This trip starts from the plains of India. The road enters the hilly area at Bilaspur and later unravels along the Beas River. Near Kullu, the valley opens to a wonderful vista of open fields and apple orchards. Close to Manali, it gets wilder and rougher. But the real adventure begins as soon as you cross the Rohtang pass. The terrain changes along with the people, culture, and religion. The entire road trip is full of changing colours and will indeed help you to appreciate the endurance and openness of the human heart!
- Trip length:
- 10 Day(s) 9 Night(s)
- Unique Experience:
- ● Experience the most spectacular and colourful road trip in this side of the world – it will indeed help you to appreciate the endurance and openness of the human heart
● Get close to the magnificent Himalayas, experience remote Kashmir and take in the impressive natural surroundings
● See the terrain change along with the people, culture, and religion and have time to spend in Leh and surroundings
● Pass the second highest motorable pass in the world – the Tanglang-La at 5320m
- Locations Visited:
- ● Manali
- Start City:
- End City:
- Physical rate:
- Type of transportation:
- Private car
- Type of Accommodation:
- Budget class hotel in standard room with private bathroom and camping in tents
- Tour departure day(s):
- Every day
- Small Group Exploration
Minimum 1* and maximum 8 participants
*Note that it is possible to book 1 person, but price is higher and we cannot guarantee more participants on the tour.
- Children Policy:
- Child age: No special child rate, a dult rate applicable for child aged 12 and above
This tour is not recommended for: Children below 12
- Included in Price:
- Accommodation: Accommodation at budget hotels. Camping or hotel at Lamayuru, Keylong and Sarchu
Meals: 9 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Transport: Private vehicle for the trip with all road taxes and parking fees
Guide: Chauffeur who speaks basic English . On certain days an English speaking guide will present according to itinerary.
- Excluded From Price:
- ● Visas, travel insurance (compulsory)
● Personal guide for the whole trip
● Sleeping bags
● Monument, Museum entrances, wild life fees etc.
All other expenses not stated as included in the above.
- Travel season:
- May to Mid September (when the Rohtang pass is open for traffic)
- Essential to bring:
Today, you will start early in the morning for a half days drive to Chandigarh. Rest of the day is free to explore the area on your own. Optional: Visit the world famous Rock garden, constructed entirely of waste material - a fine example of recycling. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Chandigarh - Manali (2050m)
Today you have a long but beautiful drive in the Shivalik Mountains passing through the townships of Bilaspur, Mandi and then Kullu valley to arrive at Manali (2050 m). Overnight at Manali. (B)
Day 3: Manali
Full day city tour covering a visit to the Naggar castle, Roerich Art gallery, Hidimba temple and the hot water spring at Vashist. Evening is free to walk around the Mall Road - which is the hub of Manali town. Try your hand at bargaining for some new ‘antiques’ at the Tibetan bazaar! Overnight at hotel. (B)
Day 4: Manali - Keylong
You will start the day by driving past the beautiful green alpine country of the Kullu valley to the top of the 3980 meters Rohtang pass. From here, descend to reach Koksar for a brief tea halt, and registration of passports. Passing through the village of Sissu and few others, you will reach Tandi Bridge, where the river Chandra and Bhaga meet to form the river Chandra Bhaga, which is called river Chenab when it enters Pakistan at Kishtawar. Continue to reach the town of Keylong, headquarter of the district of Lahaul and Spiti. Keylong is a rich town where people earn a living by exporting peas and apricot to the other parts of the country during summers. It is also a very green area. Rest of the evening, explore the local market. You can also walk to the Khardong Gompa (03 hours round trip). Overnight at camp or hotel. (B)
Day 5: Keylong - Sarchu
Today you will drive to Darcha - another police check-post. From here, you will ascend gradually to the spectacular double pass of the Baralacha-La at 4800mtrs (‘La’ is a mountain pass in local language). There is a small lake just before Baralacha La, known as the Suraj Tal (Sun Lake). (There is a trek route from this lake to the beautiful Chandra Tal (Moon Lake) in Spiti valley that takes 4 - 6 days). After Baralacha-La, descend to the settlement at Bharatpur. The drive from Bharatpur to Sarchu is through spectacular plain valleys. Explore Sarchu on your own. Sarchu camp is located in a very picturesque valley. The view of the area during sunset is indeed a very memorable one! It is also one of the coldest places for overnight on your trip. Sarchu is located at the border between the states of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir. Overnight at camp or hotel. (B)
Day 6: Sarchu - Leh
This morning, you will enter the state of Jammu and Kashmir - you will notice the change in the scenery from green valley’s to barren, rugged mountains. The etching caused by the soil erosion is simply beautiful, creating infinite patterns on the rocks in all hues of blue, green, red, yellow and other colours. Keep ascending through the Gata Loops to another high pass called the Lachchalung La at 5100 meters. From Lachchalung La, descend to Pang - another tented colony sprouting only in the summers when the road from Manali to Leh opens. Again ascend to the More (called ‘Morey’) plains, which extend for some hundred square kilometres – you will drive through the Plains, experiencing the scenery of the land to ascend to the second highest motorable pass in the world - the Tanglang-La (also spelled as TakLang-La) (5320 m). After the pass, you will cross the beautiful villages of Rumtse, Gya and Lato. Scientists claim that Lato is the site where the two landmasses of Gondawana land and the Asian continent merged during the great shift. The mountains surrounding Gya and Lato are very unique with pink colours and with jagged ridges like that of a tree saw! From here, it is a short and beautiful drive to Leh. There is another check post at Upshi before you enter Leh. Overnight at Leh. (B)
Day 7: Leh
Today is at leisure. Midday, you will have an orientation walk through the bazaar. Optional: In the evening, visit the Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace - located at a walk-able distance. Overnight at hotel. (B)
Day 8: Leh - Lamayuru - Ule
After breakfast drive to Lamayuru enroute visit Liker Monastery and Gurudwara Pathar Sahib. Check in Camp at Alchi or Ule and enjoy your hot Lunch. After lunch drive to visit the mesmerising Moon landscapes and the Lamayuru monastery (Oldest Monastery in Ladakh). Overnight in camp or hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 9: Alchi - Leh (70 Kms)
After the breakfast drive to Leh enroute visit Alchi monastery, Basgo Palace and Hall of Fame. Arrive at Leh by afternoon. Hot lunch at hotel. After the free at your leisure. Overnight in Guest House. (B)
Day 10: Leh
After the breakfast check out from hotel and proceed for your further destination at your end of tour & services. (B)
Key: B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner
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This said, please expect and appreciate the unexpected. We try to bring you closer to local life and here English may not always be spoken and despite a global world, cultural differences still greatly exists. You will get a much better experience if you bring an open mind, a great smile, patience and willingness to meet the locals at eyelevel.
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For all tours, please closely read the itinerary and note the physical rating to decide if you are fit to participate. As a general rule of thumb and to get the most out of your trip, we recommend a good physical health and if in doubt, consult your doctor or physician before leaving your home country. We do not walk at altitude nor set distance records, but some treks/outdoor activities can still be demanding. Expect hilly terrain and high temperatures. Visit Beyond and its guides reserve the right to exclude a participant or change/shorten the route without refund, if said traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to him/herself or to the group.
Small and very handy first aid kits should be readily available in your home country. We recommend you purchase a kit before departure along with any personal medication you may require. Do not rely on guides, as they are legally prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache medicine and antibiotics.
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Special Health & Fitness for diving:
Before you begin your dive course, you must complete a medical test. If you suffer, or have suffered, from asthma, hay fever or allergies, you must bring a doctors certificate stating that you are physically capable of withstanding the kind of strain that diving may cause. We recommend that you obtain a doctors certificate in advance in case you are suffering from any of the above-mentioned diseases.
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Please do not store perishable goods or eatables, which might invite insects and rodents. Although we take good care of the stored luggage, Visit Beyond will not be liable in case of damage or otherwise.
On some of our tours, there may be free time and/or options for additional activities. These are not included in the tour and do not form a contract. Visit Beyond is not responsible for anything that may arise from a traveller taking part in optional activities. Optional activities are undertaken at the cost of the traveller.
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Visit Beyond endeavours to conduct its operations safely and your guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. However, Visit Beyond is not liable to you in the event of injury, death, financial loss or any other damages incurred as a result of Force Majeure, e.g., political turmoil, riots, war, landslides, flooding, etc. Visit Beyond requires you to carry insurance that covers such unforeseeable circumstances.
Adventure trips, trekking, hiking and water based activities such as swimming, snorkeling and diving inherently holds an element of danger and excitement. While we take every precaution to ensure these are carried out in agreement with operating standards, please have a balanced approach to safety and note that participation will always be at your own risk.
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Take into account your personal spending habits when deciding how much money to bring. Are meals included? How much will you drink and party? How many souvenirs do you intend to bring home? Remember to include tips in your calculations and we also recommend keeping an emergency fund for unforeseen circumstances beyond our and your control.
There is no departure tax at Indira Gandhi International Airport at present time, however we recommend that you always recheck before leaving for the airport. This due to said information being subject to change without notice and Visit Beyond is not liable for unexpected charges levied on departing tourists.
It is a good idea to leave your booking agent’s contact details or Visit Beyond’s contact information with friends or family in your home country in case of emergencies.
Visit Beyond gives you the opportunity to try authentic Indian food. When meals are not included, your guide/driver will be able to suggest restaurants and the best dishes during your trip. Notify your guide/driver/tour leader of allergies or dietary restrictions.
We recommend withdrawing money from ATMs, which are widely available throughout India. This has the advantage of keeping your money safe in the bank – not vulnerable in your back pocket. Remember to bring your bank’s emergency contact details in the event that your card is stolen. You might also consider bringing a spare card in case one gets stolen. Remember to keep them separated. We recommend you bring some spare cash in USD in case of emergency.
Remember that dressing is generally conservative throughout Asia – especially outside major cities. Visit Beyond therefore strongly recommends modest clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot Asian climate. Avoid tank tops on the beach and never sunbathe topless. Men and women alike are often required to wear pants/trousers that cover the legs and shirts that cover their shoulders in temples and religious sites.
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Visit Beyond employs local guides who greatly appreciate recognition of services rendered. Tipping about INR 200 per day (if you are happy with the service) is appropriate, but not compulsory. We suggest INR 100 per day for porters (if applicable). For drivers who render services for several days in a row, INR 100+ per day is appropriate. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.
At small restaurants you may want to round up to the nearest INR 10. At upscale restaurants, a tip of 5 to 10% is appreciated. (Note that upscale restaurants often levy a 10% service charge on the bill. Additional tipping is at your discretion).
Pack according to the tour you have chosen. If you’re going trekking, bring appropriate shoes. If you’re going diving, bring your suit etc. Visit Beyond encourages you to pack only necessities. Although there are some tours and trips in which you can leave your luggage behind for a day’s excursion, we generally require you to carry your own gear. For this reason, we strongly encourage you to pack in a backpack with straps and back support and a smaller daypack. We strongly discouragehard case luggage!
What you plan to bring we will leave up to you, but generally remember all your travel documents and keep a copy of your passport as well as your travel insurance card on you at all times. Give priority to lightweight and fast drying clothes just as long sleeved shirts and trousers are recommended for trekking and chilly evenings. If you are travelling in the rainy season, remember umbrella or waterproof shield. Lastly respect local culture and bring appropriate clothes for temples and religious sites. You might also find it useful to bring a phrase book – just a couple of words in the local language will give you tremendous credit. Lastly, we are in the tropics so remember sunscreen and insect repellent!
Please check Visitbeyond.com to see, if there is anything essential to bring for your particular tour.
The above has been written in good faith and every effort has been made to accurately reflect Visit Beyond’s policies. It should be seen as general guidelines and information provided as a service to the traveller. Visit Beyond cannot be held responsible for any error, omission or unintentional misrepresentation that may appear in this document or on its website. The Client solely bares the responsibility for staying updated on travel requirements, rules and regulations at any time. Updated 23rd Jun 2014.