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Experience natural beauty at its peak with the Leh Ladakh Tour of Himalayas that will leave you with awe-inspiring experiences from one of the highest points on the Earth.
Your first visit would be to the Indian capital where you will get to brush up your historical knowledge. The real part of the tour will start the second day when you reach Leh and Ladakh, the highest plateau in Kashmir. Leh will offer you ample opportunities to lose yourself in the spiritual ambience of its monasteries like the Spituk and Phyang Monastery. Feast your eyes and soul with the one of a kind Buddha statues found in the Shey monastery and the Thiksey monastery. The Alchi Monastery Complex will blow your mind away with some of the oldest paintings of Ladakh.
Your final major destination would be Srinagar, the Paradise on Earth, which will leave you speechless with its beautiful gardens and Shikhara tours. There will also be ample opportunities for experiencing adrenaline rush through skiing and golfing on one of the highest points in India. The Leh and Ladakh tour will be one such trip that will leave you with a permanent high every time you remember it.
The first day of the Leh Ladakh Tour would begin by you arriving in Delhi, where you will be escorted by our representative to your hotel. Your first trip would be to Rajghat, the memorial built for commemorating Mahatma Gandhi. While travelling past the Red Fort and the Chandni Chowk Market, you will reach the next destination, Jama Masjid. You can even get down at the Chandni Chowk market for shopping. The market is famous for clothes, street food and jewels.
In the afternoon, you will get to visit the historical highlights like Qutub Minar, Humayun tomb and the India Gate. You will next be driven past the the Parliament House, President's House and other Government Secretarial Buildings to reach the final destination of the day, Lakshminarayan temple. Your overnight stay would be in Delhi.
Highlights: Delhi - Visit Raj Ghat, Jama Masjid, Qutab Minar, Humayun's Tomb, Laxmi Narayan Temple & drive past Red Fort, Chandni Chowk, President House, Parliament. etc.
The second day morning, you will be driven to the airport for catching the flight to Leh, where you will be accommodated at a hotel. This day you can plan your own itinerary and explore Ladakh, the highest plateau in Kashmir. This day is kept free for you to get acclimatize to the altitude. There are many places to visit while staying in Leh, like the Siachen Glacier ) the highest and coldest battlefield in the world) It is also known as the “Third Pole” present in the Karakoram Range and the various Buddhist shrines spread all over Ladakh. Your overnight stay would be in Leh.
This morning you will be taken to the nine storey Leh Palace, the Islamic-Tibetan mosque and the famous bazaar of Leh. In the afternoon, you will be taken to the Phyang & Spituk Monasteries. In the Spituk Monastery, you can see the unveiling of the giant statue of Kali if the Gustor Festival is going on. In the Phyang Monastery , you will be mesmerized with the extensive collection of idols, thangkas, firearms and weapons that adorn the monastery. Your overnight stay would be at Leh.
Highlights: Tour of Phyang and Spituk Monasteries.
This day includes a full day excursion where you will get to visit the Shey monastery, famous for its giant gold gilded copper statue of a seated Buddha, and the Thiksey monastery known for its 15 m high statue of the future Buddha "Maitreya". In the end, you will get to explore the Hemis monastery, where colorful festivals are celebrated every year in the month of July. Your overnight stay would be back in Leh.
Highlights: Tour of Shey and Hemis Monasteries.
On this day, you can plan your day as per your wish. One can visit the vibrant and interesting bazaars in the vicinity or any nearby monasteries. For an adventurous trip, you can plan for a soft trekking tour. You can even trek to and explore the various religious structures like the Shanti Stupa on the Changspa hilltop, the Sankar Gompa and the Soma Gompa. Other stopovers could be made at the War Museum and the Donkey Sanctuary, which is open throughout the day. You will stay overnight in Leh.
Highlights: Tour of Shanti, Sankar and Soma Gompas.
The sixth day would be include an eventful drive from Leh to Kargil, via Alchi and Lamayuru. At the Alchi Monastery Complex, you can check out one of the oldest surviving paintings in Ladakh. You can explore the famous Dukhang, the Sumtseg and Manjushri Temple near the Alchi Monastery. In the Lamayuru monastery, you can enjoy the masked festival if the time is during the second and fifth months of the Tibetan calendar. At last, you will reach Kargil, where you will stay overnight.
Highlights: Tour of Alchi and Lamayuru.
From Kargil you will be driven to Srinagar via the Zozi La Pass, which is one of the highest passes in Kashmir. Known as the paradise on earth, Srinagar offers the chance to checkout the various gardens, traditional handicrafts, carpets and shawls famous here. Some of the beautiful gardens of this city worth exploring include the Chashma Shahi, Pari Mahal, Nishat Bagh and Shalimar Bagh. Your overnight stay would be in Srinagar.
This morning of the Leh Ladakh tour, you will be offered the once in a lifetime opportunity to ride in the famous shikara (boat) for exploring the lakes as well as observing the daily activities around the lake. The rest of the day, you can either spend strolling across Srinagar or take an optional tour to Pahalgam. At an altitude of 7200 ft, you can take a trek from Pahalgam. Near Pahalgam are the Chandanwari point from where the Amarnath Yatra starts. Your overnight stay would be in Srinagar.
Highlights: Tour in a Shikara.
This day would be fully dedicated to the excursion of Gulmarg, “Meadow of Flowers”. You would get many once in a lifetime opportunities while exploring Gulmarg, like skiing in the highest slope of Asia and golfing in the highest golf club of the world. Other adventure sports which you can enjoy include trekking, fishing, water skiing, horse riding and mountain biking. Your overnight stay would be in Srinagar.
Highlights: Tour of Gulmarg.
On the tenth day of the tour, you would be driven to the Srinagar airport for catching the flight back to Delhi. When you reach Delhi, you would be escorted to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure to relax or explore the nearby area. Transport is available on request. Overnight is in Delhi.
The last morning of the Leh Ladakh tour, you would be driven to the Delhi airport from your hotel for your return/onward flight.