Best of Himachal, Kashmir & Ladakh
Places covered: Delhi, Chandigarh, Shimla, Manali, Keylong, Jespa, Sarchu, Leh, Lamayuru, Kargil, Sonamarg, Srinagar
Duration: 15 nights and 16 days
Day 1: Delhi
On arrival at Airport you will be met by our representative, and handover all the travel documents & transfer to Hotel. Stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 2: Delhi - Chandigarh
Drive to Chandigarh which got designed by Swiss-French Architect Le Corbusier & the American Planner Albert Mayer. Visit upon arrival the most perfect city in terms of architecture. Visit Rock Garden, Ross Garden, Sukhna Lake & Punjab University. Stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 3: Chandigarh - Shimla
Leave Chandigarh on third Day and reach Shimla (Capital of Himachal Pradesh). Sightseeing in Shimla : The Ridge, The Mall, Kali Bari Temple, State Museum, Indian Institutes of Advanced Studies, Prospects Hills, Summer Hills Chadwick Falls, Views of Snowy Mountains etc. Stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 4: Shimla - Manali
Manali is situated near the end of the valley on the National Highway leading to Leh. The landscape here is breath taking. One sees well-defined snow capped peaks, the Beas river with its clear water meanders through the town. On the other side are deodar and pine trees, tiny fields and fruit orchards. It is an excellent place for a holiday, a favorite resort for trekkers to Lahaul, Spiti, Kinnaur, Leh and Zanskar regions in Kashmir valley. It is known as the Switzerland of India.
Day 5: Manali
Visit today Hadimba Devi temple, Manu Temple & Solang valley. Overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Manali - Keylong
Situated at an altitude of 3350 mtrs., Keylong is the head quarter of Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh lying on Indo-Tibetan Border. The region is strange, exciting, primitive mountainous and delightful. "Rudyard Kipling said about the region " Surely the God must have lived here ".The route of Lahaul takes a traveler over Rohtang Pass (3980m above the sea level). Koksar ( 1st village of Tandi crossing the river Chanderbhaga).
Day 7: Keylong - Sarchu
Morning drive to Sarchu Via Bara-Lacha La (16000 ft - 4880 m), 105 km from Keylong. This is the last point on the Himachal Pradesh - Ladakh border that offers splendid views of snow capped mountains. The unspoiled natural beauty of Sarchu offers a perfect ambiance to spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Overnight stay at camp.
Day 8: Sarchu - Leh
Morning proceed for Leh and drive through the 2nd highest motor-able pass in the world at an altitude of 5328m(17480 ft) . After this pass drive through Rumtse with the first human habitation that you will find . Now runs along river Gaya till it reaches Upshi village where it meets river Indus. The road goes through Karu, Stakna,Thikhey,Shey & Choglamsar village and finally you arrive at Leh. Overnight at hotel.
Day 9: Leh
Visit the Leh Palace - the battle scarred and deserted 16th century ruins of the royal residence built by Singge Namgyal, Shankar Gompa & Leh Mosque. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Leh
Day free at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11: Leh - Lamayuru
Early morning depart for Lamayuru Monastery dates back to the 10th Century when the Indians Scholar MahaSiddhacharya Naropa. caused a Lake to drive up, which fed up the entire valley and laid the foundation stone of Lamayuru Monastery. There is an oldest surviving temple in Lamayuru called Seng-ge-sgang located at the Southern end of the Monastery. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 12: Lamayuru - Kargil
Sightseeing in Kargil. Overnight at hotel.
Day 13: Kargil - Sonamarg
Drive to Sonamarg (Golden Meadow). The distance of about 83 kms will be covered about 2-½ hrs. Sonamarg lies in Sindh Valley streamed with flowers and surrounded by mountains. Sonamarg is also the base for some interesting treks to the high altitude of Himalayan Lakes. Enjoy horse riding up to Thajwas glacier and sledge riding on snow. Late afternoon drive back to Srinagar, overnight in Deluxe Houseboats
Day 14: Sonamarg - Srinagar
Early Morning Check out from Hotel in Delhi - Reach the capital of Kashmir. Srinagar, the summer capital of Kashmir, stands on Dal Lake and picturesque Jhelum River. The more modern part of the city is further up the Jhelum River (above its famous seven bridges), which sweeps through Srinagar. Arrive Srinagar and transfer to Houseboat . And here they laid, with great love and care, Srinagar's many formal, water-front gardens, now collectively known as the Mughal Gardens. Afternoon Shikara boat ride . Overnight in Houseboat.
Day 15: Srinagar - Pahalgam
Drive to Pahalgam. The total distance of about 96 km east of Srinagar, at an altitude of 2130m. The journey from Srinagar to Pahalgam will be covered in about 3 hrs. Drive through the pine forest. Arrive at Pahalgam (the valley of Shepherds) For the Sighseeing places - Chandanwari, Baisaran, Sheshnag Lake, Panchtani and transfer to hotel. After lunch, walk along pony trails with a magnificent view of the mountains. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 16: Pahalgam - Srinagar - Delhi
After the check out from hotel transfer to airport for onward destination.