Chandigarh to Mandi (190 kms / 7 hrs)
On your arrival at Chandigarh railway station / airport you will be met by our driver and he will drive you to Mandi on the way to Manali. We will stop for lunch break and various picture and comfort breaks on the way to Mandi. The journey from Chandigarh to Manali is around 290 kms ( 11 hrs), so to give you a break we will stop at Mandi on our first day of the tour journey. Overnight stay in Mandi in a hotel or you can choose to stay in a home stay with a local family in village Panjgain, where you can experience the village life.
** Please ask us for more details regarding the village home stay tour in Panjgain village near Mandi / Bilaspur.
Mandi to Manali 2,050 metres / 6,726 feet (110 kms / 6 hrs).
Today after Breakfast we will drive you to Manali via , Pandoh Dam, Aut, Kullu . The route from Mandi to Manali is full of scenic beauty and we will stop for various comfort breaks and picture breaks of waterfalls, rivers, and traditional wooden bridges across the Beas River. We will stop at Pandoh Dam, Hanogi devi temple and if interested you can also visit the Shawl weaving factories and the Vaishno devi temple at Kullu. We will arrive Manali by late afternoon. Overnight stay in hotel in Manali and evening is free to explore the local market of Manali and old Manali.
Manali to Jispa 3,200 metres / 10,500 feet (138 kms / 7 hrs)
Today after breakfast we will make a early start and on the way cross the Rohtang pass (3,980 meters/ 13,ooo feet) meaning Pass Of Corpses. We entered into the Lahaul valley as soon as we cross the Rohtang pass. Lunch will be in a local eating place at Khoksar and further we continue our drive to Jispa through Tandi and Keylong. We will arrive Jispa by late afternoon, which itself is a very tiny the night at the tiny settlement with a couple of local houses, hotels and camps. Jispa sits at the foot of the mighty 16,000-foot Baralacha Pass at an altitude of some 10,500 feet – again providing valuable acclimatisation time before heading really high on the Manali Leh Road.
Jispa to Sarchu. 4,290 metres 14,500 feet (85 kms / 4 hrs)
Today after breakfast we will drive you to Sarchu over the our second mountain pass, Baralacha La (4,830 metres/ 15, 847 feet), during the tour. The view from the top is extraordinary. Today we enter from the brown mountains to golden sandy mountains. On the other side of Baralacha descend onto a huge, open plain with an azure river frothing at its centre, surrounded by huge mountains. Sarchu is situated on the border of Jammu-and-Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh states and is where we will stay in a fixed tented accommodation in a seasonal camp.
Sarchu To Leh. 3,524 metres / 11,562 feet ( 252 kms / 8-9 hrs)
After breakfast around 08:00 A.M we will leave for Leh. Today we ride through 21 hair pin bends to Lachlung La Pass (5,019 metres/ 16, 467 feet) and enroute we enjoy magnificent views of the Mountains and the valleys. We will also cross Naki La Pass (4,740 metres/ 15,551 feet) before we ride down into the valley to Pang . Today there are chances to see the Snow ibex and the herds of wild Himalayan blue sheep in between Sarchu to Pang. Lunch will be taken at the small eating places with fresh food at village of Pang, before we ride through the vast More Plains The highest of the Tibetan Plateau at 4,200 metres– to Tsokor lake. This region also has rare wild life like the Tibetan wild Ass, wolf, and the elusive Snow Leopard, the black-necked Crane and Tibetan Snow Cock. We Continue driving to Tanglang La pass (5280 Mts.) the second highest Motorable pass in the world that commands breath taking views of the Zanskar range and the upper Indus valley. We stop on the way in the local eating places to sip a cup of tea and while following the Indus river and the spectular mountains views with green fields and purple mountains, sandy landscape we arrive in Leh by evening – the capital of Ladakh valley, by late afternoon. Overnight stay in Hotel in Leh.
Today after breakfast around (10:00 A.M) we will leave for a easy , half day sightseeing tour with local guide including, a visit to the Thiksey Monastery, stok palace and village. We will be back to Leh by late afternoon and in the evening visit Shanti Stupa and Leh fort, rest of the time free to walk around the local market of Leh. Second night in same hotel in Leh.
Leh to Pangong Lake 4,250 metres/ 13,940 ft (160 kms 5 hrs)
Today after breakfast we will drive you to Pangong Lake .The drive over Chang La pass (17,500 feet) will take us in the most remote of regions of Ladakh valley to Pangong Lake. Pangong Lake is the largest lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4,350 metres (14,300 ft). It is 134 km long and extends from India to China (Chinese occupied Tibet) 60% of the length of the lake lies in China. The lake is 5 km wide at its broadest point. We will stay overnight stay at Spangmik village in the fixed tented accommodation in a seasonal camp. Spangmik, the farthest point to which foreigners are permitted, it affords spectacular views of the mountains of the Chang chemo range to the North, their reflections shimmering in the ever-changing blues and greens of the lake’s brackish waters. Evening free to walk around the lake, overnight in fixed tented accommodation in near the Pangong Lake.
Pangong Lake to Leh back (160 kms 5 hrs)
Today after breakfast we will return back to Leh driving through the same route. This morning there are chances to see the marmots, which come out of their holes during the early morning hrs to have sun. Enroute we will also stop in the camps of Nomadic people where they are busy grazing their yaks, we might have a cup of tea with the nomadic people. Evening free to explore Leh market, overnight in a hotel in Leh.
Leh to Deskit – Hunder (Nubra valley, 120 kms -5 hrs)
After breakfast we will drive you to Nubra Valley via Khardung La Pass (Highest Motorable road in the World, 18,380 feet). Today we follow the Ancient Silk Route in Nubra valley”. Arrive at Deskit and visit the monastery at Deskit. Later on after lunch continue your drive to Hunder village. Evening is free to explore the Hunder Village where you can visit the sand dunes and enjoy the, Bactrian camel ride in Sand Dunes. Overnight in Hotel in Deskit.
Hunder to Leh back.
After Breakfast we will visit the local houses and later we will drive you back to Leh town over the Khardung La pass and will reach Leh by late afternoon. Rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight in hotel at Leh.
Leh to Kargil via Lamayuru monastery, 2,676 metres / 8,780 feet (210 kms / 7 hrs.)
After Breakfast we will drive you to Kargil. Enroute we will visit Lamayuru Monastery which is the unique and oldest monastery in Ladakh. You can have lunch at Lamayuru and later we will drive you to Kargil, On arrival at Kargil you will check into the hotel and evening is free to walk around the local market in Kargil.
Kargil to Srinagar via Sonmarg, 1,850 metres / 6,70 metres ( 204 kms 9/10 hrs).
Today after early breakfast we will departs for Srinagar (204 Kms). We will drive you through Drass second coldest place in the world, here we stop for a cup of tea. Here you can visit the Kargil War memorial and can see the famous Peaks Tiger Hill and Tololing Peak. Furhther we drive over Zojila pass 3,527 Metres to Srinagar. We will arrive Sonmarg by afternoon where we will stop for the lunch. Situated at an altitude of 9,000 eet. Sonamarg – is 84 Kms before Srinagar and is also called as “The meadow of gold”, as its backdrop, snowy mountains against a cerulean sky. Later on drive to Srinagar and arrive Srinagar by early evening. Overnight stay in House boat / hotel.
Local sightseeing around Srinagar.
In the morning visit Mogul Garden”Nishat” (The Garden of Pleasure) and “Shalimar” (Abode of All). Drive along the Lake side on Boulevard. On return visit a local Handicrafts Emporium for hand-knotted specialty Silken carpets, shawls, jewellery ornaments. After lunch, proceed for the Old City Tour of Srinagar to visit the Fort & Jamia Masjid. Enjoy 1-2 Hours Boat Ride on Dal Lake by a gondola Boat called ”SHIKARA” witness the ride on lake, called Venice of India & experience the aquatic life Overnight at Houseboat / hotel in Srinagar.
Srinagar to Pahalgaon and back.
Today after breakfast you will drive for a Full Day Trip to Pahalgam, also called as “Valley of Shepherds” situated at the confluence of the streams flowing from Sheshnag Lake and the Lidder River, Pahalgam (2,130 metres) is Kashmir’s premier resort, cool even during the height of summer when the maximum temperature does not exceed 250C. A number of hotels and lodges cater to all preferences and budgets, from luxurious hotels to unpretentious trekkers’ lodges.
Pahalgam has within it no fewer than eight tiny villages, one of which is Mamal. There is a Shiva temple here, generally considered to be Kashmir’s oldest existing temple, dating to the 5th century. Pahalgam is also associated with the annual Amarnath Yatra. Chandanwari (2,895 m), 16 kms from Pahalgam, is the starting point of the yatra that takes place every year in the month of Sawan (July to August). The road from Pahalgam to Chandanwari is on fairly flat terrain and can be undertaken by car. From Chandanwari onwards the track becomes much steeper, and is accessible on foot or by pony. About 11 kms from Chandanwari is the mountain lake of Sheshnag (3,574 m), after which, 13 kms away is the last stop, Panchtarni. The Amarnath cave is 6 kms away from there. During the month of Sawan, an ice stalagmite forms a natural shivling in the Amarnath cave, which waxes and wanes with the moon. Hot Lunch at a local Restaurant at Pahalgam & later in the afternoon drive back to Srinagar enroute stop at 9th century old temple ruins of Avantivarman, the rulers of kashmir from the varma dynasty. The Place used to be the capital of Kashmir during the Hindu Ruler & during 11th Century it is said that the heavy floods from the nearby Jhelum River made the Temple Complex to sink down under the sand & silt of River. Later during British Rule, one of the Indian Archeologist, Daya Ram Sahani excavated this temple complex, now is left as the ruins and few of the Shiva Statues & Goddesses have been taken to the main Museum in Srinagar. Later Drive back to Srinagar.
Srinagar To Gulmarg and back to Srinagar.
Today after breakfast we will drive you to Gulmarg via Srinagar Bye-Pass. Gulmarg, called as “Meadow of Flowers”. Gulmarg is 53 Kms from Srinagar at an altitude of 8700 – ft. Gulmarg also referred as Meadow of Flowers is a famous Ski Resort & the world’s highest 18 hole Golf Course. The place was prominent during the British time. Gulmarg’s legendary beauty, prime location and proximity to Srinagar naturally make it one of the premier hill resorts in the country. Originally called ‘Gaurimarg’ by shepherds, its present name was given in the 16th century by Sultan Yusuf Shah, who was inspired by the sight of its grassy slopes emblazoned with wild flowers. Gulmarg was a favourite haunt of Emperor Jehangir who once collected 21 different varieties of flowers from here. Today Gulmarg is not merely a mountain resort of exceptional beauty- it also has the highest green golf course in the world, at an altitude of 2,650 m, and is the country’s premier ski resort in the winter. On arrival Check in at Hotel. The journey to Gulmarg is half the enchantment of reaching their, roads bordered by rigid avenues of poplar give over to flat expanses of rice fields interspersed with picturesque villages. Depending on the season, nature’s colors could be the translucent green of spring, summer’s rich emerald, or autumn’s golden hues, when scarlet chilies festoon windows of village homes. After Tangmarg, the climb to Gulmarg begins through fir-covered hillsides. At one point, known simply as View Point, travelers generally stop their vehicles for a few minutes and look out a spectacle of snow-covered mountains, almost within touching distance. Return back for Dinner & Overnight at Deluxe Houseboat / hotel in Srinagar.
Fly from Srinagar.
Today after Breakfast you will be driven and drop at the Srinagar airport to board your return flight back to Delhi. met by our driver at Srinagar airport and transfer to Houseboat / hotel in Srinagar.Later evening Enjoy 1-2 Hours Boat Ride on Dal Lake by a gondola Boat called ”SHIKARA” witness the ride on lake, called Venice of India & experience the aquatic life. Return back for Dinner & Overnight at Deluxe Houseboat / hotel.
This is where the tour ends. However, if you wish to stay longer in Srinagar / Delhi or want to take a road trip from Srinagr to Jammu / Pathankot or Amritsar we can make arrangements for it / or to be transferred to the airport / railway station at a later time.
– The same tour can continue further to Jammu / Pathankot / Amritsar or to Chandigarh Back at the end and will increase 4-5 days in the tour.
(1). This is the itinerary for a tour which we run regularly. It can be altered, and we like to discuss plans with clients and can make suggestions about special places to visit depending on our clients’ interests, and available time. The itinerary is planned in such a way that you gain altitude gradually , you get a good and proper time to acclimatise properly while travelling through the Central Himalayas . Every day there is enough free time to make walk / or to relax your own so you could experience the people and culture from much close on the tour.
(2). In case you require accompanying tour escort / local guide with you please tell us and we will be happy to arrange local, knowledgeable guide for your tour, as per your choice.
(3). Please do not hesitate to collect any travel information from us, before working a final tour programme for yourself. We would be glad to provide you all the travel information and hotels details etc. at the time of planning your holidays with us, before you book your tour with Incredible Himachal Holidays. Being local, we can provide you with a wonderful private, personalise, tailor-made holiday tour in India at a cheaper cost than the standard package / group holiday that you might find elsewhere. We believe in delivering the service, more than- promised to our clients.