(08 nights/ 09 days)
Day 01- Arrival Chandigarh
Arrive Chandigarh in the morning / afternoon and transfer to Hotel. Later half day city tour of Chandigarh visiting Rock Garden and Sukhna Lake. Overnight at the hotel.
ROCK GARDEN : The Rock Garden is one of the finest examples of the marvel of human creation using nature and natural resources. Simple rocks have been transformed into work of beauty. The place is perfect for a day out with family or friends. The maze offers quite an amusement and you will find ample space to relax. The place is one of the finest tourist places in Chandigarh.
SUKHNA LAKE : Lying at the foothill of the Shivalik Range, the Sukhna Lake is one of the most famous tourist places in Chandigarh. The Sukhna Lake will be a great place to stroll by in the evening. You will find music being played during the morning and evening. So, keep your earphones packed and soak all your senses in the beauty of nature!
Day 02- Chandigarh to Manali (280 kms / 07 hr)
After breakfast drive to Manali, crossing through the quaint little towns of Bilaspur and Mandi. Arrive Manali in the evening and check into the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 03- Manali sightseeing
After breakfast leave for sightseeing of Manali. Visit Hadimba temple, Manu Temple, Club House, Tibetan monastery and Mountaineering Institute. Evening free at leisure. Overnight at hotel in Manali.
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 doorway 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.
TIBETAN MONASTERIES: There are 3 newly constructed colorful monasteries, where visitors can buy carpets and other Tibetan handicrafts. Two are located in the town and one at Aleo on the left bank of Beas river.
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 04- Manali – Jispa / Sarchu (180 Kms / 245 KM / 06-08 HRS aprox)
Drive early morning from Manali to Sarchu over the Rohtang-la pass (13,398 ft). Reach Keylong (05 HRS.). Lunch at restaurant and continue driving towards Sarchu. Optional: To avoid early morning departure to meet time at Keylong for lunch we may depart at our own pace with packed lunch from the hotel. On arrival check-in at the fixed camp at Sarchu.
Day 05- Jispa / Sarchu - Leh. (3445 M) 330Kms / 251 Km / 6 – 8 Hrs Drive.
Leave early 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 06- 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 07- Leh – Alchi / Uletokpo (75 Kms)
Morning after breakfast drive to Alchi / Uletokpo with packed lunch. Enroute visit, Magnetic Hill, Confluence of Zanskar and Indus river, Basgo Fort and Likir Monastery. Arrive Alchi and visit Alchi Monastery. Dinner and overnight at hotel / camp in Alchi / Uletokpo.
MAGNETIC HILL : Defying the Law of gravity. This place is close to the Gurdwara Shri Patthar Sahib. It has been noticed that when a vehicle is parked on neutral gear on this metallic road the vehicle slides up-hill that’s the Believe it or not of Ladakh!
CONFLENCE OF THE ZANSKAR & INDUS : On way to Sham Valley before Nimu village one can have this magnificent view of two rivers in wed-lock! In seasons they have different colors and flow and wildness.
BASGO GOMPA: 40 Kms downstream from Leh, it was the seat of power of branch of a Namgyal family. It was here in 1680 that invading Mongol and Tibetan armies were held in check over a three year old siege. Original 16th century murals and other arts at Basgo are well worth a visit.
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.
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.
Day 08- Alchi / Uletokpo - Lamayuru - Leh. (180 Kms round trip)
Early morning drive to Lamayuru. Lamayuru is famous for its ancient monastery and the surrounding landscape which closely resembles the surface of moon. This is where Ladakh gets its name ‘The Moonland’. Later visit the Rizong monastery and Chulichan nunnery and drive back to Leh. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Leh.
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.
RIDZONG GOMPA: Rizong is the most isolated monastery of all the monastery of Ladakh. Rizong Gompa is known as the paradise for Meditation. Guru Padma Sambhava is believed to meditate here for years. One can still find the small caves where Lamas used to meditate for years cutting themselves from the rest of the world except for an one feet square outlet window from where they accept the one time meal of the day.
CHULICHAN: Chulichan, the nunnery is around one and half Kms. below the Rizong monastery; around 20 Nuns resides at Chulichan. They provide food and cloths to the monks and perform morning and evening prayers.
Day 09- Airport Departure.
Leave on time for Leh airport to board your flight to Delhi.