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A Himalayan Journey - Amritsar to Leh - Exodus Travels
A Himalayan Journey - Amritsar to Leh - Exodus Travels
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Starts
Amritsar
Destinations
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Ends
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Highlights

  • Visit the Dalai Lama's temple and the Tibet Museum
  • Explore the wooden Hadimba Devi Temple in Manali
  • Cross the mighty Himalaya
  • Meditate in the monastery at Likir
  • See ancient gompa at Alchi
Age range
16 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
16
Transportation
Coach / Bus
Start in Amritsar and end in London! With the discovery tour A Himalayan Journey - Amritsar to Leh, you have a 16 day tour package taking you through Amritsar, India and 18 other destinations. A Himalayan Journey - Amritsar to Leh includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • A Himalayan Journey - Amritsar to Leh reviewer 1
    Written on October 3, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    The first half of the trip is very busy with lots of travelling and giant passes to cross, the second half is much more sedate and more cultural. A well-balanced trip BUT not really sufficient time to acclimatise before hitting the really high altitudes. Would be better/easier/safer if there were an extra couple of days in the Kulu valley perhaps. Overall a great trip.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The (optional) trip up to the top of the Khardung La Pass was fabulous - not to be missed (although it's NOT the highest pass in the world).The monastery at Alchi was pretty special too.What did you think of your group leader?Excellent English, great sense of humour and an all round nice guy.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Buy a Steripen UV water sterilisation kit. Easy to use (2 mins per litre) and means you don't end up littering the country with used water bottles. We drank treated tap water in India for 2 weeks with no ill effect (and no horrible tasting water either).Is there anything else you would like to add?Exodus should pay their group leaders much more. It costs them next to nothing to use a local instead of shipping someone out from the UK. I don't see this reflected in their prices to us either . . . . . 

  • A Himalayan Journey - Amritsar to Leh reviewer 2
    Written on October 3, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    The first half of the trip is very busy with lots of travelling and giant passes to cross, the second half is much more sedate and more cultural. A well-balanced trip BUT not really sufficient time to acclimatise before hitting the really high altitudes. Would be better/easier/safer if there were an extra couple of days in the Kulu valley perhaps. Overall a great trip.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The (optional) trip up to the top of the Khardung La Pass was fabulous - not to be missed (although it's NOT the highest pass in the world).The monastery at Alchi was pretty special too.What did you think of your group leader?Excellent English, great sense of humour and an all round nice guy.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Buy a Steripen UV water sterilisation kit. Easy to use (2 mins per litre) and means you don't end up littering the country with used water bottles. We drank treated tap water in India for 2 weeks with no ill effect (and no horrible tasting water either).Is there anything else you would like to add?Exodus should pay their group leaders much more. It costs them next to nothing to use a local instead of shipping someone out from the UK. I don't see this reflected in their prices to us either . . . . . 

  • A Himalayan Journey - Amritsar to Leh reviewer 3
    Written on September 22, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    This was my seventh Exodus holiday and I enjoyed the experience tremendously. I loved the journey through the Himalayas, I have a passion for mountains, rock formations and geological patterns. The mountain drive was spectacular and the drivers are to be congratulated for their skillful manouevering of the cars.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Watching the nomads with their large herd of goats and sheep on the morning after we had camped at the lake. When one of the nomads started to sing it was quite a spiritual moment.What did you think of your group leader?Sunny was a fantastic leader, he was very knowledgeable and caring. He also had a great sense of humour.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Take plenty of layers of clothing!Is there anything else you would like to add?Try the apricot pie.....out of this world.

  • A Himalayan Journey - Amritsar to Leh reviewer 4
    Written on September 22, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    This was my seventh Exodus holiday and I enjoyed the experience tremendously. I loved the journey through the Himalayas, I have a passion for mountains, rock formations and geological patterns. The mountain drive was spectacular and the drivers are to be congratulated for their skillful manouevering of the cars.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Watching the nomads with their large herd of goats and sheep on the morning after we had camped at the lake. When one of the nomads started to sing it was quite a spiritual moment.What did you think of your group leader?Sunny was a fantastic leader, he was very knowledgeable and caring. He also had a great sense of humour.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Take plenty of layers of clothing!Is there anything else you would like to add?Try the apricot pie.....out of this world.

  • A Himalayan Journey - Amritsar to Leh reviewer 5
    Written on September 9, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    A fascinating trip across the Himalayas to Ladakh by road.  An opportunity to see fantastic high altitude scenery of almost brutal beauty.  Frequently traversing unsurfaced roads with sheer drops adds to the excitement.  In Ladakh we were rewarded with visits to monasteries and stunning views.  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?In the high altitude plains, Lake Tso Kar was serenely beautiful, but the environment and altitude demanding.  The monasteries in Ladakh were colourful and intriguing.  The many high passes en route gave either spectacular views or else (when lost in fog) a sense of other-worldliness.What did you think of your group leader?Our tour leader, Sunny Wattal, was excellent.  He was also extremely knowledgeable about both the political and cultural aspects of the areas we visited. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?This is a high-altitude road-trip.  You should be prepared in case of altitude sickness.  If you do not like long car journeys on poor roads next to sheer drops, you might want to think again.  Also the temperatures over the trip ranged from very hot to very cold.  That said - if you enjoy a little bit of a challenge, the reward is well worth it!Is there anything else you would like to add?A stimulating brush with unfamiliar cultures...

  • A Himalayan Journey - Amritsar to Leh reviewer 6
    Written on September 9, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    A fascinating trip across the Himalayas to Ladakh by road.  An opportunity to see fantastic high altitude scenery of almost brutal beauty.  Frequently traversing unsurfaced roads with sheer drops adds to the excitement.  In Ladakh we were rewarded with visits to monasteries and stunning views.  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?In the high altitude plains, Lake Tso Kar was serenely beautiful, but the environment and altitude demanding.  The monasteries in Ladakh were colourful and intriguing.  The many high passes en route gave either spectacular views or else (when lost in fog) a sense of other-worldliness.What did you think of your group leader?Our tour leader, Sunny Wattal, was excellent.  He was also extremely knowledgeable about both the political and cultural aspects of the areas we visited. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?This is a high-altitude road-trip.  You should be prepared in case of altitude sickness.  If you do not like long car journeys on poor roads next to sheer drops, you might want to think again.  Also the temperatures over the trip ranged from very hot to very cold.  That said - if you enjoy a little bit of a challenge, the reward is well worth it!Is there anything else you would like to add?A stimulating brush with unfamiliar cultures...

  • A Himalayan Journey - Amritsar to Leh reviewer 7
    Written on July 25, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    Was an amazing trip; Amritsar to Manali was okay but a bit too touristy for my liking. The Rohtang pass was an incredible spectacle - for all the wrong, albeit amusing, reasons. However once you cross over into Laddakh it is absolutely breathtaking! The views, the people (both locals and tourists or lack thereof), the contrasting landscapes, everythingWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The two standout moments for me were:1. Standing on the edge of the Tibetan plateau absolutely gobsmacked at the costasting view of mountains, valleys and plains.2. Playing cricket with monks at a remote Himalayan monastery; the latter however changed when I lost their one and only ball.What did you think of your group leader?Fantastic - Dilip really knew his stuff and was very approachable and did his best to make sure everyone was catered toDo you have any advice for potential travellers?Get to Laddakh and Leh before it gets ruined by tourism! Altitude may be an issue because of the rapid ascents that occur on this trip. You don't need to be fit as such to do the trip, just be able to cope with the altitudeIs there anything else you would like to add?Tipping - take more than what the notes say because there seems to be a never-ending stream of tips that you have to pay.

  • A Himalayan Journey - Amritsar to Leh reviewer 8
    Written on July 25, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    Was an amazing trip; Amritsar to Manali was okay but a bit too touristy for my liking. The Rohtang pass was an incredible spectacle - for all the wrong, albeit amusing, reasons. However once you cross over into Laddakh it is absolutely breathtaking! The views, the people (both locals and tourists or lack thereof), the contrasting landscapes, everythingWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The two standout moments for me were:1. Standing on the edge of the Tibetan plateau absolutely gobsmacked at the costasting view of mountains, valleys and plains.2. Playing cricket with monks at a remote Himalayan monastery; the latter however changed when I lost their one and only ball.What did you think of your group leader?Fantastic - Dilip really knew his stuff and was very approachable and did his best to make sure everyone was catered toDo you have any advice for potential travellers?Get to Laddakh and Leh before it gets ruined by tourism! Altitude may be an issue because of the rapid ascents that occur on this trip. You don't need to be fit as such to do the trip, just be able to cope with the altitudeIs there anything else you would like to add?Tipping - take more than what the notes say because there seems to be a never-ending stream of tips that you have to pay.

  • A Himalayan Journey - Amritsar to Leh reviewer 9
    Written on January 21, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    I had always wanted to see the Himalaya and I was rewarded by the spectacular landscapes we encountered on our way to different passes. notably the Khardung pass at 5602m and the Tagland La pass at 5328m.  The roads were so narrow and incredibly precarious that it could be quite thrilling and scary in turn when we drove close to the edge.  I was fascinated by the Tibetan culture and was pleased to be able to visit some of their impressive monasteries and get to talk to some Tibetans.  I loved to explore their bazaars.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?For me the most inspirational moment was when I got off the jeep at the Khardung Pass. one of the highest motorable roads in the world. Although the air is very thin, I was able to walk to the edge of the pass beneath fluttering Budhist prayer flags and I admired the peaks and the high altitude glaciers.  I felt on top of the world and totally exhilerated to be there. It was magical to see Nature at its best and most powerful. The second most inspirational moment has to be the Golden temple in Amritsar.  Its reflexion in the holy water is spectacular.  It is quite an experience to have lunch in the biggest restaurant in the world in the Guru-ka-langar where 35000 people a day can sit on the floor and wait to be served on a metal plate.

  • A Himalayan Journey - Amritsar to Leh reviewer 10
    Written on January 21, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    I had always wanted to see the Himalaya and I was rewarded by the spectacular landscapes we encountered on our way to different passes. notably the Khardung pass at 5602m and the Tagland La pass at 5328m.  The roads were so narrow and incredibly precarious that it could be quite thrilling and scary in turn when we drove close to the edge.  I was fascinated by the Tibetan culture and was pleased to be able to visit some of their impressive monasteries and get to talk to some Tibetans.  I loved to explore their bazaars.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?For me the most inspirational moment was when I got off the jeep at the Khardung Pass. one of the highest motorable roads in the world. Although the air is very thin, I was able to walk to the edge of the pass beneath fluttering Budhist prayer flags and I admired the peaks and the high altitude glaciers.  I felt on top of the world and totally exhilerated to be there. It was magical to see Nature at its best and most powerful. The second most inspirational moment has to be the Golden temple in Amritsar.  Its reflexion in the holy water is spectacular.  It is quite an experience to have lunch in the biggest restaurant in the world in the Guru-ka-langar where 35000 people a day can sit on the floor and wait to be served on a metal plate. What did you think of your group leader?We had two leaders part of the time and they were very friendly and helpful.  On two occasions we took some risks which could have been dangerous if we had lost our head!!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?This trip is not for the faint hearted who are scared of heights or for people who may have medical problems regarding lack of oxygen.  We were allowed plenty of acclimatisation time in and around Leh.  I found that it helped me greatly to take DIAMOX as I had very few symptoms associated with high altitude.Is there anything else you would like to add?I enjoyed the Himalaya so much that I can't wait to go to Nepal next.  Maybe I will also go to real Tibet one day.

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  1. Day 1: Start Amritsar; late afternoon sightseeing including the Golden Temple.
  2. Day 2-3: Drive to Dharamsala and McLeod Ganj; full day to explore.
  3. Day 4: Drive to Mandi and Rewalsar, visit the monastery, the Sikh Gurdwara and the Hindu temple.
  4. Day 5: Drive to Manali; afternoon free.
  5. Day 6: Full day in Manali.
  6. Day 7: Drive to Jispa via the Rohtang Pass (3980m) and Keylong.
  7. Day 8: Drive to Tsokar Lake and camp for the night.
  8. Day 9: Drive to Leh.
  9. Day 10: Sightseeing around Leh including Shey and Tikse monasteries (or monastery festival).
  10. Day 11: Drive to Likir Monastery; optional walk to Rizdong; to Alchi.
  11. Day 12: See ancient gompa at Alchi; visit village and monastery of Lamayuru.
  12. Day 13: Drive to Leh visiting Basgo Fort en route.
  13. Day 14: Free day in Leh (or monastery festival); optional trip to Khardung La.
  14. Day 15: Fly to Delhi; afternoon free.
  15. Day 16: End Delhi.

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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 8,186 km.
  • Amritsar (India)
  • 151 km
  • Dharamsala (India)
  • 3 km
  • McLeod Ganj (India)
  • 37 km
  • Baijnath (India)
  • 70 km
  • Rewalsar (India)
  • 59 km
  • Mandi (India)
  • 64 km
  • Manali (India)
  • 40 km
  • Keylong (India)
  • 17 km
  • Jispa (India)
  • 107 km
  • Tso Kar Lake (India)
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