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Himalaya Hill Tour

The Himalayas is one of the most spectacular ranges in the world and the Himalaya Hill tour is becoming popular throghout the world. A tour to Himalaya Mountains offers the varied scenic beauty of Srinagar, Padam, Leh etc. The Himalaya Tour Package consists of a trip to some beautiful ancient monasteries and awesome hill stations

Covered Destination : Delhi - Kashmir - Ladakh - Zanskar Valley - Delhi
Duration : 16 Nights / 17 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 03: Delhi - Srinagar

On the arrival at Srinagar airport, you will be escorted by our representatives to a Houseboat. Have a relaxing Shikara ride on the Dal Lake visiting fascinating places around the Lake in the afternoon. Spend the night 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 04: Srinagar

After having breakfast in the morning, enjoy a half-day tour to the world famous Mughal gardens. The tour includes Nishat or The Garden of Pleasure, built by Asaf Jah in 1636 AD and Shamilar Bagh or The Abode of Love, built by Jehangir for his beloved Nur Jahan in 1619 AD. In the afternoon, visit Jamia Masjid, Shah Hamdan mosque, Srinagar Museum in the Old Srinagar city and enjoy walking through the busy bazaar of the city. Stay overnight in the Houseboat.

Day 05 : Srinagar - Kargil (205 Kms)

After having breakfast start for a full day drive to Kargil. On the way to Sonmarg visit the Zojila pass, this is 3527 mts high and known as the Gateway of Ladakh. Continue the drive towards Drass, the second coldest place in the world. Stop here to have a cup of tea and passport check. Another two and half-hours drive will take you to Kargil. Spend the night at the hotel.

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 06: Kargil - Rangdom (135 Kms)

From Kargil, drive towards Zanskar valley. On the way you will visit Panikar and Parkachan villages, from where you can have a view of Nun & Kun peaks. After arriving at Rangdom, in the evening spend the night in tent.

Day 07 : Rangdom - Padam (150 Kms)

After a short drive, stop at Rangdom Gompa. Visit the capital of Zanskar valley, Padam,Pensila pass, 4401 mts and some ancient Buddhist villages. After crossing Tungri Bridge, visit Sunni Gompa. Reach Padam in the late afternoon and spend the night in tents.

Day 08: Padam

Start for a full-day tour, visiting several beautiful places in Padam. Enjoy the scenic beauty of Pipitong, Thonde Gompa and Zangla. Zangla is the most beautiful village and has the ancient Zangla Gompa and the Queen's house. While returning visit one of the oldest monastery, Karsha Gompa. Stay overnight in the tent.

Day 09 : Padam - Bardan Gompa (7/8 Hrs. trek)

Trek to the awesome Bardan Gompa and on the way back visit Padam market and Padam Gompa also. Spend the night in the tent.

Day 10: Padam - Kargil (285 Kms)

Drive throughout the day and reach Kargil in the evening. Stay in the hotel that night.

Day 11 : Kargil - Uletokpo (153 Kms )

In the morning start for Uletokpo. On the way to Uletokpo you have to cross the highest pass on the Srinagar- Leh route, named Fotula at an altitude of 13749 fts. On the way you will visit Mulbek and Lamayuru monastery, one of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh region. Continue drive to Uletokpo and in the late afternoon you can visit Rizong monastery, by foot, 5 Kms to and fro. Spend the night in the tent.

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 12 : Uletokpo - Leh (81 Kms)

On the way to Leh, visit Alchi monastery and interesting Buddhist villages. You can spend the afternoon through some personal activities. Stay overnight at the hotel.

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.

Day 13 : Leh (Ladakh)

Enjoy a full-day excursion to Shey, Thiksey and Hemis monastery, which is the most popular monastery in Ladakh region. In late afternoon return to the hotel and spend the night there.

Shey Gompa: Situated on a hillock 15 km south of Leh, Shey Gompa was previously the summer palace of the Ladakhi kings. A prince of Ladakh installed the 12 m tall gold-plated copper statue of Sakyamuni Buddha, which can be seen here. The Shey Gompa celebrates its annual festival on the 30th day of the 1st month of the Tibetan Buddhist calendar.
The Thiksey monastery located 17 Km from Leh is 12 storeys high and has many statues of Buddha, a pillar inscribed with Buddhist teachings, a 15 m high seated Maitreya Buddha in the main prayer hall, and a vast collection of Buddhist art. Home to monks of the Gelukpa order the Thiksey monastery is known for its annual festival held from the 17th to 19th day of the 12th month of the Tibetan Buddhist calendar.

The Hemis Gompa is the biggest monastery in Ladakh. Located 45 Km to the south of Leh. Hemis Gompa was built in 1630 and houses monks of the Brokpa or Red Hat sect. Tourists can see beautiful frescoes (paintings) on the walls and the largest Thangka painting in Ladakh, which is over 12 m in length. The Hemis Gompa is famous for its annual Tse Chu Festival held in June-July, which is characterized by colorful masked dances. The festival commemorates the anniversary of Padmasambhava, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism. Dancers wearing brightly colored masks that represent good and evil characters in Mahayana Buddhism, enact an age-old tale of the victory of good over evil. The Hemis Festival also includes a vibrant bazaar where craftsmen sell handcrafted items.

Day 14 : Leh (Ladakh)

In the morning enjoy the beautiful Spituk and Phyang monastery. Afternoon visit Kings palace, Tsemo Gompa, Leh Mosque, Leh Bazaar and Shankar Gompa by foot, and stay the night in the hotel.

Shankar Gompa: Situated 2 Km North of the city center, the Sankar Gompa houses monks of the Gelukpa or Yellow Hat order. It has a grand image of Avalokiteshvara (The Buddhist deity of compassion) who is depicted with 1,000 heads and 1,000 arms.
The Shanti Stupa is an impressive white-domed structure in Chandspa that is beautifully illuminated at night. It was built by a Japanese Buddhist organization to commemorate 2500 years of Buddhism and to promote World Peace. The Shanti Stupa was inaugurated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1985. You can approach the monastery by a steep flight of steps or by a 3 Km route from the Fort Road. The views of the sunset and sunrise from the Shanti Stupa are spectacular.
The Spituk Gompa is perched on a high hill overlooking the Indus river about 18 Km from Leh. Rinchen Zangpo the Great Translator who helped spread Buddhism in Ladakh named the monastery. (Spituk means exemplary). The Spituk monastery is known for its collection of Buddhist artifacts and for the Spituk festival held from the 17th to 19th days of the 11th month of the Buddhist calendar. Further up the hill is a Mahakal Temple, where a fearsome image of Vajrabhairava is unveiled once a year at its annual festival.
The Stokh Palace is located on a glacial deposit of pebbles and overlooks fields of barley grown on terraces on the mountains. Standing four storeys tall, the Stok Palace was the official residence of the royal family of Ladakh and was constructed in 1814 by Ladakh's last ruler. The museum at the Stok Palace has an intriguing collection of Buddhist art, weapons, jewelry and artifacts, including thangkas painted with colors derived from crushed precious stones. Also on display are the ceremonial headdresses or 'peraks' of the erstwhile rulers of Ladakh. These headdresses are decorated with turquoise, lapis lazuli and coral and gold, making them an exotic sight.

Day 15 : Leh (Ladakh)

Visit Stok Palace/Museum and on the way back, Tibetan Refugee Camp. Spend the afternoon in a relaxed way and the night in the hotel.

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 16 : Leh - 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 17 : Delhi - Back 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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