This beautiful Leh to Amritsar Tour of North India is one of our most popular tour packages and has been perfected over the years to deliver most awesome experiences any traveler would wish for. This tour plan is best for families and small groups, photographers, writers and for those who are lovers at heart.
Duration: 16 Days / 15 Nights
Places: Delhi > Leh > Likir > Alchi > Leh > Tsokar > Jispa > Manali > McLeodganj > Amritsar > Delhi
Day-1. Arrive Delhi
Meet assistance at airport and transfer to hotel.
Day-2 Flight Delhi-Leh.
Transfer to the domestic terminal for the spectacular early morning flight over the Himalaya to Leh.
The rest of the day is free to relax and acclimatize to the altitude (3,500m). Overnight Hotel.
Day-3. In Leh
After breakfast full day sightseeing of famous monasteries Shey, & Thiksey. Afternoon visit Shankar monastery.
Drive to monastery at Likir, a beautiful building, reminiscent of the Potala Palace in Lhasa. From here we drive to Yangtang village from where there is the option to walk to Rizong monastery, set hidden in a valley.
This solitary gompa is renowned for its strict monastic teachings. Just below in a grove of apricots is a small nunnery, which is inhabited by young nuns from the Nubra Valley who have come here to study Buddhism. After Rizong we rejoin the Indus again, which we follow to Saspol. Just after the village we cross this mighty river and drive to Alchi, a pretty village set in a grove of apricot trees. Barley fields surround the village and at harvest time the village is a buzz of activity.
Overnight in Traditional Guest House
Day-5. In Alchi
We visit the famous Alchi Monastery.
The main attraction in Alchi is the monastery, which is the most important cultural site in Ladakh. Built in the 11th century, it is a treasure trove of early Buddhist art in the Kashmiri tradition, a style quite different from the Tibetan art found in Ladakh’s other monasteries. It was founded by Rinchen Zangpo who was said to have built 108 temples in Ladakh and is responsible for reviving interest in Buddhism at that time.
Next we make an excursion to Lamayuru. The drive takes us through some of the most spectacular scenery in Ladakh. This part of Ladakh is where 50 million years ago the continents crashed together and the Himalaya were formed. There will be time to explore the monastery and the village before driving back to Alchi. Overnight in Traditional Guest House
Day-6. Drive to Leh
After breakfast we drive back to Leh visiting Basgo Fort en route.
The rest of the afternoon is free for individual exploration. The old town and the local bazaar are well worth a visit. Overnight Hotel
Day-7.Free day in Leh.
There are options to visit some of the monasteries in the Leh valley, or to take a jeep trip to the Khardung La Pass, the highest motorable road in the world at 5,602m.
These activities can be arranged and paid for locally and your leader will have details. Overnight Hotel
Day-8. Drive to Tsokar Lake 6 Hrs drive
An early start as we leave Leh and begin our journey along the legendary road from Leh to Manali across the Great Himalayan Range.
This journey rates as one of the classic road journeys of the world. From Leh we follow the Indus River for a short while before turning away to climb to the Taglang La. At 5,328 m., this pass is the second highest road pass in the world. The road winds its way up through a spectacular landscape to the prayer flags at the top. Descending from the pass we leave the main road for a while to visit Tsokar Lake. We camp about a mile from the lake (due to ecological reasons camping is not allowed on the lake shore). Overnight Fixed Camp
Day-9. Tsokar – Jispa 8-9 Hrs drive
A long drive today as we climb through a stunning wind eroded landscape of earth and rock pillars to the Nakli La and further on to the Lachalung La.
We then descend the Gata Loops, an amazing series of 22 hairpin bends. The highest point today is Baralacha Pass (4,845m, Continue driving to Jispa for the night. Overnight Guest House
Day-10. Drive to Manali
Crossing our last pass, the Rhotang La (3,985 m). This takes us over the Himalayas and from here the scenery changes dramatically – we leave the barren mountains behind and descend into the green and fertile Kulu Valley to Manali.
Day-11. In Manali
We have a full day to explore Manali. Manali is surrounded by beautiful fir and pine forests and there are lovely walks in and around the town. The ancient wooden Hadimba Devi Temple is the most important temple in Manali.
Day-12: Manali-Mandi 6 Hrs drive
Drive to Mandi. En-route we will visit Rewalsar where a charming hilltop lake is revered by Sikhs, Hindus and Buddhists, who have each built their temples on its banks.
Today we drive to the hill station of Dharamsala. This was a quiet unassuming town until 1959. This all changed when H.H Dalai Lama settled here after fleeing from Tibet at the time of the Chinese invasion.
McLeod Ganj is the upper part of the town and is the area with the greatest Tibetan influence and is where we are based for two nights. We have a full day to explore the town.
Day-15. McLeodganj- Amritsar
We drive to Amritsar, the Sikh’s holiest city and in the afternoon we visit the Golden Temple, their main shrine.
We can also visit the nearby Jalianwala Gardens, site of the notorious massacre under General Dyer in 1919, which led to 319 Sikhs being shot by British troops.
Day-16. Transfer to Airport. Depart Home
End of Tour
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