This is Ladakh – a truly unique and magical experience. The hardy people of Tibetan stock practice ancient traditions to survive, whilst the wildlife descends into valleys in search of food. Monasteries dot almost every hilltop and become the center of the social and religious calendar at this time. The festivals witnessed on this trip bring hundreds of people together to see the monks perform ritual masked-dances, dressed in brightly patterned brocade robes.
Your chance to
- Attend a masked dance festival
- Stay in traditional Ladakhi homes
- Enjoy gentle walks amidst the Himalaya
- Spot wonderful winter wildlife
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||New Delhi /New Delhi|
||Ladakh, Zanskar, Leh|
|TIME||Full time tour|
|WEAR||Comfortable warm clothings, gloves and sunscreen.|
Day 1: Arrival in New Delhi, flight to Leh
Arrival in New Delhi at the INdira Gandhi International Airport. Transfer to the domestic airport. Flight to Leh, capital of Ladakh. Arrival in Leh and transfer to your hotel. It’s time to acclimatize as Leh is at 3500 meter high! Free leisure day, just walking around in the bazaar to feel the city and have a look at the day-to-day life of Ladakhi. Night in Leh.
Day 2: Leh, Shey, Thiksey, Leh (40 km, 3500 meters)
Let’s visit the nicest monasteries close to Leh for our first day of discoveries. First, we will visit Shey monastery who got the Old Summer Palace of the Kings of Ladakh. We will continue up to Thiksey to visit his monastery and to admire the compassion statue of 15 meter high. Amazing! Night in Leh.
Day 3: Leh, Hemis monastery festival, Leh (80 km)
We are going in minivan toward Hemis to assist at the monastic festival. Hemis festival is the most famous in Ladakh. It is held to commemorate the founder of tantric Buddhism in Tibet, the Second Buddha, Padmasambhava. The ladakhi population always got good reasons to celebrate with dance and chanting. At the Losar (Tibetan New Year), for a wedding and when a new baby is born. The celebration is part of the cultural heritage. In Hemis, we will get the chance to see the monk dancing with colorful dress and huge mask. We will visit Hemis monastery, known as one of the most ancient monastery in Ladakh, On the way back, we will visit a ”thangka” shop where we will learn how they make it and how long it takes to make one thangka. Night in Leh.
Day 4: Leh, Alchi, Lamayuru (130 km)
Let’s drive toward Indus Valley up to Lamayuru. First, we will stop over to take a look at the magnificent landscape from the crossing of Zanskar river and Indus river. Then, we will stop at the Alchi monastery which is 1000 years old! This monasteries got really nice Buddha statues. It is well known for his indo-tibetan art. We will continue up to Lamayuru in landscape that look like if we are in the moon! Night in Lamayuru.
Day 5: Lamayuru, Skindeyang (30 km)
Very early this morning, we will have a unique experience with Buddhist monks: we will attend a prayer ceremony, called “puja”. Visits to the mystical places of this monastery located in an impressive mountainous circus. Lunch at the hotel. A convivial meeting of sharing and cultural exchange with a Buddhist monk. Departure in the direction of Skindeyang, authentic village ladakhi situated in the hollow of the Himalayan mountains. Arrival and installation in traditional ladakhi houses. Dinner in Skindeyang. Departure for the visit of the charming monastery of Patmasambawa and its meditation cellar between two hills. Free time in the village to meet the everyday life of the ladakhis. Back to the traditional house where we will have the chance to prepare the regional dish: the momos. . Dinner and overnight in Skindeyang.
Day 6: Skindeyang, Likir, Leh (120 km)
We are going to Likir to visit his monastery. Few Gelugpa monks still staying there. In 1997, the highest Buddha statue (21 meters high) in Ladakh was built. Night in Leh.
Day 7: Leh, Shanti stupa, Khardung pass, Leh (90 km)
Early morning, we will drive up to the Shanti Stupa inaugurated by his Holiness Dalaï Lama. From there, we got a stunning panoramic view of Leh! We will drive up to the highest motorbale road in the world at 5550 meters high! The Himalayas are just breathtaking on the way down. Free leisure time in Leh bazaar with lots of ladakhis and cachemiris shops. ”By night” in the bazaar. Night in Leh.
Day 8: Leh, Korzok (230 km, 4450 meters)
This morning, we are going to Korzok, the highest village in the world next to the awesome Tsomoriri lake. The lake got a bright turquoise water that makes a big contrast with the color of the mountains. In Korzok, we will meet the Changpas nomads, the first resident of Ladakh. they are moving from one filed to another to get the best grass for their yaks and goats herds. Free leisure time. Camp site in Korzok.
Day 9: Korzok, Tsokar (95 km, 4500 meters)
We are driving to Tsokar, called ”white lake” because of the white salt that bound the lake. It looks like we are in the moon! We will cross two passes before driving in a narrow gorge. On the way, we will visit a school for tibetan nomads. Next to the lake, we can admire kyangs (wild animal). Camp at Tsokar.
Day 10: Tso Kar, Leh (165 km)
It’s time to go back to Leh by minivan. We can see on the way the well-known bird black-necked crane. We will cross few villages, stop on the way for tea and take a last moment to enjoy the view of the mountains. Night in Leh.
Day 11: Leh
We going up the hill to Leh Palace for having a beautiful view of Leh and surroundings. This Palace was the highest monument who was built for the buddhist kings of Ladakh. We will visit also the small and peaceful Tsermo monastery. Free leisure time in the afternoon to enjoy the last moment in the city. In the evening, traditional ladakhi dance show. Night in Leh.
Day 12: Leh, New Delhi
Transfer at the airport in Leh. Flight to Delhi. City tour to discover India gate and Presidential Palace. Discovery of the sikh temple Gurudwara Sisganj, the most important sikh temple in Delhi. Leisure time. Night in New Delhi.
Day 13: New Delhi
Visit of the Old Delhi by rickshaw and the impressive Jama Masjid mosque. Visit of the mystic tibetan colony in new Delhi. We will experiment the great Delhi subway. Transfer at the international airport in Delhi. Flight back home.
Fixed Departure Dates 2016 – 2017
10, 17, 24
08 , 22 ,29
12, 13, 26
- 1270 USD/Pax for a group of 2 pax.
- 1040 USD/Pax for a group of 3-8 pax.
- 920 USD/Pax for a group of 8 & above.