Himachal & Ladakh Adventure

Embraced in the lap of the mighty Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh is a paradise embellished with various natural riches. This wonderful hill station has cosseted various popular holiday destinations within its periphery like – Chamba, Dalhousie, Dharamshala, Palampur, Mandi, Kullu & Manali. From awe-inspiring landscapes, to the bubbling rivers; from the majestic mountains to the magnificent meadows of flowers; every nook and corner of Himachal is studded with the best gem of nature’s treasure trove. Moreover, it has various ancient shrine and colonial edifices that mesmerize the travelers with an old-world charm. A tour to Himachal simply means a tour to a kingdom of heritage and natural elegance.

On the other hand Ladakh & Spiti Region is a total contrast with barren lands, high mountain passes, fascinating monasteries. Not only will you witness the magnificent landscapes in Leh Ladakh but you will also get acquainted with Ladakh’s culture and tradition. This Trans-Himalayan Safari is an excellent opportunity for those who love the thrill and excitement of travelling High Mountain passes. The tour is an exciting mish mash of mountain passes, wildlife treasure troves, scenic lakes and barren landscapes that combines to create a Trans-Himalayan experience. Explore this less explored Himalayan wonderland with the experienced guides. If you are an avid traveler who love to face the challenges and to travel around the adventurous destinations, then this package is definitely one of the best there is.

¿Qué está incluido?

• Transfers and sightseeing tours as per itinerary by Toyota Innova or Mahindra Xylo CAR
ACCOMMODATION AS FOLLOWS
• 2 Nights -Fortune Park, Moksha DHARAMSHALA
• 1 Night – Aroma Palace – CHAMBA
• 1 Night –Pearl Inn – DALHOUSIE
• 1 Night –Bagora Heights Resorts- PALAMPUR
• 1 Night Hotel Snow Flakes, MANALI
• 1 Night Hotel Dekit –KEYLONG
• 1 Night Hotel Deyzor –KAZA
• 1 Night Hotel Siddhart –TABO
• 1 Night Dlx Camp –SARCHU
• 2 Nights Lake View - TSOMORIRI
• 2 Nights -Singge Palace -LEH
• Breakfast & Dinner at places except at Sarchu & Tsomoriri where ALL meals are included
• Service of guide for whole tour
• All taxes, entrances and permits

Duración

15 días

Cubierto de destino

Dalhousie, Chamba, McLeod Ganj, Bharmour, Mandi, Kullu, Manali, Keylong, Pin Valley - Kungri Monastery, Pin Parque Nacional del Valle, Kaza, Tabo, Sarchu, Tsokar Lake, Tsomoriri Wetland Conservation Reserve y Leh

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Day 1: Arrive Dharamsala and on arrival check into Fortune Park Moksha hotel. Balance day is at leisure. Dinner & Overnight stay (D)

Day 2: Dharamsala
Morning after breakfast is reserved for city tour of Dalai Lama's abode. Return to hotel for Dinner & Overnight stay.(B & D)

Day 3: Dharamshala - Dalhousie (115 Kms/ 3.30 hrs) - Chamba (60 Kms/2.5 hrs)
Morning meet your guide who well escort you to your waiting car to begin your Himachal Ladakhi adventure. Drive to Dalhousie a gorgeous high altitude hill town spread across 5 hills near the Dhauladhar range of Himalayas, characterized by lush green mountains, glistening rivers, cool mountain breeze, & a colonial architecture, including St. Francis and St. John’s churches, which date back to the rule of the British Raj in the 1800s.

Enroute you visit Khajjiar, often called India’s Switzerland, the exquisite glade of Khajjiar (1960m) has a circumference of about 5 kms and along its fringes, thick forests of deodar climb the slopes, the snow-line rests above these woods. Visit the 12th century temple dedicated to KhajjI Nag. Within the temple are life size wooden images of the five Pandavas brothers. Continue your journey to reach Chamba. Later on arrival, check into Aroma Palace Hotel.

Afternoon is reserved for half day guided tour of Chamba town, visiting Central Park which offers a magnificent view of the entire hill town, Laxmi Narayan Temple –Oldest & largest in Chamba, Himachal Emporium at Rang Mahal-one of the largest monuments of the region that is built in Mughal-British architecture and Bhuri Singh Museum-named after Chamba's former king, it houses collection of miniature paintings, rare brass and copper engraved coins wooden carvings besides some originally written pages from the Mahabharata and the Upanishads are on display here Being an adventure enthusiast, you can also try your hand at zorbing (recreation or sport of rolling downhill inside an orb generally made of transparent plastic) Return to hotel for Dinner & Overnight stay (B & D)

Day 4: Chamba – Bharmour (60 Kms/ 2.15 hrs) - Dalhousie (140 Kms/ 4 hrs)
Morning after breakfast, drive to Dalhousie. Enroute stop for a guided visit to Bharmour, formally known as Brahmpura, was the ancient capital. Located between the Pir-Panjal and Dhauladhar range, between Ravi and Chenab rivers, at an altitude of 7000 feet in the Budhil valley it is known for its scenic beauty and for its ancient temples. Some of the temples are believed to date from 10th century AD. As the whole country around Bharmour is supposed to belong to lord Shiva, it is popularly spoken of as Shiva Bhumi, abode of lord Shiva.

After sightseeing continue drive to Dalhousie and on arrival check into Hotel Pearl. Balance time is free for own activities. Dinner & Overnight stay in hotel. (B & D)

Day 5: Dalhousie –Dainkund –Jot (Trek) –Palampur (143 Kms / 4 hrs)
Morning after breakfast gear up for Dainkund Jot Trek. Drive to Dainkund and begin trekking this 5.7 km long trail with no steep ascends or descends offering a unique and guided way to explore the real nature and beauty of Dalhousie from the breathtaking landscape of the Peer Panjal Mountain Range to the remoteness of the Chowari Jot Valley. The most beautiful and least visited place in Dalhousie is Dainkund. The trek from Dainkund to Jot is approximately 6-7 hours at about 3000m.

After finishing your trek, drive onwards to Palampur and on arrival check into Bagora Heights Resort. Balance day at leisure. Enjoy an evening walk in & around tea plantations. Or just chill in your resort. Dinner & Overnight stay (B & D)

Day 6: Palampur –Mandi –Kullu -Manali (202 Kms / 5.50 hrs)
Morning after early breakfast, depart by car accompanied by your guide for Manali. Set on the Beas River, it’s a gateway for skiing in the Solang Valley and trekking in Parvati Valley. It's also a jumping-off point for paragliding, rafting and mountaineering in the Pir Panjal mountains, home to 4,000m-high Rohtang Pass.

En route stop and visit the Temples of Bajinath situated 17 kms from Palampur. Known for its Shiva Temple, are set in the backdrop of the Dhauladhar Himalayan ranges. This ancient temple with interesting legends and a splendid architecture is worth a visit.

Continue your journey and visit the Tashi Jong Monastery. Tashi Jong in Tibetan stands for ‘auspicious valley’, which is actually an entire community of monks, practitioners and realized practitioners called ‘togdens’. The Khampagar Monastery therein, is the primary school for Tibetan teachings and practices. Currently the Tashi Jong complex consists of the main temple, the Stupa of Khamtru l Rinpoche, and the Yamantak Retreat Center which is out of bounds to general public. The community at Tashi Jong is currently headed by the 9th Khamtrul -Rinpoche Shedrub Nyima.

Drive onwards to Mandi and on arrival visit Bhootnath Temple built by Raja Ajber Sen in 1527 AD. This temple is devoted to the Great Lord Shiva. Mandi is known for its 81 old stone temples and is often called the 'Varanasi of Himachal". Mandi is also known as the 'Kashi of the Hills' or "Choti Kashi". The town has remains of old palaces and notable examples of 'colonial' architecture for temples.

Continue your drive to Manali, En route visiting the magnificent Basheshwar Temple located approximately 15 kilometers away from Kullu on the banks of the River Beas. Built in a pyramid style design it houses a large "Yoni-Lingam" idol representing Lord Shiva and his wife Goddess Parvati. The history of this majestic temple dates back to the 9th century AD and is famous for its intricate stone carvings.

Arrive Manali and transfer to Hotel Snow Flakes. Post Lunch is reserved for half day walking tour of Manali town. Visit the Hadimba Temple. Built in 1553 AD this four-story wooden Hadimba or Dhungiri temple is famous for its exquisitely caved doorway. It is located in the middle of a forest called the Dhungiri Van Vihar followed by a visit to a few Monasteries, Manali is known for its shiny Gompas. It is maintained by donations from the local community and by sale of hand-woven carpets in the temple workshop. Return to hotel for Dinner & Overnight stay (B & D)

Day 7: Manali -Keylong (122 Kms / 3.5 hrs)
Morning before breakfast, take a walking tour of Old Manali village. A bridge over gushing Manalsu River is a gateway to another world known as the Old Manali. The village has an exotic charm; not foreign, not entirely Indian. Old Manali has somehow chiseled out a world of its own guarded by Manalsu River. The village is as idle as a fairy tale but at the same time it is exposed to the comfort of today’s world. Two sides of the same coin exist side by side in the village. We have the idyllic village and the locals on one side and the fast growing tourist population and guest houses on the other side. Return to your hotel for Breakfast.

After breakfast, drive to Jispa via Rohtang pass, the highest point on the Manali-Keylong road. It provides a wide panoramic view of the mountains rising far above the clouds, which is truly a breath taking sight. Located at a height of 3979 m, the pass once served as a crucial trade route, and still remains the gateway to the districts of Lahaul and Spiti and is the capital of Lahaul and Spiti. Beyond Rohtang pass lays the remote and, perhaps, the stark and haunting landscape of predominantly Buddhist areas. The comparative inaccessibility of the place has helped preserve the pristine culture of the people of the region. Drive onwards to Keylong described by travellers as strange, exciting and primitive. En route stop and visit

Rohtang pass at 13050 Ft. is a high mountain pass on the eastern Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas around 51 kms from Manali. It connects Kullu Valley with Lahaul and Spiti Valleys. 4 kilometres west of the Rohtang Tunnel entrance, Sissu village is home to the architecturally unexciting but locally important

Temple of Raja Gephan, the presiding lord of Lahaul, who resides on Gephan (Gepang) mountain which Towers above the village. You can climb the steps to peer through a grille at a mound of cloths covering the deity's image (Please check with your Guide before you plan to climb)

Guru Ghantal Monastery This monastery is situated on a hill above the Tupchiling village at the confluence of the rivers Chandra and Bhaga. The monastery was founded by Padma Sambhava and is more than 800 years old. The peculiar features of the monastery are the wooden idols as distinguished from the clay idols found in other monasteries. This monastery has idols of Guru Padma Sambhava, Brijeshwari Devi and several other lamas. Also visit Tupchiling Village, before continuing your onward journey to Ghemur Village to visit Gondola Fort & Ghemur Gompa.

Gondla fort is situated in Lahaul district just 18 km away from Keylong at an altitude of 3160m.This 8 story high, built with wood in tower type architecture besides the Chandra River across the valley by Raja Ram Singh of Kullu in 1700 AD

Ghemur Gompa (monastery) is situated in Ghemur, a small village, also 18 km away from Keylong. The Lamas of this Gompa enact a devil dance in the month of July.

Continue your drive to Keylong and on arrival check into Hotel Dekit. Post Lunch visit Shashur Monastery surrounded with blue pine trees was founded in the 17th C. AD by Lama Deva Gyatsho of Zanskar. AND Kardang Monastery located in the village of Kardang, once the capital of Lahaul. It is the most popular and the biggest monastery of the area. The monastery is situated on the left bank of the river Bhaga just above the village of Kardang. It was founded about 900 years ago and stood in ruins upto 1912 when Lama Norbu of Kardang renovated it. Kardang monastery is located against the backdrop of the bare mountains of the Rangcha massif which rises above the valley like a giant cobra standing on its tail with hood outspread, ready to strike.

Conclude your afternoon tour with a visit to Tayul Gompa lying 6 kms from Keylong, perched on the side of the valley above the village of Satingri, this ancient Gompa has more elegant mural work and a 4m-high statue of Padmasambhava, flanked by his two manifestations, Sighmukha and Vijravarashi.
Return to your hotel. Dinner & Overnight stay in hotel (B & D)

Day 8: Keylong --Chandertal – Kungri –Kaza (215 Kms / 5.5 hrs)
Morning after early breakfast, depart for Chandratal Lake via Batal. Located at an altitude of 4,300 meters, this lake is the source of Chandra River and its name “Chandra” is believed to be derived from its moon like shape. The Lake is also quite famous for its majestic reflections of surrounding Himalayan peaks in its deep blue waters. On arrival trek up to the Lake, spend sometime around the lake before continuing your onward journey to Kungri Monastery & Sagnam Village, located in the Pin Parvati Valley.

Kungri Monastery is Spiti’s second oldest monastery, located in the Pin valley. The Gompa was founded by Guru Padmasambhava and was built around 1330AD. The Gompa provides unmistakable evidence of tantric cult as practiced in Buddhism and is the main center of the Nyingma-pa sect in Spiti.

Continue your journey to Kaza and on arrival check into Hotel Deyzor. Balance time is free for own activities. Dinner & Overnight stay in the hotel (B & D)

Day 9: Kaza – Ki – Kibber –Tabo (48 Kms / 50 min)
Morning after breakfast, drive to Ki Monastery. On arrival attend the early morning prayers followed by a visit inside the monastery. Ki Monastery overlooking Kaza from a height of about 13,500 ft. is the largest in the valley and holds a powerful sway over the most populous part of the valley around Kaza. The Gompa is an irregular heap of low rooms and narrow corridors on a monolithic conical hill. It is also known for its beautiful murals, thangkas, rare manuscripts, stucco images and peculiar wind instruments that form part of the orchestra whenever Chham is enacted in the Gompa in summer. Another interesting aspect of the Gompa is its collection of weapons which may have been used to ward off marauders as also to maintain its control over people betraying a church-militant character. After visit continue your journey to visit Dhankar Gompa. This beautiful monastery is locked between the rocky spurs at the top of cliff in the Dhankar village at an elevation of over 3,800 meters in the Spiti valley and is a 16th century old fort monastery, which has also served as a prison in the erstwhile era. There is a new monastery in the small village of Shichilling below the old monastery. The old monastery is associated with the Great Translator, Rinchen Zangpo, and its complex comprises a number of multi-storey buildings perched together. Not just this, but the old monastery has five different halls, including Kanjur, Lhakhang, and Dukhang, and a huge life size silver image of Vajradhara, kept in a glass altar adorned with scarves and flowers.

Next visit Kibber Monastery before continuing on your last leg of the journey to Tabo. The village of Kibber is located at a height of about 14,200 ft. in a narrow valley on the summit of a limestone rock. The monastery is named after Serkong Rinpoche of Tabo. The remarkable feature about the architecture of this Gompa is the use of stone instead of mud or adobe brick used extensively in the valley.

Continue drive to Tabo and on arrival check into Hotel Siddhart. Tabo, the first village in Spiti from the Kinnaur side in Himachal Pradesh is located at a height of 3,280 m. The entry to the village is flanked by the Spiti River and the epic Trans-Himalayan range. The inhabitants of Tabo are primarily apple cultivators and hail from Tibetan descent.

Post Lunch is reserved for a visit to Tabo Monastery and the Buddhist meditation Caves. The Tabo Monastery or Gompa is made of mud without any use of concrete. This structure was built in 996 AD and is considered next in importance to the Tholing Gompa in Tibet. Murals and painted stucco are the unique artistic and structural features. There is also a priceless collection of manuscripts and thangas stored in the Gompa. A 15 minute easy trek to the foothills of the Trans-Himalayas leads one to the Tabo caves where the Buddhist lamas meditate. The view from the caves is splendid as one can see the beautiful Himachali village of Tabo. Return to hotel for Dinner & Overnight stay in hotel (B & D)

Day 10: Tabo – Kaza – Keylong - Jispa –Darcha –Baralacha La pass – Sarchu (233 Kms/ 4.5 hrs) A Very Long & Tiring day today. Morning after breakfast, attend morning prayers at Tabo Monastery. Later drive to Sarchu thru Jispa, Darcha and Baralacha Pass (4900 mts.).The best part of this route is the scenery and the way it changes as you drive towards Sarchu. Jispa is a low lying place on the banks of clean and thin Bhaag River with green-blue water. You will not find much vegetation on the way but the surroundings get more and more fascinating at every turn. Continue drive to Darcha, the last town with possibly a population of 10-20 people and a little shop. After crossing Darcha, there is a steady climb towards Baralacha La Pass. Cross the pass and drive down towards Sarchu. The entry to Sarchu is amazing with lovely mountains views all around and a vast plain stretching far with gorges on one side where a thin stream of Yunam river flows and absolutely pure air to breathe, albeit with less oxygen. Later on arrival check into your tented accommodation at Deluxe Camp Sarchu. Balance day at leisure. Dinner and Overnight stay in camps. (B,L & D)

Day 11: Sarchu – Tso-kar Lake - Tsomoriri (228 Kms/ 4.5 hrs)
Morning after breakfast, leave the vast Sarchu plateau, uphill curvy drive till Namkila 4950 mtrs), spectacular view of rugged rocks, over Lachulangla (5090 mtrs.) descend to the gorge of cliffy Gangajal to Pang and continue your drive through the vast plateau of Kyangchu-Thang (plateau of wild donkey) to Tso-kar lake on a dusty and unidentified trail. The lake is situated in Rupshu Valley at an altitude of 4660m in the Changthang region of South Eastern Ladakh. It is at a distance of around 50 kms from Tso-moriri Lake.

On arrival spend some time at the Lake exploring the region around. Also known as 'White Lake' is one of the smallest of the three high altitude salt water lakes in Ladakh. The name 'White Lake' is termed because you find white salt of the water deposits all over the lake shores. The Tso-Kar Lake is very popular with bird watchers. The area surrounding Tso-kar Lake is rich with wildlife and birds.

After visit continue your journey thru rough road leading to the top of Polokongkha (4920 mtrs) from where you will descend to Puga valley to reach Sumdo village from where an uphill drive till Namastang la (4800 mtrs) leads you onward to Korzok Gompa and its inhabitants the Korzok Nomades. Later on arrival check into Hotel Lake view. Balance day is at leisure for own activities. Dinner & Overnight stay in hotel (B, L & D)

Day 12: Tsomoriri Lake
Morning after breakfast, visit the ancient village, on the western bank of the Tso Moriri Lake, where stands the Korzok Monastery, a Tibetan monastery that belongs to the Drukpa Lineage. The monastery is around 400 years old.

The lake is an important breeding point for avifauna species and as many as 34 species of birds including 14 species of water birds such as Black-necked Cranes endangered, Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis, Brown-headed Gulls, Great Crested Grebe and Bar-headed Geese .The region has ample amount of wildlife which include the famous Ladakhi Bharal, also known as Blue Sheep, and the Himalayan mountain goat. Other rare animals which can be spotted here include snow leopard, lynx and grey wolves. This beautiful blue pallet lake is about 7 KM wide at its broadest point and about 19 KM long. Being part of the wetland reserve under Ramsar site, it is actually known as “Tsomoriri Wetland Conservation Reserve. Visit a Karzok Nomad camp before returning to your hotel for dinner & overnight stay (B, L & D)

Day 13: Tsomoriri – Leh
Morning after breakfast, depart for Leh. En route visit Hemis & the meditation caves & Thiksey
Hemis Monastery is situated 43 KM from Leh and is one of the largest and richest monasteries. It belongs to the Drukpa lineage and was founded in 1630. It has over 200 branches and more than 1,000 monks. After visit, take an hour’s walk to a well-kept cave which is used by some monks for secluding and meditation, with beautiful paintings, monastery library and other interesting things. Continue your journey to Thiksey Monastery.

Thiksey Monastery located at an altitude of almost 3,600m in the Thiksey village. It’s one of the largest and most famous monasteries in Ladakh. The Thiksey monastery, painted in red, ochre and white, blends in well with the surrounding landscape. On first sight, you will be surprised with the strong resemblance it bears to Potala Palace in Lhasa in Tibet.

Later drive on to Leh and on arrival into hotel. Balance day is at leisure. Relax, Get acclimatized and take a walk in evening to Changspa road. Dinner & Overnight stay (B & D)

Day 14: Leh
Morning after breakfast is reserved for local city sightseeing. Visit Shanti stupa, Shey palace and Leh palace. Explore local market and visit changspa road Return to hotel for Dinner and overnight stay (B & D)

Day 15: Departure Leh
Morning after breakfast, on time transfer to Kushok Bakula rimpochee airport which is one of the world’s highest commercial airport at a height of 10,682 ft. (B)

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