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MONASTERY TOUR

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MONASTERY TOUR



VISITING: DELHI - LEH - KARGIL - LEH - DELHI

 

DAY 01 / DELHI:

Arrive New Delhi.
Assistance on arrival and transfer to your hotel. Check-in time 12 noon.
Delhi- Delhi as the capital of India Delhi is the seat of administration and the monuments which tell the saga of a bygone era stand there. These icons are testimony to the grandeur of past and also an attraction for the tourists. With an area of 1483 sq. Kms, Delhi is all set to acquire full statehood. The charm of Delhi has attracted Emperors, Conquerors and poor in equally. It is correctly said that Delhi is a land of 'Dilwalas' or for people with heart. This phrase acquires a true colour when one goes around the lanes of Delhi. Delhi-- a window to the kaleidoscope that is India. From a string of historical monuments to modern commercial centers, Delhi has evolved into an exceptional and dynamic destination offering a wealth of shopping and sightseeing activities. Tourism in Delhi has undergone a sea change in recent times as the city is in the process of a steady makeover.

Overnight at your hotel.

DAY 02/ DELHI - LEH (LADAKH) BY AIR

Morning transfer to airport in time to board flight for Leh.

Assistance on arrival and transfer to your hotel. Check-in time is 12 noon.  Rest of day free for acclimatization.

LADAKH
It is a mysterious land shrouded in myth and legend. Known for centuries as the 'land of passes' (La-pass; Dakh-land). The region of Ladakh spread over to an area of 96,701 Sq. Kms . Ladakh is a paradise for nature lovers, culture travelers and adventure seekers. Visit Ladakh and get enchanted with its beautiful snow-capped peaks, lush valleys, spectacular waterfalls, and accept the challenges of its thrilling trekking routes. Visit the famous palaces, monasteries and gompas of Ladakh including the 17th century Leh Palace, Stok Palace, Thiksey Monastery, Likir Monastery, Hemis Gompa, Namgyal Tsemo Gompa and Shanti Stupa.

Overnight at your hotel.

DAY 03 / LEH - KARGIL BY SURFACE (210 KMS / 8 HRS)

Morning proceed to Kargil enroute visiting Mulbekh Village famous for 7 meter high rockcut statue of Maitreya’s Buddha. Later, on arrival in Kargil transfer to your hotel.

Kargil is the second largest urban center of Ladakh it was the gateway for caravans of silk, brocade, carpets, felts, tea, poppy, ivory et al to China, Tibet, Yarkand and Kashmir in the past. The kaleidoscopic Kargil is the entry point to the wondrous Zanskar Valley. At a distance of 204 kms from the capital city of Srinagar and 234-km from Leh Kargil is the perfect night stop for the tourists traveling between Srinagar and Leh. Kargil hosts the popular archery contest in the month of May every year.

Overnight at your hotel.

DAY 04 / KARGIL

Full day visit of Kargil city which has some of the finest examples of Turkish style houses.
The local market of Kargil offers a variety of products ranging from raw sugar, to exotic spices and other trinkets. Though for souvenirs the best bet is the easily available dry apricot. There are two imambaras in Kargil namely, Trespone and Sankhoo. Both happen to be places of tourist attraction. The buildings follow the Turkish style of architecture and are home to the Muslim 'Aghas'. Besides the imambaras the Muslims of Kargil flock to the Jama Masjid.

Overnight at your hotel.

DAY 05 / KARGIL - LEH

Morning drive back to Leh enroute visiting monastries like Alchi and Likir.

The name Likir means "The Naga - Encircled". The reason behind this naming of Likir Gompa of Ladakh is that it stands surrounded by the bodies of the two great serpent spirits, the Naga-rajas, Nanda and Taksako. The monastery is situated at a distance of approximately 62 km to the west of Leh town. Lhachen Gyalpo, the fifth king of Ladakh, offered the site where the monastery now stands, to Lama Duwang Chosje. The Lama, a great champion of meditation, blessed the site offered to him, after which the construction on the monastery was undertaken.

Alchi Gompa dates back to the year 1000 AD and was built by the Translator, Rinchen Zangpo. He even made a reference about the monastery in his biographies. It is written that he brought thirty-two sculptors and wood carvers from Kashmir, for the construction of the Alchi Monastery of Leh Ladakh. The monastery is sited at a distance of approximately 67 km to the west of Leh. One can easily see an Indian touch in this monastery, especially in the way its paintings have been made.

Three sacred temples, with the main one being that of Rinchen Lhakhang at Lotsa Lhakhang, make up a major part of the Alchi Gompa of Ladakh. However, there are other temples also, namely Jamyang Lhakhang (Manjusri temple), Sumtsag Lhakhang and so on. There are a number of images inside the monastery. However, the main one is that of Vairocana. The other images include the ones of the five Buddha Families, along with their attendant deities.

Later proceed to Leh enroute visiting countryside.

Overnight at your hotel.

DAY 06 / LEH - DELHI BY AIR

Morning transfer to airport in time to board flight for Delhi. Check-out time is 12 noon.



Bon Voyage

Note: all the above arrangements are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.