The Ladakh & Kashmir Experience

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About The Event

The Ladakh & Kashmir Experience ( Sept 8th to 16th' 2013 )

 

Duration : 8 nights / 9 days 

 

Overview

 

Ladakh is a magical kingdom of high passes, mountain deserts, crystal clear lakes, swift flowing rivers, deep valleys, charming mountain villages, expansive meadows, wildlife, monasteries, rich heritage and its hard working and ever happy people.


Ladakh the highest mountain plateau in India is renowned for its remote mountain beauty and culture. It spans the Great Himalayan and Karakoram mountain ranges and the upper Indus River Valley. The district borders Pakistan occupied Kashmir in the west and China in the north and Eastern part and Lahul Spiti of Himachal Pradesh in the South east. Ladakh’s ethnic composition consisted of Mongoloid and a mixed Indo-Aryan population of Mons and Dards. 

 

Kashmir is a beautiful land with show capped hills and lush green valleys. We are covering the places between Srinagar and Leh by road as this stretch is one of the most beautiful high altitude drives in the world. We pass through Sonmarg, Drass, Zoji La , Fatula and Kargil on this drive.

 

Destinations and Activities


  1. Ladakh 


Ladakh ( meaning "land of high passes" in Tibetan ) is a region / district of Jammu and Kashmir State. Ladakh is also the largest district in the country but one of the least populated. It lies between the Kunlun mountain range in the north and the main Great Himalayas to the south, inhabited by people of Indo-Aryan and Tibetan descent. Majority of the population being Buddhists and as one of the last remaining strong holds of Buddhism.

Ladakh is bound by mountains and made up of mountains. Sheer walls of rock and ice divide the Indus Valley from Tibet, Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh, and human habitation is restricted to narrow strips of greenery clinging to the rivers that drain down from mountain glaciers. This rugged region is home to one of the last undisturbed Tantric Buddhist populations on earth, protected from colonial interference and the ravages of the Cultural Revolution by sheer force of geography.

 

 2. Monasetries of Ladakh


Ladakh has many historic monasteries called Gompas, where Buddhist monks and nuns live, study and practice their religion. The monasteries of Ladakh are situated in scenic locations, on hills and mountains and have rich collections of Buddhist Thangka paintings, art and artifacts. There are many Monastries of the different sects of Buddhism in Ladakh. Some of the most popular ones are Hemis, Likir, Tiksey, Lamayuru and Alchi.

 

 

3. Pangong Lake

 

Pangong Tso ( 'Tso' meaning lake in Tibetian ) is an endorheic lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about (14,270 ft). It is 134 km long and 5 km wide at its broadest point, and most of the lake lies in Tibet while 30 % of of it lies in India. During winter the lake freezes completely, despite being saline water. The lake is in the process of being identified under the Ramsar Convention as a wetland of international importance. The crystal clear blue waters of the lake with the color changing mountains in the background gives the felling of a calm and serene place. The mountains and the lake gives an impression of changing colors according to the sunlight and time of the day.

 

4. Nubra Valley 

 

Nubra Valley is a mountain valley close to the border with Pakistan in north Ladakh. About 150 kms from Leh, past the Kahrdungla Pass we enter the wide and beautiful valley of the Nubra ( Also called Siachan River ) and Shyok Rivers. The Rivers form a large valley that separates the Ladakh and the Karakoram Ranges. The average altitude of the valley is about 10,000 ft. above the sea level. Farmers grow apples, apricots, barley and sea buckthorn. Dotted around the valley are ancient gompas and ruined palaces and beautiful villages.

Nubra Valley lies in the ancient silk route ( caravan route ) connecting India with Central Asia. Traces of this can been seen in the form of Central Asian Bactrian ( Double Humped Camels) camels in the desert like topography of Hunder in Nubra valley. 

 

5. White Water Rafting

 

White Water Rafting is conducted in the Zanskar and the Indus. White Water Rafting provides spectacular view of the landscapes of the Ladakh and Zanskar ranges, gorges and cliffs.The white water Indus has rapids generally of I and II grades and at some places, has grade III to even V rapids. It is one of the most popular and fun activity around Leh. There are day trips to week long expeditions on offer.

 

6. Srinagar

Srinagar ( the summer capital ) of Jammu and Kashmir state lies in the Kashmir Valley on the banks of the River Jhelum. Srinagar is adorned with beautiful lakes ( dal lake , nagin lake ) and gardens and surrounded by snow capped hills.

 

 

Other Destinataions covered

 

Sonmarg- Drass - Kargil - Mulbek - Sarchu - Manali

 

 

Day 1 : Sept 8th -  Srinagar

Arrive in Srinagar and half day excursion visiting Mugal Gardens, Shalimar Gardens, Pari Mahal, Hazaratbal Mosque etc. Overnight at Houseboat at Nageen Lake. 


Day 2 : Sept 9th Srinagar - Kargil ( 205 kms / 6 hrs )


After breakfast leave for Kargil. See the meadows of Kashmir and stop at Sonmarg and then cross the Zoji La and enter the green and enter Kargil. Overnight at Kargil hotel. 

 

Day 3 : Sept 10thKargil - Leh (215 kms / 7 hrs )


After breakfast we head towards  Leh on the way stopping at Kargil War Memorial and Lamayuru ( one of the most important monasteries in Ladakh ). Arrive in Leh by late afternoon / evening. Overnight in Leh.

 

Day 4 : Sept 11thLeh - Hemis - Tiksey - Leh ( Monasteries )


Today we have a full day monastic tour. We visit Tiksey and Hemis Monastery, two of the most important monasteries of the region. Hemis is the largest monastery in Ladakh in terms of number of monks staying there at any given time. While returning to Leh we visit Likir Monastry, Sindu Darshan ( point where the river Indus flows ), Shey Palace ( the summer retreat of the former Kings of Ladakh ) and the War Museum . Overnight at Leh .

 

Day 5 : Sept 12th Leh - Pangong Lake - Leh : 


Early morning we leave for Pangong Lake located at about 130 kms from Leh. We pass through Changla pass ( 5486 meters above sea level ) on the way which is the second highest pass in our tour. While ascending Changla pass enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of the villages below the pass. After crossing the pass halt for lunch at Tsoltak, the summer pastureland of the yaks. Arrive at Durbuk and from there a short drive takes you to the western shore of the lake. Enjoy the landscape in the back drop of the Lake. One rarely feels so close to nature and environment and the scenery is unforgettable. Later leave from Pangong Lake and back to Leh by late evening. Overnight in Leh.

 

Day 6 : Sept 13thLeh - Alchi / White Water Rafting 


Day for visiting Alchi ( one of the the oldest monastery in Ladakh which is known for its unique 11th & 12th century wall paintings ). Alchi's large temple complex founded in the 11th Century is regarded as one of the most important Buddhist centers in Ladakh and a jewel of monastic skill. We also visit Likir Monastery and Ritzong ( one of the few nunnery monasteries in Ladakh ). We also stop at Magnetic Hill on the way back from Ritzong. 

OR One can also opt for White Water Rafting on the Zanskar / Indus rivers instead of the monastic tour.

 

OR Day for rest as it could be helpful due to the long drives and journeys before and to come. 

 

Day 7: Sept 14th Leh - Khardungla pass – Nubra Valley ( 140 kms / 5 hrs )


After breakfast, leave for Nubra Valley, driving across Khardong-la (alt: 18,380 ft), the highest motor able pass in the world. Along the Nubra or Siachan River lie the villages of Sumur, Kyagar , Tirith, Panamik and many others. Across the Nubra or Siachan River at Panamik, is the isolated Ensa Gompa. After descending into the Valley, drive across the Shayok River and to Hunder / Sumoor to check into home stay. Overnight at the home stay / guesthouse.

 

 Day 8: Sept 15thNubra Valley - Leh ( 140 kms / 5 hrs )


After breakfast leave for Leh. On route stop at the sand dunes of Hunder and take a Camel Safari on a double humped . Later leave and reach Leh by evening. Overnight in Leh.

 

Day 9 : Sept 16thLeh - Departure

After breakfast drop to Airport.

 

EXTENSION ( LEH TO DELHI )

Day 9 : 

After breakfast leave for Sarchu. After you drive past Tanglang La ( the highest pass on the Manali - Leh Route ) you arrive in Sarchu by evening.Overnight in Sarchu Tents.

 

Day 10 : Sept 17thSarchu to Manali ( 225 kms / 8 hrs )

Leave in the morning and cross the Bralacha La,  Keylong and Rohtang Pass to reach Manali. See the scenic beauty of one of the most magnificent drives in the world. Overnight at Manali. 

 

Day 11 : Sept 18thManali to Delhi 

Explore Manali on your own in the morning and late afternoon take an overnight Volvo bus from Manali to Delhi.

 

Day 12 : Sept 19thDelhi 

Arrive in Delhi. 

 

The Drives 


We will be driving through two of the most scenic and breadthtaking high altitude mountain routes in the world. 

 
  1.  The 418 kms stretch between Srinagar and Leh passing through the valleys and meadows of Kashmir into the mountain destert topography of Kargil, Mulbek and Ladakh. On this journey we pass through the towns of Sonmarg, Drass, Kargil, Mulbek, Lamayuru and Khalsi and the mountain passes of Zoji La and Fatu La.

  2. The second stretch of 474 kms between Leh and Manali is included in the extension trip and passed mostly though an average altitude of 12500 ft and covers three big mountain passes namely Tanglang La, Bralacha la and Rohtang La.

 

Places Covered :  Leh, Srinagar, Kargil ( Town )

                            Hemis - Alchi - Tiksey ( Monasteries ) 

                            Pangong Lake ( High Altitude Lake ) 

 

                            Khardung La -Chang La - Zoji La ( Mountain Passes )

                            Shey Palace, Leh Palace, Sonmarg ( Other Attractions )

                            Zanskar River Rafting ( White Water Rafting )


 

Activities : Excursions, Sightseeing, Culture and Heritage Trails, Monastic Tours, Jeep Safari, White Water Rafting, Camel Safari. 

 

Accommodation Options: Hotel, Guest House / Homestay. 

 

Climate : Most of the trip will be in altitudes around 10000 to 12000 feet above sea level. Temperature could go close to 5 degrees at night in September. 


What to Bring : Cotton Clothes, Warm Clothes ( Woolens, Jackets, Gloves, Caps), Sport Shoes / Boots, Floaters, Casual Shirts / T-shirts, Sunscreen, Torch.

 

Inclusions


  1. 5 Nights accommodation in Hotel at Leh ( Hotel Room on twin/double sharing with breakfast )

  2. 1 Night accommodation in Hotel at Kargil ( Hotel Room on twin/double sharing with breakfast )

  3. 1 Nights stay at Nubra valley ( Home stay on twin / double sharing with breakfast ) 

  4. 1 Nights stay at Srinagar Houseboat ( On twin / double sharing with breakfast )  

  5. All transportation / transfers / excursions during the tour in Tavera / Scorpio / Xylo  .

  6. Inner line permits to Kardungla Pass, Nubra Valley and Pangong Lake

  7. Service charges and Taxes

  8. Breakfast on all days

 

 

Does not Include:


  1.  Flight Charges

  2.  Entry tickets and Camera charges at monasteries and sightseeing places ( if applicable )

  3.  White Water Rafting , Camel Ride

  4.  Day 6 ( Rafting OR Monastic Visit - Rafting will cost Rs 1500 per person and Vehicle for Monastry tour will cost Rs 3000/- per vehicle )

  5.  Food, Mineral water etc. other than mentioned.

  6.  Bus tickets from Manali to Delhi

  7.  Any other than mentioned

 

 

NOTE :


  1. Accommodation will be on twin / double sharing basis ( two people in a room )

  2. If you require information or help regarding travel arrangements to reach Srinagar or for return please feel free to call us. We can help you with the travel arrangements.

  3. Please not that the tour starts in Srinagar and ends in Leh OR Delhi (if you take the extension)

 

 

 

Extention will cost Rs 4000/- which includes Travel from Leh to Manali by SUV, One night stay at sarchu camp with breakfast and One night stay at Manali with breakfast. Extension is on cost price. 


Manali to Delhi we will most probably take a volvo but cost is not included in this as we can decide later and book according to the number of taking the extension trip. 

 

 

Altitude sickness :

Also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), altitude illness, hypobaropathy, or soroche—is a pathological effect of high altitude on humans, caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. It commonly occurs above 2,400 metres (8,000 feet). 

Mild Mountain Sickness could be experiences by people flying into Leh from the lowlands. This would result in some amount of dizzy ness and headache. So acclimatization to the altitude is important on the first day. Gradual altitude climb is better for the body to acclimatize but if you are flying into altitudes above 8000 meters one should be careful to relax and take it slow for the first couple of days. Intake of fluids is also helpful. Alcohol consumption at high altitudes can cause dehydration and headache. 

Diamox is a tablet for the treatment of mountain sickness.


GETTING TO SRINAGAR :


By Air : There are direct flights to Srinagar from Delhi. Srinagar is the start of our trip and participants must arrive at Srinagar on 8th September.

By Road : 

Delhi to Jammu ( Buses and Train ), Jammu to Srinagar- 7 hrs ( Jeeps and Buses ) 



 

 

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