Journey Roof World

Journey Roof World

Journey To The Roof Of The World

Duration : 11 Night / 12 Days
Highlights : Manali to Leh Jeep Safari over Taglangla Pass, Jeep Safari to Worlds higest motorable road - Khardungla, Jeep Safari to Sham Valley and Monastery tour
Best time to travel : June 2014 To Sept 2014

Package's Detail:

The Khardung La or pass as it means in Tibetan language is a high mountain pass at the height of 17,582 feet. Situated almost 39 kms by road from Leh, it is one of the highest motorable pass in the world. Strategically and historically Khardung La is of immense importance to India as it lies on the major caravan route from Leh to Kashgar in Central Asia and is the gateway to the Shyok and Nubra valleys, besides being of immense importance to the Indian security forces for being an important route to carry supplies to the Siachen Glacier.


The experience of reaching so far and standing on this pass is always beyond words for all and sundry. While people may debate if it is the highest motorable pass in the world or not; the fact remains that only a few fortunate ones get an opportunity to reach till here and Itourify India can vouch for the fact that this is one safari that no tourist can ever forget in a lifetime.

Itinerary Description:

Day 01 :


Arrive Delhi


Upon arrival, meet and assist and then transfer to your hotel. O/N in hotel.


Day 02 :


Train from Delhi/Chandigarh – Nalagarh (58 kms/01 ½ hr)


After breakfast, transfer to station to board train to Chandigarh. Upon arrival, meet and assist and then drive to Nalagarh. Nalagarh, a beautiful city in Solan District of Himachal Pradesh in India and renowned in the medieval period as Hindur State was founded by Raja Ajai Chand in 1100 AD, is the gateway to the charming Himachal Pradesh. It was the location of the prestigious princely state during the British Raj. Art and architecture knitted with the culture of this place. The Chandela Rajputs, patron the growth of art and architecture of Nalagarh, once ruled it. The Ramgarh Fort and the associated town of Ramshere demonstrate the excellence and unique craftsmanship of those times. The last ruler of Nalagarh was Raja Surendra Singh. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel. O/N in hotel.


Day 03 :


Nalagarh – Manali (220 kms/05 hrs)


After breakfast, drive to Manali. Situated in the central parts of the northern state of Himachal Pradesh, Manali is at northern end of the Kullu valley, 280 km north of the state capital Shimla and 108 km from Mandi. Manali is perched at an altitude of 2050 meters above sea level and is spread along the banks of the river Beas. Surrounded by towering peaks at an arm length, Manali's major asset is its proximity to the snowline. Manali is circled by beautiful glades of deodars and flowering horse chestnuts.  It is one of the most popular honeymoon destination and trailhead for numerous treks as well as a great countryside ideal for adventure sport lovers. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel. O/N in hotel.


Day 04 :


Manali – Jispa (145 kms/06 – 07 hrs)


Start your overland journey and drive to Jispa. This high altitude road beyond the great Himalayan range, connects the densely fertile and green Kullu valley to the stark barren region of Ladakh. The drive starts at Manali slowly winding up mountain roads till Rohtang Pass at 3,950M which connects the Kullu to the Lahaul valley. On entering the Lahaul valley we see a distinct change with the Hindu influence being replaced with the Buddhist religion. Continue drive to Jispa via Keylong. Arrive Jispa and check in hotel for dinner and overnight stay.


Day 05 :


Jispa - Tsokar (170 Km / 8 – 9 Hrs Drive.


After breakfast we first drive from Jispa to Sarchu (84 kms) we will cross the Bara Lacha La Pass (16,500 ft above sea level). The word Baralacha means “a pass with cross roads". Here the road from Zanskar, Ladakh, Spiti and Lahaul meet. Sarchu is a vast valley that offers spectacular sights of the Tsarap River carving an extraordinary gorge through the Sarchu Plains. From here we carry on another 160 Kms to the famous Tso Kar (Kar is Lake). Tso Kar is also called the White Lake because of salt deposits around it. It is approx. 45 km northwest of the Tso Moriri Lake. Tso Kar is so salty that salt extracted from its margins are still sold all over Ladakh. We climb a series of 21 hairpin bends carved into the mountainside known as the Gata Loops and then after descending we once again wind our way up the Lachlung La pass (16,600 ft above sea level). From here, the road twists its way to Pang through an amazing canyon with sheer cliffs and rocky outcrops looming up on both sides of the road. After our permits are checked at Pang outpost, we will ascend to the Pang Plateau also known as the More Plains. This high altitude desert plateau at 4000 Mts is encircled by snow-capped peaks and is 52 Kms long and more than 12 Kms wide at places. We drive on the dirt tracks on the plateau till the deserted village of Debring from where we will leave the main axis to Leh and drive off road for 5 Kms till our camp site on the banks of the Tso Kar Lake.  


Day 06 :


Tsokar – Leh (125 kms/06 – 07 hrs)


After an early breakfast, we will drive 5 Kms back to the main Manali - Leh road at Debring. From Debring we will climb to the Taglang La pass which crosses the Zanskar range to drop into the Ladakh valley at Rumtse. Starting with the first village at Rumtse, we will now see enough civilisation that is a welcome break from the uninhabited regions we crossed to get here. Vibrant green farms, quaint villages, remote monasteries and clear blues skies all combine to make this a memorable day. We will hit the Indus River at Upshi where we will take a short break till our passports and permits are checked. From Upshi you will drive along the true right bank of the Indus River all the way till Leh, the capital of Ladakh. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Leh.


Day 07 :


Indus Valley Monastery tour (120 Kms round trip)


Morning after breakfast, drive to Thiksey village, visit Thiksey monastery and drive to Shey Village to visit Shey Palace and Gompa. Continue drive to Hemis monastery to visit one of the most famous monasteries of Ladakh. Later on the way back to Leh Visit Stok Palace and Museum. Come back to Leh in the evening and relax at the hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Leh.


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.


SHEY PALACE AND GOMPA: 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.


HEMIS GOMPA: 40 Kms from Leh, it is the wealthiest, best known and biggest Gompa of Ladakh. Its popularity stems from the major annual festival held here in summer. The festival is in honor of Guru Padma Sambhava’s birth anniversary. It also has the largest Thanka in Ladakh which is unfurled once in 12 years Hemis was built in 1630 during the reign of Singge Namgyal, an illustrious ruler of Ladakh. It flourished under the Namgyal Dynasty for the royalty favored the Drugpa sect, which is managed the monastery. It is divided into two, the assembly hall on the right and the main temple on the left. The hall (Dukhang) is also used as “green room” by the dancers during the festival. The temple is known as Tshogkhang. The verandahs have a surfeit of frescoes, among them the Buddhist “Wheel Of Life” (Kalachakra) and the lords of the four quarters, besides the prayer wheel.


STOK PALACE & MUSEUM: The palace of the banished royal family, Stok has a museum which displays fabulous period costumes and jewelry of the royalty along with exquisite Thankas representing the life style of Shakya Muni. Interesting historical objects like coins, armor, weapons, precious jades and porcelain too can be seen here.


Day 08 :


Leh – Alchi (75 Kms)


Morning after breakfast drive to Alchi with packed lunch. Enroute visit, Magnetic Hill,  Confluence of Zanskar and Indus river, Basgo Fort and Likir Monastery. Arrive Alchi and visit Alchi Monastery.  Dinner and overnight at hotel / camp in Alchi.


MAGNETIC HILL : Defying the Law of gravity. This place is close to the Gurdwara Shri Patthar Sahib. It has been noticed that when a vehicle is parked on neutral gear on this metallic road the vehicle slides up-hill that’s the Believe it or not of Ladakh!


CONFLENCE OF THE ZANSKAR & INDUS : On way to Sham Valley before Nimu village one can have this magnificent view of two rivers in wed-lock! In seasons they have different colors and flow and wildness.


BASGO GOMPA: 40 Kms downstream from Leh, it was the seat of power of branch of a Namgyal family. It was here in 1680 that invading Mongol and Tibetan armies were held in check over a three year old siege. Original 16th century murals and other arts at Basgo are well worth a visit.


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.


Day 09 :


Alchi -  Lamayuru - Leh. (180 Kms round trip)


Early morning drive to Lamayuru. Lamayuru is famous for its ancient monastery and the surrounding landscape which closely resembles the surface of moon. This is where Ladakh gets its name ‘The Moonland’. Later visit the Rizong monastery and Chulichan nunnery and drive back to Leh. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Leh.


LAMAYURU GOMPA: The oldest holy site in Ladakh, it was a bon shrine prior to the advent of Buddhism. 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.


RIDZONG GOMPA: Rizong is the most isolated monastery of all the monastery of Ladakh. Rizong Gompa is known as the paradise for Meditation. Guru Padma Sambhava is believed to meditate here for years. One can still find the small caves where Lamas used to meditate for years cutting themselves from the rest of the world except for an one feet square outlet window from where they accept the one time meal of the day.


CHULICHAN: Chulichan, the nunnery is around one and half Kms. below the Rizong monastery; around 20 Nuns resides at Chulichan. They provide food and cloths to the monks and perform morning and evening prayers.


Day 10 :


Excursion to Khardungla Pass (78 Km round trip)


After breakfast prepare yourself for the ultimate adventure of your life. We will drive upto the Kardungla Top to have a magnificent view of the surrounding valleys. After spending some time there come back to Hotel and relax. In the evening take a small round trip to Shanti Stupa for the beautiful sunset view over the entire Leh Valley. Overnight at Hotel in Leh.


KHARDUNGLA PASS: The road journey to Nubra valley leads through Khardung La pass (The highest Motorable road in the world) 18,390 ft. around 39 Kms. Away from Leh. There are two checkpoints on the both sides of the pass. Khardong is the first village of Nubra valley at higher altitude than Deskit and other villages.


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.


Day 11 :


Fly Leh - Delhi


Leave on time for Leh airport to board your flight to Delhi. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel. O/N in hotel.


Day 12 :


Final departure


Final departure transfer to airport to board flight for onward journey

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