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Special Interest Tour
Highlights of Treasures of Leh- Ladakh
11 Nights/ 12 Days
Tour Cost: Per Person (On Twin Sharing) Starting From US$ 1195

DAY 1. ARRIVE DELHI
Arrive Delhi. You will be met on arrival outside the customs enclosure and escorted till your check In. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 2. DELHI/ LEH BY AIR
Morning in time transfer to airport to connect flight for Leh. On arrival you will be met by local representative and escorted till hotel. This day relax for the balance day to acclimatize. Evening visit Shanti Stupa and Sankar.

Sankar Gompa & Village: A relatively modern monastery, it is closely associated with the Spituk monastery and served as the residence of the late head priest-Kushak Bakula. A number of gold icons are to be found here.

Shanti Stupa (Japanese Peace Pagoda): Shanti Stupa/Japanese peace pagoda is build by a Japanese religious organization headed by Head monk Nakamura with the help from the organization and local people. Overnight.

DAY 3. IN LEH
Morning sightseeing of Shey Palace and Stok Palace museum. Hot lunch at the hotel and later in the evening visit the Leh Palace.

Shey Palace and Gompa: Situated on a hillock 10 miles upstream from Leh, it was once the Residence of the royal family. A 7.5 Mts. high copper statue of Buddha, plated with gold and the largest of its kind, is installed here.

Stok Palace & Museum: The palace of the banished royal family, Stok has a museum which Displays fabulous period costumes and jewelry of the royalty along with exquisite Thankas represents the life style of Shakya Muni.

Leh Palace (Namgyal Tsemo): King Gragspa Bum-Lde built the "Red Gompa" known as Tsemo Gompa in 1430 AD. The monument has three-storied Maitriya Buddha's statue and a one-storied statue of Avaloketesvara and Manjushri. The Tsemo Sungbum Chenmo (sacred text) was written in gold and silver, Tisuru Stupa consist of 108 temples, which were remarkable works done in the reign of king Graspa-Bum-Lde.
Overnight at the hotel.


DAY 4. IN LEH
Early morning drive from Leh to Thiksey monastery to meet with the Morning Prayer ceremony At 6 am. Witness the ceremony performed by several monks. After the ceremony drive to Hemis Monastery. Visit Hemis monastery and drive back to Leh. Hot lunch at hotel. Post lunch drive to Sabu village to visit the famous Oracle of Sabu who heals peoples the "Shaman" way.

Thiksey Gompa: 19 Kms from Leh, spectacularly sited, Thiksey is one of the largest and architecturally most impressive Gompas. There are several temples in this Gompas, containing images, stupas and wall paintings of Buddha, which are exquisite.

Hemis Gompa: 40 Kms from Leh, it is the wealthiest, best known and biggest Gompa of Ladakh. Its popularity stems from the major annual festival held here in summer. The festival is in honor of Guru Padma Sambhava's birth anniversary. It also has the largest Thanka in Ladakh, which is unfurled, once in 12 years (nest in 2004) Hemis was built in 1630 during the reign of Singge Namgyal, an illustrious ruler of Ladakh.

Oracle Of Sabu: The Oracle of Sabu known, as Ayu Lamo is famous for her healing and Prediction. Every day the Ayu Lamo goes into trans to perform this. She was one of the India's first women to join the World Oracle Conference in Europe.
Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 5. LEH / ALCHI
After breakfast drive from Leh to Alchi, enroute visit Spituk, Phyang, Basgo and Liker monasteries. Late lunch at Alchi. Evening visit the Alchi monastery.

Spituk: 8 Kms from Leh, it stands prominently on the top of hillock commanding a panoramic view of the Indus Valley for miles. Many icons of Buddha and fine The face of the Kali image is kept covered and is revealed only at the annual function at January every year.

Phyang: 17 Kms from Leh on the Leh-Kargil road, it looks like a huge palace from afar, build by Tashi Namgyal in the later half of the 16th century AD, it belongs to the Red Cap sect of Buddhists. Hundreds of icons of Buddha and other gods are kept on wooden shelves.

Basgo: 40 Kms downstream from Leh, it was the seat of power of branch of a Namgyal family. It was here in 1680 that invading Mongol and Tibetan armies were held in check over a three-year-old siege.

Alchi: 70 Kms from Leh, on the banks of the Indus, is the Alchi Gompa dating a thousand years back. One of its walls features thousands of miniature sized pictures of the Buddha. Three large sized images made of clay and painted brightly are its focal attractions.

Likir: Founded in the 11th century and rededicated to a different monastic order in the 15th century, its earlier Gompa was destroyed in a fire. The present Gompa dated back to the 18th century. Majestically situated, Likir commands a spectacular view. A magnificent giant Jupiter tree, one of the few survivors of its species, stands in the courtyard.
Overnight at the TENTS.


DAY 6. IN ALCHI
Full day excursion to Lamayuru, Rizong and Chulichan nunnery.

Lamayuru: The oldest holy site in Ladakh, it was a bon shrine prior to the advent of Buddhism. Also known as Yung Drung (Swastika) it is sited on a high promontory overlooking the village and valley. For sheer spectacle value no other Gompa can match Lamayuru.

Ridzong Gompa: Rizong is the most isolated monastery of all the monastery of Ladakh. There is no entry fee in this monastery, you can offer whatever you can. Rizong Gompa is known as the paradise for Meditation. Guru Padma Sambhava is believed to meditate here for years. One can still find small caves where Lamas used to meditate for years cutting themselves from the rest of world except for a one feet square outlet window from where they accept the one time meal of the day.

Chulichan: Chulichan, the nunnery is around one and half Kms. below the Rizong monastery; around 20 Nuns resides at Chulichan.

DAY 7. ALCHI / MANGYU VILLAGE / LEH
Morning excursion to Mangyu village by walks (02 Hrs total). Evening drive back To Leh.

Village Of Mangyu: The most beautiful village of Ladakh lies off the Leh-Srinagar Highway into the mountains at an altitude of 13860 Ft. This petit village has few houses and nearest accommodation is at Uleytokpo and Alchi. The village is approachable by walk from Uleytokpo.
Overnight at the hotel. .

DAY 8. LEH / NUBRA
Drive from Leh to Nubra valley over the high pass of Khardungla; the highest motorable road of the World 5602 Meters. Overnight Silk Route Cottages at Sumur.

Khardungla Pass:
The road journey to Nubra valley leads through Khardung La pass (The highest Motorable road in the world) 18,390 ft. around 39 Kms. away from Leh. There are two checkpoints on the both sides of the pass.
Overnight at the cottages.

DAY 9. IN NUBRA (SUMUR)
Early morning witness the prayer ceremony at Samstanling monastery. Walk in the village. Lunch at the cottages. Post lunch visit Hunder and Deskit Monasteries.

Deskit Village: Deskit is the main village of headquarter of Nubra valley, which has a small market consisting of a row of shops and about 500 years old Gompa on the hilltop. Spectacular view of the valley can be seen form the monastery.

Deskit Gompa: Deskit Gompa was founded by Lama Sherab Zangpo of Stod in about 1420 AD during the reign of King Dragspa. The monastic festival called Gustor takes place on 20th and 21st days of the 12th month of Tibetan calendar.

Hundar Village: Hundar is a beautiful village to stay with lot of trees and you will really enjoy your stay at Hundar. It has a small monastery and ruined fort above the village. The walk or Camel Safari (Double Hump Bactrian camels) from Hundar to Deskit, through sand dunes for two hours is wonderful.

Samstanling Gompa: Lama Tsultrim Nima founded Samstanling Monastery and Monastic community was introduced as Rezong Gompa. About 50-60 monks are residing at this 132 years old monastery. The Gompa has some strict rules and regulations.

-Women are not allowed in the monastery after sunset and before sunrise.
-No smoking is allowed (not even bringing cigarettes packets) in the monastery.
-Alcohol and non-vegetarian food is strictly prohibited.
-Do not enter in sleeveless shirts and Pants.
Overnight at the hotel.


DAY 10. SUMUR / LEH
Drive from Sumur to Leh. Arrive Leh and check in at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight.

DAY 11. LEH / DELHI BY AIR
Morning in time transfer to airport to connect flight for Delhi. You will be met on arrival and escorted till the hotel. After check in proceed for the city tour of Old and New Delhi.
During the city tour visit drive past the opulent Red Fort. Visit Jama Masjid - the biggest mosque of Asia, Rajghat - memorial site of Mahatma Gandhi and later enjoy a rickshaw ride through the busy streets of Chandni Chowk, the shopping center of Old Delhi. Later drive on to New Delhi and visit Humayun's Tomb - the mausoleum of Emperor Humayun, Qutab Minar built by Qutab-ud-din Aibek. Drive past the secretarial offices, Parliament. Visit the India Gate - war memorial and Connaught Place the city center. Evening at leisure and late evening transfer to International airport to connect flight for onward destination.

DAY 12. LEAVE DELHI
Take the flight back home on this day. END OF OUR SERVICES

Tour Includes

» Accommodation with private facilities
» Daily Breakfast
» Arrival & departure transfers by Private Air-conditioned transport
» Road travel, excursions and sightseeing tours by Private transport as per the itinerary
» Local English-speaking guides for sightseeing
» Entrance fee to monuments (Only for the places mentioned in the itinerary)
» Government Service Tax.

Tour Exclusions

» Any airfare or airport tax.
» Camera fee.
» Any expense of personal nature such as hard / soft drinks, laundry, phone/fax calls, tips etc.
» Any other expense not mentioned in the "Inclusions".

 





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