state of Jammu and Kashmir is known all over the world for its
beauty and charm. This state is a very large state, only slightly
smaller than the British islands and
has three distinct entities with different climates, flora and fauna
In the Kashmir and North India Tour you will visit Delhi, Amritsar,
Dharamshala, Jammu, Srinagar, Pahalgam and Leh. This tour covers 14
days and 13 nights.
Day 01. Flight to India (Delhi)
Around Midnight arrival in Delhi. The cosmopolitan City and capital
Delhi is the main gateway for travelers. You are met by an Indo
Vacations representative and transferred to your Hotel.
Day 02. Old - New Delhi
We will start our day with the sightseeing in Old Delhi. We take a
Rickshaw ride parallel to the Red Fort through the old city and
famous Silk Road and Silver Bazaar. Sightseeing of Old Delhi
includes "Rajghat", the place where
Mahatma Gandhi was cremated and
Jama Masjid, the great mosque of old Delhi. Today we also visit the
famous "Humayun's Tomb" which is the first substantial example of
Mughal architecture in India and "Qutub Minar" which is 71 meter
high and was constructed in 1199. Before we proceed to the Hotel we
have a drive through New Delhi where we see the
India Gate, Government Buildings and Embassies.
Day 03. Delhi - Amritsar (about 450 km by train)
In the morning we start our train journey by Shatabdi Express and
proceed to Amritsar. Amritsar (meaning pool of Nectar) lies in the
northern state of Punjab and is famous for its Golden Temple. We
visit the Golden Temple to know more about the native Sikh
population of the state Punjab. Sikhs are meanwhile scattered in
whole of India and are easily recognizable through their mighty
Day 04. Amritsar - Dharamsala (about 200 km)
Today we leave Dharamshala and drive through the lower mountains of Himalaya to Dharamshala. Dharamshala has one of the most spectacular
settings for a Hill Station as it varies in height from 1200 m. to
1800 m. In Dharamshala, there is a strong Tibetan influence. The
Dalai Lama settled here after the Chinese invasion of
Tibet in 1959.
There is a monastery at Mcleodganj a short distance along from the
Dalai's Lama's residence. We have a walk through Mcleodganj and
visit a Tibetan monastery, the church of St. John and a school
Day 05. Dharamsala - Jammu (about 190 km)
Along the snow covered mountains of mighty Himalayas we drive from
Dharamshala to Jammu. The city of Jammu is the second largest in the
state and is the winter capital of the government. The old town of
Jammu overlooks the river Tawi. In Jammu we visit the Raghunath
Temple of the 19th century and Ranbireswar-Temple which is dedicated
to God Shiva. We also visit the Dogra Art Gallery which is famous
for its miniature paintings. Jammu is basically the Homeland of Dogra, the Rajput clan of the hill region in the north of the Ravi
Day 06. Jammu – Srinagar (by air)
In the morning arrive at Srinagar airport or railway station.
Srinagar has been described by some visitors as the Venice of the
East. This beautiful city was established by Emperor Ashoka some
2300 years ago. A unique charm of Srinagar is its 1300 or more
houseboats, the floating little hotels on the edge of the Dal Lake.
Upon arrival you will be met by our representative and transferred
to the house boat. Rest of the day free for leisure to explore the
beautiful surroundings in Srinagar.
Day 07. Srinagar
Today we start our sightseeing in Srinagar. Today we visit the
famous Mughal gardens in Srinagar. In the Mughal gardens first of
all you will view the Chashma Shahi. Chashma Shahi means the Royal
Spring and is dedicated to the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. The spring
waters are believed to have curative properties. After visiting the
Chashma Shahi we visit the Nishat and Shalimar Mughal Gardens.
Nishat is the larger of the two gardens and has an impressive
plantation of Chenar trees on its highest terrace. Both the gardens
are built on a symmetrical plan of central waterways with fountains
dividing a series of gardened terraces. In the evening we visit the
Shankaracharya Temple. This temple is located on a sharp hill, 1,000
feet high and houses a small temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It was
built in memory of the great Shankaracharya who came to Kashmir from
Kerala to revive Hinduism. From the top of the hills, you would be
able to have a panoramic view of the Kashmir Valley. After visiting
the temple we drive back to our house boat.
Day 08. Srinagar - Pahalgam - Srinagar (about 194 km)
In the morning after breakfast drive to Pahalgam.
located about 97 km from Srinagar. On the way we pass through pine
forest and also visit the saffron fields. Pahalgam is the popular
hill resort of the Kashmir valley. Pahalgam is situated at a height
of 7,200 feet. The flora and fauna is good and the scenery in
Pahalgam is captivating. It is from Pahalgam that the pilgrims often
take a Amarnath Yatra. In Pahalgam one can have a walk to Baisaren,
which is about 2 km from Pahalgam. A small village, set in pine and
fir forest is pleasing and offers good view. After visiting Pahalgam
we drive back to Srinagar.
Day 09. Srinagar
Whole day at your disposal. As per your wish optional excursions are
Shrinagar House Boat
Day 10. Srinagar - Leh (by air)
In the morning a short flight brings us to Leh, the capital of
Ladakh. Due to its altitude (3500 m.) Ladakh is also known as the
roof of the world. Leh was an important place in the historical
times on the silk road to central Asia. The rest of the day is at
leisure to acclaim ourselves to this high altitude of
Day 11. Leh
In the noon we visit Leh Palace. Leh Palace in the NW has been
described as a miniature version of
Lhasa's Potala palace, with
which this 17th century building is contemporary. This Potala
(palace) rises up like mountain. From the town below it is dazzling
in the morning sun and ghostly at night. We enjoy the wonderful view
of the city and beautiful surroundings from the roof of the palace.
This palace was built by the King Singe Namagyal and still owned by
the royal family. At present is this palace not occupied as the
royal family resides in the other palace in stock.
Day 12. Leh Excursion: Spituk, Phyang
Today we start our day by visiting the monastery Spituk.
monastery (15. Century) is 8 km from Leh and is situated on a
hilltop overlooking the Indus. Spituk valley has an enormous statue
of Kali whose face is unveiled once a year during the Spituk
festival. This monastery also contains an ancient collection of
masks. 135 yellow capped monks resides in this monastery. After the
visit of Spituk we shall proceed to the Gompa Phyang which is a
traditional monastery setting for a spectacular religious festival
with masked dancing. There are 50 red capped monks residing here.
Day 13. Leh Excursion: Tikse, Shey
Today we start our excursion by visiting the monastery of Tikse.
Tikse is one of the most imposing monastery in Ladakh. The monastery
has 12 stories, 10 temples, a nunnery and 60 lamas in residence. It
contains numerous stupas, statues, tankhas, wall painting and a
large pillar engraved with the teaching of
Buddha. We can also see
here a collection of Tibetan scripts. After the visit of Tikse we
visit the village of Shey on the eastern bank of the Indus. Shay was
the royal residence and was located at an important vantage point in
the Indus valley. It has a large victory stupa which is topped with
Day 14. Leh - Delhi (by flight)
In the early noon flight to Delhi. In the night transfer to the
international airport for the flight to home destination.
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Services of qualified local guides (English speaking
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Transfers and departures on arrival and departure by Indo
All Transfers and Sightseeing throughout the tour by an
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