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A Himalayan adventure to remote monasteries and frozen glaciers. Crafted by women, for women. Embark on an epic journey from the hot plains of Delhi to the mountains of Ladakh across some of the most breathtaking landscapes on Earth. Conquer India's rooftop as you tour Amritsar's Golden temple and the most alluring hill stations in the north: Dharamshala and Manali.
Assistance upon arrival, check in the hotel and then tour briefing by our staff followed by a half-day city tour of Delhi.
India’s largest city, Delhi, has been one of the country’s commercial and economic hubs for centuries and, as a result, is incredibly rich in culture and history. Made up of the ancient walled city of Old Delhi and the more modern sector, New Delhi, the city encompasses a staggering array of beautiful architecture, notable monuments and age-old temples, including three UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the Red Fort (outside visit), Qutab Minar and Humayun's Tomb.
Early morning, after breakfast (or packed breakfast) transfer to the railway station for your train to Amritsar. Upon arrival meet with your tour manager and transfer to the hotel.
In the afternoon, after some rest, rickshaw ride around the streets of Amritsar and visit the Golden Temple is the holiest shrine of the Sikh religion. Also known as the Hari Mandir it is surrounded by the pool Amrit Sarover, which gives the town its name. Pilgrims and visitors must remove their shoes, wash their feet and cover their head. The temple itself is a must see, receiving well over 100 000 people every day who come to worship at this holy shrine. In the evening, witness a special prayer ceremony at the temple.
|Delhi → Amritsar||8h|
Early morning visit to the Golden Temple to witness the morning prayers. Then we will visit the Jallainwala Bagh, a public garden built to commemorate the martyrdom of Punjabis during the colonial times. To complete our city tour of Amritsar, we will drive to the outskirts of the city to the Wagah Border, which separates India and Pakistan. Here we will witness the solemn closing ceremony that happens every day on the Indian side of the border. We will finally return to the hotel or we can once again enjoy the evening at the Golden Temple.
Today we drive across the Dhauldhar Range to the famous hill-station of Dharmshala, the home of the Dalai Lama and the headquarters of the Tibetan Government in Exile.
In the afternoon, we will have a short walk around the town and visit a village family house for dinner, where you will meet Indian women and join them for some cooking. Talk to them and learn about their customs and traditions, learn to dress up in a tradition sari and paint your hands with henna designs.
|Amritsar → Dharamshala||4h 30min|
This day we have a full-day city tour of Dharamshala. Our first stop on the route will be the home of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Then we will continue to the Norbulingka Institute, which focuses its efforts on the training, education and employment for Tibetans, fostering the preservation of Tibetan community and family values. Next is the Tibetan Children Village, an educational center for destitute Tibetan children in exile, as well as for many others that flee from Tibet every year. We will close our tour with a visit to the Genden Choeling Nunnery where you can participate in the afternoon Puja and listen to the chanting by Tibetan Nuns.
We will have the rest of the day to explore its winding lanes and its great shops and markets where you can find Tibetan jewellery, mandala paintings, singing bowls, colorful weavings and much more.
Today we leave of Dharmshala behind and drive across the winding Himalayas to the hill-station of Manali. Surrounded by the majestic peaks of the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal Ranges, at the head of the Kullu Valley, Manali is one of Himachal Pradesh’s main tourist attractions. Luring intrepid travellers since the 1970’s, this quaint hill station makes the ideal base to chill, and enjoy the many eccentric cafes, hippy shops and markets before lacing up your hiking boots and trekking into the surrounding mountains.
|Dharamshala → Manali||8h|
We will wake up early morning to take a yoga session in the forest by a professional yoga instructor.
After the class we will have breakfast and then start our full-day city tour of Manali, which is also known as the "Queen of the Mountains". Our first stop will be the wooden Nagar Castle, which used to be royal residence when Manali was the capital of the Kullu Valley. Next to the castle we will find two very interesting temples that we will also visit: Gauri Shankar and the Chatar Bhuj.
We will then visit a village family house for lunch, where you will meet Indian women and join as they prepare the meals. There will be good time to talk to them and get an insight of their traditions and everyday life.
Once we wave our hosts goodbye we will continue with our city tour of Manali, starting with the Hadimba Temple, a four-story wooden temple located in the middle of a forest called the Dhungiri Van Vihar. Then we will continue to Gadhan Thekchoking Gompa, a brightly colored shrine built by Tibetan refugees.
After breakfast we will start our journey to Jispa over the mighty Rohtang pass (3998m). During the next couple of days we will slowly ascend from the "lower" altitudes of Manali to cities and villages that sit over 5000m. We will make most of all the possible stops in order to make it a more pleasant ride and to allow our body to acclimatize to the altitude.
On this drive we will spend some time at Rohtang to admire the jaw-dropping beauty of the Manali Valley. Our drive will then enter the rocky and barren Lahaul Valley, whose inhabitants still practice polygamy. Along the route, we will also have time to explore the picturesque monastery at Gemur Village which is perched high above the village. Our drive will then continue to Jispa via Keylong, a bustling village with a very interesting market.
|Manali → Jispa||239 km|
After breakfast we will leave for Sarchu (4290m), which marks the border between the states of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. We will relax at the camp for the rest of the day, allowing our body to acclimatize and prepare for the next drive.
|Jispa → Sarchu||91 km|
After an early
breakfast at our camp, we will commence the long
drive to Leh across the southern tip of the Tibetan Plateau, crossing Tanglang la (5359m), the highest pass on this road. We will arrive to our hotel in Leh in the evening.
|Sarchu → Leh||282 km|
Today we will make full-day tour of Leh and its surroundings. Nestled among isolated mountain peaks, the bustling town of Leh has long been an important stopover for trade between Kashmir, Tibet, India and China. From a high viewpoint, grey flat-topped houses dominate the old city and sprawl through the valley easing off into a verdant patchwork of irrigated barley fields and tall trees, which light up the landscape.
We will start our tour witnessing the morning prayers at Thiksey Gompa, a breathtaking monastery nestled on top of a craggy hill that resembles the Potala Palace in Lhasa. After exploring Thiksey, we will get ample time to have fun riding an ATV vehicle across the Trans-Himalayan Desert plains. The tours continues with a visit of the Shey Gompa and Palace complex, once the old capital and residence of the Ladakh kings, before finally closing at the ancient Hemis Gompa.
Today we will embark on a full-day monastery tour to the surrounding Tibetan villages of Leh. First stop is the 10th century Alchi Gompa, which features some of the most elaborate buddhist paintings in the Himalayas. Wander around its prayer halls and corridors amidst red-robed lamas performing ceremonies and chants. Then we will drive to Likir Gompa, famous for its towering Maitreya statue overlooking the mountains, and finish with Lamayuru Gompa, one of Ladakhs largest and oldest monasteries located amidst an awe-inspiring lunar landscape.
Today we will have a free day to explore Leh on our own.
In the early morning we will take our flight to Delhi. Upon arrival at Delhi national airport transfer to the hotel.
Rest of day is at leisure for you to explore the temples, markets and bazaars of Delhi with service of car and driver.
|Leh → Delhi||1h 30min|
After breakfast and check out from the hotel, you will be transferred to the airport to connect with your onward flight.
|Prices per person||4 pax|
|1 Jun 2019 - 30 Sep 2019||$2814||$2300|
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