Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi, transfer to hotel. After lunch sightseeing in New and Old Delhi. Overnight at Hotel in Delhi.
Day 02: Train Delhi - Amritsar
After early morning breakfast in Hotel, transfer to New Delhi Railway Station for catch the Shatabdi Express Train to Amritsar. Arrive Amritsar Railway Station and transfer to hotel. In evening visit Golden Temple. Overnight at hotel in Amritsar.
Day 03: In Amritsar
After breakfast, visit Jalian Wala Bagh and typical charming village of Punjab. Visit local home in the village and spend few moments interacting with the villagers. Evening drive to Wagha border to see flag ceremony. Overnight at hotel in Amritsar.
Jallianwala Bagh massacre where, on April 13, 1919 (which happened to be 'Baisakhi' one of Punjab's largest religious festivals) fifty British Indian Army soldiers, commanded by Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer, began shooting at an unarmed gathering of men, women and children without warning. The shooting endured for ten to fifteen minutes, until ammunition was becoming scarce. He ordered soldiers to reload magazines into their rifles several times and they were ordered to aim and shoot people in order to kill them. Official British Raj sources estimated the fatalities at 379, and with 1,100 wounded.] Civil Surgeon Dr Smith indicated that there were 1,526 casualties. However, the casualty number quoted by the Indian National Congress was more than 1,500, with roughly 1,000 killed.
Wagah border, often known as "Berlin wall of Asia", is a ceremonial border on the India–Pakistan Border where each evening there is a retreat ceremony called 'lowering of the flags', which has been held since 1959. At that time there is an energetic parade by the Border Security Force (B.S.F) of India and the Pakistan Rangers soldiers. It may appear slightly aggressive and even hostile to foreigners but in fact the parades are imitating the pride and anger of a Cockerel. Troops of each country put on a show in their uniforms with their colorful turbans. Border officials from the two countries sometimes walk over to the offices on the other side for day to day affairs. The happenings at this border post have been a barometer of the India-Pakistan relations over the years.
Day 04: Drive Amritsar - Dharamsala (200 km)
Post breakfast at hotel, drive to Dharamshala. Arrive Dharamshala by late afternoon. Overnight at hotel.
Dharamshala is a city in the upper reaches of the Kangra Valley and is surrounded by dense coniferous forest consisting mainly of stately Deodars. The suburbs of the town include -- McLeod Ganj, Bhagsu Nath, Forsyth Ganj, Naddi, Kotwali Bazaar (the main market of the town), Kaccheri Adda (government offices such as the court, police, post etc.), Dari, Ramnagar, Sidhpur and Sidhbari (where the Karmapa Lama is based. The village of McLeod Ganj lying in the upper reaches is known worldwide for the presence of the Dalai Lama. On 29 April 1959, His Holiness the Dalai Lama established the Tibetan exile administration in the north Indian hill station of Mussoorie. In May 1960, the CTA was moved to Dharamsala. Since then, Dalai Lama along with his people has been residing in Dharamshala.
Dharamshala is the center of the Tibetan exile world in India. Following the 1959 Tibetan uprising there was an influx of Tibetan refugees who followed the Dalai Lama. His presence and the Tibetan population has made Dharamshala a popular destination for Indian and foreign tourists, including students studying Tibet.
Day 05: In Dharamsala
Morning post breakfast, drive to McLeod Ganj then visit Dalai Lama's residence. Later,visit Norbuling institute and the museum same place, Nunnery and Karmapa monastery.
There are many Dharamsala attractions to choose from, but among the top things to do in Dharamshala is a visit to the residence, monastery, and temple of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama temple complex, on Temple Road, is just a short walk from the Mcleod Ganj bus stand in upper Dharamsala. The temple complex is open daily, from sunrise to sunset, and visitors are welcome to explore the peaceful ambiance of the surroundings. In the early morning, you are welcome to participate as the monks chant and meditate. You can join local residents for a meditative walk around the temple/monastery complex. Along the way you will see many prayer flags and "mani" stones. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06: Drive Dharamsala - Manali (235 km)
Leave hotel early morning for Manali. Today it will be long day drive 10 hrs. Arrive Manali. Overnight at hotel.
Manali (1950 m) in the Beas River valley, is an important hill station in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh, India, near the northern end of the Kullu Valley. It is located about 250 kilometers (155 mi) north of state capital, Shimla. Manali is administratively a part of the Kullu district, with population of approx. 30,000. The small town was the beginning of an ancient trade route to Ladakh and, from there, over the Karakoram Pass on to Yarkand and Khotan in the Tarim Basin.Manali and the surrounding area is of great significance to Indian culture and heritage as it is said to be the home of the Saptarshi, or Seven Sages.
Day 07: Manali - Keylong (94 km)
Morning after breakfast, drive to Hadimba temple. Visit the temple and then continue drive to Keylong via crossing Rohtang pass (3980m). Today you pass through Rohtang pass (hill resort with spectacular view of landscape), charming villages such as Khoksar, Sissu, Gondla and Tandi, crossing the river Chandrabagha. Overnight at hotel in Keylong.
Hadimba Temple is dedicated to Hidimbi Devi, sister of Hidimba, who was a character in the Indian epic, Mahabharata. The temple is surrounded by a cedar forest at the foot of the Himalayas. The sanctuary is built over a huge rock jutting out of the ground, which was worshiped as an image of the deity. The structure was built in the year 1553.
Day 08: In Keylong (Excursion to Udaipur)
Morning after breakfast, drive to Udaipur where you visit Triloknath temple. After the visit drive back to Keylong. Evening, hike around Keylong Market.
Triloknath Temple is a medieval shrine, situated 4km from Udaipur Village, on the left bank of the Chenab River in Lahul and Spiti district, Himachal Pradesh. The temple enshrines a 12th century, six-armed, white marble idol of Lord Shiva. Udaipur Village is located 50km northwest of Keylong, the district headquarters. This unusual temple is a handsome intermingling of Buddhist monasteries and Hindu temples, considered hallowed both for the Hindus and Buddhists. Triloknath Temple is noted for its delicate carvings, gracing the inner walls and doors. Tibetan prayer flags, built in pagoda style of architecture, deck the entrance of the temple. The tower of Triloknath temple is chiselled from stone. The temple courtyard houses a tiny stone Nandi (the divine bull) and a granite shivling (phallus, symbolic representation of Lord Shiva). There are two brilliantly carved stone pillars on each side of the door, known as the pillars of `dharma` and `paap` (virtue and sin). Triloknath temple also houses prayer wheels, archetypal to Buddhist gompas. Pauri festival, celebrated in August, amidst much spectacle and grandeur, attracts massive crowd from far and near.
Day 09: Drive Keylong – Baralacha-la (4980m) - Sarchu (140 km)
Morning after breakfast, continue your journey to Sarchu along the beautiful valley. At Darcha, the road goes up in zigzag steep incline to the left which leads to the Leh. Follow the road, open valley. Today your journey will be long also and you pass through a place called Zingzingbar (4150 m), military camp and a river over a bridge and several rising steeps and a plateau. After zigzag ascent of slope, you reach near a attractive lake and then the road passes through large imposing pasture and the Baralacha-la (4980m). The road continues on the left bank of the Tsarap River. Ultimately you reach at your destination. Overnight at fixed camp in Sarchu. (4290m)
Day 10: Drive Sarchu – Taklang-la (5300m) - Leh (255 km)
Post breakfast; drive Sarchu to leh via Taklangla. You cross Taklangla (the world's second highest motorable pass).On the way you may be able to see wild Asses (Tibetan Skyang) across the Tsokar Lake.You have long journey on manali-Leh highway but en-route you see several Nomadic camps, wonderful view of enchanting landscape, awesome view of mountains of mighty Himalaya and several charming villages. Arrive Leh by late afternoon. Overnight at hotel in Leh. (3500m)
Day 11: Sightseeing to Shanti Stupa and Leh Palace
Morning free. Post Lunch visit Shanti Stupa and Leh Palace.
Day 12: Full day sightseeing of Stok – Matho – Hemis – Thiksey
After breakfast, drive to Stok via Choglamsar by crossing a bridge on the river Indus. In Stok, visit the royal palace of present king and queen which constructed by the king Tsespal Tondup Namgyal in 1825. Inside the palace, you see great collection of ancient royal ornaments, Thankas and old statues. After visiting Stok Palace, drive to Matho village, 10 km from Stok. Visit Matho monastery built by Lama Tumgpa Dorje in 13th century. The famous two oracles (known as Rongtsan), who were invited from Tibet by the founder of this monastery, still make appearance during the festival of the monastery.
Later,drive to Hemis monastery. The great Mahasiddha Staktsang Raspa along with great ancestor Singey Namgyal built this biggest monastery in 16th century. After visiting this monastery, drive back to Thiksey monastery, which is 27 km from Hemis. This monastery is the oldest monastery of Gelugpa sect in Ladakh. The great Lama Paldan Shesrap built in 14th century. Here you visit the big statue of the Future Buddha. After visiting this monastery drive back to Overnight at hotel in Leh. (3500m)
Day 13: Drive Likir - Alchi – Ulleytokpo (72 km)
Morning after breakfast, drive to Ulleytokpo. En-route visit Likir and Alchi monastery. Today you drive on Leh-Srinagar highway. On the way, you travel through spectacular and magnificent view of landscape and its beautiful mountains, sometime imposing gorge and you pass across Magnetic hill, confluence of Indus and Zanskar before Nimoo village; beautiful and charming villages of Ladakh. After Basgo, winding highway scenic for few meters and then open barren terrain till likir village. Leave highway towards the right and continue drive about more than 2kms up till Likir monastery. Visit Likir exquisite Gelugpa sect monastery built on hill top with awe inspiring view of the valley, by Lhachen Gyalpo in 1065 AD.
You visit also Big Statue of Maitreya Buddha (Future Buddha) beside the monastery. After the visit, continue drive to Alchi village (8km). After Saspol village, you cross Indus River over a bridge on left and follow the road that leads to Alchi. Visit the 1000 years Gelugpa sect monastery. Later drive further 7km to Ulleytokpo for overnight stay. Overnight at Ulley resort above Indus River. (3300m)
Day 14: Drive Ulleytokpo – Rizong – Lamayuru – Ulleytokpo (55 km)
Post breakfast, drive to Lamayuru via you visit Rizong monastery. Drive 1km from resort then take right hand side road at Gyera and enter into the stunning gorge. Continue drive up as far as Chulichan where you will find Nunnery with small temple. Further 3km drive takes you to Rizong monastery that picturesquely built on hill top with imposing view of surrounding wonderful mountains by Lama Tsultim Nima 150 years ago. This exquisite monastery is located in very isolated place in the middle of huge towering mountains. After the visit drive back to Gyera then continue drive onward to Mulbek. Halt at Lamayuru to visit the beautiful Digung sect monastery, founded on hill top dominating the valley, by Lama Nyimagung. History says that great Mahasiddha Naropa visited this place and the sacred cave where he resided and meditated still to be seen inside the principle temple. After the visit, drive back to Ulleytokpo. Overnight at Ulley resort.
Day 15: Drive Ulleytokpo – Leh
Post breakfast, drive Ulleytokpo to Leh. Arrive Leh by afternoon Post Luch, enjoy hike around the market. Overnight at hotel in Leh.
Day 16: Flight Leh – Delhi
Early morning transfer to airport for return flight. Arrive Delhi, transfer to hotel. Late evening, transfer to International Airport to take return flight for your home country.
Day 17: Departure