This six day tour has been exclusively customized to offer the best sightseeing tour around Leh, the pride of Ladakh. Through out the trip you will have a moment of deep contact with Leh’s history, culture and tradition. From exploration around rekonowned monasteries like Shey, Hemis, Thiskey, Spituk and Phyang to sheer mysticism of Leh’s natural vistas, Leh has something to offer for everyone. Dwelling cells, library and a large courtyard of monasteries speak on itself the ancient history and culture of Leh. You can simply stroll around Leh market which you will observe looks strikingly colorful with an array of items like hand-woven carpets with dragon designs, trinkets of silver and copper set with turquoise, food supplies, painted thankas and many more. Besides being spiritually rejuvenating, the tour is both educative and insightful.
Upon your arrival at Delhi airport our staff will escort you to your hotel. After getting thoroughly briefed about your tour plan, you can make all the apt travel preparations accordingly. You get to have free time to indulge in whatever you feel up to..
Early in the morning you have to board a flight to Leh, the capital of Ladakh. At an altitude of 3505 meters, Leh lies at the base of Khardung La on the north of the Indus River. Our staff will receive you at the airport and take you to your hotel in Leh..
Shortly after breakfast you will begin your guided sightseeing tour in Leh, the cultural heart of Ladakh. Shey, Hemis and Thiskey are the major highlights of the tour. The fertile valley of Leh houses many Buddhist monasteries and historic monuments. While touring around Leh, you will observe that the town resembles Tibetan culture and is distinctively influenced by Buddhism. Leh has several houses with terraced roofs. 16th century Leh Palace built by King Tashi Namgyal is one of the major attractions of Leh. On climbing up the stairs of the palace, you reach an ideal vantage point to sightsee the magnificent view of Leh. On heading 15 km away from Leh, Shey monastery springs into picture. Built amazingly on a hill, this monastery looks scintillating with its two-storey statue of the sitting Buddha adorned in copper and gold. If you turn to the east of Shey gompa, you can see several chortens. Further on, your guide will escort you to Hemis gompa, situated 49 km south of Leh. This is the biggest monastery built in 17th century by Chapgon Gyalshas and being the headquarter of the Red Hat Drukpa order administers all the monasteries of Ladakh. Lamas need to be trained at Hemis monastery prior to working for other monasteries at Leh, Shey and Bazgo. It is believed that this monastery possesses the largest thankas in Ladakh which is displayed once in every 11 years. In June July you can see a very important festival of masked dances at this site. Equally fascinating is Thiskey Monastery which rests 19 km away from Leh. It has the biggest library in Ladakh, accommodates 60 Lamas and houses historic statues, stupas and thankas. This monastery is most dotted for its picturesque panorama of verdant Indus Valley. Eventually, after sightseeing you will head back to your hotel and enjoy the high quality service at the hotel..
You get to enjoy yet another insightful sightseeing tour around Leh on this day. Visits to Spituk and Phyang are the two major attractions. On following the trail along the Kargil road 10 km away from Leh, you will come across Spituk monastery. Nestled high on a hill, Spituk monastery overlooks breathtaking view of the Indus. Historic thankas and statues are the prides of this site. There are several statues of Kali at this monastery and once in a year Kali’s face is unveiled before her devotees. You can find the reformist Gelugs-pa, or Yellow-Hat sect at this monastery. Phyang gompa is another such religious site which represents diversity of India’s culture and tradition..
Soon after early morning breakfast, you will board a flight back to Delhi where you will be chauffeured to your hotel by our staff..
You will be driven to the airport in time for your flight back home. We ensure that that you will leave Delhi with cherishing memory and an experience of a lifetime..
Dolpo requires some extra logsistics and Pemba made all necessary arrangements. We also benefited. Both treks were wonderful! from having a local guide- Baba –in Mustang- as this is more of a cultural trek-his personal knowledge was useful.
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