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Ladakh Tour and Hemis Festival 2020 (8D/7N)

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Duration: 8D/7N

 

Destinations Covered: Leh, Hemis Festival, Thiksey and Hemis, Lamayuru, Alchi and Pangong Lake

 

Tour Price: Price will vary depending on no. of people, types of activities as per guest's interests, preferences and tastes.

 

Please send your tour queries to hello@crimsonasia.my and we will give you a quote.

 

Best time to travel for Hemis Festival 2020: 28 June – 5 July or 29 June - 6 July.

 

Other times to travel to Ladakh (but not for festival): May-August.

 

To see program details, click on Program tab.

 

Note: Extended trip can be added post-tour. E.g. trips to explore Delhi or Agra (Taj Mahal, Agra Fort). 

Program

Day 1:           Arrive in Delhi

 

Meeting assistance on your arrival at International Airport and transfer to Ibis New Delhi Aerocity Hotel. 

 

Day 2:    Delhi – Leh Flight (B,D)

 

Leh, the capital of Ladakh, was once a major stop on the Central Asia’s Silk Route.

 

Spend the rest of the day to relax at the hotel and to acclimatize to higher altitude level in Leh.

 

In the evening, take a stroll along the main bazaar, observing the crowd and peering into curio shops. Walking around the bazaar is a wonderful introduction to life in Leh.

 

Chang Gali, behind the main bazaar is less bustling but has intriguing little shops selling curios and jewellery like pearls, turquoise, coral, malachite, lapis and many other kinds of semi-precious stones, as well as curiously carved Yakhorn boxes, quaint brass locks, china ornamental bowls etc. 

 

Later, we visit Shanti Stupa at sunset time. Built by the Japanese for World Peace, Shanti Stupa is a magnificent white-domed structure on the hilltop of Changspa. The stupa was inaugurated by the Dalai Lama in 1985. From there one can see a spectacular view of Leh town. The stupa looks best at night when it is beautifully illuminated with glittering lights.

 

Overnight stay in Hotel Royal Ladakh in Leh.

 

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Day 3:       Hemis Festival, Thiksey and Hemis Monasteries                     (B,D)

Hemis Festival is the biggest festival in Ladakh and is celebrated every year on the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava. The 2-day festival is celebrated in Hemis Monastery - the famous and largest monastery in Ladakh of the Drukpa order of Tibetan-Buddhism, dating back to 300 years. The Hemis Festival begins with the devotees seeking blessings of the Guru and musicians play music while the ceremony is going on. But what makes the festival most attractive is the masked dance called Cham performed by the colourfully-dressed Lamas.

 

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Apart from that, there is a fair where you can purchase Tibetan souvenirs and the festival is the best time to see the locals dressed up in their best traditional attires a- sight to behold! You will also have the opportunity to see how the stunning ceremonial head-gear (perak) of Ladakhi women are made.

 

ladakhi women traditional headgear perak

 

After the festival, visit Thiksey Gompa of the Gelukspa order, another beautiful monastery in Ladakh.

 

In the evening back to hotel in Leh for overnight stay.

 

Day 4:             Leh to Lamayuru          (Drive 120 Kms – 3 Hours) (B,D)

After breakfast drive to Lamayuru. Upon arrival check in at hotel.

 

After lunch, visit of Lamayuru monastery. Lamayuru is the oldest and one of the largest monasteries in Ladakh. As per legend, Lamayuru Valley was a clear lake at the time of Sakyamuni. The lake was the dwelling place of holy serpents. The Bodhisattva Madhyantaka made a prediction that the lake will be emptied and a monastery will be built here. Naropa, a Buddhist scholar visited Ladakh in 11th century and spent many years meditating in a cave. Naropa then caused a split in the surrounding hillside and due to this, the lake emptied. Thereafter, Naropa found a dead lion covered by the waters of the lake. Naropa built the first temple on this spot and named it as the Singhe Ghang (Lion Mound).  

 

Overnight stay at Hotel Moonland.

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Day 5:        Lamayuru – Alchi – Leh (Drive Total 150 Kms – 4 Hours)     (B,D)

After breakfast, drive back to Leh but en route to Alchi. Visit the Alchi Gompa situated on the banks of the River Indus. Alchi Gompa is easily accessible since it is the only gompa in Ladakh which is located on flat ground. Founded by Ringchen Zangpo, the Great Translator, the Alchi Gompa displays a Kashmiri influence in its art and architecture. Within the monastery you can see many beautiful images of Buddha. 

 

Thereafter, continue to drive to Spituk Gompa on the hilltop near Indus river. Founded in the 11th century by Od-de, the elder brother of Lha Lama Changchub Od when he came to Maryul in the 11th Century. He introduced the monastic community. When Lotsewa Rinchen Zangpo (Translator) came to that place he said that an exemplary religious community would arise there and so the monastery was called Spituk (exemplary). 

 

We shall also visit the Namgyal Tsemo Gompa which was constructed in 1430. This historic gompa has a rich collection of Buddhist art and manuscripts and an image of Buddha which is 3-story high. There is a ruined fort ahead of the monastery from which you can see panoramic views. 

 

Later in the evening back to Hotel Royal Ladakh in Leh for overnight stay.

 

Day 6:   Leh – Pangong Lake (Drive 220 Kms 6 hours)      (B,D)

After breakfast around 0730 AM, drive to Pangong Lake. Pangong Lake (4350 metres) is one of the most famous high-altitude lakes in Ladakh. This scenic wonder derives its name from the Tibetan word, “Pangong Tso”, which means “high grassland lake”. Pangong Tso is also known to change colours, appearing blue or green at different times of the day. 

 

Overnight stay at Pangong Heritage Camp.

 

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Day 7:           Pangong Lake – Leh (Drive 220 Kms- 6 Hours) (B,D)

Today again witness the morning beauty of Pangong Lake.  After breakfast drive to Leh. Upon arrival check in at hotel.

 

Day 8:         Leh - Delhi Flight (B)

 

In time for departure transfer to airport to board the flight for Delhi.

 

Meeting assistance on your arrival at Delhi airport and transfer to Ibis New Delhi Aerocity Hotel for day use until 6PM to depart for the airport to board the flight for onward journey.

***PROGRAM ENDS***

 

Hotels

City

Hotel

No. of nights

Delhi

Ibis New Delhi Aerocity Hotel

1

Leh

Royal Ladakh

2

Lamayuru

Moonland Hotel

1

Leh

Royal Ladakh

1

Pangong

Heritage Camp

1

Leh

Royal Ladakh

1

Delhi

Ibis New Delhi Aerocity Hotel

Day use room till 1800 hours

 

Inclusions

  • Domestic flights DELHI-LEH-DELHI
  • Airport transfers in private A/C car or van
  • Ground tour and activities as per itinerary
  • Accommodation in Delhi on twin-sharing/double basis with breakfast
  • Accommodation in Ladakh on twin-sharing/double basis with breakfast and dinner
  • Accompanying English-speaking local guide service
  • Meeting and assistance by local representatives on arrival/departure at airport/hotel
  • Private transfers and transport between airport, hotel and sightseeing spots
  • 2 Mineral water bottles per person per day

 

Exclusions

  • International flight to Delhi
  • E-Visa Fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Lunch & beverages
  • Tipping
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional activities
  • Excess baggage charges

 

For queries/bookings for this tour, pls email us at hello@crimsonasia.my .

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For queries/bookings for this tour, pls email us at hello@crimsonasia.my .

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