Buddhist monasteries are one of the most unique features that attract travellers to Ladakh, year after year. In spite of the rugged landscape and difficulty of access, monks and preachers came to Ladakh and erected more than 100 Buddhist monasteries from one corner to another. Many of these monasteries serve as spiritual and educational centres spreading Buddhism. If you are planning to explore a living heritage of the Buddha, Ladakh is the place to be. A unique blend of Buddhist and Tibetan culture awaits your arrival in Ladakh. This is your opportunity to dig into the teachings of Buddha and witness how monks live, pray and meditate.
After your arrival, enjoy a fun-filled sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi. Next day, board your flight to Leh in Ladakh. Get acclimatized and take a stroll through the Leh Market before getting started with your monasteries tour. Attend prayers at the Thiksey Monastery, which is 600 years old. Later, drive to the Hemis Monastery, another famous Buddhist monastery in Leh. The Shey Palace, erected during the 16th century, is your next halt. Next morning, visit the Spituk Monastery and the Phyang Monastery which is popular for the dramatic mask dance. Which is more, enjoy an excursion trip to the Khardungla Pass, world's highest motorable pass. Driving here is an amazing experience as you'll pass through picture-perfect valleys and snow-clad mountains. Next, head straight for Alchi village to view the Alchi Monastery.
Visits to the Lamayuru Monastery and the Stok Palace are the other major attractions of the 'Monasteries of Ladakh' tour. Finally, catch your flight to Delhi from Leh so that you can return home or continue your onward journey.
Upon arrival at Delhi international airport, our representative will meet you and assist you to your hotel in Delhi. Overnight stay is at hotel.
After breakfast, transfer to Delhi airport to board flight to Leh. On arrival at Leh airport, our representative will meet and transferred to the hotel. Complete day for the acclimatization which is 3500 m above sea level. Later take a short walk around the Leh bazaar. Overnight is at hotel.
Full day excursion to Ladakh famous monasteries, which are walled with inscribed prayers and religious figures. The enchanting echo of prayers in each and every monastery will touch your soul and calms you down. We will start with the prayers of Thiksey monastery in the morning. This monastery is 600 years old and one of the oldest and finest monastery. The monastery houses many temples, beautiful murals, books, painting and most attractive Buddha statue on the entrance. From here, continue drive to Hemis monastery founded in the 17th century, housing the fine scriptures and murals. This monastery is well decorated from all the sides, through which it holds some different attraction as compared to other monasteries. On the way back visit Shey Palace, which is constructed by one of the king of Tibet, and though it remained a residence of royal family till 16th century. It also have the museum consisting the artefacts, dresses, jewellery, weapons. Overnight is at hotel.
Morning proceed for a half day tour of Spituk situated on the hill top near Indus river. The monastery houses the huge statue of goddess, whose face remains covered during the year and uncovered during the festival time. There is also a collection of ancient masks, antique arms and fine thangkas. Visit Phyang Monastery famous for the traditional mask dance and museum housing the Chinese, Tibetan and Mongolian artifacts. Evening, we visit the Leh bazaar to enjoy the walks and buy souvenirs. Overnight is at hotel.
After breakfast proceed for an excursion to Khardungla pass - the highest motorable pass in the world. Enjoy the driving through the picturesque valley and snow capped mountains. In the late afternoon return back to the hotel. Overnight is at hotel.
Today we will drive to Alchi village, which is surrounded in the lush green grounds. Due to its location, it also has a importance due to its agriculture and famous for apricot trees. Other attraction of Alchi village is Alchi monastery and temple complex also called Choskor temple. The temple houses many small paintings of Buddha. However, now the monks have shifted the religion practice to the Likir monastery, but the Alchi have not lost its charm. You can also enjoy the local walks here offering many small shops and restaurants. Overnight is at hotel/Guest House.
After breakfast, drive towards Leh, where en route visit the Lamayuru monastery. Lamayuru holds its charm and magic due to its monastery which is believed to be the oldest monastery. It is built on the rock, so inside the monastery, you can see the caves, which are very well carved out and decorated. In the late afternoon, continue our drive to Leh. Overnight is at hotel.
Today we will visit the Stok Palace initially a monastery. This royal palace was built by one of the Tibetan king, and used as the home of royal family. Till today, it is a summer home of Member of Parliament. Little portion of the palace is converted into the museum which displays royal thangkas, dresses, weapons, coins etc. Rest of the day is at leisure for your independent activities.
In time, transfer to the airport to board flight to Delhi. On arrival at Delhi airport transfer to the hotel for rest and night stay.
In time transfer to the airport to board flight to onward destination
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