Leh and Ladakh Tour
Places to See :
Delhi - Amritsar - Dharamshala - Manali - Rohtang - Jispa
- Sarchu - Leh- Shey - Thiksey - Likir - Alchi - Leh - Delhi
14 Nights / 15 Days
Ladakh is bounded by world's two mightiest mountain ranges the great Himalayan
and the Karakoram, It lies athwart two others The Ladakh and the Zanskar range.
It lies at altitude ranging from about 2,750m to 7,673m. The temperature in
summer goes upto 27C and in winter it drops down to minus 20C.
It leaves the first time traveler awestruck by its geographical and cultural
difference as they land at Leh. The features of Ladakhi people, their clothes,
dialects are similar to Tibetan and Mongoloid then Indian. The Mons from Kullu
and Tibet were the first population immigrants to Ladakh as shepherds' nomads
and settled down near Indus River. Later drads and others immigrated to Lower
Ladakh. Due to cultural and geographical similarities Ladakh is popular among
tourists as Little Tibet.
Day 1: Delhi
Upon arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport Terminal II you are met
and transferred to your prebooked Hotel. Upon arrival at the hotel you are received
with a traditional welcome of TIKKA and ARTI. Rest of the day is relaxing and
for free activities.
Day 2: Delhi
Breakfast we visit Old Delhi, built in the 17th century by Shah Jehan the Magnificent
(who also built the Taj Mahal). First we will be visiting the famous Jama Masjid
mosque with its 9,000 sq. ft. courtyard, three domes and two minarets, and then
proceed to the massive complex known as the Red Fort. Afternoon well visit
Lakshmi Narayan Temple, a Spectacular structure thats just 60 years old
, and then proceed via India Gate and the Governmental building to Qutab Minar,
the 240 foot tower built in 1190 to commemorate the arrival of Islam in India,
the Bahai Temple with its nine pools on an elevated platform, and the Crafts
Museum, which replicates and Indian street with over 50 artists and crafts people
Day 3 : Delhi - Amritsar
Early morning we are transferred to the New Delhi railway Station to board our
train for Amritsar, the city of Golden Temple. Afternoon we visit the famous
Golden temple which is scared to the Sikh nation, here we will find time to
tune into the amazing spiritual centre and feel the power that inspires the
Sikh people worldwide. We continue our city tour and visit the Jallian walla
Bagh Martyrs Memmorial built in the shape of eternal flame of liberty
is situated on the outskirts of Golden Temple.Here about 1500 and 2000 persons
who were attending a peaceful meeting during the freedom movement fell under
the bullets of the British General Dyer on 13 April 1919 and the city of Amritsar.
Day 4: Amritsar - Dharamshala
after breakfast we depart for Dharmshala, a hill station full of natural charm
and beauty is situated in the Kangra Valley and spread over a height of 450
metres. It is surrounded by the majestic Dhauladhar Ranges on three sides. Tibetan
settlements at Mecleodganj and Tibetan Library are the treasure hunts of manuscripts
and text and its ancient culture. The Dalai Lamas Palace is next to his
monastary at Dharamshala. The day is spent walking around the Kangra Valley
and mixing and talking with the Tibetan Community.
Day 5: Dharamshala
Morning we start our city tour of Dharmshala and visit the Dalai Lama s
Monastery , Tibetian children village and handicraft centre, Bhagsunag and water
fall and the war memorial. Evening is spent relaxing.
Day 6:Dharamshala - Kullu Manali
Today morning we depart for our new and exciting destination KULLU & MANALI.
Upon arrival we check into our prebooked hotel. Manali is a major resort in
the Kullu Valley . According to the legend its name is derived from Manu and
Alaya, the abode of Manu. Manali is synonymous with streams and birdsongs, forest
and orchards and the grandeur of the snowcapped Himalaya.
Day 7: Manali
we leave for city tour of Manali, visiting the Hadimba Devi temple set within
dense Pine forest and to the Naggar Castle to have the stunning view of the
valley. Afternoon is spent walking around the Beas river and the local market.
Day 8: Manali - Rohtang - Jispa
Morning we start our drive through the Rohtang Pass (4,220m) to Jipsa visiting
the Gompa (monastery) of Khardong en route.
Day 9: Jispa - Sarchu
After breakfast we depart for Sarchu the drive to the high barren mountains
of the Ladakh Valley. On our way we cross over the Baralacha la (4900 Mts.).
It is here that roads from Lahaul, Spiti, Zanskar and Leh meet. We reach Sarchu
(4200 Mts.) camp.
Day 10: Leh
After breakfast we start our full day drive to Leh. Geographically and culturally,
Leh is very much part of Tibet and Tibetan influence pervades this desert land.
Day 11: Leh
in Leh is kept free for the purpose of getting acclimatise to the height and
weather. Afternoon we do a sightseeing tour to Shankar Gompa, Shantistupa and
Day 12: Leh - Shey - Thiksey
After breakfast full day sightseeing to Shey , old summer palace of the Kings
of Ladakh and was built about 560 year ago. It has a 12 meter high seated Buddha
images. From here we proceed to Thiksey , the monastery is very picturesque
and superbly sited on a hilltop overlooking the village and we now would proceed
on to Hemis , one of the largest and the most important Gompas in Ladakh, with
its excellent library wall paintings and Buddha figures.
Day 13: Thiksey - Likir -Alchi
After breakfast we start a full day excursion visiting the monastery of Likir
and Alchi to see the gigantic painted clay statues of Buddha, carved arches
and old paintings.
Day 14: Alchi - Leh - Delhi
Today morning we are transferred to the airport for flight to Delhi.Please note
that the Leh flight is purely dependent on the weather conditions in Leh. Incase
of cancellation we will have to try for the next day flight.We take no guarantee
of the flight.
Day 15: Delhi
Rest of the day at leisure.Transfer to airport for flight to Onwards journey.