Day 01: New Delhi
Around midnight arrival in
New Delhi. The cosmopolitan city and capital of India is the main gateway for
travelers to India. Upon arrival, you will be met by an Indo Vacations representative and transferred to the hotel.
Day 02: New Delhi
In the morning have sightseeing in Old Delhi. Sightseeing of Old Delhi includes "Rajghat", the site where
Mahatma Gandhi was cremated,
Jama Masjid and the great mosque of old Delhi. Today we also visit the famous
"Humayun Tomb" which is the first substantial example of
Mughal architecture in India and "Kutub Minar". Before we proceed to the hotel we
drive through New Delhi where we will visit the
India Gate, Government
buildings and Embassies.
Day 03: New Delhi -
Kullu (by air) - Manali
In the morning from Delhi we will drive to airport for the flight to
Kullu. Upon arrival in Kullu we will drive further to Manali.
Manali, nestled on the foot of the giant Rohtang Jot and on the bank of the Beas River, is an evergreen area with Pine
and Deodar trees surrounding the town. Visit the mall, the markets and the
Hidimba temple in the evening. Overnight stay in Manali.
Day 04: Manali - Rohtang - Tandi - Keylong
In the morning from Manali we drive further to
Rohtang pass which offers some great views of the
Pir Panjal range. In the way we will come across some scenic views of snow-covered peaks and glaciers. As we drive further we will come across the change in vegetation. The tree line seems to be getting away from us making way for small bushes. We are in the foothills of the Pir Panjal range. So now we will descend into the drier
Lahaul valley travelling along the Chandra river past its confluence with the Bhaga river at
Tandi. We reach
Keylong, the district headquarters of Lahaul by
evening and have an overnight stay at Keylong.
Day 05: Keylong - Sarchu
Today we will start our day with a short drive on a flat road, and then we will ride downhill and then enter a gorge descending down the bridge connected to the Sarchu Plateau. We will come across some arid landscapes with some beautiful scenery and
high rise mountain ranges, bearing watermarks & erosion of soil clearly indicating that the area was under water a few million years ago. The area is sparsely green. We have an overnight stay
Day 06: Sarchu - Gata - More Plains - Tsokar Lake
Today we drive up the
Gata loops and reach the More Plains. Changpas, the Nomadic people who tend their yaks here and few Wild Ass are the only sign of life on this isolated and long road. This belt is barren and known for its fast blowing winds, sandstorms & extreme temperatures in the early morning and evenings. Across the More Plains, enroute to
Leh from Manali are the remote
Rupshu Plains and the 23km long Tsomoriri Lake at 15000 feet surrounded by mountains towering over 20000 feet. From More Plains we will drive further to Tsokar Lake. This lake is a salt lake from where nearly all of Ladakh's salt supply used to come from. We will have camp by the salt lake after visiting Tugche village and monastery on the banks of the lake.
Day 07: Tsokar Lake - Puga - Tsomoriri Lake
After breakfast, we will drive past
Tsokar lake to the top of Polo Gonka pass and descend to the hot water springs of
Puga, where patients are treated by specialist doctors from Leh. Then we will drive to Tsomoriri and set camp near a little gully leading down to the lake.
Day 08: Tsomoriri Lake
The Tsomoriri lake serves as a breeding ground to the Bar-headed Geese, Black-necked crane, Brahminy Ducks and other wild life. The day is free to enjoy the
bird watching. The other animals which are found in this region are Blue Sheep, Kiangs (wild asses), Yaks and Pashmina goats (Shatoosh). We also take a hike upto the "Changpa" settlements on a large
Day 09: Tsomoriri Lake - Leh
We leave Tso Moriri after breakfast for a long eight hours drive to Leh via Mahe where we meet the Indus river continuing down the valley. We reach Leh by the afternoon.
Day 10: Leh Excursion (Shey - Thiksey - Hemis)
In the morning after having the breakfast we will visit the most important monasteries of central
River Indus. We visit
Shey which was the ancient capital of Ladakh. The Shey monastery has a huge copper gilted image of Sakayamuni Buddha and a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue. Then we will drive further and visit Thiksey. The Thiksey monastery is actually a complex of buildings on a crag rising in tier upon tier above the village. We will drive further down to cross over the bridge at Kharu and visit the largest and the richest Hemis monastery. After visiting the monastery drive back to Leh.
Day 11: Leh - Hunder
Early morning we will drive to
Hunder. After travelling for around 39
km from Leh we cross the Khardungla Pass (5578 m) which is the highest motorable road in the world. The view from the top is simply amazing. Sheltered on the other side is the beautiful and fertile
Nubra valley situated along river Shayok. The valley is covered with dense thickets of
sea buck thorn - a throny shrub which the villagers use for fuel and fencing their fields. The Nubra Valley, with an average altitude of 10000 feet has a milder climate than the rest of Ladakh and the Shyok river which feeds this valley has made agriculture possible. It is in this valley that you will see the double humped Bactrian camel, which were used in earlier days as means of transport on the Silk Route. Snow capped mountains surround this valley which also boasts of some of the best monasteries in Ladakh. We will drive further and arrive at the small village of Hunder (3048
m) and have an overnight stay there only.
Day 12: Hunder - Diskit
In the morning visit
Chamba monastery of
Hunder and then start the
Camel Safari on the Bactrian camels. The Safari goes along the soft white sandy deserts with rolling sand dunes. We continue to
Diskit, a quaint village on the banks of the
Shyok River and boasts of a 500 year old monastery perched atop a hillock. Then we will arrive at the capital of Nubra i.e. Diskit. In the afternoon explore the Diskit. Being the main town of Nubra, it has a small market bustling with activity. We visit the Gompa, situated on a rocky spur above the village providing a commanding view of the valley.
Day 13: Diskit - Tegger - Pinchimic
In the morning drive to Tegger village (3146 m). There visit Samstanling Gompa.
In the afternoon start Camel Safari to reach Pinchimic. The Safari is comparatively short and goes along the river where the valley is well spread. We will arrive in Pinchimic in the evening and have an overnight stay
Day 14: Pinchimic - Panamic
In the morning start the last leg of Camel Safari to
Panamic. Enroute visit a beautiful lake chucked between two small hills. In the afternoon explore Panamic Village. During the trade between Central Asia and Ladakh, Panamic was the last major settlement before the caravans cross the Karakoram range. Today, Panamic is a sleepy village, with its people quitely working in their fields. There we will visit the
thermal hot springs locally reputed to have therapeutic qualities.
We have an overnight stay in Panamic.
Day 15: Panamic - Leh
In the morning visit the "Ensa Gompa" across the river clinging precariously to the mountain surrounded by few trees. In the afternoon drive to Leh. Upon arrival in the evening drive to the hotel.
Day 16: Leh
The whole day is free to explore the local market.
Day 17: Leh - New Delhi (by air)
In the morning transfer to the airport to board flight for New Delhi. Arrival in Delhi in the afternoon. The rest of the day at leisure. Rooms are available to get refresh before departing for the airport.
Day 18: New Delhi
midnight flight to home destination.
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