Ladakh & The Great Indian Himalayas

From the vibrant city of Delhi to the tranquil lakes of Ladakh and the picturesque landscapes of Kashmir, this 15-day adventure offers a diverse and immersive experience.

Embark on an this unforgettable Himalayan adventure journey exploring the enchanting hill stations, serene valleys, and ancient monasteries of North India.


1. Scenic Train Journey: Experience the charm of train travel as you journey from Delhi to Chandigarh aboard a scenic railway route.
2. Kalka-Shimla Narrow Gauge Train: Ride the historic Kalka-Shimla Narrow Gauge Train, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and marvel at the breathtaking mountain vistas along the way.
3. Spiritual Exploration: Discover the spiritual enclave of McLeod Ganj, the residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and explore its monasteries, temples, and Tibetan cultural centers.
4. Himalayan Hill Stations: Visit the charming hill stations of Shimla and Manali, known for their colonial architecture, scenic landscapes, and adventure activities.
5. High Mountain Passes: Traverse high mountain passes like Rohtang Pass, Baralacha La, and Tanglang La, offering panoramic views of snow-capped peaks and alpine meadows.
6. Ladakh’s Cultural Heritage: Explore the ancient monasteries, palaces, and markets of Leh, the capital of Ladakh, and immerse yourself in the unique blend of Tibetan and Ladakhi culture.
7. Srinagar’s Mughal Gardens: Explore the picturesque Mughal Gardens of Nishat Bagh and Shalimar Bagh in Srinagar, known for their terraced lawns, fountains, and flower beds.
8. Dal Lake Shikara Ride: Enjoy a leisurely shikara ride on Dal Lake in Srinagar, amidst the floating gardens and historic landmarks, offering panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and gardens.

Welcome to Delhi, the vibrant heart of India! Upon your arrival at the airport, our friendly representative will be there to greet you with a warm welcome. You’ll then be seamlessly whisked away to your pre-booked hotel in the bustling city. Relax and rejuvenate after your journey, perhaps indulging in some local cuisine or taking a leisurely stroll to soak in the atmosphere of Delhi.

After a hearty breakfast at your hotel, get ready for an exciting day ahead. We’ll ensure a timely transfer to the New Delhi train station, where you’ll board the train bound for Kalka. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenic journey through the picturesque landscapes of northern India.

Upon reaching Kalka, get ready for an extraordinary experience as you board the legendary Kalka-Shimla Narrow Gauge Train. This iconic railway line, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, promises an unforgettable journey through the majestic Himalayan foothills. Marvel at the engineering marvels of the past as the train chugs along the winding tracks, passing through tunnels, over bridges, and alongside lush green valleys.

As you ascend to the charming hill station of Shimla, soak in the breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and verdant forests. Shimla, once the summer capital of British India, holds a rich history dating back to the colonial era. Established in the early 19th century, Shimla served as a retreat for the British officials seeking respite
from the scorching heat of the plains. Its colonial architecture, including iconic buildings such as the Vice regal Lodge and Christ Church, still stands as a testament to its colonial past.

Today, Shimla continues to enchant visitors with its timeless charm, bustling bazaars, and scenic beauty. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and spend the evening exploring the Mall Road, dotted with shops, cafes, and colonial-era buildings. Immerse yourself in the unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty that Shimla has to offer, making
memories that will last a lifetime.

Today, you’ll journey to McLeod Ganj, the spiritual home of the Tibetan community in exile. After breakfast, drive through scenic mountain roads to reach McLeod Ganj. The drive takes approximately 7-8 hours, covering a distance of around 240 kilometers. Highlights along the way include panoramic views of the Himalayas, picturesque valleys, and quaint hill stations. Upon arrival in McLeod Ganj, check into your hotel and take
some time to acclimatize to the altitude. In the afternoon, visit the Tsuglagkhang Complex and explore the famous Namgyal Monastery.

Spend the day exploring the cultural and natural attractions of McLeod Ganj. Visit the Bhagsunath Temple and Bhagsu Waterfall, surrounded by lush greenery. The temple is located approximately 2 kilometers from McLeod Ganj and can be reached by a short drive or a scenic walk. Explore the Tibetan Museum and learn about the history and culture of Tibet.

After breakfast, depart McLeod Ganj for Manali. Enjoy a scenic drive through the mountains, passing by picturesque valleys and rivers. The drive takes approximately 7-8 hours, covering a distance of around 220 km. Highlights along the way include views of snow-capped peaks, dense forests, and gushing rivers. Upon arrival in Manali, check into your hotel and spend the evening at leisure.

Today, explore the attractions of Manali. Visit Hadimba Devi Temple, known for its unique architecture. The temple is located approximately 2 kilometers from the main market area of Manali and can be reached by a short drive or a leisurely walk. Take a stroll along the Mall Road and shop for local handicrafts. Enjoy adventure activities like paragliding and river rafting in the surrounding valleys.

Depart Manali and travel to Jispa, a serene village in the Lahaul Valley. Enjoy the scenic drive through high mountain passes like Rohtang Pass. The drive takes approximately 4-5 hours, covering a distance of around 140km. Highlights along the way include panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, alpine meadows, and colorful prayer flags. Upon arrival in Jispa, check into your accommodation and relax amidst the natural beauty.

Continue your journey to Tsokar Lake, a high-altitude saltwater lake surrounded by barren mountains. The drive takes approximately 7-8 hours, covering a distance of around 220 kilometers. Highlights along the way include views of rugged landscapes, nomadic settlements, and grazing yaks. Explore the lake and spot migratory birds like bar-headed geese and Brahminy ducks. Visit Thugje Monastery and interact with local nomadic communities. Stay overnight in comfortable tented accommodation here.

The drive to Leh from Tsokar takes approximately 5-6 hours, covering a distance of around 150 km. Highlights along the way include crossing the Tanglang La Pass. Upon arrival in Leh visit rhe main bazaar area, explore and meet the locals.

Nestled within the majestic Himalayas in the northern part of India is Leh, the capital of Ladakh – a region steeped in rich cultural and historical significance, Explore its landmarks.. . . . visit Leh Palace, Thiksey Monastery, and Hemis Monastery.

Here’s a deeper dive into each of these significant landmarks:

History: Built in the 17th century by King Sengge Namgyal, Leh Palace served as the royal residence for the Namgyal dynasty of Ladakh. It was constructed atop a hill overlooking the town of Leh and served as the political and cultural center of the region.

Architecture: The architecture of Leh Palace is reminiscent of Tibetan and
Ladakhi styles, with its nine stories towering over the landscape. It's characterized by intricate woodwork, mural paintings, and ornate balconies.

Significance: Despite being in a state of partial ruin today, Leh Palace remains an iconic symbol of Ladakhi heritage and architecture. Visitors can explore its corridors, rooms, and courtyards, gaining insights into the royal history and lifestyle of Ladakh.


History: Thiksey Monastery, also known as Thiksey Gompa, is a prominent Tibetan Buddhist monastery located around 19 kilometers from Leh. It was founded in the 15th century and belongs to the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism.

Architecture: The monastery complex is an architectural marvel, comprising multiple structures built on different levels of the hillside. Its prominent feature is the Maitreya Temple, which houses a giant statue of the Future Buddha (Maitreya), standing at around 49 feet tall.

Significance: Thiksey Monastery is renowned for its religious significance, vibrant
festivals, and stunning panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Visitors can witness monks engaged in prayer rituals, explore the various temples and assembly halls, and soak in the serene atmosphere of spiritual devotion.


History: Hemis Monastery, located around 45 kilometers southeast of Leh, is one of the wealthiest and most famous monasteries in Ladakh. It was founded in the 17th century by the first incarnation of Stagsang Raspa Nawang Gyatso. Architecture: The monastery complex is built in a traditional Tibetan architectural style, featuring colorful murals, intricate woodwork, and ornate statues. The main attraction of Hemis Monastery is its large courtyard where the annual Hemis Festival is celebrated with great pomp and fervor.

Significance: Hemis Monastery holds significant religious importance as the seat of the Drukpa lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in Ladakh. The monastery houses a valuable collection of ancient relics, thangkas (religious paintings), and sacred artifacts. The Hemis Festival, held in honor of Guru Padmasambhava, attracts pilgrims and tourists
from far and wide, offering a glimpse into the vibrant cultural heritage of Ladakh.

Exploring these cultural and historical landmarks in Leh provides visitors with a deeper understanding of the region’s rich heritage, spiritual traditions, and architectural splendor.

Later return to leh for overnight at the hotel.

Explore more of Leh’s attractions, including Shey Palace and Shanti Stupa. The drive to Shey Palace takes approximately 30 minutes from Leh, covering a distance of around 15 km. Highlights of the day include visiting the 17th-century Shey Palace, known for its beautiful murals and Buddha statue, and the white-domed Shanti Stupa, offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Spend the evening exploring the
markets and indulging in local cuisine.

History: Shey Palace, situated atop a hillock in the picturesque village of Shey, was once the summer retreat of the kings of Ladakh. It was constructed in the 17th century by King Deldan Namgyal as his royal residence. The palace served as the capital of Ladakh before the seat of power shifted to Leh.

Architecture and Highlights: The palace complex is renowned for its architectural grandeur and historical significance. Its standout feature is the towering Shakyamuni Buddha statue, which is believed to be one of the largest metal statues in Ladakh. Crafted from copper and gilded with gold, the statue exudes a sense of serenity and spirituality. The interiors of Shey Palace are adorned with exquisite murals, depicting religious
motifs, historical events, and scenes from Buddhist scriptures. These murals provide invaluable insights into the cultural and artistic heritage of Ladakh. Visitors can explore the palace grounds, including the royal chambers, assembly halls, and courtyards, while soaking in the panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. The serene ambiance of Shey Palace makes it a perfect retreat for meditation and contemplation.


History: Shanti Stupa, located atop a hilltop in Leh, is a symbol of peace and harmony. It was inaugurated in 1991 by the 14th Dalai Lama as a gesture of promoting world peace and spreading the message of Buddhism.

Architecture and Highlights: The white-domed structure of Shanti Stupa is a striking sight against the backdrop of the rugged Himalayan terrain. Designed in a traditional Tibetan style, the stupa features intricate carvings, ornate paintings, and a golden pinnacle. Climbing the steps to Shanti Stupa rewards visitors with breathtaking panoramic views of Leh town, the Indus Valley, and the surrounding snow-capped mountains. The tranquil atmosphere and spiritual ambiance of the stupa make it a popular spot for meditation and introspection.

After visiting Shey Palace and Shanti Stupa, you can spend the evening exploring the bustling markets of Leh, where they can shop for traditional handicrafts, souvenirs, and local artifacts. The markets are also dotted with cozy cafes and restaurants serving authentic Ladakhi cuisine, including Thukpa (noodle soup), Momos (dumplings), and Tingmo (steamed bread).

Bid farewell to Leh as you board a flight back to Delhi. Upon arrival, check into your
hotel and spend the day at leisure, reflecting on your memorable journey through the


Please contact us for prices and dates as we have several departures during the main season. Dates can also be organised to suit your schedule.


Shimla: Around 2,205 meters (7,234 feet) above sea level.
Manali: Approximately 2,050 meters (6,726 feet) above sea level.
Jispa: Situated at an altitude of about 3,200 meters (10,499 feet) above sea level.
Tsokar: Located at an altitude of roughly 4,500 meters (14,764 feet) above sea level
Leh: Positioned at an elevation of around 3,500 meters (11,483 feet) above sea level.





Rohtang Pass: Approximately 3,978 meters (13,051 feet) above sea level. On the way from manali to Keylong.
Baralacha La: Around 4,890 meters (16,040 feet) above sea level. On the way from Jispa to Tsokar
Nakee La: Roughly 4,739 meters (15,551 feet) above sea level. On the way from Jispa to Tsokar
Lachulung La: Approximately 5,065 meters (16,617 feet) above sea level. On the way from Jispa to Tsokar
Tanglang La: Around 5,328 meters (17,480 feet) above sea level. On the way from Tsokar to Leh.