Himachal Ladakh Tour
Himachal Ladakh Tour takes you to Ladakh, hub of Buddhist culture and home to some of the greatest and magnificent Buddhist monasteries in the world. Also visit Tsomoriri lake which is one of the most beautiful lakes about 19 km long and 7 km wide at the widest level.
The highlight of the tour is traversing through zigzag roads, high mountain passes scenic landscape, enchanting valleys and rugged terrain with picturesque mountains making it an unforgettable road journey from Leh to Manali. Also visit Dharamshala – home of the Dalai Lama and finally Amritsar, which is home to the world famous Golden Temple before you return to Delhi.
Arrive at Indira Gandhi International airport. You will be welcomed by a representative from our travel agency at the airport and after a quick briefing, transferred to your hotel. Later we start with a sightseeing tour of the city.
We will start our tour of North India with a visit to Jama Masjid in Old Delhi. Jama Masjid is one of the largest mosques in India and was built by the great Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in 1650 when Delhi first became the capital of the mughal empire. The main mosque is crowned by three onion shaped domes made of white marble and inlaid with strips of black slate. Jama Masjid also has two minarets made of red sandstone and white marbles which are 40 meters in height. The mosque has great religious significance as it houses a hair from the beard of the Prophet and a chapter of the Holy Quran written by the Prophet.
Then board a rickshaw to enjoy a ride through the intricate alleys of Chandni Chowk and reach Red Fort.
Red Fort occupies an area of 120 acres and was also built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the mid 17h century. It was the political center of the Mughal empire and served as the main accommodation for successive emperors and their households. It reflects the power and grandeur of the Mughal court. Red Fort remains relevant even today as the seat of power as the prime minister of India addresses the Indian republic on Independence day from the Red Fort every year.
Later, we continue with our Delhi tour as we proceed to New Delhi and visit India Gate. India Gate is the landmark of New Delhi, situated at the ceremonial axis to the Rashtrapati Bhawan or President’s house. India Gate is a war memorial built to honor the soldiers who had laid their lives during World War 1 and the third Afghan War. It was designed by British architect Edwin Luytens and took ten years to build.
The parliament building situated nearby is the most important political establishment in India, the world’s largest democratic country. Here members of parliament meet everyday to debate and pass laws for the country and also contains offices of various ministries. This circular imperial style architectural monument comprises of open air verandah and 144 columns.
Rashtrapati Bhawan is the residential estate of President of India. Rashtrapati Bhawan has 4 stories and 340 rooms. It is famous for the beautiful ‘Mughal gardens’ that are situated at the back of Rashtrapati Bhawan and is open for visitors during February every year. It was also designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens for the Bristish Viceroy to India when India was still a colony of the British.
After completing your guided tour of Delhi, return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Prepare for an early morning transfer to airport to catch a flight to Leh.
Leh, also called as ‘Little Tibet’, is an awe-inspiring destination in India, known around the world for its scenic beauty, snow covered mountains, ‘Gompas’ or grand residences of monks and age old Tibetan-Buddhist culture.
Once you arrive at Leh airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. You will have to wait one before you can begin your sightseeing tour of Leh-Ladakh as the full day is free for you to relax and acclimatize because of Leh’s location at a high altitude of 3500 meters above sea level. In the evening you can stroll around the local bazaar of Leh and then return to hotel for overnight stay.
We will leave for full day tour of Leh in the morning to visit Thiksey and Hemis monasteries. Thiksey monastery is the largest monastery situated in central Ladakh. It is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of Gelugpa sect which is perched on top of a hill. It is known for its amazing architecture. This 12 storey monastery serves as residence for 120 monks and features 10 temples and a grand assembly hall. It is often referred to as mini patola.
Next we visit Hemis Monastery which is a 400 years old monastery situated in Ladakh. It is the largest and wealthiest monastery in Ladakh. The monastery belongs to the Kagupa Brugpa sect of Buddhism and is a perfect example of monastic complex and Buddhist architecture. The foundation of the monastery was laid in 1672 by the royal king of Ladakh, Senge Namgyal. The monastery is also famous for its annual Hemis festival.
On the way back we will visit Shey Palace. Situated on a hilltop, Shey Palace was constructed in the year 1655 and is mostly in ruins now. The palace was built by Deldan Namgyal as the summer palace for the king. The palace houses Shey monastery, which the king built in the memory of his father. The monastery is famous for its huge copper and gilded gold statue of a seated Shakyamuni Buddha. Due to its location, the monastery offers a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains.
After we complete the guided tour of Leh, we proceed to hotel for overnight stay.
In the morning, we will leave for Uletokpo which is the next place on your Himachal Ladakh Tour itinerary and one of the most beautiful camping sites in Ladakh region. We will also take a small stopovers to visit Spituk and Alchi monastery.
Spituk monastery is a 14th century monastry built at an elevation of 10,852 feet. The main image inside Spituk Gompa is that of Kali Mata apart from numerous small idols of Lord Buddha. The main temple also has a high throne reserved for the Dalai Lama. The monastery also has a wonderful kitchen that serves very popular Butter Tea for free throughout the day.
Next we visit Alchi monastery which is regarded as one of the most important Buddhist monasteries of Ladakh. You can witness the Tibetan culture in the monastery which is renowned for being the oldest Buddhist learning center in Ladakh region. This is the only monastery that is located on the flat plains. The foundation of the monastery was laid in the 12th century. Du-Khang is an assembly hall which is the oldest and well preserved part of the monastery. Sum-tsek is a three storey temple and is famous for its four arm Bodhisattva statue.
After these short stop-overs, we finally reach Uletokpo by lunch time. Situated 70 kms from leh, this enchanting village town is a popular for its location on the banks of River Indus and offers a picturesque location for camping.
In the evening, relax on the banks of river gushing down from Ridzong side.
Overnight stay in camp.
Next morning, we will leave for Lamayuru, a small village situated at a distance of 127 km from Leh. The village is known for the beautiful yet odd rocky landscape that resemble the moon landscape. For this reason, Lamayuru is also called “The Moonland of Ladakh”.
Here, we will visit Lamayuru Monastery which is popularly known as Tharpa Ling and is one of the oldest and largest monasteries in Ladakh. The monastery belongs to Red- hat sect of Buddhism. The monastery is well known for its rich wall paintings, murals, scriptures, collection of Thangkas and statutes of different forms of Buddha. It is also renowned for its caves, popularly known as Naropa’s caves. These caves were meditating center for Naropa.
In the afternoon, we will drive back to Leh for overnight stay at hotel.
The next place in the Himachal Ladakh tour itinerary is Changthang which houses the famous Tso Moriri lake. Don’t forget to carry your personal identification documents as you will be subjected to passport checking at Upshi.
En- route, we will also visit Chumathang, a small town located on the banks of the river Indus, which is famous for hot springs that are believed to have medicinal properties. The water in these springs are extremely rich in minerals, especially sulphur, which helps in relieving pain, stress and skin problems.
Also visit Sumdah village on the way. Sumdah village features one of the oldest and most interesting monasteries. The monastery has bronze figures which are made in a manner which is different from Ladakhi and Tibetan monasteries. The figures display Indian style. It is small but has preserved old monastic traditions.
Continue drive to camps at Changthang for dinner and overnight stay.
In the morning, we will visit the small but charming Korzok village. The village houses the beautiful Korzok monastery. It is the most sacred monastery located on the banks of Tso Moriri. Located on a hill, the monastery has a statue of Shakyamuni Buddha amongst other statues. The major attraction of the monastery is the Korzok Gu-stor festival.
Later, spend an enjoyable afternoon on the banks of the beautiful and serene Tsomoriri lake. Tsomoriri Lake is a high altitude alpine lake which is located in the breathtakingly beautiful Rupshu Valley. The lake is flanked by lofty mountains on all sides and is situated 4000 meter above sea level. It attracts numerous migratory birds and marmots and is the largest high altitude lake in India.
Afterwards, Return to camp for dinner and overnight stay.
In the morning, leave Changthang for a full day drive to Sarchu via Upshi. On the way, you will cross Tanglang La or Changla Pass, the second highest motorable pass in the world. Throughout the drive, enjoy mystical view of mountains and the beautiful flora and fauna in the region – Marmots, yaks and herbs. Stop at Pang for lunch and then continue to drive to Changla Pass –which is situated at an altitude of 5065 meters in the middle of mountains.
Arrive at Sarchu and stay at a camp which is at an altitude of 4200 meters. Be prepared for the coldest night of your Himachal Ladakh and Amritsar tour. Sarchu is the main stop-over point while on the way of Leh to Manali. In Sarchu, you will be provided with tented accommodation. The spot is even used as a starting point for various treks in Zanskar mountain ranges. The place is situated on the border of the two Indian states; Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh.
Check in at camp for Overnight stay.
In the morning, we will leave Sarchu and begin our drive to Manali. We will stop at Khoksar for passport check and lunch.Continue ascending towards Rohtang Pass and then dip into the Manali region.
Manali is a popular tourist destination in the country. It is nestled in the lap of Himalayas and is located at an altitude of 2050 meter above the sea level. Located near the beautiful river Beas, the hilly town is widely known for white water rafting, kayaking, angling, Paragliding, hot air ballooning and trekking.
Arrive and check in at Hotel for overnight stay.
In the morning we will visit Pagoda temple, which is the only temple in India dedicated to Goddess Hadimba Devi. The four-storey temple was built around a cave in the 16th century. The beautiful temple is a masterpiece of local craftsmanship.
Next we visit Old Manali to see Manu temple. Located at the edge of a mountain, the temple is dedicated to the sage Manu, who is regarded as the creator of “Hindu Law”. It is the only Manu temple in the world. The temple is made of wood, stone and marble and provides a picturesque view of the surroundings.
In the afternoon visit Vashisht Hot sulfur spring bath that is known for its curative powers.
Later, return to hotel for overnight stay.
In the morning we will leave for Dharamshala which is a popular hill station located in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. The place is renowned for its idyllic scenic views. Dharamshala is known worldwide for small village of McLeodGanj, lying in the upper reaches, for the presence of the Dalai Lama. Dharamshala is the centre of the Tibetan exile world in India. The town is beautifully nestled in the snow clad Dhauladhar ranges.
Arrive and check in at hotel for overnight stay
In the morning. We will begin our exploration of the little town of Mcleodganj with a visit to the Dalai Lama Temple and Tibetan refugee camps. The Dalai Lama temple is also known as Tsug la Khang. The temple houses Namgyal Monastery, Tibet museum and Dalai Lama’s residence. It is a large shrine featuring giant gilded statue of the Buddha, along with two smaller statues of Chenresig and Guru Rinpoche. The prayer chants by the monks will surely enthrall you.
In the afternoon, we will leave for Amritsar which is an important city in the state of Punjab. Amritsar is the cultural and spiritual centre of the Sikh religion and is home to Harmandir Sahib, also known as the Golden Temple.
Arrive and check in at hotel for overnight stay.
In the morning we will visit Golden Temple and Akal Takht.
Harmandir Sahib Gurudwara or Golden temple (as it is popularly called) is famous worldwide. The facade of the marvellous temple is covered with pure gold leaf. Inside the temple lies the holy book of the Sikhs – the Guru Granth Sahib. The holy book is kept in the Temple during the day and in the Akal Takht or Eternal Throne in the night. The ‘Guru Ka Langar’ located near the eastern entrance offers free food to all visitors.
Located in the heart of Amritsar, the temple complex is surrounded by a maze of narrow lanes popularly known as katras that house one of the busiest markets. But the Golden Temple has a serene and calming presence that makes people bow their heads in reverence.
Later we will transfer you to Amritsar Railway station to board a train to Delhi.
Once you arrival in Delhi, we will transfer you to your hotel for overnight stay.
At Delhi, the amazing Himach Pradesh – Ladakh tour with Amritsar comes to an end. State Express, your favourite tour operators in India, bid you goodbye as we transfer you to the airport for your flight to onward destination.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ'S)
No, this is a private travel exclusively for you, your friends and family who may accompany you on the tour.
Yes, it is possible. But, the cost may be high in case of a single traveler. You may send us information in the form and we shall send you our best offer depending on number of persons in your group or for a single person.
Yes, since this is a private tour, you may decide the dates as per your choice. Only in case of certain tours, we have to check if there are any operational difficulties for organizing a tour of your choice. Certain tours are not possible for particular period which we shall let you know. Besides, the cost may vary depending on seasonality.
It is better if you could buy international tickets directly through your local agent or on internet. Although we can provide you international flight tickets, but you may a get a better deal locally.
No, you have to obtain visa on your own. The visa regulations will depend on your nationality. You may contact us for further details.
Yes, it is very much possible. You can extend your stay on arrival or departure or at any other place. You may also modify the tour. You may let us know your interest and we can send you modified tour itinerary with cost.
Our cost normally includes hotel accommodation with breakfast, private air-conditioned car with driver which includes fuel, parking and all taxes, entrance fee to monuments, train tickets if any, guided city tours in English or in other foreign languages, viz French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Russian or other foreign languages subject to availability which we can notify at the time of reservation request. Our cost also includes some other services viz Elephant ride at Amer fort in Jaipur, camel safari in Jaisalmer and boat tour in Varanasi. We shall send you all details at the time of sending you quotation.
We may also include other services viz lunches, dinners or other services if you wish. We may also exclude guide service and entrance fee to monuments if you so wish.
Train tickets are included in our cost. But, we give supplement cost for domestic flight tickets as these days, there are dynamic fares and these are not fixed. We send you indicative fare at the time of sending you quotation which is subject to change until issue of tickets with advance purchase for which we need payment from you to issue flight tickets. You may also purchase domestic flight tickets directly on your own if you prefer.
We provide minimum standard (3 star or similar), superior (4 star or similar), deluxe (5 star or similar) hotels and the cost will depend depending on category of hotels. We can send you quotation for the category that you are interested in. We usually provide heritage or palace hotels which fit in your category of hotels. We may also mix the hotel category if you prefer and can also provide you rates based on hotels of your liking in all places if you like.
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Established in 1980, State Express has been providing most reliable services to travelers all over the world for last 35 years. We are renowned for our customer first approach and unobtrusive efficiency which ensures the highest levels of customer satisfaction. We have been awarded several times by State Government for being best Tour Operator. All aspects of our tours have been carefully researched and then designed to give ultimate experience to travelers. Let our travel knowledge help you to create a wonderful experience, whether on one of our tour itineraries or a tailor made tour itinerary made exclusively for you to give you an unforgettable holiday.
Our people make the difference
Our success has been possible because of our people who are our biggest asset. We have a team of highly dedicated, sincere, hardworking who work with integrity that has made State Express one of the leading and most reliable tour companies in India. They not only have expertise and experience to meet any requirement, they also speak foreign languages and trained to offer only the best and leave nothing to chance. We know that travel to Indian sub-continent is a dream of many of our guests and our team does everything possible to make their dream true and give them an experience of their lifetime.
We have complete infrastructure to provide you best rate and services to you. We are an IATA approved and authorized agents for all domestic airlines and Indian Railways. We have our own cars vans and coaches with experienced drivers. We have multi lingual staff to ensure that our guests do not face any language problem. We also have associate offices in all major tourist centers to provide assistance in shortest possible time.
Our fleet of vehicles & drivers
We undoubtedly have one of the best and most modern fleet of cars, vans, 4X4s and large coaches. Surface travel is a very important aspect in India as you spend lot of your time while travelling on the road and therefore given us an edge over other tour companies who have to rely on other transport companies to provide this service to their clients. We have our own garage and all our vehicles are well maintained to give you hassle free journey.
Besides having the best fleet, it is our drivers who truly make the difference as they play a crucial role in making a tour successful. Even if you stay in best of the hotels and travel in most comfortable and luxurious vehicles, if you do not have a good driver, it may spoil your experience. We have our team of drivers who are part of State Express and have been working with us for years and they are trained, dedicated and motivated to take care of our guests and make them comfortable. That is the reason that more than 90% of our guests thank us and appreciate them after returning to their home.
Our choice of hotels
We take utmost care in selection of hotels that we recommend to our clients and include in our list of suggested hotels. We inspect these hotels regularly to be sure of their quality of product and services. We give lot of emphasis on the location and the people who run those hotels. We want to give you clients an experience of heritage and palace hotels which are unique and not available in other part of the world.
Our tour itineraries
All our tour itineraries are designed by experts to give you an opportunity to see most wonderful sites in number of days at your disposal at the same time giving you time to explore the places in your own way. We have a number of itineraries to choose from which covers all India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Tibet. We also include mode of travel and approximate time taken between places to ensure that you do not have any surprises during the tour. Our specialists will also work with you to create an itinerary of your choice either by modifying our readymade tour itineraries or prepare an exclusive tailor made tour for you based on your interest and liking keeping in mind local conditions.
24×7 assistance during the tour
We provide you clients real 24×7 assistance during the tour. This is not a marketing gimmick but we have someone in our office always to assist you in case of any emergency anytime. We also provide cell phone numbers of our executive who you may contact even during odd hours when you need them for anything urgent. We have associate offices in all major cities of India to provide you assistance in minimum possible time.
We know that response time is key to our success and we value it a lot. Even at initial stages before reservation, you will get replies from us in not more than 24 working hours. We shall always be there whenever you need us during the tour.
Apart from professional service, we believe in emphasising on personalised service. That is to make our guests feel at home in a foreign country and also feel that they have friends here who they can trust for any need. Our customer executives remain in constant touch with our guests during the tour to give them comfort and trust that we are always with them.
Good value for money
We know that there are so many travel companies providing their services and unless we provide good value for money to our clients, they will not be satisfied. Our own fleet of cars, vans and coaches and best special discounted rates with hotels due to our volumes enables us to offer value for money.
What our clients say about us
we are in Rome and none problem in the return trip; I send you an email to add comments and let you know our feedback in details; my wife and I are frequent travelers and have custom to evaluate our trips in all the aspects; so
. Booking process excellent (rapid, clear and exhaustive answers; we have appreciated the help to obtain the e-visa and the contacts during the tour to know possible problems;
. Driver excellent (polite, punctual and very expert in the drive), he gave us many suggestions and accompanied us directly to the coach in the Tundla station; the other driver in Varanasi good but should improve his english;
. Car good;
. Guide only in Jaisalmer good;
. Tour organization good for times and the included hotspots;
. Hotels: we evaluate the hotels for cleaning and comfort of the room and bathroom and for breakfast; we use a ranking from 1 (bad) to 5 (excellent):
Iris Park 2; dirty bathroom with dirty towels, room dirty and uncomfortable (too small, difficult to move inside, put and open the suitcases; breakfast room trivial and food inadequate for european tourists;
Mandawa Palace 4 for all;
Lallgarl Palace 4 and no 5 for inadequate breakfast respect to the level of the hotel;
Mandar Palace 3-4 , room and bathroom no perfectly clean , breakfast inadequate for european tourist and internet didn’t work;
Krishna Prakas Havei unacceptable; room located in the roof without elevator and with dangerous stairs; room dirty with a door that didn’t close perfectly, bathroom dirty with dirty towels; breakfast room dirty with tablecloth dirty and broken, food trivial and inadequate also for amount;
Master Paradise 3, cold uncomfortable room without possibility to warm it; bathroom in the average and skinny breakfast;
Golden Tulip 5 and more, the best
Atulayaa Tay unacceptable, dirty and small room, dirty bathroom with microscopic sink an a glass wall between the bed, dirty towels, trivial breakfast;
Meradan Grand 4 for all
Last hotel in Dehli 4 for room and bathroom also here glass wall between bathroom and the bed but the light didn’t across;
we suggest, personal opinion, to cancel the hotel with a rank less than 3 and choose others of superior quality ( also if more expensive) because the hotel is important to rest in a daily tour step by step.
In summary we evaluate very good the experience of our first trip in India and surely we will recommend State Express to our friends.
27 January 2023
Just wanted to say thank you for all the organisation for our India trip. Everything went very smoothly. Our vehicles, drivers and accommodation were all faultless.
Look forward to our next trip now whenever that may be.
I’d like to just comment on one thing… please encourage clients to do Chittorgarh as a day trip. The accommodation there must’ve been really good at some point but is quite run down now. They were lovely and very obliging but when we compare the accommodations it wasn’t the best.
I know I’d said I wanted a night in Chittorgarh but I wasn’t as conversant with availability there as someone who knows the areas more.
Thank you once again from my mum, massi and I.
Best wishes and regards to your team,
Ps. Next visit we must meet!! 🙂
14 January 2023
Dear Sirs, namaste.
The journey of my group is over and we have returned to our homes.
I hope all of you are fine.
I wish to thank State Express for the usual good assistance. A special thank to Mr Mamlesh Sahu for following my trip through his frequent telephone calls.
I hope to have the chance to come again.
12 December 2022
we are in Rome and none problem in the return trip; I send you an email to add comments and let you know our feedback in details; my wife and I are frequent travelers and have custom to evaluate our trips in all the aspects; so
- Booking process excellent (rapid, clear and exhaustive answers; we have appreciated the help to obtain the e-visa and the contacts during the tour to know possible problems;
- Driver excellent (polite, punctual and very expert in the drive), he gave us many suggestions and accompanied us directly to the coach in the Tundla station; the other driver in Varanasi good but should improve his english;
- Car good;
- Guide only in Jaisalmer good . Tour organization good for times and the included hotspots; . Hotels: we evaluate the hotels for cleaning and comfort of the room and bathroom and for breakfast;
Emily and I are home now, and we would like to thank you for organising what turned out to be a wonderful trip. We enjoyed visiting all the various places, and the hotels were comfortable. People were very friendly and helpful. The pace of the trip was perfect, travelling but not exhausting. The driver Chandra was very good and I would have no issue with recommending him as a driver. He was very polite, punctual, and courteous. We felt he was a very safe driver, and would like to extend our thanks to him as well. With the benefit of hindsight, I would have stayed an extra day or two in Verkala rather than the extra days in Mumbai, but that is as I say with the benefit of hindsight. Once again, thank you so very much for all your help in organising this trip for us, which we will remember fondly for many years to come.
To whom it may concern, we are writing you regarding the package booked with andanitravel for the India golden triangle from the 01/03/2020 to the 11/03/2020. On the 4th of March ’20 the staff from the Sher Gary Resort in Road Village Sherpur, Khilchipur, Rajasthan 322001, Ranthanbore, following the Advise from the Government of Rajasthan, invited us to leave the resort and the State of India as soon as possible due to our Italian Nationality. Immediately we contacted the DCM Italy of Rajasthan, Mr Carini, who told us there was a mistake and the Advise number 27 of the 4th of March 2020 was withdrawn with immediate effect. Although we informed on a timely manner the resort staff, we have been asked to leave anyhow. Only after the DCM Italy informed the resort about the mistake, we have been given the opportunity to leave the resort the following morning. All these difficulties, the constant hostility by the people in India despite the advise number 28, the decision made by the State Express emergency contact( Harish Bhatt) to interrupt our trip and the news regarding the spread of COVID-19 in India, induced us to arrange autonomously for a flight back home as soon as possible. At least but not last we kindly ask you to let us know of any official way to provide a positive feedback to the great support, empathy, help, kindness, professionalism, flexibility and special assistant given by the driver Mr Ashok Yadav in the sphere of his competences.
Thank you for the trip arrangement. We have enjoyed very much.
Looking forward to our next trip in India next year and will get in touch with you again.
Once again, thank you very much for your excellent service.
Chua Boon Hua
09 October 2018