- 14 Nights / 15 Days
- INR 1,30,000 + 5% GST Per Person
(EMI Option Available)
- Mountains, Snow
- Travel Style:
- Chauffeur Driven, Self Drive
- Architecture, Desert Safari, Rafting, Road Trip, Star Gazing
The day has finally arrived to conquer one of the most adventurous road trips of your life! Start driving early morning from Chandigarh to reach Manali by late evening. The drive is superbly scenic as lush green mountains present a welcome sight once you cross Bilaspur. Halt for lunch somewhere along the way, followed by another quick halt for tea and refreshments later. On arrival at Manali, check-in to the hotel and relax as the first day of this life altering journey culminates. The upcoming days are going to be challenging as you make your way past numerous mountain tops that promise a vision of unparalleled beauty.
Today, you will be driving to Jispa, a small village in the Lahaul region of Himachal. En route, you will drive through the world-famous Atal Tunnel. At a length of 9.02 km, it is the longest tunnel above 10,000 feet in the world. It is a highway tunnel built under the Rohtang Pass in the eastern Pir Panjal range of the Himalayas on the Leh-Manali Highway. The changing hues of the landscape will make for a captivating backdrop to your adventure. On the way, there’s a stopover at Keylong Village from where you can see the awe-inspiring Bara-Shigri Glacier in all its splendour. Grab a sumptuous lunch on arrival at Jispa hotel and soak in the beauty of mother nature all around you. Evening at leisure.
Waking up to the views of the majestic mountain peaks and mist-laden surrounds will make you want to stay back in this quaint village for much longer. Use this day to explore the picturesque village of Jispa while allowing your bodies to acclimatize and prepare for the steep climb ahead. The process of acclimatisation can be accelerated by consuming lots of water which helps in keeping altitude mountain sickness at bay. Located along the Bhaga River, Jispa comes dotted with several Buddhist stupas which make for a pretty sight indeed. Take your vehicles for a spin at the banks of the river and enjoy lunch in the lap of nature. Later, return to the hotel for dinner and spend the night amongst gloriously verdant mountains encircling us.
The sun rises on what promises to be one of the most exciting days of the journey so far. The drive from Jispa to Leh is ranked as one of the most beautiful drives in the world! Needless to say, you will be excited to start exploring your personalized itineraries of Ladakh today. Leave Jispa early morning and drive through Zingzingbar to reach Baralacha La, situated at 16040 ft above sea level. Take in the rugged gorgeousness of the Himalayas as the road leads you towards Sarchu – the border area connecting Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh region. From here, drive through the majestic More Plains and cross the daunting Gata Loops which is a site famous for its 21 hairpin bends. The long and exciting day draws to a close as you reach Leh by late evening.
A well-deserved break is what awaits you, as you use this day to acclimatize and to explore Leh and immerse yourself in the Ladakh road trip. Kickstart your day by visiting Leh Palace. Also known as ‘Lhachen Palkhar’, it was built by King Sengge Namgyal during the 1500s and completed by the 17th century. Its facade resembles that of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. Leh Palace’s roof offers amazing views of the Ladakh region and the Stok Kangri. You can also visit Shanti Stupa, a chorten situated on a hilltop which affords remarkable bird’s eye view of the Leh town. Post the sightseeing, feel free to take a stroll through the local market and experience the vibe of this lively town.
A new day offers new scope for adventure! Start your day driving towards Nubra Valley situated in the north of Leh. This deep-cut marvel of nature abounds with incredible views as far as the eye can see. You will also be driving through one of the World’s Highest Motorable Passes, Khardung La. Not for the faint-hearted, this pass is situated approximately at an elevation of 1830 ft above sea level. After crossing the pass, you will reach the Khardung Village, followed by a lunch halt at Khalser. Further ahead, cross Diskit and reach Hunder Village which lies on the ancient Silk Route and is famous for its sweeping sand dunes and double-humped Bactrian Camels. Spend the rest of the day at leisure and allow the stunning setting to captivate your senses.
Today is the day to let yourself be overwhelmed by the beauty of unspoilt nature. An oasis of green, surrounded by mighty mountains that sport every shade of brown, the deep Nubra Valley is nature’s dramatic encore and the highlight of our Ladakh customized holiday packages. Go ahead and explore the valley through a safari on the double-humped Bactrian Camels, or a thrilling ATV ride. Lying about 150 km from the town of Leh, the valley is perched at the confluence of Shyok and Siachen Rivers. The valley is also home to the famous pashmina goat. Post lunch, head back to the campsite to spend the rest of the day at leisure. A delectable dinner will be then followed by a night of rest amidst the fabulous backdrop that will revitalise you completely.
Start your date with a sumptuous breakfast and then get ready to drive back to Leh via Khardung La once again but not before making a stop at the Diskit Monastery. Belonging to the 14th century, the monastery is considered to be the largest and the oldest monastery in Nubra Valley. Also known as Diskit Gompa, the monastery’s most prominent attraction is the huge Maitreya Buddha statue atop it which was inaugurated by HH Dalai Lama. From the base of the statue, one can get a gorgeous panoramic view of the Nubra valley. Further ahead, cross North Pullu and South Pullu to finally reach Leh. Upon arrival at the hotel, give your body a much-needed break and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
The day has finally arrived when you will get the opportunity to visit the memorable site where an unbelievably pristine body of water lies unperturbed in stark contrast to surrounding mountains. Situated roughly at 14270 ft, Pangong Tso is a sight to behold, something that everybody looks forward to in our Ladakh custom tour package. This charming, endorheic lake is approximately 135 km long and extends from India to Tibet. Post a hearty breakfast; drive to Pangong Lake crossing Chang La, the second highest mountain pass in the world. En route, also visit one of the largest and the most famous monasteries in Ladakh which resembles Tibet’s Patola Palace – Thiksey Monastery. Further on, continue driving towards the lake and after spending a few hours appreciating this marvel of nature, get ready to drive back to Leh.
Tuck in a splendid breakfast and get ready to leave for Kargil today. The Ladakh road trip to Kargil is sure to enhance your curated travel experiences. En route, make a stop to visit the Hall of Fame – a museum built and run by the Indian Army. Also, visit the famous Pathar Sahib Gurudwara which dates back to 1517, and marks the visit of Shree Guru Nanak Dev to Ladakh. Next up is the mysterious Magnetic Hill, where one can switch off the ignition and still move uphill. While driving in the region, you will bear witness to unearthly looking landscape and the extraordinary site of Sangam where the different coloured waters of Zanskar and Indus Rivers congregate; it is just unmissable! Halt for lunch at the Mulbekh Village and settle into your comfy hotel upon finally reaching Kargil.
Leave for Srinagar this morning after breakfast, crossing the famed and daunting Zoji La (11575 ft). You will pass Dras, situated at the height of 10990 ft above sea level and the 2nd coldest inhabited village in the world. Popularly known as ‘The Gateway to Ladakh’, its stark beauty is mysteriously alluring. Intensely beautiful, challenging and numbingly cold, this Himalayan getaway is like none other. Relish the superb views of the renowned Tololing Heights, Tiger Hill, and Point 4875 (Batra Top) from the Kargil War Memorial, where you get an opportunity to pay homage to the martyrs who sacrificed themselves for our safety. Upon arrival to the capital of Jammu & Kashmir, spend the rest of your day at leisure.
Today, you are free to spend the day as per your liking. Surrounded by mountain peaks, lush green valleys, glistening lakes, temples and spectacular Mughal-era gardens, the city has inspired poets through centuries. The summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, Srinagar is situated in the heart of the Kashmir Valley with the Nagin Lake and the Dal Lake adding to its beauty. Indulge in a Shikara ride on the celebrated Dal Lake or visit the exquisitely romantic Shalimar Bagh Mughal Garden. Originally named ‘Farah Baksh’, Shalimar Bagh was built in the year 1619 by Emperor Jehangir for his cherished Queen Nur Jehan. Apart from sightseeing, don’t forget to sample the charms of flavourful Kashmiri cuisine, apples, and walnuts that this city has to offer. You can even take time to select and upload those amazing photos to your Instagram, inspiring your friends to join you on your next trip!
Post breakfast, get ready to drive to Patnitop today. This will be your last night in the lap of plush emerald mountains, so make it count! Breathe in the crisply fresh air, and admire the vastness and magnificence of the great Himalayas. Surrounded by the majestic, snow-clad mountains of the Pir Panjal range, Patnitop sits atop a plateau in the Shivalik belt and remains shrouded by a thick canopy of green pines and dense woods. Cut by the pristine Chenab River, it has mesmerizing natural charms that will leave you in awe of it. The hill station is also home to three freshwater springs whose cold water is believed to harbour medicinal properties. You will subsequently reach Patnitop and retire for the night after a lip-smacking dinner.
The time has come to leave the mountains and head towards the plains as you start driving towards the historic city of Amritsar in Punjab. Observe the landscape gradually changing back to the usual, as you fondly look back at the incredible feats you have achieved in the past two weeks. Amritsar holds one of the holiest of Sikh ethos at its heart – Golden Temple. Any trip around this region would be considered incomplete without a visit to the divinely beautiful Golden Temple. Covered in 400 kg of gold and surrounded by a serene pond, one is immediately swamped by the humbling sight of the glistening structure. After paying your respects at this holy site, spend the rest of the evening at leisure.
“Travel as much as you can, as far as you can, as long as you can. Life’s not meant to be lived in one place.”
The last day of the journey is here, and it’s time to head back to your chosen destination. We are certain you cannot fathom how swiftly the past two weeks went by. All good things are destined to come to an end, and so is this journey. We promise to lend our hand again when you seek to explore another fascinating part of our incredible country or any part of our beautiful world.
INR 1,30,000 + 5% GST Per Person (EMI Option Available)
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