Exotic Himalayas Tour
Delhi – Shimla – Kullu – Manali – Rohtang Pass – Keylong/Jispa –
Sarchu – Darcha – Leh – Delhi
13 Nights & 14 Days
Day 01 : Arrival Delhi
Meeting and assistance on arrival at the Indira Gandhi International Airport; our representative welcomes and escorts you by a private car and transfers 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. Rest of the day is free for relaxation. In the evening if time permits, optionally you may visit Akshardham Temple. Overnight at the hotel.
Delhi, towering capital city of the Federal Republic of India. It is one of India's modern and fastest developing cities with charismatic charm on its visitors. Delhi is situated over the West Bank of the river Yamuna, straddling the river. The city is enriched with culture, architecture and human diversity, Delhi city is combination of an historical golden past with vibration of modern world. Delhi houses finest museums, historical monuments, sightseeing places, and temples in the country. Delhi was proclaimed the capital of India, designed by the British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944) & is tree-lined & spacious. Legend has it that the Pandavas of epic Mahabharata, the august heroes, founded Delhi, then called Indraprastha, around 1200 B.C. Present day Delhi is built around the ruins of seven ancient cities.
Day 02 : Delhi
After breakfast take a sightseeing tour to explore the historic city, firstly visiting Old Delhi: (Shahajahanabad) the majestic Red Fort, a marvel in red sandstone walls of historical Lal Qila, built in 1638, sprawled in 2 kilometers with a high of 18 meters, Jama Masjid, the largest and most splendid mosque in India, both built by emperor Shah Jahan of Taj Mahal fame, Rajghat, memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, where he was cremated, Later in you opt to have Rickshaw ride past through the bustling Bazaar of in Chandani Chowk. The sightseeing continue to explore the best tourist attractions of New Delhi include President House (Rashtrapati Bhawan), during the British rule this places was the residence of British Viceroys, India gate, this monument was built to honour and tribute to the Indian soldiers, sacrificed themselves during the Afghan war, then visiting Birla Mandir (Laxmi Narayan Temple) built by the one of the most richest industrialist Birla Family. Humayun’s Tomb, lotus shaped Bhai’s Temple, Qutub Minar, built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty; in the evening witness the light and sound show at Red fort. The show projects splendid history of 5000 years old city, a truly memorable experience. Return to the hotel for overnight at the hotel.
Light and Sound Show: An extravagant sound and light show at the Red Fort, makes the 5,000 years old narration of the city come alive. Amidst the harmony of the fabulous panoramic and historic vicinity of the Red Fort, selected occurrence from the archives of Delhi's historic and legendary precedent are colorfully brought to life. To make this show an emotively unforgettable experience, the special effects are combined with the unique ambience.
Day 03 : Delhi – Shimla (350 kms: 8 hrs)
Early morning checkout the hotel and drive to Shimla. En route you can stop over for lunch at Pinjore, after lunch take a short trip of sightseeing of Pinjore Garden, later continue to drive to Shimla, on arrival transfer to the hotel. Later in the evening visit to Shimla famous mall road to enjoy the weather and atmosphere of Shimla. Overnight at the hotel.
Shimla: In the days before independence, Shimla was the most important British hill station, and in the summer season became the summer capital. The British in 1819A.D first discovered Shimla, but it was not until 1822 A.D that the first permanent house was erected and not until many years later that Shimla became the summer capital. The name Shimla is derived from the Himalayan Goddess Shamla a synonym of Kali.
Day 04 : Shimla (Excursion to Kufri and Naldhera)
After breakfast depart for the winter sports capital - Kufri 16 kms, where you can photograph yourself in Pahari or Himachal outfit, available on hire. You can also enjoy horse riding or Yak riding. (On own your own) Afternoon proceed to Naldhera, which is famous for its Golf Course & scenic beauty. On a clear day you can also view the Kailash Ranges. Later visit the famous Mall Road that still has some building built in the British Style. Evening will be at your leisure. Overnight stay at Shimla.
Note: if you wish to drop Kufri and Naldhera, you can do the sightseeing tour of your own exploring other places in Shimla, viz. the State Museum, Jakhoo temple, Chadwick fall.
Day 05 : Shimla – Kullu – Manali (280 kms: 8 hrs)
After breakfast checkout and drive to Manali. On the way you can glance scenic spots like Pandoh Dam, Mandi, Beas River, and Dashehra Maidan. En route visit Kullu. Visit the Shawl factories to purchase warm cloth material. Arrive in the evening and transfer to the hotel. Evening free at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Manali is the Northern end of the Kullu Valley and is the main resort in the area. It is beautifully situated and there are many pleasant walks around the town. Surrounded by towering peaks at arm length, Manali’s major asset is its proximity to the snowline, never more than few hours drive from the town nestling at comfortable 2050meters. It is the centre of the flourishing orchard industry a popular honeymoon destination and trailhead for numerous treks.
Day 06 : Manali
After breakfast take a sightseeing tour of Manali town, visiting Hadimba Temple, dedicated to goddess, Manu Temple of Manu Rishi (Holy man) who was the creator of human race on the earth, Club house, a picnic spot, Tibetan monasteries, 3 colourful monasteries, on the bank of beas river you can buy Tibetan handicraft over here, Vashist Kund, it is a small village located on the left bank of river Beas renowned for its hot springs and temples. Nearby is the pyramidal stone temple dedicated to Vashist Muni. There is another Temple of Lord Ram here, if time permits you can visit to Mountaineering institute. Evening is free for leisure; overnight at the hotel.
Day 07 : Manali (Excursion to Manikaran 80 kms: 3 – 4 hrs one way)
After breakfast drive for a full day excursion to Manikaran. On the way meet with local people of Manali, visit their homes. Later sightseeing of Gurudwara & hot water springs at Manikaran. In the evening drive back to Manali. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 08 : Manali – Keylong/Jispa (Manali to Keylong via Rohtang Pass 150 kms: 5 hrs)
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive to Keylong Situated at an altitude of 3350 mtrs, Keylong is the headquarters of Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh lying on Indo-Tibetan Border. The region is strange, exciting, primitive mountainous and delightful. "Rudyard Kipling" said of the region "Surely the God live here this no place for men." The route of Lahaul takes a traveller the Buddhist Himalayan destination crossing the river Chandrabagha The Lady of Keylong: - The Lady of Keylong glacier is very popular among visitors. The name 'Lady of Keylong' was given by 'Lady Elashainghday' about a century ago during British ruling. The glacier is situated at an altitude of about 6,061 meters and it can be seen clearly from Keylong. It remains covered with snow throughout the year. But in the middle, there is seen a dark bare patch that looks like the figure of a womam, walking with a load on her back. It is also recorded as 'Lady of Keylong' by the geological survey team of India Travel to Keylong, en route passing several villages in the Lahaul valley. On arrival, check in at the hotel in Keylong. In the afternoon, hike up to the Khardong village and monastery. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 09 : Keylong – Sarchu Camp (165 kms: 5 – 6 hrs)
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive to Sarchu. Enroute is situated at the junction of Yotche nullah and the Zangskar chhu which takes off from the Shinkun la. Both these nullahs meet with the main river Bhaga at this place. The valley broadens out from Darcha. The altitude of Darcha is about 3500 m. which makes it an ideal base camp for acclimatisation. Two days acclimatization at this place will prove useful for expeditions to Baralacha la and beyond. Darcha is the jumping off point for treks to Padum over the Shinkun la or Baralacha la and Phirtse la and for treks or mountaineering expeditions to Leh and peaks of Chandra Bhaga series. However no tourist bungalow or rest house facilities are available on either side of the nullahs. A police check post is also there. Darcha is the last village where one can see sparse growth of trees. Beyond Darcha not even a single tree can be seen on either side of the highway. Landscape starts looking desolate and absolutely barren. Glance at JISPA. This beautiful spot is 22 kms away from Keylong and 4 kms ahead of Ghemur. Sarchu is the last inhabited point in Himachal Pradesh on the Manali-Leh route- which is regarded as one of the highest highways in the world. On arrival, transfer to the camp. Overnight at the camp.
Jispa: lies 10890 ft on the banks of Bhaga River. Bhaga is one of the tributaries of world's fastest river Chenab. Jispa-Jispa is located at 90 kms from Rohtang Pass and just off Manali - Leh National highway 21. Jispa-Jispa is characterised by breathtaking sights of Himalaya and Mountain Goat passing by.
Sarchu: Adventure Camps located in Sarchu (4253 mts) are pitched at picturesque camping site having a fresh water source. The camps are a cluster of 15 - 20 tents providing accommodation on twin sharing basis. The tents are wind/ water proof and are fitted with twin beds and a small light generated by camps own electricity generator. Camp also has a dinning tent serving simple menu. The tents may have attached or common toilets with running cold water and hot water can be provided on request.
Day 10 : Sarchu – Leh (245 kms: 7 – 8 hrs)
Early morning check out of the camp and drive to Leh. Our journey through Nakeela & Lachlangla Pass 16,617 ft, Reach Pang by afternoon lunch break at Pang, enroute. More Plains (Biggest and Highest Plateau on Earth on Stretch of 42 Kms), Taglang La Pass (2nd Highest Motorable Road in the World at A Height of 17,585ft) & reaching Upshi, from here the road follows the Indus River, passing villages with there terraced Fields and neat- Whitewashed houses. On a way one notice the ruins have an ancient Fort or palace or the distant glimpse of gompa on a hill. And at last reaching Leh. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
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 11 : Leh
After a leisurely breakfast, drive to visit Hemis Monastery situated 45km west of Leh; Hemis Gompa was founded in 1630's by Stag-tsang-ras-pa under the royal patronage of Sengge Namgyal. Hemis is one of the largest and richest Gompa of Ladakh. From Hemis, you are driven back taking the same route to visit Thiksey Monastery, located on a hill-lock with formidable views of the Indus valley. It was founded by Old Led in the 11th century AD. In those days the Gompa belonged to the Kadampa School but Gelukpa order was introduced during the region of King Dragspa Bum idle. Thiksey is especially noteworthy for its gigantic seated statue of the Maitreya and is also known for its (Dukhang) assembly hall which houses hundreds of rectangular prayer books, stacked between wooden covers and bound in silk. Continue to drive through series of chortens to visit Shey Palace, the former summer palace of the King of Ladakh and Sindhu Darshan. Thereafter sightseeing and photo shoot for ‘Leh Palace’ afterwards visit the Shanti stupa to catch the entire view of Leh city with the Indus River, spend some time to catch the sunset and further on to Leh. Over Night at the Hotel in Leh.
Day 12 : Leh (Khardung La Pass 43 kms & City tour of Leh)
After breakfast drive to Khardung la, the highest motorable road in the world at 5600 meters. The views from the top of the pass are amazing. This road carries on to the Nubra Valley. Return to the hotel. Later we take you for a tour of Leh city visiting the left out places and the local markets. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 13 : 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. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 14 : Delhi – Hometown (By Air)
**** Back home with great memories. ****
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