Mcleodganj, Dharamsala in Dhauladhar Himalaya of Himachal Pradesh is a fabulous tourist destination with Tibetan Government in Exile and the seat of His Holiness, The Dalai Lama. There are several settlements of Tibetan refugees, Tibetan Parliament, Tibetan Medical Centre, Library which conducts religious and spiritual discourses too, Tibetan Handicraft Center and lot more to understand about this community. There are few monasteries in a around including Namgyal Monastery where His Holiness resides and provide spiritual training to global Buddhist community. Vipashana Center is another prominent place here to enroll yourself for couple of days courses.
The idea to add this tour under “Buddha Path” section is to connect different monasteries from Dharamsala (The seat of His Holiness) to barren mountains of Lahul & Ladakh so we observe Trans Himalayan Buddhism and influence of Indian Masters like Ratanbhadra to Je Tsonkhapa of Tibet in the pattern of religion as well as the Trans Himalayan communities.
Unlike Sarnath, Bodh Gaya, Nalanda and Kushinagar Buddha has never visited this area but Guru Rinpoche or Padmasambhava is prominently visible in these mountains.
On arrival our office representative will meet and drive you to your hotel from the airport for the overnight stay in Delhi.
In time transfer to the railway station to board your train for Amritsar- a holy and old city in Punjab, literarily means a pool of nectar. Amritsar is one of the most important pilgrimage centres especially for the Sikhs in the country. The city is characterized by some of the must visit religious, historical as well as contemporary sites of importance. The Golden Temple, where Sikhs from all over the world come to pay their reverence to Guru Granth Sahib and take a dip in the Amrit Saras Kund (Pool of Immortality) for spiritual purification is the major landmark of the place.
On arrival, your guide for the tour will meet you at the railway station and escort you to your hotel in cars. After check in, you move to visit the famous Golden Temple and Jallianwala Bagh, which is a historical monument that tells the sad story of mass killing during the independence movement in India, Jallianwala Bagh is another must visit in Amritsar. Here lies the memorial of the martyrs of the 1919 massacre by British General Dyer. Return back to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
It is advisable to visit Golden Temple once again in the early morning to have a divine experience under the first rays on sun. Later we visit Durgyana Temple which is another big temple in the city and the Mata Lal Mandir. After lunch we proceed to Wagah Border, which is 30 Kms from our hotel. Wagah is the only road border crossing between India and Pakistan and lies on the Grand Trunk Road between the cities of Amritsar (India) and Lahore (Pakistan). Wagah itself is a village through which the controversial Radcliffe Line was drawn. The village was divided by independence in 1947. Today, the eastern half of the village remains in the Republic of India while the western half is in Pakistan. The Wagah border, often called the “Berlin Wall of Asia”, is a ceremonial border on the India- Pakistan frontier where each evening there is a “retreat ceremony” called 'lowering of the flags', which has been held since 1959. At that time there is an energetic parade by the Border Security Force of India and the Pakistan Rangers soldiers. The parade/ retreat ceremony is worth to watch, later we drive back to our hotel in Amritsar.
After breakfast we drive for Dharamsala. On the way you visit a temple near Batala that is dedicated to Lord Ganesha where according to a religious story of Hindus, lord Ganesha and his brother Kartikey were asked to prove the superiority between two. The various spheres of life through the villages and fertile land of Punjab is visualized and we stop for picnic lunch on the way and move towards our final destination by leaving the plains and gradually climbing the mountains to Dharamsala. The drive is scenic and once we reach the base of Dharamsala, the mighty mountain ranges of Dhauladhar are highly exciting and welcoming. Trilokpur rock cut temple can be visited before reaching Dharamsala which is a miracle of nature. From Dharamsala, we climb up further 10 Kms to the Mc Leodganj which is the house of His Holiness Dalai Lama, administration center of Government of Tibet in exile, monasteries and various other Tibetan centers. We visit the residence of HH Dalai Lama and Namgyal Monastery this day. A walk on the roads of Mc Leodganj is quite interesting and educating about the life of Tibetans in exile.
Morning we start exploring this high valued and spiritual destination through monasteries, Tibetan Medical and Astro centre, Tibetan library, Tibetan Parliament in Exile, Tibetan Handicraft center and Tibetan Children village. Lunch at Norbulinga Institute can be always advisable. This centre is the mirror of Tibetan rich art, craft and culture. A visit to Tibetan kitchen in the evening would be a nice memory for ever. The whole day will reflect a day one could spend in Lhasa with the Tibetans, their activities which are much on rituals and their respect to the high seat of Potala which in Dharamsala is the Namgyal Monastery. The day includes a visit to Lord Elgin’s Memorial, the mausoleum of the famous Scottish Eighth Viceroy of India, Lord Elgin. Located in the premise of St. John’s, the mausoleum was built in the year 1852. The memorial is famous for its Gothic style architecture and glass stained windows depicting the meeting of John the Baptist with Jesus.
Leaving Kullu Valley and Manali behind, the drive climbs up to Rohtang Pass through several curves, small villages and settlements. The view from Rohtang Pass on both sides is awesome, from here, we enter into Lahoul Valley. Getting down for 19 Kms is the place Koksar, the first village and settlement in Lahaul side. We drive through Sisu and Gondhla, two prominent places of cultural and heritage values in the valley. The Gondhla Fort is visible from the road but it is in the worst shape because of lack of care. On the other side are the cave monasteries which were used by several monks and nuns for meditation. The next place is Tandi, after 7 Kms, which is the confluence of Chandra and Bhaga Rivers. We stop at Tandi to see this meeting of two rivers at Chanderbhaga Sangam and climb up to Tupchiling Monastery and further drive to Kardang Monastery, which was once the capital of Lahoul and a monastery of Drukpa Lineage. The monastery is believed to have been built in the 12th century and houses a large library of Buddhist literature. The monastery was in ruins until it was renovated in 1912 CE by Lama Norbu Rimpoche (died 1952), who, with Lama Kunga, turned it into a proper educational and training establishment. After meeting the monks, we continue to Jispa which is a small village with a nice monastery and a good hotel for our overnight stay.
We leave Jispa and drive towards Sarchu through small settlement on the way called Darcha, the prominent bases for trekking to Zanskar from ancient times and now the entry point of Shingo La pass to Padum road in Zanskar. The trail’s second pass, Baralacha La (4830m) lies some 73 Kms beyond Keylong. Another 33 Kms of relatively rougher road bring you to the busy little hamlet of Sarchu which marks the border between the states of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir. Overnight at fixed camps.
From Sarchu, the road flattens into a good straight stretch of 25 km known as the Lingti Plains and then climbs through a 10 km stretch of amazingly circuitous hairpin bends known as the Gatta Loops which number all of 21. The road eventually reached the Nakee-La Pass (4800 m) with a fantastic view. Just downhill from this pass is the Whiskey Nallah, beyond which the road begins to climb to the Lachalung la Pass, 54 km from Sarchu, with a panoramic view of snow-clad peaks. Crossing the vast expanse of flat area called the Moray Plains which are a part of the Tibetan Plateau. The next high pass is the Tanglang La (5359M), the second highest motorable pass of the world. This is also the last pass on Manali-Leh highway. After the Tanglang La descent, small villages, green fields and people of Ladakh do appear and we enter into Leh.
This will be the full day visit to the Indus Valley monasteries to get a flavor of the history and culture of Ladakh India. With a visit to Thiksey, Shey and Hemis you cover the best known monuments around Leh.
You also pass Sindhu Ghat by the Indus River. In the late afternoon you visit Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace, Namgyal Shemo Gompa and then stroll through Leh Bazaar.
Morning we drop you to the Leh airport to fly Delhi, full day free in Delhi to visit important places and we will drop you to the airport in the evening for international flight or any other Indian destination.
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Payment can be made through cards/ online and wire transfer to our bank.We charge 25% of the total tour cost at the time of booking and rest 45 days prior to your arrival in India.
If cancellation is made before 60 days, full amount will be returned after deduction of applicable taxes and 5% processing charges. If cancellation is made before 45 days, we refund you 50% of your deposit and if the cancellation is made before/during 30 day prior to arrival, the whole payment deposit will forfeit.
No refund, cancellation or compensation will be paid back to the client in case of any reason caused by natural disaster, war, terrorism, weather etc.
Change in the itinerary
If you make any changes in the itinerary after booking of the tour, additional cost will be charged wherever and however necessary. This will imply even the itinerary is changed because of bad weather, cancellation of connecting flights, road blocks or any other natural / man- made situation.
Medical, rescue and evacuation
You must get your insurance done well in advance. In case of any land/ air rescue/ evacuation services provided by us will be charged from you. It may include hotels, transportation, food, doctors, helicopters, porters, hospital service etc. We don’t take any responsibility of your baggage and other belongings.
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We provide 4/5 star hotels in Delhi and 3 star hotels in Bagdogra, Darjeeling, Ziro, Rishikesh, Nainital, Manali and Leh. The hotels in Uttarkashi, Almora, Gangotri, Zanskar, Kargil and other places will be mixture of best available hotels/ guest houses/ home stays. These are the cities and towns on the way to 90% of our journeys.
The hotels in Delhi will be offered on room+ breakfast basis and hotels in Himalayan cities will be offered on room + breakfast + dinner basis and in remote areas it will include all meals. The camping days will offer all meals. (We provide base camp food for 5- 7 days to the groups on climbing expeditions and all meals at BC to LO and cook + kitchen helper during such expeditions). Our cost includes food for the porters and horse/ mule handling persons too during trekking. Our cooks are trekking for more than 20 years with our groups and they are expert in serving you delicious and nutritious food during trekking. We have made certain experiences with Himalayan Herbs which keep the body warm at high altitude and the cooks offer you variety of cuisine, cakes and breads. If you have any special choice of food, you are welcome to send the list before the tour. If you need gluten free diet or any special requirement, kindly convey well in time.
We use different kind of transportation in different cities/ terrain starting from large and small AC coaches to Tempo Travelers, Toyota Innova cars and other 4WD cars. We offer powerful support vehicles for your luggage and our camping gears wherever necessary.
We have good experience of handling Cargo in India if you are planning to send equipment and food in case of big groups and expeditions from your country.
Porters / ponies/ horses
Our porters are trained in carrying trekking/ expedition material. Our High Altitude porters are experienced in climbing up with the teams and fix ropes. Low Altitude Porters carry your equipment and food till Base Camp. Every Low Altitude Porter group is led by a captain to avoid any kind of inconvenience during the trekking period. Horse- men are also experienced in the mountains and when there were no emails and phones in our region, they never forgot to reach to the loading points conveyed to them one year ago by the departing group tour leader.
Kindly click here to get whole list, you can consult your climbing instructors in your country and email us to finalize the list of equipment according to your expedition.
Guides and escorts
Our escorts and guides are passionate and trained. Trekking guides and exploratory trip escorts understand your requirements and at same time climbing guides and mountain Sherpas add all possible scope of success in your expeditions. Our climbing guides remain occupy in Indian peaks and Nepalese peaks equally so if you are not planning an alpine style expedition, it is always advisable to book you guide well in time.
We enjoy a great community back up and support in entire Himalayan region because we belong to these mountains and have best references everywhere. This community support works a lot in any last minute requirement, natural hazards or passing communication.
We are organizing these adventure trips and expeditions since 1995 so we have learnt to plan according to your stamina, training and requirements. Our Mountain Guides, Climbing Sherpas, HAPs (high altitude porters) and cooks hold several years experience in the mountains. Our tour escorts and guides for trekking, biking and exploratory field trips study and research the geography, anthropology and history of destinations pertaining to the trips assigned to them.
We are the authorized partner of Global Rescue which has provided thousands of rescue services in India since 2004. You can book your insurance cover through us. In the mountaineering (Climbing) expeditions, insurance is necessary but you can get your membership of Global Rescue for any of our adventure journeys to make it completely safe and secure.
Our fix departure dates are flexible if you make a group of minimum 4 persons for any trip. For Climbing Expeditions your preferred customized date will be confirmed on the availability of peak with IMF. Similarly our prices are also flexible enough to customize on the basis of your requirements.