Tour of Delhi, Leh, Likir, Alchi, Tsokar, Jispa, Manali, Mc Leodganj & Amritsar
16 Days Leh to Amritsar Tour: This enchanting tour of the North India starts at Delhi and takes you to Leh, where we will have a full day sightseeing of famous monasteries Shey, & Thiksey, visit monastery at Likir, a beautiful building, reminiscent of the Potala Palace in Lhasa. From here we drive to Yangtang village to Ridzong monastery, set hidden in a valley.
At Alchi we will vist the famous 11th Century Monastery and later journey to excursion to Lamayuru, through some of the most spectacular scenery in Ladakh. On the way back to Leh we will visit Basgo Fort en route. In the evening enjoy the walk through the old Town or the local bazaar.
The next day we begin our journey along the legendary road from Leh to Manali across the Great Himalayan Range and visit Tsokar Lake. Enjoy this night in a fixed camp. We will next continue our journey through Nakli La, Lachalung La, the Gata Loops crossing Baralacha Pass and Rohtang Pass, we leave the barren mountains behind and descend into the green and fertile Kulu Valley to Manali.
At Manali we will visit the famous ancient wooden Hadimba Devi Temple, and later travel to Mandi, visiting Rewalsar on the way, where a charming hilltop lake is revered by Sikhs, Hindus and Buddhists. Our Next stop will be Dharamsala which is the seat of Tibetan Govt. in exile and also home to H.H Dalai Lama. We will travel to Amritsar and visit the famous Golden Temple, the main shrine of the Sikhs and the nearby Jalianwala Gardens.
Travel Plan Details:
Day-1. Arrive Delhi – Meet assistance at airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight hotel
Day-2 Flight Delhi-Leh – Transfer to the domestic terminal for the spectacular early morning flight over the Himalaya to Leh. The rest of the day is free to relax and acclimatise to the altitude (3,500m). Overnight Hotel.
Day-3. In Leh – After breakfast full day sightseeing of famous monasteries Shey, & Thiksey. Afternoon visit Sankar monastery. Overnight hotel
Day-4. Leh-Likir-Alchi – Drive to monastery at Likir, a beautiful building, reminiscent of the Potala Palace in Lhasa. From here we drive to Yangthang village from where there is the option to walk to Rizong monastery, set hidden in a valley. This solitary gompa is renowned for its strict monastic teachings. Just below in a grove of apricots is a Jelichun Nunnery, which is inhabited by young nuns from the Nubra Valley who have come here to study Buddhism.
After Ridzong we rejoin the Indus again, which we follow to Saspol. Just after the village we cross this mighty river and drive to Alchi, a pretty village set in a grove of apricot trees. Barley fields surround the village and at harvest time the village is a buzz of activity.
Overnight in Traditional Guest House
Day-5. In Alchi – We visit the famous monastery. The main attraction in Alchi is the monastery, which is the most important cultural site in Ladakh.
Built in the 11th century, it is a treasure trove of early Buddhist art in the Kashmiri tradition, a style quite different from the Tibetan art found in Ladakh’s other monasteries. It was founded by Rinchen Zangpo who was said to have built 108 temples in Ladakh and is responsible for reviving interest in Buddhism at that time. After breakfast we make an excursion to Lamayuru. The drive takes us through some of the most spectacular scenery in Ladakh.
There will be time to explore the monastery and the village before driving back to Alchi. Overnight in Traditional Guest House
Day-6. Drive to Leh – After breakfast we drive back to Leh visiting Basgo Fort en route.
The rest of the afternoon is free for individual exploration. The old town and the local bazaar are well worth a visit. Overnight Hotel
Day-7.Free day in Leh – There are options to visit some of the monasteries in the Leh valley, or to take a jeep trip to the Khardung La Pass, the highest motorable road in the world at 5,602m. These activities can be arranged and paid for locally and your tour manager will have details.
Day-8. Drive to Tsokar Lake 6 Hrs drive – An early start as we leave Leh and begin our journey along the legendary road from Leh to Manali across the Great Himalayan Range. This journey rates as one of the classic road journeys of the world. From Leh we follow the Indus River for a short while before turning away to climb to the Taglang La.
At 5,328 m., this pass is the second highest road pass in the world. The road winds its way up through a spectacular landscape to the prayer flags at the top. Descending from the pass we leave the main road for a while to visit Tsokar Lake. We camp about a mile from the lake (due to ecological reasons camping is not allowed on the lake shore).
Overnight Fixed Camp
Day-9. Tsokar – Jispa 8-9 Hrs drive – A long drive today as we climb through a stunning wind eroded landscape of earth and rock pillars to the Nakli La and further on to the Lachalung La.
We then descend the Gata Loops, an amazing series of 22 hairpin bends. The highest point today is Baralacha Pass (4,845m, Continue driving to Jispa for the night. Overnight Guest House
Day-10. Drive to Manali – Crossing our last pass, the Rohtang Pass (3,985 m). This takes us over the Himalayas and from here the scenery changes dramatically – we leave the barren mountains behind and descend into the green and fertile Kulu Valley to Manali.
Day-11. In Manali – We have a full day to explore Manali. Manali is surrounded by beautiful fir and pine forests and there are lovely walks in and around the town. The ancient wooden Hadimba Devi Temple is the most important temple in Manali.
Day-12: Manali-Mandi 6 Hrs drive – Drive to Mandi. En-route we will visit Rewalsar where a charming hilltop lake is revered by Sikhs, Hindus and Buddhists, who have each built their temples on its banks.
Days-13/14. McLeodganj – Today we drive to the hill station of Dharamsala. This was a quiet unassuming town until 1959. This all changed when H.H Dalai Lama settled here after fleeing from Tibet at the time of the Chinese invasion. McLeod Ganj is the upper part of the town and is the area with the greatest Tibetan influence and is where we are based for two nights. We have a full day to explore the town.
Day-15. McLeodganj- Amritsar – We drive to Amritsar, the Sikh’s holiest city and in the afternoon we visit the Golden Temple, their main shrine.
We can also visit the nearby Jallianwala Gardens, site of the notorious The Jallianwala Bagh massacre, also known as the Amritsar massacre, took place on 13 April, 1919 when troops of the British Indian Army under the command of Colonel Reginald Dyer fired machine guns into a crowd of unarmed protesters, along with Baishakhi pilgrims, who had gathered in Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar.
Day-16. Transfer to Airport. Depart Home
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