Duration : 09Nights / 10Days
Destination : Delhi - Srinagar - Pahalgam - Kargil - Leh
After arriving at Delhi airport, leave for Srinagar. Enjoy 2 - 3 Hours Boat Ride on Dal Lake by a gondola Boat called "SHIKARA" witness the ride on lake, called Venice of India and experience the aquatic life of Srinagar. Also see the scenic extravaganza of the Kashmir and enjoy the profusion of colors in the Paradise on Earth. While returning visit to the local crafts market and see the fine carved hand-made articles from Paper Machete and wood of a walnut. Night halt at Deluxe Houseboat.
Visit the Mogul Garden "Nishat" (The Garden of Pleasure) and "Shalimar" (Abode of All), after a breakfast. Drive along the Lakeside on Boulevard On return visit a local Handicrafts Emporium for hand-knotted specialty Silken carpets, shawls, and jewellery ornaments.
After lunch, head for the City tour visiting Hari Parbat Fort and Jamia Masjid, monument of medieval architecture Return to the houseboat enroute drive and walk through the Old town of City, where one can see the colorful life of people living around.
Night halt at Deluxe Houseboat.
Full Day return excursion to Gulmarg, called as "Meadow of Flowers" with picnic lunch. Gulmarg is 53 Kms from Srinagar at an altitude of 8700-ft. it also referred as Meadow of Flowers is a famous Ski Resort and the world's highest 18 hole Golf Course. The place was prominent during the British time. Enjoy the scenic view of Kongdori on a Cable Car Ride - OPTIONAL (Gondola)
Note : Return to Srinagar for an overnight stay at Deluxe Houseboat.
Leave for Pahalgam called as "Valley of Shepherds. In Pahalgam, Enjoy the nature and stroll around the banks of River Lidder. Pahalgam is famous for some trekking routes also and is the base camp for Amarnath Pilgrimage Head back to Srinagar.
Enroute visiting the Awantipura Ruins of 9th Century and Mattan Temple.
Depart for Kargil and drive through Sonamarg, after an early Breakfast. Sonamarg - 84 Kms is also called as "The meadow of gold" has, as its backdrop, snowy mountains against a cerulean sky. The Sindh River that meanders through the valley abounds with trout and mahaseer.
Stop at Sonamarg Glacier Restaurant for Lunch and immediately after lunch, drive towards Kargil and passing over Zojila Pass. Stop at Drass, the 2nd coldest inhabitant place in the World for Passport check and tea.
Then drive along the Drass River till one arrives at Kargil Leh Temple and walk back to Leh Bazaar through the famous Leh Polo ground.
Proceed towards Leh, after breakfast. Arrive at Leh (165 Kms - and District Headquarters of Ladakh Region at an altitude of 3500 Mts.). And Check in at the Hotel. Later visit the Leh Temple and walk back to Leh Bazaar through the famous Leh Polo ground. Night halt at the hotel.
You can see around Leh visiting: Shey, Thiksey and Stok Palace. After breakfast, proceed to Shey - it was the ancient capital of Ladakh and even after Singge Namgyal built the more imposing palace at Leh, the kings continued to regard Shey, as their real home.
Later visit Thiksey - is one of the largest and most impressive Gompas. There are several temples in this Gompa containing images, stupas and exquisite wall paintings. It also houses a two - storied statue of Buddha, which has the main prayer hall around its shoulder.
Proceed to Hemis - which is dedicated to Padmasambhava,. Hemis was found in the 1630's by Tsang-ras-pa under the royal patronage of Singe Namgyal, Hemis is the largest and richest of the Ladakh Gompas. It nestles into the mountainside a little way up a glen in the mountains of Zanskar range.
Night halt at the hotel.
In the morning you can head towards, Spituk and Phyang Monastery. Spituk - 8 Kms from Leh, Spituk stands majestically atop a hillock overlooking the Indus valley for miles. Many icons and fine "Tangkhas" are to be found in this 15th century monastery.
It also houses a collection of ancient masks, antique arms and is inspiring image of "Mahakala". The face of the Kali image is kept covered and revealed only at the annual function in January every two years. Visit to Phyang Monastery, this is 17 Kms from Leh, built by Tashi Namgyal in 16th century A.D. and belongs to the Red Cap Sect of Buddhists. Samkar is little up in the valley, 3 Kms. From Leh Town, which is open to visitors in the morning and evening only.
After breakfast, head towards Traktok. Above the village of Sakti, is Traktok Gompa, the sole representative in Ladakh of the Nying-ma-pa, the most ancient religious order, it is said to have been founded in the regain of Tshewang Namgyal in the 16th century. It is constructed round one of the innumerable caves in the Himalayan and trans-Himalaya where Padmasambhava is believed to have stopped and mediated during his journey to Tibet, and this forms the innermost shrine, while a little further down another cave serves as the kitchen.
The small Du-khang has the usual paintings on the verandah, and on the inside walls recent murals, mostly of fierce divinities. His Holiness the Dalai Lama consecrated a new temple in 1980. Chemre was founded under the direct patronage of members of the ruling Namgyal dynasty. During the 16th century & was established at the instance of King Singge Namgyal, while his widow founded Chemre as a posthumous act of merit for him. The Monastery belongs to the Red Hat (Kargyud-Pa) sect of Tibetan monasticism. Night halt at the hotel.
After having a luxurious breakfast at the hotel, head for the airport for further travel.
The Sojourn ends, with pleasant memories.