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Ladakh Tour Package With Manali
Our program is an exciting journey to the very north of India, to the inaccessible and little known to Europeans, Ladakh region, the so-called "Lesser Tibet". From the point of view of geography, ethnology and history, Ladakh is a unique fusion of Indian and Tibetan cultures. In ancient times it was through these places that Buddhism penetrated into Tibet, and throughout the area there remained a great many of the oldest Buddhist rock engravings and monasteries. We visit the famous monasteries of Tiksey and Khemis, get acquainted with Leh - the capital of Ladakh, visit the remote monastery of Lamayyuru in the Indus valley and the amazing region of the Valley of Nubra.
After passing formalities and getting baggage at the New Delhi airport, you will be met by a representative of Sushant Travels. You will receive a traditional Indian greeting "Swagat" with a garland of flowers. After the welcome, transfer to breakfast and departure to Chandigarh. Chandigarh was honored to become the capital of two states simultaneously, not officially referring to either of them - the city is an independent territory. Father - the creator of the city-garden called the French architect Le Corbusier. The city, as Le Corbusier planned, looks at the faces of its inhabitants - houses whose windows are turned away from the three-lane modern highways; bicycle paths; city gardens with roses and bougainvilleas. Created artificial lake Sukha Lake, on which the weekend ride on water bikes lovers couples, Pinjore Gardens is a reconstructed park of the 17th century, conceived and defeated by the half-brother of the Emperor Aurangzeb by Nawab Fidai Khan and planted with fruit trees. In the park, the Nawab project built fountains and pavilions in the style of emperors from the Mughal dynasty. Garden of stones. Here you can see bright incarnations of ideas from stone and metal of local sculptors. The entertainment part of the tour will be waterfalls and intricate labyrinths, as well as a laughing room and a state museum. Rest and night in the hotel.
After breakfast, we leave for Manali, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the north of India, the "queen of mountain resorts" where the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru and his daughter Indira Gandhi, liked to relax. We will settle in one of the most famous and comfortable hotels of Manali and go on a tour of the city. Surrounded by high mountains, the city as a magnet attracts travelers: lovers of trekking, rock climbing, mountain safaris, paragliding and rafting. For connoisseurs of natural beauty, not far is the Rahala waterfall 50 meters high, and history lovers can visit the Gauri Shankar temple, built in the 12th century. Overnight at the hotel.
Today we will go to the museum and art gallery of the Roerich family, located in Naggar, 30 kilometers from Manali. In the very center of the village, above a steep cliff almost two kilometers high, stands Naggar Castle, built in the Pahari style. Now it houses a hotel with a museum, in which the interior, including the small Jagatipatt Temple, has been preserved almost in its original form. But travelers usually go after another - above the village is the residence of Nicholas Roerich, a famous philosopher, traveler, mystic and artist. In the building you can see the rooms in which the things of the family (even the black Rolls-Royce of the artist) and the exhibition of original paintings have been preserved. A little higher, 15 minutes walk, is the Urusvati Institute of Himalayan Studies, which was founded by Nikolai Konstantinovich together with his wife Helena Roerich. It collected samples of folk art of mountain inhabitants, as well as flora, paintings and photos. In place of the artist's cremation, a memorial stone is erected next to his house, in which the Hindi language is carved: "On December 15, 1947, the body of Maharishi Nicholas Roerich, the great Russian friend of India, was sacrificed here. Let there be peace. " Return to the hotel, free time, overnight.
After an early breakfast check-out. We go to Sarchu on the breathtaking track of Manali-Leh, which here is respectfully called the highway. Its total length is 490 kilometers. But even on a small part of the way there will be an opportunity to get real aesthetic pleasure from the picturesque species of the valleys of Lahaul and Spiti. We will rise from a height of 1950 meters in Manali to 3,980 meters on the pass of the Rohtang, from where you can admire the incredible beauty of the scenery with the beginning of the Bias River, flowing through the Kullu valley. Further we will descend on height "only" 3080 meters above sea level, we will look on a place of confluence of the rivers Chandra and Bhaga. On the way we will cross the pass of Baralacha with a height of 4890 meters. The rivers Bhaga and Chandra originate from melting snows on the back of Baralacha La. Enjoying the views of the snowy peaks - quite like in the paintings of Roerich, - after 40 kilometers we will arrive in Sarcu, located at an altitude of 4300 meters above sea level. There is a military base and a police checkpoint. The fact is that this place ends the state of Himachal - Pradesh and the territory of Jammu and Kashmir begins. The Manali-Leh road was originally designed for the relocation of military equipment, and was designed, financed and built by the Indian army. Given that the oxygen level at night in Sarchu is quite low, refrain from physical exertion, try to relax and relax. Dinner and overnight in the camp.
After breakfast we leave for Leh, crossing the high mountain passes Nakeela (4750 m) and Lachulung La (5066 m) along the road. We will cross the valley of the Pang, dry, barren, weathered mountains around which can not fail to impress. They look like giant fortresses, towers with spiers and windows and resemble some unusual kingdom on another planet. From the Pang Valley, the road leads upwards and leads us to completely different landscapes, the mountains are replaced by deserted, absolutely flat ones - this is Rupshu, the Tibet plateau, along which we will travel 60 km. Then the road goes up to the Tanglan pass (5360 m) - the second highest pass in Ladakh, and afterwards reaches Lech where we will stay at the hotel for the night. It is worth noting that the whole road from Sarchu to Lech causes delight - a change of heights, landscapes and a feeling that you are somewhere on the roof of the world. During the trip you will get an amazing experience!
After an early breakfast drive to the Nubra Valley. Nubra is the northern valley of Ladakh and the extreme point of India, further - the border. Along the way, we will leave the pass Khardung La (5682 m.), The highest in the world, accessible for transport - so, at least, tell travelers the signs: "Highest motorable road". Although the pass has long connected India, China and Central Asia, but the motorway was opened only in 1988. The Nubra valley is also known as Ldumra or the valley of flowers, it is situated between Karakorum and Ladakh in the Himalayas. We will visit the village of Diskit, where you can ride a camel (for a fee) on sand dunes. Dinner and overnight in tent camp.
In the morning after breakfast you will go to Lake Pangong. The road Chang-la, located at an altitude of 5,360 meters will lie in a beautiful area, stunning beauty. You will pass the village of Sakti, which houses a Buddhist temple consecrated in 1980 by the Dalai Lama. Stop by a cup of tea or coffee in the village of Tangtse, where you look at the local palace and then make a few stops during the crossing over Changthang, a high plateau with numerous lakes that will be a great backdrop for memorable photos. And, closer to the evening on the horizon, there will be a beautiful lake Pangong, surrounded by majestic mountains. It is at an altitude of almost 4,300 meters, reaches a length of 134 kilometers, and a width of 6 kilometers. 60% of its territory is located in China. A person can rarely feel as close to nature as here. The landscape is mesmerizing, and the local power engineering gives strength. You will spend the night in a camp site on the lake shore.
Morning is the ideal time to explore the beautiful landscapes of Lake Pangong, and then you will return to Leh, visiting the monastery Hemis, built in 1672 by King Senge Namgyal. The monastery is the richest and most famous in Ladakh. His popularity he gained thanks to the festivities taking place within his walls, the most famous of which is the festival of monastic dance, dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as the second Buddha. It is one of the oldest monasteries of Ladakh, founded in the 11th century and the main monastery of the Drukpa Kagyu school. On your return to Leh accommodation at the hotel.
After breakfast we go to the Sham valley along the Leh-Kargil highway. On the way we will visit the monastery of Likir-Gompa, picturesquely located on a low hill in the valley near the Indus. The monastery was founded in 1065 by the Lama Duwang Chosje on the orders of the fifth king Ladakh - Lhachen Gyalpo. The younger brother of the Dalai Lama regularly comes to the most important pujas here. On the territory of the monastery is a museum, which stores coins, weapons and valuable thangki - an image of Tibetan fine arts, mostly of religious nature. Then go up to the Ridzong Monastery. The history of the monastery leads to the distant XVII century, when Lama Tsultim Nima came to these places and retired to one of the caves for meditation. These places attracted him so much that he decided to organize a small monastery here. Later, after learning about the whereabouts of the Lama, numerous monks began to come here, asking for teachings. The monastery ceased to exist in the monastery, and then the Lama decided to build a monastery here. The place was chosen not accidentally - everything was there: water, fuel and numerous caves where monks could meditate. At the moment the monastery consists of three main buildings, two of which are statues of the Buddha, and in the third - stupa. In the heart of the Rizong Monastery is a reliquary where the relic's relics are kept. And you will spend the night in a camping site near the village of Tingmosgang, well known for its monastery and one of the richest in the region.
After breakfast you will continue on your way to the city of Kargil - the second largest city of Ladakh. And on the way visit the monastery Lamayuru - one of the ancient monasteries of the region, founded in the XI century, after the famous teacher of Buddhism - Naropa, meditated several years in one of the nearby caves. The local, like the lunar landscapes, literally hypnotize. No wonder they are called Moonland. Then you will sit on the cars and go to Kargil through the pass Fatu La, located at an altitude of 4,100 meters and being the highest pass on the highway Srinagar-Leh highway. Upon arrival in Kargil, accommodation at the hotel and free time for rest.
After breakfast, you will travel to Srinagar through the amazingly picturesque place called Songmarg, which means the Golden Meadow. Songmarg, located at an altitude of 2,690 meters, is also known as the gate in Ladakh. It is incredibly beautiful: pine forests, snow peaks, mountain rivers. From here start numerous tourist routes that lead to high mountain lakes, never melting glaciers and sacred caves, in which saints meditated. You will go to Lake Dal and take a walk along the lake and its canals by boat Shikara-this adventure will become one of the brightest moments of the tour. A boat gliding along the watery surface of a crystal clear lake, and around the enchanting landscapes of green hills and snow-capped mountain peaks and quite an amazing atmosphere of tranquility, peace and happiness. Srinagar is known for its houseboats - houseboats, in one of these houses you will stop for the night.
After breakfast, you will get acquainted with the sights of Srinagar and its surroundings. You will visit the ancient temple of Shankaracharya (dedicated to the deity Shiva), built in the 4th century BC on top of a hill with the poetic name of the Throne of Salomon. The temple is the most ancient landmark of Kashmir. From here one of the most delightful views of Srinagar and the lake opens. Afterwards, you will go to the Mughal gardens and stroll along the Nishat Garden (Pleasure Garden) and Shalimar (Concentration of Love) and Chashma Shahi (Royal Spring). All the gardens are considered to be excellent examples of Muslim garden and park traditions, consist of numerous terraces, from which a magnificent view of Lake Dal and snow-capped mountain peaks, beautiful water channels and luxurious flower beds. Later in the evening you can visit the centers where handmade pashmina and carpets are made. Night on a houseboat.
After breakfast, you will go on an excursion to the old part of Srinagar, and after you there is a road to the airport from where you will fly to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.