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Mesmerising Ladakh and Kashmir

DURATION : 11 Nights / 12 Days

DESTINATIONS : Delhi - Leh - Alchi - Kargil - Sonamarg - Srinagar - Gulmarg - Pahalgam - Srinagar - Delhi

Tour Highlights

Destinations Places to Visit
Delhi India Gate, Jama Mazjid, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Lotus Temple, Qutub Mina, Humanyu's Tomb & Akshardham Temple.
Leh Spituk, Tangkhas, Sankar Gompa and Shanti Stupa, Thiksey Gompa, Shey Palace,The Shey Palace, The monastery enshrines the Du Khang, Pangong Lake, Changla Pass, 
Alchi  Likir Monastery, Magnetic Hill, Pathar Sahib Gurudwara and Hall of Fame, 
Kargil Mulbek, The double gompas, Lamayuru
Srinagar Drass Valley, Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh, Jama Masjid, Hazratbal Mosque and Throne of Solomon.
Gulmarg Meadow of Flowers and Nanga Parbhat.
Pahalgam Saffron fields, Avantipur ruins and Anantnag sulpher spring.

Short Description

Make a trip to Ladakh & Kashmir to witness the beauty of Mother Nature. Enjoy a boat ride on the beautiful Dal Lake in Srinagar. Visit Gulmarg, a picturesque hill station, which is known for its captivating beauty. Ladakh is a land of high passes, exotic landscapes and stunning beauty, where you will see some of the most prominent architectural masterpieces of Buddhist culture and tradition.

Detailed Itinerary

 
Day 1: Arrive Delhi

Arrival to Delhi. Our representative will meet you at the airport. Check in to the hotel. New Delhi, the capital of India, is a bustling metropolis that has an amazing mix of modernization and carefully preserved antiquity. Sprawled over the west bank of the river Yamuna, it is one of the fastest growing cities in India. New Delhi was built by a British architect Edward Lutyens in 1912 as the new capital of the British Raj. The Victorian architecture now intermingles with the city's high rise buildings. Concrete flyovers built to ease the growing traffic are interspersed with well laid gardens, Mughal tombs, forts and monuments.
Overnight Stay - Delhi

Day 2: Delhi Sightseeing

After breakfast full day sightseeing of  Delhi which includes : India Gate is a stone monument dedicated to the memory of the Indian soldiers who fought and died in the First World War It ranks as one of the primary places of interest in Delhi. Rashtrapati Bhawan is a renowned monument in Delhi. It is said to be the palace of the then Viceroy of India. At present, the Rashtrapati Bhawan is house of the President of India. Red Fort (Lal Qila) was constructed by Shah Jahan in 1638 and was completed in 1648. .Decorated with Persian, European and Indian art forms the fort is one of the brilliant pieces of architecture. Jama Masjid located in Old Delhi is one of the principal mosques of Delhi. One of the last architectural extravagances of Emperor Shahjahan this is one of the largest mosques in India. Qutub Minar is the world's tallest brick minaret, standing at a height of 72.5 meters. Qutub Minar is known to be the earliest and most evident example of Indo-Islamic architecture and is surrounded by several other ancient structures collectively known as the Qutub Complex. Akshardham is one of the most important religious sites in Delhi, which has claimed to fame for its piety and spirituality. One of the most important Delhi Monuments, it is also known for its architectural magnificence with its 234 pillars, 9 domes and 20 shikhars - all displaying fine artistry and craftsmanship. Akshardham in Delhi is the ideal example of a designer’s creativity and an engineer’s ingenuity. Humayun's Tomb - magnificent garden tomb, a fine example of Mughal structural design in India. It was built in 1565 by his widow Hamida Banu Begam, after the death of Humayun. 
Overnight Stay - Delhi

Day 3: Delhi - Leh (By Flight)

After breakfast transfer to airport and departure to Leh. Check in to the hotel. Spend time at leisure by exploring Leh local town. Spituk - 8 Km from Leh - stands majestically a top a hillock overlooking the Indus valley for miles. Many icons and fine "Tangkhas" are to be found in this 15th century monastery. Sankar Gompa is associated with Spituk Gompa and serves as the residence of the Head Lama. Shanti Stupa, built by Japanese, is visible from most of the town; this new Stupa was officially opened in 1985.  
Overnight Stay - Leh

Day 4: Leh Sightseeing

After breakfast sightseeing tour to Thiksey Gompa and Shey Palace. Thiksey Monastery or Gompa was built in 1430 AD and belongs to Gelukpa Order of Buddhism. Thiksey Gompa hosts the Gustor ritual (sacred mask dance), organized from the 17th to 19th day of the ninth month of the Tibetan calendar. Thiksey Gompa monastery is one of the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh, it has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha - the Buddha of the future. The Shey Palace was built by the king Deledan Nagmyal in the 16 century AD and is a largest victory stupa in Leh, the top of which is made of pure gold. The monastery enshrines the Du Khang with an almost 10 meter high gilder copper statue of Lord Buddha. The Shey palace was the abode of the royal family till 1834 AD, when they moved to the Stok palace.
Overnight Stay - Leh

Day 5: Leh – Pangong Lake ( 160 km - 4 hours )

After breakfast leave for Pangong Lake (14,500 ft), through Changla Pass (17,350 ft), the third highest motor able road in the world. Pangong Lake is the highest salt water Lake in the World, shared by two countries - India and China.
Overnight Stay - Leh  

Day 6: Leh - Alchi (70 km – 2 hours)

After Breakfast leave for Alchi, enroute visit Likir Monastery, Magnetic Hill, Pathar Sahib Gurudwara and Hall of Fame. Likir Monastery was founded in the 14th century and belongs to the Gelugpa sect - The "Yellow Hat Sect" of Tibetan Buddhism. The brother of His Holiness the Dalai Lama is head monk here. Monastery has ancient Buddha statues, old books containing important Buddhist sutras, gold and silver stupas adorned with chunks of semi-precious jewels and Impressive 25-foot statue of Sakyamuni sitting on a roof is more from the distance. The Magnetic Hill supposedly has magnetic properties which attracts metallic objects, making vehicles move up at a speed of about 20 km with their engines off. The Hall of Fame is a museum constructed and maintained by the Indian army in memory of the brave soldiers who lost their lives in the Indo-Pak wars.
Overnight Stay - Alchi

Day 7: Alchi - Kargil (160 km – 4 hours)

In the morning after breakfast leave for Kargil, enroute visit Mulbek. Mulbekh Monastery or Mulbekh Gompa is consisting of two gompas - Drukpa and  Gelugpa. The double gompas are dramatically situated at the very top of a crag (656 ft) above the road. They were connected with the nearby palace of Rajah Kalon of Mulbekh below. They may be reached by a steep footpath winding up from behind. The altitude of the town at the foot of the crag is 10,839 ft., which makes the altitude of the gompas 11,495 ft. Then drive to Lamayuru - the oldest Monastery of Ladakh, and have a magnificent view of spectacular “Moon Landscape”. Lamayuru monastery was founded in the 10th century. This Gompa is located amidst the massive mountains. The spectacular setting of this gompa and its renowned collection of carpets, thangkas and frescoes has been attracting many people over a long time.
 Overnight Stay - Kargil

Day 8: Kargil – Sonamarg - Srinagar (204 km – 5 hours)

Hill is overlooking the Drass Valley on Srinagar - Leh Highway, and is also known as “Point 5353”. It is the highest peak in this area (16500 feet) and the most dominating feature in Drass Valley. In the local dialect Drass means “Hell”. It is at a height of 10990 ft. The surrounding mountain ridges range from 16000 feet to 21000 feet. It has become famous as the second coldest inhabited place in the world. Winter temperature is sometimes comes down to less than minus 60 degrees.Srinagar - “Paradise on Earth”, located in the heart of the Kashmir valley is the summer state capital of Jammu and Kashmir. This spectacular hill station is at an altitude of 1,730 m above sea level. The word Srinagar literally means “the city of wealth”. As the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, the city is renowned for its traditional handicrafts, lakes, gardens and houseboats. It's an ideal destination that can be visited throughout the year. This hill station is visited by travelers from outside India as well. A variety of tourist attractions makes the place worth visiting many times. The Houseboats are generally made from local cedar-wood and measure 24–38 metres in length and 3–6 metres in width and are graded in a similar fashion to hotels according to level of comfort. Many of them have lavishly furnished rooms, with verandas and a terrace to serve as a sun-deck or to serve evening cocktails.
Overnight stay on Houseboat in Srinagar.

Day 9: Srinagar – Gulmarg (56 km – 1.5 hours)- Srinagar

Full day trip to Gulmarg - “Meadow of Flowers”, 2730 m. above sea level.  Gulmarg has one of the best Ski slopes in the world and highest golf course of the world with 18 holes. One can also have the view of Nanga Parbhat if weather permits. The views on the way to Gulmarg are fascinating.  Enjoy sledge riding on snow. Chair Lifts for mountain ride are also available. Return back to Srinagar.
Overnight Stay - Srinagar

Day 10: Srinagar – Pahalgam (110km – 2.4 h)

Full day tour to Pahalgam, on the way visit Saffron fields, Avantipur ruins and Anantnag sulpher spring. Pahalgam is the most famous place for Indian Film Industry. Enjoy the nature charm of the valley. Pahalgam valley is located at the confluence of Lidder River and the streams originating from serene Sheshnag Lake.  At an altitude of 2,130 m above sea level, this lush green valley is most sought by travellers seeking relaxation and leisure. The valley offers breathtaking panoramic views of the beautiful Himalayan Ranges. Pahalgam is a humble village and the base camp for the renowned Amarnath Yatra. Pahalgam offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan Ranges and is appropriate for adventurous activities.  It is also a famous shopping place for woollen products.  Ruins of Avantipur is an archeological and historical delight. The site comprises of two temples dating back to 9th century, standing just a kilometre apart. King Awantivarman, who ruled Kashmir during 9th century, built both the temples – Shiva Temple and Avantiswami Temple.  The Shiva Temple is renovated and in daily use, while Avantiswami Temple, which was dedicated to Lord Vishnu is now a ruin. Both the temples reflect Greek style of architecture.
Overnight Stay - Pahalgam

Day 11: Srinagar Sightseeing

After Breakfast, Visit Mughal Gardens:  Nishat Bagh “The garden of pleasure” built by Asif Khan - brother in law of Jehangir in 1632 AD And Shalimar Bagh “Abode of love” built by Jehangir for his wife Empress Noor Jehan. Asia's largest Tulip Garden on the banks of Dal Lake - the 15-hectare garden in the foothills of Zabarwan Range. All the gardens are situated on the bank of Dal Lake with the Zabarwan Mountains in the background. Jama Masjid is among the oldest mosques in Srinagar and displays a monument of Islamic architecture. It was built in 1674 with four spires tower, 370 pillars, prayer halls, etc. Each pillar is made from a single piece of deodar trunk. The temple was destroyed and restored many times. It is also known as the Friday Mosque. Hazratbal Mosque located on the banks of Dal Lake, the Mosque is made from white marble and a fusion of Kashmiri and Mughal styles of architecture can be noticed in its construction. The Mosque is also called Dargah Sharif, Asar-e-Sharif, and Madinat-us-Sani. There is a shrine in the Mosque which is believed to contain a relic-a hair of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad. The Rozabal Shrine in Srinagar is one of the biggest mysteries of the world. It contains the tomb of Yuza Asaf who is supposed to be none other than Jesus Christ!   According to traditions dating 1st century AD and several ancient works in Persian, Arabic and Sanskrit Cultures, Jesus survived the crucifixion and migrated to live in Kashmir. There are tantalizing architectural, inscriptional, anthropological, and archaeological document evidences which strongly indicate this. This hypothesis makes the Rozabal Shrine a unique place in the world where all religions seem to unite, conveying the message of love, peace and harmony. “Throne of Solomon” is a large ancient temple situated on the top of a hillock near the Dal Lake in Srinagar. The temple was built by Jalauka, the son of the great Emperor Ashoka, about 200 B.C.  It was renamed Sankarachariya by the Hindu Maharaja in 1848. Adi Shankaracharya (788-820AC) lived, meditated and did Tapas (penance) here to review Hinduism which had been eclipsed by Buddhism. He worshipped the Shiva Lingam, which is still found in the Sanctum Sanctorum. It is believed, that Adi Shankaracharya "attained spiritual knowledge" at this particular place and after that went out and formed the four Hindu schools of Advaita, the philosophy of non-dualism. You can take a Shikara ride on Dal Lake. The scenery around is breathtaking and tempting that might make you erupt in joy. You can also shop while taking a Shikara ride visiting floating markets. It is the centre of tourist activity in Srinagar and the best way to observe the surrounding flora and fauna and spot the different kinds of birds and aquatic plants and animals that form a part of the eco system.
Overnight stay on Houseboat.

Day 12: Srinagar - Delhi ( By Flight) - Departure

After breakfast transfer to airport and departure to Delhi.  

Here our company services will get end with lots of Enduring Memories....!!!!

Inclusions / Exclusions

The Price Includes:

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis as per program.
  • Breakfast
  • Arrival/Departure with assistance.
  • AC transport as per program. 
  • English Speaking Local Guide as per Program.
  • One bottle of water per person per day.
  • All fuel, parking, toll, state taxes & driver allowances.
  •  Govt. Service Tax 4.5%

The Price Excludes:

  •  Any airfare / visa / insurance
  •  Any meals except mentioned in the column cost includes.
  •  Any Monument Entrance Fees.
  •  Any expenses of personal nature such as tips, beverages, laundry, telephone calls, photography, video fee, etc.
  •  Any new taxes / fees imposed by the Government.

Route Map

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