North India Adventure Tour

Jul 26 06:59 2010 Chaman Thakur Print This Article

Tour Duration: 26 Nights / 27 Days
Destinations Covered: Pathankot - Dharamsala - Manali - Keylong - Jispa - Sarchu - Leh - Pangong Lake - Hunder - Diskit - Panamik - Nubra - Basgo - Alchi - Lamayuru - Ney - Delhi

Day 1: Delhi to PathankotDay at leisure in Delhi. Evening transfer to Railway Station to board overnight train for Pathankot. Overnight on board.

Day 2: Arrive Pathankot – transfer to DharamsalaMeeting on arrival at Pathankot and drive to Dharamsala in around 3 hours time. Arrive and check into self booked hotel.

Day 3: At DharamsalaDay at leisure. Overnight at self booked hotel.

Day 4: At DharamsalaDay at leisure. Overnight at self booked hotel.

Day 5: At DharamsalaDay at leisure. Overnight at self booked hotel.

Day 6: Dharamsala to ManaliMorning drive to Manali to reach in around 6 to 7 hours time. Arrive and check into Ambassador Resort (Now name changed to Manu Allaya) for overnight stay.

Day 7: At ManaliDay at leisure in Manali to tour Manali. Overnight at the resort.

Day 8: MANALI TO KEYLONG We start early from the Solang Valley Camp Retreat and after crossing the 13,Guest Posting050 ft high Rohtang Pass enter the valley of Lahaul. Our drive is along the River Chandra with views of towering mountains and glaciers. By late afternoon we arrive at Keylong a small town, which is also the district headquarters. Check into our camps and then spend the evening walking around this quaint little town with its excellent views of the Pir Panjal range of mountains. Overnight at Keylong.

Day 9: AT KEYLONGMorning after breakfast leisurely proceed to visit GURU GHANTAL This monastery is situated on a hill above the Tupchiling village at the confluence of the rivers Chandra and Bhaga. This gompa was founded by Padma Sambhava and is more than 800 years old. The peculiar feature of the gompa is the wooden idols as distinguished from the clay idols found in other monasteries. The Guru Ghantal white marble head was installed by its founder, but now the same is kept under lock and key for fear of theft.

This monastery has idols of Guru Padma Sambhava, Brijeshwari Devi and several other lamas. On the 15th lunar day (mid June) a festival called Ghantal was celeberated at which the visiting lamas and Thakurs used to feast for one day. The festival is no longer celeberated, There is one blackstone statue of a goddess identified as kali in the innermost chamber which gives credence to the theory that this was once a Hindu temple like the Trilokinath temple at Udaipur, The wall paintings are in stone colours. Because of lack of care colours have washed away. There is lot of seepage in the monastery. Another reason for lack of care is that most of the valuables have been transported to the Tupchiling gompa which is easily accessible and the caretaker also hails from this village only. The workmanship in the gompa is certainly superior to all other gompas.

SHA-SHUR Sha-shur in the local parlance means in the blue pines. This is very apt as good patches of blue pine can still be seen around the monastery, This gompa was founded in the 17th C. AD by Lama Deva Gyatsho of Zangskar who was a missionary of Nawang Namgyal, the king of Bhutan. The lamas of the gompa are of the Drugpa sect (red hat sect). Namgyal founded this sect and the name originated from Dug which in the Bhoti language means Bhutan. Before Deva Gyatsho renovated the present monastery, there existed a small gompa. Deva Gyatsho stayed at the monastery till his death. When he was being cremated, this is said, his heart did not burn and was enclosed in a black image of Gyatsho. A statue of Namgyal is also present in the gompa.

This gompa has the biggest Thanka paintings, over fifteen feet, and invalueable wall paintings depicting all the 84 siddhas of Buddhism. In the month of June/July Chham is performed in the monastery which is the most popular Chham in Lahaul and KARDANG Village which was once the capital of Lahaul has the most popular and the biggest monastery of the area. The monastery is situated on the left bank of the river Bhaga just above the village of Kardang. This was founded about 900 years ago and stood in ruins uptill 1912 when Lama Norbu of Kardang renovated it. This gompa is located against the backdrop of the bare mountains of the Rangcha massif which "rises above the valley like a giant cobra standing on its tail with hood outspread, ready to strike". The monastery is perched on a ridge below the 15000 feet high Rangcha peak. The valley is so placed that Kardang gets maximum sunshine in winters.

Day 10: KEYLONG TO JISPA Morning after breakfast drive to Jispa, enroute visit another monastery called Gemur. Late arrive at Jispa, walk around the village & visit the dalai lama's monastery. overnight at Hotel / camp.

Day 11: JISPA TO SARCHU Morning proceed for Sarchu (the border of Himachal and Jammu and Kashmir States). Serchu (4253 m) is inhabited by a Himalayan clan, GADDI, and a few lonely soldiers at an army out-post. Enroute stop for a while at Baralacha La (4891 m). The word Barhlacha-la means " a pass with cross roads". On arrival check in fix camp, rest of the time explore the windy place evening time this place is very windy & cold. Overnight at camp enjoy with dinner.

Day 12: SARCHU TO LEHAfter breakfast commence the early start for Leh. Through the second highest motorable pass Tanglang-La (5330m) From the pass one can see the Karakoram Range & back glance Salt Lake (Tsokar) en route stop at Pang for lunch on arrival by late afternoon check into the hotel for overnight.

Day 13: AT LEHFull day sightseeing of Shey, Thiksey, Hemis, Shey was the old capital and the home of the kings of Ladakh before the new capital became established in Leh the palace sits in a strategic position on a spur jutting out into the Indus valley. The main temple contains a large Buddha statue sculpted by Nepalese craftsmen. Thiksey, this large gompa is an impressive sight, situated on top of a craggy hill while the rest of the complex sprawls down beneath it. It was founded in the 15th century by Gelukpa monks. Hemis is the most reaches monastery in the valley, this is famous for his annual mosque dance festival, Later drive back to Leh rest of the time walk in the local market. Overnight at hotel.

Day 14: LEH TO PANGONG LAKEMorning after relaxed breakfast at the hotel, leave for Pangong Lake that is reached by a steep climb up the Changla Pass perched at 5486 m. Lunch at Tsoltak. Later, arrive at Durbuk and drive to the western shore of Pangong Lake, one of the must visit sites in Ladakh. It is around 6 km wide, over 144 km long and one half of the lake runs through the other side of Indo-China Border. Enjoy the panoramic landscapes around the lake. Overnight at the camp.

Day 15: AT PANGONG LAKEFull day at leisure at Pangong to enjoy the lake and its surroundings. Ovenght at the camp.

Day 16: PANGONG TO LEHMorning after breakfast drive to reach Leh and check into the hotel on arrival. Rest of the afternoon at leisure.

Day 17:   LEH TO HUNDERDrive from Leh to the Nubra Valley over the Khardung La pass (5606 Mts.), the highest road in the world. Part of the drive is over a glacier. There are great views of the Karakoram Mountains from the top. Camp at Hunder.

Day 18:  Hunder-Diskit-PanamikVisit Hunder and Diskit Gompas and then drive to Panamik, crossing the River Shyok and then driving along the River Nubra to Panamik. Panamik is the last village on the old Silk Route and was favored for its hot water springs. Overnight at the camp.

Day 19: Nubra - BasgoMorning breakfast at the camp. Drive to Basgo. Visit the ruins of a Fort at Basgo and Ser Zung Temple known for its great frescoes and an enormous gold and copper statue of the Maitreya Buddha. Have dinner and local wine with a local family along with an entertainment program of local folk dance and song. Overnight stay at the camp.

Day 20: Basgo - Alchi - LamayuruBreakfast at the camp. Drive to Alchi village. Visit the 11th century Alchi Gompa known for a massive Buddha statue. Later drive to Lamayuru, the gateway to the Zanskar valley. Visit the oldest known gompa in Ladakh, dating back to the10th century or even before. Observe the evening pray in the gompa.Overnight stay near the monastery.

Day 21: At Lamayuru Full day at Lamayuru to explore monastery..Overnight stay at camp.

Day 22: Lamayuru - NeyBreakfast at the camp. Drive to enroute visit the beautiful Rizong Gompa Monastery. Continue drive to Ney. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 23: Ney to LehMorning after breakfast proceed drive to Leh and check into the hotel on arrival. Rest of the day at leisure.

Day 24: At LehFull day free for independent activities. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 25: Leh to DelhiMorning transfer to the airport in time to board flight for Delhi. Meeting on arrival at Delhi airport and transfer to Hotel The Oberoi. Rest of the time at leisure.

Day 26: At LehFull day at leisure in Delhi. Transfer from Hotel The Oberoi to Airport hotel.

Day 27 : Depart DelhiTransfer to the airport in time to board homebound flight.

Bon voyages

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