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Gloriuos Ladakh and Himachal Tour


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Day 1

Arrive Delhi


Upon your arrival in the Indian capital city of New Delhi, you will be greeted by our representative at the International Airport. After a warm welcome, you will be escorted to your hotel.

Rest of the day free at leisure.

Day 2

Delhi to Leh (Flight)


Early morning, transfer to airport to connect your flight to Leh.

Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Rests of the day free for rest to get acclimatize with the high altitude.

[Leh altitude: 3524M]

Day 3

Day in Leh


After breakfast, full day visit a Buddhist monastery called Sankar Monastery or Sankar Gompa (3 kms from Leh). It is a daughter-establishment of Spituk Monastery and the residence of the Abbot of Spituk. The Venerable Kushok Bakula, the senior incarnate lama of Ladakh due to his ancient lineage and personal authority.

Afternoon, visit Namgyal Tsemo Gompa founded in the early 15th century, around the year 1430. It stands atop the crag behind Leh palace, having a full view of the town of Leh. The Namgyal Tsemo Gompa was founded by King Tashi Namgyal. It boasts of a rich collection of some ancient manuscripts and wall paintings. Shanti Stupa: (3 km from Fort Road, Leh) Japanese Stupas made for world peace. Shanti Stupa is located at Changspa on the hilltop and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985.

Day 4

Day in Leh


After breakfast, full day excursion to visit Stok Palace: Around 14 Kms from Leh, across the Choglamsar Bridge. The Stok Palace was built by King Tsespal Tondup Namgyal in 1825. The present Royal family resides at Stok Palace and its Museum has vast collection of thankas, traditional clothing and ornaments from Royal family. Visit Shey Monastery: 15 Km south of Leh, an erstwhile Royal residence up to 16th century, located on the banks of Indus River and is managed by Buddhists Monks from Hemis Monastery. Visit the prime attraction of the monastery the beautifully decorated blue haired Maitreya Buddha of 17.5 m high, made up with copper and brass with studs of precious stones.

Afternoon, continue your drive towards south to visit Hemis: the largest monastery in Ladakh, built in 1630. It belongs to the red sect, Brokpa and lies at a distance of 45 km south of Leh. Impressive and intriguing, Hemis is different from the other important monasteries of Ladakh. The annual festival, commemorating the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava, held for two days in June-July, enlivening the courtyard of the monastery.

On your way back to Leh visit Thiksey Monastery is located 20 km from Leh and is situated on a hillock overlooking the Indus Valley with full face view of the magnificent Stok range.

[Leh altitude: 3524M]

Day 5

Day in Leh (85 Kms one way)


After breakfast, excursion to visit Khardongla Pass the highest motor able pass in the world 5359 Mtrs and has been recorded in the Gunnies Book of world records. At the top enjoy the nature beauty of snow capped mountains.

After visit, drive back to hotel for overnight stay.

[Khardungla Pass altitude: 5359M]

Day 6

Leh to Uleytokpo via Alchi


This morning, drive to Uleytokpo, en-route visit village of Nimo, photostop at River Zanskar and Basgo Fort. Visit Buddhist monastery Likir Monastery or Likir Gompa (Klud-kyil) located approx. 52 kms. west of Leh. It is picturesquely situated on a little hill in the valley near the Indus River. It belongs to the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism and was established in 1065. Visit the oldest and most famous Buddhist monastery Alchi Monastery or Alchi Gompa, known more as a monastic complex (chos-'khor) of temples in Alchi village. It is administered by the Likir Monastery.

After visit, continue your drive to Uleytokpo.

Upon arrival, check-in into your camp.

[Alchi altitude: 3100M]

Day 7

Uleytokpo to Leh


Early morning, embark on your drive to visit Lamayuru Monastery (127 kms from Leh) belongs to the Red-Hat sect of Buddhism and houses approx. 150 Buddhist monks. The monastery is made up of a number of shrines with rich collection of thankas and magnificent wall paintings. After visit, continue your drive to Leh enroute visit Rizong Gompa (approx 73 kms from Leh) belongs to the Gelukpa Order and serves as the residence of approx. 40 monks.

Upon arrival, check-in into your hotel.

[Lamayuru altitude: 3510M]

Day 8

Day in Leh


This morning, excursion to visit an endorheic Lake in the Himalayas Pangong Lake extends from India to Tibet about 134 km (83 mi) long and is divided by the international border between India and China only one-third of it lying in India. It presents a spectacular view of the mountains of the Chang-chenmo range, the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Pangong range.

After visit, drive back to Leh.

[Pangong Lake altitude: 4350M]

Day 9


Early morning, drive to Sarchu enroute crossing over Tanglang La Pass (5325 m) the second highest mountain pass in Ladakh and is located in between the snow-clad mountains of the Great Himalayas. After uphill curvy drive till Namkila (4950 mtrs) enjoy spectacular view of rugged rocks over Lachulangla (5090 mtrs.) descend to the gorge of cliffy Gangla jal to Pang.

Upon arrival at Sarchu, check-in into your camp.

[Sarchu altitude: 4290M]

Day 10

Sarchu to Manali via Jispa (219 kms/6-7 hrs approx)


This morning, embark on your drive to Manali en-route visit Baralacha Pass (4890m), Jispa set on the banks of the Bhaga River and Keylong a strange, exciting and primitive road. Drive pass through Rohtang Pass: the highest point on the Manali-Keylong road reach Manali.

Upon arrival at Manali, check-in into your hotel.

[Rohtang Pass altitude: 3979M], [Keylong altitude: 3080M], [Jispa altitude: 3200M]

Day 11

Day in Manali


After breakfast, excursion to visit Solang Valley: Located at a distance of 16 km from Manali, the picturesque Rehalla Falls is a result of spilling water from steep rocks and melting glaciers. It is perched at an altitude of 9,000 ft. and provides an excellent view of the nature around.

Afternoon, visit Hadimba Temple, Built in 1553, this four-story wooden Hadimba or Dhungiri temple is famous for its exquisitely caved doorway. It is located in the middle of a forest called the Dhungiri Van Vihar. Visit Monasteries: Manali is known for its shiny gompas or Buddhist monasteries. It is maintained by donations from the local community and by sale of hand-woven carpets in the temple workshop.

Day 12

Manali to Dharamshala via Taragarh (235 kms/7 hrs approx)


After breakfast, drive to Dharamshala enroute visit Taragarh Palace: a heritage place in Himachal Pradesh blessed with some of the most spectacular and beautiful landscapes. It is situated on a 15 acre forested estate surrounded by tea gardens of the Kangra valley at the foot of the Dhauladhar Mountains with splendid views of surrounding snow-capped peaks.

After visit, continue your drive to Dharamshala.

Upon arrival, check-in into your hotel.

Day 13

Dharamshala


After breakfast, visit Mcleod Ganj: the current home of spiritual Buddhist leader Dalai Lama. Owing to the development of several monasteries and Tibetan schools at McLeod Ganj, the hill station is also referred to as the 'Little Lhasa of India'. After fifteen minutes walk visit St. Johns’ Church: built in 1852 adorned with brilliant stain glass windows that light up under the direct rays of the golden sun. Then proceed to visit Dal Lake:, surrounded by deep green Deodar forest and renowned for its scenic beauty and the cool ambience.

[Dharamshala altitude: 1597 M]

Day 14

Dharamshala to Chandigarh (215 Kms/6 hrs approx)


After breakfast, embark on your drive to Chandigarh.

Upon arrival, check-in into your hotel.

Afternoon, city tour of Chandigarh: the best-planned city of India, designed by renowned French architect Le Corbuiser. Visit Rock Garden: a Sculpture garden also known as Nek Chand's Rock Garden after its founder Nek Chand. It is completely built of industrial & home waste. Visit Rose Garden: the largest of its kind in Asia, contains more than 17,000 plants with nearly 1,600 varieties of roses. Dr. Zakir rose garden not just consists of the gorgeous roses, but also trees of medicinal value. Sukhna Lake: an artificial lake at the foothills of the Shivalik hills. This 3 km² rainfed lake was created in 1958 by damming the Sukhna Choe, a seasonal stream coming down from the Shivalik Hills.

[Chandigarh altitude: 217 M]

Day 15

Chandigarh to Delhi


Early morning, transfer to Railway Station to board train to Delhi.

EUpon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Afternoon, discover the history and heritage of Delhi, with a visit to Qutab Minar, a fine example of Indo-Islamic architecture. Then drive to the old part of the city, walking through the busy streets of Chandni Chowk to Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India. En route, drive past the splendid Red Fort, India Gate, President's House, Parliament House and other Government Secretariat Buildings of Lutyens Delhi.

Day 16

Delhi (Departure)


Today, you will be transferred to International Airport to connect your flight to onward destination.

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