Delhi – Srinagar – Gulmarg – Pahalgam – Sonmarg – Kargil – Lamayuru – Alchi – Likir – Basgo – Leh – Tso Moriri Lake -Tanglang La Pass – Delhi – Agra
After your arrival at Delhi via International flight. Our representative would assist you, followed by a traditional welcome. He will take you to the hotel and help you to check-in. After the breakfast, you will be on a guided tour of Delhi the sightseeing includes the trip to Birla Temple, drive around the India Gate and President’s House. By the afternoon we visit Himayun Tomb, Lotus Temple, Qutub Minar and Chhatarpur Temple.
Post breakfast, it’s the time to transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the next flight for Srinagar (Paradise on Earth). After your arrival at Srinagar, our representative will be there to assist you and transfer to hotel/houseboat.
Later we go to visit the ancient Shankaracharya Temple, famous Mughal Gardens –Nishant Garden, Shalimar and Chashme Shahi (Royal Spring).
Features of the famous Mughal Gardens:
Nishant Bagh is one the largest gardens that built by Asif Khan’s brother-in-law of Jehangir in 1632 A.D. It has seven terraces with beautiful water channel flowing right in the middle.
Shalimar Bagh was built by the Jahangir for his wife Noor Jahan in the year 1619 A.D. The garden has four terraces the 4th terrace was reserved for the royal ladies.
Chashme Shahi (The Royal Spring) was originally laid out by Shah Jehan in 1632 A.D. This is a tastefully laid garden in terraces, which shows the magnificent view of the Dal Lake below and surrounding mountain ranges. The water of this spring is cool, refreshing and highly digestive.
The beautiful are situated on the bank of Dal Lake and Zabarwan mountains in the background. The Shankaracharya Temple situated on a hillock provides a panoramic view of the entire city, Dal Lake and River Jhelum. The height of the temple is at 1100 ft. Above the surface level of the main city on the Shankaracharya hills known as Takht-e-Suleiman. Shiva temple is the oldest shrine Kashmir, which was constructed by Raja Gopadatya in the year 371 B.C.
In the evening we will visit the handicraft and handloom centers, famous for the production of Pashmina/Shahtoosh shawls, carpets etc. The handicraft is famous around the world. Your evening at leisure and overnight stay at the Houseboat/Hotel.
Shikara boat ride on Dal Lake is one of the relaxing, soothing integral parts of your Kashmir holiday.
Early morning before taking a breakfast we explore Dal Lake its waterways. We also visit the floating vegetable market in a traditional Shikara boat. It is a unique market which can only be witnessed in Thailand and Kashmir. En route we see many species of aquatic birds on the lake. Here you see nestling on surrounding trees on floating marshes used for growing vegetables by local people. It is an inherited and unique lifestyle living on the Lake for over a decade. It’s the time to return to houseboat/hotel and take your breakfast.
Post breakfast we drive to Gulmarg (Meadows of Flowers) 2730 m above the sea level. Check in the hotel of Gulmarg. Gulmarg is a huge cup-shaped meadow, with green & lush with slopes, hear the silence only by the tinkle of cowbells. Gulmarg is the venue of many Bollywood movies due to its breathtaking natural beauty. All around are snow-capped mountains. On a clear day, you will see all the way to Nanga Parbat mountain (8126 m) on one side and Srinagar on another side.
From Gulmarg a 6 km pony track that takes upward to Khilanmarg, Kongdoori and Seven Springs. The Apharwat peaks is Alpather Lake (3843 m) which is frozen until mid-June or even later. It is just 13 km away from Gulmarg at the foot of the twin 4511 m Apharwat peaks.
Alpather Lake makes your day exciting, starting from early morning and returning in the late evening. Gulmarg is also known as the world’s highest green golf courses with 18 holes as well as a clubhouse. It is a historical building in on its own. For a fun-filled ride of the most insole kind. The gondola ride which is newly constructed cable car (2.5 km) takes the people via pine-clad slopes, to Kongdoori (3930 m). During the winter Gulmarg becomes India’s premier skiing resort and during this time this is 2.5-km ropeway is used by skiers to reach the higher slopes.
After taking the breakfast day at leisure, explore the destination you want to enjoy on you too. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
(160 km/5 hrs approx)
After taking the breakfast early we start driving towards Pahalgam (Valley of Shepherds) via Srinagar. On arrival check in the hotel.
The route we visit the Saffron fields of Pampore and Avantipur ruins, 1100 years old temple of Lord Vishnu built by King Avantiwareman. This drive is via a beautiful pine forest, rice fields and shepherds grazing sheep, goats and cattle. Pahalgam was once a humble shepherds’ village with its great views. It is situated at the confluence of the stream flowing from the Sheshnag Lake and river Lidder. Around Pahalgam, there are many places of interest because it set between fairly steep hills.
The most beautiful place of these is the huge undulating meadow of Baisaran, surrounded by thick forests of pine. Hajan on the way to Chandwari is an ideal picnic spot. This has been the location of several Indian films scenes. In the afternoon have a walk around and click the pictures of magnificent view all around. You may also ride a horse with after paying an extra cost. Overnight stay at the hotel.
After the breakfast, the day is at leisure, explore the destinations at your own. Overnight stay at the hotel.
After the breakfast drive back to Srinagar which is 96 km its approx 3-hour journey. Check in the houseboat and take rest you can use this day for shopping and individual activities. Overnight stay at houseboat/hotel.
After taking breakfast we depart for a full day drive to Kargil via Sonmarg. Sonmarg means Meadow of gold is a backdrop of snowy mountains against the blue sky. During the drive, you will enjoy the incredible scenic beauty, gigantic mountains and dense pine forests. This place provides an ideal base for different trekking routes, high mountain lakes, glaciers and Sri Amarnath Holy Cave. The river meanders along here & abounds with Trout and Masheer. In fact, Sonmarg is the last halt on the Kashmir side for the drive from Srinagar to Leh. After Sonmarg the road is steep and rough till Zojila pass (3527 m) knows as “Gateway to Ladakh”. As you cross the Zozila Pass the topography changes the greenery of Kashmir valley replaced with rugged, dry mountain scenery of Ladakh Plateau against the deep blue sky. We continue our drive to the second coldest place in the world Drass. The first coldest place is Verkhoyansk in Siberia (Russia). Here we take a break for tea and passport check and then start to drive for Kargil. Check in the hotel after arrival.
(161 km/5 hours)
After enjoying the breakfast we start our journey towards Alchi via Lamyuru. On the way, we cross the high Passes, Namilkala (3718 m), Fotul (4094 m) and visit the huge rock-cut statue of Lord Buddha in Mulbekh Lamayuru Monastery (106 km from Kargil). This is one of the oldest Monastery in Ladakh which was founded by Rinchen Zangpo in the 10th Century. The Monastery is located amidst the massive mountains. The spectacular setting of this Monastery is popular for the collection of carpets, Thangkas and frescoes have been attracting the tourists from around the world over a long period of time. After visiting the Monastery we start our drive towards Alchi which is 55 km from Lamayuru. Approx 5 km before Alchi we reach at Uleytokpo Camp and check-in the Camp.
After the breakfast, we drive towards Alchi (5 km from Uleytokpo Camp). It is just before Alchi we drive across the mighty River Indus over the bridge and reach Ladakh’s Alchi Monastery.
Over a century old, its wall painting is similar to those of the Tabo monastery in Spiti (Himachal Pradesh). Generally, the monasteries are on a cliff top or cling to a mountainside, Alchi is at ground level and is nestled in the shade of a garden.
We drive to Likir 16 km and visit the Likir Monastery, situated at the top of a windy cliff overlooking the beautiful village of Likir. This was founded in the 12th Century, but the present construction dates back to the 18th century as the original one which was destroyed by fire. The courtyard of the monastery has a yellow colored 3 story high mammoth statue of the Buddha, constructed by a resident monk. The top floor has an impressive museum contains old thangkas and weapons used many centuries before.
From Likir we drive 9 km to Basgo, an important center in the old days. It was the capital of lower Ladakh when the kingdom was divided between the 15th and 16th centuries. We visit the ruins of the Royal Palace at Basgo, Ser Zung Temple known as great frescoes and finally the temple with an enormous gold and copper statue of the Maitreya Buddha.
We drive to Leh the capital of Ladakh and check-in-hotel. Evening at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel.
After taking the tasty breakfast we leave you on a full day tour of the monasteries around Leh, visit Shankar, Spituk and Phyang monasteries. In the afternoon we walk around Leh and visit Leh Market, Leh Gompa and Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace ruins. Overnight stay at the hotel.
After taking the breakfast we drive towards Tso Moriri Lake. From the Leh, we reach Upshi on Leh- Manali road and then turn to another valley driving along the Indus river. This is one of the most interesting areas that go through narrow valleys, rocky paths, sandy deserts and out vehicle crosses a number of mountains streams. On the way to visit Chumathang, popular for its hot spring, which has medicinal properties and Sumdah Village from where Korzok village is 55 km. Little before Tso Moriri Lake, we drive past a small green valley famous for wild Marmots known as Phya. We arrive at Korzok village in the evening and check-in the Camps that is a little far from the village. Korzok is the only village near Tso Moriri Lake, is the only permanent settlement in the Rupshu region. The approximate population of this place is 500 people. The few barley fields at Karzok is one of the highest cultivation in the world. By the evening we visit Korzok Monastery. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.
Today you are free to explore the Lake area, Korzok Monastery and the village. The lake has brackish water, 8 km wide and 28 km long. This water is considered sacred by the local population. The surrounding of the lake is beautiful and its reflection of the opposite mountains is shimmering clear blue waters of the lake is one of the most breathtaking sights. The lake is a breeding ground for different species of the birds like Great Crested Grebe, Brahmini ducks, Bar Headed Geese, Brown-headed Gull, etc. The region has a large number of Tibetan Wild Ass (Kiangs). It is hard to spot them roaming around the groups. Your dinner and overnight stay at the camp.
After the breakfast, we visit the nearby Korzok Monastery and then drive towards Mahe village. The drive turns left towards the Puga Valley, grassy plain with a small sacred stream, sulfur springs and shooting fountain. Continue drive to Tsokar via Polokongka Pass and visit Tso Khar. The salt deposit around it, that’s why it is called the White Lake. The salt collected from this lake is sold all over Ladakh. This place is also famous for Kiangs (Tibetan Wild Ass) generally, they are seen here grazing and moving in the groups. After a short drive, we reach Leh-Manali road. Continue to drive towards Leh via Tanglanga Pass, the third highest motorable point in the world. During the drive, you will see the Rumste, Gya, Miru and Lato. By the evening we reach Leh check-in the hotel for. Overnight stay at the hotel.
After the breakfast, we proceed towards the Indus Valley Monastery Tour. The trip starts from the visit to Shey, the ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamani with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue. Then we visit the Thiksey Monastery, which is an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. This monastery has 30m high gold plated beautiful statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future.
Now we start driving to the visit of the famous Hemis Monastery, which is founded in the year 1630 by Stag-tsang-ras-pa under the royal patronage of Sennage Namgyal. It is one of the largest and richest monasteries of Ladakh. The two-day festival of the monastic dance in July/August which has raised the popularity of this monastery. This festival is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as second Buddha and responsible for spreading Buddhism in the Tibetan World.
Later we visit the Stock Palace, the Royal residence of the King of Stok & the Museum which has a rich collection of ancient Ladakhi artefacts, including old Thangkas, arms and armouny, precious stones, the Queen’s necklace and the crown of the King of Ladakh artifacts including old Thangkas, precious stones, arms and armoury. The Queen’s necklace and the crown of the King of Ladakh is popular among others. Then we drive back to Leh. Overnight stay at the hotel.
After the early breakfast, we send you to the Airport to catch the flight to Delhi. As you arrive Delhi our representative would assist you at the airport and take you to the hotel for check-in. Take rest, this is the time for leisure and shopping. Overnight stay at the hotel.
(220 km/5 hrs)
After the early breakfast, we drive to Agra the erstwhile capital of great Mughals. Taj Majal in Agra city is fascinated by Indian as well as foreigners. The city Agra is situated on the West bank of river Yamuna the places to see here are Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal. This is one the great mankind most remarkable creations.
In Agra city, we visit the incredible architectural excellence of Taj, built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. The next place we visit is Agra Fort, built for the purpose of the military establishment by Akbar in 1565. The red sandstone Agra Fort was partially converted into the place during Shah Jahan’s time. This massive Fort is 2.5 km long and considered as the processor of the Delhi’s Red Fort. In the end, if we will have sufficient time, then we visit Sikandra.
After the breakfast at the hotel, your journey will start towards Delhi. Arrive Delhi and take dinner and later we transfer you to the International airport for your onward travel to your next destination. This day we don’t provide any accommodation for you.
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