ESSENCE OF KASHMIR AND LADAKH - 9 Days

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Trip Duration –  8 Nights / 9 Days

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Nishat Bagh (Abode of pleasure)
  • Shalimar Bagh (Abode of love)
  • Shankaracharia Temple
  • Sonmarg (Meadow of Gold)
  • Drass Village (2nd Coldest inhabitant in the world)
  • Alchi & Likir Monastery (Ladakh’s most loved monastery)
  • Ridzong Monastery
  • Leh PalaceShanti Stupa, Sankar Gompa & Leh Market
  • Magnetic Hill
  • Gurudwara Patthar Sahib
  • Confluence Of Two Rivers Indus River
  • Zanskar River (known for its famous Chadar Trek)
  • Nubra Valley
  • Khardung La (The Highest Motorable Road In The World)
  • Pangong lake (situated at 14,000 feet 4,267 m)
  • Changla Pass 5486 Mtrs
  • Hemis Gompa, the largest monastic foundation
  • 3 Idiots Rancho School

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Day 1
ARRIVE SRINAGAR + HALF DAY SIGHTSEEING (IF TIME PERMITS)

Arrive Srinagar transfer to Hotel. Post lunch, join a sightseeing trip to Mughal Gardens visiting Nishat Bagh (Abode of pleasure) built by Asif Khan brother in law of Jehangir in 1632 AD. And Shalimar Bagh (Abode of love) built by Jehangir for his wife Empress Noor Jehan. All the gardens are situated on the bank of Dal Lake with the Zabarwan Mountains in the background. Shankaracharia Temple . Overnight in Hotel/House Boat.

Day 2
SRINAGAR TO KARGIL (VIA SONMARG) – 204 KMS / 6 TO 7 HOUR ONE WAY

Post breakfast we drive to Leh via Sonmarg also knows as Meadow of Gold, In somarg one can take a pony ride (at additional cost) to Thajiwas Glacier where snow remains roud the year. Further we drive towards Kargil enroute crossing Drass Village (2nd Coldest inhabitate in the world) and have a magnificient view of Kargil War famous peaks (Tiger & Tololing) and pay tribute to Vijay Smarak (The War Memorial) located right on Highway at the base of tololing. After reaching Kargil we check in at our hotel for overnight stay.

Day 3
KARGIL TO LEH (VIA LAMAYURU)

Post breakfast we drive to Leh enroute visiting Lamayuru, Belongs to Dripung Kagyu (Red Hat). Then we drive towards Leh visiting Alchi, Ladakh’s most loved monastery & Likir Monastery, Likir is one of the most active monasteries in the region. 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. After visiting the Monastery you continue your drive along the River Indus to Uletokpo visiting Ridzong Monastery, there is the option to walk up to the Monastery for those that wish to do so. Hidden at the end of a steep valley, the first view of the Monastery is dramatic. enroute visiting Confluence of The Indus And Zanskar River just after 4 from Nimmu and further to Magnetic Hill which defies the law of gravity. It has been noticed that when a vehicle is parked on neutral gear on this metallic road the vehicle slides up and Gurudwara Pathar Sahib Nestled deep in the Himalayas, which was built by the Lamas of Leh in 1517 to commemorate the visit of Guru Nanak Dev. Upon arrival in Leh you will met by our representative and check in at our hotel for overnight stay.

Day 4
LEH AT LEISURE

Morning at leisure to explore the destination on your own & evening visit to Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Sankar Gompa & Leh Market. Dinner & Overnight at Hotel.

Day 5
LEH–NUBRA VALLEY VIA KHARDUNG LA 18,390 FT. (120 KMS / 4 – 5 HRS)

Post breakfast we drive to Nubra Valley. The road journey from Leh to Nubra Valley passes over Khardung La (The Highest Motorable Road In The World) at 5,602 Mtrs / 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. Upon arrival in Nubra we check in at our Camp / Hotel in Hunder for Overnight stay. In the evening you can walk around the tiny villages to see how the locals live in this part of the world. Overnight Stay at the Camp or Hotel.

Day 6
IN NUBRA ( HUNDER VILLAGE) –EXCURSION TO TURTUK

Today we will drive to Turtuk. The new area for tourist and the last villages of Nubra toward end to Pakistan Border. Visit Turtuk and Bokdhang Villages. drive back to Hunder Overnight at Camp/Hotel.

Day 7
NUBRA VALLEY TO PANGONG LAKE (170 KMS / 7 HRS)

After an early breakfast we check out from Camp or hotel and drive towards Hunder where you have opportunity to ride on a bacterian camel (double humped) amidst the sand dunes of this high altitude desert with snowcapped mountains on the horizon. Between Hunder and Diskit you come across sand dunes besides 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 is Rocky Mountains that characterize the Ladakhi landscape and in the distance can be seen snow-capped mountains. On the return stop at Diskit which is the headquarter town of Nubra Valley. Stroll around the bazaar observing the shops and local people going about their daily chores. Diskit is famous for 515 years old Buddhist Monastery, lying magnificently situated on a hilltop, facing the entire Valley. Later we drive towards Pangong Tso via Agham & Shyok Valley. Some of the road patches in areas are extremely tough (towards nubra side) in terms of road conditions but no doubt the journey is very scenic! Later after crossing this adventurous part we drive further towards Durbuk &Tangtse for Pangong you pass through few small villages of Changthang and finally you can have a sudden view of the Pangong lake situated at 14,000 feet (4,267 m). This famous blue brackish Lake of Pangong is 5/6 Kms wide and over 133 Kms long with half of its running the other side of the “Indo China Border”. One rarely feels so close to nature and environment and the scenery is unforgettable. After the success of 3 Idiots, this beautiful natural location has attracted more tourists from all over the world. Upon arrival we check in at our Camp/Hotel Near Pangong lake (Spangmik Village). Dinner & Overnight at the Camp/Hotel.

Day 8
PANGONG LAKE TO LEH VIA CHANGLA (140 KMS / 6 HRS)

Morning at leisure to explore the beauty of lake and later we drive back to Leh via Changla Pass 5486 Mtrsenroute visiting Hemis Gompa, the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. And futher to Thiksey an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village and another 5 Kms driving through a picturesque landscape we reach to Shey Palace, The ancient capital of Ladakh & 3 Idiots Rancho School. Drive further to Leh. Dinner & Overnight at Hotel.

Day 9
DEPART LEH (FLY OUT)

Tour concludes. The Yolo Holidays thanks you for your patronage and ensures a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onward Destination.

Inclusions

  • Pick up from Srinagar airport
  • 08 Nights Accommodation on twin sharing Basis as per the Itinerary with Breakfast and Dinner
  • Return airport and round trip transfers along with all sightseeing tours by Non-Ac Vehicle (Srinagar airport Pick up & drop at Leh Airport)
  • Wild Life fees & Red Cross fee
  • All toll taxes/Parking fee/Driver allowance
  • Ladakh Entry Fee
  • Inner Line Permit Nubra valley | Pangong lake

Exclusions

  • Any Kind of Personal Expenses or Optional Tours / Extra Meals Ordered
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Prices included”
  • The Services of Vehicle is not included on leisure days & after finishing the sightseeing tour as per the Itinerary
  • Guide fee, Camera fee & any monument Entrances
  • Medical & Travel insurance
  • Any changes you may choose to make during your tour
  • Additional costs due to flight cancellation, road blocks etc.

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ESSENCE OF KASHMIR AND LADAKH