Kashmir and Ladakh


This program is an Amalgamation of Paradise on earth and territory of Buddhism. A lot to explore with nice start at Houseboat at Dal lake, Shikara ride, excellent Mughal gardens, Snow capped mountains, ropeway to approach at top of the mountain for 360 degree view, war memorial, combination of greenery and deserted landscape side by side, beautiful monasteries, monks, valley, confluence of Holy Indus and Zanskar river, Pangong lake, Shanti stupa, rustic palaces, Magnetic hill, Buddhist culture and many more. 

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    Upon arrival at Delhi airport you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel.

    Overnight at hotel.

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    DAY 2 : DELHI / SRINAGAR (By Flight) 

    Upon arrival in Srinagar meet you assistance at airport transfer to the House Boat. Srinagar is the J&K’s summer capital and jammu is the winter capital. Kashmir is one of the most beautiful region of India. The Mughal rulers of India were always happy to retreat from the heat of the plains to the cool green heights of Kashmir. Later Shikara ride in Dal Lake.

    Meals and overnight stay at House Boat.

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    Breakfast at House boat.

    Morning start the city tour, visiting Mughal gardens, with terraced lawns, cascading fountains, paint-box-bright flowerbeds with the panorama of the Dal in front of them - the three Mughal Gardens of Chesmashahi, Nishat garden and Shalimar garden are the Mughal Emperors' concept of paradise and are today very popular places for picnics and excursions. Nishat was designed in 1633 AD by Asaf Khan, brother of Nur Jahan. Pari Mahal has a charmingly laid out garden and is a five-minute drive from Cheshmashahi. Later Visit Shankaracharya Temple one of the most revered Hindu pilgrimage destinations in Srinagar, the Shankaracharya Temple is located atop a hill. The great saint Shankaracharya is supposed to have stayed here when he visited Kashmir in the early part of the ninth century with the primary aim of spreading the philosophy of Vedanta. This perhaps led to the renaming of the temple as Shankaracharya Temple.

    Dinner and overnight in House Boat.

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    DAY 4 : SRINAGAR / GULMARG (2650m) (55 KM/02H00)

    Breakfast at House boat.

    Drive to Gulmarg. Gulmarg's legendary beauty, prime location and proximity to Srinagar make it one of the premier hill resorts in the country. Originally called ‘Gaurimarg’ by shepherds, its present name was given in the 16th century by Sultan Yusuf Shah, who was inspired by the sight of its grassy slopes emblazoned with wild flowers. Today Gulmarg is not merely a mountain resort of exceptional beauty- it also has the highest green golf course in the world, at an altitude of 2,650 m, and is the country's premier ski resort in the winter. Gondola ride (cable cart) to reach at the height of mountains to enjoy the of snow caped mountains and 360 degree natural view .

    Dinner and overnight in hotel.

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    DAY 5 : GULMARG / KARGIL (255 KM/06H30)

    Breakfast at hotel.

    Drive to Kargil via Sonamarg (2740mt) is the last major town before Ladakh. Sonamarg is an excellent base for trekking. We drive over Zoji La Pass (3529mt). Zoji La pass is the watershed between Kashmir valley and Ladakh region. On one side you have the green, lush scenery of Kashmir while on the other side everything is barren and dry. Drass is the first main village after the pass, from here another 56 km to Kargil, upon arrival check-in in hotel. Visit Suru Velley, Suru Valley is famous not just as the most fertile, but also as the most picturesque valley in all of Ladakh. Kargil war memorial, one that you should not miss out on as it is an important part of India’s history. Built in pink sandstone, it commemorates the soldiers of the Indian Army who lost their lives in the Kargil War.    

    Dinner and overnight at hotel.

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    Breakfast at hotel.

    Drive to Mulbek monestry, you can visit beautiful monestry and 8m-high Maitreya statue, an image of future Buddha, cut into the rock face and dating back about 700 AD, this village name called Mulbek it is the first Buddhist village after Kargil. Drive via Futo La pass (4147mt), the route’s highest pass, then Namika La Pass (3760m), on the way visit Lamayuru, which is famous for its its spectacularly odd geological formations. Lamayuru monastery is ancient, built into the ‘moonscape’. It has some beautiful frescoes and frightening masks. monastery. Packed Lunch.

    Dinner and overnight at Ule Ethnic Resort.

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    Breakfast at Resort.

    Drive to visit ALCHI GOMPA, One of its walls features thousands of miniature sized pictures of the Buddha. Three large sized images made of clay and painted brightly are its focal attractions. No longer an active religious center, it is looked after by monks from the Liker monastery. This is the only monastery amongst 34 monasteries, which is not located on a hilltop. After lunch visit RIDZONG GOMPA- Rizong is the most isolated monastery of all the monastery of Ladakh.  Lamas used to meditate for years cutting themselves from the rest of the world except for a one feet square outlet window from where they accept something from outside world. Around one KM below the Rizong monastery; around 20 Nuns resides at Chulichan who provide food and clothes to the monks and perform morning and evening prayers,

    Dinner and overnight at Uletokpo.

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    DAY 8 : ULETOKPO /LIKIR / LEH (80 KM/04H00)

    Breakfast at Resort.

    Morning drive to Leh and on the way visit Likir monastery, Founded in the 11th century and rededicated to a different monastic order in the 15th century, its earlier Gompa was destroyed in a fire. The present Gompa is dated back to the 18th century. Skilled craftsmen producing excellent Thankas, earthen pots and carved wooden folding stools, live here in the village. Majestically situated, Likir commands a spectacular view. On arrival check at hotel in Leh and Lunch. Free time for personal activities.

    Dinner and overnight at hotel.

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    DAY 9 : LEH - PANGONG LAKE (4300 Mtrs) (235 KM/07H00)

    Breakfast at hotel.

    Early morning leave for Pangong Lake with packed Lunch. Pangong lake is the largest brackish lake in Asia, with a larger part of it extending into Tibet. The lake is 130 KM long and 5 KM at its widest point with half of it running to the other side of the Indo-China border. Despite of being a salt-water lake, it freezes completely during winter. Being at the border, the furthest point one is allowed to go to, is Spangmik, about 7 KM along its western bank, but it is enough to take back the most beautiful memories of Ladakh. The very barren-ness and vastness of the area contributes to its striking beauty. Above Spangmik, one can see the glaciers and snowcapped peaks of the Pangong range.

    Dinner and overnight at camp.

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    Breakfast at the camp.

    Morning drive with packed lunch back to Leh via Chang la pass 5300 mt, on the way visit Thiksey  Monastery, located about 17 KM south of Leh, this monastery of characteristic beauty is probably the most photographed, and also the best place around Leh to see a puja. It is a magnificent complex with its red and yellow main building rising grandly above the numerous monk cells. The Chamba lhakhang (house of God for the Buddha to come) was built in 1980 in honour of the Dalai Lama. The roof of this monastery provides a panoramic view with the Zanskar range in the backdrop. Visit Sindhu Ghat, the place for the Sindhu Darshan festival at the bank of Indus river.

    Dinner and overnight at hotel.

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    Breakfast at hotel.

    Morning drive to Indus valley to visit  SHEY PALACE AND GOMPA - Situated on a hillock 15 KM upstream from Leh, it was once the residence of the royal family. According to tradition, it was the seat of power of the pre-Tibetan kinds. THIKSEY GOMPA - 19 KM from Leh, spectacularly sited, Thiksey is one of the largest and architecturally most impressive Gompas. This is also called mini potala palace. HEMIS GOMPA - 40 KM from Leh, it is the wealthiest, best known and biggest Gompa of Ladakh. Its popularity stems from the major annual festival held here in summer. The festival is in honor of Guru Padma Sambhava’s birth anniversary. It also has the largest Thanka in Ladakh which is unfurled once in 12 years. Lunch at a local restaurant / hotel.  STOK PALACE & MUSEUM - The palace of the banished royal family, Stok has a museum which displays fabulous period costumes and jewelry of the royalty along with exquisite Thankas representing the life style of Shakya Muni. Interesting historical objects like coins, arms or weapons, precious jades and porcelain too can be seen here. Return back to hotel.  

    Dinner and overnight at hotel.

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    Breakfast at hotel.

    In time transfer to airport to board your flight for onwards destinations. Assistance on arrival and transfer in the city Visit Jama Masjid, biggest mosque of India constructed in 17th Century. Drive past Red fort. Visit Raj Ghat, memorial of Mahatma Gandhi. Orientation tour of New Delhi, India Gate (war memorial), Parliament house, President house and Embassy area. Visit Bangla Sahib Gurudwara (Sikh temple) - is an impressive religious complex with gleaming Golden dome. The most impressive part of this temple is its prayers, music and songs, its sacred basin, its community kitchen and free meals. Free time in famous market of Delhi Connaught Place. In the evening transfer to the airport to take the flight for your onwards destination.

    Overnight on board.