INCLUDING 03 FESTIVALS ! HEMIS, SHASHUKUL &PHYANG FESTIVAL 2019: 20NIGHTS / 21 DAYS
- DAY 01: 11 JULY (DELHI - LEH)
- DAY 02: 12 JULY (LEH - HEMIS FESTIVAL – LEH)
- DAY 03: 13 JULY (LEH - SABU TREK – LEH)
- DAY 04: 14 JULY (LEH - STOK- SPITUK- LEH)
- DAY 05: 15 JULY (LEH – NUBRA VALLEY 125KM)
- DAY 06: 16 JULY (NUBRA VALLEY: TIRITH - SUMUR - PANAMIK – DISKIT)
- DAY 07: 17 JULY (NUBRA – LEH)
- DAY 08: 18 JULY (LEH-PANGONG LAKE)
- DAY 09: 19 JULY (PANGONG –SHACHUKUL FESTIVAL – PANGONG)
- DAY 10: 20 JULY (PANGONG – LEH)
- DAY 11: 21 JULY (LEH-TSOMORIRI)
- DAY 12: 22 JULY (TSOMORIRI – TSOKAR)
- DAY 13: 23 JULY (TSOKAR – LEH)
- DAY 14: 24 JULY (LEH –THIKSEY – LEH)
- DAY 15: 25 JULY (LEH – BASGO-ULE)
- DAY 16: 26 JULY (ULE – ALCHI – SASPOL-ULE)
- DAY 17: 27 JULY (ULE-DHA HANU–LAMAYURU)
- DAY 18: 28 JULY (LAMAYURU – RIZDONG – ULE)
- DAY 19: 29 JULY (ULE – LIKIR-LEH)
- DAY 20: 30 JULY (LEH - PHYANG FESTIVAL – LEH)
- DAY 21: 31 JULY (LEH – DELHI)
DAY 01 - DELHI – LEH: No breakfast today due to early transfer to the Delhi Airport with assistance to catch your flight to Leh. Arrival at Leh Kushok Bakula Airport our representative will meet & greet you and transfer to the Hotel. This flight is one of the most sensational flights in the world. 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. You would take a little time to settle in and acclimatize since you have gone from a relatively low elevation in New Delhi to over (Altitude 11,000 feet). Following baggage collection, our representative will meet you outside, in the parking, to transfer you to your hotel. Check-in 14h00 onwards. Day at leisure to get acclimatized to the altitude.(Without Car & Guide) Overnight in Hotel.
DAY 02 - LEH -HEMIS FESTIVAL– LEH: (Today will be the Best day to attend the Festival of Hemis) July 11 – 12 festival date Hemis is 46 km from Leh, morning drive to Hemis for the festival. The Hemis festival is dedicated to Lord Padmasambhava (Guru Rimpoche) venerated as the Dance Performance at Hemis Monastery representative reincarnate of Buddha. He is believed to have been born on the 10th day of the fifth month of the Monkey year as predicted by the Buddha Shakyamuni. It is also believed that his life mission was, and remains, to improve the spiritual condition of all living beings. And so on this day, which comes once in a cycle of 12 years, Hemis observes a major extravaganza in his memory. The observance of these sacred rituals is believed to give spiritual strength and good health. The Hemis festival takes place in the rectangular courtyard in front of the main door of the monastery. The space is wide and open save two raised square platforms, three feet high with a sacred pole in the center. A raised dias with a richly cushioned seat with a finely painted small Tibetan table is placed with the ceremonial items - cups full of holy water, uncooked rice, tormas made of dough and butter and incense sticks. A number of musicians play the traditional music with four pairs of cymbals, large-pan drums, small trumpets and large size wind instruments. Next to them, a small space is assigned for the lamas to sit. The ceremonies begin with an early morning ritual atop the Gompa where, to the beat of drums and the resounding clash of cymbals and the spiritual wail of pipes, the portrait of "Dadmokarpo" or "RygyalsrasRimpoche" is then ceremoniously put on display for all to admire and worship. The most esoteric of festivities are the mystic mask dances. The Mask Dances of Ladakh are referred collectively as chams Performance. Chams performance is essentially a part of Tantric tradition, performed only in those gompas which follow the Tantric Vajrayana teachings and the monks perform tantric worship. Overnight in Leh.
DAY 03 - LEH- SABU TREK ¾ HRS - LUNCH IN LADAKH FAMILY HOUSE - LEHLADAKHI COOKING DEMONSTRATION: Morning after the breakfast at your hotel we will start the trek from the hotel only we will pass by the polo ground the first leg of the trek is uphill until you cross the two small mountains.
Then the trail leads from a dry valley towards the village of Saboo which you can view from a distance from the top you can see the StokKangri peak 6200 mt on the opposite side of the Indus river, then walk down towards Sabu village where you will meet aLadakhi local family for a cooking demonstration in their house followed by the lunch made of ladakhi food including the famous Butter tea and Chang (local Beer)!Later drive back to Leh overnight in hotel.
DAY 04- LEH –SPITUK -STOK- LEH PALACE VISIT TRADITIONAL DOCTOR: Morning after the breakfast you will visit the Spituk Monastery: The SpitukGonpa "Exemplary"; 7km. to southwest of Leh, was founded by Od-Ide, in the 11th century AD when the monastic community was introduced.
Meanwhile, LotsavaRinchenZangpo (the great translator) visited this monastery. In those days the Gonpa belonged to the Kadampa School but Gelukpa order was introduced during the reign of king Dragspa Bum-Lde, when Lama Lhawang Lotus restored the monastery. The "SpitukGustor" takes place in the courtyard of the monastery, on the 18th and 19th of the 11th month of Tibetan Calendar.
The later visit Stok palace, Located in a tiny village on the outskirts of Leh, this palace has been the Ladakhi royal family's residence for the last 150 years since the Dogra armies invaded the Leh Palace. One may have a chance encounter with the royals here too. It houses a museum, which is said to have the best collection of exquisite Thangka paintings in the whole of Ladakh. The other things housed here are crown jewels, dresses, coins, peraks encrusted with turquoise and lapis lazuli as well as religious objects, and visit LehcheSpakar or the Leh Palace is in nine storey built in 17th century by Ladakhi famous King SengeNamgyal. Overnight Leh.
DAY 05 - LEH – NUBRA VALLEYvia KHARDUNGLA PASS 125KM 5/6 HRS: Early morning proceed to Nubra Valley via the World Highest Motorable road (5602 Meters) -Khardungla pass. After crossing the pass stop at Khardung village to explore the area and visit to local school.
Upon arrival visit Hunder is a beautiful village to stay with lot of trees and you will really enjoy your stay at Hunder. It has a small monastery and ruined fort above the village. The walk or Camel Safari (Double Hump Bactrian camels OPTIONAL to be paid individually on the spot by the participants) from Hunder to Diskit, through sand dunes for two hours is wonderful. Overnight in Nubra.
DAY 06 - NUBRA VALLEY: TIRITH -SUMUR - PANAMIK –DISKIT: Morning after breakfast, drive to Sumur Village and visit the Samtanling monastery to witness the prayer to witness the prayers. Later drive to Panamik – famous for hot Sulphur Springs. You may take a bath at the springs, which is said to be very good for the skin lunch at the camp. Post lunch visit Diskit monastery and the village. Overnight stay at Nubra.
DAY 07 - NUBRA- LEH 4/5 hrs: After Breakfast drive back to Leh via Khardungla pass, then arrive Leh later explore the market, overnight in Leh.
DAY 08 - LEH-PANGONG LAKE (ALTITUDE 4300 MTRS. 160KM, 5-6 HOURS DRIVE: Early morning leave after breakfast to Pangong Lake which is the largest brackish lake in Asia, with a larger part of it extending into Tibet. The lake is 130 km long and 5 km at its widest point with half of it running to the other side of the Indo-China border.
Despite of being a salt-water lake, it freezes completely during winter. There is no marine life here, save for a few migrating birds now and then like gulls and brahminy ducks. Being at the border, the furthest point one is allowed to go to, is Spangmik, about 7 km along its western bank, but it is enough to take back the most beautiful memories of Ladakh. The very barren-ness and vastness of the area contributes to its striking beauty. Spangmik offers spectacular views of the mountains of the Changchenmo range to the north, and their reflections in the ever-changing blues and greens of the lake's brackish waters. Above Spangmik, one can see the glaciers and snowcapped peaks of the Pangong range. Overnight.
DAY 09 - PANGONG –SHACHUKUL FESTIVAL – PANGONG: Early morning see the festival, Celebrated in Shachukul Monastery in the month of July, ShachukulGustor is an important festival of this region. Most of the festivals in this part are held on the basis of monasteries and Gompas. This monastery, situated at a height of 14,000 feet in the middle of Shachukul village was constructed by Lama ChojeDenmaKungaDragpa. Around 70 lamas or monks reside in this monastery served by the reincarnation of SkyabjeToldan Rinpoche. Sacred shrines and artistic wall paintings dating back to the royal times adorn this holy place.Gustor literally stands for sacrifice of the 29th day and depicts the victory of good over evil. A unique dance performance that attracts tourists from all over world marks the commencement of the festival. In this dance, performers wear black hats showing their triumph against evil.
The festival lasts for two days and ends with the distribution of sacrificial cake known as storma by the leader of the dance group.OvernightPangong.
DAY 10 - PANGONG – LEH (200KM 06HRS: After the breakfast, drive back to Leh.Reaching and rest of the day at leisure.Overnight in Leh.
DAY 11 LEH-TSOMORIRI 240 KM 6/7 HRS: Morning drive to TsomoririLakeor "Mountain Lake" is situated in the middle of the elevated valley of Rupshu surrounded by 6000 M peaks which completely shut the lake in. This Valley is inhabited by a small scattered population of "Changepas" nomadic shepherds who also engage in trade and work the Caravans in Ladakh, Lahaul and Spiti the area is rich in wildlife including the "Kyang" (Wild Ass) red fox and the rare highly endangered snow Leopard. Black Necked cranes and Geese flock to the lakeside for breeding during the summer months. Also visit the 350 years old Karzok Monastery which has about 33 resident monks. Overnight in camp.
DAY 12: TSOMORIRI - TSOKAR 2/3 HRS: Morning drive to Tsokar, northwest from the Tsomoriri Lake, at the height of 4485 M.It is also called "White Lake" because of salt deposit around it. Since these are all drainage basins with no outlet their water is blackish. That of the Tsokar is so salty that its salt was sold all over Ladakh and Kashmir until a few years ago by the Rupshu Chang. Tsokar is partly fed by a channel from a smaller fresh water lake. All the lakes are breeding grounds for a variety of birds among them the bar-headed Goose, the great crested Grebe, the Brahmin Duck and the Brown Headed Gull. Overnight in camp.
DAY 13: TSOKAR - LEH 130KM 4/5 HRS: Morning drive to Lehby Manali-Leh highway via Tanglang-la (5324 mt.) the 2nd highest motorable road in Ladakh. En route drive passes beautiful villages of Rumtse, Gia, Meeru. Arrive Leh and check into hotel for overnight in hotel.
DAY 14: LEH - THIKSEY– LEH: Today, leave the hotel before breakfast to attend the Morning Prayer at the Thiksey Monastery, an excellent occasion to share a glimpse of the monks’ daily life…Breakfast will take place in the restaurant runs by the monastery.Back to the hotel and rest of the day at leisure (no vehicle no guide).Lunch at the hotel.Overnight in Leh.
DAY 15: LEH –BASGO-ULE 2/3 HRS: HRSAfter the breakfast at the hotel you will drive to Ule Ethnic Resort via Sangam the river confluence where you will stop for a photo then on the way visit BasgoGompa which was the seat of power of branch of a Namgyal family. It was here in 1680 that invading Mongol and Tibetan armies were held in check over a three-year-old siege. Original 16th century murals and other arts at Basgo are well worth a visit, overnight at Ule.
DAY 16: ULE – ALCHI – SASPOL-ULE 4/5 H: Morning drive to Saspol village visit the ancient caves and walk in the village and meet with local people.
Later drive to Alchi monastery it is famous for the paintings built by the translator Rinchenzangpo. 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 attractions. No longer an active religious center, it is looked after by monks from the Liker monastery. This is the only monastery amongst 34 monasteries, which is not located on a hilltop, overnight in Ule.
DAY 17: ULE–DOMKHAR - BEMA (ARYAN VALLEY) – LAMAYURU5/6 HRS: Morning after the breakfast drive to Bema (Aryan Valley) on the way visit Domkhar and its amazing prehistorical carved stones…Carry on toSkurbuchan village and its monastery.Upon arrival in Bema, explore the village. Dha-Hanu people belongs to the Aryan race their cultural and language is different from then the Ladakhi’s.Drive to Lamayurufor the overnight.
DAY 18: LAMAYURU – RIZDONG - ULE 5 HRS: We will visit the Lamayuru monastery which is the oldest monastery in Ladakh and famous for its landscape, more than 1000 years back the great Tibetan master Naropa had visited this place and meditate at this place and you can visit the cave also.
Drive back to Ule and on the way visit the RidzongGompawhich is the most isolated monastery of all the monastery of Ladakh. Lamas used to meditate for years cutting themselves from the rest of the world except for an one feet square outlet window from where they accept the one time meal of the day the monastery was built by TsultimNima.
Chulichan, the nunnery is around one and half Kms below the Rizong monastery. Around 20 Nuns resides at Chulichan. They provide food and clothes to the monks and perform morning and evening prayers. Overnight at Ule.
DAY 19: ULE – LIKIR-LEH 3/4 HRS: Morning we drive to Leh and on the way visit LikirGompa, founded in the 11th century and rededicated to a different monastic order in the 15th century, its earlier Gompa was destroyed in a fire. The present Gompa dated back to the 18th century. Skilled craftsmen producing excellent Thankas, earthen pots and carved wooden folding stools, live here in the village. Majestically situated, Likir commands a spectacular view. The monastery belongs to the Yellow sect and the head Lama is the younger brother of Dalia Lama, Overnight Leh.
DAY 20: LEH - PHYANG FESTIVAL- LEH: The site where the monastery now stands was once a part of the numerous monastic properties, offered during the time of DharmarajaJamyangNamgial to ChosjeDammaKunga. The hill of Phyang served as the venue of a monastery, known as TashiChozong, established in the year 1515. A monastic community was introduced to the monastery and with this started, the first establishment of the Digung teachings in LadakhJuly 30 – 31 2019 will mark the beginning of the prominent PhyangTsedup Festival. It is celebrated in Phyang Monastery in Ladakh (19.1 km from Leh) and dedicated to JigtenGombo, founder of Dringumpa Monastic Dynasty. Witness smiling Lamas in vibrant attire and portraying different characters of the dance drama.Thankha of JigtenGombo is also worshipped and marks the triumph of good over the evil. However, dance remains the centre of attraction. Monks wearing rich silk costumes perform Chham and worship their deity. This festival is especially remarked for the enthusiasm and energy.The Phyangtsedup Festival is held on the 2nd and 3rd day of the 6th month of Tibetan Calendar which usually falls in July-August. Some ritual offerings are burnt on the 2nd day and the Storma is destroyed to conclude the procession.Overnight in Leh
DAY 21: After breakfast transfer to the airport to board flight to Delhi.
- Accommodation for 20 nights in above advised hotels in the same room category.
- Meal plan –From Day 01 to Day 20– Full board in Leh Ladakh Stay on full board Basis starting from lunch on arrival in Leh till breakfast on final departure day from Leh. Breakfast and dinner will be buffet at hotels / camps and lunches while on drives and sightseeing will be packed. No beverage included.
- Welcome drink on arrival (non-alcoholic) in Leh.
- Traditional welcome ceremony upon arrival at hotel in Leh.
- Transportation by NAC Xylo / Scorpio / Innova for arrival / departure transfers, sightseeing as per the itinerary.
- Compulsory Ladakhi English speaking accompanying guide for sightseeing in Ladakh.
- Assistance at the airport while arriving and departing.
- Mics. Chargesin Ladakh:
- Ladakh Environment Fee.
- Monastery / monument entrance fee.
- Inner-line permits.
- Portages at hotel and airport
- Premium seating arrangement at Hemis Festival.
- Premium seating arrangement at Shashukul Festival.
- Premium seating arrangement at Phyang Festival.
- Lunch at Ladakhi family.
- Meet anAmchi(traditional Doctor)
- Any Airfare or GST (5%).
- Any Kind of Personal Expenses or Optional Tours / Extra Meals Ordered.
- Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Prices included”.
- The Services of Vehicle is not included on leisure days & after finishing the sightseeing as per the Itinerary.
- Guide fee, Camera fee & any monument Entrances.
- Medical & Travel insurance.
- Any changes you may choose to make during your tour.
GENERAL TERMS & CONDITION:
- Prices valid from 01st April 2019 to 31st Oct 2019.
- Check-In / Check-out time at all the properties would at 1000 hrs.
- Any price hike due to flight cancelled or delayed due to Bad weather or any other reason given by the airline. Cost for accommodation and transport in such cases will have to be borne by passenger.
- There would be no refund for the road blocks at Nubra / Pangong & Tsomoriri due to natural calamity.
- No Refund or Compensation for any unused services. No changes in the date of travel once booked.
- Room allotment will be as per availability at the time of check in, floor or view preferences are not guaranteed.
- Food menu as per availability of vegetables based on Buffet / Fixed menu.
- Any dispute will be subject to Delhi jurisdiction.
- 25% advance (Non Refundable) to be deposited at the time of booking confirmation & Balance 75% one month prior to arrival.
- Maximum 06 Pax can be accommodated in one vehicle Xylo or Similar.
- Any addition in Tax or Fuel charge done by Airlines / Transport Company etc will be chargeable to group members.
- The above rates are applicable strictly for resident Indian citizens only.
- 25% any time after confirmation.
- 50% before 30 days of arrival date.
- 100% before 15 days from date of departure.
- No Refund within 15 Days from the date of departure.
- No Refund or Compensation on any changes on ongoing trip.