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  Lamaism & Buddhism of Ladakh  

Lamaism & Buddhism of Ladakh

Best time May – September

Ladakh – Rooftop of the world - is set in an enormous, barren yet spectacular landscape. This awesome land is a photographer’s delight as well as revered by followers of Mahayana Buddhism as it is the only place in the world where Lamaism – monastic form of buddism is lived & practiced in it’s original form. Land locked & hidden from the world by two of the world's mightiest mountain ranges, the Karakoram in the north and the Great Himalaya in the south Ladkh’s culture & heritage are well preserved. For nearly 900 years, from the middle of the 10th century, Ladakh was an independent kingdom, its ruling dynasties descending from the kings of old Tibet. Being the centre of the well known silk route – Leh the main city is a melting pot of various civilizations.

The tour goes through the hidden & narrow valley of Spiti to the Indus valley ( Ladakh ) after traversing two of the highest motorable mountain passes in the entire Himalayas.
The Hemis festival is a two day masked dance festival to celebrate the fight of good over evil. Visits to some of the best living monasteries in Ladakh, offers great insight into Lamaism style of Buddhism.

Tour programme:
Day 01 - Arrive Delhi.

Day 02 - Sightseeing tour of Delhi visit Rajghat, Jama Masjid, Red Fort, India Gate, Qutab Minar, Humayun's Tomb, Presidential Palace, Parliament House.

Day 03 - Early morning drive to Manali (12-13 hrs).

Day 04 - Morning explore Manali. Afternoon free.

Day 05 -Drive by jeep to Kaza enroute Rohtang Pass(3978m) the gateway to Lahaul and Dhankar Monastery near Tabo.

Day 06 - Full day explore Kaza, Kye Monastery, Kibber village. Rest of the day free to acclimatize.

Day 07 - Drive by jeep to Jispa enroute visiting Keylong.

Day 08 - Drive to Sokar enroute Sarchu crossing Baralacha La.

Day 09 -Drive to Hemis crossing Tangla La (17500m). If time permit, visit Hemis Monastery-one of the best endowed monasteries in Ladakh and witness Hemis Festival activities.

Day 10 - Full day explore this colourful and exciting annual festival at Hemis Monastery (this year it is June 21 & 22' 2010). Non festival day, full day tour of Hemis Monastery and arround.

Day 11 - Drive to Leh.

Day 12 - Full day sightseeing of Leh.

Day 13 - Drive to Alchi. Sightseeing of Alchi gompa, Likir Monastery. If interested, rafting.

Day 14 - Explore Alchi, rafting.

Day 15 -Drive to Lamayuru, sightseeing and drive to Leh.

Day 16 -In Leh.

Day 16 -Fly to Delhi.

Day 16 -Fly for onward destination.

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