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The Himalayas, India – Road trip from Manali to moonscapes of Leh

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10 Days/ 9 Nights
Leh, Jammu and Kashmir
Chandigarh, Punjab
Min Age : 18+
Tour Details

Begin this trip from Manali, a popular hill station in the Apple state Himachal Pradesh and end it in moonscapes of Leh-Ladaakh in the Kashmir state that was deemed heaven by none another than Mughal emperor Jahangir.

Famous all over the world Tourists come here to view the heavenly valleys made by the glacial rivers and conquer the rough terrains while taking a road trip with back drop of arid snow-covered Mountain Ranges. For domestic Travelers the gorgeous hill stations prove to be a blessing in summers as compared to the cruel heat omnipresent in rest of the Indian Subcontinent. Enjoy this Road trip filled with the fir and pine scented valleys that has never failed to captivate visitors.

Departure & Return Location

Pick up from Chandigarh Airport, Punjab, India

Drop to Leh, Jammu and Kashmir, India

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Accommodation with breakfast
  • All transportation in the destination location
  • Airport transfers
  • Sightseeing and excursions as per the itinerary
  • meals as per the itinerary

Price Excludes

  • Airfares
  • Any expenses of personal nature / room service fee / tips
  • Visa
  • GST if applicable
  • Cost of excursions, entrance fees, and guides availed by passengers other than those mentioned under tour inclusions

Things to carry

  • Comfortable clothing and shoes suitable for the destination
  • Sunscreen / sunglasses / umbrella
  • Hats / caps/ comfortable shoes
  • Identity documents and other travel documents (visa, if applicable)
  • Medication and first aid along with the prescription

For more details refer to  Travel Planning Guide

What to Expect

During this 10-day vacation, travel to explore some of the country’s highest roads and passes that are less travelled by. Enjoy the curves of rivers, soul-chilling waters of the various lakes. Share your stories with fellow tourists while camping with the calmness of Buddhist Gompas and Monasteries to boot! Highlights of vacation are:

 

  • Peaceful Monasteries of Leh & Ladhak
  • Road Tripping through Scenic pass like KhardungLa, Nubra Valley
  • Pristine Tso Moriri Lake
  • Gorgeous view of Valley with back drop of Himalayas
  • Magnetic Hill drive
Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Manali

Upon arrival in Chandigarh, you would be transferred to Manali. Check into your accommodation and make yourself comfortable make most of your free day while discovering the local markets.

(Overnight at Manali)

Day 2Towards Leh stopping by Sarchu

Leave for Leh early morning following the Manali-Leh highway traversing through the Rohtang Pass (3955 m), Lahaul Valley, Tandi, Keylong, Jispa, with a lunch break at Darcha village in the Lahaul Spiti Valley.

After Lunch drive to Sarchu through Baralacha Pass (4845 m) stay here overnight for a camping experience.

(Overnight at Sarchu)

Day 3Sarchu-Tso Moriri

After Breakfast drive to Pang.

En route, you will come across several wild animals. Pang is filled with tiny migrated markets in Leh-Manali Highway. Get enchanted with the Ladakhi shops here. These shops are shifted here for a few months – from June to September.

After crossing Pang drive further uphill and find the plain area for 60 km up to the base of Tanglangla (5328 m). Just After this reach Tos Moriri and check with your fixed Camp. Visit the pearl-shaped lake ( 36 km in Circumference) adorned with small huts along the banks.

(Overnight at Tso Moriri)

Day 4Tso Moriri Lake To Leh

After having a filling breakfast visit the 350-year-old Korzok Monastery which has about 33 resident monks, belonging to the Yellow Sect. This Valley is Inhabited by a small scattered population of “Changspa” nomadic shepherds who also engage in trade and work in the Caravans in Ladakh.

Continue the drive to Leh via Sumdo and Chuma- Thang (3965 m). En route stop at Mahe Bridge, from where cross over to the south banks of the river. The road changes to non-metaled through Sumdo village up to Punga Stream.

Reach Leh and spend the night at your hotel after checking in.

(Overnight at Leh)

Day 5Drive to Sham Valley and Alchi

Start early morning to visit 1000 year old Alchi monastery, the only gompa in Ladakh region on flat grounds. Thereafter proceed to Likir Monastery to see the splendid three storeys Dharma Wheel Gompa. Here you will be awestruck with the sight of Massive Buddha Statue, Indus and Zanskar River Sangam.

Drive along the Indus to reach Pathar Sahib Gurudwara and magnetic Hill where cars defy gravity! Go on Basgo Palace hiking and further on to Leh Hall of Fame ( along with the Kargill War memorabilla).

(Overnight at Leh)

Day 6Tour Of Khardung La pass(18380 Ft.) to Nubra Valley and Hundur Sand Dunes

Drive for 120 km for 4 to 5 hours to Nubra valley via Khardung La, the highest motorable road in the world.

Continue on the road to reach Hundur by afternoon. Spend the rest of the day exploring Diskit, Hunder Villages and camel Safari in the Sand Dunes.

Camp here for overnight.

(Overnight at Hundur)

Day 7Visit of Five century old Diskit Monastery

Visit Diskit monastery, one of the oldest monastery in India and marvel at the Gigantic Idol of Maitreya Buddha facing the Shyok river.

Drive back to Leh tracing the same route via Scenic Khardung La Pass.

(Overnight at Leh)

Day 8Tour of Pagong Lake via Shey and Thiksey

Start early for Pangong Lake ( 14,500 ft), the highest landlocked saltwater lake in the world shared by two countries-India and China through the picturesque chang La pass (17,688 ft). Make stops at Shey and Thiksey to see the vibrant and colourful monasteries.

(Overnight at Pangong Tso)

Day 9Back to Leh via Hemis Monastery

Drive back to Leh via the Hemis Monastery of Drukpa Lineage with the backdrop of cerulean sky.

(Overnight at Pangong Tso)

Day 10Departure from Leh

Depart Leh with memories of mesmerizing pine valleys and calmness of the Gompas and Monasteries. Catch a flight back to your onward destination.

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