Day 1 : arrival in srinagar on arrival pickup and transfer to houseboat after freshen proceed for shikara ride in dal lake overnight in houseboat
The Dal Lake : is the most celebrated and important lake amongst all in Srinagar. It is home to carved wooden houseboats, vibrant shikaras and floating gardens.
The city of Srinagar : is famous for a number of things, amongst which the regal Mughal Gardens deserve a special mention. Established during the Mughal era, these royal gardens are exemplary of fine landscaping and intricate architecture blended with the ethereal beauty of nature. There are three such beautiful gardens in the city, which depict the inclination of erstwhile Mughal emperors towards nature and greenery. Inspired by the lavishly laid gardens of Persia, these Mughal Gardens mesmerise visitors with their scenic charm.
Shalimar, Nishat and Chashm-e-Shahi constitute the famous Mughal Gardens of Srinagar. They are known as much for their architectural exquisiteness as for the history that surrounds them. It was in the 17th century that Shalimar Bagh (garden) was built as a summer residence and royal court.
Pari Mahal : is a terraced garden situated to the southwest of Dal Lake, above the famous Chashme Shahi Garden. Alternatively known as Quntilon and Fairies
Pathar Masjid: is an old mosque that lies along the banks of the Jhelum River in Nowhatta – the historic town in old Srinagar. This mosque was built in 1623, under the supervision of Nur Jahan – the famous Mughal empress.
Day 3 : after breakfast proceed for a daytrip sightseeing of Gulmarg overnight in houseboat.
Gulmarg : also known as the ‘Meadow of Flowers’ boasts of the world’s highest golf course, a triangular frozen lake, and a famous Gondola ride. In addition, the Gulmarg Ski Resort at over 8,600 feet offers smooth slopes to both amateurs and skiing professionals.
Sonamarg: also known as the ‘Meadow of Gold’, is a popular base for trekking to nearby locales. It is as much a preferred family destination as it is for the adventure enthusiasts.
Zojila pass: This pass is 13,000 feet (4,000 m) above sea level, The pass connects a valley of Kashmir with Ladakh.Renchen Shah of Leh entered Kashmir through this pass and became the monarch of the land in the 14th century. Mirza Haider Doughlat also advanced through this pass to invade Kashmir.
Drass : Dras is a town in the Kargil District of Jammu and Kashmir, India. Second coldest inhabitant place in the world . It is often called ‘The Gateway to Ladakh’. It is at a height of 3230 m. The Dras valley starts from the base of the Zojila pass, the Himalayan gateway to Ladakh.
Kargil: Kargil is a city in the Kargil district of Ladakh region, in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.It is the second largest town in Ladakh after Leh.It is located 60 km and 204 km from Drass and Srinagar.The Suru River, a tributary of Indus River, is a river in the Kargil district of Ladakh region
Mulbek monastery: Mulbekh Monastery or Mulbekh Gompa is said to consist of two gompas, one Drukpa and one Gelugpa Buddhist monastery in Kargil.
Namkila pass: The second hightest pass between srinagar to leh 12198 feet.
Fotula top: Fotu La 13478 feet is one of two high mountain passes between Leh and Kargil, the other being Namika La.Moving eastwards, the highway begins to descend towards the town of Lamayuru after Fotu La.
Lamayuru: That is where a surreal landscape awaited us – the famous Moonlands of Lamayuru. Lamayuru is one of the largest and oldest gompas in Ladakh, with a population of around 150 permanent monks resident. It has, in the past, housed up to 400 monks, many of which are now based in gompas in surrounding villages.Lamayuru or Yuru Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Lamayouro, Leh district, India. It is situated on the Srinagar-Leh highway
Sangam: Sangam Valley is a 48 kilometre from Leh and is the confluence of the rivers Indus and Zanskar. Just the view of Sangam Valley from the road above it can make you swoon in ecstasy. The colours of the two rivers can be distinctly seen at the confluence. It is an amazing place to sit, relax. Overnight in leh.
Day 6: after breakfast proceed for a daytrip sightseeing of leh local overnight in leh. Places to visit
Hemis monastery : Hemis Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Drukpa Lineage, located in Hemis, Ladakh, India. Situated 45 km from Leh, the monastery was re-established in 1672 by the Ladakhi king Sengge Namgyal. The Hemis Festival is dedicated to Lord Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) venerated as the Dance Performance at Hemis Monastery representative reincarnate of Buddha. He is believed to have been born on the 10th day of the fifth month of the Monkey year as predicted by the Buddha Shakyamuni.
Shey palace : The Shey Monastery or Gompa and the Shey Palace complex are structures located on a hillock in Shey, 15 kilometres to the south of Leh in Ladakh.The palace, mostly in ruins now, was built first in 1655, near Shey village, by the king of Ladakh, Deldan Namgyal, also known as Lhachen Palgyigon. It was used as a summer retreat by the kings of Ladakh.
Thiksey monastery : The monastery is located at an altitude of 3,600 metres (11,800 ft) in the Indus Valley. It is a twelve-story complex and houses many items of Buddhist art such as stupas, statues, thangkas, wall paintings and swords. One of the main points of interest is the Maitreya Temple installed to commemorate the visit of the 14th Dalai Lama to this monastery in 1970; it contains a 15 metres (49 ft) high statue of Maitreya, the largest such statue in Ladakh, covering two stories of the building.
Shanti stupa : Shanti Stupa is a Buddhist white-domed stupa (chorten) on a hilltop in Chanspa, Leh district, Ladakh. It was built in 1991 by Japanese Buddhist Bhikshu, Gyomyo Nakamura and part of the Peace Pagoda mission. The Shanti Stupa holds the relics of the Buddha at its base, enshrined by the 14th Dalai Lama. The stupa has become a tourist attraction not only due to its religious significance but also due to its location which provides panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.
Leh palace: Leh Palace is a former royal palace overlooking the Ladakhi Himalayan town of Leh. Modelled on the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, the palace was built by King Sengge Namgyal in the 17th century. It is nine storeys high; the upper floors accommodated the royal family, while the lower floors held stables and store rooms.
Day 7: after breakfast proceed to Nubra valley overnight in camp or hotel
Places to visit on the way
Khardung la pass : Khardung La is a mountain pass in the Ladakh region of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir (18,379 ft) and that it is the world’s highest motorable pass.The pass on the Ladakh Range lies north of Leh and is the gateway to the Shyok and Nubra valleys.
Khardong: is a village in the Leh district of Jammu and Kashmir, India. It is located in the Nubra tehsil, 31 km by road north of Khardung La.
Diskit Monastery: also known as Deskit Gompa or Diskit Gompa is the oldest and largest Buddhist monastery in the Nubra Valley of Ladakh, northern India.
Hundar: is a village in the Leh district of Jammu and Kashmir, India.It is located in the Nubra tehsil, on the bank of Shyok River. Hunder is the last point for tourist Tourist can experience the double hump Bactarian Camel safari on sand dunes by the breathtakingly beautiful Shyok and Nubra river.
Day 8: after breakfast proceed from nubra to leh overnight in leh via A pleasant drive further east to Hunder road brings you to the village of Sumur and Panamik, famous for its hot springs and beautiful village bazzar at such height.
Day 9: After early breakfast drive to highest salt-water lake in the world ‘Pangong Lake’ (4267M) via Chang La pass. The drive takes you through spectacular, amazing scenery, with breathtaking views of the snow covered Himalayas. The Lake is situated along the India / China border. It is about 130 Km long and 5-6 Km wide. The Chang – chenmo range surrounding it from the north provide a spectacular backdrop to the blue and green expanse of its brackish water. Overnight at Camp.
Day 11: After breakfast proceed to airport to take a flight to next destination with all the beautiful memories from kashmir and ladakh
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