Explore Himachal with Amritsar (18 Nights / 19 Days)

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Explore Himachal with Amritsar

18 Nights / 19 Days
Shimla_Tourism_WetherDestinations Covered : Delhi – Amritsar – Dharamshala – Manali – Jespa – Leh – Alchi – Nurba

Day 01 : Arrive Delhi
Arrival at Delhi and transfer to railway station for train to Amritsar. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 02 : Amritsar Sightseeing
Amritsar Full day sightseeing. The major destination that will be covered includes Golden Temple, Jallianwala Bagh and Waggha Border.

Golden Temple

Soft AdventureThe Golden Temple is culturally the most significant place of worship of the Sikhs and one of the oldest Sikh gurdwaras. It is located in Amritsar, the holiest city for the Sikhs in the state of Punjab, India. This temple is a symbol of freedom and spiritual independence. Devotees from all over the world come to the to enjoy offer prayers and enjoy the peaceful envirnoment. The official name of the Temple is Harmandir Sahib or Darbar Sahib, which means literally: The Abode of God.

Jallianwala Bagh

Jallianwala Bagh reminds of the Masscare that involved the killing of hundreds of unarmed, defenseless Indians by a senior British military officer under the command of Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer. The incident took place on 13 April 1919 in the heart of Amritsar, on the birth anniversary of the Khalsa (Sikh Guru). Jallianwala Bagh, a garden belonging to the Jalla, derives name from that of the owners of this piece of land in Sikh times. It was then the property the family of Sardar Himmat Singh (d.1829), a noble in the court of Maharaja Ranjit Singh (1780-1839), who originally came from the village of Jalla, now in Fatehgarh Sahib District of the Punjab.

Wagah Border

The final frontier, Wagah about 28 km from Amritsar is the only border crossing between India and Pakistan. It’s an interesting experience, especially at sunset when the ‘Retreat’ ceremony takes place with the BSF on the Indian Side of the Border. The changing of the guards and the ceremonial lowering of the flags is carried out with great enthusiasm.

Day 03 : Amritsar – Dharamshala
Soft Adventure Drive for 7 to 8 hours covering the distance of 210km to reach Dharmshala. After a leisurely breakfast, drive closer to the panoramic Dhauladhar ranges and up to the enchanting town of Dharmshala.

Dharamshala (1387 m)
To the north, the Kangra valley flanked by the snow clad Dhauladhar ranges of the Himalayas, to the side which Dharmshala and Mcleodganj (also called Upper Dharmshala). Founded in 1855, Dharmshala is the principal township of Kangra commanding splendid view of the surrounding country. Surrounded by deodar forests, it is set against a back drop of massive snow capped peaks from three sides. After Tibet popularly known as roof top of the World, the only other name strikes the mind is, Dharmshala.. This is place where the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of the Tibetan’s, resides and also where the head quarters of the Tibetan Government in exile are located.

Day 04 : Dharamshala Sightseeing
Full day sightseeing – Visit to the place His Holiness – Dalai Lama, Tibetan medicine library and Bhagsunath Temple. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 05 : Dharamshala – Manali
Soft AdventureDrive for 7 to 8 hours covering the distance of almost 250 kilometers to reach Dharamshala. Enroute visit Tea Gardens at Palmpur and the Shiva Temple at Baijnath. Enjoy the most beautiful and picturesque part of the Himachal Pradesh, which takes you through some exhilarating scenery. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Palmpur – Tea Gardens
The lush green tea gardens at Palmpur will force you to stop give your eye a feast with the stunning view of the carpet of tea shrubs with a backdrop of the snow-capped Dhauladhar mountain range. On the way from Dharamshala to Manali, get the most breathtaking views of sheer nature. It is at one of the highest points in Palmpur.
Baijnath: Nestled in the Himalayas, Baijnath is located on the banks of the river Gomati. It is believed that Pandavas had built the Parvati temple during the exile to offer daily prayers to the goddess. History recalls that this is the only temple in India dedicated to Goddess Parvati and it is located in the valley of the River Garurie, in Baijnath which is at an altitude of 1125m.

Day 06 : Manali Sightseeing
Full day sightseeing around Manali and visit to major tourist destinations including Hadimba Temple, Old Manali and Nagger. Overnight stay at hotel.

Hadimba Temple

Resting on the stone platform in the dense stand of Old Deodar, Hadimba Temple is Manali’s oldest shrine. It is an excellent example of Pagoda architecture.

Old Manali

Old Manali, the village from which the modern Town takes its name. The village lies at distance of 3 km. from the main mall. Unlike its offspring, the settlement retains an unhurried and traditional feel. There is a Temple of Sage Manu after which the Manali has been named.

Nagger

Around 40 Minutes drive through the beautiful landscape dotted by chalets and lush green fields you can reach the Nagger, ancient capital of Kullu. There is a Castle, which now had been renovated and converted into a heritage hotel. There is also an art gallery of the famous Russian painter, writer and philosopher, Sir Nicholas Rhoriech. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 07 : Manali – Jespa
Drive 5 to 6 hours by car covering the distance of almost 121 km through Rohtang Pass (3980 m). Overnight stay at Hotel in Jespa.

Day 08 : Jespa – Leh
Drive about 10 hours covering the distance of 320 kms through Baralacha la (4670 Mtrs), Lachulung la (5150 Mtrs) and Taglangla. Ove night stay at Hotel.

Day 09 : Leh Sightseeing
Morning free for sightseeing and lesuire activities. In the afternoon, visit Spituk and Phyang Monasteries, which has some of the most prized Thangkas (painted scroll). The car will drop you at Leh main market so that you can enjoying the shopping strolling down to hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 10 : Leh Sightseeing
Drive about 2 hours covering the distance of approximately 40 km to Hemis (3650 Mtrs), the largest and most popular Monastery of Ladakh. It was established in the 17th century under the patronage of the famous Ladakhi ruler Singge Namgyal. The Monastry belongs to the Drukpa order of Tibetan Buddhism. En route visit Shey and Thiksey. Overnight stay ay Hotel at Leh.

Day 11 : Leh – Alchi
Drive about 4 to 5 hours covering the distance of 70 Kms en route visit Basgo Palace and Likir Monastery. Alchi is Ladakh’s most valuable heritage known as Choskor, the primary attraction is 1000-year old wall paintings, which makes visit most worthwhile. Overnight stay at Guest House (3040 m).

Day 12 : Alchi Sightseeing
After breakfast drive to Redzong through narrow gorge that leads you to Rezong Monastery. Visit the beautiful Monastery. Drive continues for about 5 hour to and fro to Lamayuru. Return back to Alchi and overnight stay at Guest House.

Day 13 : Alchi – Leh
After breakfast return to Leh. Afternoon free to explore Leh city and surroundings by your own. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 14 : Leh
An interesting desert up and down easy hiking of 3 to 4 hours, walk through two attractive small passes of 3700 m. From the top of the pass, you can see the beautiful view of the part of the famous village Sabu. Continue the trek and then arrive at Sabu village. Picnic lunch will be served near the spring. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 15 : Leh – Nubra
Drive for 5 to 6 hours covering the distance of 125 kilometers. Cross the world’s highest motorable pass Khardongla (5603 m / 18380 ft). Enter the beautiful valley famous for the ancient Caravan route to Central Asia and to places like Kashgar and Yarkand. The road was also known as the treaty road in the past. Nubra literally means the valley of flowers. Take a ride on the double hump Bacterium Camel in the sand dune. Overnight stay at Hotel / Guest House (3146 m).

Day 16 : Nubra Sightseeing
Early morning visit to Samstangling Monastery. Move along the Shyok and Nubra rivers in the afternoon. Visit Deskit and Hunder village. Overnight stay ay Hotel / Guest House.

Day 17 : Nubra – Leh
Drive back to Leh about 5 to 6 hours covering the distance of 125 kms. Overnight stay at hotel at Leh (3500 m).

Day 18 : Leh
Early morning drive to Thiksey Monastery for prayer ( Meet the monks). After prayer session drive to Stok village for Breakfast with Ladakhi family. Afternoon free for Shopping. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 19 : Leh – Delhi
Early morning transfer to airport for departure flight.

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