Start and end in New Delhi! With the discovery tour Hard Way to Heaven, you have a 13 day tour package taking you through New Delhi, India and 6 other destinations in India. Hard Way to Heaven includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
In and around New DelhiWelcome to India! You are met by our representative in the arrival area of the airport after you clear all immigration and customs formalities. Depart for your Hotel to check in. This man is your friend, guide, philosopher amd mentor througout the trip. After you have checked in he will fix up a time with you to meet you again and discuss about teh program ahead. Ask hi as much as you want because from now onwards you are in his hands untill you finish the trip.Start point Exit Gate, Indira Gandhi International Airport, Indira Gandhi International Air Port, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Delhi to Bhuntar : By Air Bhuntar to Manali : Drive for 50 km The drive from Bhuntar airport to Manali is very scenic alongwith the river Beas. Manali is one of the most beautiful valleys of North India and is a famous tourist destination. Manali now is the base for many high altitude trek in the upper Himalayan regions. On arrival check into your hotel. Afternon free to yourself to explore town on foot. Your Tour Companion : The man who recieves you at Bhuntar Airport is your companion for the entire trip from now onwards. He is your friend, guide and philosepher till you depart frmo Leh and will remain with you always in case you need some help or assistance. He will be carrying all the documents, permits and reservation voucehrs for you and willalso organise your meals and sightseeings.
In and around KeylongDistance : 110km Driving Time : 5 to6 hours. Breakfast we shall have at the hotel and then start our day. First we drive to Dhungri Temple in the Cedar forest. Dhungari temple is dedicated to Goddess Hidimba. The age old ancient temple made of stone and wood is a fantastic example of architecture. The legend says that during the exile the five brothers, Pandawas, arrived here. The strongest Pandawa Bhim killed the demon ruler Hidimb and married his sister Hidimba. This is how Hidimba became a goddess then and now is the chief goddess of the valley. After that we shall drive to Naggar to visit Naggar Castle and Roerich Art Gallery. Nicholas Roerich a Russian painter arrived the valley in early years of last century, married a local girl and settleld here. Now his house is an art gallery and displays most of his original work.
Distance : 110 km. Driving Time : 6 hours. Overnight Stay : Guest House. Get up little early as today we ahve to leave before breakfast. This the best way to avoid traffic on the way to Rohtang Pass. This is the first high pass (3900 m) that we are going to cross over today. The way to Rohtang is realy scenic. (When this text is being published the work on making a tunnnel from Manali to Sissu - the other side of the pass is going on and it is likely to complete by 2019. It is possible that when you come on this journey, they ahve opened the tunnel and we do not go over the pass)
In and around SarchuDistance : 250 km. Driving Time : 6- 7 hours Drive over : Rohtang Pass (Baralachala Pass 4800 m) Overnight Stay : Fixed Camp with attached facilities. Today we shall drive over the second highest pass on the way. The view of snowcapped Himalayan peaks from the pass is just unexplainable. ON the way there is a place called Darcha. This village got buried under a land slip in 1976. The huge boulders are still laying as they fell on the village as they are too big to move. Overnight stay at Camp, tents with attached facilities. Sarchu is the first highest place where we are going to sleep above tree line. Some of you might suffer from lack of oxygen so use the oxygen cylinders that we carry.
Distance : 235 km. Driving Time : 7 hours Drive over : Naki La Pass (45000 m) and Lachungla Pass (4900 m) Overnight Stay : Fixed Camp with attached facilities. The drive from Sarchu to Tsomoriri is long but eye-catching. The views and the beauty of the area is beyond words. The 45 km long Morey plain plateau used to be a lake once upon a time Today this vast ground holds few of the beauties landscape in these rugged mountains. Remember, after Pang the army base camp, you will not find even a teashop till Tsomoriri. So we shall stop here for some time before we continue. Another short break at lake Tsokar is recommended. This salt lake in this high altitude region is an attraction for any visitor. Heaps of salt can be seen around here which resemble snow. Tsomoriri is one of the most beautiful lakes of high Himalaya. Dominated by high snowclad peaks this pearl-like glacier fed lake is nearly 26 km long and 5 km wide but surprisingly has no outlet.
Rest Day. You can walk around the lake. It changes colours with the time of the day. The sunrises from behind the mountians, across teh lake and so the morning glow of the lake from your camp must be clicked. Relax or just walk through the village Korzok, the remotest village in this area. The inhabitants of the village belong to Changpa tribe.
In and around LehDistance : 230 km. Driving Time : 7 hours Drive through : Mahe Bridge and vilage Changthang. Overnight Stay : Hotel Spic & Span or similar. Today after teh breakfast we drive to Leh,the headquarter of Ladakh. On the way we shall stop at Chanthang to have a view of the steaming sulphur springs. On arrrival in Leh check in and relax for some time. Evening we walk through the lovely old bazaar of Leh. Dinner on the rooftop restaurant.
Today we will spend visiting the monasteries in and around Leh. Visit to Shey Palace, Thiksey Monastery Hemis Monastery and Stok Palace Museum. Hemis is the largest and the richest monastery of Indian Western Himalayas. After this fulll days trip return to the hotel and relax for sometime before we proceed for dinnner.
Distance : 225 km. Driving Time : 5 hours Overnight Stay : Fixed Camp with attached facilities. Pangong is the largest lake in this region, nearly 135 km long and 5 km wide. nealry 60% of the lake lies n China as during the Indo China war in 1962 major part of the lake was captured by the Chinese soldiers. During witer month the lake freezes and the soldiers do ski petrole on it. The area around the lake is grassland and it is teh wetland of internatinal importance. In the evening you are free to walk around the lake and enjoy the views of the landscape.
Distance : 225 km. Driving Time : 5 hours Overnight Stay : Hotel Spic & Span or smilar. Drive back same way and check into the hootel. Relax.
Fullday visit to Likir and Alchi Monasteries. Alchi is one of the oldest monasteries in this region and is known for its wood carvings. Return to Leh in the evening and stay overnight.
Mornig transfer to the airport to board flight to Delhi. On arrival transfer to the hotel or wait at the airrport for your international flight.End point Main Entrance, Indira Gandhi International Airport, Indira Gandhi International Air Port, New Delhi, Delhi, India