Jeep Safari - Across the Himalayas
Duration : 22 Nights / 23
Places Covered : Delhi - Nainital - Almora - Gwaldam - August
Muni - Rudraprayag - Uttrakashi - Gangotri - Uttarkashi - Chamba -
Mussoorie - Paonta Sahib - Shimla - Sarahan - Recongpeo - Kalpa - Nako -
Tabo - Lhalung - Dhankar - Kaza - Kibber - Chhota Dara - Batal - Keylong
- Jispa - Sarchu - Pang - Leh - Delhi
A superb way to explore the mighty
Himalayas - world's highest mountain range. The journey starts from Delhi to
the Himalayas of Kumaon and Garhwal. This region has been an important
centre for centuries with well-known pilgrim centres and the source of many
a rivers including the holy Ganges. Continue on to Himachal Pradesh -the
state in the Himalayas with its modern cities including Shimla (once the
summer capital of British India) to the tribal areas of Kinnaur and
Lahul-Spiti. Wide open spaces with strong wind blowing across your face
offering a breathtaking, bewitching scenery while you drive along different
landscapes on the mountain roads. A journey on the Manali -Leh road with the
killer Rohtang Pass evokes great emotions as one drives past the bleak
desert landscape of Ladakh through which the strategic Manali -Leh highway
and the old Hindustan -Tibat road passes. Ladakh is a particularly
challenging area where even a casual visit to a monastery or a remote
village settlement involves rewarding safaris. Driving past changing
landscapes, apple orchards, quaint villages and temples, the tribal
districts where the landscape contrasts starkly with the greenery seen
earlier, the Great Himalayan jeep safari is an unmatched experience.
Day 1 : Arrive Delhi
You will meet our representative at the aiport and will assist you for
transer to hotel. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 2 : Delhi - Nainital by Jeep (303 Kms/7 Hrs).
Nainital is a beautiful hill station built around the Naini Lake. On
arrival check into hotel. Overnight in hotel.
Day 3 : Nainital - Almora - Gwaldam by jeep (188 Kms / 6 Hrs).
Drive to Gwaldam enloute visiting Almora (1650 m) and Bageshwar -a famous
Hindu Temple town.
Day 4 : Gwaldam - August Mum by Surface (214 Kms / 7 hrs)
Check into hotel for overnight stay
Day 5 : August Muni - Rudraprayag - Uttarkashi by Surface (213 Kms / 7
Uttarkashi is a base for many mountaineering and trekking expeditions. It
is also famous as the home to the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, a
pioneer institute for aspirant of mountaineering skills.
Day 6 : Uttarkashi - Gangotri - Uttarkashi by Surface (180 Kms / 8 hrs)
A day's excursion to Gangotri (3048 M) -the sacred place and source of the
holy river Ganges called (Bhagirathi), below the Gangotri glacier.
Day 7 : Uttarkashi - Chamba - Mussoorie by Surface (148 Day 6 hrs)
Morning drive to Mussoorie (2000 m) via Chamba.
Day 8 : Mussoorie
Morning visit to the Empty Falls (15 km) -the biggest and prettiest water
falls of the region.
Day 9 : Mussoorle Paonta Sahib - Shimla by surface (190 Kms / 7 hrs)
Morning drive to Paonta Sahib -one of the most important Sikh Temples in the
Himalayas. Continue to Shimla (2205 M) -the erstwhile capital of British
Day 10 : Shimla
Full day to explore Shimla.
Day 11 : Shlmla - Sarahan by surface (183 Kms / 7 hrs)
Morning drive to Sarahan (1920 M) Via Narkanda (2690 M). Sarahan was the
capital of Bushahar State and has a unique Bhimkali Temple -a rare
combination of Buddhist and Hindu architecture.
Day 12 : Sarahan - Recongpeo - Kalpa by Surface (95 Kms/4 hrs).
Morning drive to Kalpa (2759 m) via Recongpeo - the headquarters of
Kinnaur. Kalpa offers very good views of site of Kinner Kailash mountain
range & Mount Raldang.
Day 13 : Kalpa - Nako - Tabo (86 Kms).
Morning drive to Nako (3662 m) via Pooh village and monastery. Nako is a
beautiful village located around a lake. Continue to Tabo for an overnight
Day 14 : Tabo
Morning visit Tabo Monastery famous as "Ajanta of Himalayas" due
to its magnificent Paintings and murals, dating back to 1000 AD and onwards.
Day 15 : Tabo - Lhalung - Dhankar - Kaza by surface (80 kms / 5 hrs)
Morning drive to Dhankar enroute visiting Lhalung Monastery. Dhankar was a
strategic point, located on a high mountain cliff from where one can have a
magnificent view of Pin valley and the spiti valley. Visit the ruined Fort
and the Old Monastery and continue drive to Kaza.
Day 16 : Kaza Kibber - Chhota Dara by Surface (100 kms / 5 hrs)
Morning start drives to reach Chhota Dara via Kunzum La pass (4551 m) and
Batal. En-route visits Ki monastery (4116 m) and Kibber village (4400 M)
which are among the highest inhabited villages in the world.
Day 17 : Batal - Keylong by surface (98 kms / 5 hrs)
Morning start safari to reach (Keylong) (3550 M) en-route photo-stop for
bara Shingri glacier (3657 M). Afternoon visit Khardong Monastery at
Day 18 : Key long - Jispa - Sarchu by surface (92 kms / 4 hrs)
Drive to Sarchu (4253 m) en-route stop at baralacha Pas (4891 M) -across
road for Zanskar, Ladakh, Spit and Lahaul and also stop at Suraj Tal (the
19 : Sarchu - Pang - Leh by surface (220 kms / 9 hrs)
Early in the morning drive to Leh through the vast more Plains above Pang
and Taglang La pass (5500 M), which is the second highest motorable pass in
Day 20 : Leh
Full day visit to the monasteries of Shey, Thiksey and Hermis.
Day 21 : Leh
Morning visit to the Phyang and Spituk monasteries. Afternon free.
Day 22 : Leh - Delhi by flight.
Morning Transfer to airport to connect flight for Delhi.Later, leave for
sightseeing tour, which includes Jama Masjid-the largest mosque of Emperor
Shahjahan. Later proceed Red Fort, Raj Ghat-Cremation site of Mahatama
Gandhi, to India gate -a 42 meter stone arch built in the memory of the
Indian Soldiers who died in World War II, Drive past the President's House &
Parliament House, Humayun's Tomb - a memorial of the Mughals -its design is
inspired by the Taj Mahal, the Qutab Minar, Birla Mandir and Lotus Temple.
Day 23 : Delhi Out
Transfer to airport to connect flight for onward destination ( Hotel
checkout 12:00 hrs).