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Overland Ladakh

Explore the barren landscapes of Ladakh, where the stark contrast between the windswept hills and the rest of India is immediately apparent. Ladakhi inhabitants are Tibetan in their religion and culture, making Ladakh one of the world’s most remote corners of Buddhism.The Ladakh holiday package designed by your LehLadakh tour operator Vasco Travel offers you a memorable experience of Ladakh trekkingand Ladakh wildlife tour.

18 Days

Route

Start From

Delhi

Ends Here

Delhi

Highlights

  • Himalayan Flights - Enjoy spectacular views on the flights between Delhi and Leh
  • Leh - Explore the markets and cultural highlights of Ladakh's largest town
  • Village Life - Enjoy the hospitality of Ladakh's villages & gaining an insight into this unique culture
  • The Indus Valley - Hike through some of the most breathtaking landscapes on earth
  • Buddhist Monasteries - Visit the monasteries of Thiksey Hemis and Alchi in their spectacular settings
  • Dharamshala: The home of Tibetan leader Dalai Lama
  • Amritsar - Experience the captivating atmosphere of the Golden Temple the sacred heart of the Sikh faith

Optional Experiences

  • Kingdom Of Dreams, Gurgaon

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Day 1 Arrive – Delhi

Terminal 3, Delhi International Airport

Upon arrival at Delhi in the evening, you are received by a Vasco representative and escorted to the hotel where you are welcomed in traditional Indian style. Overnight stay is at the hotel.

 

Known for its survival against all odds, Delhi the capital of India has been the epicenter of Indian politics for centuries. The delightful ambiance of Delhi leaves a hypnotic spell on the visitors with its old world charm and modern lifestyle that coexist in this city of Djinns. Upon arrival you will experience the newly built state of the art Delhi airport and as the journey unfolds, you will be fascinated by the ancient architecture of Mughal Era while traveling through the crowded by lanes of Chandni Chowk where the sights and sounds of the ever growing city and spicy traditional Indian food will caste a magical spell on you. Several luxury hotels adorn the skyline of Delhi and are known for their traditional warmth and hospitality the world over. The mystic charm of Delhi lies in its architectural marvels and rich traditional background.

Day 2 Delhi

Jama Masjid, Delhi

After breakfast at the hotel, we leave for city sightseeing tour of Old Delhi & New Delhi.

 

Old Delhi came into prominence when Shah Jahan moved his capital from Agra to Delhi. First we visit 300 year old Chandni Chowk market. A maze of lanes crowded with shops selling an extraordinary variety of items and food, the noise and crowds are a quintessential part of Chandni Chowk. From here you continue to the Jama Masjid or Friday Mosque. This is India's largest mosque designed by Shah Jahan. Afterwards we visit Raj Ghat which In complete contrast to the noise and crowds of Old Delhi., It is a landmark memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, the main architect of India's independence.

 

During afternoon, we take our tour of New Delhi and visit Qutab Minar. From there our next stop is Humayun's tomb, built by mother of Emperor Akbar. It is believed that it was this mausoleum, which inspired Shah Jahan to build the Taj Mahal. Later, we drive past India Gate, Presidential Palace and Parliament House. We return to hotel for overnight stay.

Optional Inspiring Experiences

Kingdom Of Dreams, Gurgaon

Situated in the millennium city of Gurgaon in the outskirts of Delhi, Kingdom of Dreams is a unique entertainment complex whose exterior façade resembles that of a Maharaja Palace of the bygone era. The majestic dome shaped structure painted in gold stands apart amongst the high-rise structures of the city and appears to be an oasis in the middle of a concrete jungle. Upon entering the building, you will be awestruck to see the exquisite interiors which have been designed keeping in mind the intricate details of the concept. The large auditorium is the centre of activity which brings to you live a fairy tale of a Gypsy Prince in the form of a musical show with amazing special effects and high-tech wizardry, every day. The breathtaking dance performances by a group of dancers with the help of digital media are pure entertainment for children and adults alike. They cannot stop clapping in appreciation watching the show which is a result of tremendous hard work by a team of actors, dancers and technicians. The complex also hosts an indoor food court where you can sample Indian delicacies from various states. 

Day 3 Delhi – Leh

Photo Credit: Philip Larson Aerial view of Himalayas

After breakfast at the hotel, leave for Delhi airport to board your early flight to Leh. Upon arrival you will be received by a Vasco representative and escorted to the hotel for check-in. There will be no activity on your first day of arrival as it is recommend for tourists to relax and undergo minimal exertion to enable them to get acclimatized to rarefied oxygen level in this high-altitude region ensconced in the high Himalayan plateau.

Day 4 Leh

Photo Credit: Karunakar Rayker Leh Palace, Leh

After breakfast we have a guided tour, visiting many important sites around the city.

 

Leh is the ancient capital of Ladakh and its kings once commanded a huge civilization stretching from Baltistan in the west, almost as far as Lhasa in Tibet. The old town is a maze of narrow streets, temples and bazaars and is a great place to explore.

 

We start our day with a visit to the Sankar Gompa (monastery), the one nearest to Leh town. This gompa belongs to the Gelukpa order and houses a beautiful impression of the Buddhist deity, Avolokiteshwara Padmahari with a thousand arms and heads. The hill offers excellent views of Leh, parts of the Indus River Valley and the imposing 6100m (20,100 ft) high peak of Stok Kangri that overlooks Leh.

 

We also visit Leh Palace. This captivating building rises from the edge of a hill overlooking the town. Built in the 17th C, Leh Palace was occupied by the Ladakhi royal family until the 1830's. Today the palace is deserted and is being restored by UNESCO and then we continue our drive to visit Shanti stupa to witness the Japanese peace pagoda. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 5 Leh

Thiksey Monastery, Leh

After a breakfast we will visit Thikse Gompa. This 500-year-old monastery, perched on a hill high above the Indus, has the largest contingent of monks in Ladakh. On the right of the entrance to the main courtyard, a new chapel houses an enormous 15 mts (50 foot) high-seated Buddha figure. About 100 yellow-cap monks belong to this Gompa.

 

Later visit Shey Palace, the old 'summer palace', built about 550 years ago by the first king of Ladakh. It stands next to the remains of a larger construction on the east side of a hill, which runs southeast towards the Indus. From the palace you can see over the fertile Indus plain northeast to Thikse Gompa and over the Indus to the Zanskar mountain range.

 

After lunch we will drive to Hemis Monastery. The 10th day (Tses-Chu) of the Tibetan lunar month is celebrated as the birthday of Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche), the founder of Tibetan Buddhism. The Hemis Monastery celebrates this event in the form of a two day festival during which the resident Lamas perform sacred masked dances. The festival showcases the best of cultural heritage of the region. Splendid masked dances are performed to the accompaniment of cymbals, drums and long horns. A colourful fair, displaying some beautiful handicrafts, is the special highlight of the festival. Hemis Gompa is dramatically hidden in a cleft the mountains. Here we find a gigantic thangka, one of the largest in the world, and the largest and one of the most important in Ladakh. It was founded about 350 years ago by Stag Tshang Rinchen, who was invited to Ladakh by King Singe Namgyal. Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 6 Leh – Uleytokpo

  • 75 km

  • 2 hr

Photo Credit: Mudit Jain On the way to Uleytokpo

After breakfast drive to Uleytokpo, en route visit the village of Nimmu and stop for a photo session at River Zanskar. Drive ahead and visit Basgo Fort & Likir. Likir is situated in a valley about five kilometres from main Srinagar – Leh highway. Likir belongs to Ge-Lung-Pa sect; the monastery also maintains and runs a school for young Lamas. Afterwards cross-river Indus and reach Alchi, a beautiful village covered with apricot orchards. At our arrival, check in at Uleytokpo Resort.

 

After lunch drive to Alchi Gompa that is 9 kms from Uleytokpo. One of the most beautiful Gompa of Ladakh, it is known as Chos-Kor, or religious enclave. It comprises of five temples, which are noted for its massive Buddha statues and lavish wood carvings and artwork. Its murals dating from 11th and 12th centuries, pre-date the Tibetan style of painting that is present in all other Gompas.

Arrive at Uleytokpo and check-in at Camp. Overnight stay will be at Uleytokpo Camp & Resort.

Day 7 Uleytokpo – Leh

  • 75 km

  • 2 hr

Photo Credit: Kondephy Lamayuru Village

Early morning we depart for Leh and en-route visit Lamayuru. Lamayuru is at a distance of 65 km from Uleytokpo. On arrival visit Lamayuru Monastery. It is the oldest monastery of Ladakh, perched on hilltop with its village at the foot of the hill. Most of the monastery is now in ruins. It was partially restored in 1975 and is considered to be the oldest holy site in Ladakh. Lamayuru was once a lake. It was blessed by a lama after which, as legend goes the water of the lake receded up to the mountains leaving place for the monastery to be built. It is also the "free zone" of Ladakh since not even a single criminal has been apprehended in this place. Now mostly in ruins only the main hall exists today and houses numerous “Tangkhas". Afterwards we drive directly to Leh. Overnight stay will be at the hotel in Leh.

Day 8 Leh – Nubra Valley

  • 125 km

  • 6 hr

Photo Credit: Fulvio Spada Potato field, Nubra Valley

After an early breakfast we drive to Nubra Valley. On the way we will cross Khardung La pass which is the 2nd highest motorable road in the world) at 18,390 ft, around 39 kms from Leh. The scenery completely changes on the other side of the mountain. Nubra is absolutely gorgeous for panoramic shots. 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. Overnight stay is at Camp.

Day 9 Nubra

Photo Credit: Nipun Sohanlal Nubra Valley

The entire day is dedicated to explore beautiful village of Sumur & Panamik Lake. Overnight stay is at the Camp.

Day 10 Nubra Valley – Leh

  • 125 km

  • 6 hr

Photo Credit: Pradeep Kumbhashi Maitrey Buddha, Diskit Monastery

After breakfast we drive to Leh. Rest of the day is free to relax or to explore the city on your own. Overnight stay is at the hotel.

Day 11 Leh – Chumathang – Tso Moriri

  • 220 km

  • 7 hr

Photo Credit: Mudit Jain Tso Moriri

After breakfast we check out from the hotel and drive to Tso Moriri. En route stop at Chumthang, a typical Ladakhi village. After a short halt continue your drive to Tso Moriri, a beautiful lake surrounded by mountains, around 240 kms from Leh in Rupshu Valley. The Lake is located at 14,000 ft in front of a small village of Korzok. Upon arrival we check in at our camp for the night.

Day 12 Tso Moriri – Sarchu

  • 135 km

  • 8 hr

Photo Credit: Elroy Serrao Road to Sarchu

After breakfast you will drive to Sarchu via Tso Kar Lake. This lake is famous for its salt deposits. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the mountain ranges en route. Continue driving and on way there are chances to see tiny colonies of Marmots, Yaks & Herbs. Upon arrival at Sarchu you can relax at camps which are situated at 4200 Mtrs.

Day 13 Sarchu – Manali

  • 225 km

  • 9 hr

Photo Credit: TheWanderer7562 On the way to Rohtang Pass

In the morning drive to Manali via Baralacha La (4892 Mtrs), the deserted barren mountains give way to green hills that are carpeted with pine forests and fruit orchards. Upon arrival check in at the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 14 Manali

Photo Credit: Jaskirat Singh Bawa Beas River, Manali

In the morning visit 400 years old Pagoda Temple of Hadimba Devi and old Manali to see the Manu temple. In the afternoon we visit Vashisht temple for hot sulphur spring bath. Overnight stay is at the hotel.

Day 15 Manali – Dharamshala

  • 220 km

  • 9 hr

Photo Credit: rajkumar1220 Monks enjoying the weather

Today we will leave for Dharamshala situated on a spur of the Dhauladhar Range. This hill station is closest to the perennial snowline and now the seat of Dalai Lama. On arrival check-in at the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 16 Dharamshala – Amritsar

  • 210 km

  • 5 hr

Photo Credit: Punjabi Assassin Golden Temple, Amritsar

In the morning explore this town known as "Little Lhasa". Here, the spinning prayer wheels and fluttering prayer flags spread the message of peace and universal harmony. Visit the temple of Dalai Lama and Tibetan refugee camp.

 

In the afternoon we leave for Amritsar. It is located in the northwest part of India in the state of Punjab. The city is dominated by the history of the Sikhs and many of their sacred shrines are found in and around the city. Amritsar is one of the most ancient and legendary sites in Punjab, and is famous worldwide for its Golden Temple, the most sacred shrine of the Sikhs.

 

In British India, before Independence, Amritsar was home to a large Muslim population of Kashmiri origin. Most of them migrated to Pakistan in 1947. Amritsar derives its name from Amrit-sarovar, literally meaning "Pool of Nectar", referring to the pool constructed at the sacred site of the Golden Temple in the 16th century, Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 17 Amritsar

Photo Credit: Arian Zwegers Golden Temple, Amritsar

The highlight of today's sightseeing will be our visit to the Golden Temple. This is the most sacred temple of the Sikhs, built by Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Sikh devotees, for whom the temple is a symbol of freedom and spiritual independence, come to the temple from all over the world to enjoy its environs and offer their prayers.

 

During afternoon we visit Wagah border to see the change of guard ceremony. Late evening you have the option to return to Golden temple to witness a religious ceremony. We return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 18 Amritsar – Delhi – Journey Home

After breakfast depart for Amritsar airport to board your flight to Delhi. You will be assisted at the airport on arrival by a Vasco representative and in time you will be escorted to international airport to board your onward international flight.

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