Essence Of Kashmir And Ladakh

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Get spectacular views of the valleys of Srinagar, Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Sonamarg. Visit the royal gardens of the Mughals in Srinagar. Enjoy the magnificent vistas of the snow-clad Himalayan peaks as you ride on a Shikara boat on the Dal Lake. Discover ruins of ancient Hindu temples on the way from Gulmarg to Pahalgam. Get sweeping views of the Himalayan valley on a cable car ride in Gulmarg, which is also the highest ropeway cable in the world. Drive up the world’s highest motor-able pass at an elevation of 17,852 ft Find solace in the awe-inspiring Tibetan Buddhist monasteries of Ladakh. Live in a Tent with all basic amenities in the middle of a high altitude desert Lose yourself in the serene surroundings of the Pangong-Tso Lake. Transport in a private chauffeur driven air-conditioned vehicle including hotel pick-up and drop-off.

Details

Duration: 15 Days
Starts in: Delhi

Operated by:

GeTS Holidays

GeTS Holidays is an online tour operator and provides complete India tour solutions to domestic and foreign tourists.

Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVE DELHI

On arrival at Delhi international airport, our representative will greet you. After the warm welcome transfer to the hotel and relax. Dinner and overnight stay in Delhi.

DAY 2: DELHI – SRINAGAR (BY FLIGHT)

After breakfast, check-out and transfer to the airport for your flight to Srinagar. On arrival at Srinagar Airport, our company representative will greet you with a warm welcome and then escort you to your Houseboat in Srinagar. Check-in and relax. In the evening, enjoy a Shikara ride (a traditional Kashmir-style boat) on the Dal Lake. Dinner and overnight stay in Srinagar Houseboat.

DAY 3: SRINAGAR

After breakfast, you will proceed for Srinagar sightseeing tour. Srinagar located 5,200 ft., is also known as "Paradise on Earth" and is one of India’s top tourist draws. Explore the famous Mughal Gardens portraying the fine example of Mughal style of garden design and architecture. The Mughal gardens are a combination of three renowned gardens developed over a period of time during the 17th century. The Shalimar bagh (the Abode of Love) - the largest was laid by Emperor Jehangir in 1619, Nishat bagh (the Garden of Pleasure) - a beautiful terraced garden with a backdrop of the beautiful mountains, and the Chashme-Shahi (the Royal Spring) - one of the most charming of the gardens along the banks of the Dal Lake, was laid by emperor Shah Jahan in 1632. Dinner and overnight stay in Srinagar Houseboat.

DAY 4: SRINAGAR – PAHALGAM (92 KM/2.5 HRS APPROX)

After breakfast you will check-out of the houseboat / hotel and drive to Pahalgam (7,200 ft.) or "Valley of Shepherds". Pahalgam is a scenic hill station and a popular shooting location for the Indian Film Industry (Bollywood). It is also famous for its trekking routes and is the base camp for Amarnath Pilgrimage. On the way to Pahalgam, you’ll cover places such as the world-famous saffron growing fields, Awantipura ruins (dating to 9th Century) with remnants of number of ancient Hindu temples built during the reign of King Awanti Varman who ruled Kashmir during the 9th century, and Martand Temple (Sun temple). On arrival in Pahalgam, check-in to the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Pahalgam.

DAY 5: PAHALGAM

This day after breakfast, enjoy free time exploring the natural beauty of Pahalgam. Proceed to Chandanwari (9,500 ft.), 16 Kms from Pahalgam, which is also the starting point of pilgrimage to Amarnath, "the abode of Lord Shiva". Take a Jeep ride trip to Baisaran meadows, often dubbed as Mini Switzerland of India. Also, visit the extremely picturesque Aru Valley and Betaab valley. Dinner and overnight in Pahalgam.

DAY 6: PAHALGAM – GULMARG (140 KM/4 HRS APPROX)

After breakfast, check-out and drive to Gulmarg (8,500 ft.) popularly known as the "Meadow of Flowers". During summers it has a functional 18-hole golf course, probably the highest in the world and in winters, and a premier Ski resort. Check-in at the hotel, rest for a while and get ready for a Gondola ride, the world’s second highest operating cable car ride that goes up to the height of 13,780 ft. from the base of Mt. Apharwat, which has the Gondola's ticket office. From here you are ferried to Phase I. You need to take another gondola lift to get to Phase II. The gondola passes over the beautiful pine forests, over lush green hilly terrain offering a panoramic view of the picturesque surroundings. A short hike of 1.5 km, brings you to Alpather lake, a stunning natural attraction at the foot of the twin Apharwat peaks. It is a picturesque serene water body, triangular in shape, embraced by Rocky Mountains and endless meadows that are covered with wildflowers. Alpather lake is undoubtedly "nature photographer's" delight. If 1.5 km walk does not suit, you can hire a pony to take you to the Alpather lake. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight in Gulmarg.

DAY 7: GULMARG – SONAMARG (125 KM/3.5 HRS APPROX)

After breakfast in Gulmarg, we will embark on a scenic countryside drive to Sonamarg, a journey absolutely worth it, as beautiful Himalayan peaks surround you while you chase the snow-capped mountains. On reaching Sonamarg, check-in to your hotel. Dinner and overnight in Sonamarg.

DAY 8: SONAMARG – KARGIL (122 KM/3.2 HRS APPROX)

After enjoying breakfast, head out to enjoy the natural beauty of Sonamarg. Sonamarg is blessed with world of natural wonders combined with flower-laden meadows, panoramic vistas of the snow-covered Himalayan peaks, and number of hiking and trekking trails that lead to the high altitude Himalayan Lakes and peaks. The valley is home to a variety of mountain peaks. In Sonamarg, you can do some nature walks to unwind yourselves. Afternoon, head out to enjoy the natural beauty of Sonamarg "the meadow of Gold" located at 9,000 ft., it mesmerizes one with snow-capped mountains set against a spectacular blue sky. The Sindh River flows through the valley. After lunch, drive to Kargil, en route visit the War Memorial in Dras. Arrive and check-in at hotel. Dinner and overnight in Kargil.

DAY 9: KARGIL – LEH (216 KM/5 HRS APPROX)

After breakfast, check-out and drive to Leh, en-route visit Alchi and Lamayuru. Arrive in Leh, check-in at hotel. (Travelling to Leh requires your body to adjust or acclimatize to the high altitude terrain. Hence, we advise you to rest for the entire time, after reaching Leh, until the next day.) Dinner and overnight in Leh

DAY 10: LEH

After breakfast, explore Leh. Visit Hall of Fame built in memory of the brave soldiers who lost their lives fighting for India at the Indo-Pakistan war, Stok Monastery, Indus View Point (confluence of River Indus & Zanskar), Patthar Sahib Gurdwara (the famous Sikh shrine), Magnetic Hill, a "Cyclops hill" where objects and cars on the hill may appear to roll "left hill" in defiance of gravity when they are in neutral gear. Then proceed back to Leh. In the evening, visit Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace and Leh Market. Dinner and overnight in Leh.

DAY 11: LEH – KHARDUNGLA PASS – NUBRA VALLEY (160 KM/5 HRS APPROX)

Post breakfast, check-out and head for Khardungla Pass, which lies north of Leh and is the gateway to Shyok and Nubra valleys. It is the world’s highest motor able pass situated at an elevation of 17,852 ft. To most visitors, going across the Khardungla pass gives the satisfaction of having triumphed over the un-conquerable. On arrival, check-in at Hotel / Luxury Camp. Dinner and overnight in Nubra.

DAY 12: NUBRA VALLEY

Post breakfast, visit Nubra valley. Visit Hunder. Explore the nomadic villages, meet Tribes. Enjoy a round of Double hump Bactrian camel ride. Back to Camp / Hotel by afternoon. Dinner and overnight in Nubra

DAY 13: NUBRA VALLEY –LEH (160 KM/6 HRS APPROX)

After an early breakfast, check-out and visit Diskit monastery. Then drive back to Leh, upon arrival proceed for sightseeing. Visit the Shey Palace and Shey Monastery; the Gompa (the local term used to refer to monastery) complex are structures located on a hillock in Shey. Hemis Monastery, situated 45 kms from Leh. It was re-established by King Sengge Namgyal in 1672. Thiksey Monastery, built on top of a hill. It has a striking resemblance to the Lhasas Potala Palace. The monastery is affiliated with the Gelug sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It exhibits a gold-plated statue of Lord Buddha, called the Maitreya Buddha, which is the largest statue in Ladakh. It houses around 120 monks. Also visit Sindhu Ghat. Post sightseeing check-in at the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Leh.

DAY 14: LEH – PANGONG LAKE – LEH (147 KMS APPROX ONE WAY)

After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Pangong Lake on the Indo China border. On your way, you will cross Changla Pass, the third highest motor able road in the world. Pangong Lake is a picturesque lake which is one of the major draws of the Leh-Ladakh valley. It is a popular location of several film shootings and known for its pristine waters surrounded by awe-inspiring mountains. We will then drive back to Leh, and have the rest of the evening at leisure. Overnight in Leh.

DAY 15: LEH – DELHI [BY FLIGHT] – DEPARTURE

After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and proceed to Leh Airport to board a flight to Delhi. On arrival, take internal transit to reach international terminal to board your international flight.

Additional Information

Kashmir and Ladakh make two of the most beautiful regions in India with immense natural beauty. A famous 13th century Indian poet and scholar Amir Khusro described the beauty of Kashmir thus, “If there is a paradise on earth, it is this, it is this, it is this”. People have linked the climate of Kashmir to that of Switzerland until end of May and Southern France in July and August. But it is impossible to speak of Kashmir as possessing only one climate or group of characteristics. Every hundred feet of elevation brings some new phase of climate and vegetation.” Likewise, enfolded by stark, arid, astounding, spectacularly jagged mountains, Ladakh, the land of challenging high ‘Passes’, crowned by milky white snow, exotic lakes, sparse but mesmerizing meadows and inhabited by warm people is home to many natural wonders a place that can make you forget the rest of the World. This ‘14 nights and 15 days’ tour offers a comprehensive tour of Kashmir and Ladakh.

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