LADAKH: “ The Moonland” Geographically on the Tibetan Plateau, located between two highest mountain ranges in the world, the Himalayas and Karakoram .It’s Tibetan culture which are cut off from the rest of the world for centuries has flourish and left very much untouched. It’s ancient monasteries carved high into the hillsides and it’s unspoilt villages have remained unchanged over the centuries. It’s unique sceneries, lush green river valleys, deep blue skies and colourful lifestyle of the people who live in harmony with its barren land. The average altitude varies from about 9000 ft in Kargil to about 12000 ft in Leh, above sea level. Peopled by a race related to Tibetian stock in culture, religion, language and features, it is also called “Little Tibet”
Tour ID: 10D Kashmir & Ladhakh
Tour availability : Available on any dates
Duration (Days): 10
Itinerary Day 1: Arrive Delhi and transfer to hotel and refresh and breakfast. Later transfer to airport and fly to Sri Nagar. Upon arrival at Sri Nagar meet local guide and assist to transfer to house boat for check in. After lunch, Cruise on Dal lake by Shikara visiting the Floating gardens, and Lotus gardens(summers) and cruise will go through back water canals of the lake & Dinner will be served at house boat. Overnight stay at Premium Deluxe Luxury houseboat
Itinerary Day 2: Sri Nagar-Gulmarg Altitude 2699.6m -Sri Nagar, Kashmir, Altitude 1730m After breakfast enjoy an excursion to Gulamarg (Meadow of Flowers) at height of 8800 feet above sea-level. Here you will witness the natural beauty of the surroundings of Kashmir set out like a Doll's Villa’e. Gulmarg used to be a favorite hunt of the British in Summer and you will find old fashioned hotels and shops in the village. Gulmarg has the the highest 18 hole Golf Course in the world and has developed into a Ski Resort during Winter. Enjoy tour of Gondola Ride from 8800 ft to 10 200 ft 1stphase.Return to houseboat for lunch, visit Shankeracharya Shiva temple situated 1000ftabove Srinagar city and commanding a magnificent view of town and some lakes around Srinagar later enjoy trip to Mughal gardens of Nishat (Garden of Pleasure) and Shalimar(Garden of Love) built by famous Mughal Emperors, also visit silk carpet weaving centre and other handicraft centers Look for pure pashmina while in Kashmir. Dinner and overnight stay at houseboat Premium Deluxe Luxury Houseboats.
Itinerary Day 3: Sri Nagar –Sonamarg, Altitude 2800m After breakfast drive to Sonamarg, wonderful trip up to Sonamarg (Meadow of Gold) at a distance of 85 kms, situated at a height of 8900 feet above sea level. The distance will take about 3 hours drive up to Sonamarg which goes along the Sindh River. It is also known as the Sindh Valley Tour.The drive is very spectacular with beautiful sceneries along the way.enroute stop at Kangan town, an interesting small mountain town where mountain people from the surrounding valleys come down for trading. Once you reach Sonamarg you will feel like you are in the Swiss Alps.The meadows of Sonamarg have a spectacular beauty from the strewn with the loveliest of Alpine flowers,lots of fir and pine and silver birch trees. Overnight stay in Sonamarg
Itinerary Day 4: Sonamarg-Kargil, Altitude 2,676 m After breakfast, village tour in the prning if time permit, later we will drive to Kargil 120 kms via Zojila Pass ( 3529 m ), a scenic drive all the way upto the Pass, after the crossing Zojila pass the landscape completely changes. Drive through Drass Town the second coldest habitant place in the world , enjoy some time exploring Kargil town and here you will see the people are different and these are of Dard Stock which are found in Baltistan region of western Himalayas. Dinner and Overnight at Hotel D’zojila.
Itinerary Day 5: Kargil – Drive to Leh, Altitude: 3256m After breakfast along with picnic lunch,we leave for Leh (230 km),enroute visit Mulbeck and LamayuruMonasteries,Mulbeck this is high image of Maitry the future Buddha about 1400 years old built on huge rock.The image commemorate victory of Buddhism over Bonism and also to end the sacrificing of human and animal lives,onword proceed to Lamayuru,After crossing Namikala pass (3737 m) and Fotula Pass (4294 m),the highest point on Srinagar Leh road from the pass one can enjoy spectacular views of Karakoram mountain ranges ,arrive Lamayuru and proceed to monastery,the finest monastery in Ladakh,this about 900 years old and houses the image of Chanaric(The God of compassion and Mercy)of which Dalai lama is considered to be reincarnated.The paintings on the walls are the sketches of the Gods of Buddhist mythology.After lunch drive to Leh with a panaromic landscape and stop at Khaltse village the drive goes all along the Indus River.ArriveLeh Check in hotel and Dinner Overnight hotel Lasssermo or Similar
Itinerary Day 6: LEH Explore around the ancient Leh town, Altitude: 3256m After breakfast leave for Shey, Thiksey and Hemis Monasteries. Shey is 15 kms from Leh is set up on a hill, the monastery has two storey statue of the sitting Buddha wrought of copper and gold that leaves the sense breathless. Thikseenroute to Hemisgompa provides a panoramic view of the green Indus valley. Thikse houses beautiful tankas, there are 60 resident lamas. Later visit Hemis the Ladakh biggest monastery theGompa contains quite a few gold statues and stupas decorated with precious stones. It has a super collections of tankas including the one which is supposed to be the largest tanka in existance and is exhibited once in every 11 years. Return in the late afternoon to Leh. Visit Ladakhi family in the afternoon.Dinner and Overnight stay in hotel.
Itinerary Day 7: Leh Acclimatize & Excursion to Alchi Monastery Early morning, embark on a drive to the west of Leh to visit Alchi Monastery which houses astonishing miniature paintings dating back to 990 AD. This day also visit Magnetic Hill that defies gravity and the Indus & Zanskar river sangam. Visit the Military Hall of Fame on the way back.If time permit, we will trek to Shambo village.The first leg of the trek is uphill until you cross the two small mountains. Then the trail leads from a dry valley towards the village of Saboo which you can view from a distance. At Saboo enjoy your packed lunch and visit the small monastery overlooking the Indus valley and Stok Kangri range. Back to Leh.O/N hotel in Leh.
Itinerary Day 8: Leh- Pongong Lake -Leh, Altitude: 3256m After early breakfast depart at 5 30 am for Pongong Lake 140 kms one way, situated at 4267m through Changla Pass 5490 meters above sea level enjoy the beautiful panoramic View of the villages below the pass,after crossing the pass halt for picnic lunch at Tsoltak,the summer pastureland of the YAKS, Arrive DURBUK and from there a short drive takes you to the western shore of the lake.Enjoy the land scape in the back drop of the lake. A long narrow basin of inland drainage, hardly six to seven kilometer at its widest point and over 130km long, it is bisected by the international border between India and China. The first view of the lake is breath taking because of striking colors of its water especially towards evening when it is deep blue. Return to Leh afternoon and enjoy some shopping in the bazaar for Tibetian artifacts at Tibetian Market.Overnight and dinner at hotel.
Itinerary Day 9: Leh - Delhi- and connecting flight to next destination After breakfast transfer to Leh airport for a short spectacular mountain flight to Delhi ,on arrival check in hotel and later coach will be provided for half day to explore Delhi sights and to do some shopping in Connaught circus area and later farewell dinner at North Indian Tandoori Restaurant or Chinese restaurant. After dinner transfer to Delhi Airport and fly home
Itinerary Day 10: Arrive home
Cancellation and Refund Policy: C) 75% refund up until 30 days before trip (less 10% fee)
What's Included: Domestic Air Fare Del-Srinagar/Leh-Delhi ❖ Accommodation as per above itinerary ❖ All meals as per itinerary ❖ All transfers and tours by Air con transport, Non Aircon Toyota Innova jeeps in Kashmir Ladakh Private tours/ ❖ English speaking Guide ❖ Entrance fees to all Monuments, all interstate taxes, inner line permits, and Government taxes. ❖ A visit to Ladakhi Family ❖ All Government taxes
What's Excluded: ❖ Personal Travel insurance,International Airfare, Airport Taxes and Fuel Surcharge, All taxes are subjected to changes upon issuing ticket, India Visa , Tipping guideline USD5 per pax per day