12 Nights / 13 Days

Above The CLouds

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Overview

Some tours become memorable by the way they start. From destinations which are unforgettable to ending on a place filled with religious and calming energies. Our Above the Clouds Tour is just that, the perfect package for a family adventure everywhere.

Leh is the location which surprises most travellers with being one of the best destinations people try and score for a vacation all the time. Its tranquil plains, valleys that scoop, and azure skies make it an ideal place to visit. Sarchu (also known as Sir Bhum Chun) is a prominent halt place with tented accommodation in the Himalayas on the Leh-Manali Highway in India, on the border between Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh. It is located between the Lachulung La to the north and the Baralacha La to the south. Aside from its natural beauty and charm, Manali is recognized for its many adventure activities, the iconic Hadimba Temple, the majestic Rohtang Pass, the snow-laden Solang Valley, and its delectable food scene. As the residence of the Dalai Lama and most Tibetans in exile, Dharamshala is an established name on Buddhist tours to the state. Amritsar, Punjab's largest and most significant city, is a major economic, cultural, and transportation hub. It is also the spiritual heart of Sikhism and the location of the Harmandir Sahib, or Golden Temple.

13 Days of blissful enjoyment is always guaranteed with your selection of this tour. Don’t miss out on culturally diverse and panoramically abundant locations of the Above the Clouds Tour Package. Set out on a memorable journey and capture the moments for yourself as you box in memories to take in for eternities to come.

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Itinerary Details

Upon arrival, after clearing immigration and custom, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Overnight at hotel

Early morning, transfer to airport for your flight to Leh. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day for acclimatization. Leh is at an altitude of 3524 metres (11,562 ft) Afternoon visit Shanti Stupa of Ladakh is located on the hilltop at Changspa. It can be reached quite easily from the Fort Road. The Stupa was constructed by a Japanese Buddhist organization, known as ‘The Japanese for World Peace’. The aim behind the construction of the stupa was to commemorate 2500 years of Buddhism and to promote World Peace. His Holiness, the Dalai Lama inaugurated the Shanti Stupa in the year 1985.

Overnight at hotel

Following breakfast visit of Spituk , Phyang and Sankark

Spituk: 14 kms from Leh, the 15th century monastery, which tumbles down the sides of a steep knoll to a tight cluster of farmhouses and well-watered fields, is altogether more picturesque. Approached by road from the north, or from the south along a footpath that winds through Spitok village, its spacious rooftops command superb views. There is the grave of a very high reincarnation at the Gompa and the Spitok head Lama is also the head Lama of the Sankar Gompa in Leh. He also represents Ladakh as a member of the Indian Parliament. Gurphug in Stok and Pashi Gephel in Sabu are also under monasteries of Spitok. The Gompa has three chapels of which the highest, the Paldan Lumo temple (Kali Mater), is the most impressive. The temple Gonkhang is approximately a thousand years old. From Paldan Lumo temple, on the peak of the mountain, a small path leads past a red Latho to the monastery proper. The built in Dukhang is well worth seeing. The shrine to Vajra Bhairava, a Tantric guardian deity of the Gelug-pa order, is distinctly spooky.

Phyang : Built by kind Lkra-Shis_namgyal, founder of Namgyal Dynasty, in 1500 after defeating the last of the Lah-Chen King and is the home of the Sri Khing Pa sect (Red Capped). On approaching the monastery entrance, on the grounds, is a long flagstaff on an elaborate pedestal put up by the king after he had won the throne. Several temples have scenes from the eight members of happiness painted on the walls. Suddenly the recd waters of the Indus disappears in the sand, ahead lies vast stretch of desert, the horizon while the mountains appear to form two straight parallel lines running alongside the road.

Sankar Gompa: 3-km north of the town centre, is among the most accessible monasteries in central Ladakh – hence its restricted visiting hours for tourists. The monastery, a small under Gompa of Spitok, is staffed by twenty monks, and is the official residence of the Kushok Bakul, Ladakh’s head of the Gelug-pa sect. Appropriately for such a high-ranking ‘Rinpoche’, his glass-fronted penthouse enjoys pride of place on top of the main building, crowned with a golden spire and a “Dharma Chakra” flanked by two deer, symbolizing the Buddha’s first sermon in Sarnath. A flight of steps leads from the courtyard to the Du-khang. Beyond the lords of the four quarters and wheel of life Mandala that adorn the verandah, one enters a high ceilinged hall whose walls writhe with lustrous multicoloured murals. Those on either side of the doorway are the most amazing: many armed pot bellied bovine monsters drink blood from skull cups, while the copulating “Yab-Yum” couples to the right are garlanded with severed heads and engulfed in swirling red and yellow flames.

Overnight at hotel

Full day excursion to Shey, Thiksey and, Hemis Shey – Until the 16th century it was the royal residence, Kings of Leh were supposed to be born in the monasteries. This Palace Monastery has the largest statue of Maitreya Buddha

Thikshey:-19 Kms from Leh, spectacularly most impressive gompas. There are several temples in the gompa containing images, stupas and wall paintings of Buddha which are exquisite.

Hemis: It is the wealthiest, best known and biggest gompa of Ladakh Its popularity stems from the major annual festival held here in summer. The festival is also has the largest thanka in Ladakh which is unfirled once in 12 years. On these days hundreds of pilgrims will gather at hemis to pay their tribute and homage.

Hemis was built in 1630 during the reign of Sengg Namgyal, an illustrious ruler of Ladakh. It flourished under th Namgyal dynasty for the royalty favored the Drukgpa Sect which managed the monastery. It is divided into tow, the assembly hall on the right and the main temple on the left. The hall, Dukhang, is also used as a “green room’ by the dancers during the festival. The temple is known as Tshogkhang. The ve randahs have a surfeit of frescoes, among them the Buddhist ‘ Wheel of Life “ and the ‘Lords of the Four Quarters” besides rows of prayer wheels.

Overnight at hotel

Following breakfast, visit Alchi , Likir and Lamayuru .

Alchi: 70 Kms from Leh, on the banks of the Indus river, is the Alchi Gompa dating a Thousand years back. One of its walls features thousands of miniature-sized pictures of the Buddha. Three large sized images made of clay and painted brightly are its focal attraction. No longer a active religions center, it is looked after by monks from Likir.

Likir: 52 Kms from Leh Founded in the 11th century AD and rededicated to a different monastic order in the 15th century AD, its earlier gompa was destroyed in a fire. The present gompa dates back to the 18th century. Skilled craftsmen producing excellent thankas, earthern pots and carved folding wooden stools, live here in the village. Majestically situated, Likir commands a spectacular view. A magnificent giant juniper tree, one of the few survivors of its species, stands in the courtyard.

Enroute visit Lamayuru Lamayuru Monastery: Situated at the altitude of 3800 meters between Fotu-la and Khalsi. As per the legend, in ancient times a lake covered this site. One day a Hermit predicted that there will be a monastery one day and he throws the grainof rice on the earth which automatically forms the shape of Swastika (Yundrung) from where the name comes (Yundrung Tharpaling Gompa), constructed by Rinchen Zangpo one of his 108 constructions. Monastery noted for the sect drigungpa. In the gallery see 35 Buddha painted on the wall. Chapel of Avlokiteshvara – the 2 mtrs high image of him with 11 heads and 1000 heads.

Overnight at hotel

Following breakfast, drive to Sarchu Sarchu at an altitude of 4,290 m Upon arrival, check in to your hotel.

Overnight in Camp

Following breakfast, Afternoon visit Sarchu, a picturesque town is located at the height of 4253 meters. This is the last point on the Himachal-Ladakh border that offers splendid views of snow-capped mountains. The unspoiled natural beauty of Sarchu offers a perfect ambience to spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of city life. After visit drive to Jispa Jispa (altitude 3,200 m or 10,500 ft; Upon arrival, check in to your hotel.

Overnight at hotel

Following breakfast, drive to Manali . En-route go through ROHTANG PASS (3979 m): Rohtang pass is 51kms from Manali on highway to Keylong/Leh. It offers a panorama and spectacular Mountain View. The pass is open from June to October each year although trekkers can cross it earlier. It is a gateway to Lahaul Spiti, Pangi and Leh valley just as Zojila pass is a gatway to Ladakh. There are beautiful sights of glaciers, peaks and Chandra River flows down in the Lahaul valley. Slightly to the left are the twin peaks of the Geypan.

During summer (mid June to October) regular buses ply between Manali-Keylong/Darcha, Udaipur, Spiti and Leh.

After visit, continue your drive to Manali Manali at an altitude of 2,050 m (6,726 ft) Upon arrival, check-in into your hotel.

Overnight at hotel

Following breakfast Manali: Manali, the paradise on the land is situated at the northern point of the Kullu Valley. Manali is awe-inspiring with spectacular views of snow coated peaks and wooded gorges. With the Beas gushing across the rocky alleys amid grasslands wrapped in layers of wild flowers and bushes. The rich and healthy environment offers marvellous walks to fruit orchards and mesmerizing forest of pines and deodars.

Hadimba Temple: The main attraction at Manali is historically and archeologically famous the Dhoongri Temple dedicated to goddess Hadimba, the Bhim of the Hindu Epic Mahabharat. The temple has four-tiered Pagoda like roof and the entrance is carved with mythological shapes and symbols. Located about 2.5 km from the tourist office, amidst dense forest of deodar, the temple was built in the 1533 A.D.

Vashist Hot Water Springs and Temple: Situated 3 km from Manali is Vashist, a small village situated on the left bank of the river Beas, onwards Rohtang pass. The place is worth a visit for its renowned hot springs and temples. Close to this, is a stone temple in pyramidal shape, dedicated to Vashist Muni. There is another temple dedicated to Lord Ram, based at this place. Natural hot sulphur springs (said to have curative value) with two separate bathing tanks for gents and ladies are always crowded with tourists.

Overnight at hotel

Following breakfast, drive to Dharmsala (Altitude 2,082 metres (6,831 feet) Upon arrival, Check in to your hotel

Afternoon visit Dharamsala: Overlooking the plains and is surrounded by dense pine trees and Deodar forests. A busy bazaar town, Dharamsala has established itself as the travellers base camp, who come to explore the nearby mountains. The Kotwali Bazaar provides the entire colour and characteristic of a small town, which is mixed with the simple life style. The colourful temple and Gompas, which reflect the culture of Tibet, adds attraction for the visitor. The Kangra museum gives an overview of the rich past of the region and on the other hand there are institutes that have been established to preserve the Tibetan art, cultures and traditions.

Dharamsala has become the synonymous to the Tibetan government in exile and the home of Tibetan leader Dalai Lama. Even if the Tibetan community dominates the town, still it has retained the colonial lifestyle and British fervour. Kangra Art Museum This treasure trove of the Kangra valley’s arts, crafts, and rich past, displays artifacts that date back to the 5th century. The museum also includes a gallery of Kangra’s famous miniature paintings and a representative collection of sculptures, pottery, and anthropological items.

Overnight at hotel

Afternoon, drive to Amritsar.

Upon arrival, check in to your hotel.

Afternoon, visit Amritsar: Known for its Golden Temple, the most sacred shrine of the Sikhs, Amritsar is the most revered place of the Sikh Community. Amritsar derived its name from the water pool (Pool of Nectar). The town is also known worldwide for the occurrence of massacre, in the historic Jallianwala Bagh by the British General Dyer’s. The added charm of the place is spectacular Ram Bagh Garden.

Today, Amritsar is not only a historical or religious city, but also an industrial city with numerous small and medium scale industries. Amritsar houses several Textile Industry, paint industry, machine tools, rice, fan industry, etc., which place a significant role in the Indian economy.

Overnight at hotel

Early morning, transfer to railway station to connect train to Delhi. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Afternoon city tour of old and New Delhi

Old Delhi: An ancient walled city. Here you will drive past Red Fort, the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire: Raj Ghat, the memorial site of the Mahatma Gandhi; Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India; and Chandni Chowk, the bustling and colourful market of the old city (Red Fort Closed on Mondays)

Visit New Delhi. Our tour of New Delhi includes visits to such sights Humayun’s Tomb (1586): Built in the mid-16th century by Haji Begum, wife of Humayun, the second Moghul emperor, this is an early example of Moghul architecture. The elements in-‘tte design — a squat building, lightened by high arched entrances, topped by a bulbous dome and surrounded by formal gardens — were to be refined over the years to the magnificence of the Taj Mahal in Agra.

Visit the Qutab Minar 72 meters high and one of the most perfect towers in the Persian world. The Iron Pillar which has survived the vagaries of weather for over 1500 years. Continue with a drive through Embassy area, the Government buildings (1921-1930

Overnight at hotel

Leave Delhi

INCLUDED

Hotel accommodation on twin sharing with buffet breakfast.
Aircon car with English speaking driver throughout the tour for all transfers, sightseeing, intercity travel.
Car services are inclusive of all services; right from pick up from the airport till departure.
Driver allowance (food & Stay)
All toll taxes, entry permit and parking charges.
English Speaking guide at the time of sightseeing.

EXCLUDED

Any international/domestic air/train fare.
Monuments/sightseeing entry charges.
Government Service Tax (GST) 5% on the tour package.
Any expenses of personal nature such as laundry, tips, phone calls, insurance, portage, soft/hard drinks, meals unless not specified etc.
Anything which is not mentioned in the 'Inclusions' shall not be the part of this package.

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