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Select Your Trip Jeep Safari In Himalayas

Kashmir, Ladakh and Zanskar Valley

  • Best time
  • Mid May to Mid September
  • Total Duration
  • 16 Days
  • Destinations Covered
  • Delhi – Srinagar – Kargil – Padum (Zanskar Valley) – Lamayuru – Dha Hanu - Leh
  • Hotel Category
  • Luxury, Mid Budget, Budget,Tented Accommodation and Houseboat
  • Main Attraction
  • Shikara ride, Houseboat accommodation, Monasteries, Jojila Pass

Detailed Itinerary

Map

  • Days
  • Events
  • Day 01
  • Arrival Delhi
    Meet on arrival at Delhi International Airport and transfer to the Hotel.
    After Indian traditional welcome check in to the hotel.
    Day is free to relax.
    Overnight in Delhi
  • Day 02
  • Delhi
    After breakfast, proceed for city sightseeing- visit Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Humayun Tomb, Lotus Temple, Qutub Minar, India Gate, Parliament House and President’s House.
    Also experience the rickshaw ride through the narrow streets of Chandani Chowk.
    Overnight in Delhi
  • Day 03
  • Delhi – Srinagar
    After breakfast, departure transfer to the Delhi Domestic Airport
    Fly to Srinagar. Arrive and transfer to the houseboat.
    Day is free to relax in the houseboat
    Evening: A shikara (a long wooden rowing boat) ride in Dal Lake.
    Overnight in Srinagar
  • Day 04
  • Srinagar
    After breakfast, proceed for the sightseeing of Mughal Gardens- Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh and Chashme Shahi.
    Srinagar is famous for its market of pashmina shawls, carpets, beautifully carved walnut wood furniture, handicrafts etc. Visit the local bazaars like Kashgar where merchants sell spices and vegetable.
    Overnight in Srinagar
  • Day 05
  • Srinagar
    After morning tea and cookies, proceed by boat to see floating vegetable market, a daily market for nearby farmers to sell their products
    Return to your houseboat for breakfast. After getting fresh, visit Shankaracharya Temple- aHindu temple, Hazratbal Shrine- a Muslim shrine. 
    Apart from these two main shrines, one can also visit Jama Masjid, old streets of Nowhatta, Budshahs Tomb and a stone mosque built by Jahangir’s wife Noorjahan.
    Overnight in Srinagar
  • Day 06
  • Srinagar – Kargil (204 KS)
    After early breakfast and with packed lunch, drive to Kargil. En route stop at Pahalgam, a popular tourist destination also associated with an important pilgrim for Hindus calledAmarnath Yatra. 
    Continue driving to Kargil and cross Jojila Pass (4500 Mts.). This pass is the border of Kashmir and Ladakh region. Another interesting place en route is Drass, which is the second coolest habitat place in the World.
    Arrive at Kargil and check in to hotel.
    Evening free to explore local bazaar and meet the local people. Kargil is dominated by Sia Muslims.
    Overnight in Kargil
  • Day 07
  • Kargil – Padum (231 KS)
    After breakfast, drive to Padum- named after Padmasambhava, a sage guru of Buddhism, it is the regional headquarter of Zanskar Valley.
    En route visit the Rangdum Monastery. If the weather is clear; you can have a magnificent view of Nun- Kun Mountain peak (both are above 6000 Mts.) and Dran Drung Glacier from here,
    Drive continues to Padum. Arrive and check in to the hotel. Evening is free to explore localbazaar.
    Overnight in Padum
  • Day 08
  • Padum – Karsha – Padum
    After breakfast, proceed to see the Karsha Monastery. Built along the River Stod, this monastery is a complex made up of white wash blocks comprising several blocks. A set of old Thankas is worth Notice cause of its artistic beauty and the history it holds with.
    By the evening, drive back to Padum.
    Overnight in Padum
  • Day 09
  • Padum – Zangla - Strongdey – Padum
    After breakfast, proceed to visit the monasteries at Zangla and Strongdey. Zangla Monastery, located near a ruined hilltop castle, is an old nunnery as well. This monastery is famous for some notable wall paintings. After visiting Zangla, drive to Strongdey. The second largest monastery in Zanskar Valley, it houses the monks of Gelukpa sect. The white washed complex has many temples. The Gokhang is well guarded room with many fierce faced deities. 
    By the evening, drive back to Padum.
    Overnight in Padum
  • Day 10
  • Padum – Zongkhul- Sani- Photong- Pibithing- Padum
    After breakfast, proceed for the tour of nearby monasteries. The monastery at Zongkhul is a spectacular cave monastery. The frescos on the cave walls are very old and reflect the high degree of artistic achievement. Situated like a swallow's nest on a rock face, the monastery is associated by legend with the famous Indian who lectured in the Nalanda and Vikramsila universities.
    Later drive to Sani. The Initial founding of this Gompa is associated with Kanishka (Kushan ruler of 2nd century). The complex comprises of a huge multi columned central prayer hall with the statues of popular Budddhist deities including Drugpa (old school) high saints. The most interesting frescos can be seen in a small and almost discarded chapel at the back of the main building.
    If time permits, visit the monasteries at Photong and Pibithing as well. Drive back to Padum.
    Overnight in Padum
  • Day 11
  • Padum – Bardan - Stagrimo – Padum
    After breakfast, proceed to visit the monastery at Bardan. A 17th century monastery belonging to Dugpa- Kargyud monastic order and one of first monasteries of this order to be established in Zanskar Valley. The monastery displays some grand statues of Buddhist figures and several stupas in clay, bronze, wood and copper.
    Also visit the Stagrimo Monastery. Drive back to Padum.
    Overnight in Padum
  • Day 12
  • Padum – Kargil (231 KS)
    After early breakfast, drive to Kargil.
    Arrive Kargil and check in to hotel. Day is free to relax.
    Overnight in Kargil
  • Day 13
  • Kargil – Dha-Hanu Valley (52 KS)
    After breakfast, drive to Dha Hanu valley. Renowned as the ‘Land of Aryans’, these are the only two villages of the Brokpa villages where the tourists are allowed to visit. The Dard people of Dha Hanu are nominally Buddhist but also worship their own Pantheon of Gods. Ibex is their sacred animal. They have Indo- European appearance unlike the predominant Tibeto- Mongol inhabitants of most of Ladakh.
    Near Namika Pass, there is a village named Mulbekh, on the right side of the road stands an imposing rock on which a huge statue of Buddha has been engraved. Stop here to visit the Mulbekh Gompa built on this rock.
    Overnight in Dha Hanu Valley
  • Day 14
  • Dha Hanu Valley – Leh (163 KS)
    After breakfast, drive to Leh, en route visitMonastery of Lamayuruone of the oldest Gompas in Ladakh. After crossing the highest pass of this region, Fatu, a steep turn descends to Indus Valley, and from here Lamayuru Gompa is clearly visible on the top of strange looking valley. In Lamayuru caves have been dug out in the mountains where Lamas have been living for years.
    After visiting Monastery, drive continues to Leh.
    Arrive and check in to the hotel. Evening is free to explore local bazaar
    Overnight in Leh
  • Day 15
  • Leh
    After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing of Shey - King Lhachen Smal Gigun built this palace. The Shey Gompa is situated on a hillock, and there is a 7.5m high Buddha image in this temple.  Thiksay - It stands on a hilltop in the desert and is visible from a distance.  The houses of the lamas are situated on the slopes of the hill.  Hemis Gompa - This is the biggest gompa of Ladakh. Chapgon Gyalshas built it. There are several temples here, which contain stupas and precious images made of gold.
    Overnight in Leh
  • Day 16
  • Leh – Delhi - Home
    After bed tea and cookies, departure transfer to the Leh Airport.
    Fly back to Delhi. Meet on arrival and transfer to the hotel.
    Day is free to explore the area of Connaught Place, centre of the city.
    After farewell dinner, departure transfer to the International Airport of Delhi.
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  • Suggestions:
  • Following detours can be done from Leh:
    ✔ Alchi for a Night
    ✔ Nubra Valley for 02 Nights
    ✔ Pangong Lake for 02 Nights
    ✔ From Delhi- An extended trip to Agra and Jaipur (03-04 Days)
    ✔ Agra is famous for Taj Mahal
    ✔ Jaipur, also known as Pink city of India is famous for Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal and other monuments
    ✔ In Delhi, Indian dance class for a day can be arranged subjected to the availability of time.