DAY 01: ARRIVE LEH
Arrival Leh Kushok Bakula Airport (This must be one of the MOST SENSATIONAL FLIGHTS IN THE WORLD. On a clear day from one side of the aircraft can be seen in the distance the peaks of K2, Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum and on the other side of the aircraft, so close that you feel you could reach out and touch it, is the Nun Kun massif.)Upon arrival you will met by our representative and transfer to Hotel for Check in. Complete day for rest and leisure to acclimatize Evening Visit to LEH MARKET& SHANTI STUPA. Dinner & Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 02: LEH TO SHAM VALLEY (92 KMS / 4 HRS)
After breakfast you drive downstream along the River Indus on Leh – Kargil Highway. Enroute visiting GURUDWARA PATTHAR SAHIB Nestled deep in the Himalayas, which was built by the Lamas of Leh in 1517 to commemorate the visit of Guru Nanak Dev. A drive of another 4 km took us to MAGNETIC HILL which defies the law of gravity. It has been noticed that when a vehicle is parked on neutral gear on this metallic road the vehicle slides up & further Driving through a picturesque landscape we reached the CONFLUENCE OF THE INDUS AND ZANSKAR RIVER 4 km before Nimmu village, Just before Saspul a road to the right takes you for your visit to the LIKIR MONASTERY. The name Likir derives from the word Lukhgil (coiled snake) as the site appears to be encircled by two great serpent spirits – Nanda and Taksako. Likir is one of the most active monasteries in the region. As you drive up to the monastery a recently installed colossal gilded image of the Maitreya out in the open is one of the most impressive sights in Ladakh.After visiting the Monastery you continue your drive along the River Indus to TINGMOSGANG or ULETOKPO,where on arrival you check into a Fixed Camp.In the afternoon you visit RIDZONG MONASTERY. There is the option to walk up to the Monastery for those that wish to do so. Hidden at the end of a steep valley, the first view of the Monastery is dramatic. There are fine silver chortens that contain the relics of the founder and his son.
Later walk back to Uletokpo or drive to Tingmosgang for an overnight stay at a Fixed Camp.
DAY 03: SHAM VALLEY TO LEH VIA LAMAYURU (158 KMS / 05 – 06 HRS)
Post breakfast you proceed to the 11th century LAMAYURU MONASTERY enroute visiting the mesmerizing MOON LANDSCAPES (you will believe why the name of this area is Moonland. Exactly the same formations of Land are visible as on the moon), Lamayuru is spectacularly located along the valley plain and surrounded by mountains on all sides. The monastery has gradually expanded over the years and newer structures have been built around a large courtyard. The antiquity of this site is evident from the large number of chortens, similar to those at Alchi.On your return drive to Leh you first visit the ALCHI GOMPA. The complex of temples located within the village is the most celebrated of Ladakh’s monasteries and dates back to the 11th century. After Alchi you proceed to BASGO, which lies astride the road to Leh. The jagged skyline of the ruins of the 15th century capital of Ladakh dominates the village of Basgo. It was an important center in the old days, having been the capital of lower Ladakh when the kingdom was divided in the 15th & 16th centuries, and the seat of that branch of the dynasty, which eventually unified Ladakh and took the surname Namgyal.Finally you arrive back at Leh for an overnight stay at your Hotel.
Day 04 : Leh-Kargil (215 KM)
After breakfast you will start your journey from Leh to Kargil. On arrival at airport you will be check in to the hotel. Evening free for Leisure. Night Stay and dinner at Hotel.
Day 05 : Kargil-Srinagar (194 KM)
After breakfast and visit Kargil you will start your journey to Srinagar. After reaching airport you will be transfer to the deluxe houseboat. In the afternoon you take a shikara ride on Dal Lake, where you visit the floating vegetable gardens. While riding the Shikara’s there are plenty of opportunities for bird watching with plentiful species including Kingfisher, Little Bittern, Common Pariah Kites, Grebe etc. Dinner and overnight in deluxe houseboat.
DAY 06: IN SRINAGAR: HALF DAY SIGHTSEEING:
Morning sightseeing of the Mughal Gardens, visiting Nishat Bagh built by Asaf Khan, the brother -in- law of Jehangir in 1632 AD, and Shalimar Bagh built by Jehangir for his wife empress Nur Jahan. All the gardens are situated on the banks of the DalLake with the Zabarwan hills in the background. Afternoon will be at your leisure for individual activities. Dinner and overnight in deluxe houseboat.
DAY 07: SRINAGAR-PAHALGAM
After breakfast drive to Pahalgam (The valley of shepherds).The total distance is about 96 kms, will be covered in about 3 hours. En-route, visiting the saffron fields of pampore, Awantipura Ruins (1100 years old temple of Lord Vishnu built by the King Awantivarman), and enjoy the beautiful countryside. Drive through the pine forests. Arrive at Pahalgam and enjoy Lidder stream. Later walk along pony trails with a magnificent view of the mountains. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
DAY 08 : PAHALGAM – GULMARG
Morning leave for Gulmarg (Meadow of Flowers) 2730 mts. above the sea level. The distance of 140 kms will be covered in about 5 hours. Gulmarg has one of the best ski slopes in the world and highest golf course with 18 holes. If weather permits one can also have the view of Nanga Parbat, the naked mountain that is over 26,000 feets and dominates the entire region, also enjoy cable car (Gondola) for mountain ride upto khilangmarg. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
DAY 09 : GULMARG – SRINAGAR
After breakfast drive back to Srinagar. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
DAY 10: SRINAGAR – YUSMARG – SRINAGAR :
After breakfast we will drive to Yusmarg. The distance of 47 kms will be covered in about 2 hours. The drive to yusmarg is an enjoyment in itself. Grassy pastures stretching to acres of land, the dense forests full of pine trees, with the backdrop of splendid snow capped mountains leave you almost speechless. Later drive back to Srinagar. Overnight in deluxe houseboat.
Day 11: SRINAGAR – SONMARG – SRINAGAR
Morning leave for Sonmarg (Meadow of Gold). The distance of about 83 kms, will be covered in about 3 hrs. Sonmarg lies in SindhValley streamed with flowers and surrounded by mountains. Sonmarg is also the base for some interesting treks to the high altitude HimalayanLakes. In the evening drive back from Sonmarg. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Day 12 :SRINAGAR-KATRA (265KM)
After breakfast you will start you journey to Katra. upon arrival in Katra you will be transferred to the hotel. Katra is the starting point for the Vaishno Devi pilgrimage. Overnight in hotel
Day 13 :KATRA – VAISHNO DEVI KATRA
Early in the morning we proceed further to visit the Holy temple of Vaishno Devi. This temple is situated on the top of the hill. To visit this temple one has to hire a pony or travel by foot. From Katra the Vaishno Devi pilgrimage is about 12 kms. After visiting the temple we return back to Katra the same day. Overnight in hotel.
Day 14 : Return back to Home
After Breakfast you will be transfer to Jammu Airport. Where you will take your flight to your next Destination.
- Return Airport Ticket
- Stay in 3 Star Hotel
- Daily Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner
- All the transfer on Private Basis.
- Car on Disposal Basis.
- All the taxes.