LADAKH: Known as "the moonland ", "Little Tibet" or even more romantically as "the last Shangri La", Ladakh is the most remote region of India, a barren, virtually rainless area. Ladakh beckons for more than one reason. The defiance of its barren landscape, its unique flora and fauna, its culture, its clear blue skies and clean air, the land where snow never melts and only corn ripens, has more to offer a good holiday.
Day 1: Delhi
Arrive Delhi. Transfer to hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Delhi-Manali (570kms)
Drive to Manali. Transfer to hotel.
Overnight at the hotel
Day 3: Manali - Jispa (3142m/147 Kms)
Start your overland journey and drive to Jispa. This high altitude road beyond the great Himalayan range, connects the densely fertile and green Kullu valley to the stark barren region of Ladakh. The drive starts at Manali slowly winding up mountain roads till Rohtang Pass at 3,950M which connects the Kullu to the Lahaul valley. On entering the Lahaul valley we see a distinct change with the Hindu influence being replaced with the Buddhist religion. Continue drive to Jispa via Keylong. Packed lunch -enroute. 7-8 hours drive.
Dinner and overnight in tents.
Day 4: Jispa - Sarchu (4253m/75 Kms)
Leisurely drive over the scenic Baralacha Pass (4880 M). Plenty of stops to capture the scenic grandeur of this majestic landscape dotted with snow capped peaks and high altitude lakes. After crossing the pass drop down to the vast Sarchu plains . 6 hours drive.
Dinner and overnight in tents.
Day 5: Sarchu - Tso Kar (4268m/165 Kms) - Tso - Morriri (4485m/45kms)
After breakfast drive to Tso Kar. (Kar Lake), It is a day where we will cross a number of passes the first of which already being passed Bara Lacha La (4955M above sea level). After coming down from Bara Lacha La climb up the Gatta Loops, a series of 21 hairpin bends carved into the mountainside and then after descending once again wind your way up the Lachung La pass (4985M above sea level). From here the road twists its way to Pangong through an amazing canyon with sheer cliffs and rocky outcrops looming up on both sides of the road. Drive to Tso-Moriri via Sumdo.
Tso Moriri lake is also called as white lake because of salt deposit around it. It is approx 45 kms northwest of the Tso -Kar. Packed lunch en-route.
Sumdo to Tso Moriri is one of the most interesting drives as it goes through sandy deserts & rocky paths. After slowly zigzaging up to the Namshang-La, the drive follows a smooth descent and drive past the isolated Thasang Tso - a small torquoise lake which appears like an emerald of a queen's necklace.
Dinner and overnight stay in camp.
Day 6: Tso Moriri -Leh (3506m/280 Kms)
After breakfast drive for 7hours to Leh via Sumdo and Chuma - Thang (3965M). Enroute stop at Mahe Bridge from where the road crosses to the south bank of the river by a bridge; it then follows the unmetalled road through Sumdo village up to join Puga stream. The drive from Sumdo to Mahe follows a narrow mountain gorge through green bushes. Packed lunch en-route.
Chuma-Thang is known for its famous medicated hot water springs where people from various parts of Ladakh come for relieving their pains. Enroute drive past beautiful villages of Nurnis, Kery and Kadgam.
The Jeep drive through this part of the Indus valley is quite flat without much uphill or downhill drive, a wide open village .
Dinner and Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7: Shey-Thiksey-Hemis
After breakfast drive up along the scenic Indus valley. Enroute stop over to visit the famous Shey, Thiksey and Hemis monasteries. Packed lunch enroute.
Shey Palace & Monastery
This summer palace of the erstwhile King of Leh set upon a hill. The monastery itself has a 7.5 meter high, copper statue of a sitting Buddha, wrought in gold. This is the largest of it's kind in the world.
19 Kms from Leh, Thiksey is one of the largest and most impressive Gompas of Ladakh. The Thiksey monastery provides a panoramic view of the green Indus Valley from its vantage point atop a hill. It has chambers full of statues, Stupas and colorful Tankhas.
Situated just off the Manali-Leh Highway, Ladakh's biggest and wealthiest monastery is situated on the Leh - Manali road. It's popularity stems from the annual festival held here in summer. The festival coincides with Guru Padma Sambhava's (Buddha) birthday. It contains quite a few statues in gold and Stupas decorated with precious stones. It has a superb collection of Tankhas, including one which is supposed to be the largest in existence and is exhibited only once every 12 years.
Day 8: Leh To Pangong Back Leh
Full day excursion to Pangong Lake; (320Kms) 06,00 hrs. drive to Pangong Lake via Changla Pass. Lunch at Tangtse. Visit pangong Lake ad drive back to Leh. Arrive Leh by evening.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 9: Leh -Hunder (3048m/ 125 Kms)
Drive to Nubra Valley via Khardung la pass the highest motorable pass in the world (18,300 feet). Part of the road goes over the glacier. On the way you get excellent view of great Karakoram Range. Packed lunch en-route. En-route visit Diskit monastery.
Dinner and overnight in tents.
Day 10: Hunder - Panamik- Alchi Via Leh (3506m/200kms)
Visit Hunder monastery and Diskit monastery and then drive to Panamik, crossing Shyok river and driving along the Nubra river. This night you halt at Panamik. This used to be the halting place for traders coming from Central Asia as it was the first village in 20 days trek on the silk route. Traders halted here to have bath in the hot springs for which Panamik is very famous.
Drive to Alchi . Enroute visit Samthangling Gompa of Summer. Check in at the hotel at Alchi.
After till late afternoon you can go around visit and walk in Alchi.
Dinner and overnight stay at Camps.
Day 11: Alchi To Kargil (168 Kms) 5-6 Hrs
After Breakfast leave for Kargil, enroute visit Rizong, Moon landscape, Lamayuru (Oldest Monastery in Ladakh) and Giant Maitreya at Mulbekh. Arrive at Kargil by evening.
Day 12: Kargil To Drass To Sonamarg To Srinagar (204 Kms)
After early Breakfast drive to Srinagar passing through Drass, the second coldest inhabited Place on earth and you can have spectacular view of Kargil War famous Peaks Tiger Hill and other Peaks. Arrive at Srinagar by Evening.
Day 13: In Srinagar
After breakfast proceed for a Fullday tour to Mughal Gardens visiting the Nishat Bagh and Shalimar Bagh . Return to the houseboat for hot Lunch. In the afternoon enjoy Shikara ride on Dal Lake.
Day 14: Srinagar to Jammu (290 kms)
Morning after breakfast drive through Jawar Tunnel, perhaps the 3km longest tunnel in India was constructed by Germans in Late 1950. Enjoy the view of Karakoram range of mountains and Pine forest of Patnitop, on arrival in Jammu, check into hotel, Fresh n up and relax dinner and overnight stay at hotel
Day 15: Jammu To Amritsar (238 Kms)
Early breakfast and we start our journey to capital of Punjab, 6 hours drive approx, on arrival check into hotel, fresh n up, after visit Golden Temple.
Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.
Day 16: Amritsar to Ambala ( 255 kms)
After breakfast we start our journey to transit city Ambala, on arrival check into hotel, fresh n up and relax, dinner and overnight stay at hotel.
Day 17: Ambala to Delhi. (202 kms)
After breakfast drive back to Delhi, to onward destinations.