Road to Shambala

Duration : 14 Nights / 15 Days
Destinations Covered: Delhi – Amritsar – Dharamshala – Manali – Keylong – Sarchu - Leh – (Stok Palace, Sankar Gompa, Shanti Stupa, Shey, Thiksey, Hemis - Lamayury - Delhi

For the ones who love the culture and art here are several historic monasteries called Gompas where monks and nuns study and practice their faith of Buddhism. During the Ladakh and Himachal tour, the beauty of north India can be well experienced. You can see the charming and gorgeous looking Kullu valley, which is spreading its charm all over the river Beas. You can also take the pleasure of visiting Dharmashala, which is known as the little Lhasa situated in the dazzling Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh.

Day 01: Arrival Delhi(By Air)

Arrive Delhi by International flight.
After clearing the customs and immigration formalities, proceed towards the arrival hall, where you will be met by our Representative and accorded a traditional Indian Welcome, assistance and a transfer to hotel for stay.
Overnight in Delhi

Day 02 :Delhi - Amritsar

Early morning transfer to the railway station to board the Shatabdi express train to Amritsar.  It is the spiritual and cultural center of the Sikh religion, and they are rightfully very proud of the city and their very beautiful and unique Gurdwara (place of worship). The Golden Temple was initiated by Guru Ramdaas Ji, the fourth Sikh Guru, and completed in 1601 by his successor Guru Arjan Dev Ji. Assistance upon arrival and transfer to the hotel, evening visit Golden Temple. 
Overnight in Amritsar

Day 03 :Amritsar - Dharamshala (210 kms/05 hrs)

After breakfast drive to Dharamshala. Dharamshala now really has become international, with a number of Tibetan settlements and the residence of Noble Laureate  the 'Dalai Lama'. 
 Dharamshala is devided into two distinct parts : lower Dharamshala the civil and business area with Courts and Kotwali bazar and upper Dharamshala composed of places like Mcleod Ganj and Forsyth Ganj.
Overnight in Dharamshala

Day 04 : Dharamshala

The high snow clad Dhauladhar ranges of the Himalayas form a magnificent back drop of Dharamsala. The highlight of the visit to Dharamshala is the trip to Mcleodganj the seat of his Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile. The monastery here called the Namgyal monastery houses several monks , novices and is dominated by the Geluckpa sect (Yellow hat). Though it may be not always possible to have an audience with his Holiness it is quite likely that during your stay you could have a glimpse of this Nobel peace laureate who is revered like the living Buddha among his followers worldwide.
Overnight in Dharamshala

Day 05 :Dharamshala - Manali (265 kms/08 hrs )

After breakfast begin the long drive to Manali. Manali is today transformed from a sleepy village full of fruit orchards to a touristy hill resort town. Manali with its unspoilt scenic grandeur is extremely popular with the tourists, for a lavish  display of natural scenery. It is one of the principal show places of the Kullu region. To its North, South and West are an ostentation of pinnacles and ridges which, in fine weather, stand out in bold relief against skyline. At the lower elevation and in every direction there are vivid green patches of grassland and evergreen valleys ascending in irregular formation present probably the best view in the country. Manali is situated at an altitude of 1,926 metres and spreads in 12.5 square km. It is the real starting point of an ancient trade rout.
Overnight in Manali

Day 06 :Manali

Today we will go for full day sightseeing of Manali and around including the Hadimba temple, Jagatsukh temple, Vashisht hot springs, Naggar Castle and Roerich art Gallery.
Overnight in Manali                                                       

Day 07  :Manali - Keylong (120kms/06 hrs)

After an early breakfast begin the spectacular drive to Leh over the Rohtang pass (13280 feet) the first of the many high passes on this route. The route passes through the wonderful slopes of Solang Nallah and Marhi. Keylong is located at an average elevation of 3350 meters metres (13,871 feet). It is cut off from the outside world from November to April, due to heavy snowfall at Rohtang Pass. Sights near Keylong include the Kardang, Shasur, and Tayul monasteries.

On arrival in Keylong you check into the hotel.
Overnight in Keylong

Day 08 : Keylong - Sarchu( 160 kms/08 hrs)

Morning after breakfast drive to Sarchu glimpse of the magnificent Mulkhila range of mountains on the right and climbing up from Darcha and Patseo one begins to slowly see the green slopes giving way to stark Tibetan landscape. This is region bordering the Rupshu region of Tibet and the nomadic people and their sheep. Before arriving at the grassland of Sarchu one has to traverse the second high pass called the Baralacha la (15500 feet). 
Overnight in Sarchu

Day 09 :Sarchu - Leh (180 kms/10 hrs)

Morning drive to Leh Leh is located in the Indus river valley at a crossroads of the old trading routes from Kashgar, Kashmir. However we continue over the Tanglang la ( 17560 feet) the second highest motorable pass in the world to finally enter the main Ladakh valley drained by the Indus river which joins you further down the valley. Assistance upon arrival check in to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure and acclimatize in Leh’s climate.
Overnight in Leh

Day 10 : Leh – Basgo – Likir - Alchi

Morning after breakfast we drive to Likir, Likir Gompa is situated atop a windy cliff top overlooking the beautiful village of Likir. It was founded in the 12th Century.
Basgo, The seat of power of a branch of the Namgyal family.
Afterwards drive and cross the River Indus and reach Alchi, Ladakh's most loved monastery. Over a century old, its wall paintings are very similar to those of the Tabo Gompa in Spiti,
Overnight Alchi Camp

Day 11 : Alchi – Lamayuru – Leh (127 kms /4-5 hrs)

Drive to Lamayuru monastery, founded by Rinchen Zangpo on a steep rock mountain. It lies at a distance of approximately 127 kms to the west of Leh town. Lamayuru Monastery belongs to the Red-Hat sect of Buddhism and houses approximately 150 Buddhist monks. The monastery is made up of a number of shrines and also has a very rich collection of thankas and magnificent wall paintings. At the outset, the Lamayuru Monastery consisted of five buildings, out of which only the central one exists today.   
After completing sightseeing drive back to Leh, upon arrival check in to hotel
Overnight in Leh

Day 12 : Leh

Today we proceed for Indus Valley monastery tour. Samkhar, as well as the Shanti Stupa, Stok Palace and main bazaar. The Leh Palace dominating the town was the former home of the Namgyal dynasty.
Excursion to Shey, Thiksey, Hemis
Drive to Shey the ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a gigantic gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni with a big silver lamp flaming in front of the statue.
Next we will go to visit Thiksey Gompa an remarkable complex mounting level upon level on a hill on top of the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 meter high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future. Drive further to visit the famous Hemis Gompa established in 1630's by Stag-tsang-ras-pa under the royal sponsorship of Sengge Namgyall.

Hemis is one of the leading and richest Gompas of Ladakh. The two-day festival of monastic dance in June-July has raised the status of Hemis for the most part. The festival is devoted to Guru Padmasambhava, generally known as second Buddha and responsible for dispersal Buddhism in the Tibet.
Later in the evening we drive back to hotel.
Overnight Leh

Day 13 : Leh – Delhi (By Air)

Morning transfer to the airport to board the flight for Delhi. Assistance upon arrival and transfer to hotel

Half day new Delhi sightseeing visiting the Qutab Minar, within its drudgery courtyard stands the Iron Pillar, which dates backs to the 4th century AD and put up with a Sanskrit devotion in the Gupta style. Also visit the Tomb of Humayun - a marvellous construction here red sandstone and white marble. Also vacation India Gate, a monument of the First World War and drive alongside the road that leads from there to the Rashtrapathi Bhawan - the abode of the President of India which is edge by the houses of Parliament and the Government Secretariat buildings
Overnight in Delhi

Day 14 : Depart Delhi

Today you will depart back to