Trip Title: Overland – Highways to Ladakh Destination: Srinagar + Ladakh Type: culture Duration: 10 nights/ 11 days 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 and 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 maître ay Mulbekh, cross over Fotola highest pass between Leh and Srinagar, finaly 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. Enjoy the most magnificent road journey from Leh to Manali.
Day 01: Arrive – Srinagar
Arrival at Srinagar airport, transfer to hotel/ houseboat, evening Shikara ride and overnight stay at hotel/ houseboat. (Breakfast/ Dinner)
Day 02: Srinagar- Sonamarg- Kargil(7/8 hrs drive 205 kms)- Sonamarg – the meadow of gold
After breakfast depart from Srinagar as per road opening timings. The drive to Sonamarg (85kms) 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 (62 kms from Sonamarg) 3527 mtrs (Gateway of Ladakh). Continue drive towards Drass, 40kms from Zojila pass. (The second coldest inhibited place in the world). Another 58kms, 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 7/8 hrs drive 235kms.
Depart from Kargil after early breakfast, en- route visit the monastery of Mulbekh, situated 45km from Kargil and 260 km from Leh, Monastery is famous for its two Gompa and the nine meter tall statue of Maitreya Buddha. After drive to Lamayuru (65kms from Mulbekh) Lamayuru monastery is the oldest and one of the largest monasteries in Ladakh region. The Monastery belongs to Red –Hat sect of Buddhism, after drive to Alchi (60 kms from lamayuru), Sightseeing of 1000 year old Alchi Monastery the only Gompa in Ladakh region on flat ground. After 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), Overnight stay at hotel. (Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner)
Day 04: Leh- Hemis, Thiksey and Shey palace- Shanti Stupa & Market (100kms)
After a leisurely breakfast, we drive to visit Hemis monastery 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. Thikset is especially noteworthy for its gigantic seated statue of the Maitreya 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. Overnight stay at the hotel. Evening drive to visit Shanti Stupa & Leh Palace, later in the evening walk around local market. Overnight stay at hotel. (Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner).
Day 05: Tour of Kahardungla pass 18380ft. Nubra valley and Hunder Sand Dunes- drive 120kms4/5hrs.
After breakfast drive to Nubra Valley via Khardungla (highest Motorable road in the world, 18,380ft) 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 07: Tour of Pangong Lake- (15kms 05 -06 hrs)
After early breakfast leave for Pangong Lake (14, 500ft). through Changla pass 17,350 ft. it is the 3rd highest motorable road in the world. Arrive Pangong Lake it is the highest salt water Lake in the world. Shared by two countries India and 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 camp. (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Day 08: Pangong Lake – Leh
Morning walk around Lake, after breakfast drive back to Leh, overnight stay at hotel (Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner).
Day 09: Leh- Taglang La- Lachulung La – Nakee La – Sarchu 4,290 m (14,070ft) 255 kms
After breakfast drive from Leh to Sarchu, en- route crossing Taglang La pass, 110 kms from Leh (Tanglang pass, which is at a hight of 5350 mts and is the second highest motorable pass in the world). Lachulung La pass (88kms from taglang la pass) at 5,065 m (16,616 ft). Nakee LA pass (20 kms from Lachulung la) at 4,739 m (15,547ft).continuous drive to Sarchu (37kms). Sarchu is the last inhabited point in Himachal Pradesh on the Manali – Leh route- which is regarded as one of the highest highways in the world. Over night at camp in Sarchu 4,290 m (14,070ft). (Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner)
Day 10: Sarchu- Baralacha La Pass – Zingzingbar- Darcha- Jispa- Rohtang Pass- Manali (240kms 06-07)
After breakfast drive to Manali, en- route we cross Baralacha La pass (40kms from Sarchu) 5,030m (16,500 ft). After we cross Zingzingbar (18kms from Baralacha La pass) 4,270 m (14,010ft) after drive to darcha 33kms from Zingzingbar, after drive toward Jispa(10kms from Darcha). We will see the beautiful village Jispa. The village is situated at the junction of two nullahs with the main river Bhaga. Jispa has a very large dry river- bed, a rarity in Lahual, proceed to Rohtang pass 3978 M (88kms from Jispa) is most popular with visitors, being one of the highest road point and gateway to LAHAUL and SPITI valleys. Pass remains closed during winter due to heavy snow from November end to May end. After driver toward Manali (52kms) arrive at Manali and overnight stay at hotel. (Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner)
Day 11: Depart Manali
In the morning transfer to bus stand or check out from hotel.
|Dix house boat||Dix house boat||Dix house boat||Dix house boat|
|Dzogila / zojila Residency||Dzogila / zojila Residency||Dzogila / zojila Residency||Dzogila / zojila Residency|
|Three roses/ Naro/ Cho Palace||The Kaal Omasila / Mansrover/ Caravan Centre/ Ladakh inn||Ladakh residency/ Shangri- La / Spic n Span/ Ladakh Palace/ Druk/ Singee Palace Premium||The grand dragon Zen resort/ Ladakh Sarai Resort|
|Nibra sarai camp/ sand dune camp/ Apple cottage||Nibra sarai camp/ sand dune camp/ Apple cottage||Hundur Sarai Yurt/ hundur resort/ Karma inn hotel||Hundur Sarai Yurt/ hundur resort/ Karma inn hotel|
|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|
|Mulkila adventure camp/ goldrop camp||Mulkila adventure camp/ goldrop camp||Mulkila adventure camp/ goldrop camp||Mulkila adventure camp/ goldrop camp|
|Orchid green/ manali inn||Orchid green/ manali inn||Orchid green/ manali inn||Orchid green/ manali inn|
- 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
- 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 flight cancellation, extra expenses incurred due to mishandled luggage, any insurance.
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