Jeep Safari in Himachal
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Jeep Safari - Perilous Journeys! Crossing the Himalayas
An easier and more relaxed way to explore the beautiful landscapes of Ladakh, This safari takes off from the foothills of the Himalayas and across to the green, verdant and mysterious valleys of Himachal Pradesh before climbing to some of the beautiful passes as high as 5360m and on to the awesome vistas of the tableland of “ Little Tibet”. In between high passes and grotesque gorges you traverse extensive, stark moonscapes, broad plateaus and the surrealistic steppes. The valley heights range between 1700m to 4600m, where cold, wild, winds scrape the rubble and whistle past a lonesome Chorten or a Mani-stone wall. Atop high passes you are face-to face with a maze of snow-capped mountaintops and serrated craggy ridges, which hide some of the worlds largest glaciers outside the polar region. This daunting terrain has not deterred the lone wayfarer or the caravans of yore who traveled back and forth on this route on foot, camel and yak, carrying spices brocades and jewels. These ancient travelers carried crosscurrents of culture and ethnic variations, transferring this Trans-Himalayan land into repository myriad cultural and religious influences from mainland India, Tibet and Central Asia.

Duration
: 13 Days of exciting adventures.
Highlights
: Monasteries, high passes, green oasis, hillforts & ancient & medieval cultures.
Focus
: Alchi monastery, Gatta loops, Nalagarh fort & Hemis monastery.
Highest Pass
: Tanglangla (5360m).
Best Time
: June to September.
Red Tape
: No need of inner-line permits.

Day 01: Arrive in New Delhi:
On your arrival at the International airport, you will be met by our representative, who will escort you to your hotel. Overnight in hotel.

Day 02: New Delhi to Chandigarh: (Train – Shatabdi Express):
Early morning transfer to railway station. Leave for Chandigarh by train. Breakfast on board. Upon arrival reception & transfer to hotel. Afternoon sightseeing of Rock garden. Built of industrial waste and thrown-away items, the Rock Garden in the city of Chandigarh is perhaps the world's most poignant and salient statement of the possibility of finding beauty in the unexpected and accidental. Walls built of terra cotta pots and sherds shade cobblestone paths, leading to large open areas occupied by pavilions built of concrete and stone. Streams and waterfalls weave around these paths and buildings. We spend the afternoon here and later drive back to the comforts of our hotel. Overnight in hotel.

Day 03:  Chandigarh to Nalagarh:
Upon arrival at Chandigarh Railway station our representative who will then transfer you to Nalagarh will meet you. Located at a distance of 60 km’s the journey will be covered in 1½ hrs time. Nalagarh was the capital of the Kingdom of Hindur, founded by Raja Ajai Chand in 1100 A.D. It was ruled by the Chandela Rajputs who originated from Chanderi in the Bundelkhand region of Central India. The fort was built during the reign of Raja Bikram Chand in 1421. We arrive at our hotel and spend the day at leisure activities. Dinner and Overnight at Nalagarh fort.

Day: 04: Nalagarh – Manali: (250 km / 7-8 hrs drive):
After breakfast drive to Manali, which is 1896 m above sea level and situated at the northern end of the Kullu valley. A picturesque little town bustling with activity, Manali is the most popular place in Himachal Pradesh during the summer season. Around Manali, nature has lavished the region with forests, waterfalls, green slopes, rivulets and soaring snow covered mountain peaks. Manali also boasts of a Mountaineering Institute, which imparts training in mountaineering, skiing and other adventure activities. Drive and explore the beauty of nature. Overnight stay in hotel.

Day: 05: Manali – Jespa (147km / 6-7 hrs drive):
After an early breakfast drive to Jespa a small village in the Lahaul region. En route cross Rohtang Pass (3980 M) and visit Keylong village. The lofty Shingri Glacier is seen in all its grandeur, it’s high passes standing between them and the civilized world. The people of these valleys have an intense love for their home culture; their songs and dances are as chaste and pure as the snow that clods the mountains around. Spiti Valley is famous for Yaks and Choru. Overnight in hotel.

Day: 06: Jespa – Sarchu: (98 km, / 5-6 hrs drive):
We leave today for Sarchu that is located beyond Jespa, the regions main town, the road follows the Bhaga River up towards its source. It hairpins up to the Baralacha-La (16050 ft/4,892m), a pass that is perhaps unique in its being a tri-junction, with a trail from Spiti coming in from the southeast. Overnight in camp.

Day: 07: Sarchu – Leh: (253 km / 8-9 hrs drive):
After breakfast drive to Leh. The Zanskar Range remains to be crossed and this takes two more passes, the La Chung-La (5,059m) and the Tanglang La (5,325m). En-route we visit the famous monastery of Hemis. Leh is rapidly spreading in all directions from its original position beneath the long abandoned Namgyal Palace. While the town has come a long way from the days when polo was played on its main street, Leh still remains a pleasant, traditional Himalayan town. Overnight in hotel.

Day 08: In Leh (Local Sightseeing):
After breakfast full day sightseeing to the massive Tibetan Buddhist Gompas & monasteries of Shey and Thiksey. A few kilometers up the Indus is Shey, the ancient capital, with its palaces, temples, and vibrantly colored murals, cleaned and restored in the mid 1980’s. Later we drive to visit the fortress styled monastery of Thikse. Afterwards, we drive to visit the Tibetan children’s village and the mosaic of Ladakhi culture: Stok Palace. Overnight at your hotel.

Day 09:  Leh to Alchi & Uletopko: (67 km / 2-3 hrs drive):
Today we will travel on the Indus river route to visit the lovely oasis situated in the outer Zanskar valley. We will travel past hillside monasteries and fruit orchards, to arrive in the Alchi village. Alchi is a small village near about 67 km from Leh. The village is famous for existence of one of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh, mainly known for its wall paintings of the 11th century. The great translator “Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo” built the monastery. The wall paintings in Alchi Monastery are some of the oldest surviving paintings in Ladkah and reflect artistic and spiritual details of both Buddhism and Hindu kings of that time in Kashmir. After visiting the Alchi monastery we proceed to Uleytokpo. Upon arrival in Uleytokpo a short trek of 30 minutes takes you to visit the monastery at Rizong, the school where young lamas are taught Buddhism. Dinner and Overnight at the Hotel/Camp.

Day 10: Uletopko to Leh via Lamayuru:
We will drive back to Leh in the morning, en-route visiting the Lamayuru monastery. Lamayuru is a Tibetan Buddhist Gompa (monastery) in Kargil District, Western Ladakh. Founded by the Indian scholar Mahasiddhacarya Naropa in the 11th century (allegedly on the site of a dried-up lake) after spending many years meditating, Lamayuru is the one of the largest and also one of the oldest gompa in Ladakh with a population of around 150 permanent monks resident. After we explore this beautiful monastery we will head back to Leh. Dinner and Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 11: Leh (Day Free):
The day will be at complete leisure for you to rest or simply go for a walk along the local market and the village addressing the locals of the place. Dinner and Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 12: Depart Leh to Delhi: (By Flight):
We will transfer in the morning and board our jeeps for the airport. On arrival at the domestic airport, in Delhi we will proceed for a half-day sightseeing in the national capital. We will visit Humayun’s tomb, Jama Mosque and the Red fort. Later in the evening, we will drive to a hotel for dinner and later get transferred to the international airport for your flight back home.

Day 13: Leave India for next Destination:
At midnight fly back home or to any onward destination.

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