Hard Way to Heaven

Ladakh is as beautiful as Heaven and this Jeep Safari Tour brings you to this beautiful landscape. It offers you a different world, hill architecture and a the way of lifestyle in the hills. We gradually drive up to the hills and the rough roads take us to the hidden valley of Indian Western Himalayas.

Jeep Safari Tour in the Indian Western Himalayas

  • Overview Map of the Walk


  • A‘ This is a world class Jeep Safari Tour starts from Chandigarh – the capital of two states, Punjab and Haryana. Chandigarh – the city beautiful is known for its wide open roads, traffic circles and Rock Garden. Chandigarh is the first planned city of India, after Independence. From the plains of northern you enter the hills and approach Manali – the base of the Adventure trips to the Himalaya. Ladakh – undoubtedly described as a heaven on earth is the Crown of India and has many jewels in it, in the shapes of passes, lakes, monasteries, trekking trails, moonlike landscapes and of course its chortans of various sizes. Gradually you enter the hills and drive over the world’s highest motor able roads and over the high passes providing breath taking visual delight to your heart, mind and eyes. The journey is through the spectacular views of snow-capped peaks, rugged terrain and old monasteries

    In this trip you experience something that is lifetime. You begin your journey from Chandigarh, in the foothills and gradually enter teh high region of the Moon-land of Ladakh.

    Enjoy the landscape of the Majestic Ladakh or just leave yourself free and hand yourself to nature. The breeze coming from the pearl like lakes rejuvenates you thoroughly.

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    Trip Category

    Jeep Tour


    Number of Participants

    Minimum 2 and Maximum 15


    Trip Duration

    14 Days and 13 Nights




    • There are no fixed departures for this tour.

    • The best time is to visit anytime between May till September.

    • Please fill up the form to your right or just drop us an Email for the cost.


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  • Images of Hard Way to Heaven


  • DAY 01

    Station

    Arrival Delhi


    Overnight Stay

    Hotel Royal Plaza or Similar

    Welcome to India! You are met by our representative in the arrival area of the airport after you clear all immigration and customs formalities. Depart for your hotel to check in.


    DAY 02

    Station

    Delhi – Chandigarh


    Distance

    By Train


    Commuting Time

    3.5 hrs


    Overnight Stay

    Home Stay / Hotel


    Transfer to New Delhi Railway Station to board Shatabadi Express (Leaves at 0740 am and arrives Chandigarh at 11:20 am). Here you are assisted to your hotel. Freshen up and then after lunch visit to Rock Garden.


    DAY 03

    Station

    Chandigarh – Manali


    Distance

    250 km


    Commuting Time

    08 hrs


    Overnight Stay

    Hotel Banon Resort / John Banon Lodge / Manuaalaya or Similar.


    The drive to Manali is through the Plains of Northern India and then through the foothills. We drive to Ropar from where we enter the hills, then to Sundernagar and Mandi we head towards Manali.
    On arrival check into your hotel.


    DAY 04

    Station

    Manali


    Distance


    Commuting Time


    Overnight Stay

    Hotel Banon Resort / John Banon Lodge / Manuaalaya or Similar.


    Morning we drive to Dhungri Temple dedicated to Goddess Hidimba. She is the most strongest Goddess in teh valley and rules all teh 384 deities. The legend says that she was the sister of a demon Hidimb. When Hidimb was killed by Bhim, one of the five Pandava brothers, she married Bhim and becam a Goddess.

    Later we drive to Naggar to visit Naggar Castle and Reorich Art Galley.


    DAY 05

    Station

    Manali – Kaylong


    Distance

    110 km


    Commuting Time

    6 hours


    Overnight Stay

    Fixed Camp


    Today we are going to cross over the first highest pass of this journey – Rohtang Pass (3900 m). Over the pass we enter Lahaul Valley and drive along river Chandera. The road is rugged and rough with some of its stretch tarred. On the way we shall visit the temple of Raja Ghepan at Sisu. Just after that is Tandi where river Chandra is joined by River Bhaga and becomes river Chenaab.
    Kaylong is the headquarter of Lahaul Valley. In the evening we shall visit to Khardong Monastery known for making Thangka paintings.


    DAY 06

    Station

    Kaylong – Sarchu


    Distance

    250 km


    Commuting Time

    6 hours


    Overnight Stay

    Fixed Camp

    Drive over the second highest pass on the way. The view of snowcapped Himalayan peaks from the pass is just. ON the way there is a place called Darcha. This village got buried under a land slip in 1976. The huge boulders are still laying as they fell on the village as they are too big to move.

    Overnight stay at Camp, tents with attached facilities. Sarchu is the first highest place where we are going to sleep above tree line. Some of you might suffer from lack of oxygen so used the oxygen cylinders that we carry.


    DAY 07

    Station

    Sarchu – Leh


    Distance

    170 km


    Commuting Time

    8 hours


    Overnight Stay

    Hotel Oriental or similar


    Today is going to be the longest drive but the most stunning landscape will come our way. Apart from the passes the other attraction today is Morey plain. This 45 kilometer long plateau used to be a lake in the past. The next major attraction of the route is Tanglang La Pass, the second highest motor able pass in the world. A short stopover for a click is must in this area.


    DAY 08

    Station

    Leh


    Distance


    Commuting Time


    Overnight Stay

    Hotel Oriental or similar


    To day we spend visiting the monasteries in and around Leh. Visit to Shey Palace, Thiksey Monastery Hemis Monastery and Stok Palace Museum. Hemis is the largest and the richest monastery of Indian Western Himalayas.


    DAY 09

    Station

    Leh – Alchi – Likir – Leh


    Distance

    100 km


    Commuting Time

    Fullday Tour


    Overnight Stay

    Hotel Oriental or similar

    Fullday visit to Likir and Alchi Monasteries. Alchi is one of the oldest monasteries in this region and is known for its wood carvings.


    DAY 10

    Station

    Leh – Khardong La


    Distance

    100 km


    Commuting Time

    5 hrs


    Overnight Stay

    Fixed Camp


    Day excursion to Khardung La – World’s highest motor-able pass.


    DAY 11

    Station

    Leh – Departure


    Distance

    160 km


    Commuting Time

    5 hours


    Overnight Stay

    Hotel Oriental or similar


    Morning independent. Transfer to Leh airport to board the flight to Delhi. Transfer to hotel shared rooms for wash, change. Then transfer to airport for flight home.

    In addition to this tour if you wish your visit to Taj Mahal or The Golden Triangle can be arranged on request.

  • Ladakh is the Crown of India and this Jeep Tour is an experience in the highest inhabited regions of Indian Himalaya. Ladakh is the land of high passes, vast plateaus, high altitude lakes, hidden valleys, oldest Buddhist Monasteries and traditional tribes. A visit to Ladakh is an experience in itself as the journey brings to a different world altogether. This particular itinerary takes you to the most important Monasteries, valleys, lakes, glaciers and villages of Ladakh.

    This trip is for the

    1. One who enjoys in the unknown.
    2. One who is ready for the ups and downs of exploratory travel.
    3. One who loves the company of royalties.
    4. One who is prepared to pitch in and help when required.
    5. One who does not care what is there around and after the next curve.
    6. One who wants to know the history.

    Health

    1. Before you travel to India it is advised that you should consult your doctor for up to date information and prescriptions for vaccinations, anti-malarial requirements and any reasonably foreseeable illnesses.
    2. Although a First Aid Box is always a part of our Kit still we recommend that you carry any personal medical requirements if you have.
    3. Please stick to sealed bottled water. It is cheap and easily available throughout. In car we are going to keep enough water for you.
    4. You should be in a reasonably fit state of health for this holiday. The drives are not very long except on the day 3. Most of the drive are 3 – 4 hours drive. No early morning get up except on the day you travel from Delhi to Chandigarh by train.

    Safety and Security

    1. Check with the embassy in your country and follow their advice for their latest travel information.
    2. It is recommended that you use a neck wallet or money belt while traveling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travelers’ cheques, cash, credit cards, debit cards, ATM cards and other valuable items.
    3. Leave your valuable jewellery at home as you won’t need it while traveling.
    4. Keep your baggage under lock and key.

    Physical Rating

    1. The participant to this Jeep Tours should have a certain level of fitness. You may be expected to walk for 5-6 hours a day with your own day pack. The luggage is left in the vehicle so no porters or mules are required to carry it.
    2. We shall be driving on the roads from green to brown area. The roads at a number of places are narrow, bumpy or dusty. At some places we might be crossing the streams or water flow. So due to these conditions we are likely to drive slowly and might become irritating for you. But only those shall enjoy this Jeep Safari Tour who know how to enjoy the Natural beauty and the landscape around.
    3. We are dead sure that the Geographical Carvings and the Landscape on this trip is so stunning that it does not give you any opportunity to get irritated and leave your camera.
    4. Since we drive above the Tree line so the effects of altitude can be a problem, so it is advised to bring a disposable oxygen cylinder with you.

    Check List

    1. Travel documents: passport, visa, travel insurance, air tickets.
    2. Health requirements arranged. 1 photocopy of above documents, Money: cash/credit card/ travellers’ cheques, Money pouch.
    3. Your personal First-Aid kit including rehydration salts, Sunscreen, lip balm and sunglasses due to harsh sunlight and exposure to high altitudes.
    4. Wide brim hat or umbrella
    5. Antibacterial hand gel, when water is scarce.
    6. Walking Boots – light weighted.
    7. Boot Protector.
    8. Thin Liner socks : 3 pairs
    9. Day pack to carry your personal needs during the day.
    10. Heavier outer socks.
    11. Tights, for Women. At least one pair.
    12. T – Shirts. Take several.
    13. Light weighted.
    14. Walking pants.
    15. Rain Pants.
    16. Warm socks.
    17. Alarm clock and torch/flashlight.
    18. Lightweight travel towel.
    19. Refillable water bottle, for filling from thermos.
    20. Ear plugs can be useful if avoid someone snoring in the group.
    21. Your own sleeping bag.
    22. Warm clothes. It is recommended to bring thermal under wear, and either a down or a fleece jacket.
    23. A wind proof jacket.
    24. A pair of gloves.
    25. A scarf or face mask for dust, Sarong for covering up when washing / showering.
    26. Underwear. Three pairs are enough.
    27. Bras. For Women, a couple.
    28. Tampons or Sanitary Napkins. They are easily available in the open market.
    29. Toilet Kit.
    30. Insect Repellent.
    31. Bug Powder.
    32. A candle, large and small rubber bands, plastic bags, tape extra pens etc.

    Season for this trip

    1. We do not have fix departure tours for this itinerary. You may contact us at your convenience and ask for the dates, you want to travel. You may also ask for a customizsed tour exclusively for yourself. In winter you might find snowy conditions or very cold anywhere in Himalayas in India above 8000 feet in elevation. Snow melts from spring onwards but also conditions vary from place to place.
    2. By the end of October onwards any place in the Western Himalayas can be very cold.
    3. From second half of July till third week of September is the Monsoon period in India so if you opt to go for this Walking Tour in these months you might have long rainy days.
    4. Remember that Himalayan climate is particularly dependent on two conditions, the elevation and the time of the year. So be prepared. A drop of 2 degree centigrade every 1000 feet gained in elevation is common.

    Weather Conditions

    1. July to September are the monsoon months in India and there could be some unforeseen problems like road blockages due to land slides or roads damages. So a change or delay in itinerary could be there or we reach the destination from some other route, however it is quite unlikely.
    2. Check out at www.accuweather.com for the latest news on the weather forecast in India.

    Dressing

    1. It is very important that when you are traveling to India, you kindly dress up keeping in mind the respect for the locale culture, especially Ladies. In some area you might have some people gathering around you, touching you and looking at you for a long time, as you are a foreigner.
    2. As a general guideline full shirts and full length skirts or knee covered skirts are recommended. At some places or the religious buildings shorts are not allowed as it will restrict your entry into buildings.
    3. At religious places you shall be required to cover your head. The cloth is provided by the temple. So kindly follow the tradition otherwise the authorities might not allow you to enter the premises.
    4. In India before entering all religious places you are required to remove your shoes. You can also bring a pair of floaters footwear those are easily available in the markets in India too, these footwear are easy to remove and wear.
    5. Women are sometimes not allowed to enter some of the religious places in the hills.

    Photography and Interaction with Local

    1. During our trips there will be many opportunities for you to meet and talk with locals. You are allowed to take pictures but it is also suggested that you take permission before clicking their houses, lifestyle and them. One way to start any conversation is with pictures.
    2. Children in the villages might ask you to click their picture. If you have a digital camera you are click and show them on screen.
    3. Also if possible for you to bring some photos/postcards of your family, home, city or country where you live, animals peculiar to your country to show them.
    4. People in the hills are very simple and hospitable. They might ask you to come to their house and have a cup of tea as tea is a very common and untimely drink in India. They shall be very happy if you accept their invitation.

    Cultural Shock

    • India is a country which may be very different from something that you may have experienced before. And Specially when you in the interiors of the Himalayan Foothills it might be very different from other areas you have traveled to. In most of the villages here simplicity and poverty can result in initial culture shock. Some villages are still under the poverty line but they follow their traditions and culture strictly. So all this should be seen as an exciting new challenge.

  • Your Guide

    • You’ll be escorted by our guides who are having a very good English speaking skills and with excellent knowledge of the area and it’s history.
    • Our Delhi Guide will receive you in India and will escort you during your stay in the capital.
    • Second Tour Guide will catch up you in Leh and accompany you throughout your trip.

    Travel Information

    • This tour begins from Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi.
    • All your luggage shall be put on the top of the car or in the dickey. Ask your driver to help you.
    • In case you want to join us in Leh then kindly let us know well in advance. The amount for the Delhi section then will be deducted from your total cost.

    Accommodation and Meals

    • For this particular itinerary we use only the prior inpected hotels / fixed camps run by the locals.
    • The electricity supply is 220-240V AC @ 50 Hz. You will require an adapter of the 2 round pin variety.
    • Alcohol is available at Leh only so kindly buy enough in case you need during tour.
    • Except Delhi the entire tour is on Half Board basis. Whereever we are staying in Camps we are on full board, so packed lunches are included on our traveling days.

    Travel Light

    • During the itinerary you will be traveling most of the time so pack as lightly as possible (stay under 10 kg/22lb). Most travelers carry their luggage in a back pack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice. Avoid Suitcases.
    • The mountains can be cold. Night time temperatures can be as low as 5 degrees, so bring a set of warmer clothes; thermal underclothes, being small and light, can be very useful. A warm jumper/jacket, cap, gloves and sunglasses no matter what time of the year, as we travel at altitudes above 3500m.


  • Will there be anyone to receive us at the International Airport in Delhi?

    Yes, you will be met by our representative, holding the placard with your name on it. From here you will be led to your hotel.

    What type accommodation we are going to stay in during the trip.

    Generally we use Homestays for all our tours. For this particular tour we are using the accommodation as follows :

    In Delhi, Chandigarh and Manali : 4 start.
    In Leh : Hotel Oriental or Similar

    What about food at other places ?

    We always serve Home Cooked healthy food consisting of Veg and Non-Veg meals. It includes soups, bread, rice, curry, salad, dal, vegetables, non-vegetarian items and sweet dish. Good food ends with good tea so that is a part of the course. Except in Delhi at all other places we shall have breakfast and dinner. Lunch, generally would be a packed lunch.

    Will there be anyone at Leh to meet us?

    You will be met by your Tour Guide at Leh Airport who will escort you throughout the tour, till your departure on the last day. You will be inform well in advance about his details.
    In Delhi you will be received by our another representative who will take you to your hotel and then to the International Airport.

    Are there any rooms that can be shared by more than two people?

    No. There are rooms only on twin sharing basis or Single rooms.

    What about my luggage? Who will take care of it?

    All your luggage shall be traveling with you. Your car has enough space to keep your luggage? Please travel light and go through the Check List given with the itinerary on our website.

    Will you have enough water during the trip?

    We use enough bottled water during the trip.

    What is the best time to take this?

    May til September every year.