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Get a fascinating insight into the people, culture, cuisine, lifestyle, and topography of the Himalayan region of Kashmir and Ladakh in our “Kashmir and Ladakh Experience” tour. In Kashmir experience, Srinagar and the famed Dal and Nageen lake, take a shikara ride on the serene waters of the Dal lake and stay at a comfortable houseboat on the lake and visit one of the many beautiful gardens.
The journey from Srinagar to Leh via Kargil is an experience in itself with the dramatic ever-changing landscape through the mountain passes of Zoji la and Futu la and the towns of Kargil, Sonamarg, Drass, Likir, and Lamayuru. In Ladakh visit cross the high mountain passes of Khardung La and Chang la and Baralacha la; sit by the serenity of crystal clear high mountain lake of Pangong Tso; feel the spirituality at centuries-old monasteries of Hemis, Tiksey and Alchi; drive through some of the most dramatic mountain landscape in the world passing through dry arid mountains of different hues of brown and grey shaped through centuries by wind and climate; visit Nubra Valley sand dunes for a ride on the double-humped camels and stay at some beautiful locations from lakeside tents to village home stays.
To make the tour more interesting we have coincided it with the Hemis festival. In the quaint Hemis Jangchub Choling Monastery, the colorful extravaganza of celebrating the birth of Lord Padmasambhava with dance, music, prayers, masked performances and a medley of colors will be seen.
Start Date: 6th July’ 2019
End Date: 14th July’ 2019
Duration: 9 Days
Group Size : Min 5 / Max 15
Theme: Culture, Adventure, Experience
– Stay at a Houseboat on the Nageen/Dal Lake
– Beautiful high altitude drive from Srinagar to Leh
– Cross the high passes of Zoji La, Fotu La, Chang La and Khardung La
– Monastic tour around Leh
– Ride a double-humped camel in the sand dunes of Hunder in Nubra Valley
– Be amazed at the mesmerizing beauty of Pangong Lake
– Unique experience of watching the masked dance performances at the Hemis Festival
Day 1: July 6th: Srinagar
Arrive in Srinagar and go on a half day excursion visiting Mughal Gardens, Shalimar Gardens, Pari Mahal. Evening enjoy a shikara ride on the serene waters of the lake and sample some delicious Kashmiri wazwan. Overnight at Houseboat at Nageen Lake.
Day 2: July 7th: Srinagar – Kargil
After breakfast leave for Kargil. En route visit Hazratbal mosque, see the beauty of the meadows of Kashmir, visit Sonmarg and then cross the Zoji La pass to enter Kargil. Stop at the war memorial close to Drass and reach Kargil by evening. Overnight at Kargil.
Day 3: July 8th: Kargil – Leh
After breakfast, we head towards Leh. Today we pass through some of the most scenic drives on our journey. On the way we stop at Lamayuru ( one of the most important monasteries in Ladakh ), Namika La and Fotula passes ( the highest point on the Leh – Srinagar route ) and the confluence of the Rivers Indus and Zanskar. Arrive in Leh by late afternoon. Overnight in Leh.
Day 4: July 9th: Khardungla pass – Nubra Valley
After breakfast, leave for Nubra Valley, driving across Khardong-la (alt: 18,380 ft), the highest motorable pass in the world. Along the Nubra or Siachan River lie the villages of Sumur, Kyagar, Tirith, Panamik and many others. Across the Nubra or Siachan River at Panamik is the isolated Ensa Gompa. After descending into the Valley, drive across the Shayok River and to Hunder to check into the homestay. Overnight at Nubra valley.
Day 5: July 10th: Nubra Valley –Khardungla pass
After breakfast leave for Leh. On route stop at the sand dunes of Hunder and take a Camel Safari on a double-humped and visit the Diskit Monastery. Later leave and reach Leh by evening. Overnight in Leh.
Day 6: July 11th: Hemis – Thiksey (Hemis Festival)
Today we have a full day monastic tour and watching the Hemis festival. See the colorful extravaganza of dance, music, prayers, masked performances. This unique experience with thousands of photo ops is going to be one of the highlights of this tour. Later in the evening on the way back, we stop at Thiksey monastery. Evening back to Leh and indulge in some last minute shopping. Overnight in Leh.
Day 7: July 12th: Pangong Lake
Early morning we leave for Pangong Lake located at about 130 kms from Leh. We pass through Changla pass ( 5486 meters above sea level ) on the way which is the second highest pass in our tour. While ascending Changla pass enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of the villages below the pass. After crossing the pass halt for lunch at Tsoltak, the summer pastureland of the yaks. Arrive at Durbuk and from there a short drive takes you to the western shore of the lake. One rarely feels so close to nature and the environment and the scenery is unforgettable. Overnight at Pangong Lake.
Day 8: July 13th: Pangong Lake – Leh
After breakfast back to Leh. Evening free to explore town and indulge in last minute shopping. Overnight at Leh.
Day 9: July 14th – Departure
After breakfast drop to airport. End of trip.
Stay, Food & Transport
Permits are required for Pangong Lake, Khardung La Pass and Pangong Lake. You should carry an identification with you to make the permits.
The timings are tentative and the exact timings will be sent to you by the org once you book tickets