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10 Days Leh & Ladakh Sojourn Tour

10 Days Leh & Ladakh Sojourn Tour


Itinerary Summary

The Snow Desert of Ladakh presents impressive panorama of frozen landscapes dotted with a number of colorful Buddhist monasteries and gompas. Bound by Karakoram Range and mighty Himalays, the district is also known as the Land of High Passes. Its capital, Leh is rightly called the Land of Lamas. The 17th century Leh Palace was once home to the Ladakhi royalty. Leh is also home to remarkable Buddist monuments, such as Shanti Stupa, 14th century Stok Gompa, Sankar Gompa, and Shey and Thiksey monasteries. Yak Caravans at Leh are popular tourist attractions.

The itinerary also includes camping at an altitude of 4,920 m at Sarchu that lies on the Manali Leh highway between two famous passes known as Baralacha La and Lachulung La. Often known as Little Tibet, Ladakh shares its landscape and cultural traits of its neighbor. World-class mountaineers, trekkers, bikers, adventure lovers and photographers veer to Ladakh to witness its terrific physical and geographical features, experience its rich heritage and culture, and scale its high peaks. The unusual locations of monasteries in Ladakh and difficult to access mountain villages are idyllic for those who are looking for peace, silence, tranquility, remoteness and solitude.

  • Day 1:

    Wagah Border (Amritsar)

    (240 km in 6 hr )

    Arrive at
    Drive to Dharamshala

    Reach and we will meet you at the border on the Indian side.

    Drive to Dharamshala.

    Lying 526 km northwest of New Delhi, Dharamshala is the headquarters of the Kangra District in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Kangra valley is one of the most pleasant, relaxing and spiritual places in the Himalayas. Marvelously scenic, especially upper Dharamshala, is well wooded with oak, cedar, pine and other timber yielding trees and offers some lovely walks and finer views. In 1855, Dharamshala had only two major areas where civilians settled in : McLeod Ganj, named after Lieutenant Governor ofPunjab "David McLeod", and Forsyth Ganj, named after a Divisional Commissioner.

    Lord Elgin, the British Viceroy of India (1862-63) fell in love with the natural beauty of Dharamshala because of its likeness with Scotland, his home in England. Lord Elgin died in 1863 while on a tour. He now lies buried in the graveyard of St. John's Church-in-Wilderness, which stands in a cozy pine grove between McLeod Ganj and Forsyth Ganj.

    A Legend has it that Lord Elgin liked Dharamshala so much that he had sent a proposal to the British monarch to make Dharamshala the summer capitalof India. However, the proposal was ignored. By 1904, Forsyth Ganj and McLeod Ganj had become nerve centres of trade, business and official work of Kangra District, But on the 4th of April 1905, as a result of a severe earthquake, whole of the area was devastated. Alarmed at the massive destruction, the British government decided to shift the district headquarter offices to the lower reaches of spur. As a result, the present-day district courts and kotwali bazaar areas came into being which earlier had only a jail, a police station and cobbler's shop to boast of. Until India attained independence from Britain on 15th of August 1947, McLeod Ganj and Forsyth Ganj continued to serve as health resorts and resting places for the British Rulers. But all this changed when the government of India decided to grant political asylum to the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatsho, in 1959. In 1960, he was allowed to make McLeod Ganj his headquarters.

    After his arrival, trade, commerce and tourism picked up afresh because with the Dalai Lama came thousands of Tibetan refugees, who gradually settled in Mcleod Ganj. During the last three decades, The Tibetans have built many religious, educational and cultural institutions in and around McLeod Ganj, which has helped in preservation of their culture. This has been a keen area of interest for the people around the world and as a result they flock at Dharamshala at various times.

    Overnight will be at Dharamshala.

  • Day 2:

    Dharamshala – Manali

    (195 km in 6 hr )

    Breakfast will be at the resort.

    Enjoy the sightseeing of DHARAMSHALA and then drive to Manali.

    Drive through the small markets and villages, well worth the time the moment you cross Bilaspur, Mandi, Kullu and other small markets. And start the run up along side the RIVER BEAS to Manali. The first sight of the Icy Mountains cradling this picturesque township in their fold seems so inviting that the foot on the accelerator gets a shade firmer. And the rumbles in your tummy no longer care for sickness but excitement. En route pass through the Mandi - Mandi is the gateway to the Kullu Valley Kangra valley and Shimla. About the 15 km south to Kulu in the village of Banjaura is the Basheshar Mahadev, The largest stone temple in the Kullu valley.

    Late evening arrive at Manali on arrival check in the hotel for overnight with dinner.

    Overnight will be at Manali.

  • Day 3:

    Manali

    Proceed for a Full Day excursion of the hill queen.

    The white peaks send a cheerful welcome to the Land of Snowballs and Skiing as a matter of fact Manali is the first choice of many people who want to see and touch snow for the first time. First times trippers to Manali will invariably want to sues out old favorites such as the 16th century Hadimba Temple, the Hot spring at Vashisht and even speculate anout the life and times Old Manali – the hippy enclave. But the lure of the playing fields of the Solang Valley. Naggar 28 km from the Manali, a picturesque tiny village set on a hill, Naggar is the starting points for the treks over the Chandrakhani pass. The town is host to the Roerich Art Gallery that used to be the home of artist Nicholas Roerich and his wife Devika Rani. Amongst the ancient temples in the area are the 12th century Gauri Shankar temple and the Chatar Bhuj Temple.

    Return to the hotel or explore the local markets.

    Overnight will be at Manali.

  • Day 4:

    Manali – Jispa

    (3,182m, 117 km in 5 hr )

    Early morning drive to Jispa after breakfast, through the Rohatang Pass 13,060 ft. around 51 km climb up to the Rohatang along a rough bridle path and once on top, enjoy the stunning panoramas of the array of snow peaks and glaciers. En route stop off at snow point a static point as it shifts with the snow.

    En route visit the Keylong. Keylong at an elevation of 3350 m. is situated on the Manali-Leh road is the headquarters of Lahaul and Spiti. It is the only place in Lahaul, which has a regular bazaar. It is ideally situated in the heart of the Himalayas in the lonely cornet with highs cliffs in the front covered with snow. This place is lush green. The climate of this place is dry and bracing but winters are very severe. Keylong located above Bhaga River the district headquarters of Lahaul Spiti has been described as oasis of green field. Three well known monasteries Tayul, Khardong, Gemur and Sha-Shur are within a radius of few kilometers.

    After lunch at Keylong visit the monasteries than drive Jispa. Spend day walking around the Jispa village.

    Overnight will be at Hotel.

  • Day 5:

    Jispa – Sarchu

    (142 km in 5 hr )

    Early morning take the breakfast continue drive to Sarchu through the Darcha village. This place is the gateway for the trekker’s to Lamayuru via Zanskar valley. We stop there for checking, because this is the last check post in the Himachal. we verify our passport and another documents. Than cross the Barlacha Pass (4650m). Sarchu is the very open place on the bank of the Bhaga river. The evening is too much windy.

    Over night will be at the tent.

  • Day 6:

    Sarchu – Tsokar – Tsomoriri

    (118 km in 6 hr )

    After breakfast drive to Pang.

    En route we cross the wild animal. Pang is the tiny migrated markets in Leh-Manali road. The person who run the shops these are Ladakhi. They are shifted there for few months as mid June till Sep. Just cross the Pang and then drive further up. After the up hill drive we find the plain area around 60 km till base of Tanglanla (5400m).

    Reach Tsomoriri and check in at your fixed camp.

    Visit the lake side the small collection of huts. Tsomoriri is situated at an altitude of 4573m from south east from Leh. It is like a pearl shape and contains large mineral deposits. The circumference of the lake is around 36 km. Here you must register and show your permit.

    Overnight will be in the tent.

  • Day 7:

    Karzok Village & Tsokar Excursion

    (( 4267m ) Excursion)

    Enjoy breakfast and drive to Karzok.

    Before Tanglanla we will take right turn to Karzok village. The gompa here is quite unusual because it is inhabited predominantly bywomen, who often spend their day making beautiful garments for themselves. The gompa was built in about 1850 replacing one replacing one destroyed during Dogra invasion. Rest day explore the village.

    Drive to Tsokar close to your camp.

    Tsokar is about 7km from Tsomoriri. There is a small gompa. At the village of Thukse a collection of solid brick huts set up for the dramatic winters.

    Late evening return to the camp for overnight. Dinner will be in the camp.

  • Day 8:

    Tsomoriri – Leh

    (210 km in 6 – 7 hr )

    After breakfast drive to Leh.

    Leh is the capital of Ladakh, lies nestled among low hills on the north side of the Indus Valley, between the Stok Mountains to the south and the Ladakh Range to the north, for centuries it has been a place where travelers of different nationalities have rested, In the 15th century both Leh and the village of Shey shared the responsibility of being the capitals of Upper Ladakh, Shey was the more fortified of the two, while Leh was in the prime position for trade. The town’s growth in importance is relegated by the building of the first royal residency on top of Namguyal peaks. Leh's prosperity derived from its location at the foot of the Khardung La, the gateway of the infamous trade route to Yarkand in Turkistan. The trade involved the people of Leh at all levels, a few undergoing the rigorous journey over the mountains themselves, some merely setting up as merchants. Morning will be free for visiting the local monasteries and in the afternoon proceed for sightseeing of Shanti Stupa, Shankar Gompa, Namgyal Tsom.

    In the evening visit the Ladakhi kitchen. Overnight will be at hotel in Leh.

  • Day 9:

    Leh

    Proceed for the full day Sightseeing of Shey, Thiksey, Hemis & Stok Palace. In the evening watch a DANCES PROGRAM of the locals.

    Overnight will be at Leh.

  • Day 10:

    Leh – Delhi

    (0645/0800 h)

    Drive to Leh airport after breakfast for flight to Delhi. Reach and we will transfer you to your friends’ place.

    Spend day at Delhi (sightseeing or relaxing) and take flight as per timing to Lahore.

  1. DOUBLE SHARING ACCOMMODATION IN BEST POSSIBLE HOTELS,
  2. DELUXE HOTELS AT LEH, JISPA AND MANALI,
  3. SIGHTSEEING TOURS AS MENTIONED IN THE ITINERARY,
  4. MODERN SUV FOR AMRITSAR TO JISPA DRIVE,
  5. NON AIRCONDITIONED INDIAN JEEP (4 WHEEL DRIVE) FOR THE TOUR,
  6. MEET AND ASSIST AT THE AIRPORT ON ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE,
  7. DAILY BREAKFASTS AT ALL PLACES,
  8. LADAKHI KITCHEN VISIT,
  9. CULTURAL PROGRAM,
  10. LOCAL ENGLISH SPEAKING ESCORT FOR TOUR FROM MANALI TILL LEH,
  11. TOLL TAXES, DRIVER ALLOWANCE, PARKING,
  12. ALL MONUMENT & MONASTERY ENTRANCES,
  13. STAY IN DELUXE TENTED CAMPS AT SARCHU & TSOMORIRI for 03 NIGHTS/04 days Including ALL MEALS AND OTHER SERVICES,
  14. ALL MEALS AT SARCHU, JISPA & LEH,
  15. FLIGHT FARE (ECONOMY) BETWEEN LEH & DELHI AND
  16. ALL APPLICABLE TAXES AND SERVICE CHARGES.

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