Kashmir is the northernmost region of India, renowned worldwide for breathtaking natural beauty and picturesque vistas. Ladakh is a mountainous cold desert with a magical landscape surrounded by the Karakoram and Great Himalayas. Kashmir offers quaint homestays, eco-resorts, stunning architecture, amazing flora, and adventures.
Arrive in Srinagar and meet our representative before proceeding to your houseboat on iconic Dal Lake, known for its floating homes and maze of waterways to explore by traditional shikara boats. Take in panoramic mountain views and visit the exquisite Mughal Shalimar and Nishat gardens. Enjoy a memorable shikara ride on the lake at this famous destination for traditional Kashmiri handicrafts. Overnight stay in charming houseboat accommodations.
After breakfast, drive to scenic Sonmarg, the "Meadow of Gold", in the picturesque Sindhu Valley, Kashmir's largest tributary. Pass panoramic villages and reach Sonamarg at 2740m. Drive through Zojila Pass, Gateway to Ladakh, and on to Drass, the world's second coldest inhabited place. Continue to Kargil at 2710m, which gained importance after Ladakh opened for tourism in 1974. Overnight in Kargil.
After breakfast in Kargil, visit Lamayuru monastery enroute to Leh, passing the high Namkila & Fatula passes. See the unique 1000 year old Alchi gompa on flat ground. Visit massive Buddha statues at splendid Likir monastery's 3 storey Dharma Wheel gompa. See the Indus & Zanskar River convergence at Sangam. Stop at Pathar Sahib gurdwara before reaching Leh for overnight stay.
After breakfast, drive over Khardung La, world's highest motorable pass at 18832ft. See amazing snow-capped peak views. Pass a glacier bridge in Guinness Records to reach photogenic Nubra Valley oasis with colorful trees. Reach campsite, visit sand dunes to likely see double-humped camels, enjoy dunes spread across Hundur Village. Dinner and overnight at camp.
After breakfast, visit the 515 year old Diskit monastery on a hilltop with panoramic valley views. Walk Diskit's small market and see a giant Buddha statue. Tour Samsthaling, Panamik, Yarab Tso Lake with Karakoram Range views. Samsthaling sits above Sumur on an old caravan route. Panamik was the last major caravan stop. Recross Khardung La Pass to reach Leh for dinner and overnight stay.
After breakfast, drive to Pangong Lake (14,500ft) through third highest Changla Pass (17,350ft). Marvel at this high-altitude saltwater lake shared by India and China. Appreciate the ever-changing colors and meditative silence. Enjoy spectacular views of the color-shifting lake throughout the day. Dinner and overnight in lakeside camps.
After breakfast, drive to breathtaking Tsomoriri Lake on a trail through vast lonely stretches of the remote Changthang plateau. Enroute visit the faraway settlement of Chushul. Tsomoriri sits at 4511m with around 140 sq km area. Spend your evening watching the shadows of surrounding mountains on the varying depths of the lake. Stay in tented cottages at Tso Moriri.
After breakfast, drive back to Leh and check-in at the hotel. Spend evening at leisure or explore the colorful bazaars of Leh city. Dinner and overnight stay in Leh.
Early Morning drive to Sarchu passing Puga (Sulphur Mine), Tsokar Lake, Skyang chu Thang Skyangchu Thang (Biggest and Highest Plateau on Stretch of 42 Kms. Enjoy your lunch at Pang, post lunch leave for Sarchu by crossing Nakeela and Lachung La. Arrive Sarchu by evening. Overnight at Sarchu.
After breakfast, drive towards Manali – a popular hill station in Kullu valley and next to Beas River. A staging point for a number of treks and entry gate to Ladakh, via Lahaul and Spiti. After arrival in Manali, check-in at the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Today, enjoy full-day sightseeing in Naggar. Visit Nicholas Roerich Art Gallery, originally his home, now an art gallery housing his rare paintings reflecting Himalayan grandeur seen in his expeditions. Also see Naggar's Jagatipatt, Tripura Sundari and Gauri Shankar temples. In Manali, visit Hadimba and Vashisht temples. Return to your Manali hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Chandigarh airport for a return flight.
The best time to visit Kashmir is March to August, covering spring and summer. Kashmir's blossoms and cool summer weather create the perfect time to experience this "heaven on earth". Leh & Ladakh pristine natural beauty is best seen in summer from May to August when temperatures reach about 30 degrees Celsius. Winter is not recommended as heavy snow makes roads inaccessible. Visiting during summer allows witnessing Ladakh's untouched precious natural possessions.