There is no better time to go to Ladakh than during Hemis Festival as HemisGompa becomes a hub of celebrations. During the festival, sacred dances, contradictory explanations and special musical performances are the main highlights. Buddhist lamas and monks gather at the HemisGompa to perform the sacred Mask Dance. This also gives you a chance to experience lifetime of Ladakhi.
duration: 10 Days & 9 Nights
There is no better time to go to Ladakh than during Hemis Festival as HemisGompa becomes a hub of celebrations. During the festival, sacred dances, contradictory explanations and special musical performances are the main highlights. Buddhist lamas and monks gather at the HemisGompa to perform the sacred Mask Dance. This also gives you a chance to experience lifetime of Ladakhi because it is an event for villagers and families to return together and socialise. This tour also takes you other beautiful monasteries of Ladakh and Nubra Valley, a requirement visit place in Ladakh which lies on a unprecedented trans-Himalayan trade route which originated with the Silk Road in medieval period.You can also customize this itinerary to create your tailor-made trip to india
Arrive at Leh airport then transfer to hotel. Leh is a picturesque little town, cocooned amid the hills and is drowned in calmness. Beautiful monasteries and historical monuments attract visitors from everywhere the planet . The rugged terrain with snow clad mountains within the clear blue is that the perfect holiday destination. Complete day is for acclimatization as Leh is situated at 3500 meters above the ocean level.In the evening we'll began for a brief rehearse the bazaars of Leh. Stay overnight at hotel.
Full day excursion to the monasteries of Leh. The tour starts with visit of Thiksey Monastery. Resting on Capitol Hill top within the Indus Valley region is that the extraordinary Monastery, Thiksey monastery. It’s the most important Gompa in central Ladakh. This 12 storey building houses a tremendous collection of Buddhist art. The monastery got a nickname – Mini Patola since its architecture resembles that of Tibet’s Patola Palace. Continue tour to go to Shey Monastery which is situated within the complex of Shey Palace. The palace was the summer capital of the royal kingdom, but now It’s in ruins. The palace was inbuilt 1655 by the king of Ladakh. SheyGompa features a high elevated statue of Lord Buddha. Finally visit Stok Palace which is that the private palace of this king of Ladakh. a neighborhood of the Stok Palace has been converted into a museum. It’s a photogenic palace with colourful window frames and patola like architecture. Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Morning drive to Hemis to witness famous Hemis Festival. HemisGompa becomes a hub of activities during the festival. The gompa, which is understood to be the wealthiest and therefore the biggest in Ladakh, also features the most important thangka in Ladakh. The Buddhist gompa remains divided into two main parts – the auditorium on the proper and therefore the temple on the left. Sacred dances, contradictory explanations and special musical performances are the main highlights of the Hemis Festival in Ladakh. During the festival, lamas and monks gather to perform sacred Mask Dance. the precise dance form is supposed to celebrate good over evil. The Hemis Festival brings a chance for all the villagers and families to return together and socialise. Men are often seen wearing cummerbands while women are wearing bright headgear and much of jewelry . Brass trumpets, which are 3 metre long , are played and therefore the whole festive scene becomes a sight to behold. Later return to Leh hotel for overnight stay.
After breakfast drive to Uleytokpo and on the way visit Alchi village which is ancient site known for its Alchi monastery. The monastery is situated on the banks of River Indus and is that the only monastery situated on the plains. The place houses a spot where Lama’s walking stick was planted and has now grown into a tree. Continue drive to Likir Monastery which belongs to Gelugpa sect or Yellow Hat sect. The monastery was founded within the year 1065 by Lama DuwangChosje under the reign of the fifth king of Ladakh. The monastery houses a 25 ft high gold covered Buddha statue. It’s a repository of old manuscripts, magnetizing array of Thangkas, and ancient costumes. It’s very colorful buildings and offers breathtaking views over the mountains.Finally drive to Uleytokpo. Overnight stay within the camp.
After breakfast drive to Lamayuru Monastery which was inbuilt the 10th century. The monastery is situated between Kyagar and Sumur villages. Belonging to Red- hat sect of Buddhism, the monastery is famed for its opulent wall paintings, murals, scriptures, collection of Thangkas and statutes of various sort of Buddha.Later drive to Rizong Monastery, located within the remote end of the valley. The monastery provides an impact of rocky fortress. Lama TsultimNim founded the monastery and therefore the Gompa follows strict monastic disciplines. Return to Uleytokpo Village which is one among the most important villages in Ladakh, situated on the banks of the Indus . Overnight stay in camp.
After breakfast drive to Leh.En-route stop at Phyang monastery which is known as after the blue mountain that's situated behind the monastery. The monastery complex features numerous shrines along side a good array of exquisite paintings that go back to royal period. The oldest temple within the monastery complex is Gomkhang which was founded within the 16th century. Then visit Spituk monastery located on Capitol Hill top offering a commanding view of Indusriver. The SpitukGompa was founded in 11thcentury there's a set of ancient masks, antique arms and fine thangkas. Continue drive to Leh and check-in at hotel for overnight stay.
After early breakfast at hotel we shall leave for the Nubra valley with lunch box.In the north of Leh, capital of Ladakh is that the Nubra Valley. The natural great thing about this place will leave you spellbound. This high altitude valley within the tranquil region of Leh – Ladakh is the perfect place for the best serene trekking routes also as a couple of ancient Buddhist monasteries. Stop en-route and visit Diskit and Hunder Monastery.Diskit Monastery is that the oldest and therefore the largest monastery in Nubra Valley. The monastery was established within the 14th century and belongs to the Gelukpa sect of Buddhism. The monastery was constructed in Tibetan style and houses beautiful murals and frescos. The monastery also offers picturesque view of the Nubra valley. Hunder Monastery is situated slightly below Diskit monastery. It’s a really beautiful monastery housing an enormous statue of Buddha.Arrive and check-in at camp for overnight stay.
After breakfast, visit Panamik village. this is often the last village that's accessible to foreigners. The green valley of Panamik is that the sight to behold because the village is surrounded by snow clad mountains. The village is renowned for its curative hot springs. The destination is worth a visit because it has sulfur springs and Saichan glacier in close proximity. The village is additionally famous for Bactrian camels and Pashmina goats.Return to camp for lunch and within the afternoon visit Samtaling monastery in Sumur village. It’s a really beautiful monastery located in Nubra Valley. The monastery houses numerous shrines with intricate wood carvings.Later within the evening return to camp for dinner and overnight stay.
After a breakfast we shall leave for Leh with a lunchbox.En-route stop at the Khardung-La Pass. The Khardung-La Pass is a high pass located in Ladakh region and is 39 kms from Leh. The pass is that the gateway to Nubra Valley. a number of the locals claim the pass to be the very best motorable road within the world. Continue drive to Leh. Arrive and check-in at hotel. the remainder of the day is free for exploring local bazaar and independent activities.Stay overnight at hotel.
In the morning transfer to Leh airport to catch your flight.