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Introduction

“Hemis festival of Ladakh, is famous for its colourful celebrations every year during the summer season. The Biggest monastery “Hemis” holds this festival to celebrate re-incarnate of Lord Buddha, Lord Padmasambhava’s birth anniversary. Masked dances to ward off evil, is the primary ritual, which attracts tourists worldwide to attend this festival”



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Trip Highlight
  • Hemis
    Attend the famous masked dance at Hemis Monastery
    Kushok Bakula Rinpochi Airport
  • Pangong Tso Lake
    Drive through the scenic beauty to reach the Pangong Tso Lake
    Khardungla
  • Nubra Bacterian Camels
    Only place to find the 2 hump camels in India
    Nubra
  • Khardungla pass
    Motorable road at the highest altitude
    Pangong Tso Lake
  • Alchi Monastery
    World Heritage Monument
    Pangong Tso Lake- Leh

Day 1

Arrival in Delhi

Arrival at Delhi International airport. Our representative will meet you at airport and transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Stay at: WelcomHotel DWARKA Delhi
Delhi International Airport
Delhi
Delhi International Airport

Day 2

Delhi - Leh

After an early breakfast, transfer to the airport to take your flight to Leh. Arrive at Leh's Kushok Bakula Rinpochi Airport. Take the first whiff of this spectacular mountain city as you step out into 10,000 ft. terrain. Leh is a land of beautiful landscapes that are never ending and gorgeous vistas. You will be met by your guide, who will assist you and accompany you to the hotel in Leh. Rest of the day will be spent acclimatizing to the high altitude.

OPTIONAL - Afternoon you may go out of your hotel and have your first look at the lives of the locals and visit the Leh Market. Plethora of shops selling antiques is definitely an attraction apart from the bakers selling freshly baked bread. Stay overnight at the hotel. (B,D)

Stay at: Hotel Royal Palace Leh
Kushok Bakula Rinpochi Airport
Kushok Bakula Rinpochi Airport
Leh

Day 3

Leh

Explore the rich cultural heritage of the region of Ladakh and explore its royal past. Start your day with a visit to Shey, the former capital of Ladakh region and erstwhile home to the Ladakhi royalty. The main attraction at Shey is Shey Palace, erstwhile royal residence of the Laddakh monarchs, built by Ladakh king Deldan Namgyal in 1655 AD. Currently serving as a centre of Buddhism, it houses Shey Monastery, which had the largest golden Buddha statue towering 39 feet in Leh Ladakh region. From here move on and discover the largest Gompa of central Ladakh at Thiksey Monastery. The 12 story complex of the monastery belonging to Yellow Hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism, strikingly resemble the Potala Palace of Tibet. Apart from housing many important items of Buddhist art such as stupas, statues, thangkas, wall paintings and swords, the Thiksey monastery, it also houses the largest statue of Maitreya Buddha in Ladakh standing 49ft tall. Stay overnight at the hotel. (B,L,D)
Stay at: Hotel Royal Palace Leh
Diwan i Khas
Thiksey Monastery
Leh
"Amazing Facts
Padmasambhava, though considered as reincarnate Buddha, has consorts. It is also believed that they all reached the enlightenment and their followers consider them to still be alive in rainbow form.

Day 4

Leh – Khardungla - Nubra

Enjoy buffet breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, you will check out of hotel and travel to explore one of the cold deserts of the world, home to double humped bacterian camel – Nubra valley. The valley is formed by the Shyok river meeting with Nubra or Siachan river and it separates Ladakh from Karakoram ranges. The valley, located on an average height of more than 10000 feet, offers you an insight into and the ways of life of the local people, battling harshest climatic conditions possible. The drive to Nubra is in itself interesting, with you passing through the highest motorable road of the world, Khardungla pass. As you descend through the pass, you will get to see the picturesque Sunoor area and Samstanling Gompa, which offers you scenic view of the Dikshit valley. Stay overnight at one of the fixed camps at Dikshit/ Hunder. Stay overnight at Nubra. (B,L,D)
Stay at: Silk Route Cottage Leh Nubra
Game Drives at Ranthambore
Nubra Valley
Leh

Day 5

Nubra - Leh

Enjoy your breakfast at the camp. Later in the morning explore Diskit & Hundar, the two most important villages of Nubra Valley . Visit the Diskit monastery (gompa), belonging to Gelugpa sect, it is the oldest monastery of Nubra valley. The monastery has statue of Matireya Buddha in the prayer hall, a huge drum and several images of fierce guardian deities. An elevated cupola of the monastery depicts a fresco of the Tashihunpo monastery of Tibet. Also enjoy the visit to the Sand Dunes where you can enjoy a short camel safari using the double-humped Bactrian camel found here. Afternoon you will drive back to Leh to arrive and check in at the hotel. Stay overnight at the hotel. (B,D)
Stay at: Hotel Royal Palace Leh
Nawal Sagar Bundi
Diskit Monastery
Leh

Day 6

Leh - Pangong Tso Lake

Early morning after breakfast, we will go to explore one of the most beautiful lakes in the Himalayas – Pangong Tso, which means "long, narrow, enchanted lake" in Tibetan language, also referred to as Pangong Lake. The lake, spread over 604 sq kms of area between India and Tibet (China), is about 5 kms wide at the broadest point. With no interference with the living world, the lake offers spectacular views of the mountains of the Changchenmo range to the north, their reflections shimmering in the ever-changing blues and greens of the lakes brackish waters. You are close to the Mother Nature in the midst of the scenic beauty of Himalaya, with you and the peace in between. The water is saline, despite that the lake freezes in winter. The drive to the Lake in itself is an amazing experience, with the route passing through the villages of Shey and Gya and traverses the Changla pass. Road down from Changla Pass leads through Tangste and other smaller villages, crossing river called Pagal Naala, also known as “The Crazy Stream”. You will live in one of the most pristine environments, as you spend your nights at the tented complex near Pangong Lake. Overnight stay at Pangong. (B,L,D)

**KIND ATTENTION:The Tents on Pangong Lake are basic with attached toilets and are eco-friendly in nature.


Stay at: 100 Sky Camp Pangong Tso Lake
Orchha Fort
Pangong Tso Lake
Leh

Day 7

Pangong Tso Lake - Leh

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel amidst the naturally calm environments, you would have rarely experienced such quiet mornings in your life, where even the birds do not chirp, the only sound you get to hear is the sound of the winds flowing. After a relaxed breakfast, prepare your cameras to zoom on and click the rare sights of black-necked Siberian crane around the Mahe marshes which are the only breeding ground for these migratory birds. Later check out and drive back to Leh, enroute visit Darbuk Village near Tangtse Valley, where stands a chain of war memorials with regimental insignias in commemoration of the soldiers who lost their lives during the Indo-China war of 1962. Villagers can be seen here along with their large herds of Pashmina sheep and long-tailed yaks. Arrive back at Leh to check in and stay overnight at the hotel. (B,L,D)
Stay at: Hotel Royal Palace Leh
Boat Ride at Lake Pichola
Pangong Tso Lake
Leh

Day 8

Leh

After breakfast we leave for Hemis monastery to attend the famous annual Hemis festival held here. It is the wealthiest, best-known and biggest gompa of Ladakh. The festival is in honour of Guru Padma Sambhav's birth anniversary. It also has the largest Thangka in Ladakh, which is unfurled, once in 12 years (next in 2016). Hemis was built in 1630 during the reign of Sengge Namgyal, an illustrious ruler of Ladakh. It flourished under the Namgyal dynasty for the royalty favoured the Drugpa sect, which managed the monastery. It is divided into two parts, the assembly hall on the right and the main temple on the left. The hall Dukhang is also used as "green room" by the dancers during the festival. The temple is known as Tshogkhang. The varandahs have a surfeit of frescoes, among them the Buddhist 'wheel of life' (Kalachakra) and the lords of the four quarters, besides the prayer wheel.
Stay at: Hotel Royal Palace Leh
City Palace
Hemis Festival
Leh

Day 9

Leh

Have Breakfast at the hotel. Proceed to Hemis Monastery for the second and last day of the Hemis Festival. Enjoy the day and immerse yourself in the colourful festivities.

Dinner and Overnight in hotel


Stay at: Hotel Royal Palace Leh
Jain Temple Ranakpur
Hemis Monastery
Leh

Day 10

Leh

Today we discover the rich Buddhist heritage of Ladakh, by travelling to one of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh at Alchi. Alchi monastery, a national heritage, was established in 10th century. It is more famous for well-preserved 11th & 12th century wall paintings, all in an Indo Himalayan style. The artistic and spiritual details of both Buddhism and the Hindu kings of that time in Kashmir are reflected in the wall paintings in the monastery. These are some of the oldest surviving paintings in Ladakh. The complex also has huge statues of the Buddha and elaborate wood carvings and art-work comparable to the baroque style. Enroute you will also visit Likir monastery which was established in 1065 AD, on top of a hill alongside the valley of river Indus. The monastery has two assembly halls with the statues of Bodhisattva, Amitabha, three large statues of Sakyamuni. Maitreya and Tsong Khapa founder of the yellow-hat sect. the verandah has thangka
Stay at: Hotel Royal Palace Leh
Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada
Chhoskhor Temple
Leh

Day 11

Leh – Delhi Departure

Leave the world of mesmerizing sights, morning transfer to the airport to catch the flight to Delhi. Half day city tour of Qutub Minar, India Gate, Parliament House and Humayun's Tomb Transfer to international airport to board flight for onward destination.
Delhi
Delhi International Airport
Delhi
Delhi International Airport