Day 01: Arrival in Delhi, Reception in the airport, transfer to the hotel, O/N in hotel.
Day 02: Departure to Amritsar by train, afternoon check in hotel, visit the city, O/N in hotel. Amritsar: City has founded in 1577 by Ram Dass, the fourth Guru of the Sikh. It is the centre of the Sikh religion and the major city of Punjab state. The name Amritsar translates as “Pool of nectar” the name of the sacred pool by which the Sikh Golden temple is built. Golden Temple, the holiest shrine of the Sikh religion is in the center of old part of town > The temple itself is surrounded by the lake which gave the town its name, causeway connects the temple in the middle of the pool and loudspeaker broadcasts a continuous reading of the Granth Sahib in Punjabi.The high priest of sikh who reads the holy book sits on the east side of the temple. The original copy of the Granth Sahib is kept in the golden temple and is occasionally taken out on procession. Pilgrims and visitors to the golden temple must remove their shoes and cover their head before entering the temple precincts. Afternoon leave to Bagha at Indo- Pak Border (Bagha Border) to watch retreat ceremony-30 KM on the road to Lahore is India-Pakistan Border. A visit to the border is an interesting experience especially at Sunset, when the retreat ceremony takes place with the Border Security Force on the Indian Side and the Sutlej Rangers on the Pakistan side putting up a well. Return to hotel in the evening, continue to follow up the night visit of illuminated Golden temple and to witness the evening ceremony, night in hotel.
Day 03: Amritsar to Dharamsala, 190 km, 6 hours. Morning before leaving visit Laxmi-Narayan temple: A large temple in the center of a lake is dedicated to Lakshi-Narayan. Further drive to the former colonial retreat, Mcleodganj rose to prominence after the large scale exodus of Tibetan from their homeland in 1959. It is a residence of ( OCEAN OF TRANQUILITY) His Holiness the Dalai Lama with the backdrop of the majestic Dhauladhar mountains. The Tibetan government in exile has been based here for over three and half decades. Afternoon check in hotel evening stroll in the crowd of Indo -Tibetan mixed culture in the street of Mecleodganj.night n hotel.
Day 04: Visit Dharamsala, (1830m.) With impressive Namgyal monastery, a traditional architecture designs drawn from Tibet surrounded by row of prayer wheels and houses large life images of the Budha, padmasambhava and Avalokteshwara. Visit monastery at Norbulinga named after the summer palace of His Holiness in Tibet located out of Dharamsala, its Thanka painting school and craft center,
Day 05: Dharam Sala to Palampur, visiting Brijeshwari temple and Kangra fort. Kangra is an old town where you will visit Brijeshwari temple dedicated to Godess Durga . An alley of colorful boutiques displaying offerings leads to the temple complex, hundreds of devotees colorfully dressed visit here to pay the homage to goddess , it’s a best place to get interacted with local. Visit the fort of Kangara in ruin on a precipitous cliff over hanging the Ban Ganga and Manjhi rivers. The ruins still dominate the the Kangra valley. Once the seat of power Katoch dynasty. After short drive visit Chamunda Devi, an another important temples complex is dedicated to Godess Shakti ( Goddess of power ). Afternoon reach at Palampur situated on the foot hill of Dhauladhar, with mild climate and tea gardens Dhauladhar range provide panoramic view of snowy ranges. Stroll in main street of Palampur which is always crowded with a variety of people including Gaddi (Shepherds ) and gaily attired Gaddies women. night in hotel.
Day 06: Palampur to Rewalsar, Mandi, 137 km. via Rewalsar. Visit Shiva temple at Baijnath, which bear inscription fated A.D. 804, dedicated to Vaidhyanath. The temples are built in the Shikhera style and are remarkable for their proportion and architectural beauty. Rewalsar (POOL OF ANCIENT WISDOM ) is like a Dark jewel on a wooded hillside, the sacred lake is identified as the Sahar of yore. Legend is that, this is a place from where Padmasambhava left for Tibet to spread the word of the Budha in the 8th century A.D. The lake has tinny islands of floating reed in which the spirit of Padaymasambhava is said to be embodied. Visit Budhist monastery belongs to the Nyingmapa order and caves where Padmassmbhaba meditated at the time. Leave to Mandi , An important town is the gateway of the Kullu valley. It is said that sage Mandavaya performed a long penance here from whom the town takes its name. Town is known for its aesthetically carved shikhara style temples of Bhootnath, Triloknath, Panchvakra., night in hotel.
Day 07: Mandi to Manali, (1900 m.) 100 km. Leave Mandi, en route visit Shiva temple, afternoon reached Manali, An small touristic town of Kullu valley. Kullu Situated in the inner range of Himalaya, valley is more than 16 km as the crow flies from the foot hills that edge the plain of northern India and barely 80 km from the plateau of Tibet. It is famous for apple orchards, pine trees and its cheerful peoples, It is a valley of hundred of temples and deities, so it is called the valley of God. The Aryans gave the name to this valley is Kulantpitha, means ” the end of the habitable world”. Night in hotel. Day 08: First day Initiation and introduction of Yoga at Shri Hari Ashram Pranaya, Asana for 2 hours, back to hotel for breakfast. Later local sight seeing. Visit Old Manali village, 3 km from the new Manali up temples on the hill, is said to be founded by sage Manu. Hadimba temple, About one km from the Manali stands the pagoda style temple of Hadimba Devi surrounded by the cedar forest in Dhungri. According to the legend, Bhima one of the Pandava’ s brother fell in love with an aboriginal woman named Hadimba, the sister of local chief by the name of Hadimba and married her. Lunch break at 13h.free time, after 3 hours proceed for evening session of Pranayam and Meditation till late evening for 2 hours
Day 1 : -Arrival in Delhi, Reception in the airport ,transfer to the hotel , O/N in hotel .
Day 2 : Delhi to Amritsar, by train, check in hotel , visit the city. Visit Amritsar translates as Â« Pool of nectar Â» the name of the sacred pool by which the Sikh Golden temple is built . Golden Temple, The temple itself is surrounded by the lake which gave the town its name, causeway connects the temple in the middle of the pool . The high priest of sikh who reads the holy book sits on the east side of the temple . Pilgrims from all over the world come here to visit the temple . Bagha Border ( Indo-Pak Border 30 KM drive to watch retreat ceremony- on the road to Lahore is an interesting experience especially at Sunset, night in hotel.
Day 3 : -Amritsar to Dharamsala , 190 km., 6 hours . Leave city of nectar , lunch stop on the way , afternoon check in hotel evening stroll in the crowd of Indo —Tibetan mixed culture in the street of Mecleodganj . night n hotel.
Day 4 : Visit Dharamsala , ( 1830m. ) A former colonial retreat, Mcleodganj rose to prominance after the large scale exodus of Tibetan from their homeland in 1959 . It is a residence of ( OCEAN OF TRANQUILITY ) His Holiness the Dalai Lama with the backdrop of the majestic Dhauladhar mountains. The Tibetan government in exile has been based here for over three and half decades . With traditional architecture designs drawn from Tibet the impressive Namgyal monastery is surrounded by row of prayer wheels and houses large life images of the Budha , Padmasambhava and Avalokteshwara . if time permit Tibetan handicraft centre can be visited. night in hotel.
Day 5 : -Dharamsala to Mandi via Baijnath- Rewalsar , 167 km. O/N hotel. Leave early ,on the way at Palampur take short stop to visit the tea garden , At Baijnath to visit Shiva temple dedicated to Vadianath, that built in Shikhera style and is remarkable for its proportion and architectural beauty Further to Rewalsar ( POOL OF ANCIENT WISDOM ) is like a Dark jewel on a wooded hillside, the sacred lake is identified as the sahar of yore . Legend is that , this is a place from where Padma sambhava left for Tibet to spread the word of the Budha in the 8th century A.D . Mandi is an important town of Himachal Pradesh ,. and the gateway of Kullu valley. It is know for its aesthetically carved shikhara style temples of Bhootnath, Triloknath, Panchvakra and Shyamakali at Tarna hill.O/N hotel .
Day 6: Mandi to Kullu-Manali (2000m) 90 kms. Leave for Manali. En route visit Shiva temple at Bajaura. Kullu—Manali is situated in the inner range of the Himalaya and is famous for apple orchards, pine trees and cheerful people. The valley has hundreds of temples and deities. The Aryans named this valley as Kulantpitha, meaning “the end of the habitable world”. Visit the temple of Manu at old Manali, stroll in village. Night in hotel.
Day 7 : Explore Manali : Hadimba Devi temple the famme of Mahabharta, Jagatsukh: the capital of Kullu in olden time and the temple of Gayatri Devi, Nagar castle and the temple of Goddess Tripurasundry, Shiva temple, Roriech art gallery of the Russian painter, Evening back to Manali, night in hotel.
Day 8: Manali to Keylong , ( 115 km, 2850m ) or Jispa-135kms. 3200m. Uphill drive along Beas river to Rohtang pass ( 3950 mtrs. ) the gate way between semi desert Lahoul and the lush green valley of Kullu, Descend to Koksar, following Chandra river through several villages till Keylong ,the headquarter of tribal distt of Lahoul and SpÃ®ti. Take 3kms of uphill drive by narrow road till Shashur Gompa dominating entire valley facing magnificent Snow caped mountains. A 16th century gompa belongs to the red hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism or drukpa order and have spiritual connection with the Lion Cave Temple of Bhutan. Evening free at leosure, night in hotel at Keylong or in Jispa.
Day 9: keylong to Sarchu 4253 mtrs ,over Baralachala la ( 4800m) 90 km. Scenic drive leads to Jispa , short visit in village , by accompany of mountain lakes , hanging glacier and snow caped mountains we even don’t realize how soon we reached at wonderful place of Sarchu .Night in deluxe camp ,
Day 10: Sarchu to Leh ( 3500 m. 250 km. Leave the vast Sarchu plateau , uphill curvy drive till Namkila 4950 mtrs ), spectacular view of rugged rocks , over Lachulangla (5090 mtrs ) descend to the gorge of cliffy Gangla jal to Pang .and further drive on vast plateau of Kyangchu-Thang ( plateau of wild donkey ) over Tanglangla 5332 mtrs , descend to the valley ,passing by several villages of Ladakh , evening reached Leh check in hotel . night in hotel .
Day 11 : Explore Leh, Afternoon free. Half day excursion to Shanti Stupa perched high on the hill dominating entire Leh town, further an hour walk to Royal Palace built by 5th Dalailama in 17th century is look like little Potala of Lahasa , After lunch free to stroll in the Bazzar , night in hotel.
Day 12 : Around Leh: 90km. Visit Shey, Thiksey, Hemis, full day sight-seeing ( to the famous monasteries of Ladakh ).. Leave to Hemis monastery , A mass of splendid architecture on a green hill has been built by the inveterate royal architect Singe Namgyal in1630 . the monastery belongs to Drukpa sect of Buddhism , site is privileged for Namgyal dynasty, its mural painting represent the different divinities dated back to 18th sanctuary. there is a huge Thanka reputed to be the Largest in existence which is exhibited once in every twelve years. Thiksey, A majestic monastery perched on a rocky outcrop built in the 15th century during the first wave of expansion of Gelugpa sect in Ladakh. In the entry there are painting of protective deities and the great masters of the sect. Way back visit Shey, once the capital of Upper Ladakh before being supplanted by Leh, monastery housed rich murals painting, well restored and represent the 18 arhats (disciples of Buddha who attained enlightenment). Evening back to Leh, Night in hotel.
Day 13 : Leh to Lamayuru 140 km. via Alchi ( 3450m . ). Drive toward west of Leh via Indus valley , on the way visit Alchi, and Lamayuru monastery, Night in Lamayuru in simple guest house . Alchi monastery, Among the many temples, caves and stupas built in Ladakh, is the largest and most famous of all of them, built by Rinchen Zangpo about 990 years ago. Monastery house valuable mural painting and Thankas. Further drive to Lamayuru, one of the ancient monastery magnificently perched on the hill . Before Buddhism penetrated in the region this site was known as a centre for Bon religion, one can participate evening Puja (ceremony ) if authorised to visitors, Stroll around the monastery campus and admire the stunning beauty of landscape, Stroll around the monastery campus and admire the stunning beauty of landscape, night in simple hotel.
Day 14 : Back to Leh via Rizong and Ohyang , 71 km. Leave to leh, on the way visit Rizong and Phyang monastery. Afternoon at leisure, night in hotel. Rizong: A beautiful monastery built in 1840 by the Lama Tsultrim nyma who wished to restore an orthodox Lamaism that the monk still practice. The monastery is totally isolated , no village having been established in this barren area . At the entrance ceiling decorated with beautiful Manadala . Numerous thankas, representing for most part Budha or Tsonghapa , with the thousand Budhas. Together with the library complete the traditional contents of his dukhang. PHYANG MONASTERY: The monastery was founded 446 years ago (reckoning from 1977). Called Tashi Chozang, there are sacred shrines and various wall paintings are to be seen which date from the royal period. The protected deity of the monastery is Apchi Choski Dolma. Stroll in village and further drive to Leh, night in hotel.
Day 15: Leh–Delhi , flight. Transfer to domestic airport , flight to Delhi , on arrival in Delhi transfer to hotel afternoon half day sight seen in old and new Delhi including , red fort , Gandhi memorial , India Gate evening stroll in Janpath , O/N in hotel. Day 16: Visit Delhi and Departure. Morning proceed for full day sightseeing tour of new & old Delhi including Bahai Temple, the Qutab Minar, India’s largest mosque ( Jama masjid ), narrow lanes of charming old Delhi, After dinner transfer to airport for onward flight . End of service
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