Ladakh Festival Tour
Every year, the spirit of Ladakh is at its exuberant best for a few days; this is all because of the eagerly awaited and much acclaimed Ladakh festival. During the Ladakh festival, the streets of Leh are hives of excitement as they come alive wonderful dance, music and processions. During the days and nights of the festival you can notice the extroverted side of the people of Ladakh. Needless to say the Ladakh festival attracts thousands of people from around the world.
So be a part of the amazing Ladakh Festival.
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Warm traditional Indian welcome awaits you
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Arrival at the International airport in Delhi where you will be received by our representative with traditional Namaste and garland. You will be transferred to the pre-booked hotel. Rest of time will be spent in leisure, overnight stay at hotel.
Morning drive to Delhi airport to board flight for Srinagar where we will be transferred to a hotel.
Afternoon sightseeing of Srinagar includes visits to Mughal Gardens of Nishat Bagh and Shalimar Garden Bagh (Abode of Love) located on the bank of placid Dal Lake with the Zabarwan Mountains forming their background.
Nishat Bagh (Garden of bliss) was designed in 1633 AD by Asaf Khan, brother of Mughal emperor Jahangir’s favourite consort Nur Jahan. Commanding a stunning view of the lake and the snow-capped Pir Panjal mountain range, Nishat Bagh features water channels interspersed with fountains and tanks and rows of stately Chinar Trees.
The largest of the Mughal gardens in Kashmir, the famed Shalimar garden was built in 1619 by Jehangir, for his consort Nur Jehan. Shalimar Bagh is famous for offering stunning vistas.
Take a ride in the evening in the shikara wooden taxi boat for around 1 hour visiting in the Dal Lake visiting Char Chinar, an island in the Dal Lake as well as the floating vegetable gardens. You will also witness walnut woodcarving and papier-mâché making demonstration.
Overnight stay in Srinagar
After having early breakfast we will drive to Gulmarg which is 57 km southwest from Srinagar and it will take 1 and half hr. On the way we will stop for photo opportunities.
Located at an altitude of 2730 meters above sea level, Gulmarg, which literally means ‘Meadow of Flowers’, is endowed with nature’s bounty in the form of snow-capped Himalayan mountains, lakes and streams. Gulmarg, which is world famous Ski destination, is also alluring to the discerning golfers who come here to play golf in the world’s highest green golf course.
Gulmarg offers the stunning view of the soaring peaks of Nanga Parbat, the fifth highest peak in the world.
After having lunch we will take a thrilling ride in the Gondola cable car, one of the highest largest cable cars in the world. The ride in the Gondola ropeway through the pine covered slopes will take us from Gulmarg to Kongdoori situated as an altitude of 10,050 ft.
We will return back to Srinagar in the evening. Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel in Srinagar.
After having breakfast we will drive to Sonmarg which is 86 km northeast from Srinagar. The drive from Srinagar to Sonmarg is a bewitching experience with River Sindhu and scenic mountains as the backdrop.
Located at an altitude of 2730 metres, Sonmarg meaning “Meadow of Gold” is nestled in the spectacular landscape comprising soaring peaks, beautiful Alpine flowers, pine and Silver Birch trees. In fact, by visiting the mesmerizing hill station of Sonmarg you can enjoy one of the most wonderful natural wonders of the world.
We will proceed further to Kargil, 125 kms away, via Zojila Pass. Located at an altitude of 3528 metres Zojila Pass is the Himalayan gateway to Ladakh. On the way to Kargil, the second largest city in Ladakh, we will also visit the Drass sector which is a convenient base for making trek to Suru valley, Amarnath Caves and several other short treks. Drass is one of the coldest inhabited places in the world where the temperature drops down to as low as 50 degree Celsius in the winter.
Kargil is an ideal base for trekking to surrounding areas of the Drass valley, Suru valley and Zanskar region. Kargil was an important trading post on the Silk Route trading route.
After arriving at Kargil we will head towards Kargil war memorial, also known as the Vijaypath, built to honour the soldiers who fought bravely in the Kargil war in 1999 against Pakistan. An evening stroll through the streets and meeting local people will be a unique experience.
Overnight Stay in Kargil
After breakfast we will have a 70 km morning drive to Lamayuru
125 km from Leh, Lamayaru Gompa can be reached after crossing Fotu La, the highest point on the Srinagar-Leh road, this is the oldest sacred site in Ladakh. Lamayaru gompa was a Bon Shrine before it was converted into a Buddhist monastery.
One of the largest Tibetan monasteries in Ladakh region in Jammu and Kashmir, Lamayuru monastery belongs to the Red-Hat Sect of Buddhists. Its major highlights are beautiful wall paintings, statues of the Buddha and other Buddhist deities. The beautifully sculpted halls of the monastery are adorned by thangkas, murals, beautiful frescoes and frightening masks.
Overnight in Lamayuru
After having breakfast in the morning we will proceed to Uletopko which is 37 km away. After marveling at the awe-inspiring beauty of the place and interacting with the local populace we will head towards the millennium old Alchi Gompa. One of the most extraordinary gompas in Ladakh, the Alchi Gompa is located along the left bank of the Indus and is enshrined with scared relics of the saints and Buddhist texts. Situated in a quiet village the interiors of this five-temple gompa complex are adorned with vibrant and colorful murals as well as beautiful wooden figures. The dukhang or assembly hall houses an image of Avalokiteshvara made of pure gold.
Overnight in Uletopko
After breakfast we will drive 40km to reach Leh, the capital of Ladakh. After Arriving at Leh you will be transferred to the hotel. Later we will visit the local market and meet and mingle with the locals. In the evening you will participate in the most amazing and unique cultural extravaganza, the Ladakh Festival.
Leh fills to bursting during the Ladakh festival which has grown into a major tourist attraction in Ladakh. One of the highlights of the fair, which is held in the month of September 20-27, is the display of the finest of thangkas and handicrafts.
The performance of cultural troupes drawn from different parts of Ladakh dancing their way through the Leh Market, singing authentic fragrances & flavors of rich cuisines of Ladakh will surely captivate you.
Cham, a traditional dance, is organized during the festival.
After breakfast you will soak in the blissful energy of Ladakh festival and witness the several cultural programmes. After that leave for excursion to the monasteries of Shey and Thiksey.
15 km from Leh, Shey monastery is an important gompa in Ladakh. The masterpiece of the Shey monastery is a 7.5 meter statue of Champa or Maitreya Buddha in a seated position. Located on the way to Hemis monastery, the Shey gompa is perched on a hilltop and features a large victory stupa topped with pure gold.
After visiting Shey monastery we will proceed towards the Thiksey Gompa from where you can have wonderful views of the Indus Valley. Located 25km south of Leh on the top of a hill, Thiksey Gompa is architecturally, artistically and visually spectacular. The 12 story edifice consists of several temples from where you can have a wonderful views of the valley dotted with white stupas. The wall paintings of Thiksey Gompa are feast for the eyes.
After enjoying you lunch you will visit Shanti Stupa and Leh Palace.
Located on a hilltop to the west of Changspa, the brilliant white-domed stupa is one of the several world peace pagodas built by the Japanese Buddhists throughout the world. Built in 1991 the Shanti Stupa enshrines the relics of the Buddha. One can have unrivaled panoramic views of Leh and the rugged beauty of the surrounding landscape.
Leh Palace is a former royal palace overlooking the Ladakhi Himalayan town of Leh. Modelled on the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, the palace was built by King Sengge Namgyal in the 17th century in the grand tradition of Tibetan architecture.
Later in the evening you will once again join the festivities that mark the Ladakh festival.
Overnight in Leh
After having breakfast you will proceed to the Ladakh festival. Later we will explore the rich village life in the vicinities of Leh. You can also visit the local school and mingle with the students.
After returning to Leh we will once again be part of the Ladakh festival.
Overnight stay in Leh
After breakfast, leave for the tour of the surrounding localities around Leh.
Overnight in Leh
In the morning we will head towards the Leh airport to board flight for Delhi where you will indulge in sightseeing tour of India Gate, one of the principal attractions of Delhi. One of the most recognisable remnants of the British Raj, the monument was built as a memorial to commemorate the 70,000 India soldiers who died in World War I. Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens India Gate was completed in 1931. You will also drive pass Rashtrapati Bhawan, the official residence of the president of India, and Parliament.
After dinner you will drive to the Delhi airport for your onward departure.