Day 01: Delhi Arrival

Arrive Delhi. On arrival, you will be greeted and assisted by our representative and transferred to the hotel.

On arrival, check in at the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel

Day 02: Delhi – Amritsar (Train)

In the morning transfer to the railway station to connect train Swarna Shatabadi - 0720 / 1315 Hrs to Amritsar.

On arrival at Amritsar railway station, pick up & check in at the hotel.

In the afternoon, sightseeing of Amritsar. The city of Amritsar is the capital of Punjab and one of the holy city of the Sikhs. The sightseeing of Amritsar comprises a visit to the Golden temple, one of the holiest of Sikh shrines and the complex has important edifices such as the Akal Takht and the Harmandir Sahib and the holy pond surrounding it.

Also in Amritsar is the Jallian Wala Bagh - notorious for the massacre that took place here under British rule. In 1919 General Dyer personally led the troops to this walled ground and ordered his men open fire on a group of peaceful protestors. At the east end of the garden there is a large memorial built in memory of those who died here.

Overnight in the Hotel

Day 03: Amritsar - Dharamsala (Approx. 199 Kms /05 hrs)

After breakfast drive to Dharamshala. The drive leads to yet another ancient religion of India, Buddhism, to the refuge of HH the XIV Dalai Lama. Dharamshala has monasteries representing all the three important sects of Buddhism. The right place indeed to get introduced to one of the most popular religions of the world. On arrival transfer to the hotel

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 04: Dharamsala - Manali (Approx. 253 Kms / 06-07 hrs)

After breakfast drive to Manali. On arrival transfer to the hotel

Overnight at hotel

Day 05: Manali

After breakfast excursion to Naggar, once capital of the Kulu valley. The castle was the Raja's head quarters. Around 1660 Sultanpur, the former Kulu, became the new capital. inside the courtyard of the castle is a small temple containing a slab of stone with an intriguing legend about how it was carried there by wild bees. There are some interesting temples around the castle, e.g. the grey sandstone Shiva temple of Gauri Shankar on the foot of the small bazaar below the castle (11th –12th cent.); the curious little Chatarbhuj Temple of Vishnu; higher up the pagoda of Tripura Sundri Devi. Up the hill you visit the Roerich Art Gallery, a fine old house displaying the artwork of the Russian professor Nichola Roerich who died in 1947 and his son.

Afternoon is free. You can have a stroll through the streets of Manali and can visit two Buddhist temples, the Tibetan bazaar, the narrow shopping streets and the Hindu temple Hadimba in a pine forest.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 06: Manali - Keylong (Approx. 115 Kms / 06 hrs)

Leave early morning for Keylong in the valley of Lahul, a famous potato growing area. Highest point enroute is the Rohtang Pass (3.968m), the meteorological divide. From now on the alpine vegetation turns into a barren deeply fissured landscape with snow-covered mountains. In the north the Lahul valley borders on Ladakh, in the south on Kulu and in the east on Tibet.

Arrive Keylong in the evening. On arrival, check in at the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel

Day 07: Keylong - Sarchu (Approx. 107 Kms / 06 hrs)

The next two days are a real adventure. The drives are long and the nights are short. You drive along the Bhaga River. The street winds up in serpentines and the landscape gets so barren that you might think you are on another planet. When you reach the Baralacha-La you are at a height of 4.891m. You have a grand view to the snow-covered mountains, some of them are 6.000m and above. In the evening, arrival in Sarchu.

Lunch + Dinner & overnight in the Camp

Day 08: Sarchu - Leh (Approx. 253 Kms / 09-10 hrs)

After sunrise you are on the high mountain road again. The first part leads through dry country-side surrounded by high mountains.

Later on you cross the highest passes on this tour: Lachung-La (5.065m) and Tanglang-La (5.469m). Proceed to Leh. At Upshi the road joins the border road leading to Trishul. After reaching the valley of Leh you can feel Buddhism everywhere: white chortens (relic shrines), gompas and coloured banners, flapping in the wind.

Evening arrival in Leh, the capital of Ladakh.

Overnight at the hotel

Day 09: Leh

After breakfast, drive to visit Spituk & Leh Palace.

Spituk Monastery was founded by Od-de in the 11th century A.D. In those days, the Gompa belonged to the Kadampa School but Gelukpa order was introduced during the region of king Dragspa bum idle, when Lama Lhawang Lotus restored the monastery and hall of fame (war museum).

Leh palace is one of the most captivating architectural ruins that attract the attention of the tourists almost immediately with its majestic setting at the edge of the Namgyal hill and overlooking the town. Built in the 17th century, it was built as the residential palace for the King Singge Namgyal. Much smaller but resembling the Potala in Lhasa, Leh Palace is now in ruins. It has nine storeys and has been deserted since the royal family shifted to the Stok Palace in 1830s. Nine storeys, but it is now dilapidated and deserted. It was the home of the royal family until they were exiled to Stok in the 1830s.

The Victory Tower set above the palace was built to commemorate the victory of brave Ladakhi soldiers over the invading armies of Balti Kashmiris in the early 16th century. Today, Leh Palace serves as an office for the Indian Government's archaeological conservation organization.

Later return hotel for Lunch. After Lunch, go to visit Sankar Gompa & Shanti Stupa.

Shanti Stupa, the Japanese for world peace built the Shanti Stupa, at Changspa, on the hilltop, and inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985. Its state of the art work attracts a lot of tourists to Ladakh and is spectacular to watch. From there one can see the nice spectacular view of Leh town.

Sanker Gompa of Ladakh is located at a distance of approximately 3 km from the town of Leh. A subsidiary of the Spituk Gompa, it belongs to the Gelukpa or the Yellow Hat Sect. The monastery also serves as the official residence of the Ladakh's head of Gelukpa Sect, known as The Kushok Bakul. There are time restrictions for visiting the Sankar Monastery of Leh Ladakh. You can also go either between 7:00 am and 10:00 am, or between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. These restrictions have been placed because a few of the monks, of the yellow-hat sect, attached to the monastery reside here permanently.

Later in the evening walk around local market.

Overnight at the hotel

Day 10: Leh – Nubra (By surface: Approx. 126 kms / 05 – 06 hrs)

Early morning drive from Leh to Nubra The Nubra valley lies in the north of Leh and is accessible over the Khardung-la (18,380 ft) the highest motorable road in the world.

The valley was a trade route from Leh and Khasgar via Saser and Karakoram passes. Apart from unparalleled trekking opportunities the valley has several Buddhist monasteries namely Sumoor, Tigar and 350 years old Diskit monastery famous for its murals. From Khardung-la drive to Khardung village through starkly beautiful country side to the Traffic Check Post (TCP) at Khalsar where permits have be registered and checked. From here one has to turn to the left side from the Shayok river and drive for 24 kms over a narrow steep road to Nubra for overnight camp.

Lunch + Dinner & overnight in the Camp

Day 11: Nubra (Diskit, Hundur and Samsthaling)

After breakfast, enjoy the visit of Samstenling Gompa - a subsidiary of Rizong monastery, Diskit the administrative center of the Nubra valley. The busy bazaar is worth seeing here.

Visit Diskit monastery. The monastery is one the highest point near the villages belonging to yellow sect. The monastery has 120 resident monks. The Prayer Hall (Dukhang) has many statues one of which holds the head and left arm of Turkish invader believed to be about 5000 years old. Later leave for Hundar village through sandy desert valley and visit old fort of Hundar village and small monastery.

Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner & overnight in the Camp

Day 12: Nubra – Warlia (5250m) 110 Km, Trek To Sakti & Visit Tarktok Monastery & Drive To Leh

After breakfast in Camp, drive towards eastern direction to Warila pass. From the pass descend 02 hrs all the way down to Sakti across the road, after reaching Sakti visit the Tarktok monastery situated in Sakti Village, The site where the monastery is now situated, once served as the meditation cave of Mahasidhas "Kunga Phuntsog". The name Takthok literally means 'rock-roof'. The monastery was so named, as both its roof as well as walls are made up of rock. Tak Thok belongs to the Nying-ma-pa sect of Buddhism, also known as the Old Order, After visit the monastery drive to Leh/ 58 km 01 hr

On arrival check in hotel. Rest of the evening at leisure or one can explore the beauty of Leh on their own.

Day 13: Leh – Delhi (Flight)

Today you will be transferred to the airport to connect the flight back home.

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