DAY 1 DELHI
Departure in flight with destination Delhi, by the chosen route. Arrival and accommodation.
DAY 2 DELHI
Breakfast. Visit of Akshardham,largest hindu temple in delhi,the Raj Ghat, where Ghandi was cremated. Next, New Delhi: a panoramic view along the Raj Path, a large avenue lined with parks and the Gateway of India. We will also visit the 72 m high Qtub Minar Minaret and the lotus Temple.
DAY 3 DELHI / LEH
Breakfast. Departure in flight with destination Leh. Geographically and culturally Ladakh is a unique world, with its mountainous and arid valleys, its cultural and religious ceremonies. Passengers who have been to Tibet tell that the Tibetan culture has been better preserved in Ladakh than in Tibet itself. Arrival and rest of the day off, to acclimatize to the altitude.
DAY 4 LEH
Breakfast. Departure to visit the ancient monasteries (gompas) around this city. We will start with the visit of the Spituk Monastery located on top of a mountain. We continue to the Phyang Monastery, built in the 16th century. In the afternoon we visit the Royal Palace, which is a replica of the Potala Palace in Tibet, the Stupa Shanti and the Sankar Monastery, to end up taking a walk through the bazaar.
DAY 5 LEH / SHEY / THIKSEY / HEMIS / LEH
Breakfast. Visit the Shey Palace, the oldest in Ladakh, located on a hill and containing a 7.5 meter high Buddha statue, made of bronze and covered and laminated in gold, being the largest metal statue in Ladakh . Next, visit the Thiksey Monastery, one of the most active in the region. Its origin goes back to s. XVI and is one of the headquarters of the Gelug-pa sect, which is directed by the successive reincarnations of the Rinpoche Khampo. The monastery has twelve floors and is painted in deep shades of red, ocher and white. We go to the Monastery of Hemis, the most famous of Ladakh, currently it is well known for its festival or Tsechu Hemis to commemorate the birthday of Guru Padmasambhava. The monastery has an excellent library, frescoes and well preserved murals,
DAY 6 LEH-Khardungla-LEH
Breakfast. Early morning proceed to the World’s Highest Motorable road (5602 Mts) Khardungla pass.
Khardung la Pass (18,380ft above sea level): It is not very often that one gets to drive on a road at an altitude of 18,380 feet. That is where Khardungla Pass, meaning the ‘Pass of Lower Castle,’ is located on the way from Leh to the Nubra Valley in Ladakh. It is the highest motorable road in the world as signs put up by the Border Roads Organization proudly proclaim.
Return to Leh,lunch and drive to Sangam, where Indus River meets with Zanskar River. The confluence of both rivers is visible from the main highway itself. The panoramic view of both the river and surrounding mountains looks mesmerising and very refreshing.Stay at hotel.
DAY 7 LEH / PANGONG LAKE / LEH
Breakfast. Departure by road to Pangong Tso (Pangong Lake), located in the Himalayas at an altitude of 4,250 m, one of the highest salt lakes in the world. The access road to the lake passes through the Chang-La Pass, at an altitude of 5,360 m. The lake extends from India to Tibet and occupies an area of 134 km long. Two thirds of the length of the lake is in Chinese territory. From the shore of the lake we can enjoy the beauty of the landscape and we can appreciate the different shades of water color. Return to Leh.
DAY 8 LEH / JAMMU / DHARAMSALA
Breakfast. Departure in flight to Jammu. Arrival and continuation by road to Dharamsala, surrounded by a landscape more typical of Tibet for its mountainous aspect and its Buddhist influence. For years, this population has been an important center of spiritual pilgrimage, since the Dalai Lama, exiled from Tibet for political reasons, lives in the small town of Mcleod Ganj, located a few kilometers from Dharamsala. Stay at the hotel.
DAY 9 DHARAMSALA
Breakfast. Visit the city of Dharamsala. We go to the Church of San Juan, 8 km from Dharamsala. We continue towards the Bhagsunag Waterfalls, where there is an ancient temple and a freshwater spring. Nearby is Dal Lake, located next to the village of Tibetan children, small lake surrounded by Deodar trees. We finish our visit at the Norbulingka Institute, dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan literary and artistic culture.
DAY 10 DHARAMSHALA –
Breakfast and free day for your own activities.
DAY 11 DHARAMSALA / AMRITSAR
Breakfast. Exit by road to Amritsar, in the state of Punjab, whose name is due to the lake that surrounds the Golden Temple and whose meaning is “source of nectar”. The Golden Temple or ‘Hari Mandir’, is the most sacred temple of the Sikh, symbol of magnificence and strength. The Sikhs visit the temple at least once in their lives and take a bath in the sacred lake of the temple. lunch and Visit of the Golden Temple of Amritsar, temple of the XVIth century, covered with gold leaf. The striking colors of the dress of its pilgrims and their deep devotion make this visit memorable. Next visit Jallianwala Bagh, monument to the martyrs built in the form of eternal flame of freedom, located near the Golden Temple. At night we can attend the ceremony held in the Golden Temple, where the sacred book is kept , known as “Grath Sahib”, a unique and unforgettable experience.
DAY 12 AMRITSAR / DELHI
Breakfast. Departure in train to delhi. Stay in hotel.
DAY 13 DELHI
In the early morning departure in flight back to destination.
Ladakh, the erstwhile Buddhist kingdom is spectacularly jagged. Arid mountains, dramatically crowned rocky outcrops, picturesque gompas, meditational mani walls and multi hued flags are few of the many sites that exemplify the beauty of Ladakh.Dharamshala is a city in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Surrounded by cedar forests on the edge of the Himalayas, this hillside city is home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government-in-exile.Amritsar is a city of the Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib) is the holiest gurdwara (religious complex) of the Sikh religion. It’s at the end of a causeway, surrounded by the sacred Amrit Sarovar tank (lake), where pilgrims bathe.