Unforgettable journey of northern India

Places covered: Delhi - Amritsar - Dharamsala - Manali - Keylong - Jespa - Keylong - Jespa - Sarchu - Leh - Uleytokpo - Kargil - Srinagar - Gulmarg – Delhi.

 

Day 01 : Delhi – Amritsar (By air)
Leave for Amritsar in the morning. On arrival meet & assist with the GRAND INDIA TOURS representative. check in at Hotel. Later afternoon visit Wagah Border for "Change of Gaurds" ceremony held by Pakistani Rangers & Indian BSF. On return, drive upto Shera Wali Gate & then take a ride on Rickshaws upto Julian Walla Bagh. Later visit Golden Temple Complex, the Holy Site of Sikhs to visit Harmindar Sahib. Return to Hotel for Over night stay.

Day 02 : Amritsar – Dharamsala (3 hours journey by road)
Early morning, leave from Amritsar for Dharamsala, passing thru Pathankot & Nurpur village. Start ascending the hills of Himachal Pradesh. On arrival at McLeod Gunj (Upper Dharamsala) check in at hotel for overnight stay. Sightseeing of Bagshu Nag Temple & Water Fall by Foot. Overnite stay at Hotel.

Day 03 : Dharamsala - Manali (6 hours journey by road)
Leave early morning for Manali Proceed towards Chamunda to see Chamunda Ji Temple. Drive via Palampur to see Tea Estates & famous for paragliding. Enroute stop at Baijnath to see Shiva Temple at Baijnath. Later pass thru the town on Mandi, the temple city & famous for Pandoh Dam, 16 Kms ahead. Further drive along the River Beas passing thru Kullu Town, the Valley Of Gods. Proceed further 40 Kms to arrive at MANALI. On arrival check in at hotel for overnight stay with all meals.

Day 04 : Manali
Morning visit the famous temple of Hadimba Devi, Old Manali town & Vashist hot springs + Afternoon visit Nagar Castle. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 05: Manali - Keylong - Jespa
After early breakfast drive to Jespa, enroute crossing over Rohtang Pass (3980 Mts. ASL) via Koksar (stop for Passport check) Sisu falls & Keylong, the district HQs of Keylong Valley. Overnight at Hotel with all meals.

Day 06 : Keylong - Jespa - Sarchu
Drive early morning alongside the Bhaga River up towards its source. Drive over Baralachla-la (4892 Mts. ASL). On arrival at Sarchu, check in at Fixed Camps for overnight stay & all meals.

Day 07 : Sarchu - Leh
After breakfast, drive to Leh with a view of magnificent Zanskar Range. Drive over Naklila & Lachungla Pass (5060 Mts. ASL) Stop at Pang for Passport check. Proceed further through More Plains & then ascend over Tanglangla Pass (5330 Mts. ASL) After descending from Tanglangla; you will drive to Leh alongside the Indus River. On Arrival, check in at Hotel Kanglha-Chen or Similar for overnight stay & all meals.

Day 08 : Leh
AM Walk upto Samker Gompa. Samker Gompa is little up in the valley, 3 Kms from Leh Town, which is open to visitors in the morning and evening only. The Gompa belongs to Yellow Sect & was founded in 18th Century. The Gompa is the seat of the Head Lama of Ladakh & founder of yellow sect, Tson-Kha-Pa. The temple walls have recent painted of figures including Sakyamuni, Avalokiteshwara, Padmasambhava, Tson-Ka-pa and green Tara. Later visit Shanti Stupa built by the Japanese Artists, few years ago on a hilltop. Later walk back to Leh Bazaar through the famous Leh Polo Ground. Afternoon, proceed 6to Stok - The Palace of the banished royal family, Stok has a museum which displays fabulous period costumes and jewelry of the royalty along with exquisite Tangkhas representing the life of the Sakya- Muni Buddha. Interesting historical objects like coins, seals, armour, weapons, precious jade and porcelain can also be seen here. Further drive upto Stakna Monastery - to visit the Monastery of 17th Century just near Indus River. Return to your Hotel for overnight stay.. Overnight & All meals in Hotel.

Day 09 : Leh
Half day visiting Shey, Thiksey & Stok Palace. After breakfast, proceed to Shey - it was the ancient capital of Ladakh and even after Singge Namgyal built the more imposing palace at Leh, the kings continued to regard Shey, as their real home. The importance which was attached to Shey - the seat of Ladakh's heartland - is attested by the enormous number of Chorten about the village, particularly around the palace complex and barren plain to the north of the road. Thiksey - is one of the largest and most impressive Gompas. There are several temples in this Gompa containing images, stupas and exquisite wall paintings. It also houses a two - storied statue of Buddha which has the main prayer hall around its shoulder. Proceed to Hemis. The famous Hemis Gompa celebrates its annual festival today which will continue for 02 days. The festival time for the villagers is a gala time when they visit the monastery to make offerings and at the same time get a chance to watch festivities; the Prayer ceremonies and mask dances. Half day visiting Hemis, which is dedicated to Padmasambhava, what a visitor can observe is a series of scenes in which the lamas, robed in gowns of rich, brightly colored brocade and sporting masks sometimes benign and sometimes bizarrely hideous, parade in solemn dance and mime around the huge flag pole in the center of the courtyard to the plaintive melody of the Shawn. The moan of the eleven Feet horns, the boom of drums and the clash of cymbals. Hemis was founded in 1630s by -Tsang-ras-pa under the royal patronage of Singge Namgyal, Hemis is largest and richest of Ladakh Gompa it nestles into the mountain Side a little way up a glen in the mountains of Zanskar range. Return to Leh for Overnight stay. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 10 : Leh - Uleytokpo
Morning depart Leh for Uleytokpo enroute visit Alchi Gompa, the most beautiful Gompa of Ladakh also called Jewel among the central Ladakh's religious sites. It's known as Chos-Kor, or religious enclave. It comprises five temples which are noted for its massive Buddha statues and lavish woodcarvings and art work its Murals dating from 11th to 12th centuries, pre - date the Tibetan style of painting that is present in all other Gompas. Later check-in at the Uleytokpo Ethnic Resort & enjoy hot lunch there. Alchi Choskor "Religious Enclave" is 69 km. west of Leh, the most famous and largest of all the Gonpa built by Lotsava Rinchen Zangpo. He appointed four families to look after Choskor, as there was no monastic community introduced, and then in the 15th century Choskor was taken over by the Likir Monastery since then Choskor is being taken care of by Likir Monastery. The monastery comprises of Dukhang (Assembly Hall), Sumtsek Lakhang (three tier) the Lakhang Soma (New Temple), Jamyang Lakhang (Munjushri Temple), Lotsava Lakhang (Translator Temple) and Kangyur Lakhang. The Sculptors and Wood carvers are said to be brought from Kashmir around in 11th Century. Afternoon drive 3 Kms to Rizong Gompa. It involves 2 Kms of walk to reach main Gompa. Called "Chomos". It's a small Gompa situated deep inside a narrow valley. Rizong "Vuma Changchubling" around 73 kms west of Leh, and north of the Indus River from Uleytokpo village. It is beautifully set in a valley, deep inside a gorge and the most isolated monastery in Ladakh. About 137 years ago Lama Tsultim Nima founded this Gonpa and monastic community was introduced with strict rules and regulations. Chulichan the Nunnery place is around one & half kms. Further down the monastery, around 20 nuns reside at Chulichan; they provide food and clothes to the monks. Apart from above activities they perform prayers in the morning and evening. Return to Uleytokpo Camp for all meals & Overnight stay.

Day 11 : Uleytokpo - Kargil 240 Kms
After breakfast Drive for Kargil. Enroute visit Lamayuru at a distance of 85 Kms approx. The 10th century Lamayuru Monastery, one of the earliest seats of lamaistic learning and most picturesque monastery in Ladakh. The oldest monastery of Ladakh. Enjoy Hot Lunch at the Local Restaurant there. Proceed further towards the Monastery of Mulbekh, famous for 1st century Statue of Maitrya Buddha, carved out of a huge rock. & passing thru Namikala & Fatula Passes, the highest Pass on Leh - Srinagar road. Visit the 10th Century Monastery, also called as "Yandrung Gompa" of red sect. Later drive along the Indus River & passing thru the villages of Khalsi. Arrive Kargil & Check in at Hotel D'Zojila - Kargil for overnight Stay & Meals.

Day 12 : Kargil - Srinagar 204 Kms
After Early breakfast depart for Srinagar (204 Kms) drive towards Srinagar Stop at Drass, the 2nd coldest inhabitant place in the World for Passport check & cup of tea. Then drive along the Drass River and passing over Zojila Pass till one arrives at Srinagar & drive thru Sonamarg. Situated at an altitude of 9000 Ft. Sonamarg - 84 Kms is also called as "The meadow of gold" has, as its backdrop, snowy mountains against a cerulean sky. The Sindh River that meanders through the valley abounds with trout and mahaseer. Stop at Sonamarg Glacier Restaurant for Breakfast. Immediately after breakfast, drive towards Srinagar & Check in at Deluxe Houseboat - Srinagar. Dinner & overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 13 : Srinagar
After breakfast, visit Mughal Gardens Terraced lawns, cascading fountains, and paint-box bright flowerbeds with the panorama of the Dal in front of them. The three Mughal Gardens of Cheshmashahi, Nishat and Shalimar are the Mughal emperor's concept of paradise and are today very popular places for picnics. These gardens are traditionally patterned in the formal gardens of Central Asia, Persia and Turkistan. Cheshmashahi is the first Mughal Garden you will pass after Nehru Park. Built at a height above the city, its views are as stupendous as its layout. The smallest of Srinagar's Mughal gardens, Cheshmashahi has only three terraces in addition to a natural spring of water enclosed in a stone pavillion. Nishat built by Empress Nur Jahan's brother Asaf Khan. The largest of the gardens, Nishat has seven terraces. These terraces rise dramatically off the mountains from the eastern part of the lake, and these together with the flowerbeds, a riot of brilliant colors, present an unforgettable sight. Emperor Jehangir, whose love for the Kashmir was legendary, built Shalimar, the garden of love. Shaded by magnificient chinar trees, the Shalimar is a series of stones of pavilions and flowerbeds. Dinner and overnight stay at Houseboat. Afternoon enjoy Shikara Ride on Dal Lake. Dinner and overnight stay at Houseboat.

Day 14 : Gulmarg 54 Kms - One Way 8700 ft.2 Hrs
One Way Full Day return excursion to Gulmarg, called as "Meadow of Flowers" with picnic lunch. Gulmarg is 53 Kms from Srinagar at an altitude of 8700-ft. Gulmarg also referred as Meadow of Flowers is a famous Ski Resort & the world's highest 18 hole Golf Course. The place was prominent during the British time. Enjoy the scenic view of Kongdori on a Cable Car Ride - OPTIONAL (Gondola) Return to Srinagar for an overnight stay at Deluxe Houseboat.

    Day 15 : Sxr - Delhi
    In time transfer to airport to connect the flight for Delhi.
    Depart : Srinagar by 9w 605 At 1450 Hrs.
    Arrive : Delhi By Indian Airlines Flt # 9w 605 At 1615 Hrs 

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