|CULTURAL TOURS >> Tour of leh And ladakh
Day 1 : Arrive Delhi. :
Arrive Delhi and transfer to the hotel.
Overnight : Hotel.
Day 2 : Delhi – Leh :
This morning you will be driven to the airport for your flight to Leh.
On arrival met by our Representative and Transfer to your Hotel. On arrival in Leh, check in at the
Hotel : Kanglha-chen or Similar.
Mysterious dust –covered Leh sits in a fertile side valley of the Indus, about 10 km from the river. Encircled by stark awe-inspiring mountains with the cold desert beyond. It is the nearest experiences of Tibet in India. Leh developed as a trading post and market, attracting a wide variety of merchants from Yarkand \, Kashgar, Kashmir, Tibet and North India. Tea, salt, household articles, wool and semi-precious stones were all traded in the market. Buddhism traveled along the Silk Road and the Kashmir and Ladakh feeder, which has also seen the passage of soldiers, explorers and pilgrims, forerunners of the tourists who today contribute most to the urban economy. Rest of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 3 : Leh. :
Full day visiting Shey, Thiksey & Stok Palace. After breakfast, proceed to Shey – it was the ancient capital of Ladakh and even after Singge Namgyal built the more imposing palace at Leh, the kings continued to regard Shey, as their real home. The importance which was attached to Shey - the seat of Ladakh's heartland - is attested by the enormous number of Chorten about the village, particularly around the palace complex and barren plain to the north of the road. Thiksey – is one of the largest and most impressive Gompas. There are several temples in this Gompa containing images, stupas and exquisite wall paintings. It also houses a two - storied statue of Buddha which has the main prayer hall around its shoulder. proceed to Hemis – which is dedicated to Padmasambhava, what a visitor can observes a series of scenes in which the lamas, robed in gowns of rich, brightly coloured brocade and sporting masks sometimes bizarrely hideous, parade in solemn dance and mime around the huge flag pole in the center of the courtyard to the plaintive melody of the Shawn. The moan of the eleven feet horns, the boom of drums and the clash of Cymbals. Hemis was found in the 1630's by Tsang-ras-pa under the royal patronage of Singe Namgyal, Hemis is the largest and richest of the Ladakh Gompas. It nestles into the mountain side a little way up a glen in the mountains of Zanskar range overnight at hotel.
Day 4 : Leh – Uleytokpo (70 Kms- 3040 Meters) :
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Uleytokpo enroute visiting Likir Monastery.
Likir was built during the reign of Lachen Gyalpo who installed 600 monks here, headed by Lhawang Chosje. The Gompas was invested with a collection of fine images, Tangkhas and murals to vie with those at Alchi. The present buildings date mainly from the 18th century since the original were destroyed by fire. Likir was converted to the Gelugpa sect in the 15th century. The head lama, the younger brother of the Dalai Lama, has his apartments here, which were extended in the mid 1990s. Later drive to Uleytokpo Ethnic Resort for all meals & overnight stay.
After lunch visit Alchi monastery. Founded in the 11th century by Rinchen Zangpo the Great Translator, it was richly decorated by artist from Kashmir and Tibet. Paintings of the Mandala’s which have deep Tantrik signifances are particularly fine; some decorations are reminiscent of Byzantine art. The monastery is maintained by monks from Likir and is no longer a place for active worship. Return to the camp.
Overnight : Uleytokpo Ethnic Resort.
Day 5 : Uleytokpo – Lamayuru – Uleytokpo (70 Km one way) :
Drive to Lamayuru at a distance of 70 Kms from Uleytokpo Ethnic Resort. On arrival enjoy Hot Lunch at Lamayuru Restaurant. After Lunch, visit Gompa. Lamayuru also referred as “Yangdrung Gompa” is the oldest monastery of Ladakh perched on hill top with its village at the foot of the hill. Most of the monastery is now in ruins. It was partially resorted in 1975. The oldest holy side in Ladakh. Lamayuru was once a lake. It was blessed by a lama after which, as legend goes the water of the lake receded upto the mountains leaving place for the monastery to be built. It is also the" free zone" of Ladakh since not even a criminal can be apprehended in this place. Now mostly in ruins only the main hall exists today and houses numerous “Tangkhas". Return to Uleytokpo Ethnic Resort & enroute stop at Khalsi Village for Tea & Snacks.
Uleytokpo Ethnic Resort.
Day 6 : Uleytokpo – Leh (70 Kms – 3500 meters) :
Early morning after refreshment leave Resort to visit Rizong Monastery. It has a monastery and a nunnery, which accommodates lady monks or Nuns locally called as “Chomos”. Return to the camp for breakfast. Morning at leisure. After early lunch drive to Leh On arrival check in at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight : Hotel
Day 7 : Leh. :
AM Walk upto Samker Gompa. Samker Gompa is little up in the valley, 3 Kms from Leh Town, which is open to visitors in the morning and evening only. The Gompa belongs to Yellow Sect & was founded in 18th Century. The Gompa is the seat of the Head Lama of Ladakh & founder of yellow sect, Tson-Kha-Pa. The temple walls have recent painted of figures including Sakyamuni, Avalokiteshwara, Padmasambhava, Tson-Ka-pa and green Tara. Visit Shanti Stupa built by the Japanese Artists, few years ago on a hilltop. Afternoon take a walk through the Leh bazaar.
Overnight : Hotel.