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Day 1 : Arrive Delhi
Meeting and greetings on arrival at Delhi’s International Airport and transfer to the hotel.
Day 2 : At Delhi
Morning after breakfast at the hotel proceed for a combined tour of Old and New Delhi - visiting Qutab Minar – 234 feet high tower. The Qutab Minar itself is a soaring tower of victory that was started in 1193, immediately after the defeat of the last Hindu kingdom in Delhi. It is nearly 73m(243ft) high and tapers from a 15m(50ft) diameter base to just 2.5m(9ft) at the top. The tower has five distinct storeys, each marked by a projecting balcony. The first three storeys are made of red sandstone, the fourth and the fifth of marble & sandstone. Also visit the Tomb of Mughal Emperor Humayun. Built in the mid-16th century by Haji Begum, the Persian-born senior wife of Humayun, the second Mughal emperor, this is a wonderful early example of Mughal architecture. The elements in its design – a squat building, high arched entrances that let in light, topped by a bulbous dome and surrounded by formal gardens – were to be refined over the years to the magnificence of the Taj Mahal in Agra. Drive past India Gate (War Memorial), President’s House, which was once the Viceroy’s Palace, Parliament House and Secretariat buildings-Old Delhi - where you will visit Red Fort - The red sand stone walls of Lal Quila, the Red Fort extend for 2 km and vary in height from 18m on the river side to 33m on the city side. Shah Jahan started construction of the massive fort in 1638 and it was completed in 1648. The Red Fort dates from the peak of Mughal power. The Mughal reign from Delhi was a short one. Aurangzeb was the first and the last emperor to rule from here. Jama Masjid- the Great Mosque of Old Delhi was both the largest and the final architectural extravagance of Shah Jahan. Begun in 1644, the mosque was not completed until 1658. It has three gateways, four angle towers and two minarets standing 40m (133ft) high constructed of alternating vertical strips of red sandstone and white marble. The courtyard of the mosque can hold 25,000 people. Take a rickshaw ride to Chandni Chowk at your own - the main street of Old Delhi - the colourful shopping bazaar just opposite the Red Fort and visit Raj Ghat - the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi after his assassination in 1948-Rest of the evening free to relax. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3 : Delhi - Amritsar
Check out & transfer to New Delhi Railway Station to board superfast Shatabdi Express train for Amritsar. On arrival at Amritsar pick up from railway station drive to hotel. Afternoon visit Golden Temple, Durgiani Temple and Jallianwala Bagh. Evening proceed for an excursion to Wagah Border to witness border closing parade ceremony (India and Pakistan Border). Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4 : Amritsar - Dharamsala
Morning after breakfast at the hotel proceed to reach Dharamsala in around 6 hours time. Check in at the hotel on arrival-Dharamsala : The British first discovered the little hill station some 150 years ago, and shifted their civil administration and cantonment to Mcleodganj. Dal Lake etc. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5 : Dharamsala to Manali
Morning after breakfast at the hotel proceed to Manali and check into the hotel on arrival. Rest of the day free to relax and self exploration of the Mall area-Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6 : At Manali
Morning after breakfast at the hotel proceed for a short tour of Manali and its surroundings-During your sightseeing tour of Manali you will visit : Hidimba Devi Temple :-Kullu-Vashisht :- Jagatsukh :- ( 6 km. ) The original name of this was 'Nast', it remained the ancient capital of Kullu for about 10 generations. Jagatsukh is famous for its Shiva temple in Shikhara Style and interesting old temple of 'Gayatri Devi' and Devi Sharvali-Tibetan Monastery :- A new but colorful Buddhist temple. It contains many idols of Buddha. This monastey is famous for its carpet weaving and Tibetan handicraft-Rest of the evening free for independent activities and for prepartion of your next days cycle tour. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7 : Manali to Marhi - Cycle - 40 Kms
Morning after an early breakfast ride your cycles and proceed to Marhi by corssing bridge on River Beas. head north to the small village of Palchan from where a side road takes us to the winter ski resort of Solang Valley. We however continue on the road that takes us to the 4019m / 13,050ft high Rohtang Pass however we stop over at the small hamlet of Murhi for the night.
Day 8 : Marhi - Sissu - 43 Kms
After a wholesome breakfast we ascend to the Rohtang Pass and then descend to the Chandra River valley. From the saddle of the pass you can see the drastic change in landscape as you look north into a barren land with towering stark mountains. After riding down from the pass and registering at the Khoksar police post we continue on till we reach the village of Sissu. We camp in a grove of willows for the night.
Day 9 : Sissu - Jispa - 63 Kms
After breakfast We proceed along the Chandra River till Tandi Bridge where it meets up with the Bhaga River flowing in from the north. We then turn north and by passing the district headquarters of Keylong we ride on to the sleepy hamlet of Jispa where we camp for the night on the banks of the Bhaga River.
Day 10 : Jispa - Zingzingbar
The road now continues north past the small settlement of Darcha the trek head for treks into Zanskar and Ladakh, the small village of Patseo to finally reach the flat grounds of Zingzingbar where we set up camp for the night.
Day 11 : Zingzingbar - Sarchu - 60 Kms
On today's ride we pass the second mountain pass on our journey - the 4830m / 15,483ft Baralacha La. This pass was once the meeting point for traders coming in from four distinct regions and journeying north into the teeming bazaars of central Asia. After descending from this pass we head on to the pastures of Sarchu 4235m / 13,890ft with quite a few private camps. We go on ahead of these tented settlements and camp for the night.
Day 12 : Sarchu - Pang - 60 Kms
The road now goes along a level path and then after crossing a bridge begins a slow ascent through 21 hairpin bends known as the Gata Loops till we reach the Naki La and Lachulang La passes. From the saddle of the pass it's a short descend to the campsite of Pang where we put up our tents for the night.
Day 13 : Pang - Debring - 53 Kms
The road from here climbs up past two mountain streams and emerges into the vast 4750m / 15,580ft Morey Plains (45 Kms long and 2 to 3 Feet wide) also referred by locals as the Kyangshuthang Kyang in Tibetan means Wild Ass which in herds roam these expansive plains. The road goes straight past grazing land with its colonies of marmots and pica. Wildlife in the form of Kyang, Tibetan Woolly hare, Marmots, Pica, Tibetan red Fox and Wolf besides the elusive snow leopard inhabit these plains fringed by barren mountains. These plains are an extension of the Changthang Plateau and home to a few large brackish water lakes. We camp near the abandoned road workers camp at Debring 16 Kms below the Tanglang La pass.
Day 14 : Debring - Upshi - 79 Kms
The road now begins a winding ascent to the Tanglang la at 5334m / 17,582ft the third highest motorable road in the world (the first is the Marsimik La at 5590m / 18,335ft near Pangong Tso and the second is the Khardungla La at 5570m / 18,269ft north of Leh) . From the pass it's entirely a downhill ride to the small village of Rumtse and further to the settlement of Upshi. We camp near the Indus River for the night.
Day 15 : Upashi - Leh - 68 Kms
We are now in the Indus Valley and the road heads west to Leh passing a few monasteries and sudden patches of swaying green fields and fruit trees appearing like oasis in this vast barren land. On reaching Leh we check into a comfortable hotel for the night.
Day 16 : Rest Day in Leh
Wander around this laid back town sample some of the amazingly available
International cuisine - Italian, Israeli, Chinese, Ladakhi, Tibetan, Kashmiri, Indian, and Continental.
Day 17 : At Leh
After breakfast we leave on a exploratory tour of Shey, Stok Palace and Thiksey monasteries. On our way back we stop over at the Tibetan settlement of Choglamsar before returning to Leh by evening.
Day 18 : Leh - Nubra Valley (Drive)
Morning after breakfast at the hotel drive to Nubra Valley over Khardungla pass the second highest motor able road in the world at 5570m / 18,2569ft. To be at this height is a test of your physical endurance and you can boasts of being at the base of Mt Everest, which is at the same altitude. Arrive Nubra by noon and check in at the Camp/hotel. Later visit Sand Dunes and Diksit Monastery. Overnight at the Camp/Hotel.
Day 19 : Nubra - Leh
Drive back to Leh, and afternoon free at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 20 : At Leh
Day free for self exploration of Leh. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 21 : Leh - Delhi
Morning after an early breakfast at the hotel transfer to airport to board flight for Delhi. Meeting on arrival at Delhi Airport and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day free to relax of self exploration of this capital city of India. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 22 : Depart Delhi
Transfer to the airport in time to board homebound flight.
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