Join us in the wonderful journey of Himachal and Leh Ladakh with places you have been dreaming of. We take you to the hidden gems of Ladakh, Dharamshala and Amritsar.
Day 01: Arrival Amritsar -Wagah Border
Arrive Amritsar Railway Station. On arrival meet and greet by our representative who will take you to the hotel. Check in hotel. Evening visit Indo-Pak Wagah Border to watch Flag Retreat Ceremony- Wagah, an army outpost on Indo-Pak border 30 Kms from Amritsar where the daily highlight is the evening “Beating the Retreat” ceremony. Soldiers from both countries march in perfect drill, going through the steps of bringing down their respective national flags. As the sun goes down, nationalistic fervor rises and lights are switched on marking the end of the day amidst thunderous applause.
Day 02: Amritsar – Dharamsala
After breakfast, start your city tour visit Golden Temple-the most important sikh shrine which is also called Mecca for the Sikhs is a living symbol of the spiritual and historical traditions of the Sikhs.
Then visit Jallianwala Bagh – where, on April 13, 1919, British and Gurkha soldiers opened fire on an unarmed forbidden gathering, killing hundreds of civilians. After lunch visit Maharaja Ranjit Singh Summer Palace Museum- The summer place of Maharaja Ranjit Singh which is situated in the heart of Ram Bagh, Amritsar.
Afternoon drive to Dharamsala On arrival in this Himalayan hill resort that is the abode of Dalai Lama, check in at the hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy at leisure. We suggest you enjoy a walk along the mall road, where Tibetan refugees display and sell their crafts. Overnight stay at hotel in Dharamsala.
Day 03: Dharamsala – Manali
After early breakfast at the hotel we take you to Dalai Lama Monastery and Bhagsu Nag Temple, then We visit Norbulingka Institute which is perhaps one of its best in the world. The institute has its own temple, Museum, Meditation Hall, One thousand, one hundred and seventy-three images of the Buddha decorate the forty-four foot high temple hall, proceed to Manali (6-7 hrs. journey by car) by road, en route visit of Palampur tea garden. Arrival at Manali and transfer to hotel. Overnight stay at Manali.
Day 04: Manali – Keylong (101km)
After breakfast drive to keylong. We also visit Dashohar Lake and Beas Kund and drive past the green meadow at Keylong (3348 m). Arrive at keylong, overnight stay at hotel in Keylong.
Day 05: Keylong – Sarchu (230km)
After breakfast we leave for Sarchu on the border between Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir. you can see the nomadic Gaddi people and an army outpost here. On the way we stop at Barchala Pass (4891 m). At Barchala, which means “a pass with cross roads,” the roads from Ladakh, Zanskar, Lahaul and Spiti intersect. Stay overnight at tents in Sarchu.
Day 06: Sarchu – Leh
After Breakfast we leave for leh. On the way we halt for lunch at Lachluang La (5079 m). We arrive at Leh in the evening on arrival in Leh you will meet by our representative and check in at our hotel for overnight stay in Leh.
Day 07: Leh – Khardongla pass – Leh (85 kms)
After Breakfast at Hotel , we take you for Day excursion to Khardongla passes which is the highest motorable pass in the world 5600 mtrs and has been recorded in the Gunnies Book of World Records. At the top enjoy the nature beauty of snow capped mountains. In the late afternoon return back to the hotel. Overnight at hotel in Leh.
Day 08: Local Sightseeing – Leh
After breakfast full day visit to Samker Gompa & Leh Bazaar, Leh Monastry, Shanti Stupa and Leh Palace. Samker Gompa is little up in the valley, 3 Kms from Leh Town, which is open to visitors in the morning and evening only. The Gompa belongs to Yellow Sect & was founded in 18th Century. The Gompa is the seat of the Head Lama of Ladakh & founder of yellow sect, Tson-Kha-Pa. After Sanker, visit Leh Temple & Walk back or Drive to Leh Bazaar. Overnight in Hotel in Leh.
Day 09: Leh – Hemis /Shey /Thiksey
After breakfast at hotel visit monasteries of Hemis, Thiksey & Shey:
Shey it was the ancient capital of Ladakh and even after Singge Namgyal built the more imposing palace at Leh, the kings continued to regard Shey, as their real home. The importance which was attached to Shey – the seat of Ladakh’s heartland – is attested by the enormous number of Chorten about the village, particularly around the palace complex and barren plain to the north of the road.
Thiksey is one of the largest and most impressive Gompas. There are several temples in this Gompa containing images, stupas and exquisite wall paintings. It also houses a two – storied statue of Buddha which has the main prayer hall around its shoulder.
Hemis which is dedicated to Padmasambhava, what a visitor can observes a series of scenes in which the lamas, robed in gowns of rich, brightly colored brocade and sporting masks sometimes bizarrely hideous, parade in solemn dance and mime around the huge flag pole in the center of the courtyard to the plaintive melody of the Shawn. Overnight stay at hotel in Leh.
Day 10: Leh – Uley/Alchi
After Braekfast drive to Alchi, en-route visit Basgo fort, Spituk Monastry. Basgo Fort one of the top 100 endangered World Heritage sites and comprising of a 500 year old citadel and a 400 year old mud brick Gompa. Spituk monastery standing on a conical hill with three chapels was founded in the 11th century but the buildings in a series of tiers with courtyards and steps date from the 15th century. The Yellow-Hat Gelukpa monks created the precedent in Ladakh of building on mountain-tops rather than valley floors. You can have a good view of the countryside around. Overnight stay at Camp/Tent in Alchi/Uley.
Day 11:- Uley/Alchi – Leh
Early morning, proceed to visit Rizong Monastery. It has a monastery and a nunnery, which accommodates lady monks or Nuns locally called as “Chomos”. After visiting Rizong Monestry drive towards Leh en-route visiting Likir Monastery. Likir was built during the reign of Lachen Gyalpo who installed 600 monks here, headed by Lhawang Chosje. The Gompas was invested with a collection of fine images, Tangkhas and murals to vie with those at Alchi. The present buildings date mainly from the 18th century since the original were destroyed by fire. Likir was converted to the Gelupa sect in the 15th century. The head lama, the younger brother of the Dalai Lama, has his apartments here, which were extended in the mid 1990s. Before arriving into Leh, visit to Phyang Monastery, this is 17 Kms from Leh, built by Tashi Namgyal in 16th century A.D. and belongs to the Red Cap Sect of Buddhists. check-in at hotel. Overnight stay at hotel in Leh.
Day 12 – Leh – Pangong Lake – Leh – 290 Kms
Leave early morning at 5am to Pangong Lake through Changla pass 5486 Mtrs. While Ascending Changla pass 5486 Mtrs. Enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of the villages below the pass. After crossing the pass halt for picnic, lunch at Tsoltak, the summer pastureland of the yaks. Arrive Durbuk and from there a short drive to the western shore of the lake. Enjoy the landscape in the back drop of the lake. This famous blue brackish Lake of Pangong is 5/6 Kms wid and over 144 Kms long with half of its running the other side of the “INDO CHINA BORDER”. One rarely feels so close to nature and environment and the scenery is unforgettable. In the late afternoon drive back to Leh. Night stay at hotel in Leh.
Day 13 – Leh Departure
After breakfast , transfer to Leh Airport for your onward/Return Journey.