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Himalayan Tour: Ladakh and Nubra Valley with Hemis Festival in July

Kashmir, Ladakh and Nubra Valley with Ladakh Festival in September

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Hemis Festival at Hemis Monastery
  • Explore the remote regions of Nubra Valley
  • Cherish genuine interaction in traditional villages
  • Tour Leh, Hemis, Lamayuru, Alchi, Hundar
  • Visit historic vibrant temples and monasteries set amidst striking Himalayan scenery
  • Enjoy easy day walks through ancient villages

Experience fascinating ancient cultures amidst the spectacular pristine beauty of remote regions of Indian Himalaya.  Attend the colorful traditional Hemis Festival. Observe the dances and participate in ceremonies.  In addition to the festival, Nubra Valley and the remote Diskit Monastery, are highlights of this very special Himalayan tour.  

During your journey you will visit traditional villages and ancient monasteries containing priceless collections of thangkas, sculptures and wall paintings and enjoy meetings with lamas and local lay people.  Go where few people have gone before.

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Lama performs masked dance, Hemis Festival

Day 1-2: Arrival in Delhi
Sightseeing of Buddhist sites in Delhi.

Day 3-5: Tour Leh & Attend Hemis Festival
Early morning flight to Leh. Tour Leh, visit Spitok Gompa, attend the colorful Hemis Festival.

Day 6: Leh: Excursion to Shey-Thikse-Stok 
We shall tour the villages of Shey, Thikse and Stok.

Day 7-8: Durbuk-Tangste-Pangong Lake
We drive through Kharu, Chemrey, Tagar Sakti to Changla Pass. Upon arrival in Durbuk we visit the small monastery. Afterwards, enjoy a wonderful sunset at the lake. Visit Spangmik village.

Day 9-10: Uletokpo
Drive to Uletokpo, en-route we visit Spituk & Rizong monasteries. Spituk is yet another interesting monastery, on the hill top, offering a commanding view of Indus. It has a totally new Gompa within the monastery as well as the old Gompa which has also been restored

Day 11: Lamayuru-Alchi
Drive to Lamayuru and visit their monastery, the oldest in Ladakh.

Day 12: Alchi
Morning visit Alchi village and monastery. Enjoy beautiful scenics on a float down the Indus River. Afternoon return to Leh.

Day 13-14: Hundar-Diskit-Hundar
Drive to Nubra Valley, accessible over the Khardung-la (18,380 ft) the highest motorable road in the world. The valley was a trade route from Leh and Khashgar. Apart from unparalleled trekking opportunities, the valley has several Buddhist monasteries, most important being the 350 year old Diskit Monastery famous for its murals.

Second day drive 23 km to Diskit and walk up to Diskit Monastery to witness the morning prayer ceremony. It takes about 45 minutes to reach the monastery through a long row of scattered chortens. The monastery belonging to yellow sect, has 120 resident monks.

After lunch leave for Hundar village through sandy desert valley and visit old fort of Hundar village and small monastery.

Day 15: Leh
Drive back to Leh. Rest of day at leisure.

Day 16: Delhi - Home
Morning flight to Delhi. Hotel rooms for wash/change near airport.

 

 

LADAKH FESTIVAL TOUR-SEPTEMBER

Day 3: Fly from Delhi to Srinagar, Kashmir
Transfer to deluxe houseboats. This afternoon, a shakara ride on Dal lake.

4-5: Srinagar
Tour Srinagar and surrounding villages.

Day 6: Kargil Ladakh
We travel overland into Ladakh over the Zoji La Pass

Day 7: Lamayuru
A panoramic drive to Lamayuru. In the afternoon we visit Lamayuru Monastery.

Day 8: Biama-Dah-Uletokpo
A full day visiting tribal villages en-route to Uletopko.

Day 9: Alchi-Leh
Visit Alchi Monastery en-route to Leh.

Day 10-11: Leh
Visit Leh and attend Ladakh Festival.

Day 12: Shey-Thikse-Hemis
An excursion to the monasteries and return to Leh for overnight.

Day 13-14: Pangong Lake
Drive over Changla Pass to Pangong. Visit Spangmik Village and enjoy this very remote area.Second afternoon return to Leh

Day 15-16: Hundar-Diskit-Hundar
Drive to Nubra Valley over over the Khardung-la. Visit Diskit Monastery and Hundar Village.

Day 17: Return to Leh
Afternoon independent.

Day 18: Fly to Delhi & Depart
Hotel rooms near the airport until your international departure home.

 

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Trip Details

TRIP LENGTH
June Tour 16-day trip begins and ends in Delhi

September Tour18-day trip begins and ends in Delhi
2017 DATES
June 30-July 15
September 11-28
LAND COST
June: From $3196

September: From $3560;

$4110 with round trip international flight; not including airport taxes

ACCOMMODATIONS
5-start hotel in Delhi, traditional Tibetan decor hotel in Leh, best cottages in Nubra Valley
September Tour: deluxe houseboat in Kashmir
GROUP SIZE
4-12 guests
INCLUDED MEALS
All breakfasts, dinner day 2 in Delhi, all meals rest of the tour
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