OVERVIEW

Ladakh is an unexplored Himalayan wonderland. Leh, the capital of Ladakh is set amidst snow capped hills and is the center of Tibetan-Buddhist culture. This trip will take you to some of the most incredible and beautiful places on earth. Visit the Khardung La top - the highest motorable road in the world at 18,380 feet and sit on a double humped camel in the desert of the Nubra Valley. Hear the riffling of the prayer flags in the tranquil monastries far away from the town.

ITINERARY

Day 01 :- Delhi - Manali (560 Kms, 12-13 overnight journey)

Assemble at Hotel for Lunch and Breifing about the entire tour. Evening, departure from New Delhi at about 6 pm. Drive to Manali. Dinner enroute around Ambala. Overnight Journey.

Day 02 :- Manali (Altitude: 6400 ft)

Reach Manali by early morning. Early check-in to hotel. After Breakfast, full day at leisure. Local cars can be hired from the hotel reception for sight-seeing in Manali on direct payment basis. Dinner at hotel. Briefing for the next day's trip and precautions for the high altitude drive. Overnight at Manali.

Day 03 :- Manali - Sarchu Via Keylong (230 kms, 8-9 hours)

After early breakfast, check out from hotel and proceed to Sarchu. Crossing Rohtang Pass (13060 ft), Darcha (11020 ft), Baralacha La Pass (16500 ft) Lunch at Keylong Reach Sarchu by evening. Dinner and Overnight at camp in Sarchu.

Day 04 :- Sarchu - Leh (250 kms, 8-9 hours) (14100 ft)

After early breakfast, leave camp and proceed to Leh. Light refreshments at Rum Tse. Crossing Nakee La Pass (15547 ft), Lachalung La Pass (16616 ft), Tanglang La Pass (17480 ft), Reach Leh by evening. Dinner and overnight in Leh Hotel.

Day 05 :- Leh: Sightseeing to Phyang, Spituk, Sanker Gompa & Shanti Stupa

After breakfast depart for Sightseeing tour to Phyang & Spituk Phyang, Located 22 Kms from Leh. On the way back visit to Spituk monastery which was founded by Od Lde, in the 11th century AD. Later drive back to hotel for lunch Later in the afternoon, guided sightseeing tour visiting the Sanker Gompa, which is towards the north of the Town. Later visit Shanti Stupa, The Japanese, for World Peace built the Shanti Stupa, at Changspa, on the hilltop, and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985.Dinner and overnight at Hotel.

Day 06 :- Leh: Excursion to Matho, Stakna & Stok Palace

Morning Excursion of Stok, Matho and Stakna. Stok Palace Museum which is about 12 kms from Leh across Indus river. It houses some old statues and other equipment. Matho is about 6 kms from Stok and houses some incredible statues and paintings. Later visit Stakna gompa which is famous for its numerous statues and paintings. Later in the afternoon drive back to hotel. Evening at leisure to stroll in the bazaar Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 07:- Leh: Excursion to Shey, Thiksey & Hemis

Today we proceed for Indus Valley monastery tour. We start with a visit to Shey the ancient capital of Ladakh. Then we visit Thiksey Gompa an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future. Drive further to visit the famous Hemis Gompa founded in 1630's by Stag-tsang-ras-pa under the royal patronage of Sengge Namgyall. Later in the evening we drive back to hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 08 :- Leh - Pangong Tso Lake (Day Trip) (215 km) (4-5 hrs. Drive one way)

After breakfast drive to Pangong Tso Lake. Crossing the Chang La Pass (17590 ft) covered with snow, one of the highest motorable roads in the world. Lunch at Pangong Tso Lake. Leave after lunch and Leave for Leh to reach in day light only, since the roads are poorly lighted. Dinner and Overnight in Leh.

Day 09 :- Khardun La Pass (Day Trip)(18379 ft)

After breakfast drive to the Khardungla pass with is always covered in snow and Fog. Back to hotel by evening Rest of the evening at leisure or one can explore the beauty of Leh on their own. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 10 :- Leh - Alchi (Via Basgo & Likir) (80 kms, 7-8 Hours)

After breakfast we drive to Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Magnetic Hill, Likir and Basgo.

Day 11 :- Alchi - Lamayuru - Kargil: (160 kms, 7-8 hours)

After breakfast check out from Camp and drive to Lamayuru. Visit the monastery passing through the moon land and visit Lamayuru Monastery drive further to Mulbek one can see an natural rock formation called mother and child 8th century rock cut Maitreya Bhuddha statue further drive to Kargil for night stay.

Day 12 :- Kargil to Srinagar: (204 Kms, 8-9 Hours)

After breakfast, we drive to Srinagar. The highway is along the Suru river, at many places one can see the Pakistani Border outposts across the LOC. We enter the Drass Valley where we will have the stunning view of the Tiger hill, Rhino Knob (Kargil War Action Zone). We pay out respect at the Kargil war memorial at the Foot of Tololing Peak.Cross the Zojila pass and enter into Kashmir valley. Upon arrival in Srinagar, The Valley of Kashmir, check into the Hotel, Dinner and Overnight at Hotel in Kashmir.

Day 13 :- Srinagar : visiting Shankaracharya Temple & Mughal Gardens

In the morning proceed for sightseeing tour - visiting Shankaracharya Temple, Mughal Gardens & Pari Mahal. Later return to hotel for Dinner & Overnight stay

Day 14 :- Srinagar - Gulmarg (70 kms, 3 hours one way)

After Breakfast we drive to Gulmarg. Full day at Gulmarg Return to Srinagar for Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 15 :- Srinagar - Jammu (via the Mughal Route) (400 kms, 10-12 hours)

After early breakfast, check out from the hotel and drive to Jammu. Take the old mughal route passimng through Shopian and Rajouri. Reach Jammu by Evening. Check in at the hotel in Jammu. Dinner and Overnight at Jammu.

Day 16 :- Jammu - Amritsar (210 kms, 5 Hours)

After Breakfast, Check out from hotel, drive to Amritsar. After a smooth 4-5 hour drive, we reach Amritsar. After Check in at the hotel drive to The Wagah border for the Beating Retreat ceremony. Visit The holy Harmandir sahib. Dinner and over night at hotel in Amritsar.

Day 17 :- Amritsar - Delhi (450 kms, 8-10 hours)

After early breakfast, check out from the hotel Drive to Delhi with Lunch en route. End of tour.