22 Days Ladakh Tour is an intensive tour which covers the three
regions of Jammu
mainly, Jammu, Kashmir and
Ladakh and Himachal Pradesh. In the first part of the tour you will
visit various cities in Himachal Pradesh like Shimla, Dharamshala
and Manali. In the second part of the tour you will visit various
cities in Jammu and Kashmir like Jammu, Srinagar and Gulmarg. In the
third part of the tour you will visit various cities in Ladakh like
Kargil, Zanskar, Padum, Leh, Diskit, Nubra Valley and Jispa. In this
tour you will also visit various monasteries in Leh like alchi, Liki,
Lamayuru, Shey and Hemis.
Day 1: Delhi (Arrival)
Today arrival in Delhi.
The cosmopolitan city and capital New Delhi is the main gateway for
the travellers to India. Upon arrival, you will be met by an Indo
Vacations representative and transferred to the hotel.
Day 2: Delhi - Chandigarh (by train)
In the morning after having breakfast we will drive to railway
station to catch train to Chandigarh.
derives its name from the Chandi Mandir temple located in the
vicinity of the city and a fort or ‘garh" beyond the temple, called
Chandigarh. Chandigarh is a union territory, administered by the
Government of India and was designed by Le Corbusier. In the evening
arrive in Chandigarh and transfer to the hotel.
Day 3: Chandigarh - Dharamshala (about 245 kms
/ 7 hours)
Today we drive to Dharamshala. Dharamshala has
one of the most spectacular settings for a hill station and split
into two parts. The lower part is only known as Dharamshala and is
about 9 kms away from the upper part, and known as Mcleodganj. In
Dharamshala there is a strong Tibetan influence. The Dalai Lama
settled here after the Chinese invasion of Tibet in
Day 4: Dharamshala
Today we visit the Namgyal monastery at McLeodganj. This monastery
is the major attraction in McLeodganj and is located on the opposite
side of the Dalai Lama's residence. This monastery contains large
gilded bronzes of Buddha,
Avalokitesvara and Padmasambhava.
Afterwards we have a walk through Mcleodganj and visit the St.
John church. This church
has attractive stained glass windows. Lord Elgin, one of the
viceroys of the British occupied India was buried in this church.
Evening at leisure to visit the markets at Dharamshala.
Day 5: Dharamshala – Jammu (about 200 kms / 5
Along the snow covered mountains of mighty Himalayas we drive from
Dharamshala to Jammu.
The city of Jammu is the second largest in the state and is the
winter capital of the government. The old town of Jammu overlooks
the river Tawi. In Jammu we visit the Raghunath Temple of the 19th
century and Ranbireswar Temple which is dedicated to God
Shiva. We also visit the
Dogra Art Gallery which is famous for its miniature paintings.
Jammu is basically the Homeland of Dogra, the Rajput clan of the
hill region in the north of the Ravi River.
Day 6: Jammu – Srinagar (about 310kms/ 8-9
Drive from Jammu to Srinagar. Srinagar has
been described by some visitors as the Venice of the East. This
beautiful city was established by Emperor Ashoka some 2300 years
ago. A unique charm of Srinagar is its 1300 or more houseboats, the
floating little hotels on the edge of the Dal Lake. Rest of the day
free for leisure to explore the beautiful surroundings in Srinagar.
Day 7: Srinagar – Gulmarg – Srinagar (about
In the morning after having breakfast drive to Gulmarg, the Meadow
of Flowers. In Gulmarg you
would be able to find European surroundings and 18-hole Golf Course.
During the British Raj, Gulmarg hosted the Britishers and Europeans
and these Britishers created a European hill resort. In Gulmarg
while walking along the circular path you only have to look down to
have a complete view of the valley and Srinagar. You can also have a
fine view of Nanga Parbat, the naked mountain which is over 26,000
feet and dominates the entire region. Rest of the day at leisure in
Gulmarg to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. In the evening drive
back to Srinagar.
Day 8: Srinagar (Free day)
This day free for leisure in Srinagar.
Day 9: Srinagar - Kargil (about 205 kms)
In the morning after having breakfast we drive to Kargil. On the way
we will cross Zoji La pass which is situated at a height of 3529
metre. Zoji La marks the boundary between Kashmir and Ladakh. On
Zoji La pas there is one way traffic, so we have to wait for traffic
controller announcement for crossing Zoji La. In the afternoon we
reach Drass which is the second coldest inhabited places in the
world. After reaching Drass we drive further towards Kargil. Kargil
is situated in Suru
Valley where the Suru
river flows and meets the Indus at a place called Marul. Upon
arrival transfer to the Hotel.
Day 10: Kargil - Zanskar (about 250 kms)
Today we will drive from Kargil to Zanskar.
There is a jeep road from Kargil to Padum over the Pensi pass. This
road is open from May to September. The Zanskar Valley has been a
recent and welcome addition to the area of Ladakh. Zanskar is a sub
region of Ladakh and is a remote area contained by the Zanskar
mountain range to the North and the Great Himalaya to
the South. The Zanskar river flows along the valley from Padum to Zangla,
then makes its way through the Zanskar range in a series of
impressive gorges to join the Indus.
The main valley is approximately 300 km long and is ringed by
mountains. Access to it is therefore over one of the high passes.
Day 11: Zanskar (Excursion to Padum)
Today we will drive from Zanskar to Padum. Padum is
the main habitation and the headquarters of the Zanskar area. Close
to the Padum town are a set of ancient rock carvings and two
picturesque monasteries. Padum is a low population mainly Buddhist
settlement with the minority of Sunni Muslim.
Day 12: Zanskar - Kargil (about 250 kms)
Today we drive back from Zanskar to Kargil. A quite town now, Kargil
once served as important trade and transit centre in the Pan-Asian
trade network. Kargil is the second largest town in Ladakh after
Leh and it is like a mid
way point on the long journey from Srinagar to Leh. Overnight stay
Day 13: Kargil - Leh (about 236 kms, 8 hours)
start early morning from Kargil so that on the way the monasteries
of Alchi, Likir and
Lamayuru can be visited. The road further from Kargil climbs its
adventuress & breathless way to Namika-la (12,200 ft. or 3719 m) and
Fotu-la (13,479ft. or 4094m) passes, giving you a real feeling,
being really at the top of the world. (“La” means a pass and used
with respect and honour). In the evening arrive in Leh. Since the
17th century, Leh has been the capital of the Ladakh region. Leh and
Indus Valley were
earlier the capitals of the region.
Day 14: Leh (Excursion to Shey & Hemis)
Today we have a day excursion to Shey and Hemis monastery. Shey is
the oldest capital of Ladakh from where its earliest Tibetan kings
ruled. The Monastery or Gompa of Shey is located ideally on a high
rock about 15 kms south of Leh on the eastern bank of the Indus.
Until the 16th century, Shey was the royal residence. One of the
attraction of the Shey is the victory stupa which is topped with
gold. The monastery of Hemis is situated on a green hill, surrounded
by spectacular mountains. Hemis is around 45 kms in the south of Leh
on the west bank of the Indus. The monastery of Hemis is the biggest
Day 15: Leh – Diskit , Nubra Valley (about 140
kms 5 hours)
Today we drive from Leh to Diskit. Diskit is the main habitation and
administrative center of the
It is situated on the edge of a desert on the Shyok-side valley. Due
to unmatchable beauty of this valley an excursion made here is
unforgettable. The valley is surrounded by the Himalaya Mountain and
offers spectacular views.
Day 16: Diskit – Nubra Valley – Leh
Today we drive from Diskit to Nubra valley. The Nubra Valley
literally means the valley of flowers. Nubra Valley is situated in
the north of Leh. The average altitude of the valley is about 10,000
ft. above the sea level. The Nubra Valley, lies once on the trading
route that connected eastern Tibet with Turkistan via the famous
Karakoram Pass has been opened recently to the tourists. The main
attraction of the Nubra valley is Bactarian Camels. (Double hump
Camel) They can be seen around sand dunes.
Day 17: Leh - Jispa (about 361 kms/ 10 hours)
Today we drive from Diskit to Jispa.
lies at 10890 feet on the banks of Bhaga River. Bhaga is one of the
tributaries of the river
which is a very fast flowing river. Jispa as well as Sarchu (371 kms
from Diskit) are used by traveler as mid point to spend overnite
while traveling by road from Leh to Manali. In Jispa one can enjoy
the wonderful views of Himalaya and Mountain.
Day 18: Jispa – Manali (about 141 kms 5 hours)
Early morning drive from Jispa to
through the Rohatang Pass, which is at the height of around 13,060
feet. The path is rough through the pass but to compensate this
views of snow peaks and glaciers are magnificent. Manali has
spectacular views of snow capped peaks and wooded slopes. It offers
interesting walks through dappled orchards and fairy tale forests of
Day 19: Manali
In the morning we will have sightseeing in Manali. Today we will
Devi Temple, Vashisht
Hot Water Spring and Monastery. Hidimba Devi temple was built in
1553. This temple has a superbly crafted four-tiered pagoda roof and
famous for it’s exquisitely carved doorway. Vashishth Hot Water
Springs are the well known hot water springs. There are old temples
dedicated to the sage Vashishth and Lord
Rama. In the evening we
visit a small Tibetan monastery which houses several Buddha images
and Rahella Falls. It is a beautiful picturesque site from where the
Beas river falls drown from the height of 50 meters above sea level.
Day 20: Manali - Shimla (about 250 km / 5
In the morning we drive towards Shimla.
The British called Shimla the "Queen of Hill Stations." Shimla is
situated in the northwest Himalayas. It was the summer capital of
India before independence and it is now the capital of Himachal
Pradesh. Shimla derives
its name from "Shyamala" the goddess Kali, whose temple existed in
the dense forest that covered Jakhu Hill in the early 19th century.
Its well developed facilities, easy accessibility and numerous
attractions make it one of India's most popular and biggest hill
Day 21: Shimla
Today we have sightseeing in Shimla. In our sightseeing we visit
This Christ church is located on the Shimla’s prominent Ridge. Even
today, the church has some interesting memorial tablets while the
pews still mark the seats of British Viceroy of India, the
Commander-in-Chief and the Punjab’s Governor. Later we visit the Jakhoo
It is the highest point in Shimla and offers a spectacular view of
the town, hills and distant mountain ranges. The peak has a temple
dedicated to the Lord
Hanuman. After visiting
the temple we return back to hotel. In the evening we visit the Mall
and Scandal Point for shopping. Scandal
Point is the hub of
Shimla’s social life and is said to be so named after a British
Commander-in-Chief’s daughter eloped from the spot with the Maharaja
Day 22: Shimla - Kalka (about 100 km / 2
hours) - Delhi (by train)
Today we drive to the Kalka railway station for the train to Delhi.
In the night arrive in Delhi and transfer to the airport for the
flight to home destination for the onwards journey.
(End of our Services).
Hotel which have been tested in the past by us and are good value of
money (subject to availability).
Inclusions in the given tour cost:
Accommodation in double room on twin sharing basis with bath
and WC as in the above mentioned / similar hotels.
Breakfast and Dinner in the Hotel during the tour.
Tickets (Delhi – Chandigarh) (Kalka – Delhi).
Toll Parking , DA.
Arrival / Departure Assistance.
Transfers and Sightseeing throughout the tour by an individual Air
Conditioned vehicle with driver.
Any Kind of Personal Expenses such as Monument Tips, Laundry,
Telephone Bills and Alcoholic beverages.
Camera Fees (Still or Movie).
Any Flight Charges.
Additional Sightseeing or Extra usage of Vehicle other then
mentioned in the Itinerary.
Guide Charges & Entrances Charges.
Unspecified Meals etc.
Anything which is not included in the inclusions.
Package cost per person
on twin sharing basis in INR including Room, Breakfast, Dinner, Transport
Vehicle to be used
Air Conditioned Toyota Innova
/ Scorpio / Xylo
Air Conditioned Tempo Traveler
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