Exploring Hidden Monasteries
- Ancient monasteries of the Indus Valley
- Interaction with the local people of beautiful villages of Ladakh
- Tibetan Culture and History.
- The Highest Moonland In The World
|Title||Exploring Hidden Monasteries|
|Details||Delhi – Leh - Saboo Gompa - SOS Village – Leh - Traktok - Chemrey - Hemis - Alchi - Phyang - Basgo - Lamayuru –Ridzong– Leh - Delhi|
|Duration||08 Nights / 09 Days|
Ladakh is a land abounding in awesome physical features, set in an enormous and spectacular environment. Bounded by two of the world's mightiest mountain ranges, the Karakoram in the north and the Great Himalaya in the south, it is traversed by two other parallel chains, the Ladakh Range and the Zanskar Range.
Sightseeing of the historic monuments and major Buddhist gompas (monasteries) are the main attractions of Ladakh. The Indus Valley, particularly from Upsidedown to Khalatse, which is the region's historic heartland, is dotted with all the major sites connected. The important sistes of Leh include: Stock Palace, Shep Palace Monsatery. Other famous monasteries include: Thiksey, Hemis, Chemday, Takthok, Spituk, Likhir, Alchi,Lamayuru. etc
Some of them which could cherish your mind with the beauty of places are Red fort, India Gate, Jama Masjid. Enjoy a rickshaw ride through Old Delhi – a truly memorable experience. A visit to Qutab Minar, the tallest stone tower in India
Flight to Ladakh. On a clear day from one side of the aircraft can be seen in the distance the peaks of K2, Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum and on the other side of the aircraft, so close that you feel you could reach out and touch it, is the Nun Kun massif.
The morning is at leisure to acclimatize to the rarefied air. You may choose to stroll along the main bazaar - observing the varied crowds. In the afternoon you will drive to SABOO - 8 km from Leh, standing majestically on top of a hillock overlooking the Indus Valley. On your drive back to Leh, you visit SOS Village(Choglamsar). Choglamsar is an important center for the study of Tibetan Culture and History.
The days’ tour of monasteries begins with a visit to TAKTHOK GOMPA in the morning. In the 8th century, the great propagator of Buddhism, Guru Padmasambhava set out from India to journey across many lands en route to Tibet. Returning from Takthok, the CHEMREY GOMPA rises majestically on a hill with the residences of the lamas spilling along its contours. Continue your drive to HEMIS GOMPA, crossing over the Indus River at the village of Karu. The most famous of Ladakh’s monasteries, Hemis or Changchub
After breakfast you will be driving to ALCHI. En-route you would be taking a short diversion to visit PHYANG GOMPA which is located on the right of the main highway to Alchi. After visiting Phyang you come to BASG which lies astride the road to Alchi. In the afternoon visit the ALCHI GOMPA. The complex of temples located within the village is the most celebrated of Ladakh’s monasteries and dates back to the 11th century.
After setting out from Alchi en-route to Lamayuru, you take a diversion to visit the RIDZONG GOMPA, which is one of the less frequented monasteries of Ladakh. After this visit, you proceed to the 11th century LAMAYURUMONASTERY, which is spectacularly located along the valley plain and surrounded by mountains on all sides.
Finally, you drive back to Leh in time for lunch at the hotel. The afternoon is free to explore the town on your own.
In time transfer to the Leh airport to board your flight back to Delhi. You are met upon arrival at Delhi airport and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon you have the option to relax after your stay in high altitude or pursue an independent activity.
In time transfer to the international airport to board your flight back home.