So, if it has to be a vacation in India that’s to be lived in memories for a lifetime, it has to be LADAKH! The colorful monasteries, steep curves, snow-topped peaks, double humped camels, burning sun, freezing winds and a destination that comes straight out of the world of fantasies.
Bordered on the northwest with Pakistan, north with the Chinese province of Sinkiang and east with Tibet, stands this GIANT kingdom.
The photographers around the world await for the Rohtang pass to open up its jaws for the road trip, that takes you through the steep curves of Keylong, followed by riverside camps amidst mountains at Jispa, and the beautiful roads of Baralancha La that leaves you spell bound by its beauty. If you have time in hand, you definitely must hit the road trip, for this is the place where the journey would mean more than reaching the destination.
Once you are in Leh, relax and let your body acclimatize to this sudden change of altitude.
Be to the Khardungla pass, and feel proud to be at the highest motorable road of the world. Speak to the military men on the route, they have some inspiring stories to share and then head to the Nubhra valley. The major attractions here are White sand dunes and double humped camels for ride.
The another well known place to be is the color changing Pangong Tso lake located next to China border through Changla pass. You would be awfully smitten by the beauty of this “3 idiot’s” lake.
Life at Ladakh is characterized by intense spiritualities. When you are here, visit the monasteries of Alchi, Diskit & Hunder, Hemis, Lamayuru, Shanti Stupa, Spituk, Thiksey etc. Another thing to look here is the priceless antiques and art. You might even bump into students from different parts of the world, studying Buddhism here.
Other major attractions for the tourist worldwide have been the cycling , rafting and trekking expeditions at the region.
Even if you are an Indian traveler, this world would not be same like the people you have left behind. Take this road for this is less travelled.. this leads to a whole new unseen world.
After arrival at Airport, you are advised to reach VOLVO stand by 5pm, to board overnight Luxury VOLVO to Manali. *For VOLVO & Airport Transfers please refer the note below.
Today you will be proceeding for onward journey from Manali. We are not giving you an overnight stay at Manali considering that you have limited time with you for whole journey. Arrive at Manali by 7am. After freshening up, start your journey towards mighty Himalayas, with first move towards Jispa enroute Rohtang La & Keylong. You may like to stop by Rohtang for a click, but believe me there will be plethora of ineffable beautiful landscapes on your way ahead. Later you will cross Keylong before finally arriving at Jispa, your halt for tonight. Overnight at Jispa. http://goo.gl/o3PPYj
Start early Morning after Breakfast, to stamp on the grounds of Heaven on Earth named as Leh.Enroute you will come across beautiful landscapes of Baralancha-la, Chandratal Lake, Tanglangla, Moore Planes & Upshi, the route most loved by Shutterbug community.If you are sleeping on this route means you are missing the most precious times of your life. Overnight at Leh.
After early Breakfast, move towards Highest Motorable Road of The World, KhardungLa Pass. Have a cup of Tea there, get yourself clicked with the Khardungla Signboard by BRO & proceed towards Turtuk- the Land of Baltis, which was under control of Pakistan before 1971 War between the two nations. You may like to visit 16 century Masjid and Minaret, Royal house of Yabgo dynasty, Ruin palace of Pun Khar, Historic polo ground.
Overnight at Homestay/Camps.
After Breakfast, proceed to Hunder-Nubra valley. Check-in at Hotel/Camp, freshen up & later you can have a Double Hump Bactarian Camel ride. Dont forget to click this unique mammal, found in cold Desert. It was once used to carry the trade material on silk route. Overnight at Hunder/Nubra Camps/Hotel.
AfterBreakfast, check out from the camps & visit Deskit Monastery, Hot Water Springs, Panamik via confluence of Shyok & Nubra River across Sumoor. Return to Leh by Evening. Overnight at Leh.
After Breakfast, check out from Leh & proceed for one of the most beautiful & scenic, Salt water Pangong Lake at Spangmik via Changla Pass (17350 ft). Various Bollywood movies have been shot at this lake. One-Third of this lake is controlled by India & rest of the two-third lies under Chinese province. Overnight at Camps.
After Breakfast, check out from Camps for return journey to Leh. Enroute visit Hemis Monastery & 3-Idiots School. Overnight at Leh.
After Breakfast, you will proceed for an overnight stay across world’s highest Salt water Tsomorriri Lake- enroute passing Shey, Thiksey, Karoo & Upshi. Later you can stop by Chumathang Hot Water Springs before finally arriving at village Karzok. Overnight at Camps.
Today you will proceed to Jispa via Tsokar- Moore Plains, Sarchu & baralachala before finally arriving at Jispa. You can pay homage at Karzok Monastery before starting your return Trip. Overnight at Jispa.
After early Breakfast, start your journey to Manali via Keylong, (the administrative centre of Lahaul & Spiti district) & snowbedded Rohtang La . Depart for Delhi by 3:30pm VOLVO. (tickets available on request @INR 1100 per person). (Overnight/ extended Stay on request)