Srinagar Kargil Leh Tour
Overview The Srinagar-Kargil-Leh tour offers a mesmerizing journey through the picturesque landscapes of the Indian Himalayas. Starting in Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir, this 300-kilometer-long trip is a dream come true for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike. The journey commences in Srinagar, renowned for its serene Dal Lake, lush Mughal gardens, and traditional houseboats. Tourists can relish a shikara ride on the tranquil waters of the lake and explore the vibrant local markets for authentic handicrafts and delicious Kashmiri cuisine. Leaving behind the tranquil beauty of Srinagar, the trip ventures into the rugged terrains of Kargil. This…
The Srinagar-Kargil-Leh tour offers a mesmerizing journey through the picturesque landscapes of the Indian Himalayas. Starting in Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir, this 300-kilometer-long trip is a dream come true for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike.
The journey commences in Srinagar, renowned for its serene Dal Lake, lush Mughal gardens, and traditional houseboats. Tourists can relish a shikara ride on the tranquil waters of the lake and explore the vibrant local markets for authentic handicrafts and delicious Kashmiri cuisine.
Leaving behind the tranquil beauty of Srinagar, the trip ventures into the rugged terrains of Kargil. This region holds historical significance as it was the site of the infamous Kargil War. Visitors can pay their respects at the Kargil War Memorial and gain insight into the valor of Indian soldiers.
From Kargil, the road meanders towards Leh, the jewel of Ladakh. Located at a breathtaking altitude, Leh captivates travelers with its awe-inspiring landscapes, ancient monasteries, and vibrant culture. Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, and Hemis Monastery are must-visit attractions that offer a glimpse into the region’s rich heritage.
The real charm of this tour lies in the enthralling journey through the world’s highest motorable passes, such as Khardung La and Fotu La. The winding roads surrounded by towering mountains present an unforgettable experience for adventure enthusiasts and photographers alike.
Besides the captivating views, the region’s unique culture and warm hospitality add to the trip’s allure. Travelers can interact with the friendly locals, partake in traditional festivals, and savor Ladakhi delicacies like thukpa and momos.
However, due to the high altitude and rugged terrain, travelers must acclimatize gradually to prevent altitude sickness. It is advisable to carry essential medications, warm clothing, and proper equipment.
Conclusion and Summary
In conclusion, the Srinagar-Kargil-Leh tour is a soul-stirring expedition that allows travelers to soak in the natural beauty and cultural richness of the Indian Himalayas. From serene lakes to majestic mountains, this trip promises an unforgettable adventure that will leave visitors in awe of Mother Nature’s grandeur.
Himalayas simply conjure up – an “image” – satellite of magnificent snow covered peaks – remoteness / alpine green valleys / high altitude passes. Our Royal Enfield Motorbike Safari is to the saddle of Buddhist culture in Ladakh, living in harmony with harsh climatic conditions in the Higher Himalayas. This motorbike safari is one of the best activities to participate in a holiday catering pure unadulterated pleasure & taking the challenge of the intricacies of riding your 350cc motorcycle in the High Himalayas. This motorbike safari is initiated in the alpine valleys of Manali, to ascend high Mountain passes in the Zanskar & Ladakh ranges. The safari involves cross country ride of Changthang area, burning out energies at Pangong Tso Lake, the highest in the region & not to forget the Bactrian camel on the ancient silk route of Nubra Valley at the foothills of the world’s highest battlefield. We will be crossing High altitude Passes – Rohtang Jot – 3978 M; Baralacha La (pass) – 4830 M; Lachulung La – 5060 M & (Suraj Tal Lake); Tanglang La – 5360 M; Chang La – 5262 M ; Khardung La – 5602 M
On arrival our office representative will meet and drive you to your hotel/houseboat from the airport. Afternoon / Evening we will check the all the equipment as well as bikes. Later we can do some ride by bikes Srinagar. Overnight Stay at hotel/Houseboat in Srinagar.
After breakfast, continue your adventurous motorbike riding to Kargil, 204 km approx from Srinagar. Pass across Drass village (world’s second coldest region after sebria), Zojila Pass (Gateway of Ladakh), Sonamarg (Meadow of gold), halt at Sonamarg for refreshment then continue to Srinagar. Check inn hotel in Kargil. Do sightseeing in Kargil and overnight stay at hotel in Kargil.
After breakfast we start from Kargil to Lamayuru and around 40 Kms down the road is the town of Mulbek, a sleepy town which many would pass through without knowing the fact that next to the road is a statue of Maitreya, the future Buddha. It is believed that the 9 meter high statue carved out of solid rock was built in 7th or 8th century. Although one is not allowed to take photographs of the statue, the statue itself is a must see for any one passing through Mulbek. A short ride from Mulbek will take you to 12198 ft high Namika La, a windy yet scenic pass. Roughly at about 40 Kms from Namika La is Fotu La, the highest point on the Srinagar – Leh highway, (13,479ft). After short yet scenic ride/drive you will reach the village of Lamayuru, which houses one of the most famous and oldest monasteries of Ladakh. Few kms down the road from Lamayuru are the Hangro Loops, the 18 loops are fast yet sharp loops with steep gorges, drive/ride carefully here. Next major attraction comes in the form of Gurudwara Patthar Sahib located in the town of Nimmu (55kms from Leh), beyond which it’s fast and straight forward drive/ride to Leh Overnight stay at hotel in Leh.
After breakfast, Ride bike to Shey (Ancient Capital of Ladakh). Visit Shey Palace wherein you visit big copper gilt statue of Lord Buddha, built by Deldan Namgyal in 1633AD. After the visit, continue to Thiksey. Visit picturesque monastery (little Potala), is the oldest monastery of Gelugpa sect in Ladakh. The great Lama Paldan Shesrap built in 15th century. Here you visit the big statue of the Future Buddha. Enjoy awesome panoramic view of Indus valley from the roof of monastery. After visiting this monastery, continue ride to Stakna via crossing Indus River. Visit Stakna monastery, built in 16th century by Lama great scholar saint of Bhutan during the lifetime of Jamyang Namgyal. Later ride to Stok Palace, visit the royal palace, constructed by the king Tsespal Tondup Namgyal in 1825AD. Inside the palace, you see great collection of ancient royal ornaments, Thankas (scroll paintings) and old statues. After the visit ride back to Leh via crossing Indus River at Choglamsar. Overnight stay at hotel in Leh.
After breakfast, Ride Exciting experience at Khardung La, 39 Kms from Leh. (Mountain Pass at 5578 m / 18300 ft.). This is supposed to be the highest motorable road in the world. In Nubra Valley, visit Diskit, Hunder villages and the white sand dunes and take a short camel safari on the double humped Bactrian Camels. Overnight stay at Camp in Nubra Valley.
In the morning after breakfast check out and proceed to explore Samstanling Monastery and Sumur village and then drive back to Leh, passing Khardung La once again. Drop to hotel and lunch. Rest of the day for leisure or take a walking tour and explore Leh Bazaar and the cafes’ on your own. Overnight at hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel in Leh.
Start off from Leh early in the morning after breakfast and start driving/riding on the Leh – Manali highway till you reach the town of Karu. Road is in good condition and journey is fast paced, due to this you will be in Karu in less than an hour. From Karu you need to take the left turn that would take you to the village Shakti, roads are mostly straight till you cross Shakti and a few kilometer thereafter the real ascent for Chang La starts. For most part ascent is steep and initially roads are in good condition. As you approach the final few Kms of the ascent to Chang La, road conditions start to deteriorate and steepness increase, making the affair of reaching the summit of Chang La more challenging and memorable. After a few minutes rest, it’s time to begin the descent from Chang La and your next big break will be at Tanksey. Journey beyond Tanksey for most part is through fantastically laid tarmac and views, as you approach the lake, the sheer size of it starts becoming more apparent as you finally reach its shores. Overnight stay at Camp in Pangong Lake.
Drive back to Leh (150 kms – 5 hrs). Enroute take a short halt at Changla Pass to enjoy a cup of hot steaming tea. Time permitting; explore local Leh market for shopping.
Leh to Kargil via Lamayuru. It is just a 6 hrs drive and the road condition is also a lot better so start after a relaxed breakfast. You can also visit again Lamayuru Monastery on the way. You can also experience Magnetic hill, visit Gurudwara pathar Sahib and the confluence of Indus and Zanskar river. If you do, add to the time accordingly and overnight stay at hotel in Kargil.
After breakfast, continue your adventurous motorbike riding to Srinagar, 123 km from Kargil. Pass across Drass village (world’s second coldest region after sebria), Zojila Pass (Gateway of Ladakh), Sonamarg (Meadow of gold), halt at Sonamarg. Overnight stay at hotel in Sonamarg.
After breakfast leave from Sonamarg. Drive towards Srinagar. Visit Srinagar half day tour of world famous Mughal Gardens visiting the Nishat Bagh (The garden of pleasure) and Shalimar Bagh (Adobe of love), Shankaracharya Temple, Pari Mahal, and Hazratbal Shrine. Overnight Stay in the hotel/houseboat.
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- Comfortable Vehicle (Innova/ Xylo/ Tavera/ Scorpio/ Similar) for sightseeing on all days as per the itinerary.
- Airport pick up as per your flight timings
- Ac Volvo Semi-sleeper bus tickets from Manali to Delhi
- Accommodation at all locations on double (for couples & special requests) and triple sharing basis in standard hotels/camps
- Buffet Breakfast and Dinner: Starting with Dinner on Day 1 & ending with Breakfast on Day 8 as per itinerary (Meals while bus journey are not included)
- Fuel for the whole trip as per the itinerary
- Assured Inner line permits and Ladakh Union fee
- Experienced driver for the entire journey
- Oxygen cylinder and Basic First-Aid during the tour
- Evening Bonfire (in Nubra)
- Driver expenses/ toll tax/ Fuel/ Parking charges
- Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the surreal valley with paragliding at Solang valley.
- Enjoy famous pizzas and burgers at cafe 1947, Manali; which is centred right next to the flowing river
- Enjoy Thukpa, traditional Ladakhi cuisine at The Tibetan Kitchen restaurant
- Hangout at Lala’s Art Café for a tall glass of Italian coffee
- River rafting at the world’s highest river-rafting point, Sangam
- Ride the remarkable double-humped (Bactrian) camels found exclusively at Nubra valley
- Feast on delicious Maggi at the Khardungla-pass
- Shop souvenirs for friends and family at the Leh Market
How to Reach:
The tour starts from Delhi, which has good connectivity with all the capital cities in India. however, one can also join us from Manali or Chandigarh. You can meet your Volvo Bus at the “Majnu ka Tilla” Bus stop.
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