Duration: 09 Nights and 10 Days
Places Covered : Delhi - Shimla - Manali - Jispa - Sarchu - Leh - Stok Palace - Shey - Thikshey - Hemis
Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi. On arrival transfer from the airport to the hotel.
Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 02: Delhi
Enjoy a morning tour of Old Delhi, where you can visit the ancient monument of Red Fort and crowded bazaars of Chandni Chowk, one of the most popular places to shop at. Later you can visit Jama Masjid, the greatest mosque in India and the Raj Ghat.
A tour to New Delhi where you can visit the Qutab Minar and the colorful Birla Mandir.Besides this; a drive along Rajpath would let you see sights as the Parliament, President's Palace, and India Gate. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 03: Delhi - Shimla
Early morning drive to Shimla, situated at a distance of about 343 km. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel.
On Ladakh tour our first destination would be Shimla.The most popular hill station situated in the foothills of the Himalayas, about 2214m above sea level, was once the summer capital of British Raj and is now the capital of Himachal Pradesh. The British Empire may have ceased to exist, but its echoes linger on in Shimla. Within the town are a host of splendid colonial edifices, quaint cottages and charming walks. Rest of the day at leisure to enjoy a stroll on The Mall. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 04: Shimla - Manali
Morning drive to Manali, situated at a distance of about 270 km. On arrival, check-in at the hotel.
Manali is situated near the end of the valley on the National Highway leading to Leh. The landscape here is breath taking. One sees well-defined snow capped peaks, deodar and pine trees, tiny fields and fruit orchards. The Beas River with its clear water meanders through the town.
Excursion to Vashist hot water springs and temple, only 3 kms away. Vashist, a small village located on the left bank of river Beas towards Rohtang Pass. It is renowned for its hot springs and temples. Nearby is the pyramidal stone temple dedicated to Vashist Muni. Natural hot sulphur springs with two separate bathing tanks for gents and ladies are always full of tourists. Turkish style showers fitted baths have also been built nearby which provide hot water from the nearby spring for bathing. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 05: Manali - Jispa
Morning drive to Jispa, 145 kms away. This high altitude road beyond the great Himalayan range, connects the densely fertile and green Kullu valley to the stark barren region of Ladakh. The drive starts at Manali slowly winding up mountain roads till Rohtang Pass at 3,950 Mts., which connects Kullu to the Lahaul valley. On entering the Lahaul valley we see a distinct change with the Hindu influence being replaced with the Buddhist religion. Overnight in deluxe tents.
Day 06: Jispa - Sarchu
Leisurely start to drive over the scenic Baralacha Pass (4880 Mts.). Plenty of stops to capture the scenic grandeur of this majestic landscape dotted with snow capped peaks and high altitude lakes. After crossing the pass drop down to the vast Sarchu plains at an altitude of 4200 Mts. (80 kms) Overnight in deluxe tents.
Day 07: Sarchu - Leh
After early breakfast, start drive to Leh (170 Km). The route takes you through the Lachlang La Pass. Further drive over the Keyang Shu Plains; it is a great drive of 40 kms flat along the Tibetan Plateau. Average altitude over 4000 mts is truly unbelievable. At the top of the Pass, there is a temple and friendly Indian Army post, which offers free tea & coffee. Thereafter we drive along the Indus valley up to Leh.Upon arrival in Leh - check in at hotel.
Leh is the administrative capital of Ladakh, which is an autonomous region of the state of Jammu & Kashmir. Strategically this region is very important as it is bordered by Pakistan, Sinkiang province of China and Chinese occupied Tibet.
Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 08: Leh - Stok Palace - Leh city
After breakfast drive to Stok palace and also visit Leh City.
Stok Palace Museum: 17 Km, 1 Hour drive from Leh. The Palace of the banished royal family, Stok has a museum, which displays fabulous period costumes and jewellery of the royalty along with exquisite Thankas or paintings representing the life of Sakya Muni. Interesting historical objects like coins; armor, weapons, precious jade and porcelain too can be seen here.
Leh City: The capital of Ladakh, at one time was a major stop on the Asian "Silk Route". A stroll along the main bazaar, observing the varied crowd and peering into the curio shops, is an entrancing experience. Chang Gali, behind the main bazaar is less bustling but has intriguing little shops selling curios and jewellery like pearls, turquoise, coral, malachite, lapis lazuli and many other kinds of semi-precious stones, as well as curiously carved Yak-horn boxes, quaint brass locks, china or metal bowls etc.Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 09 Leh - Shey - Thikshey - Hemis - Leh
Full day sightseeing tour of Shey, Thikshey & Hemis.
Visit Shey Palace, a small town in comparison to Leh, located around 15km to the south on the main highway heading in the Manali direction. Deldan Namgyal as a memorial built Shey Palace in early 17th century AD for his father, Singay Namgyal. The palace houses a three storey copper statue of Buddha Shakyamuni. Also visit the Thiksey Gompa, the monastery located 17km on the main highway from Leh in the direction of Manali and the Hemis Gompa, the most important and the richest Gompa in the whole of Ladakh and is dedicated to Guru Padama Sambhava the great Indian teacher & philosopher. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 10 Leh - Delhi
Morning transfer to the airport for the flight to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi transfer to the international airport for onward journey.