Diversity of Kashmir and Ladakh

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Diversity of Kashmir and Ladakh

Duration of Trek: 11 Days
Destination Covered: Srinagar | Sonamarg | Kargil | Uleytokpo | Khardungla | Nubra | Pangong | Leh


OVERVIEW:
Your journey will begin in Kashmir experience the unique experience of House boat of Dal lake and Nagin lake drive across Zojila the gate way to Ladakh then enter into Kargil, unique culture of Shia Muslim, visit 2nd century rock carved of maitrey ay Milbekh, cross over Fotola highest pass between Leh and Srinagar, finally reach Leh once used to be trading centre of central Asia, enroute visit Lamayuru and Alchi monasteries, explore the magic lake of Pangong and Nubra valley.

Day 01 : Arrive Srinagar Airport
On Arrival you will be transferred to the House boat, evening 30 mins Shikara ride on the lake. Overnight stay at the houseboat.

Day 02 : Full day Srinagar sightseeing
Today enjoy half day sightseeing tour of Srinagar visit- World Famous Mughal Gardens covering the Nishat Bagh (The Garden of Pleasure) built by Asif Jahan in 1636 AD and Shalimar Bagh (Adobe of Love) built by Mughal Emperor Jahangir for his beloved wife Nur Jahan in 1619 AD also visit Shankaracharya temple which commands one of the magnificent view of Srinagar. Overnight stay at the houseboat.

Day 03 : Srinagar - Sonamarg - Kargil 7/8 Hrs drive 250 Kms
Sonamarg - the Meadow of Gold Depart from Srinagar as per road opening timings. The drive to Sonamarg is another spectacular facet of country side in Kashmir in Sindh Valley. The Sindhu Valley is the largest tributary of the valley of Kashmir. Drive to Kargil the road passes through the panoramic village reach Sonamarg (2740 Mtrs). After Sonamarg most rough road and wet Zojila pass 3527 Mtrs (Gateway of Ladakh). Continue drive towards Drass (The second coldest inhibited place in the world). Another two and half hours drive will take us to Kargil (2710 Mtrs) which has got its importance after opening the Ladakh for tourists in 1974. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 04 : Kargil to Uleytokpo 5/6 Hrs drive
Depart from Kargil after early Breakfast, en-route visiting the monastery of Mulbekh & Lamayuru & Moonlandscape passing through Namkila & Fatula Passes, The highest pass on the Srinagar- Leh road and proceed to Ulleytokpo. Overnight stay at the camp.

Day 05 : Drive Sham Valley & Alchi- Leh
After breakfast, carry packed lunch for the day. Sightseeing of 1000 year old Alchi monastery the only Gompa in Ladakh region on flat ground. Thereafter proceed to the Likir Monastrey to visit the splendid three storeys Dharma Wheel Gompa. Here you'll be awestruck with the sight of the massive Buddha statues., Indus & Zanskar river Sangam, drive along the Indus river visiting, Pathar Sahib Gurdwara and Magnetic Hill (where the cars defy gravity), Basgo Palace Hiking only and further on to Leh Hall of Fame(which has a museum of the Kargil War memorabilia) Overnight stay at the Hotel.

Day 06 : Tour of Hemis, Thiksey Shey monastery 3 Idiots School Campus Sindhu Darshan
After a leisurely breakfast, we drive to visit Hemis Monastery situated 45km west of Leh; Hemis is the largest and the wealthiest monastery in Ladakh. From Hemis, you are driven back taking the same route to visit Thiksey Monastery, located on a hill-lock with formidable views of the Indus valley. Thiksey is especially noteworthy for its gigantic seated statue of the Maitreya and is also known for its (Dukhang) assembly hall which houses hundreds of rectangular prayer books, stacked between wooden covers and bound in silk. After that we continue to drive through series of chortens to visit Shey Palace the former summer palace of the King of Ladakh. 3 Idiots School Campus Sindhu Darshan visit. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 07 : Tour of Khardungla Pass 18380Ft. Nubra Valley and Hundur Sand Dunes
Drive 120 Kms 4/5hrs After Breakfast drive to Nubra Valley via Khardungla (Highest Motorable road in the World, 18,380 ft) Arrive at Hundur by Afternoon. Rest of the day, Post lunch free to explore Deskit, Hunder Villages and camel Safari in Sand Dunes between Deskit and Hunder Village. Overnight stay at the camp.

Day 08 : After Breakfast proceed to Diskit monastery which is 515 years old
After Breakfast visit Deskit Monastery and drive back to Leh by same Route, crossing Khardungla Pass. Reach Leh by afternoon. Evening free time at Leisure to explore Leh market. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 09 : Tour of Pangong Lake - It is the highest land locked lake (155 Kms One way)
After early Breakfast leave for Pangong Lake (14,500 ft), through Changla Pass 17,350 ft., it is the third highest motorable road in the world. Arrive Pangong Lake it is the highest salt water Lake in the World, shared by two countries India & China. Enjoy the beauty of the lake on the Banks of Pangong Lake while appreciating the changing Colors and fascinating high altitude of the Lake. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 10 : Drive back to Leh, evening Leh Palace & Shanti Stupa
After breakfast Visit Lake at Sun rise, drive back to Leh, Late Afternoon visit Leh Palace & Shanti Stupa, Later in the evening walk around Local Market. Overnight stay at the hotel

Day 11 : Depart Leh
On time departure transfer to Leh airport.

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Ladakh Trekking India (LTI) did an excellent job for our large group for Markha Valley Trek with special spiritual interests. Mr. Sam accompanied us the whole time and took diligently care of our needs. We became friends, and this is all I would like to say: a great thank you from all my heart.

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