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    • On the Manali to Leh trip be amazed at the assortment of scenic quotients. Covering a distance of 474km, this spectacular journey offers some of the awe-inspiring sceneries and is worth witnessing. Get possessed by the charms of Mother Nature and get cocooned in her majestic grace.

      The meditative disposition of the towering mountains and valleys is surreal. Be it the crystal clear mountain streams or the abounding alpine forests, this is a paradisiacal tour. Be amazed at simple sights that give you inimitable joy. 

      Distance Between Manali to Leh: 474 Kms

      Best Time to Visit: June to September

      The Route:

      Manali – Rohtang – Gramphu – Kokhsar – Keylong – Jispa – Darcha – Zingzingbar – Baralacha La – Bharatpur – Sarchu – Gata Loops – Nakee La – Lachulung La – Pang - Tanglang La – Gya - Upshi - Karu – Leh

      Explore the Places to see during Manali to Leh Trip.

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    • 02Places to visit during Manali to Leh Road Trip

    • 03Manali

      Manali
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      From Manali, breathtaking views of the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges are a perennial specialty. This is the place where mountain adventures takes on a new dimension. A haven for tourists, Manali is replete with scenic quotients offering trekking enthusiasts an experience of its own kind.

      Attracting visitors from all over the world all year round, this is a place for backpackers to explore the serene settings of the Himalayas. It is also the place where adventure tourists can enjoy exhilarating activities such as paragliding, rafting and skiing while on Manali to Leh Road trip.

    • 04Rohtang La

      Rohtang La
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      This is a place where the earth meets the sky! At more than 15,000ft, you are greeted and embraced by the clouds on a Manali to Leh Road trip. Located on the eastern part of the Pir Pangal range, this mountain pass is a connecting point for the Kullu and Lahaul and Spiti valleys.

      A natural divide between these two valleys, an ancient trade route passed through either sides of the Pir Panjal ranges. From the Rohtang La, enjoy panoramic views of the Himalayas and its snow capped mountains. Enjoy regional food at local dhabas and eateries; savour the unique ambience to the brim.

    • 05Keylong

      Keylong
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      An administrative centre of the Lahaul and Spiti region, Keylong is famous for the Kardang Monastery. Being an important monastery of the Drukpa sect, this place of full of Buddhist pilgrims. Keylong is also the place where the yearly Lahaul festival is held.

      Apart from the monasteries and scenic views, you can also visit the holy Kelang Wazir temple in the vicinity. Located at about 120km north of Manali, this is an excellent place to spend an overnight during the Manali to Leh trip.

    • 06Jispa

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      A picturesque town cocooned amidst the richness of the Himalayan region is a revelation. Jispa is one such village that celebrates its secluded bliss quietly. Located on the banks of the Bhaga River, this place is an ideal region to get acclimatized to the subsequent journeys into elevated regions.

      Presenting a surreal charm, Jispa is an idyllic location with mesmerizing charms. Be it the sounds of the river when you sleep peacefully at night or the towering peaks that seem to be in eternal stillness, everything about Jispa is heavenly.
    • 07Darcha

      Darcha
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      During a journey of uninterrupted beauty, Darcha presents a unique reality that is intriguing and equally fascinating. Located on the banks of the Bhaga River this is a small village that emanates a silent charm.

      From Darcha, you can trek to Padum over a period of several days and enjoy the serene beauty of the region. The visual treat on offer makes Darcha and the surrounding regions, a photographer’s favourite haunt.

    • 08Baralacha La

      Baralacha La
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      This place is a pride of the Zanskar section in the Himalayas. A beautiful nature-architected pass, the Baralacha La connects Lahaul to Ladakh. If on one side the Pir Panjal mountains amaze you, on the other, the Himalayan range stands in inviting disposition. 

      Being a high mountain pass, you get amazing views of the landscape from here. Be it the melting snow from the mountains beyond you, or the uniquely shaped hills in the distance to the valleys and streams, you get an enthralling as well as exciting visuals in the blink of your eye.

    • 09Sarchu

      Sarchu
      Image Credit : Kiran Jonnalagadda - Flickr
      Nestled between the Baralacha La and Lachulung La, Sarchu is a halt point for tourists on the Manali to Leh trip. Offering vast open fields for setting up tents, it makes it for an ideal camping destination to the visitors. The region also houses one of the camps that belong to the Indian Army beside the Tsarap River.

      Usually, the trek to the Zanskar region originates in Sarchu and it also serves as the overnight retiring ground to the trekkers. Also known as Sir Bhum Chum, the barren splendour of this place is likened to that of Ladakh.
    • 10Lachulung La

      Known as an easier mountain pass to traverse, Lachulung La is located about 16,600ft above the sea level. Being a natural divider of the Tsarap Chu Chu and Tozay rivers, this pass is close to the Pangong Lake as well.

      When you get here you can notice that most tourist vehicles have stopped allowing visitors to see the natural beauty of this place. It offers the best of the panoramic views of the nearby peaks and valleys. The inexplicable scenic quotients are equally complemented by the salubrious weather.

    • 11Upshi

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      Located beside the Indus River, Upshi comprises of a quaint and picturesque setting. Located in the vicinity of an ancient trade route that is connected to Tibet, this village was once a thriving place. Now the occupants of this paradisiacal region are busy with activities such as goat farming.

      Almost every home in this hamlet has a goat breeding area. You can also witness numerous shepherds walking with their livestock towards pastures and back. It is a fantastic place to go for a village tour and be charmed by the elegant and serene lifestyle of the inhabitants.

    • 12Karu

      Karu
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      Karu is a picturesque destination on the Manali to Leh trip. The finest representations of nature can be seen in vivid display here. Be it the snow capped mountains to the crystal clear streams, every element in this place offers a utopian experience. While crossing or passing through this village, you might find it hard to halt your vehicle and have a glimpse of its alluring beauty.
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    • 14Places you must see in Leh-ladakh

    • 15Sightseeing, Rafting and Cycling Trip of Leh

      Sightseeing, Rafting and Cycling Trip of Leh
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      About the Activity:
      • Join a sightseeing and cycling trip around Leh, see the biggest peaks around the place, feel the difference when you are at a height of 11000 feet above the sea level.
      • Start your trip from Manali in the morning after breakfast, ride to Leh, cross Rohtang Pass en route, feel the maximum adventure there.
      • Also see the majestic beauty of Balalacha La, Nakeela, Lachulung La, Tanglang La and also Pangong Tso lake on your way and admire the incomparable beauty of the place.
      • Pass through muddy road, tough routes, dirty paths, rocky ways and enjoy the challenging journey over to reach Leh.
      • Witness the high altitude lake -Tso Moriri also during the trip, camp there, have the privilege to cross the biggest motor-able pass in the world, Khardung La Pass.
      • Enjoy camping in the coldest desert, Nubra Valley, enjoy rafting in the Indus river, make a visit to the nearby monasteries and know more about the culture of Ladakh.
      • End your trip on the tenth day after breakfast, board your flight to reach your hometown.
      • Wish adieu to this marvelous experience.


    • 16Rendezvous Ladakh 4d/3n

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      If you are really short on time and want to have a tryst with the magical destination of Ladakh, this Ladakh package could fit the bill perfectly. You get to explore the capital city of Leh with this package, exploring the monasteries and other attractions of the place such as Leh Palace and Hall of Fame. You also get to explore the Hemis monasteries, the Stok Palaca Museum and take a drive through Khardung La Pass- the highest motorable pass in the world.

      This 4 day of Ladakh packs in as much as possible of the fascinating destination of Ladakh.

    • 17Valley of Flowers 5d/4n (nubra Valley)

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      About the Activity:

      • Ladakh, a muse for writers, a haven for bikers and a perfect getaway for the experience loving travelers! 
      • Experience one of the best Ladak tour packages while you're cuddled in the laps of the mighty Himalayan and Karakorum ranges, it is a destination that is beautified by contrasts!
      • During the course of this tour you will get to explore Sham Valley, Alchi, Khardung La, Nubra Valley, Hundur, Diskit and Pangong Tso lake. 
      • Where you will find azure blues of the Pangong Tso Lake, you will also witness the sand dunes of Hunder. Where your eyes take in the sparsely populated nomadic settlements, they will also behold the wonder of the grand Buddhist architecture at the monasteries. 
      • A destination that is this rich in natural bounties, obviously presents sights to soothe every sore eye. A mainstay on the bucket list of every traveller, this Ladakh tour package boasting this destination is deservedly among the most gorgeous natural spectacles in the world!


      Duration of the Tour: 4N/5D

      Highest Altitude: Khardung La Pass (17,852ft)


    • 18Manali To Leh Jeep Expedition

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      About the Activity: 

      From the pleasantly hospitable town of Manali, the Manali to Leh Jeep expedition  takes you on a roller coaster drive through distinct geographies portraying diverse geographies. From hill town to high altitude arid desert, this safari is one mega experience.

      The Manali to Leh by road traverses over five high altitude Himalayan passes such as Rohtang (3,978m), Keylong (3,350m), and Tanglang La (17,585ft) showcasing an ever changing dynamic landscape that alters from barren lands to lush green pastures. A drive through Skyangchu Thang, the biggest and highest plateau on earth on a stretch of 42kms leaves you breathless. For you to capture moments like these, the safari also includes a brief photography workshop to help arrest high altitude frames with more panache.

      By the end of the journey multi-hued prayer flags, Tibetian chortens, and friendly locals would be etched in your memories for a very long time to come.   

    • 19Nubra Valley

      Nubra Valley
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      This valley is one of the finest expositions of nature’s magnificence. There are very few places on Earth with the same stature as this when it comes to beautiful and varied scenery. Located in the Nubra district about 150km north of Leh, this valley is where the Shylok and Siachan rivers confluence.

      At an average altitude of above 10,000ft, this region is a cold desert with vegetation along river beds. The villages of this valley are fertile and with adequate irrigation facilities. The majority of inhabitants here speaks the Nubra language and are Buddhists.

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    • 20Lamayuru Monastery

      Lamayuru Monastery
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      Also called the Luru Gompa Monastery, Lamayuru is amongst the foremost monasteries in this region. Located in the Kargil district of Ladakh and close to Leh, this sacred monastery consists of five buildings. Housing on an average more than 400 Buddhist monks, it is the venue ground of the two masked dance festivals. 

      The landscape next to the monastery is unique and enticing. Many people are of the opinion that the soil of this region is similar to the soil found on the moon.

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    • 21Pangong Lake

      Image Credit : Prabhu B Doss - Flickr

      Also called as Pangong Tso, this is a picturesque lake in the upper reaches of the Himalayan range in the Leh district. At about 13,900ft, this natural water body has scenic quotients which are unparalleled in beauty and magnificence.

      At a distance of about five hours drive from Leh, the trip to Pangong Lake on a Manali to Leh road trip lets you view the beautiful countryside and also pass through the third highest motorable mountain pass in the world called the Chang La. The azure waters of this lake stand eternally still.

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    • 22Zanskar valley

      The Zanskar Valley is the place to witness enchanting visuals of snow capped peaks and alpine lakes. Located in the Ladakh district, there are numerous places to see here. Visit the Zongkhul Monastery by undertaking the exciting Padum-Kishtwar trekking route.

      Visit Zangla, which is an ancient castle that also houses a chapel and also feel amazed at the captivating beauty that you see from the Penzella Pass. Take a village tour through a human settlement in this divine land at Karsha. Get more breathtaking views from Panikhar and also visit the Panikhar Fort.

    • 23Shanti Stupa

      Shanti Stupa
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      One of the important Buddhist stupas, Shanti Stupa was built by a Japanese Buddhist. Located in Chandspa in the Leh district, this structure was built to promote world peace and harmony. As a testimony to the completion of Buddhism’s 2,500 years on earth, it has now become a major and popular tourist.

      From this stupa, you can view most of the Leh town. The best and the most prized views are the sunrise and sunset views from the stupa.

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    • 25Bike Tour from Manali to Leh

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      About the Activity:
      • Take the toughest roads of Leh in a 12D/11 N long bike ride trip around Leh, the most beautiful valley in northern India.
      • Catch a Volvo bus from Delhi, travel overnight to reach Manali the next morning, get a short drive around Manali.
      • Make your trip exciting with a ride to cross Rohtang pass, then visit Keylong and Jispa; and the next day, cross another pass, the Baralacha pass before you reach Sarchu.
      • Roam around Leh, visit many local places and attractions to have  beautiful sightseeing day in between.
      • Pangong lake makes the trip more enjoyable because the view of the lake amidst the greenery is something very charming and exhilarating.
      • Take a ride to see Tsomoriri lake too after riding for 8 hours which is located in the Indus Valley of Ladakh and also visit Sarch before you get back to Manali.
      • Board an overnight Volvo bus to reach Delhi the next morning and your awesome trip ends there.
    • 26Bike Trip from Leh to Leh

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      About the Activity:
      • Leh, situated at 3500 m from sea level, is a place of absolute marvel.
      • Located in the upper Himalayas, this quaint district offers incredible sights and scenery.
      • This bike trip of 7 days is a chance to experience the uniqueness of Leh and the Indo-Tibetan culture that exists in perfect harmony there.
      • The trip covers areas like Pangong lake, Khardong-La and Nubra along with Leh.
      • Get ready for the adventure ride of a lifetime as you explore the town that once was a major commercial spot on the silk route during this 7 day trip. 
    • 27Bike Tour to Leh and Srinagar from Delhi

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      About the Activity:
      • Prepare for a 12D/11N bike trip in Leh and Srinagar, if you are really a enthusiast about travelling, try to partake in this trip.
      • Start your trip from Delhi after boarding an overnight Volvo bus to Manali, after reahing Manali, enjoy a local ride over there.
      • Ride to Jispa, enjoy an overnight stay there after exploring Jispa for sometime, visit Barlacha Pass prior to reaching Sarchu.
      • Gear up your bike to meet the enchanting beauty of Pangong lake by car or bike as per your wish and while you return to Leh, get a chance to visit Thiksey monastery.
      • Also, visit the Khardong La and Nubra by car or bike, get back to Leh for a local exploration and an overnight stay.
      • From Leh, speed up your bikes to reach Lamayuru and then finally you will reach Kargil, visit Zozila pass before your go ahead to reach Srinagar and on the final day depart from Srinagar and you tour ends.
    • 28Jeep Safari and Photo Tour from Srinagar to Leh-ladakh

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      About the Activity:
      • Embark on this amazing jeep safari tour of Leh and its surrounding region.
      • Start your journey by arriving in Srinagar.
      • Explore Srinagar and its surrounding locations and get acclimatized. 
      • Next day, start your jeep safari  towards Leh via Sonmarg, Zojila Pass, Drass War Memorial, Kargil, and Mulbek Buddha.
      • After reaching Leh, explore the beautiful town and some of its most beautiful locations.
      • Continue your journey from Leh to Nubra Valley via the Khardung La pass, which is the highest motorable pass in the world.
      • Visit the Pangong lake and get a chance to stay in the camp near the lake.
      • End your amazing trip by heading back to Srinagar from Leh.
    • 29Manali to Leh Cycling Trip

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      About the Activity: 
      • Explore the breathtaking Himalayas atop two wheels on this enthralling cycling trip across Manali and Leh.
      • Start your trip from Manali and make your way across 5 passes with a maximum altitude of Khardung La (5602 mts).
      • Pass by Rohtang Pass, Bara Lachha La, Naki La & Lachu lung La and many more. 
      • Cycle through loopy passes, high altitude peaks, cold deserts and breathtaking snow filled landscapes. 
      • Conclude your 11 day tour by arriving at your stunning destination of Leh.

    • 30Manali to Leh Cycling Tour 2017

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      About the Destination:

      Fixed departure dates: 18-06-2017, 02-07-2017, 16-07-2017, 12-08-2017, 26-08-2017

      Manali to Leh cycling expedition is a scenic ride traversing through some of the highest passes in the world making it one of the most challenging rides to beat. Cutting across beautiful trails with the Himalayas serving as the perfect backdrop, one can cross Tanglang La, the world’ second highest motorable pass standing at 5280m before entering Manali. The route from Manali to Leh is straightforward with the roads either being completely dirt or tarmac.

      In the Manali Leh cycling tour explore rougher dirt tracks while making some tough climbs along with gut-wrenching descents. Everyday the distance covered ranges from 40 to 80 km traversing altitudes over 4000 m. Not only will this invigorating route comprise cycling from Leh in the Indus Valley to the alpine Kullu Valley covering a total of 470 km, but it also cuts across three mountain ranges of Zanskar, main Himalayas and Pir Panjal Range. Altogether one exceeds 29000 feet in altitude  crossing passes like the Khardung La, Tanglang La and Baralacha La (4890m). 

    • 31Motorcycle Expedition from Manali to Srinagar Via Ladakh

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      About the Activity:

      • Indulge in a 11D/10N long motorcycle expedition from Manali to Srinagar via Ladakh and rivet in the salubrious nature of the Himalayan ranges.
      • Arrive in Manali in the morning and the whole day is yours to explore the villages and local markets before you get ready for an exciting bike trip to Srinagar.
      • Take the route that covers Baralacha la pass and then reach Sarchu where you can see the Mulkila and Barashiigra peaks in an elaborate way.
      • Ride through Lachlung La and Tanglang La passes and descend to the Indus valley, then reach Leh for an exciting experience amidst the green fields and scenery.
      • Also ride toward Khardung La, one of the biggest motor-able passes in the world and then to Hunder for a scintillating view of the entire valley; also visit Diksit monastery.
      • Engage in a trip to Samstanling gompa in Sumoor, find solace in the peaceful location.
      • Begin your journey to Chang La; ride to Pangong Tso lake, Tso Moriri and Tso Kar and then reach Kargil from where you will drive to Sri Nagar; your bike ride ends at night with a delicious dinner.