Kashmir with Ladakh
Duration : 9 Nights / 10 Days
Destinations : Srinagar - Gulmarg - Pahalgam - Leh - Sonamarg - Kargil - Leh - Nubra Valley - Pangong Lake - Leh
Arrive Srinagar airport, assistance on arrival & proceed to hotel/ houseboat check-in.
Srinagar is also known as 'paradise on earth' & 'The Venice of Asia'. Afternoon leave for sightseeing tour of Mughal Gardens visiting Cheshmashahi (The Royal Spring), Nishat (The Garden of Ple asure), Shalimar (The Adobe of Love) & famous Shankaryacharya temple. Dinner & overnight at houseboat.
Day 02 Srinagar - Sonamarg- Srinagar (85 kms one way)
After breakfast leave houseboat / hotel & proceed for full Day excursion tour of Sonamarg. (9600 fts a.s.l) "The Golden Meadow" Sonamarg is the beginning of the enchanted journey into a natural wonderland. Surrounded by mountains upto 5300 meters high the valley is divided by spur of the "Thajwas Range". Return back to Srinagar for Dinner & overnight in houseboat
Day 03 Srinagar- Gulmarg -Srinagar (58 kms one way)
After breakfast leave houseboat / hotel & proceed for full Day excursion tour of Gulmarg (8700 fts a, s,l) 'Meadow of Flowers'. Gulmarg has a famous golf course during summer (which is one of the highest 18-hole golf course in the world) & ski Resort during winter. Return back to Srinagar for dinner & overnight in houseboat.
Day 04 Srinagar - Pahalgam - Srinagar (96 kms one way)
After breakfast leave hotel/houseboat & proceed for full Day excursion tour Pahalgam (7200 fts a.s.l) 'Village of Shepherds" enroute visiting the world famous Saffron growing fields. Awatipora ruins (9th Century) & Mart and Temple (Sun temple). Pahalgam is famous for Indian film Industry, some trekking routes & also base camp for Amarnath Pilgrimage. Return back to Srinagar for dinner & overnight in houseboat.
Day 05 : Srinagar - Kargil - via Sonamarg
After early breakfast leave for Sonmarg. The drive to this beautiful meadow is also as spectacular as the place itself. Driving through the Sindhu valley, you get to see another aspect of Kashmir. Encircled by snow-covered mountains, Sonamarg is a place of enchanting beauty, surrounded by dense forests, full of sycamore and alpine flowers, silver birch, fir and pine, the meadow presents a captivating sight.
Continue your drive towards Kargil. Region is blend of soothing green of Kashmir valley and rugged brown beauty of Ladakh. Cross Zoji - la (3527 mts), at a distance of 23 km. Continue, drive towards Drass. By now you see barren hills with only the top portion splattered with snow. Continue your drive & reach Kargil by evening. Stay overnight in Kargil.
Day 06 : Kargil - Leh via Alchi
Depart from Kargil after early Breakfast, en-route visit Lamayuru& Moon landscape passing through Namkila&Fatula, The highest pass on the Srinagar- Leh road. Later do sightseeing of 1000 year old Alchimonastery,the only Gompa in Ladakh region on flat ground. Thereafter proceed to the Likir Monastrey to visit the splendid three storeys Dharma Wheel Gompa. Here you'll be impressed with the sight of the massive Buddha statues.
Drive through Indus &ZanskarRiver
Confluence, drive along the Indus River visiting Pathar Sahib
Gurdwaraand Magnetic Hill (where the cars resist gravity). Stay
overnight in Leh.
Day 07 : Leh - Khardungla - Nubra Valley
Drive is about 120 kms / 5 hrs - one way Highlight – Enjoy the freezing temperature at Khardung La. Ensure you carry heavy winter clothes.
After early breakfast, carry packed lunch. Drive through Khardungla - World's highest motorable road at 18832 feet above sea level. At Khardungla the snow-capped peaks and the mountain views are amazing. The road then passes through a bridge laid on Glacier which finds its way in Guinness Book of world records. Drive through the valley which is extremely beautiful for photography.
Nubra Valley is the Oasis of Ladakh as you see some colorful trees in this region. Later reach your camp & visit Sand Dunes. Generally you will get to see Double humped Bactrian camels. Enjoy time at the Sand Dunes of Nubra valley spread across Hundur Village. Have dinner at the camp.
Stay overnight in Nubra
DAY 08: Nubra - Diskit - Leh
After Breakfast proceed to Diskit with packed lunch. Visit Diskitmonastery which is 515 years old&situated on a hill top, giving panoramic view of the valley. Panamik, the last village on this circuit, was at that time a busy trade center & the last major settlement before the caravans Proceed back to Leh.
Later cross Khardungla Pass once again and reach Leh. and evening visit to Leh Palace & Shanti Stupa, Overnight stay in Hotel
09 : Leh - Pangong Lake
Drive is about 155 kms / 5 hrs - one way. Highlight - It is the highest land locked lake After an early breakfast leave for Pangong Lake with packed lunch. Drive is through Changla pass (5,486 Mtrs). Pangong Lake situated at 14,000 feet (4,267 m) above sea level. A long narrow basin of inland water body is hardly six to seven kilometer at its widest point and over 130km long; it is bisected by the international border between India and China. A few years back the government decided to open it to tourists, though the lake and its surrounding is under army surveillance. Enjoy the landscape in the back drop of the Lake. One rarely feels so close to nature and the scenery is unforgettable. Have dinner at the camp. Stay overnight in Pangong.
Day 1004 : Pangong - Leh
Early Morning breakfast back to leh via crossing the Chang-la pass (alt: 17370 ft.) and Leh Sightseeing visit Shey Palace, Thiksey Monastery & Stok Palace Museum. Post lunch drive to visit Hall of Fame, Kali Mata (Temple of Guardians in Spituk monastery), Arrive hotel in Leh for dinner and overnight.
Day 11 :- Departure Leh
Early morning transfer to the airport for taking the flight back home.