Ladakh Festival With Taj Mahal
Delhi, New Delhi, India

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Best Time to visit Leh: May to September

Ladakh Festival: Leh

Ladakh festival is celebrated from 20th to 26th September, every year in Leh and its villages. The 

Inauguration ceremony of the festival takes place in Leh on a large scale with a procession of several cultural troupes from different part of the region which traverses through Leh Market. There is dancing, singing, traditional music, people wearing colorful traditional Ladakhi dresses. It comes to end at the Polo ground. The festival is for 6 days with regular celebration in various villages including archery, polo, and masked dances from the monasteries and dances by cultural troupes from the villages. There are musical concerts too.

About Destination: Srinagar

It is the largest city and the summer capital of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It lies on the banks of the Jhelum River, a tributary of the Indus, and Dal and Anchar lakes. The city is famous for its gardens, waterfronts and houseboats. It is also known for traditional Kashmiri handicrafts and dried fruits. It is one of several places that have been called the "Venice of the East" or the "Kashmiri Venice” Lakes around the city include Dal Lake – noted for its houseboats – and Nigeen Lake. Apart from Dal lake and Nigeen lake city is also famous for wular lake and manasbal lake to the north of srinagar. Wular lake is one of the largest fresh water lakes in Asia.

About Destination: Leh

Leh, a high-desert city in the Himalayas, is the capital of the Leh region in northern India’s Jammu and Kashmir state. Originally a stop for trading caravans, Leh is now known for its Buddhist sites and nearby trekking areas. Massive 17th-century Leh Palace, modeled on the Dalai Lama’s former home (Tibet’s Potala Palace), overlooks the old town’s bazaar and mazelike lanes.

About Destination: Delhi

Delhi, India’s capital territory, is a massive metropolitan area in the country’s north. In Old Delhi, a neighborhood dating to the 1600s, stands the imposing Mughal-era Red Fort, a symbol of India, and the sprawling Jama Masjid mosque, whose courtyard accommodates 25,000 people. Nearby is Chandni Chowk, a vibrant bazaar filled with food carts, sweets shops and spice stalls.

About Destination: Agra

Agra is a city in northern India’s Uttar Pradesh state. It's home to the iconic Taj Mahal, a mausoleum built for the Mughal ruler Shah Jahan’s wife, Mumtaz Mahal (who died in childbirth in 1631). The imposing main building features a massive dome and intricately carved white marble inlaid with precious stones. This is set behind a reflecting pool inside a courtyard defined by 4 minarets.

World Heritage Sites Covered:

  • Taj Mahal –Agra
  • Agra Fort – Agra

Qutub Minar: Qutb Minar and its Monuments, Delhi, located to the south of Delhi, is a complex with the Qutb Minar as the centre piece, which is a red sandstone tower of 72.5 metres (238 ft) height with a base of 14.32 metres (47.0 ft) reducing to 2.75 metres (9.0 ft) diameter at the top. Built in the beginning of the 13th century, the complex of structures comprises itineraries, the Alai Darwaza Gate (1311), the Alai Minar (an incomplete mound of the intended Minar or tower), the Qubbat-ul-Islam Mosque (the earliest existing mosque in India), the tomb of Iltumish, and an Iron Pillar. The complex is a testimony to the Islamic depredations during the period as seen from the materials used for building the complex which are those that were removed after destroying Hindu and Jain temples; a shining iron pillar of 7.02 metres (23.0 ft) height (without any trace of rusting) erected at the centre of the complex, with inscriptions in Sanskrit, of the Chandra Gupta II period is a moot witness. History records its construction, initially by Qutubuddin Aibak in 1192, its completion by Iltumish (1211–36) and again by Alauddin Khalji (1296–1316). It underwent several renovations by subsequent rulers, following damage to the structures due to lightning. It was inscribed under the UNESCO World Heritage List under category iv for its unique representation of the Islamic architectural and artistic excellence

 

Taj Mahal: Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World is a mausoleum – a funerarymosque. It was built by Emperor Shahjahan in memory of his third wife Begum Mumtaz Mahal who had died in 1631. It is a large edifice made in white marble in typical Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Persian, Islamic and Indian architectural styles. This much acclaimed masterpiece was built over a 16-year period between 1631 and 1648 under the Chief Architect Ustad Ahmad Lahauri supported by several thousand artisans under the guidance of an Imperial Committee. It was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1983, under Category i, as a cultural property/monument. It is set amidst vast Mughal Gardens, which cover 17 hectares (42 acres) of land on the right bank of the Yamuna River. It has an octagonal layout marked by four exclusive minarets at four corners with a pristine elevation of a central bulbous dome below which the tombs are laid in an underground chamber. Calligraphic inscriptions in-crusted in polychromatic pierra dura, decorative bands and floral arabesques glorify the monument's graphic beauty and provide a picture perfect impression to the viewers

 

Agra Fort: Agra Fort, also known as the Red Fort of Agra, which represented Mughal opulence and power as the centre piece of their empire was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1982, under Category iii as a cultural monument. The fortress located on the right bank of the Yamuna River, built in red sandstone, covering a length of 2.5 kilometres (1.6 mi) and surrounded by a moat, encloses several palaces, towers and mosques. These were built from the 16th century onwards till the early 18th century, starting with Emperor Akbar's reign in the 16th century to that of Aurangzeb in the early part of the 18th century, including the contributions made during the reign of Jahangir and Shahjahan of the Moghul Rule in India; the impressive structures built within the precincts of the fort are the Khas Mahal, the Shish Mahal, Muhamman Burje (an octagonal tower), Diwan-i-Khas (1637), Diwan-i-Am, white marble mosque or the Pearl Mosque (built during 1646–1653) and the Nagina Masjid (1658–1707). These monuments are remarkable for the fusion of Persian art of the Timurid and the Indian art form. It is very close to the famous Taj Mahal with a buffer zone separating the two monuments.

 

15 SEP’17 (FRI): ARRIVE DELHI                                                            BY: FLIGHT

Welcome to India- a country where hospitality is a way of life; to a culture steeped in tradition, a land where history lives in music and dance. You will be received at the airport in a traditional manner with garlands and proceed to your hotel.

Delhi at Night

Meals: Nil. Overnight in Hotel at Delhi

16 SEP’17 (SAT): DELHI – SRINAGAR                                       BY: FLIGHT6E:393

DEP: 08:55HRS/ ARR: 10:20HRS

Morning transfer to Delhi airport to board flight for Srinagar. Upon arrival proceed to for check in.

After Noon Sightseeing of Mughal Gardens which should take approx. around 1 ½ hrs: Nishat Bagh (Abode Of pleasure), built by Asif Khan Brother in law of Jahangir in 1632 AD, Shalimar Garden  

Shalimar Garden                                             Shikara Ride

Bagh (Abode of Love) built by Jahangir for his wife Empress Noor Jehan. These beautiful gardens are situated on the bank of Dal Lake with the Zabarwan Mountains in the Background.

PM: Enjoy a Shikara Ride on Dal Lake for around 1 hour visiting Char Chinar, Floating, Vegetable Gardens etc. and Witness Walnut Woodcarving and papier-mâché Making demonstration

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight in Deluxe House Boat at Srinagar

17 SEP’17 (SUN): SRINAGAR- GULMARG - SRINAGAR                                 BY: ROAD     

After early breakfast drive to Gulmarg (Meadow of Flowers) at a height of 8800ft above sea level. The drive approx 56 kms will take 1 and half hr with photo stops .One can also have the view of Nanga Parbhat (26,600 ft) if weather permits. Gulmarg has highest 18 whole golf course in the world and has developed into a famous Ski resort. After lunch take a gondola ride from Gulmarg to Kongdoori 10,050 ft high, Evening return back to Srinagar. Dinner and overnight at Hotel.

Gulmarg                                                        Gulmarg

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight in Deluxe House Boat at Srinagar

18 SEP’17 (MON): SRINAGAR –SONMARG – KARGIL                                    BY: ROAD

After breakfast, drive 209 Kms to Kargil.

En-route disembark for the the picturesque 'meadow of gold’ Sonmarg 90 kms from Srinagar in the north-east of city at an altitude of 3000 mts above sea level. The place offers incredible scenic beauty of dense forests & gigantic mountains. The place itself is a popular resort for mountaineers, rock climbers, besides an important halt on way to Kargil (Ladakh) & provides the ideal base for various trekking routes, high mountain lakes, glaciers & Shri Amarnath ji holy cave. The fast flowing Sindh River makes it popular for trout and mahseer fishing in summer.

Kargil is a city in the Kargil district of Ladakh, in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is the second largest town in Ladakh after Leh. It is located 60 km and 209 km from Drass and Srinagar to the west respectively, 234 km from Leh to the east

After visiting Sonmarg drive further to Kargil. Arrive and check-in at the hotel. Evening take a walk of the local market and enjoy hot dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight in Hotel at Kargil.

19 SEP’17 (TUE): KARGIL –ALCHI – ULE TOPKO                                            BY: ROAD

Morning after breakfast drive 234 Kms further to Leh. Enroute stop for lunch at Alchi and visit the famous 1000 year old paintings of Alchi Monastery.

Alchi Monastery or Alchi Gompa is a Buddhist monastery, known more as a monastic complex of temples in Alchi village in the Leh District, of the Indian state under the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council of Jammu and Kashmir.

Arrive and check-in at the Ule Tokpo hotel. Evening take a walk of the local market and enjoy hot dinner.

Alchi Monastery                                              Leh Town at Night

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight in Hotel at Leh.

20 SEP’17 (WED): ULE TOKPO – LIKIR – LEH                                     BY: ROAD

After breakfast, proceed to a 68 km ride to the. En-route, visit the famous Maitreya Buddha statue at Likir monastery and drive past the confluence of Indus & Zanskar rivers at Nimoo, Magnetic Hill and military Hall of Fame. Arrive Leh and check-in at the hotel. Evening participate in Ladakh festival.

Ladakh festival starts at 20 Sep’17 and ends on 26 Sep’17.

The valley of Leh-Ladakh is beautiful beyond description, a desert land with snowcapped mountains, popular with both tourist, hikers, bikers and adventurers.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight in Hotel at Leh.

21 SEP’17 (THU): LEH – SHEY – THIKSHEY – LEH                 BY: ROAD

Morning after breakfast enjoy Ladakh festival.

Later excursion to Shey,Thiksey vand  then back to hotel

Shey Gompa lies on the way to Hemis. It is situated on the top of a hill and houses the largest victory stupa with a golden top. The statues made of copper and glided with gold are worthseeing.

Thiksey Gompa lies on the left side of this road to Hemis. One can have a beautiful view of Indus Valley from the Gompa. Wall paintings of this Gompa are very interesting.

Post lunch visit Shanti Stupa and Leh Palace

Shanti Stupa is situated on a hilltop in Chanspa, Leh district, Ladakh, in the north Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Shanti Stupa as know Buddhist white-domed stupa. It was built in 1991 by Japanese Buddhist Bhikshu Gyomyo Nakamura .The Shanti Stupa holds the relics of the Buddha at its base, enshrined by the 14th Dalai Lama himself. Shanti stupa has provides beautiful and panoramic view of the surrounding landscape. This has become a primary reason for Shanti Stupa to become a popular tourist attraction, apart from its religious significance.

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.

Later afternoon enjoy Ladakh festival

Thikshey Palace                                              Hemis Monastery

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight in Hotel at Leh.

22 SEP’17 (FRI): LEH –HEMIS – LEH                                                     BY: ROAD

Morning after breakfast enjoy Ladakh festival.

Later excursion to Hemis and Stok Palace then back to hotel

Stok Palace: Stok Monastery or Stok Gompa is a Buddhist monastery in Stok, Leh district, Ladakh, northern India, 15 kilometres south of Leh. It was founded by Lama Lhawang Lotus in the 14th Century and has a notable library including all 108 volumes of the Kangyur. A ritual dance-mask festival is held annually

Later afternoon enjoy Ladakh festival

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight in Hotel at Leh.

23 SEP’17(SAT): LEH -DELHI                                                                               BY: FLIGHT

                        DELHI- AGRA                                                                       BY: SURFACE           

Morning in time transfer to Leh airport to board flight for Delhi

Depart Leh at 0835 hrs by flight G8 204 (Go Airlines)

Arrive Delhi at 0955 hrs and then drive to Agra (Approx. 210 kms).

Upon arrival check in at hotel. Then visit Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.

Taj Mahal (closed on Friday) someone rightly said, ‘see the Taj and die’ and the Taj certainly surpasses this thought. Described as the most spectacular monuments ever built for love, Taj Mahal is the Agra fascination and greatest pride of India. One of the legendary Indian poet -Rabindranath Tagore described its beauty as “a teardrop on the face of eternity”. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died after giving birth to their 14th child in 1631. Around 20,000 workers devoted day and night to construct this magnificent monument.

Taj Mahal proved to be the costliest tomb ever build on this earth. Specialists were brought in from Europe and other Asian counties to produce the exquisite marble screens and pietra dura made with the thousands of semi-precious stones. It is said that Shah Jahan also wanted to built a black Taj Mahal as a tomb for himself on the opposite side if the river Yamuna. Locals guides are found saying that he want to portray his negative image, when his own son Aurangzeb threw his son into the jail, but sadly he could not afford his grandiose plans.

Taj Mahal                                                       Agra Fort

The Agra fort presents a good sampling of their favoured architectural styles. Akbar drew on Islamic and Hindu traditions and the result is eclectic. By Shah Jahan's time the style had become so homogenized that it is impossible to seprate the Hindu and Muslim strands. The Diwan-i-Am (public audience hall), the beautiful Diwan-i-Khas (private audience hall) and the magnificent Moti Masjid (Pearl Mosque) were also added by Shah Jahan.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight in Hotel at Agra

24 SEP’17(SUN): AGRA – DELHI                                                                         BY: SURFACE           

Morning drive to Delhi (Approx. 250 kms/ 5 ½ hrs drive) and then proceed to visit India Gate and drive pass President House and Parliament.

After dinner drive to the airport and board the flight back to home

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Policy & Terms


Days : 10 | Nights : 9


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  • Cab Facilities
  • Local tax
  • Playground Nearby
  • Return Ferry Tickets
  • Bike equipment
  • Complimentary Breakfast
  • Local Guides/Maps
  • Collision Coverage
  • Transportation
  • Restaurant Nearby
  • Golf Nearby
  • Deluxe Coach
  • Central Air/Heat
  • Parking
  • Guides / Assistance
  • Live entertainment
  • Dinner
  • Cruise
  • Room service and meals
  • Professional tour escort
  • Beach Access
  • Roundtrip Hotel Transfers
  • Suitable for Children
  • Historic Area Nearby
  • Snowcat ride
  • Admission to park(s)
  • Driver
  • Diving Nearby
  • Service fee for tour guide
  • Internet Access
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Amusement Park Nearby
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Safety deposit boxes
  • Lunch
  • wheelchair
  • Jetski Tours Nearby
  • Shopping
  • Deck Furniture
  • Security System
  • State/National Park Nearby

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  •     Extra stay pre/post tour    
  •     Extra water bottle charges    
  •     Medicines required if any    
  •     Airfare & airport taxes    
  •     Visa charges    
  •     Insurance    
  •     Passport costs    
  •     All meals and drinks    
  •     Tips to coach drivers    
  •     Tips and Gratuities    
  •     Return Airport Transfer    
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