Heart of Himalayas Tour
Mumbai - Delhi - Leh - Saspol - Lamayuru - Nubra - Leh - Delhi
10 Nights & 11 Days
Day 01 : Arrival Mumbai
Meeting and assistance on arrival at the airport, our representative welcome and escort you by a private car and transfer to the hotel, whilst the room keys and check-in is organized, our representative would hand over the documents and brief the tour programme to you. Overnight at the hotel.
Mumbai is a cluster of Seven Islands and derives its name from Mumbadevi, the patron goddess of the koli fisher folk, its oldest inhabitants. Mumbai pulsates with activity. It is a city that is disciplined by no time frame neither day nor night. It is also the country's financial powerhouse, the nation's industrial heartland, and its economic nerve center. Dazzling shopping arcades, exciting sport activity, nightclubs & discotheques, theatre & music, gourmet restaurants and interesting sightseeing. It offers visitors a heady mix of all this and more.
Day 02 : Mumbai
After breakfast takes a sight seeing tour of Mumbai, drive to Gateway of India and from here cruise by motorboats to Elephanta Caves. A flight of 100 steps takes you to the top of the hill where it is set. The caves houses large pillars that seem to hold the ceiling which is made of cross beams. The picturesque presentations of the 9 marvelous sculptured panels, set on the walls are awe-inspiring. The most famous of the panels is the Trimurthi, or triple-headed Shiva, where the God is depicted as the destroyer, the preserver and the creator. Later in the afternoon cruise back to Gateway of India, one can have lunch at the Taj Hotel or other several good Restaurants like Leopold & Mondegar serving continental cuisines. Later visit Prince of Wales Museum, Parliament House, Marine Drive, Jain Temple, Hanging Gardens. Overnight at the hotel.
Note: Elephanta Caves and Prince of Wales museum are closed on every Monday.
Day 03 : Mumbai – Delhi (By Air)
After breakfast, check out the hotel and transfer to the airport to board the flight for Delhi. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. After relaxation take sightseeing tour of historic city visiting Old Delhi visiting the majestic Red Fort, a marvel in red sandstone, Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, both built by emperor Shah Jahan of Taj Mahal fame, Rajghat - memorial of Mahatma Gandhi & a Rickshaw ride past through the silver street in Chandni Chowk, the city tour continues covering New Delhi, visiting Rashtrapati Bhawan, one-time imperial residence of the British viceroys; the India Gate, a memorial raised in honour of the Indian soldiers martyred during the Afghan war; the Laxmi Narayan Temple, built by the Birlas, one of India’s leading industrial families; Humayun’s Tomb, lotus shaped Bhai’s Temple, Qutub Minar, built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty. Overnight at the hotel.
Delhi, capital city of the Federal Republic of India. It is one of India's fastest growing cities. It has sprawled over the West Bank of the river Yamuna, straddling the river. Delhi blends an historic past and a vibrant present. Delhi has some of the finest museums in the country. New Delhi was proclaimed the capital of India by the British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944) & is tree-lined & spacious. Legend has it that the Pandavas, the august heroes of the epic Mahabharata, originally founded Delhi, then called Indraprastha, around 1200 B.C. Present day Delhi is built around the ruins of seven ancient cities.
Day 04 : Delhi – Leh (By Air)
Early morning check out the hotel and transfer to airport to board the flight for Leh. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. The day at leisure for acclimatization. Leh is the Headquarter of Leh District and the largest Town in Ladakh region. It is located to the north of Indus River at an altitude of 11,500 ft. After some relaxation you can visit Sankar, Shanti Stupa and Leh Palace, these are a couple of kms away from Leh. Sankar Monastery belongs to the Gelukpa School of Tibetan Buddhism and is a branch of Spituk Monastery. Shanti Stupa at the Hilltop was built by the Japanese for World peace, which was inaugurated by the Dalai Lama in 1985. Leh Palace nine-story palace, was built by King Singey Namgyal in the beginning of 17 century AD. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Leh (3505 m) is the capital of Ladakh. For centuries, it was an important stopover for the caravan merchants going to Central Asia. Today, the town is a bustling centre for tourists and the local populace. Towering above the town is the 17th century palace of King Senge Namgyal, Ladakh's most important ruler. His kingdom extended beyond the modern boundaries of Ladakh, and additionally, he was the descendant of the 7th century warrior king of Tibet-Songtsen Gambo. Atop the Namgyal Hill, lie the ruins of an earlier palace, the Namgyal Tsemo, built by the 16th century king Tashi Namgyal. On the other side of the town, up a winding road, lies the Ladakh Shanti Stupa.This is a modern structure, built in 1985 by a Japanese Buddhist order. Leh is surrounded by picturesque locales, easily accessible and adding to the whole experience of a holiday in Ladakh.
Day 05 : Leh
After breakfast full day excursion of Shey, Thiksey and Hemis and Stok. Shey is 15 Kms south of Leh and was the seat of power of the first King of Ladakh who constructed the hilltop Fortress. The ruin Fort can be seen above the present Shey Palace. Shey Palace was built in the beginning of 17th Century AD. The main image in the monastery is the three storey image of Buddha Sakyamuni made of copper gilt. Thiksey Monastery is further 3 Kms from Shey and is the most beautiful of all the monasteries in Ladakh. Hemis monastery is further 30 Kms from Thiksey, built in 1630 and is one of the most famous, largest and richest monasteries in Ladakh. Stok is 14 kms south east of Leh where the present day Royal family resides. Stok Palace and museum built in 1825 has a collection of royal dresses, King's crown and many other interesting antiques items etc which is open for visitors. Later return to Leh for overnight stay.
Day 06 : Leh – Saspol (65 kms: 4 hrs)
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive to Saspol. Enroute visit Likir gompa. On arrival, transfer to the resort. Later visit Alchi gompa and village. Dinner and overnight at the resort.
Day 07 : Leh – Lamayuru – Leh (Excursion 175 kms: 7 hrs)
After early breakfast leave for Lamayuru with box lunch. Visit monastery and retrace the route back to Leh. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Day 08 : Leh – Nubra (125 kms: 6 - 7 hrs)
Early morning drive from Leh to Nubra, the valley lies in the north of Leh and is accessible over the Khardungla (5570 M) - The highest motorable road in the world. The valley is on trade route from Leh to Kyagar via Saser and Karakoram passes. Apart from unparalleled trekking opportunities the valley houses several Monasteries such as sumur (khagar) and 350 years old Dikshit Gompa, famous for its Murals. From Khardungla drive to village of Khardung and through starkly beautiful country side to the TCP at khalsar where permits have to be registered/checked. On arrival, transfer to the camp. Dinner and overnight at the camp.
Day 09 : Nubra – Leh (125 kms: 6 - 7 hrs)
After breakfast leave for Leh with picnic/pack lunch. Apart from unparalleled trekking opportunities, the valley has several Buddhists monasteries such as Sumor, Tigar and 350 years old Diskit monastery. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 10 : Leh – Delhi: (By Air)
After breakfast, check out the hotel and transfer to the airport to board the flight for Delhi. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day is free for shopping in the colourful markets of Delhi. In the evening you can visit to see speculative Light and Sound Show at Red Fort.Overnight at the hotel.
Light and Sound Show: A spectacular sound and light show at the Red Fort. Which makes the 5,000 years old history of the city come alive. Amidst the tranquility of the splendidly panoramic and historic environs of the Red Fort, select episodes from the annals of Delhi's historic and legendary past are vividly brought to life. Special effects combine with the unique ambience to make this show a hauntingly unforgettable experience.
Day 11 : Delhi – Hometown (By Air)
**** Back home with great memories. ****
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