Trip Title: Diversity of Kashmir & Ladakh | Destination: Srinagar + Ladakh |Type: Culture | Duration: 08nights / 9days | Best time: Mid of June to end of Sep | Grade: Moderate Maximum | Altitude: 5602m/ 18380ft
Highlights: Dal Lake, Sonamarg, Kargil, Mulbekh, Lamayuru, Alchi, Magnetic Hill Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Likir, Leh Town, Shanti Stupa,, Shey, Thiksey Hemis Pangong Lake, Khardung-La world’s highest motorable Road & Nubra Valley.
Overview: Your journey will begin in Kashmir experience the unique experience of house boat of Dal lake and Nagin lake drive across Zojila the gate way to Ladakh then enter into Kargil, unique culture of Shia muslim, visit 2nd century rock carved of maitrey ay Milbekh, cross over Fotola highest pass between Leh and Srinagar, finally reach Leh once used to be trading centre of central Asia, enroute visit Lamayuru and Alchi monasteries, explore the magic lake of Pangong and Nubra valley.
Day 01: Arrive Srinagar Airport
On arrival you will be transferred to the house boat, evening 30 mins Shikara ride on the lake. Overnight stay at the houseboat (Breakfast/Dinner)
Day 02: Srinagar Sonamarg Kargil 7/8 hrs drive 250 Kms Sonamarg- the Meadow of Gold Departs from Srinagar as per road opening timings.
The drive to Sonamarg is another spectacular facet of country side in Kashmir in Sindh Valley. The Sindhu Valley is the largest tributary of the valley of Kashmir. Drive to Kargil the road passes through the panoramic village reach Sonamarg (2740mtrs.) After Sonamarg most rough road and wet Zojila pass 3527 Mtrs (Gateway of Ladakh). Continue drive towards Drass (The second coldest inhibited place in the world). Another two and half hours drive will take us to Kargil (2710Mtrs) which has got its importance after opening the Ladakh for tourists in 1974. Overnight stay at the hotel. (Breakfast/ Lunch /Dinner)
Day 03 Kargil to Leh 6/7 Hrs drive
Depart from Kargil after early Breakfast, en-route visiting the monastery of mulbekh & lamayuru & Moonlandscape passing through Namkila & Fatula passes. The highest pass on the Srinagar- Leh road and proceed to Leh enroute visit 1000 year old Alchi monastery the only Gompa in Ladakh region on flat ground. Thereafter proceed to the Likir monastery to visit the splendid three storeys Dharma Wheel Gompa. Here you’ll be awestruck with the sight of the massive Buddha statues. Indus & Zanskar river sangam, drive along the Indus river visiting, Pathar Sahib Gurudwara and Magnetic Hill (where the cars defy gravity), further on to Leh hall of fame (which has a museum of the Kargil war memorabilia) Overnight stay at the hotel. (Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner)
Day 04: Tour of Hemis, Thiksey Shey monastery 3 Idiots School Campus Sindhu Darshan.
After a leisurely breakfast, we drive to visit Hemis Monastary situated 45 km west of Leh; Hemis is the largest and the wealthiest monastery in Ladakh. From Hemis, you are driven back taking the same route to visit Thiksey monastery, located on a hill-lock with formidable views of the Indus valley. Thiksey is especially noteworthy for its gigantic seated statue of the Maiteya and is also known for its (Dukhang) assembly hall which houses hundreds of rectangular prayer books. Stacked between wooden covers and bound in silk. After that we continue to drive through series of chortens to visit shey palace the former summer palace of the king of Ladakh. 3 Idiots School Campus Sindhu Darshan visit. Overnight stay at the hotel. (Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner)
Day 05: Tour of Khardungla Pass 18380Ft. Nubra Valley and Hundur Sand Dunes- Drive 2120kms4/5hrs
After breakfast drive to Nubra Valley via Khardungla (highest motorable road in the world18, 380ft) Arrive at Hundur by afternoon. Rest of the day, post lunch free to explore Deskit , Hunder villages and camel safari in Sand Dunes between Deskit and Hunder village. Overnight stay at the camp (Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner)
Day 06: After Breakfast proceed to Diskit monastery which in 515 years old
After breakfast visit Deskit monastery and drive back to Leh by same Route, crossing Khardungla Pass. Reach Leh by afternoon. Evening free time at leisure to explore Leh market. Overnight stay at the hotel (Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner)
Day 07: Tour of Pangong Lake- It is the highest land locked lake (155 Kms one way)
After early breakfast leave for Pangong Lake (14,500ft) through Changla pass 17,350 ft. it is the third highest motorable road in the world . Arrive Pangong Lake it is the highest salt water lake in the world, shared by two countries India & China. Enjoy the beauty of the lake on the banks of Pangong lake while appreciating the changing colors and fascinating high altitude of the lake. Overnight stay at the hotel (Breakfast/Lunch/ Dinner)
Day 08: Drive back to Leh, evening Leh palace and Shanti Stupa
After breakfast visit lake at sunrise, drive back to Leh, late afternoon visit Leh palace & Shanti Stupa, later in the evening walk around local market. Overnight stay at the hotel (Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner)
Day 09: Depart Leh
In the morning transfer to the airport to board the flight for your onward destination.
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|Pangong Sarai Camp/ Shambhala camp/ Royal camp||Pangong sarai camp/ Shambhala camp/ royal camp||Pangong sarai camp/ Shambhala camp/ royal camp||Pangong hermitage luxury camp|
- Assistance upon arrival and departure
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis as per itinerary listed above or similar
- Accommodation on breakfast +lunch+ dinner (only packed lunch will be provided during long day trips)
- Srinagar accommodation with breakfast + dinner
- 30 minutes Sikara ride in Dal Lake.
- Return airport transfer along with all sightseeing by non ac Innova/ Xylo (06 Pax in per Car , 08 Pax onward vehicle will be tempo traveler)
- Environmental fee
- All taxes
Cost does not includes
- Airfares, items of any personal nature such as drinks, tips/ gratuities, etc.
- Extra hotel nights due to night cancellation, extra expenses incurred due to mishandled luggage, any insurance