Leh - Tsomoriri Lake and Kashmir Himalaya
Day 01: New Delhi - Leh by flight :
Assistance on arrival and transfer to your Guesthouse. There will be no activity on your first day of arrival as it is recommended tourists relax and undergo minimal exertion to enable them to get acclimatized to the rarefied oxygen level in this high-altitude region ensconced in the high Himalayan plateau. Overnight at the hotel in Leh.
Day 02: Leh (Introductory Tour) :
A morning, a guided tour through the ancient bazaar and alleys of Leh town. In the afternoon visit Sankar Monastery and we will wrap up the day's program with a visit to Shanti Stupa or Peace Pagoda built on a hillock. Your visit to the pagoda will time in such a way that you will enjoy a spectacular and panoramic view of the sun-drenched Indus Valley before the sunset. Overnight at the Guesthouse in Leh.
Day 03: Leh :
Tour of Thiksay, Hemis Monastery and Shey Palace and Shanti Stupa: Morning visit to Hemis Monastery situated 45 kilometers west of Leh; Hemis is the largest and the wealthiest monastery in Ladakh. From Hemis, you are driven back taking the same route to visit Thiksey Monastery, located on a hillock followed by a visit to Shey Palace the former summer palace of the King of Ladakh.Overnight at the Guesthouse in Leh.
Optional: To attend the prayer ceremony at Thiksey monastery performed in the assembly hall starting at 0530hrs followed with a pack breakfast.
Jeep tour to Two Lake of Nomad Land A journey from Leh to the village of Korzok , our final destination, on the shores of Lake Moriri is unlike any other in Ladakh. The Leh - Manali road first goes over one of the highest passes in the region, over the awesome Taklang La (5260m). From here we strike off the Manali road east on a rough track across the basin of the twin lakes, Startsapuk-Tso (fresh water) and Tso Kar (salt water), then over a roller-coaster track to the head of Tso Moriri (tso - lake), and on to Korzok, a quarter of the way along the lake's 20-km long shore. Containing the drainage basin of these trans-Himalayan lakes, this is a landscape of wide- open, windswept high-altitude valleys and plains, known as Changthang. Korzok, situated at 15,000 feet (4,572 m) with its dozen or so houses and its gompa appearing like a mirage among the barren hills, is the only permanent settlement in Rupshu. The surrounding vast expanse of open space is home to the Chang-pa, the Tibetan plateau nomadic herdsmen, who converge on Tso Moriri in their endless cycle of wander in search of fodder for their herds of yaks and goats.
Day 04: Leh - Chumathang :
Morning after breakfast drive to the hot water spring at Chumathang(3965 m) by covering 140 kms in 4 hrs. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 05: Chumathang - Tsomoriri :
Morning leave camp by crossing over Maya bridge and drive upto Tsomoriri (4555 m) through Puga Valley by covering 80 kms in 3 hrs. This valley, approx 25 km from Tsomoriri is known for its sulphur and borax deposits. Arrive for overnight stay in tents.
Day 06: Tsomoriri :
Full day excursion around Lake and Karzok monastery which belongs to the yellow sect. Tsomoriri or " Mountain Lake " is situated in the middle of the elevated valley of Rupshu surrounded by 6000 m peaks which completely surrounds the lake. This valley is inhabited by a small scattered population of "Changpas" nomadic shepherds who also engage in trade and work in caravans in Ladakh, Lahaul and Spiti. The Area is rich in wildlife including the "Kyang" (wild ass), red fox and the rare, highly endangered, snow leopard. Black necked cranes and geese flock to the lakeside for breeding during the summer months. Also visit the 350 years old Karzok monastery which has about 33 resident monks. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 07: Tsomoriri - Tsokar - Leh :
Morning drive to Tsokar by covering 120 kms. in 4 hrs. Tsokar Lake is approximately 45 kms northwest of the Tsomoriri Lake at a height of 4485 m. It is also called " White Lake " because of salt deposited around it. Since these are all drainage basins with no outlet their water is brackish. The water of Tsokar is so salty that salt is procured from its banks and sold all over Ladakh and Kashmir by the Rupsu Chang. Tsokar is partly faded by a channel from a smaller fresh water lake. All the lakes are breeding grounds for a variety of birds among them the bar-headed goose, the great crested grebe, the brahmin duck and the brown headed gull. Drive to Leh via Tanglang La (5224 m), about 75 kms from Tsokar. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 08: Leh - Alchi Monastery :
Today after early breakfast, we are driven on Srinagar highway to visit Alchi monastery one of the oldest monasteries which was founded in 11th centaury and the only monastery situated on low lands along the bank of River Indus. This monastery differs from the rest as it has a mixture of Kashmiri and Tibetan Arts. After that, we continue to walk to up to hotel/guesthouse, and upon arrival we are checked into our guesthouse for the next two nights. Rest of the day at leisure or an optional walk later in the afternoon a drive to visit Ridzong monastery the only nunnery in Ladakh it is also known as Chomoling and is beautifully situated in a gorge. Dinner at Guesthouse. Overnight at Aclhi.
Day 09: A Days Walk to Manyu village :
3 hours beautiful walk one way Today after early breakfast, we set out on a easy trek to Manyu village to visit the Mangyu monastery, which can only be reached on foot. Manyu monastery is amongst the earliest monasteries of the region. The complex consists of four chambers. The main temple houses the image of Vaircona with the four Buddhas of the directions around him. The entrance to this temple is through eloboratly carved wooden doorway and on the walls are the paintings of mandalas of Vairocana. The monastery also houses the rare thangkas (scroll paintings on the cloth) of Panchen Lama, brought from Tibet. Lunch at Mangyu and we then walk back to Dinner and overnight Hotel / Guesthouse.
Day 10: Alchi - Rizong - Lamayuru :
After early breakfast, we drive to connect the Srinagar-Leh highway and then continue to drive to Lamayuru. Upon arrival, we will visit the Lamayuru Monastery amonst the oldest monastery in central Ladakh founded in 10th century, followed by a brief visit to Lamayuru village situated on a foot of the Monastery After exploring the Lamayuru Monastery, we will saty overnight at Lamayuru Hotel.
Day 11: Lamayuru - Kargil - Shergol - Mulbek :
Between Kargil and Shergol you cross he dividing line between the Muslim and Buddhist areas. The small village of Shergol has a tiny gompa perched halfway up the eastern slope of the mountain. In the afternoon tourists will reach to Kargil.
Mulbekh: There are two gompas on the hillside above the village of Mulbekh . As in other villages, it is wise to Enquire if the gompa is before making the ascent. Just beyond Mulbekh is a huge Chamba statue, an image of a future Buddha, cutting to the rock face beside the road. It's one of the most interesting stops along the road to Kargil. Overnight in Kargil.
Day 12: Kargil - Srinagar :
Drive the taxi toward Srinagar , by passing the Zoji-la and picturesque Sonamarg, entering to the Kashmir valley.
Drass : Drass 3230 metres, 60kms west of Kargil on the road to Srinagar , are a small township lying in the centre of a valley of the same name. It has become famous as the second coldest inhabited place in the world by virtue of the intense cold that descends upon the valley along with repeated snowfall during winter.
Winter temperature is sometimes known to plummet to less than 40 degree Celsius. During the spring and summer, however the valley around the township becomes very picturesque as the gently undulating hillsides turn into lush green pastures splashed with a variety of fragrant wild flowers. Its inhabitants are mainly of Darad stock, an Aryan race believed to have originally migrated to the high valleys of the Western Himalayas from the Central Asian steppes. They speak Shina which, unlike the Tibetan-originated Ladakhi dialects spoken elsewhere in Ladakh region, belong to the Indo-European linguistic family. Their ancestral sport, Horse Polo, which the Darads play with particular zeal, resembles our modern polo.
The Drass vallley starts from the base of the Zojila pass, the Himalayan gateway to Ladakh. For centuries its inhabitants are known to have negotiated this formidable pass even during the most risky period in the autumn or early spring, when the whole sector remains snowbound and is subject to frequent snow storms, to transport trader's merchandise across and the to help stranded travelers to traverse it. By virtue of their mastery over the pass they had established a monopoly over the carrying trade during the heydays of the Pan-Asian. A hardy people enduring with fortitude the harshness of the valley's winter, the inhabitants of Drass can well be described as the guardians of Ladakh's gateway. Overnight in houseboat at Srinagar .
Day 13: In Srinagar :
Mughal Gardens : after breakfast we will visit one of most beautiful Mugol Garden and back to House boat for Lunch agter lunch we will visit Shankaracharya Hill.
Mughal Garden : Kashmir was a favourite of the Mughal emperors who visited it as often as they could. Cool and refreshing after the plains of North India where the business of governance kept them, they planted gardens with stepped terraces and flowing Watercourses. Cheshma Shahi is the first Mughal garden one will pass after Nehru Park . Built at a height above the city, its views are as stupendous as its layout.
The next garden along the road that encircles the Dal is the Nishat, built by empress Nur Jahan's brother Asaf Khan. The third Mughal garden - the Shalimar - was planted by Jehangir, the Mughal emperor, whose love for Kashmir was legendary.
Shankaracharya Hill : Within Srinagar, on its highest hill is the Shankaracharya temple, nearly one thousand feet above the city. It is devoted to Lord Shiva. The site dates back to 2,500 BC. The philosopher Shankaracharya stayed at this site when he visited Kashmir ten centuries ago to revive "Sanatan Dharma".
Day 14: Old City by Shekara :
Today we will drive by Shekara to visiting the Dal Lake and old city. Overnight in Houseboat.
Day 15: Day trip to Gulmarg :
After breakfast we will drive by jeep to Gulmarg which very famous for it winter sport in India . After lunch we will drive back to Srinagar . Overnight houseboat.
Day 16: Full day free :
leisure day/Shopping day.
Day 17: Srinagar - Delhi :
Transfer to domestic airport in time to board flight for Delhi.