LADAKH WITH THE TAJ    

 
TOTAL DURATION: 09 NIGHTS / 10 DAYS
04 NIGHTS LEH / 01 NIGHT NUBRA VALLEY / 01 NIGHT PANGONG / 
01 NIGHT AGRA / 02 NIGHTS DELHI 
 
 ITINERARY  
DAY 01: LEH    
Arrival at Leh Airport, assistance upon arrival and proceed to hotel / resort get freshen up and free for relax for acclimatization to the high altitude of Leh 3500 mPost lunch move for Sightseeing / Visits in Leh 
Ladakh embodiment of natural beauty, picturesquely nestled by Karakoram and Himalayan ranges, perfectly located on the banks of the renowned Indus River with all its majesty and amazing sceneries. Breathtaking landscapes, the crystal clear skies, the highest mountain passes, thrilling adventure activities, turquoise coloured amazing Lake, the confluence of two mystical rivers, moon like Desert Mountains, ancient monuments and Mosques dating back to 16th and 17th centuries continue to be an exceptional destination. It is the place where nature dwells in its purest form, attracts tourists from across the world to its lap all through the year 
Jama Masjid of Leh is a historical mosque that is located in the midst of Leh, it is the biggest mosque of Ladakh. This was constructed in 1666. A beautiful, stately double domed structure, the mosque, an exquisite work of Indo-Islamic architecture, stands majestically in the main bazaar
Leh Palace also known as Lachen Palkar Palace builds in 1600, constructed in Tibetan architectural style. The palace stands like a sentinel overlooking the town. Inside the palace are old wall paintings depicting the life of Buddha stands as a famous land mark of the town with panoramic view of Leh and its surrounding areas, the Palace Museum holds a rich collection of jewellery, ornaments, ceremonial dresses and crowns 
 
DAY 02: LEH – ULEYTOKPO (SHAM VALLEY) / LEH 
After breakfast move for Sightseeing / Visits in and around Leh
Drive downstream along the River Indus on Leh – Kargil Highway. En-route visit at deep in the Himalayas, The Hall of Fame then drive of another 4 km to Magnetic Hill which defies the law of gravity & further Driving through a picturesque landscape we reached the Confluence Of The Indus And Zanskar River, Just before Saspul a road to the right takes you for your visit to the Likir Monastery, Likir is one of the most active monasteries in the region. 
The Hall of Fame near the town of Leh a unique museum constructed as well as maintained by the Indian Army in the memory of the soldiers who had lost their lives during the Indo-Pak wars. It is also termed as a memorial for the war heroes
11th Century Lamayuru Monastery and Moon Land Scapes (you will believe why the name of this area is Moonland. Exactly the same formations of Land are visible as on the moon), Lamayuru is spectacularly located along the valley plain and surrounded by mountains on all sides. 
 
DAY 03: LEH – NUBRA VALLEY (120kms/ 04 – 05hrs Aprox.) 
After breakfast move for Nubra Valley passing thru picturesque valleys and mountains 
The World’s highest motor able road Khardong La is historically important as it lies on the major caravan route from Leh to Kashgar in Central Asia. About 10,000 horses and camels used to take the route annually, and a small population of Bactrian camels can still be seen at Hunder, in the area north of the pass. During World War II through this route. You can enjoy the landscape and the beautiful bird’s eye view of the Leh town and the natural scenery is all around. Enjoy the landscape & the beautiful bird’s eye view of the Leh town. Later transfer to camps / resort get relaxed and move for Sand Dunes to get thrill experience of The Double Hump Bactrian Camel Safari at Hunder Sand Dunes
Nubra Valley in Ladakh has acquired fame for its sand dunes, the cold desert that surrounds it. This is the only place where one can see double hump camels Bactrian camels in India, the only living remnant of India’s connection with famous ‘Silk Route’ the ancient trade route. Sandy dunes of the Nubra Valley and the double-humped Bactrian camels are undoubtedly the stars here. Naturally blessed Nubra Valley is particularly famous for its high-altitude cold desert in Hunder area, this place sits like an oasis in the middle of cold desert in Nubra valley 
 
DAY 04: NUBRA VALLEY – LEH (190kms / 04 – 05hrs Approx.)  
After breakfast move to Visit at Diskit Monastery by afternoon drive back to Leh – Arrival at Leh as per the timings,
Diskit Monastery also known as Deskit Gompa or Diskit Gompa is the oldest and largest Buddhist monastery (Gompa) in the Nubra Valley of Ladakh. It is picturesquely laid out on a hill side in typical architectural style, overlooking the Shyok river valley and the cold desert sands of Nubra. This is affiliated to the Thiksey Monastery of the Yellow Hat Sect of Tibetan Buddhists
 
DAY 05: LEH – PANGONG (145kms / 03 – 04hrs Approx.) 
After breakfast move for Sightseeing / Visit at  Shey, Thiksey and, Hemis and drive continue to Pangong via Changla Pass (17,586 feet) and the third highest pass of the world. 
Picturesque Pangong Lake also known as Pangong Tso – Heaven beauty with peace and Tranquility at one place – One of the highest altitude lakes in the world and famed for its colour changing water, from blue to red and green. On a clear sunny day, set off for the lake where the water seems to change its colour every time you look at it and you can simply lose yourself sitting on the sand and watching seagulls fluttering overhead. While we are not alien to the phrase ‘out-of-this-world’
 
DAY 06: PANGONG – LEH  
After breakfast move explore Pangong Tso and drive back to Leh En-route passing thru picturesque valleys and mountains – Arrival at Leh as per the timings,
Visit the exact location of the famous bollywood movie “Three Idiots” & enjoy outing along the banks of the lake. One really feels very close to nature at Pangong Lake with its scenic surroundings. On a clear sunny day, you can see seven colour formations in the crystal clear salt water lake – explore the panoramic beauty of Lake 
 
DAY 07: LEH – DELHI / AGRA 
After breakfast transfer to Leh Airport to Board at Morning Flight to Delhi – Arrival at Delhi, assistance upon arrival and proceed to Agra – Arrival at Agra transfer to hotel / resort, get freshen up and move for Sightseeing / Visits as per the timings 
Heritage city Agra the prominent tourist destination, one of the most visited places in the world, home of three world heritage sites and one of those heritage sites which the world has chosen to be the ‘Wonder of the World’. Symbolising the eternal love, incredible paragon of Indo-Islamic architecture and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage ‘The Taj Mahal’. Agra was founded in the beginning 16th century by Sultan Sikandar Lodī, the ruler of the Delhi Sultanate. After the Sultan’s death, the city passed on to his son, Sultan Ibrāhīm Lodī. He ruled his Sultanate from Agra until he fell fighting to Mughal Emperor Bābar in the battle of Panipat fought in 1526 
Visit at World heritage site The Taj Mahal “The Jewel of Indo-Islamic architecture” and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage”. Regarded by many as the best example of Mughal architecture and a symbol of India’s rich history. It was declared a winner of the New 7 Wonders of the World (2000–2007) initiative. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1632. The construction project employed some 20,000 artisans under the guidance of a board of architects 
 
DAY 08: AGRA – DELHI  
Morning Visit at Taj Mahal and get an amazing view at Sun rise, The cool breeze with shade of sun lighht on white Taj Mahal get you the wonderful view of Taj Mahal, drive back to hotel / resort get freshen up and After breakfast move for Sightseeing / Visit in Agra – by late afternoon drive continue to Delhi – Arrival at Delhi as per the timings 
Visit at World heritage site Agra Red Fort sprawling over an area of 380,000 sq m, the great fortress is situated on the right bank of river Yamuna. This amazing monument linked with many rulers and wars. After the first battle of Panipat in 1526, Babur stayed in the fort, in the palace of Ibrahim Lodi. The historian, Abul Fazl, recorded that this was a brick fort known as ‘Badalgarh’. It was in a ruined condition and Akbar had it rebuilt with red sandstone. Architects laid the foundation and it was built with bricks in the inner core with sandstone on external surfaces. Some 4,000 builders worked on it daily for eight years, completing it in 1573. It was also known as the ‘Qila-i-Akbari’
Visit at Itmad-ud-Daulah Tomb one of the most beautiful Mughal tombs. Constructed during the reign of Emperor Jahangir, this tomb comprises cenotaphs of Mirza Ghiyas and Asmat Begum, who were parents of Mughal Empress Nur Jahan. Many believed this monument is considered to be the inspiration behind the Taj Mahal. For this fact it is known as the ‘Baby Taj Mahal’ 
Visit at Sikandra Tomb the mausoleum of Mughal Emperor Akbar.  Interestingly Akbar himself selected the site of the tomb, planned the structure, completed and laid out a beautiful garden during his lifetime. However, the topmost portion of mausoleum in marble was constructed by his son, Mughal Emperor Jahangir
 
DAY 09: DELHI
After breakfast move for Sightseeing / Visits in DelhiWe will take you to some different kind of tour Walking and Car Tours in Delhi. These tours have been designed by people with a deep understanding of the ‘Real’ Delhi. 
 
Visit at The Masjid-i Jahān-Numā (Jama Mosque of Delhi)
The principal mosque of Delhi, it is the largest and best-known mosque in India. The foundation of the historic Jama Masjid was laid on a hillock in Shahjahanabad by the fifth Mughal Emperor of India, Shahjahan, on Friday, October 19,1650 AD, (10th Shawwal 1060 AH). The mosque was the result of the efforts of over 6,000 workers, over a period of six years (1650–1656 AD). 
Visit at Old Delhi the walled city has been the capital of numerous empires that ruled India, where you will get the sights of eye-catching monuments and unique structures and sounds of the colourful bazaars.  You will experience at one the busiest and oldest areas of the world. This ancient part of the city is a labyrinth of tiny lanes crowded with rickshaws and lined with crumbling 17th-century haveli, temples and mosques. The theme of these tours is the pre-Shahjahanabad period and we will introduce you to the culture, food and people, as well as a look at and feel of some valuable ancient traditions
Visit at World heritage site Red Fort (Lal Qila)
Built by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan. The Palace fort of his capital Shahjahanabad, famous for its massive red sandstone walls, which stand 75 feet (23 metres) high. This monument represents the grandeur of the Mughal Court, which was constructed during the 17th century. The construction of this fort took over 10 years to complete the work in 1648. It was originally called as ‘Qila-i-Mubarak’, Meaning ‘The Blessed Fort’ listed as UNESCO world heritage site 
Visit at World heritage site The Humayun’s Tomb The Tomb of Emperor Humayun the second Mughal ruler to ascend the throne stands as a magnificent testament to the style of Mughal royal mausoleums. This tomb, built in 1560, is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. It inspired several major architectural innovations, culminating in the construction of the Taj Mahal. The construction of this tomb was commissioned by Humayun’s wife Hamida Banu Begum, Makbara-e -Humayun is one of the best preserved Mughal monuments and listed as UNESCO world heritage site 
Visit at World heritage site Qutub complex the world heritage site, the layers of cultural, religious, and political history converge in the Qutub archaeological complex. It was commissioned by Qutub-ud-din Aibak, founder of the Mamluk or Slave dynasty, who later became the first ‘Sultan of Delhi’
Visit at Qutub Minar ‘the victory tower’ named after the religious figure Sufi Saint Hazrat Khwaja Qutbuddin Bakhtiar Kaki was begun by Qutb-ud-din Aibak. It was continued by his successor Iltutmish (a.k.a. Altamash), and finally completed much later by Sultan Firoz Shah Tughlaq, a Sultan of Delhi from the Tughlaq dynasty in 1368 AD. It is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site along with surrounding buildings and monuments 
Evening timings get another picture of Delhi with modern culture and traditions. New Delhi OR Modern Delhi, the capital of British India, was built after 1911 AD as a symbol of British dominance over the Indian subcontinent. The intent was to create a grand, monumental, larger-than-life city space, which would inspire awe and be symbolic of the implied socio-cultural, architectural and political superiority of the British Empire few of them are War Memorial India Gate, Passing by President House, Parliament Street and Raj Path
Connaught Place one of the main financial, commercial and business centres in India, a major shopping, nightlife and tourist spot in New Delhi. The area was originally named after the Duke of Connaught, the third son of Queen Victoria of Britain, Prince Arthur. It was developed as a showpiece of Delhi. Connaught Place’s Georgian architecture is modelled after ‘The Royal Crescent in the city of Bath’ England, that designed by the architect John Wood the Younger and built between 1767 and 1774, which is among the greatest examples of Georgian architecture to be found in the United Kingdom
 
DAY 10: DELHI 
After breakfast move for Optional Visits in Delhi and transfer to Delhi Airport as per the timings,