TRANS – HIMALAYAN SAFARI 09 Days Package
LAND PACKAGE COST : $1,250 Per Person Twin Share
Ladakh the remote borderland at the end of the Western Himalayas and cut off for the road communication for seven months of the year is now accessible from Manali in India through the highest mountain passes in the world.
The safari takes off from the green, verdant valleys of Kullu-Manali, skirts the mysterious valleys of Lahoul and Spiti, climbs over the passes as high as Tanglang La (5112 Mts) and Baralacha La (4891 Mts) to the awesome vistas of the tableland of “ Little Tibet”. You drive across three major mountain ranges of-the Greater Himalayas to the foothills of the highest mountain mass of the world. The Karakorams or Mustagh, embossing the world’s second highest peak, K2 (8611 Mts.). In between high passes and grotesque gorges you traverse extensive, stark moonscapes, the legendary Moore plains and the surrealistic steppes of Sarchu. Atop high passes you are face-to face with a maze of snow-capped mountain tops and serrated craggy ridges which hide some of the world’s largest glaciers outside the polar region.
DAY 01 ARRIVE DELHI
You will arrive in the evening at New Delhi’s International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, a SITA representative will meet you as you exit the ARRIVAL TERMINAL building, after which you would be transferred to your hotel for overnight stay. In thé hotel you will meet other guests who will be part of your group.
India’s capital and a major Gateway to thé country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis which successfully combines in its folds - the ancient with thé modern. Amidst thé fast spiraling skyscrapers thé remnants of a bygone time in thé forme of its many monuments stand as silent reminders to thé region’s ancient legacy. The first impressions for any visitor traveling in from thé airport are of a specious, garden city, tree-lined with a number of beautiful parks .
DAY 02 DELHI – CHANDIGARH - NALAGARH
In time transfer to the railway station to board your train for Chandigarh (Dep 0720 Arr 1030 hrs). On arrival you are met and you continue your journey by Nalagarh. On arrival check into Nalagarh Fort for overnight stay.
DAY 03 NALAGARH – MANALI (2050Mts)250Kms/6-7hrs
After breakfast drive to Manali, which is 1896 m above sea level and situated at the northern end of the Kullu valley. A picturesque little town bustling with activity, Manali is the most popular place in Himachal Pradesh during the summer season. Around Manali, nature has lavished the region with forests, waterfalls, green slopes, rivulets and soaring snow covered mountain peaks. Manali also boasts of a Mountaineering Institute, which imparts training in mountaineering, skiing and other adventure activities. Drive and explore the beauty of nature. Overnight stay in hotel.
DAY 04 MANALI – JESPA (3140 Mts) 147 Kms-6-7Hrs
After an early breakfast drive to Jespa, a small village in the Lahaul region. En route cross Rohtang Pass (3980 M) and visit Keylong village. The lofty Shingri Glacier is seen in all its grandeur, its high passes standing between them and the civilized world. The people of these valleys have an intense love for their home culture; their songs and dances are as chaste and pure as the snow that clods the mountains around. Spiti Valley is famous for Yaks and Choru. Overnight in hotel.
DAY 05 JESPA – SARCHU 98 Kms – 5-6 Hrs
Beyond Jespa, the regions main town, the road follows the Bhaga River up towards its source. It hairpins up to the Baralacha-La (16050 ft/4,892m), a pass that is perhaps unique in its being a tri-junction, with a trail from Spiti coming in from the southeast. Overnight in your camp.
DAY 06 SARCHU – LEH (3505 Mts) 253 Kms – 8-9 Hrs
After breakfast drive to Leh. The Zanskar Range remains to be crossed and this takes two more passes, the La Chung-La (16,600ft/5,059m) and the Tanglang La (17,469ft/5,325m). Leh is rapidly spreading in all directions from its original position beneath the long abandoned Namgyal Palace. While the town has come a long way from the days when polo was played on its main street, Leh still remains a pleasant, traditional Himalayan town. Overnight in hotel.
DAY 07 LEH
Forenoon free to rest and relax. Afternoon visit Shankar Monastery-a relativity modern monastery, it is closely associated with the Spituk monastery and serves as the residence of the head priest Kushak ba kula. A number of gold icons are to found here. 8km from Leh, Spituk monastery stands prominently on the top of a hillock commanding panoramic view of the Indus Valley for miles. Many icons of Buddha and fine thankas are to be found in this 15th century gompa. The gompa also houses collection of ancient masks, antique arms, and an awe-inspiring image of Mahakli. Also visit Phyang Monastery which is 17kms from Leh-Kargil road, built by Tashi Namgyal in the later half of the 16th century AD. It belongs to the RED CAP SECT of Buddhist. Hundreds of icons of Buddha and other Gods are kept on wooden shelves. Overnight in your hotel.
DAY 8: BERUWALA – DEPART COLOMBO
After breakfast full day sightseeing to the massive Tibetan Buddhist Gompas & monasteries of Hemis, Shey and Thiksey. A few kilometers up the Indus is Shey, the ancient capital, with its palaces, temples, and vibrantly colored murals, cleaned and restored in the mid 1980’s. Hemis was founded under the direct patronage of members of the ruling Namgyal dynasty.
Overnight in hotel.
DAY 09 LEH – DELHI – ½ SIGHTSEEING TOUR FLIGHT
In time transfer to the airport to board your flight for Delhi. Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon half day city tour of Old and New Delhi visiting Jama Masjid, India Gate, drive pass government buildings and Qutab Minar.
Later in the evening transfer to airport to connect flight back home.
Or you may extend your stay in India and choose to our optional extension tours to visit Agra (Taj Mahal), Jaipur (Forts and Palaces) or Jim Corbett (to view Wildlife).