A roundtrip with a real insight to Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh & Punjab

India’s north is a colorful, diverse and culturally rich treasure. Where Indus river begins to swell, lies our first destination, Ladakh. It inspires not only fans of the Himalayas from all over the world with its rich Tibetan-Buddhist culture and friendly people. Then there is the very heterogeneous Himachal, where we will visit Manali, the Switzerland of India and Dharamsala, exile of Tibetans in India. And at the end, our trip is leading us to Punjab and its capital Amritsar, where the Golden Temple with its own special aura is enchanting visitors and locals likewise.

We designed this trip especially for those who want a versatile journey, where they see a lot of the country, don’t hesitate to meet locals and don’t want to look at the culture just like in museum. You will witness very closely everything that is going on. An experienced travel guide is going to accompany you and show you his country. You will not only visit the classics like Thikse and Alchi monastery, but have the chance to have breakfast at a nunnery and he will invite you to visit several families. You have a lot of time for spontaneous encounters and activities outside a fixed schedule on this trip, because you cannot plan the most beautiful moments ahead of the tour. Create your own memories!

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The journey begins in Ladakh. Temple complex Tsemo in Leh

In western Ladakhs we visit old, lesser-known strongholds and will witness the first signs of Tibetan Buddhism. In northern Ladakhs we will meet the friendly people of Nubra and visit several beautiful oasis villages, some nights we are going to spend under centuries-old apricot trees in a deluxe camp.

This tour will lead over five passes with an elevation of more than 5,000 m. The drives can be adventurous, the dirt roads in a bad shape, but the ever-changing landscape will reward you for all the stresses and strains. On the Tibetan High Platau – Changthang – we will visit two crystal blue and turquoise lakes before we dive into fertile Himachal Pradesh. Keylong, Manali and finally the “capital” of Tibetans in exile, Dharamsala, will be other stops on our tour.

We complete our trip with two mega cities: Amritsar and Delhi. Our highlight in Amritsar will of course be the Golden Temple, but our attendance at the Wagah border ceremony at the Pakistani border won’t be any less exciting. Ultimately, we are taking the train to Delhi, the booming metropolis many people dislike because of its noise and sheer magnitude. But it also has its own charm – see for yourself!

Namaste! Julley! Tashi Delek! We would love to accompany you on this trip!

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Himachal’s people belong to different ethnic groups

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Basic data

Best time of travel: June – end September
From 2 pax onwards
Duration: 24 days
Price: auf Anfrage

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Itinerary

Day 1
Departure from home

Day 2
Arrival in Delhi & Leh
In Delhi we will bring you to the other/domestic terminal or you stay at the same terminal and just go to the upper floor. The flight over the Himalayas and the landing in Leh is an adventure in itself and even when you are tired from your long journey, that experience will wake you right up. Your guide is already waiting for you at the airport in Leh and will bring you to your hotel. On the first day you can relax and ONLY relax to better acclimatize to the high altitude. (It is a conscious decision not having planned any activities on the first day, it is crucial for your adaptation to the high altitude!) B,L,-

Day 3
In the focus: Leh
The first day of sightseeing dedicated to Leh. At first sight Ladakh’s capital seems chaotic and not very charming, but if you look closely you can discover many exciting aspects. You visit the central city monastery – the Gonpa Soma – , the bazar of Leh with its market women selling fresh produce from their gardens and the polo field, where polo was already played long before the British came. After lunch at the hotel there is time to relax, the second part of the program only starts later in the afternoon. A car will take you to Tsemo monastery, then you walk over green pastures along beautiful Ladakhi houses, with laughing children and friendly Leh-pas (Leh’s residents) to the hidden Samkhar monastery. To complete the day you visit Shanti-Stupa, built in the 1980’s, where you have a great view over Leh and the Indus valley. B,L,-

Day 4
Monasteries, Puja & meditation cave
Even before breakfast we drive to Thikse, where we will see the daily morning puja. Afterwards we will have our breakfast in Thikse. Invigorated again, we drive to Hemis, where we will find a hidden monastery – one of the wealthiest in Ladakh. There will be a lot of time to explore the historic monastery. Then we put on our hiking boots and hike up to the centuries-old meditation cave of Hemis Gotsang, where many wise men were meditating on their quest for enlightenment. (Hiking time: about three to four hours) Late in the afternoon we will bring you back to your already familiar hotel. B,L,-

Kloster Thikse (c) Roland Amon

Monastery Thikse (c) Roland Amon

Day 5
In the west
Drive to UlleyTokpo via Alchi monastery, built in the 11th century, and Likir monastery. B,L,D

Day 6
Monasteries, nuns and relaxation
Drive to Ridzong monastery and visit of the nuns of Chulichan. Rest of the day: relaxation in UlleyTokpo. B,L,D

Day 7
Ancient places
Drive to Shergol via Lamayuru and Mulbek with its impressive monastery. Overnight stay at deluxe camp. B,L,D

Day 8
Shergol & Fokar
Visit of Shergol uad Fokar strongholds, drive to Tingmosgang. B,L,D

Kloster Shergol

Monastery Shergol

Day 9
Drive back to Leh
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Day 10
To Nubra
Drive to Tirith over Khardong La pass (at 5,360m). We visit Khardong village and some of its families. Overnight stay at deluxe camp. B,L,D

Day 11
Hermitage & holy lake
Visit of Entsa hermitage, holy lake of Tirisha and Samstanling monastery. B,L,D

Day 12
Shyok-Valley
Drive to Diskit and Hundar, visit of local temples and the sand dune area between the two villages. Overnight stay in Tirith. B,L,D

Day 13
Via Wari La
Drive to Sakti over Wari La pass. Overnight stay at a simple hotel. B,L,D

Day 14
Blue Lake
Drive to Tsomoriri lake. Overnight stay at deluxe camp. B,L,D

Korzok am Tsomoriri-See (c) Roland Amon

Korzok at Tsomoriri-Lake (c) Roland Amon

Day 15
At Tsomoriri
We spend a relaxing day at Tsomoriri lake. B,L,D

Day 16
Tsokar
Drive to Tsokar lake. Overnight stay at deluxe camp. B,L,D

Day 17
Bye Ladakh
Drive to Keylong crossing several 5,000m passes (Attention! Long and strenuous drive). Overnight stay at hotel. B

Day 18
Keylong
Sightseeing in Keylong. B,L,D

Day 19
Manali
Drive to Manali over Rohtang pass. Overnight stay at hotel. B

Day 20
Dharamsala
Drive to Dharamsala. Overnight stay at hotel. B

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In Dharamsala is the world’s largest tibetan exile-community

Day 21
In Dharamsala
Extensive sightseeing in Dharamsala. Overnight stay at hotel. B

Day 22
Golden Temple
Drive to Amritsar, visit of the Golden Temple and attendance at the Wagah border ceremony at the Pakistani border. Overnight stay at hotel. B

Day 23
Back to the beginning
Morning train to Delhi. Sightseeing in Delhi. In the evening transfer to the airport. B

Day 24
Flight home

 


The package can be lenghtened or shortened by several days (with sightseeings/jeep safaris/day hikes/rafting etc.).

If you are interested, contact us: daniela@gesar-travel.com or tashi@gesar-travel.com

Services included

  • Services from/to Delhi
  • Flights Delhi-Leh, train ride Amritsar-Delhi
  • Accommodation in standard hotels / deluxe camp with full/half board (according to itinerary) / double room
  • Tour guidance by local guide in English
  • All drives/transfers according to itinerary
  • All entrance fees and permits

Not included

  • Long distance flights from/to Delhi (if desired we can of course find you a long distance flight)
  • Insurance (travel insurance is recommended)
  • Tips
  • Drinks
  • Visa for India
  • Sleeping bag
  • Vaccinations
  • Additional costs caused by illness, accident, route changes due to acts of nature beyond control, etc.
  • Additional costs caused by cancelled or delayed flights

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