Day 01 : Delhi
On arrival in Delhi, welcome and transfer to hotel for
Day 2: Fly
Delhi - Leh (3445mtrs)
Transfer to the airport to board the flight to Leh. You
will be received on arrival and transferred to your hotel.
Rest and acclimatize yourself to the altitude and rarified
air of Ladakh. In the evening, we gather for dinner and are
introduced to the tour guide.
Day 3: Leh - Half day tour
breakfast, leave for a tour of Leh and see its ancient
monuments and Buddhist sites. After lunch at your hotel we
leave for a tour of the Shanti Stupa, Built by Japanese
Buddhists this Peace Pagoda is a beautiful structure with
gilt panels on its sides that display episodes from the life
of Buddha. It was inaugurated in 1983 by His Holiness the
Dalai Lama. We then drive to the Sankar Monastery that is
surrounded by forests and barley fields that rise in
terraces along the hillside. Within the monastery you can
see beautiful Thanka paintings and statuettes of Buddha made
of gold. Return to your hotel to stay overnight.
Day 4: Leh -Hemis - Thiksey - Shey
After breakfast we leave for a tour of the Hemis Gompa.
This monastery is the best known in Ladakh. Around the
monastery you will see Chortens or Buddhist reliquaries and
ornate walls. After seeing the sights of the monastery we
leave for the Thiksey Monastery. This is situated on a
mountain from where you can see panoramic views of the Indus
Valley. Within the monastery you can see many beautiful
Buddhist artifacts. We then leave for the Shey Palace, which
was the summer palace of the royal family of Ladakh. Return
to your hotel to stay overnight.
Day 5: Leh - Alchi
After breakfast, we leave for Alchi. Located 70 kms west of
Leh, is the Uletokpo camp where we arrive rest, have lunch
and then leave for a tour of Alchi monastery and the nearby
village. Considered one of the most well preserved Buddhist
centers of Ladakh, the Alchi monastery has beautiful
paintings on its walls, which are examples of early Buddhist
art. In Alchi village you can see the rural lifestyle of the
villagers including activities such as grinding wheat etc.
Stay overnight at the camp.
Day 6: Alchi - Lamayuru - Alchi
After breakfast we drive to Lamayuru, where we tour the
Lamayuru monastery. Also called the Yung-drung (Swastika)
monastery, Lamayuru is one of the oldest monasteries in
Central Ladakh. Enjoy a picnic lunch at Lamayuru village and
explore its surroundings in the afternoon. Return to the
camp in the evening to stay overnight.
Day 7: Ridzong and Likir Monasteries
After an early snack we leave for the Ridzong Monastery. The
last kilometer of this journey is on foot, due to the steep
hill. Ridzong is a nunnery, where Buddhist nuns reside. Tour
the monastery and then return to the camp for breakfast.
Later we leave for Leh. On the way we stop to the Likir
Monastery built in the 15th century by monks of the Gelupa
(Yellow Hat) Sect. Later we resume our drive along the Indus
River. Arrive at the hotel in time for a late lunch. Relax
in the afternoon and evening and stay overnight in the
Day 8: Leh - Saboo - Leh
After breakfast we leave for Saboo village where you can see
the traditional lifestyle of the people of Ladakh. You can
taste Gur Gur or Yak Butter Tea and dine on local cuisine at
a Ladakhi home. Return to Leh and enjoy shopping and
sightseeing. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 9: Leh - Stok
After breakfast we leave for the Stok Palace, where the
royal family of Ladakh used to live. In the museum at the
palace you can see family heirlooms and artifacts from royal
times. We then tour the Ladakh Handicraft Center. Here you
can buy beautiful handmade products and craft items. We than
travel to Choglamsar, where you can see a Tibetan
settlement. There are many Tibetans residing in Ladakh.
Return to your hotel to stay overnight.
Day 10: Leh
Your last day in Leh is at your disposal. You can go
shopping, sightseeing or pursue any activity of your choice.
Day 11: Leh - Delhi
After an early breakfast we leave for the airport, where you
can board the flight to Delhi. Our representative will meet
you at Delhi airport and help you check into your hotel.
Check into your hotel and relax. Stay overnight at the
Day 12: Delhi - Departure
After breakfast, leave for a day's sightseeing tour of
Delhi. In historic Old Delhi you will see the Jama Masjid,
one of the largest mosques of India; the Red Fort, an
impressive sandstone monument built by the Mughals, and you
can explore the busy market of Chandi Chowk. You can also
visit Raj Ghat, the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi. In New Delhi
you can see India Gate, Parliament House and the President's
mansion. Humayun's Tomb, Qutub Minar and the Bahai Temple
and shopping in crafts emporia in Delhi complete your Delhi
tour. and Evening Transfer to Airport.