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Explore Ladakh with Kashmir

Ladakh is at the northern most tip of India and is cradled in the Himalayas. The Leh-Ladakh tour packages take you on an enchanting trip of the Himalayas. The tour to Leh-Ladakh includes a trip to the beautiful city of Srinagar as well. The tour itineraries for the Leh-Ladakh tours are drawn up in such a way that not only do you get a view of the picturesque surroundings but also a glimpse of the culture and religion of the region. Book a Leh-Ladakh tour and experience the distinctive natural and cultural environment of Ladakh.

Covered Destination : Delhi - Alchi - Leh - Kargil - Srinagar -Delhi
Duration : 11 Nights / 12 Days

Day 01 : Delhi
A land of rich heritage that's ancient. The mystique of India, its history of 5000 years, philosophy, religions, fabulous history monuments all add to its bewildering diversity to create a unique and colorful mosaic. This is the wonder that is India, come, enjoy and experience it. Later stay in the 5 star deluxe hotels & leisure.

New Delhi begins with the drive past Safdarjang's Tomb (1753 AD) on the way to Qutab Minar (1193 AD) this striking medieval tower of victory of Persian World is 73 m high. Within the Qutab complex, amidst the ruins of Quwat-ul-Islam mosque, stands the Iron pillar which has stood the vagaries of weather and has not rusted over 1500 years. Then drive through New Delhi includes the Embassy area (Diplomatic enclave), Government buildings, India Gate, Sikh Temple (Bangla Sahib Gurudwara), Birla Temple and Connaught Place, New Delhi's main shopping area. Visit Humayun's Tomb - considered to be the fore runner of Taj Mahal.

Day 02: Delhi

After a leisurely breakfast at hotel, the tour guide escorts you to Jama Mosque built in 1650 AD, followed by a drive past the breathtaking Red Fort (1639-1648), and built by Shah Jahan, creator of the Taj Mahal. Then we proceed on to Raj Ghat, which is the memorial of Mahatma Gandh.

In the afternoon, your tour of New Delhi begins with the drive past Safdarjang's Tomb (1753 AD) on the way to Qutab Minar (1193 AD) this striking medieval tower of victory of Persion World is 73 m high. Within the Qutab complex, amidst the ruins of Quwat-ul-Islam mosque, stands the Iron pillar which has stood the vagaries of weather and has not rusted over 1500 years. Then drive through New Delhi includes the Embassy area (Diplomatic enclave), Government buildings, India Gate, Sikh Temple (Bangla Sahib Gurudwara), Birla Temple and Connaught Place, New Delhi's main shopping area. Visit Humayun's Tomb - considered to be the fore runner of Taj Mahal.

Day 3: Delhi - Leh

After having breakfast, catch a flight to Leh. Leh, the main centre of Ladakh, is located in a small valley, just to the north of Indus valley. Take complete rest throughout the day for proper acclimatization to the high altitude atmosphere.

Leh, the capital of Ladakh is a fascinating destination. Age-old monasteries, quaint lanes, colorful markets and stunning views of the Himalayas make Leh an exotic destination. Leh is where your adventure in Ladakh begins. You can go trekking through the mountainous terrain of Ladakh, enjoy a game of polo in a high altitude arena or watch an archery contest where local residents compete in a contest that remains unchanged by time. Mountaineering, white water rafting and wildlife tours are other adventurous attractions of Leh Ladakh India. Though the weather can be freezing cold, the smiles on the faces of the Ladakhi people are sure to warm your heart. Feel on top of the world in Ladakh, on tours to Ladakh with Leh Ladakh India.

Day 4: Leh - Alchi

Start from Leh and drive to Lamayuru. Lamayuru is a pretty little village surrounded by the rocky Hindukush peaks. But the spectacular Lamayuru gompa, which happens to be the most famous and spectacular monastery in Ladakh, completely overshadows the landscape of Lamayuru. From Lamayuru, visit Likir monastery and then reach Alchi. Both Alchi and Likir Monasteries are located near Saspol on the Srinagar-Leh road. Spend the night at Alchi.

The Alchi Gompa is situated on the bank of the River Indus and is easily accessible since it is the only Gompa in Ladakh, which is located on flat ground. Founded by Ringchen Zangpo, the Great Translator, the Alchi Gompa displays a Kashmiri influence in its art and architecture. Within the monastery you can see many beautiful images of Buddha. Photography is not permitted within the Alchi Monastery.

Lamayuru Monastery:-Situated at the altitude of 3800 meters between Fotu-la and Khalsi. As per the legend, in ancient times a lake covered this site. One day a Hermit predicted that there will be a monastery one day and he throws the grainof rice on the earth which automatically forms the shape of Swastika (Yundrung) from where the name comes (Yundrung Tharpaling Gompa), constructed by Rinchen Zangpo one of his 108 constructions. Monastery noted for the sect drigungpa. In the gallery see 35 Buddha painted on the wall. Chapel of Avlokiteshvara - the 2 mtrs high image of him with 11 heads and 1000 heads.

Day 5: Alchi - Leh

Local sightseeing, Leh to Lamayuru, Likir and Alchi and night halt at Alchi. Full day sightseeing Lamayuru. After exploring villages around the area, it comes as a surprise to find that Lamayuru is a scruffy little place. The gompa completely shadows and is the most famous spectacular monastery in Ladakh. Alchi and Likir Monasteries, these two monasteries are located near Saspal on the Srinagar-Leh road. They house many gigantic clay statue of Buddha in various forms. The primary attraction of these monasteries is their 1000-year old wall painting which makes it a very rewarding experience.

Day 6: Leh

On the way to Leh, visit Rizong and Spituk. The Rizong gompa belongs to the Gelukpa. The Spituk Monastery, just before Leh on the Srinagar-Leh road on the hilltop, is also a remarkable monastery. Stay overnight in the hotel.

Day 7: Leh - Kargil

In the morning drive to Kargil. Visit the Tete Sping and other interesting places like Suru Valley. Lying nestled along the northeastern foothills of the Great Himalayan wall, it extends from Kargil town, first south ward for a length of about 45 miles and then eastward for another stretch of nearly 50 miles up to the foot of the Penzila watershed where the Suru River rises.

Kargil: About 15,000 sq. kms. in area, Kargil district has an agrarian population of approximately 120,000 people, who cultivate the land, along the course of the drainage system, wherever artificial irrigation from mountain streams is possible. About 85 % are Muslims, mainly of the Shia sect, Islam having been introduced to the original Buddhist population around the middle of the 16th century by missionaries from Kashmir and Central Asia. Their descendants, locally titled Agha, are mostly religious scholars who continue to hold sway over the population, even as the age-old traditions of Buddhist and animistic origin are discernible in the culture. Many elements of the ancient supernatural belief systems, especially many traditions connected with agricultural practices, are still followed with subdued reverence.

Day 8: Kargil

Take rest and relax throughout the day in Kargil.

Day 9: Kargil - Srinagar

Drive to Srinagar via Drass, which is noted for its heavy snowfalls and extreme cold. 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. From there you will be driven through Sonamarg, the gold valley, to Srinagar and stay in the houseboat.

Srinagar is located in the heart of the Kashmir valley at an altitude of 1,730 m above sea level, spread on both sides of the river Jhelum. The Dal and Nagin lakes enhance its picturesque setting, while the changing play of the seasons and the salubrious climate ensures that the city is equally attractive to visitors around the year.

Day 10: Srinagar

Enjoy an exciting cruise through Dal and Nagin Lakes. Float through a network of canals to the enchanted floating gardens of Nishat and Shalimar, built in the 16th C. by the Moghul emperors. Lunch will be served onboard the Shikara (Gondola). Enjoy a Wazwan feast, which is a local multi course meal usually served on weddings or very special occasions, in the evening.

Day 11: Srinagar/Delhi

After breakfast you will be free to enjoy the morning in a relaxed mood. In the afternoon you will be transferred to airport to board flight to Delhi. On arrival, you will be transferred to hotel. Rest of the will be leisure. Overnight will be at hotel.

Day 12: Depart Home

After break fast you will be free at leisure. In time you will be transferred to airport to board flight for onward destination.

The tour includes:

a) Accommodation in the prescribed category of hotels on twin sharing basis with breakfast on regular basis.
b) A/c Transport of high standards with soft beverages and mineral water served during drives with compliments.
c) Entrances at all the monuments and services of an excellent personal guide at all the destinations.
d) Assistance upon arrival and departure by our skilled representatives at all destinations.
e) Meals as prescribed
f) All internal flights and Trains (1st Ac).

Exclusions:

a) International Flight From Your Country to India and Back.
b) Any tips for the porters, drivers or the tour guides.
c) Any drinks and beverages during the paid meals, if not specified.


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