Himachal Ladakh Tour

13 NIGHTS – 14 DAYS

DELHI – LEH – ALCHI – ULEYTOKPO – LAMAYURU – TSOMORIRI LAKE – SARCHU – MANALI – DHARAMSHALA – AMRITSAR

This tour takes you to Ladakh, hub of Buddhist culture and home to some of the greatest and magnificent Buddhist monasteries in the world. Also visit Tsomori lake which is one of the most beautiful lakes about19 km long and 7 km wide at the widest level. The highlight of the tour is traversing through zigzag roads, high mountain passes scenic landscape, enchanting valleys and rugged terrains with picturesque mountains making it an unforgettable road journey from Leh to Manali. Also visit Manali, Dharamshala – home of the Dalai Lama and finally Amritsar, which is world famous for Golden Temple before you return to Delhi.

1

Day:

Delhi

Arrive at Indira Gandhi international airport. Welcome at airport and transfer to hotel.
Later we start with a sightseeing tour of the city.
We shall start our tour of Old Delhi by first visiting Jama Masjid. Situated opposite to Red Fort in Old Delhi, Jama Masjid has three gates, two minarets – 40 meters in height and four towers. The minarets are made of red sandstone and white marbles bearing stripes of black color. With a capacity to accommodate 25,000 devotees, it is the largest mosque in India. The main mosque is crowned by three onion shaped domes made of white marble and inlaid with strips of black slate. It has great religious significance as it houses a hair from the beard of the Prophet and a chapter of the Holy Quran written by the Prophet.
Then board a rickshaw to enjoy a ride through the intricate alleys of Chandni Chowk and reach Red Fort.
Red Fort occupies an area of 120 acres and was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the mid 17h century. This structure reflected the power and grandeur of the Mughal court. The two main entrances are the Lahori gate and the Delhi Gate. Lahori Gate was the ceremonial public entrance used by visitors and the emperor himself, whereas Delhi Gate was used mainly by soldiers and all other people working on the fort. Red Fort was the first Mughal palace fort developed on the geometrical pattern.
Later we proceed to visit New Delhi and stop at India Gate. India Gate is the landmark of New Delhi, situated at the ceremonial axis to the Rashtrapati Bhawan. India Gate is the war memorial of India as it was built in order to honor the soldiers who had laid their lives in World War 1 and the third Afghan War. India Gate was designed by British architect Edwin Luyten’s. It took ten years to build the monument and was built from sandstone.
The parliament building nearby is a circular colonnade building housing offices of various ministries and a well-stocked library. This imperial style architectural monument comprises of open air verandah and 144 columns.
Rashtrapati Bhawan is the residential estate of President of India. This splendid monument cannot be equated to any other monument in terms of its size, enormity and grandeur. Rashtrapati Bhawan houses 4 stories and 340 rooms. It is also famous for its Mughal gardens that are situated at the back of Rashtrapati Bhawan and is open for visitors during February every year.
Return to hotel for overnight stay.
2

Day:

Delhi – Leh

( By Flight – 1 ½ hours )

Early morning transfer to airport to catch a flight to Leh.
Leh is an awe-inspiring destination of India, known throughout the world for its flamboyant gompas, snow covered mountains and age old Tibet-Buddhist culture. It is famous for its secluded mountain, beauty and age old culture. This place is also referred as ‘Little Tibet’ as it has been strongly influenced by Tibetan culture.
Arrive at leh airport and transfer to hotel
The full day is free to relax for acclimatization because Leh is situated at a high altitude of 3500 meters above the sea level.
In the evening we shall stroll around the local bazaar of Leh
Overnight stay at hotel
3

Day:

Leh

We shall leave for full day excursion to visit Thiksey and Hemis monasteries
Situated 18 kms from Leh, Thiksey monastery is the largest monastery situated in central Ladakh. It is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of Gelugpa sect which is perched on top of the hill. The monastery is known for its amazing architecture. This 12 storey monastery features 10 temples, residence of 120 monks and assembly hall. It is often referred to as mini patola.
Hemis Monastery is 400 years old monastery situated in Ladakh. It is the largest and wealthiest monastery in Ladakh. The monastery belongs to the Kagupa Brugpa sect of Buddhism. The monastery is a perfect example of monastic complex and Buddhist architecture. The foundation of the monastery was laid in 1672 by the Ladakh royal king Senge Namgyal. The monastery is also famous for its annual Hemis festival.
On the way back we shall visit Shey Palace
Perched on a hillock, Shey Palace was constructed in the year 1655 and is mostly in ruins now. The palace was built by Deldan Namgyal. It was the summer palace for king. The palace houses Shey monastery, which the king built in the memory of his father. The monastery is famous for its huge copper with a gilded gold statue of a seated Shakyamuni Buddha. Due to its location, the monastery offers a spectacular view of the nature.
Overnight stay at hotel
4

Day:

Leh – Spituk – Alchi – Uleytokpo

(80 KM , 3 Hours )

In the morning leave for Uletokpo which is one of the most beautiful camping sites in Ladakh region.
En- route visit Spituk monastery.
Spituk monastery is situated at an elevation of 10,852 feet and was built in the 14th century. The main image inside Spituk Gompa is that of Lord Buddha, the main temple also has a high throne reserved for the Dalai Lama. Here you will also explore some rare and precious statues, stupas, wall paintings, swords and Thangkas.
Continue drive to visit Alchi monastery.
Alchi monastery is regarded as one of the most important Buddhist monasteries of Ladakh. You can witness the Tibetan culture in the monastery. It is also renowned as the oldest Buddhist learning center in Ladakh. This is the only monastery that is located on the flat plains. The foundation of the monastery was laid in the 12th century. Du-Khang is an assembly hall which is the oldest and well preserved part of the monastery. Sum-tsek is a three storey temple and is famous for its four arm Bodhisattva statue.
By lunch time we shall reach Uletokpo
Situated 70 kms from leh, this enchanting village town is a popular stop over for acclimatization of Ladakh’s climate. This beautiful village is located on the banks of River Indus and offers a picturesque location for camping.
In the evening, relax on the banks of river gushing down from Ridzong side
Overnight stay in camp.
5

Day:

Uletokpo – Lamayuru – Leh

( 180 KM, 6 Hours )

In the morning leave for Lamayuru.
Lamayuru is situated at the distance of 127 km from Leh. The village is known for its beautiful landscape. The village is nestled in the moonscape three mountain ranges.
Visit Lamayuru Monastery which is popularly known as Tharpa Ling is one of the oldest and largest monasteries in Ladakh. The monastery belongs to Red- hat sect of Buddhism. The monastery is well known for its rich wall paintings, murals, scriptures, collection of Thangkas and statutes of different forms of Buddha. It is also renowned for its caves, popularly known as Naropa’s caves. These caves were meditating center for Naropa.
In the afternoon drive back to Leh for overnight stay at hotel.
6

Day:

Leh – Chumathang – Tsomoriri

( 240 KM, 7 Hours )

Leave in the morning and drive to Tsomoriri lake.
Stop at Upshi for passport checks.
En- route visit Chumathang that is famous for medical hot spring.
Chumathang is a town in Leh district situated on the banks of river Indus. The town is famous for the boiling hot sulfur springs by the icy cold Indus River.
Also visit Sumdah village on the way.
The Sumdah village features one of the oldest and most interesting monasteries. The monastery has unusual bronze figures; they are crafted in a different manner from that of Ladakhi and Tibetan monasteries. The figures display Indian style. It is small but has preserved old monastic traditions.
Continue drive to Tsomoriri Lake.
Tsomoriri Lake is a high altitude alpine lake which is beautifully located in a lonely breathtaking charming Rupshu Valley. The lake is flanked by lofty mountains on all sides and is situated 4000 meter above sea level. The lake allures numerous migratory birds and marmots. It is the largest high altitude lake in India.
Dinner and overnight stay in camp.
7

Day:

Tsomoriri

In the morning visit Korzok village.
The village houses a beautiful Korzk monastery. It is the most sacred monastery located on the banks of Tsomoriri. Alluringly located on the hill, the monastery has a statue of Shakyamuni Buddha amongst other statues. The major attraction of the monastery is the Korzok Gu-stor festival.
In the afternoon visit around the lake
Dinner and overnight stay in camp.
8

Day:

Tsomoriri – Sarchu

(135 KM, 8 Hours )

Full day drive to Sarchu via Upshi and you cross Tanglangla Pass, the second highest motorable pass in the world.
On your way enjoy the mystical view of mountains and there are chances to see tiny colonies of Marmots, yaks and herbs.
At Pang, stop for lunch and then continue to drive to La Chungla Pass – 5065 meters rugged in the middle by mountains
Arrive at Sarchu and stay at a camp which is at 4200 meter and it will be the coldest night during the whole tour.
Sarchu is the main stopover point while on the way of Leh to Manali. In Sarchu, you will be provided with tented accommodation. The spot is even being used as the starting point for various treks on Zanskar ranges. The place is situated on the border of the two Indian states; Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh.
Overnight stay in camp.
9

Day:

Sarchu – Manali

(250 KM, 10 Hours )

In the morning drive to Manali. Reach Khoksar where you stop for passport check and lunch.
Continue ascending towards Rohtang Pass and then dip into the Manali region. Another 51 km drive will take you to Manali.
Manali is widely popular as it is a prime tourist destination in the country. Manali is nestled in the lap of the Himalayas and is at the height of 2050 meter above the sea level. Being beautifully located near river Beas, the hilly town is widely known for white water rafting, kayaking, angling, Paragliding, hot air ballooning and trekking.
Arrive and check in at Hotel for overnight stay.
10

Day:

Manali

In the morning visit 400 years old Pagoda temple of Hadimba Devi.
Pagoda temple is one of the richest heritage sites in Himachal Pradesh. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Hadimba. It is built around the cave. The four storey temple was built in the 16th century. The entire temple is one of the high points of local craftsmanship.
Then visit Old Manali to see Manu temple. It is a masterpiece dedicated to the sage Manu, who is regarded as the creator of the world. It is the only Manu temple in the world. The temple also provides a picturesque view of the surroundings. The temple is made of wood, stone, and marble and has beautiful carvings.
In the afternoon visit Vashisht Hot sulfur spring bath that is known for its curative powers.
Overnight stay.
11

Day:

Manali – Dharamshala

(240 KM, 9 Hours )

In the morning leave for Dharmshala.
Dharmshala is a popular hill station located in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. The place is renowned for its idyllic scenic views. Dharamshala is known worldwide for small village of McLeodGanj, lying in the upper reaches, for the presence of the Dalai Lama. Dharamshala is the centre of the Tibetan exile world in India. The town is beautifully nestled in the snow clad Dhauladhar ranges. Arrive and check in at hotel for overnight stay
12

Day:

Dharamshala – Amritsar

(200 KM , 6 Hours )

In the morning explore the little town of Mcleodganj.
Visit the temple of the Dalai Lama and Tibetan refugee camp.
The Dalai Lama temple is also known as Tsug la Khang. The temple houses Namgyal Monastery, Tibet museum and Dalai Lama’s residence. It is the largest shrine and features giant gilded statue of the Buddha, along with two smaller statues of Chenresig and Guru Rinpoche. The most fascinating thing that will enthrall you in the temple is the prayer chants of the monks.
In the afternoon leave for Amritsar which is also Capital of State of Punjab. Amritsar is the cultural and spirtual centre of the Sikh religion and is home to the Harmandir Sahib, also known as the Golden Temple.
Arrive and check in at hotel for overnight stay.
13

Day:

Amritsar – Delhi

(By Train – 6 Hours )

In the morning visit Golden Temple. Also visit Akal Takht.
Golden temple is popularly renowned as Harmandir or Darbar Sahib. The top structure of the temple is covered with pure gold leaf, hence, the popular name, Golden Temple. Inside the temple lies the holy book of the Sikhs – the Granth Sahib. The Granth Sahib is kept in the Temple during the day and in the Akal Takht or Eternal Throne in the night. The ‘Guru Ka Langar’ located near the eastern entrance offers food to all visitors. Located in the heart of Amritsar, the temple complex is surrounded by a maze of narrow lanes or popularly known as katras that house one of the busiest markets. But the Golden Temple is a serene presence, radiating calm that makes people bow their heads in reverence.
Later we shall transfer you to Railway station to board a train to Delhi.
Arrival at Delhi railway station and transfer to your hotel for overnight stay.
14

Day:

Delhi

Transfer to airport to board a flight to onward destination.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is this a group tour?

No, this is a private travel exclusively for you, your friends and family who may accompany you on the tour.

Is this trip possible for single traveler?

Yes, it is possible. But, the cost may be high in case of a single traveler. You may send us information in the form and we shall send you our best offer depending on number of persons in your group or for a single person.

May I choose dates according to my choice?

Yes, since this is a private tour, you may decide the dates as per your choice. Only in case of certain tours, we have to check if there are any operational difficulties for organizing a tour of your choice. Certain tours are not possible for particular period which we shall let you know. Besides, the cost may vary depending on seasonality.

Could you provide us international flights to India?

It is better if you could buy international tickets directly through your local agent or on internet. Although we can provide you international flight tickets, but you may a get a better deal locally.

Is visa service included in your cost?

No, you have to obtain visa on your own. The visa regulations will depend on your nationality. You may contact us for further details.

Is it possible to make extension or modify tours?

Yes, it is very much possible. You can extend your stay on arrival or departure or at any other place. You may also modify the tour. You may let us know your interest and we can send you modified tour itinerary with cost.

What’s included in the cost?

Our cost normally includes hotel accommodation with breakfast, private air-conditioned car with driver which includes fuel, parking and all taxes, entrance fee to monuments, train tickets if any, guided city tours in English or in other foreign languages, viz French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Russian or other foreign languages subject to availability which we can notify at the time of reservation request. Our cost also includes some other services viz Elephant ride at Amer fort in Jaipur, camel safari in Jaisalmer and boat tour in Varanasi. We shall send you all details at the time of sending you quotation.
We may also include other services viz lunches, dinners or other services if you wish. We may also exclude guide service and entrance fee to monuments if you so wish.

Are domestic flights and trains are included in our cost ?

Train tickets are included in our cost. But, we give supplement cost for domestic flight tickets as these days, there are dynamic fares and these are not fixed. We send you indicative fare at the time of sending you quotation which is subject to change until issue of tickets with advance purchase for which we need payment from you to issue flight tickets. You may also purchase domestic flight tickets directly on your own if you prefer.

What kind of hotel accommodation is provided ?

We provide minimum standard (3 star or similar), superior (4 star or similar), deluxe (5 star or similar) hotels and the cost will depend depending on category of hotels. We can send you quotation for the category that you are interested in. We usually provide heritage or palace hotels which fit in your category of hotels. We may also mix the hotel category if you prefer and can also provide you rates based on hotels of your liking in all places if you like.

When do I have to pay?

We usually request 25% advance upon confirmation of our services unless otherwise informed at the time of sending you quotation. We shall send you all payment terms at the time of sending you our offer.

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All our tour itineraries are designed by experts to give you an opportunity to see most wonderful sites in number of days at your disposal at the same time giving you time to explore the places in your own way. We have a number of itineraries to choose from which covers all India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Tibet. We also include mode of travel and approximate time taken between places to ensure that you do not have any surprises during the tour. Our specialists will also work with you to create an itinerary of your choice either by modifying our readymade tour itineraries or prepare an exclusive tailor made tour for you based on your interest and liking keeping in mind local conditions.

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We provide you clients real 24X7 assistance during the tour. This is not a marketing gimmick but we have someone in our office always to assist you in case of any emergency anytime. We also provide cell phone numbers of our executive who you may contact even during odd hours when you need them for anything urgent. We have associate offices in all major cities of India to provide you assistance in minimum possible time.

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