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Places to Visit : Delhi - Leh - Alchi - Leh - Delhi
Duration: 09 Nights / 10 Days


Day 01 Delhi
Begin your tour. Arrive into Delhi.Welcome to Vardhman's 'Monasteries In Ladhak Tour'! On arrival in Delhi, you will be met and transferred by Vardhman's representative to your hotel. Relax for a while and later proceed for the sightseeing of Delhi.Combined city tour of New Delhi & Old DelhiVisit Qutab Minar, Humayun's tomb, Lakshminarayan Temple, a modern Hindu Temple, Parliament House, Government Secretarial Building and Connaught place, the shopping centre of New Delhi.Visit Red Fort, built in 1648 by Mughal Emperor Shahjehan, Jama Masjid, one of the largest Mosque of India, Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana, the cremation sites of Mahatama Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. Also drive past Chandni Chowk, shopping centre of Old Delhi. Overnight :Hotel

Day 02 - Delhi - Leh
After breakfast transfer to Delhi airport to connect flight for Leh. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel by our representative. Complete day for the acclimatization which is 3500 meters above sea level. In the evening take a short walk around Leh bazaar at your own.Overnight :Hotel

Day 03 - Leh

Full day excursion to the famous monasteries, it is interesting to visit early in the morning to enjoy the praying ceremony at Thiksey monastery. Continue drive to Hemis monastery which is one of the most famous of the Ladakh region. On the way back visit to Shey Palace.Hemis Gompa: Ladakh's largest monastery. It contains a number of gold statues and Stupas decorated with precious stones and a superb collection of Thankas, including one that is the largest in existence. Hemis gompa is believed to have been established in 1630 by Lama Tagstang Raspa and built by Palden Sara under the patronage of King Sengge Namgyal on a site previously sanctified by the construction of a cave hermitage dating from the 12th century. This monastery is the oldest one in the area belonging to the Kargyu school. The Gompa is a unique example of a monastic complex of this period which manifests in its structure the geomantic principles which underlie religious constructions of this type.

Shey Palace And Gompa : Shey palace with its remarkable statue of Buddha and panoramic views of Indus valley. Situated on a hillock 15 Kms upstream from Leh, it was once the residence of the royal family. According to tradition, it was the seat of power of the pre-Tibetan kinds. A 7.5 mts high copper statue of Buddha, plated with gold and the largest of its kind, is installed here.

Thiksey Gompa : 19 Kms from Leh, spectacularly sited, Thiksey is one of the largest and architecturally most impressive Gompas. There are several temples in this Gompas, containing images, stupas and wall paintings of Buddha, which are exquisite.Overnight :Hotel

Day 4 - Leh
On the day 4 of your tour proceed on a half day visit of Spituk & Phyang monastery. Afternoon visit by foot to Kings Palace, Leh Mosque, Leh Gompa, Shankar Gompa and Leh bazaar. Sankar Gompa & Village : A relatively modern monastery, it is closely associated with the Spituk monastery and served as the residence of the late head priest-Kushak Bakula. A number of gold icons are to be found here.

Phiyang Gompa : 17 Kms from Leh on the Leh-Kargil road, it looks like a huge palace from afar, build by Tashi Spituk Monastery: Namgyal in the later half of the 16th century AD, it belongs to the Red Cap sect of Buddhists. Hundreds of icon of Buddha and other gods are kept on wooden shelves. The Spituk Monastery of Ladakh is situated at a distance of approximately 8 km from the town of Leh. Towering over a conical, the 3-chapel monastery dates back to the 11th century, when it was founded century by Od-de, the elder brother of Lha Lama Changchub Od. He was the one to introduce a monastic community here. When a translator, Rinchen Zangpo, came to this place, he said that an exemplary religious community would develop there. This statement led to the naming of the monastery as Spituk, meaning Exemplary.
Overnight :Hotel

Day 5 - Leh
Full day excursion to Khardongla pass, which is the highest motorable pass in the world 5600 meters and has been recorded in the Guniees Book of World Records. At the top enjoy the nature beauty of snow capped mountains. Later in the afternoon return back to the hotel for an overnight stay.Overnight :Hotel

Day 6 - Leh - Alchi
Leave for Alchi monastery known as Alchi Choskor is the only monastery in the Ladakh on flat ground. On the way visit Bazgo Castle lie on the right bank of the Indus valley. By the lunch time you reach Alchi. Afternoon visit the Alchi monastery and explore the nature beauty of Alchi village. 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. Arrive Alchi and check into your hotel for an overnight stay.Overnight :Hotel

Day 7 - Alchi - Lamayuru - Leh
Drive back to Leh. Enroute visit Lamayuru Monastery via Khaltsi (passport checking point). From here another 22 kms drive will take us to Lamayuru. The oldest and spectacularly se Lamayuru monastery founded in the 10th Century. Visit the monastery. Lamayuru Monastery : Overnight :Hotel

Day 8 - Leh
After breakfast half day visit to Stok Palace. The Palace was built by King Tsespal Tondup Namgyal in 1825. On the way back visit the Choglamsar village (The Tibetan refugee Camp) which is famous for Tibetan Culture, History and Buddhism. Afternoon day for personal activities or visit to the local Ladakhi family house which can be arranged on request.Stok Palace & Museum : The palace of the banished royal family, Stok has a museum which displays fabulous period costumes and jewelry of the royalty along with exquisite Thankas representing the life style of Shakya Muni. Interesting historical objects like coins, armor, weapons, precious jades and porcelain too can be seen here.
Overnight :Hotel

Day 9 - Leh - Delhi
After breakfast transfer to airport to catch flight for Delhi. Upon arrival you will be met and transfer to you hotel byour representative. Relax for remaining part of teh day.Overnight :Hotel

Day 10 - Delhi
This morning after breakfast and transfer to Delhi International airport board the flight for your onward journey to back home with sweet and unforgettable memories of 'Monasteries In Ladhak Tour' escorted by Vardhman Vacations

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