Overland Jeep Safari Manali - Leh
Himalayan Tour Packages – Overland Jeep Safari Manali – Leh
The 472 km overland journey is open for around three months in a year, from June to end of September. This trip can be extended to Nubra valley across Khardongla pass, the highest motorable road in the world or to Srinagar after crossing Zojila Pass. The Manali to Leh drive can be completed in two days with an overnight stay at Serchu or Darcha. Another option is to drive to Leh via Tsokar and Tsomoriri Lake. The journey starts from Manali driving through the lush green and foggy Rohtang Pass (3980 m. The landscape surprisingly changes into the rugged brown of the rain shadow area of Lahaul. The landscape changes into naked desert after crossing a few villages of Lahul with prayer flags on their roofs. You will start ascending Baralacha Pass and you can see surprisingly sprawling plain areas of Serhcu where you will spend a night in tented Camp. Further, there many small passes before you cross Taklang La pass Taglangla at 5330m to reach Rumtse and Gya village. An hour drive from Runtse takes you to Upshi where you corss indus river enter Indus valley with dotted villages on it’s bank and beautiful monasteries bulit on hill side. You journey finishes at Leh making it a drive of lifetime’s experience.
Duration : 6 Nights / 7 Days
Destination Covered: Delhi-Mandi- Manikaran-Manali- Sarchu Camp-Leh- Delhi
Day1 : Delhi – Mandi
Arrival assistance at Delhi-Airport/Railway station. Departure from Delhi with first halt after 400 kms (7 to 8 hours drive ) halt at Mandi. Overnight Stay at Hotel.
Day 2 : Manidaran – Manali
Breakfast. Departure for Manikaran. 70 kms(2/3 hour’s ) pleasant drive through famous Kasol Valley. Visit the famous Shiva Temple & the seat of Guru Gobind Saheb ji at Gurudwara. It is a holy place with natural hot water springs. Departure for Manali en route visit Kullu weavers colony , Vaishnodevi Temple. Heck-in Hotel at Manali for three nights stay.
Day 3 : Manali
Beakfast. Departure for Snow Point/ Rothang pass to enjoy snow games etc and Solang Valley to enjoy Para gliding, Hot air Ballooning & horse riding etc. Evening free to enjoy hotel’s in house recreation facilities, overnight stay at hotel.
Day 4 : Manali
Breakfast. Visit to Famous Roeriech Art Gallery at Naggar. Afternoon visit to Vashist temple dedicated Rishi Vashist famous for hot water springs. Hidamba temple Dedicated to Bheem’s wife Hiadamba of Mahabharata. Evening free for shopping at local Tibetan Market / Manali Market. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 5 : Manali – Sarchu
Breakfast departure for 7 hours drive to Sarchu camps (1400 fts) en – route see Pagal Nala. A mountain tributary, which changes course of flow every monsoon. Tandi
Confluence: Confluence of Chandra & Bhaga river which forms Chenab river which flows to Jammu and onwards to Pakistan.
Deepak Tal: A small lake of sweet water at an altitude of 12,500 feet by the side of Manali-leh Road.Suraj Tal: A small quite natural lake merges in Bagha river. Next to Bara-Lacha Pass at an altitude of 16,400.00 feet. Overnight stay at Sarchu Camp.
Day 6 : Sarchu to Leh
(Leh-Ladakh at an altitude of 11500ft. is a land like no other. Bouded by two of the world’s mightiest mountain ranges, the Great Himalayas and the Karakoran, it lies athwart two others, the Ladak range and the Zanskar range. Ladakh is also known as the land of passes.)
Departure to Leh 6\7 hours drive. En route see Tanglanga (world’s 2nd Highest motorable Pass at the height of 17550ft. Check -in Hotel at Leh. Visit Shanker Gompa and Traditional Ladakhi House. Overnight stay.
Day 7 : Leh
Shey, thicksey, Hemis & Sindhu Darshan Breakfast Departure for the Sightseeing Shey was the summer Palace of Ladakhi Kings and is where you can see the 36 ft. Height statue of Buddha made of copper covered with gold.
Thicksey: The twelve storeyed monastery is the wealthiest monastery in ladakh belinging to the Red Sect. Is famous for its summer Hemis Festival
Destinations Covered : Delhi – Chandigarh – Manali – Jispa – Sarchu – Pang – Stok – Leh – Delhi
Over the High Passes by Road – The Manali-Leh Highway
Day 01 : Delhi to Chandigarh
Morning drive for 5 hours to Chandigarh. Check in at hotel. Afternoon explore the city. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02 : Chandigarh to Manali
Drive for 7-8 hours to Manali. Check in at hotel. Evening explore the market. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 03 : At Manali
Day for explore the hill station.
Manali is circled by beautiful glades of deodars and flowering horse chestnuts, tiny leveled fields and fruit orchards with the Beas River meandering through the town. It is an ideal place for walks, climbs, treks and picnics.
Visit Dhoongri Temple, also known as the Hadimba Temple, believed to be a thousand years old, It is dedicated to the goddess Hadimba, wife of Bhima, the Pandava of Mahabharata fame. Set in tranquil surroundings, the temple is four-tiered with a pagoda shaped roof and at the entrance are carved figures and symbols. Local folklore has it that Raja Bahadur Singh, who had the temple built, ordered the architect’s hand cut off to prevent him from duplicating its design elsewhere.
The Vashisht Springs are located in the small village of Vashisht on the left bank of the Beas. The hot water sulphur springs have been made into Turkish-style baths with shower rooms and temperature controlled water piped in. The nearby temple dedicated to Vashista Muni is well worth a visit.
Jagatsukh, originally known as Nast, is located 6 km from Manali on the left bank of the Beas on the Manali-Naggar Road. It was the ancient capital of Kulu for some ten generations and is famous for its temples, particularly the shikara-style Shiva temple and the interesting Devi Sharvali temple.
Day 0 4 : Manali (6,324 ft/1,928 m) to JISPA (10,978 ft/3,347 m). Drive 145 kms (6 to 8 hours)
The journey starts from Manali, at the head of the lush green Kulu valley. The road slowly winds up to the Rohtang jot (13,047 ft/3,978 m), the first of the high passes, then down into the Lahoul valley. The landscape changes dramatically, the greenery being replaced by barren hillsides, where the villages with their bountiful fields of barley, peas and potatoes, stand out in stark contrast. Following the Chandra river the journey takes one to its confluence with the Bhaga, which joins to form the Chenab, one of the biggest tributaries of the Indus. Following the Bhaga upstream, the road goes past Keylong, the district headquarters, and on to Jispa, where camp is set for the night. On entering Lahoul the Buddhist influence is visible in the many monasteries crossed on the way. The people here have distinct Tibetan features.
Day 05 : Jispa to Sarchu (13,000 ft/3,960 m) Drive 85 kms. (6 to 7 hours)
From Jispa a level stretch leads to the checkpost at Darcha from where the road begins a steady and at times steep ascent up the Bhaga river. The clear morning air lends a sharpness to the snow mountains, visable at the head of the valley. The road crosses large meadows such as Zingzingbar and on to the Baralacha la (16,020 ft/ 4,883 m). The ascent is so gradual that one hardly realises it – infact the pass itself is a level stretch of 8 kms, with a small lake at the top, the source of the Bhaga. The pass is also the source of the Chandra which flows in the opposite direction to the Bhaga and later joins to form one river. From here the snow covered peaks of the Barashigri, Chandrabhaga and Mulkila ranges, towering well above 6000 m., are visible. The descent is equally gradual and across barren landscapes all the way to the campsite at Sarchu.
Day 06 : Sarchu to Pang (13,500 ft/4,115 m) Drive 72 kms. (5 to 7 hours)
Early in the morning cross the Tsarap Chu river and start climbing up the Lachlung la (16,615 ft/5,065 m), across the Zanskar range. The descent from the pass leads to the Kyangshu plains, a level stretch of over 40 kms. which is named after the kyang, a wild ass that roams these plains and is often sighted in herds of over 50 animals at a time. Around midday the campsite at Pang is approached. From the camp a short walk to the top of a nearby ridge reveals a large lake – the Tsar tso, and endless mountain ranges stretching into the horizon.
Day 07 : Pang to Stok (11,500 ft/3,500 m) Drive 185 kms. (7 to 9 hours)
From camp the road goes via Debring, a big Indian army post, and climbs up to the Tanglang la (17,475 ft/5,328 m), the highest point on the journey. At the top is a tiny temple with a few prayer flags rustling in the breeze – a constant feature up here. Descend into a narrow valley past small villges with green patches that stand out like oases upto Upshi, where the Indus river is approached. The road follows the Indus past relatively fertile and prosperous villages and large Buddhist monasteries upto the Ladakh Sarai, situated in a tranquil willow grove on the grounds of the palace of the Rani (queen) of Stok.
Day 08: Fly Leh to Delhi
Morning you will be transferred to the airport to connect flight for Delhi.