Himalayan Tour Packages - Cultural Tour Leh - Ladakh
Ladakh is popularly known as ”The land of Numerous Passes’, ‘The Land of Mystic Lamas’, ‘The Broken Moon’, and ‘The Last Shangri-La’. It is a land like no other. Bounded by two of the world’s mightiest mountain ranges: the Greater Himalaya and the Karakoram, it lies between two others: the Ladakh Range and the Zanskar Range. Leh, Ladakh’s largest town and administrative centre, is located in the northernmost part of India some seven kilometers from the Indus River and its extensive valley. It is a favourite tourist destination with a wide range of shopping opportunities, including many antique stores. Cradled amidst the snow-covered ridges and peaks of the Great Himalayas, Leh lies at the crossroads of the ancient trading routes between Kashmir, Tibet, Central Asia and the Indian Plains. Moreover, Leh has been a Buddhist centre since at least the 3rd century AD. Since the invasion of Ladakh by Tibet in the 8th century, when much of it became part of Western Tibet, Tibetan (‘Mahayana’) Buddhism has dominated eastern Ladakh, while Islam has slowly developed in Ladakh’s western regions. Ladakh’s colourful gompas (Buddhist monasteries) such as Shey, Alchi, Hemis and Lamayuru, have attracted devout Buddhists and interested travelers from all over the globe. It is also a favourite trekking destination, known for some of the most picturesque and challenging treks in northern India.
Duration : 03 Nights / 04 Days Destinations Covered : Arrive Leh – Ladakh – Jammu – Chandigarh – SrinagarDay 01 : Arrive Leh Upon arrival in Leh, you will be met and assistance at the airport and transfer by car/gipsy to Hotel. One is advised to take complete day rest for acclimatization. Leh – Ladakh at an altitude of 11500 Ft. is a land like no other. Bounded by two of the world’s mightiest mountain ranges, the Great Himalaya and the Karakoram, it lies athwart two others, the Ladakh range and the Zanskar range. Ladakh is also known as the land of passes. Meals and overnight at Hotel Lumbini or similar. Day 02 : In Leh After breakfast half day sightseeing of Sankar Gompa: Located on a valley floor and is the home to Lamas who belong to yellow sect and worship his Holiness – The Dalai Lama. Visit Shanti Stupa : a Buddhist religious monument built by Indian based Japanese Monk whose intention was to spread Buddhisim by building such stupas throughout the world & Leh Palace : the 17th. Century looking for all the world like a miniature version of the Potala in Lhasa. SINDHU DARSHAN at Choglomsar. The rest of the day is free for personal activities . Meals and overnight at Hotel. Day 03 : In Leh After early breakfast full day sightseeing of Shey,Thicksey & Hemis. Shey was the summer Palace of Ladakhi Kings and is where you can see the 36Ft. high statue of Buddha made of copper and covered with gold. Thicksey : The twelve storeyed monastery of Thicksey is situated in the most prominent of positions, lies on an island Mountain. Finally visit; Hemis : Farthest away from Leh, this is the wealthiest Monastery in Ladakh belonging to the Red Sect – it is here each summer that plays are held and Ladakhis from all parts of the country will visit Hemis. Evening return to Leh. Meals and overnight at Hotel . OR In Leh: After breakfast half day trip to Khardungla ( 18380 fts. ) the worlds highest motorable road & gateway to Siachen Glacier . Afternoon free for personal activities. Meals and overnight at Hotel. Evening visit to a Ladakhi Family. Meals and overnight at Hotel in Leh. Day 04: Leh – Delhi – Jammu – Chandigarh – Srinagar Check out from hotel in time to catch your onward flight back home. N.B: Normal to heavy woolens are required during the trip Best season: May, June & July, Aug till mid Sept. Road Connections: Ex Srinagar (2 Days, May to Sept.) OR Ex Manali (2 Days, July to Sept.) Air Connections: Flight connections are available round the year from Delhi / Chandigarh / Jammu & Srinagar