Manali Jeep Safari

Spiti Ladakh Srinagar Jeep Safari (Overland)16 Day


 
Trip Title: Spiti – Ladakh – Srinagar Jeep Safari ( Overland) - 16 Day
Destination: West to East and North Himachal with Ladakh and Srinagar
Type: Adventure + Culture + Scenic Beauty
Duration: 15 nights / 16 days
Best Time: June to end of Sep
Grade: Moderate
Maximum Altitude: 2200 M ASL / 18380 Ft. ASL)
 

Destinations Highlights: Shimla Town – Sarhan – Sangla valley – Kalpa Kinnar Kailash – Nako The Last Village in the east – Tabo – Kaza – Kinnaur Valley – Sarchu – Baralacha Pass – Sarchu – Tanglangla Pass – Pangong Lake – Khardungla Pass – Alchi – Lamayuru Valley – Kargil – Srinagar, Kashmir.


Your highlights may start from your first ride to toy Train from kalka to Shimla. Worth visiting this beautiful hill station – Shimla and capital of Himachal Pradesh. Your second encounter would be driving towards east Bhima Kali temple at Sarhan. Beautiful landscape and Himalayan panorama will attract your cameras.


Sangla valley is famous for its greenery and beautiful landscapes and rich flaura and fauna. Kalpa situated on bit high altitude offers an incredible view of Kinnar Kailash Peak on an aerial distance. Full of apple orchards and kamru fort would be another attraction at this location.


Kalpa onwards by following Satluj river originating from Tibet your vegetation will get change and arrive Nako the last village of this border area. Nako has a beautiful lake which freezes in the wnter and villagers play ice hockey during this period and seeing the temple of Padamsambhava, the second incarnation of lord Buddha who made Buddhism popular in the Trans Himalayas is worht seeing where we can see the foot prints of the Padamsambhava.


Further drive will take you to one of the major monastery called Tabo.


Spread over an area of almost 3000 sq. m, surrounded by a thick mud wall, Tabo gompa is divided into three buildings with the middle structure being most interesting and important. Tabo (also spelt as Ta-pho) was established a thousand years ago and was a part of Western Tibet school which originally designed different mandalas in the form of statues hanging on the walls of the gompa to meditate upon. However 800 years ago with the arrival of Guru Padmasambhava in Tibet, and with the introduction of his new sect - Gelugpa - the old philosophy of Western Tibet schools was lost and their unique philosophical practices almost died. Now Tabo is the only living monastery outside Tibet depicting similar mandalas on the walls of the Dukhang.


Tabo is also the home of the incarnated H.H. The Dalai Lama's junior tutor.


From the bridge of Attargu, cross the Spiti river by a pucca bridge and follow the Pin - one of the major tributaries of the Spiti - upstream. Drive through the villages of Chidang and Gyuling. Arrive at the tri-junction of Spiti, Pin and Khamengar valleys with the villages of Pokchung, Khar and Sangam on the three sides. Drive a little further up the Parachio Nalla, cross it over the bridge to reach the village of Sangam, situated on the true left bank of Pin river. Camp near the village.


The Pin Valley is known to be full of wildlife - ibex, khangral, marmot, bharal, are commonly seen on the high slopes with the elusive snow leopard occasionally visible looking for prey. In the afternoon walk around and explore the Pin valley.


Visit the monastery at Ghungri which is the main centre of the Nyingma pa sect in Spiti. The monastery is believed to have been founded by Guru Padmasambhava.


Dhankar, a most incredibly-situated gompa, perched high on barren rocky mountain slopes. As you progress, the whole Dhankar village opens up in front of you like something artificial crops up from nowhere. Park your vehicles at the beginning of the village and walk for about half an hour past mud houses on to your right and fields to the left with the Spiti river flowing down below.


Kaza, the sub-divisional headquarters of Spiti. It boasts of a P.W.D. Rest House, a couple of small private guest houses, a branch of the State Bank of India, a school, a dry cleaners, post and telegraph office and a helipad. three kms from Kaza is the Rong Ting Hydel Project which generates electricity for most of the villages in Spiti. Also visit the new Sa-kya-pa monastery.


Driving down from Kaza to Keylong Valley you have to Cross the major pass called Kunjum Pass ( 4590 M ASL) and follow Chandra River after a while. Reach at Gramphu which is the base of Rohtang pass which differ Keylong and Manali valley. Following the Chandra river and arrive at the confluence of Chandra & Bhaga river just before Keylong main town ( District headquarter. Drive 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 driving 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 & Nubra Valley :

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. Nubra means valley of Flowers a silk route to Siachen Glacier and way to Pakistan. Lush green valley with two hump camel awaits for your arrival.


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.


Alchi - Lamayuru Valley:

Driving in the west following Indus river at the confluence of Zanskar and Indus river you may encounter some of other monasteries you will reach at Alchi which is only one monastery in Ladakh constructed in a flat ground. Further drive to Lamayuru Monastery you will encounter a strange formation of landscape called Moon Valley. A picturesque monastery belongs to centuries years old. Further drive takes to Fatu La you would like to stop at Mulbekh to see an image of Buddha Carved on a large stone. Kargils is the headquarter of this region and close to India – Pakistan border.


D Zozila Pass and Kashmir Valley :

Driving in west from Kargil you will arrive at Drass which is the coldest region in India and further drive to the top of D Zozila pass differes Kashmir and Ladakh region. From D Zozila pass you need to descend up to Sonamarg which is one of the beautiful destination in Kashmir. Dramatically exchanged variation of this route will thrill your journey and exchange with an unforgettable experience.


Day 01: Delhi to Kalka by Shatabdi train and Toy Train to Shimla

Your morning train departs early morning from New Delhi railway station and arrive Kalka in the afternoon. Change the train and board on your Toy train for a fantastic ride up to Shimla. Arrive in the evening and you will get transferred to the hotel. Evening explore The Mall and overnight at Hotel in Shimla


Day 02: Shimla to Sarahan

The Drive today takes you to the place known for the temple of Goddess Bhima Kali.174Kms/7 hrs. The village is surrounded by apple orchards and opposite to the Sarahan you can witness the Shrikhand Mahadev Peak (5155M).Overnight at Hotel.


Day 03: Sarahan to Sangla

Early morning after visit to the holy temple of Godess Bhimakali. Bhimakali Temple, a wonderful mixture of Buddhist and Hindu architecture. It is very sacred to both the communities. The Bhimakali goddess idol is about 200 years old drive from Sarahan to Sangla .102 Kms and 05 hrs drive. Sangla is the most beautiful valley of Himachal Pradesh, Surrounded by green fields and high mountain peaks.O/N At Sangla


Sangla

After beakfast visit to the Kamru Fort and later excursion to chitkul village. Chitkul is a fairy land. The traditional houses, temples, Gompas and the people of Baspa valley conjure up the perfect image of Shangri La.Evening back to Sangla. O/N Sangla.


Day 04: Sangla to Kalpa

64 Kms/04 hrs. En route visiting Rekang Peo and the new Buddhist monastery. One gets excied on witnessing the magic mountains "Kinnar Kailash" (6050M).In the evening visit to the Kalpa village where we can witness the traditional houses and temple of the Vishnu and Shiva which opens only in the evening for evening prayer.O/N at Hotel Kinner Kailash

Day 05: Kalpa to Nako

(3959M),A distance of 122Kms and six hour drive.Enroute visiting Kanum monastery, library of Kangyur, Gompa Labrang, main temple of Gelugpa Landup Ganfel Gompa (Khache Lakhang), the Gompa of Tashi Cholling, Morang and Labrang villages.Ascending further to Nako. Nako has a beautiful lake which freezes in the wnter and villagers play ice hockey during this period and seeing the temple of Padamsambhava, the second incarnation of lord Buddha who made Buddhism popular in the Trans Himalayas is worht seeing where we can see the foot prints of the Padamsambhava. Overnight Camp near village.


Day 06: Nako to Tabo

After breakfast journey starts to witness the Ajanta of Himalayas.It is a distance of 64Kms and a drive of three hour. Today we will be entering into the Spiti valley. Spiti is known as the living museum. The mountains are devoid to any vegetation due to erosion by wind, sun and snow over thousands of years. Before reaching Tabo and witnessing the Ajantas of Himalayas we are going to unfold the mysteries of Mummy in Spiti and taking you to a village of Mummy . Name of the village isGue and you can find a 500 years old mummy in the termple of the Lama here nearbt the BSF check post. This mummy was found in 1984 when Army personals were digging the place for making the post near the village. It is believed that there can be more mummies around if excavation is done. This mummy still has its hairs and nails . This village is the remotest village of the Spiti.After spending some time at the village drive towards Tabo. The monastery at Tabo is the largest monastery in Spiti.


Day 07: Tabo to Kaza

Enroute visiting the Dankar Gompa and Lalung monastery.Rock cut monasteries of Dankar are worth seeing overnight camp at Kaza.


Day 08: Kaza

After breakfast excursion to Kee monastery and Kibber village at an altitude of 4205M.After lunch a drive to the highest motorable roar Langza and enroute visiting the Comik and Hikim village. O/N Kaza.


Day 09: Kaza to Keylong / Jispa

Today is the long drive over majestic Kunzam La pass. Kaza (4590M) to Chota Dadarpul (3960M) is an adventures drive but the different landscapes enroute makes your journey really adventurous. Following river Chadra you will Arrive at Gramphu at the base of Rohatng pass..Drive further to the confluence of Chandra and Bhaga river and bit further drive will take you to Jispa and overnight stay.


Day 10 : Jispa - Leh (255 Kms) :

After early breakfast leave for Leh and arrive at Baralacha pass and further to Sarchu. Uphill drive will take to Nakeela and Lachalung-la Pass (16,617 ft.). Break for lunch at Pang and then drive on towards Leh passing through Skyangchu Thang (a vast plateau stretching for 42 kms) and then crossing Taglang-La (17,585ft) and driving through the upper Indus Valley. Reach Leh by evening. Overnight in hotel.


Day 11 : 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 12 : Leh - Pangong Lake (150 kms.) :

Early departure for Pangong Lake (approx. 145 kms, located on the Indo China Border), via Chang-la pass (alt: 17370 ft). After full day of sightseeing around the Lake drive back to Leh for overnight stay


Day 13: Leh-Khardongla- Leh:

After breakfast leave for Khardungla Pass, (alt: 18,380 ft). world highest motorable pass. Magnificent view of Leh Valley and majestic view of Stok Kangri ranges. Back to Leh and afternoon free for your activities in Leh Town.


Day 14 : 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 15 : 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 Srinagar.


Day 16: Departure Srinagar

After breakfast have a Shikara ride at Dal lake (if staying at House boat) you will get transferred to the airport in time to board flight for onward destination


Optional:

you may continue your tour by exploring Gulmarg / Pahalgam and other places in Kashmir


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