Himalayan Tour: Ladakh and Nubra Valley with Hemis Festival in June. Option to add Kashmir

Kashmir, Ladakh and Nubra Valley with Ladakh Festival in September

Experience ancient traditions of the Buddhist Himalayan culture amidst the spectacular pristine beauty of remote regions of Ladakh in the Indian Himalaya. Attend the colorful traditional Ladakh Hemis Festival.

The Hemis festival, is one of the most celebrated monastic festivals commemorating the birth of Guru Padmasambhava, the founder of Tantric Buddhism in Tibet. The sacred dance drama of the mission of Buddhism is performed by monks wearing masks and colorful brocades robes. While, the monks dance slowly around the main tarchen (flagpole) in the main courtyard. Observe the dances and participate in ceremonies.

A morning visit to the Alchi Monastry – which is said to be the oldest and most well-known. The monastery is around 1000 years old. A temple called Dhu-Kang dates back to 11th century or 12th century and houses some of the well preserved Indo-Himalayan style magnificent wall paintings.

In addition, travel to 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 the lamas and local lay people. Go where few people have gone before!

Optional Extension to Kashmir: Includes the world famous Mughal Gardens and a day excursion to oldest part of Srinagar visiting Jamia Masjid and the Shahi Hamdan Mosque.

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

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Lama performs masked dance, Ladakh Tour Festival

  • 1
    Day 1: Arrival in Delhi

    Overnight at airport hotel.

  • 2
    Day 2-4: Leh

    Early morning flight to Leh. Afterwards, Tour Leh, visit Spitok Gompa and attend the colorful Hemis Festival.

  • 3
    Day 5: Leh: Excursion to Shey-Thikse-Stok

    We shall visit the villages of Shey, Thikse and Stok.

  • 4
    Day 6-7: 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. Then, visit Spangmik village.

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    Day 8: Uletokpo

    Drive to Uletokpo, en-route we visit Spituk and 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.

  • 6
    Day 9: Lamayuru-Alchi

    Drive to Lamayuru and visit their monastery, the oldest in Ladakh. Then visit Likir Gompa, one of the oldest, wealthiest and most well maintained monasteries in Ladakh.

  • 7
    Day 10: Alchi-Leh

    Morning visit Alchi village and monastery. Enjoy beautiful scenics on a float down the Indus River. Then, afternoon return to Leh.

  • 8
    Day 11-12: 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. 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 and has 120 resident monks.

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

  • 9
    Day 13: Leh

    Drive back to Leh. Rest of day at leisure.

  • 10
    Day 14: Delhi - Home

    Morning flight to Delhi. Hotel rooms for wash/change near airport.

  • Trip Length

    Hemis Festival Tour 14-day trip begins and ends in Delhi

    Optional Extension to Srinagar & Amritsar

    Ladakh Festival Tour 16-day trip begins and ends in Delhi

  • Dates

    June 26-July 9, 2023
    June 14-27, 2024

  • Land Cost

    2023: $3350 per person based on minimum 4 people, Single Room Supplement: $990
    2024: $3765 per person based on minimum 4 people, Single Room Supplement: $990

  • 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, 12 lunches & 12 dinners

  • Duration

    14 Days

  • Reading List

    Ladakh Reading List
    SF Examiner - Ladakh Article

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