DAY 01 Srinagar

Morning arrive Srinagar from Delhi and check in at hotel.

Planned city tour visiting the following attractions

  • Mughal Gardens The Mughal Emperors built gardens from Tehran to Agra but it is in Kashmir, complemented by the lake and the mountains, that they reach their perfection. Indeed after houseboats and the mountains it is these gardens for which Kashmir is most famous.
  • Chashmi-e Shahi (The Royal Spring) -Laid out by Shah Jehan, the Garden of Chashma Shahi, so named because of a mountain spring that waters it. The Garden include three terraces, an aqueduct, waterfalls and fountains. The fresh water spring in these pleasant, calm gardens is renowned to have medicinal values. There is also a small shrine, the Chasma Sahibi, close to the gardens, which also has a fresh water spring.
  • Nishat (The Garden of pleasure) ishat Bagh was built by Asaf Khan, Empress Nur Jahan’s brother. Nishat is celebrated for its stately chinar (plane) trees, imported to Kashmir from Persia by the Mughals. Among these, many of the giant chinar trees have been planted by the Mughal Emperors. The terraces viewed along with the bed of flower, a mosaic of bright and beautiful colours, creates an unforgettable sight. Also found within its surroundings are some remnants of Mughal era buildings including a double storey pavilion.
  • Dal Lake The Dal Lake is not famous only in India but is famous through out the World. Lying in the eastern side of Srinagar, at the foot of the Zabarwan Mountains, with Shankaracharya hill in its South, and Hazratbal on its West; is the lake Par-excellence- the Dal. The lotus flower cover it in autumn, the Dal is ideal site fro magnificent Houseboats, while “Shikaras” skim about with the sails in the transparent waters of the Lake. Areas of the Dal Lake are grouped with slanting roofed houses on islands, while other parts seems lush green like well-planned gardens.

Night Stay: Srinagar

DAY 02 Srinagar Kargil

Leave early morning and drive through the thickly forested Sonmarg and onwards to Drass (supposedly the second coldest inhabited place in the world)

Which includes :

Crossing Zoji la Pass (3529 meters / 11645 feet).

The Kargil War memorial at Drass.

View of the infamous war peaks of Tiger Hill . Situated on the bank of river Suru at a height of 9,000 feet, midway between Srinagar and Leh.

Reaching Kargil by the evening check in at hotel.

Night Stay: Kargil

DAY 03 Kargil to Lamayuru (The Moon Land)

Morning after breakfast we resume our journey for Lamayuru over the barren terrain via Namik-La (3760m) and Fotu-La Pass (4147m) a pretty scenic and breathtaking.

Lamayuru AKA MoonLand the legend says “A Buddhist lama by the name of Yuru was looking for a place to set up his monastery. When he reached this spectacular spot, he paused and said, ‘It’ll be here, my monastery.’ But at that time the entire place was submerged under water, with just a few craggy peaks floating above it like glaciers. Lama Yuru, invoking his immense spiritual power, ordered the waters to recede and make place for his monastery.” The moonscape in Lamayuru looks exactly as if a massive river that was flowing through these mountains receded in a hurry, leaving behind uncanny forms of solidified silt.

Upon arrival in Lamayuru check in at our Hotel.

In the evening if time permits we visit:

  • Lamayuru Monastery The monastery belongs to Red-Hat Sect of Buddhism. At its peak, the monastery housed 400 monks but nowadays there are only 50 inmates. About 150 monks reside in Lamayuru village. The monastery is famous for its rich wall paintings, collection of thangkas, murals, scriptures and statues of different forms of Buddha and other deities. There are several legends about the monastery. According to one, it was founded by Mahasiddhacharya Naropa in 11th century who came to the place for meditation.

Night Stay: Lamayuru

DAY 04 Lamayuru to Leh

On the way back, a visit to the following spots.

  • Basgo Gompa– It was once a seat of power of a branch of the Namgyal family. Built in the year 1680, it was the political and cultural center in the early days of Ladakh. Situated on top of the hill towering over the ruins, it holds a unique atmosphere of secrecy and calm. Basgo Monastery is famous for its Buddha statue and the 16th century murals and other art of the monastery which are beautiful.
  • Klu-kkhyil Monastery (Likir) The monastery was first built in the 14th century and rebuilt 200 year ago. The monastery got its name from the belief that it was encircled by the bodies of two great serpent spirits, Nanda and Taksako. This monastery belongs to the Yellow Hat (Gelugspa) order of Ladakhi Buddhism. This monastery currently has a twenty-five foot tall gold-covered Buddha statue.
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Post lunch at Likir, a visit to the following spots.

  • Patthar Sahib Gurudwara A beautiful Gurudwara sahib constructed in the memory of Guru Nanak, built in 1517 to commemorate the visit to the Ladakh region of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder Guru of the Sikh faith.
  • Magnetic Hill a gravity hill alleged to have magnetic properties strong enough to pull cars uphill and force passing aircraft to increase their altitude in order to escape magnetic interference. In reality, the effect is an optical illusion. Popular spot on Leh-Srinagar highway.
  • Confluence point A confluence of Indus & Zanskar river.
  • Spituk Monastery Built in the 11th century. The monastery, about eight km from Leh, Like most monasteries in Ladakh, Spituk is also located on a hill. River Indus flows behind the monastery, beyond which are the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. The monastery belongs to Gelugpa sect or Yellow Hat order of Tibetan Buddhsim. From the monastery we can get spactacular views of the leh airport as well.

Night Stay: Leh

DAY 05 LEH SIGHTSEEING

A Monastery & local sightseeing tour of the Leh City. Which includes visit to:

  • Thiksey Monastery Noted for its resemblance to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet and is the largest gompa in central Ladakh. One of the main points of interest is the Maitreya (future Buddha) Temple with a 15 metres (49 ft) high statue of Maitreya, the largest such statue in Ladakh, covering two storeys of the building is deified in the monastery.
  • Hemis Monastery Hemis Monastery is the largest monastic institution in Ladakh. Located on the outskirts of Leh City, a scenic setup famous for the annual Hemis festival in june.
  • Shey Palace & Monastery Located on a Hillock in Shey. Used to be the summer retreat for the king, now the palace lies in ruin. The monastery is noted for its giant copper with gilded gold statue of a seated Shakyamuni Buddha.
  • Shanti Stupa Highest point in Leh city, Magnificent view. Ideal spot for city life photography and great landscape shots

Night Stay: Leh

DAY 06 Khardung La Top

After breakfast drive to KhardungLa (80 kms round trip).

Khardung La is widely, but incorrectly, believed to be the world’s highest motorable pass. However it is the highest mountain pass located in the Ladakh region.

Going further ahead towards the most fertile region of ladakh, Nubra Valley.

  • Hunder Sand Dunes Between Hundar and Diskit lie several kilometres of sand dunes, and (two-humped) Bactrian camels graze in the neighbouring “forests” of sea buckthorn. A place to see all shades of nature in one frame.
  • Diskit Monastery It is the oldest and largest Buddhist monastery in the Nubra Valley. It is situated on the hill, just above the flood plains of the Shayok River. An impressive 32 metre (106 foot) statue on top of a hill below the monastery, faces down the Shyok River completes a picture post card and an unforgettable experience.

Night Stay: Diskit.

DAY 07 Back from Nubra

On the drive back from the pass, you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Indus Valley and the endless peaks of the Zanskar range.

On the way back, a visit to the following spots.

  • Leh Palace It is a magnificent fort on a mountain top overlooking the Leh town. Ideal spot to see panoramic views of Leh and surrounding areas combined with Zanskar and Ladakh mountain ranges
  • Castle of Namgial Tsemo This is the Castle of King Tashi Nagmial 15th Cent. A.D. Below, a red temple which houses goddess Paldan Lhamo (skrt. Sreedevi) and a white temple in which a 3 storey height of Maitreya Buddha is to be seen. Monks from nearby Sankar monastery attend to both of these chapels every morning and evenings. A spectacular sight to view the old Leh valley.

Rest of the day at leisure.

Night Stay: Leh.

DAY 08 Camping at Pangong Tso

Early departure (6 AM) for Pangong Tso (Lake) (approx. 300 kms round trip) via Chang-la pass (alt: 17370 ft Third Highest Pass of the world)

Pangong Tso at an altitude of 14,500 ft is 4-5 kms wide and over 135 kms long, about two-third of which lies on the other side of the Indo-China LAC (Line of Actual Control). Pangong Tso was featured in the last scenes of the 2010 movie, 3 Idiots. After the success of the movie, this beautiful natural location has attracted more tourists from all over the world.

This area has the clearest skies and an exhilarating view of the stars at night.

Night Stay: Camp at Pangong Tso.

DAY 09 Return form Pangong Tso

On the drive back from the pass, you will be rewarded with spectacular views.

On the way back, a visit to the following spots.

  • Tangtse Monastery This magnificent Monastery was built into the hill and not on top of a hill like they are usually are.
  • Chemrey Gompa A Buddhist monastery bulilt in 1664 that belongs to the Drugpa monastic order. There are a number of shrines situated inside the monastery.The major attractions of the Chemrey Gompa is the one-story high image of Padmasambhava it houses. Other than that, the monastery also boasts of a precious collection of scriptures, having title pages in silver and the text in gold letters.

Rest of the day at leisure.

Night Stay: Leh.

Evening at leisure and shopping at leh bazaar.

Night Stay: Leh

DAY 10 Leh to Sarchu

Morning after breakfast start our journey to Manali stopping at Sarchu for a night.

Today we cross

Nakeela and Lachangla Pass 16,617 ft.

Skyangchu Thang (Biggest and Highest Plateau on Earth on Stretch of 42 Kms),

Tanglang La Pass 17,585ft ,

The journey will give you the most spactacular views of the Indus Valley.

Upon arrival in Sarchu we check in at our tented campsite for overnight stay

Night Stay: Sarchu

DAY 11 Sarchu to Manali

Morning after breakfast we resume our journey for Manali

Today we cross the following passes :

Baralacha Pass (4890m)

Keylong (3350 m),

Rohtang Pass (3978 m),

Upon arrival in Manali checkin at hotel.

Night Stay: Manali

The tour ends leaving behing blissfull memories.

DAY 12 Departure from Manali

Early morning transfer to the bus stand for taking the bus back home.

Inclusions
  • All the restricted area inner line permit with wild life fees
  • All the govt taxes included
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Assistance upon arrival at Leh airport with welcome in the Hotel
  • Days Accommodation per room sharing Basis as per the Itinerary
  • Breakfast (Buffet/Fixed Menu)*
  • Return airport and round trip transfers along with all sightseeing tours by Non-AC Qualis/Scorpio/Tavera/Sumo Grand or similar
  • Inner line Permit to restricted / protected areas (Khardungla Top, Pangong Lake)
  • 01 Bottle of Mineral Water every day to each guest

*Subjective to your chosen costing

Exclusions
  • Any Kind of Personal Expenses or Optional Tours / Extra Meals Ordered.
  • Monument Museum Entrance Fees for the sights mentioned in the Itinerary.
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Services included”.
  • Tips, Insurance, Laundry, Phone Calls
  • The Services of Vehicle is not included on leisure days after finishing the sightseeing tour as per the Itinerary
  • Any Kind of Drinks (Alcoholic, Mineral, Aerated)
  • Camera fee, Soft or Hard drinks, Starters.
  • Medical Travel insurance
  • Additional costs due to flight cancellation, road blocks etc. Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control, Act of god.