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Explore Himalayas by Jeep Tour
DURATION : 14 Days / 13 Nights
DESTINATIONS COVERED : NEW DELHI - OLD DELHI - AMRITSAR - DHARAMSHALA - MANALI - KEYLONG - SARCHU - LEH - NEW DELHI
DAY 01: ARRIVE DELHI, INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT
Arrive Delhi by International Flight. Assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel . Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at your hotel.
DAY 02: DELHI-AMRITSAR BY ROAD, FLIGHT, TRAIN
Morning proceed to Amrilsarthe holy city of Sikhs by road, Flight or Train,. The city takes its name from the sacred pool- amrit (nector) sar (Pool) Afternoon city tour of Amrilsar by private car with English Speaking Guide visiting the Golden Temple - The holiest of the holy Sikh Shrines. In 1803, the Sikh ruler, Maharaja Ranjit Singh rebuilt the temple in marble and Gold, its domes took 880 Ibs/400 Kgs of gold leatto be covered. Even since, it has been known as The Golden Temple. Overnight at your hotel.
DAY 03: AMRITSAR- DHARAMSHALA, BY SURFACE ( 199 KMS 6 HRS)
Morning proceed to Dharamshala with private Jeep with English Speaking Guide, through the mighty Himalayas. A scenic drive through the mountains brings you to the upper Dharamsala or Popularly known as McLeodgarh. This hill station with its magnificent view of the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas is the seat of His Holiness, the XIVth Dalai Lama and the headquarters of the Tibetan government in exile. The town has a large Tibetan refugee settlement. The numerous monks in their flowing maroon robes, the many street shops selling momos and butler tea, and old Tibetan women in their traditional clothes, walking past serenely turning their prayer wheels, could well be in Tibet. Upon arrival check in at your hotel. Overnight at your hotel.
DAY 04: DHARAMSHALA
Morning city tour of Dharamshala visiting Namgyal Monastery, Dalai Lama's main Temple. It houses giant stucco statues of the Buddha, Avalokiteshwara and Padmasambhava. Afternoon you could stroll around the local bazaar (market) selling Tibetan exotica or take an optional tour to Norbulingka Institite, which is a 14 Kms drive down to lower Dharamshala, famed for keeping the cultural life in Tibet alive. Overnight at your hotel.
DAY 05: DHARAMSHALA-MANALI (265 KMS 7 HRS)
Morning proceed to Manali by private jeep enroute visiting Tea Gardens at Palampur and also visit the Shiva Temple at Baijnalh. Proceed to Manali via Mandi located in the midst of Pinewood and Cedar forests with high mountains towering above, it is known as the Queen of Hill Station. Overnight at your hotel.
DAY 06: MANALI
Morning visit the four-tiered, Pagoda shaped Dhoongri wooden temple (Hidimba Devi) with its intricate carved roof and a front doorway its figures and symbols by private Jeep with English Speaking Guide. Proceed to Manali, its old beautiful houses Castle and the Rorich an gallery. Overnight at your hotel.
DAY 07: MANALI-KEYLONG (3350 M / 115 KMS)
Early morning proceed to Keylong by private Jeep en route visiting Rohtang Pass (3980 m) The district headquarters of Lahul & Spiti, which is like an oasis of green fields, willow planted watercourses and mighty brown mountains. The lady of Keylong is an imposing snow covered peak it is an amazing rock feature. Three Kilometers from Keylong is the famous Shashur Gompa, dedicated to the Zanskari lama. It was built in the 16'" century and is of the Gelukpa or~er. The five meter Thangka is famous in the region. Overnight at your hotel.
DAY 08: KEYLONG- SARCHU (4630M 163 KMS)
Morning proceed to Darcha by private Jeep, which is 18 Kms from Keylong, start of a popular trekking option to get into Padum, and in winter it is the only way to Zanskar. The road from Darcha to Baralacha la (4892m) goes through Zing- Zing Bar and the sky blue Suraj Tal Lake. Sarchu is just over the state line into Himachal pradesh. Rest ofthe day is at leisure. Overnight at your Hotel.
DAY 9: SARCHU-LEH BY SURFACE (3505M 176 KMS)
Morning proceed to Leh by private Jeep which is 20 Kms of switchback road including a spine-tingling 21 loops or hairpin bends, on one side of one mountain. After covering this stretch you cross the second highest pass on this road Lachlangla (5060m). Continue your drive and see the terrain changing. You cross the highest pass on this road Tanglangla (5378 m). The road Manali to Leh is the world's second highest motorable road, reaching an elevation of 5378m at Tanglangla Pass. Overnight at your hotel.
DAY 10: LEH
Morning city sightseeing tour of leh by private car visiting the Shankar Gompa, leh Palace and Namgyal Tsemo. Afternoon visit Spituk Gompa. The Sankar Gompa is located a couple of Kilometers north of the town center. The Gompa belongs to the Gelukpa order and has an impressive impression of the Buddhist deity Avalokiteshwara Padmahari or Chenresig, with 1,000 arms and an equal number of heads. At a distance of 8 Km from leh, standing majestically on top of a hillock overlooking the Indus Valley, lies the Spituk Gompa. It was built in the 15'" Century and houses a collection of ancient masks, antique arms, icons and Thangkas. Higher up the hill is the Mahakal Temple, containing the shrine of Vajrabhairava. Overnight at your hotel.
DAY 11: LEH
Morning full day excursion to Thikse Monastery by private Jeep, where you will see the early morning prayer ceremony. Later visit Hemis monastery the most important and the richest monastery in Ladakh. About 20 Km south of Leh, Thikse Gompa is an imposing monastery and one of the finest examples of ladakhi architecture. The 12 story monastery complex contains numerous Stupas, Statues, Thangkas, Wall Paintings swords and a large pillar engraved with the Buddha's teachings. At a distance of 45 Kms South of leh, Hemis is the one of the biggest Gompas in Ladakh. Built in 1630, it belongs to the red sect, Brokpa. It is also Known as Chang Chub Sam ling or " the lone place of the compassionate person." To commemorate the birth ofthe renowned Indian sage, Padmasambhava, the annual Hemis Festival is held in the month of June/July. Until the 16'" Century, the Shey Gompa was the royal residence. It is located at a distance of 15 Km south of leh. This Palace Monastery has the largest statue of Maitreya Buddha (the Buddha to come) in Ladakh. Erected in the mid 17'" Century worked out of Gold and gilded copper sheets with blue hair, it stands 17.5 m high. Built in 1814, the Stok Palace is the site where the last King of ladakh died in 1974. The Museum here has a unique collection of Royal Ornaments, and Traditional Clothing, along with Exquisite Thangkas representing the life of the Sakya Muni Buddha.
Overnight at your hotel.
DAY 12: LEH
Full day is at leisure. Overnight at your hotel.
DAY 13: LEH-DELHI
Morning departure transfer to the airport by private Jeep in time to board the flight for Delhi. On arrival transferto your hotel. Rest ofthe day is at leisure. Overnight at your hotel.
DAY 14: DELHI-OUT
Departure transfer to the airport by private car in time to board the flight for onward destination.
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