Ladakh Experience : May 20th to 28th’ 2020

Kashmir & Ladakh Experience: Aug 27th to Sept 4th' 2022

Get a fascinating insight into the people, culture, cuisine, lifestyle, and topography of the Himalayan region of Kashmir and Ladakh in our “Kashmir and Ladakh Experience” tour. In Kashmir experience, Srinagar and the famed Dal and Nageen lake, take a shikara ride on the serene waters of the Dal lake and stay at a comfortable houseboat on the lake and visit one of the many beautiful gardens. The journey from Srinagar to Leh via Kargil is an experience in itself with the dramatic ever-changing landscape through the mountain passes of Zoji la and Futu la and the towns of Kargil, Sonamarg, Drass, Likir, and Lamayuru. In Ladakh visit cross the high mountain passes of Khardung La and Chang la and Baralacha la; sit by the serenity of crystal clear high mountain lake of Pangong Tso; feel the spirituality at centuries-old monasteries of Hemis, Tiksey and Alchi; drive through some of the most dramatic mountain landscape in the world passing through dry arid mountains of different hues of brown and grey shaped through centuries by wind and climate; visit Nubra Valley sand dunes for a ride on the double-humped camels and stay at some beautiful locations from lakeside tents to village home stays. 
To make the tour more interesting we have coincided it with the Ladakh festival in Leh.  This festival showcases the Ladakhi culture through its different traditional arts, crafts and dance forms.

Essential Info

Cost: Rs 32500/- per person
Country: 
India

Start: Leh
End: Leh
Start Date: 27th Aug’ 2022
End Date: 4th Sept’ 2022 
Duration:  9 Days
Group Size :  Min 5 / Max 15
Theme: Culture, Adventure, Experience

Highlights

– Stay at a Houseboat on the Nageen/Dal Lake 
– Beautiful high altitude drive from Srinagar to Leh
– Cross the high passes of Zoji La, Fotu La, Chang La and Khardung La 
– Monastic tour around Leh
– White Water Rafting on the Zaskar / Indus River. 
– Ride a double-humped camel in the sand dunes of Hunder in Nubra Valley
– Be amazed at the mesmerizing beauty of Pangong Lake

ITINERARY

Day 1 : Aug 27th : Srinagar
Arrive in Srinagar and go on a half day excursion visiting Mughal Gardens, Shalimar Gardens, Pari Mahal. Evening enjoy a shikara ride on the serene waters of the lake and sample some delicious Kashmiri wazwan. Overnight at Houseboat at Nageen Lake.

Day 2 : Aug 28th: Srinagar – Kargil ( 200 kms / 6 hrs )
After breakfast leave for Kargil. En route visit Hazratbal mosque, see the beauty of the meadows of Kashmir, visit Sonmarg and then cross the Zoji La pass to enter Kargil. Stop at the war memorial close to Drass and reach Kargil by evening. Overnight at Kargil.

Day 3 : Aug 29th : Kargil – Leh ( 220 kms / 5.5 hrs ) 
After breakfast, we head towards Leh. Today we pass through some of the most scenic drives on our journey. On the way we stop at Lamayuru ( one of the most important monasteries in Ladakh ), Namika La and Fotula passes ( the highest point on the Leh – Srinagar route ) and the confluence of the Rivers Indus and Zanskar. Arrive in Leh by late afternoon. Overnight in Leh.

Day 4 : Aug 30th: Leh –  White Water Rafting/Free day
Free day to explore Leh town, markets and Leh Palace or take an optional white water rafting trip in the Indus or Zanskar River. Evening we could sample some local Tibetan and Kashmiri cuisines Overnight in Leh.

Day 5 : Aug 31st : Leh – Khardungla pass – Nubra Valley ( 120 kms / 4.5 hrs )
After breakfast, leave for Nubra Valley, driving across Khardong-la (alt: 18,380 ft), one of the highest motorable passes in the world. Along the Nubra or Shyok River lies the villages of Sumur, Hunder, Kyagar, Tirith, Panamik, and few others which make up the Nubra Valley.  After we cross into the valley we stop at the sand dunes at Hunder and take a Camel Ride on a double-humped Bactrian ( Central Asian) Camel and visit the Diskit Monastery. Overnight at Nubra valley.

Day 6 : Sept 1st: Nubra Valley – Turtuk – Nubra Valley ( 90 kms / 2 hrs – each way )
After breakfast, we leave for Turtuk one of the most northernmost villages in India located along the Pakistan border. Turtuk used to be under Pakistan’s control till 1971. The Balti people are the original inhabitants of the region and look a bit different from the Ladakhis.  We explore Turtuk, the villages, and the scenic beauty of the land. Later we also visit the border. After lunch we head back to Hunder. Overnight at Nubra Valley ( Hunder) 

Day 7 : Sept 2nd : Nubra Valley Shyok – Pangong Lake ( 10 kms / 5 hrs ) 
After breakfast, we leave for Pangong lake via the breathtaking and desolate Shyok route to reach Pangong by late afternoon. This high-altitude lake at 14500 feet is serene and beautiful and there will be no shortage of photo opportunities here. Overnight at Pangong lake Camp.

Day 8 : Sept 3rd : Pangong Lake – Leh ( 160 kms / 4.5 hrs )
After breakfast and spending some time at the lake we leave for Leh. We cross Changla pass ( 5486 meters above sea level ) on the way which is the second-highest pass in our tour. Before ascending the pass we pass Durbuk village and Tsoltak, the summer pastureland of the yaks. Enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of the villages below the pass. Arrive in Leh by late afternoon. Overnight in Leh.

Day 9 : Sept 4th – Departure
After breakfast drop to airport. End of trip.

Trip Info

Sringar
Drass
Kargil
Pangong Lake
Leh
Nubra Valley

INCLUSIONS
– 4 Nights stay at Leh, 1 Night stay at Kargil, 1 Night stay at Srinagar ( Houseboat ), 2 Nights stay at Hunder ( Nubra Valley Homestay )
– Breakfast on all days
– SUV for all tours and transfers
– Pangong and Nubra Valley Permits
– Taxes and Service charges

EXCLUSIONS
– Flight Charges ( Your city to Srinagar and  Leh to your city )
– Any extra excursions and tours other than mentioned
– Entry tickets & Camera charges at sightseeing points ( wherever applicable )
– Camel Ride, ATV Ride, Rafting, etc. 

– Dinner & Lunch
– Other than mentioned

  • Stay will be in Standard category hotels and Bed n Breakfast places with good reviews on double/twin sharing basis.
  • Indian food is available at all places. Western food available at Leh.
  • Breakfast ( Included ) will be Indian / western breakfast at most places
  • Private SUV for Airport transfers
  • Private SUV for all travel within Ladakh
  • Permits are required for Pangong Lake, Khardung La Pass and Pangong Lake. You should carry an identification with you to make the permits. 
  • Rs 2000/- Discount ( For our regular guests )
  • Rs 1500/- Discount ( For 2 to 4 person booking together )
  • Rs 3000/- Discount ( For 5 or more people booking together )

For this trip
This tour lets you get an overview of the landscape, culture, customs, and lifestyle of Kashmir and Ladakh. Also, you have the option of some rafting adventure and Monastery festival experience. 

For all our trips
Our small group tours also allow enough time for yourself  ( mostly in the evenings ) and the group leaders will assist you too if you need to do your own thing.
Stay and food is a big part of the travel and we make sure you are made comfortable and therefore we choose some of the best-reviewed places to stay and eat. 
We try to incorporate more local experiences on our tours with the help of our experienced tour leader and local guides to make your experience even more memorable.
Our tours are not standard sightseeing package tours, it’s more experience-oriented so as to give a real travel value to the guests. 

Who are we?
Exotic Expeditions is an experiential based travel company founded in 2010. We are based out of Bangalore and Mumbai and we create uniquely designed tours that have high travel value. We include activities, local interactions, and offbeat destinations so that the guests go back with experiences to remember for a long time.

What are all included in our tours?
A comprehensive list of inclusions and exclusions is mentioned on the respective trip page, but across all our trips, we have these in common: exclusive private transfers, breakfast on most days, good accommodation, unique experiences, expert guides and an experienced trip leader who’s there to assist you around the clock.

Are flights & visas included in your costs?
No.We don’t include flights and visa costs in our prices unless specified. We, however, will help you with booking flights and getting the visa done.

What is the typical group size?
We believe that a small group is can enjoy the journey better and have closer interactions with the group members, therefore, we restrict our group size to a maximum of 15. Group size typically between 5 and 15. Our travelers are friendly, open-minded, well traveled and we have a good gender mix on our tours.

Who can join this trip?
Anyone above 18 years of age can join our trips. Participants below the age of 18 must be accompanied by an elder.

Which cities do travelers come from?
Our travelers come from all over India. Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Chennai, Hyderabad and Calcutta are represented the most.

What are the payment options?
You can make payments through credit and debit cards, net-banking, cash or cheque. Installment options are also available.

Can solo travelers join one of the tours?
Yes. On most of our tours, we have a high turnout of solo travelers seeking a different travel experience. Many of them even end up becoming friends after the tour.

How safe is it to travel with you?
Your safety is our number one priority and we design our travel journeys keeping this in mind.

  • You can contact us at contact@exoticexpeditions.org / exoticexpeditions@gmail.com 
  • Call / whatsapp us at 9986450370 
  • Bookings can be done by online bank transfer / cash/ cheque or credit / debit card
  • Installment options are also available 

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