THE ROOF OF THE WORLD: LADAKH
...hiding in the Himalayas
THE ROOF OF THE WORLD: LADAKH
OLD AND NEW DELHI – SRINAGAR – GULMARG – PAHALGAM – KARGIL – DRAS – MULBEKH – LEH – SHEY – THIKSEY – HEMIS – SPANGMIK – KHARDUNGLA – NUBRA VALLEY
14 DAYS APRIL TO SEPTEMBER

Wander through the picturesque valleys of Kashmir and Ladakh, pay obeisance at Ladakh’s world -famous monasteries, meander through high passes, explore colourful bazaars with their hand-crafted treasures, sleep on houseboats and float on Shikharas, feast on ambrosial dishes, and shoot away on my camera at incredible views and culture sights in this fantastic Kashmir and Ladakh holiday.

Tour Highlights
  • HOUSEBOAT STAY AT SRINAGAR
  • SHIKHARA RIDE ON THE DAL LAKE
  • VISIT GULMARG – VALLEY OF FLOWERS
  • ANCIENT MONASTERIES OF LEH
  • A VISIT TO PANGONG LAKE
  • SEE DOUBLE HUMPED BACTRIAN CAMELS AT HUNDER

Tour Information
  • Where
    :

    INDIA

  • When
    :

    APRIL TO SEPTEMBER

  • What
    :

    CULTURE AND HISTORY, NATURE AND WILDLIFE

Itinerary

You will be received at Delhi airport and transferred to your hotel. Rest of day at leisure.

Explore the best of Old and New Delhi today. Start with Jama Masjid in Old Delhi, drive past Red Fort, ride a cycle rickshaw through busy Chandni Chowk and visit Raj Ghat.

Proceed to New Delhi with stops at Humayun’s tomb and the Qutab Minar, drive past India Gate and prominent Government monuments nearby before finishing your day with the evening ceremony at Gurudwara Bangla Sahib.

Today, we fly to picturesque Srinagar and upon arrival, get transferred to a Premier Houseboat, your lodging at Srinagar. Later, proceed to visit the Moghul Gardens with their decorative lawns and pretty fountains, all with the majestic Dal lake as a backdrop, and a Handicrafts Emporium where you can shop for exquisite silk carpets and shawls.

A tour to the breathtakingly beautiful Gulmarg, also called the Meadow of Flowers today, a ski resort with the world’s highest 18-hole golf Course. Watch the meadow of flowers from the elevated view of a Gondola or just explore the scenic hill station before you return to Srinagar.

After the Meadow of Flowers comes the “Valley of Shepherds”. Leave early for a full day’s tour to Pahalgam with its mesmerizing natural vistas and trekking trails. Walk along the River Lidder and see the base camp site for Amarnath pilgrims before driving back to Srinagar.

Guided Old City Tour of Srinagar covering Hari Parbat Fort and Jamia Masjid; walk along the heritage trails along River Jhelum and explore the colourful markets of Old Town.

Later, be a part of the Dal’s scenery when you ride a Shikhara here; you’ll understand why this place is called Paradise on Earth when you watch the fusion of colours here.

On return, visit a local crafts market to view hand crafted products made of paper Mache and walnut wood.

An early start to proceed to Kargil via Sonamarg, also called the Meadow of Gold. This is the Kashmir you see in picture postcards – snowy mountains under azure skies.

Lunch in a restaurant at Sonamarg and proceed to Kargil through Zojila Pass. Your passports will be checked at Drass, the coldest place in India before you reach your hotel at Kargil.

Depart Kargil for Leh, on the way stopping at Mulbekh to see the 144-ft tall statue of Future Buddha, carved out of a single rock. See Lamayuru, the oldest monastery of Ladakh before reaching Leh.

Spend rest of day at leisure. It’s important to rest for some time to get acclimated to Leh’s high altitude.

After breakfast a full day excursion to Shey, Thiksey and Hemis. Start with Shey, Ladakh’s old capital still retains its regal image with its many stupas and the Palace complex. The Thiksey Gompa has several temples and boasts excellent wall paintings as well as a two-storey tall statue of Buddha.

Next, we visit Hemis, Ladakh’s largest monastery, located in a picturesque glen in the Zanskar mountain range before returning to Leh.

Start early for Pangong Lake, stopping at Tsoltak for a scenic picnic lunch. Check into a tented camp at Pangong.

Later, proceed to view Asia’s largest brackish water lake that’s spread across India and Tibet. Enjoy astounding views of the Himalayas along the lake till Spangmik before returning to your tents.

Enjoy another picnic lunch at the pass before returning to Leh.

Start early for your trip to Nubra Valley through Khardungla, the highest motorable road in the world.

Enjoy fabulous views as you stop for a picnic lunch at Khardong village and then proceed to Deskit with its 500-year-old Buddhist Monastery, located on a hilltop with stunning views. A short drive will take you to Hunder where you can see Bactrian camels in the sand dunes. Proceed to your camp at Tirth.

Scenic drive back to Leh with a picnic lunch on the way. Later, explore Leh’s town and bazaaron your own.

In time transfer to airport for flight to Delhi for onward travel.

Pricing and Inclusions
Pricing and inclusions
    2018 FROMTWIN SINGLE
    APR – SEP$3,048$3,895

    *Discounts apply for 3 or more passengers.

    INCLUSIONS

    • Arrival and departure transfers with English speaking driver in each location.
    • All land transportation, from your arrival on day one through to departure on the final day.
    • Good quality, well located accommodation, with private facilities and breakfast daily.
    • Other meals are listed in each itinerary.
    • Private sightseeing tours (except Wellness, Rail and Oberoi cruise), with your own English speaking guide.
    • Porterage for 1 bag per person.
    • Prepayable entrance fees. Some National Parks are pay as you go. We’ll let you know if this applies to you.
    • Camera charges may be extra
    • 24 hour assistance by our trusted partners in each location.
    • Prices are ‘from’ prices and are subject to availability and seasonal price changes.
    • Prices are correct as at 19Mar18 and valid to end 2018.
    • Flights are NOT included. Some internal flights can often be included with your International ticket to save you money. We will discuss flights with you and advise the best options.
    • See full terms and conditions.
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