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Nestling in the lap of the dazzling snow capped Himalayas, the Kashmir valley is undoubtedly a jewel in India’s crwon. An inspiration for so much art, music and poetry, Kashmir is an emerald valley, cradled in the Himalayas, under crystalline blue skies, and against the backdrop of snow capped mountains. Along both banks of the Jhelum, in the heart of the Kashmir valley, is Srinagar, the capital of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The Mughal imprint is visible in the many beautiful gardens, waterways and handcrafted souvenirs of the city. Stretching like a lunar landscape, high in the  remote regions of the Karakoram mountains, the  plateau of Ladakh- wild, vast and barren – has a compelling charm and beauty of its own. Awesome snow covered mountains tower above frighteningly close, terrifying gorges that descend  almost vertically to snake-like rivers thousands of feet below.Startling patches of greenery break the bleak landscape – wherever there is water at the base of a glacier or in a river valley. Here one is likely to find Ladakh’s famous apricot orchards or giant cabbage heads; as also radish, potatoes and turnips growing to giant sizes because of longer daylight and strong intensity of ultra violet rays.While crossing the extensive plains one is traveling through the highest plains in the world lying above 2700 m. Here the land scape assumes fantastic and bizarre shapes, a result of nature's erosion factor. Surrealistic colours splash off rocks ranging from rust, gold, pink and yellow.In this quaint civilization, sheltered from the winds of change, timelessness prevails. Nestling amongst the rugged rocks and towering granite, surrounded by cultivated patches that look like pure jade, are ancient lamasaries carved into the hillside. Their interiors are resplendent with priceless antiques and an incense filled atmosphere throbbing with haunting chants of incessant prayer and music, where butter lamps burn night and day.Like a forgotten moment in time, Ladakh - with its villages carved out of the veritable mountain side, stupas reaching the sky, dominating monasteries virtually hanging from cliffs and crags, their stone walls inscribed with ancient texts, standing in a wild unspoilt country side has the appeal of the rediscovered past.
 
 
Delhi-Srinagar-Mamer-Sonamarg-Menamarg-Thasgam-Pashkum-Bodhkharbu- Lamayuru- Leh- Delhi
Total no. of days :
18
Best Period :
June- September
 
 
Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to your hotel. Overnight at hotel.

 
 
Day 02: Delhi-Srinagar by air (9W 603 dep 1110 arr 1235 hrs)
In time transfer to airport to connect flight for Srinagar. Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to a Deluxe Houseboat. Afternoon Sightseeing tour of the Mughal Gardens visiting Nishat & Shalimar by Non-AC Car. Dinner & overnight stay at the House Boat.

 
 
Day 03: Srinagar
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. Gulmarg also referred as Meadow of Flowers is a famous Ski Resort & 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) Return to Srinagar for an Overnight stay at Houseboat.
 
 
Day 04: Srinagar – Mamer - 50 Kms
Early Morning after breakfast, START CYCLING with a flag off ceremony at the lawns of the Houseboat. Pass thru the Orchids of Zakura & Rice fields of Ganderbal. Drive along the SINDH River upto Mamer. Mamer is famous for the Fishing Angler’s. Stay in tents.
 
 
Day 05: Mamer-Sonamarg – 40 km
After breakfast leave with picnic lunch for Sonamarg. Situated at an altitude of 9000 Ft. Sonamarg  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. Ponies can be hired for the trip up to Thajiwas glacier, which is a major local attraction during the summer. Overnite in tents.
 
 
Day 06: Sonamarg-Menamarg – 45 km
Start cycling over Zojila Pass crossing through Gumri check post.  On arrival at Minamarg, stop at Police check post for Passport entry & then ride further 1 km to stay in tents.  All meals & Overnight in tented accommodation.
 
 
Day 07: Menamarg- Thasgam  - 45 Kms
Start the day towards Thasgam, passing through Drass Town, the second coldest place in the world.  Arrive Thasgam & camp in the fields for overnight stay.

 
 
Day 08: Thasgam- Pashkum - 45 Kms
Leave for Pashkum driving along the Drass River. After passing the district town of Kargil, descend down to reach Pashkum. Overnight stay in tents with all meals.

 
  Day 09: Pashkum- Bodhkharbu - 60 Kms
Start the day for Bodhkharbu, enroute visit the 8th century rock carving of Maitriya Buddha. Ascend over Namikala Pass at 12200 feet & continue driving upto Bodhkharbu for overnight stay in tents with all meals.
 
 
Day 10: Bodhkharbu- Lamayuru - 45 Kms
After early breakfast after passing thru Heniskot, start ascending over Fatula Pass at 13500 feet, the highest pass on Srinagar – Leh road.  Descend down to each the picturesque Lamayuru & before arriving take a breathtaking view of the Gompa with excellent Photographs.  Camp near the green fields. Later in the evening, visit the 10th century Monastery of Brigunga Sect (Red Sect) which was founded by King Rinchen Zangpo in 10th Century.   All Meals & overnight stay in Tents.
 
 
Day 11: Lamayuru-Uletopko – 60 km
After breakfast enjoy driving down thru Wanla River upto Khalsi. Stop for tea at Khalsi. Later drive all along the famous Indus River, passing thru the fruit cultivated villages of Nurla & Gera.  Check in at Uleytokpo Ethnic Resort for overnight & all meals.

 
 
Day 12: Uletopko
Morning Half Day visit to Alchi on the bicycles & later return to Camp for Lunch.  Afternoon drive on Bicycles upto Rizong Gompa.  Overnight at Uleytokpo Camp.

 
 
Day 13: Uletopko-Leh- 70 km
After breakfast leave for Leh, passing thru the villages of Saspol. Ascend over Likir & on the other side, enjoy view of Basgo Fort. Continue further upto Nimo Village & then start going up towards Phyang. Stop at the confluence of Indus & Zanskar River for Photo session.  Driver downwards till Leh. On Arrival check in at your hotel for all meals & overnight stay.

 
 
Day 14: Leh
Full day visiting Shey, Thiksey & Hemis. 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. The importance which was attached to Shey - the seat of Ladakh's heartland - is attested by the enormous number of Chorten about the village, particularly around the palace complex and barren plain to the north of the road.  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, what a visitor can observes a series of scenes in which the lamas, robed in gowns of rich, brightly coloured brocade and sporting masks sometimes bizarrely hideous, parade in solemn dance and mime around the huge flag pole in the center of the courtyard to the plaintive melody of the Shawn. The moan of the eleven feet horns, the boom of drums and the clash of Cymbals. 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 mountain side a little way up a glen in the mountains of Zanskar range Overnight at hotel.

 
 
Day 15: Leh
AM Sightseeing of Spituk & 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.  After Spituk, 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. Afternoon visit After Lunch  Stok - The Palace of the banished royal family, Stok has a museum which displays fabulous period costumes and jewelry of the royalty along with exquisite Tangkhas representing the life of the Sakya- Muni Buddha. Interesting historical objects like coins, seals, armour, weapons, precious jade and porcelain can also be seen here.  Return to your Hotel for overnight stay.
 
  Day 16: Leh-Delhi
In time transfer to airport to connect flight for Delhi. Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to your hotel.  Day free to rest and relax. Overnight at hotel.


 
  Day 17: Delhi
Full day combined sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi. Visit Qutab Minar, India Gate (War Memorial) Lakshmi Narayan Temple-Modera, Hindu Temple, drive past President’s House, Parliament House and Secretariat buildings. Also visit Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana – the cremations sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawahar Lal Nehru, Jama Masjid and drive past Red Fort and Chandni Chowk. Overnight at hotel.
 
  Day 18: Leave Delhi
In time transfer to international airport to connect flight back home

 
 
 
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