Manali to Leh Road Trip is the dream of every travel enthusiast who wishes to challenge the dangerous mountain roads passing through the trans-Himalayan terrains. This beautiful journey rewards one with a travel experience that is full of ethereal scenery and unique mountain culture. In a nutshell, Manali to Leh Journey is all about defying mountain passes and braving the avalanche-eroded roads. Stop at the Lunar Valleys or acquaint the mythical Shangri La to expose yourself in the testing outdoors.
Day 01Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi by international flight and transfer to hotel.
Overnight Hotel - Delhi (B)
Day 02Delhi ? Chandigarh ? Manali (200 kms ? 5 hr)
Today we will transfer to Delhi railway station to board train to Chandigarh. Upon arrival in Chandigarh we drive to Manali enroute to enjoy the most beautiful & picturesque part of the Himachal Pradesh. The journey takes you through some exhilarating scenery. In the evening on arrival in Manali check in hotel and rest of the day is free and overnight stay at Manali.
Overnight Hotel - Manali (B)
After morning breakfast proceed to visit the Jagatsukh Nagar Art Gallery, Hadimba Devi Temple and the Tibetan Monastery. We then proceed to Vashisht village, just outside Manali, across the river Beas. It is known for hot sulphur springs whose water is said to have curative properties. In the evening return back to the hotel and rest of the day is free. Dinner at hotel restaurant and overnight stay in Manali.
Overnight Hotel - Manali (B)
Day 04Manali ? Sarchu
Considered as one of the highest roads in the world, Manali-Leh highway is the most popular and spectacular approach to Ladakh. From the months of end June to October this highway is open. It's a very scenic route, full of adventure and rugged beauty. The road was closed for the civilian use till 1990, but now the adventure and nature lovers worship it, for this road gives closest contact with nature and thrill of being on the top of the world is enormous.
First day we cross Rohtang Pass (3978 m), Keylong (3350 m), Baralacha Pass (4890m) with overnight stopover at Sarchu (4253 m), border of the states of Himachal Pradesh (Lahaul) and Jammu & Kashmir (Ladakh). In Sarchu we stay overnight in tented campsite.
Day 05Sarchu - Tso Moriri Lake (Korzok Monastery) (4572 m) (200 km / 9-10 hrs)
After breakfast today there is a drive almost 200 km journey full of beautiful landscapes on the way when you reach at Tsokar 115 km and ahead 85 km is Tsomori-ri Lake. Tsomoriri is full of natural Landscaped which includes beautiful small lakes on the way and Mountains after this drive you reach to the Rupshu valley. Tsomori-ri is the Biggest Brackish water Lake which has no outlet. Overnight in Camp.
Day 06Tsomori-Ri To Leh (3506m/280 Kms)
After breakfast drive for 7 hours to Leh via Sumdo and Chuma ? Thang (3965M). Enroute stop at Mahe Bridge from where the road crosses to the south bank of the river by a bridge; it then follows the unmetalled road through Sumdo village up to join Puga stream. The drive from Sumdo to Mahe follows a narrow mountain gorge through green bushes. Packed lunch en-route.
Chuma-Thang is known for its famous medicated hot water springs where people from various parts of Ladakh come for relieving their pains. Enroute drive past beautiful villages of Nurnis, Kery and Kadgam. The Jeep drive through this part of the Indus valley is quite flat without much uphill or downhill drive, a wide-open village.
Upon arrival in Leh transfer to your pre-booked hotel.
Excursion to Shey, Thiksey, Hemis
Today we proceed for Indus Valley monastery tour. We start with a visit to Shey the ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Shakyamuni with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue.
Then we visit Thiksey Gompa an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future. Drive further to visit the famous Hemis Gompa founded in 1630's by Stag-tsang-ras-pa under the royal patronage of Sengge Namgyall.
Hemis is one of the largest and richest gompas of Ladakh. The two-day festival of monastic dance in June-July has raised the reputation of Hemis particularly high. The festival is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as second Buddha and responsible for spreading Buddhism in the Tibetan world.
Later in the evening we drive back to hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Overnight Leh (B/L/D)
Day 08Leh To Pangong Lake (06 Hours Approx)
After an early breakfast we leave for Pangong Lake through Changla pass 5486 Mtrs. Pangong Lake, situated at 14,000 feet (4,267 m). A long narrow basin of inland drainage, hardly six to seven kilometer at its widest point and over 130km long, it is bisected by the international border between India and China. A few years back the government decided to open it to tourists though the lake and its surrounding is under army surveillance. Enjoy the landscape in the back drop of the Lake. One rarely feels so close to nature and environment and the scenery is unforgettable. Evening at leisure and overnight stay at the camp near lake.
Day 09Pangong Lake To Leh (06 Hours Approx)
Morning at leisure to explore the beauty of lake and later we drive back to Leh and check in at our hotel for overnight.
Day 10Leh (Excursion To Khardungla Top - 18,390 Ft.)
Post breakfast we drive to Khardung La, the highest Motorable road in the world at 18,390 ft. is around 39 kms away from Leh. Afternoon at leisure and for shopping. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 11Leh to Hunder (Nubra Valley) (126 Kms / aprx. 06 hrs)
After an early breakfast we drive to Nubra Valley leads through Khardung-La-Pass (the highest motorable road in the world) at 18,390 ft, around 39kms from Leh.
Nubra Valley is popularly known as Ldorma or the valley of flowers. It is situated to the North of Ladakh between the Karakoram and Ladakh ranges of the Himalayas.
Arrive Hunder by afternoon and rest of the day at leisure to explore Hunder & Diskit Village. Overnight at Camp/Cottage.
Day 12Hunder (Nubra Valley) ? Leh
After your breakfast at the camp, visit the Sand Dunes to enjoy a camel safari (Optional). Later we drive to Leh by same route over Khardung La. Afternoon rest and relax or take a walk to the local market. Overnight at hotel.
Day 13Leh - Delhi
Transfer to the airport for the spectacular flight across the main chain of the Himalaya to Delhi.
Overnight Hotel - Delhi
Day 14Delhi - Departure
Today we will transfer you to Delhi International Airport to board flight for London.
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