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Duration : 21 Nights / 22 Days
Destinations Covered: Delhi – Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra – Delhi – Manali – Rohtang – Sarchu – Tsomoriri – Tsokar – Leh – Pangong – Nubra – Khardung La – Alchi / Likir – Lamayuru – Kargil – Padum – Sonamarg – Srinagar - Delhi – FLY BACK

D1 : Delhi (Arrival)

D2 : Old & New Delhi

D3 : Delhi – Jaipur   

D4 : Jaipur  

D5 : Jaipur – Agra  

D6 : Agra – Delhi – Manali

D7 : Manali

D8 : Manali – Sarchu

D9 : Sarchu – Tsomoriri

D10 : Tsomoriri – Leh

D11 : Leh – Pangong

D12 : Pangong – Hemis – Leh   

D13 : Leh – Khardung La – Nubra

D14 : Nubra – Deskit – Leh

D15 : Leh – Alchi / Likir  

D16 : Alchi – Lamayuru – Kargil  

D17 : Kargil –Dhahanu - Padum

D18 : Padum  

D19 : Padum – Kargil

D20: Kargil–Sonmarg–Srinagar  

D21 : Srinagar

D22 : Srinagar – Delhi – Onwards Travel / FLY BACK




Tour Highlights & Inclusions

(All services including Transport / Transfers, Sightseeing, Guides etc are EXCLUSIVE)
• OLD (ancient) and NEW (modern) DELHI Sightseeing – Red Fort, Jamia Mazjid, Chandini Chowk, Qutab Minar, Lotus Temple, Akshardham, India Gate, Raj Ghat, Safdarjung Tomb, Connaught Place etc
• 1- Rickshaw Ride in Old Delhi
• Sound and Light Show at Red Fort or Purana Quila in DELHI
• Visit to CHOKHI DAANI – Traditional Rajasthani Village Resort in JAIPUR
• 1- Elephant Ride at Amber Fort in JAIPUR
• JAIPUR Sightseeing – Amber Fort, City Palace, Heritage Museum, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Jal Mahal, Birla Temple etc
• Fatehpur Sikri Tour
• AGRA Sightseeing - Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Sikandra and Itma-Ud-Daulah
• Battery Bus Ride for the Taj Mahal in AGRA
• Luxury Sleeper Coach
o Delhi – Manali
• Flight Tickets
o Srinagar – Delhi
• All interline permits for visiting different places in Ladakh as per Foreign Nationals
• Non A/C Deluxe Exclusive 4WD vehicle as per itinerary for surface travel for onwards Travel in Himachal, Ladakh & Kashmir for the Trans Himalayan Jeep Safari from Manali – Ladakh – Srinagar
• Daily Breakfast at the hotels & All meals (B/F+L+D) in Ladakh Region
• All Airport Transfers by private Deluxe Dlx Car
• All sightseeing, transport by chauffer driven Private Dlx Car
• All Toll / Parking / Driver / Fuel Charges towards travel and Transport
• English Speaking Guide throughout the tour at all places
• 1 Ltr of Mineral Water per tour member per day
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Detailed Tour Itinerary

Day 01:DELHI (Arrival)

india tourArrive DELHI - The Political and Cultural Capital of Incredible India to be greeted at the airport by our representative arrival team, who will be waiting with pre-printed signboard of your name at the arrival hall immediately after crossing customs area and currency exchange counters. You will be escorted to the car which will take you to the hotel for check inn. Drive to the hotel is approx 35 minutes form airport. Although most of the international flights arrive late in the evening or at night; your activities for the day will depend upon your arrival flight timing. Spend the night at the hotel for sleep and to get over with the Jet Lag. Overnight stay is at the hotel in Delhi.

Day 02: OLD & NEW DELHI

After breakfast in the morning at the hotel our guide will greet you at the hotel to take you for a full day Guided Sightseeing of Old and New Delhi in Private Dlx Car.

Start off by the visit to The Qutab Minar Complex, followed by The Lotus Temple. Drive through Sfadarjung Tomb or Humanyu Tomb, India Gate, Parliament House, President House and Raj Ghat before entering the Old Delhi to visit the Jamia Mazjid, the famous Red Fort and Chandini Chowk, Walk through the narrow alleys of the oldest and busiest bazaars of India or take a Rickshaw Ride. Visit Shish Ganj Gurudwara. In between if time permits you will also be taken to visit the famous Akshardham Temple or Lakshmi Narayan Temple. To wind up the day tour visit some of the beautiful souvenir shops to buy some of the most exquisite memories from India for your loved ones. Finish the tour with the spectacular Sound and Light Show (1 Hr) at Purana Quila delving into Delhi's glorious and tumultuous past, which makes the 5,000 years old history of the city come alive. Drive through the famous Victorian Cannaught Place - One of the most prominent architectural remnants of British Rule.

Return back to the hotel. Rest of the day is free for leisure activities. You may go for dinner at an excellent Mughal/ Indian/ Continental Restaurant. Overnight stay is at the hotel in Delhi.

Day 03: DELHI - JAIPUR (270 Kms -5.5 hrs)

After breakfast in the morning at the hotel you have time for leisure activities. Later in the day check out and drive to JAIPUR. This historic and first planned city of India was founded by Maharaja Swai Jai Singh in 1727 AD. The king had consulted a number of maps of the world before finally organizing own religious map Shilpa Shastra with the help of a young architect. Maharaja Swai Jai Singh was a builder, astronomer, astrologer, soldier, & philosopher. Presently Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan & is world famous as the Pink City. Wide-avenued Jaipur is the reservoir of Indian customs, traditions, civilization and royal legacy and is one of the most important heritage cities in India. Jaipur is also the home to India’s second most visited site. Arrive and check into the hotel.

Rest of the evening is free for leisure activities in and around the hotel. With Car and Driver at your disposal you may visit some of the world famous colorfully painted in Pink Bazaars of Jaipur. Shopping is an electrifying activity in Jaipur. It is difficult to define in words, the assortment of products, which these markets offer. Without a shopping spree in markets, no trip to Jaipur is complete. It is the perfect place to shop for Handicrafts, antiques, jewelry, gems, pottery, carpets, textiles, metalwork and leather-ware. In the late evening hours you may go to the Chokhi Daani – A Rajasthani Traditional Village Resort to enjoy the folk dance, music and rich hospitality and for leisure activities. You may also enjoy a traditional Rajasthani Food before returning back to the hotel to stay Overnight in Jaipur.
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Day 04: JAIPUR

jaipurAfter breakfast in the morning at the hotel our guide will greet you at the hotel lobby to take you for full day sightseeing of Jaipur.

Fist visit the most famous Amber Fort. Enjoy the Elephant Ride from the foothills of the Fort to the Amber Fort top, the elephant ride will give you the experience and take you into the royal past where Maharajas & royal family members were using the services of elephants as royal transport. Visit the Amber Fort. While returning form the Amber Fort stop for the photo shots at the Jal Mahal - The Floating Palace. Later visit the marvelous City Palace - the current generation of the Maharajas (King) still live here. The spectacular Palace is a lively example of the royal Past.

Go on to visit the Hawa Mahal (wind palace) where from royal ladies were watching daily processions and daily life. Constructed of red and pink sandstone highlighted with white lime, the five-storied facade is peppered with 953 small windows. The breeze (hawa) that comes through the windows keeps it cool even in hot months, and gives the palace its name.

Also visit the Historic Museum to be followed by ancient astrological observatory – The Jantar Mantar and beautiful temple – The Birla Mandir made in pure white marble. Evening is for leisure and shopping activities in some of the exclusive souvenirs boutiques and showrooms to buy some of the most exquisite memories of India. Return back to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 05: JAIPUR – Fatehpur Sikri – AGRA (250 Kms – 05 Hrs)

After breakfast in the morning at the hotel you have spare time for leisure activities. Later check out of the hotel and drive to AGRA. Enroute visit one of the most important places of Mughal Era - The Fatehpur Sikri - the abandoned Mughal Kingdom, founded by Akbar in 1569 AD as a ceremonial capital. But unfortunately this magnificent city was abandoned due to scarcity of drinking water and Akbar went back to Agra. Walk the aisles of the Jamia Mazjid mosque, entered by way of the impressive Victory Gate, and lose yourself in the throngs of pilgrims at the tomb of the Sufi saint Salim Chisti, his white marble-encased tomb enclosed within the Jamia mosque's central courtyard. Considered the crowning architectural legacy of Akbar (who also built the Red Fort) and still almost perfectly preserved, today the site is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Continue your drive to Agra so as to arrive later in the day and Check Into the hotel. AGRA is home to one of the 7 Wonders of the World-the Taj Mahal. The architectural splendor of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces are vivid remainders of the ancient Mughal Empire and Capital City of 16th and early 17th centuries. More just a decadent city of graveyards and stones, Agra is a vibrant centre of Culture, Art and Religious philosophies that have enriched mankind and shaped human thought over centuries.

Later in the day after change, wash and some rest visit the Itmad-ud-Daulah - the Baby Taj. The tomb may not be as mammoth as the Taj but the inlay designs and carvings are no less than Taj if not more. The delicate marble latticework in the passages allows the light to enter the interiors. This tomb was the first complete marble Mughal structure. Evening is for shopping and leisure activities with driver and car at your disposal. Agra is famous for handicrafts products such as Inlay work on Marble, Leather work, Foot-wear, Brass-wear, Carpets, Jewelry, Zari and Embroidery work. Overnight stay is at the hotel in Agra.

Day 06: AGRA (Taj Mahal) – DELHI (230 Kms – 04 Hrs) – MANALI (O/N Luxury Sleeper Coach)

agra tourAfter breakfast in the morning our guide will greet you at the hotel to take you for sightseeing of AGRA. First visit one of the wonders of the world, The TAJ MAHAL (monument of love), built by 5th great Mughal Emperor Shahi Jahan in the memory as mausoleum of his beloved queen Anjuman Bano Begum-Mumtaz. After her death in 1627 AD, in her memory emperor started to built Taj Mahal (Taj means Crown & Mahal means Palace). It took 22 years for 22000 labors working day and night to build this archeological wonder. It is the romantic origin of Taj as much as its architectural splendor that has led to its fame worldwide. Actually an integrated complex of many structures The Taj Mahal is considered the finest example of Mughal architecture, itself a combination of Islamic, Hindu, Persian and Turkish elements. Built in pure white marble which was transported from Makrana in Rajasthan by the help of animals Taj Mahal is one of the man made wonder’s of the world. The Taj Mahal built on the banks of River Yamuna is a masterpiece of symmetry, seeming to be floating in the air from a distance, and each revealed as an illusion experienced as one enters through the main gate. The verses of Holy Koran as inscribed on it and at the top of gate 22 small domes, signifying the number of years the monument took to built. The Taj Mahal has been built on a Marble Platform that stands one above sandstone. The most elegant dome of the Taj, with diameter of 60 feet’s, rises 80 feet’s, over the building and directly under the dome is the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal. Shah Jahan's tomb has been erected next to her's by his son Aurangzeb. Fantastic Inlay works using semi-precious stones decorate and interiors.

Later visit AGRA FORT on the banks of Yamuna River built by 3 emperors, Akbar & Jahangir in red sand stone & Shahi Jahan in white marble. The Crescent shaped Fort is 2.5 Km long and during Mughal rule 1/3rd of the Fort was occupied by the army. When British ruled India, they repeated same tradition and now traditionally Indian army has occupied the same. Visit some of the beautiful monuments housed in the complex - The Diwan-i-Am (public audience hall), the beautiful Diwan-i-Khas (private audience hall) and the magnificent Moti Mazjid (Pearl Mosque) were built by Shah Jahan.

With Car, driver and guide at your disposal go for shopping activities OR Lunch at local restaurant in Agra. Agra is famous for handicrafts products such as Inlay work on Marble, Leather work, Foot-wear, Brass-wear, Carpets, Jewelry, Zari and Embroidery work.

Return back to the hotel to check out and drive back to Delhi so as to arrive later in the day. Straight away transfer to the boarding point of the Luxury Air Conditioned Sleeper Coach that will drive you to Manali. This is an overnight journey. Coach will stop at a couple of places in between for freshening up, relaxation, meals and refreshments. Overnight is on board in the Luxury Sleeper Coach.

Day 07: MANALI

Arrive Manali in the morning around 09:00 hrs. Disembark the Luxury coach to be greeted by our representative and transferred to the hotel / resort. Check into your pre-booked room in the resort. After breakfast have some sleep / rest to relax yourself after a long journey. Enjoy your stay in the luxury resort. Evening is free at your own to walk up to the mall road and enjoy the beauty of queen of hill stations of India. Return back to the resort for Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 08: MANALI – Rohtang Pass – Lahul – Jispa - SARCHU (220 Kms – 07 Hrs)

After breakfast in the morning at the hotel check out to start your Trans Himalayan Jeep Safari to Ladakh. Drive to Sarchu, you ascend the Rohtang Pass (3978 M / 13,050 Ft). On your way up you will be traveling through thickly forested mountainside over which are a number of picturesque waterfalls. On crossing the pass you enter Lahoul district. Descending from Rohtang Pass you reach Gramphu, the bifurcation point on the road to Spiti, from where you get superb views of the glaciated valley of the Chandra River. You next reach Keylong, the District Headquarters of Lahaul-Spiti, located on the confluence of the Chandra and Bhaga rivers. It has the distinction of having a small satellite exchange from which you can dial anywhere in the world with sparkling clarity. Pass through Lahaul Valley, Tandi, Keylong, Jispa. Stop for lunch break at Darcha. After Lunch drive to Sarchu through Baralacha Pass (16020 ft).

From Jispa the road climbs to Patseo, just before reaching Patseo you suddenly comes across a rocky outcrop amidst which there is a crystal clear lake at the height of 12,600 Ft. The suddenness with which this appears in an otherwise barren land catches you by surprise. A little further is Zingzingbar, a 30 minutes zigzag climb through rocky outcrop, and then you go over the formidable Baralacha La, (4,830 M / 16,500 Ft). Baralacha La means ‘the pass with the crossroads on the summit’ and here meets the path from Zanskar, Ladakh, Spiti and Lahoul. This is also the watershed for the Chandra, Bhaga and Yunam rivers. It is 8 km long. Just below the Baralacha La at an altitude of 4800 M, Surajtal is the source of Bhaga River. The descent from Baralacha La is into a bowl. You are greeted with a landscape akin to the Tibetan Plateau – barren rocks with intricate patterns and amazing colours that are difficult to describe. The bowl that you descend into has a huge water body and the road skirts around it on its right. Across the water body is an awesome looking rock face.

From the mountains you suddenly come into a vast broad plateau, the road runs through the center of it almost as straight as an arrow. It is bounded on either side by Rocky Mountains, of which some of the peaks are snow covered. There is a deep gorge that runs along side the left of the road at a little distance. This is Sarchu. Sarchu is the border between Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir (Ladakh).Arrive by evening and check into the hotel/ Camp. Rest of the day is free to relax and for leisure activities. Dinner and Overnight stay is at the hotel in Sarchu.
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Day 09: SARCHU –TSOMORIRI LAKE (210 Kms – 07 Hrs)

tsomori lakeAfter breakfast in the morning at Sarchu you drive into Ladakh. Leaving the Sarchu Plains behind, you enter a narrow valley of sheer Rocky Mountains on either side. The river runs downstream alongside the road. The jaggedness of the rocky faces gives them intricate designs. Sometimes these designs make them look like an awesome fortress on the skyline with steep parapets. The backdrop of cobalt blue skies enhances the majestic awesome grandeur of this stark landscape. A number of Bailey bridges span narrow streams along the way. An hour after leaving Sarchu you negotiate 21 hairpin bends known as the “Gatta Loops” which takes you from an altitude of 4210 M/ 13,780 Ft to a height of 4667 M / 15,302 Ft. Thereafter, the first pass that you cross is Nakee La (15,547 Ft). The next pass, which is the highest altitude that you reach on today’s drive, is Lachulung La (5065 M / 16,616 Ft). The rocky citadels that were seen earlier are at a closer range. From these rocks fine gravel slithers down like huge sand dunes descending to the road below. These sand dune like patches are a unique feature of the landscape in Ladakh. One then enters a gorge running alongside the river. Some of the rock faces along the gorge look like huge anthills. Every bend in the road offers unforgettable views of the intricate patterns of the rocky outcrop. Within the gorge is Kangla Jal (4,878 M) where you cross a stream. This brings you to Pang. Lunch at Pang.

After a 15 minutes ascent from Pang, you find yourself in the vast expanse of the Moriri Plains, which appears immediately on getting to the top of the climb. The view of the vastness of the plains with mountains in the background is breathtaking. Along the Morri Plains the road curves gently to the right and you descend into a valley. A huge dry lake with a yellow sandy bed is on the right. About 27 km short of Taklang La there is a prominent dirt track to the right of the road, which is marked for Tso Kar. Traveling for about 6 km along this dirt track for around 15 – 20 minutes you come to TsoKar.

Tso Kar or the Tsomoriri Lake is also called “White Lake” because of the salt deposits around it. It is a small lake with the backdrop formed by a chain of snow peaked mountains. The waters are deep blue in colour and the mountains, like the rest of the Ladakhi landscape are of varying shades of brown and purple with snow capped peaks. The banks are covered with salt deposits. The water of the lake is so salty that the salt that is deposited on its banks is sold all over Ladakh and Kashmir. A Nomad Headquarters (Samad Rockchen) is located next to the lake. There will be awesome photo opportunities to capture the serenity of the lake.

Arrive and check into the Camp site. Rest of the day is to relax and for leisure activities. Dinner and overnight stay is at the camp / resort.

Day 10: TSOMORIRI - LEH (140 Kms – 05 Hrs)

After breakfast in the morning check out and drive to Leht, your journey today takes you over the second highest Motorable pass in the world - Taklang La (5,336 M / 17,582 Ft). On crossing over the pass the full force of the awesome stark grandeur of barren mountains greets you. The near distance mountains are greenish – brown in color, the middle distance ones are purplish – grayish and snow-capped peaks are visible in the distance. Approximately an hour’s drive brings you to the bottom of the pass where you level up with a stream that is caused by melting snows. Thereafter, the road gradually descends along the river course. Descending from the pass the road gets you back in to civilization passing through picturesque villages with well-cultivated fields and finally meets the Indus River at Upshi. From Upshi, an hour’s drive moving downstream besides the Indus River brings you to Leh. After the bump and grind of crossing over high mountain passes, the smooth fast drive on the stretch from Upshi to Leh comes as a welcome relief.

Arrive and check into the hotel. Rest of the day is to relax and acclimatize. Evening is for leisure activities. Dinner and Overnight stay is at the Hotel in Leh.

Day 11: LEH – PANGONG (160 Kms – 04 Hrs)

After breakfast in the morning at the hotel check out and drive to Pangong Lake (14,500 ft), through Changla Pass 17,350 ft. It is the 3rd highest Motorable road in the world. Arrive Pangong Lake by early afternoon. This is the highest Salt Water Lake in the World, shared by two countries India & China. Check into the Camp Site. Lunch will be served upon arrival. Rest of the day is free for leisure activities. Enjoy the beauty of the lake on the Banks of Pangong while appreciating the changing Colors and fascinating high altitude of the Lake. Dinner and Overnight stay is at the Camp in Pangong.

Day 12: PANGONG – Thikse/ Hemis – LEH (160 kms – 06 Hrs)

lehAfter breakfast in the morning at the hotel check out and drive to Leh. Enroute visit THIKSE Monastery, which is one of the most vibrant and active monasteries in the region. It dates back to the 16th century and is part of the Gelug-pa Sect. It is headed by successive reincarnations of the Khanpo Rimpoche. The monastery is 12 storied and painted in deep shades of red, ochre and white. It has evolved around a central courtyard with buildings surrounding it from three sides. At one extreme lies the main dukhang, which houses numerous racks containing religious texts. Behind the main alter lies a small chamber that contains images of revered deities.

Continue your drive upstream along the Indus River to HEMIS GOMPA, crossing over the Indus at the village of Karu. The most famous of Ladakh’s monasteries, Hemis or Changchub Samstanling (The love palace of the compassionate person), dates back to the 17th century and was built over a period of 40 years (1602 – 1642 A.D.). Today Hemis is well known for its festival or Hemis Tsechu commemorating the birthday of Guru Padmasambhava. In the year of the Monkey (every 12 years) a giant thangka depicting Guru Padmasambhava is unfurled from the terrace draping the five-storey facade. Delicately wrought in pearls and appliquι, it is one of the most famous art treasures of Ladakh. The central courtyard forms the focus for the masked dances held every year in summer. In the dukhang, remnants of the original 17th century murals can be seen. The gompa boasts of an excellent library, well preserved frescoes and murals, silver gilt chortens and a Kashmiri lacquered wooden throne.

On the return journey to Leh, drive to STOK PALACE, which is the present residence of the former royal family of Ladakh. King Teswang Thondup Namgyal built the palace in 1825. The last king of Ladakh died here in 1974. The main palace is five storeys high. The palace museum displays the collections of the royal family. In the queen’s chamber can be seen royal ornaments such as the beautifully crafted turquoise studded perak (head dress), the queen’s crown as well as the necklace of the Balti Princess, Gyal Khatun. Within the king’s room are displayed exquisite thangkas, most significant of which is the set of 35 thangkas depicting the stories relating to the former lives of Buddha. Other artifacts include silver chortens, the king’s crown and a 7th century image of Avalokitesvara as well as jade cups, fine porcelain and ritual objects.

Continue your drive to Leh so as to arrive before evening. Check into the hotel. Evening is free for leisure activities. Dinner and overnight stay is at the hotel in Leh.

Day 13: LEH – Deskit - NUBRA VALLEY (Via Khardungla Pass) (120 kms – 05 Hrs)

After breakfast in the morning at the hotel check out and drive to Nubra Valley via Khardungla Pass (The Highest Motorable road in the World, 18,380 ft). The road journey from Leh to NUBRA VALLEY passes over KHARDUNG LA (the highest Motorable road in the world) at 5602 M / 18,390 Ft, around 39 km from Leh. From the pass, one can see all the way south over the Indus valley to seemingly endless peaks and ridges of the Zanskar range, and north to the giants of the Saser massif. Nubra Valley is popularly known as Ldumra or the valley of flowers. It is situated in the north of Ladakh between the Karakoram and Ladakh ranges of the Himalayas. The average altitude of the valley is 10,000 Ft. above sea level. The Shayok and Saichen Rivers drain Nubra. The flat part of the river is sandy & occupied by green farms & myricaria. The villages look pretty with greenery, willow & poplar trees. Till partition Nubra Valley was one of the trade centers, the ancient famous Silk Route passed through this area.

Before proceeding to your camp at Hunder, stop to visit DISKIT MONASTERY perched on a rock overhanging next to a stream, which provides the source of energy used by mills in the area. The monastery is rich, full of thangkas, magnificent giant statues, effigies of the Buddha and old mural paintings in which can be noted a multitude of influences. It was founded by Lama Sherab Zangpo of Stod around 1420 A.D. DISKIT is the main village or headquarters of Nubra Valley, which has a small market consisting of a row of shops.

After your visit to the monastery and shortly after leaving Diskit you will comes across sand dunes on the right of the road. Seen in isolation you could well be amongst the sand dunes of the Thar Desert in Rajasthan. It is indeed a strange sight since immediately on the left of the road are Rocky Mountains that characterize the Ladakhi landscape and in the distance can be seen snow-capped mountains.

Arrive at Nubra Valley by Afternoon. Rest of the day is free to explore Deskit. You may visit the Hunder Villages and do Camel Safari in Sand Dunes between Deskit and Hunder Village. Dinner and overnight stay is at the hotel in Nubra.
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Day 14: NUBRA VALLEY / Hunder – Khardungla - LEH (120 kms – 05 Hrs)

nubra valleyAfter breakfast in the morning you will get the unique opportunity to ride on a bacterian camel (double humped) amidst the sand dunes of this high altitude desert with snow capped mountains on the horizon. Thereafter, crossing over the Shayok River you will be driving upstream long the Saichen River to Panamik. The place has a number of hot springs on the right of the road just before entering the village. Panamik is literally the end of the road for this trip, as one has to return from this spot. On the return journey you stop by to visit SAMSTANLING GOMPA founded by Lama Tsultims Nima. The Gompa has some strict rules and regulations like not allowing women in the monastery after sunset and before sunrise, no smoking etc.

Check out of the hotel / camp and drive back to Leh via same Khardungla Pass so as to arrive and check into the hotel later in the day. Later in the evening you have ample time for leisure & sightseeing activities. Dinner and overnight stay is at the hotel in Leh.

Day 15: LEH – ALCHI / Ule / Likir (120 kms – 4.5 Hrs)

After breakfast in the morning check out of the hotel and drive to ALCHI. Today you will have an opportunity to do White Water RAFTING down the Indus River. From Phey to Nimoo, the confluence of Indus and Zanskar Rivers. The rafting trip would provide a different perspective in your experience of the natural beauty of the spectacular landscape with deep gorges, towering snow capped peaks hilltop monasteries & hillside villages besides being an adrenalin boost. From Nimoo you drive to ALCHI village to visit the Alchi gompa of the 11th century known for a massive Buddha statue.

Enroute visit LIKIR Monastery and Gurudwara Pathar Sahib. The name Likir derives from the word Lukhgil (coiled snake) as the site appears to be encircled by two great serpent spirits – Nanda and Taksako. The gompa is believed to date back to the 11th century. In the 15th century Lama Lhawag Lhotos established the Gelug-pa order here. Likir is one of the most active monasteries in the region. The gompa has a fine collection of thangkas some of which are now housed in its museum. As you drive up to the monastery a recently installed colossal gilded image of the Maitreya out in the open is one of the most impressive sights in Ladakh.

Arrive Alchi later in the day and check into the Camp at Alchi or Ule. Dinner and overnight stay is at the Camp / Resort in Ule / Alchi.

Day 16: ALCHI – Lamayuru - KARGIL (180 kms – 06 Hrs)

After breakfast in the morning check out of the resort / campsite and drive to KARGIL. Enroute visit the LAMAYURU MONASTERY, which is spectacularly located along the valley plain and surrounded by mountains on all sides. According to legend, the arhat Madhyantika, a disciple of Buddha offered “torma’ (sacred food) and water to the spirits inhabiting the site to satisfy them. A handful of rain spilled on the soil which caused barley plants to sprout in the shape of Yung-drung (swastika), hence its name Yung-Drung. The great yogi Naropa meditated in a cave, which today forms part of the monastery. The monastery has gradually expanded over the years and newer structures have been built around a large courtyard. The antiquity of this site is evident from the large number of chortens, similar to those at Alchi.

Continue drive to KARGIL so as to arrive later in the day. Check into the hotel. Rest of the day is for leisure activities. Dinner and overnight stay is at the hotel in Kargil.

Day 17: KARGIL – PADUM (250 Kms – 07 Hrs)

After early morning breakfast at the hotel drive to Padum (Zanskar). On the way, you can have magnificent view of Nun Kun Peak and Dran Drung Glacier. Enroute visit Rangdum Monastery. Reach Padum by Evening. Check into the hotel. Rest of the day is free to relax and for leisure activities. Dinner and Overnight stay is at the Hotel / Camp.
With a population of nearly 1500, Padum can be described as the most populous settlement of Zanskar, otherwise a very scarcely inhabited valley. Once capital of the ancient kingdom of Zanskar; Padum (3505 m) is famous as a major trekking base and a popular tourist destination. Several places of tourist interest in the vicinity of the township can be visited in the course of entertaining walks & short Treks. Below the old township of Padum, there is a set of rock carving on a massive boulder near the river bank. Belonging to the 8th century, these ancient rock sculptures provide evidence of the influence of North Indian Buddhism in Ladakh. Tourists visit the Starrimo Monastery residence of 30 monks that clings to a tree-covered ridge. The area around, as well as the hills, have been terraced for farming. The old hamlet called Pibiting offers a picturesque view with the monastery on the hilltop setting an example of the Stupa architecture

Day 18: PADUM

After breakfast in the morning at the hotel go for full day excursion / sightseeing around Padum. Visit Karsha, Stongdey & Sani. Return back to the hotel in Padum by evening. Rest of the day is free for leisure activities. Dinner and Overnight stay is at the Hotel / Camp.

Day 19: PADUM – Penzi La - KARGIL (250 Kms – 07 Hrs)

After breakfast in the morning at the hotel check out and drive back to Kargil. Enroute visit the Penzi La Passs. Arrive Kargil be the evening and check into the camp / hotel. Rest of the day is free for leisure activities. Dinner and Overnight stay is at the Hotel / Camp.

Day 20: KARGIL – Sonamarg – SRINAGAR (204 kms – 06 Hrs)

kargilAfter breakfast in the morning check out and drive to SRINAGAR. Passing through Drass; which is noted for its heavy snowfalls and extreme cold – supposed to be the 2nd coldest inhabitant places in the world. On the road to Srinagar, Drass, is a small township lying in the centre of a valley of the same name. It is the second coldest inhabited place in the world. During the spring and summer, however the valley around the township becomes very picturesque. You can have spectacular view of the Kargil War’s famous peak, Tiger Hill and other peaks. Continue drive to SRINAGAR via Sonamarg known for the most beautiful drive to Srinagar. It is also known as the gateway to Ladakh.

Arrive Srinagar later in the day.You will be transferred to the Deluxe Houseboat on the famous Dal or Nagin Lake for Check In. Srinagar is also known as "Paradise on Earth" and "The Venice of Asia" Welcome drinks and Traditional Kashmiri drink Kahawa will be served upon arrival.

Dinner and overnight stay is on the luxury floating villa – The Houseboat.

Day 21: SRINAGAR

After breakfast in the morning at the houseboat go for sightseeing of the beautiful city. Visit the Visit the famous Mughal Gardens; Nishat Bagh (Garden of Pleasure) and Shalimar Garden (Abode Of Love). Also visit the famous Shankracharya Temple on the hilltop. You may also visit the famous Kashmiri Carpets weaving factory. Return back to the houseboat to send the rest of the day for leisure activities. You may optionally go for Shikara ride again and enjoy the pristine beauty of nature. Dinner and overnight stay is at the houseboat.

Day 22: SRINAGAR – DELHI (Flight) – Onwards Travel / FLY BACK

After breakfast in the morning at the hotel you have spare time for leisure activities. Later check out of the hotel to be transferred to the airport to board your flight back to DELHI. Arrive Delhi later in the day to be greeted by our representative. Depending on your onwards travel plans and flight schedules you have time to explore Delhi or do last minute shopping activities before being transferred to the airport to board your connecting flight for onwards travel or Fly Back to Your Country with everlasting memories of magnificent glimpses of Incredible India, The Taj Mahal & Trans Himalayan Adventure Safari in Ladakh.
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