|08, 15, 20, 25, 30 Jun, 2008
08, 15, 20, 25, 30 Jul, 2008
01, 12, 20, 25, 30 Aug, 2008
Day 1 -- ? Arrive Delhi
Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel. Afternoon sightseeing of New and old Delhi. In New Delhi, visit Qutab Minar, Humayun's tomb Moghul Emperor, India Gate and the Parliament House. In old Delhi, see the Red Fort; the Raj Ghat and Jama Masjid. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 2 -- ? Delhi - Chandhigarh - Dharamshala
By Train 0740/1100hrs.
Chandhigarh - Dharamsala
235kms Approximately 6-7hrs. Transfer to Railway Station in time to board train Shatabdi Express for Chandhigarh. Meeting and assistance on arrival and leave by car/coach for Dharamsala. On arrival, check in at hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 3 -- ? in Dharamsala
Morning, visit the Namgyal Monastery and Tsechokling Monastery. Afterwards, walk down to Tscholing Monastery. Afternoon, drive to Tibetan Medical Center, visit Tibetan Library for introduction on Buddhism and museum of ancient artic raft and scroll. Also visit the Nechung Monastery'' Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 4 -- ? Dharamsla - Palampur
55kms. Approximately 2-3hrs.
Leave Dharamsla by car/ coach for Palampur. On arrival, check in at hotel. Later visit the Bir Village ( Tibetan settlement center ) and the Tashi Jong Monastery famous for its young reincarnate Lama. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 5 -- ? Palampur - Manali
165kms. Approximately 8-9hrs
Leave by car/ coach for Manali. On arrival, check in at hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 6 -- ? in Manali
A visit around Manali town includes old Manali, Hadimba Devi temple Bashisht, Dhungri Village and Tibetan Monastery. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 7 -- ? Manali - Jispa
141kms. Approximately 8-9hrs
Leave Manali by jeep for Jispa. Start on a road journey from Manali to Jispa. A few kms after Manali, one gets the first Sight of Himalayan snow as the ascent to the imposing Rohtang pass (3978mtrs) begins with the conifers giving way to grasslands. The descent across the pass leads to an open valley through which flows the river Chandra. Drive through the valley and climb through the hillside to reach Keylong, once an important stop on the erstwhile trade route between India/Tibet and China. On arrival in Jispa, check in at hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 8 -- ? Jispa - Sarchu
75kms Approximately 8-9hrs.
Leave Jispa by jeep for Sarchu. From Darcha the road makes a steep ascent to Baralacha pass (4,892m). Atop the pass one can have a stunning view of the snow covered over 6,000 meters Peaks like Chandrabhaga, Mulkila, Barashigri. Below the Baralacha lies a jewel of lake, called Suraj tal (lake of the Sun) which is also one of the sources of the river Bhaga. Further on from Baralacha, the landscape changes from the green mountain slopes to the bare mountain sides. An hour's drive from the pass brings you to the vast Sarchu plains and the site for the overnight stay at the tented camp.
Day 9 -- ? Sarchu - Leh
253kms. Approximately 10-11hrs.
Leave Sarchu by jeep for Leh. The drive through the Sarchu plateau brings you to the foot of lachungla, from where another circuitous drive start up to the Galta loops with 32 hairpin bends coming out in pang valley Continue driving to Tanglangla (5,328meters) the highest pass on the journey with breathtaking view of the Zanskar Range of mountains. A drive through few more villages brings you down to the great Indus River with view of many monasteries atop the hillocks and mountain sides leads you to Leh. On arrival, check in at hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 10 -- ? In Leh
Proceed for sightseeing tour including Shankar Gompa followed by excursion to Spituk and Phyang. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 11 -- ? in Leh
Morning, proceeds for full day visit to Thiksey, Hemis Chemrey and Trak- Thok.
THIKSEY : The 500- year old Thiksey monastery, perched on a hill high above the lndus, has about 100 yellow cap monks. The outside of gompa is painted red and is visible from far away. If you gate to the gompa by 6 -- ? 30am, you can witness the daily prayer, preceded by long mournful sounds from the horns on the roof. HEMIS -- ? The Hemis gompa (45km from Leh) is famous far beyond the borders of ladakh for its festival (Hemis Setchu or mela of the Hemis gompa). Hemis gompa is the largest and one of the most important in Ladakh. Quite apart from it's annual festival. It was founded about 360 years ago by Stagtshang Raspa, who was invited to Ladakh by king Singe Namgyal who also established the monasteries of Chemre, Hanle and Themisgm.
CHEMREY : The monastery of Chemrey was founded under the direct patronage of members of the ruling Namgyal dynasty. Hemis monastery was established at the instance of King Singge Namgyal his widow founded Chemrey as a posthumous act of merit for him. Both these belong to red Hat (Kargyud-pa) sect of Tibetan monasticism.
TRAK - THOK :Trak Thok gompa represents the smaller but much older Nyingma-pa monastic sects respectively. Trak Thok situated at the foot of the many caves in the Himalayas where the Indian Buddhist apostle padmasambhava is said to have rested and meditated on his journey to Tibet. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 12 -- ? In Leh
Full day visit Likri and Alchi monasteries
Day 13 -- ? Leh - Delhi
By Air Transfer to airport in time for flight to Delhi. Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 14 -- ? leaves Delhi
Transfer to airport in time for flight to onward destination.