India
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21 days
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Begin your jeep journey from the beautiful city of Chandigarh. Enjoy the ride on the wide and winding road that leads from Chandigarh to Shimla.

 

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Chandigarh
TOUR DURATION 21 Days
TOUR ROUTE Chandigarh-Shimla-Narkanda -Rampur-Sarahan-Sangla-Chitkul-Poo-Nako -Gue-Tabo-Dhankar-Dhankar Lake-Kaza-Key–Komic–Langza–Komic-Kunzum Pass-Chandertaal Lake-Rohtang-Manali-Rohtang Pass-Keylong-Suraj Tal-Baralacha Pass–Sarchu-Pang – Tsokar Lake-Thiksey–Leh-Leh Palace-War Memorial-Khardungla-Shanti Stupa-SheyPalace-ChangLang La Pass-Pangong Tso Lake-Magnetic Road-Pathar Sahib-Kargil-Srinagar-Jammu-Chandigarh

 

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Day 01: Chandigarh - Shimla - Narkanda

Begin your jeep journey from the beautiful city of Chandigarh. Enjoy the ride on the wide and winding road that leads from Chandigarh to Shimla. The mountainous area starts after approx 45 mints of drive. The journey continues as you enter the scenic landscape of Himachal Pradesh. After a couple of stops in between, you arrive at Narkanda via Shimla. Dinner with bonfire.& overnight stay in hotel/camps in Narkanda.
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Day 02: Narkanad - Rampur - Sarahan

Early in the morning take a walk to the Hatu Peak for a scenic sunrise view above 10,500ft. Post breakfast, we depart for Sarahan which is approx 80km from Narkanda. Sarahan is famous for the Bhimakali temple, dedicated to the goddess Bhimakali, presiding deity of the rulers of the former Bushahr State. BHIMAKALI TEMPLE COMPLEX; the historical temple is a multistoried structured building, a fusion of Hindu and Buddhist architecture. The tall tower like structure and unusual roof of the temple dominate the complex. The centuries old temple is now locked and in the newly built temple, the goddess Bhimakali is portrayed as a maiden and as a woman. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Sarahan.
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Day 03: Sarahan - Sangla - Chitkul

After breakfast, depart for Chitkul, a village in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh and the last inhabited village near the Indo-Tibet border. The Indian road ends here & the first village of the Baspa Valley is located here too. It is also the last point in India one can travel to without a permit. Chitkul’s attractions are its houses with slate or wooden plank roofs, a Buddhist temple and a small tower. The Kagyupa temple has a highly valued old image of the Shakyamuni Buddha, a Wheel of Life mandala and four Directional Kings on either side of the door. Dinner followed by overnight stay at either in a hotel or a campsite.
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Day 04: Chitkul - Poo - Nako

After breakfast in Chitkul, we proceed towards Nako. Enroute, we stop at Poo which is renowned for its natural beauty, green fields, apricot orchards, vineyards and almond trees. Nako is a beautiful village located by on the banks of a lake. The points of interest in this village are the Buddhist temples with stucco images & murals and a rock where a footprint like impression is ascribed to Padmasambhava. Dinner followed by overnight stay in a hotel.
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Day 05: Nako - Gue - Tabo

Start an easy day with morning tea, bread & butter & leave for Gue 45km from Nako. Located near the Indo-Tibet border, the village has a naturally preserved unique Mummy, placed in a room constructed on a hilltop. It is believed to be that of a Lama and is more than 500 years old. After Nako, leaave for Tabo. situated on the left bank of the Piti river at an altitude of 10004 feet. The biggest attraction of this village, is the Tabo monastery. Tabo monastery is renowned for its breathtaking murals and stucco images and is often called “The Ajanta of the Himalayas”. Dinner followed by overnight stay in a hotel.
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Day 06: Tabo - Dhankar - Dhankar Lake - Kaza

Today we move from Tabo towards Dhankar. Dhankar is a Gompa, a Buddhist temple and was the traditional capital of the Spiti Valley Kingdom during the 17th century. The complex is built on a 1000-foot (300-metre) high spur overlooking the confluence of the Spiti and Pin Rivers – one of the world’s most spectacular settings for a gompa. Dhankar was built as a fort monastery on the Central Tibetan pattern. It was reported to have had 90 monks in 1855. Dhankar. After visiting the Dhankar Monastery, move towards Dhankar Lake, a 2 hrs walk on undulating stretch. You can choose to take a dip at Dhankar Lake. Lunch is at Dhankar and then we leave for Kaza. Dinner followed by overnight stay in a hotel in Kaza.
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Day 07: Kaza - Key - Komic - Langza - Komic - Kaza

Enjoy Breakfast at Kaza and then move towards Key, Langza & Komic. Key Gompa is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery located on top of a hill, close to the Spiti River. It is the biggest monastery of Spiti Valley and a religious training centre for Lamas.

Next we move to Langza village, which is divided into 2 sections, namely Langza Yongma (Lower) and Langza Gongma (upper). This Homogeneous Buddhist village belongs to the Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism.

Now we move to Komic crossing Langza, where you get to witness mesmerizing view of a handful of peaks which are all above 6000 meters. Komic situated at an elevation of 4513 meters is one of the highest villages in Asia and literally means the eye of a snow cock. One of the world’s highest monasteries (4513 meters), called “Komic Lundup Chhemo” is situated in this village and belongs to the Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. From Komic we move back to Kaza. Dinner followed by overnight stay in a hotel in Kaza.

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Day 08: Kaza - Kunzum Pass - Chandertaal Lake

Leave Kaza early in the morning for Chandertaal Lake. Enroute visit Losar, located 60 kms from Kaza and is the last village of Spiti Valley & enter Lahaul Valley. We stop for breakfast at Losar & then proceed for Chandertaal Lake. Enroute witness the Kunzum Pass.

Kunzum Pass is a high mountain pass which connects the Kullu Valley and Lahul Valley with the Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh. Kunzum Pass offers spectacular views of Bara-Sigri glacier, the second longest glacier in the world. There is no accommodation option available at Kunzum, hence we spend some time at Kunzum Pass & then move to Chandertaal Lake.

Chandra Taal (meaning the Lake of the Moon), or Chandra Tal, is situated at an altitude of about 4,300 metres in the Himalayas. The most surprising thing about this lake is that there is no visible source of this lake but there is a visible outlet of this lake which means that water to this lake comes from underground. Lunch is at Chandertaal. Dinner with bonfire, followed by overnight stay at a campsite n Chandrataal.

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Day 09: Chandertaal - Rohtang - Manali

Today early in the morning we leave for Manali, crossing the Rohtang Pass which is at a height of 3,979 mtrs and then meandering our way down to Gramphu. From Chandertal Lake to Gramphu it’s a dirty but scenic road with views of the Bara Shigri Glacier and CB ranges. Our first stop would be at Batal for breakfast & then we move to Chatru. Lunch is at Chatru & then we ride along the Chandra River, 14km more towards Gramphu. After that there is an uphill drive to Rohtang and you reach Manali. Dinner followed by overnight stay in a hotel in Manali.
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Day 10: Manali Local

Today get to explore Manali town and its surroundings. You begin your day with an early morning visit to Solang Valley. After Solang, you can enjoy water rafting, which is quite in Manali. Back to the hotel for lunch and in the evening, you can explore the local market.
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Day 11: Manali – Rohtang Pass - Keylong

Today, proceed for Keylong, via Rohtang Pass and several villages of Lahaul valley like Khoksar, Sissu ,Tandi and also the confluence of Chandra & Bhaga Rivers. At Tandi, is located the only petrol pump on Manali – Leh Highway, ie, from Manali and up to Upshi / Karu or Leh. The next petrol pump is about 365 KMs away from Tandi towards Leh. On arrival, check in to the hotel and the rest of the evening is free to explore Keylong town. Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel in Manali.
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Day 12: Keylong – Suraj Tal - Baralacha Pass – Sarchu

Depart from Keylong early in the morning. Stop for breakfast enroute and pass through Gemur, Jispa, Darcha, Deepak Tal to reach Baralachala Pass.Sarchu is a major halt point with tented accommodation in the Himalayas on the Leh-Manali Highway. An Indian army camp is sited nearby on the banks of the Tsarap Chu river.
Dinner & overnight stay at the camps in Sarchu
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Day 13: Sarchu - Pang - Tsokar Lake - Thiksey – Leh

We leave Sarchu early in the morning for Leh, crossing over Naki La, Lachang La and few more plains. We reach Pang, where we stop for lunch. Pang, is home to the world’s highest transit camps. We then move to Tsokar Lake. The Tso Kar or Tsho Kar Lake is a fluctuating salt lake situated in the Rupshu Plateau and valley. Then we cross over Tanglang La pass ( world’s 2nd highest motorable pass), visit Thiksey Monastry enroute and finally arrive at Leh. Check into the hotel on arrival. Dinner & overnight stay at the hotel in Leh.
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Day 14: Leh - Leh Palace - War Memorial

This is a relaxed day and includes local sightseeing. You visit the nine storey high former royal palace, the Leh Palace. Then we view the Hall of Fame, located near the Leh Airfiled. It is a museum constructed as well as maintained by the Indian Army in the memory of the soldiers who had lost their lives during the Indo-Pak wars. The last stop is the Leh market.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
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Day 15: Leh - Khardungla - Shanti Stupa - SheyPalace - Leh

We depart early in the morning for Khardung La to ensure less traffic on the way. Remember to get a photo clicked next to the signboard which says “Khardung La, 18380 ft. (5602 m), Highest Motorable Road in the world”. After Khardungla, we return back to Leh. Next we visit the Shey Palace, which used to be the summer retreat by the kings of Ladakh and the Shanti Stupa, which holds the relics of the Buddha at its base, enshrined by the 14th Dalai Lama. Due to its location, the Stupa also provides panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, hence its all the more popular with tourists.
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Day 16: Leh - ChangLang La Pass - Pangong Tso Lake

We depart early in the day for Pangong Tso Lake and stop for breakfast on the way. The road to Pangong Lake passes through Changla Pass and is the third highest motorable road in the world. Pangong is the highest salt water lake in the World and shared by 2 countries India & China. During winter the lake freezes completely, despite the water being saline.Dinner and overnight stay in camps.
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Day 17: Pangong Tsu Lake – Leh

An early start to the day to view some breathtaking views of the Pangong lake. Return back to the hotel for breakfast and then move to Leh. Rest of the day is free to relax or do some local shopping. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
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Day 18: Leh - Magnetic Road - Pathar Sahib - Kargil

Today we leave Leh behind and move towards a greener side of Jammu & Kashmir. Enroute, we stop at Gurdwara Pathar Sahib (a beautiful Gurudwara constructed in the memory of Guru Nanak, on the Leh-Kargil road) and the Magnetic Hill, a so-called “gravity hill” located near Leh in Ladakh, The alignment of the road with the slope of the background can give the illusion that cars are able to drift upwards. We reach Kargil by evening. Dinner and overnight stay in Kargil.
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Day 19: Kargil – Srinagar

The day begins early and we proceed for Srinagar. Enroute we stop for breakfast and also visit the Drass war memorial, built in the memory of fallen soldiers in the 1999 Kargil war. Then we move towards Sonamarg, passing through the famous Zoji La pass to reach Srinagar by evening. Dinner and overnight stay at the Magnificient House Boats.
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Day 20: Srinagar - Jammu

An early morning departure from Srinagar, for Jammu and a drive through a beautiful landscape. It takes about 10 hrs to reach Jammu from Srinagar. Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel IN Jammu.
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Day 21: Jammu - Chandigarh

On the last day we drive back to our starting point. It is advisable to leave early in the morning so that we reach Chandigarh on time.

End of the Tour.

Highlights
Manali, Rohtang Pass, Kunzum Pass, Zojila Pass, Baralacha Pass
Top Higest Motorable Pass: Khardung La, 18380 ft. (5602 m)
2nd Highest motorable pass in India: Tanglang La Pass (5,359 meters)
3rd Highest motorable pass in India: ChangLang La Pass (5,288 meters)
Oldest Monastries Key, Dhankar, Tabo, Nako, Sakeya, Alchi, Shey, Thicksey
Lakes – Chandertal, Nako Lake, Pangong, Suraj Tal, Deepak Tal & Tsokhar
Magnetic Road, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib
Valleys – Lahaul, Spiti, Kinnaur, Leh, Ladakh, Kashmir
Stay in House Boat
Asia Highest Village Komic
Last Habbitat Village Chitkul
River Crossings, Camping with Bonfire
Ride to the border of Tibet
Stroll the streets and markets of Leh, Srinagar, Kaza
Incredible Jeep Safari Experience

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