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Cultural Discovery In Jammu & Kashmir

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Destinations: Jammu and Kashmir
Guide language: English
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Back to India Cultural Discovery In Jammu & Kashmir 7 Nights This tour takes you on a fascinating journey through – Jammu & Kashmir. These two regions have distinct cultural differences – one being influenced by Central Asian culture and the other Tibeto-Buddhist influence // Srinagar & Leh The capital of this northernmost Himalayan region is Srinagar. Famous for its canals, houseboats and Mughal gardens, it has a strong Central Asian influence making the city unlike many other large cities in India. In contrast Leh, in the eastern parts of Jammu & Kashmir, has been a centre of Tibeto-Buddhist culture for centuries, but has only been open to travellers since 1974. From Leh tours to Ladakh, a unique mountain kingdom, can be arranged. Holiday idea: Cultural Discovery in Jammu & Kashmir Prices from: Contact us for further information. Dates: Contact us for further information. Day 1     Travel from Dehli to Srinagar. On arrival transfer to your houseboat. Overnight in Srinagar. Day 2     Morning city tour of Srinagar. The capital of Srinagar is famous for its canals, houseboats and Mughal gardens. The city itself is quite unlike most other large Indian cities for here you are much more in Central Asia than on the sub continent. It's a city full of intriguing alleyways and curious buildings. A place where it's very easy to spend a few hours simply wandering - particularlyalong the old city streets near the Jhelum river. The city has long been a center of art and leaning. Srinagar is a unique city because of its lakes - the Dal, Nagin and Anchar. Afternoon ‘Shikara’ride on Dal Lake. Overnight in Srinagar. Day 3     Morning, drive to Kargil en route visiting Sonamarg and Drass. Kargil is 204 kms from Srinagar in the west and 234 kms from Leh in the east. It is the second largest urban centre of Ladakh. Kargil once served as important trade and transit center in the Pan-Asian trade network. Numerous caravans carrying exotic merchandise comprising silk, brocade, carpets, felts, tea, poppy, ivory etc. transited in the town on their way to and from China, Tibet, Yarkand and Kashmir. Overnight in Kargil. Day 4     Early morning drive along the Srinagar-Leh highway to Uletopko. Overnight in Uletopko. Lying in the remote mountainous regions of Ladakh, Uletopko is a small village 62 km from Leh. It is mainly a camping location surrounded by peaches and apple trees, overlooking the river Indus. To experience Uletopko is to experience Ladakh at its best. This is the land of jagged peaks and barren landscape, which is at once alluring and awe-inspiring. Hidden behind this harsh and forbidding facade, is an ancient civilization and its captivating people. The moonland is enriched with towering mountains and Buddhist monasteries (gompas), which attract visitors from all over the globe. Day 5     Morning, depart for Leh, en route visiting Basgo and Likir monastery. Leh, the capital of the Ladakh district at 11482 ft (3500 m), is situated on the banks of the Indus River and is located in the snowcovered fringes of the Himalayas, toward the eastern parts of Jammu and Kashmir. Leh became the regional capital in the 17th century, when King Sengge Namgyal shifted his court here to be closer to the head of the Khardung La-Karakoram corridor into China. Leh has been a center of Tibeto-Buddhist culture for centuries, but has only been open to travelers since 1974. Its colourful gompas have attracted devout Buddhists from all over the globe. Overnight in Leh. Day 6     Morning at leisure or optional rafting on the Indus river. Afternoon tour in and around Leh. Overnight in Leh. Day 7     Day tour of Leh visiting various monasteries. Overnight in Leh. Day 8     Board flight for Delhi. Later transfer to international airport to connect with your onwards flight. //
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