Embark on an exhilarating journey through the enchanting landscapes of Northern India with this meticulously designed tour. Begin in the vibrant capital city, New Delhi, where ancient history harmoniously coexists with modernity. Traverse to the picturesque hill town of Manali, driving through the lush valleys and the renowned Rohtang Pass. Acquaint yourself with the charming Manali town, its bustling Mall Road, Hadimba Temple, and the soothing Vashisth Ashram.
Your adventure then takes you on an epic overland drive to Leh, traversing the dramatic terrains of Lahaul, BaraLacha Pass, and Tanglangla Pass, offering captivating vistas of the Himalayas. Arrive in the tranquil haven of Leh, nestled amidst towering peaks, and explore the town’s intriguing monasteries, vibrant markets, and historical landmarks. Journey further to the mesmerizing Pangong Lake, near the Indo-China border, and marvel at its mystical blue-black waters surrounded by pristine landscapes.
Immerse yourself in the spiritual ambiance of Hemis and Thiksey Monasteries before driving through the world’s highest motorable pass, Khardungla, to the enchanting Nubra Valley. Discover the unique charm of Nubra, its deserts, monasteries, and double-humped camels. As your journey concludes, explore the heritage sites of Alchi, Lamayuru, and Kargil, each narrating tales of ancient art, history, and spirituality.
Conclude your epic voyage in the iconic city of Srinagar, indulging in the serenity of Dal Lake, the elegance of Mughal Gardens, and the vibrant local markets, before bidding adieu to this unforgettable adventure.
Duration: 13 Days / 12 Nights
Places: Delhi > Chandigarh > Manali > Keylong > Darcha > Sarchu > Leh > Pangong > Leh > Khardungla > Nubra > Khardungla > Leh > Alchi > Lamayuru > Kargil > Sonamarg > Srinagar
New Delhi: The bustling capital city of India welcomes you with a blend of historical landmarks and modern marvels. From the iconic India Gate and Red Fort to the serene Lotus Temple, New Delhi offers a glimpse into India’s rich heritage and diverse culture.
Manali: Nestled in the lush Kullu Valley, Manali is a popular hill station known for its picturesque landscapes and vibrant atmosphere. Explore the bustling Mall Road, visit the ancient Hadimba Temple, and relax in the rejuvenating hot springs of Vashisth Ashram.
Rohtang Pass: This high-altitude mountain pass offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding valleys and snow-covered peaks. A gateway to Lahaul and Spiti valleys, Rohtang Pass is a must-visit for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers.
Leh: The enchanting town of Leh is surrounded by majestic mountains and is a hub for Tibetan Buddhist culture. Explore ancient monasteries like Shanti Stupa and Sankar Gompa, visit the royal Leh Palace, and soak in the local markets’ vibrant atmosphere.
Pangong Lake: Located near the Indo-China border, Pangong Lake captivates with its surreal blue waters and stunning backdrop. This serene lake offers a perfect setting for relaxation and reflection amidst the Himalayan beauty.
Nubra Valley: A land of contrasts, Nubra Valley is known for its stark deserts, lush oases, and the unique Bactrian camels. Explore the ancient monasteries of Deskit and Hundar and enjoy a camel safari on the double-humped camels.
Kargil: Infused with historical significance, Kargil marks a turning point in India’s history. Visit the Hall of Fame, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, and enjoy the dramatic landscapes as you drive through this region.
Srinagar: The charming city of Srinagar is famous for its picturesque Dal Lake and Mughal Gardens. Enjoy a Shikara ride on the lake, explore the vibrant local markets, and witness the architectural splendor of Nishat Bagh and other gardens.
Alchi and Lamayuru: These ancient monastic complexes offer insights into Ladakh’s spiritual heritage and showcase intricate wall frescoes and stunning architecture. Alchi’s Choskor and Lamayuru’s dramatic landscapes are captivating.
Chandigarh: Although briefly mentioned, Chandigarh is known for its urban planning and architecture, representing a perfect blend of modernity and nature.
This comprehensive tour takes you through a diverse range of destinations, each offering a unique perspective on India’s history, culture, and natural beauty. From the bustling cities to the serene landscapes, you’ll experience a captivating journey that leaves you with unforgettable memories.
Detailed Tour Plan
Day 01: Arrive New Delhi
On arrival meeting assistance & transfer to Hotel. Overnight stay
Day 02: New Delhi to Chandigarh and Drive to Manali
In time transfer to New Delhi Railway Station to board Shatabdi Express to Chandigarh.
On arrival meeting assistance at Chandigarh. After short briefing and introduction with crew / technical support team, proceed to Manali. 325 kms drive will take approx. 8 hours to reach Manali. Check in at the hotel and overnight stay.
Day 02: In Manali
After a leisurely breakfast, day at leisure to acclimatize or to explore the best of Manali town. One of the most favorite destination for Indian tourist may be crowded with many visitors in summer.
Explore Mall Road / Hadimba Temple / Vashisth Ashram and hot spring at the temple and post lunch check your gears and essential stuffs for your overland drive to Leh. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Manali.
Day 03: Drive Manali Rohtang Pass – Koksar – Keylong
Depart Manali early in the morning our first halt is Marhi. A barren landscape offering extensive views of the valley and the mountains. We proceed to Rohtang Pass 3790 M, it is most popular with visitors, being one of the highest road point and gateway to LAHAUL and SPITI valleys.
Pass remains closed during winter due to heavy snow from November end to May end. Visitors can drive upto Marhi below Rohtang with similar high altitude topography, forest of Birch, Fir and Spurce.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 04: Drive Keylong – Darcha – Sarchu- Leh
Get prepared for the most interesting overland high altitude drive up to Leh. May take approx. 10 hours. You will arrive at Darcha (3500 M) it is situated at the junction of Yotche Nullah and the Zanskar chhu which takes off from the Shinkun la. Both these nullahs meet with the main river Bhaga at this place. This is the main point for the trek lovers wish to enter in Zanskar valley or up to Leh.
Drive from this place will take you to BaraLacha Pass (1620 Ft) and further drive to Sarchu which is nearly the mid-point of Manali Leh route. Continue drive to Pang and cross Morai plains and arrive at Tanglangla Pass (5400 M) and enter in Leh Valley.
Your further drive will take you to Upsi by crossing river Indus and follow the highway up to Leh. Check in at your hotel and overnight stay.
Day 05: In Leh: Visit the town and surrounds
The morning is at leisure for rest after the long journey. After lunch visit Shanti Stupa, Sankar Gompa, Leh Palace & the markets.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 06: Leh – Pangong Lake (145 kms.)
Early departure for Pangong Lake (approx. 155 kms, located on the Indo China Border), via Chang-la pass (alt: 17370 ft).
This famous blue blackish lake is 5 to 6 kms wide and over 144 km long with half of it running to the other side of the Indo-China border. After full day of sightseeing around the Lake check-in at fixed tented camp near the lake at Spangmik or drive back for 30 kms to Tangtse and check into Hotel / Guest House for overnight stay.
Day 07: Pangong – Hemis / Thiksey – Leh
After breakfast, leave Pangong / Tangtse and retrace the Leh route across Chang-la. Upon reaching Karu, drive across the Indus and visit the famous Hemis Monastery, biggest monastery of Ladakh.
Later drive on to Leh, enroute visiting the picturesque Thiksey monastery. Overnight in hotel.
Day 08: Leh – Khardungla – Nubra Valley (125 kms.)
After breakfast leave for Nubra Valley, driving across Khardung-la (alt: 18,380 ft).
After descending from the pass, drive on for sightseeing of Sumoor Village and Samstaling Gompa.
Later check into a fixed camp in the same area or drive across to Deskit / Hundar for overnight in a fixed camp or hotel.
Day 09: Nubra Valley – Khardungla-Leh (125 kms.)
In the morning visit / explore Deskit , Hundar and the Sand Dunes where you can enjoy a short camel safari using the double-humped Bactrian camel found here (optional on direct payment).
Later drive back to Leh reaching in the late afternoon / evening. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10: Leh – Alchi – Lamayuru – Kargil
After leisurely breakfast drive down the Indus Valley on the first leg of your journey to Kargil & Srinagar.
On the way, visit Hall of Fame, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Magnetic Point, Sangam (confluence of Indus & Zanskar Rivers) and then the 11th century Alchi Choskor, oldest surviving monastic complex famous for its wall frescoes and architecture – a UNESCO listed heritage site.
Continue drive towards Kargil, enroute visiting the dramatically located Lamayuru monastery and the adjoining “Moonland” hills.
On the way to Kargil you can view the 9-mtrs, tall rock sculpture of the Maitreya Buddha at Mulbek (7th – 8th century AD).
Overnight in hotel at Kargil.
Day 11: Kargil – Sonamarg – Srinagar (205kms)
Early departure for Srinagar driving through Drass (famous as the second coldest inhabited place in the world) and crossing the Zoji-la Pass (11,500-ft. / 3,505 m) to reach hill station of Sonamarg from where it’s smooth driving through the beautiful Kashmir countryside to reach Srinagar.
Overnight in hotel at hotel / Deluxe house boat in Srinagar.
Day 12: In Srinagar
After a leisurely breakfast get prepared to have a Shikara ride at Dal Lake to see the beauty of the lake and local shopping around.
Back to the main land and explore world famous Mughal Garden / Nishat Bagh. Explore the down town area of Srinagar city and colorful market may attract you for the local souvenirs.
Back to the hotel / Deluxe house boat and overnight stay.
Day 13: Departure Srinagar
After breakfast you will get transferred to the airport in time to board flight for onward destination.
End of Tour
FAQs about the Tour
q: What is the highlight of the New Delhi visit?
a: The highlight of the New Delhi visit includes iconic landmarks like India Gate, Red Fort, Lotus Temple, and exploring the rich cultural heritage of the city.
q: How can I reach Manali from New Delhi?
a: You can take a Shatabdi Express train from New Delhi to Chandigarh and then drive to Manali, which takes approximately 8 hours.
q: What can I expect to see and do in Manali?
a: In Manali, you can explore the Mall Road, visit the Hadimba Temple, relax in Vashisth Ashram’s hot springs, and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of this popular hill station.
q: What is the significance of Rohtang Pass?
a: Rohtang Pass offers stunning panoramic views and serves as a gateway to Lahaul and Spiti valleys, making it a favorite spot for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers.
q: What attractions can I explore in Leh?
a: Leh offers a blend of Tibetan Buddhist culture and breathtaking landscapes. You can visit monasteries like Shanti Stupa and Sankar Gompa, Leh Palace, and the local markets.
q: What is special about Pangong Lake?
a: Pangong Lake’s mesmerizing blue waters and picturesque surroundings make it a serene and captivating destination for relaxation and reflection.
q: What can I experience in Nubra Valley?
a: In Nubra Valley, you can explore the stark deserts, lush oases, visit ancient monasteries like Deskit and Hundar, and enjoy a unique camel safari on the double-humped Bactrian camels.
q: What historical sites can I explore in Kargil?
a: Kargil is known for its historical significance. You can visit the Hall of Fame, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, and witness the dramatic landscapes as you drive through this region.
q: What attractions await in Srinagar?
a: Srinagar offers a Shikara ride on Dal Lake, visits to Mughal Gardens like Nishat Bagh, exploration of local markets, and a charming atmosphere.
q: What makes Alchi and Lamayuru special?
a: Alchi and Lamayuru are ancient monastic complexes with intricate wall frescoes and stunning architecture, providing insights into Ladakh’s spiritual heritage. Lamayuru is known for its dramatic landscapes as well.
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