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Ladakh Kashmir Tour

The best of Northern India is brought to you in the Golden Triangle tour package. The combination of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur ensures a whale of time for all first timers to India. The package is a perfect for those looking forward to check out the capital city of India - Delhi, the joyous and colourful land of Jaipur in the Indian royal state of Rajasthan and the city of Taj - Agra. The three tourist destinations covered in the Golden Triangle tour package offer a variety of tourist interest places. One also has an option to extend this tour by visiting Khajuraho, a World Heritage Site, renowned for the 10th century A.D. marvellous temples containing stunning sculptures. Life in every form and mood has been beautifully etched out in stone, justifying the excellent craftsmanship and artistry of the workmen.

12 Days / 11 Nights
Delhi - Alchi - Leh - Kargil - Srinagar

Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Lotus Temple of Bahai FaithWelcome to Delhi.Overnight in a hotel

Day 2: Delhi
Morning at leisure. Afternoon tour includes, the Presidential-Palace, Parliament House, India Gate, Qutab Minar Tower, Jantar Mantar, the fashionable Connaught Circus. Red Fort, Chandni Chowk, Mahalaxmi Temple and Mahatma Gandhi Samadhi. Evening free.

Day 3: Delhi/Leh
After breakfast flight to Leh. Leh is main centre of Ladakh, Leh is located in small valley just the north of Indus valley. Today is free for complete rest for proper acclimatization to the high altitude atmosphere.

Day 4: Leh /Alchi
Leh to Lamayuru, Likir and Alchi and night halt at Alchi. Sightseeing Lamayuru, After exploring villages around the area, it comes as a surprise to find that Lamayuru is a cute little hamlet surrounded by rugged Hindukush peaks. The gompa completely overshadowes the landscape which happens to be the most famous and spectacular monastery in Ladakh. Alchi and Likir Monasteries, these two monasteries are located near Saspol on the Srinagar-Leh road. They house many gigantic clay statue of Buddha in various forms. The primary attraction of these monasteries is, however, their 1000-year old wall painting, which alone makes the visit a worthwhile experience.

Day 5: Alchi /Leh

Local sightseeing, Leh to Lamayuru, Likir and Alchi and night halt at Alchi. Full day sightseeing Lamayuru. After exploring villages around the area, it comes as a surprise to find that Lamayuru is a scruffy little place. The gompa completely shadows and is the most famous spectacular monastery in Ladakh. Alchi and Likir Monasteries, these two monasteries are located near Saspal on the Srinagar-Leh road. They house many gigantic clay statue of Buddha in various forms. The primary attraction of these monasteries is, their 1000-year old wall painting which makes it a very rewarding experience.

Day 6: Leh
Mani Wall at Shey Gompa Monastery, LehAlchi to Leh, on the way back sightseeing of Rizong and Spituk. Rizong is about 4 miles along a steep, rocky track from the main road is the start of the area with the nunnery of Julochen and the gompa of Rizong. The gompa, belongs to the Gelukpa. Spituk Monastery, just before Leh on the Srinagar-Leh road on the hilltop overlooking the Indus, the Spituk monastery boasts not only of some prized tankha, but also a chamber with enormous statue of Kali, whose faces are unveiled once a year. The chamber contains an ancient collection of face masks too. It houses of 135 yellow capped monks.

Day 7: Leh / Kargil

Drive to Kargil. Sightseeing of Kargil, visit the Tete Sping and other interest places the Suru Valley which form the main stay of Kargil district. Lying nestled along the northeastern foothills of the Great Himalayan wall, it extends from Kargil town, first south ward for a length of about 45 miles up to the expanse around Panikhar, then eastward for another stretch of nearly 50 miles up to the foot of the Penzila watershed where the Suru River rises.

Day 8: Kargil

In Kargil for rest & relaxation

Day 9: Kargil/Srinagar
Drive to Srinagar via Drass, which is noted for its heavy snowfalls and extreme cold. Drass 10,600 ft. west of Kargil on the road to Srinagar, are a smalltownship lying in the centre of a valley of the same name. It has become famous as the second coldest inhabited place in the world by virtue of the intense cold that descends upon the valley along with repeated snowfall during winter. Winter temperature is sometimes known to plummet to below freezing levels.

During the spring and summer, however the valley around the township becomes very picturesque as the gently undulating hillsides turn into lush green pastures are splashed with a variety of fragrant wild flowers. Its inhabitants are mainly of Darad stock, an Aryan race believed to have originally migrated to the high valleys of the western Himalayas from the Central Asian steppes.

They speak Shina which, unlike the Tibetan-originated Ladakhi dialects spoken elsewhere in Ladakh region, belong to the Boat Traffic on Dal Lake, SrinagarIndo-European linguistic family. Their ancestral sport, Horse Polo, which the Darads play with particular zeal, resembles our modern polo. After Zoji-la pass we'll drive thru Sonamarg, the gold valley, past winding roads into Srinagar and our abode of luxury houseboat.

Day 10: Srinagar
ICruise through Dal and Nagin Lakes float through a network of canals to the enchanted floating gardens of Nishat and Shalimar; built in the 16th C. by Moghul emperors. Lunch will be served onboard the Shikara (Gondola). Soak in the sun and swim or surf in the lake. This evening enjoy a Wazwan feast (Local multi course meal usually served on weddings or very special occasions).

Day 11: Srinagar/Delhi
Morning free. Afternoon fly to Delhi, time free for last minute shopping for gifts and prepare for homeward bound departure.

Day 12: Depart Home