- 15th May 2021 – 27th Jun 2021
- 43 Nights / 44 Days
- 6200 km
- INR 9,75,000 + 5% GST Per Person
(EMI Option Available)
The journey will commence in Guwahati, a major port in the region and popularly known as the 'Gateway to Northeast India'. After an evening of briefing, orientation and meeting fellow participants, we will hit the road the following morning and drive towards Cherrapunjee. Spend an entire day exploring a plethora of refreshing waterfalls and the 150-year-old living root bridges. We drive further to Mawlynnong, adjudged 'Asia's Cleanest Village' in 2003 and the cleanest in India in 2005 before heading towards Dawki for a boat ride on the crystal-clear waters of the Umngot River. Go on a wildlife safari in Kaziranga National Park, a protected area in Assam that is home to tigers, elephants and the world's largest population of Indian one-horned rhinoceros. Arrive in Tawang after crossing the Sela Pass, located at 13,600 feet above sea level. It is the only pass that connects Tawang to the rest of the country.
Spend an entire day exploring the Tawang Monastery, one of the key places to visit in Arunachal Pradesh and the second largest monastery in the world. We will also visit the unexplored Madhuri Lake located at 12,000 feet above sea level, the Nuranang Falls, located in the dense forests of Tawang and the Tawang War Memorial dedicated to the martyrs of the Indo-China war of 1962. From here, we head towards the town of Bomdila, perched amongst the panoramic settings of Eastern Himalayas at 8,800 feet above sea level and explore the Buddhist monasteries, apple orchids and scenic vistas in this idyllic town. We continue our onward journey towards Sikkim, India's 22nd state - a foreign country until 1975! It is also the cleanest and the least populated state of India bordered by Bhutan in the East, Nepal in the West and China in the North. End week two in Siliguri after a lunch stop in the beautiful hill station of Darjeeling.
We head further west and enter Nepal, located on the southern slopes of the Himalayas. Bordered by India in the East, West and South and by China in the North, Nepal is home to eight of the world's 10 highest peaks, including Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga. We will spend the next week driving from Nepal's eastern corner to the western corner until we exit into Uttarakhand. Our journey through this former Himalayan Kingdom will begin with a visit to Kathmandu, the capital and the most populous city of Nepal. We will continue our drive and head to Chitwan, the first National Park of Nepal. The dense forests and grassy plains of Chitwan are home to rare mammals like one-horned rhinoceros and Bengal tigers. From Chitwan, we go north towards the popular hill station of Pokhara, known as the gateway to the Annapurna Circuit of the Himalayas and conclude the week in the village of Jomsom located at 9,000 feet above sea level.
Start the week with one of the most exciting drives of the entire journey. We drive into Lower Mustang Valley's isolated regions, also known as the Ladakh of Nepal! Experience the stark, barren landscapes of Lower Mustang dotted with Buddhist monasteries. After spending a couple of days in Mustang Valley, we move further and head towards Lumbini, Buddha's birthplace. You will get a chance to visit the temple in one of the most important Buddhist pilgrim sites in the world before we drive further west and re-enter India. We will enter the Kumaon region and reach Binsar, one of the most scenic spots of Uttarakhand. The drive to Binsar will reward us with mystifying waterfalls, enchanting valleys and lush green mountains. As you soak in the fresh air, feel that mother nature herself is opening arms and welcoming you into the beautiful world of Binsar. Admire the 300 km of intriguing and panoramic views of the numerous snow-capped Himalayan peaks all around you.
After a full day of well-deserved rest in Binsar, we will hit the road again and head towards Karnaprayag, located at the confluence of Alaknanda and Pindari Rivers. We will continue driving through the core of the Himalayas crossing bucolic towns and hill stations of Chakrata, Narkanda and New Tehri. We will stop to visit the Tehri Dam, the tallest dam in India built on the Bhagirathi River. After visiting the dam, we will head towards Manali, where you will get a free day to walk through this beautiful hill station's tiny streets. The following morning, we will take the Manali-Leh Highway, considered one of the world's most beautiful highways. After crossing the recently inaugurated 9.02 km long Atal Tunnel, we will spend the night in the isolated town of Jispa before continuing towards Ladakh. After driving on the most challenging and rewarding road dotted with mighty passes, hairpin bends and barren landscapes, we will finally arrive in Leh, Ladakh District.
We will start the penultimate week of our expedition by exploring Leh, Magnetic Hill, Pathar Sahib Gurdwara, Shanti Stupa and Pangong Lake before climbing Khardung La Pass - the highest motorable road in the world located at an altitude of 18,380 feet. After spending a few days in Ladakh, we will hit the road towards Kargil crossing innumerable passes along the way. We will pay homage to the martyrs of the Indian Army at the Kargil War Memorial. You will notice a lot of army movement in this region. Feel free to meet, greet and salute the brave soldiers of the Indian Army as we drive towards Kargil. We will continue further west and cross the mighty Zojila Pass as we head towards Sonamarg. Finally, after spending 43 days and driving 6,200 km in the lap of the Himalayas, we will arrive in Srinagar. After exploring the town of Srinagar on the last day of the trip, we will get together for a farewell dinner and conclude one of the most memorable, adventurous and rewarding experience of our lives.
INR 9,75,000 + 5% GST Per Person (EMI Option Available)