Delhi - Srinagar - Gulmarg - Srinagar - Sonmarg - Kargil - Leh - Shey - Thiksey - Hemis - Leh - Khardungla Pass - Nubra Valley - Diskit - Leh - Pangong Lake - Tso Kar - Tso Moriri - Tso Kar - Leh - Delhi
Gateway to Ladakh, this is not for the light hearted but adventurous & nature loving folks the air only gets thinner & thinner.
Day 1 Arrive Delhi
Traditional welcome on arrival at Delhi airport by Travel Pals India executive with fresh marigold flower garlands and then transferred by air-conditioned exclusive car to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 2 Delhi - Srinagar(By air)
Today after breakfast our executive will assist & transfer you to the Delhi domestic airport to board a flight for Srinagar. It was founded by King Pravarasena-II over 2,000 years ago. It is the summer capital of Jammu & Kashmir and the largest city in the state, Srinagar (1,730 mt) is famous for its houseboats & Mughal gardens. A place where it's very easy to spend a few hours simply wandering - particularly along the old city streets near the Jhelum river. Upon arrival met and assisted at Srinagar airport and transferred to 'Dal Lake' for a short 'Shikara' ride to your exclusive houseboat. Later, guided visit to the Nishaat Bagh (The garden of pleasure) - characterized by a series of ten terraces and quaint little lakes and gardens. Designed in 1633 AD and situated on the banks of the Dal Lake, this "garden of bliss" was the creation of the brother of Noor Jahan, Asaf Khan. Shalimar Bagh (Abode of love) - one of the enchanting Mughal gardens is the most exciting places of visit since it has completely transform itself into newer colors and visuals with the advent of every new season. It was built by Emperor Jehangir for his wife, Noor Jahan and is characterized by a series of four terraces and quaint little lakes and gardens. Evening enjoy Shikara boat ride on the heart of Dal Lake. Overnight in houseboat.
Day 3 Srinagar - Gulmarg (58 kms / 2.5 hrs) - Srinagar
After breakfast at hotel, your guide will meet you in the lobby to proceed for Gulmarg. Gulmarg has been a resort for the kings like Yousuf Shah Chak and Jahangir who used to visit frequently. The old name of Gulmarg was "Gaurimarg", the name of Lord Shiva's wife. Yousuf Shah Chak changed its name to Gulmarg, meaning the place of roses. During the early part of the 20th century the famous Central Asian explorer Sir Marc Aurel Stein (1862-1943), made his home here in a tent between his expeditions. one of the most beautiful summer resorts in the valley. It is also popular for its golf course during summer, the highest in the world and skiing during the winter season. Enjoy the splendour of nature and the snowy mountains. One can have a Gondola ride (cable car) from Gulmarg to Khalinmarg. Return to Srinagar for overnight stay.
Day 4 Srinagar - Sonmarg (80 kms / 3 hrs)
Morning driven to Sonmarg (2740 mt). Its one of the smallest eye-catching hill station in Kashmir, lying in the heart of a gorgeous valley carved by the river Sindh. Also known as Golden meadow, this place gets its name 'Son' meaning golden from the bloom of yellow crocuses that fill this valley in the spring. It can be reached by roads, which runs through the picturesque Sind valley flanked on one side by the densely populated slopes and many varieties of alpine flowers. A gushing river is the highlight of this meadow, flowing down from snowy heights into the dense woodlands of firs and silver birches. Glaciers pour down from this stream from the Himalayas on to the many camping sites in Sonmarg. A thick forest covers of sycamore, alpine flowers, silver birch, fir and pine. Check-in resort in Sonmarg for an overnight stay.
Day 5 Sonmarg - Kargil (125 kms / 5 hrs)
While sipping your bed tea or a 'Kashmiri Kahwa' enjoy the enchanting sunrise view over the golden valley. Afterwards, depart for Kargil with road passing through the panoramic village through Zojila Pass (3527 mt), also regarded as the 'Gateway of Ladakh'. Continue drive towards Drass (the second coldest inhibited place in the world) were we stop for tea and passport check. Another 2.5 hours drive from here will take you to Kargil (2710 mt) which has got its importance after opening of Ladakh for tourists in 1974. Overnight in Kargil hotel.
Day 6 Kargil - Leh (215 kms / 6.5 hrs)
After breakfast, driven to Leh. Today we ascend two passes. The first Buddhist village will be Mulbek. We cross the Fotula Pass (4166 mt) and Zojila Pass (3528 mt). Enroute visit the Lamayuru Monastery the oldest & spectacularly set. Founded in the 10th century. Continue drive to the next village Nimu for a view of Zanskar River flowing into river Indus. Finally at evening reach Leh (3500 mt). It's the far-flung eastern corner of Jammu & Kashmir state and is India's most remote and sparsely populated region, a snow desert cradled by the Karakoram & Greater Himalayan ranges and criss-crossed by a myriad razor-sharp peaks and ridges. There is no other land like Ladakh - before the birth of the kingdom during the 10th century is scarce. Ladakh can hardly be considered a separate political entity before the establishment of the kingdom about 950 CE, after the collapse of the early Tibetan Empire and the border regions became independent kingdoms under independent rulers, most of who came from branches of the Tibetan royal family. The Leh district in Ladakh is the largest district, covering large part of Jammu and Kashmir. Ladakh is having vast culture of around the 1st century; Ladakh was a part of The Kushana Empire. Buddhism spread into western Ladakh from Kashmir in the 2nd century when much of eastern Ladakh and western Tibet was still practicing the Bon religion. The 7th century Buddhist traveler Xuanzang also describes the region in his accounts.
Day 7 Leh
Today we have kept the day free for you to get acclimatized to the altitude (3000 mt). Leisure day you can stroll Leh Market nice to see different articles, antiques and handicrafts on sale. Lot of variety and choices.
Day 8 Leh - Shey - Thiksey - Hemis - Leh
Your guide will meet you in the morning for a tour of Hemis, Thiksey & Shey monasteries. Hemis Monastery is situated 45 kms west of Leh; it 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 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. We continue to drive through series of chortens (It's a mound-like or breast-shaped structure containing Buddhist relics,) to visit Shey Palace the former summer palace of the King of Ladakh
Day 9 Leh - Khardungla Pass - Nubra Valley(124 Kms)
Breakfast at hotel and then drive to one of the enchanting Nubra Valley via Khardungla Pass, which is the highest motorable Pass/road in the world at 5600 mt and has been recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records. Further proceed for Nubra Valley which is known as the Orchard of Ladakh and was originally called 'Ldumra' which meant the valley of flowers and also charismatic white sands, the snow caps, the green tumbling villages, the murmuring rivers, families of Yaks and double humped Camels is called the "ship of the cold desert" and the apricot orchards. Overnight camp at the Nubra Valley.
Day 10 Nubra Valley - Diskit - Leh (124 Kms)
After breakfast driven back to Leh via visit Diskit Monastery. It belongs to the Gelugpa (Yellow Hat) sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It was founded by Changzem Tserab Zangpo, a disciple of Tsong Khapa, founder of Gelugpa, in the 14th century. Overnight in Leh.
Day 11 Leh - Pangong Lake (157 kms / 5 hrs)
After an early breakfast depart for Pangong Lake (4250 mt), through Changla Pass (5360 mt), it is the third highest motorable road in the world. After crossing the pass halt for picnic lunch at Tsoltak, the summer pastureland of the Yaks. Arrive Durbuk and from there a short drive takes you to Lukung at the western shore of the lake and drive along the Pangong Lake upto Spangmik (8 kms) the last point allowed for tourists. This famous blue brackish Lake of Pangong is 5-6 kms wide and over 144 kms long. 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 colours and fascinating high altitude of the Lake. Overnight stay at a deluxe camp in Pangong.
Day 12 Pangong - Tso Kar (137 kms / 5 hrs)
Today you will proceed to Tso kar driven through beautiful village Korzok visit Korzok Monastery - Korzok monastery as seen now is said to have been re-built in the 19th century on the right bank of the Tsomoriri River. The old monastery was built on a gentle slope, unlike other monasteries that are generally perched on hill tops. An impressive photong is also located near to the Gompa. A number of Chortens are also seen near the monastery and also driven through tranquil Puga Valley finally halt at Tsokar. Where is having beautiful lake lots of Mammals like Black Necked cranes and Kiangs can visible. On arrival check into deluxe camp and enjoy silent evening in Tso kar.
Day 13 Tso Kar - Tso Moriri - Tso Kar
Day free at leisure or we suggest for 70 kms (one way) excursion to the Tso Moriri Lake - also known as Mountain Lake or Lake Moriri, is the lake on the highest altitude in India. This lake is located in Rupshu Valley, in between the three districts i.e. Ladakh in north, Zanskar in west and Tibet in east. The lake water source is none other than the snow peaks in Changthang plateau. Lake is fed by two main streams, one from north direction and other from south direction. Lake is 19 kms long and 7 kms wide which has no drainage system. The Lake water is crystal clear deep blue in color but salty in taste. Lake is a good place to relax and visit nearby monasteries or gompas. Evening return back to Tso kar camp.
Day 14 Tso Kar - Leh (150 kms / 6 hrs)
Morning enjoy the scenic view of Tsokar & its vicinity later drive back to Leh through see the view of valleys and villages. On arrival transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 15 Leh - Delhi - Onward
Morning transfer to Leh airport to board flight for Delhi & further connection flight to onward destination / back home.
Bon Voyage !