Forbidden Ladakh

Ladakh is bounded by worlds two mightiest mountain ranges: the great Himalayan and the Karakoram. It leaves the first time traveler awestruck by its geographical and cultural difference.


The Forbidden Ladakh Tour starts from Manali and enters to Ladakh via the Manali-Leh Highway. It is the most popular and spectacular approach to Ladakh. Due to the snow, this highway is only opened from the months of end June to October. It is a very scenic route, full of adventure and rugged beauty.


Detail Itineary of Forbidden Ladakh

Day 01 :

Kathmandu to Bhadrapur
Fly from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur - 50 minutes and transfer to the border. After formalities, we drive to Darjeeling (2040m) - 104 kms.
Night in Darjeeling.

Day 02 - 03 :

Tiger Hill
Your day starts with an early sunrise view from the Tiger Hill. The view from this point is unforgettable for colours changing from grey to pink to luminous gold over Himalayas.
After breakfast, you visit the Tibetan Self-Help Refugee Centre where you can see Tibetan craftsmen making traditional items such as carpets, woolen boots or wood carvings. Later on, you will be transferred to theHimalayan Mountaineering Institute, the house of Late Tenzing Norgay Sherpa who first climbed Mt Everest with Hillary in 1953.
During afternoon, you visit Ghoom Monastery which enshrines an image of “Coming Buddha” and the Bengal Natural History Museum.
Night in Darjeeling.

Day 04 :

Sangachoeling Monastery 
In the early morning, a one hour hike up takes you to theSangachoeling Monastery where you get enchanting views of the Kangchenjunga Range. After breakfast, you go to Pemayangtse Monastery. Also called Royal Monastery, this gompa has been built in 1705 to house all the religious activities of the monarch or Chogyal.
This afternoon you visit different places such as Khangchendzonga WaterfallsSewaro Rock Garden and Khecheopalri Lake which is called “Wishing Lake” and surrounded by the dense forest.
Night in Pelling.

Day 05 :

Gangtok
Today you are transferred to Gangtok (1437m) - 117 kms. En route, you visit tea plantations and factory at Temi Lake. After a picnic lunch and rest in the tea garden, you continue and finally reach Gangtok.
Night in Gangtok.

Day 06 :

Enchey Monastery,
Your day starts with the visit of Enchey Monastery, 200 years old. This Gompa was built on a site blessed by Lama Druptab Karpo, a master known for his power of flying. Later on, you discover the Governement Institute of Cottage Industries where you can watch students being taught the traditional art of Thangkha paintings alog with weaving, wood carving and carpet making.
During afternoon you drive through picturesque terracec fields to Rumtek Monastery, the seat of His Holiness, the Gyalwa Karmapa, head of theKagyupa Sect.
Night in Gangtok.

Day 07 :

Tsomgo Lake,
Today is an excursion to Tsomgo Lake, located at 3780 meters and 40 kms from Gangtok. Half frozen till mid April, Tsomgo Lake is one of the most interesting sightseeing destinations in Sikkim. The Yaks embellished with their “Welcome to Sikkim” headbands, are popular for a short ride near the lake.
Later during afternoon, you have time in Gangtok city doing shopping and buying souvenirs.
Night in Gangtok.

Day 08 :

Kalimpong 
In the morning, you are transferred to Kalimpong (1250m) - 77 kms.
During afternoon, you visit the Tharpa Choling Monastery, belonging to the Gelugpa Sect and the Zong Dog Palri Fo Brang Gompa also known asDurpin Monastery which contains all 108 volumes carried by Dalai Lama in his exile. Later on you are welcomed at Gauripur House, one of the favourite place of the great Indian poet, Rabindranath Tagore, from where he wrote many of his works.
Night in Kalimpong.

Day 09 :

Kalimpong 
This morning, you discover flowers nurseries. Kalimpong produces 80% of India’s gladioli and is a significant orchid-growing area. From here, flowers and cacti are exported to many cities across the world.
This afternoon, you have free time to visit Kalimpong Bazaar and do your last shopping to buy souvenirs.
Night in Kalimpong.

Day 10 :

Bhadrapur
Drive from Kalimpong to Bhadrapur - 130 kms.
Night in Bhadrapur.


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