Kashmir with Ladakh via Kargil

Tantamount to heaven on earth, Kashmir is an extremely captivating destination of India. The Mughal Emperor Jehangir aptly said “If there is a heaven on earth, it's here, it's here, it's here”. It is located in the state of Jammu and Kashmir which is endowed with utter natural beauty. Its mesmerizing landscape looks like as if it’s a fairytale land with many wonders like snow-covered mountains, mesmerizing lakes, dazzling meadows, breathtakingly beautiful gardens blooming with flowers and much more. Whether you are a honeymooner, adventure enthusiast or leisure seeking traveller, Kashmir has everything to cater to your interests

A visit to the markets of Kashmir will leave you enchanted with the amazing handicrafts. This land is famous for its Pashmina shawls across the globe. Other wonderful handicrafts of Kashmir are carpets, papier mache, wicker baskets, silk and tweeds, wall hangings with naqqashi work, wooden items, etc.
Spices are important ingredients of Kashmiri cuisine as they render a special taste and aroma to the food. Kashmiri rice and non vegetarian dishes are an important part of the cuisine. Wazwan is a multi-course meal (meat-based) in the Kashmiri tradition whose preparation is truly an art. The cuisine also offers vegetarian dishes like dam-aloo, chaman (paneer dish), Goji Nadir (lotus stems and turnips), matar palak, etc. Kahva or green tea is a famous drink of Kashmir.

A day-by-day plan to guide your journey.

  • DAY 01

    Arrive Delhi



    Arrive by International flight, after traditional Indian style ‘Swagat’(Welcome) by THE TIME TRAVELS representative, he would assist you at the airport & transfer to hotel for check in.

    Delhi takes pride in being the capital of the country for many dynasties. It is in fact a city wrapped in legend, where time flows differently, and where every moment becomes a moment of history. A vibrant melting pot, it encapsulates two very different worlds, the 'old' and the 'new', each representing delectably different experiences. It is sprinkled with glittering gems like: captivating ancient monuments, magnificent museums, a vivacious performing-arts scene and some of the subcontinent's yummiest places to eat. Delhi blends within its folds the great cultural variety of India. Delhi is not just a name, it is a feeling. Come experience it...

    Overnight Hotel – Delhi

  • DAY 02

    Delhi – Srinagar


    Post breakfast transfer to airport to board the flight to Srinagar. Upon arrival, after traditional Indian style ‘Swagat’(Welcome) by THE TIME TRAVELS representative, he would assist you at the airport & he would assist you at the airport & transfer to Houseboat for check in.

    Srinagar; situated on the bank of Jhelum, Srinagar is a treasure trove of beauty and it will be a pleasure for many travellers to explore the bounteous beauty of the city. The major beauty of this city are its waterfalls and gardens which were made by the Mughal emperors. Snow-capped mountains, chinar trees and beautiful valleys give a spectacular view to the city.

    Welcome by traditional Kashmiri drink (Kahwah) on arrival.

    Laterproceed for sightseeing of Srinagar visiting the Mughal Gardens, Chashmi-e Shahi (The Royal Spring), Nishat (The Garden of pleasure) Shalimar Bagh (Abode of love).Hazratbal and Shankracharya temple.

    In the evening we will take you to experience the Shikara ride on the Dal Lake.

    Overnight Houseboat – Srinagar (B, D)

  • DAY 03

    Srinagar – Sonamarg – Srinagar (86 Kms / 2 Hrs) APPROX


    After breakfast day excursion of Sonamarg which is one of the most beautiful drive from Srinagar. Sonamarg is at 98 kms from Srinagar. We will take about 3 hours to reach Sonamarg. Sonamarg is the last stop of Kashmir District. From here starts the territory of Ladakh. Situated at an altitude of 2743 m above sea level, Sonamarg is absolutely true to its name, which means 'Meadow of Gold'. The moment you enter Sonamarg, the first thing that you will notice will be the snow-covered mountain that forms the backdrop of the town. Covered with alpine trees from all sides, Sonamarg has few of the loveliest flower collection in Jammu and Kashmir. You may take a pony ride to Thajiwas Glacier where snow remains round the year. Return to Srinagar.

    Overnight Houseboat – Srinagar (B, D)

  • DAY 04

    Srinagar - Pahalgam (96 Kms/ 3 Hrs) APPROX


    After breakfast we check out of the hotel in Gulmarg and proceed to Pahalgam. On arrival check in to the hotel Arguably Pahalgam is one of the most beautiful places on earth; the town of Pahalgam (Village of Shepherds) offers breathtaking views of Himalayas. On arrival we check in to the hotel. After reaching Pahalgam we have rest of the day free for individual activities. Later explore the beautiful town at the foothills of Himalayas. One can go on for walks or pony ride to one of the many beautiful spots around Pahalgam. One of the spot is the Mamaleshwara. It is only a km or so downstream from Pahalgam, and on the opposite side of the Lidder, is this small Shiva temple with its square, stone tank. It is thought to date from the reign of king Jayasima in the 12th century, even earlier.

    OR

    You may go for walks or pony ride to one of the many beautiful spots around Pahalgam,

    Rest of the day is Free for relax.

    Overnight Hotel – Pahalgam (B, D)

  • DAY 05

    Pahalgam - Gulmarg (142 Kms/ 4-5 Hrs) APPROX


    After breakfast we check out of the hotel in Srinagar and proceed to Gulmarg. On arrival check in to the hotel Gulmarg is one of the most beautiful resorts in the valley. It is at 52kms from Srinagar. Gulmarg has been a resort for the kings like Yousuf Shah Chak and Jahangir who used to visit frequently.

    Gulmarg boasts Asia's highest and longest cable car project, the Gulmarg Gondola. The two-stage ropeway ferries about 600 people per hour to and from Kongdoori Mountain, a shoulder of nearby Afarwat Peak (4,200 m (13,780 ft). You can also try skiing on your own. Gulmarg has one of the best ski slopes in the world and also has highest golf course in the world with 18 holes.

    Overnight Hotel – Gulmarg (B, D)

  • DAY 06

    Gulmarg – Kargil (170 Kms / 7 Hrs) APPROX


    A beautiful Long drive “A journey of lifetime

    Post breakfast driven to Kargil, upon arrival transfer to tented accommodation.

    IMP: Keep your body properly hydrated. Avoid sleeping at high altitudes. Avoid overexertion. Avoid tobacco and smoking and alcohol and other depressant drugs. Keep your body warm and eat lots of carbohydrates.

    Overnight Tented Accommodation – Kargil (B, D)

  • DAY 07

    Kargil – Leh via Sham Valley (213 Kms / 7 Hrs Approx)


    Post breakfast driven to Leh en-route visiting Gurudwara Patthar Sahib Nestled deep in the Himalayas, A drive of another 4 km took us to Magnetic Hill which defies the law of gravity & further Driving through a picturesque landscape we reached the Confluence Of The Indus And Zanskar River, Just before Saspul a road to the right takes you for your visit to the Likir Monastery, Likir is one of the most active monasteries in the region. As you drive up to the monastery a recently installed colossal gilded image of the Maitreya out in the open is one of the most impressive sights in Ladakh.

    After visiting the Monastery you continue your drive along the River Indus to or Uletokpo or Tingmosgang enroute visiting Ridzong Monastery, there is the option to walk up to the Monastery for those that wish to do so. Hidden at the end of a steep valley, the first view of the Monastery is dramatic. Later driven back to Leh.

    Continue drive to Leh, upon arrival transfer to Hotel.

Inclusions

  1. 4 Nights’ Accommodations with all Meals ( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  2. A/c transportation as per itinerary (On hills A/c will be switched off)
  3. Standard Hotel Accommodation on twin sharing basis
  4. Daily breakfasts
  5. 1 litre bottle of water per day
  6. Tour Buddy

Exclusions

  1. GST @ 5.0%
  2. Air/Train fare
  3. Anything not mentioned under the head inclusions.
  4. Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary / stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, road blocks and / or any factors beyond control.
  5. Camera charges and entry fees
  6. Guide fees
  7. Meals other than breakfast and a bottle of water a day
  8. Any additional rides / activities the traveler may wish to partake

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