Srinagar Leh Manali Jeep Safari 09 Night / 10 Days
Trip Highlights: Srinagar - Sonamarg - D Zozizla Pass - Drass - Kargil - Lamayuru ad Alchi valley - Sangam - Leh Valley - Nubra - Pangong - Leh - Manali Drive with Tanglangla Pass - Sarchu - Jispa - Keylong - Rohtag Pass and Manali
Srinagar: Capital of Kashmiri – Srinagar famous for its Dal Lake / house boats and gardens. One of the best known and most popular handicrafts for which Kashmir is famous is the variety and design of its carpets. The art of weaving carpets which first came from Samarkand in Central Asia, was later modified by artisans from Iran and given a new direction during Emperor Jehangir's reign when the Persian knot style of weaving was brought in by Kashmiri craftsmen.
Kashmir boasts an unrivaled tradition of craftsmanship and some of its specialties are finely carved and chiseled woodwork of walnut and oak; brilliantly coloured and painted papier-mâché; chain stitch embroidered rugs; crewel work; leather and fur; onyx and semi-precious stones and beautifully worked silver.
Arrive Jammu & Drive to Srinagar
You will be met on arrival at Jammu airport and transfer to Srinagar. Approx 8 – 10 hours drive is expected and depends on the traffic condition. Check in at the Deluxe house boat and stay overnight.
Srinagar – Drass - Kargil. (8 Hrs – 204 Kms)
Morning after Breakfast leave for Kargil, by visiting Sonamarg (Known As Meadow of Gold), Enroute Drass which has become famous as the second coldest inhabited place in the world by virtue of the intense cold that descends upon the valley along with repeated snowfall during winter. Winter temperature is sometimes known to plummet to less than 40 degree Celsius. Have a magnificent view of Kargil war Famous Peaks (Tiger Hill, Tololing) & visit Vijay Smarak and pay your tribute to soldiers who laid their lives for us in Kargil War in 1999, reach Kargil hotel by evening. O/N Kargil (B, PL, D)
Kargil - Ule - Leh (9 Hrs – 230 Kms)
Morning after Breakfast leave for Ule, enroute visit Mulbek it is a huge Chamba statue, an image of a future Buddha, cutting to the rock face beside the road. It's one of the most interesting stops along the road, after that visit Lamayuru monastery (Founded in the 10th Century it’s the Oldest Monastery in Central Ladakh) later have a magnificent view of spectacular Moonlandscape. leave for Leh enroute visit Alchi Monastery, Nimo , Sangam of Zanskar and Indus River, Magnetic Hill, Pathar Sahib Gurudwara. Lunch at Hotel in Leh. Evening free time at Leisure.
In Leh ( City tour )
After breakfast explore the best of the town. Visit Shanti Stupa / Shankar Gompa / Leh palace / Namgyal Gompa and hall of fame. Post lunch explore Shey and Thikse monasteries
Shey Palace & Monastery: This summer palace of the erstwhile King of Leh is set upon a hill. The monastery itself has a 7.5 meter high, copper statue of a sitting Buddha, wrought in gold. This is the largest of it’s kind in the world.
Thiksey Monastery: 19 Kms from Leh, Thiksey is one of the largest and most impressive Gompas of Ladakh. The Thiksey monastery provides a panoramic view of the green Indus Valley from its vantage point atop a hill. It has chambers full of statues, Stupas and colorful Tankhas.
Leh - Pangong Lake – Leh (4 Hrs one way – 150 Kms approx )
Early morning after Breakfast leave for Pangong Lake (14,500 ft) through Changla Pass 17,350 ft. (third Highest Motorable road in the world), arrive at this beautiful lake and spend the afternoon here. After lunch retrace back to Leh and overnight stay
After breakfast leave for Nubra Valley, driving across Khardong-la (alt: 18,380 ft). After descending from the pass, drive on for sightseeing of Sumoor area. Later check into a fixed camp in the same area or drive across to Deskit for overnight stay in a camp.
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.
Leh – Jispa
After breakfast follow the Leh Manali highway and arrive at Tanglangla pass. Enter in Morai plains with a dusty trails further down to Pang and cross Nakila pass. Arrive Sarchu which is nearly the mid section of this stretch. Further drive to Keylong Sarai will leads you at Baralacha pass. Drive down to reach at Dacha and less than 01 hour drive you will be at your night halt
Drive to Manali
Drive to to keylong which is the district headquarter of this region and following the chandara and Bhaga river you will reach at Gramphu which is the base for Rohtang pass and need to ascend up at the top of the Rohtang Pass which is one of the major attraction on this route. Spend some time at the pass and enter in beautiful luch green valley of Manali. Arrive at Manali and enjoy the beautiful market of this hill station. Stay overnight in Manali
After breakfast you have possibility to either take an overnight VOLVO for Delhi or you may get dropped at Chandigarh to board train / airport for your onward destination ( with an Additional cost )