Duration:7 nights/ 8 days
Destinations Covered: Delhi-Srinagar-Gulmarg-Sonamarg- Kargil-Leh- Delhi
Day 1: Arrive Srinagar.
Check into deluxe houseboat. Afternoon shikara ride on the Dal Lake, visiting floating/vegetable gardens. Dinner and overnight stay in Deluxe Houseboat
Day 2: Local sight seeing.
Morning sightseeing of the Mughal Gardens, visiting Nishat Bagh built by Asaf Khan, the brother-in-law of Emperor Jehangir in 1632 A.D. Shalimar Bagh was built by Jehangir for his wife Empress Nur Jahan. All the gardens are situated on the banks of the Dal lake with the Zabarwan hills in the background. On the way to the gardens, visit a carpet weaving factory. Lunch at Houseboat. Afternoon free. Dinner and overnight stay in Deluxe Houseboat
Day 3: Srinagar - Gulmarg
Full day trip to Gulmarg (The meadow of flowers) 2730 mts, above sea level. The distance of 56 kms, will be covered in about 2.5hours. Gulmarg has one of the highest golf courses in the world with 18 holes. You can also enjoy a view of Nanga Parbat if the weather permits. The view en route from Tangmarg to Gulmarg is fascinating. A short trek up to Khilanmarg, which can be covered in about 3 hrs., is optional. The Gondola Lift for mountain rides is also available. Lunch in Hotel (can also be carried from the respective Houseboat/Hotel). Dinner and overnight stay in Deluxe Houseboat.
Day 4: Srinagar- Sonmarg- Kargil.
Morning parture by car/coach to Kargil, enroute stops include Sonamarg and Baltal hamlets, famous for rugged snow peaked meadows. Past Baltal cross over Zoji-La Pass (11,500 ft). we are in Drass valley with strikingly different landscape dotted with remote mud huts giving an impression that you really have traveled back in time. After a passport check we continue on to Kargil. Overnight in a local hotel/Inn.
Day 5: Kargil- Leh.
Morning visit to local Immambarah and Turkish inspired architectural structures from the Silk route days, when this used too be a major stop for Central Asian trade route. Enroute to Leh, stops include Mulbekh Monastery, perched on a mountain over the village of the same name, known for the huge image of Buddha carved from a giant rock. After Mulbekh, continue on to Alchi and Likir Monasteries. These monasteries house Buddha and renowned 1000-year-old religious wall paintings. This evening arrive in Leh and check into local hotel/inn.
Day 6: Local sight seeing
Today's sightseeing, Leh Bazaar, Leh Palace and Sankar gompa, the women's vegetable market in the afternoon. This evening evening the Sankar monastery, Leh Gompa, It is situated above the Leh Palace and was built in 1430. It contains a 47 ft. high statue of the Buddha, which the Ladakhi call Chamba. According to the Lamas this splendid statue is the future Buddha. Butter lamps burn day and night in front of this statue. Sankar Gompa, Just 2 miles from Leh is this monastery that has a formidable collection of miniatures of pure gold and a number of exciting paintings. It is well lit and may be visited in the evening as well.
Day 7: Hemis/Shey Palace/Thiksey
Today we'll visit Hemis Gompa, Ladakh's largest monastery. It contains a number of gold statues and Stupas decorated with precious stones and a superb collection of Thankas, including one that is the largest in existence. On our way you'll also Shey palace with its remarkable statue of Buddha and panoramic views of Indus valley. We will meet the monastery's resident Lama, if permitted.
Day 8: Departure
After early breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport in Leh for your flight to Delhi. Leave for Delhi with unforgettable memories of your Delhi Ladakh Air and Road Package with Leh Ladakh India. Our representative will meet you in Delhi and help you to transfer to the international airport for your flight to your onward destination.