The best destination of JEEP SAFARI exploration among the Indian higher regions is Ladakh with numerous unspoiled areas, which are a little off-track because their high altitude location makes them inaccessible for the usual holidaymakers. The journey from Manali to Leh, 475 km is one of the ultimate challenges on the JEEP SAFARI. The road is one-lane tarmac and ideal for JEEP SAFARI. Traffic is very light; hardly five to ten vehicles to be encountered. Summer months are relatively dry. This route is open from end of June till first week of October.
Gompas built around the palace. Shey palace was built by Deldan Namgyal in the beginning of 17’Th century AD. Main attraction in Shey is the 12m Shakyamuni Buddha statue inside the Dresthang Gompa.
A JEEP SAFARI in one of the most beautiful and remote regions of the world, the Changthang Plateau. Discover the mesmerising blue waters of the Pangong, Tsomoriri and Tso Kar lakes. You even get to travel along the ancient Silk Route, the link between India and Central Asia and to the highest motorable pass in the world, Khardung la (5606 mts).
Area: The land of high passes
Season: July to Sept
Altitude: 5606 mts/18388 ft
Duration: 10 days
Day 01): Arrive Delhi
Upon arrival at Delhi airport met our representative and then transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 02): Delhi – Leh
Early in the morning transfer to airport to catch a flight for Leh. On arrival at Leh airport met our representative and then transfer to hotel for relax and acclimatisation. Overnight stay.
Day 03): Leh – Shey – Thiksey – Hemis
On this day you will go a sightseeing trip to some ancient monasteries in this area.
Shey Gompa is about 15 kms from Leh. It used to be the summer palace of the kings of Ladakh. There are lots of Stupas and Gompas built around the palace. Shey palace was built by Deldan Namgyal in the beginning of 17’Th century AD. Main attraction in Shey is the 12m Shakyamuni Buddha statue inside the Dresthang Gompa.
Thiksey Gompa, close to Shey is about 17 kms from Leh. The monastery is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Ladakh and belongs to the Gelukspa order.
Hemis, about 45 kms south of Leh it is one of the most famous and largest monastery in Ladakh. It belongs to the Drukpa order and was founded in the early 17’Th century. The setting is perfect with the monastery cradled in a lovely valley, surrounded by streams and fronted by long Mani walls. Overnight stay at the guest house.
Day 04): Leh – Alchi
After breakfast drive to Alchi, enroute visit Basgo Palace and Likir Monastery. The present Gompa in Likir dates back to the 18th century. It contains huge clay images of Buddha and various old manuscripts. It also houses an interesting collection of Thangkas, old religious and domestic costumes and implements etc. Arrive in Alchi by the afternoon. Visit the monastery at Alchi; spend the afternoon exploring the village. Overnight in a camp or a guest house.
Day 05): Alchi – Lamayuru
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing of Lamayuru Monastery. Lamayuru has fascinating caves carved out of the mountainside. Also known as Yung Drung (Swastika) it is sited on a high promontory overlooking the village and valley. For sheer spectacle value no other Gompa can match Lamayuru. Overnight stay in guest house/hotel.
Day 06): Lamayuru – Kargil
In the morning we visit the Lamayuru monastery to be part of the morning religious ceremony. It’s a very soothing and spiritual experience to be there among these warm and friendly monks. Then drive to Kargil and overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 07): Kargil – Rangdum
In the morning after breakfast we drive towards Suru valley along Suru River. Enroute we see the mighty twin peaks of Nun & Kun that are among the most challenging peaks in Ladakh. By evening we arrive at Rangdum plains in Zanskar region. Overnight stay in the tents in the picturesque campsite.
Day 08): Rangdum – Padum
In the morning we start and visit the famous Rangdum Monastery perched on a solitary rock in the middle of the valley. After that we drive to Padum, the capital of Zanskar region. By late afternoon we reach Padum and check in at the hotel for the overnight stay.
Day 09 & Day 10): Padum
Visit various monasteries & villages for 2 days. Stay overnight at the hotel in Padum.
Places that can be visited in and around Padum like Karsha, Sani –Zongkhul, Thongde, Zangla, Bardan – Pibting etc. overnight stay.
Day 11): Padum – Rangdum
Morning drive back to Rangdum. Overnight stay in tented camp.
Day 12): Rangdum – Kargil
Morning we drive back to Kargil, on arrival check in the hotel. Later proceed for a short visit of the town, which has some of the finest examples of Turkish style houses. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 13): Kargil – Leh
On our way back to Leh we can visit the Basgo monastery, famous for its Buddha statue. In Leh overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 14): Leh
Day at leisure or option of visiting more monasteries. Overnight stay at Leh.
Day 15): Leh – Delhi
In the morning transfer to airport to catch a flight for Delhi