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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.

    • 05 Keylong

       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.

    • 12 Karu

       Karu
      Image Credit : Prabhu B Doss - Flickr
      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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    • 15Nubra 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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    • 16Lamayuru 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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    • 17Pangong 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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    • 18Zanskar 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.

    • 19Shanti 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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    • 21Jeep Tour from Manali to Srinagar

      Jeep Tour from Manali to Srinagar
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      About the Activity:
      • Fixed Departure: July 9, 2016, July 23, 2016, August 13, 2016, and September 3, 2016
      • It is a dream of all adventure enthusiasts, motor sports lovers and leisure travelers to drive through the daunting and highest motorable passes of the world above 3500 meters.
      • Once you reach Manali from your destination by air, rail and road. There is good connectivity of flights that links Manali  to Delhi airport.
      • Visit a famous temple and check out other sightseeing spots with picturesque mountains and scenic landscapes in and around Manali.
      • Take a drive from Manali to various destinations including Jispa, Sarchu, Leh, Hunder, Panamik, Chang La, Pangong Tso, Srinagar and many more.
      • Enjoying the most amazing journey of their life sitting on the back seats. You can feel the effect of gravity, atmosphere low on air, freezing temperature.
      • Also visit the most famaous attractions like Shey Gompa, Thiksey,  Gompa Hemis and many winding roadways into mountain passes.
      • Your support team makes this challenging journey very smooth and safe without tampering the fun and adventure as you end the trip in Srinagar.
    • 22Bike Tour from Manali to Leh

      Bike 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.
    • 23Bike Trip from Leh to Leh

      Bike 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. 
    • 24Bike 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.
    • 25Jeep Safari and Photo Tour from Srinagar to Leh-ladakh

      Jeep 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.
    • 26Manali 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.

    • 27Manali To Leh Cycling Tour 2016

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      About the Destination:

      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). 

      Temperature: Around 25 degrees (Day) to 10 degrees (Night)

      Max Alt: 5328m (Tanglang La)

    • 28Motorcycle Expedition from Manali to Srinagar Via Ladakh

      Motorcycle 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.
    • 29Motorcycle Ride from Leh to Manali

      Motorcycle Ride from Leh to Manali
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      About the Activity:
      Fixed Departures: 18th June 2016, 16th July 2016, 13th August 2016
      • Use the opportunity to take a Royal Enfield ride to have a view of the most beautiful valleys in Leh and Manali and the trip will take eight days and seven nights.
      • After arriving in Leh, you can get familiarized with the climate and get to know about the places. On the second day have some practicing rides on the bullet and prepare for the long riding session.
      • From Leh ride to Pangong Tso lake, feel the beauty of the lake where you can relax for an overnight stay.
      • Ride for few kilometers along the Pangong lake, have a glance of the nature's possessions and come back to Thiksey, take rest and get prepared for the highway ride next day.
      • On your ride to Sarchu from Thiksey, you come to have halts at Taglang La, Lachlung La and Nakee La.
      • Enjoy the sight of Baralach La at 16500 feet altitude on your way to reach Keylong and on the last day you will reach Manali where your tour ends by the evening.
    • 307 Days Motorcycle Safari in Ladakh

      7 Days Motorcycle Safari in Ladakh
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      About the Activity:
      Fixed Departures: 23rd June 2016, 06th July 2016, 21st July 2016, 03rd August 2016, 18th August 2016, 31st August 2016
      • Embark in this exciting 7 days mountain viking tour from Leh to Ladakh and explore the majestic beauty of this region.
      • Arrive at the Leh airport and get transferred to the hotel. Meet your fellow riders and get briefed about the riding in Ladakh.
      • Ride to the most awaited Khardung -la (5580m.) 39km from Leh and enjoy clicking pictures at Highest Motorable Road of the World.
      • Continue riding towards North Pullu and then towards Nubra Valley.
      • Next ride back to Leh and enjoy the sight of Diskit Gompa, 50ft tall statue of Maitreyi. Head towards Sumur and take the road back to Khardungla pass.
      • Start riding on the  Leh – Manali highway and after getting the permits proceed to the Mighty Chang La Pass (5289M) after crossing the crazy stream called “PagalNala”.
      • Continue riding through the Tanksey and then reach Pangong. Next reach Lukung and enjoy the magnificent view of this region.
      • After a delicious morning breakfast leave for the most exotic and the enchanting beauty of the lake. Climb to the Changlang la pass and reach Karu.
      • Depart from Ladakh and bid farewell to your fellow riders.
      • Head back home with lots of memories.




    • 31Manali 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.