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

Kashmir, Ladakh and Nubra Valley with Ladakh Festival in September

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Hemis Festival at Hemis Monastery in June
  • Ladakh Festival + Kashmir in September
  • 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
LADAKH HEMIS FESTIVAL TOUR

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

Day 11: Alchi-Leh
Morning visit Alchi village and monastery. Enjoy beautiful scenics on a float down the Indus River. Afternoon return to Leh.

Day 12-13: Hundar-Diskit-Hundar
Drive to Nubra Valley, accessible over the Khardung-la (18,380 ft) the highest motor-able 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 14: Leh
Drive back to Leh. Rest of day at leisure.

Day 15: Delhi - Home
Morning flight to Delhi. Hotel rooms for wash/change near airport.

 

OPTIONAL POST TOUR EXTENSION TO KASHMIR

LADAKH FESTIVAL & KASHMIR SEPTEMBER TOUR

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

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-Uletokpo
A panoramic drive to Lamayuru. We visit Lamayuru Monastery and continue to Uletokpo.

Day 8: Uletokpo-Alchi-Likir-Leh
Viist Alchi, Likri & Phyang monasteries en-route to Leh

Day 9-10: Leh
Visit Leh and attend Ladakh Festival.

Day 11: Shey-Thikse-Hemis
An excursion to the monasteries and return to Leh for overnight.

Day 12: Durbuk - Tangtse - Pangong Lake
Pangong Lake is the largest brackish water lake in Asia, 134 km in length, 2-3 km in width and at a height of 4,350 m. It is one of the most attractive lakes located at such an altitude. Out of the 134 km length, about 60% of the lake lies in Tibet and the remaining in India. The deep blue water and perfectly blue sky, exudes a Mediterranean feel similar to Greece. We stay in Spangmik village by the lake.

Day 13: Morning enjoy the beauty of the area. Return to Leh.

Day14-15: Hundar-Diskit-Hundar
Drive to Nubra Valley over over the Khardung-la. Visit Diskit Monastery and Hundar Village.

Day 16: Return to Leh
Afternoon independent.

Day 17: Fly to Delhi & Depart
Hotel rooms near the airport until your international departure home.

 

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Trip Details

TRIP LENGTH
Hemis Festival Tour 15-day trip begins and ends in Delhi

Ladakh Festival Tour 17-day trip begins and ends in Delhi
2018 DATES
June 20-July 4
September 12-28
LAND COST
June: From $3270

September: From $3595

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, June: 12 lunches & 12 dinners; Sept: 14 lunches & 14 dinners
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