Mesmerizing Ladakh + Hemis Festival


Category: CULTURE

10 Days From: June 12, 2016   To: Dec. 31, 2020
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9 Nights and 10 Days Mesmerizing Ladakh + Hemis Festival



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Includes: Hotels on full board Escorted by english speaking monastery Guide All sightseeings and transfers by nac Innova Ladakh environment fee Innerline permits to all restricted areas Welcome drinks and traditional wecome by Kkataks "Traditional scarfs"

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day by day breakup



Day 01: Arrive at Leh airport by morning flight from Delhi.

 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.
Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. 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 11,000 feet! During the afternoon, you can walk through the old town, beneath the Leh Palace, to allow you to get oriented to this fascinating city. Overnight in a hotel. 




Day 02: Unveiling of Guru Padmasambhava (once every 12 years)

Hemis Monastery, which is 40 km from Leh is the most renowned and biggest monastery of Ladakh. Its popularity stems from the major annual festival held here every summer, in honour of Guru Padmasambhava's birth anniversary. Guru Padmasambhava is the 8th century Indian guru revered for spreading Buddhism throughout the Himalayas. Hemis has the largest silk embroidered brocade in Ladakh, which is unfurled, once in 12 years, in the year of the Monkey. Built in 1630 during the reign of King Sengge Namgyal, by TaktsangRepa, a student of the 5th GyalwangDrukpa and the 1st DrukpaYongdzin Rinpoche, Hemis flourished under the Namgyal dynasty, whose kings and people became the patrons of the Drukpa Order. 



Day 03: The Festival Continues for second day

It is said that blessings, like nectar, need to be filled in a container free of contamination. Therefore, His Holiness the GyalwangDrukpa will lead yogis, yoginis, monks, nuns and lay practitioners in a series of preparatory rituals to purify obstacles and negativity, to get everyone ready for the program on 19 July 2015. 

Program : Leh - Visit to Thikse (Height 3230 M) – Hemis Gompa (Height 3450 M) You begin the day by visiting Sinshu Darshan about 7 km from Leh on the bank of historical Indus river and then to Thikse monastery, which is one of the most vibrant and active monasteries in the region. It dates back to the 16th century and is part of the Gelug-pa Sect. It is headed by successive reincarnations of the Khanpo Rimpoche. The monastery is 12 storied and painted in deep shades of red, ochre and white. It has evolved around a central courtyard with buildings surrounding it from three sides. At one extreme lies the main dukhang, which houses numerous racks containing religious texts. Behind the main alter lies a small chamber that contains images of revered deities. Continue your drive on a well mettled broad road traveling upstream along the Indus River to HEMIS GOMPA, crossing over the Indus at the village of Karu. The most famous of Ladakh's monasteries, Hemis or Changchub Samstanling (The love palace of the compassionate person), dates back to the 17th century and was built over a period of 40 years (1602 - 1642 A.D.). Today Hemis is well known for its festival or Hemis Tsechu commemorating the birthday of Guru Padmasambhava. In the year of the Monkey (every 12 years) a giant thangka depicting Guru Padmasambhava is unfurled from the terrace draping the five-storey facade. Delicately wrought in pearls and appliqué, it is one of the most famous art treasures of Ladakh. The central courtyard forms the focus for the masked dances held every year in summer. In the dukhang, remnants of the original 17th century murals can be seen. The gompa boasts of an excellent library, well preserved frescoes and murals, silver gilt chortens and a Kashmiri lacquered wooden throne. 
Overnight stay at hotel in Leh 











Day 04: Leh/Alchi/Magnetic Hill/Pathar Sahib/Sangam.

After breakfast drive to visit Gurudwara( sikh's Place for worship) Pathar Sahib magical , Magnetic Hill, The Sangam( confluence) of Zanskar and Indus river and drive up-to Liker Monastery . Later proceed for Alchi. On arrival check in & Overnight stay Aclhi /ulleytokpo 





Day 05: Ulleytokpo/Leh

After breakfast drive to Leh en -route visit Beautiful Basgo Monastery /Fort. Overnight Hotel at Leh.n camel (double humped) amidst the sand dunes of this high altitude desert with snow capped mountains on the horizon. Back to Camp for overnight. 



Day 06: Nubra valley 135km.

After Breakfast drive to NubraValley via Khardungla (Highest Motorable road in the World, 18,380 ft). On arrival check in your camp at Hundar. Afternoon enjoy the beauty of sand dune and double hump camel. Camp 



Day 07 : Diskit/Sumoor/ Leh

Early morning visit to Diskit monastery and have wonderful view of Nubra valley. Later drive to Sumoor village and back to Leh. Overnight Hotel 



Day 08 : Leh / Pangonglake 165km

After early breakfast drive to Pangong lake the biggest high altitude lake in Asia . Enjoy the turquoise colour panoramic lake and the magnificent mountains. Overnight camp. 





Day 09 : Pangong /Leh

After breakfast drive back to Leh by visiting and Shay Palace . Overnight Hotel 




Day 10 : Departure

After breakfast drive to airport to fly for onward destinations……….. Fly with sweet memories……

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