Tour of Delhi > Chandigarh > Manali > Keylong > Darcha > Sarchu > Leh > Pangong > Leh > Khardungla > Nubra > Khardungla > Leh > Alchi > Lamayuru > Kargil > Sonamarg > Srinagar
This magnificent tour of North India starts in Delhi, includes a train ride to Chandigarh, visit to Manali – a famous hill station, overland drive to Leh via Rohtang Pass, Lahaul and Spiti Valley, Keylong, Darcha and Sarchu. Sightseeing at Leh, Pangong Lake, Hemis Monastery, Thiksey monastery, sightseeing of Sumoor area and Samstaling Gompa at Nubra Valley, explore Deskit , Hundar and the Sand Dunes, Lamayuru monastery and the adjoining “Moonland” hills on the way to Kargil, also visit Hall of Fame, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Magnetic Point, Sangam (confluence of Indus & Zanskar Rivers) and the 11th century Alchi Choskor, driving through Drass reach Sonemarg and Srinagar where we enjoy Shikara ride at Dal Lake and explore world famous Mughal Garden / Nishat Bagh.
Travel Plan :
Day 01: Arrive New Delhi
On arrival meeting assistance & transfer to Hotel. Overnight stay.
Day 02: New Delhi to Chandigarh and Drive to Manali
In time transfer to New Delhi Railway Station to board Shatabdi Express to Chandigarh.
On arrival meeting assistance at Chandigarh. After short briefing, proceed to Manali. 325 kms drive will take approx. 8 hours to reach Manali. Check in at the hotel and overnight stay.
Day 03: Drive Manali – Rohtang Pass – Koksar – Keylong
Depart Manali early in the morning our first halt is Marhi. A barren landscape offering extensive views of the valley and the mountains. We proceed to Rohtang Pass 3790 M, it is most popular with visitors, being one of the highest road point and gateway to LAHAUL and SPITI valleys. Pass remains closed during winter due to heavy snow from November end to May end. Visitors can drive upto Marhi below Rohtang with similar high altitude topography, forest of Birch, Fir and Spurce. Once we cross the Rohtang Pass border we are in the Barren Himalayas with the landscape completely changing. Khoksar is the first village and gate way to Lahaul Night stay in Keylong.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 04: Drive Keylong – Darcha – Sarchu- Leh
Get prepared for the most interesting overland high altitude drive up to Leh. May take approx. 10 hours. You will arrive at Darcha (3500 M) it is situated at the junction of Yotche Nullah and the Zanskar chhu which takes off from the Shinkun la. Both these nullahs meet with the main river Bhaga at this place. This is the main point for the trek lovers wish to enter in Zanskar valley or up to Leh. Drive from this place will take you to BaraLacha Pass (1620 Ft) and further drive to Sarchu which is nearly the mid-point of Manali Leh route. Continue drive to Pang and cross Morai plains and arrive at Tanglangla Pass (5400 M) and enter in Leh Valley. Your further drive will take you to Upsi by crossing river Indus and follow the highway up to Leh.
Check in at your hotel and overnight stay.
Day 05: In Leh: Visit the town and surrounds
The morning is at leisure for rest after the long journey. After lunch visit Shanti Stupa, Sankar Gompa, Leh Palace & the markets.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 06: Leh – Pangong Lake (145 kms.)
Early departure for Pangong Lake (approx. 155 kms, located on the Indo China Border), via Chang-la pass (alt: 17370 ft). This famous blue blackish lake is 5 to 6 kms wide and over 144 km long with half of it running to the other side of the Indo-China border. After full day of sightseeing around the Lake check-in at fixed tented camp near the lake at Spangmik or drive back for 30 kms to Tangtse and check into Hotel / Guest House for overnight stay.
Day 07: Pangong-Hemis / Thiksey-Leh
After breakfast, leave Pangong / Tangtse and retrace the Leh route across Chang-la. Upon reaching Karu, drive across the Indus and visit the famous Hemis Monastery, biggest monastery of Ladakh. Later drive on to Leh, enroute visiting the picturesque Thiksey monastery.
Overnight in hotel.
Day 08: Leh-Khardungla – Nubra Valley (125 kms.)
After breakfast leave for Nubra Valley, driving across Khardung-la (alt: 18,380 ft). After descending from the pass, drive on for sightseeing of Sumoor area and Samstanling Gompa.
Later check into a fixed camp in the same area or drive across to Deskit / Hundar for overnight in a fixed camp or hotel.
Day 09: Nubra Valley – Khardungla-Leh (125 kms.)
In the morning visit / explore Deskit , Hundar and the Sand Dunes where you can enjoy a short camel safari using the double-humped Bactrian camel found here (optional on direct payment).
Later drive back to Leh reaching in the late afternoon / evening. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10: Leh – Alchi – Lamayuru – Kargil
After leisurely breakfast drive down the Indus Valley on the first leg of your journey to Kargil & Srinagar. On the way, visit Hall of Fame, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Magnetic Point, Sangam (confluence of Indus & Zanskar Rivers) and then the 11th century Alchi Choskor, oldest surviving monastic complex famous for its wall frescoes and architecture – a UNESCO listed heritage site.
Continue drive towards Kargil, enroute visiting the dramatically located Lamayuru monastery and the adjoining “Moonland” hills. On the way to Kargil you can view the 9-mtrs, tall rock sculpture of the Maitreya Buddha at Mulbek (7th – 8th century AD).
Overnight in hotel at Kargil.
Day 11: Kargil – Sonamarg – Srinagar (205kms)
Early departure for Srinagar driving through Drass (famous as the second coldest inhabited place in the world) and crossing the Zoji-la Pass (11,500-ft. / 3,505 m) to reach hill station of Sonmarg from where it’s smooth driving through the beautiful Kashmir countryside to reach Srinagar.
Overnight in hotel at hotel / Deluxe house boat in Srinagar.
Day 12: In Srinagar
After a leisurely breakfast get prepared to have a Shikara ride at Dal Lake to see the beauty of the lake and local shopping around. Back to the main land and explore world famous Mughal Garden / Nishat Bagh. Explore the down town area of Srinagar city and colorful market may attract you for the local souvenirs.
Back to the hotel / Deluxe house boat and overnight stay.
Day 13: Departure Srinagar
After breakfast you will get transferred to the airport in time to board flight for onward destination.
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