Start and end in New Delhi! With the exit festival tour Highlight of Ladakh Tour with Hemis Festival, you have a 12 day tour package taking you through New Delhi, India and 3 other destinations in India. Highlight of Ladakh Tour with Hemis Festival includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Arrive in Delhi. On arrival, you will be welcomed by our representative at International Airport and transferred to hotel in Delhi. (Room will be booked from 1400 hrs). Overnight in the Hotel.
After breakfast, full day sightseeing of Old and New Delhi. Head out to explore Old Delhi with its narrow dirt roads, its myriad people and inexpensive and colorful bazaars that keep alive the traditional workmanship for which Delhi has always been famous. The first stop is at Raj Ghat (the cremation ground of Mahatma Gandhi). Driving past the Red Fort, we will take a bicycle rickshaw in the heart of Chandini Chowk (the silver square - so named because of the silver merchants). Negotiating alleyways, which seemingly get narrower and narrower we end up at the Jama Masjid, the largest Muslim mosque in India. Later visit the capital city of modern India, New Delhi is a well laid-out main metropolitan area built by the British when they moved their capital here from Calcutta in 1911. It blends internationalism and tradition, with many interesting museums and art galleries here. We will drive past the Presidents Palace and India Gate in the Lutyens Imperial City. Visit Qutub Minar and Humayuns Tomb that pay homage to the mighty Afghan & Mughal Empires. Overnight in the hotel
In and around LehEarly morning transfer to the airport to board the flight to Leh: DEL/IXL G8 715 ETD/ETA 0835/0955 Hrs (Baggage allowance on this flight is 15 Kgs checked-in and 07 kgs hand luggage) The crisp air of Leh, when you disembark from the airplane, welcomes you to this unpolluted Himalayan destination. You will be welcomed and straight drive to Uleytopko to check-in at the hotel. A little briefing on the days program and complete day for rest and leisure to acclimatize for the height of Ladakh. Overnight in the Resort
In and around UleytokpoAfter breakfast drive to Lamayuru for excursion trip. Lamayuru (Oldest Monastery on Central Ladakh Region) en-route you can view spectacular Mountain Ranges and Moon landscape. Lamayuru: Lamayuru Monastery belongs to the Red-Hat sect of Buddhism and houses approximately 150 Buddhist monks. The monastery is made up of a number of shrines and also has a very rich collection of thankas and magnificent wall paintings. At the outset, the Lamayuru Monastery consisted of five buildings, out of which only the central one exists today. Later visit Rizong Monastery, The monastery, founded by Lama Tsultim Nima, follows the Gelukpa order and is quiet well known for its high standards of monastic disciplines. Currently, it is home to around 30 students ranging between the age group of 6 to 15 years. The monastery is headed by Rizong Shas Rinpoche III who, though, was born in Matho, spent most of his initial life in this monastery. After sightseeing, drive back to Uleytokpo for overnight stay. Overnight in the Resort
After breakfast drive to Leh, en-route visiting Ladakhs most loved monastery, Alchi Monastry. Over 10 century old, its wall paintings are very similar to those of the Tabo Gompa in Spiti, Himachal Pradesh. Unlike other monasteries, which are usually on a cliff top or cling to a mountainside, Alchi is at ground level and is nestled in the shade of a garden. Also visit Likir Gompa situated at a windy cliff top overlooking the beautiful village of Likir. It was founded in the 12th century although the present construction dates back to the 18th century as the original one was destroyed by fire. Later visit Basgo Gompa the seat of power of a branch of the Namgyal family. It is here in 1680 AD. That invading Mongol and Tibetan armies were held in check over a three year long seige. Original 16th century murals and other arts of Basgo are well worth a visit. On arrival, transfer to hotel for check-in. Overnight in the Hotel
Morning drive to Hemis Monastery to attend the festival. The courtyard of Hemis Gompa-the biggest Buddhist monastery in Ladakh is the stage for the famous 'Hemis' festival that celebrates the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava. The local people are seen dressed up in their finest traditional garb for the occasion. Lamas called 'chhams' perform splendid masked dances and sacred plays to the accompaniment of cymbals, drums and long horns. The head lama presides over the function. The festival takes an auspicious turn every 12 years in the Tibetan Year of the Monkey, when the two-storey high 'Thanka' depicting Padmasambhava is displayed. This famous 'Thanka', richly embroidered with pearls and semi-precious stones, is due to be displayed at this years festival A colourful fair, displaying some beautiful handicrafts, is the special highlight of the festival. Hemis Monastery: One of the largest and richest gompa of Ladakh. Hemis gompa is believed to have been established in 1630 by Lama Tagstang Raspa and built by Palden Sara under the patronage of King Sengge Namgyal on a site previously sanctified by the construction of a cave hermitage dating from the 12th century. This monastery is the oldest one in the area belonging to the Kargyu School. During the late 17th century and early 18th century, the main Gompa building reached its zenith with the construction of the Dukhang Chenmo or large assembly hall, its ancient building, the main entrance to the Gompa building, the large courtyard and its enclosing gallery decorated with painted stone reliefs. Overnight in the Hotel
After breakfast full day sightseeing to Shey, Thiksey and Spituk monasteries. Shey: Situated on a hillock 15 km. upstream from Leh, was once the residence of the royal family. According to tradition, it was the seat of power of the pre-Tibetan kings. A 7.5 meter high copper status of Buddha plated with gold and the largest of its kind is installed here. Thiksey: Spectacularly sighted, Thiksey is one of the largest and architecturally most impressive gompa. There are several temples in this gompa, containing images stupas and wall painting of Buddhas which are exquisite. Spituk: Spituk Monastery, established in the 11th century, was named by a scholarly translator Rinchen Zangpo as Spituk. It is located on the mount of a hill in Leh on the Shore of Indus River. Spituk Monastery is famous for its wide and varied collections of ancient masks, icons, antique arms and numerous Thangka. Evening also visit Shanti Stupa which is situated at a height of 4267 meters overlooking the Leh city, it gives a panaoromic view of surrounding snow capped mountains. It is situated at a distance of about 5 km drive able road from the Leh city or one can reach here by climbing 500 steps. The location of Shanti Stupa is such that it is visible from all over Leh city. Overnight in the hotel
After breakfast drive to the Nubra valley. En-route passes Khardung-la (17,600 feet). This will be the highest elevation for you during this trip as this is the worlds highest motorable road (at least as claimed by the Indian Army!). After enjoying the spectacular snow covered scenery all around, you descend through the towering peaks to the villages of Nubra. On arrival, check in to the resort. Afternoon visit The Hundur Gompa. You can see the number of shrines like Kangyu-lang and Tsangyu-lang inside the monastery complex. At Hunder you may be able to see the double humped camels who were left behind from the silk route era when India and Pakistan were partitioned! Overnight in the Resort
Early morning drive to visit Samsthaling monastery - popular Buddhist religious site located at the Sumur Village, Panamik - the hamlet of Panamik is popular for a hot water spring. Later visit Insa monastery - Ensa Gompa is a 250-year-old monastery, located near Panamik Village. Later drive back to Hundur en-route visit Deskit monastery. The Diskit Gompa is an old Gompa that dates back to 14th century. You can find a number of shrines inside the Diskit monastery. It is situated on a hill top giving panoramic view of the valley. Later walk around the town of Diskit which has a small village market and Giant Buddha Statue. Overnight in the Resort
After breakfast drive back to Leh. On arrival, transfer to hotel for check-in. Rest of the time free to wander around the market. Overnight in the Hotel
Morning transfer to the Leh airport to board the flight to Delhi: IXL/DEL G8 194 ETD/ETA 1025/1155 Hrs (Baggage allowance on this flight is 15 Kg and 07 kg hand luggage) On arrival, transfer to the hotel for check-in. Later we will drive out to visit Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, situated in the heart of New Delhi. Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is the most prominent Sikh Gurudwara, or Sikh house of worship, in Delhi, known for its association with the eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Har Krishan, and the pool inside its complex, known as the "Sarovar", whose water is considered holy by Sikhs and is known as "Amrit". As with all Sikh Gurudwara, the concept of Langar (Common Meal) is practiced, and all people, regardless of race or religion may eat in the Gurudwara kitchen (langar hall). The Langar (food) is prepared by volunteers who like to help out. Overnight in the Hotel
On time you will be transferred to International terminal to board the flight for onward journey.