Culture & History - India: Roof of The World - Ladakh With Hemis 14 Days ( inc Festival Dates: July 03 & 04)

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The Hemis Festival is one of the biggest and the most famous religious festivals of Ladakh and is an attraction for both the tourist and the local people. The festival of Hemis is a colorful two-day affair that falls on the 10th day (called Tse-Chu in the local language) of the Tibetan lunar month. This festival is a celebration of the birth anniversary of spiritual leader Padmasambhava, the founder of Tibet Tantric Buddhism. The main venue and stage for this festival is the courtyard of Hemis Gompa-the biggest and richest Buddhist monastery in the Ladakh region.

The highlight of the Hemis Festival is the Masked Dance, performed by the lamas, that illustrates good prevailing over evil. The performers wear elaborate and bizarre costumes and brightly painted masks. These masks are the most vital part of the dance. The dance movements are slow, and the expressions grotesque. The music is characteristically punctuated with sounds of cymbals, drums, and unwieldy trumpets.

 

Price Per Person US$:

Based on min 2 People: US$2,236.80

Based on min 3 People: US$1,797.60

Single Room Supplement US$816.00

 

Price includes:

All arrival departure transfers and sightseeing/ excursions by air-conditioned Toyota Innova.

Professional English Speaking local guide during sightseeing in Delhi.

Local English speaking Buddhist Escort/guide in Leh section
Monument entrance

Cycle - rickshaw ride through the ancient bazar of Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi

Entrance fees to monasteries in Ladakh
Inner line permit to Nubra Valley

Laddakh Environmental Fee

Mineral water in the vehicle

India Govt. Service Tax 3.62%

 

Meals as described in the itinerary;
Daily breakfast, 11 lunch & 11 dinner.

 

Accommodation on twin sharing basis in below mentioned 3/4* hotels or similar.

2 nights Delhi at Royal Plaza  http://www.hoteltheroyalplaza.com/

6 nights Leh at Royal Laddakh http://hotelroyalladakh.com/

1 night Pangong Lake at Pangong Inn http://www.pangonginn.com/

1 night Uletopto at Ule Ethnic Resort  http://www.uleyecoresorts.com/ecological_living.html

1 night Alchi at Zimskhang Holiday Home  http://www.zimskhang.com/

2 nights Sumur at Silk Route Cottage  http://hotelmogol.com/silk-route-cottages-nubra/

Room for wash and change on last day in Delhi at The Pride Plaza till 2100hrs.

 

Airfare Extra Per Person: (exact price TBD when booked)

Delhi - Leh - Delhi  min $350 max $740

 

Does not include: Any airfare, Insurance, Portage, Meals other than mentioned above, Tips, Any expenditure of personal nature such as drinks, telephone calls, laundry.

 

B: Breakfast

B,L: Breakfast, Lunch

B,L,D: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

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Day 1, June 29: Arrive Delhi, meet & transfer to hotel Royal Plazat.

 

Day 2, June 30: Delhi

Full day a guided tour of Old Delhi, the 17th century walled city of Shah Jahanabad, visiting the great Jama Masjid, the principal mosque of Old Delhi. Built in the year 1656 AD by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, it is the largest & best known mosque in India. Later take a rickshaw ride through Chandi Chowk, the old marketplace of Shah Jahanabad now a picturesque bazaar.

In New Delhi, visit Raj Ghat, memorial to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. It is a simple black marble platform that marks the spot of his cremation on 31 January 1948. Further we drive past India Gate, memorial built in the year 1931 to commemorate the Indian soldiers who died in the World War I & the Afghan Wars. The names of the soldiers who died in these wars are inscribed on the walls. President's House, the official residence of the President of India, built in the year 1931. Until 1950 it was known as Viceroy's House & served as the residence of the Governor-General of British India. We will also visit Qutub Minar, built in the year 1206 by Qutub-ud-din Aibek. It is the tallest (72m) brick minaret in the world, an important example of Indo-Islamic Architecture. (B)

 

Day 3, July 01: Fly Delhi - Leh  (3506 Mt) / Hotel Royal Ladakh

Early morning transfer to domestic airport for flight G8 193 dep. 0840 / arr. 0955  to Leh. Flying  over snow-clad ranges of pristine Himalayan peaks, this is a never-to-be-forgotten travel experience as you arrive in the striking  land of Ladakh in the upper Indus Valley. On arrival transfer to hotel. This afternoon visit the town of Leh, a fascinating labyrinth  of winding streets and quaint bazaars. The spectacular eight-story  Leh Palace, looming above and overlooking the town, was built in the  16th century, about the same time as the Potala Palace in Lhasa.
Afternoon visit Sankar monastery (gompa) situated on a valley floor  right in the town. Sankar is the home for the Geluk-pa sect (yellow  hat sect). Afterwards visit the ruins of Tisseru Chorten, Changspa  Chorten and Sanchi Stupa. (B,L,D) 

 

Day 4, July 02:  Leh- Shey - Thikse - Stok - Leh  (75 km) / Hotel Royal Ladakh 

Proceed to Shey Palace and Thikse Gompa. Shey, built in 1645 as a  summer residence for the kings of Ladakh, is the oldest palace in  Ladakh. The adjacent gompa houses a gilded copper two-story image of  the seated Buddha. Thikse's twelve levels rise impressively on a  rocky hillside. This gompa out did Shey by constructing a  fifteen-meter-high clay statue of the Buddha to commemorate the 1970  visit of the Dalai Lama. In the late afternoon visit  Stok for a tour of the palace and museum. Stok Palace is the only  inhabited palace in Ladakh. This palace houses a fine private museum,  open to the public when the royal family is in residence. There is a  superb collection of thankas, said to be the best in the world. Some  of them have been created out of pure gold and paints made of crushed  semi-precious stones. Also of interest are antique robes and royal  jewelry specially noted for the turquoise and red coral. The  collection also includes artillery and animal skins. (B,L,D) 

 

Day 5, July 03: Leh - Hemis - Leh (90 km) / Hotel Royal Ladakh  

Morning drive to Hemis to witness the most famous monastic festival of Ladakh. 

 

HEMIS GOMPA: Founded in 1630's by Stag-tsang-ras-pa under the royal  patronage of Sengge Namgayl, Hemis is one of the largest and richest gompas of Ladakh.
Hemis festival, is one of the most famous monastic festivals and  especially the monkey year festival, which comes in a cycle of 12  years.  The festival commemorates the birth of Guru Padmasambhava,  the founder of Tantric Buddhism in Tibet.  The sacred dance drama of  the life and mission is performed wearing facial masks and colorful  brocades robes.  The monks dressed in colorful robes wearing  different forms of masks dance slowly around the main  tarchen(flagpole) in the main courtyard. Afternoon join the 2nd  session of the dance which emerges into different forms. During the  festival, the 60 foot thanka of Guru Padma Sambhava is hung in the  courtyard and other precious thankas are also exhibited.

Later explore the richness of Hemis in its various Dukhangs(halls).  Find the huge silver Chortens(stupas) studded with precious stones,  old to very old Thankas brought from Tibet, huge statue of maitriya  Buddha & many statues of different god & goddesses. Evening drive back to Leh for overnight (B,L,D)


Day 6, July 04:  Leh - Hemis - Leh (90 km) / Hotel Royal Ladakh 

Begin the day with prayers in the courtyard followed by the mask  dance bearing resemblance to certain legendary animals and illustrating various moods of the gods. The festival ends with a long  prayer meeting held by the Rimpoche of the monastery. Late afternoon drive back to Leh for overnight. (B,L,D)

 

Day 7, July 05: Leh - Durbuk - Tangtse - Pangong Lake (126 km / 4hrs) / Pangong Inn  

Leave Leh after breakfast drive through Kharu, Chemrey, Tagar Sakti to Changla pass 5486 Mtrs. While ascending Changla pass 5486 Mtrs. enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of the villages below the pass. After crossing the pass halt for picnic lunch at Tsoltak, the summer pastureland of the yaks. Arrive Durbuk and visit the small monastery. One can visit to see the beautiful sunset at the Lake. A drive to this lake will result in one of the most wonderful experiences. Overnight in Camp near lake & Spangmik Village.
Pangong Lake is the largest brackish water lake in Asia and is 134 km in length and 2-3 km average in width. The lake is situated at a height of 4,350 m and is one of the most attractive lakes located at such an altitude. The lake spans across India and Tibet and is in a disputed territory. Out of the 134 km length, about 60 per cent of the lake lies in

Tibet and the remaining in India. The deep blue colour of its water is due to high content of minerals. The saline water here does not support fishes except for some crustaceans.
Spangmik village along with the blue lake looks lovely, just like Greece. The blue water and perfectly blue sky, exudes a Mediterranean feel. The small village overlooks the lake. It is a beautiful village with little greenery. There are just 11 households in the village and they are not nomadic people unlike most people who live at this height. Some families have moved to Leh and other towns. In spite of the cold weather they dug in and live through the harsh winters. In such extreme conditions they can do little bit of farming to support their daily needs but nothing more than that. Earlier, their main source of earning was dependent on raring Pashmina goats, but only two families keep goats nowadays. (B,L,D)

 

Day 8, July 06: Pangong Lake - Leh / Hotel Royal Ladakh  

Enjoy the sunrise in the backdrop of the Lake. One rarely feels so close to nature and environment and the scenery is unforgettable. Indulge in the walk beside the lake or go for your photography splurge. In the  afternoon drive back to Leh. (B,L,D)

 

Day 9, July 07: Leh - Uletokpo (75 km / 3hrs) / Ule Ethnic Resort  

Drive to Uletokpo, enroute we visit Spituk, Likir & Rizong monasteries. Spituk is yet another interesting monastery, on the hill top, the Spituk monastery offers a commanding view of Indus. It has a totally new Gompa within the monastery as well as the old Gompa has also been restored meanwhile. It is constructed in a series of tiers with courtyards and steps. Higher up in the hill is a chamber which houses the enormous statue of goddess. The Spituk Gompa was founded in 11th century by Od-De, the elder brother of Lha Lama Changchub-od. The Gompa was named Spituk (exemplary) by Rinchen Zangpo, a translator came to that place and said that exemplary religious community would rise.

The Likir Gompa, it is located 6 km north of the main Leh -Srinagar highway. This gompa is one of the oldest and well maintained monasteries in Ladakh. Likir gompa is not only large, it is pretty wealthy too, around 100 monks reside here.

Rizong Monastery is situated at the top of a mountain side valley on the north side of the Indus valley. Rizong monastery Ladakh belongs to Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism which is called as the Yellow Hat sect. Rizong monastery Ladakh was established in 1831 by Lama Tsultim Nima under Gelukpa order.There are mainly 40 monks in this monastery.It is also known as Yuma Changchbling in Ladakh,India.Chulichan is located about 2 km from the Rizong monastery and the number of nuns reside in Chlichan is only 20. According to popular belief, Guru Padmasambhava meditated in the caves around Rizong . It is said that lamas used to meditate in the caves around Rizong in isolation, depends on one meal a day and avoid maintaining relationship with the outside world.

Later leave for Uletokpo camping/resort which is one of the most beautiful camping in the Ladakh region. Late afternoon visit Uletokpo village. (B,L,D)

 

Day 10, July 08: Drive Lamayuru - Alchi (55 km / 3hrs) /  Zimskhang Holiday Home or Alchi Resort 

Morning drive to Lamayuru, visit Lamayuru monastery, the oldest in Ladakh. It is  believed to have been a sacred site for the pre-Buddhist religion  called Bon. This fascinating 10th century monastery is located in a spectacular setting overlooking verdant farming terraces and is home  to some of the finest frescos, carpets and tangkhas we will see. The  complex includes one of the oldest libraries in the region,  containing extensive books and other literature on the Tibetan  Kagyupa Sect.

Later drive back to Alchi Monastry - which is said to be the oldest and most famous. The monastery is around 1000 years old and a temple called Dhu-Kang that goes back to 11th century or 12th century and houses some of the well preserved Indo-Himalayan sytle magnificent wall paintings. The Alchi monastery is not only a worshipping place for Buddhist but a study centre too. It is well-known as a monastic complex of temples that consists of three shrines: the Dukhang which is nothing but an Assembly hall, the Sumtseg and the temple of Manjushree.

 

Day 11, July 09: Alchi - Sumur  (190 km / 8hrs) / Silk Route Cottage 

Early morning drive from Leh to Sumur. The Nubra  Valley lies in the north of Leh and is accessible over the Khardung-la (18,380 ft) the highest motorable road in the world. The  valley was a trade route from Leh and Khasgar via Saser and Karakoram  passes. Apart from unparalleled trekking opportunities the valley has  several Buddhist monasteries namely Sumoor, Tygar and 350 year old  Diskit monastery famous for its murals. From Khardung-la drive to  Khardung village (13,464 ') through starkly beautiful country side to  the Traffic Check Post (TCP) at Khalsar where permits have be  registered and checked. (B,L,D)

 

Day 12, July 10: Sumur - Diskit - Sumur (80 km) / Silk Route Cottage
Full day excurion to Diskit & Hundar. Drive to Diskit and walk up to Diskit  monastery to witness the morning prayer ceremony. It takes about 45 minutes to reach the monastery through a long row of scattered  chortens. The monastery is one of the highest points near the villages belonging to yellow sect. The monastery has 120 resident  monks. The Prayer Hall (Dukhang) has many statues one of which holds  the head and left arm of Turkish invader believed to be about 5000  years old. 

Continue leave for Hundar village through sandy desert  valley and visit old fort of Hundar village and small monastery.  Return to Sumur for overnight at Silk Route Cottage. (B,L,D)

 

Day 13, July 11: Sumur - Leh (120 km / 5 hrs) / Hotel Royal Ladakh 

Drive back to Leh. Afternoon free time for shopping. (B,L,D)

 

Day 14, July 12: Leh - Delhi / The Pride Plaza

Transfer to airport to connect flight G8 194 dep. 1020 / arr. 1140  to Delhi. On arrival transfer  to hotel for wash/change till 10 pm. Late night transfer to International airport to connect flight.

Highlights

The Hemis Festival is one of the biggest and the most famous religious festivals of Ladakh and is an attraction for both the tourist and the local people. The festival of Hemis is a colorful two-day affair that falls on the 10th day (called Tse-Chu in the local language) of the Tibetan lunar month. This festival is a celebration of the birth anniversary of spiritual leader Padmasambhava, the founder of Tibet Tantric Buddhism. The main venue and stage for this festival is the courtyard of Hemis Gompa-the biggest and richest Buddhist monastery in the Ladakh region.

The highlight of the Hemis Festival is the Masked Dance, performed by the lamas, that illustrates good prevailing over evil. The performers wear elaborate and bizarre costumes and brightly painted masks. These masks are the most vital part of the dance. The dance movements are slow, and the expressions grotesque. The music is characteristically punctuated with sounds of cymbals, drums, and unwieldy trumpets.

Route

  1. Delhi