11 Days Himalaya Travel Package

Delhi - Leh - Phyang - Spituk - Shey - Thiksey - Hemis - Alchi - Lamayuru - Kargil - Srinagar - Gulmarg - Delhi

11 days Himalaya Travel Package takes you to Ladakh and Kashmir in the Himalayas. In the Leh Ladakh tour, you will be visiting the different monasteries – Spituk, Shey, Thicksey, Hemis, Alchi, Lamayuru, etc., followed by a visit to the paradise on earth – Kashmir. Staying in a luxury houseboat in Srinagar and a visit to Gulmarg is like a dream come true! Breathe the fresh crispy Himalayan air and feel the difference.

Accomodation with breakfast, All transfers & city tours with air-conditioned vehicles.

1 Day 01:- Arrive at Delhi. Tour of Delhi monuments.

On your arrival in Delhi, you will be met by our representative and transferred to hotel. Delhi was the capital of Indraprastha and capital of the Pandavas during the Mahabharata. This magnificent city has been inhabited from the 6th century BC and has been a capital of many kingdoms. It has been destroyed and rebuilt many times and is called the "city of cities". Delhi's culture has been influenced by its different rulers and the city is full of beautiful monuments. The Mughal rulers influenced the food habits of the residents and Mughlai cuisine originated here. Due to the proximity of different states, all festivals are celebrated here. Old Delhi is a maze of small lanes and old buildings and New Delhi has large road with huge buildings. Delhi is the capital of India and is the hub for politics.

Your morning tour starts with Old Delhi, built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in 1639 AD. You will visit Raj Ghat where the father of our nation Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. You will be visiting the museum that was built to commemorate him. You will be driven past the iconic Red Fort and Chandni Chowk, a very popular and a busy market in Old Delhi to the next stop - Jama Masjid, one of the iconic, historic and largest mosques in India - built by Shah Jahan. A rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk could be quite interesting as this part of the city is quite crowded as it is full of shops. These numerous shops sell delicious mouth-watering food, clothes, jewels, household goods, etc. and are virtually a shopper's paradise.

In the afternoon, you will visit Qutub Minar, touted as India’s largest Minaret. Qutub Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was built in 1192 by Turk ruler Qutub-Ud-Din Aibak. You will then move forward to Humayun’s tomb, yet another UNESCO world heritage site. Your next stop is India Gate, built in memory of the Unknown Soldiers. You will be driven past the Parliament House, President’s House and other Government Secretarial Buildings, to your final destination that will be the Lakshminarayan Temple, a temple dedicated to Lakshmi and Lord Narayana. Overnight is in Delhi.

2 Day 02:- Fly from Delhi to Leh.

Transfer to airport in time for Leh flight. Arrive at Leh and transfer to hotel. As Leh is at an altitude of 3524 m, you will need this afternoon free for acclimatization. Ladakh was an important centre on the trade routes for centuries and the goods traded were salt, grain, cannabis, silk yarn etc and signifies an encampment of nomads. Ladakh which was earlier a part of the Kushana Empire lies between the Kunlun range and Himalayas and is inhabited by people of Indo-Aryan and Tibetan descent. With most of it over 3000 m, Ladakh is the highest plateau in Kashmir. The Siachen Glacier in the Karakoram Range is called the "Third Pole" and is one of the longest in the world's non polar areas. Leh is the largest town in Ladakh is one of the main centers of Buddhism. The population is of Buddhists and Shia Muslims. Overnight is in Leh.

3 Day 03:- Tour of Leh monuments.

This morning the Leh sight-seeing will take you the Leh Palace, Mosque and the bazaar. Leh Palace or the Royal Palace is a nine storey high, built by King Sengge Namgyal. It was the former home of the of the royal family of Ladakh and was built on the same lines as Potala Palace of Lhasa. In the 19th century, the rulers moved out of this palace to the Stok Palace due to the attack by Kashmiri forces. The ruler of Kashmir had helped Delegs Namgyal (1660–1685) and as payment demanded to have a large mosque built. This mosque has a fusion of Islamic and Tibetan architecture.

The afternoon excursion will take you to Phyang & Spituk Monasteries. Spituk Monastery was founded by Od-de in the 11th century with 100 monks and has a giant statue of Kali. The Gustor Festival is held from the 27th to the 29th day in the eleventh month of the Tibetan calendar every year and this statue is unveiled during the Spituk festival. Phyang Monastery was built in 1515 and belongs to the Drigungpa school and has sacred shrines, frescoes and a museum with a good collection of idols, thankas, firearms and weapons. The Gang-Sngon Tsedup Festival is held from the 17th day to the 19th day of the first month of the Tibetan calendar every year. Overnight is in Leh.

4 Day 04:- Tour to monuments near by Leh.

Your full day excursion will take you to the different monasteries - Shey, Thiksey and Hemis. Shey was the summer capital of Ladakh and the Shey Monastery and the palace were built in 1655 AD. The monastery is famous for its giant gold gilded copper statue of a seated Buddha. Permission is needed to visit the monastery. Shey Doo Lhoo festival takes place on the 26th and 27th day of the first month of the Tibetan calendar and Shey Rupla festival takes place to mark the harvesting season. Thikse Monastery a 12 storey complex is one of the largest monasteries, looks like the Potala Palace of Lhasa and houses stupas, statues, wall paintings, etc. It also has a 15 m high statue of the future Buddha "Maitreya". Gustor festival takes place from the 17th to 19th day of the ninth month of the Tibetan calendar every year. Hemis Monastery was build by Senge Nampar Gyalvain and is famous for its colorful festival which takes place in July. Overnight is in Leh.

5 Day 05:- Leh

You have a free day to enjoy the bazaars of Leh or to visit other nearby monasteries. If you wish for an adventure tour of Leh Ladakh, we would suggest you a soft trekking tour in this itinerary of Ladakh. Shanti Stupa on a hilltop in Changspa is a white-domed structure and was built by the Japanese to promote World Peace. Sankar Gompa of the Yellow Hat Sect is the residence of the Ladakh's head of Gelukpa Sect and has an image of the founder Tsong-kha-pa and also an image of Avalokitesvara with 1,000 arms and 11 heads. Soma Gompa is a large modern gompa. The War Museum shows the history related to the army operations in one of the most hostile terrain in the world. The Donkey Sanctuary is open throughout the day. Overnight is in Leh.

6 Day 06:-Drive from Leh to Alchi to Lamayuru to Kargil (224 kms).