Day 1 : Assemble at Shoghi & overnight stay at Shoghi
Shoghi is a tiny piece of paradise few kilometres short of Shimla, away from the city and just before the maddening tourist crowd at Shimla. Aamod at Shoghi is a beautiful cottage resort built on a gentle hill slope, under a thick cover of oak and pine trees. Stay the night and get familiar with the hospitality of the finest resort of Shimla.
Day 2 : Drive from Shoghi to Pabbar Valley
Pabbar Valley is ahead of Shimla in Himachal Pradesh and located in the still untouched and non-touristy mountains amongst the most prosperous apple orchard belt of India, with deep forests of deodar and oak. The route for Pabbar Valley branches off the old Hindustan-Tibet Road from Theog. We will be staying the night at our property, Tethys by the riverside. Great location for trout fishing, sightseeing and trekking in the area.
Day 3 : Drive from Pabbar Valley to Sangla valley
Drive from Pabbar valley to the majestic valley of Sangla or the Baspa valley as it is called because of the river Baspa flowing through the valley. Explore and admire the nature. Stay the night at Sangla Valley at our camp site.
Day 4 : Drive From Sangla Valley to Sichling (Spiti)
You will be travelling from one of the most beautiful valleys of Himalayas, Sangla valley also known as Baspa valley because of river Baspa towards Sichling; a beautiful town in Lahaul and Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh surrounded by high mountains, crystal clear river, green landscapes and meadows.
The beautiful drive transports you to a different world altogether with hardly any people, just your fellow vehicles and mammoth mountains to keep you company.
We will be staying the night at our campsite at Sichling.
Day 5 : Drive From Sichling to ChandraTal
In the serene surroundings of the towering snow-covered peaks and green pastures lies the breathtakingly beautiful Chandra Tal. It is located at an altitude of about 4300 metres in the Spiti. You will drive through the magnificent route from Kaza to Kunzum Pass, and thereafter, to the lake. We will be staying the night at our Camping site at Chandratal.
Day 6 : Drive From ChandraTal to Udaipur
This day we drive from Chandra Tal to ''Udaipur'' in Himachal; a picturesque town, located on the banks of the Chandrabhaga River in Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. Located at an altitude of 2,743 meters, Udaipur is 53 km to the north of Keylong. It was known as Markul in olden times because of the temple dedicated to Markula Devi, an incarnation of Goddess Durga. Udaipur stands at the confluence of Chenab and MayarNallah and also serves as the gateway to Mayar Valley. Several trekking routes start from Udaipur to places like Kibber, Kangla and to Zanskar.
Day 7 : Drive from Udaipur to Ishtiyari
This day, you will be driving alongside the banks of Chenab river to reach Ishtiyari. Ishtiyari is famous for its dangerous Patch of Road in Jammu and Kashmir that links Paddar area with the remote Pangi valley when Saach Pass is closed for the season. Paddar is a remote, scenic valley in Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir, the northernmost state of India. It covers the whole northeast portion of Kishtwar district bordering Zanskar (Ladakh) on the north, Pangi, Himachal Pradesh on the East and Marwah - Wadwan on the West.
Day 8 : Drive from Ishtiyari to Srinagar
This day we move further towards the heaven on Earth – Srinagar. Known as ‘Heaven on Earth’, Srinagar is every bit true to the claim. Picturesque Srinagar, the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir, lies on the banks of the Jhelum river, and has a cool, pleasant climate all year round. From the ferocious waters of Pahalgam to the serene pastures of Gulmarg, everything about Srinagar is mesmerising. Hills surround the most famous tourist spot in all of Kashmir, Dal Lake, and as long as your sight takes you, you can see the mountains reflected in the water.
Day 9 : Drive from Srinagar to Kargil
Located in the center of Ladakh and Kashmir, Kargil is the second largest town of Ladakh is 204 kms away from Srinagar and 230 kms from Ladakh. The town is located at the junction of famous silk route, from where the caravans from china, Yakkand, Afghanistan, and Indian plains would pass through. These countries were dealing with silk, carpets and precious stones. Now there are only ruins of these caravan Sarais which once was very famous for trade and silk route. Kargil is the main town which connects Srinagar – Leh , Leh – Zanaskar. The town Kargil is situated on the famous River Suru and NallahWakha at an altitude of 2700 mts.
Day 10 : Drive from Kargil to Nubra
Nubra Valley is about 150 km north of Leh where the rivers, Shyok and Siachan, meet to form a large valley. This valley separates Ladakh from the Karakoram Ranges and the famous Siachen Glacier lies north of the valley. To the northwest of Nubra valley lies The Sasser Pass and the famous Karakoram Pass of the ''Silk Route'' fame which connected Nubra with Xinjiang. Panamik village is the last settlement in the northern end of in Nubra valley is open to tourists. Nubra valley has a lot to offer and is as a must do for everyone who travels to Leh. It has been identified as a tourist circuit by the local administration of Leh district for its sand desert like appeal and the famous double humped-bactrian camels.
Day 11 : Drive from Nubra to Leh
Leh; the erstwhile capital of the kingdom of Ladakh is now a dream destination of many and the Mecca of adventure enthusiasts! Leh, one of the coldest deserts in the world is located at a distance of 434 Kms from Srinagar and 474 Kms from Manali (Himachal Pradesh). At the time of reorganization of districts in 1979, Ladakh was divided into Leh and Kargil and now Leh district is synonymous with Ladakh and vice-versa. Leh is a traveller’s haven with numerous trekking trails, valleys, and picturesque lakes. Renowned as the land of monks and monasteries there is lots to see in this amazing piece of land.
Day 12: Drive from Leh to Tso Moriri
Another well-kept secret in Ladakh till not so far ago, Tso-moriri Lake also known as Mountain Lake is a spectacular site amidst mountain ranges in Ladakh. Tso-moriri or Lake Moriri is a High Altitude Lake (officially named as Tso-moriri Wetland Conservation Reserve), located in the Changthang (literal meaning, northern plains) area with an altitude of 4,595 m (15,075 ft). The Tso-moriri Lake measures about 28 km in length from north to south and about 4-6 km in breadth and about 100 feet average in-depth. Maximum depth of Tso-moriri Lake is 248 feet. Tso-moriri Lake is surrounded by barren hills, with the backdrop of beautiful snow-covered mountains - mind-numbingly beautiful, Calm and sacred lake for Ladakhis.
Day 13: Drive from Tso Moriri to Jispa
The drive from Tso Moriri to Jispa is beautiful and one crosses the legendary More Plains enroute. Jispa at an elevation of 3,200 m or 10,500 ft is a village in Lahaul, in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Jispa is located 20 km north of Keylong and 7 km south of Darcha along the Manali-Leh Highway and the Bhaga river. A favourite site to stop before Leh among adventure enthusiast, this beautiful valley offers amazing views combining half-barren mountains and half-greenery. Aworth stop-over in the Manali-Leh route.
Day 14: Drive from Jispa to Manali
Testing your off-roading skills, you will cross Rohtang Pass and enter Manali. Manali is a little heaven one should visit at least once in a lifetime. This is one such destination that offers religious tourism, adventure tourism, wildlife tourism in just one trip and that is what makes it a clear travellers’ paradise. We will be staying the night at our resort at Manali.
Day 15: Bid adieu to Manali
This day we wake up and decide to either cover Manali or move back to our respective places after bidding adieu to this exhilarating self-drive expedition and our new friends.