8 Nights / 9 Days | Customizable Package
Imagine covering two gorgeous and out of the world destinations in just one trip. With this Ladakh Kashmir package of 8N/9D, you will begin your vacation from heaven on earth - Kashmir. Come prepared to be bowled over the but picturesque valley, before you move on to Gulmarg for a day and then to historic, Kargil via Sonmarg. This package is a delight for people who love nature's beauty as in just over a week, you will be travelling through some of the most gorgeous visuals India has to offer.
Transfer to the airport to board your flight to Leh. Upon arrival in Srinagar, you will meet your Go2Ladakh representative and you will be taken to the House Boat. In the afternoon, you will be visiting the Mughal gardens with terraced lawns, cascading fountains, paint-box-bright flowerbeds with the panorama of the Dal lake in front of them. The three Mughal Gardens of Chesmashahi, Nishat and Shalimar are the Mughal Emperors' concept of paradise and are very popular places for picnics and excursions. Shalimar garden was built by Emperor Jehangir for his wife Nur Jehan. Shalimar is a beautiful garden with sweeping vistas over gardens and lakes, and shallow terraces. Nishat garden is situated on the banks of the Dal Lake, with the Zabarwan Mountains as its backdrop. This 'garden of bliss' commands a magnificent view of the lake and the snow-capped Pir Panjal mountain range which stands far away to the west of the valley. Nishat was designed in 1633 AD by Asaf Khan, brother of Nur Jahan spreading the philosophy of Vedanta. This, perhaps, led to the renaming of the temple as Shankaracharya Temple. Shankaracharya was also instrumental in popularizing the worship of Lord Shiva in Jammu and Kashmir. Dinner and overnight stay at the House Boat.
We will drive to Gulmarg - a legendary beauty with a prime location and proximity to Srinagar, naturally making it one of the premier hill resorts in the country. Originally called ?Gaurimarg? by shepherds, its present name was given in the 16th century by Sultan Yusuf Shah, who was inspired by the sight of its grassy slopes emblazoned with wild flowers. Gulmarg was a favourite spot of Emperor Jehangir, who once collected 21 different varieties of flowers from here. Today, Gulmarg is not merely a mountain resort of exceptional beauty - it also has the highest green golf course in the world, at an altitude of 2,650 m, and is the country's premier ski resort. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
After breakfast, drive to Kargil via Sonamarg (2740 m). It is the last major town before Ladakh. Sonamarg is an excellent base for trekking. Its name means ?Meadows of Gold?. We drive over Zoji La Pass ( 3529 m). Zoji La pass is the watershed between Kashmir and Ladakh - on one side you have the green, lush scenery of Kashmir while on the other side everything is barren and dry. Drass is the first main village after the pass. From Drass, it is another 56 km to Kargil. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel, have dinner and spend the night in the hotel. Day 04: Kargil - Leh via Lamayuru (229 km, 6-7 hrs) After breakfast, we drive to Leh. On the way, you can visit 8 m-high Maitreya statue, an image of future Buddha, cut into the rock face and dating back about 700 AD. This village called Mulbek is the first Buddhist village after Kargil. Drive via Futo La pass (4147 m), the route?s highest pass, then Namika La Pass (3760 m), then visit the Lamayuru monastery. It belongs to Drikung Kagyu (Red Hat). The monastery is more than a 1000 years old and is also called the moon land. On the way to Leh, you can also see the confluence of the Indus and the Zanskar rivers just after Nimmu village. Overnight stay at the hotel.
After breakfast, we drive to Leh. On the way, you can visit 8 m-high Maitreya statue, an image of future Buddha, cut into the rock face and dating back about 700 AD. This village called Mulbek is the first Buddhist village after Kargil. Drive via Futo La pass (4147 m), the route?s highest pass, then Namika La Pass (3760 m), then visit the Lamayuru monastery. It belongs to Drikung Kagyu (Red Hat). The monastery is more than a 1000 years old and is also called the moon land. On the way to Leh, you can also see the confluence of the Indus and the Zanskar rivers just after Nimmu village. Overnight stay at the hotel.
The road journey from Leh to Nubra Valley passes over the Khardung La pass (the highest motorable road in the world) at 5602 m/18,390 ft., around 39 km from Leh. From the pass, one can see all the way south over the Indus valley to the seemingly endless peaks and ridges of the Zanskar range, and north to the giants of the Saser Massif. Before proceeding to your camp at Hundar, stop to visit the Diskit monastery perched on a rock overhanging next to a stream, which provides the source of energy used by mills in the area. The monastery is rich, full of thangkas, magnificent giant statues, effigies of the Buddha and old mural paintings in which can be noted a multitude of influences. It was founded by Lama Sherab Zangpo of Stod around 1420 A.D. Diskit is the main village or headquarters of the Nubra Valley, which has a small market consisting of a row of shops. Overnight stay at a deluxe camp.
In the morning after breakfast, visit the monastery. Then drive back to Leh, once again driving via the Khardung La pass. Samstanling Gompa: Samstanling Monastery was founded by Lama Tsultrim Nima and the monastic community was introduced as Rizong Gompa. About 50-60 monks are residing at this 132 years old monastery. The Gompa has some strict rules and regulations. Overnight stay at a hotel.
Early departure for Pangong Tso Lake (approximately 145 km, located on the Indo-China Border), via Chang La pass (altitude: 17,370 ft.). After an entire day of sightseeing around the lake, check-in at the fixed tent camp near the lake at Spangmik or drive back for 30 km to Tangtse and check into a hotel/guest house for an overnight stay.
After breakfast, leave Pangong/Tangtse and get back on the Leh route across Chang La. Upon reaching Karu, drive across the Indus and visit the famous Hemis Monastery, the biggest monastery in Ladakh. Later, drive on to Leh, enroute visiting the picturesque Hemis and Thiksey monasteries. Overnight stay at a hotel.
Early morning transfer to the airport for taking the flight back home. The tour ends here.