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  • Hemis Festival & Monasteries of Ladakh

Hemis Festival & Monasteries of Ladakh

Duration: 8 Days 7 Nights
Activities: Hemis Festival
Regions: North India
Destinations Covered: LEH - LAMAYURU - ALCHI - LIKIR - LEH - HEMIS - LEH - PANGONG LAKE - LEH
Best Time: July
Price 2017 : INR 41000

Validity date 2017 :

10 Jul - 17 Jul 2016

Overview

The annual mask-dance festival takes place in the month of June/July at the Hemis monastery about 40kms away from Leh. Hemis is the biggest and the most important monastery in Ladakh, built in the 17th century by Chapgon Gyalshas and ever since has enjoyed the patronage of the royal family. The Monastery holds a 2 day celebration to commemorate the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava who is known to be a reincarnation of Buddha. This masked parade is one of the most sacred rituals here and complete Buddhist cultural extravaganza. Drums, cymbals and long horns fill the valley’s of Leh with the sound of victory of good over evil by performing these masked dances.

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10 JULY’16 (SUN): ARRIVE LEH

After reaching Leh airport (on your own), you will be greeted by our representative and transferred 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. It has restaurants serving Indian and European cuisine beside the traditional meal - a bowl of boiled noodles topped with a meat broth washed down with salted butter tea. Hotels range from budget to Luxury and offer surprisingly modern facilities.

Evening visit local market

Overnight in Leh

11 JULY’16 (MON): LEH

Excursion to Shey,Thiksey and then back to hotel

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, Leh district, Ladakh, in the north Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Shanti Stupa as know 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. Shanti stupa has provides beautiful and panoramic view of the surrounding land-scape. 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

12 JULY’16 (TUE) : LEH - LAMAYURU - ALCHI

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

13 JULY’16 (WED) : ALCHI - LIKIR - LEH

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

14 JULY’16 (THU) : LEH - HEMIS - LEH

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

15 JULY’16 (FRI) : LEH - HEMIS - LEH

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

16 JULY’16 (SAT) : LEH – PANGONG LAKE - LEH

After early Bre akfast 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

17 JULY’16 (SUN): DEPART LEH

In time transfer to Leh airport to board flight for Delhi

Leh: Shey, Thikshey, Shanti Stupa and Leh Palace
Likir: Likr Gompa
Hemis: Hemis Festival
Pangong: Pangong Lake

Prices: INR 41000 PER PERSON

Prices Include:

  • 7 nights accommodation in Leh and Alchi
  • All meals
  • 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
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