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Ladakh Monastery Tour

Duration : 14Nights / 15Days
Destination : Delhi - Amritsar - Dharamsala - Manali - Leh - Srinagar


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Tour Itinerary :

Day 01: Delhi - Amritsar

Leave for Amritsar by train. Check in to the hotel for night stay. At noon visit Wagah Border for "Change of Guards" ceremony held by Pakistani Rangers and Indian BSF. While returning drive to Shera Wali Gate and then take Rickshaw to Julian Walla Bagh. Later visit Golden Temple Complex, the Holy Site of Sikhs to visit Harmindar Sahib. Night halt at the Hotel.

Day 02 : AMRITSAR - DHARAMSALA

In the morning leave for Dharamsala, via through Pathankot and Nurpur village. Start ascending the hills of Himachal Pradesh. On arrival at McLeod Gunj (Upper Dharamsala) check in at the hotel for overnight stay. Later visit Bagshu Nag Temple and the Water Fall. Night halt at the Hotel.

Day 03 : DHARAMSALA - MANALI

Head towards Manali, in the morning, later proceed towards Chamunda to see Chamunda Ji Temple. You can see Tea Estates and famous spots for paragliding, via Palampur. Enroute stop at Baijnath to see Shiva Temple at Baijnath. Head through the town of Mandi, the temple city which is famous for Pandoh Dam, 16 Kms ahead. Drive along the River Beas passing through Kullu Town, the Valley Of Gods. Later head towards Manali.Night halt at the Resort.

Day 04 : MANALI

Vsit the famous temple of Hadimba Devi, Old Manali town and Vashist hot springs, in the Morning. At noon visit Nagar Castle. Night halt at the Hotel.


Day 05 : MANALI - KEYLONG JESPA

Drive to Jespa, after an early breakfast enroute crossing over Rohtang Pass, and Keylong, the district HQs of Keylong Valley. Night halt at the Hotel.

Day 06 : KEYLONG JESPA - SARCHU

Drive alongside the Bhaga River up towards its source, early morning. Drive over to Baralachla-la. On arrival at Sarchu, check in at Fixed Camps for overnight stay.

Day 07 : SARCHU - LEH

Drive to Leh with a view of magnificent Zanskar Range, after breakfast. Later drive over to Naklila and Lachungla Pass. Stop at Pang for Passport check. Proceed further through More Plains and then ascend over Tanglangla Pass after descending from Tanglangla; you will drive to Leh alongside the Indus River.
Night halt at the Hotel

Day 08 : LEH

In the morning, walk up to Samker Gompa. It 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 and was founded in 18th Century. The Gompa is the seat of the Head Lama of Ladakh and founder of yellow sect, Tson-Kha-Pa. The walls of the temple house, recent painted of figures including Sakyamuni, Avalokiteshwara, Padmasambhava, Tson-Ka-pa and green Tara Later visit Shanti Stupa built by the Japanese Artists, few years ago on a hilltop.
Later walk back to Leh Bazaar through the famous Leh Polo Ground. At noon, proceed to Stok - The Palace of the banished royal family, Stok has a museum, which displays fabulous period costumes and jewelry of the royalty along with exquisite Tangkhas representing the life of the Sakya- Muni Buddha. Interesting historical objects like coins, seals, Armour, weapons, precious jade and porcelain can also be seen here. Later drive up to Stakna Monastery - to visit the Monastery of 17th Century near the Indus River. Night halt at the Hotel


Day 09 : LEH

During the day visit Shey, Thiksey and 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. Later visit- 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.
Hemis - The famous Hemis Gompa celebrates its annual festival, which will continue for 02 days. The festival time for the villagers is a gala time when they visit the monastery to make offerings and at the same time get a chance to watch festivities - Prayer ceremonies and mask dances.
Later visit Hemis, which is dedicated to Padmasambhava, what a visitor can observe is a series of scenes in which the lamas, robed in gowns of rich, brightly colored brocade and sporting masks sometimes benign and 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.
Hemis was founded in 1630s by -Tsang-ras-pa under the royal patronage of Singge Namgyal, Hemis is largest and richest of Ladakh Gompa it nestles into the mountain Side a little way up a glen in the mountains of Zanskar range. Night halt at the Hotel

Day 10 : LEH - ULEYTOKPO

Depart for Uleytokpo enroute visit Alchi Gompa, the most beautiful Gompa of Ladakh also called Jewel among the central Ladakh's religious sites. It's known as Chos-Kor, or religious enclave. It comprises of five temples which are noted for its massive Buddha statues and lavish woodcarvings and art work its Murals dating from 11th to 12th centuries, pre - date the Tibetan style of painting that is present in all other Gompas. Later check-in at the
Uleytokpo Ethnic Resort and enjoy hot lunch there. Alchi Choskor "Religious Enclave" is 69 km. west of Leh, the most famous and largest of all the Gonpa built by Lotsava Rinchen Zangpo. He appointed four families to look after Choskor, as there was no monastic community introduced, and then in the 15th century Choskor was taken over by the Likir Monastery since then Choskor is being taken care of by Likir Monastery.
The monastery comprises of Dukhang (Assembly Hall), Sumtsek Lakhang (three tier) the Lakhang Soma (New Temple), Jamyang Lakhang (Munjushri Temple), Lotsava Lakhang (Translator Temple) and Kangyur Lakhang. The Sculptors and Wood carvers are said to be brought from Kashmir around in 11th Century. At noon drive 3 Kms to Rizong Gompa. It involves 2 Kms of walk to reach main Gompa. Called "Chomos". It's a small Gompa situated deep inside a narrow valley. Rizong "Vuma Changchubling" around 73 kms west of Leh, and north of the Indus River from Uleytokpo village.
It is beautifully set in a valley, deep inside a gorge and the most isolated monastery in Ladakh. About 137 years ago Lama Tsultim Nima founded this Gonpa and monastic community was introduced with strict rules and regulations. Chulichan the Nunnery place is around one and half kms. Further down the monastery, around 20 nuns reside at Chulichan; they provide food and clothes to the monks. Apart from above activities they perform prayers in the morning and evening.
Return to Uleytokpo Camp for the night.

Day 11 : Uleytokpo - Kargil

Drive for Kargil, after breakfast, Enroute visit Lamayuru at a distance of 85 Km. The oldest monastery of Ladakh. Enjoy Hot Lunch at the Local Restaurant there. Proceed further towards the Monastery of Mulbekh, famous for 1st century Statue of Maitrya Buddha, carved out of a huge rock.
Enroute passing through Namikala and Fatula Passes, the highest Pass on Leh - Srinagar road. Visit the 10th Century Monastery, also called as "Yandrung Gompa" of red sect. Later drive along the Indus River and passing thru the villages of Khalsi. Arrive at Kargil and Check in at hotel. Night halt at the Hotel.


Day 12 : KARGIL - SRINAGAR

Depart for Srinagar, After an Early breakfast. Stop at Drass, the 2nd coldest inhabitant place in the World for Passport check and tea. Drive along the Drass River and passing over Zojila Pass till one arrives at Srinagar and drive through Sonamarg.
Situated at an altitude of 9000 Ft. Sonamarg is also called as "The meadow of gold" has, as its backdrop, snowy mountains against a cerulean sky. The Sindh River that meanders through the valley abounds with trout and mahaseer. Stop at Sonamarg Glacier Restaurant for Breakfast. Right after breakfast, drive towards Srinagar and Check in at Deluxe Houseboat - Srinagar.


Day 13 : SRINAGAR

Visit the Mughal Gardens Terraced lawns, after breakfast, which cascade fountains, and paint-box bright flowerbeds with the panorama of the Dal in front of them. The three Mughal Gardens of Cheshmashahi, Nishat and Shalimar are the Mughal emperor's concept of paradise and are today very popular places for picnics.
These gardens are traditionally patterned in the formal gardens of Central Asia, Persia and Turkistan.
Cheshmashahi is the first Mughal Garden you will pass after Nehru Park. Built at a height above the city, its views are as stupendous as its layout. The smallest of Srinagar's Mughal gardens, Cheshmashahi has only three terraces in addition to a natural spring of water enclosed in a stone pavillion. Nishat built by Empress Nur Jahan's brother Asaf Khan. The largest of the gardens, Nishat has seven terraces.
These terraces rise dramatically off the mountains from the eastern part of the lake, and these together with the flowerbeds, a riot of brilliant colors, present an unforgettable sight. Emperor Jehangir, whose love for the Kashmir was legendary, built Shalimar, the garden of love. Shaded by magnificient chinar trees, the Shalimar is a series of stones of pavilions and flowerbeds. Afternoon enjoy Sikara Ride on Dal Lake. Dinner and overnight stay at Houseboat.

Day 14 : SRINAGAR - Gulmarg

Gulmarg Leave for full Day excursion to Gulmarg, called as "Meadow of Flowers" with picnic lunch. Gulmarg is 53 Kms from Srinagar, it is a famous Ski Resort and the world's highest 18 hole Golf Course. Enjoy the scenic view of Kongdori on a Cable Car Ride - OPTIONAL (Gondola) Return to Srinagar for an overnight stay at Deluxe Houseboat.


Day 15 : Gulmarg - Delhi - Departure

Leave for Delhi, by air.

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