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Hemis Festival 2017

Duration: 9 Days 8 Nights
Activities: Special Interest, Festive Tour
Regions: North India
Destinations Covered: Delhi - Leh - Lamayuru - Alchi - Likir - Hemis - Pangong Lake - Leh - Delhi
Best Time: July
Price 2017 : USD 935

Validity date 2017 :

28 June - 06 July 2017

Overview

Every year in the month of June/July, the courtyard of the largest & richest monastery of Ladakh, Hemis, is thronged by Ladakhis and people from across the globe to witness the cultural extravaganza of Ladakh during Hemis Festival. The valley of Ladakh comes alive with the reverberating sound of drums and horns during these 2 days of celebration. The lamas attired in colorful bright brocades and elaborate headgears perform the masked dances (Chamms) with “good (Gods) defeating the evil (Demons)” being the  underlying theme.

Come & be a part of this grand celebration of the birth of founder of the Tibetan Buddhism, Guru Padamasambhava.

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28 JUN’17: ARRIVE DELHI (BY: FLIGHT)

Arrive Delhi. Welcome to India- a country where hospitality is a way of life; to a culture steeped in tradition, a land where history lives in music and dance. You will be received at the airport in a traditional manner with garlands and proceed to your hotel. Overnight in Delhi

29 JUN’17: DELHI - LEH (BY: FLIGHT)

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

Depart Delhi by flight.

Arrive Leh and then transfer to the hotel for check-in. Spend the day in the hotel for rest and acclimatization.

The valley of Leh-Ladakh is beautiful beyond description, a desert land with snow capped mountains, popular with both tourist, hikers, bikers and adventurers.

Leh at 3505m is the principal town of Ladakh and was once a meeting place of the ancient trade caravans traversing the high routes into the legendary Central Asian bazaars of Yarkhand, Kashgar and Kotan. Leh is like a delightful green oasis amidst a landscape of grey, mud brown monotonous slopes and is today a popular destination and the strategic point from where most treks and other tours begin. Restaurants here also serve Indian and European cuisine besides the traditional meal - a bowl of boiled noodles topped with a meat broth washed down with salted butter tea. 

Evening visit local market.

Overnight in Leh

30 JUN’17: LEH

Morning Excursion to Shey & Thiksey.

Shey Gompa lies on the way to Hemis. It is situated on the top of a hill and houses the largest victory stupa with a golden top. The statues made of copper and glided with gold are worthseeing.

Thiksey Gompa lies on the left side of this road to Hemis. One can have a beautiful view of Indus Valley from the Gompa. Wall paintings of this Gompa are very interesting.

Post lunch visit Shanti Stupa and Leh Palace

Shanti Stupa is situated on a hilltop in Chanspa in Leh. Shanti Stupa is a known Buddhist white-domed stupa. It was built in 1991 by Japanese Buddhist Bhikshu Gyomyo Nakamura .The Shanti Stupa holds the relics of the Buddha at its base, enshrined by the 14th Dalai Lama himself. From the stupa one can experience the beautiful and panoramic view of the surrounding land-scapes of Leh. This has become a primary reason for Shanti Stupa to become a popular tourist attraction, apart from its religious significance.

Leh Palace is a former royal palace overlooking the Ladakhi Himalayan town of Leh. Modelled on the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, the palace was built by King Sengge Namgyal in the 17th century.

Overnight in Leh

01 JUL’17: LEH - LAMAYURU - ALCHI (BY: SURFACE)

Morning drive to Lamayuru ( Approx. 110 Kms/ 4 hrs drive) enroute see the Magnetic Hill.

Magnetic Hill: A law of gravity defying phenomenon. This stretch of hills is at a short distance from Gurdwara Shri Patthar Sahib. It has been noticed that when a vehicle is parked on neutral gear on this metallic road the vehicle slides up-hill although some believe it’s only an optical illusion.

Lamayuru or Yuru Gompa is a Tibetan Buddhist Gompa (monastery) in Kargil District, Western Ladakh, India.Mahasiddhacarya Naropa (956-1041 CE), allegedly caused a lake which filled the valley to dry up and founded Lamayuru Monastery. The oldest surviving building at Lamayuru is a temple called Seng-ge-sgang, at the southern end of the Lamayuru rock, which is attributed to the famous builder-monk Rinchen Zangpo (958-1055 CE). Rinchen Zangpo was charged by the king of Ladakh to build 108 gompas, and certainly many gompas in Ladakh, Spiti and the surrounding regions, date from his time.

Afternoon drive to Alchi ( Approx. 60 Kms/ 2 hrs drive). Upon arrival check in at hotel.

Later visit Alchi Gompa: 70 Kms from Leh, on the banks of the Indus, is the Alchi Gompa dating a thousand years back. One of its walls features thousands of miniature sized pictures of the Buddha. Three large sized images made of clay and painted brightly are its focal attractions. No longer an active religious center, it is looked after by monks from the Liker monastery. This is the only monastery amongst 34 monasteries, which is not located on a hilltop.

Overnight in Alchi

02 JUL’17: ALCHI - LIKIR - LEH (BY: SURFACE)

Morning drive to Likir ( Approx. 30 Kms/ 1 hr drive) and visit Likir Gompa.

Likir Gompa: Founded in the 11th century and rededicated to a different monastic order in the 15th cen-tury, its earlier Gompa was destroyed in a fire. The present Gompa dates back to the 18th century. Skilled craftsmen producing excellent Thankas, earthen pots and carved wooden folding stools, live here in the village. Majestically situated, Likir commands a spectacular view of the surrounding area. A magnificent giant Jupiter tree, one of the few survivors of its species, stands in the courtyard. Later on drive to Leh ( Approx. 50 Kms/ 2 hrs) en route visit Basgo Monastery.

Overnight in Leh.

03 JUL’17: LEH – HEMIS - LEH (BY: SURFACE)

Visit to Hemis Festival ( Approx. 40 Kms/ 1 hr drive one day).

Today enjoy the many vivid colours of the fair and the chamm dances performed by the monks of the monastery.

Overnight in Leh

04 JUL’17: LEH - HEMIS - LEH (BY: SURFACE)

Visit to Hemis Festival ( Approx. 40 Kms/ 1 hr drive one day).

Today enjoy the many vivid colours of the fair and the chamm dances performed by the monks of the monastery.

Overnight in Leh

05 JUL'17: LEH - PANGONG LAKE - LEH (BY: SURFACE)

After early Breakfast leave for Pangong Lake (Approx. 225 Kms/ 5 ½ hrs drive) through Changla Pass 17,350 ft, it is the third highest motorable road in the world. Pangong is the highest salt water Lake shared by two countries India & China. Enjoy the beauty of the lake on the Banks of pangong.

Drive back to Leh by the same route.

Overnight in Leh

06 JUL’17: LEH - DELHI & DEPARTURE (BY: FLIGHT)

In time transfer to Leh airport to board flight for Delhi Depart Leh at 0740 hrs by flight 9W 2369 ( Jet Airways) Arrive Delhi at 0915 hrs and proceed for sightseeing of Delhi. Pulsing with energy and colour, Old Delhi is laced by a maze of narrow lanes, which twist and turn between the tall, leaning buildings. You will witness the hustle and bustle of thronged bazaars where you will experience the full sights, sounds and aromas indicative of the Indian sub continent. In Old Delhi you will drive pass the Red Fort (closed on Monday) surrounded by shops and bazaars, the Jama Masjid with its tapering minarets and wonderful marble domes and Chandni Chowk. In Old Delhi you will also have an opportunity to experience a rickshaw ride. As a complete contrast, New Delhi stands in formal splendor. It is a city of wide boulevards that offers ever changing perspectives of Lutyen’s landscaped city. It is also a city known for its formal parks, magnificent Parliament Building, the Rashtrapati Bhawan (the official residence of the President of India in the 330 acres of land and designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens) and India Gate. In New Delhi you will also visit Qutab Minar, the 72.5 meter high tower dating back to the 13th century, and Humanyun’s Tomb, which was built in the 16th century and architecturally considered the forerunner ofthe Taj Mahal.

Later in thge evening transfer to IGI airport Delhi to board the flight  back to home .

Leh: Shey, Thikshey, Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace.

Lamayuru: Magnetic Hills,Yuru Monastery.
 
Alchi: Alchi Monastery.
 
Likir: Likir Monastery , Basgo Monastery.
 
Hemis: Hemis Monastery and Hemis Festival.
 
Pangong: Pangong Lake, Changla Pass.
 
Delhi: Old Delhi tour (Chandni Chowk, Jama Masjid) and New Delhi (Qutab Minar & India Gate).

 

Prices Include:

  • Accommodation on Bed and breakfast while in Delhi
  • 7 nights accommodation in Leh and Alchi
  • All meals while in Leh
  • Transportation by 1 Innova / Xylo for transfers and sightseeing as per the above itinerary
  • Permit fee for Pangong
  • Environmental Fee
  • Service of  Local English Speaking  guide for sightseeing
  • All taxes/ tolls
  • Driver allowance  and parking
  • Assistance

Prices DO NOT Include:

  • International, visa fees, airport tax or any kind of insurance cover
  • Items of personal nature like drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips, camera fees etc
  • Car at disposal or any sightseeing on leisure days unless specified above
  • Early check in or a late checkout room (s) at any hotel (s)  unless specified above
  • Liability for change in itinerary due to reasons beyond our control like change in flight and train    schedule; cancellation of flights/trains, political disturbances, natural phenomenon, etc
  • Expenses of personal nature like personal gratuities, telephone charges, laundry, spa activities, drinks etc.
  • Rates are based on current entrance fees, government taxes etc. In case of any increment in taxes or entrance fees, the increment portion will be passed on to you
  • Tips to driver, guide, hotel staff & representative.
  • Any airfare – international or domestic
  • Any porterage at hotel (for baggage on arrival and departure from the hotel).
  • Camera/video camera fee at monuments
  • Any other item not specifically mentioned above as 'INCLUDED'

General Conditions:

  • The prices are on Per Person basis, Nett & Non Commissionable.
  • Upon confirmation of the booking we would require 50% of the total invoice and the balance amount can be paid 60 days prior to the date of arrival.
  • Class of travel on trains may change based on availability at the time of booking
  • All flight/train timings are based on current schedule and are strictly subject to change
  • All prices are subject to any revision of tax and tariff structure

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Cancellation Charges: Notice of cancellation must be made in writing in the name of Shikhar Travels (India) Pvt. Ltd.

For cancellation made 4 weeks prior to the scheduled departure, there will be a cancellation fee of 50% of the invoice. For cancellation made within 4 weeks of scheduled departure, there will be cancellation charge of 100% of the invoice.

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