Ladakh i Kaszmir

ITINERARY
: Amritsar, Dharamsala, Manali, Sarchu, Leh, Nubra Valley,
> Alchi, Kargil and Srinagar in 21 days.

> DAY 01 : ARRIVAL DELHI.
>
> Arrival Delhi International airport, our representative will meet, greet, assist and transfer the guests to airport Hotel in Delhi.
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> DAY 02 : DELHI – AMRITSAR (BY TRAIN)
>
Our representative will meet, assist and escort you to hotel in Amritsar. Rest of the day free to relax at the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Amritsar.
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> DAY 03 : AMRITSAR SIGHTSEEING.
>
> In the Morning, after breakfast visit Golden Temple and Jalianwala Bagh. Proceed to visit Durgiana Temple and Baba Atal Rai Tower. Dive to Wagha Border to witness Flag ceremony. Come back to hotel in Amritsar for overnight stay.
GOLDEN TEMPLE : Also called Sri Harmandir Sahib, the Golden Temple was laid by Guru am Das in the 14th century. It is acclaimed as one of the holiest sites of the Sikhs draws the attention of numerous tourists around the globe. Although principally a pilgrimage spot for the Sikhs, it is visited by people of all religions and proves to be one of the greatest tourist attractions in India.
WAGAH BORDER is 28 kilometres from the Amritsar main town. A good number of visitors come to this place to see the change of guards ceremony and the flag hoisting and lowering activities which are done with great skill and precision by the border security forces of both the countries.
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> DAY 04 : AMRITSAR – DHARAMSALA (210 KMS / 6 – 7 HRS)
>
> After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Dharamsala via Pathankot. Arrive Dharamsala and check into hotel. Rest of the day

> DAY 05 : DHARAMSHALA SIGHTSEEING.
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> Full day sight seeing of Dharamsala. Visit Norbulinga Institute,
> McLeodganj, Dall Lake, War memorial and Kangra Art Meseum. Overnight
> at Hotel Surya Resorts, Dharamsala.
>
> NORBULINKA INSTITUTE : Just four kms from Dharamsala, Norbulinka was
> established to preserve and teach the ancient Tibetan arts. Here one can watch the wooden carvings and the
> tangka paintings, golsithing and embroidery being done. The nunnery close to the institute is a place where women are taught the advanced levels of Buddhist philosophy.
>
> MCLEODGANJ : Originally home of the semi-nomadic Gaddi tribe,
> McLeodganj is today the residence of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama.
> This mid 19th century place was developed as a British Garrison. The place was developed as an important administrative point for the whole Kangra valley. Today the place has developed as headquarters of the exiled Tibetan Government. The impressive monastery has larger than life size images of Buddha, Padmasambhava and Avaloketeshwara.

DALL LAKE : Surrounded by high and green Deodar trees is the lake,
> which fills a mountain bowl. Situated 11-kms away from the town, this lake is easily approachable by road and makes an enchanting and serene picnic spot.
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> KANGRA ART MUSEUM : This treasure trove of the Kangra valley’s arts, crafts, and rich past, displays artifacts that date back to the 5th century. The museum also includes a gallery of Kangra’s famous miniature paintings and a representative collection of sculptures,
> pottery, and anthropological items.
>
DAY 06 : DHARAMSHALA – MANALI (235KMS / 07 HR)
>
> After breakfast drive to Manali. Check in Hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel.
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> DAY 07 : MANALI SIGHTSEEING.
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> After breakfast leave for sightseeing of Manali. Evening free at leisure. Overnight at hotel in Manali.
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> HADIMBA TEMPLE: Manali has many attractions but the chief centre of interest, historically and archeologically, is undoubtedly the DHOONGRI TEMPLE dedicated to goddess Hadimba, the Bhim of Mahabharat fame. It has four-tiered Pagoda shaped roof and the dorway is carved
> with legendary figures and symbols. This temple located amidst wooden forest of deodar is about 2.5 kms. from the tourist office. It is a pleasant experience to stroll in the temple complex which was built in 1533 A.D. A large festival is held here in May.
>
> MANU TEMPLE: 3 kms. from the main bazar in old Manali lies the temple of MANU RISHI. It is believed that this is the only temple of Manu in
> India, who was the creator of human race on the earth.
>
> CLUB HOUSE: 2 kms. from the town, club house has indoor games
> facilities which has been located on the left bank of Manalsu Nallah.
> There are some picnic spots near it.
>

MOUNTAINEERING INSTITUTE: Located 3 kms. on the left bank of river
> Beas towards Kulu. This Institute organises basic & advance training
> courses, in trekking, mountaineering, skiing and water sports. Skiing
> and trekking equipments can be hired from here by booking in advance.
> Tourists can visit an interesting showroom here.
>
> NEHRU KUND: 5 kms. on National Highway to Leh,a natural spring of cold
> clear water named after Pt. Jwahar Lal Nehru, who used to drink water
> from this spring during his stay in Manali. This spring is believed to
> originate from the Bhrigu lake situated high-up in the mountains.
>
> DAY 08 : MANALI – TANDI. (2573 M.) 110 KM / 5 – 6 HRS
> DRIVE.
>
> Morning after breakfast drive to Tandi (105 km / 4 – 5 hrs approx) via
> Rohtang pass (3980 M) for acclimatisation purpose. Tandi is situated
> at the altitude of 2573 meters at the confluence of the Chandra and
> Bhaga river, Tandi is just 8 km short of Keylong. The village has a
> population of about 500. It is believed that this place was founded by
> Raja (King) Rana Chand under the name of Chandi which over the years
> got corrupted in Tandi. According to the mythological story about this
> place that Chandra and Bhaga river were son and daughter of the Moon
> and sun God respectively.They were in love with each other and decided
> to meet here to enter the wedlock. People respect this place as most
> sacred place in Lahaul valley. Overnight at Drilbu Retreat at Tandi.
>
> DAY 09 : TANDI –SARCHU (4253 M) 107 KM / 5 – 6 HRS DRIVE.
>
> From this day we drive on Leh route and the road winds through
> extensive fields and long river of Bhaga on the way we stop at Darcha, which is the base point for many different trekking routes. Continue drive to Baralachla pass 4883 Mtrs. There is a lake known as Surajtal and it is worth to stop here for pictures.
> Finally we reach Sarchu which is the boundary line between Himachal and Jammu n Kashmir state. Tonight our camp will be at an altitude of
> 4253 Mtrs. And it will be the coldest night during the whole tour.
> This is the last point of Himachal in this safari. Dinner and
> overnight at Swiss Cottage Tents.
>
> DAY 10 : SARCHU – LEH. (3445 M) 251 KM / 8 – 9 HRS DRIVE.
>
> Leave morning and drive through Lachungla Pass 5065 Mtrs rugged
> in the middle of mountains. At lunch time we stop at Pang. From here
> there are chances to see tiny colonies of Marmots on the Morea plains
> a streatch of 45 Kms. Finally we reach the second highest road
> TANGLANGLA PASS 5350 Mtrs. Finally we reach Leh in the evening.
> Overnight at Hotel.
>
> DAY 11 : LEH SIGHT SEEING.
>
> Morning after breakfast half day sight seeing of Sankar Gompa, Shanti Stupa and Leh Palace. Evening free to walk around the bazaar.
> Overnight at hotel in Leh.
>
> SANKAR GOMPA & VILLAGE : A relatively modern monastery, it is closely
> associated with the Spituk monastery and served as the residence of
> the late head priest-Kushak Bakula. A number of gold icons are to be
> found here.
>
> SHANTI STUPA (JAPANESE PEACE PAGODA) : Shanti Stupa/Japanese peace
> pagoda is build by a Japanese religious organization headed by Head
> monk Nakamura with the help from the organization and local people. It
> is situated at a hill top in Cahngspa village providing a bird eye
> view of the Leh town and the surrounding mountain peaks.
> Architecturally it has the Japanese touch with small clean rooms on
> the side for meditators and the main Japanese shrine at the entrance.
>
> LEH PALACE : The Namgyal Tsemo (victory Peak) was build by King Tashi
> Namgyal after the reunification of upper and lower Ladakh and victory
> over Hor and their bodies are placed under an image of Mahakala, the
> guardian deities to stop further invasion of Hor. The Leh palace known
> as ‘Lechen Palkhar’ was built by Singay Namgyal around in the
> beginning of 17th Century A.D. The nine-storied palace is now
> deserted, and the ASI (Archeological Survey Of India) has taken up the
> renovation work.
>
> DAY 12 : INDUS VALLEY MONASTERY TOUR (120 KMS ROUND TRIP)
>
> Morning after breakfast, drive to Thiksey village, visit Thiksey monastery and drive to Shey Village to visit Shey Palace and Gompa.
> Continue drive to Hemis monastery to visit one of the most famous monasteries of Ladakh. Later on the way back to Leh Visit Stok Palace and Museum. Come back to Leh in the evening and relax at the hotel.
> Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Leh.
>
> THIKSEY GOMPA: 19 Kms from Leh, spectacularly sited, Thiksey is one of
> the largest and architecturally most impressive Gompas. There are
> several temples in this Gompas, containing images, stupas and wall
> paintings of Buddha, which are exquisite.
>
> SHEY PALACE AND GOMPA: Situated on a hillock 15 Kms upstream from Leh,
> it was once the residence of the royal family. According to tradition,
> it was the seat of power of the pre-Tibetan kinds. A 7.5 mts high
> copper statue of Buddha, plated with gold and the largest of its kind,
> is installed here.
>
> HEMIS GOMPA: 40 Kms from Leh, it is the wealthiest, best known and
> biggest Gompa of Ladakh. Its popularity stems from the major annual
> festival held here in summer. The festival is in honor of Guru Padma
> Sambhava’s birth anniversary. It also has the largest Thanka in Ladakh
> which is unfurled once in 12 years Hemis was built in 1630 during the
> reign of Singge Namgyal, an illustrious ruler of Ladakh. It flourished
> under the Namgyal Dynasty for the royalty favored the Drugpa sect,
> which is managed the monastery. It is divided into two, the assembly
> hall on the right and the main temple on the left. The hall (Dukhang)
> is also used as “green room” by the dancers during the festival. The temple is known as Tshogkhang. The verandahs have a surfeit of frescoes, among them the Buddhist “Wheel Of Life”
> (Kalachakra) and the lords of the four quarters, besides the prayer wheel.
>
> STOK PALACE & MUSEUM: The palace of the banished royal family, Stok
> has a museum which displays fabulous period costumes and jewelry of
> the royalty along with exquisite Thankas representing the life style
> of Shakya Muni. Interesting historical objects like coins, armor,
> weapons, precious jades and porcelain too can be seen here.
>
> DAY 13 : LEH – NUBRA VIA KHARDUNGLA PASS (120 KMS / 06 HRS)
>
> Early morning proceed to Nubra Valley via the World Highest Motorable road (5602 Mts) Khardungla pass. Arrive Nubra by noon and check in at Hotel / Camp. Evening at leisure. Overnight at the hotel / camp.
>
> KHARDUNGLA PASS: The road journey to Nubra valley leads through
> Khardung La pass (The highest Motorable road in the world) 18,390 ft.
> around 39 Kms. Away from Leh. There are two checkpoints on the both
> sides of the pass. Khardong is the first village of Nubra valley at higher altitude than Deskit and other villages.
>
> DAY 14 : NUBRA SIGHT SEEING.
>
> Morning after breakfast proceed for a visit to the White Sand Dunes at
> Hunder. You can enjoy the camel ride (On Own). Visit Hunder and Diskit
> monasteries. Evening trek to Samstaling Monestry. Overnight at the hotel camp.
>
> DESKIT VILLAGE: Deskit is the main village of headquarter of Nubra valley,
which has a small market consisting of a row of shops and about 500 years old Gompa on the hilltop. Spectacular view of the valley can be seen from the monastery.

> DESKIT GOMPA: Deskit Gompa was founded by Lama Sherab Zangpo of Stod in about 1420 AD during the reign of King Dragspa. About 100 monks are residing in the Gompa, which is a branch of Thikse Monastery. The monastic festival called Gustor takes place on 20th and 21st days of the 12th month of Tibetan calendar.
>
> HUNDAR VILLAGE: Hundar is a beautiful village to stay with lot of
> trees and you will really enjoy your stay at Hundar. It has a small
> monastery and ruined fort above the village. The walk or Camel Safari
> (Double Hump Bactrian camels) from Hundar to Deskit, through sand
> dunes for two hours is wonderful (On Own).
>
> SAMSTANLING GOMPA: Samstanling Monastery was founded by Lama Tsultrim
> Nima and Monastic community was introduced as Rezong Gompa. About
> 50-60 monks are residing at this 132 years old monastery.

The Gompa has some strict rules and regulations.
> -Women are not allowed in the monastery after sunset and before sunrise.
> -No smoking is allowed (not even bringing cigarettes packets) in the monastery.
> -Alcohol and non-veg. Food are strictly prohibited.
> -Do not enter in sleeveless shirts and Pants.
>
> DAY 15 : NUBRA – LEH
> Morning after Breakfast proceed for Leh, once again driving via Khardungla pass the world Highest Motorable road. Evening explore Leh
> bazaar for souvenir, visit Leh Jokhang or Leh Mosque by foot.
> Overnight at the hotel.
>
> JOKHANG: the_____ Ladakh Buddhist Association_ in 1957 built the small
> Gonpa opposite to SBI and known as_____ Jokhang_ in the main bazaar,
> which is open throughout the day for visitors. The Gonpa contains
> statue of Joyo Rinpoche (crowned Buddha).
>
> LEH MOSQUE: The Jama Masjid of Leh was built in 1666-67 AD under an
> agreement between Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb and Ladakhi ruler Deldan
> Namgyal. Initialy, the architecture of the mosque bore Tibetan, Central Asian and Ladakhi style. In recent years it has been reconstructed and given a new look with minarets and domes.
>
> DAY 16 : LEH – ALCHI (75 KMS / 03 HRS).
>
> After breakfast drive to Alchi. Enroute visiting Spituk, Phyang and
> Likir monasteries. Arrive Alchi, visit the monastery and check into
> Hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
>
> SPITUK GOMPA: 8 Kms from Leh, it stands prominently on the top of
> hillock commanding a panoramic view of the Indus Valley for miles.
> Many icons of Buddha and fine Thankas are to be found in this 15th
> century Gompa. The Gompa also houses a collection of ancient masks,
> antique arms, and an awe-inspiring image of Mahakaal. The face of the
> Kali image is kept covered and is revealed only at the annual function
> at January every year.
>
> PHYANG GOMPA: 17 Kms from Leh on the Leh-Kargil road, it looks like a
> huge palace from afar, build by Tashi Namgyal in the later half of the
> 16th century AD, it belongs to the Red Cap sect of Buddhists. Hundreds
> of icon of Buddha and other gods are kept on wooden shelves.
>
> ALCHI GOMPA: 70 Kms from Leh, on the banks of the Indus, is the Alchi
> Gompa dating a thousand years back. One of its walls features
> thousands of miniature sized pictures of the Buddha. Three large sized
> images made of clay and painted brightly are its focal attractions. No
> longer an active religious center, it is looked after by monks from
> the Liker monastery. This is the only monastery amongst 34
> monasteries, which is not located on a hilltop.
>
> LIKIR GOMPA: Founded in the 11th century and rededicated to a
> different monastic order in the 15th century, its earlier Gompa was
> destroyed in a fire. The present Gompa dated back to the 18th century.
> Skilled craftsmen producing excellent Thankas, earthen pots and carved
> wooden folding stools, live here in the village. Majestically
> situated, Likir commands a spectacular view. A magnificent giant
> Jupiter tree, one of the few survivors of its species, stands in the
> courtyard.
>
> DAY 17 : ALCHI – LAMAYURU – KARGIL.
>
> Today full day drive to Kargil, enroute visiting Lamayuru Gompa and Mulbek monastery. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Kargil.
>
> LAMAYURU GOMPA: The oldest holy site in Ladakh, it was a bon shrine
> prior to the advent of Buddhism. Also known as Yung Drung (Swastika)
> it is sited on a high promontory overlooking the village and valley.
> For sheer spectacle value no other Gompa can match Lamayuru.
>
> MULBEKH GOMPA: Precariously perched a top of a 200 Mts. high crag, it
> has an imposing rock-carving of Chamba, the future Buddha. On the
> other end of the valley is a large vertical phallus shaped rock with a
> monastery at its base.
>
> DAY 18 : KARGIL TO SRINAGAR.
>
> Early morning drive to Srinagar (204 KM) Enroute visit Sonmarg. Arrive
> Srinagar in the evening. Check in DLX. Houseboat for overnight stay.
>
> SONMARG : Sonmarg is 80 km north-east of Srinagar and at an altitude
> of 2743 m. Popularly known as the ‘Meadow of Gold’ this place is
> strewn with the loveliest of alpine flowers and surrounded by
> mountains mantled in fir and pine. Glaciers pour down from the
> Himalayas almost on to the site of camping at Sonamarg.This golden
> meadow, one of the smallest resorts in Kashmir gets its name ‘Son’
> meaning golden, from the bloom of yellow crocuses that fill this
> valley in the Spring. A gushing river is the highlight of this meadow,
> flowing down from snowy heights into the dense woodlands of firs and
> silver birches. Glaciers pour down this stream from the Himalayas on
> to the many camping sites in Sonmarg.
>
> DAY 19 : SRINAGAR SIGHTSEEING.
>
> Morning Shikara Ride at Dal Lake. Later proceed for full day sight
> seeing of Srinagar visiting. Mughal gardens and Shankaracharya Temple.
>
>
> DAL LAKE: Dal Lake is a scenic picnic spot surrounded by forests of
> pine. It is a good base for trekkers. A colorful annual fair is held
> here every September.
>
> SHIKARA RIDE: Shikara is a Gondola type light rowing boat. The two
> hour boat ride takes tourists on a relaxing sightseeing tour of
> interior parts of the calm and placid waters of Dal Lake, to see the
> market and the floating Gardens.
>
> MUGHAL GARDENS: Visit the Mughal Gardens, the Chashme Shahi (Royal
> Spring), Nishat Bagh(Pleasure Garden) and Shalimar Bagh(The Abode of
> Love).
>
> SHANKARACHARYA TEMPLE: 5 km from Tourist Reception Center. Located on
> a hill one thousand feet above the city, it is also known as
> Takht-i-Sulaiman. Most authorities agree that the first edifice on
> this site was built by Jaluka, the son of Emperor Ashoka, around 200
> BC. The low enclosing wall and the plinth of the existing temple is
> what has remained of the old temple. The philosopher sage
> Shankaracharya had stayed at this site when he had visited to Kashmir
> ten centuries ago to revive Sanatan Dharma. The present structure is
> said to have been built by an unknown Hindu devotee during the reign
> of Emperor Jehangir. The temple offers a magnificent view of the
> valley and the snowy peaks of the Pir Panjal range.
>
> DAY 20 : EXCURSION TO GULMARG.
>
> Today we will take a full day excursion to the world famous resort –
> Gulmarg. Comeback to Srinagar for dinner and overnight at the
> houseboat.
>
> GULMARG: The large meadow of Gulmarg is 52 km south-west of Srinagar
> at 2730 metres. The name means meadow of Flowers and in spring it is
> just that. This is also an excellent trekking base. Gulmarg Walks :-
> Outer Circular Walk : A circular road, 11 km in length, runs right
> round Gulmarg through pleasant pine forest with excellent views over
> the Kashmir Valleys. Khilanmarg : This smaller valley is about a 6 km
> walk from the Gulmarg bus stop and car park. The meadow, carpeted with
> flowers in the spring, is the site for Gulmarg’s winter ski runs and
> offers a fine view of the surrounding peaks and the Kashmir Valley.
> Alpather : It is beyond Khilanmarg, 13 km from Gulmarg. Ningle Nallah
> : Flowing from the melting snow and ice on Apharwat Peak and Alpather
> Lake, this pretty mountain stream is 10 km from Gulmarg. Ferozpure
> Nallah : Reached from the Tangmarg road, or from the outer circular
> walk, this mountain stream meets the Bahan River at a popular picnic
> spot known as Waters Meet. Ziarat of Baba Reshi : This Muslim shrine
> is on the slope below Gulmarg and can be reached from either Gulmarg or Tangmarg. The Ziarat, or tomb, is of a well known Muslim saint.
>
> DAY 21 : SRINAGAR – DELHI (BY FLIGHT) AND FINAL DEPARTURE
>
> Leave on time for Srinagar airport to board your flight to Delhi. Upon arrival at Delhi the guests will be taken on a guided sightseeing tour of Delhi, covering Red Fort, Humanyun’s Tomb, Lotus Temple and Qutub Minaar. Lunch will be at local Restaurant. In the evening after a farewell dinner the guest’s will be transferred to International airport for flight back home. (optionally the guests can opt for any of the extension tours to Agra / Jaipur)