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Amritsar – Dalhousie – Dharamsala – Manali – Lahaul – Leh

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Tour Details

Regions: Amritsar, Dalhousie, Manali, Lahaul & Ladakh
Season: July to September
Duration: 12 Days
Max. Altitude: Tanglang La 5360 Mts


Day 1:Pick Up at the Train Station/ Airport in Amritsar and Drive to the 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. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2:Amritsar Local sightseeing

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. Overnight stay at the hotel.

The Golden Temple, Amritsar:
Unlike many historical sacred sites, the Golden Temple of Amritsar is still fully alive with religious fervor and sacredness, and visitors are welcomed to join in the experience. Although the building itself has great historical and architectural interest, it is the Golden Temple’s great spiritual meaning for Sikh believers (and others) that is most memorable to visitors.
Despite its great sacred status, the Golden Temple is open to visitors, like all Sikh temples. The only restrictions are that visitors must not drink alcohol, eat meat or smoke in the shrine. And unlike many other Indian temples, visitors to the Harmandir Sahib are made to feel truly welcome and not pressured to buy anything. The information office left of the main gate gives helpful advice and information, as well as booklets on Sikhism.
Most visitors to the Golden Temple, whether Sikh or not, are humbled by what is quite simply the most tangibly spiritual place in the country. Arrive with a few good hours set aside and get lost in its magical beauty. Visitors must leave their shoes at the facility near the entrance, cover their head (bandanas are provided, or you can buy a souvenir bandana from a vendor), and wash their feet by wading through the shallow pool before entering.

Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar:
Jallianwala Bagh is located at a stones throw from Golden Temple. It is a witness of the tragedy called Jallianwala Bagh Massacre. As the history goes, during the time of freedom struggle, when Mangal Pandey blew the bugle for commencing the struggle for independence, General Dyer made a law that no Indian will be allowed to hold gatherings or processions.
On 13 April 1919, Baisakhi Day, thousands of Punjabis gathered from nearby places to celebrate the festival. As the communication system was underdeveloped at that time, they were not informed regarding this law. Thinking it as a violation of the law, General Dyer entered in the Park with his troops and open fired on all the innocent men women and children present there.
Some people were shot dead, some were wounded, and a majority of the people tried to jump in the well to escape the death form the hands of foreign power. There is no accurate record of the number of people died and wounded.

Wagha Border
Wagha Border is located at a distance of 28 kilometers from Amritsar. It is the only border crossing between India and Pakistan. It is an army outpost to protect check intrusion from Pakistan and prevents any Indian from going to Pakistan. Special buses and taxes from Amritsar take the tourists to Wagha Border. En route Wagha the tourist’s chance upon seeing some of the most fertile lands of Amritsar.

People visit Wagha border to see “Beating the Retreat” ceremony performed by the soldiers in evening. Soldiers from India and Pakistan perform a flag march. The flags are both the countries are brought down. Then the gates between India and Pakistan are opened. Soldiers perform some drills and then the complex is illuminated. The whole ceremony takes about half an hour. O/n Hotel

Day 3:Amritsar – Dalhousie (2036 Mts) by Surface / 220 Km / Approx 05 Hrs

After breakfast, check out from the hotel and drive down to Dalhousie – named after Lord Dalhousie, who discovered the beautiful place in 1854, is situated 2,036 mts above sea level. Sprawling over and around five hills, the town is a popular summer resort. Its bewitching beauty, the serenity, the peace and the calm have attracted Indian as well as foreign tourists. Majestic green hills and vales are covered with thick forests of oak, conifers and various other varieties of flora. On arrival, check in and overnight at hotel. Dalhousie (2036 ms) has charming colonial architecture, including some beautiful churches. Its location presents panoramic views of the plains- and like a long silver line, the river Ravi twists and turns below Dalhousie. The spectacular snow-covered Dhauladhar mountains are also visible form this enchanting town.

Day 4:Dalhousie – Chamba (996 Mts) – Khajjiar – Dalhousie by Surface / 100 Km / Approx 4 Hrs Both Way

Chamba (996 m), the unspoiled Valley of Chamba, lie ensconced between the mighty and snow clad mountain ranges of Dhauladhar, constituting the outer Himalayas, the Pir Panjal or the mid Himalayas, and the Zanskar Range or the Inner Himalayas. Chamba in the middle is perched like some medieval Italian village fortress, on a flat mountain shelf and beside flows the Ravi river. In the center of the town there is a big spacious play ground called Chowgan, this is where the famous Minjar Festival is held. Among the most interesting objects in Chamba is the number of richly carved ancient temples. Considered as the finest example of Hindu (Pahari) architecture. Three of these are dedicated to Vishnu and remaining to Shiva. All the shrines have Shikharas or Spires. Some of the temples date back to 10th Century. The richly carved Lakshmi Narayan Temple is the oldest one.

Day 5:Dalhousie – Dharamshala (1400 Mts) - by Surface / 143 Km / Approx 5-6 Hrs

Today, after breakfast, depart from Dalhousie for Dharamsala; drive closer to the panoramic Dhauladhar ranges and up to the enchanting town of Dharamsala.

Day 6:Local sightseeing of Dharamsala

Dharamsala (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.

If you think about Lahsa (Tibet), the only other name comes in mind is, Mcleodganj. The name has almost become synonymous to Lahsa. This is where His Holiness Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of the Tibetan’s, resides and also this is where the headquarters of the Tibetan Government in exile are located. Here one gets amazed to see that how the Tibetan peoples in exile, have kept their culture resonant and going. Here there are many gompas to visit and some of them house treasures of ancient and priceless thankas and scrolls. Tibetan Institute of performing Arts (TIPA) preserves a number of musical dance and theatrical traditions of Tibet. O/n in Hotel

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. 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 7:Dharamsala – Manali via Baijnath (244 km & takes about 8 hrs

Baijnath is one of the foremost pilgrimages in the Kangra District. The temple of Shiva is one of the oldest in the country. It is dated about 804 A.D

Day 8: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 it has gone a very fast change last 10 years but still the old charm does remain in Old Manali and nearby villages.

Hadimba Temple
Resting on the stone platform in a dense stand of Old Deodar, Hadimba Temple is Manali’s oldest shrine (built in 1553) . 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 Sage Manu here out of which the name Manali has 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 gallery of the famous Russian painter, writer and philosopher Sir Nicholas Roerich. O/n in a Hotel

Day 9: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

Day 10:Keylong – Udaypur (Udaypur, Trilokinath – and back to Keylong (120 Kms. Altogether).

Today we enter the Chandra Bhaga valley, and then further drive towards Udaypur , along the way we see the beautiful villages nestled by the River and many glaciers and moraines, from which emerge the numerous head waters and streams joining the Chandra-bhaga river. Camp at the beautiful campsite of Tindi.

UDAYPUR:- In ancient time Udaypur was known as Markhula and so the name of the local goddess is Markhula Devi. It is an unique and very famous for wooden carving on its roof and ceiling. Raja Uday Singh of Chamba changed its name.

TRILOKINATH:- Trilokinath means Shiva. Guru Padmasambhava gave this Shiva temple the look of a Buddhist monastery by installing six-armed image Avalokishwar. So it has become sacred for both Hindus and Buddhist and attracts many pilgrims from both communities. In the month of August a big festival named Pori is held here for three day. O/N Hotel

Day 11: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.

Day 12: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

Things to know

What to bring for the tour
Good Warm internal clothing (woolen and fleece, thermals), water proof and wind proof clothing, Comfortable hiking boots with good resistance against the snow and water with a good grip, haversack,  sandals, walking sticks, gaiters, woolen/tennis socks (quite a few pairs) and stocking, gloves, cap, sunglasses (very important), Sunscreen lotion, day sack, camera and binocular (OPTIONAL),  water bottle, torch and batteries

Day temperature in the sun is pleasant but windy but nights are cold. The temp at night in rain and snow can really go down; sometimes below zero so you have to be well prepared.

It is also possible that a route change may become necessary due to weather, inaccessibility through the mountain passes due to heavy snow, condition of the trail and physical fitness of the clients.

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