Kashmir Ladakh Tour

12 NIGHTS – 13 DAYS

DELHI – SRINAGAR – GULMARG – SONMARG – KARGIL – LAMAYURU – ALCHI – LIKIR – LEH – NUBRA VALLEY

Many times referred as ‘Paradise on Earth’, Kashmir is extravagantly beautiful. Two major Himalayan ranges, the Great Himalayan Range and the Pir Panjal, surround the landscape. Srinagar, the capital of Kashmir, is famous for its Mughal gardens and Dal Lake. The tour also provides a unique experience of living on the water in a cedar-panelled elegant bedroom in houseboat. The main highlight of the tour is the 440 kms long road journey which passes through the mesmerizing valley of Kashmir and Sonamarg, taking you across the heights of zoji La, Namika La, Fotu La Pass before reaching beautiful towns of Drass and Kargil and then finally to Leh to Ladakh tours which is often described as ‘Moon Land’, ‘Magic Land’, and ‘Mysterious Land’ for its unique landscape and exquisite culture.

1

Day:

Delhi

Arrive at Delhi. Ladakh Tour Operators (State Express) received us. Being the capital city of India, Delhi is one of the most visited cities of India and also has a large number of outstanding monuments – both historic as well as modern.

Welcome at the airport and transfer to hotel.
In the afternoon we shall start exploring Old Delhi. First, we shall visit Raj Ghat. Raj Ghat is a site where Father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. The spot where he was cremated has been marked by black marble, which is decorated with garlands of flowers and an immortal flame burns at one end.

Next stop is Red Fort. This wonderful red sandstone structure has observed some of the most significant and dramatic moments of Indian history.
Enjoy a rickshaw ride through cobbled streets of bustling Bazaar Chandni Chowk and stop at Jama Masjid. Jama Masjid was the main mosque during the reign of Shah Jahan. The mosque was built by Shah Jahan. It is the largest and important mosque in Asia.

Return to hotel for overnight stay.
2

Day:

Delhi – Srinagar

( By Flight – 1 ½ hours )

Transfer to airport to board a flight to Srinagar.
Situated on the banks of River Jhelum in the core of the Kashmir valley, Srinagar is the most popular tourist destination enticing a lot of tourists from across the globe. A tour to Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir is a legendary picture perfect journey through the majestic hills and beautiful landscapes. The striking mountains provide a perfect backdrop to the famous Dal Lake. The exclusive housing in houseboats, the blooming gardens and the waterways with their own charming lifestyle makes Srinagar a paradise for holidaymakers.

Arrive at Srinagar and transfer to houseboat
In the afternoon, enjoy shikara ride on Dal Lake.
Dal Lake is a breathtaking impression of Nature. The charm of the lake leaves the tourist spell bound. Oozing with beauty this lake has been a source of inspiration to many poets. With its picturesque view, it is the second largest lake in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The lake is nestled in by imposing mountains on three sides magnetizes numerous tourist from across the globe.

Overnight stay in houseboat.
3

Day:

Srinagar

Half day tour to world famous Mughal gardens. The impressive gardens of Kashmir will surely refresh you to the hilt. The stunning greenery and charming water systems inside the gardens are the other magnetisms of the gardens.
Visit Nishat Bagh. It was constructed by Asif Khan, father of princess Noorjahan in 1633 AD. The garden of bliss is located on the banks of Dal Lake and offers a wonderful view of Dal Lake and imposing snowcapped peaks of Pirpanjal Ranges. The garden has two pavilions with the reservoir 14 feet with magnetizing fountains, one at the lower end and other upper end.
Shalimar Bagh is also known as Abode of Love. Shalimar garden is located on the right bank of Dal Lake. The garden was built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife Noor Jahan. The garden has been designed in Persian style and the garden with maximum number of chinar trees in Mughal gardens.

The rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight stay in houseboat.
4

Day:

Srinagar – Gulmarg – Srinagar

(110 KM , 5 Hours )

In the morning go for full day excursion of Gulmarg.

Gulmarg literally means the ‘Meadow of Flowers’. The mountainous setting fascinates a huge number of tourists. This hill resort is a popular destination for golfing, riding and trekking. Gulmarg has a 18 hole golf course which is the highest natural golf course in the world.

You can have Gondola ride from Gulmarg to Khalinmarg.

Gulmarg Gondola is the second highest operating cable car. Gulmarg boasts of Asia’s highest and longest cable car project. The views from the Gondola car is breathtaking.

In the evening return to Srinagar and overnight stay in houseboat.

5

Day:

Srinagar – Sonmarg – Kargil

( 225 KM, 8 Hours )

Morning drive to Kargil. The road passes through picturesque village Sonamarg.

Snow capped peaks, dense forest, beautiful gushing rivers and streams make Sonamarg an enchanting destination. Calm meadows of flowers nestled beautifully by the amazing glaciers, snowfields, miniature plateaus and islets are synonymous to Sonamarg. The beautiful sparkling effect of golden rays of sun through the snowcapped peaks will sumkkrely inspire your imagination in sonamarg.

Then drive through the Zojila Pass.Continue drive towards Drass sector and stop here for tea and passport check. Another two and half hours’ drive will take you to Kargil.

Kargil is the second largest town in Ladakh after Leh. Situated on the banks of Suru River, surrounded by mighty Himalayan peaks; Kargil has its own charm which makes tourist visit it. The beautiful peach color apricot orchard adorns the valley which makes a dreamland to explore. The topographical location of the town offers a great adrenaline rush to all the adventure lovers.

Arrive and check in at Hotel.

6

Day:

Kargil – Lamayuru – Alchi

( 175 KM, 6 Hours )

In Morning, we shall depart for Alchi. It will be tiresome, but will be panoramic too.

The first Buddhist village on the way will be Mulbek. Situated 45 kms from Ladakh, Mulbek is the first Buddhist village in Ladakh region. Numerous Buddhist monuments dot the landscape of Mulbek, amongst which the most prominent one is Mulbek Chamba. It is 9m high rock sculpture in deep relief of Maitreya. The sculpture represents the perfect blend of esoteric Saivite symbolism which devotes early Buddhist art.

Perched on top of the hill, Mulbek monastery is the main monastery and the monastery dominates the valley below.

You have to cross the highest pass on Srinagar – Leh route before reaching Lamayuru.

Visit Lamayuru Monastery which is situated on the banks of River Indus. It is the oldest monastery of the Ladakh region. It is believed that the monastery has been a sacred site for the pre Buddhist religion known as Bon. The monastery was built in the 11th century by Mahasiddhacharya Naropa and the monastery belongs to the Red Hat Sect of Buddhism. The monastery features a rich collection of wall paintings and Thangkas.

Finally Arrive at Alchi.

Alchi is home to one of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh region. Situated on the banks of the River Indus Alchi monastery is the only monastery that is built on flat grounds. The monastery houses two main temples Alchi Du-Khang and the Sum-tsek. Du Khang is the oldest and largest preserved structure of the monastery complex. Sum Tsek is the main temple of the complex, which houses three huge figures of four armed Boddhisattvas.

Overnight stay at Alchi.

7

Day:

Alchi – Likir – Phyang – Spituk – Leh

( 80 KM, 4 Hours )

In the morning, we shall depart for Leh and on our way we shall visit Likir monastery.

Situated 52 kms from Leh, Likir monastery was established in the 11th century. The structure houses a huge clay images of Lord Buddha, numerous old manuscripts, rich collection Thangkas, and old religious customs. The monastery belongs to Klu-Kkhjil sect of Buddhism.

Also visit Spituk and Phyang

Spituk monastery is perched over a hill overlooking the Indus River and is situated 11 kms from Leh. The monastery houses a huge collection of Buddhist artifacts and world renowned for Spituk festival.

Phyang Monastery stands on a hill top and is situated 17 kms from Leh. It was first monastery that was introduced to the Degungpa teaching of ‘Skyob Jigsten Gonbo’. The monastery was built in the 16th century by Jamyang Namgyal.
Continue drive to Leh.

After arrival check in at hotel for overnight stay .

8

Day:

Leh

( Monastery Tour )

Full day excursion to famous monasteries.

Visit Thiksey monastery early in the morning to attend the prayer ceremony.

Situated at the distance of 17 kms from Leh, Thiksey monastery is the most beautiful monastery in Ladakh region. The monastery is located on top of the hill overlooking River Indus. The monastery belongs to the Gelukpa sect of Buddhism. The monastery houses 15m high Buddhist statues and it is the largest statue in Ladakh region.

Continue drive to Hemis Monastery

Hemis monastery is situated 45 km south of Leh and is the most important monastery in Ladakh region. The monastery belongs to Drupka sect of Buddhism. The walls of the monastery are adorned with paintings of Sakyamuni or the Historical Buddha. There are even paintings of Tantric deities. The Tshogs-Khang houses a huge gilded image of the Sakyamuni Buddha with blue hair. The monastery is even famous worldwide for its Hemis festival.

On the way back to Leh, visit Shey and Stok Palace.

Located 15 kms from Leh, Shey monastery was once the residence of the royal king. The monastery was established by the first king of Ladakh, Lhachen Palgyigon. The main attraction of the monastery is the 12ft tall copper statue of Shakyamuni Buddha. The statue is considered to be the largest in the region.

Situated 15 kms from leh, Stok Palace is a Buddhist monastery founded by Lama Lhawang Lotus in the 14th Century. The monastery is also famous for annual ritual dance mask festival. Earlier it was the residence of the royal family.

Overnight stay at Hotel.

9

Day:

Leh – Nubra

(( Diskit & Hunder) 130 Kms, 5 HOURS )

Early breakfast at hotel we shall depart for Nubra Valley with packed lunch.

In the tranquil region of Ladakh, Nubra Valley is the high altitude valley and is the most beautiful place in Ladakh. Nubra valley is also known as the valley of flowers and features double humped camels and ancient monasteries. The valley used to be the ancient silk route for traders. During summer, this valley gets peppered with colorful flowers.

Stop and visit Diskit and Hunder monastery.

Diskit monastery is the oldest and the largest monastery in Nubra Valley. The monastery was established in the 14th century and belongs to the Gelukpa sect of Buddhism. The monastery was constructed in Tibetan style and houses beautiful murals and frescos. The monastery also offers with picturesque view of the Nubra valley.

Hundur Monastery is situated just below Diskit monastery. It is a very beautiful monastery housing a huge statue of Buddha.

On arrival check in at camp for overnight stay.

10

Day:

Nubra Valley

After breakfast, visit Pamanik village

Pamanik Village is a small village with a hot spring and gompa. It is one of the main attractions of Nubra Valley.

The village is famous for hot sulfur spring, is nestled in close proximity to Saichan glacier. The springs are known for their high medicinal value.

Return to camp for hot lunch.

In the afternoon we shall visit Samtaling monastery in sumur village.

Samtaling Monastery is also known as Sumur Gompa and is one of the most significant monasteries in Nubra Valley. The monastery was established in 1841 and belongs to the Gelukpa Sect of Buddhism. The main attraction of the monastery is the huge gilded statue of Sakyamuni with images of Maitreya and the protector deity Mahakala in the Dukhang.

Return to camp for dinner and overnight stay.

11

Day:

Nubra – Khardung La – Leh

(130 KM, 5 Hours )

After breakfast at camp, we shall leave for Leh with a packed lunchbox.
En-route stop at khardung La pass.
The Khardung La Pass is a high mountain pass located in Ladakh region and is 39 kms from Leh. The pass is the gateway to Nubra Valley. Some of the locals claim the pass to be the highest motorable road of the world.
Continue drive to leh. Upon arrive and check in at hotel
The rest of the day is free for independent activities or shopping.
Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.
12

Day:

Leh – Delhi

(By Flight – 1 ¼ Hours)

In the morning you will be transfered to the airport to board a flight to Delhi airport.
Arrive at Delhi airport and transfer to hotel.
Then we shall start with sightseeing of New Delhi, which was built during the British era.

India Gate is a sandstone Arch that is also known as All India War Memorial. The memorial was constructed to honor all those soldiers who died during the First World War. In the middle of The Arch is the Black marble podium with a flame of an immortal soldier leads to Parliament House, the center of operations of the Republic of India.
The parliament building is a circular colonnade building housing offices of various ministries and a well-stocked library. This imperial style architectural monument comprises of open air verandah and 144 columns. It is indeed a sight to watch.
Rashtrapati Bhawan is the residential estate of President of India. This splendid monument cannot be equated to any other monument in terms of its size, enormity and grandeur.
Qutub Minar is the 2nd tallest Minar in India. This UNSECO World Heritage site is made up of red sandstone and marble. The tower is 72.5 meters high and has 379 steps. The tower was constructed by Qutub Ud Din Aibak. The foot of the tower houses the first mosque of India, Quwwat-UL-Islam Mosque.
Overnight stay at hotel.
13

Day:

Delhi

Transfer to airport to board a flight to onward destination.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is this a group tour?

No, this is a private travel exclusively for you, your friends and family who may accompany you on the tour.

Is this trip possible for single traveler?

Yes, it is possible. But, the cost may be high in case of a single traveler. You may send us information in the form and we shall send you our best offer depending on number of persons in your group or for a single person.

May I choose dates according to my choice?

Yes, since this is a private tour, you may decide the dates as per your choice. Only in case of certain tours, we have to check if there are any operational difficulties for organizing a tour of your choice. Certain tours are not possible for particular period which we shall let you know. Besides, the cost may vary depending on seasonality.

Could you provide us international flights to India?

It is better if you could buy international tickets directly through your local agent or on internet. Although we can provide you international flight tickets, but you may a get a better deal locally.

Is visa service included in your cost?

No, you have to obtain visa on your own. The visa regulations will depend on your nationality. You may contact us for further details.

Is it possible to make extension or modify tours?

Yes, it is very much possible. You can extend your stay on arrival or departure or at any other place. You may also modify the tour. You may let us know your interest and we can send you modified tour itinerary with cost.

What’s included in the cost?

Our cost normally includes hotel accommodation with breakfast, private air-conditioned car with driver which includes fuel, parking and all taxes, entrance fee to monuments, train tickets if any, guided city tours in English or in other foreign languages, viz French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Russian or other foreign languages subject to availability which we can notify at the time of reservation request. Our cost also includes some other services viz Elephant ride at Amer fort in Jaipur, camel safari in Jaisalmer and boat tour in Varanasi. We shall send you all details at the time of sending you quotation.
We may also include other services viz lunches, dinners or other services if you wish. We may also exclude guide service and entrance fee to monuments if you so wish.

Are domestic flights and trains are included in our cost ?

Train tickets are included in our cost. But, we give supplement cost for domestic flight tickets as these days, there are dynamic fares and these are not fixed. We send you indicative fare at the time of sending you quotation which is subject to change until issue of tickets with advance purchase for which we need payment from you to issue flight tickets. You may also purchase domestic flight tickets directly on your own if you prefer.

What kind of hotel accommodation is provided ?

We provide minimum standard (3 star or similar), superior (4 star or similar), deluxe (5 star or similar) hotels and the cost will depend depending on category of hotels. We can send you quotation for the category that you are interested in. We usually provide heritage or palace hotels which fit in your category of hotels. We may also mix the hotel category if you prefer and can also provide you rates based on hotels of your liking in all places if you like.

When do I have to pay?

We usually request 25% advance upon confirmation of our services unless otherwise informed at the time of sending you quotation. We shall send you all payment terms at the time of sending you our offer.

I am interested. What is next step?

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Why State Express

Established in 1980, State Express has been providing most reliable services to travelers all over the world for last 35 years. We are renowned for our customer first approach and unobtrusive efficiency which ensures the highest levels of customer satisfaction. We have been awarded several times by State Government for being best Tour Operator. All aspects of our tours have been carefully researched and then designed to give ultimate experience to travelers. Let our travel knowledge help you to create a wonderful experience, whether on one of our tour itineraries or a tailor made tour itinerary made exclusively for you to give you an unforgettable holiday.

Our people make the difference

Our success has been possible because of our people who are our biggest asset. We have a team of highly dedicated, sincere, hardworking who work with integrity that has made State Express one of the leading and most reliable tour companies in India. They not only have expertise and experience to meet any requirement, they also speak foreign languages and trained to offer only the best and leave nothing to chance. We know that travel to Indian sub-continent is a dream of many of our guests and our team does everything possible to make their dream true and give them an experience of their lifetime.

Our infrastructure

We have complete infrastructure to provide you best rate and services to you. We are an IATA approved and authorized agents for all domestic airlines and Indian Railways. We have our own cars vans and coaches with experienced drivers. We have multi lingual staff to ensure that our guests do not face any language problem. We also have associate offices in all major tourist centers to provide assistance in shortest possible time.

Our fleet of vehicles & drivers

We undoubtedly have one of the best and most modern fleet of cars, vans, 4X4s and large coaches. Surface travel is a very important aspect in India as you spend lot of your time while travelling on the road and therefore given us an edge over other tour companies who have to rely on other transport companies to provide this service to their clients. We have our own garage and all our vehicles are well maintained to give you hassle free journey.
Besides having the best fleet, it is our drivers who truly make the difference as they play a crucial role in making a tour successful. Even if you stay in best of the hotels and travel in most comfortable and luxurious vehicles, if you do not have a good driver, it may spoil your experience. We have our team of drivers who are part of State Express and have been working with us for years and they are trained, dedicated and motivated to take care of our guests and make them comfortable. That is the reason that more than 90% of our guests thank us and appreciate them after returning to their home.

Our choice of hotels

We take utmost care in selection of hotels that we recommend to our clients and include in our list of suggested hotels. We inspect these hotels regularly to be sure of their quality of product and services. We give lot of emphasis on the location and the people who run those hotels. We want to give you clients an experience of heritage and palace hotels which are unique and not available in other part of the world.

Our tour itineraries

All our tour itineraries are designed by experts to give you an opportunity to see most wonderful sites in number of days at your disposal at the same time giving you time to explore the places in your own way. We have a number of itineraries to choose from which covers all India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Tibet. We also include mode of travel and approximate time taken between places to ensure that you do not have any surprises during the tour. Our specialists will also work with you to create an itinerary of your choice either by modifying our readymade tour itineraries or prepare an exclusive tailor made tour for you based on your interest and liking keeping in mind local conditions.

24 X 4 assistance during the tour

We provide you clients real 24X7 assistance during the tour. This is not a marketing gimmick but we have someone in our office always to assist you in case of any emergency anytime. We also provide cell phone numbers of our executive who you may contact even during odd hours when you need them for anything urgent. We have associate offices in all major cities of India to provide you assistance in minimum possible time.

Response time

We know that response time is key to our success and we value it a lot. Even at initial stages before reservation, you will get replies from us in not more than 24 working hours. We shall always be there whenever you need us during the tour.

Personalised Service

Apart from professional service, we believe in emphasising on personalised service. That is to make our guests feel at home in a foreign country and also feel that they have friends here who they can trust for any need. Our customer executives remain in constant touch with our guests during the tour to give them comfort and trust that we are always with them.

Good value for money

We know that there are so many travel companies providing their services and unless we provide good value for money to our clients, they will not be satisfied. Our own fleet of cars, vans and coaches and best special discounted rates with hotels due to our volumes enables us to offer value for money.

Call us at +91 11 47674000 or email us on info@statexp.in for all the details on this itinerary and what is included in your tour. We shall be glad to make any amendments in the tour if you so wish and send you our best quotation and details of the tou to suit your budget and interest.

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