To The Rooftop Of The World - LADAKH
Route : Delhi Amritsar Dharamshala Manali Rohtang Pass Keylong Jispa Baralacha la Sarchu Lachulung La Tanglang La Leh 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.
Delhi to Amritsar (Train)
Early morning, transfer to railway station to board your train to Amritsar. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
This afternoon, visit the Golden Temple (also called Harmandar Sahib or Swarna Mandir), which is one of the holiest and most popular Sikh Gurudwara in India. Visit Jalianwallah Bagh, a memorial of the martyrs of the 1919 massacre.
Evening, visit the Wagah Border (less than 30 km from the city) between India and Pakistan where one can view the guard changing retreat ceremony with lowering of the flags.[Amritsar altitude: 218 M]
Amritsar to Dharamshala (190 Kms/5 hrs approx)
After breakfast, embark on your drive to Dharamshala. Upon arrival, check-in into your hotel.
Afternoon, visit McleodGanj: the current home of spiritual Buddhist leader Dalai Lama. Owing to the development of several monasteries and Tibetan schools at McLeodGanj, 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]
Dharamshala to Manali (260 Kms/7 hrs approx)
After breakfast, embark on your drive to Manali. Upon arrival, check-in into your hotel.
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. Also visit the 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.
[Manali altitude: 1950 M]
Day in Manali
After breakfast, full day visit Naggar: approx. 20 Kms from Manali, resting on a wooded slope, commanding a panoramic view of the valley, Naggar was capital of Kullu Rajas till 1460 AD. Visit Nicholas Roerich Art Gallery a refuge for artists and art lovers. It served as a residence to Russian Artist Professor Nichloas Roerich that has been converted into a gallery, which houses a right collection of masterpieces.
After visit, continue your drive to visit Manikaran: At 1737 mts., on the right bank of river Parvati is Manikaran. This place is famous for hot sulphur springs revered by both Hindu & Sikh pilgrimages. The water of the spring is also said to be radio-active which cures many skin diseases. According to an ancient saying Manikaran is also connected with Lord Shiva and his divine consort Goddess Parvati.
[Naggar altitude: 1768 M]
Manali to Rohtang Pass to Keylong to Jispa (141Kms/6-7hrs approx)
After breakfast, embark on your drive to Jispa, enroute visit Rohtang pass: the highest point on the Manali-Keylong road and lies on the remote and perhaps the stark and haunting landscape of predominantly Buddhist areas. Then drive pass through the Keylong road in a region described by travelers as strange, exciting and primitive.
After visit, continue your drive to Jispa situated 20 km from Keylong and set on the banks of the Bhaga River. Upon arrival, check-in into your hotel.
[Rohtang Pass altitude: 3979M], [Keylong altitude: 3080M], [Jispa altitude: 3200M]
Jispa to Sarchu (85Kms/6-7hrs approx)
After breakfast, embark on your drive to Sarchu: a picturesque town 85 km from Jispa and the last point on the Himachal-Ladakh border that offers splendid views of snow-capped mountains. The unspoiled natural beauty of Sarchu offers a perfect ambience to spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Upon arrival, check-in into your camp.
[Sarchu altitude: 4290M]
Sarchu to Leh (235 Kms/9 hrs approx)
Early morning depart for Leh and cross the Himachal border soon after Sarchu and enter Ladakh. After passing some of the remotest areas in the Indian Himalayas road soon takes 21 hairpin bends as it rises steeply by another 3500ft (1000m approx) to the 5000m high (16,400ft) Lachlung La pass through one ridge of the Zanskar range. Thereafter, reach a plateau called the Morey plains where for over 40 Kms the road shoots ahead like an arrow at an average elevation of 15,000ft (4700m). Then cross the highest pass on this road and the 2nd highest motor-able pass in the world Tanglang la Pass at 5325m (17466ft), the road works its way down reaching Rumtse. It takes 02 hrs drives to reach Leh.
Upon arrival, check-in into your hotel.
[Leh altitude: 3524M]
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.
[Leh altitude: 3524M]
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, 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]
Excursion to Khardongla Leh (85 Kms one way)
After breakfast, enjoy excursion to visit Khardongla Pass the highest motorable 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.
Return to your hotel for overnight stay.
[Khardongla Pass altitude: 5359M]
Leh to Delhi (Flight)
This morning, transfer to Airport to connect your flight to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be met and transferred to International Airport to connect your flight to onward destination.