Nature Knights- Trans Himalayan Safari

Nature Knights -  Trans Himalayan Safari

The Journey, The Adventure, The Experience.. Only with Nature Knights..

A land of Stark contrasts. You could get a frost bite and sun burn at the same time. A land of high passes and deep gorges. A arid land without a blade of grass and rich green valleys. A land of festivals, celebrations and friendly people to a contrast of climatic conditions so harsh that even the tough and seasoned Nomadic tribes have to be on move just to survive.

The Safari covers all the 3 highest motor-able roads in the world, Highest Salt Water Lake in the world, Highest and Largest Plains in the world, Magnetic Hills, Nubra Valley, Ladakh Culture, and tons of adventures.. A 100% Adventure Safari to The Land of contrast (Total 13 days trip).

Mumbai to Mumbai (complete experience, complete adventure)..

Day 0.
Aug 26, 2011 (Friday)

Friday afternoon..
Board Rajdhani train from Mumbai to Delhi O/N in Train..
Aug 27, 2011 (Saturday)

Day 01 

Transfer from Railway Station to Hotel Refresh, Lunch Rest, Transfer to Bus Stand

Delhi- 05.00 Pm Report to board Deluxe Air-conditioned coach for overnight journey to Manali  

Aug 28, 2011 (Sun)
Day 02 Manali- Arrive Manali and Transfer to the Hotel night stay in Manali L/D

Aug 29, 2011 (Mon)
Day 03 Manali Rohtang Pass Koksar Keylong Lahaul Spiti- Depart Manali early in the morning our first halt is Marhi A barren landscape offering extensive views of the valley and the mountains. We proceed to Rohtang Pass 3790 M is most popular with visitors, being one of the highest road point and gateway to LAHAUL and SPITI valleys. Pass remains closed during winter due to heavy snow from November end to May end. Visitors can drive upto MARHI below ROHTANG with similar high altitude topography, forest of Birch, Fir and Spurce.Once we cross the Rohtang Pass border we are in the Barren Himalayas with the landscape completely changing Khoksar is the first village and gate way to Lahaul Overnight stay in Keylong BF/L/D

Aug 30, 2011 (Tue)
Day 04 Keylong Darcha Jispa Sarchu- Keylong to Sarchu -Enroute Darcha is situated at the junction of Yotche nullah and the Zangskar chhu which takes off from the Shinkun la. Both these nullahs meet with the main river Bhaga at this place. The valley broadens out from Darcha. The altitude of Darcha is about 3500 m. which makes it an ideal base camp for acclimatisation. Darcha is the jumping off point for treks to Padum over the Shinkun la or Baralacha la and Phirtse la and for treks or mountaineering expeditions to Leh and peaks of Chandra Bhaga series. However no tourist bungalow or rest house facilities are available on either side of the nullahs. A police check post is also there. Darcha is the last village where one can see sparse growth of trees. Beyond Darcha not even a single tree can be seen on either side of the highway. Landscape starts looking desolate and absolutely barren. Glance at JISPA. This beautiful spot is 22 kms away from Keylong and 4 kms ahead of Ghemur. The village is situated at the junction of two nullahs with the main river Bhaga. Jispa has a very large dry river-bed, a rarity in Lahaul.Jispa is a new tourism centre coming up with the monasteries of Yarji and Photang where his Holiness the Dalai Lama gave the Kal Chakra sermon a few days back to the Buddhists all over the world. The mountaineering Institute of Manali has a sub centre here for adventure tourism. Sarchu is the last inhabited point in Himachal Pradesh on the Manali-Leh route- which is regarded as one of the highest highways in the world. Arrive in Sarchu and check into your Camp.  Overnight in Camp BF/PKDL /D

Aug 31, 2011 (Wed)
Day 05 Sarchu  Nakeela La changla Pass More Plains and reach Leh- Sarchu to Leh  Depart in the morning at dawn. Our journey through Nakeela & Lachlangla Pass 16,617 ft, Reach Pang by afternoon lunch break at Pang, enroute. More Plains (Biggest and Highest Plateau on Earth on Stretch of 42 Kms), Taglang La Pass (2nd Highest Motorable Road in the World at A Height of 17,585ft) & reaching Upshi, from here the road follows the Indus River, passing villages with there terraced Fields and neat- Whitewashed houses. On a way one notice the ruins have an ancient Fort or palace or the distant glimpse of gompa on a hill. And at last reaching Leh .Over night in Leh BF/PKDL /D

Sep 1, 2011 (Thu)
Day 06 Shey Thiksey Hemis -Excursion to Shey, Thiksey, Hemis
Today we proceed for Indus Valley monastery tour. We start with a visit to Shey the ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue.
Then we visit Thiksey Gompa an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future. Drive further to visit the famous Hemis Gompa founded in 1630's by Stag-tsang-ras-pa under the royal patronage of Sengge Namgyal.
Hemis is one of the largest and richest Gompas of Ladakh. The two-day festival of monastic dance in June-July has raised the reputation of Hemis particularly high. The festival is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as second Buddha and responsible for spreading Buddhism in the Tibetan world. Later in the evening we drive back to hotel Overnight in Leh BF/PKDL /D

Sep 2, 2011 (Fri) 
Day 07 Khardungla K Top Nubra Valley- Tour of Khardungla Pass 18832 Ft , Nubra Valley and Hundur Sand Dunes  –  Drive 120 Kms 4/5 Hrs ( Temperatures below Freezing point at Khardungla Pass) ensure to carry heavy winter clothes as most of the time this pass has snow .Khardungla is the World's highest motorable road at 18832 feet above sea level. At Khardungla pass the snow capped peaks and the mountain views are amazing. The road then passes through a bridge laid on Glacier which finds its way in Guinness Book of world records , Drive through the Valley which is extremely beautiful for photography.Nubra Valley is the Oasis of Ladakh as you see some colourful trees in this region. Later reach your camp  visit the Sand Dunes if lucky you will get the sight of the Two Hump Bacterian camels, enjoy time at  the Sand Dunes of Nubra valley spread across Hundur Village . Over Night at the camp BF/PKDL /D 

Sep 3, 2011 (Sat) 
Day 08 Nubra Valley to Leh - After Breakfast proceed to  Diskit monastery which is 515 years old situated on a hill top giving panoramic view of the valley later walk around the town of Diskit which has a small village market. Proceed back to Leh cross Khardungla Pass once again and reach Leh. Later we will visit Singhu point (Indus river where all the Singhes pay holy bath) and Stok Museum. The Stok palace and museum is around 200 years old. The palace and museum at Stok is a showpiece for the royal tankhas, royal crown, dresses, coins, precious stones and turquoise head dresses.return back to the hotel for Dinner over Night at the Hotel in Leh. BF/PKDL /D

Sep 4, 2011 (Sun)
Day 09 Pangong Lake & Changla Pass-Leh Pangong Lake Leh
An early start to the day for our visit to Pangong Lake at a distance of 155 kilometers. This beautiful turquoise colored is worth its drive and time. Its value for your effort and money. Half of this beautiful lake is in under the Chinese occupation. The visit to the lake involve crossing of Changlha pass. Picnic lunch. Drive back to Leh evening free time in Leh market and back to the hotel for dinner.  Overnight in Leh Hotel BF/PKDL /D

Sep 5, 2011 (Mon)
Day 10 Alchi Uleytokpo Basgo Palace, Likir Monastery , Magnetic Hill - Leh  Alchi Ule (4 Hrs) 
After Breakfast drive to Indus River. Rafting for 4 to 5 hrs optional cost And sightseeing points Basgo Palace, Liker Monastery, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Magnetic Hill , visit Alchi Monastery and evening free at the Camp.  Overnight in Uleytokpo    BF/PKDL /D

Sep 6, 2011 (Tue) 
Day 11  Moonland Lamayuru - Ule Alchi – Leh 06 Hrs Sightseeing tour of Moonlandscape, visit LAMAYURU)The Oldest Monastery of Ladakh check into your hotel at Leh Overnight in Leh   BF/PKDL /D

Sep 7, 2011 (Wed)
Day 12
Transfer to Airport
board train from Delhi for Mumbai

Sep 8, 2011 (Thu)
Day 13
Arrival in Mumbai between 10:30 and 11:30 am subject to train being on time..

Total Budget for the trip:
Rs.35,750/- per head.


Delhi to Manali by Deluxe Ac coach
Accommodation in below mentioned hotels
Twin Sharing Accommodation (02 people in each room), last pair will stay at triple sharing in case of odd numbers of participants.
Manali Hotel stays Orchards Green with All meal plans  
Keylong Hotel Deykit with All meal plans   (Not Applicable)
Sarchu Camp with All meal plans
Leh Hotel: Ladakh Sarai with All meal plans
Transport one non ac Innova/Scorpio/Xylo for Jeep Safari: Manali Rohtang Keylong Sarchu Leh and all sightseeing destinations as per tour plan with experienced Safari driver 
White Water Rafting
All Taxes      
All Inner line permits
All entry to monuments
Train Tickets (3 Tier AC - Mumbai to Delhi and Delhi to Mumbai) 
Food during train travel (Between Mumbai to Delhi will be as per Rajdhani Plan)

Not Included
Any Extra Meals (any meals outside budgeted meals).
Any Extra guide services
Any Medical Expenses
Any Emergency evacuation
Any Extra services not mentioned in the plan
Any Tips not included (mutually agreed tips can be shared and given to the hotel staff/ driver etc)..
Aired Water, Bottled Water
Cost of any resources not utilized will not be refunded
Cost of any unplanned stay/food at location other than the planned ones as per respective dates.
Cost of Lunch during our transit phase in Delhi Day 1 and Last day at Delhi is not included.
Cost of food during Volvo journey (Delhi to Manali not included, as this will be during travel by public transport)

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