24 Days Itinerary Covering : Delhi - Amritsar - Paragpur - Dharamshala - Palampur - Manali - Keylong - Sarchu - Leh - Lamayuru - Uletokpo - Ridzong - Alchi - Likir - Leh - Nubra Valley - Agra - Delhi
If the mystic hills of the Himalayan ranges were calling you to come and explore its magical charm, embark on the Himalayan Tour. This package of 24 days has been specifically designed to enable you a better glimpse and a real insight into what the destinations in this realm are all about.
Highlights of this tour include visit to Dharamsala and McLeodganj in Himachal to the breathtaking barren beauty of Ladakh. TTravel through the land of lama, across the mighty mountain passes and breathtaking high altitude lakes and monasteries.
To embark on tours across anywhere in north India, Delhi offers itself as the most ideal base. Therefore, in order to travel across the mystic Himalayan regions, first arrive in Delhi and then proceed towards the other destination. Overnight stay for you will be arranged in a Delhi hotel.
On the 2nd day, you will travel from the national capital Delhi, early in the morning, to arrive in Amritsar, a holy city for the Sikhs. Amritsar is one of the most popular destinations in Punjab, a north Indian state. Post-lunch you can visit the topmost attractions housed here like the Golden Temple and the Wagah Border.
On the 3rd day of the tour, you will travel from Punjab to Himachal Pradesh, the next destination in question. The first destination in Himachal Pradesh that you will head towards is Pragpur. Located in the Kangra Valley, Pragpur is a heritage city, also one of the significant Hindu pilgrimage centers in India. While here, visit the Jwalamukhi temple and other scenic spots.
From Pragpur the next destination that you will head towards is Dharamshala located at a distance of about 65 km. Therefore, it will take you about 1.5 hours to reach there. Visit the prime attractions housed in this place including the Buddhist monasteries and the Hindu temples. A few of the most significant names to mention here are the monasteries of Mcleodganj, the Norbulingka Institute of Performing Arts, and the Bhagshunag temple.
On the 5th and the 6th day of the Himalayan tour, explore the beauty of Dharamshala with the majestic Dhauladhar ranges giving it constant support and beauty. A stroll along the main market area and tasting local food of the place will facilitate you a better glimpse of the place.
On the 7th day of the tour, leave Dharamshala to arrive in Palampur, another enchanting destination in Himachal Pradesh. The tea estates of the place, the bubbling waters of the Beas River, and the pilgrimage sites, all contribute towards making this place a tourist’s haven. The most popular attractions housed here are the Baijnath temple, the Tashijong monastery, and the Taragarh Palace and these are the destinations you will visit today.
On the 8th day of the tour, proceed towards Manali, located at a distance of about 8 hours drive. Therefore, start off the journey early and arrive in Manali by dusk. Since you will not have much time to explore the beauty of the place, you can retire early.
Explore through the attractions of Manali on the 9th day of the tour. The Hadimba temple, the Manu temple, and the hot water springs located here are the topmost attractions to lure tourists into coming here.
Early morning on the 10th day, you can embark on excursions to the Rohtang Pass to capture some really interesting visuals of the snow. Participate in adventure activities or explore the natural heritage of the place; the choice is ultimately yours.
After breakfast, proceed higher up in the map and travel down to Sarchu and spend the night there. Sarchu is an interesting transit point for guests visiting Leh.
On the 12th day, continue your travel to Leh and check into the hotel on arrival for an overnight stay. Make yourself at ease within the cozy comfortable hotel rooms, as you will station yourself here for the next 3 days.
On the 13th day of the Himalayan tour, you will spend the day in leisure. Since the natural ambience of the city is in itself hypnotizing beautiful, you will be more than tempted to explore the areas in the near vicinity on foot. Nothing could uncover the beauty of the place more accurately than a walking tour.
On the 14th day of the tour, visit the major attractions housed in the city of Leh. Most popular for its picturesque landscapes and ancient monasteries, the cultural heritage of Leh offers a distinct palette to the onlookers. On this day visit the Shankar monastery, the Shanti Stupa, and a local family to get an insight into the traditional ways of life of the place. While visiting the Ladakhi family, do not miss to relish on the ‘tsampa’ and the ‘tschang’ that are traditional delicacies, popular among the locals and visitors alike.
Reserve the 15th day of the tour to explore the Buddhist heritage of the place furthermore. Visit the Hemis Gompa, Shey Palace, and the Thiksey Gompa to complete your tour of the place.
From Leh embark on excursions to the Lumayuru monastery and the Yangdrung monastery. Later on you can continue your journey till Uletokpo and opt to stay in the outdoor camps, to enhance the pleasures of the Himalayan tour.
On the 17th day of the Himalayan tour, you will visit the most significant Buddhist shrines housed here. The Ridzong monastery and Nunnery and the Alchi monastery are the destinations you will cover today. The paintings of the Alchi monastery and the walk till the Ridzong monastery will enhance the feelings of your spiritual side.
From Alchi head towards Leh, the once-capital city of the Himalayan kingdom. However, before you will reach Leh, you will also stop over at Likir to pay a visit to the Likir monastery. It is one of the largest ‘yellow hats’ monastery in Sham Valley. Also, visit the open Buddha statute housed there before you retire for the day.
The most awaited moment of the Himalayan tour is just about to arrive! On the 19th day, head towards the Nubhra valley that will give you a bird’s eye view of the entire area. The Zhanskar range, the Indus Valley, and the mighty peaks of the Himalayan range; all seem to come alive here. The views from here are mesmerizing. The journey to the monasteries that you will now visit and the outdoor camp that you will now head towards will forever remain fresh in the mind… yes such is the charisma of the place.
Overnight stay in the outdoor camps.
One of the most significant attractions of the Himalayan tour is the Samsthaling monastery and this is the place you will head towards on the 21st day. After a visit to the monastery, you can head towards the Khardungla Pass before you return to your hotel for the overnight stay.
On the 22nd day, explore the charisma of Leh at your own pace. Discover the different areas of the city on foot and catch a glimpse of the spirit of the place, first-hand.
From Leh, you will fly down to the national capital Delhi. Soon after you have arrived in Delhi, you will proceed towards Agra to visit the majestic Taj Mahal and the other attractions of the place...
On the last day of the tour, make an early morning visit to the Taj Mahal, the majestic monument signifying love between Emperor Shah Jahan and his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Post the visit; embark on your travel to Delhi from where you will board the flight that will take you back to your hometown.
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