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New Delhi - Kullu - Manali - Darcha - Sarchu - Leh - New Delhi
8 Nights / 9 Days
Several Exotic places in Ladakh are far off and inaccessible normally and can only be explored by a Jeep/ 4 x 4 - wheel drive. You can thus explore the the culture, tradition, and wildlife in these places and more.
Morning transfer to the airport in Delhi to board flight for Kulu.
On arrival at Kulu airport transfer to hotel in Manali by cars 40 Kms.
Afternoon visit Old Manali town, Vashist hot water springs.
Overnight at the hotel.
Early morning after breakfast, proceed to Darcha by car / jeep. The
Drive will take you over the first high pass at Rohtang and than down
Into the Lahaul Valley. Following the Chandra River down stream on the
Right side drive further to Darcha, past Tandi the meeting of Chandra
And Bhaga rivers. Camp overnight at Darcha.
Morning after breakfast we drive from our camp at Darcha to Baralacha La at 16000ft. Its a spectacular drive with magnificent views of the snow capped Baralacha range as you cross the pass. The road then follows the upper reaches of Lingti river before continuing to the fixed camp at Sarchu. Meals and overnight at Camp.
From camp you cross the backbone of the Zanskar range over the Lachalung La (5100 metres) and the Tanglang La 5300 metres. The terrain is wild and windswept before it finally descends to the Indus Valley. On reaching the Indus valley it is a further 50 kilometers down valley past Thiksey monastery to Leh. Overnight at the hotel in Leh.
Morning after breakfast , excursion to visit Spituk and Phyang Gompas ( monastery)
by jeeps with local guide.
The Spituk Gompa is perched on a high hill overlooking the Indus river about 18 Km from Leh. Rinchen Zangpo the Great Translator who helped spread Buddhism in Ladakh named the monastery. (Spituk means exemplary). The Spituk monastery is known for its collection of Buddhist artifacts and for the Spituk festival held from the 17th to 19th days of the 11th month of the Buddhist calendar. Further up the hill is a Mahakal Temple, where a fearsome image of Vajrabhairava is unveiled once a year at its annual festival.
Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Leh.
Full excursion with packed lunch from the hotel to the monasteries of Shey, Thiksey and Hemis.
The Hemis Gompa is the biggest monastery in Ladakh. Located 45 Km to the south of Leh. Hemis Gompa was built in 1630 and houses monks of the Brokpa or Red Hat sect. Tourists can see beautiful frescoes (paintings) on the walls and the largest Thangka painting in Ladakh, which is over 12 m in length. The Hemis Gompa is famous for its annual Tse Chu Festival held in June-July, which is characterized by colorful masked dances. The festival commemorates the anniversary of Padmasambhava, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism. Dancers wearing brightly colored masks that represent good and evil characters in Mahayana Buddhism, enact an age-old tale of the victory of good over evil.
Situated on a hillock 15 km south of Leh, Shey Gompa was previously the summer palace of the Ladakhi kings. A prince of Ladakh installed the 12 m tall gold-plated copper statue of Sakyamuni Buddha, which can be seen here. The Shey Gompa celebrates its annual festival on the 30th day of the 1st month of the Tibetan Buddhist calendar.
The Thiksey monastery located 17 Km from Leh is 12 storeys high and has many statues of Buddha, a pillar inscribed with Buddhist teachings, a 15 m high seated Maitreya Buddha in the main prayer hall, and a vast collection of Buddhist art. Home to monks of the Gelukpa order the Thiksey monastery is known for its annual festival held from the 17th to 19th day of the 12th month of the Tibetan Buddhist calendar.
Overnight at the hotel in Leh.
Morning visit to Leh Palace and Peace Pagoda ( Stupa ) at the top of the hill overlooking the Changspa village.
The Leh Palace is a smaller version of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. Built in the 17th century for King Singge Namgyal, the Leh Palace was the residence of the Ladakhi royal family till they were sent into exile in Stok in the 1830s.
The Shanti Stupa is an impressive white-domed structure in Chandspa that is beautifully illuminated at night. It was built by a Japanese Buddhist organization to commemorate 2500 years of Buddhism and to promote World Peace. The Shanti Stupa was inaugurated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1985. You can approach the monastery by a steep flight of steps or by a 3 Km route from the Fort Road. The views of the sunset and sunrise from the Shanti Stupa are spectacular.
Afternoon walking excursion to Samkar Gompa.
Situated 2 Km North of the city center, the Sankar Gompa houses monks of the Gelukpa or Yellow Hat order. It has a grand image of Avalokiteshvara (The Buddhist deity of compassion) who is depicted with 1,000 heads and 1,000arms.
Overnight at the hotel.
Morning after breakfast, excursion by jeeps to visit Likir & Alchi monasteries.
The Alchi Gompa is situated on the bank of the River Indus and is easily accessible since it is the only Gompa in Ladakh, which is located on flat ground. Founded by Ringchen Zangpo, the Great Translator, the Alchi Gompa displays a Kashmiri influence in its art and architecture. Within the monastery you can see many beautiful images of Buddha. Photography is not permitted within the Alchi Monastery.
The Likir Monastery is also called the Klu-Kkhjil or "water spirits" gompa and is situated 52 Km from Leh. Built over an earlier Gompa burnt down in the 15th century, the present Gompa is an 18th century construction and houses monks of the Gyalukpa sect. The Likir monastery has a rich collection of paintings, robes and artifacts. The Likir Festival is held from the 17th to 19th of the 12th month of the Tibetan Buddhist calendar.
Afternoon to visit the market in Leh. Overnight at the hotel.
Morning transfer to the hotel to board flight for Delhi.
On arrival transfer to hotel or airport for onward connection.
Cost Sheet -
Cost for 02 Paying Pax will be USD 700-00 Per Person on Twin Sharing basis
Cost for 03 Paying Pax will be USD 568-00 Per Person on Twin Sharing basis
Single Room Supplement will be USD 140-00 Per Person
Airfare supplement - to be provided on demand / request
The Cost includes: -
- Arrival & Departure Transfer by Aircon Indigo Car
- transport from Manali to Leh by jeeps
- sightseeing, transfer in Leh by jeeps as per the itinerary
- Hotel accommodation on Twin Sharing at hotels listed below
- Local English Speaking guide in Leh
- entrance fee to the places of visit in Leh only
The Cost does not include: -
- Any other services which is not mentioned in above.
- Any other meals except breakfast.
- Any Tips, Phone Calls, Laundry Exp. Personal Exp. Misc Exp. Etc
- Any Internal & External Airfare
- Any Insurance & Medical Exp. Etc
Hotel Used are hereunder: -
Manali Hotel Highland or similar on Full board
Keylong Hotel Dekyid - on half board
Sarchu Adventure Camp - on Full Board
Leh Hotel Dragon - on Half board
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