Day 1: Arrival Delhi. Arrive Delhi international airport by any convenient flight. Meet and greet on arrival and transfer to hotel Kingston Park. Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 2: Delhi - Manali. Morning after breakfast at the hotel, proceed for the full day tour of Old and New Delhi in the afternoon. Old Delhi was an ancient walled city. Mughal Emperor Shahjahan in 1650 switched the Mughal capital from Agra to Delhi. Shahjahan possessed an exquisite talent, especially in architecture, and created the seventh city of Delhi. This process brought about a phase of Delhi's glorious renaissance. Here you will see Red Fort, the most opulent Fort, and Palace of the Mughal Empire. The fort is Shahjahan's symbol of power and elegance, built behind sandstone walls. Its main gate (Lahore Gate) faces Chandni Chowk, the perpetually narrow avenue heading west from the Red Fort, is filled with twisting lanes, small streets and crowded bazaars.
Also visit Raj Ghat, the memorial site of Mahatma Gandhi; Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India; and Chandni Chowk, the bustling and colorful market of the old city. Chandni Chowk was the commercial center of Delhi in the old time and you will see it come alive in the morning as the trading day starts. New Delhi was designed and built by the British in the 1920's - it's a city of wide boulevards impressive Government buildings, green gardens. In 1911 King George V announced the transfer of the capital from Calcutta to Delhi after the revolt of 1857. The King's architects, Lutyens and Baker, set in motion the Design and construction of Delhi's which is often know as Lutyen's city.
New Delhi the eight city was designed as an "Imperial City" having palatial-sized buildings set amid broad tree-lined avenues punctuated by Mughal style gardens, complete with fountains and shallow pools. It took 20 years to complete this immense undertaking only to have the British pack up and relinquish the subcontinent in 1947. You shall also visit two monuments from Delhi's past - Humayun's Tomb and Qutub Minar. Your driver shall take you along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate and Parliament House. Late afternoon transfer to Bus station to board the Volvo bus to Manali. Overnight on board.
Day 3: Arrive Manali. Arrive Manali bus station at 10:00 am. Pick up from bus station and transfer to hotel Evergreen. Afternoon city tour of Manali visit Tibetan market, Vashist temple. Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 4: Manali - Keylong. After breakfast in the hotel, drive to Keylong, over the Rohtang Pass (3980 m). Reach Keylong and check into hotel. Evening at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Keylong - Sarchu. After breakfast, drive to Sarchu over Baralacha Pass (4830 m). Arrive Sarchu and check into tents. Evening at leisure. Dinner and overnight in tent.
Day 6: Sarchu - Leh. After breakfast, drive to Leh over Lachungla (5019 m) and Tanglang La (5360 m) to reach in the evening. Check into hotel. Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 7: Leh. Early morning we shall depart from the hotel for a Sightseeing visit of Spituk and Phyang Monastery. Spituk – 8 km from Leh, Spituk stands majestically atop a hillock overlooking the Indus valley for miles. Many icons and fine "Tangkhas" are to be found in this 15th century monastery. It also houses a collection of ancient masks; antique arms and is inspiring image of "Mahakala". The face of the Kali image is kept covered and revealed only at the annual function in January every two year. After spituk visit to the Phyang monastery, this is 17 km from Leh. Afternoon we shall visit Leh Palace temple and take a walk through the Leh bazaar.
Day 8: Leh. We shall leave for a full day excursion to the monasteries of Shey, Thiksey and Stok Palace. Later proceed to Shey – it was the ancient capital of Ladakh and even after Singge Namgyal built the more imposing palace at Leh, the kings continued to regard Shey, as their real home. The importance which was attached to Shey, the seat of Ladakh's heartland is attested by the enormous number of Chorten about the village, particularly around the palace complex and barren plain to the north of the road. Thiksey is one of the largest and most impressive Gompas. There are several temples in this Gompa containing images, stupas and exquisite wall paintings. It also houses a two - storied statue of Buddha that has the main prayer hall around its shoulder.
Proceed to Hemis, which is dedicated to Padmasambhava, what a visitor can observes a series of scenes in which the lamas, robed in gowns of rich, brightly coloured brocade and sporting masks sometimes bizarrely hideous, parade in solemn dance and mime around the huge flag pole in the center of the courtyard to the plaintive melody of the Shawn. Hemis was found in the 1630's by Tsang-ras-pa under the royal patronage of Singe Namgyal, Hemis is the largest and richest of the Ladakh Gompas. It nestles into the mountainside a little way up a glen in the mountains of Zanskar range overnight at hotel. Return back to hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 9: Leh - Ulleytokpo. Arrive at Uleytokpo and check-in at Uleytokpo Camp and Resort. En-route from Leh to Uleytokpo, visit the village of Nimo and stop for photo session at River Zanskar proceed further to visit Basgo Fort & Likir. Likir is situated in a side valley about 05 Kms from main Srinagar – Leh highway. Likir belongs to Ge-Lung-Pa sect; the monastery also maintains and runs a school for young Lamas. Afterwards cross-river Indus and reach Alchi. A Beautiful village covered with Apricot Orchards. At our arrival, check in at Uleytokpo Resort.
After lunch drive to Alchi Gompa that is 9 km from Uleytokpo from the most beautiful Gompa of Ladakh and is also called Jewel among the central Ladakh's religious sites. It's known as Chos-Kor, or religious enclave. It comprises five temples, which are noted for its massive Buddha statues and lavish woodcarvings and artwork. It’s Murals dating from 11th and 12th centuries, pre-date the Tibetan style of painting that is present in all other Gompas. Overnight stay will be at Uleytokpo Camp and Resort.
Day 10: Ulleytokpo - Leh. Early morning we shall depart to reach Leh from Uleytokpo en-route visit to Lamayuru and Temisgam Royal Temple. Later drive to Lamayuru at a distance of 65 km from Uleytokpo. On arrival enjoy hot Lunch at Lamayuru Restaurant. After Lunch, visit Gompa. Lamayuru is the oldest monastery of Ladakh perched on hilltop with its village at the foot of the hill. Most of the monastery is now in ruins. It was partially resorted in 1975 is the oldest holy side in Ladakh.
Lamayuru was once a lake. It was blessed by a lama after which, as legend goes the water of the lake receded upto the mountains leaving place for the monastery to be built. It is also the" free zone" of Ladakh since not even a criminal can be apprehended in this place. Now mostly in ruins only the main hall exists today and houses numerous “Tangkhas". We shall drive directly to Leh. Dinner and overnight stay will be at the hotel.
Day 11: Leh - Delhi - Departure. Morning in time transfer to Leh airport to take flight to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi, connect your flight for onwards journey. End of the trip with happy memories.
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