12 Nights & 13 Days ……
Day 01: Arrive in New Delhi:
Fly to New Delhi from your home country and arrive at the Indira Gandhi International Airport past midnight. From the airport it is a 30 minute drive to the hotel where we stay for the night.
Day 02: Fly to Srinagar (90 Minutes flying):
After breakfast, drive to the domestic airport for a spectacular one hour flight to Srinagar capital of the Kashmir valley. On arrival, drive to the city center and later transfer to the hotel. Towards the afternoon, we will be taking a 02 hour Shikara ride in the back waters of the lake, gliding past, floating gardens, people paddling to their homes in small boats, watching an occasional kingfisher picking up his dinner and kites zooming overhead. Return back to the houseboat for your overnight stay at the houseboat. Meals: Breakfast at Hotel in Delhi, Lunch & Dinner at Houseboat in Srinagar.
Day 03: Srinagar Sightseeing: (Old City & Shikara ride):
Today we will start our day very early in the morning around 5 Am to witness the most amazing floating vegetable market of Kashmir where you will experience the local trading of Kashmir, We spend about 2 hours on this ride and later head back to the houseboat for breakfast, After having a couple of hours rest we will drive to the old city for a two hour walk in the heritage area. Starting from the famous shrine of Shah-Hamdan, we crossover the Jehlum river and visit the Mughal architecture inspired Stone Mosque. Following the banks, we cross once more back to the other side and in between see a few temples, the mausoleum of Budshah (Sultan Zain-Ul-Abidin) and the Hari Parbat fort on the hill overlooking the river. After crossing over we walk through the spice market, brimming with shops that sell, soap nut, saffron, dry fruits, steaming kebabs, Himalayan herbs and dried vegetables. Also you will be walking past bylanes that have an interesting array of old houses with a distinct style of medieval architecture of Kashmir. From the bazaar, we cross the main chowk onto another alley that leads to the grand mosque of Kashmir. In between, we will be walking past tobacco selling shops, bakers, roadside vendors and copper ware shops. After a well spent half a day walking, we will drive to a famous Kashmiri restaurant where you will taste the traditional food of Kashmir. Later drive back to the houseboat. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner at the Houseboat & Lunch at City Restaurant (Traditional Kashmiri Food)
Day 04: Srinagar local sightseeing and wildlife park tour:
We begin our day in ascending towards the ancient temple of Lord Shiva overlooking the Dal Lake. The temple known as Shankaracharya is reached after a short drive of 08 kilometers and later a grueling climb on the 200 steps to the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. When you begin to climb you will think about the hardships that one has to endure, but in the shastras of the Hindu religion it has been rightly said that to wash away your sins, you should brave the hardships to meet your lord. From the top you will witness the old city and the castle on the top of the Hari Parbat hill. We will descend back to the base and drive parallel along the Dal Lake till we reach the first stopover garden known as Nishat. Built by Emperor Jehangirs brother in law Asaf Khan, the garden is a living example of the Mughal and Mongol architecture. Finely terraced and blooming with flowers and water channels the garden is shaded by the Zabarwan mountain range and dotted with huge Chinar trees (a distinct cousin of the Canadian maple). From Nishat we will drive to the Dachigam Wild life sanctuary and begin our hour and a half tour inside the jungles, exploring the old trees, the undergrowth and trying to spot the elusive Hangul or the black bear. We will trudge on mountain trails in our jeep and go to the cages where two small snow leopards and a number of bears are kept for treatment or for safekeeping till they are old enough to take over the wild world. We will wrap up the tour with a visit to the Fish farm, where we will have a chance to see hundreds of Brown and rainbow trouts. Overnight in houseboats. Meals: Breakfast at Houseboat, Packed Lunch & Dinner at Houseboat.
Day 05: Srinagar to Sonamarg: (88 Kms 2- 3hrs (Local Village walk):
After breakfast, we will circumvent the Dal Lake and drive through beautiful hamlets and small houses towards Sonamarg The Golden Meadow. We arrive in Sonamarg and begin a two hour hike to the Thajwass glacier, walking along with village folk who are walking up and down from the high valleys in search of wood and green pastures. We will have amazing views of the Thajwass glacier in the foreground as well as the magnificent mountains. Afterwards we will walk down back to the valley floor and drive to our hotel for the night stay. Overnight in hotel. The Sindh meanders through the valley, filled with trout and mahaseer fish. Here you can experience the true beauty of the Himalayas, unspoiled by human habitation. Overnight in Hotel. Meals: Breakfast at Houseboat Lunch & Dinner at hotel in Sonmarg.
Day 06: Visiting the old ruins (Sonamarg to Naranag and back (90 Kms To & Fro))
A beautiful day to begin with, we will drive after a healthy breakfast and trudge along the metal road to an ancient temple complex in Naranag valley. The drive runs through paddy fields, walnut and apple orchards and roaring white water streams. In Naranag we will visit the temple complex supposedly built by the Pandavas, Also we will walk on a ridge to a small picnic meadow known as Wangath. We explore the valley base and later leave back for Sonamarg in the afternoon. Overnight in hotel. Meals: Breakfast & Dinner at hotel in Sonmarg. Packed Lunch
Day 07: Drive to Mulbekh & stay in Shergol Camp: (170 Kms 4-5 hrs drive)
After breakfast, we hop on into our vehicle, meet our driver and set off into the direction of high mountains. Past Sonamarg, we ascend the Zojila pass and crossover into the Ladakh region. From the first pass we drive to the small and scanty village of Drass and onwards to Kargil. Stopping in Kargil for some tea and off we move on for another hours journey to the picturesque campsite at Shergol. On arrival we transfer to the camp after a hard days drive. Dinner and overnight in camp. Meals: Breakfast at the hotel in Sonamarg, Lunch & Dinner at Camp in Shergol.
Day 08: Driving to Leh along the Indus: 170 Kms 5-6 hrs drive)
After breakfast, we will drive to Leh and en-route cross over the passes of Namikala and Fotula. Also we will stop over briefly at the Lamayuru monastery and later drive in the direction of Leh. On arrival we will transfer to the hotel in the city. Dinner and overnight in hotel. Meals: Breakfast at the Camp in Shergol, Packed Lunch & Dinner at Hotel in Leh.
Day 09: Spending a day at monasteries in Leh:
The day begins with a local Ladakhi breakfast, and after that we drive to the amazing monasteries around the region. We meet monks in various avatars as they pray, gossip and read in their magnificent halls in front of the many forms of the Buddha. Each monastery is different in its way of life, architecture and landscape. The monastery of Shey is atop a craggy cliff, The Thikse is built on a hilltop in such a way that it looks like french castle and the approach to Hemis starts with a long staircase, tall wooden gate and a magnificent courtyard. We journey back to the hotel in the evening as we witness the sky turning orange with the sun setting down behind the mountain ranges and casting its rays on the broad Indus river. Overnight in hotel. Meals: Breakfast & Dinner at the Hotel in Leh & Packed Lunch.
Day 10: Adventure safari to Nubra:
The best aspect of this tour begins with a jeep ride to the famed Khardungla pass strategically located at a height of 18300 ft above sea level. From the pass, we drive along the Shyok river basin towards the Hunder region located in the Nubra Valley. The region is famous for its sand dunes and Bactrian camels which we will experience the following day. For now we will settle in the camp and later take a walk around the village market. Overnight in resort. Breakfast at the hotel, Lunch and Dinner at Nubra Camp.
Day 11: The Bactrian camel ride of Hunder:
The day begins with a sumptuous breakfast spread after which we will drive to the Sand dunes of Hunder. In Hunder we climb on the two humped camels for a ride across the vast plateau. Later we visit the Deskit monastery. Evening will be at leisure. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Camp.
Day 12: Tracing the road back to Leh:
We start the day with a visit to the Panamik hot springs. Later we drive back from the springs towards the city of Leh. Retracing the road back across the Shyok river and Khardungla pass, we arrive in Leh in the afternoon and settle in the hotel, in the evening we will go for a local bazaar walk in Leh town. Overnight in hotel. Breakfast at the Camp, Lunch and Dinner at the Hotel in Leh
Day 13: Leh to Delhi by flight later to fly to your home country:
Early morning 90 minutes flight Delhi, upon arrival you will be transferred to the hotel for day use after dinner you will be transferred the airport for your flight. Breakfast at the Hotel in Leh and Dinner at the Hotel in Delhi