Amritsar Manali Ladakh Jeep Safari – 07 Days
|Trip Title:||Amritsar - Manali – Ladakh Jeep Safari – 07 Days|
|Destination:||Amritsar + Himachal +Ladakh|
|Type:||Adventure + Culture + Scenic Beauty + high Altitude Lake|
|Duration:||06 nights / 07 days|
|Best Time:||June to end of Sep|
|Maximum Altitude:||6726 Ft ASL / 17582 Ft)|
Highlights: Chandigarh - Manali Town, Rohtang pass / Chandra and Bhaga Rivers, Keylong , Darcha, Baralacha –Pass , Sarchu, - Tanglangla - Leh city – Khardungla pass – Pangog Lake – Monasteries – Fort and Palaces .
Amritsar: City of Golden Temple – Centre of Sikh religion, a historical city and border of India and Pakistan. Wagha border evening ceremony is an interesting fact and people wait to praise their solider while having the Wagha Border closing ceremony.
Manali: One of the most beautiful hill station in North nestled in north Himachal Pradesh. Lush green valley waits for your arrival. Your overland safari Mnalai to Ldakh begins very next day of your arrival in Manali to reach at Rohtang Pass ( 13000Ft Appox) which differ Lahaul valley & Spiti valley extreme North + North East of Himachal Pradesh and Manali valley.
Descending down from Rohtang pass suddenly overall vegetation get change which will make you feel to enter in different world. Following the Chandra & Bhaga rivers this is recommended to stop at either Keylong which is the distict headquarter of this region or bit further away to Jispa just before you ascend to baralacha Pass.
Jispa onwards you will encounter the second pass called Bara Lacha Pass surrounds by heavy snow and offers an incredible view of Trans Himalayan ranges. Further drive to Sarchu a flat ground drving an altitude of around 4000meter above sea level will be another major attraction. Gradual climb to reach at Pang where you may find some seasonal tea shop and eat some food.
Leh: one of the most beautiful city situated at an altitude of 3500 M ASL famous for highest high altitude airport an ethnic / Ancient and colorful city. Monasteries, fort and palaces, gateway to Silk route, Hub for Buddhist culture for red sect and yellow sect. lush green valley around river Indus and agricultural fields and business hub for this region. Much more to explore in and around Leh.
Khardungla Pass: highest motorable pass in the world which make you feel being at the roof top of the world. This pass differ Nubra valley and Leh valley. border with Pakistan in north west and Tibet in north east.
Pangong Lake: one of the most beautiful high altitude lake in the north east of Leh city. Considered approx 150 long lake has around 25% in India and rest in Tibet. Changes its color as per the sun light and you may see the spectrum of its reflection from different angle. Approx 150 kms drive onw way worth visiting to see the silent witness of God’s creation.
You will be met on arrival at the airport / railway station in Amritsar and transfer to hotel. Later city tour of Golden Temple / Jaliyawla Bagh and proceed to Wagha border ( India and Pakistan) in time to witness Colsing ceremony which starts around 5 PM but you need to be in time around 4 PM to secure your nice vice place / seat. Back to the city and explore the charming market of Amritsar and overnight stay.
Day 02: Drive to Dharamsala 200 Kms / 4 hours Drive
After breakfast drive north to reach at Dharamsala. A beautiful hill station located in the North West of Himachal Pradesh and famous for residence of 14th His Holiness Dalai Lama. Macload Gunj at the top of Dharamsala Town offers spectacular view of Dharamsala valley. Check in at your hotel and rest of the day explore the best of the town and overnight stay.
Day 03: Drive Dharamsala to Manali – 250 Kms / 6 hours Drive
After breakfast drive in the north east to reach at Manali. Beautiful drive in middle of Himalayan ranges offers beautiful view of valley / lush green terrain. Arrive in the afternoon at beautiful town of Manali and check in at your hotel in Manali. Colorful market of Manali will attract you to hand around in The Mall and some local shopping of its handmade own product. Spend an overnight in Manali
Day 04: 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 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. Once we cross the Rohtang Pass border we are in the Barren Himalayas with the landscape completely changing Khoksar is the first village and gate way to Lahaul Night stay in Keylong. Overnight stay at the hotelDay 05: 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 Meter) is situated at the junction of Yotche Nullah and the Zangskar 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.
Your drive from this place will take 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
Morning excursion to Khardong-La (80 kms round trip / alt: 18,380 ft.), highest motorable pass in the world and recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records . Offers an incredible view of Leh valley and Stok kangri group of Peaks ( 6150 M) at the back drop of Leh valley. Differs Leh Valley and Nubra Valley which used to be the Silk Route to Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Drive back to Leh town and you have time to explore Leh palace / Namgyal palace / Shanti Stupa / Shankar Gompa and Leh market.
After leisurely breakfast drive North east of Leh to reach at Pangong Lake. Enroute worth visiting Shey Palace and Thikse monasteries enroute. Further up hill drive from Upsi crossing the Chang-la pass (alt: 17370 ft.). you will descend towards Pangong lake can be seen from a distance once you are nearer to the Lake. Check in at your Camp and rest of the day for your photography and watching this magnificent lake. Dinner and overnight at Pangong lakeDay 08: Drive Pangog Lake – Leh - 150 Kms
Have a beautiful sunrise breakfast and retrace back to Upsi. Cross the river Indus by gollwing a deep gorge uphill drive will take you the biggest monastery of this region called Hemis. Hemis festival is famous for its mask dance and the longest Tanka rituals. Explore the best of this monastery and drive back to Leh. Check in at your hotel and rest of the day for your leisure or personal activities in town. Another overnight stay at LehDay 09: Departure Leh
After breakfast you will get transferred to the airport in time to board flight for onward destination. Or you may have other program to explore more of Ladakh or further drive to Srinagar in Kashmir.