manali leh srinagar jeep safari
Manali Leh Safari
DAY 1: ARRIVE IN MANALI
Arrive in Manali, relax and acclimatise to the altitude. It is always advisable to stay in Manali for two nights. Its altitude of 6,726 feet allows the body to adjust to the higher altitudes to come. Besides, in the quaint little town of Manali, there’s never a dull moment! There’s the Vashisht temple where the hot water springs, the Hadimba Devi temple said to be from the times of the Mahabharat, and lovely little restaurants that serve you Tibetan and Indian food. Overnight at hotel. Meals: Breakfast.
DAY 2: MANALI
After breakfast, check over your vehicle and sign off the inspection. Prepare for your departure next morning with some sightseeing in Manali, some shopping, or just relax.
Overnight at hotel. Meals: Breakfast.
DAY 3: DRIVE FROM MANALI TO JISPA, 147 KM
Have your breakfast at the hotel and kick-start your Manali to Srinagar Jeep Safari with a drive to Jispa. This high altitude road beyond the great Himalayan range connects the densely fertile and green Kullu valley to the stark barren region of Ladakh. The drive starts at Manali slowly winding up mountain roads till Rohtang Pass at 12,959, feet. This connects Kullu to Lahaul valley, as soon as you enter you will see a distinct change with the Hindu influence being replaced by the Buddhist religion. Packed lunch en-route and then a stop over at the Khardung Monastery situated on the left bank of the Bhaga River, above the Khardung village facing Keylong. If you like, you can trek 5 km till Keylong and take a walk through the small market. Your vehicle will be waiting for you there. From there drive to Jispa. Overnight at hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
DAY 4: DRIVE FROM JISPA TO TSO-KAR, 225 KM
Breakfast at hotel. And then you begin your road trip over the scenic Baralacha Pass (16,010 feet). On this scenic drive you will get to see Himalayan lakes like Deepak and Suraj Tal and a myriad of Himalayan flora and fauna along the way. After crossing the pass, you drop down to the vast Sarchu plains at an altitude of 13,780 feet. Lunch en-route. From Sarchu, the road flattens into a good straight stretch of 25km known as the Lingti Plains and then climbs through a 10 km stretch of amazingly circuitous hairpin bends known as the Gatta Loops. We once again wind our way up the Lachung La Pass at 16,600 feet. From here the road twists its way to Pang through an amazing canyon with sheer cliffs and rocky outcrops looming up on both sides of the road. We will ascend up to the Pang Plateau also known as the More Plains situated at 15,700 feet., where the desert is encircled by snow-capped peaks! We drive on the sandy plateau to just a short distance from the village of Debring, where we leave the main road and drive for 45 minutes on a sandy track to our campsite on the banks of Tso Kar – a fluctuating salt lake at 13,894 feet. If you're into bird watching, this is the place to be. The Black-necked Cranes and Tibetan Grouse are relatively common here and the basin of the Tso-Kar and the adjoining More Plains are one of the most important habitats of the Kiang (Wild Ass), Tibetan Gazelles, Tibetan wolves and foxes. Overnight in tents. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
DAY 5: DRIVE FROM TSO-KAR TO LEH, 153 KM
After breakfast, you drive to Leh. You will get packed lunch from the camp. After the plateau, we climb to the Tag Lang La pass at 17,362 feet. One of the highest motorable roads in the world, this pass gives way to beautiful views of the Karakoram Mountains and the Ladakh valley. Descend till Rumtse and drive through the Indus valley to Leh.
Overnight at hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
DAY 6: LEH TO SHEY, HEMIS AND THIKSEY MONASTERIES, 19 KM
After breakfast drive up along the scenic Indus valley. Enroute, you stop over to visit the famous Shey, Thiksey and Hemis monasteries. Packed lunch will be organized on the way.
SHEY PALACE AND MONASTERY
This summer palace of the erstwhile King of Leh set upon a hill. The monastery itself has a 7.5 meter high, copper statue of a sitting Buddha, wrought in gold. This is the largest of its kind in the world.
Thiksey Monastery is one of the largest and most impressive Gompas of Ladakh. The Thiksey monastery provides a panoramic view of the green Indus Valley from its vantage point atop a hill. It has chambers full of statues, Stupas and colorful Tankhas.
Situated just off the Manali-Leh Highway, this is Ladakh’s biggest and wealthiest monastery. The annual festival held here in summer is a spectacular and stunning experience. The festival coincides with the Buddha’s birthday and falls on July 7th and 8th this year. Overnight at hotel in Leh. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
DAY 7: DRIVE FROM LEH TO KARGIL, 215 KM
You will drive from Leh to Kargil through a spectacular moonscape! Go over Magnetic Hill – supposed to have magnetic properties strong enough to pull cars uphill, while in fact, it is purely an optical illusion caused by the layout of the surroundings! Drive over the Fotu La at 14,000 feet, a high mountain pass, exit the Indus valley and enter the Suru valley. The entire route takes around five hours, but you will stop over on the way, and visit the Lamayuru and Ridzong Monasteries. Packed lunch enroute.
This photogenic monastery is a major landmark on the old silk route. Legend has it that a lake, which was drained by the sage Naropa to permit the foundation of the monastery, once filled Lamayuru village. The monastery belongs to the old Tibetan schools of Kargyupa / Drukpa.
At Rizong there is a gompa and a nunnery. From the road it is a 3 km trek to the Gompa.
Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel D’Zozila. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
DAY 8: DRIVE FROM KARGIL TO SONAMARG, 125 KM
You will drive through miles of barren rocky mountain, sparsely inhabited at places where water could be found. The lonely landscape is occasionally broken by army camps. Until you reach Drass - the largest town in between Kargil and Sonamarg. Considered the Gateway to Ladakh, Drass is the second coldest inhabited place on earth with temperatures plunging to -45 degree Celsius in winter. The contrast between the green valley and orange mountains makes Drass exotic and beautiful. And then of course there is the famed Zoji La! Just 9 KM before Sonamarg this high mountain pass taunts you – daring you to cross it. The rugged road is chiselled out of a steep rocky mountain at an altitude of 3,528 feet and is one of the most narrow and difficult passes in India. The green meadows, pine trees and the overall luscious green of Sonamarg will be a welcome change from the barrenness of Kargil and Drass. Overnight at hotel. Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.
DAY 9: DRIVE FROM SONAMARG TO GULMARG, 126 KM
From the “meadows of Gold” (Sonamarg) to the “Meadow of Flowers”, Gulmarg. The valley of Gulmarg is a large rolling meadow dotted with countless colourful Bluebells, Daisies, Forget Me Not's and Buttercups. We highly recommend a cable car ride right to the top for the most incredible views of the Gulmarg valley and surrounding mountains. The drive is truly divine and you often wish this road was longer than just 126 KM!
Overnight at hotel. Meals: Breakfast
DAY 10: DRIVE FROM GULMARG TO PAHALGAM, 138 KM
A charming little valley town located on the banks of Lidder River at an altitude of 7200 feet, this lovely valley is very popular with tourists. The famous Amarnath yatra starts just 16 km from here. Overnight at hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
DAY 11: DRIVE FROM PAHALGAM TO SRINAGAR, 95 KM
Your final destination! You’ve just completed an amazing journey of almost 1,063KM! Hand over your cars, get them checked for damages if any, and it’s time now, to rest in a beautiful houseboat, take in the local sights and sounds, and yes – don’t forget to take a shikara ride to the early morning vegetable market! Overnight on houseboat. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.
DAY 12: DEPART SRINAGAR
Your will be taken by shikara to your taxi, which will drop you off at the airport for your flight home.
From Manali to Srinagar via Leh - the ultimate jeep safari! Taking you across all the ranges of the Great Himalayas, starting from the Pir Panjal and crossing the exciting Rohtang Pass. On through the barren coloured rock formations of Lahaul to the grand cross road pass of Bara lacha, which drops you into the high plains of Sarchu and onwards through the deep gash of the Chumkyal to the expanses of Pang where wild ass still roam and the shepherds of Changspa can be seen with their herds. A timeless tableau evocative of the times of the marauding hoards of Chengez Khan!
And then…when you move on beyond Leh, the first thing that strikes you is the change in scenery! From barren lands with its whirlpool of earthy colours, blue skies and rocky formations, we move to green pastures and flowering meadows. This is picture postcard moments – and you will experience several of them on this trip! This is a journey that you must do once in your life.
11 nights’ accommodation in hotels/ camps on twin sharing basis.
11 Breakfasts,06 Lunches, and 08 Dinners.
All government taxes included
COSTS DO NOT INCLUDE:
International/Domestic air fare or train fare.
Pick up and drop off from airport/railway stations not included. We can arrange for it however, so let us know if you need to get picked up or dropped off. Nominal charges apply.
Unforeseen expenses that demand a change in itinerary like natural forces, changes in weather, road blockages, flight/train cancellations and illness. Medical, Travel, or Evacuation insurance. Expenses of a personal nature - tips, laundry, phone calls, beverages