Day 1: Arrival (Delhi). On arrival at the Indira Gandhi international in Delhi, you will be met by a Taj Hub representative who will escort you to the hotel. Relax for the remaining part of the day and brace yourself for an exciting Himalayan Experience tour.
Day 2: Old & New Delhi. On day 2 of the Himalayan Experience tour, enjoy a full day of sightseeing in Delhi. Right after breakfast, you will be taken on a tour around Old Delhi. Visit some interesting places like the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Rajghat before enjoying a cycle rickshaw ride along the lanes of Chandni Chowk. Later, proceed to visit the Birla Temple, Parliament House, India Gate, President's House and the Qutub Minar. Also enjoy a welcome dinner at an Indian restaurant in Delhi before return to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 3: New Delhi - Chandigarh. As part of the Himalayan Experience tour, transfer to the New Delhi railway station to board the super fast Shatabdi Express to Chandigarh. This air-conditioned chair car is also the fastest train in India. On arrival in Chandigarh, our representative will help check into your hotel. After resting awhile, embark on an afternoon sightseeing tour of Chandigarh. Visit the Nek Chand rock garden, artificial lake, museum, Local Parliament of Punjab & Haryana and so on. Return for an overnight stay at your hotel in Chandigarh.
Day 4: Chandigarh - Mandi (1200 MSL). Drive to Mandi, a beautiful town located at a distance of 215 km away. Check in at a hotel on arrival and rest awhile. Later in the afternoon, drive to the Rivalsar lake. Surrounded by a Buddhist Monastery, a Hindu temple & a Sikh temple, the lake is a sight worth beholding. It is also believed that the lake was created by Arjuna, one of the five Pandava brothers in the Mahabharata. Return to Mandi for an overnight stay.
Day 5: Mandi - Manali. Embark on a 105 km long drive to Manali. Visit the beautiful valley of Kallu & Naggar enroute. Complete with old Pagoda style temples & a grand palace, the valley is sure to take your breath away. Check in at a hotel in Manali before setting out on an afternoon sightseeing tour around Manali. Visit the hot spring, Vashishtha temple, the 5000 years old Hadimba Mata temple and the Buddhist Monastery. Stay overnight stay at your hotel in Manali.
Day 6: Manali - Jespa. On day 6 of the Himalayan Experience tour, set out on a 7-hour jeep journey to Jespa. You will first stop at the Rohtang Pass, situated at a height of 3978 MSL. In the olden days many people of the Kullu & Lahul district lost their lives while trying to cross the pass during winter. Continue with your drive towards Tandi, a place where two the Himalayan rivers Chandra & Bagga meet. From this point the rivers are known by one name - Chenab. Drive through Keylong, the headquarters of the Lahul & Sipiti district before reaching Jespa. Check in at the camp situated on the banks of river Chandra. Rest awhile before setting out to visit some of the villages of Jespa and the Buddhist monastery. Return to your tent for a sumptuous dinner and overnight stay.
Day 7: Jespa - Sarchu. Right after breakfast, you will drive to Sarchu, located a distance of 120 km away from Jespa. You will first stop at Dharcha and then at Baralacha La. Proceed with your journey towards Sarchu. On arrival, check in at a super deluxe tent. In the afternoon, take a tour around Sarchu and treat yourself to some grand views of the peaks and mountains. Return for an overnight stay at your deluxe tent.
Day 8: Sarchu - Leh. As part of the Himalayan Experience tour, set out for Leh via the La Chungla pass, which is situated at a height of 5000 meters above sea level. You will also stop at Pang, which is situated at a height of 4950 meters above sea level. From Pang, you will cover a distance of 57 km before reaching the Tang-Lang-La pass, which is at a height of 5378 meters above sea level. You will also drive through many picturesque villages before arriving at Leh. Check in at a hotel on arrival for an overnight stay.
Day 9: Leh. Leh is situated at a height of 3300 meters above sea level. Therefore it is necessary to spend a relaxed day getting acclimatized to the weather conditions. Enjoy a stroll to the Chengespa village in the evening. Return for an overnight stay at your hotel in Leh.
Day 10: Leh. Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast before setting out on a visit to the Stok Palace Museum. A part of the palace serves as the residence of the Queen of Ladakh, while the other part has been converted into a museum. The palace also offers breathtaking views of the Barron Mountains. The Indus River flowing by also adds up as a wonderful sight to behold. You will also stop at a SOS camp for Tibetan children before driving back to your hotel. In the afternoon, you will have ample time to visit the colorful bazaars of Leh and the fort of Ladakh. Overnight stay would be at your hotel in Leh.
Day 11: Leh - Shey - Thiksey - Hemis - Leh. On day 11 of the Himalayan Experience tour with Taj Hub, drive to Shey (the summer palace of royal family) after breakfast. Moreover, the residence of his holiness the Dalai Lama is situated right in front of the palace. You will later drive to Thiksey where you can see the biggest Buddha statue. Finally, you will visit the most revered and richest monastery of Ladakh, The Hemis. Overnight stay would be at the hotel in Leh.
Day 12: Leh - Uletopko. Leave for Uletopko, which is at a distance of 120 km away after breakfast. Stop to visit the Monastery at Rizong enroute. Later, drive towards your campsite in Uletopko. Equipped with a host of modern day amenities, the camp promises a comfortable stay to you and your friends. Overnight stay and dinner would be at the camp.
Day 13: Uletopko - Leh. Enjoy breakfast at the camp before proceeding towards Leh. Enroute, stop at the Alchi Monastery that houses many beautiful murals that date back to the 11th century. You will also stop at the Pyang Monastery and the Spituk Monastery before arriving in Leh. Check into a hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 14: Leh - Khardung La - Nubra. As part of the Himalayan Experience tour, leave for Nubra via Khardung La. The highest motorable pass in the world, Khadungla La is situated at an altitude of 5800 meters above sea level. Continue with your drive towards Numbra and check into a hotel on arrival. Overnight stay and dinner would be at your hotel in Nubra.
Day 15: Nubra - Leh. After breakfast, visit one of the oldest monasteries in greater Himalayas at Dixit. Drive back to Leh later in the morning. Check in at a hotel on arrival.
Day 16: Leh - Delhi. On the final day of the Himalayan Experience tour, drive to the Leh airport to board a flight to New Delhi. On arrival, enjoy a full day of shopping and exploring before enjoying a farewell dinner organized by Taj Hub. Thereafter, you will be driven to the international airport in Delhi, thus signaling the end of the Himalayan Experience tour.
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