Ladakh : “ The Moonland” Geographically on the Tibetan Plateau, located between two highest mountain ranges in the world, the Himalayas and Karakoram .It’s Tibetan culture which are cut off from the rest of the world for centuries has flourish and left very much untouched. It’s ancient monasteries carved high into the hillsides and it’s unspoilt villages have remained unchanged over the centuries. It’s unique sceneries, lush green river valleys, deep blue skies and colourful lifestyle of the people who live in harmony with its barren land. The average altitude varies from about 9000 ft in Kargil to about 12000 ft in Leh, above sea level. Peopled by a race related to Tibetian stock in culture,religion.language and features, it is also called “Little Tibet”
Day 01 Singapore Delhi [train] Chandigarh ( 4hrs 20mins) (Dinner)
Assemble at Singapore Changi Airport for your flight to Delhi. Our local representative will welcome you upon your arrival and transfer you to New Delhi Railway Station to board on express Shatabedi Train to Chandigarh. On arrival, check in hotel.
Day 02 Chandigarh Shimla (130km 4hrs) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Early morning, visit the Rock Gardens constructed out of waste building material by a local engineer. After which, drive to Shimla (130km/4hrs), visiting the Mughal Gardens at Pinjore before reaching Shimla. The British called Shimla the “Queen of Hill Stations.” Situated in the north-West Himalayas, Shimla, the summer capital of India before independence is now the capital of Himachal Pradesh. Shimla derives its name from “Shiyamala”;- the goddess Kali, whose temple existed in the dense forest that covered Jakhu Hill in the early 19th century. The English named it Shimla, covering an area of 18 sq. km. and at a height of 2130m. Shimla is surrounded by pine, deodar, oak and rhododendron forests. It is well developed with facilities, easy accessibility and numerous attractions make it one of India’s most popular and biggest hill-stations. On arrival, check in hotel. Drive to the Mall Road to enjoy your dinner and experience the market view in the evening lights. There are lots of interesting shops here selling all type of Himalayan handicrafts, books, etc.
Day 03 Shimla Manali (270km 8hrs) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After breakfast drive to Manali 260 Kms 7-8 hrs.. Manali is the heart of Kullu Valley popularly called the valley of Gods because of its breath taking scenery. There is an old temple of Goddess Durga here. Kufri at an altitude of 2630m is known for winter sports. After a good snowfall, visitors can enjoy basic skiing here between January and February. Apart from skiing, Kufri is a lovely picnic spot with a beautiful view of the hills around and the snow capped peaks. Continue to visit Naldehra, surrounded by beautiful deodar trees. It is a lovely, popular picnic spot with a well kept 9-hole golf course. Drive to Manali. En-route, visit the Himachal Photo Darshan gallerywhich displays 300 enlarged photographs of the lifestyle and culture of the people of the state. There are photographs of the exquisite lakes of Himachal Pradesh, snow-covered passes, beautiful valleys, green forests, palaces, frescoes in Buddhist temples, etc. We will pass by Basheshar Mahadev Temple at Bajaura, located on the banks of the River Beas, roughly about 200m off the road. It is believed to have been built in the mid 8th century.
Day 04 Manali (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After breakfast visit Rohtang Pass (3980 m) Snow Point . This is around 50 Kms from main town of Manali and is famous because this is covered with snow through the year. This is the place where you can see the River Beas originating. Enjoy the cool wind and the panoramic views of the Himalayas. Later return to Manali. Also visit Hadimba Devi Temple, Vashist Hot Springs (Sulphur Springs). The local markets are also worth visiting for famous Kullu shawls and colorful caps.Near Manali we stop at Naggar to visit Rorich Art Gallery and Nagger castle.Rorich Art gallery displays the art work of both Professor Nicholas Rorich and his son.Naggar was Old capital of Kullu state before it was shifted to Kullu town in 1660. Dinner and Overnight stay in Hotel.
Day 05 Manali Solang Snow Point Manali (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Morning, drive to Solang to enjoy paragliding or skiing (Optional). Continue to Snow Point which is the maximum approachable road towards Rohtang Pass depending on the snow condition (3978m). Between July and October, you can arrive on top of Rohtang Pass and view the peaks, mountains and glaciers of Chandra-Bhaga range. Most of the peaks in Chandra-Bhaga range are above 5000m and covered with snow all year round. Visit theRorich Art Gallery and Naggar Castle at Naggar in the afternoon. The Rorich Art Gallery displays the artwork of both Professor Nicholas Rerich and his son. Naggar was the old capital of Kullu state before it was shifted to Kullu town in 1660.
Day 06 Manali Dharamsala (260km 8hrs) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After breakfast, drive to Dharamsala. En-route stop at the Town of Shiva, Baijnath, and visit the 13th century Shiva Temple. According to legend, the Demon king of Lanka Ravana (who had got 10 heads) as per epic Ramayana offered his nine head to Lord Shiva for the boon of immortality. But the Shiva was not impressed. Finally he decides to offer his tenth head and Lord Shiva was pleased with his willingness to sacrifice his heads and blessed him with a Shivlinga. The moment when Ravana rested the Shivling on the ground at this place it became so heavy that he couldn’t manage to carry it and take it to his kingdom Lanka, so he constructed a temple dedicated to Shiva at the present site. After visiting Baijnath, drive toChamuda Devi Temple dedicated to Goddess Kali (Goddess of War) on the bank of Baner River. Religious lore has that the Devtas (Gods) were harassed by two demons Chanda and Munda. A Shakti (Power) emerged as the result of prayer of Lord Brahma (Generator) by the Devatas in the form of Goddess Kali, who killed the demon in fierce battle.
Day 07 Dharamsala (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Walk around in Dharamsala and Mcleod Gang today. Mcleod Gang is also known as Little Lahsa ( capital of Tibet), full of Tibetan people, Tibetan monasteries, colorful Tibetan handicraft shops and small restaurants, where the spiritual leader Dalai Lama lives and also it houses the Tibetan Government in exile here on the hillock. Once the place used by the British as a garrison, now it is a well known tourist destination among the foreigners as well as the domestic tourists. There are some Tibetan Research Institutes and small factories producing Tibetan herbal medicines here. Afternoon drive to visit Dalai Lama’s Norbulinga Institute known for its various schools of Tibetan paintings and handicraft training. The saint Jones in wilderness is situated among the pine, oak & rhododendron trees at a walking distance.
Day 08 Dharamsala Amritsar (200km 4hrs) [train] Delhi (5hrs 20mins) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After breakfast, drive to Amritsar, the holy town of Sikhs, has grown from a sacred village pond into a spiritual temporal center of Sikh culture. The city gets its name from the pool – Amritsar (Pool of Nectar), which was constructed by the fourth religious preceptor of the Sikh faith. Golden Temple or Darbar Sahib is the most sacred temple for Sikhs. It is a symbol of the magnificence and strength of the Sikh people all over the world. Its architecture includes symbols associated with other places of worship. This is an example of the spirit of tolerance and acceptance that the Sikh philosophy propounds. Afternoon proceed to railway station to board the fast Shatabedi train to New Delhi leaving 1715 hour and arriving Delhi 2235 hour. Box dinner will be served on board.
Day 09 Delhi Singapore
Today is free for own activities. Hotel check out time: 1200 noon. You may do your last-minute shopping at the Connaught Place. You can leave your baggage with the concierge. In the evening, be transferred to airport for your scheduled International flight.
Accommodation as per above itinerary
All meals as per itinerary
All transfers and tours by Air con transport, Non Aircon Toyota Innova jeeps in Kashmir Ladakh ,airport assistance,
Private tours/ English speaking Guide
Entrance fees to all Monuments, all interstate taxes, inner line permits, and Government taxes.
All Government taxes
Cost does not includes:
Airport taxes and airline fuel surcharge , India visa fee, personal travel insurance, Personal expenses, Tipping for guide and driver