Take the morning flight Delhi to Srinagar. Upon you're arrival you'll be received and transfer to Deluxe Houseboat at Dal Lake by our representative to relax and spend overnight. Optionally you may choose to go for Sikara ride in the lake which sprawls across 18 square kilometers area. The houseboats in Dal Lake come with well-furnished rooms, terraces, and verandas with separate smaller boat forming the kitchen.
In Srinagar, Dal Lake is almost an entire city on the water. Accommodation is available in British style houseboats which are moored on the side of the lake. For transportation there are shikaras and even full-fledged markets and floating shops and you'd be amazed to find out that the vegetable and fruits sold on the shikaras are grown in the floating fields and gardens on Dal Lake itself.
After a leisurely breakfast, embark on a sightseeing tour of the Mughal Gardens.
One of the most spectacular Mughal Gardens in Kashmir is Nishat Bagh. It was built by Asaf Khan, the brother- in-law of Emperor Jehangir in 1632 A.D. Located on the bank of the Dal Lake, with the Zabarwan Mountains as its backdrop, Nishat Bagh is a broad terraced garden with central canal cascading through the center from the top of mountain to the Dal Lake at the bottom. The garden is lined with boulevard of chinar and cypress trees. In total there are 12 terraces with each representing a sign of Zodiac.
Shalimar Bagh was built by Jehangir for his wife Empress Nur Jahan. It is the largest Mughal Garden in Kashmir and is considered to be the supreme example of Mughal Horticultural skills. The Shalimar Bagh is well known for arched niches (chini khanas) which give it an enchanting touch to the waterfalls.
All the gardens are situated on the banks of the Dal Lake with the Zabarwan hills in the background. To get a glimpse into the local art, you'll be visiting a carpet weaving factory. Return to your houseboat for Lunch. Afternoon is at your own leisure.
Spend the night in the houseboat.
After an unhurried breakfast in your houseboat, you will head towards the Gulmarg for the full day sightseeing tour of the Gulmarg.
Gulmarg which translates to the "meadow of flowers" is located at an elevation of 2730 meters above the sea level. Gulmarg comprises 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. Tanmarg is the main destination for skiers riding down from Gulmarg during the winter months.
Optionally you may choose a short trek up to Khilanmarg, which can be covered in about 3 hours. In Gulmarg, the gondola ride is also available. During the gondola ride, you can enjoy the enchanting beauty of the valley and you will also get an opportunity to glare at the snow-clad peaks. Your lunch will be arranged in a hotel in Gulmarg. Enjoy the panoramic view of the valley which will leave you spellbound.
Later in the evening, you will return to Srinagar and check-in at the hotel. Enjoy the dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Srinagar.
From Srinagar, you will now start your road trip to Leh Ladakh. Your next stop from Srinagar will be Kargil. This trip will be a memorable and enjoyable one because you are going to visit and halt at a few mesmerizing places en route. This entire trip will be a wonderful one for you because there are a lot of amazing sights in store for you.
You will be first stopping at the Sonmarg Valley where you get a chance to enjoy the beauty of nature. On arrival at this place, you will have your lunch in one of the finest eateries. Stuff yourself up because next we have the majestic and challenging Zojila Pass to cross. It is not just the challenging roads of this place that will thrill you but the altitude as well. The pass is located at a daunting height of approximately 4000 m above sea level. You can stop by at some point en route so that you can click pictures. After crossing Zojila Pass, you will then be entering Drass Village. .
It is known to be the second coldest place inhabited by humans on earth after Siberia. By evening you will be reaching Kargil Town. Upon arrival, you will be taken to the hotel or a deluxe camp. Complete your check-in formalities and rest. It has been an exhaustive journey here. So, after having a scrumptious dinner, make sure to get some sleep for the upcoming day.
After having a scrumptious early breakfast, you will complete all your check-out formalities and leave for the next destination that’s Leh. You will be staying at the Alchi Village in Leh. While reaching your destination, you will be visiting Lamayuru. Another very popular attraction of Ladakh. This is a very important city in terms of history and natural beauty. This village was built and dedicated to Naropa in the 11th century. The cave where he meditated is now a renowned place where travelers visit frequently. It is connected to the Lamayuru Monastery which makes it even more popular.
After visiting here, you will then be taken to the next destination which is Alchi. Another beautiful, spellbinding, and popular destination of Leh. Alchi Monastery is approximately 60 km from Leh city and falls in the route. You will also be visiting the major attractions of the place such as the great statue of Maitreya Buddha, Magnetic Hill, Hall of Fame in Kargil Sangam of Zanskar, and Indus Rivers.
Once you reach here, complete your check-in formalities and rest for a while in your room. In the evening you can take a walk at the local city market and relish your taste buds with some of the best local cuisines. Buy some souvenirs from the Ladakhi craft market. There is an overnight stay at the hotel and your dinner will be served there itself.
The morning will be at your leisure. You will be given time to adjust to the altitude and atmospheric pressure change. Your breakfast will be served in the room itself so you can enjoy the meal at the comfort of your bed with the outside view of the Himalayas. You can then either go for a walk or enjoy resting.
You will be served lunch at the hotel itself and post lunch you will be taken on the sightseeing tour of Leh. The first destination you will be visiting in Leh will be the infamous Shanti Stupa. After that, you will be taken to the magnificent Leh Palace, and then the Leh market. The evening will be at your leisure and you can simply enjoy relishing different tasty Ladakhi cuisines. You can also go on a shopping spree at the local market. There will be an overnight stay at the hotel.
This is going to be a wonderful, thrilling, exhaustive, and beautiful day for you. After having a heavy breakfast, you will be heading to the majestic Nubra Valley. You will embark on the journey early in the morning. En route, you will be crossing one of the highest motorable passes on earth- Khardung La pass which is located at an altitude of 18360 ft above sea level.
You will stop here for clicking on some memorable pictures. After crossing this pass, you will be crossing the Khardung La village and a few more small villages. By noon, you will reach the Diskit Monastery. Here, you will find a rare species of camel which is called the Bactrian Camel. It is the only two-humped camels found in this region.
After enjoying a camel safari you will be staying at a Deluxe Camp in the valley itself. Finish your check-in formalities and have a good dinner at such an altitude. Enjoy sipping Ladakhi tea at such an altitude.
After having early morning breakfast, gear up to have another wonderful day in Hunder and Turtuk Village. The first destination you will head towards is the Turtuk Village. An amazing place to visit in Ladakh. Enjoy the landscapes and exotic views of the surrounding throughout the drive. Turtuk is a place where the population is under 4000. This place still has a majority of people following Islamic. This place was once under the control of Pakistan and people here speak Baltistani. You can explore the entire village, meet with people and enjoy your time here. You can take a stroll around the place, enjoy your time and click some pictures for your memories. Post a wonderful and enjoyable day, you will return to Hunder for dinner and an overnight stay at the hotel.
After having breakfast you will be visiting the famous sand dunes of Hunder. Take a safari on the Bactrian Camel and have a look at the silk routes that were used by our ancestors. After spending some time in the peaceful and quaint environment of Hunder we will move towards the semi-arid desert of Nubra. It is the Sumur Village where you can see the magnificent Samstening Gompa which is approximately 150 years old. Click some pictures here and enjoy your time amidst the snow desert. After enjoying your time here, you will be heading to the next attraction on offer - Panamik. It is an equally beautiful place to visit.
Panamik is known to be the last place/ village towards the Siachen Glacier. If you visit here on a clear day, you will be able to see the highest battlefield of the world from Panamik. You will be visiting Ensa Gompa and hot springs in and around the village. Post having an eventful day you will return to the hotel for an overnight stay.
One of the most visited and enjoyable places in Ladakh is Pangong Lake. It is a humongous breathtaking lake that has everything you would have ever imagined. The abundance of beauty and high-altitude trill makes this attraction a go-to place for every traveler. To reach the lake, you have to cross various other attractions of Ladakh such as Chang La Pass, Shyok Village, Durbuk Village, and Tangtse Village. On arrival, you will have to complete all the check-in formalities.
You will reach the lake in the afternoon which will give you ample time to enjoy the place. Later that evening, enjoy a romantic walk along the shores of the lake. There are several tent colonies near the lake; so you will have a chance to enjoy the view of the lake from a distance in a tented camp. Enjoy your meal under the stars. It is not something that you will do every day.
After having a scrumptious breakfast, you will have to finish the checkout process and then you will be heading to Hanle. The next destination on your list. This village is situated in the Changthang region of Ladakh and it boasts an enchanting view of the surrounding. There are several attractions that are present in Hanle and you will be visiting each one of them. From the popular Hanle Monastery to the Kagyu School of Buddhism; you will get a chance to explore all of it. The Hanle Monastery is known to be one of the largest and most magnificent works of architecture in Ladakh. You can climb up to the top of the monastery and look around. The view of the surrounding from that height is simply breathtaking. Enjoy the pristine and quaint environment of the place and the breathtaking view.
Hanle is also popular for having the highest observatory in the world. It is located at a staggering height of 4500 m. After having explored all the important places of Hanle, you will be taken to the guest house. Have your dinner and get some sleep.
It isn’t wrong to say that the lakes of Ladakh are the gems of the newly made union territory. After having your scrumptious breakfast, complete your check-out formalities and head towards the second most beautiful lake of Ladakh which is Tso Moriri. This is another high-altitude lake that is located at an astonishing height of 14,000 ft. While heading towards this lake, you will be crossing several smaller and offbeat attractions throughout the route including Nyoma-Mahe bridge.
Tso Moriri is surrounded by greenery as well and there are several flora and fauna thriving here. Spot various birds here including Tibetan mastiff, the Brahmini duck, crested grebe, bar-headed goose, and many more. You will be having an overnight stay in the tents at some distance from the lake. Your meal will be given to you at the tent itself.
After a refreshing and stuffing breakfast, you will be driving to Leh. This time you will be taking the Tso Kar route so that you will be able to visit another picturesque attraction of Ladakh which is the Tso Kar Lake. En route, you will be visiting several attractions like Polo- Kongka Pass and Puga Geothermal Gas Springs. You will get a chance to visit the Tso Kar Lake for a photo session. If you wish you can visit the Thukje village and the monasteries in the village. You will be crossing the Tanglang La Pass, which is situated at 5350 m. You will reach Leh by evening. Upon arrival, you will have to check in at the hotel. Your dinner will be served here and there will be an overnight stay at the hotel.
After an early breakfast, get ready for a thrilling day because today you will be visiting the enchanting Indus Valley. This will be a complete day tour of the valley and its important attractions. After reaching the valley, you will be visiting Stok Monastery, Shey Palace, Thiksey, and Hemis Monastery. After having a complete eventful day, you will return to the city of Leh. The evening will be at your leisure to spend. Your dinner will be served in the hotel and you can take some sleep.
After having an early breakfast, you will have to complete your check-out formalities. You will then be transferred to the Leh Airport after which you will be taken to Delhi for your journey onwards.