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Snapshot Of Zanskar 10D/9N

Jammu & Kashmir, Kargil
INR 38,600.00
Holiday Overview

Begin your journey at Srinagar and proceed to Kargil via Srinagar-Leh Highway. Enjoy a short halt at Sonmarg where you can enjoy a pony ride to Thajiwas glacier. Notice the gradual change in the colours of the mountains as you travel to Kargil. Cross the Zozilla pass & Drass region. Visit the Zozilla War memorial & Kargil War memorial on the way to pay tribute to the Indian Army. Take some memorable snaps of Tololing, Tiger Hill and the war memorial in Drass. Drive to Rangdum. Enroute, visit Dhamsna a scenic picnic spot on the banks of Suru River. Enjoy the scenery of the Suru valley on the way to Rangdum. Proceed to Penzila Pass to catch the spectacular view of the Darang Durang Glacier. Drive to Alchi via Batalik Sector and enjoy the scenery on the way and admire the spectacular views from Hamboting La pass. Visit the Aryan villages and admire the unique Aryan culture prevailing from the time of the Greek Legend-Alexander. Proceed to Lamayuru and admire the Moonlandscape and scenic views on the way. Proceed to Nubra Valley via Khardung la pass. Enroute, admire the spectacular views of the never ending snow-capped mountain ranges around Khardung la Pass. Proceed to Diskit & Hunder Villages and monasteries. Take a stroll around the place to see the lifestyle of people living at the northernmost region of India. Further visit Shey, Thiksey, Hemis and Sindhu Ghat and then proceed to Pangong via Changla Pass. Drive back to Leh and visit the Shanti Stupa and Leh market.

START POINT SRINAGAR
END POINT LEH
TRIP GRADE -
Holiday Highlights
  • Sonmarg
  • Zozilla War Memorial & Kargil War Memorial
  • Tololing, Tiger Hill and the war memorial in Drass
  • Dhamsna and Buddha Statue
  • Penzila Pass
  • Hamboting La pass and Lamayuru monastery
  • Nubra Valley and Khardung la pass
  • 16th Century Mosque and ruined fort of Dhards
  • Diskit & Hunder Villages
  • Shey, Thiksey, Hemis and Sindhu Ghat
  • Pangong Lake and Changla Pass
  • Shanti Stupa and Leh market
Getting There
By Air

The nearest airport is at Leh, which is well connected to Delhi, Jammu, Srinagar, Chandigarh and several other cities in India. From the Leh airport, one can hire a cab to cover rest of the journey.

By Rail

The nearest railway station to Leh is Jammu Tawi which is approx. 700 km from Ladakh and also well connected with major cities such at Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai. From Jammu one can take a direct flight from jammu or hire a taxi or bus to cover the rest of the distance.

By Road

Private Coaches and taxis can be hired from Jammu Tawi to reach Srinagar. Srinagar is linked by the National Highway 1A to the rest of the country. J & K State Road Transport Corporation operates comfortable buses from Jammu. The Jammu-Srinagar road passes through majestic mountain passes, with fields stretching out to the sides and lined with towering trees.


Day 1
Srinagar - Kargil

On arrival at Srinagar (on your own), you will be greeted by our Local Representative who will transfer you to Kargil via Srinagar Leh Highway. Enjoy a short halt at Sonmarg (Known as gateway to Ladakh & the Meadow of Gold) to admire the views. One can enjoy a pony ride to Thajiwas glacier. Notice the gradual change in the colours of the mountains as you travel to Kargil. Cross the Zozilla pass & Drass region. Visit the Zozilla War memorial & Kargil War memorial on the way to pay tribute to the Indian Army. It was in this very region in which the Indian Army fought and won the famous war of Kargil. Take some memorable snaps of Tololing, Tiger Hill and the war memorial in Drass. Overnight stay in Kargil.

Meals - Dinner
Day 2
Kargil - Rangdum

After breakfast, proceed to Rangdum. Enroute visit Dhamsna (A scenic picnic spot on the banks of Suru River). Proceed a bit further to catch the spectacular view of the Nun Kun Peaks in the Suru Valley. Enjoy the scenery of the Suru valley on the way to Rangdum. On arrival, check-in to the hotel. Later visit the Rangdum monastery. Overnight stay in Rangdum.

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 3
Rangdum- Kargil

After breakfast, proceed to Penzila Pass to catch the spectacular view of the Darang Durang Glacier (The point of origin of Zanskar River). After taking some breath-taking snaps of the scenic surroundings, proceed to Kargil. Overnight stay in Kargil.

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 4
Kargil - Alchi Via Batalik

After an early breakfast, proceed to Alchi via Batalik Sector. Enjoy the scenery on the way and admire the spectacular views from Hamboting La pass (13300 feet). Visit the Aryan villages (Dha & Hanu) to admire the unique Aryan culture prevailing from the time of the Greek Legend-Alexander and visit Lamayuru monastery (The oldest monastery in Ladakh). Overnight stay in Alchi.

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 5
Alchi - Leh

After breakfast, proceed to Lamayuru (the oldest monastery in Ladakh). Admire the Moonlandscape and scenic views on the way. Return back to Leh for an overnight stay.

Meals - Breakfast & Dinner
Day 6
Leh - Nubra Valley

After breakfast, proceed to Nubra Valley (Known as the Valley of Flowers and the warmest region in Ladakh) via Khardung la pass. This road is considered to be the highest motorable road of the world. Enroute, admire the spectacular views of the never ending snow-capped mountain ranges around Khardung la Pass (18,390 feet). After spending some time at Khardung la, proceed to Nubra. On arrival check-in to the hotel. Enjoy Camel Safari in the evening. Overnight stay in Nubra.

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 7
Nubra Valley (Local SightSeeing) & Back To Leh

After breakfast, visit Diskit & Hunder Villages and monasteries. Take a stroll around the place to see the lifestyle of people living at the northernmost region of India. Return back to Leh via Khardung la pass. Overnight stay in Leh.

Meals - Breakfast & Dinner
Day 8
Leh - Pangong Lake

After an early breakfast, visit sightseeing places like Shey, Thiksey, Hemis and Sindhu Ghat and then proceed to Pangong via Changla Pass (17,586 feet), the third highest pass of the world. Pangong Lake is a salt water body of 120 km in length and 6-7 km broad at the longest point. It is bisected by the international border between India & China (2/3 of the lake is in China’s possession). Visit the exact location of the famous movie “Three idiots” & enjoy outing along the banks of the lake. Overnight stay in Pangong.

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 9
Pangong Lake - Leh

After breakfast, retuen back to Leh. Visit Shanti Stupa and Leh market in the evening. Overnight stay in Leh.

Meals - Breakfast & Dinner
Day 10
Departure From Leh

After breakfast check-out from the hotel. Our Local Representative will transfer you to Leh Airport for departure according to the flight timings after an ever memorable holiday in Ladakh.

Meals - Breakfast
Dates
Tour Validity Valid From Valid Upto
Validity 01/06/2017 31/12/2018
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Prices
Season Price Category 2 pax 4 pax 6 pax Ex. Adult Child w. Bed Child w/o Bed Single
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Accommodation Options
Destination Standard Deluxe Super Deluxe
kargil
  • Budget hotel
  • Budget Hotel
  • Budget Hotel
Nubra Valley
  • Swiss Tent
  • Deluxe Tent
  • Deluxe Tent
Rangdum
  • Camp stay
  • Deluxe Camp
  • Deluxe Camp
Alchi
  • Swiss Tent
  • Deluxe Tent
  • Deluxe Tent
Pangong Lake
  • Swiss Tent
  • Deluxe Tent
  • Deluxe Tent
Leh
  • Guest House
  • Home stay
  • Budget Hotel
  • 2 Star Hotel
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Whats Included
  • Assistance on arrival at airport
  • Accommodation in well appointed rooms
  • Welcome drink on arrival at Hotel
  • Meals inclusive of Daily Breakfast & Dinner
  • All transportation by Indigo/similar car for 02 -03 Pax & Xylo/Innova/similar for 04-06 Pax
  • All Sightseeing & Transportation as per the Itinerary, inclusive of all toll, taxes and driver allowances
Whats Excluded
  • Air fare / train fare.
  • Guide, camera charges & Monuments Entrance fees during sightseeing.
  • Expenses of personal nature such as meals, tips, telephone calls, laundry, liquor, Insurance etc.
  • Supplement will be applicable for Single occupancy.
  • Any other item not specified in the Package Inclusions.
  • Govt. Service tax @ 9% will be applicable on the total bill.
Cancellation Policy
  • 10% of the total tour cost beyond 30 days of the tour departure date
  • 25% of the total tour cost between 15 days to 30 days of the tour departure date
  • 50% of the total tour cost between 17 days to 15 days of the tour departure date
  • No refund for cancellation within 07 days from the tour departure date
Terms and Conditions
  • Packages are valid up to 31st Dec 2018 ** (Except Long Weekend) **
  • Govt. Service tax @ 9% will be applicable on the total bill.
  • Vehicle and Transportation will be as per itinerary only and not at disposal.
  • Refund on cancellation depends upon the above cancellation policy.
  • The Seller Reserves the right to change/modify or terminate the offer any time at its own discretion and without any prior notice.
  • Supplementary charges will apply for booking falling during Long weekends, Public Holidays and Festival time such as Diwali, Christmas & New Year period.
  • As per Govt. norm Guests are required to present your photo ID Proof such as PAN Card, Passport, Voter ID or Driving License at the time of Check in at the hotel.
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Kindly find below the additional activities that can be availed at an additional cost:

  • Professional Tourist Guide @ INR 1540 per day
  • Camel Safari @ INR 1100 per day
  • River Rafting in Indus (Phey to Nimo) @ INR 1870 per person (25th June to 30thAugust only)
  • Cultural program @ INR 8250 per day
Areas Covered

Srinagar - Srinagar is the summer capital of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It lies in the Kashmir Valley, on the banks of the Jhelum River, a tributary of the Indus.[3] The city is famous for its gardens, lakes and houseboats. It is also known for traditional Kashmiri handicrafts and dried fruits.

Kargil - Kargil is situated about 204 kms from Srinagar in the west and 234 kms from Leh in the east, is the second largest urban centre of Ladakh and headquarters of the district of same name. The town lies nestling along the rising hillside of the lower Suru basin. It is famous for the fine apricots grown here. In May the entire countryside becomes awash with fragrant white apricot blossoms while August, the ripening fruit lends it an orange hue.

Rangdum - Rangdum is the farthest and the most isolated part of the Suru Valley. Rangdum is an elliptical expanded plateau surrounded by colourful hills on the one side and glacier encrusted rocky mountains on the other side. The chief attraction of this area is an imposing 18th century Buddhist monastery with about 40 monks in residence. Perched picturesquely atop a centrally rising hillock which is entrenched around by the bifurcated course of a wild mountain stream, the Rangdum monastery has the aura of an ancient fortification guarding a mystical mountain valley.

Alchi - The village of Alchi is situated around 70 kms. from Leh on the left banks of the Indus river. The village Alchi differentiates itself from other villages of Ladakh because it is lush green. The main centre of attraction in the Alchi village is the Alchi Monastery or Alchi Gompa (monastery and temple complex), on the banks of the Indus river. Alchi is regarded as one of the most important Buddhist centers in Ladakh and also as the monastic jewels of Ladakh

Nubra Valley - The Nubra Valley, once on the trading route that connected eastern Tibet with Turkistan via the famous Karakoram Pass has been opened recently to the tourists. Dotted around the valley are ancient gompas and ruined palaces and villages are close enough together to make this magnificent walking country. The main attraction of the Nubra valley is Bactarian Camels (double hump Camel).

Khardongla Pass - At an elevation of 18,379 ft, Khardung La is the world's highest motorable road and serves as gateway to Shyok and Nubra valleys in Ladakh. Located in Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir, the high mountain pass is in the Karakoram Range north of Leh. The pass offers amazing views of the valley and the roads winding up the mountain. The pristine air, scenic vistas and the feeling of being on top of the world have made Khardung La a popular tourist attraction.

Leh - Leh was the capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh, now the Leh district in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Dotted with stupas and crumbling mud-brick houses, the Old Town is dominated by a dagger of steep rocky ridge topped by an imposing Tibetan-style palace and fort. Here, gushing streams and narrow footpaths link traditionally styled Ladakhi buildings with flat roofs, sturdy walls and ornate wooden window frames.

Pangong Lake - Situated at a height of about 13,900 ft, the name Pangong is a derivative of the Tibetan word Banggong Co meaning "long, narrow, enchanted lake". One third of the lake is in India while the remaining two thirds lies in Tibet, which is controlled by China. Majority of the streams which fill the lake are located on the Tibetan side. The first glimpse of the serene, bright blue waters and rocky lakeshore remains etched in the memory of tourists. There is a narrow ramp-like formation of land running into the lake which is also a favourite with tourists. - Situated at a height of about 13,900 ft, the name Pangong is a derivative of the Tibetan word Banggong Co meaning "long, narrow, enchanted lake". One third of the lake is in India while the remaining two thirds lies in Tibet, which is controlled by China. Majority of the streams which fill the lake are located on the Tibetan side. The first glimpse of the serene, bright blue waters and rocky lakeshore remains etched in the memory of tourists. There is a narrow ramp-like formation of land running into the lake which is also a favourite with tourists.

Shey - The old capital of Ladakh, Shey is situated in the upper Indus valley in Jammu and Kashmir in north India. It lies on the route between Leh and Hemis Monastery, 15 km from Leh. Currently, the palace serves as a centre of Buddhism and houses the Shey monastery. It has the largest golden Buddha statue. It covers almost three floors of the monastery. Painting on the walls, murals and sculptures of Buddha is worth seeing.

Thicksey Monastery - Thicksey Gompa is huge and and is built up the side of a rock rising from the flood plain of the Indus. It has been described as one of the finest examples of Ladakhi religious architecture and one of the most beautiful. 
The building has twelve levels which ascend the hillside with the red painted chief lama's private residence at the top. Below, the white monastery buildings tumble down the hillside with temples and rooms where the monks live.

Hemis Monastery - Hemis Monastery is revered as the largest monastic institution in Ladakh district of Jammu and Kashmir in north India. The monastery has more than 200 branches with more than 1,000 monks in the Himalayan region. Situated in the foothills of Indus at a distance of 45 km from Leh, the monastery has access to motorable roads. Travelling to Hemis monastery itself is a thrilling experience and the surroundings make the journey a memorable one.

Shopping And Entertainment

Shopping in Ladakh can be a wonderful experience. Some of the important shopping hubs are as follows:

Leh - Shopping in Leh is an experience in itself as the main bazaar gets full with souvenir shops and boutiques during peak tourist season. Though mostly selling Ladakhi and Tibetan handicrafts, the shops are largely owned by Kashmiri traders. There is also a cluster of shops in Leh that sell carpets, handicrafts, and curios from the Kashmir valley. Souvenirs on sale include local household items like the tea and chang vessels, cups, butter churns, knitted carpets with Tibetan design, jewellery, semi-precious stones like turquoise, coral, prayer flags, musical instruments, and dance masks. The main markets in Leh are Tibetan Market off Old Leh Road for clothes and Moti Market near the Leh bus stand.

Ladakh - Popular items with tourists are Pashmina shawls, stoles and other Pashmina wool garments. Locally handmade woolen socks, gloves, caps and sweaters are a favorite of tourists in Ladakh. Tibetan handicraft items including prayer wheels, Buddhist masks and Thangka paintings can be purchased in Ladakh. Tibetan silver jewelry and traditional Ladakhi jewelry with turquoise are also popular with tourists. Apricots that grow abundantly in Ladakh are another popular gift that you can take back as a delicious souvenir of your trip to Ladakh. The main markets in Ladakh are the Ladakh Art Palace on the Main Bazaar Road,Tibetan Handicraft Emporium on the Main Bazaar Road, Ladakh Environment and Health Organization on the Main Bazaar Road,Tibetan Handicraft Community Showroom in Choglamsar and the Cottage Industries Exposition in Changspa.

Money- The currency of India is Indian Rupees (INR). The currency exchange departments are present in almost every Indian city. You can also exchange your currency in 5 star and 4 star hotels, no other currency is valid except for Indian currency (INR).

Best time to Visit- It is pleasant in Ladakh during the months of May till the end of September. However the remote trek routes open up only by June. Another reason to visit Ladakh during the summers is that the Buddhist Monasteries or gompas celebrate their annual festivals at this time of the year.

Travel Kit- Woolen clothes suitable for winters, camera.

Emergency Numbers-
HOSPITALS: Sonam Norbu Hospital 01982-253626 24-Hour Pharmacy 01982-252160
TOURISM OFFICE: Director Tourism Leh-(Ladakh) 01982-252297 01982-252095
POLICE: SHO- Leh 01982-252018 01982-252283

Language- Ladakhi is the most common language spoken by the people. Likewise, Purik and Tibetan are also spoken by the communities. Apart from these languages english and hindi are also commonly spoken languages.

Drugs- Heavy penalties including imprisonment for possession of narcotic drugs.

Temple Codes- It is advisable to dress conservatively in temples.

Smoking- Smoking is banned in public places.

Festivals and Fairs -Ladakh festival and various monastery festivals are the prominent festivals in Ladakh that are celebrated with much fervor and fanfare all over Ladakh. Some of the important festivals and fairs are as follows:

• Ladakh Festival: A week long cultural festival organized by the government to promote the region's unique heritage. The Ladakh Festival focuses on the different aspects of Ladakhi life, its art, crafts and culture, its music and dance. The festival features processions, archery contests, polo matches, music and dance performances, as well as a parade of traditional Ladakhi costumes.

• Monastery Festivals: The Buddhist monasteries play a pivotal role in the life of the community and each monastery celebrates its festival with the usual prayer for the well being of the community and the universe. The festival at the monasteries of Shey and Thikse fall within a few weeks of each other and include invocations and prayers.

• The Metukba Festival: Is held in July, the Shey Shublas, the harvest festival comes in August. Next comes the Thikse festival that is celebrated with a fair held in the monastery grounds.

• The two-day Nagrang Festival is held during Losar (February), part of the Tibetan New Year celebrations.

• Hemis Festival: In the warm summer month of June (or sometimes in July), when the weather is perfect for a gala event, the Hemis Festival is held - it is an explosion of noisy music, blaring trumpets, masked dances, dragon dances and plenty of cultural activity.

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