Trip Highlights : Cities Highlighted are night halts.
New Delhi / Chandigarh / Manali / Rohtang Pass / Chandra and Bhaga Rivers / Keylong / Darcha / Baralacha Pass / Sarchu, Tanglangla Pass / Pangong Tso Lake - Spangmik / Leh / Khardungla, Monasteries, Forts and Palaces) Nubra Valley - Deskit/ Alchi / Lamayuru / Fotula Pass / Kargil / Zojila Pass / Sonmarg / Srinagar / New Delhi.
Tour Highlights are: Visit to temples & hot water springs in Manali, High altitudes terrains and mountain passes, Buddhist Monasteries & Palaces in Ladakh, Scenic natural beauty of snow clad mountains, lakes, Shikara ride, Mosques and Mughal Gardens in Kashmir Valley all this encapsulated with the sheer adventure of 4x4 self drive vehicle.
Cities visited :
Manali: Located at an altitude of about 6500 ft. it is one of the main tourist towns of Kullu valley. It is a place inhabited by innocent village folks who continue with their traditional rites and rituals in spite of the sweeping waves of modernization. To the modern day visitors, Manali conjures up images of evergreen pine groves, snow capped mountains, whispering forests, cascading waterfalls and the swift flowing waters of perennial Beas. There are a number of soul-stirring Holy Places in and around Manali; Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple at old Manali, Vashishtha Rishi Temple, Shiv Temple, Tibetan Monasteries and a Gurudwara in Manali, are just a few of the places that calm the unquiet spirit. The sulphur hot water springs at Vashisht and Kalath are endowed with great healing powers. While visiting Manali one can hike, trek and drive to the famous 13500 ft. Rohtang Pass which remains covered with snow even during summers. Another tourist attraction and picnic point, situated amidst billowing meadows encircled by silver oak and spruce trees, is Solang Nallah. It is famous for its skiing slopes and offers opportunity for horse riding, paragliding and joy rides on snow scooters. Manali is an epitome of what nature can offer to mankind. It has everything to offer to its visitors in commensurate with their tastes, temperaments and needs.
Pangong Lake : One of the most beautiful high altitude lake in the north east of Leh city. It is an endorheic lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4,350 mts. It is 134 km long and extends from India to Tibet, 60% of the length of the lake lies in Tibet, which is today under China's rule. The lake is 5 km wide at its broadest point. During winter the lake freezes completely, despite being saline water. Lake changes its colour as per the Sun light and you may see the spectrum of its reflection from different angle. Approx 145 kms away - one way from Leh worth visiting to see the silent witness of God’s creation.
Leh : One of the most beautiful city situated at an altitude of 3500 mt ASL famous for highest high altitude airport an ethnic / ancient and colorful city. Monasteries, fort and palaces, gateway to Silk route, hub for Buddhist culture for Red sect and Yellow sect. lush Green valley around river Indus and agricultural fields and business hub for this region. Much more to explore in and around Leh.
Khardungla Pass & Nubra Valley : Highest motorable pass in the world which make you feel being at the roof top of the world. This pass differ Nubra valley and Leh valley border with Pakistan in north west and Tibet in north east. Nubra means valley of Flowers a silk route to Siachen Glacier and way to Pakistan. Lush green valley with two hump camel awaits for your arrival.
Alchi - Lamayuru Valley :Driving in the west following Indus river at the confluence of Zanskar and Indus river you may encounter some of other monasteries, you will reach at Alchi which is only one monastery in Ladakh constructed in a flat ground. Further drive to Lamayuru Monastery you will encounter a strange formation of landscape called Moon Valley. A picturesque monastery belongs to centuries years old. Further drive takes to Fatu La you would like to stop at Mulbekh to see an image of Buddha Carved on a large stone. Kargil is the headquarter of this region and close to India – Pakistan border.
D Zojila Pass and Kashmir Valley : Driving in west from Kargil you will arrive at Drass which is the coldest region in India and further drive to the top of D Zojila pass differs Kashmir and Ladakh region. From D Zojila pass descend to Sonmarg which is one of the beautiful destination in Kashmir and finally reach Srinagar. Srinagar, arguably a city that embodies romance and beauty is the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir; It is located on the banks of river Jhelum, a tributary of the Indus. The beauty of Srinagar can not only be seen in its lakes, gardens, springs, mountains, and the rich heritage, but also in the people who embrace the guests with open arms. And the city itself is a gateway to some of the most beautiful scenic places of the Indian subcontinent. It is also known for traditional Kashmiri handicrafts, dry fruits and mouth watering cuisine.
Day 01: Arrive New Delhi
On arrival meeting assistance & transfer to Hotel. Overnight stay
Day 02: New Delhi to Chandigarh [By Train] Chandigarh to Manali [325 Kms / 07 hrs approx]
In time transfer to New Delhi Railway Station to board Shatabdi Express to Chandigarh
Departure New Delhi : (Timings to be advised)
Arrival Chandigarh : - - -
On arrival meeting assistance at Chandigarh. After tour briefing and introduction with crew / technical support team, check your gears and essential stuffs for your overland trip. Start your drive to Manali, upon arrival check- in at hotel for overnight stay.
Day 03: In Manali
After a leisurely breakfast, day at leisure to acclimatize or to explore the best of Manali town.
Visit Hadimba Devi Temple, first visit the 450 years old temple dedicated to Hadimba Devi, which has some excellent woodcarvings which includes its intricately carved wooden doors and a 24 mt tall wooden tower. Goddess Durga dominates most of the themes of the carvings inside the temple which is very captivating. You will also visit the Vashisht Bath, Manu Temple, Jagat Sukh temple, Tibetan Monastery and the handicraft centre. Visit Vashisht to witness tranquilizing façade of Mother Nature, known for its quaint environs, small temples, simple living and ofcourse hot sulphur springs. Evening will be free for leisure activities.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 04: Manali / Rohtang Pass / Keylong / Sarchu (237 Kms)
Depart Manali early in the morning take your first halt at Marhi. A barren landscape offering extensive views of the valley and the mountains. We proceed to Rohtang Pass 3790 mt, it is most popular with visitors, being one of the highest road point and gateway to LAHAUL and SPITI valleys. Pass remains closed during winter due to heavy snow from November end to May end. Visitors can drive upto Marhi below Rohtang with similar high altitude topography, forest of Birch, Fir and Spurce. Once we cross the Rohtang Pass border we are in the Barren Himalayas with the landscape completely changing. Khoksar is the first village, located at an elevation of about 3340 mt, Keylong is a scenic hill station and the administrative center of Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. Lush greenery, streams and snow capped mountains and Buddhist monasteries add a spiritual aura to the spectacular beauty of the surrounding valley. Continue your drive to Darcha 3500 mt it is situated at the junction of Yotche Nullah and the Zanskar chhu which takes off from the Shinkun la. Both these nullahs meet with the main river Bhaga at this place. This is the main point for the trekkers to enter in Zanskar valley or up to Leh. Drive from this place will take you to Bara-Lacha-la Pass 1620 ft and further drive to Sarchu which is nearly the mid-point of Manali Leh route.
Overnight stay at fixed camps.
Day 05: Sarchu / Tanglangla Pass / Pangong Tso Lake (209 Kms)
After breakfast, get prepared for the most interesting overland high altitude drive to visit Pangong Lake. Continue drive to Pang and cross Morai plains and arrive at Tanglangla Pass 5400 mt. Pangong Lake, located on the Indo China Border, via Chang-la pass (alt: 17370 ft). This famous Blue Blackish lake is 5 to 6 kms wide and over 144 km long with half of it running to the other side of the Indo-China border. After the sightseeing around the lake, check-in at fixed tented camp at Spangmik for overnight stay.
Day 06: Pangong Tso Lake / Leh (150 Kms)
Breakfast. Morning is at leisure to visit the lake again. Afterwards drive to Leh, reach Upsi and drive through Karu by crossing river Indus and passing through the monasteries near the highway and reach Leh city. Check-in at your hotel. Remaining evening will be at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 07: In Leh
Breakfast. Morning will be at leisure. PM visit Shanti Stupa a magnificent white-domed structure - Built by a Japanese Buddhist organization, known as 'The Japanese for World Peace' to promote World Peace. Shanti Stupa is located on the hilltop at Changspa. In 1985, HH Dalai Lama inaugurated the Shanti Stupa Ladakh. The idea to construction this Stupa was to celebrate 2500 years of Buddhism.
Later visit Sankar Gompa and Leh Palace - Leh Palace overlooks the Ladakhi Himalayan town of Leh, modelled on the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. The palace was built by King Sengge Namgyal in the 17th century, This palace is in ruins but it is open to visitors. Afterwards visit the local market.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 08: Leh / Hemis / Thiksey / Leh
After breakfast, drive through Choglamsar village to visit Shey Palace, Shey is the oldest capital of Ladakh from where its earliest Tibetan kings ruled. Until the 16th century, Shey was the residence of the royal family. According to tradition, it was the seat of power of the pre-Tibetan Kings. One of the attraction of the Shey is the victory stupa which is topped with gold. The palace Gompa has a two storied 12 mt high Gold statue of Maitreya Buddha, sitting in meditation posture and brilliantly coloured murals. To visit it is advised to start early from Leh as it is open till 9 in the morning.
Afterwards drive to Karu to cross the river Indus and visit the famous Hemis Monastery founded in 1630 by Stagsang Raspa Nawang Gyatso, it is the biggest monastery of Ladakh. It belongs to the Drupka order, Monks of the Ka-gyu-pa or the Red Hat sect reside in this monastery. An annual festival to celebrate the victory of Guru Padmasmbhava over the evil forces marks the highlight of the monastery.
Later drive back to Leh, en-route visiting the picturesque Thiksey monastery. Reach hotel for overnight stay.
Day 09: Leh / Khardungla Pass / Nubra Valley (125 Kms)
After breakfast leave for Nubra Valley, driving across Khardung-la (alt: 18,380 ft). After descending from the pass, drive on for sightseeing of Sumoor area and Samstaling Gompa. Later check into a fixed camp in the same area or drive across to Deskit / Hundar for overnight in a fixed camp or hotel.
Day 10: Nubra Valley / Khardungla Pass / Leh / Alchi (198 Kms)
Breakfast. AM explore Deskit Gompa, founded by Lama Shesrab Zangpo of Stod. Hundar and the Sand Dunes where you can enjoy a short camel safari using the double-humped Bactrian camel found here (optional on direct payment). Later drive to Alchi, en-route visit Hall of Fame, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Magnetic Point, Sangam (confluence of Indus & Zanskar Rivers) and then the 11th century Alchi Choskor, oldest surviving monastic complex famous for its wall frescoes and architecture - a UNESCO listed heritage site. This temple is an ideal study centre of Buddhism and is managed by the monks of Likir. Arrive in Alchi in the evening for check-in and overnight stay at hotel.
Day 11: Alchi / Lamayuru / Kargil (170 Kms)
Breakfast and check-out. Drive towards Kargil, en-route visit Lamayuru monastery, located between Bodhkharbu and Kha-la-che, on a steep rock mountain Lamayuru is amongst the oldest monasteries, mostly in ruins Lamayuru monastery is home to about 150 monks of Red-Hat sect of Buddhism. Later visit adjoining “Moonland” hills. On the way to Kargil you can view the 09 mt, tall rock sculpture of the Maitreya Buddha at Mulbek (7th-8th century AD). Reach Kargil and check-in at hotel for overnight stay.
Day 12: Kargil / Sonmarg / Srinagar (205 Kms)
Breakfast and check-out. Early departure for Srinagar driving through Drass (famous as the second coldest inhabited place in the world) and crossing the Zoji-la Pass (11,500-ft. / 3,505 mt) to reach hill station of Sonmarg from where it’s smooth driving through the beautiful Kashmir countryside to reach Srinagar. Overnight in hotel at hotel / Deluxe house boat in Srinagar.
Day 13: In Srinagar
Breakfast at hotel. This morning proceed for the full day sightseeing and visit important sights of Srinagar City. Visit Shankaracharya Temple - This Temple, known to be built by Jaluka, the son of Emperor Ashoka around 200 BC, is an ancient shrine located on the Takht-e-Suleiman hill. This sacred site, situated at a height of about 1100 ft on the south-east of the city, offers splendid views of the valley and the snow clad mountains of the Pir Panjal range. Local folks tell a story that saint Shankaracharya spent some of his time at this site during his visit to Kashmir to revitalize Sanatan Dharma. It is constructed on an elevated octagonal plane, can be reached through a flight of steps bounded by side-walls. The inner sanctum adorns a modern ceiling & several Persian inscriptions.
Visit Hazratbal Mosque - Also known as Dargah Sharif, Assar-e-Sharif and Madinat-Us-Sani, this Mosque on the western banks of the majestic Dal Lake is considered to be one of the most important shrines for Muslims. With the impressive Nishat Bagh in the vicinity, this enchanting white marble mosque offers great views of the Lake in the back drop of the majestic Himalayas. The Mosque is a combination of Kashmiri and Mughal styles of architecture, with historical significance dating back to the 17th century. The distinctiveness of the Hazratbal Mosque is that it enshrines the 'Moi-e-Muqaddas' (the sacred hair) of the prophet Mohammed, which is shown to public only on special occasions.
Visit Khanqah of Shah Hamadan, also known as Khanqah Mosque, Shah Hamadan Masjid, Khanqah-e-Moula and so on, is one of the oldest Muslim Shrines in Kashmir. It is ideally situated on right bank of the River Jhelum. This mosque was built in 1395 by Shah Sikandar in the memory of Mir Sayyid Ali Hamdani, a preacher from City of Hamdan in Persia. The shrine bears aesthetically designed wooden structure with surprising carved roofs, rich interiors carved with ancient religious sermons and historical inscriptions, with antique chandelier and carved hanging bells. This shrine was gutted in a devastating fire twice in year 1480 and in 1731 and was reconstructed by ruler Sultan Hassan Shah and by Abul Barkat Khan respectively.
Later visit the famous Mughal gardens – Nishat Bagh (Garden of Pleasure) - The largest Mughal garden situated on the banks of world famous Dal-Lake in the backdrop of Zabarwan hills encircles the Dal Lake. Empress Noor Jahan's brother Asif Khan laid the Garden in 1633 AD. Nishat has seven terraces with a beautiful central water course flowing right in the middle. These terraces rise dramatically off the mountains from the eastern part of the lake.
Shalimar Bagh - It was planted by Mughal Emperor Jehangir for Empress Noor Jahan in 1619 and later extended in 1727 by Shah Jahan. Shaded by magnificent Chinar trees, the Shalimar is a series of stone pavilions and flowing water with paint box bright flower beds. The Garden blooms with innumerable varieties of flowers in spring and autumn.
Chashme Shahi Garden, founded in 1632, is a small beautiful garden, the smallest among the famous Mughal gardens it is also known as Royal Spring, by road. The garden is established in three sections with an aqueduct with fountains and waterfalls located along the middle. Different varieties of beautiful fragrant flowers and manicured lawns are the main attractions in this garden. It is believed that the fresh water spring in the garden has medicinal value.
Overnight stay at houseboat.
Day 14: Departure Srinagar
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport in time to board flight for New Delhi. Arrive and proceed to a local restaurant for farewell dinner. Afterwards transfer to international airport to board return journey flight.
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|Tour Price :-
||USD ($) 2300/- Per Person
|TOUR # 1 :-
|| Jun 24th
|TOUR # 2 (Reverse routing) :-
What's included in DIVA’s price:
Fully equipped self-drive 4X4 vehicle, Fuel, Accompanying guide, Full catering start to finish, Navigation, Recovery, Destination intelligence, Customs, Translation, Permits, Accommodation on fullboard at Camp sites, Lodges, Resorts/Hotels and House Boats, Train ticket from New Delhi to Chandigarh based on air-conditioned chair car in Shatabdi Express, Mechanical support, Entry fees, Permit for Leh and Ladakh, Vehicle insurance with limited liability of passengers, Full video CD of the Journey shot by GoPRO camera installed on First and last support vehicles.
Vehicles Used – Mitsubishi Pajero Sports 2.5 liters
Accommodation - It is a mix of Campsites, Lodges, Hotels and House Boats.
Meeting and start point: New Delhi international airport.
Price based on Minimum 02 person sharing car as a driver and co – driver.
Further details: Are in Info pack, which is handed over on arrival on Day 01 in New Delhi.
This is another area we have researched very carefully and through experience of overland expeditions, we have refined the list of vehicle equipment that we provide. The equipment is not absolutely identical in every vehicle but we always ensure you have the essentials and its respective driving conditions.
Wireless for co-ordination with support team
Long range fuel tanks (70 Liters)
Garmin Sat Navigation with Tracks
Two batteries /split charge system
Spade & Axe
Tyre pressure gauge
Tow rope or strap
Pair of warning triangles
Support driver in every vehicle
ON REQUEST AT NO CHARGE :-
High capacity weight pulling Winch in support jeep.
High Lift Jack
Second spare wheel (subject to space availability and weight carrying capacity)
Our vehicles are extremely well-equipped with safety equipment. To summaries, our service includes the following :-
Detailed daily itinerary with estimated drive times
Comprehensive trip manual and maps
Fully equipped Safari Drive 4x4 vehicle with full long range fuel tanks
In-country back-up and medical air rescue
Free mobile connection in each vehicle
Use of GPS global positioning system (if required)
Tinned and dried food starter
First Aid kit
Water containers/bottles / beverages
Vehicle equipment – spare tyres, tools, sand ladders, tow ropes etc.
Oxygen cylinder (on request)
What's not included in DIVA's price:
Besides the drinks and snacks etc, the following five notable items
a) Return International flight tickets
b) Indian Visa and Travel Insurance
c) Srinagar to New Delhi flight tickets
d) Medical evacuation
e) Contingency expenses.
f) Personal expenses such as: Drinks / Laundry bill & Telephone calls at hotels / Tips for Guides & Driver / Camera Fees at the monuments or any other expenses not specified in the Inclusions clause.
Accommodation - It is a mix of Campsites, Lodges, Hotels and House Boats.
Reviews: Not available yet as this first time we are offering this drive safari using real 4x4 vehicles, but you can read other people's firsthand accounts of our different expeditions