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Ladakh The Last Shangrila
Duration : 04 Nights / 05 Days
Destinations : Leh » Shey » Thikse » Hemis Gompa » Lamayuru » Alchi » Khardung La

Day 01 : Arrive Leh (3,500m/1,550ft) - By Flight
Leh Palace Upon arrival at Leh you will be transferred to Hotel in Ladakh. You would take a little time to settle in and acclimatize since you have gone from a relatively low elevation in New Delhi to over 11,000 feet! During the afternoon, you can walk through the old town, beneath the Leh Palace, to allow you to get oriented to this fascinating city. Walk/drive to visit the Leh Palace.

Before driving back to the hotel visit Sankar Gompa, which belongs to Gelukspa school of Tibetan Buddhism. This small Gompa is a branch of Spituk Gompa, founded by the first incarnation of Skyabje Bakula (head monk of Spituk monastery).

Ladakh The Last Shangrila Later you drive or Walk to the Shanti Stupa to Witness the Sunset.
Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 02 : In Leh - Visit Shey, Thikse (Ht 3230 M) - Hemis Gompa (Ht 3450 M)
You begin the day by visiting SHEY PALACE. Overlooking a small lake, the palace and fortification of Shey was the site of one of the former capitals of Ladakh. In the 10th century the first ruler of Western Tibet, Nyima-Gon, laid the foundations of the first dynasty of Ladakh. On a large rock below the palace is an engraving in shallow relief of the Five Dhyai Buddhas, credited to him. His son constructed the small place and made it the first capital of Ladakh. During subsequent reigns the palace was expanded and the present structure dates back to the time of Deldan Namgyal who lived here for the better part of his reign. The significance of the sight is apparent from the large number of chortens that dot the entire landscape around Shey.

Hemis Gompa A short drive from Shey takes you to THIKSE MONASTERY, which is one of the most vibrant and active monasteries in the region. It dates back to the 16th century and is part of the Gelug-pa Sect. It is headed by successive reincarnations of the Khanpo Rimpoche. The monastery is 12 storied and painted in deep shades of red, ochre and white. It has evolved around a central courtyard with buildings surrounding it from three sides. At one extreme lies the main dukhang, which houses numerous racks containing religious texts. Behind the main alter lies a small chamber that contains images of revered deities.

Ladakh The Last Shangrila Continue your drive on a well mettled broad road traveling upstream along the Indus River to HEMIS GOMPA, crossing over the Indus at the village of Karu. The most famous of Ladakh's monasteries, Hemis or Changchub Samstanling (The love palace of the compassionate person), dates back to the 17th century and was built over a period of 40 years (1602 - 1642 A.D.). Today Hemis is well known for its festival or Hemis Tsechu commemorating the birthday of Guru Padmasambhava. In the year of the Monkey (every 12 years) a giant thangka depicting Guru Padmasambhava is unfurled from the terrace draping the five-storey facade. Delicately wrought in pearls and appliqué, it is one of the most famous art treasures of Ladakh. The central courtyard forms the focus for the masked dances held every year in summer. In the dukhang, remnants of the original 17th century murals can be seen. The gompa boasts of an excellent library, well preserved frescoes and murals, silver gilt chortens and a Kashmiri lacquered wooden throne.
Overnight stay in Hotel.

Day 03 : Leh - Lamayuru - Alchi - Leh - By Surface - 128 Kms Approx 4 Hrs
Lamayuru Monastery Today after break fast you proceed to visit the the 11th century Lamayuru Monastery, which is spectacularly located along the valley plain and surrounded by mountains on all sides. According to legend, the arhat Madhyantika, a disciple of Buddha offered "torma' (sacred food) and water to the spirits inhabiting the site to satisfy them. A handful of rain spilled on the soil which caused barley plants to sprout in the shape of Yung-drung (swastika), hence its name Yung-Drung. The great yogi Naropa meditated in a cave, which today forms part of the monastery. The monastery has gradually expanded over the years and newer structures have been built around a large courtyard. The antiquity of this site is evident from the large number of chortens, similar to those at Alchi. Ladakh The Last Shangrila

later drive to Leh enroute visit the Alchi Gompa. The complex of temples located within the village is the most celebrated of Ladakh's monasteries and dates back to the 11th century. The complex consists of a group of five temples as well as a number of chortens scattered around the complex. The Dukhang and the three-tiered Sumstek are the most significant. It is the seat of the Ngri Rimpoche, an incarnation at present embodied in the younger brother of the Dalai Lama. Alchi Gompa is the only monastery, built on flat ground. It is very famous for its paintings and architecture, which has an Indian and Kashmiri influence in them.
Later drive to Leh for dinner an overnight stay at a Fixed Camp.

Day 04 : In Leh - Excursion To Khardung La - Approx 3 Hrs
The Valley of Flowers The road journey from Leh to Khardung La (the highest motorable road in the world) at 5602 M / 18,390 Ft, around 39 km from Leh. From the pass, one can see all the way south over the Indus valley to seemingly endless peaks and ridges of the Zanskar range, and north to the giants of the Saser massif. Nubra Valley is popularly known as Ldumra or the valley of flowers. It is situated in the north of Ladakh between the Karakoram and Ladakh ranges of the Himalayas. The average altitude of the valley is 10,000 Ft. above sea level. The Shayok and Saichen Rivers drain Nubra. The flat part of the river is sandy & occupied by green farms & myricaria. The villages look pretty with greenery, willow & poplar trees.
Ladakh The Last Shangrila Till partition Nubra Valley was one of the trade centers, the ancient famous Silk Route passed through this area.

Later drive back to Leh. After noon is free for ones own activities.
Dinner and overnight is at the hotel.

Day 05 : Leh - Delhi - By Flight
In time transfer to the airport for an early flight to Delhi.
END OF SERVICES.

Hotel Envisaged:
(Accommodation will be provided in the mentioned hotels / similar)
City No Of Nights Hotel Name
Leh 04 Nights Hotel Lasermo / Singipalace / Similar

Tour Cost:
No Of Persons Tour Cost
For 04 paying persons INR 7500.00 Per Person
USD 193.00 Per Person
Pound 119.00 Per Person
Euro 134.00 Per Person

The Above cost includes:
» Hotel accommodation in Leh as per the above list / Similar on twin sharing full board basis
» Arrival / departure transfer in Leh using NON AC INNOVA/SCORPIO/QUALIS
» All drives, sightseeing and excursions as per the itinerary using NON AC INNOVA/SCORPIO/QUALIS

Cost Include
» English Speaking Local Guide as per the itinerary.
» Permit Handling & Wildlife Charges for the visit to Khardungla Pass
» Entrance to monuments and monasteries
» Assistance on arrival /departure

Exclusion
» Any airfare and airport tax
» Any personal, medical and evacuation insurance
» Personal expenses like table drinks, mineral water, tips, phone calls etc
» Personal clothing including sleeping bags etc
» Personal expenses - laundry, room service, phone calls, etc
» Medical, Evacuation and Trip Cancellation Insurance
» Any other item not specified under cost includes
» English speaking local guide ( Supplement advised)

Note
» If there is any unprecedented hike in the cost of transport (including fuel surcharge) or accommodation it will
also affect the cost.
» We shall not be responsible for any change in the itinerary due to landslides, flight cancellations, weather
conditions or any foreseen circumstances. The additional cost incurred will be in addition to the cost.
» The rates are valid till September 2009