Experience magical Darjeeling (9D, 8N)
Day 01: Arrive Srinagar
On your arrival at the Srinagar International Airport, you will be welcomed by our representative who will assist and escort you to your waiting vehicle. From the airport it is a 35 minutes drive through the heart of New Srinagar city. The drive takes you past the Abdullah Bridge which connects the banks of the Jhelum River. Arrive and check in to the houseboat. Later visit for local sightseeing that includes a visit to the famous Mughal gardens of Nishat and Shalimar. Built in between a period of 14 years the two gardens area heritage left behind by the erstwhile Mughals, whose taste for laying exquisite gardens was fascinating. With a backdrop of the sprawling Zabarwan Mountains, the gardens boast of green turfs, blooming flowers and cascading water fountains. Later we will go on a 60 Minutes shikara ride in Dal Lake. This boat ride glides you past some wonderful vegetable gardens and aquatic life. Stay Overnight at Houseboat.
Day 02: Srinagar to Gulmarg and Sightseeing (56 km’s / 2-3 hrs drive)
After breakfast in the morning, we will begin our country tour towards Gulmarg. The drive past colorful villages and rice fields, gives you an insight of the rich cultural past of Kashmir. We arrive at a small picturesque market town of Tangmarg and drive ahead on a scenic drive of 14 kilometers to Gulmarg. We arrive in Gulmarg early in the afternoon and check in at the hotel. Later you can go for board the Gondola cable car system, and ascend towards the Afarwatt Mountain range. The 08 minutes of ropeway will take you past colorful shepherd hutments to the lower ridge of the Afarwatt peak. You can also do horse-riding to the strawberry valley. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel. (Guests have to book Gondola, pony & local taxi there by own on direct payment basis as Union cars are allowed there)
Day 03: Gulmarg to Pahalgam and Sightseeing (152 km’s / 4-5 hrs drive)
We will begin our trip towards Pahalgam and drive on the National Highway 1A. This road connects the Valley to the rest of the country. We drive past the saffron fields of Pampore, the marvellous ruins of Avantipura and the village of Bijbehara which remains famous as the bread basket of Kashmir. You can even sample a few exotic breads sold by vendors near the road. We switch the national highway at Khanabal and drive through the second largest city of Anantnag. From here the road turns scenic as we drive parallel on the Lidder River flowing from the opposite direction. Arrive in Pahalgam check into the Hotel. You have a option to spend your day of sightseeing by driving to the picturesque Chandanwari and Betaab valley or ride by horseback across the wildlife sanctuarytowards Baisaran meadows. After return back to the hotel Stay overnight in hotel. (Guests have to book local taxi & pony there by own for sightseeing of Chandanwari, Betaab valley on direct payment basis as Union cars are allowed there)
Day 04: Pahalgam – Srinagar (90 km’s / 3-4 hrs drive)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven back to Srinagar. Arrive and check in to the hotel. Evening is free for leisure by own. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 05: Srinagar to Kargil via Sonmarg (205 km / 7-8 hrs)
Today you will drive to Kargil. On the way you will pass a village known as Dross which is often called the second coldest place on Earth after Siberia. The village is actually a few houses and a small marketplace. The last pass on this road is the Zojila that stand at a height of 11300 ft and is often called the gate to the valley of Kashmir. Enroute we will visit Sonmarg, there you can hire a pony and visit Thajwass glacier. Later drive to Kargil. Arrive and check in to the hotel. Overnight stay in hotel. (Guests have to book local taxi & pony there by own for sightseeing of Thajwas Glacier on direct payment basis as Union cars are allowed there)
Day 06: Kargil to Leh (234 km approx / 6-7 hrs)
After breakfast in the morning drive to Leh. Enroute you will stop to visit the Lamayuru monastery. The Lamayuru monastery was once so famous and of religious importance that even a criminal trying to escape law could ask for sanctuary inside. Perched on a hill the monastery looks majestic with its age old bastion and architectural design. Wrap up your visit & proceed further, the road is quite scenic and you will cross the highest pass known as the Fistula (14300 ft). Arrive in Leh and stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 07: Leh
After breakfast full day sightseeing to the massive Tibetan Buddhist Gompas of Shey, Thiksey and Hemis. A few kilometers up the Indus is Shey, the ancient capital, with its palaces, temples, and vibrantly colored murals, cleaned and restored in the mid 1980’s. Later we drive to visit the fortress styled monastery of Thikse. Afterwards, we drive to visit the Hemis monastery. This monastery is known to be the most famous and rich Buddhist temple in the entire region. The Murals and frescoes here date back to 17th century. After we explore the sacred monastery, we drive back to our hotel in Leh. In the evening, we will spend some time roaming around the markets. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 08: Leh to Pangong Day Trip (130 km’s One way / 5- 6 hrs drive)
After early breakfast drive for a visit of Pangong Lake via Chang La pass. The drive takes you through spectacular, amazing scenery, with breathtaking views of the snow covered Himalayas. The Lake is the highest (4267M) salt-water lake in the world, situated along the India / China border. It is about 130 Km long and 5-6 Km wide. The Chang - chenmo range surrounding it from the north provide a spectacular backdrop to the blue and green expanse of its brackish water. Later drive back to Leh. Stay Overnight in the Hotel.
Day 09: Leh – Departure
Morning after breakfast, check out and transfer you to the Airport for your flight for onwards journey.
Note: Supplement Cost for Kolkata for 02 Nights stay in Hotel Presidency Inn
and Car for airport transfers & sightseeing on day 01 – BDT 14,000/-
*Welcome by our Representative
*08 Night’s accommodation in one Double room in above mention hotels or similar
*Assistance at all Arrival/ Departure
*Breakfast and Dinner all all hotels
*All Transfers and Sightseeing in Kashmir by Non Ac Indica
*Transfers and Sightseeing in Leh by Private Car Non Ac Scorpio / Tavera / Similar
*01 Shikara Ride
*All applicable taxes
*Any Air/ Train fare
*Any other expenses / Monuments / Guides fees
*Anything not mention in Includes
*Cable Car / Pony ride in Pahalgam / Gulmarg / Sonamarg
*Local sightseeing in vehicle in Pahalgam / Gulmarg / Sonamarg due to restrictions.
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