Himalayan Jeep Safari

Duration : 12 Nights / 13 Days
Places To Visit : Delhi – Amritsar – Dharamsala – Manali – Keylong – Sarchu – Leh – Delhi – Onward Destination

A jeep is a perfect company for adventure on a rugged and thrilling Himalayan terrain. Loaded with new experiences and serene locales, Himalayan Jeep Safari is a thrilling way to visit the highest mountain range of the world. Trailing through Amritsar, the special safari tour makes sure tourists get loads of adventurous safari opportunities in Manali, Keylong, Sarchu and Ladakh.

Day 01. Arrive Delhi

Upon arrival in Delhi, meet Incredible India Tour representative for assisted transfers to the hotel.

Himalayan Jeep SafariDay 02. Delhi - Amritsar

Check out early morning and board the express train to Amritsar, the holy city of the Sikhs. The city has the Golden Temple Gurudwara located within the sacred pond. In the noon, visit the Golden Temple, renovated and rebuilt by the Sikh ruler, Maharaja Ranjit Singh in 1803. The main highlight of the temple in marble gold, its domes took 880 Ibs / 400 kgs of gold leaf to be covered. Ever since, it has been known as the Golden Temple. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 03. Amritsar - Dharamsala Drive (199 kms / 6 hrs)

Next morning, check out Amritsar and actually begin the journey through the mighty Himalayas via drive. A scenic drive through the mountains takes the travellers to the upper Dharamsala or popularly known as Meleodganj. Located in the Dhauladhar Range of the Himalayas, Dharamsala is the seat of His Holiness, Fourteenth Dalai Lama and the Headquarters of the Tibetan government in exile. The town has a large Tibetan refugee settlement, and definite mystic charm that attracts tourists far and wide to this destination.

The presence of serene mountains and the monks brings quite the serene sight to the tourists. Also, here they can taste the authentic Tibetan food featuring Momos & butter tea, and old Tibetan women in their traditional cloths, walking past serenely turning their prayer wheels, could well be in Tibet. Upon arrival, check into hotel for overnight stay.

Day 04. Dharamsala

This morning visit Namgyal monastery, Dalai Lama's main Temple, It houses giant stucco statues of the Buddha, Avalokiteshwara and Padma Sambhava. Later in the afternoon you could stroll around the local bazaar (market) selling Tibetan exotica or take an optional tour to Norbulingka Institute, which is a 14 km (drive down to lower Dharamsala) famed for keeping the cultural life of Tibet alive.

Day 05. Dharamsala - Manali Drive. (265 Km / 7 Hrs)

Early this morning, begin your jeep safari from Dharamsala to Manali. Upon reaching here, visit the four-tiered, pagoda shaped Dhoongri wooden temple (Hidimba Devi) with its intricately carved roof and a front doorway with figures and symbols. Drive to old Manali, and see its beautiful houses and ancient Manu Temple. This afternoon, an excursion tour of Nagger castle and the (Ro rich) art gallery is also scheduled. Overnight in Manali.

Himalayan Jeep SafarisDay 06. Manali - Keylong Drive (3350 M / 115 Kms)

Check out Manali and drive to Keylong morning drive over the Rohtang Pass (3980 m) to Keylong. The district headquarters of Lahaul & Spiti, which is like an oasis of green fields, willow planted watercourses and mighty brown mountains. The lady of Keylong is an imposing snow covered peak it is an amazing rock feature. Three kilometers from Keylong is the famous Shashur Gompa, dedicated to the Zanskari Lama. It was built in the 16th century and is of the gelukpa order. The five meter thangka is famous in the region. Overnight in Keylong.

Day 07. Keylong - Sarchu Drive (4630 M / 163 Kms)

Drive to Darcha, which is 18 km. From Keylong, start of a popular trekking option to get into Padum, and in winter it is the only way to Zanskar. The road from Darcha to Baralacha La (4892 m) goes through Zing-Zing Bar and the sky blue Suraj Tal Lake. Sarchu is just over the state line into Himachal Pradesh, and is where most buses stop overnight. Tents.

Day 08. Sarchu - Leh Drive (3505 M / 176 Kms)

Today drive to Leh is quite interesting with an incredible 20 kms of switchback road including a spine-tingling 21 loops or hairpin bends, on one side of one mountain. After covering this stretch you cross the second highest pass on this road Lachlangla (5060 m). You stop at Pang for lunch. Continue your drive and see the terrain changing. You cross the highest pass on this road Tanglangla (5378 m). The road Manali to Leh is the world's second highest motorable road, reaching an elevation of 5378 m at Tanglangla pass. Hotel Shambala or similar.

Day 09. Leh

Himalayan Jeep SafariThis morning proceed for sightseeing of Shankar Gompa, Leh Palace and Namgyal Tsemo. In the afternoon visit Spitul Gompa. The Sankar gompa is located a couple of kilometers north of the town center, The gompa belongs to the Gelukpa order and has an impressive impression of the Buddhist deity, Avalokiteshwara Padmahari or Chenresig, with 1,000 arms and an equal number of heads. At a distance of 8 km from Leh, standing majestically on top of a hillock overlooking the Indus Valley lies the spituk Gompa. It was built in the 15th century and houses a collection of ancient masks antique arms, icons and thangkas. Higher up the hill is the Mahakal temple, containing the shrine of Vajrabhairava.

Day 10. Leh

Early this morning embark on a full day excursion to Thikse Monastery where you will see the early morning prayer ceremony. Later visit Hemis monastery the most important and the richest monastery in Ladakh. On the way back visit Shey monastery. About 20 km south of Leh, Thikse gompa is an imposing monastery and one of the finest examples of Ladakh architecture. It belongs to the Gelukpa order. The 12 story-monstery complex contains numerous stupas, statues, thangkas, wall paintings, swords and a large pillar engraved with the Buddha's teachings. At a dislance of 45 km south of Leh, Hemis is one of the biggest gompas in Ladakh. Built 1630, it belongs to the red sect, Brokpa. It is also known as Chang Chub Sam Ling or "the lone place of the compassionate person." To commemorate the birth of the renowned Indian sage, Padmasambhava, the annual Hemis festival is held in the month of June/July. Until the I6th century, the Shey gompa was the royal residence. It is located at a distance of 15 km south of Leh. This Palace Monastery has the largest statue of Maitreya Buddha (the Buddha to come) in Ladakh. Erected in the mid 17th century worked out of gold and gilded copper sheets with blue hair, it stands 17.5 m high. Built in 1814, the Stok Palace is the site where the last king of Ladakh died in 1974. The museum here has a unique collection of royal ornaments, and traditional clothing, along with exquisite thangkas representing the life of the Sakya Muni Buddha.

Day 11. Leh - Delhi

Fly to Delhi. Later, leave for sightseeing tour, which a includes Jama Masjid -the largest mosque of Emperor Shahjahan. Later proceed to Red Fort, Raj Ghat -Cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi, to India Gate -a 42 meter stone arch built in the memory of the Indian Soldiers who died in World War II, Drive past the President's House & Parliament House, Humayun's Tomb -a memorial of the Mughals -its design is inspired by the Taj Mahal, the Qutab Minar, Birla Mandir and Lotus Temple.

Day 12. Delhi - Out

Transfer to international airport to connect flight for onward destination. (Hotel checkout 12.00 Hrs).

 

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