Delhi – Shimla day Volvo
The British discovered Shimla in the form of a little village in 1819 during the Anglo-Gorkha war. When war broke afresh in 1819, the British took the place with its cool and healthy climate. Here was installed a village of tents, where the heat weary British military and civil officers came to rest and the first house built in 1822, is regarded to be “Kennedy House” which was the residence of Charles Pratt Kennedy, the newly appointed political officer to the hill states. In 1864 under the Viceroyalty of John Lawrence, Shimla was officially declared the Summer Capital of British Empire in India (April to October). – a status is retained upto Indian Independence in 1947. After the independence of India, Shimla became the capital of Punjab until 1966, when it came under Himachal Pradesh. In 1971 Himachal Pradesh became a full fledged state and Shimla became the capital of this state.
Shimla. o/n hotel
Today enjoy full day Shimla Local sightseeing, visit The Mall, Ridge, Viceregal Lodge, Jhaku Temple and Kufri. o/n hotel
The Mall: The Mall is the main shopping centre of Shimla. It also has many restaurants, clubs, banks, bars etc. The Mall starts from Chhota Shimla to Viceregal Lodge, which is approximately five Km long stretch. This area has also been declared a ‘Heritage Zone’ by the State Government. The vehicles are not allowed into Mall road except ambulance and fire engines. There are many old beautiful buildings standing on Mall Road.
The Ridge: This large open space in the heart of town presents excellent views of the mountain ranges.
Christ Church: The most prominent building on the Mall is the yellow Christ Church built in 1857, reputed to be the second oldest church in northern India. It was designed by Colonel JT Boileau in 1844.
Scandal Point: Scandal Point remains the hub of Shimla’s social life; it is the place where people gathered for both conversation and gossip. Now it is also known as the meeting place of the local Shimla.
Viceregal Lodge (Built in 1888)/ Indian Institute of Advanced Study: Built Between 1884 – 1888 by chief architect Henry Irwin. The building resembles a Scottish baronial castle. This was the first building with electric light in Shimla. This was the venue of the Simla Conference in 1945. In 1947, the decision to partition India and East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), was taken here. After independence 1947, building became the property of the President of India and was renamed Rashtrapati Niwas. Now it houses the Indian Institute of Advance Study and is open only in some parts to the public. (closed on Monday and Gazetted Holidays)
Jhaku Temple/ Hill (2455 Mts.): Dedicated to monkey god Hanuman ji, the attendant of Lord Rama. This is the town’s highest peak at an altitude of 8048 feet above sea level and offers a panoramic view of the city and snow capped mountains.
Kufri (2501 mts.): This is 16 km from Shimla and has long been famous for its wide views, picnic spots, ski slopes and horse riding. The scenic beauty and panoramic views offered by Kufri are incomparable. On a clear day you can see the entire range of snow peaks. The Himalayan Nature Park/Zoo is also at Kufri where the Himalayan species of animals and birds can be seen such as Snow Lepord, Barking Dear, Wolves, Black bear, brown bear, Himalayan monal, Silver pheasant and red Jungle fowls etc. (Zoo closed on Tuesday and Gazetted Holidays)
Shimla – Kasol-Manikaran -Kasol / 260km 9Hrs drive
Drive to Kasol and Manikaran
Manikaran (1737 mts.): Manikaran is 05 km from Kasol. This is situated on the right bank of Parvati river and famous for its hot water springs, Hindu and Sikh temples. Thousands of people take a holy dip in hot waters here. It is believed to be radioactive and good for such diseases as rheumatism, gout, and muscular pains. The water is so hot that dal, rice & vegetables can be cooked in it. According to legend a giant serpent stole Parvati’searings while she was bathing with her consort Shiva. Shiva threatened Naga and he snorted the jewels out from under earth, which made holes and gave birth to hot water. out from under earth, which made holes and gave birth to hot waters.
Kasol-Manali 80km 02hrs & Local Sightseeing tour
Morning drive to Manali: Manali is an important hill station of northern India and is the destination of thousands of tourists every year. Its cool atmosphere provides a perfect haven for the ones afflicted by the hot Indian summers. The Kulluis in brightly patterned puttoos, Tibetan women wearing ankle-length rainbow-striped pinafores, Nepali porters, Buddhist monks, and even the odd party of Zanskaris, swathed in fusty woolen gonchas, muddled together with souvenir-hunting Indian and Western tourists-all add up to the welcoming hubbub of Manali.
Manali Local Sight seeing tour
Solong Valley (2480 mts.):Solong valley is 13 km from Manali. This is a splendid valley between Manali and Kothi and offers the view of glaciers and snow capped mountains. There are good skiing slopes equipped with an excellent lift. The winter skiing festival is held here every year.
Hadimba Temple/Doongri Temple: The temple is dedicated to the local deity Hadimba built in 1553 AD, and having four-tiered pagoda shaped roof and a front doorway carved with figures and symbols. Legend has it that the ruler who built this temple did not wish its carving to replicated, so he had the right hand of the artiest. It is believed that here Bhim, the great Pandava of the Mahabharata Epic killed the strong and cruel demon, Hadimb and married his sister Hadimba. Hadimba expurgated her all sins by performing a great Tapa, and consequently began to be worshipped as a goddess. A major festival is held here in the month of May.
Vashisth Hot Water Sulphur Spring: This is 3 km away from Manali and known for its pyramidal temple dedicated to Vashishta Muni, and natural hot water sulphur springs with two separate bathing tanks for gents and ladies.
Old Manali/Manu Temple: This is an original settlement with few old houses made of wood having slate roofs. There is also the Manu Maharishi Temple, dedicated to Manu, who was the creator of human race on the earth.
Manali – Jispa (3349 mts.) / 138Km. (6 hrs Drive) / o/n hotel
After a delicious breakfast at hotel drive to Jispa via Rohtang Pass (3980 m) and a few villages in Lahaul valley like Sissu, Gondla and confluence of Chandra &Bhaga rivers at Tandi. This route would provide you views of mountains, several streams/ waterfalls and hanging glaciers. After a short stop at Keylong is accessed from Manali It is located at an altitude of 3,080 m (10,100 ft) and cut off from the outside world from October-end to mid-May due to heavy snowfall at Rohtang Pass continue drive to JispaJispa is a village in Lahaul, in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Jispa is located 20 km north of Keylong and 7 km south of Darcha, along the Manali-Leh Highway and the Bhaga River.
Enjoy a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel in Jispa.
Jispa – Leh 335 kms . ( 9 - 10hrs Drive) / o/n hotel
After a delicious breakfast at hotel when you leave from Jispa drive to Sarchu (4253m) drive through Dacha, Patsao, Zingzing Bar and over Barlacha-La (4892m) pass, which is one of the most dangerous pass among other passes on the way to Leh. And one can see excellent panoramic views of the high rising sky touching mountains is likely C.B., K.R. (range) and Mulkilla mushrooming mountains massif. And also just on the top of Baralacha- La is having a lake Suraj Tal a source of two major rivers Chandra &Bhaga surrounded by C.B. mountain ranges and gradual descent down through Kalungsarai to Sarchu. Continue drive to Pang drive through two high passes are known as Lachalang-La and second one just above the Brandy Bridge and cross Moorie plains and arrive at Tanglangla Pass (5400 M) and enter in Leh Valley. Your further drive will take you to Upshi by crossing river Indus and follow the highway up to Leh. Continue drive to Leh. Arrive Leh and check – in at hotel.
Leh – Alchi – Likir - Leh (Excursion) BY BIKE
After delicious breakfast at the hotel, and get ready for an amazing trip to Alchi one of the oldest monasteries and have scriptures dated as old as 10th century.The village Alchi differentiates itself from other villages of Ladakh by being so lush green. The excitement of the day will begin with Hall of fame (A Museum built by Indian Army) visit GurdwaraPathar Sahib which was built in 1517 in the memory of Guru Nanak. The next is visit to the famous Magnetic Hill. Placed on Leh-Kargil-Srinagar Highway, at an altitude of 11,000 feet above the sea level, it is also known as Gravity hill. You will be visiting Sangam Point or the confluence point of Zanskar and Indus rivers.
While drive back to Leh enroute visit to Likir Monastery, houses a 25 feet Lord gold covered Buddha Statue. Views from the terrace are amazing. You will be amused to see the models created with butter which do not melt. Time to leave towards Leh.Enjoy a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel in Leh.
Leh – Nubra Valley via Khardungla Top BY BIKE
After delicious breakfast at the hotel drive to Nubra Valley (125 kms) via Khardungla Pass which is situated at a height of 18360 ft and is considered as the highest motorable pass of the world.
Once you arrive at Khalsar drive on the left towards Diskit& Hunder Village. Check in at your camp/Hotel. Drive to Hunder Sand Dunes to enjoy Camel Safari (OPTIONAL) on the shabby double -humped Bactrian camels.
Hunder is a small village where the Shyok River meets Nubra River. Hunder lies on the ancient silk rout. Hunder is most popular for the camel rides.
Enjoy a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel/Camp in Nubra.
Nubra Valley - Leh via Khardungla Top BY BIKE
After delicious breakfast drive to Leh enroute Sightseeing of Statue of Mytriya Buddha in Diskit.
Diskit Monastery is the oldest and largest in the region. Close to the Monastery lies an impressive statue of Jampa Buddha. This Statue has become one of the prime attractions for tourists and is deeply appreciated for its architecture. Facing the Shyok River, the statue sits tall with a height of 32 meters. Then drive to Leh via Khardungla Pass.
Enjoy a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel in Leh.
Leh - Pangong Lake via Changla Pass
After a delicious breakfast drive to Pangong Lake for 01 night stay. Enroute visit to Shey Palace the former summer palace of the King of Ladakh and erstwhile royal residence of the Ladakh monarchs, is the main attraction.
Continue drive to Pangong Lake via Changla Pass (17,586 feet) third highest pass of the world and drive through Durbuk and Tangtse village situated in the Changthang region of Ladakh. Pangong Lake is salt water, 120 km in length and 6 – 7 Km broad at the longest point. It is bisected by the international border between India & China. Visit the exact location of the famous movie “Three idiots” & enjoy outing along the banks of the lake. One really feels very close to nature at Pangong Lake with its scenic surroundings. Drive back to Leh.
Enjoy a comfortable overnight stay at the Camp in Pangong.
Pangong Lake – Tsomoriri Lake
After delicious breakfast at your camp drive to Tsomoriri Lake which is around 235 Kms via Chushul Route. From Spangmik, drive on right next to the lake. It is an awesome and a very scenic drive. Cross the village of Man and continue towards Merak. Continue towards Khaltse and from there to Chushul. At Chushul, you can take a quick break and visit the Chushul War Memorial, dedicated to the heroes who lost their lives in battle with China. From Chushul, head towards the high altitude pass of Tsaga La, also known as Chagga La. Today will cross 3 high altitude passes.
Enjoy a comfortable overnight stay at the Camp in Pangong.
Tsomoriri Lake – Tsokar – Tanglangla - Leh
After delicious breakfast drive to Leh via Tsokar Lake route. On the way, visit the Puga Geo-thermal Gas Springs and Nomadic Rebo tents at Polo- Kongka Pass. After crossing the pass, stop by Tsokar Lake for a photo stop. If you wish to, you can also visit the monastery of tiny Thukje village. Upon reaching Manali highway, cross the Tanglangla Pass which is located in an altitude of 5350 meter. By the evening check in at hotel.
Enjoy a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel in Leh.
Departure from Leh; End of Tour
Waking up early in the morning, enjoy delicious breakfast and get to say bye to the enchanting environs of Ladakh. Pack your bags and weave all the pleasant memories of your amazing Ladakh tour, as you will be dropped at the Leh Airport for your onward journey.