Ladakh - Living Buddhism and Monasteries

12 Days / 11 Nights

Delhi - Leh - Tingmosgang - Lamayuru - Leh - Nubra Valley - Leh - Delhi

After the destruction of almost all the monasteries and the suppression of the spiritual life in Tibet by the Chinese, Ladakh is now the only area other than Bhutan where Tibetan Buddhism is practiced. Situated on the border with China, in the Nubra valley it was not until 1994 when tourism was opened. By land, Ladakh is accessible only in the summer. A road leads from Srinagar over the Zoji La Pass to Leh, the other from Manali in the Kulu Valley via Keylong in Lahaul, the second highest motorable pass in the world must be crossed.

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Day 1. Arrive Delhi (-/-/-)

Arrive in Delhi and transfer to the hotel.

Later proceed to experience Delhi in the early afternoon on a city tour. First you will visit Humayun's Tomb, the tombstone of the second Mughal ruler, which is considered the forerunner of the Taj Mahal. You will visit the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India and Khari Baoli, the largest Indian spice market. Then enjoy a rickshaw ride to

Chandni Chowk, a traditional and colorful market. Later visit the Doll Museum and the Mahatma Ghandi Museum.

Day 2. Delhi - Leh (B/L/D)

Transfer to the airport to board your flight to Leh. Enjoy your morning flight over the stunning Himalayan mountain ranges to Leh. Arrival and transfer to hotel.

Rest of the day is free at leisure, time for acclimatization to the high altitude (3,400 m).

Day 3. Leh (B/L/D)

Today proceed for a sightseeing of the city of Leh. Stroll along the main bazaar and alleys of the old city and visit the Leh Palace and the Shankar monastery, which belongs to the Gelukpa order and was founded by the first incarnation of the Skyabje Bakula. Later back to hotel.

Day 4. Leh (B/L/D)

Today after breakfast proceed from Leh to Thiksey, one of the largest and most impressive monasteries of Ladakh, which rises high above the village. The monastery of Hemis is one of the few places where strangers can participate in traditional ceremonies. Thiksey is architecturally one of the most impressive Gompas. There are several temples in this Gompas, containing images, stupas and wall paintings of Buddha, which are exquisite. Afternoon visit Shey Palace. Situated on a hillock 15 kms upstream from Leh, it was once the residence of the royal family. According to tradition, it was the seat of power of the pre-Tibetan kings. A 7.5 metres high copper statue of Buddha,

plated with gold and the largest of its kind, is installed here.

Day 5. Leh - Tingmosgang (B/L/D)

Today you will visit the Likir monastery, which was founded in the 11th century. Continue over three high mountain passes to Hemis Shukpachen. Here we will hike approximately 2 hours to Mebtek-La (3 720m). You will be rewarded with a breathtaking view of the next valley. The path leads down to the picturesque village of Ang and on to Tingmosgang, which is located in one of the most fertile valleys of Ladakh, thriving with apricot, apple and walnut trees. Here you will spend the night in a homestays and experience the traditional hospitality of the Ladakhis.

 

Day 6. Tingmosgang - Lamayuru (B/L/D)

Tingmosgang in the 15th century was one of the main cities of Ladakh. The ruins of the castle and the three temples that are frequently visited by pilgrims from all over Ladakh are all from that time. Continue to Lamayuru. Here you will visit a monastery from the 11th century. The monastery is surrounded on all sides by impressive

mountains and numerous chortens.

Day 7. Lamayuru - Leh (B/L/D)

Today after breakfast drive back to Leh from Lamayuru. Cross the Indus and reach Alchi. The monastery complex of five temples and numerous chortens is located in the village. Alchi is the only monastery that has not been built in an elevated position. It is known for its impressive wall paintings and architecture, with influences from Kashmir. On the way to Leh photo stop at the mouth of the Zanskar River in the Indus.

Day 8. Leh - Nubra Valley (B/L/D)

The road from Leh to Nubra Valley leads through the Khardunga La - the highest motorable pass in the world (5602 m). From here you have a fantastic view of the Zanskar Mountains. The Nubra valley lies between the Karakoram and Ladakh mountain range. The Shayok and Saichen flow through the Nubra valley. Until the last century, the Nubra Valley was an important trading center on the famous Silk Road. In the afternoon visit the Diskit Monastery, which is known for its collection of thangkas and murals. The monastery was founded by Lama Saheb Zangpo around 1420 AD. Admire the impressive sand dunes, rocky mountain ranges and snow-capped peaks.

Overnight stay is in a tent camp (Nubra Valley).

Day 9. Nubra Valley (B/L/D)

After breakfast you have the opportunity to take a camel safari (optional), which leads you through the sand dunes in the high mountain desert - you can see the snow capped mountains on the horizon. Then cross the river and reach Saichen Panamik, which was an important trading center on the famous Silk Road. Before you arrive to Panamik, you will see some hot springs, which served as a bath, drinking water and for medical purposes. Panamik served as a base for the caravans was before they crossed the Karakoram Pass.

On the way back, visit the Samsthanling monastery, which was founded by Lama Tsultimes Nima.

Overnight stay is in a tent camp (Nubra Valley).

Day 10. Nubra Valley - Leh (B/L/D)

In the morning free time in the Nubra Valley. In the afternoon we will proceed to Leh over the Khardung La pass.

In the evening visit the local market of Leh.

Overnight stay is at hotel in Leh.

Day 11. Leh - Delhi (B/-/-)

Transfer to the airport of Leh for your return flight to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi transfer to Hotel.

Rest of the day is free at leisure.

Day 12. Departure (B/-/-)

Transfer to the airport according to your flight schedule for your flight back to the UK.

The itinerary may be subject to change depending on circumstances.

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PRICES AND INCLUSIONS

12 DAYS / 11 NIGHTS FROM £1,515 per person

based on 2 people travelling together

The price includes: 

 

Domestic flights and train tickets according to the itinerary.

Medium range hotel accommodation on a twin-shared basis.

Meals as stated in the itinerary (B/L/D) = (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) 

Quality private vehicles & experienced drivers for all transfers and sightseeing.

Experienced English-speaking local guides throughout the tour.

Entrance fees for all listed attractions.

The price does not include: 

Return flights from the UK to India

Anything not specifically mentioned above

Visa fee for India

Tips to the guide and driver

Travel insurance

Personal costs such as drinks, laundry, etc.

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