Motor Safari to Amritsar – Chamba – Pangi – Lahul – Ladakh
Glimpse of old temples, beautiful valleys, new passes & festivals
Season: Mid June – October
Regions: Chamba, Pangi, Lahul, Ladakh
Max Elevation: 5400 Mts. (Tang Lang La)
Tour Duration: 16 days
Tour Grade: Easy
This 16 days tour will take you some of the newest routes of western Himalayas. It also will offer you to have glimpse of fairs and festivals of the region. One is Minjar festival in Chamba and other is festival in Keylong the district head of Lahul – Spiti. It is really wonderful journey through great Himalaya’s oldest region of people, valleys, culture and festivals. Starting from Golden temple of Amritsar to the century old monasteries of Ladakh it is a Mixture of culture, people and formation of landscapes. An evening in Amritsar is memorable experience, you will love the atmosphere at Golden Temple specially the prayers. On this tour we take part in the festival of Chamba “Minjar Mela” and festival at Keylong. Passing from Udaypur to Pangi Valley is really adventurous drive, but you will enjoy the natural beauty through out the drive. We cross some of the highest passes of the world. After wilderness of Chamba and Pangi Valley, we join Manali – Leh highway in Lahul Valley. Here we enjoy local festival in Keylong. Spending one night extra here we drive straight to Tsokar a beautiful lake (salt water) of Chang Thang region Ladakh. After exploring beautiful Lake of Tsokar we finish our journey in Leh.
Minjar Fair: Minjar Fair is an annual fare organized in the state of Himachal Pradesh. People from all around the world gather in this time to offer prayers to the Laxmi Narayan Temple and celebrate throughout the week. The main attractions of the fair are folk singing and dancing. The fair mirrors the traditions in India in a very well manner. The fair starts with the distribution of Minjar which is a silk tassel worn on front parts of the dress by men and women alike
When is Minjar Fair held?
The Minjar fair starts from the last Sunday of July and continues till one week with great grandeur in the state of Himachal Pradesh.
History of Minjar fair:
Historically river Ravi used to flow between Champawati Temple and Hari Rai Temple, Because of which it was very difficult for people to reach the other temple if they were on either side. Then Raja of Himachal Pradesh asked a saint to make the temple of Hari Rai accessible to people. The saint called the Raja and his people to the Champavati Temple and performed a Yagya in which various Sadhus from Benaras were also invited. These sadhus used a colored stick called Minjar to perform yagya. Surprisingly, as a result of this Yagya the course of river Ravi changed and people could easily access the temples. As the Yagya lasted for a week, therefore this fair lasts for a week.
Day by day Itinerary:
Day 01: July 25, - 2011 Arrival Delhi.
Pick up from Indira Gandhi International Airport to Hotel Singh Continental C.P. Delhi.
Day 02: July 26, 2011 - Delhi sight seeing:
Visit to India Gate, Lal Quila, Qutab Minar, Jama Masjid, Raj Ghat.
Day 03: July 27, 2011 - Shatabti Express Train to Amritsar: 04-05 Hrs.
Morning train to Amritsar. Where our other team members will be waiting us. Transfer to Hotel Royal Castle. Evening we take a drive to Wagha Border and Golden Temple.
Day 04: July 28, 2011 - Amritsar to Dharamsala via Paragpur: 06-08 Hrs.
Today is our first day of Jeep Tour and drive through the plains of Punjab to hills of Himachal Pradesh. We visit Paragpur a heritage village on the way. Here we take our lunch as well. Judge’s Court (Hotel) provides a wonderful atmosphere to relax and food. After little relax we continue our drive to Dharamsala stay at Hotel Pong View.
Day 05: July 29, 2011 - Dharam Sala local sight seeing: 04-05 Hrs.
Visit to Bhagsu Nag, Mc Leod Ganj, Norbulinka Institute, Dalai Lama Monastery, Dal Lake & Dharamkot. Lunch at McLeod Ganj (Tibetan Restaurant). Night stay at same hotel.
Day 06: July 30, 2011 - Dharam Sala to Chamba via Dalhousie, Khajiyar over Kala Top. 06-07 Hrs.
Drive through beautiful views of mountains (Dhaula Dhar Range) we enter Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. Dalhousie, specially Khajiyar is incredible. Here we have option to stay in Dahousie or Khajiyar. Stay at Hotel Iravati or Aroma.
Day 07: July 31, 2011 - Chamba – Local sight seeing and participating famous festival of Minjar:
Wonderful day to explore some of the oldest Himalayan Culture, today we spend our whole day to enjoy beauty of Chamba. We visit Gauri Shankar Temple and old Palace in Chamba with special Minjar festival.
Day 08: 01 August, 2011 - Chamba to Bharmour and back to Chamba: 06 Hrs.
Visit to Bharmour famous Chaurasi Mandirs at Bharmour and refreshing drive to Hadsar (Gateway to Manimahesh).
Day 09: 02 August, 2011 - Chamba - Satrundi (via Baira Garh) 06-07 Hrs. Camp start.
Day 10: 03 August, 2011 - Satrundi – Saach Pass (4413 Mts.) – Killar – Saach Khaas. 06-07 Hrs.
Day 11: 04 August, 2011 - Saach Khaas - Uday Pur or Triloknath. 05-06 Hrs.
Day 12: 05 August, 2011 - Trilok Nath – Keylong via Bardang Gompa. Stay at Hotel Tashi Deleg or Snow Land. 04 Hrs.
Day 13: 06 August, 2011 - Keylong – Tsokar over Baralacha La. 05 Hrs.
Day 14: 07 August, 2011 - Tsokar – Leh via Tsomoriri over Tanglang La 04-06 Hrs. stay at Hotel Oriental or Dragon Leh
Day 15: 08 August, 2011 - Sight seeing in Leh. 05-06 Hrs. Visit to Phyang, Rigzom. Alchi, Shey and Thikshey monastery.
Day 16: 09 August, 2011 - Drop at Airport. Fly to Delhi.