Start in Srinagar and end in Manali! With the Cultural tour North India Himalayan Journey , you have a 16 day tour package taking you through Srinagar, India and 10 other destinations in India. North India Himalayan Journey includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
In and around Srinagar Arrive in Srinagar, where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your Houseboat. This afternoon enjoy a shikara ride on Dal Lake visiting floating vegetable gardens etc. Evening is free for leisure activities. Dinner & Overnight stay at the Houseboat in Dal Lake in Srinagar.Start point arrival to Srinagar airport, Srinagar International Airport (SXR), Budgam, Jammu and Kashmir, India
In and around Pahalgam After early breakfast and drive to Pahalgam (Valley of Shepherds) via old part of Srinagar. Drive through Saffron fields, visit Awantipura ruins (1100 years old temple of Lord Vishnu built by King Awantiwareman). Drive through the pine forest and along Lidder River. The total distance of about 98 kms will be covered in about 2 hrs. On arrival in Pahalgam check in at your reserved hotel for two nights stay. One can enjoy a pony ride through thick pine forest. Evening Return to your reserved accommodation for Dinner and overnight.
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and leave for Srinagar. Upon arrival in Srinagar, check into the hotel. Followed by lunch, you can visit the city tour of the Shankaracharya Hill Temple and the Mughal Gardens. Have dinner on your return to the hotel and overnight stay at hotel.
In and around Gulmarg Drive to Gulmarg (Meadow of Flowers) 2730 Mts. above sea level. The distance of 58 kms will be covered in about 1 - hrs. Gulmarg has one of the best Ski slopes in the world and highest golf course of the world with 18 holes. One can also have the view of Nanga Parbhat if weather permits. The view enroute from Tangmarg to Gulmarg is fascinating. One can also have a short trek upto Khilanmarg which can be covered in about 3 to 4 hrs or enjoy a cable car ride which takes to the highest point. Evening return to your houseboat/hotel for dinner and overnight.
In and around Kargil After breakfast, drive to Kargil via Sonamarg (2740 m). It is the last major town before Ladakh. Sonamarg is an excellent base for trekking. Its name means -Meadows of Gold-. We drive over Zoji La Pass ( 3529 m). Zoji La pass is the watershed between Kashmir and Ladakh - on one side you have the green, lush scenery of Kashmir while on the other side everything is barren and dry. Drass is the first main village after the pass. From Drass, it is another 56 km to Kargil. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel, have dinner and spend the night in the hotel. Day 04: Kargil - Leh via Lamayuru (229 km, 6-7 hrs) After breakfast, we drive to Leh. On the way, you can visit 8 m-high Maitreya statue, an image of future Buddha, cut into the rock face and dating back about 700 AD. This village called Mulbek is the first Buddhist village after Kargil. Drive via Futo La pass (4147 m), the route-s highest pass, then Namika La Pass (3760 m), then visit the Lamayuru monastery. It belongs to Drikung Kagyu (Red Hat). The monastery is more than a 1000 years old and is also called the moon land. On the way to Leh, you can also see the confluence of the Indus and the Zanskar rivers just after Nimmu village. Overnight stay at the hotel.
In and around Alchi After breakfast, we drive to Leh. On the way, you can visit 8 m-high Maitreya statue, an image of future Buddha, cut into the rock face and dating back about 700 AD. This village called Mulbek is the first Buddhist village after Kargil. Drive via Futo La pass (4147 m), the route-s highest pass, then Namika La Pass (3760 m), then visit the Lamayuru monastery. It belongs to Drikung Kagyu (Red Hat). The monastery is more than a 1000 years old and is also called the moon land.
In and around Leh The day is going to be full of action. Your first visit is to the region with Lunar landscapes - an area that is similar to the land condition of the moon. Enroute you will be sightseeing at the Magnetic Hill or the gravity hill - a natural wonder of the region, and the Military Hall of Fame - a museum and memorial of the war heroes that is established and managed by the Indian Army.
As the rest of the day is free, Overnight stay at a hotel.
The road journey from Leh to Nubra Valley passes over the Khardung La pass (the highest motorable road in the world) at 5602 m/18,390 ft., around 39 km from Leh. From the pass, one can see all the way south over the Indus valley to the seemingly endless peaks and ridges of the Zanskar range, and north to the giants of the Saser Massif. Before proceeding to your camp at Hundar, stop to visit the Diskit monastery perched on a rock overhanging next to a stream, which provides the source of energy used by mills in the area. The monastery is rich, full of thangkas, magnificent giant statues, effigies of the Buddha and old mural paintings in which can be noted a multitude of influences. It was founded by Lama Sherab Zangpo of Stod around 1420 A.D. Diskit is the main village or headquarters of the Nubra Valley, which has a small market consisting of a row of shops. Overnight stay at a deluxe camp.
In the morning after breakfast, visit the monastery. Then drive back to Leh, once again driving via the Khardung La pass. Samstanling Gompa: Samstanling Monastery was founded by Lama Tsultrim Nima and the monastic community was introduced as Rizong Gompa. About 50-60 monks are residing at this 132 years old monastery. The Gompa has some strict rules and regulations. Overnight stay at a hotel.
On the 5th day of the tour, leave early morning to go to the Pangong Tso Lake, placed at an altitude of 4400 m. Start driving to the east of Leh, crossing the Chang La Pass, 17500 ft. Take a route via the and Tangtse villages in the Changthang region of Ladakh. Treat your eyes to the scenic beauty all around you. As you reach, set up your camps near the lake site. Finding its place in both India and China, this lake is blessed with enchanting surroundings. The lake was even featured in the Bollywood blockbuster, 3 Idiots. The brackish water changes color with the sunlight. Enjoy your day here. Overnight stay at the camp.
Start your day early when the surroundings of the lake look even more beautiful. If you want, you can click some photographs here. Later on, start driving towards Tso Moriri Lake, the largest lake in Ladakh. It lies at an altitude of 15,075 ft. you will drive via kharu Spot Himalayan marmots. In the evening, you will arrive at the lake. Check-in at the camp near the lake. Near the lake, you can spot as many as 34 avifauna species. The lake has been declared a wetland of international significance under the Ramsar Convention in 2003. Stay overnight at the camp.
Day 7 After an early breakfast on day 7, start driving to Leh via Tsokar Lake. On the way, visit the Puga Geo-Thermal Gas springs, the Nomadic Rebo tents at Polo-Kongka pass, and beyond the pass, stop by Tsokar Lake - a wetland area. Stop here for photographs. overnight at tsokar lake
After an early breakfast on day 7, start driving to Leh via Tsokar Lake. If you are interested, you can also visit the monastery in the tiny village of Thukje. Overnight stay at a hotel in Leh.
In and around JispaAfter Breakfast 7:30 drive to Sarchu passing, Skyangchu Thang. Enjoy your lunch at Pang, by crossing Nakeela and Lachung La. Continue drive to Jispa, arrive jispa by evening. O/N jispa.
After the breakfast drive for Manali, a beautiful scenic drive by crossing Baralacha La (4845m), lunch at Sissu village, later cross famous Rohtang Pass, 13050 ft. Arrive Manali / Manali sightseeing later back to hotel (arriving manali depend on traffic of rothang pass).
Day 10 Today, your departure from Manali end your trip with hotel check out time. If you needed the transfer services. Please call to our executive to arrange the transfer arrangement prior 3 hrs.End point Drop manali airpot or manali Volvo Destination , Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India 00:00