|Jeep Safari Tour – Himachal, Ladakh and Kashmir
: Delhi, Shimla, Manali, Jispa, Sarchu, Leh, Nubra Valley, Pangong Lake, Lamayuru, Kargil, Srinagar, Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Jammu, Dharamsala, Amritsar, Delhi.
Day 1 : Delhi to Chandigarh by train
Early morning transfer to New Delhi Railway Station to board Superfast Shatabdi Express train for Chandigarh. Meeting on arrival at Chandigarh Railway Station and transfer to hotel. Afternoon tour of Chandigarh. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2 : Chandigarh - Shimla - train
Morning after leisurely breakfast at the hotel in Chandigarh transfer to Kalka Railway Station to board toy train for Shimlat at 12.10 PM. Meeting on arrival at Shimla Railway Station at 5.10 PM and transfer to the hotel.
Shimla is 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 - a busy shopping street with old colonial buildings, souvenir shops and restaurants.
Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 3 : Shimla
Morning after breakfast proceed for a full day excursion to visit Chail and Kufri. Overnight at hotel in Shimla.
Day 4 : At Shimla
Morning after breakfast, sightseeing of Jakhu Hills. Rest of the day free to explore the mall and other places of your interest. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5 : Shimla - Manali (270 kms by Road) - by car – 6 hours
Morning drive to Manali enroute stop a while to see Kullu. 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.
Rest of the day free to relax or explore the town. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6 : At Manali
Morning after breakfast proceed to visit Naggar Castle and Roarick Art Gallery. Return to Manali and visit Vashist hot water springs and temple (3 kms): 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.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7 : At Manali
Full day free for independent activities and exploration of Manali. Overnight at hotel.
Day 7 : Manali - Jispa (145 Kms by Road)
Morning drive to Jispa (145 kms). 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 8 : Jispa - Sarchu (95 Kms by Road)
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.
Overnight in deluxe tents.
Day 9 : Sarchu - Leh (170 kms by Road)
You will visit different Buddhist Gompas from Medieval period like Tsemo Gompa, Sankar Gompa and Leh Palace etc. The other day, you will have excursion to Shey Monastery and Thiksey Monastery. Afterwards, we visit Hemis Monastery where famous Hemis Festival is celebrated every year at the peak time of summer.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 10 : Leh
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 11 : Leh
Full day sightseeing tour of Shey, Thikshey & Hemis
Shey Palace: Shey is a small town in comparison to Leh. It is located around 15km to the south on the main highway heading in the Manali direction. Shey Palace was built in early 17th century AD by Deldan Namgyal as a memorial for his father, Singay Namgyal. The palace houses a three storey copper statue of Buddha Shakyamuni. Overlooking the Shey palace are the ruins of the fort built by the first king of Ladakh, Lhachen Spalgigon. Shey also has a very large scattering of stupas all across it's landscape.
Thiksey Gompa: This monastery is located 17km on the main highway from Leh in the direction of Manali. The present day monastery founded by Paldan Sherab, overlooking the village below, was not the original location. It was originally built at Stakmo. This monastery hosts the festival of Thiksey Gustor.
Hemis Gompa: is the most important and the richest Gompa in the whole of Ladakh and is dedicated to Guru Padama Sambhava the great Indian teacher & philosopher. This monastery located among the beautiful landscape of the Hemis National Park was founded in 1630 AD. It is located at a distance of 45km from Leh and is one of the most popular monasteries visited by travelers. It is also famous across the world for the Hemis Festival hosted by it.
Return to Leh.
Stay overnight at the hotel
Day 12 : At Leh
Morning visit Phiyang & Spituk Monasteries. Lunch at the hotel, afternoon visit Hall of Fame, Tibetan Handicrafts center and Leh Market. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 13 : Leh - Nubra
Drive to Nubra valley via Khardongla pass at 18360 ft. To be at this height is a test of your physical endurance and you can boasts of being at the base of Mt Everest, which is at the same altitude. Arrive Nubra by noon and chekcin at the Camp/hotel. Later visit Sand Dunes and Diksit Monastery. Overnight at the Camp/Hotel.
Day 14 : Nubra - Leh
Drive back to Leh, and afternoon free at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 15 : Leh - Pangong & back Early at 0600 hrs proceed for day excursion to Pangong Lake 135 km, one of the largest and most beautiful natural brackish lakes in the Himalayas. Lunch at Pangong and explore the lake area. Back to Leh by evening. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 16 : Leh - Lamayuru
Pack up in the morning and head for the next drive towards Kashmir valley. First halt will be at Lamayuru 125 kms, enroute visit Sangam of Indus & Zanskar river, Alchi Murals and Basgo Castle. Arrive Lamayuru and checkin at the Hotel for overnight stay.
Day 17 : Lamayuru - Kargil
Morning visit Lunar landscapes and Lamayuru monastery, thereafter drive to Kargil 110 kms, on the way visit the famous Rock cut statue of Maitreya Buddha at Mulbekh village. Arrive Kargil by evening and checkin at the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 18 : Kargil - Srinagar
Eearly morning drive to Srinagar 205 kms. On the way visit Drass-the 2nd coldest place on earth. After driving past Zojila pass and Sonamarg arrive in Srinagar . Drop at the hotel.
Day 19 : At Srinagar
Today enjoy half day sightseeing tour of Srinagar visit- World Famous Mughal Gardens covering the Nishat Bagh ( The Garden of Pleasure ) built by Asif Jahan in 1636 AD and Shalimar Bagh ( Adobe of Love) built by Mugal Emperor Jahangir for his beloved wife Nur Jahan in 1619 AD. Overnight Srinagar.
Day 20 : Srinagar to Gulmarg
Morning depart to Gulmarg (2440 Meters above Sea level) - it is one of the most beautiful hill station in this world and also called meadows of flower. It has world highest golf course and Gulmarg is also famous for winter sports skiing etc. On arrival, Gulmarg check-in to your Hotel .Afternoon enjoy guided sightseeing of Gulmarg also enjoy Gondola ride (Cable car, own cost) from Gulmarg to Khilan.Overnight Gulmarg.
Day 21 : Gulmarg to Pahalgam
Today drive down to Pahalgam (2440 Meters above Sea level).En-route visit Saffron fields, Anantnag Sulphur Springs. Drive through the green pine forest and along the Lidder River. On arrival, Pahalgam check-in to your Hotel.Enjoy local sightseeing of Pahalgam. Overnight Pahalgam.
Day 22 : At Pahalgam
Day free to relax and enjoy natural beauty of Pahalgam
Day 23 : Pahalgam to Jammu (drive) to Pathankot (train) than to Dharamsala by car
Morning after breakfast travel from Pahalgam to Jammu to board train for Pathankot around 3 hours journey by train. On arrival at Pathankot meeting and transfer to Dharamsala to reach in around 3 hours time.
Day 24 : At Dharamsala
Day free for self exploation. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 25 : At Dharamsala
Day free for self exploation. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 26 : Dharamsala to Pathankot by car – Pathankot to Amritsar by train
Evening visit Wagah border to witness India Pakistan border closing parade.
Day 27 : Amritsar to Delhi
Morning visit Golden Temple, Jallianwala bagh and Durgiani temple. Afternoon board train for delhi. Meeting on arrival and transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 28 : Depart Delhi
Transfer to the airport in time to board homebound flight.