Kashmir and Ladakh are two beautiful regions of India, popular tourist destinations in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The Essence of Kashmir & Ladakh tour package of 9 nights and 10 days which will take you to some most well-known destinations such as Srinagar, Gulmarg, Sonmarg, Pahalgam, Kargil and Leh. On the one hand you will get a chance to spend some fabulous days in the lap of nature in Kashmir and on the other the stark beauty of Ladakh will treat all your senses.
- Sightseeing and Shikara ride in Srinagar
- Gondola ride in Gulmarg
- Treat your eyes to the lush greenery of Pahalgam
- Observe bat making process at a cricket bat factory en-route Pahalgam
- Halt at Sonmarg, on the way to Kargil
- Halt in Drass village, the world’s second coldest place
- Indus Valley Tour including Thiksey monastery and Stok Palace
- Photo-op at Lamayuru Monastery
- Visit to Khardung La
- A Day’s excursion to Pangong Lake
Day 1: Srinagar
Once you reach Srinagar, get transferred to a Houseboat, stationed at Dal Lake or Nagin Lake. Enjoy lunch on the Houseboat. Later, leave for enjoying a Shikara boat ride on the Lake. Afterwards, leave for visiting the Mughal Garden, which is going to include Shalimar Bagh and Nishat Bagh.
Overnight stay at the houseboat.
Day 2: Srinagar – Gulmarg
Day 2 is booked for a day-trip to Gulmarg that is around 45 km. This hill station is an extremely popular tourist spot. On the way, enjoy the scenic beauty of the majestic Himalayas. Enjoy adventure activities like skiing; also take a Gondola Cable ride.
Overnight at the hotel
Day 3: Gulmarg – Pahalgam
Post a refreshing breakfast in the morning, drive to the beautiful valley of Pahalgam situated on the banks of the river Lidder. While proceeding towards Pahalgam, en-route visit the Avantipur Ruins and Cricket Bat Factory. By the afternoon, you will reach Pahalgam. Upon reaching there, take some leisure and then explore the scenic beauty of the Lidder river valley.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 4: Pahalgam – Srinagar
This morning, enjoy relaxing walks along Lidder River to experience its mild lapping. In the afternoon, embark on a drive to Srinagar. Upon reaching Srinagar check in at hotel to relax and unwind. The evening is free to you; so if you want you can also visit the local markets of the city.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: Srinagar - Sonamarg – Kargil
This morning, start for Kargil which is about 205 kilometers from Srinagar. En-route, stop at the 'valley of meadows' Sonmarg for lunch and then crossover the Zojila pass which is located 3900 meter above the sea level. After driving for some time, reach the Drass Village. By the evening, you will reach Kargil town; upon reaching there, check in at hotel/deluxe camp for overnight stay.
Day 6: Kargil – Leh
Post breakfast embark on a drive to Leh which is 230 kilometers from Kargil town. En-route visit the ancient rock cut statue of Maitreya Buddha at Mulbekh village. Later stop for photo at lunar like landscapes near Lamayuru Monastery. On the way, enjoy a mouth tempting lunch and photo stop at the sangam of Indus and Zanskar rivers. By the evening, arrive Leh and check in at the hotel in Leh.
Day 7: Leh – Indus Valley - Leh
Post breakfast proceed for a full day tour of Indus Valley Monasteries. This day you will be visiting Royal Museum at Stok Palace, Thiksey, Stanga and Changchubling Hemis Monasteries. A picnic lunch is also arranged for the day.
Overnight at the hotel in Leh.
Day 8: Leh – Khardungla Pass – Leh
Post breakfast visit the Khardungla Pass which is 18360 ft above the sea level and is one of the world's highest motorable road. At the pass you will find several souvenir shops; so if you want you can do some shopping too. Return to Leh by afternoon and enjoy a deluxe lunch at the hotel.
Post lunch, visit Shanti Stupa; after that you are free to do shopping or to spend the evening as you wish to.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 9: Leh – Pangong Lake – Leh
In the morning start for Pangong Lake for a full day excursion. It is around 135 kilometers away and is one of the biggest natural brackish lakes in the Himalayas. To make the day exciting, a picnic lunch in Pangong is also arranged. By evening return to Leh for an overnight stay at hotel.
Day 10: Leh - Delhi
In the morning, get transferred to the Kushok Bakula airport to board a flight for your onward journey.