Duration: 15 Nights / 16 Days
Destination Covered : Delhi - Agra - Leh - Chumathang - Tsomoriri - Korzok - Puga - Tsokar - Tanglangla - Khardongla Pass - Srinagar - Gulmarg - Delhi.
Explore the paradise on earth at this tour itinerary in which we bring a very rare-to-be-seen combo of famous tourist destination of North India i.e., Leh and Kashmir along with Agra and Delhi. Taj Mahal situated in Agra is listed in ‘Seven Wonders of the World’ and is a representative monument of India on the world stage. Every stone of this monument embodies the soul of eternal love shared by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan and his begum Mumtaz Mahal.
Starting from the monumental beauty of Delhi and Agra (India Gate, Qutub Minar, Red Fort, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri etc) up till the heaven like backdrops that Leh and Kashmir are embellished with, everything is just beyond words can explain. One can only experience the feeling of being here because any explanation given will fall short of appreciating the splendour of these places having a brilliance of their own kind.
This tour will start with your arrival at Delhi, the capital of India where you will be received by our officials. With the kind assistance of our officials you will transfer yourself to a pre-booked hotel where you relax for the whole day and spend your night at peace.
This day will be spent exploring entire Delhi with sites like Qutub Minar, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Humayun’s Tomb, Red Fort, Chandni Chowk, Connaught Place etc. Also you will be driven past India Gate which was constructed in the memory of Indian soldiers who lost their lives in World War I (thus its name- All India War Memorial) and central government admin buildings on Rajpath (including Parliament House and President’s house). Evening you will be having an option to see a spectacular Indian Dance Show or a light & sound show at Red Fort. Reposeful night stay at Delhi.
A comfortable drive will take you to Agra. A stoppage in between to visit Akbar’s Tomb in Sikandra. On arrival, transfer to hotel with the help of our representatives. Freshen up to gear up for an afternoon trip of Fatehpur Sikri. This city was left behind by Akbar because of complete water supply failure after embracing the crown of being the capital of Mughal Empire for some time. The herculean Buland Darwaza (world’s biggest gateway), Jama Masjid and Tomb of Sufi sint Sheikh Salim Chishti are the things that should be surely watched here. Return to the hotel for an overnight stay.
See the sunrise at Taj Mahal which looks splendid as the sun peeps through the main dome to rise up and lighten up the whole world. Come back to the hotel for having breakfast after which you check out and leave for Agra Fort. Agra Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site and it has several strikingly impressive constructions like Diwan-E-Aam, Diwan-E-Khas, Jahangir Palace etc. Also a probable visit to well maintained and manicured lawns of Ram Bagh. Road trip to transfer you back to Delhi afterwards. Check in to a hotel to relax in your private space and the night easing out.
Come morning and you will be transferred from Delhi to Leh by air. On reaching, you will be shifted to a hotel with the guidance of our officials. Entire day free for relaxation and evening you can go out for a stroll at the Leh Bazaar. Night stay at the hotel in Leh.
Venture out for exploring the monasteries here like the architecturally grand Gompa in Central Ladakh- Thikse monastery, Hemis Monastery ornamented with beautiful Gold and Silver stupas etc. On return journey back to the hotel, visit the Shey Palace. Overnight at Leh.
At the arrival of dawn, a drive will take you to Chumathang. From the Upshi roundabout, you will be driven to the road turning leftwards. Visit the hot water spring at Chumathang that has achieved fame due to its medicinal properties and healing bath for which people come here. Moving forward, you will be taken to Maha Bridge and Sumdah Village on the way to reach Tsomoriri lake. This picturesque lake hosts a number of exotic bird species to dwell around it. Check in to a camp on arrival. Night will be spent under the expansive starry sky of Tsomoriri in the tents.
Kick off your day with a visit to the scenic Korzok Village which has beautiful cultivations (one of the highest in the world) and its monastery. The monastery looks like an optical illusion. Noon free to relax at the lake. Dine and stay in the tents.
Check out from tents after which a road trip will follow. During the journey visit the Puga valley that’s famous for the shooting fountain. Resuming the trip after the short visit, drive over the Polokongka pass; visit Tsokar Lake (salt water lake, great deal of bird spotting can be done here), Thugke Gompa (Monastery) and proceed on to take the National Highway (running from Leh to Manali). Driving over the Tanglangla Pass (second highest pass over which motor can be driven), you reach Leh finally in the evening. Relaxing night stay at the hotel in Leh where you check in on your arrival.
Start your day with rafting in historical Indus River which will surely give an adrenaline rush to everyone on board. Rafting will start from Phe and will continue till Nimu. Afterwards, have a delicious steaming lunch at the back of Indus. Return back to the hotel where you enjoy a night stay in the ever tranquil surroundings of Leh.
This day’s schedule bears a visit to the Khardongla Pass. This is the highest motorable pass in the whole world, nearly 5600 metres above the sea level and this is the reason Gunnies Book has given it a place in the prestigious world records. Take the pleasure of the serene atmosphere and beautiful panoramic view of calm snow capped mountains from the top. Afternoon come back to the hotel in Leh. Overnight at Leh.
Board a flight from Leh to get transferred to Srinagar (flights available on Thursdays and Sundays only) on time. You will be warmly welcomed at the airport on arrival and will be shifted to a pre-booked houseboat. Popularly called as the ‘shikara’, day and night cruise on board the houseboat will be a heaven like experience for you.
Post breakfast, sightseeing tour of Srinagar visiting the edenic Mughal Gardens- Shalimar Bagh and Nishat Bagh, which are the largest and second largest Mughal Gardens respectively in Kashmir Valley. Followed by this will be a delicious steaming lunch at the houseboat and cruise at the lustrous Dal Lake which will be the highlight of this tour. Riding over the lake, the grand sky opening its arms over us looks paradisiacal. Night stay in the peaceful environs of the houseboat.
Spend complete day exploring Gulmarg which is a small hill station popular among the visitors for skiing in winters and for it possessing world’s highest golf course. Also one can enjoy Gondola ride (cable car ride) starting from Gulmarg to Khalinmarg viewing the all the snow covered areas pass like tiny objects under you. Evening return to Shikara for spending another night at peace.
Morning after breakfast, disembark the houseboat and reach airport in time to board the flight for Delhi. Receive welcome greetings from our staff at the Delhi airport and transfer to a hotel with their help. Day free for leisurely activities. Overnight stay at the hotel in Delhi.
You will picked from the hotel after check out and will be dropped at the airport in Delhi to fly back home. At the airport, we bid you a hearty farewell and wish you a safe journey for the onward destination.