Moguls and Monks

Duration         14 Nights15 days


Tour itinerary:


Day 1.     Morning arrive Srinagar/Bus/airport meet and greet at point of arrival.Transfer to , transfer to Houseboat for overnight.  Afternoon Morning a 2hr boat ride (Shikara) takes you on a relaxing sight seeing Tour of interior parts of the calm and palacide waters of DalLake.Nice vigneties of  life on the Lake.Overnight in Houseboat.

 

Day 2: Morning Mughal Garden and Shankarcharya temple. Afternoon visit Mughal  Gardens.Maticularly laid out by the Great Mughals.A visit  Parimahal,Chemashahi (Royal spring) ,Nishat Bagh (Pleasure Bagh),Shalimar Bagh(The Abode of Love is a must).  Followed by visit Shankaracharya Temple.The  8th century Temple atop on a 1000fts hillock on the bank of DalLake offers panameric view of Srinagar township with its Lakes,HariParbat Fort,The Jhelum river and the majestic Himalayas and PirPanjal Mountains range over night in house-boat.


Day 3: Early morning visit Dachigam wild life sanctuary. After noon visit city and walk on Bund to enjoy beauty of river Jehlum like(Shimla Mall road).Over night in House-boat.

Day 4. Monning drive KHEER BHAWANI TEMPLE. And world famous Manasbal lake. Return Srinagarover night in House-boat.


KHEER BHAWANI TEMPLE: (27kms)
The temple, in the middle of a spring,and most sacred to Kashmiri Pandits is amongs the living Hindu heritage sites in Kashmir. It symbolized the godess Ragnya Devi belive to be another form of DurgaMata and is affectionately known as Kheer Bhawain because of the tradition of offering "kheer" by large number of devotees to the sacred spring. It is said that before a catastrophe in Kashmir the spring water turns black.


Day 5: Morning drive 156 kms to Phalgam. An Alpine valley along the Liddar river is 98 kms from    Srinagar enroute visit the impressive ruins of Stone Temples built by King Avanti Varman in the 10th Century A.D. Martand Temples, Check in hotel for overnight evening free for personal activities.

Day 6. Optional nature walk/drive by local vehicle to Aru a deep high altitude sphere valley or horse ridding up to Batab Valley. Overnight in hotel at Phalgam.

Day 7: Morning 147kms to Gulmarg. Gulmarg boosts of the highest golf course in the world have a spectacular view of the towering mountains including Nanga Parbat and other peaks In Winter Gulmarg   offers top class skiing activities.

 



OPTIONAL Gondola ride take a cable car ride to the top of Apharwart hills view Nomadic Gujar huts dotting the hillside. Overnight in hotel.

Day 8:  Morning drive 130kms to Sonmarg at  the alt of 2743mtrs.Sonmarg is located North East  of Srinagar  Properly known as the "Golden meadow". It's wild and virgin valley of  meadows and woodlands.Over night in Hotel at Sonmarg...

Optional: Rafting l visit Thajwas glacier from Sonmarg take 1hrs side trip by Ponies/nature walk  to Thajwas glacier dipping into the valley of birch forest. Over night in hotel

Day 9:  Early morning drive Kargil altitude of 3200 mts. via, Matyan and Drass village (2nd inhabit coldest place in the world) Arrive Kargil check in Hotel for overnight.Eveing Rest and acclimatization.      .

Day 10.  Mukbek, like Bamyan.(Afghan) stle Maitreya Morning  drive for Alchi 185 Km  en route visit  Mulbekh famous for Maitreya Statue an image  of future Buddha. Craved from the face of rock, after crossing Fotula(4147m) and Namikala(3760m) visit Lamayuru Monastery  the    location of this monastery  is a 1550Mt's from Indus river in a spectacularly sited.  Two hrs drive along rivers Indus will bring us to  Alchi Monastery located majestically on the bank of river Indus(Name India derivers from this sacred river INDUS).it is superb example of rare Kashmiri  and Tibetan style wood Carving check in hotel for overnight

 

Day 11 Early visit Alchi monastery to attend Puja ceremony and drive to Leh for over night 3400mts Captail of Ladakh, Afternoon visit local marketLeh Palace and Shanti Stupa Over night in hotel.   



Day 12. Morning full day sightseeing of Shey, Thiksey Hemis monasteries. Overnight hotel in Leh.


Day 13. Free for personal activities Optional nature walk in Sabu village.

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