CULTURE AND MONASTERY OF LADAKH

  • Monastic Tour

    Day 01 : Leh:

    On arrival at Leh airport, you will be met by our representative and transfer you to Hotel. Lunch at hotel. Complete day for rest to get acclimatize with the high altitude in Leh (Ladakh) which is 3500 Mtrs above sea level. Arrive hotel in Leh for dinner and overnight .

    Day 02 : Leh (Visit Shey, Thikse and Hemis Monasteries)

    After early breakfast full day sightseeing of Shey, Thiksey & Hemis. Shey was the summer Palace of Ladakhi Kings and is where you can see the 36Ft. high statue of Buddha made of copper and covered with gold. Thicksey : The twelve storied monastery of Thicksey is situated in the most prominent of positions, lies on an island Mountain. Finally visit; Hemis : Farthest away from Leh, this is the wealthiest Monastery in Ladakh belonging to the Red Sect - it is here each summer that plays are held and Ladakhis from all parts of the country will visit Hemis. Evening return to Leh. Meals and overnight at Hotel.

    Day 03 : In Leh (Visit Stok Palace + Leh Palace + Shanti Stupa & Leh Market)

    After breakfast visit Stok palace which houses a fine private museum. There is a superb collection of thangkhas, said to be the best in the world. In the afternoon visit Leh, a fascinating labyrinth of winding streets and quaint bazaars. The main street is open and airy, with rows of shops on either side. On either side of the market are seen a long line of Ladakhi women in traditional dress and colourful jewelry of coral and turquoise, seated behind enormous baskets, selling vegetables. The spectacular eight-storey Leh Palace looming above, overlooking the town, was built in the 16th century, about the same time as the Potala in Lhasa which it resembles. Back to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

    Day 04 : Leh - Khardongla Pass - Leh (85 Kms)

    After breakfast day excursion to Khardongla pass which is the highest motor able pass in the world 5600 Mtrs and has been recorded in the Gunnies Book of world records. At the top enjoy the nature beauty of snow capped mountains. Afternoon back to the hotel and time for your personal shopping and explore market and surrounding. Arrive hotel in Leh for dinner and overnight . .

    Tour Ends

  • Hemis Festival Tour

    Day 01 - Leh

    Welcome to the ‘land of gompas’: early morning transfer to airport to board flight for leh. pick up by our representative and transfer to hotel. arrival at leh airport, to be received by our representative and transferred to the hotel. check in to the hotel for a complete day of rest wherein welcome tea and coffee will be served by the hotel. lunch will be served at 2.00 pm, after lunch visit leh market, leh palace, hall of fame and shanti stupa. overnight hotel.

    Day 02: Leh - Hemis Festival and Excursion to monasteries

    Post breakfast proceed to visit the hemis monastery to join the festivities. watch the grand spectacle of religion and region, that is, of buddhism and ladkah. buy souvenir from the temporary market installed for the occasion. Also visit the Shey gompa, shey is the ancient capital of Ladakh and Thiksey gompa, an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above village. dinner & overnight stay at hotel in leh.

    Day 03 Leh: Excursion to Pangong Lake (320 km)

    After early breakfast leave for pangong lake (14,500 ft), through changla pass 17,350 ft, it is the third highest motorable road in the world. at 1200 hrs. arrive pangong, it is the highest salt water lake in the world, shared by two countries India & China. packed or hot lunch will be provided. enjoy the beauty of the lake on the banks of pangong while appreciating the changing colors and fascinating high altitude of the lake. drive back to leh by the same route. overnight hotel.

    Day 04: Leh: Excursion to khardungla top (18,380 ft.)

    Post breakfast we drive to khardung la - the highest motorable road in the world at 18,380 ft. the top is 39 kms from leh. enjoy the views from the top and then return to the hotel for hot lunch. later in the afternoon at leisure for last day visit to the market. Overnight at hotel in Leh.

    Tour Ends

  • Festival Dates

    Ladakh Festivals
    MONASTIC FESTIVALS
    The monastic festivals are the heart of all Ladakh. They are performed by monks wearing colorful silk garments and different facial masks. Each region in Ladakh has its own monastery. We offer pilgrimage journeys to all the major accessible monasteries and the villages that once hosted traders of the fabled silk route.We cover all the fascinating festivals happening in Ladakh.

    THE LADAKH FESTIVAL
    Ladakh festival takes place in September 1-15 every year in Leh and the surrounding villages. The festival last for fifteen days with regular program in various locales. The programs include archery, polo, and mask dances from the monasteries, and traditional dances by cultural troupes from the villages. There also a are series of musical concerts and dance programs, mainly held at the pologround in Leh town.

    SINDHU DARSHAN (Holy Indus River) FESTIVAL
    Sindhu Darshan is three-day festival held from 1st to 3rd June, in Shey Manla around 8 kilometers from Leh on the bank of holy Indus river. During this festival, artists from different parts of the region perform traditional dances and people from all religions and castes. A symbol of unity and communal harmony and national integration.

    Festival Calendar of Ladakh 2017-2018
    Monastery
    Spituk
    Leh, Likir, Diskit
    Yargon
    Stok
    Matho
    Leh
    Sindhu Ghat, Leh
    Lamayuru
    Hemis
    Stongdey, Zanskar
    Karsha, Zanskar
    Shashukul
    Phyang
    Korzok, Tsomoriri
    Thag-Thog, Sakti
    Sani, Zanskar
    Leh
    Deskit, Nubra
    Thiksey
    Chemde
    All Ladakh
    All Ladakh
    Name of Festival
    Spituk Gustor
    Dosmochey
    Tungshak
    Guru Tse-Chu
    Nagrang
    Buddha Purnima
    Sindhu Darshan
    Yuru-Kabgyat
    Guru Tse-Chu
    Gustor
    Gustor
    Gustor
    Tsedup
    Gustor
    Tse-Chu
    Naszal
    Ladakh Festival
    Gustor
    Gustor
    Wanchuk
    Galdan Namchot
    Ladakhi Losar
    2017
    JAN 09-10
    FEB 08-09
    FEB 13-14
    FEB 19-20
    FEB 24-25
    MAY 25
    JUNE 01-03
    JUNE 05-06
    JUNE 18-19
    JUNE 26-27
    JULY 06-07
    JULY 06-07
    JULY 06-07
    JULY 11-12
    JULY 18-19
    JULY 21-22
    SEPT 01-15
    NOV 01-02
    NOV 20-21
    NOV 30-DEC 01
    DEC 27
    JAN 02
    2018
    JAN 28-29
    FEB 27-28
    MAR 04-05
    MAR 10-11
    MAR 15-16
    JUNE 13
    JUNE 01-03
    JUNE 24-25
    JULY 07-08
    JULY 15-16
    JULY 24-25
    JULY 24-25
    JULY 24-25
    JULY 30-31
    AUG 06-07
    AUG 09-10
    SEPT 01-15
    OCT 21-22
    NOV 09-10
    NOV 20-21
    DEC 16
    DEC 22
    New Year

  • Ladakh Fairs & Festivals
    Ladakh Fairs & Festivals

    LADAKH FESTIVALS
    Most of the festival events in Ladakh are the annual monastic festivals. Among non-monastic events count the Losar or New Year celebrations and the notable Ladakh Festival organized by the Kashmir and Jammu government. The monastic festivals are dance-dramas in the gompa courtyards. The performers are the lamas, the monks themselves. Wearing colorful garments and often frightful, at times comic masks, the monks perform mimes representing various aspects of the religion, be it the progress of the individual soul and its purification or the triumph of good over evil. The events draw spectators from among the local populace, from near and far, in great numbers for attending these auspicious events promises spiritual benefits aside the enjoyment of the party atmosphere. Huge crowds that gather heighten the sense of the occasion. Most monastic festivals are two-day events. Losar celebrations take close to one month and the Ladakh Festival is a two-week event. Our tours are designed around the dates of these unique events, bringing you the first hand experience of their festive atmosphere and thus broadening your insight into the cultural heritage of Ladakh. The festivals begins with a spectacular procession in which various cultural troupes and village contingents participate in full ceremonial costumes, singing and performing various types of colorful dances to the tune of the traditional orchestra. Thousands of traditionally attired men and women line the route of the procession, adding to the carnival atmosphere. At the polo ground, where the procession terminates, the participants break into a variety of folk and popular dances, presenting the best samples of the region 's performing arts. Among the regular programs, including a fortnight of musical concerts, lama dances and folk ceremonies, the most colorful and exciting are the archery events. Designed with an objective to revive and promote the richness, depth and pageantry of Ladakh 's centuries-old culture for worldwide appreciation and enjoyment, the Ladakh Festival offers a unique opportunity to witness many of Ladakh's traditions and folk heritage in a very short time and without having to traverse to its often formidable outlying areas. Our tour brings you to experience the best of it. Our tour 's daily program is not finalized until Kashmir and Jammu Tourism Department publishes the schedule of events, released usually about two weeks before the start of the festival.
    Ladakh Fairs Festivals Tour Package :

    Day 01, Delhi/Leh Flight:

    Early morning transfer to airport to airport to board flight for Leh. Welcome upon arrival and transfer to hotel. Day at leisure for high altitude acclimatization. Overnight stay at the hotel.

    Day 02, Leh Festival by Car/Jeep:

    Morning: Proceed to the main Bazaar to witness the Inaugural procession of the Cultural Troupes, Monks, Polo players and participants of the Silk Route trade caravan in colorful traditional costumes. The procession starts from London school, via main bazar, to the Polo ground, where there are colorful burst of cultural dances. Afternoon: Proceed to Archery stadium to witness traditional Archery competition and cultural dances. Evening: Enjoy musical concert at the Archery stadium. Overnight stay at the hotel.

    Day 03, Leh Festival:

    After brakfast proceed to visit Sankar monastery and Shanti Stupa (a Japanese peace pagoda which provides panoramic view of the entire Leh town. In the distant you can see snow-capped peaks of Stok and Matho. Afternoon: Proceed to the Polo ground to witness the inauguration of the traditional horse polo tournament. Evening: In the main bazaar see in reality a procession of the famous Silk Route Traders. The traders mounted on double-humped Bacteria Camels depict the early trade scenes between Yarkhand and Ladakh. Ladakh was the major trade centre on the Silk route. Overnight stay at the hotel.

    Day 04, Leh Festival:

    Proceed to Saboo village or Stok or Matho village for the Archery festival (depending on where the archery festival is scheduled. The competition is made more colorful by the folk dances of the particular village. Drive to visit Stok palace and museum:- Stok Palace 10 kms from Leh has the only museum of Ladakh which houses one of the most precious belongings of the earlier Royal families. In its many halls, displays include rare precious stones, old Thanks, Queens jeweler, arms & armory and the Royal Crown of the King. Evening: You can join the Silk Route trade show at the main bazaar of Leh. Overnight stay at the hotel.

    Day 05, Leh/Hemis/Leh:

    Indus Valley Monastery; After breakfast drive along river Indus to visit one of the most famous monasteries of central Ladakh. Includes visit to she palace and little further the most richest, oldest and the famous Hemis Monastery. Afternoon, free at leisure Enjoy ongoing Polo match at the polo ground. Overnight stay at the hotel.

    Day 06, Leh:

    Proceed for halfway River Rafting in Indus. Drive to Stakna beyond Thiksay. Start on one of the most thrilling rafting to reach Choglamsar. Enroute pass through villages of Chushot, Thiksay and Shey. Return to hotel. Afternoon: Drive to Phayang village (14 kms) to see the unique Phayang monastery. Overnight at Hotel.

    Day 07, Leh Festival:

    Proceed to visit one of the most special Monastic dances of Ladakh. Join at the main Chaukhang Gompa in the centre of the town where monks dresses in bright colorful religious robes dance slowly wearing fearful masks around the center flagpole. Afternoon: Walkdown through narrow streets of Leh Bazar to enjoy the final of the Polo Tournament which concludes in a fashionable manner. Overnight stay at the hotel.

    Day 08, Leh-Delhi flight:

    Early morning transfer to the domestic airport for flight to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi transfer to the hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

    Tour Ends