Northern India - Ladakh, Dharamsala and the Golden Temple

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Highlights

• Sightseeing of Delhi
• Enjoy Ladakh and the the Himalayas
• Visit Shey, Thikse and Hemis Monasteries
• See the 900-year-old murals of Alchi
• Travel over the world's highest pass
• Experience a local home-stay in the foothills of the Himalayas
• Travel to Dharamsala, home of the Tibetan Government in exile
• Visit the Dalai Lama monasteries
• Visit the Golden Temple in Amritsar
• Attend the colourful Hemis Festival in Leh

Fact File

• 21 land days
• Maximum 16 travelers
• Start and finish in Delhi
• All meals included
• Includes 1 internal flight
• Activity Level: 3

 

Experience a more remote, serene and spiritual India! See snowcapped Himalayan peaks as you traverse the world's highest pass. Visit the holy Sikh 'Golden Temple'. Savour the local culture of a home stay in a beautiful Himalayan valley and feel enlightened as you encounter Tibetan Buddhist monks, culture, monasteries and chants that echo through the mountains and valleys.

We begin in Delhi, the capital of India, before taking a fast train to Amritsar where we visit the Golden Temple. The Golden Temple glitters with gold and marble and is one of the holiest Sikh shrines. Afterwards we drive up into the foothills of the Himalayas stopping at the 6th century town of Chamba. Experience a 3-night home stay in the Panj- La Valley, our base of exploration and tranquility.

Set against the backdrop of mountains, we visit Dharamsala. Perched on the high slopes of the upper reaches of Kangra Valley, it is synonymous with the Tibetan government in exile and the home of Tibetan leader, His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. We drive over a series of dramatic mountain passes stopping in the towns of Jispa and Serchu before arriving into Leh, the most important town in the Ladakh region. Nestled in a valley of the Indus River and surrounded by snow-covered fringes of the Himalayas, Leh has a distinct character that transports us back in time. A major trading point where caravans came in from the distant lands of Yarkand, Kashgar, Tibet, Kashmir and northern India, the market once bustled with activity. Today, Leh is a center of Tibeto-Buddhist culture and has only been open to travelers since 1974.

We travel over the spectacular Khardung La Pass at 18,274 ft (5,570 m) as we drive to Alchi to see the beautifully- preserved 900-year-old paintings. We have plenty of time to explore the colorful temples and gompas of the area, which reflect the culture of Tibet and are home to many ancient manuscripts, images of Buddha, icons, thangkas and stupas. We fly back to Delhi for a last day of sightseeing or shopping in the old and new cities before concluding this truly great adventure.

FROM: $5495

DATES, PRICES & AVAILABILITY

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Accommodations

Comfortable hotels/guesthouses with private bathroom facilities. Homestay with basic accommodation in Himachal Pradesh (single accommodation may not be available). 1 night mobile tented camp stay in Sarchu with limited electricity and heating.

Comfort notes

8 days over 9,000 feet. Some rough, dusty roads and long drives.

Itinerary - detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in New Delhi
Day 2: Delhi Sightseeing, Train to Amristar
Day 3: Amritsar
Day 4: Dalhousie
Day 5: Chiminu Village - Himalayan Home Stay
Day 6: Himalayan Home Stay - trekking options
Day 7: Himalayan Home Stay - cooking class
Day 8: To Dharamsala
Day 9: Dalai Lama's Monastery, Dharamsala
Day 10: To Naggar; Naggar Castle
Day 11: Naggar
Day 12: Over the Rohtang pass to Jispa
Day 13: Sarchu
Day 14: To Leh
Day 15: Sites of Leh
Day 16: Hemis Festival in Leh
Day 17: To Nubra Valley over the Khardung La pass (highest motorable pass in the world)
Day 18: To Alchi
Day 19: Return to Leh; Lamayuru Monastery, Basgo Castle
Day 20: Delhi
Day 21: Depart Delhi

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