LADAKH & KASHMIR
Jammu & Kashmir valley and Ladakh
Delhi, India’s capital city. Drive to the city of Chandigarh
which lies on the edge of the Shivalik Hills, the outermost
rim of the Himalayas. The city is built with wide open
spaces and a lot of greenery. Interestingly it is the
capital of the two states of Punjab and Haryana and at the
same time a Union territory controlled by the central
government. The city of Jammu predominantly a Hindu town
with many temples and a bustling market place. The drive
from Jammu to Srinagar is over winding mountain roads with
wonderful views. The Kashmir Valley a fertile, verdant
region enclosed by the high snow capped ridges of the Pir
Panjal range to the west and south, and the main Himalayan
range to the east is one of the most beautiful regions of
India. Srinagar, the summer capital of Kashmir, stands on
Dal Lake and the picturesque Jhelum River. Among Kashmir’s
greatest attractions are the houseboats on the Dal Lake. The
lake itself is alive with the locals selling their wares
from flowers, vegetables to handicrafts and even drinks and
barbeque skewers of fragrant kebabs. The waterways are used
by the local people to go about their daily chores. There
are large tracts of incredibly beautiful pink lotuses and
the smaller variety of white and yellow lotuses adding to
the charm of the lake.
Day 01: Delhi
Arrival in Delhi. Transfer to your hotel.
Day 02: Delhi - Chandigarh
After a late breakfast drive to Chandigarh. Overnight in
Day 03: Chandigarh-Jammu
Sightseeing of Le Corbusier’s planned city of gardens. Drive
to Jammu. Evening, visit the bustling bazaars. Overnight in
Day 04: Jammu - Srinagar
Drive to Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir.
Day 05 & 06: Srinagar
Live on the houseboat in the Dal lake with sightseeing
excursions to the Moghul gardens, Hazratbal mosque exploring
the backwaters of the Dal visiting old settlements in and
around this beautiful lake.
Day 07: Srinagar - Sonamarg - Kargil
Drive from Srinagar to Kargil via Sonamarg and Dras.
Overnight in a lodge.
Day 08: Kargil - Mulbek - Alchi
Drive along the highway to Mulbek to view the 7th century
rock carving of Maitreya Buddha. Continue on to Lamayuru
monastery, the first monastic foundation in Ladakh. Drive
across the Indus river to make a westward 20 Km detour to
visit Bema village in a recently opened area where the
Drokpa tribe of the Indo-Aryan racial stock live. Their
features, language, religious practices differ from that of
the rest of Ladakh. Drive to Alchi for overnight in a lodge.
Day 09: Alchi - Leh
Visit the 11th century Alchi monastery famous for its
religious wall frescoes. On the way to Leh visit Likir and
Phyang monasteries. Overnight in your hotel.
Day 10: Leh
Today, visit the Shey palace, Thiksey monastery, the well
known Hemis monastery, the Stok palace (museum of family
heirloom and present residence of Ladakh’s royalty.
Return to Leh via Choglamsar village.
Day 11: Leh - Nubra valley
Early morning leave for Nubra valley crossing Khardong-la
pass (5605m), the highest motorable pass in the world. Enjoy
panoramic views of the Indus valley and Zanskar mountains
from the pass. Visit Sumur village and the picturesque
Samstaling monastery. Overnight in a camp near Tegar
Day 12: Nubra valley - Leh
After breakfast drive to Deskit, the main village of Nubra
valley. Visit the monastery that is located high up on the
mountain face. Optionally, you may take a camel safari on
the back of the double-humped Bactrian camels to Hundar (at
extra cost and subject to prior booking only). Drive back to
Leh. Overnight in your hotel.
Day 13: Leh
Fullday free for exploring Leh town where you can also visit
a traditional Ladakhi home sharing tea in their decorated
kitchen. Lunch in one of the garden cafes in town. Farewell
dinner in the evening. Overnight at hotel.
Day 14: Leh - Delhi
Transfer to Leh airport for early morning flight to Delhi.
Upon arrival transfer to your hotel. Rest of day
Day 15: Delhi - Departure
Transfer to the airport to connect outbound flight.