Day 1: Arrive Delhi. On arrival assistance and transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 2: Delhi. Full Day city tour including Jama Masjid, Red fort, Raj Ghaat, India Gate, Birla Temple, Qutub Minar, Lotus Temple etc. Evening transfer to railway station to board aircon sleeper train to Amritsar. Overnight on board.
Day 3: Arrive Amritsar. On arrival assistance and transfer to the hotel. Afternoon visit "Wagah Border" literally defining the Indo-Pakistan border, Wagah is just 28 km from the main town of Amritsar. The ‘change of guards ceremony’ at sunset draws a good many spectators. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 4: Amritsar - Dharamshala (210 km, 5/6 h). Morning city tour of Amritsar visit "Golden Temple" - Also called Sri Harmandir Sahib, the Golden Temple was laid by Guru Ram Das in the 14th century. It is acclaimed as one of the holiest sites of the Sikhs. It has four doorways and gorgeously decorated arches. Jalianwala Bagh - Sited near the Golden Temple, it bears testimony to the disaster called Jallianwala Bagh Massacre at the time of the rule of the British Raj, Durgiana Mandir very near to Golden Temple etc. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 5; Dharamshala. Today after breakfast in the hotel set out for the sightseeing tour of Mcleodganj. It is the place where Dalai Lama resides. Pay visit to Dal Lake, Church, Bhagsu Nag Temple and Tibetan Monastery, Jawalmukhi Temple and Chintpurni Temple. Jawalmukhi Temple & Chintpurni temples are among the 51 Shaktipeeths all over in India. Also visit Kangra Town. In the evening return to the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 6: Dharamshala - Manali (260 km, 6/7 h). Drive for Manali. Rest of the Day at leisure. Overniht stay at hotel.
Day 7: Manali. Morning after breakfast go for city tour visiting Hadimba Devi Temple, Manu Temple, Tibetan Monastery and Vashisht Village. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 8: Manali - Rohtang Pass - Keylong - Jispa (141 km, 6/7 h). After breakfast, drive to Jispa, enroute visit Rohtang pass: Rohtang Pass
is the highest point on the Manali-Keylong road. It provides a wide
panoramic view of the mountains rising far above the clouds, which is truly a breath taking sight. Located at a height of 3979 m, the pass once served as a crucial trade route, and still remains the gateway to the districts of Lahaul and Spiti.
Rohtang Pass offers only limited skiing opportunities, but trekking possibilities are immense. The pass is open from June to September every year, although trekkers can cross the pass from May. Beyond Rohtang pass lies the remote and, perhaps, the stark and haunting landscape of predominantly Buddhist areas. The comparative inaccessibility of the place has helped preserve the pristine culture of the people of the region. After visit drive pass through the Keylong road in a region described by travelers as strange, exciting and primitive. Upon arrival check into the Hotel.
Rest of the Day at Leisure. Jispa is situated 20 km from Keylong. Set on the banks of the Bhaga River which has sufficient trout to interest keen anglers, Jipsa has a rest house and a mountaineer hut for those who want to stay over. There is also a big camping ground next to the river for the more adventurous. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 9: Jispa - Sarchu (116 km, 6/7 h). After breakfast drive to Sarchu. On arrival check into the Hotel. Sarchu, a picturesque town 105 km from Keylong, is located at the height of 4253 meters. This is 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.
Overnight at camp.
Day 10: Sarchu - Leh (235 km, 9 hrs). An early morning start is required as the tour departs for Leh. We cross the Himachal border soon after Sarchu and enter Ladakh. By now the terrain is stark and desolate and quite unforgiving, with not a human habitation to be seen anywhere. We are now passing some of the remotest areas in the Indian Himalayas.
The road soon takes 21 hairpin bends as it rises steeply by another 3500 ft (1000 m approx) to the 5000 m high (16,400 ft) Lachlung La pass through one ridge of the Zanskar range. Thereafter, we reach a plateau called the Morey plains where for over 40 km the road shoots ahead like an arrow at an average elevation of 15,000 ft (4700 m). The only humans sight are stray groups of the nomadic Changpa yak herders with their yaks! The feeling of being in another world is all pervading.
For all that matters we could be on the moon! Crossing the highest pass on this road and the 2nd highest motor-able pass in the world Tanglang la Pass at 5325 m (17466 ft), the road works its way down reaching Rumtse. It's a pleasant drive from now on past scenic villages and long awaited greenery. Another two hrs and we are in Leh. Expected time of arrival: 4:00 pm. Upon arrival check into the hotel. Overnight at Leh.
Day 11: Leh - Monasteries. Day excursion to the famous monasteries, it is interesting to visit early in the morning to enjoy the praying ceremony at Thiksey monastery. Continue drive to Hemis monastery which is one of the most famous monasteries of the Ladakh region. On the way back visit to Shey Palace. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 12: Leh - Monasteries. Morning visit Sanker Monaster. Come back to Hotel for hot lunch. After noon visit Tseomo Gompa and Shanti Stupa.
Overnight at Hotel. Shanti Stupa: The Shanti Stupa, at Changspa, on the hilltop was built by the Japanese, for the world peace, which was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985. Overnight at Hotel.
Shankar: The Sankar Gompa is a couple of kilometers away from Leh town. It belongs to the Gelukspa school of Tibetan Buddhism. This small Gompa is branch of the Spityk Monastery, founded by the first incarnation of Skyabje Bakula (head monk of Spituk).
Day 13: Leh - Alchi - Likir - Uletokpo (75 km). Leave for Uletokpo camping which is one of the most beautiful camping in the Ladakh region on the way visit Spituk monastery which is just 5 km from Leh town. Continue drive to Alchi monastery is the only monastery in the Ladakh on flat ground. On the way visit Likir Monastery. By the lunch time you will reach Uletokpo. Evening enjoy to sit on the bank of river coming down from the Ridzong side. Overnight at Camp.
Day 7: Uletokpo - Lamayuru - Leh (180 km). Leave Uletokpo and continue drive to Lamayuru via Khaltsi. From here another 22 km drive will take you to Lamayuru. The oldest and spectacularly set Lamayuru monastery founded in the 10th Century. Visit the monastery. In the late afternoon drive back to Leh which will take about 4/5 hours drive, on
the way back we stop at magnetic hill. Overnight at hotel.
Day 14: Leh. Day free for leisure. Overnight stay at hotel. Free day.
Day 15: Leh - Delhi. Transfer in time to the airport to connect onwards flight for Delhi.
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