Day 1: Delhi to Manali
Drive the taxi to Manali, by passing through the an important junction on
the salt route to Tibet, Mandi is the gateway to the Kullu valley. Moving
through the Mandi, tourists will see the impressive Pandoh Dam diverts water
from the Beas River two 12 tunnels to Baggi. The beautiful view of the
mountains can be enjoyed moving through the Sainj valley. On the way to
Manali, there are interesting things to see long both sides of the 42 kms
valley. Like, Vaishno Devi Temple-a small cave with the Vaishno Devi Temple.
And other interesting places to discover is Katrain, Patlikuhl, Nagar and
Day 2 : Manali to Keylong
Drive the taxi toward Leh, after the local sight seeing of Manali: At the
northern end of the Kullu Valley, is the main resort in the area. Its
beautifully situated and there are many pleasant walks around the town, as
well as a large numbers hotels and restaurants. Attraction of Local sight
The temple of the goddess Hadimba, who plays such a major part in Kullu's
annual festival, is a sombre wooden structure in a clearing in the dense
Old Manali Village:
The current town of Manali is actually a new creation that has superseded
the old village, a couple of kms from away. Follow the road across the
cascading Manalsu stream, from where you can climb up to this interesting
little village, which is becoming a popular place.
The colourful, pleasant new Tibetan Monastery has carpet-making operation.
Vashisht is picturesque little place, clinging to the steep hillside about
three kms out of Manali. On foot the distance is a bit shorter since you can
follows paths up the hillside, where cars have to wind up the road. The
journey will begin toward Leh in the afternoon, Rohtang Pass 3978 metres not
high, but treacherous all the same-starts the ascent to Leh. Keylong is the
first town of any size on the journey to Leh.
Day 3 : Keylong to Hemis
vThe tough journey will begin toward Leh, Darcha is the major tent site on
this road. While next move is the Baralachala, which is 4883 metres means
crossroads pass. Just after this pass tourist are entered to the another
tent site called Sarchu. The journey becomes more adventurous and
interesting while passing the Lachlung La, 5060 metres, is the second
highest pass on the Manali-Leh road. The next destination is the Pang, just
the tourists are moving through the Taglang La, the second highest motorable
road of the world, 5328 metres. On the descent tourists are entering in to
the Ladakh region and the first village is the Upshi and one can enjoy the
beautiful landscape and magnificent valley views.
Day 4: Hemis to Pangong Lake/ Tso Moriri Lake
In the morning visit the Hemis monastery. The travellers have the option to
visit either of the Lakes. Hemis Monastery : This is biggest and the most
important monastery in Ladakh. It is situated 49 kms to south of Leh, a
little off the main Leh-Manali road. It was built in the 17th century by
Chapgon Gyalshas and ever since has enjoyed the patronage of the royal
family. Hemis is the headquater of the Drukpa order and all the monasteries
throughout Ladakh are administered by it. It also trains Lamas for the royal
monasteries at Leh, Shey and Bazgo. In the 19th century it faced a siege by
general Zorawar Singh. The Gompa was saved to the skillful handing of the
situation by the head Lama. In 1956 the head Lama Hemis Gompa disappeared
mysteriously never to be seen again. A 12 years old boy was brought from
Dalhousie. In 1976 to be appointed as head Lama. He will assume authority
after his training period is complete. The monastery contains quite a few
gold statue and stupas decorated with precious stones. It has a superb
collection of tankhas, including one which is supposed to be the largest in
existence and is exhibited only once every 11 years. The monastery has
annual festival which falls in June/ July and is a big tourist attraction.
Masked dances are held on that day. In the afternoon the caravan will move
towards the Pangong Lake/ Tso Moriri Lake.
Tso Moriri lake:
situated in the middle of the elevated district of Rupso. It name is
characteristic of its situation. Nestle in the midst of 20,000 feet, peals
which completely shut the lake. A kilometres ahead is a picturesque village
of Korzok consisting of about a hundred families. Visiting the monastery on
the top of the village, belonging to the yellow sect and has about 35
resident monks. The night camp along the side of Lake.
The main attraction Changla region is the Pangong Lake situated at 14,500
feet (4,297 m) a long narrow basin of inland drainage, hardly six to seven
kilometres at its widest point and over 130 kms long, it is bisected by
international border between Indian and China. The farthest point to which
foreigners are permitted, is only some seven kilometres along the southern
shore from the head of the lake. Another attraction of this lake is sight os
eastern cranes and other migratory black necked cranes birds. Drive back
toward Leh and camp overnight at Tangtse village.
Day 5 : Pangong Lake/ Tso Moriri Lake to Leh
on the way back sight seeing of Thiksey and Shey palace
En route to Hemis Gompa, the Thiksey monastery is a most imposing structure
providing a panoramic view of the green Indus valley from its vantage atop a
hill. It has chambers full of statues, stupas and tannkhas.
Shey Palace and Monastery:
Also on the way to Hemis Gompa and 15 kms from Leh is the summer palace of
the erstwhile, Raja of Leh, set upon a hill sitting Buddha wrought with
copper and gold that leaves one lama before hand. Many chortens can be seen
to the east of the monastery. After the Shey tourists reach to Leh, Main
Centre of Ladakh. With the inhabitants of 50,000, Leh is located in small
valley just the north of Indus valley.
Day 6 :
Rest Complete rest in the hotel in Leh
Day 7 : Local Sight seeing
Leh Bazaar, Leh Palace and Sankar gompa. The women's vegetable market in
the afternoon and some interesting place to visit. And the evening the
It is situated above the Leh Palace and was built in 1430. It contains a
13.7 metres high statue of the Buddha which the Ladakhi call Chamba.
According to the Lamas this splendid statue is the future Buddha. A butter
burns day and night in front
Day 8 : Leh to Khardung-la top
The tourists will visit the Khardung-la. It Takes you to the highest
motorable road of in the world Khardongla (18,380 feet or 5,578 m). Nubra
Valley lies in the north of Leh. Apart from unparalleled trekking
opportunities, the valley has several Buddhists monasteries such as Sumor,
Tigar and 350 years old Diskit monastery.
Day 9 : Shopping and Cultural programme
The whole day is dedicated to the shopping and to discover some interesting
things about Ladakhi art and cultural by the visiting the Tibetan refugees
camp Choklamsar, Library and Ecological Development etc.
Day 10: Local Sight Seeing
to Lamayuru, Likir and Alchi and night halt at Lamayuru. Whole day is
dedicated for the local sight seeing.
After exploring villages around the area, it comes as a surprise to find
that Lamayuru is a scruffy little place. The gompa, is the completely
overshadowed and most famous spectacular monastery in Ladakh.
Alchi and Likir Monasteries:
These two monasteries are located near Saspol on the Srinagar-Leh road.
They house many gigantic clay statue of Buddha in various forms. The primary
attraction of these monasteries is , however, their 1000-year old wall
painting which make a visit more than worthwhile.
Day 11 : Lamayuru to Drass
The caravan move toward the Kargil and the Way Passing through Following
There are two gompas on the hillside above the village of Mulbekh. As in
other villages, it is wise to Enquire if the gompa is before making the
ascent. Just beyond Mulbekh is a huge Chamba statue, an image of a future
Buddha, cutting to the rock face beside the road. It's one of the most
interesting stops along the road to kargil.
Between Kargil and Shergol you cross the dividing line between the Muslim
and Buddhist areas. The small village of Shergol has a tiny gompa perched
halfway up the eastern slope of the mountain. In the afternoon tourists will
reach to Kargil.
the valleys of Suru, Drass Wakha and Bodkarbo lie midway between the alpine
valleys of Kashmir, and the fertile reaches of the Indus valley and Ladakh.
The region is politically part of India, ethnically part of Baltistan and
geographically and integral part of Ladakh. Geographically, there is little
doubt that one has crossed the Himalayan watershed. The steep barren hills
now stretch to the snow line. As the snows melt, the waters flow freely down
into the heavily irrigated valleys. Here Tibetan-style settlements thrive.
Whitewashed mud and stone houses contrast with deep-green barley fields.
Day 12: Drass to Srinagar
Drive the taxi toward Srinagar, by passing the Zoji-la and picturesque
Sonamarg, entering to the Kashmir valley.
3230 metres, 60kms west of Kargil on the road to Srinagar, are a small
township lying in the centre of a valley of the same name. It has become
famous as the second coldest inhabited place in the world by virtue of the
intense cold that descends upon the valley along with repeated snowfall
during winter. Winter temperature is sometimes known to plummet to less than
40 degree Celsius. During the spring and summer, however the valley around
the township becomes very picturesque as the gently undulating hillsides
turn into lush green pastures splashed with a variety of fragrant wild
flowers. Its inhabitants are mainly of Darad stock, an Aryan race believed
to have originally migrated to the high valleys of the Western Himalayas
from the Central Asian steppes. They speak Shina which, unlike the
Tibetan-originated Ladakhi dialects spoken elsewhere in Ladakh region,
belong to the Indo-European linguistic family. Their ancestral sport, Horse
Polo, which the Darads play with particular zeal, resembles our modern polo.
The Drass vallley starts from the base of the Zojila pass, the Himalayan
gateway to Ladakh. For centuries its inhabitants are known to have
negotiated this formidable pass even during the most risky period in the
autumn or early spring, when the whole sector remains snowbound and is
subject to frequent snow storms, to transport trader's merchandise across
and the to help stranded travelers to traverse it. By virtue of their
mastery over the pass they had established a monopoly over the carrying
trade during the heydays of the Pan-Asian. A hardy people enduring with
fortitude the harshness of the valley's winter, the inhabitants of Drass can
well be described as the guardians of Ladakh's gateway.
Day 13 : Srinagar, Local sight seeing
Much of Dal Lake is maze of intricate waterways rather than a simple body
of open water. The lake is divided into Gagribal, Lokut Dal and Bod Dal by a
series of causeways. Dal Gate, at the city end of the lake, controls the
flow of the lake water into the Jhelum River canal.
This shiny, modern mosque is on the north west shore of Dal Lake. The
mosque enshrines hair of the prophet, but to nonbelievers it is most
interesting for its stunningly beautiful setting on the shores of the lake
with snow capped peaks as backdrop.
Set some distance back from the lake but reached by a small canal, the
Shalimar gardens were built for Nur Jahan, light of the world, by her
husband Jehangir in1616. During the Mughal period the topmost of the four
terraces was reserved for the emperor and the ladies of the court.
Day 14 : Srinagar to Jammu
On the Srinagar to Jammu route are the hill resorts of Batote, Panitop and
Kud, before Jammu region tourists will move through about 3 km long tunnel
Jawarhar Tunnel. On the way tourists can visit the famous shrine of Vaishno
Devi and night halt at Jammu city.
Day 15 : Jammu to Delhi
Final day of the discovery trip and the farewell will be given at Karnal.
What tourists have discovered? o Tanglang-la 17,469 ft. o Pangong Lake ( 14,
469 ft) o Chang-la (17,350 ft) o Famous monasteries of Ladakh o Traditional
culture and life-style of Ladakh on 11,000 ft o Khardung-la, highest
motorable road of world 18,380 ft o Drass, second coldest place of world o
Zoji-la o Srinagar o vaishno Devi Amenities Taxi Hotel Food Travel
Corporation of Ladakh will make other important arrangements.