In Association with


11 & 12 July, 2000

The Festival of Ladakh

An Custom Designed Itinerary

DAY 1  DELHI - LEH:  Transfer to Delhi airport from Delhi hotel to take flight to Leh.  On arroval meeting,assistance & transfer to your hotel. Leh is main Centre of Ladakh. With the inhabitants of 50,000, Leh is located in small valley  to the north of Indus valley. The tourists are advised to take complete rest for the proper acclimatization to the high altitude atmosphere.

DAY 02 LEH- HEMIS: After breakfast proceed to visit the Hemis monastery for the festival  Afternoon   we return to Leh . Enroute visit two more famous monasteries i.e Shey and Thiksey.Hemis Monastery: This is biggest and the most important monastery in Ladakh. It is situated 49 kms to south of Leh, a little off the main Leh-Manali road. It was built in the 17th century by Chapgon Gyalshas and ever since has enjoyed the patronage of the royal family. Hemis is the headquarter of the Drukpa order and all the monasteries throughout Ladakh are administered by it. It also trains Lamas for the royal monasteries at Leh, Shey and Bazgo. In the 19th century it faced a siege by General Zorawar Singh. The Gompa was saved to the skillful handing of the situation by the head Lama. In 1956 the head Lama Hemis Gompa disappeared mysteriously never to be seen again. A 12 years old boy was brought from Dalhousie. In 1976 to be appointed as head Lama. He will assume authority after his training period is complete. The monastery contains quite a few gold statue and stupas decorated with precious stones. It has a superb collection of tankhas, including one, which is supposed to be the largest in existence and is exhibited only once every 11 years. The monastery has annual festival, is a big tourist attraction. Masked dances are held on that day.


Thiksey Gompa: En route to Hemis Gompa, Thiksey monastery is an  imposing structure providing a panoramic view of the green Indus valley from its vantage atop a hill. It has chambers full of statues, stupas and tannkhas. Shey Palace and Monastery: Also on the way to Hemis Gompa and 15 kms from Leh is the summer palace of the erstwhile, Raja of Leh, set upon a hill , which has a sitting Buddha statue, wrought with copper and gold. Many chortens can be seen to the east of the monastery. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

DAY 03 LEH - LAMAYURU  Morning after breakfast, proceed for  local sightseeing  of Lamayuru.  Explore villages around the area. Lamayuru is an beautiful, nature endowed, little hamlet. The gompa completely overshadows the village and is the most famous and  spectacular monastery in Ladakh. On the way we  also visit the Alchi and Rizong monasteries. Alchi monastery is famous gompa for the 1000-year old wall painting, which make this visit more than worthwhile. Rizong monastery  located six kms along a steepish, rocky track from the main road. It's nunnery at Julochen and the gompa of Rizong belonging to the Gelukpa factions, are worth a visit. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.

DAY 04  LEH  Today after breakfast, we go shopping and to discover some interesting things about Ladakhi art and culture by the visiting the Tibetan refugees camp Choklamsar, Library and Ecological Development etc. The women & rsquo;s vegetable market in the afternoon and some interesting locals. Before returning to our hotel, we visit  Sankar monastery in the evening. Return to hotel for Dinner & Overnight.

Leh Gompa:  situated above the Leh Palace,it was built in AD1430. It contains a 13.7 metres high statue of the Buddha which the Ladakhi call "Chamba". According to the Lama legends, this splendid statue is the future Buddha. A butter burns day and night in front of this statue.Sankar Gompa: Just 3 kms from Leh is this monastery that has a formidable collection of miniature of pure gold and a number of exciting painting. It is well lit and may be visited in the evening as well.

DAY 05 LEH - DELHI :In time transfer to airport to connect flight to Delhi

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02- 5  
INRs.2555  US$ 99 Accommodation on twin sharing basis
INRs 2222 US$ 84 Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
11 & above INRs 2100 US$ 69 Transfers & Sightseeing with Guide
Presently applicable 
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Delhi-Leh-Delhi @ INRs 6280 Delhi-Leh-Delhi @ US$ 210 Notes: 
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