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Glimpses Ladakh Tour
Duration: 09 Nights / 10 Days
Places Covered: Delhi - Srinagar - Kargil - Uletokpo - Leh - Delhi
Day 01: Delhi - Srinagar
Begin Your tour
Transfer to Delhi airport at your own to board Flight for Srinagar
Arrive into Srinagar
Welcome to Vardhman's 'Glimpses of Ladakh Tour'. On arrival at Srinagar
Airport, you will be met and transfered by our representative to the
House boat. Relax for a while and later proceed for the Sightseeing
of Srinagar visit Mughal garden and Shikara ride at Dal Lake.
Dal Lake : Dal Lake is a scenic picnic spot surrounded by forests
of pine. It is a good base for trekkers. A colorful annual fair is
held here every September.
Shikara Ride : Shikara is a Gondola type light rowing boat. The one
hour boat ride takes tourists on a relaxing sightseeing tour of interior
parts of the calm and placid waters of Dal Lake, to see the market
and the floating Gardens.
Day 02: Srinagar
Early in the morning visit Shankaracharya Temple. Return to the
hotel for breakfast and later in the afternoon visit Moghul Gardens.
Relax for the remaining part of the day.
Mughal Gardens : Visit the Mughal Gardens, the Chashme Shahi (Royal
Spring), Nishat Bagh(Pleasure Garden) and Shalimar Bagh(The Abode
Shankaracharya Temple : 5 km from Tourist Reception Center. Located
on a hill one thousand feet above the city, it is also known as Takht-i-Sulaiman.
Most authorities agree that the first edifice on this site was built
by Jaluka, the son of Emperor Ashoka, around 200 BC. The low enclosing
wall and the plinth of the existing temple is what has remained of
the old temple. The philosopher sage Shankaracharya had stayed at
this site when he had visited to Kashmir ten centuries ago to revive
Sanatan Dharma. The present structure is said to have been built by
an unknown Hindu devotee during the reign of Emperor Jehangir. The
temple offers a magnificent view of the valley and the snowy peaks
of the Pir Panjal range
Day 03: Srinagar-Gulmarg-Srinagar
This morning, enjoy day trip to Gulmarg, enjoy the beauty of
Himalayan peaks and the cable car ride. Later in the evening return
to Srinagar to stay overnight on the houseboat.
Gulmarg : The large meadow of Gulmarg is 52 km South-west of Srinagar
at 2730 metres. The name means meadow of Flowers and in spring it
is just that. This is also an excellent trekking base. Gulmarg Walks
:- Outer Circular Walk : A circular road, 11 km in length, runs
right round Gulmarg through pleasant pine forest with excellent
views over the Kashmir Valleys. Khilanmarg : This smaller valley
is about a 6 km walk from the Gulmarg bus stop and car park. The
meadow, carpeted with flowers in the spring, is the site for Gulmarg's
winter ski runs and offers a fine view of the surrounding peaks
and the Kashmir Valley. Alpather : It is beyond Khilanmarg, 13 km
from Gulmarg. Ningle Nallah : Flowing from the melting snow and
ice on Apharwat Peak and Alpather Lake, this pretty mountain stream
is 10 km from Gulmarg. Ferozpure Nallah : Reached from the Tangmarg
road, or from the outer circular walk, this mountain stream meets
the Bahan River at a popular picnic spot known as Waters Meet. Ziarat
of Baba Reshi : This Muslim shrine is on the slope below Gulmarg
and can be reached from either Gulmarg or Tangmarg. The Ziarat,
or tomb, is of a well known Muslim saint.
Day 04 - Srinagar - Sonemarg- Kargil
Early morning drive to Kargil (204 KM). Enroute visit Sonmarg.
Arrive Kargil in the evening. Check in to hotel for overnight stay.
Sonmarg : Sonmarg is 80 km north-east of Srinagar and at an altitude
of 2743 m. Popularly known as the 'Meadow of Gold' this place is
strewn with the loveliest of alpine flowers and surrounded by mountains
mantled in fir and pine. Glaciers pour down from the Himalayas almost
on to the site of camping at Sonamarg.This golden meadow, one of
the smallest resorts in Kashmir gets its name 'Son' meaning golden,
from the bloom of yellow crocuses that fill this valley in the Spring.
A gushing river is the highlight of this meadow, flowing down from
snowy heights into the dense woodlands of firs and silver birches.
Glaciers pour down this stream from the Himalayas on to the many
camping sites in Sonmarg.
Overnight : Hotel
Day 05 - Kargil - Uletokpo, 160 kms
Early morning drive to Uleytokpo (160 KM). Enroute visit Lamayuru
monastery and Lamayuru Monastery and passing through Namika La (3718
m) & Faten La (4094 m). Upon arrival, check into your hotel.
Lamayuru Gompa : The oldest holy site in Ladakh, it was a bon shrine
prior to the advent of Buddhism. Also known as Yung Drung (Swastika)
it is sited on a high promontory overlooking the village and valley.
For sheer spectacle value no other Gompa can match Lamayuru.
Overnight : Hotel
Day 06 - Uletokpo -Alchi- Leh
Morning after leisurely breakfast drive to Leh, enroute visit
Alchi and Likir Monasteries. Upon arrival, check into your hotel.
Likir Gompa : Founded in the 11th century and rededicated to a different
monastic order in the 15th century, its earlier Gompa was destroyed
in a fire. The present Gompa dated back to the 18th century. Skilled
craftsmen producing excellent Thankas, earthen pots and carved wooden
folding stools, live here in the village. Majestically situated,
Likir commands a spectacular view. A magnificent giant Jupiter tree,
one of the few survivors of its species, stands in the courtyard.
Alchi Gompa : 70 Kms from Leh, on the banks of the Indus, is the
Alchi Gompa dating a thousand years back. One of its walls features
thousands of miniature sized pictures of the Buddha. Three large
sized images made of clay and painted brightly are its focal attractions.
No longer an active religious center, it is looked after by monks
from the Liker monastery. This is the only monastery amongst 34
monasteries, which is not located on a hilltop.
Overnight : Hotel
Day 07 - Leh
Full day visit of visit Phiyang, Sankar Gompa and Shanti Stupa.
Later in the evening drive back to the hotel for an ivernight stay.
Sankar Gompa & Village : A relatively modern monastery, it is
closely associated with the Spituk monastery and served as the residence
of the late head priest-Kushak Bakula. A number of gold icons are
to be found here.
Phiyang Gompa : 17 Kms from Leh on the Leh-Kargil road, it looks
like a huge palace from afar, build by Tashi Namgyal in the later
half of the 16th century AD, it belongs to the Red Cap sect of Buddhists.
Hundreds of icon of Buddha and other gods are kept on wooden shelves.
Shanti Stupa (Japanese Peace Pagoda) : Shanti Stupa/Japanese peace
pagoda is build by a Japanese religious organization headed by Head
monk Nakamura with the help from the organization and local people.
It is situated at a hill top in Cahngspa village providing a bird
eye view of the Leh town and the surrounding mountain peaks. Architecturally
it has the Japanese touch with small clean rooms on the side for
meditators and the main Japanese shrine at the entrance.
Overnight : Hotel
Day 08 - Leh
Visit Shey,Thiksey & Stok Palace & Museum.
Shey Palace And Gompa :Situated on a hillock 15 Kms upstream from
Leh, it was once the residence of the royal family. According to
tradition, it was the seat of power of the pre-Tibetan kinds. A
7.5 mts high copper statue of Buddha, plated with gold and the largest
of its kind, is installed here.
Thiksey Gompa : 19 Kms from Leh, spectacularly sited, Thiksey is
one of the largest and architecturally most impressive Gompas. There
are several temples in this Gompas, containing images, stupas and
wall paintings of Buddha, which are exquisite.
Stok Palace & Museum : The palace of the banished royal family,
Stok has a museum which displays fabulous period costumes and jewelry
of the royalty along with exquisite Thankas representing the life
style of Shakya Muni. Interesting historical objects like coins,
armor, weapons, precious jades and porcelain too can be seen here.
Overnight : Hotel
Day 09 - Leh
Full day excursion to the World Highest Motorable road (5602
Mts) Khardungla pass. Evening explore Leh bazaar for souvenir, visit
Leh Jokhang or Leh Mosque by foot.
Khardungla Pass : The road journey to Nubra valley leads through
Khardung La pass (The highest Motorable road in the world) 18,390
ft. around 39 Kms. Away from Leh. There are two checkpoints on the
both sides of the pass. Khardong is the first village of Nubra valley
at higher altitude than Deskit and other villages
Overnight : Hotel
Day 10 - Leh - Delhi
In time transfer to Leh airport to board your flight to Delhi.
On arrival at Delhi Airport transfer to international airport to
board flight for onward journeys with sweet and pleasant emories
of your 'Glimpses of Ladakh Tour' escorted by Vardhman Vacations.
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