Amritsar – Dharamsala – Manali – Lahul – Leh Jeep Safari

Himalayan Adventurers

Regions : Amritsar, Manali, Lahul & Ladakh
Duration : 09 Days

ITINERARY

Day 1 : Pick Up at the Train Station / Airport in Amritsar and Drive to the Hotel O/n in a Hotel
Amritsar Golden Temple is the holiest Sikh shrine. It was founded about 400 years ago by Guru Ram Das. The city takes its name form the sacred pool- amrit (nectar) sar (pool). In 1803, the Sikh ruler, Maharaja Ranjit Singh (1780 – 1839 A.D.) rebuilt the temple in marble and gold (its domes took 400 kg of gold leaf to be covered). Ever since, it has been known as the Golden the Harimandir (the temple of God) or Darbar Sahib (the temple of God) The golden Temple complex has a number of shrines of historical importance, notably the Akal Takht ( throne of the timeless Gold) facing the Golden Temple where arms of the warrior gurus, their dresses and emblems can be seen, and the eight – storied Baba- Atal tower.

Day 02 : Amritsar Local sightseeing, O/N Hotel
This day is free for the local sightseeing of the city. Visit the Famous Golden Temple of Amritsar in the morning. In the evening, visit the jallianwala Bagh, Ram Bagh and at the end of the day, visit the wagah Border. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 03 : Amritsar – Dharamshala (220 km and takes about 6-7 hrs) Dharamshala (1987 mts).
To the north, the Kangra valley is flanked by the snow clad Dhauladhar ranges of the Himalayas, to the side which Dharamshala and Mcleodganj (also called Upper Dharmshala) Founded in 1855, Dharmshala is the principal township of Kangra commanding splendid view of the surrounding country. Surrounded by deodar forests, it is set against a back drop of massive peaks on three sides.

Day 04 : Dharamsala Sighseeing, O/N in a Hotel
Dharmshala sightseeing and visit to Norbulingka. Norbulingka Institute is a registered Trust functioning under the chairmanship of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Established in Dharamshala, India it is committed to the preservation of Tibetan culture, which is threatened with destruction in its homeland. It is build according to traditional Tibetan style, following a ground plan based on the proportions of Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of compassion. Set amidst beautiful gardens, surrounded by the green fields of the Kangra Valley. The Institute promotes Tibet’s traditional arts and literary studies and comprises the following sections; the center for arts; the academy of Tibetan culture, the culture and literary research center, Publications and the Library. It also houses a wonderful doll museum showing the culture and tradition of Tibet. Thanka painting, woodcarving, metal work, silkscreen painting, and center for arts, library, and culture research center.

Visit the Astronomical Medical Center about 8 km from Norbulingka Institute. The Tibetan medicine is made from herbs gathered from the high altitude of the Himalayas. This herbal medicine can cure many different diseases and are famous all over the world. Later visit the Gangchen Kyishong monastery. Evening free to discover the local market.

Bajreshwari Temple
The Kangra Town known to the ancients, as Nagar Kot is the seat of Shri Bajreshwari Devi. Though the main Temple was ravaged by foreign invaders and flattened by the 1905 earthquake, it has since been restored to its pristine glory. The market of the Temple provides a very good ambiance. O/N in a Hotel.

Day 05 : Dharamsala – Manali via Baijnath (244 km & takes about 8 hrs O/N in a Hotel)
Baijnath is one of the foremost pilgrimage in the Kangra District. The temple of Shiva is one of the oldest in the country. It is dated about 804 A.D

Day 6 : Manali (2050m) Local sight seeing Himachal’s main tourist resort, Manali, stands at the head of the Kullu Valley. Majestic mountain scenery and the areas seemingly limitless supply of inexpensive charm makes the place very popular among the tourists. Though the Town has gone through a very fast change in 10 years the still the old charm does remain in Old Manali and in the nearby village of Vashisht.
Hadimba Temple : Resting on the stone platform in a dense stand of Old Deodar, Hadimba Temple is Manali’s oldest shrine. It is a fine example of Pagoda architecture.
Old Manali : Old Manali, the village from which the modern town takes its name lies 3 km from the main mall. Unlike its offspring, the settlement retains an unhurried and traditional feel. There is a temple of Manu here out of which the name Manali has been originated.
Naggar : Offers a very beautiful landscape comprising of vast cultivation fields dotted by chalets in the middle takes one to the Naggar the ancient capital of Kullu. There is a castle, which now have been renovated and converted in to a hotel also there in an art galley of the famous Russian painter, writer and philosopher Sir Nicholas Roerich. O/n in a Hotel.

Day 7 : Manali – Keylong (3,350 Mts.) (DRIVE) (06Hrs.)
As we start our journey, leaving the lush green countryside of Manali towards Rohtang pass (3,978 Mts.). Rohtang Pass – Few places on the Earth can mark so dramatic a change in landscape as the Rohtang Pass. To one side, the lush green head of Kullu Valley; to the other, an awesome vista of bare, chocolate – colored mountains, hanging glaciers and snowfields that shine in the dazzlingly crisp fight. On the Valley floor, we drive through the field of potato and peas, dotted by Lahauli Villages, and we encounter the local inhabitants working in the fields. After crossing a bridge at Tandi, the meeting point of Chandra and Bhaga Rivers, which later becomes Chenab, These Rivers originate from Baralacha Pass, and flows all the way into the plains of Punjab.O/n hotel Tashi Delek

Day 8 : Keylong to SARCHU (4253 mts)-5hrs
Today’s journey as we move further towards Jispa, we see along the River many villages with Buddhist prayer flags and Stupa’s and the landscape also embodies more desert look. In a way this is the beginning of, what we are going to experience and see for the next few days. We eventually reach Jispa, Situated in the middle of an open valley beside the Bhaga River. There are quite a few villages around. Further the route takes you first to Darcha, commencing point for trekking to Zanskar, the road now climbs up to Patseo, Army encampment, leaving behind the greenery. The landscape now turns more alpine with snowcapped mountains all around up to Baralacha-la (4800 mt), high pass that stands as a barrier between the great Himalayas and the middle Himalayas. From here we enter in to a totally different landscape that is almost barren. Chocolate colored mountains surround you through the way. Camp –FIXED CAMPS

Day 9 : SARCHU – LEH (3500 mt) (9 hrs)
Over the high passes (Naki-la (4740 mt), Lachlung-la (5019mt), the highest one Tanglang-la (5360 mt):- This is one of the most amazing journeys in the world as we traverse through the high mountain desert of western Himalaya. We pass through many unique formations of rock as a result of centuries of erosion. Different shades of brown mixed with infinite blue sky are visible all the way. From pang the drive takes you on a 60 km straight drive on the MORE PLAINS (Locally called Kyangsuthang). One can come across Changpa nomads with their livestock along the road. – Leh drop end of our services

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