Leh is very Tibetan in many respects; the national dress, 'stove-pipe' hats and felt boots with turned-up toes are much in evidence. The Royal Palace which dominates the town is very reminiscent of the Potala in Lhasa and Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, large chortens, prayer flags and mud brick houses with flat roofs are a dramatic culture change from the hot, teeming frenetic rush of Delhi.
On arrival at Delhi airport meet our executive & transfer to pre booked hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Early this morning, you will be transferred to the domestic airport in Delhi for your trans-Himalayan flight to Leh. Upon arrival, you will meet by our Guide and transferred to pre booked hotel. We recommend you relax and undergo minimal exertion to enable yourselves acclimatize to rarefied air of this remote region ensconced in the high Himalayan plateau. Overnight at Hotel.
After breakfast, your guide will accompany you as you explore the ancient town of Leh on foot. After a couple of hours, return to your hotel for lunch. After lunch you are driven west to visit the Shanti Stupa, inaugurated in 1983 by H. H. Dalai Lama, the peace Pagoda, whose sides are decorated with gilt panels depicting episodes from the life of Buddha, is one of the several monuments erected around India by peace sect of Japanese Buddhists. Following that, you are driven to Shankar Monastery nestled amid the shimmering coppices & terraced fields of Barley. Shankar monastery: The Gompa (Monastery in local language), contains a formidable collection of miniature statues of pure gold and ancient paintings(called Thangkas) also done with gold. We return to our hotel in the evening.
After breakfast, we visit the Hemis monastery, the biggest and the wealthiest in Ladakh. You walk past the Chortens and the Mani walls to enter the complex through the east gate. From Hemis, you are driven westwards to Thiksey monastery, located on a hilltop with formidable views of the Indus valley. After visiting the interiors of the monastery the tour continues to Shey the former summer palace of the King of Ladakh. Finally we drive back to Leh to our hotel.
After breakfast, we start our drive to Alchi, 70 kms west of Leh, south of the village of Saspol. On arrival at Uletokpo camp, we check-in and followed with lunch. After lunch, we drive back to visit Alchi village & the monastery. Alchi large temple complex founded in the 11th century is regarded as one of the most important Buddhist centers in Ladakh and a jewel of monastic skill. You will also have an opportunity to witness villagers using primitive methods to grind the wheat along the road side. After our visit to the Alchi monastery, we drive back to our campsite.
After early breakfast, we drive towards west to Lamayuru. We visit the Lamayuru Monastery founded, properly called Yung - Drung (Swastika) founded in the 11th century perched on a spur high above the valley bottom just off the main road, it is one of the most spectacularly picturesque Gompas (Gompa means Monastery in local language) in central Ladakh, as it descends from the Fotu la to Khalatseset Lamayuru, properly called Yung - Drung(Swastika) is believed to be the oldest in central Ladakh and to have been the holy place of the Bon-chos the advent of Buddhism. Afternoon picnic lunch at the Lamayuru village. After Lunch, explore Lamayuru village on foot, then we drive back to Uletokpo camp.
After a early tea/coffee, we drive to visit Ridzong Monastery. The track to Ridzong leaves the main road along the Indus at Uletokpo, between Saspol and Nyurla and follow the valley of a tributary stream, we leave the vehicle and set on foot a kilometer up the valley to Ridzong Monastery. Ridzong is is the only Nunnery Monastery in Ladakh. After that we descend, to drive back to our campsite, followed with breakfast. After breakfast we start our drive to Leh, enroute visit the Likir Monastery set up on a hill top of a low hill, it was re-founded in the 15th century by the Gelupa Sect (Yellow Sect). After that we continue our drive on the left bank of the Indus River to Leh. Lunch at the hotel. Afternoon/Evening at leisure.
After breakfast, we drive to Saboo village to see the village life of Ladakh. We visit the Local Buddhist house to see the private chapels and also visit the traditional Kitchen and get a demonstration of preparing Gur Gur tea (Local tea mixed with milk, butter & salt). Afternoon picnic lunch at a local house, then continue to drive back to Leh. Evening free to explore the local market of foot/at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast, we drive to visit the Stok palace, the former residence of the Royal family of Ladakh. We visit the museum in which the family's heirlooms and relics are displayed, a poignant evocation of Ladakh's vanished past as an independent kingdom. Ladakh well known as SOS Village. We visit the Tibetan Handicraft Centre/Tibetan school. After that we continue our drive to Leh. We then drive to Choglamsar, which is the largest settlement of Tibetan refugee, Village in Afternoon free to explore/at leisure.
After breakfast, being the last day optional visit to the local market. Overnight stay at hotel.
After early breakfast, you will transfer to the airport in Leh for flight to Delhi.