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Leh & Ladakh Tour



Delhi – Leh – Delhi     (7Days – 6 Nights)



Leh, the capital of Ladakh is situated at a height of 3505 meters and is towards the eastern parts of Jammu and Kashmir. The region is watered by the Zanskar River, which flows into the Indus River just below. Spilling out of a side valley that tapers north towards eroded snow-capped peaks, the Ladakhi capital sprawls from the foot of a ruined Tibetan style palace - a maze of mud-brick and concrete flanked on one side by cream-coloured desert, and on the other by a swathe of lush irrigated farmland. As one approaches Leh for the first time, via the sloping seep of dust and pebbles that divide if from the floor of the Indus Valley, one will have little difficulty imagining how the old trans -Himalayan traders must have felt as they plodded in on the caravan routes from Yarkhand and Tibet: a mixture of relief at having crossed the mountains in one piece, and anticipation of a relaxing spell in one of central Asia's most scenic and atmospheric towns. Leh is a beautiful destination with so many attractions and is the center of Tibeto-Buddhist Culture for ages. Its colorful gompas have attracted the devout Buddhists from all over the globe. Besides, it is also a favorite hiking locale and is known for some of the best hikes in the country.




Day 01        Arrive Delhi


Met on arrival and transfer to hotel.


Afternoon Sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi includes a visit to the Qutub Minar - the tallest stone tower in India built in 1191 AD, The Humayun's Tomb based on the description of Islamic paradise gardens and is known to have inspired the Taj Mahal and many later Mughal tombs, also visit the Great Mosque - The Jama Masjid & drive past by the Red fort & the memorial built for Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.



Day 02        Delhi – Leh


Morning check-out of the hotel and transfer to the domestic airport in time to board flight for Leh. Met on arrival, assistance and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize, evening walk up to Leh Palace.



Overnight at the hotel



Day 03        Leh (Spituk & Phiyang monasteries)


Morning excursion to Spituk monestary which has branch monasteries at Stok, Sabu and Sankar. Ri-dzong, situated a few kms up a side-valley from Uley-Tokpo, was founded only a century and a quarter ago by a devout layman-turned-lama, with the purpose of following the strict monastic rules of the Gelugs-pa sect. Also visit the and Phyang Monastery founded under the direct patronage of members of the ruling Namgyal dynasty. Phiyang represents an act of penance by the 16th century King Tashi Namgyal for the violence and treachery by which he reached the throne. It was established at the instance of King Singge Namgyal, while his widow founded Chemrey as a posthumous act of merit for him. Afternoon at leisure.



Overnight at the hotel.



Day04        Leh (Shey-Thiksey-Hemis monasteries)


Morning excursion south of Leh. Shey, Thiksey & Hemis Monasteries. Shey was the former summer palace for the kings of Ladakh. Shey houses the 12 m tall Sakyamuni statue built during the reign of Senge Namgyal. 45 kms south of Leh lies the most famous monastery in Ladakh, the Hemis Gompa. The monastery belongs to the Drukpa Kargyud order of Tibetan Buddhism. Every year the Hemis festival commemorates the birth of the Indian sage Guru Padmasambhava. The festival is held from the 9th-11th days of the fifth Tibetan month (usually sometime between June and July).



Overnight at the hotel.



Day 05        Leh- Lamayuru- Alchi  


Drive to Lamayuru and visit monastery and the Village. Evening depart for Alchi and overnight at the hotel.



Day 06        Alchi-Leh


Morning visit Alchi monastery which is known for 11th century's old painting. After lunch depart for Leh. Arrive and check-in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.



Day07        Leh-Delhi


Morning transfer to Leh airport to board flight for Delhi . Arrive Delhi & transfer to Hotel. Later in the day transfer to the International airport for flight for onward destination.



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