Ladakh Program

 

DAY 01                       ARRIVE DELHI

 

Upon arrival after clearing immigration and custom, you will be met and transferred to your hotel

Overnight: at the hotel Metropolitan.

Day 02                Delhi

qutub minar delhiMorning Free,

Afternoon city tour of  New : Our tour of New Delhi includes visits to such sights as Humayun’s Tomb (1586) and the Qutab Minar 72 meters high and one of the most perfect towers in the Persian world.  The Iron Pillar which has survived the vagaries of weather for over 1500 years.  Continue with a drive through Embassy area, the Government buildings (1921-1930) and other places of interest.

Overnight: at the hotel Metropolitan.

 

DAY 03            DELHI / LEH     ( Flight )       
DAY 03            DELHI / LEH     ( Flight )       

Morning transfer to airport to connect flight to Leh

Full day free for Acclimatization.

Overnight: at the hotel.

DAY 04            LEH

mountaing-ladakh2Following breakfast, Full day visit of Sankar ,Spituk,Phyang

Sankar Gompa : 3-km north of the town centre, is among the most accessible monasteries in central Ladakh - hence its restricted visiting hours for tourists.
The monastery, a small under Gompa of Spitok, is staffed by twenty monks, and is the official residence of the Kushok Bakul, Ladakh's head of the Gelug-pa sect. Appropriately for such a high-ranking 'Rinpoche', his glass-fronted penthouse enjoys pride of place on top of the main building, crowned with a golden spire and a "Dharma Chakra" flanked by two deer, symbolizing the Buddha's first sermon in Sarnath.
A flight of steps leads from the courtyard to the Du-khang. Beyond the lords of the four quarters and wheel of life spitokMandala that adorn the verandah, one enters a high ceilinged hall whose walls writhe with lustrous multicoloured murals. Those on either side of the doorway are the most amazing: many armed pot bellied bovine monsters drink blood from skull cups, while the copulating "Yab-Yum" couples to the right are garlanded with severed heads and engulfed in swirling red and yellow flames.

Spituk: 14 kms from Leh, the 15th century monastery, which tumbles down the sides of a steep knoll to a tight cluster of farmhouses and well-watered fields, is altogether more picturesque. Approached by road from the north, or from the south along a footpath that winds through Spitok village, its spacious rooftops command superb views.
There is the grave of a very high reincarnation at the Gompa +and the Spitok head Lama is also the head Lama of the Sankar Gompa in Leh. He also represents Ladakh as a member of the Indian Parliament. Gurphug in Stok and Pashi Gephel in Sabu are also under monasteries of Spitok. The Gompa has three chapels of which the highest, the Paldan Lumo temple (Kali Mater), is the most impressive. The temple Gonkhang is approximately a thousand years old.
From Paldan Lumo temple, on the peak of the mountain, a small path leads past a red Latho to the monastery proper. The built in Dukhang is well worth seeing.
The shrine to Vajra Bhairava, a Tantric guardian deity of the Gelug-pa order, is distinctly spooky.

Phyang : Built by kind Lkra-Shis_namgyal, founder of Namgyal Dynasty, in 1500 after defeating the last of the Lah-Chen King and is the home of the Sri Khing Pa sect (Red Capped). On approaching the monastery entrance, on the grounds, is a long flagstaff on an elaborate pedestal put up by the king after he had won the throne. Several temples have scenes from the eight members of happiness painted on the walls. Suddenly the recd waters of the Indus disappears in the sand, ahead lies vast stretch of desert, the horizon while the mountains appear to form two straight parallel lines running alongside the road.

Overnight: at the hotel.

DAY 05                       LEH

http://www.mountain-research.org/Zanskar/mts.JPGFollowing breakfast, full day excursion to Hemis & Shey Thikshey.

Hemis :  40 kms from Leh, it is the wealthiest, best known and biggest gompa of Ladakh.  Its popularity stems from the major annual festival held here in summer.  The festival is in honour of Guru Padma Sambhav's birth anniversary.  It also has the largest thanka in Ladakh whish is unfirled once in 12 years.  On these days hundreds of pilgrims will gather at Hemis to pay their tribute and homage.  Hemis was built in 1630 during the reign of Sengge Namgyal, an il  lustrious ruler of Ladakh.  It flourished under the Namgyal dynasty for the royalty favoured the Drugkpa Sect which managed the monastery.  It is divided into two, the Assembly Hall on the right and the main temple on the left.  The Hall, Dukhang, is also used as a 'green room' by the dancers during the festival.  The temple is known as Tshogkhang.  The verandahs have a surfeit of frescoes, among them the Buddhist 'wheel of life’ (Kalachakra) and the 'Lords of the Four Quarters', besides rows of prayer wheels.

shey monastryShey - Until the 16th century it was the royal residence, Kings of Leh were supposed to be born in the monasteries. This Palace Monastery has the largest statue of Maitreya Buddha (Buddha to come) in Ladakh. Erected in the mid 17th century, worked out of gold and gilded copper sheets with blue hair, it stands 17.5 metres high.

Thikshey:-19 Kms from Leh, spectacularly most impressive gompas. There are several temples in the gompa containing images, stupas and wall paintings of Buddha which are exquisite.

Overnight: at the hotel.

DAY  06                       LEH /ALCHI / LIKIR / LEH

likir_assembly_hall.jpg (119762 Byte)Following breakfast, Morning visit Alchi and Likir.
Alchi : 70 Kms from Leh, on the banks of the Indus river, is the Alchi Gompa dating a Thousand years back. One of its walls features thousands of miniature-sized pictures of the Buddha. Three large sized images made of clay and painted brightly are its focal attraction. No longer a active religions center,  it is looked after by monks from Likir.

Likir : Founded in the 11th century AD and rededicated to a different monastic order in the 15th century AD, its earlier gompa was destroyed in a fire.  The present gompa dates back to the 18th century.  Skilled craftsmen producing excellent thankas, earthern pots and carved fold  ing wooden stools, live here in the village.  Majestically situated, Likir commands a spectacular view.  A magnificent giant juniper tree, one of the few survivors of its species, stands in the courtyard.
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Afternoon visit Leh Palace :Set on a small hill, Leh Palace towers above the town. It once the thriving royal residence of the ruling Namgyals and is said to have served as th  e model for the Potala, its more illustrious cousin in Lhasa and one-time residence of the Dalai Lama. A millennium-old, seven-storeyed structure in mud and stone, it is mesmerizing to wander through the crumbling remnants of royalty and watch the brilliant Thangkas on its soot-stained walls.

 

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 07                        LEH / DELHI    ( Flight)

Following breakfast, transfer to airport for your flight to Delhi
red-fort-delhi4Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Afternoon Old Delhi: An ancient walled city.  Here you will drive past Red Fort, the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire: Raj Ghat, the memorial site of the Mahatma Gandhi; Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India; and Chandni Chowk, the bustling and colourful market of the old city.

Overnight at the hotel Metropolitan.

DAY 08                        LEAVE DELHI

Following breakfast, transfer to International airport for your flight back home.

END OF OUR SEVICES