Kashmir and Ladakh Extravaganza

14 Nights / 15 Days


Kashmir and Ladakh Extravaganza

Delhi - Srinagar - Gulmarg - Pahalgam - Sonmarg – Kargil - Leh – Nubra valley- Pangong Lake - Leh - Delhi

Kashmir and Ladakh make two of the most beautiful regions in India with immense natural beauty. A famous thirteenth century Indian poet and scholar Amir Khusro described the beauty of Kashmir thus, “If there is a paradise on earth, it is this, it is this, it is this”. People have linked the climate of Kashmir to that of Switzerland until end of May and Southern France in July and August. But it is impossible to speak of Kashmir as possessing only one climate or group of characteristics. Every hundred feet of elevation brings some new phase of climate and vegetation.” Likewise, enfolded by stark, arid, astounding, spectacularly jagged mountains, Ladakh, the land of challenging high ‘Passes’, crowned by milky white snow, exotic lakes, sparse but mesmerizing meadows and inhabited by warm people is home to many natural wonders a place that can make you forget the rest of the World. This ‘14 nights and 15 days’ tour offers a comprehensive tour of Kashmir and Ladakh.

Highlights

  1. Get spectacular views of the valleys of Srinagar, Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Sonmarg.
  2. Visit the royal gardens of the Mughals in Srinagar.
  3. Enjoy the magnificent vistas of the snow-clad Himalayan peaks as you ride on a Shikara boat on the Dal Lake.
  4. Discover ruins of ancient Hindu temples on the way from Gulmarg to Pahalgam.
  5. Get sweeping views of the Himalayan valley on a cable car ride in Gulmarg, which is also the highest ropeway cable in the world.
  6. Drive up the world’s highest motor-able pass at an elevation of 17,852 ft
  7. Find solace in the awe-inspiring Tibetan Buddhist monasteries of Ladakh.
  8. Live in a Tent with all basic amenities in the middle of a high altitude desert
  9. Take a thrilling ride on the back of a double-humped Bactrian Camel at Nubra Valley.
  10. Lose yourself in the serene surroundings of the Pangong-Tso Lake.
  11. Transport in a private chauffeur driven air-conditioned vehicle including hotel pick-up and drop-off.

DAY 1
ARRIVE DELHI
On arrival at Delhi international airport, our representative will greet you. After the warm welcome transfer to the hotel and relax. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Delhi.

DAY 2
DELHI – SRINAGAR (BY FLIGHT)
After breakfast, check-out and transfer to airport for your flight to Srinagar. On arrival at Srinagar Airport, our company representative will greet you with a warm welcome and then escort you to your Houseboat in Srinagar. Check-in and relax.
In the evening, enjoy a Shikara ride (a traditional Kashmir-style boat) on the Dal Lake. Dinner and overnight stay in Srinagar Houseboat.

DAY 3
SRINAGAR
After breakfast, you will proceed for Srinagar sightseeing tour. Srinagar (5,200 Ft), is also known as "Paradise on Earth" and is one of India’s top tourist draws. Explore the famous Mughal Gardens portraying fine example of Mughal style of garden design and architecture. The Mughal gardens are a combination of three renowned gardens developed over a period of time during the seventeenth century. The Shalimar bagh (the Abode of Love) - the largest was laid by Emperor Jehangir in 1619, Nishat bagh (the Garden of Pleasure) - a beautiful terraced garden with a backdrop of the beautiful mountains, and the Chashme-Shahi (the Royal Spring) - one of the most charming of the gardens along the banks of the Dal Lake, was laid by emperor Shah Jahan in 1632. Visit Shankarayacharya temple, the holiest Hindu shrine of Kashmir. Dinner and overnight stay in Srinagar Houseboat.

DAY 4
SRINAGAR - PAHALGAM (95 KMS./2.5 HRS APPROX.)
Breakfast and check-out of the houseboat / hotel and drive to Pahalgam (7,200 Ft) or "Valley of Shepherds". Pahalgam is a scenic hill station and a popular shooting location for the Indian film Industry (Bollywood). It is also famous for its trekking routes and is the base camp for Amarnath Pilgrimage. On the way to Pahalgam, you’ll cover places such as the world-famous saffron growing fields, Awantipura ruins (dating to 9th Century) with remnants of number of ancient Hindu temples built during the reign of King Awanti Varman who ruled Kashmir during the 9th century, and Martand Temple (Sun temple).
On arrival in Pahalgam, check-in to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 5
PAHALGAM
This day after breakfast, enjoy free time exploring the natural beauty of Pahalgam. Ride Jeep and proceed to Chandanwari (9,500 Ft), which is also the starting point of pilgrimage to Amarnath, "the abode of Lord Shiva". Visit Baisaran meadows, often dubbed as Mini Switzerland’ of India. Also, visit the extremely picturesque Aru Valley and Betaab valley.
Back to hotel by evening. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Pahalgam.

DAY 6
PAHALGAM - GULMARG (140 KMS./5 HRS. APPROX.)
After breakfast, check-out and drive to Gulmarg (8,500 Ft) popularly known as the "Meadow of Flowers". During summers it has a functional 18-hole golf course, probably the highest in the world and in winters, a premier Ski resort. Check-in at the hotel, rest for a while and get ready for a Gondola ride, the world’s second highest operating cable car ride that goes up to the height of 13,780 ft. from the base of Mt. Apharwat, which has the Gondola's ticket office. From here you are ferried to Phase I. You need to take another gondola lift to get to Phase II. The gondola passes over the beautiful pine forests, over lush green hilly terrain offering a panoramic view of the picturesque surroundings.
A short visit to Gulmarg Golf course - the highest green golf course anywhere in the world Check-in at the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay.

DAY 7
GULMARG - SONMARG (125 KMS./4.5 HRS APPROX.)
After breakfast in Gulmarg, we’ll embark on a scenic countryside drive to Sonmarg (9,000 Ft), a journey absolutely worth it, as beautiful Himalayan peaks surround you while you chase the snow-capped mountains. On reaching Sonamarg, check-in to your hotel.
Dinner and overnight stay in Sonmarg.

DAY 8
SONMARAG – KARGIL (125 KMS./4 HRS. APPROX)
After enjoying breakfast, head out to enjoy the natural beauty of Sonmarg. Sonmarg is blessed with world of natural wonders combined with flower-laden meadows, panoramic vistas of the snow-covered Himalayan peaks, and numbers of hiking and trekking trails that lead to the high altitude Himalayan Lakes and peaks. The valley is home to a variety of mountain peaks. In Sonmarg, you can do some nature walks to unwind yourselves. Take a Jeep OR Horse ride to Thajwas Glacier- from where you can view high altitude Himalayan lakes and peaks. After lunch, drive to Kargil (8, 780 Ft). Enroute, visit War Memorial in Dras.
Arrive and check-in at hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Kargil.

DAY 9
KARGIL - LEH (220 KM/6 HRS. APPROX)
After breakfast, check-out and drive to Leh (11, 562 ft), enroute visiting Alchi and Lamayuru.
Arrive in Leh, check-in at hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in Leh.
(Travelling to Leh requires your body to adjust or acclimatize to the high altitude terrain. Hence, we advise you to rest for the entire time, after reaching Leh, until the next day.) Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel in Leh

DAY 10
LEH
After breakfast, visit Leh. Visit Hall of Fame built in memory of the brave soldiers who lost their lives fighting for India at the Indo-Pakistan war, Stok Monastery, Indus View Point - confluence of River Indus & Zanskar, Patthar Sahib Gurdwara - the famous Sikh shrine, Magnetic Hill - a "Cyclops hill" where objects and cars on the hill may appear to roll "lefthill" in defiance of gravity when they are in neutral gear.
Then proceed back to Leh. In the evening, visit Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace and Leh Market. Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel in Leh.

DAY 11
LEH - KHARDUNGLA PASS – NUBRA VALLEY (160 KMS./5 HRS. APPROX.)
Post breakfast, check-out and we head for Khardungla Pass (17852 Ft), which lies north of Leh and is the gateway to the Shyok and Nubra valleys. It is the world’s highest motorable pass. To most visitors, going across the Khardungla pass gives the satisfaction of having triumphed over the un-conquerable. On arrival, check-in at Hotel / Luxury Camp.
Dinner and overnight stay at Luxury Camp/ Hotel in Nubra

DAY 12
NUBRA VALLEY
Post breakfast, visit Nubra valley (10,000 Ft). Visit Hunder. Explore the nomadic villages, meet Tribes. You can visit a local family to enjoy the Butter Tea and Barley drinks.
Enjoy a round of Double-humped Bactrian Camel ride. Back to Camp / Hotel by afternoon. Dinner and overnight stay at Luxury Camp/ Hotel in Nubra

DAY 13
NUBRA VALLEY – SHYOK – PANGONG LAKE (275 KMS./8 HRS. APPROX.)
After an early breakfast, check-out and visit Diskit monastery. Then Drive To Pangong Lake, Enroute Visiting Shyok. Arrive Pangong Lake, check-in at Luxury camp. Dinner and overnight stay at Luxury Camp in Pangong Lake.

DAY 14
PANGONG LAKE - LEH (225 KM/6 HRS. APPROX.)
Watch the mesmerizing Sunrise over The Pangong Lake (14,000 Ft). After breakfast, check-out and leave for Leh via Changla. Enroute stop at Shey Palace and Shey Monastery; the Gompa (the local term used to refer to monastery) complex are structures located on a hillock in Shey.
Hemis Monastery, situated 45 km from Leh. It was re-established by King Sengge Namgyal in 1672. The Hemis Festival is held annually in June and is dedicated to Lord Padmasambhava who is believed to have been born on the 10th day of the fifth month of the Monkey year. Thiksey Monastery, built on top of a hill. It has a striking resemblance to the Lhasa’s Potala Palace. The monastery is affiliated with the Gelug sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It exhibits a gold-plated statue of Lord Buddha, called the Maitreya Buddha, which is the largest statue in Ladakh. It houses around 120 monks. Also visit Sindhu Ghat.
Resuming drive, arrive in Leh. Check-in at the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel in Leh

DAY 15
LEH – DELHI (BY FLIGHT) | DEPART FROM DELHI
After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and proceed to Leh Airport to board a flight to Delhi. On arrival, take internal transit to reach international terminal to board your international flight.



Package Includes -

  • 12 Nights accommodation at good 3 star hotels / Luxury Tents on Twin / Double Sharing basis.
  • 02 nights stay in Houseboat in Srinagar on Twin / Double Sharing basis.
  • Assistance at airports during arrivals and departures by GeTS Holidays Representative.
  • Daily Breakfast and Dinner at all the Hotels / Tents
  • One time Shikara ride in Dal Lake, Srinagar
  • Entrance fees at all the monuments and gardens
  • Jeep ride for visiting Aru, Betab valley and Chandanwadi in Pahalgam
  • Gondola ride upto second phase in Gulmarg
  • Jeep / Horse ride for visiting Thajwas glacier in Sonmarg
  • Visit to Nomadic family house in Nubra valley
  • One time Double humped Camel ride in Nubra valley
  • One Oxygen cylinder in Car
  • Transportation in a Private Non Air-conditioned vehicle, with professional driver
  • Bottled water in the car
  • All currently Applicable taxes, tolls . parking charges, driver’s allowances



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