rohtang Pass (elevation 4200 meters). On the way you will witness the amazing Himalayan landscapes. You will experience the immediate changing of landscapes after crossing Rohtang Pass and entering into Chandra river valley. The greenery on the southern side of the mountain pass disappears and the mountain slopes on the leeward side become brown and arid. The highway crosses many small streams of ice-cold water from snow-capped mountains and glacial melts. The route will be Manali – Rohtang Pass – Gramphu – Kokhsar – Tandi – Keylong – Jispa.

Check-in at camping resort on arrival and relax. Have your dinner and enjoy the night sky. Gazing at the billions of stars will leave you spell bound. Dinner & overnight stay is at camps in Jispa.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 7 : Leh

In the early morning check out from the camps head towards Leh.

Welcome to Leh! Few places in India are at once so traveller-friendly and yet so enchanting and hassle-free as mountain-framed Leh. Dotted with stupas and crumbling mudbrick houses, the old town is dominated by a dagger of steep rocky ridge topped by an imposing Tibetan-style palace and fort.

Reach Leh by evening. Check-in to hotel on arrival. Evening at your leisure. Dinner & overnight stay at hotel in Leh.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 8 : Leh

After breakfast head out for local sightseeing. Visit Stok Palace. The summer home of the royal family of Ladakh, Stok Palace was built in 1820 by King Tsepal Namgyal. Built entirely by the Ladakhi craftsmen, the Stok Palace still continues to be a snug abode for the royal Namgyal dynasty. Then visit Shey Palace & Monastery built in 1665 by the King of Ladakh (Deldon Namgyal) as his summer retreat house. The gompa is known for its colossal copper-gold gilded statue of a seated Shakyamuni Buddha. This statue is reckoned to be the second largest Buddha statue in Ladakh. Afterwards visit Thiksey Monastery, one of the finest examples of Ladakhi architecture. This Monastery is located on the top of the hill in solitude which lies at a distance of 20 kilometers away from Leh. It is very famous for its similarity with Potala Palace of Lhasa. This monastery is famous for pilgrim activities, architectural elements, sightseeing and exploration.

Reach back at the hotel by evening. Dinner & overnight stay is at hotel in Leh.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 9 : Leh

After breakfast head out for local sightseeing of Leh. Start with a visit to Hall of Fame, a museum constructed by the Indian Army in memory of the brave Indian soldiers who laid down their lives defending the motherland in the Indo-Pak wars. It stands as a reminder of the great sacrifices made by our soldiers to ensure the safety and security of our country. Then visit Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, a beautiful Sikh Temple built in 1517 to commemorate the visit to the Ladakh region of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder Guru of the Sikh faith. Then take a stop at Magnetic Hill, a "Cyclops hill" or Gravity hill located near Leh. The layout of the area and surrounding slopes create an amazing optic illusion. The hill road is actually a downhill road. Objects and cars on the hill road may appear to roll uphill in defiance of gravity when they are, in fact, rolling downhill. After that visit Sangam (the confluence of Zanskar & Indus rivers), a very picturesque site. You could try an adventurous rafting on the river. Afterwards visit Alchi Monastery, built between 958 and 1055 CE. The artistic and spiritual details of both Buddhism and the Hindu kings of that time in Kashmir are reflected in the wall paintings in the monastery complex. The complex also has huge statues of the Buddha and lavish wood carvings and art-work — almost baroque in style.

Reach back Leh by evening and visit Shanti Stupa a Buddhist white-domed stupa on a hilltop in Chanspa. It was built in 1991 by Japanese Buddhist Bhikshu, Gyomyo Nakamura and part of the Peace Pagoda mission. Dinner & overnight stay at hotel in Leh.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 10 : Nubra Valley

After breakfast drive from Leh to Nubra Valley via Khardung-La Pass (18380ft) – one of the world's highest motor able road. The valley is located around 159 kms from Leh. The route will be LehPhyangKhardung LaKhardungKhalsarDiskitNubra Valley.

Along the way before and after Khardungla Pass, you will pass by 2 Indian Army check-posts namely – South Pullu & North Pullu, which are very picturesque sites and flaunt the beauty of the nature. On the route you will pass by some beautiful villages, where you can catch glimpses of locals working in their farms.

Reach Nubra Valley by early evening. This valley is a virgin destination for people who seek peace and an interaction with the tribal community of Ladakh. The Sasser Pass and the famous Karakoram Pass of the silk route fame lie to the northwest of the valley and connect Nubra with Xinjiang (China).

Check-in at hotel on arrival. If you not tired and still have energy in you, in the evening you can head out for a bicycle ride through the villages nearby to get an insight of the culture and rural life. Dinner & overnight stay is at hotel in Nubra Valley.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 11 : Nubra Valley

After breakfast head out to explore Nubra Valley. Visit Diskit Monastery, the largest and the oldest surviving monastery in Nubra Valley. The prime attraction of the Diskit monastery is 100 feet high Maitreya Buddha statue, which was inaugurated by the holy Dalai Lama.

Afterwards visit Hunder Sand dunes. Beyond the cultural and monastic side of Ladakh, there are picturesque silver sand dunes of Hunder in the Nubra Valley. Located at an altitude of 4,000 meters, Hunder Sand Dunes are beautiful beyond imagination. The desert is cut across by a serene meandering stream and the beautiful countryside. With such awe-inspiring landscapes against the backdrop of the snow-clad mountains, the Hunder Sand Dune looks nothing less than a dreamland. Try a ride over the rare Bactrian Camel (double humped camels), which should not be missed. In the evening see the Folk Dance Show at Hunder village, and enjoy the entertaining side of the local culture.

Back to the hotel by the evening. Dinner & overnight stay at Nubra valley.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 12 : Pangong Lake

After breakfast drive from Nubra Valley to Pangong Lake. This endorheic Himalayan Lake lies at a height of about 4,350 m (14,270 ft). It is 134 km (83 mi) long and extends from India to China.

Check-in to the camps which offer unparallel views of the surrounding mountain ranges and a wonderful view of Pangong Lake. Its water is salty, crystal clear, and has a lovely shade of blue. It looks its best when the sun is shining bright. The evening is at your leisure. You can also indulge in a Yak Safari.

Dinner & night stay is at camps near Pangong Lake.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 13 : Leh

After breakfast drive from Pangong Lake to Leh. On the way visit Hemis Monastery, Hemis Monastery, revered as the largest monastic institution in Ladakh. It is the wealthiest Buddhist monastery in India and famous for its rich collection of ancient remnants like the statue of Buddha made of copper, stupas made of gold and silver. Monastery also has sacred Thangkas, murals and various artifacts.

Reach Leh in the evening and check-in at hotel. The evening is at your leisure. Dinner & Overnight stay at camp in Leh.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 14 : Leh

After breakfast check-out from hotel. The private car will drop you at the Leh airport for your return flight to Delhi.

To all the good things comes an end. Leave with wonderful memories of this amazing trip to Leh-Ladakh, worth remembering for the lifetime.

Meals: Breakfast

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Start: Delhi

Finish: Delhi

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