Ladakh lies in the far north of India, although culturally and geographically closer to Tibet; it is one of the last remaining enclaves of Tibetan Buddhism. Shrouded in a mist of myth and mystery, this land of monks and monasteries rises gracefully from the upper half of the Indus basin. Sandwiched between the vast ranges of the Karakoram and the Himalaya in the far north of India, Ladakh is the highest, most remote and least populated region in the whole country. The name is derived from Ladags, which means ‘the land of high passes’. Its corrugated, arid landscape is often described as a mountain desert which does not do justice to the inherent beauty of its chaotic ridges, twisted and exposed geological strata, snow-shrouded peaks, dark gorges and wide valleys.
Enjoy your flight from Delhi to Leh. The flight duration is approximately 90 mins.
Sit back and relax, for this airport transfer in a private vehicle, with English speaking guide.
Upon your arrival into Leh, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. After checking in, you will have the complete day to rest and relax in order to aid the acclimatization to the altitude and thin air of Ladakh. In the evening you will take a short walk around the Leh bazaar to explore the handcrafted antiquities.
Welcome to Ladakh’s premier hotel, located in the quiet Changspa Village, five short minutes from the heart of the Leh town. Ladakh Residency is an apt reflection of modern day Ladakh, contemporary, yet retaining the old world charm and hospitality that has attracted travelers to Ladakh since the 1970s. The hotel is traditional in design and architecture, yet with all modern facilities you might look for on your holiday.
SANKAR GOMPA & VILLAGE: A relatively modern monastery, it is closely associated with the Spituk monastery and served as the residence of the late head priest-Kushak Bakula. A number of gold icons are to be found here.
SHANTI STUPA (Japanese Peace Pagoda): Shanti Stupa/Japanese peace pagoda is built by a Japanese religious organization headed by Head monk Nakamura with the help from the organization and local people. It is situated at a hill top in Cahngspa village providing a bird eye view of the Leh town and the surrounding mountain peaks.
LEH PALACE: The Namgyal Tsemo (victory Peak) was built by King Tashi Namgyal after the reunification of upper and lower Ladakh and victory over Hor and their bodies are placed under an image of Mahakala, the guardian deities to stop further invasion of Hor.
Morning after breakfast, drive to Thiksey village, visit Thiksey monastery and drive to Shey Village to visit Shey Palace and Gompa. Continue drive to Hemis monastery to visit one of the most famous monasteries of Ladakh. Return to Leh in the late afternoon and relax at the hotel.
Morning after breakfast, drive to Alchi with packed lunch. En-route visit Magnetic Hill, Confluence of Zanskar, Indus River and Basgo Fort. Arrive Alchi and visit Alchi Monastery.
Ule Ethnic resort has developed in a complete eco resort that provides today’s traveler with parallel facilities at par with the world while maintaining the ancient wisdom of what has passed on from our fore fathers. The Ule Ethnic resort stands alone as the only eco resort that is running an organic stay with the food grown in the vegetable garden at the camp site, electricity produced by unique mini micro hydro power for each occupation and a campus that so well blends technology with today’s tourist consumption pattern issues of the Himalayas. The Ule Ethinic resort contains 31 canvas huts and 15 Independent Cottages/Chalets that has it's own mini micro hydral power plants for generating electricity designed in the most Ecological architectural understanding as applicable to the Himalayan region of Ladakh.
Morning excursion to Lamayuru monastery. Afternoon visit the Rizong monastery and Chulichan nunnery.
LAMAYURU GOMPA: The oldest holy site in Ladakh, it was a bon shrine prior to the advent of Buddhism. Also known as Yung Drung (Swastika) it is sited on a high promontory overlooking the village and valley. For sheer spectacle value no other Gompa can match Lamayuru.
RIDZONG GOMPA: Rizong is the most isolated monastery of all the monasteries in Ladakh. There is no entry fee in this monastery, you can offer whatever you can. Rizong Gompa is known as the paradise for Meditation. Guru Padma Sambhava is believed to meditated here for years. One can still find the small caves where Lamas used to meditate for years cutting themselves from the rest of the world except for an one feet square outlet window from where they accept the one time meal of the day.
Morning drive back to Leh, en-route visit Likir and Spituk monastery.
LIKIR GOMPA: Founded in the 11th century and rededicated to a different monastic order in the 15th century, its earlier Gompa was destroyed in a fire. The present Gompa is dated back to the 18th century. Skilled craftsmen producing excellent Thankas, earthen pots and carved wooden folding stools, live here in the village. Majestically situated, Likir commands a spectacular view. A magnificent giant Jupiter tree, one of the few survivors of its species, stands in the courtyard.
SPITUK GOMPA: 8 kms from Leh, it stands prominently on the top of hillock commanding a panoramic view of the Indus Valley for miles. Many icons of Buddha and fine Thankas are to be found in this 15th century Gompa. The Gompa also houses a collection of ancient masks, antique arms, and an awe-inspiring image of Mahakaal. The face of the Kali image is kept covered and is revealed only at the annual function at January every year.
Enjoy your flight from Leh to Delhi today. The flight duration is approximately 90 mins.
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March 14, 2011
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February 24, 2010
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