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Delhi to Leh (11 nts).


When to Go: The best time to visit Leh is in the summer and late spring & early autumn from mid April - mid October as the winters are cold. If you are interested in taking the road from Manali to Leh, it is best to aim for travel from Jun - Sep. This is one of the few dry spots in India during the mosoon time from Jun - Sep making it the ideal place to visit in India for those months.

This is a trip for a traveller rather than a tourist, who appreciates the long scenic journeys including the use of HPTDC (government of India: Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development corporation coaches) for scenic road travel from Shimla - Manali - Leh. Overnight stay is in a standard twin camp at Keylong or alternative stop off point for the journey from Manali - Leh.

PRECAUTIONS TO BE TAKEN:
Enough time must be given for you to acclimatize due to the high altitude. Going from Manali to Leh is one of the best ways of enjoying great scenery and getting used to the high altitude going from 2000 metres above sea level to a little over 3500 metres above sea level. If you wish to visit the Nubra Valley, you need to obtain a permit on a working day in Leh and you must have your documents photocopied and attested. This will be provided on receipt of the documents & fees by the authorities in Leh.

Some of the sights within are listed below:-
Delhi: India Gate, Houses of Parliament, Humayun's tomb, Red Fort, Jama Masjid and many more sights.
Agra: Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Itamadh-Udh-Dhaula, Fatehpur sikri.
Shimla: Himachal State Museum & Library, Christ Church, Kakhu temple.
Manali: Hadimba temple, Gadhan Thekcholing Gompa, Old Manali town, various soft adventure activities.
Leh: Amazing city with a moutainous desert landscape. It is home to the Leh Palace. An ideal base for visiting the Thiksey & Hemis Gompa and the Shey Palace. Also an ideal starting point for the visit to the Nubra valley.
Nubra Valley: This is tri-armed valley located to the North East of Laddakh valley. The Shyok river meets the Nubra or Siachan River to form a large valley that separates Laddakh from the Karakoram ranges. Accessed over the Khardung-La pass (one of the highest motorable passes in the world.).

Detailed itinerary is given below:


Day Skeleton Itinerary
01 DELHI. Arrival transfer from airport to hotel in Delhi for 3 night's stay.
02 DELHI - AGRA - DELHI. Transfer from hotel to New Delhi station. Board Shatabdi express train from Delhi - Agra (Times: 0600 - 0806.).Pick up from station and drive to Fatehpur Sikri. Then drive back to Agra to visit Itamadh-Udh-Dhaula, Agra Fort and finally the Taj Mahal. Aim to reach the Taj around 1600 hrs so that it can be viewed in normal light and also in the dusk light of the setting sun. Then drive back to Agra Cantonment station to board the Shatabdi express train to Delhi (Times: 2030 - 2245.). Transfer from New Delhi station to hotel.
03 DELHI. Full day sightseeing of Old & New Delhi.
04 DELHI - SHIMLA. Transfer from hotel to New Delhi station. Board Shatabdi express train from Delhi - Kalka (times: 0740 - 1145). Then board the Himlayan Queen toy train from Kalka - Shimla (times: 1210 - 1720.). This train goes through beautiful valleys and covers over a 100 tunnels. Transfer from railway station to hotel/homestay.
05 SHIMLA. Day free for covering the sights.
06 SHIMA - MANALI. Transfer from hotel/homestay in Shimla to bus station. Take HPTDC coach from Shimla to Manali through the beautiful countryside. Transfer from bus station to hotel/homestay.
07 MANALI. Day free for covering the sights.
08 MANALI - LEH. Transfer from hotel/homestay to bus station. Take HPTDC coach from Manali to Leh with overnight stay in a tented camp in Keylong. The journey to Leh from Manali with changing scenery is one of the main highlights of this whole trip.
09 LEH. Transfer from bus station to hotel.
10 LEH. Day free in Leh. Possibly arrange the permits for the trip to Nubra valley if desired.
11 LEHI. LEH. Full day sightseeing of the Shey Palace and the Hemis & Thiksey Gompa.
12 LEH. Check out. Trip concludes.

KEY TO AID UNDERSTANDING OF TABULAR ITINERARY ABOVE.
Alphabets in red represent car + driver itineraries for individuals for that section.
Alphabets in green means train travel for that section (generally in AC 2 Tier or AC 3 Tier unless stated otherwise).
Alphabets in blue indicate flights between sections.




Standard hotels: Hotel Grand Park Inn (basic), Delhi; Narkanda Cottage, Shimla; Ramgarh Heritage Villa, Manali; Namgyal Palace, Leh.

Note: Grand Park Inn is a simple basic hotel but with AC rooms & attached shower/toilet facilities. We have tried to use a mixture of homestays and hotels to give it an all round exeprience for the remainder of the trip.

Suggested Upgrade: Go for the Laddakh Residency in Leh as you may prefer a little extra comfort at the end of a long road journey from Manali to Leh.

Cost Includes: transfers as mentioned using an Indigo or equivalent car with driver; full day sightseeing as mentioned in Delhi, Agra & Leh using an Indigo or equivalent car with driver; stay at hotels mentioned on a twin share basis inclusive of local taxes (BB basis in Delhi, Shimla & Manalli. MAP basis in Leh); train tickets in Ac chaircar for journeys from Delhi - Agra - Delhi - Kalka; train ticket in chaircar for journey from Kalka - Shimla toy train..
Cost Excludes: flights to Delhi and out of Leh; guides; sightseeing in Shimla & Manali; entrance & camera fees to monuments; permit fees in case you are visiting Nubra Valley.


Nubra Valley Excursion

Day Itinerary
01 LEH - NUBRA VALLEY. Tansfer from hotel in Leh to Nubra Valley for overnight stay in camp.
02 NUBRA VALLEY - LEH. Transfer back from Nubra Valley to Leh.

KEY TO AID UNDERSTANDING OF TABULAR ITINERARY ABOVE.
Alphabets in red represent car + driver itineraries for individuals for that section.
Alphabets in green means train travel for that section (generally in AC 2 Tier or AC 3 Tier unless stated otherwise).
Alphabets in blue indicate flights between sections.



Rates given above are based on standard rooms on a twin share basis. If you require costing based on single rooms or triple rooms or superior rooms at the properties, please email us and we shall get back to you with a costing.

Standard hotels: Camp, Nubra Valley.



Not included: International air travel.
However, S.D.Enterprises would be happy to recommend agents that could procure international scheduled air tickets as "ticket providers". (London - Delhi, Leh- Delhi - London).

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You can tailor-make a trip that suits your individual requirements.
For rates pertaining to the season specific to your trip, please email us.


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