Day 01. Arrival in New Delhi
Around midnight arrive in New Delhi.
The cosmopolitan City and capital New Delhi is the main gateway for
travelers. Upon arrival, you will be met by an Indo Vacations
representative and transferred to the Hotel.
Day 02. New Delhi
In the morning we have sightseeing in Old Delhi. We take a Rickshaw
Ride parallel to the Red Fort
through the old city and famous Silk Road and Silver Bazaar.
Sightseeing of Old Delhi includes "Rajghat",
the site where Mahatma Gandhi
was cremated and
Jama Masjid, the great
mosque of old Delhi. Today we also visit the famous "Humayun
Tomb" which is the first substantial example of Mughal
and "Qutub Minar". "Qutub
Minar" is 71 meter high and consists of five stories. In 1199 work
began on this tower which was intended to be the most glorious tower
of victory in the world. This tower was damaged twice and repaired
in 1326 and 1368. Before we proceed to the Hotel we drive through
the embassy area in New Delhi where we visit the India Gate and see
some impressive Government Buildings. After the city tour drive back
to Delhi. Overnight stay in Delhi.
Day 03. Delhi - Agra - Delhi (about
In the morning we drive to Agra.
We start today our sightseeing by a visit to the
Agra Fort, built by three of the greatest Mughal emperors.
The construction of this massive structure began in 1565 under
Akbar's reign and continued till the time of his grandson's reign,
Shah Jahan who built the impressive imperial quarters and mosque.
After the visit of Agra fort, we proceed to visit the most beautiful
monument of India, the Taj Mahal,
an enduring monument to love, with a continually fulfilling beauty.
It was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between 1631-52, as a
tomb and memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal (Jewel of the
Palace), who died at the age of 39 giving birth to her 14th child.
We spend enough time at Taj Mahal to take this impressive memory
home. After the visit of Taj Mahal we have a look at the famous fine
marble inlay work which is still being done in Agra by the
descendants of the families of builders and artists of the Taj Mahal.
Day 04. Delhi - Srinagar (by air)
Today we have a flight from Delhi to Srinagar.
been described by some visitors as the Venice of the East. This
beautiful city was established by Emperor Ashoka some 2300 years
ago. A unique charm of Srinagar is its 1300 or more houseboats, the
floating little hotels on the edge of the Dal Lake. Upon
arrival you will be met by representative and transferred to one of
this house boat on Dal Lake. Rest of the day free for leisure to
explore the beautiful surroundings in Srinagar. Overnight stay in
Day 05. Srinagar
Today we visit the famous Mughal gardens in Srinagar. In the Mughal
gardens first of all you will view the Chashma Shahi. Chashma Shahi
means the Royal Spring and is dedicated to the Mughal emperor Shah
Jahan. The spring waters are believed to have curative properties.
After visiting the Chashma Shahi we visit the Nishat and Shalimar
Mughal Gardens. Nishat is the larger of the two gardens and has an
impressive plantation of Chenar trees on its highest terrace. Both
the gardens are built on a symmetrical plan of central waterways
with fountains dividing a series of gardened terraces. In the
afternoon we enjoy the Shikara ride on the Dal lake and enjoy the
beauty of the city.
Overnight stay in the houseboat.
06.Srinagar - Pahalgam - Sri Nagar (about 185 km)
n the morning after breakfast drive to Pahalgam.
Pahalgam is located about 97 km
from Srinagar. On the way we pass through pine forest and also visit
the saffron fields. Pahalgam is the popular hill resort of the
Kashmir valley. Pahalgam is situated at a height of 7,200 feet. The
flora and fauna is good and the scenery in Pahalgam is captivating.
It is from Pahalgam that the pilgrims often take a Amarnath Yatra.
In Pahalgam one can have a walk to Baisaren, which is about 2 km
from Pahalgam. A small village, set in pine and fir forest is
pleasing and offers good view. After visiting Pahalgam we drive back
Overnight stay in the houseboat.
07. Srinagar - Kargil (about 204 km)
In the morning after having breakfast we drive to Kargil. On the way
we will cross Zoji La pass which is situated at a height of 3529 mts.
Zoji La marks the boundary between
Ladakh. This pass is sometimes
blocked by snow each year. On Zoji La pas there is one way traffic,
so we have to wait for traffic controller announcement for crossing
Zoji La. In the evening we reach Drass which is the second coldest
inhabited places in the world. After reaching Drass we drive further
towards Kargil. Kargil is situated in
Suru Valley where the Suru river flows and meets the
Indus at a place called Marul.
Upon arrival transferred to Hotel.
08. Kargil - Lamayuru (about 107 km)
In the morning drive to Lamayuru. In Lamayuru visit the Lamayuru
monastery and village. Lamayuru monastery, probably the oldest in
Ladakh. The monastery, built in bizarre, multi-colored landscape on
a rock at whose feet the monastic houses and the village are, by its
09. Lamayuru - Alchi - Leh (about 117 km)
In the morning we drive to Leh via
Alchi. Alchi has been declared as an UNESCO monument, The Monastery
of Alchi is a large temple complex and is regarded as one of the
most important Buddhist centers in Ladakh and a jewel of monastic
skill. In the afternoon, we drive through the beautiful wooded
valley to the
Rizong monastery. Then we
drive to Leh.
In the morning we visit the museum and the palace of the king Singge
Nangyal 16th Century, a small replica of the Potalas in Lhasa. From
above the residence we have a beautiful view of the city and the
famous Gompa of Leh.
Day 11. Leh Excursion: Spituk, Phyang, Thikse, Shey
Today we start our day by visiting the Spituk monastery.
Spituk monastery is 8 km from
Leh and is situated on a hilltop overlooking the Indus. The Spituk
Monastery has a collection of 21 gold statues of Goddess Tara and a
number of scroll paintings. Spituk valley has an enormous statue of
Kali whose face is unveiled once a year during the Spituk
festival. This monastery also contains an ancient collection of
masks. Around 135 yellow capped monks resides in this monastery.
After the visit of Spituk we shall proceed to the Gompa Phyang which
is a traditional monastery setting for a spectacular religious
festival with masked dancing. There are 50 red capped monks residing
here. Then we visit the monastery of Thikse. Thikse is one of the
most imposing monastery in Ladakh. The monastery has 12 stories, 10
temples, a nunnery and 60 lamas in residence. It contains numerous
stupas, statues, Tankhas, wall painting and a large pillar engraved
with the teaching of
Buddha. We can also see here a
collection of Tibetan scripts. After the visit of Thikse we visit
the village of Shey on the eastern bank of the Indus. Shey was the
royal residence and was located at an important vantage point in the
Indus valley. According to tradition, it was the seat of power of
the pre-Tibetan kings. A 7.5 metre high copper statue of Buddha,
plated with gold, and the largest of its kind, is installed here.
Day 12. Leh - Nubra Valley (about
Early morning we take the Jeep across the highest motorable pass in
the world, the Khardung-La (5606 m)
Nubra Valley. The
afternoon is free to enjoy the beautiful landscape or a "Camel
Valley - Leh (about 160 kms)
Today we drive to Leh. Rest of the day at leisure.
14. Leh - Delhi (By air)
Today we have a flight from Leh to Delhi. Arrival in Delhi. The rest
of the day is at leisure for you in Delhi (options for sightseeing,
Day 15. Delhi
Today whole day free for leisure.
Day 16. Flight to home destination
Around midnight flight to home destination.
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