Duration : 23 Days / 22 Nights
Destination : Srinagar » Sonamargh » Kargil » Leh » Jespa » Kaza » Nako » Kalpa » Sarahan » Shimla » Chandigarh
Arrive Srinagar, capital of Jammu and Kashmir state, and a major tourist attraction, lying deep in the heart of Kashmir valley, it offers beautiful mountain and lake scenery, also wide range of activities including boating awaits us.
Upon arrival, you are met by our representative and transferred to your House Boat. Upon arrival, we will check-in.
Late in the afternoon, you will take a relaxing Shikara ride around Dal Lake and view the sunset
Overnight at The House Boat Srinagar
Srinagar – Sonamargh by surface
We paddles across the lake, haul up the luggage and drive into our car for a two hour scenic drive to Sonamarg. Driving past the small towns, hamlets and paddy fields, parallel to the Sindh river, we will arrive in Sonamarg in a couple of hours. We settle down in the hotel for a brief rest followed by a village walking tour, where we see everyday village life of the natives as they go by smiling. We will also have a rare chance of having tea with a local family in their home amidst their children, old parents and neighbors. Rest of the evening at leisure. Overnight in hotel in Sonamargh.
Overnight at Villa Himalaya Resorts
Depart Sonamargh – Kargil by surface – Distance 140 kilometers; Average time taken 5-6 hours
Today we depart for Leh, with a night halt at Kargil. The journey to Leh takes us among the well-worn tourist trails up the lovely valley along the Sind River. A few kilometers beyond Sonamarg, the road zig-zags up hill towards Zoji-la (3529 meters) as we are greeted with a different landscape the Tibetan high plateau with barren snow Peak Mountains and spectacular landscape. We continue our drive passing through Dras village-, which is the second coldest place in the world and small hamlets. On arrival, we check-in to the hotel. If the time permits, you will be guided through the Kargil town.
Overnight at the High Land Resorts / Similar
Kargil to Uleytokpo Resort via Lamayuru by surface – Distance 210 kilometers; Average time taken 4 to 5 hours
After early breakfast, we depart for Uleytokpo Resort, en route visit Lamayuru monastery built in the 11th century. It is a picturesque monastery perched on a crag overlooking the Indus in a striking setting between a drained lake and high mountains and is believed to be the oldest in central Ladakh.
Dinner at the Resort & Overnight at the Uleytokpo Resort
Uleytokpo – Leh via Ridzong & Alchi monastery
After breakfast, we drive to visit Ridzong monastery, beautifully situated in a gorge away from the crowds, the monastery houses small monks where they are taught and lodged. After that, we drive to Alchi Monastery or Alchi Gompa is a Buddhist monastery, known more as a monastic complex (chos-‘khor) of temples in Alchi village. The complex comprises four separate settlements in the Alchi village in the lower Ladakh region with monuments dated to different periods. Of these four hamlets, Alchi monastery is said to be the oldest and most famous.
Hot Lunch will be served at Alchi
After lunch, you will be transferred to Leh. Upon arrival, you will be checked-into hotel. Overnight at Saboo Resorts-Using Cottage suites
village walks & unravels the treasures of the old city
After breakfast you will proceed on a gentle tour of Leh. Visit the popular landmarks, which include the magnificent Leh Palace. Built by King Sengge Namgyal in the 17th century, the palace has nine storeys’ part of which is in ruins. Some of the sections display some fine traces of Ladakhi architecture. From the palace continue by foot to the Lamo [Ladakh Arts & Media Organisation] Centre on a short walking tour passing some amazing old houses.
The centre is housed in one of the most important heritage houses, Munshi (Togoche) House situated at the foot of the Leh Palace. Following a tour of the house there will be a short presentation or talk by a Ladakhi scholar on the architectural heritage of the Old City. Enjoy an overview of the old city from the terrace of the Munshi House as you sip the special Ladakhi tea with light snacks. The Heritage exploration continues from the Munshi House through the old city ending in the bazaar.
Overnight at Saboo Resorts –Unsing Cottage Suites
Leh : Full day tour of Hemis and Thiksey monastery with Shey Palace
Morning visit to Hemis Monastery situated 45 kilometers 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 overlooking the Indus River towards the south. Thiksey is especially noteworthy for its gigantic seated statue of the Maitreya Buddha, followed by a visit to Shey Palace the former summer palace of the King of Ladakh.
Overnight at Saboo Resorts-Using Cottage suites
Optional: Today we have the option to witness the prayers with chants at Thiksey Monastery – where early in the morning the monks gather in the assembly hall known as “Dukhang” in local language for prayers. The prayer ceremony begins between 0600 – 0700 hrs after the ceremony you will visit the Monastery then followed by a hot breakfast at Thiksey Monastery Restaurant, and then continue with your visit to Hemis, en-route a photo stop can be arranged to capture the rays of the morning sun.
Leh – Hundar (3152 meters) via Khardong la (5570 meters) –Distance 144 kilometers; Average driving time 4 to 5 hours;
Our Two Nights at Nubra includes the following: Morning we depart towards Northwards across the Khardong La the highest motorable road in the world, after a brief halt at the pass, we continue our drive to a different landscape. We arrive at the village of Hundar Nubra Valley, check-in to Hotel / Fixed Tented Camp. Hundar village, this is the most amazing drive along the sand dunes and the Shyok River, which are very rare to see a combination of a river and the sand dunes. Upon arrival at Hundar, we drive to the Hundar dune point to experience a ride on a Double humped Bacterian Camel; this camel is the principal animal of inner Asia used especially on the Northern part of the route beyond Karakoram Pass. We then drive to Deskit village, which is the largest village in Nubra Valley.
It is also the headquarters of the present administrative setup of Nubra valley. We also visit the Deskit Monastery, which is situated on a hilltop and offers a grand view of the Nubra Valley towards the North. We then drive downhill to visit the Deskit Village.
Our next day, includes a driveto Turtuk Village, Where by 2010 the exclusion zone began at the Hundarbrücke for tourists, it is allowed today, the road to drive as far as Baltistan to the village Turtuk. For nature lovers, this region is an experience. Everything is different here than in Ladakh, the language, culture and history of living here Baltic Muslims, but also the landscape with the wild, narrow valleys and deep canyons. On the way to Turtuk we reach first the Indo-Aryan village Bogdang and then come in the pleasant town of Turtuk on the Pakistani border.
On the last day in Nubra valley , we drive early towards Panamik on the other side of Shayok River, where we drive and visit Ensa Monastery again situated on a hilltop with beautiful statue of Lord Avaliketshwara followed with visit to the foot print of the Arahad Nyima Gon and the beautiful palnt fresco paintings on the wall and not to be missed the spectacular view of the Nubra valley. You will then continue to return towards Sumoor village en route a visit to Yarabtso Lake (wishful Lake) and then finally visit Samstanling monastery.
Overnight at Mystique Meadows Earth Homes
Today we drive early towards Panamik on the other side of Shayok River, where we drive and visit Ensa Monastery again situated on a hilltop with beautiful statue of Lord Avaliketshwara followed with visit to the foot print of the Arahad Nyima Gon and the beautiful palnt fresco paintings on the wall and not to be missed the spectacular view of the Nubra valley. You will then continue to return towards Sumoor village en route a visit to Yarabtso Lake (wishful Lake) and then finally visit Samstanling monastery.
After that we return to Leh through a different route via Warila pass through Agyam; Tangyar village and finally crossing through the Waril pas 17400 feet, where you get a spectacular view of the Karakoram Ranges towards the North & the Ladakh & zanskar Ranges towards the south and then driving downhill again passing through Sakti; Chemdrey; Thiksey and then finally Leh.
Overnight at Saboo Resorts-Using Cottage suites
Tso Moriri or “Locked Mountain Lake” lies in the centre of the Rupshu valley; The Lake is approximately twenty-eight kilometres long, eight kilometres in width. The lake is situated at an altitude of 4,320 meters and is surrounded by barren hills, which are backed by snow-covered mountains followed with an Adventurous Jeep Safari to enjoy one of the most exotic landscape journeys of the Trans-Himalayan region, then we have a tailor made tour for you. The route in continuation from Tsokar to Manali is normally open to motor traffic for a period of four months in a year and remains closed for the rest of the year due to heavy snowfall. The local residents from both Leh and Manali regions wait for the summer months when the otherwise snowbound road becomes possible for vehicular traffic.
The Trans Himalayan route falls on the same route, which was once followed by merchant’ centuries ago. They traveled from Amritsar, in Punjab with caravans carrying goods to Kullu valley, crossing the mighty Pir Panjal by Rothang pass (3,978 meters) in Lahoul and further travel to Leh crossing the mighty passes. Today motorcars and trucks have replaced the caravans and attract a different kind of travelers from all around the world to experience this spectacular journey.
After breakfast, we drive on the highway, along the bank of River Indus, connecting Leh to Manali. We travel through lush green fields, monasteries, and schools etc. of Shey, Thiksey, Karu and Upshi villages. Our journey continues along the left bank of river Indus as it snakes its way through a gorge between the Ladakh and Zanskar ranges and crossing small settlements to reach Chumathang village.
Chumathang Village famous for its hot (sulphur) spring. We continue our drive towards Tsomoriri Lake. During our drive to Tsomoriri we come across different landscapes with colourful mountains as our backdrop and driving among the Nomadic tented camps situated along the Thatsang Karu Lake. There we get a unique chance to mingle with the nomadic crowd to learn more about the Ladakhi gypsy tribe. Then we continue our drive on our way to Tsomoriri Lake leaving the nomadic settlements behind.
As we approach closer to the Lake, we take a brief halt on a ridge for photo stop, where one gets the first glimpse of the turquoise-colored lake. Then we continue driving for 20-25 minutes along the lake before reaching our campsite. Rest of the day is spent strolling by the lakeside and to witness the migratory birds, which flock here during summers to make their nests. Black-necked crane that travels all the way from Siberia is the major attraction. It is believed that the bird is on the verge of extinction and there are only two pairs remaining alive. Brahmani Ducks, Brown headed Gull and other numerous species can also be seen nesting. A naturalist’s paradise.
We then return to our campsite. Overnight on the banks of Tsomoriri in tented camp
After breakfast, we depart for Tsokar (salt lake) driving through the same route and after a descent to Sumdo village, we visit the Tibetan refugee center and the SOS village, after a brief halt we continue taking the roller coaster track and reach Puga village, situated near a old sulphur mines after a brief halt, we then continue our drive to Tsokar crossing the Polokongka La, after we cross the pass we set our camp on the shore of another large lake Tsokar (white lake) known by the Tibetans and “Salt Lake” by the cartographers. The Lake is surrounded by marshes and produces various kinds of salts, on the northern shore of the lake, the salt is deposited and collected by the Nomads who later trade over Ladakh regions which are mixed to prepare Butter tea known as (Gur Gur tea). The area is rich in wildlife, which includes Kyang (wild ass), red foxes and the rare Snow leopard.
We pass through Tsokar and hit the Manali-Leh highway and continue our drive to Serchu
Overnight at the Tented Camp in Serchu
Overnight at Grand Dewachan
Overnight at Kinner camp
Overnight at Kinner villa
Overnight at Hotel Srikand Mahadev
Overnight at Wood will place /spring field
4 hours & Fly to New Delhi