Valley Jeep Safari
Journey to Nubra Valley north of Leh is special for several reasons.
First it is accessed by the highest motor able road in the world traversing
the stunning Kardung La at the thin air of 5600m above sea level with
views of the Saser Spur, the easternmost outcrop of the Karakoram
further north and the Zanskar range and the principal chain of the
Himalayas to the south. Second, from the awesome highs we descend
to a picturesque valley with an average altitude of 3000 meters and
thus a milder climate than the rest of Ladakh. And third, this valley
once constituted the last staging ground for the caravan trade with
Central Asia. Here started the route taken by the trade caravans,
and Panamik, the last village on this circuit, today a sleepy outpost
but at that time a busy center, the last major settlement before the
caravans plunged into the mountains of the Karakoram and the Kun-Lun
on their way to Yarkand, Kashgar and other parts of Chinese Turkestan
and Tibet. Today a reminder of this bygone era is the small population
of Bactrian camels (Bactria, a satrapy of the ancient Persian empire),
double-humped animals, which in the old days were used as pack animals
on the Central Asian trade routes when up to 10,000 horses and camels
a year are said to have traversed the district.
1 Early morning flight Delhi to Leh, transfer to hotel and rest.
Day 2 Morning sightseeing
- Shanti Stupa, and Sangkar Gompa; lunch at hotel, afternoon rest.
Day 3 Full day of sightseeing
– famous Ladakh monasteries - Shey, Thikse, Hemis; picnic lunch;
return to hotel in Leh. Day 4 Full day of sightseeing - Likir Gompa and Alchi Gompa; picnic lunch,
overnight at Uletokpo Camp.
Day 5 Full day of sightseeing
- Lamayuru Gompa; picnic lunch; return to Uletokpo Camp.
Day 6 Drive back to
Leh, on the way visit Bazgo Gompa, overnight in Leh.
Day 7 Drive to Nubra
Valley crossing the highest pass of the region, the Khardong La (5602m);
hotel in Diskit.
Day 8 Visit Diskit Gompa
(now a major branch of Thikse Gompa), Hunder, and Bactrian camel farm;
picnic lunch; return to hotel.
Day 9 Morning visit
Samstaling Gompa, another impressive monastery in Nubra, and drive
back to Leh.
Day 10 Free day –
relax, go shopping, in the evening see cultural show of Ladakhi songs
Day 11 Fly back to Delhi
and transfer to hotel.
Day 12 Drive to Agra;
lunch in a hotel in Agra, after lunch visit Taj Mahal.
Day 13 Morning sightseeing
around Agra, after lunch drive back to Delhi; depart India.
DELHI SHIMLA LADAKH JEEP SAFARI:-
Ar: Delhi Transfer from airport to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Morning sightseeing tour of Old Delhi visiting the Raj Ghat, the site
where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated; Jama Masjid - the largest mosque
in India; and the Red Fort - once the most opulent fort and palace
of the Moghul Empire. Afternoon sightseeing tour of New Delhi visiting
the Humayun's Tomb, the Qutub Minar. Drive along the ceremonial avenue
- Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House and the
President's Residence and end the tour with a drive through Diplomatic
Enclave. Overnight at hotel.
Early morning drive from Delhi to Shimla. Upon arrival transfer from
airport to hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Shimla visiting, Tara
Devi Temple- situated 8 kms from Shimla are two temples dedicated to
Mata Tara Devi and lord Shiva. The military dairy farm and Shimla boy
scout head quarters are also located near by. Overnight at hotel.
Drive to Naggar. On arrival check-in at:camp. Overnight at Camp.
- Naggar- Manali
Drive to Manali. On arrival check-in at: hotel. Overnight at hotel.
- Manali -Jispa
Drive to Jispa (145 kms / 7 - 8 hrs) 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 the 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. We reach Jispa by late afternoon.
Overnight in deluxe tents.
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. (80 KMS/4 HRS) Overnight in deluxe tents.
Drive to Leh. On arrival check-in at hotel. OVERNIGHT AT HOTEL.
Full day visit of Shanti Stupa, Sankar, Leh Palace. Sankar Gompa. Overnight
Full day visit of Shey, Thiksey, Taktak, Chimde. Thikshy Monastery: It is situated on a hill top. There are several temples and wall paintings
of Buddha. Close by is the summer palace of the old raja of Leh. Shey
Monastery: This monastery has a 7.5m copper statue of Buddha
plated with gold, the largest of its kind. Overnight at hotel.
Visit Hemis, Stakna, Matho. Hemis Gompa: 40 kms from
Leh, built in 1630, is the biggest monastery in Ladakh. Matho
Monastery: situated on the opposite bank of the Indus across
Thiksey, Matho was established in the first half of the 16th century
AD and has valuable collection of very old and beautiful Thankhas, some
in the form of Mandalas. Its annual festival of Oracles in early march
is an important event in Ladakhi religious calendar. Overnight at hotel.
Visit Stok, Spituk, Phiyang. Stok Monastery: 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
representing the life style of Sakya Muni. Spituk Monastery
: stands on a hillock 8 km from Leh. Overnight at hotel.
Drive to Alchi. Visit Alchi Gompa and drive back to Leh. Overnight at
Transfer from airport to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Early morning transfer to the airport to connect flight for onward destination.