13 NIGHTS / 14 DAYS
On arrival in Delhi, you will be welcomed by our executive and transferred to your hotel (Rooms will be booked from 1200 hrs to facilitate immediate check in). New Delhi, the capital and the third largest city of India is a fusion of the ancient and the modern. Standing along the West End of Gangetic Plain, the capital city, Delhi, unwinds a picture rich with culture, architecture and human diversity, deep in history, monuments, museums, galleries, gardens and exotic shows. Comprising of two contrasting yet harmonious parts, the Old Delhi and New Delhi, the city is a travel hub of Northern India. Narrating the city's Mughal past, Old Delhi, takes you through the labyrinthine streets passing through formidable mosques, monuments and forts. The imperial city of New Delhi displays the finely curved architecture of British Raj. Overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast transfer to airport for flight to Srinagar - is located in the heart of the Kashmir valley at an altitude of 1,730 m above sea level, spread on both sides of the river Jhelum. The Dal and Nagin lakes enhance its picturesque setting. Kashmir often referred to as a paradise and Oriental Switzerland, has a magnetic charm. The very air of this miraculous vale leaves the viewers dumb founded in the verdant valley of rice fields, surrounded by rigid avenues of tall poplar, dotted with neatly painted orchards of apple, plum, almond trees and myriads of waterfalls and streams interlinking themselves. On arrival transfer to Deluxe Houseboat. Overnight stay on House Boat.
In the morning visit the temple of Shankaracharya that was build by Jaluka, the son of emperor Ashoka, in the 3rd century BC. You can City View from this Temple. Visit Nishat Bagh, the garden of spring, the largest of the Mughal gardens. It lies right on the edge of the Dal Lake and has numerous terraces, beautiful lawns, beautiful flowers and fountains. The splendid chinar trees and the central water channel flowing down complement the natural beauty of the site, looks like the garden is floating on the lake. The Chashma Shahi (Royal Spring) a smaller garden built by Shah Jahan around a renowned spring. Originally the water bubbled into a marble lotus basin in a central pavilion. Experience the Mughal romance as you walk through beautiful flowers, fountains and green trees in these lovely gardens lay out by the Mughal Rulers. Also visit the Shalimar Bagh built by Jahangir for his wife, Nur Jahan in 1616. The gardens are straight out of a fairy tale. The top most of the four terraces called the "Abode of Love" was reserved for the emperor and the ladies of court. The uppermost pavilion has black marble pillars and niches in the walls for flowers during the day and candles at night. There is a huge tank, and around 150 fountains dazzle with their display. Electric lights add charm to the beautiful atmosphere. In the evening enjoy a Shikara Ride (a small boat with an awning and cushions) on the Dal Lake. The small islands on the backwaters are willow covered. Sail past the shops, houses and lake restaurants, lotus flowers, experiencing the life of the Kashmiris. Overnight stay on House Boat.
Full day tour of Gulmarg which is one of the most beautiful summer resorts in the valley. Enjoy the splendor of nature and Snowy Mountain. One can have gondola ride (cable car) from Gulmarg to Kangdori.
In the early morning start for a drive to Kargil along with packed lunch. En route stop at Sonemarg (meadow of gold) and Baltal Hamlets. Past Baltal cross over Zoji-La Pass at the altitude of 3800 meters or 12500 feet above sea level. Zoji-La marks the boundary between Kashmir and Ladakh. The Vegetation begins to change, you find yourself in the middle of moon like mountains covered with snow and deep valleys with green oasis. 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. After Zoji-La, you will reach Drass which is the second coldest inhabited place in the world after Siberia. At Drass, we will stop for tea and passport check. Drass valley has strikingly different landscape dotted with remote mud huts giving an impression that you really have traveled back in time. Another two and half hours drive will take us Kargil. On arrival in Kargil, check in at the hotel. In Kargil, about 85 % are Muslims, mainly of the Shia sect, Islam having been introduced to the original Buddhist population around the middle of the 16th century by missionaries from Kashmir and Central Asia. Their descendants, locally titled Agha, are mostly religious scholars who continue to hold sway over the population, even as the age-old traditions of Buddhist and animistic origin are discernible in the culture. Dinner & overnight in the hotel.
After breakfast drive to Leh - The palace is distinguished monument and a historical building. The nine-storeyed palace was built by the 17th century illustrious ruler of Ladakh, Sengge Namgyal. It is an imposing structure, though in ruins now, situated on a hill and commands a grand view of the Leh town. The building in grand Tibetan architecture is said to have inspired the famous potala of Lahasa, built half a century later. Namgyal Tsemo, the peak overlooking the town, are the ruins of the fortbuilt, by the king Tashi namgyal in the 16th century, as a royal residence.
Day at leisure, so you could get used to altitude, evening - visit to Market and Leh Palace.
Sightseeing tour of surrounding areas. Overnight at hotel in Leh.
Morning drive to Alchi - The village is famous for the existence of one of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh (a national heritage), mainly known for its magnificent, and well-preserved 11th or 12th century wall paintings, all in an Indian style. On arrival check in at hotel. Afternoon - Sightseeing tour of Alchi and surrounding areas.
Morning free - afternoon drive to Leh. On arrival check in at hotel.
After breakfast drive to Jammu - Jammu district derives its name from the city of Jammu which besides being the winter capital of J & K, is known as the city of temples. It is believed that the city was originally founded by Raja Jamboo Lochan who lived in fourteenth century B.C. The Raja had gone out one day for hunting when he happened to witness a tiger and a goat drinking water from one and the same pond. Overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast drive to Amritsar - is the holiest of the holy shrines of Sikhism, visit the Golden temple. It's Harmandir complex and the Sarovar will leave you spell-bound. Also visit the shrine for the bed-chamber ceremony. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast on time transfer to railway station for catch the train for Delhi. On arrival check in at hotel. Rest of the day free. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 14: Airport Departure