OVERVIEW- Kashmir, one of the finest tourist destinations in India is blessed with a perfect landscape of impeccable green valleys, the Himalayan ranges up close, serene lakes and more. Srinagar is Heaven on Earth, friendly people, beautiful gardens, vast lakes and pristine streams and stunning landscapes. Continuing this tour we take you to one of the most enchanting regions and one of the most popular tourist attractions of India Leh & Ladakh. Experience the best of sights and sounds of Ladakh along with Kargil. The trail also encompasses Nubra Valley, which is a wonderful place known as the Orchard of Ladakh. Along with monasteries and palace will give you a peek into the culture and natural flavor of this incredible Himalayan terrain.
SRINAGAR- Srinagar is the summer capital of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and is the pride of the beautiful valley of Kashmir. Srinagar is famous for its lakes and the charming rows of houseboats floating on them. It is festooned with wooden Kashmiri mosques and expansive gardens with wide variety of flora species.
SONMARG- Located at a distance of 79 kms from Srinagar the hill station is one of the popular attractions near the capital city. Surrounded by dense forests of alpine vegetation and with snow -capped mountains standing all along its boundaries, the valley of Sonmarg looks highly captivating.
KARGIL- Kargil is located in Ladakh and is a usual stopover for people leading towards Leh or Padum. The town is 11 Km away from the actual line of control and is small enough to be explored by wayfaring. The beautiful area is embellished with sturdy rocks with the crystal clear Suru river stream flows.
LEH LADAKH- A land like no other with superabundance of attractions to visit and phantasmagoric and fabulous landscapes, amazing people and culture, Ladakh is truly a heaven on Earth. Bounded by two of the world's mightiest mountain ranges, the Great Himalaya and the Karakoram, it lies athwart two other, the Ladakh range and the Zanskar range.
KHARDUNG LA PASS- Best known as the gateway to the Nubra and Shyok valleys in the Ladakh, the Khardung La Pass, commonly pronounced as Khardzong La, is a very important strategic pass into the Siachen glacier and claims to be the world's highest motor able pass at an elevation of 5,602 m. The pristine air, the scenic beauty one sees all around and the feeling that you are on top of the world.
NUBRA VALLEY- Nubra Valley is known as the Orchard of Ladakh and was originally called Ldumra which meant the valley of flowers. Surrounded by snowcapped Himalayan ranges, Nubra valley lies sandwiched between Tibet and Kashmir. The view of the valley is picturesque and breathtaking. During winter, the whole valley looks like landscape of the moon (reason for calling Moonland) and in summer full of greenery.
PANGONG LAKE- The famous and sparkling blue Pangong lake is situated near Ladakh in the Himalayas, is approximately at the height of 4350 meters. This endothecia lake is 12 kilometres long and extends from India to Tibet. A unique feature of the lake is that it does not remain blue throughout the year or even the day, rather it changes colours from azure to light blue to green and grey too.
Tour Destination: Srinagar – Sonmarg – Kargil – Leh – Nubra Valley – Pangong Lake - Leh
Travel Duration: 07 Nights/08 Days
DAY 1: SRINAGAR- Arrival at Srinagar Airport and transfer to hotel. In the evening move around the town and revel in the scenic surroundings. You can take a long ride in the Shikara on the beautiful Dal Lake.
Overnight at hotel.
DAY 2: SRINAGAR – SONMARG – KARGIL- In the morning start your drive to Kargil, military area. Enroute you can visit
SONMARG, MEADOW OF GOLD- A valley amongst glaciers and placid lakes. You can view the beautiful flower and laden meadows, panoramic view of the snow covered Himalayan peaks. Here you can visit Thajiwas Glacier, Kheer Bhawani Temple, Manasbal Lake.
DRASS WAR MEMORIAL- Maintained by the Indian Army, the memorial depicts war photos, stories of soldiers and explains the difficulties Indian soldiers faced in the Kargil war, all topped with 100 feet high flagpoles.
By evening reach Kargil. Evening free for leisure.
Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 3: KARGIL – LEH- In the morning start your drive to Heaven on Earth- Leh. Enroute you can visit
MULBEKH MONASTERY- Enshrined with the 9 meter tall idol of Maitreya Buddha (future) chiseled in the rocks.
LAMAYURU MONASTERY- This is one of the most beautiful and oldest monasteries. Murals, frescoes and column paintings exemplifying the Kashmiri style of Buddhist iconography are what stand out in this monastery.
Continue your drive to Leh. Evening free for leisure activities and retire for the day to enable yourself to acclimatize with the high altitude.
Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 4: LEH MONASTERY TOUR- After breakfast enjoy full day Monastery Tour, visiting
HEMIS MONASTERY- Hemis Monastery is revered as the largest monastic institution in Ladakh. Hemis Monastry is the wealthiest monastery in India and famous for its rich collection of ancient remnants like the statue of Buddha made of copper, stupas made of gold and silver. Monastery also has sacred Thangkas, murals and various artifacts. The Tibetan style architecture of the monastery is very colourful and attractive. Also visit the Hemis High Altitude Wildlife Sanctuary and a number of Gompas in and around the area.
THIKSEY MONASTERY- Thikse Gompa, of the Yellow Hat (Gelugpa) sect, is around 19 kms to the East of the main city of Leh. The architecture of the largest monastery in central region of Ladakh is similar to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. This 12-storey building complex consists of a number of things related to Buddhist art such as Thangka paintings, statues, stupas, swords, and so on. A major tourist attraction is the Maitreya temple installed in 1970. The statue of future Lord Buddha in this temple of 49 feet high, which is also the largest in the region.
STOK PALACE- Located close to the Indus River; it was built in 1825 AD by King Tsespal Tondup Namgyal. Well known for its architecture and design, beautiful gardens and amazing views, the palace presents a collection of royal attires, crown and other royal materials.
SHEY MONASTERY- It is one of the most revered Buddhist learning centers in the valley of Ladakh. The renowned monastery was built in the mid of the 17th century by King Deldon Namgyal in the memory of his late father Singay Namgyal. The Shey Monastery still holds the glimpses of the bygone rule.
Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 5: LEH – KHARDUNG LA PASS – NUBRA VALLEY - LEH- After breakfast, drive to Khardung La Pass, world’s highest motorable road.
KHARDUNGLA PASS- Best known as the gateway to the Nubra and Shyok valleys in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, the Khardung La Pass, commonly pronounced as Khardzong La, is a very important strategic pass into the Siachen glacier and claims to be the world's highest motor able pass at an elevation of 5,602 m. The pristine air, the scenic beauty one sees all around and the feeling that you are on top of the world.
Later in the afternoon continue your drive to Nubra Valley. Transfer to hotel. After freshen up visit
DISKIT MONASTERY & HUNDUR MONASTERY- Both are popular Buddhist monasteries of Nubra. Also known as Diskit/ Diskit Gompa, this is the oldest and largest monastery in Nubra valley, belonging to Gelugpa (yellow hat) sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Diksit has been named as "The orchard of Ladakh". Diksit monastery also has a school which is run in collaboration with an NGO named "The Tibet support group".
MAITREYA BUDDHA- This is a 32 meter tall statue of Maitreya Buddha facing towards the Shyok river. This statue has been recently built, with 8 Kg gold which was donated by the head of Gompa and was sanctified by H.
Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 6: NUBRA VALLEY - LEH- After breakfast, visit
SAMSTANLING MONASTERY- The Monastery is in Sumlur village and was founded by Lama Tsultim Nima, 140 years ago. The monastery houses 50 monks and this is the main monastery of the region.
On the way and around the monastery the landscape is enchanted with the yellow-red trees, vibrant and colourful prayer flags, berry bushes, golden-grey mountains reaching out to cuddle the pristine blue skyline.
BACTARIAN CAMEL SAFARI- They is white sand dunes where you partake in Camel Safari on double-humped camels and were the major mode of transport to travel to silk route.
Later drive back to Leh.
Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 7: LEH – PANGONG LAKE - LEH- Today go on a excursion trip to Pangong Lake, which is located on Indo China Border. Enroute stop by Changla Pass (17,586 feet) which is the third highest pass of the world. Later visit the exact location of the famous movie “Three idiots” & enjoy outing along the banks of the lake. On a clear sunny day, you can see seven color formations in the crystal clear salt water lake. The sublime beauty, crystal waters and gentle hills of Pangong Lake are an exceptional example of the beautiful landscape of the region.
Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 8: LEH DEPARTURE- After breakfast visit
SHANTI STUPA- It is an impressive white-domed structure located on a hilltop at Changspa in Ladakh. Built by a Japanese Buddhist organization named 'The Japanese for World Peace' - the stupa was inaugurated by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama in 1985. Built in commemoration of 2500 years of the spread of Buddhism, Shanti Stupa was aimed at promoting World Peace. A magnificent white-domed structure which is wonderfully illuminated at nights.
SHOPPING- Leh markets which are famous for Pashmina Shawls, Pearls, Chinese Cutleries and Ladakhi wooden handicraft items.
Later in the evening, travel back by car/flight towards onward destination.
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Srinagar at a Glance
Sonmarg at a Glance
Kargil at a Glance
Leh Ladakh at a Glance
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