BEST TIME: Mid-May to End Sep 2020
DURATION: 09 Nights / 10 Days
ROUTE: FLY IN/OUT SRINAGAR
Your journey will begin in Srinagar - experience the unique experience of House boat of Dal lake and Nagin lake drive across Zojila the gate way to Ladakh then enter into Kargil, unique culture of Shia Muslim, visit 2nd century rock carved of maitrey ay Milbekh, cross over Fotola highest pass between Leh and Srinagar, finally reach Leh once used to be trading centre of central Asia, enroute visit Lamayuru and Alchi monasteries, explore the magic lake of Pangong and Nubra valley.
Highlights: Dal Lake, Sonamarg, Kargil, Mulbekh, Lamayuru, Alchi, Magnetic hill Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Likir, Leh town, Shanti stupa, Shey Thiksey Hemis Pangong lake, Khardung-la world’s highest motorable road & Nubra valley.
On Arrival to Srinagar, drive to Sonamarg which is another spectacular facet of country side in Kashmir in Sindh Valley. The Sindhu Valley is the largest tributary of the valley of Kashmir. Road passes through the panoramic village to reach Sonamarg (2740 Mtrs). After Sonamarg, road is relatively rough & wet. Cross Zojila at 3527 Mtrs. In a short distance of 25 kms, you are climbing steep 785 mts. Zojila marks dramatically the boundary line between Kashmir and Lardakh. Greenery will fade away & barren land will suddenly appear with Multi-coloured mountains all around. Even the air will become colder, dryer and purer through perceptibly lower in oxygen content. The intensity of light doubles while the sky becomes an incredible blue.
From Zojila the road descends to the flowering meadow of Minamarg a botanist's paradise, abounding in a wealth of exotic alpine flora. Other end of the meadow, leads to Dras, where temperatures drop to below minus 50°C during winter. This is the second coldest inhibited place in the world. Enormous snowfalls and severe winds during winters completely immobilise its inhabitants.
Along the Dras river, passing Kaksar, one moves towards Kargil, the journey showing remarkable evidence of indigenous engineering - water channels cut deep into the granite slopes, rising terraces of carefully nurtured soil preciously preserved between vertical walls of rocks and boulders, several plantations and green fields at Channi Gund and Kirkit Chu with groves of poplar, willow, apple and apricot orchards, barley and buckwheat fields, all lending an air of serenity to the area. Situated on the bank of river Suru at a height of 2710 mtrs, midway between Srinagar and Leh, Kargil provides an overnight stop.
Kargil is an important junction of the historic routes leading to Kashmir, Baltistan, Afghanistan, Central Asia, Sinkiang, Tibet and via Zanskar to Jammu and Himachal. It was and continues to be an important trade and tourism centre. All treks to Zanskar, Himachal, Jammu and the Indus valley, as well as mountaineering expeditions to Nun and Kun (twin peaks at a height of over 7,000 metres) begin from Kargil.
Climatically, Kargil enjoys a distinct advantage over the rest of Ladakh. Food, fruits, fuel and timber are more easily available with two crops being harvested every year. Kargil retains the characteristics of a medieval town with narrow alleys cobbled streets and curios right out of the Arabian Nights.
Distance is about 250 kms / takes around 7 hrs to travel.
Depart from Kargil after early Breakfast, en-route visiting the monastery of Mulbekh & Lamayuru (Moon landscape). Drive through Namkila & Fatula, the highest pass on the Srinagar- Leh road and proceed to Ulleytokpo. Later drive to 1000 year old Alchi monastery the only Gompa in Ladakh region situated on flat ground. Thereafter proceed to the Likir Monastrey to visit the splendid three storeys Dharma Wheel Gompa. Here you'll be impressed with the sight of the massive Buddha statues. Later visit Indus & Zanskar river Sangam. Drive along the Indus river visiting, Pathar Sahib Gurdwara and Magnetic Hill (where the cars defy gravity), Basgo Palace (by hiking only) and further on to Leh Hall of Fame (which has a museum of the Kargil War memorabilia). Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Amidst starkly beautiful and majestic mountains, gradually merging into an oasis of green fields, Leh is situated, on the banks of the Indus, at a height of 11,000 feet. For seven months a year, Leh airport is Ladakh's only link with the outside world. A memorable sight of the Leh bazar is the group of women, traditionally attired, selling fruits, vegetables and household articles spinning and knitting, and exchanging gentle banter between themselves and with passers-by. The City palace, the bazar and the gompas are all within walking distance in the town. Overnight at Hotel.
Tour of Hemis, Thiksey, Shey monastery, Druk Padma Karpo School ( famed of 3 Idiots movie ) & Sindhu Darshan site.
After a leisurely breakfast, drive to Hemis Monastery situated 45km west of Leh; Hemis is the largest and the wealthiest monastery in Ladakh. From Hemis, you are driven 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. Later visit Shey Palace the former summer palace of the King of Ladakh, 3 Idiots School Campus & Sindhu Darshan site visit. Overnight stay at the hotel.
After Breakfast drive to Nubra Valley via Khardungla (Highest Motorable road in the World, 18,380 ft). Arrive at Hundur by Afternoon. Rest of the day, Post lunch free to explore Deskit, Hunder Villages and camel Safari in Sand Dunes between Deskit and Hunder Village. Overnight stay at the camp / guest house.
After Breakfast visit Turuk. The village offers views of the Shyok Valley. Though a Muslim village, there are a few gompas located on the plateau above the Shyok River and there is an old royal house to see in the village. Overnight stay at the hotel.
After early Breakfast leave for Pangong Lake (14,500 ft – the highest land locked lake), through Changla Pass 17,350 ft. The Lake is shared by two countries India & China. Enjoy the beauty of changing Colors of fascinating high altitude of the Lake. Overnight stay at the camp/ guest house.
After breakfast, proceed back to Leh. Visit the bazaar for shopping and leisure. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Distance is about 220 kms / take around 5 to 6 hrs to travel . After breakfast, proceed back to Kargil. Visit Drass memorial and Suru Basin. Overnight stay at the hotel.
After Breakfast, drive towards Srinagar. Local shopping and Leisure.Overnight stay at Hotel.
After Breakfast, Airport drop.
Rates quoted below are per person basis (IN INR) – subject to 2 adults sharing a room
Rates are subject to change without prior notice
Rates are valid till October 2020
GST 5 % additional
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