|2||Amritsar||Visit Golden Temple, Jalianwala Bagh – Martyrs Memorial|
|3-5||Dharmsala||Visit Dalai Lama’s Temple, Tibet museum|
|5-7||Manali||Visit Hadimba Devi Temple, Tibetian bazaar, Roerich Museum in Naggar|
|7||Sarchu||Stunning sceneries of contrasting landscapes from Manali to Sarchu|
|8-11||Leh||Visit the ancient Tibetan Buddhist monasteries|
|14-16||Srinagar||Nature’s Paradise, stay in a houseboat,Shikara Ride on Dal Lake, Visit Mughal Gardens|
When To Go
Day 1 Arrive Delhi
Upon arrival in Delhi you will be met and assisted by our company representative at airport. After traditional welcome at airport transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2 Delhi – Amritsar
Day train to Amritsar
Early morning transfer to railway station to board your day train to Amritsar. Upon arrival in Amritsar transfer to your hotel. Later in the evening Visit Golden Temple (Durbar Sahib ) Holiest shrine of the Sikhs which is visited by pilgrims and tourists from all over the world. Return back to your hotel by later evening. Overnight at hotel
Day 3 Amritsar – Dharamsala
Drive from Amritsar to Dharamsala is 200 Kms & takes 5 Hrs
Morning breakfast at hotel. Later visit the Golden Temple, their main shrine. Stunningly beautiful the Golden Temple is surrounded by tanks of holy water. The atmosphere is incredibly calm as devotees stroll round the temple and sit and listen to the continuous recitals from the Granth Sahib. Also visit the nearby Jalianwala Bagh, site of the notorious massacre under General Dyer in 1919, which led to 319 Sikhs being shot by British troops.
Later we leave the Punjab heading north into the foothills of the Himalaya. Today is quite a spectacular drive as the road winds its way into the hills. The barren plains make way for forests and as we gain height the heat of the plains gives way to the cooler fresher air of the hills. We enter the state of Himachal Pradesh and the Dhauladhar range makes a stunning backdrop to the hill station of Dharamsala, a quiet unassuming town until 1959. This all changed when the Dalai Lama settled here after fleeing from Tibet at the time of the Chinese invasion. McLeod Ganj is the upper part of the town and is the area with the greatest Tibetan influence. Upon arrival check into your hotel. Rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight at hotel
Day 4 Dharamsala
Morning breakfast at hotel. Later we have a full day to explore the town and will visit the Dalai Lama’s temple and the Tibet Museum. There are many other monasteries and temples around the town and a colorful bazaar. Overnight at hotel
Day 5 Dharamsala – Manali
Drive from Dharamsala to Manali is 260 Kms & takes 7 – 8 Hrs
Morning after early breakfast check out at hotel and head through picturesque countryside towards the little visited town of Mandi. We drive through the pretty Kangra Valley with its many tea plantations and there should be time to stop at a tea estate. En-route we visit Baijnath Temple and Mandi, situated on the Beas River at the foot of the beautiful Kullu Valley, was once a halting point on the salt route to Tibet. From Mandi we head east for a while until we join the mighty Beas River and the beautiful Kullu Valley. At Kullu we head north and follow the river all the way to Manali. As we ascend the valley we are surrounded by lush fir and pine forests and the scenery becomes more and more impressive. Finally we arrive in Manali, a bustling hill station now popular with Indian tourists escaping the heat of the plains. Upon arrival check into your hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 6 Manali
Morning breakfast at hotel. Manali is surrounded by beautiful fir and pine forests and there are lovely walks in and around the town. The ancient wooden Hadimba Devi Temple is the most important temple in Manali. Set in the forest it is an easy walk from city. Manali has a colorful Tibetan bazaar full of souvenirs. Or you may want to visit Naggar (12km from Manali), the old capital of the area. The ancient castle is now a hotel. Nicholas Roerich, the famous Russian artist and traveler lived in Naggar and his estate is preserved as an art gallery and museum and is well worth a visit. Overnight at hotel
Day 7 Manali – Sarchu
Drive from Manali to Sarchu is 230 Kms & takes 7 – 8 Hrs
Morning after early breakfast check out at hotel and drive to Sarchu (4320 m). We now leave the lush green forests behind and embark on the spectacular road journey to Ladakh across the Great Himalayan Range. This journey rates as one of the world’s classic road journeys. Leaving Manali we pass several waterfalls as we climb towards the Rohtang Pass. The weather can be misty and cloudy to the south of the Rohtang but once we have crossed the pass into Lahoul the scenery changes dramatically – we leave the green fertile valleys of Himachal Pradesh and climb up onto the barren mountainous desert of the Tibetan Plateau. Passing through Keylong, the district headquarters we continue on to Jispa, Climbing from Jispa the road zigzags up to the Baralacha Pass (4,845m). We continue our drive to Sarchu the border of Himachal and Jammu & Kashmir. Upon arrival in Sarchu check in at your camp (tented accommodation). Overnight at Camp.
Day 8Sarchu – Leh
Drive from Sarchu to Leh is 260 Kms & takes 8 – 9 Hrs
Morning breakfast at camps. From Sarchu we pass to Brandy Nallah and wind our way to the bottom of the Gata Loops. This is an amazing series of 21 hairpin bends which climbs onto the Tibetan Plateau. The scenery becomes even more dramatic as we climb to the Lachalung La and further on the Nakli La. Descending from the Nakli La we come to the spectacular wind eroded landscape of earth and rock pillars around Pang. There are lots of tea tents at Pang where we can stop for a well earned cup of tea. From Pang we continue north across the Morey Plains. These vast high altitude plains are home to the hardy Changpa nomads and we may well see their encampments in the distance and spot the huge herds of yaks. We continue on to our last pass, the Taglang La. The road seems to wind up forever to the top at 5,328m. The Taglang La reputed to be the second highest motorable road pass in the world and the views from the top are superb. Descending steeply the road drops to a small river which we follow down a stunning gorge. Passing several small villages we finally join the mighty Indus River at Upshi. We follow the Indus now nearly all the way into Leh, the capital of Ladakh. Upon arrival in Leh check into your hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Morning breakfast at hotel. Later in the morning we will have an acclimatization walk round the Leh Valley. Set above Leh on the Namgyal Hill, are the ruins of the Old Royal Palace. From here a winding path takes us to the Tsemo Monastery from where we are rewarded for our efforts by magnificent views of the whole of Leh and its surrounding villages. Descending round the back of the palace we walk via Sankar to the recently built Japanese Peace Pagoda. This huge Stupa overlooks Leh and we have stunning views of the town and the Stok range of mountains across the valley. Return to hotel and rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Morning breakfast at hotel. Today, we will visit three of the major Gompas (monasteries) in the area. We first drive to Shey, a former Royal Palace of the Ladakh kings. Inside is a small temple containing a 350 year old copper and gold statue of Buddha. From Shey we drive to Thiksey, where we visit the monastery – perched on top of a hill – its red and white buildings can be seen for miles and lastly visiting Hemis Monastery. Stakna and Matho lie about halfway between Leh and Hemis. In the afternoon return to Leh. Rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight at hotel
Day 11Leh – Nubra
Drive from Leh to Nubra is 130 Kms & takes 5 Hrs
Morning breakfast at hotel. Later check out at hotel and drive from Leh to Nubra Valley, lies in the north of Leh and is accessible over the Khardungla (5570 M) – The highest motorable road in the world. The valley houses several Monasteries such as Sumur (Khagar) and 350 years old Diskit Gompa, famous for its Murals. Arrive at Tegar & check into the camps. Later we visit Samtaling Monastery in Sumur and natural hot spring at Panamik. Rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight at Deluxe Camp.
Drive from Nubra to Leh is 130 Kms & takes 5 Hrs
Today after early breakfast, we set out to visit the Diskit Monastery, Diskit Monastery. After visiting the monastery we drive back to Leh. Upon arrival in Leh, check-in to your hotel. Rest of the day is free to relax. Overnight in Leh at hotel
Day 13Leh – Kargil
Drive from Leh to Kargil is 210 Kms & takes 7 – 8 Hrs
Morning after early breakfast, we leave Leh this morning following the Indus River westwards. Just close to the airport we will visit Spituk monastery one of the oldest monasteries in the region. We turn off the road to visit Phyang Gompa which is 900 years old. Later we again turn off the main road to visit the monastery at Likir, a beautiful building, reminiscent of the Potala Palace in Lhasa. We rejoin the Indus again, which we follow to Saspol. Just after the village we cross this mighty river and drive to Alchi, known for its monastery. We drive to Lamayuru takes us through some of the most spectacular scenery in Ladakh. After the visits we continue our drive to Kargil. Upon arrival in Kargil check into your hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 14Kargil – Srinagar
Drive from Kargil to Srinagar is 210 Kms & takes 7 – 8 Hrs
Morning after breakfast, drive to Srinagar. Driving through Drass (famous as the second coldest inhabited place in the world) and crossing the Zoji-la Pass (11,500-ft./3,505 m) to reach Sonamarg – The Gateway of Ladakh, also called Meadow of Gold is located at a height of 2690 meters. From here it’s a smooth 2-hour drive to Srinagar through the beautiful Kashmir countryside. Upon arrival in Srinagar check into your houseboat. Evening is free at leisure. Overnight at houseboat/Hotel.
Morning enjoy Shikara ride on Dal lake visiting interesting floating vegetable & flower bazaar and Char Chinari floating garden. Later in the morning proceed for half day Mughal Gardens tour visiting Nishat (The Garden of Pleasure) built by Asaf Jah in 1636 AD and Shalimar Bagh (Abode of Love) built by Jehangir for his beloved Noor Jahan in 1619 AD. In the afternoon visit Old city Jamia Masjid, Shah Hamdan mosque, Srinagar Museum and enjoy the walking through the narrow bazaar of the city. Overnight at Houseboat/Hotel
Day 16Srinagar – Delhi
After a leisurely breakfast, check out at hotel and drive to airport to catch your flight to Delhi Upon arrival in Delhi meet and transfer to Hotel. Room will be available for Day Use only for wash & change and refreshing.
Day 17Delhi – Departure
Morning breakfast at hotel. Later check out at hotel and drive to airport to board your flight to your onward destination.
Note: The driving hours given above from one city to another is based on the normal conditions of the roads and may vary. Any break for Food/Tea/Toilets/Sightseeing on the way will take extra time than the above given hours.