LEH - CHUMATHANG - TSOMORIRI - TSOKAR - ALCHI TO MANYU VILLAGE - RIZONG - LAMAYURU - KARGIL - SHERGOL - MULBEK - SRINAGAR – PAHALGAM - GULMARG
LEH - CHUMATHANG - TSOMORIRI - TSOKAR - ALCHI TO MANYU VILLAGE - RIZONG - LAMAYURU - KARGIL - SHERGOL - MULBEK - SRINAGAR – PAHALGAM - GULMARG
On arrival at Leh airport & meet our representative who will transfer you to your hotel in Leh. Upon arrival & proceed for check-in at your hotel & remaining of the day will be for rest, to acclimatize & since you are reaching an altitude of 4000 mtrs approximately from 200 mtrs in just one hour time & you may be excited and would want to explore everything on your very first day. However, it is your body which needs to get acclimatized to such height and climate. We sincerely suggest that you rest on the first day for body acclimatization & at evening we will provide you vehicle to visit Leh Market & back to hotel & overnight stay at the leh.
In the morning, after breakfast, drive to Sangam (Confluence). En route visit Magnetic Hill and Gurudwara Patthar Sahib. Visit Confluence of Zanskar and Indus River.The Sangam (Confluence): Confluence of the Indus and Zanskar Rivers lies in Ladakh at Nimu. The Indus runs through Ladakh all along by your side serving as a constant companion and you feel a sense of respect for this ifeline of the people of Ladakh, especially since Ladakh experiences rainfall of only 2 to 3 inches throughout the year. Both Indus and Zanskar Rivers merge with each other as if they had flown all along just for that purpose. From this point on, beyond this Confluence of the two, the waters are regarded as the Indus River. Magnetic Hill: Can anyone ever imagine the movement of a vehicle up a steep mountain with its engines off? Reach Magnetic Hill to experience this phenomenon which sounds unbelievable. Gurudwara Pathhar Sahib: Gurudwara Pathar Sahib is a beautiful Gurudwara constructed in the memory of Guru Nanak, about 25 miles away from Leh, on the Leh-Kargil road, 12000 ft above sea level. The Gurudwara was built in 1517 to commemorate the visit to the Ladakh region of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder Guru of the Sikh faith. Hall of Fame: Hall of Fame in Leh is a must visit for every individual of India. This is constructed by the Indian Army. You will find memorabilia, eminent defence personalities’ biographies, images and weapons used during Kargil war and belongings of enemy soldiers found at war site. Leh Palace, Leh Monastery, Leh Palace - Built in 1430, the Leh Palace is popular among tourists for its large statue of Lord Buddha called Chamba by Ladakhi. The statue represents the future Buddha according to Lamas. Sankar Gompa - Located at a distance of 3-kms, the monastery has a good collection of miniature paintings. This can also be visited in the evening as it is well lit. & back to hotel & over night in leh.
Morning after breakfast drive to Thiksay, Hemis Monastery and Shey Palace and Shanti Stupa: Morning visit to Hemis Monastery situated 45 kilometers west of Leh; Hemis 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 hillock followed by a visit to Shey Palace the former summer palace of the King of Ladakh. Overnight at the hotel in Leh.
Morning after breakfast drive to the hot water spring at Chumathang (3965 m) by covering 140 kms 4 to 6 hrs on arrival check in camp & Overnight stay in chumathang.
After breakfast leave camp by crossing over Maya bridge and drive upto Tsomoriri (4555 m) through Puga Valley by covering 83 kms in 2 to 3 hrs. The valley of Tsomoriri is known for its sulphur and borax deposits & on arrival check in camp & over night in tsomoriri.
After breakfast Full day excursion around Lake and Karzok monastery which belongs to the yellow sect. Tsomoriri or " Mountain Lake " is situated in the middle of the elevated valley of Rupshu surrounded by 6000 m peaks which completely surrounds the lake. This valley is inhabited by a small scattered population of "Changpas" nomadic shepherds who also engage in trade and work in caravans in Ladakh, Lahaul and Spiti. The Area is rich in wildlife including the "Kyang" (wild ass), red fox and the rare, highly endangered, snow leopard. Black necked cranes and geese flock to the lakeside for breeding during the summer months. Also visit the 350 years old Karzok monastery which has about 33 resident monks & back to camp &Overnight stay in camp at tsomoriri.
Morning after breakfast drive to Tsokar by covering 221 kms. in 6 to 8 to hrs to leh . Tsokar Lake is approximately 45 kms northwest of the Tsomoriri Lake at a height of 4485 m. It is also called " White Lake " because of salt deposited around it. Since these are all drainage basins with no outlet their water is brackish. The water of Tsokar is so salty that salt is procured from its banks and sold all over Ladakh and Kashmir by the Rupsu Chang. Tsokar is partly faded by a channel from a smaller fresh water lake. All the lakes are breeding grounds for a variety of birds among them the bar-headed goose, the great crested grebe, the brahmin duck and the brown headed gull. Drive to Leh via Tanglang La (5224 m), about 75 kms from Tsokar & on arrival check hotel & overnight stay in leh
After early breakfast, we are driven on Srinagar highway to visit Alchi monastery one of the oldest monasteries which was founded in 11th century and the only monastery situated on low lands along the bank of River Indus. This monastery differs from the rest as it has a mixture of Kashmiri and Tibetan Arts. After that, we continue to walk to up to hotel/guesthouse, and upon arrival we are checked into our guesthouse for the next two nights. Rest of the day at leisure or an optional walk around the village or a drive to visit Ridzong monastery the only nunnery in Ladakh it is also known as Chomoling and is beautifully situated in a gorge & check in at Guesthouse hotel & overnight at Aclhi.
After breakfast 3 hours beautiful walk one way Today after early breakfast, we set out on a easy trek to Manyu village to visit the Mangyu monastery, which can only be reached on foot. Manyu monastery is amongst the earliest monasteries of the region. The complex consists of four chambers. The main temple houses the image of Vaircona with the four Buddhas of the directions around him. The entrance to this temple is through eloboratly carved wooden doorway and on the walls are the paintings of mandalas of Vairocana. The monastery also houses the rare thangkas (scroll paintings on the cloth) of Panchen Lama, brought from Tibet. Lunch at Mangyu and we then walk back to alchi and overnight Hotel / Guesthouse in alchi.
After early breakfast, we drive to connect the Srinagar-Leh highway and then continue to drive to Lamayuru. Upon arrival, we will visit the Lamayuru Monastery amongst the oldest monastery in central Ladakh founded in 10th century, followed by a brief visit to Lamayuru village situated on a foot of the Monastery After exploring the Lamayuru Monastery & return back to hotel / guest houe & overnight at Lamayuru.
Early morning drive Between Kargil and Shergol you cross he dividing line between the Muslim and Buddhist areas. The small village of Shergol has a tiny gompa perched halfway up the eastern slope of the mountain. In the afternoon tourists will reach to Kargil.
Mulbekh: There are two gompas on the hillside above the village of Mulbekh . As in other villages, it is wise to Enquire if the gompa is before making the ascent. Just beyond Mulbekh is a huge Chamba statue, an image of a future Buddha, cutting to the rock face beside the road. It's one of the most interesting stops along the road to Kargil on arrival in kargil check in hotel & overnight in Kargil.
After breakfast drive to Srinagar , by passing the Zoji-la and picturesque Sonamarg, Sonamarg: - Sonamarg is sheer scenic splendor, situated on the way to Ladakh. It offers spectacular mountain ranges with varied geological features. Some of these mountains which rise to a height of about 5,300 meters from sea are lavishly green and some are barren and rocky. Thajiwas Glaciers which is exhilarating to visit there you can go by horse & entering to the Kashmir valley. Drass : Drass 3230 metres, 60kms west of Kargil on the road to Srinagar , are a small township lying in the centre of a valley of the same name. It has become famous as the second coldest inhabited place in the world by virtue of the intense cold that descends upon the valley along with repeated snowfall during winter.
Winter temperature is sometimes known to plummet to less than 40 degree Celsius. During the spring and summer, however the valley around the township becomes very picturesque as the gently undulating hillsides turn into lush green pastures splashed with a variety of fragrant wild flowers. Its inhabitants are mainly of Darad stock, an Aryan race believed to have originally migrated to the high valleys of the Western Himalayas from the Central Asian steppes. They speak Shina which, unlike the Tibetan-originated Ladakhi dialects spoken elsewhere in Ladakh region, belong to the Indo-European linguistic family. Their ancestral sport, Horse Polo, which the Darads play with particular zeal, resembles our modern polo.
The Drass vallley starts from the base of the Zojila pass, the Himalayan gateway to Ladakh. For centuries its inhabitants are known to have negotiated this formidable pass even during the most risky period in the autumn or early spring, when the whole sector remains snowbound and is subject to frequent snow storms, to transport trader's merchandise across and the to help stranded travelers to traverse it. By virtue of their mastery over the pass they had established a monopoly over the carrying trade during the heydays of the Pan-Asian. A hardy people enduring with fortitude the harshness of the valley's winter, the inhabitants of Drass can well be described as the guardians of Ladakh's gateway. . Upon arrival in the Paradise city transfer to Deluxe Houseboats/ hotel over night stay at Srinagar
After breakfast & proceed for local sightseeing of Srinagar visit:-Mughal made garden these Gardens are known as Mughal gardens like-
Nishat garden: Nishat Bagh is a garden of bliss that commands a magnificent view of the lake beneath the snow-capped Pir Panjal mountain range that stands far away to the west of the valley. The Bagh was designed and built in 1633 by Asif Khan, elder brother of Nur Jehan.
Shalimar Bagh: It is here that Emperor Jahangir built his celebrated Shalimar Bagh, his dream project to please his queen. He enlarged the ancient garden in 1619 into a royal garden and called it 'Farah Baksh' ('the delightful'). He built it for his wife Nur Jahan ('light of the world'). In 1630,
Cheshma Shahi: Chashme Shahi or Chashma i Shahi (translation: the royal spring), also called Chashma Shahi, is one of the Mughal gardens built in 1632 AD around a spring by Ali Mardan Khan, a governor of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as per the orders of the Emperor, as a gift for his elder son Prince Dara Shikoh.
PARI MAHAL: Pari Mahal or The Angels' Abode is a seven terraced garden located at the top of Zabarwan mountain range over-looking city of Srinagar and south-west of Dal Lake. The architecture depicts an example of Islamic architecture and patronage of art during the reign of the then Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. It is five-minute drive from Cheshmashahi, Srinagar. The Pari Mahal was built by Mughal Prince Dara Shikoh in the mid-1600s. It served as a library and an abode for him. Dara Shikoh was said to have lived in this area in the years 1640, 1645, and 1654. It was further used as an observatory, useful for teaching astrology and astronomy.
Shankaracharya Temple: The Shankaracharya Temple, also known as the Jyesteshwara temple or Pas-Pahar by Buddhists. Shankracharya Temple, it was renamed as Takht-e-Suleiman, is situated on the top of the Shankaracharya Hill, also called Gopadari Hill in the Zabarwan Mountain in Srinagar. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is on the summit of the same name at a height of 1,000 feet (300 m) above the plain and overlooks the city of Srinagar & shopping in market for Kashmir handicrafts, shah art palace & at evening Shikara ride will be provide to visit Famous Nehru Park, golden Lake, floating garden, lily flower Garden. Evening Back to hotel / houseboat overnight stay in Srinagar
After having the breakfast at the hotel, and drive to Pahalgam 2440 Mtrs (known as Valley of Sheppard’s) on the way visit Saffron fields and Avantipur ruins which is eleven hundred years old temple. Finally by the lunch time you will reach to Pahalgam, which is the most famous place for Indian Film Industry. After lunch enjoy the nature charm of the valley & Later walk along pony trails with a magnificent view of the mountains, and can go to Chandanwadi, betab & aru valley by separate car & the most of the sightseeing in Pahalgam is by Horse like baisaran, Dublin water fall and etc & evening drive back to srinagar & overnight stay at Srinagar.
After breakfast drive to Gulmarg (known as meadows of flowers). The distance of 60Kms, will be 2 hrs drive, the places to visit in gulmarg: Kongdori, Khilanmarg, Alpathar Lake, Maharani Temple, Ningli Nalla Golf Course, St. Mary Church to visit all these places if the weather permits & Also, while in Gulmarg don’t forget to pay your respects at the famous Shrine of Baba Reshi, a Muslim saint.
Gulmarg: - Gulmarg is a town, a hill station, a popular skiing destination. The town is situated in the Pirpanjal range & legendary beauty, its prime location and its proximity to Srinagar naturally make it one of the premier hill resorts in country originally named Gaurimarg mouth a moat indicates the dividing it was renamed Gulmarg in the 16th century by Sultan Yusuf Shah, who was inspired by the sight of its grassy slopes emblazoned with wild flowers. Gulmarg was a favorite haunt of Emperor Jahangir who once collected 21 different varieties of flowers. Today Gulmarg is not merely a mountain resort of exceptional beauty it also has the highest green golf course in the world, at an attitude of 2,650 metres (8,690 ft) above sea level, and is the country's prime ski resort in the winter. Evening return back to Srinagar & overnight stay at srinagar.
Morning After breakfast rest of the day free for leisure as you have traveled a lot so in the end of the tour we suggest you to rest and evening walk on the boulevard road to explore dallake view & back to hotel / house boat & over night in srinagar.
Morning After breakfast, transfer will be given to Srinagar airport to board your flights for onwards destination our service terminates here.