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Home » Ladakh Trekking Packages » Ladakh Adventure Jeep Safari

Ladakh Trekking Packages >> Ladakh Adventure Jeep Safari

Duration: 12 Nights / 13 Days
Destination covered: Delhi-Srinagar -Drass- Kargil-Leh - Spituk - Alchi - Lekir- Uletokpo-Lamayuru- Leh-Sarchu- Manali-Manali-Kullu- Delhi


Day 1: Delhi- Srinagar (by air)

Transfer to Delhi airport (at your own) to catch flight to Leh
Begin your tour
Arrive into Srinagar
Welcome to Vardhman's "Ladhak Adventure Jeep Safari"!
On arrival at Srinagar Airport, you will be met and transfered by our representative to the House boat. Relax for a while and later proceed for Shikara ride at Dal Lake.
Dal Lake : Dal Lake is a scenic picnic spot surrounded by forests of pine. It is a good base for trekkers. A colorful annual fair is held here every September.
Shikara Ride : Shikara is a Gondola type light rowing boat. The one hour boat ride takes tourists on a relaxing sightseeing tour of interior parts of the calm and placid waters of Dal Lake, to see the market and the floating Gardens.
Overnight: Houseboat

Day 2: Srinagar
Early in the morning visit Shankaracharya Temple. Return to the hotel for breakfast and later in the afternoon visit Moghul Gardens. Relax for the remaining part of the day.
Mughal Gardens : Visit the Mughal Gardens, the Chashme Shahi (Royal Spring), Nishat Bagh(Pleasure Garden) and Shalimar Bagh(The Abode of Love).
Shankaracharya Temple : 5 km from Tourist Reception Center. Located on a hill one thousand feet above the city, it is also known as Takht-i-Sulaiman. Most authorities agree that the first edifice on this site was built by Jaluka, the son of Emperor Ashoka, around 200 BC. The low enclosing wall and the plinth of the existing temple is what has remained of the old temple. The philosopher sage Shankaracharya had stayed at this site when he had visited to Kashmir ten centuries ago to revive Sanatan Dharma. The present structure is said to have been built by an unknown Hindu devotee during the reign of Emperor Jehangir. The temple offers a magnificent view of the valley and the snowy peaks of the Pir Panjal range
Overnight: Houseboat

Day 3: Srinagar - Kargil Via Drass
On the day 4 of your tour drive to Kargil. Enroute visit Drass and Darads. Check into your pre-booked hotel for an overnight stay.
Drass: Drass 3230 metres, 60kms west of Kargil on the road to Srinagar, are a small township lying in the centre of a valley of the same name. It has become famous as the second coldest inhabited place in the world by virtue of the intense cold that descends upon the valley along with repeated snowfall during winter. Winter temperature is sometimes known to plummet to less than 40 degree Celsius. During the spring and summer, however the valley around the township becomes very picturesque as the gently undulating hillsides turn into lush green pastures splashed with a variety of fragrant wild flowers. Its inhabitants are mainly of Darad stock, an Aryan race believed to have originally migrated to the high valleys of the Western Himalayas from the Central Asian steppes.
Darads : They speak Shina which, unlike the Tibetan-originated Ladakhi dialects spoken elsewhere in Ladakh region, belong to the Indo-European linguistic family. Their ancestral sport, Horse Polo, which the Darads play with particular zeal, resembles our modern polo. The Drass vallley starts from the base of the Zojila pass, the Himalayan gateway to Ladakh. For centuries its inhabitants are known to have negotiated this formidable pass even during the most risky period in the autumn or early spring, when the whole sector remains snowbound and is subject to frequent snow storms, to transport trader's merchandise across and the to help stranded travelers to traverse it. By virtue of their mastery over the pass they had established a monopoly over the carrying trade during the heydays of the Pan-Asian. A hardy people enduring with fortitude the harshness of the valley's winter, the inhabitants of Drass can well be described as the guardians of Ladakh's gateway.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 4: Kargil - Leh
Morning visit to local Immambarah and Turkish inspired architectural structures from the Silk route days, when this used too be a major stop for Central Asian trade route. Then drive to Leh. On the way to Leh visit Mulbekh Monastery, perched on a mountain over the village of the same name, known for the huge image of Buddha carved from a giant rock. After Mulbekh, continue on to Alchi and Likir Monasteries. These monasteries house Buddha and renowned 1000-year-old religious wall paintings.
This evening arrive in Leh. Upon arrival, check into your hotel for an overnight stay.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 5: Leh
Today visit Hemis Gompa, Shey Palace & Gompa Thiksey Gompa.
Hemis Gompa: Ladakh's largest monastery. It contains a number of gold statues and Stupas decorated with precious stones and a superb collection of Thankas, including one that is the largest in existence. Hemis gompa is believed to have been established in 1630 by Lama Tagstang Raspa and built by Palden Sara under the patronage of King Sengge Namgyal on a site previously sanctified by the construction of a cave hermitage dating from the 12th century. This monastery is the oldest one in the area belonging to the Kargyu school. The Gompa is a unique example of a monastic complex of this period which manifests in its structure the geomantic principles which underlie religious constructions of this type.
Shey Palace And Gompa : Shey palace with its remarkable statue of Buddha and panoramic views of Indus valley. Situated on a hillock 15 Kms upstream from Leh, it was once the residence of the royal family. According to tradition, it was the seat of power of the pre-Tibetan kinds. A 7.5 mts high copper statue of Buddha, plated with gold and the largest of its kind, is installed here.
Thiksey Gompa : 19 Kms from Leh, spectacularly sited, Thiksey is one of the largest and architecturally most impressive Gompas. There are several temples in this Gompas, containing images, stupas and wall paintings of Buddha, which are exquisite.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 6: Leh Local sight seeing
On the day 6 of your tour proceed on a sightseeing tour of Leh. Visit Leh Bazaar, Leh Palace and Sankar gompa, the women's vegetable market in the afternoon. In the evening visiy the Sankar monastery, Leh Gompa, Phiyang, and Shanti Stupa. Later in the evening drive back to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Sankar Gompa & Village : A relatively modern monastery, it is closely associated with the Spituk monastery and served as the residence of the late head priest-Kushak Bakula. A number of gold icons are to be found here.
Phiyang Gompa : 17 Kms from Leh on the Leh-Kargil road, it looks like a huge palace from afar, build by Tashi Namgyal in the later half of the 16th century AD, it belongs to the Red Cap sect of Buddhists. Hundreds of icon of Buddha and other gods are kept on wooden shelves.
Shanti Stupa (Japanese Peace Pagoda) : Shanti Stupa/Japanese peace pagoda is build by a Japanese religious organization headed by Head monk Nakamura with the help from the organization and local people. It is situated at a hill top in Cahngspa village providing a bird eye view of the Leh town and the surrounding mountain peaks. Architecturally it has the Japanese touch with small clean rooms on the side for meditators and the main Japanese shrine at the entrance.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 7: Leh - Spituk - Alchi - Lekir- Uletokpo
After breakfast at the hotel drive towards Spituk and arrive after a drive of 8kms. From there move further upto Alchi, 64 kms from Leh. Here you'll see the awesome 11th century Alchi Gompa- the only Gompa in Ladakh region on flat ground. Thereafter, we cover Lekir to visit the splendid three storey Dharma Wheel Gompa. Here you'll be awestruck with the sight of the massive Buddha statues. You will come across frescoes depicting the life of Buddha.
Likir Gompa : Founded in the 11th century and rededicated to a different monastic order in the 15th century, its earlier Gompa was destroyed in a fire. The present Gompa dated back to the 18th century. Skilled craftsmen producing excellent Thankas, earthen pots and carved wooden folding stools, live here in the village. Majestically situated, Likir commands a spectacular view. A magnificent giant Jupiter tree, one of the few survivors of its species, stands in the courtyard.
Alchi Gompa : 70 Kms from Leh, on the banks of the Indus, is the Alchi Gompa dating a thousand years back. One of its walls features thousands of miniature sized pictures of the Buddha. Three large sized images made of clay and painted brightly are its focal attractions. No longer an active religious center, it is looked after by monks from the Liker monastery. This is the only monastery amongst 34 monasteries, which is not located on a hilltop.
Then drive to reach Uletokpa. Upon arrival, check into your Camp for an overnight stay.
Overnight: Camp

Day 8: Uletokpo-Lamayuru
Today drive to Lamayuru. This is a scruffy little place. Here we'll visit the small Wanlah Gompa located in the south of this place.
Lamayuru Monastery: It is situated at a distance of approximately 127 km to the west of Leh. The legend associated with this monastery goes that at the time of Sakyamuni (the Historical Buddha), nags (holy serpents) used to live in a Lake at the present day Lamayuru's valley. It was the prediction of the Bodhisattva Madhyantaka that the lake would get drained out, making the place for the construction of a monastery. It is further believed that in 11th century, Mahasiddhacharya Naropa, Indian Buddhist scholar, meditated for many years in a cave in Dukhang, still seen today.
The night is spent in an overnight camp in Lamayuru.
Overnight: Camp

Day 9: Lamayuru- Leh
After breakfast drive back to Leh. Driving in these high altitude regions is quite adventurous, with the winding and serpentine roads flanked by mountains on one side and deep gorges on the other.
Upon arrival, you check in at your hotel and spend the night there.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 10: Leh - Sarchu (Jeep Safari Towards Manali)
After an early breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Sarchu via through Tanglang La Pass 17,585ft world second highest motorable road. At Pang you can stop for lunch and continue driving to Lachungla pass, which is at a height of 5065 mts.
Upon arrival in Sarchu check in at your Camp for overnight. It will also be the coldest night during the whole tour.
Overnight: Camp

Day 11: Sarchu- Manali
Today drive to Manali via Baralacha Pass (4890m), Keylong (3350 m), & Rohtang Pass (3978 m). Manali, Located in the most charming and beautiful Kullu valley spreads out its charm on either side of river Beas. Kullu was once known as Kulanthpitha, which means the end of the habitable world. Beyond rose the forbidding heights of the Greater Himalayas, and by the banks of the shining river Beas, lay the fabled ' Silver Valley '. The valley runs north to south of Beas River and is 80 kms. Long and about 2 kms wide.
Upon arrival, check in at our hotel. Evening at leisure to explore the area on your own.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 12: Manali Sightseeing
After breakfast proceed on a city tour of Manali. Manali is a wonderful place nestled in the midst of Himalayan ranges, although Manali is a well know tourist destination and in the summer it is bustling with crowd, one can still get away from the hustle and bustle by going to quite areas of Manali like Vashisht. Visit the Doongari Devi,Solang Valley, Hadimba temple, Vashisht hot springs, Manu temple, Tibetan monastery.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 13: Manali-Kullu- Delhi
On the last day of your tour transfer to Kullu Airport to board the flight for Delhi with sweet and unforgettable memories of your "Ladhak Adventure Jeep Safari" escorted by Vardhman Vacations.
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