15 DAYS

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OVERVIEW

An oasis of gleaming blue and pristine white, enclosed by spectacular mountains and festooned with colorful prayer flags fluttering in the wind – Ladakh is pure magic. And nothing less than that. A road trip through this enchanted land – which will have you cruising upon some of the highest motorable passes in the world while basking in the warm tranquillity of postcard-pretty Tibetan Buddhist monasteries that cast a shadow upon a landscape that displays only the best that nature has to offer – promises to be nothing short of being unbelievably exhilarating.

The Himalayas in all their glory, Nubra Valley, Khardung La and numerous other daunting mountain passes, Thiksey Monastery, Pangong Lake, Tiger Hill, and Golden Temple amidst others – the list of attractions on offer here seems endless. Add the signature spunk of Adventures Overland to this equation, and what you have is the prospect of a self-drive journey so exceptional and stimulating, it will leave you truly awestruck by the end of it.

DAY 1: CHANDIGARH – MANALI
The coveted day has finally arrived when we flag-off one of our most adventurous expeditions! Meet and greet the expedition leaders along with your fellow trip mates, who will be akin to your family for the coming 15 days. We start driving from Chandigarh early morning in order to reach Manali by late evening. The drive is superbly scenic as lush green mountains present a welcome sight once we cross Bilaspur. We would halt for lunch during the daytime, followed by another quick halt for tea and refreshments later. On arrival at Manali, check in to the hotel and relax as the first day of this inspiring journey culminates. Here onward, the upcoming days are going to be even more challenging as we make our way past numerous mountain tops that promise a vision of unparalleled beauty.

Overnight in Manali

 

DAY 2: MANALI – JISPA
Today, we would be driving to Jispa – a small village in the Lahaul region of Himachal. En route, you will catch the first glimpse of Rohtang La, located at a stupendous height of 13,060 ft. Arid and extremely cold, this area is surrounded by high mountains on all sides: The Great Himalayas to the North, The Pir Panjal to the South and the Spiti-Chandra Valley to the East. The barren landscape and sparse vegetation lend a distinctive charm to this otherwise bleak region. It’s important we all leave by 4 am in order to avoid getting caught up in the incoming traffic at Rohtang La. On the way, we will stopover at Keylong Village from where you can view the awe-inspiring Bara-Shigri Glacier in all its splendor. Have lunch at the celebrated Khoksar Dhaba and continue driving towards Jispa, after a quick stop for refueling at Tandi. Grab a sumptuous dinner on arrival, as you bid goodbye to the second day of this trip.

Overnight in Jispa

 

DAY 3: JISPA (REST DAY)
We use this day to explore the picturesque village of Jispa while giving our bodies the opportunity to acclimatize and prepare for the steep climb ahead of us. The process of acclimatization can be accelerated by consuming lots of water which helps in keeping Altitude Mountain Sickness at bay. Jispa, which is located along the River Bhaga, comes dotted with several Buddhist stupas which make for a pretty sight indeed. Take your vehicles for a spin at the banks of the river as you enjoy lunch in the lap of nature. Later, we return to the hotel for dinner and spend the night amongst gloriously verdant mountains encircling us.

Overnight in Jispa

 

DAY 4: JISPA – LEH
The sun rises on what promises to be one of the most exciting days of the journey so far. Today, you would be ticking quite a bit off your bucket list. We leave Jispa early morning and drive through Zingzingbar to reach Baralacha La, situated at a whopping 16,040 ft above sea level. Take in the rugged gorgeousness of the Himalayas as the road leads you towards Sarchu – the border area connecting Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh region in Jammu & Kashmir. From here, we drive and cross the daunting Gata Loops which is a site famous for its 21 hairpin bends that will truly test your driving skills. Further ahead, we would be also covering two more passes namely Nakee La (15,547 ft) and Lachulung La (16,600 ft) before taking a halt at Pang for lunch. The topography is rocky, the air is crisp, and the locals here are friendly and simple folk who cherish their way of life; it seems like another world altogether. We drive onwards and soak in the calm aura of More Plains before crossing yet another pass, Tanglang La (17,480 ft). The long and exciting day draws to a close as we reach Leh by late evening, check-in into our hotel and grab a delicious dinner before hitting the bed for much-needed rest.

Overnight in Leh

 

DAY 5: LEH (REST DAY)
A well-deserved break is what awaits you, as we use this day to explore Leh and immerse ourselves in the local culture. Kickstart your day by visiting Leh Palace. Also known as ‘Lhachen Palkhar’, this marvelous specimen of Tibetan architecture was built in the 17th century by the founder of the Namgyal Dynasty, Tsewang Namgyal. We also get to visit Shanti Stupa, a Chorten situated on a hilltop that affords remarkable bird’s eye view of the Leh town. Post the sightseeing, feel free to take a stroll through the local market and experience the vibe of this lively city.

Overnight in Leh

 

DAY 6: LEH TO NUBRA VIA KHARDUNG LA
A new day offers new scope for adventure! Start your day driving towards Nubra Valley situated to the north of Leh. This deep-cut marvel of nature abounds with incredible views as far as the eye can see. We would be driving across one of the World’s Highest Motorable Passes Khardung La. Not for the faint-hearted, this pass is situated approximately at an elevation of 18,300 ft above sea level and offers an astounding view of the valley below. After crossing the pass, you will reach the Khardung Village followed by a lunch halt at Khalser. Further ahead, we cross Diskit and reach Hunder Village which lies on the ancient Silk Route and is famous for its sweeping sand dunes and double-humped Bactrian Camels. Spend the rest of the day at leisure and allow the stunning setting to captivate your senses.

Overnight in Nubra Valley

 

DAY 7: NUBRA
Today is the day to let yourself be overwhelmed by the beauty of unspoiled nature. Go ahead and explore the valley through a safari on the double-humped Bactrian Camels, or a thrilling ATV ride. Post lunch, we head back to the campsite to spend the rest of the day at leisure. A delectable dinner will be then followed by a night of rest amidst the fabulous backdrop that will revitalize you completely.

Overnight in Nubra Valley

 

DAY 8: NUBRA – LEH
Post breakfast on Day 8, we get ready to drive back to Leh via Khardung La once again. We will take a halt to visit the Diskit Monastery – the oldest and the largest Buddhist Gompa in Nubra Valley. Further ahead, we cross North Pullu and South Pullu to finally reach Leh. Upon arrival, give your body a break and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Leh

 

DAY 9: LEH – PANGONG – LEH
The day is finally upon us when we get the opportunity to visit the memorable site where an unbelievably pristine body of water lies unperturbed in stark contrast to surrounding mountains. Situated roughly at 14,270 ft, Pangong Tso is a sight to behold! This exceptionally lovely, endorheic lake is approximately 135 km long and extends from India to Tibet. Post a hearty breakfast, we drive to Pangong Lake crossing Chang La which is situated at 17,585 ft above sea level and will prove to be a challenge owing to the lack of oxygen in the area. En route, we also visit one of the largest and the most famous monasteries in Ladakh which resembles Tibet’s Patola Palace – Thiksey Monastery. Further on, we continue driving towards the lake and after spending a while appreciating this marvel of nature, we get ready to drive back to Leh for food and restful sleep.

Overnight in Leh

 

DAY 10: LEH – KARGIL
Tuck in a splendid breakfast, and get ready to leave for Kargil today. We halt on the way in order to visit the Hall of Fame – a museum built and run by the Indian Army to commemorate the memory of the brave Indian soldiers who have laid their lives for the country. We also visit Gurdwara Pathar Sahib which dates all the way back to 1517 and marks the visit of Shree Guru Nanak Dev to Ladakh. Next up is the mysterious Magnetic Hill, where one can switch off the ignition and still move uphill at a speed of 20 km/hour. While driving in the region, you will bear witness to the unearthly looking landscape which comprises rocks arising in varied forms with gradations of colors from yellow to grey. The extraordinary site of Sangam here, where the different colored waters of rivers Zanskar and Indus congregate, is unmissable. We halt for lunch at the Mulbekh village and settle into our comfy hotel upon finally reaching Kargil.

Overnight in Kargil

 

DAY 11: KARGIL – SRINAGAR
We leave for Srinagar on this morning after breakfast, crossing the famed Zoji La (11,575 ft) and Drass Village (2nd coldest inhabited village in the world) on the way. Relish the superb views of the renowned Tololing Heights, Tiger Hill, and Point 4875 (Batra Top) from the Kargil War Memorial, where we halt to pay our humble homage to the martyrs who sacrificed themselves for our safety. Upon arrival to the capital of Jammu & Kashmir, spend the rest of your day at leisure.

Overnight in Srinagar

 

DAY 12: SRINAGAR (REST DAY)
Today you are free to spend the day as per your liking. Indulge in a Shikara ride at the celebrated Dal Lake or visit the exquisitely romantic Shalimar Bagh Mughal Garden. Originally named ‘Farah Baksh’, Shalimar Bagh was built in the year 1619 by Emperor Jehangir for his cherished Queen Nur Jehan. Apart from sightseeing, don’t forget to sample the delightful local cuisine that this city has to offer.

Overnight in Srinagar

 

DAY 13: SRINAGAR – PATNITOP
Post breakfast, we get ready to drive to Patnitop today. This will be our last night in the lap of plush emerald mountains, so make it count! Breathe in the crisply fresh air, and admire the vastness and magnificence of the great Himalayas. We subsequently reach Patnitop and retire for the night after a lip-smacking dinner.

Overnight in Patnitop

 

DAY 14: PATNITOP – AMRITSAR
The time has come for us to drive to the historic city of Amritsar in Punjab. Observe the landscape gradually changing back to the usual, as you fondly look back at the incredible feats you have achieved in the past two weeks. Any trip around this region would be considered incomplete without a visit to the divinely beautiful Golden Temple. Designed by the 5th Sikh guru, Guru Arjan Dev in the late 16th century, the foundation stone for the Golden Temple was laid by Sufi saint, Sai Hazrat Mian Mir. After paying our respects at this holy site, we head to the hotel to spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Amritsar

 

DAY 15: DEPARTURE
The ultimate day of the expedition is here, and we are certain you too cannot fathom how swiftly the past two weeks flew by. All good things are destined to come to an end, and so does this journey. Bid adieu to the team and your mates with whom you have now created some tremendous memories, full of thrill and adventure. But not all farewells have to be lasting; and we promise to again lend our hand when you seek to explore another fascinating part of this world.

HIGHLIGHTS
Date: 12th July 2020 – 26th July 2020

Duration: 14 Nights / 15 Days

Cost: INR 1,65,000 Per Person

TOUR INCLUSIONS
Accommodation: All Hotels And Camps On Twin Sharing
Activities To Make The Experience Truly Memorable
Back-Up Team With A Crew Vehicle, Oxygen Cylinders, Emergency Food Supplies, And First Aid Kit
Road Book, Map, Wireless Radio Set
Route Planning
Meal – Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, And Dinner
Local Guidance From Experts
All Inner Line Permits For Restricted Areas
Limited Stock Of Chocolates, Snacks, Water And Soft Beverages For Every Vehicle
Entry Fee For Monasteries


TOUR EXCLUSIONS
Your Domestic And International Flight Ticket
Meals And Drinks Not Mentioned
Alcoholic Beverages (Consumption Not Recommended)
Vehicle, Fuel Or Any Fuel Additives
Airfare To Chandigarh And From Amritsar
Insurance And Documentation Cost Such As Travel Insurance, Visa Applications Etc.
Vehicle Servicing, Repairs, Toll Taxes, Traffic Fines
Any Cost Arising Out Of Unforeseen Circumstances Like Ill-health, Vehicle Breakdown Or Repairs, Damage Accruing From Land Blocks, Bad Weather, Snowfall Etc.
Additional Accommodation Charges Due To Unforeseen Delays In The Journey
Any Charges For Carrying Video Camera Or Still Camera
Any Hotel, Subsistence Or Other Cost Incurred Prior To Official Start Date Of The Expedition And After Official End Date Of The Expedition
5% GST


CANCELLATION POLICY
10% of the tour cost will be charged if the tour is cancelled anytime after confirmation till 31st March 2020
25% of the tour cost will be charged as cancellation if the tour is cancelled in between 1st April – 15th May 2020
50% of the tour cost will be charged as cancellation if the tour is cancelled in between 16th May – 11th June 2020
100% of the tour cost will be charged as cancellation if the tour is cancelled post 12th June 2020
REFUND POLICY
In case of cancellation, the refund will be made in 07-10 working days as per the cancellation policy and subtracting 5% GST on the deposited amount.
The refund will be made to the same account/mode through which transfers have been received.

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