Ladakh and Leh; A Spiritual Abode

14 Days, from AU $3,827

Leh, India.

Pangong Lake in Leh Ladakh.

Lamayuru Monastery

Khardung La pass

Sarchu

India is a land of remarkable diversity. Embark on our 14 day-itinerary and explore an uncrowded part of this mesmerizing country. Ideal for those that want to pack visits to most revered places of Sikhism and Buddhism.

Ladakh is a region that belongs to the Indian state Jammu and Kashmir, which extends from the Kunlun mountain range to the Great Himlayas. The whole area of Ladakh is located at a very high altitude. Its capital, Leh, is at 3,500 meters above sea level, and has a large number of peaks reaching over 6,000 meters.

Visit the vibrant city of Delhi and discover the Trans Himalayan regions over High Mountain passes and deep valleys providing spectacular views of snowcapped peaks, rugged terrain and old monasteries.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Delhi

On arrival into Delhi Airport, meet with your guide and transfer to your hotel for check-in. Enjoy free time for the remainder of the day.

A sprawling, vibrant and sometimes overwhelming city, Delhi is home to over 15 million people and is still growing. From an outsider's perspective, the city is divided into two distinct parts. To the north lie the winding narrow streets and medieval bazaars of the 17th century Mughal capital, Old Delhi. Encompassing the heart of the modern city to the south, New Delhi is by contrast a cosmopolitan and creative metropolis of broad, tree-lined boulevards, parks, museums and international restaurants. Both halves of the city are dotted with astonishing Mughal and British Imperial architecture, Muslim tombs and temples, and an array of magnificent monuments that commemorate the glory of bygone ages.

Day 2: Delhi

This morning after breakfast you will enjoy a guided city tour of New Delhi. Discover the India gate, a memorial raised in honor of the Indian soldiers who were martyred during the Afghan War. Marvel at the Rashtrapati bhawan, once the imperial residence of the British Viceroys, it is now the official residence of the President of India. Explore the Parliament house, a circular building which is the symbol of democracy. Also visit Humayun’s tomb, a sandstone forerunner of the Taj Mahal and Qutab minar an 11th century victory tower that rises to a height of 73 m.

In the afternoon embark on a guided city tour of Old Delhi. You will visit the Red fort, a huge settlement that contains within it some very beautiful palaces and handsome public buildings and Jamma masjid, one of the largest mosques and a handsome structure that is still a house of worship for devout Muslims. Explore the Raj Ghat the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. If time permits, you will also enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride through the silver street of India, Chandni chowk.

Day 3: Delhi – Manali

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Delhi airport for your flight to Manali. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel.

Kullu, “the Valley of the Gods", has a unique charm. Long regard by the ancient Hindus as the furthest limit of human habitation Kulantapitha its original name is mentioned even in the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Kullu is famous for its Dussehra celebrations as also for its Red Delicious, Royal Delicious and Golden Delicious apples. Each season has its special charm as do the helpful and charming people of this valley.

This afternoon you will visit the Naggar Castle, the Roerich Art gallery and some other old temples in Naggar village.

Enjoy free time for the rest of day to explore Manali market.

Day 4: Manali

This morning enjoy a guided city tour of Manali and discover the Hadimba Devi Temple, the Manu Temple and the Vashisht.

Hadimba Devi Temple in Manali has many attractions but the chief centre of interest, historically and archeologically, is undoubtedly the Dhoongri Temple dedicated to goddess Hadimba, the Bhim of Mahabharat fame. It has four-tiered Pagoda shaped roof and the doorway is carved with legendary figures and symbols. This temple located amidst wooden forest of deodar is about 2.5 km from the tourist office. It is a pleasant experience to stroll in the temple complex which was built in 1533 A.D. A large festival is held here in May.

Enjoy free time for the rest of the day to explore Manali market.

Day 5: Manali – Keylong

This morning after breakfast you will drive to Keylong over Rohtang Pass (3980 m). On arrival check in at the hotel.

Rohtang Pass, is 51kms from Manali on highway to Keylong/Leh. It offers a panorama and spectacular Mountain View. The pass is open from June to October each year although trekkers can cross it earlier. It is a gateway to Lahaul Spiti, Pangi and Leh valley just as Zojila pass is a gatway to Ladakh. There are beautiful sights of glaciers, peaks and Chandra River flows down in the Lahaul valley.

In the afternoon enjoy a hike visiting the Khardong monastery and the village.

Enjoy free time for the rest of the day to explore Keylong.

Day 6: Keylong – Sarchu

After breakfast, continue your way to Sarchu over Bara-lacha Pass (4800 m). On arrival check in at the camp.

Bara-lacha la also known as Bara-lacha Pass, or Bārā Lācha La, is a high mountain pass in Zanskar range, connecting Lahaul district in Himachal Pradesh to Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir, situated along the Leh-Manali.

Evening free to walk around Sarchu.

Day 7: Sarchu – Leh

After breakfast drive to Leh over Lachang La (5065 m) and Tanglang La (5360 m).

Tanglang La Pass, regarded as the second highest mountain pass in Ladakh, is located in between the snow-clad mountains of the Great Himalayas.

Perched at a height of about 5,359 m, it lies in Leh District of Jammu and Kashmir. Tanglang La pass cuts through the Zanskar Range. Icicles hanging from the cliff face in the shade create a mesmerizing sight while crossing the pass.

Day 8: Leh

After breakfast you will explore Spituk and Phyang Monastery. Spituk Monastery, also better known as Spituk Gompa or Pethup Gompa, is a Buddhist monastery in Leh district, Ladakh, northern India. The site of Spituk was blessed by the Arhat Nyimagung 8 km from Leh. It was founded by Od-de, the elder brother of Lha Lama Changchub Od when he came to Maryul in the 11th Century. He introduced the monastic community. When Lotsewa Rinchen Zangpo came to that place he said that an exemplary religious community would arise there and so the monastery was called Spituk.

This afternoon you will visit Leh Palace, Shankar Gompa, Shanti Stupa and Leh Bazar.

Day 9: Leh

After breakfast drive for full day sightseeing of Shey Palace, Thiksey, Hemis monastery and Stok Palace Museum.

Thikse Gompa or Thikse Monastery is aTibetan Buddhist monastery of the Yellow Hat (Gelugpa) sect, located on top of a hill, approximately 19 Km east of Leh in Ladakh, India. It is noted for its resemblance to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet and is the largest gompa in central Ladakh.

Stok Palace Museum, located within the Stok Palace at a distance of 14 km from Leh is the palace museum of Royal family. The museum showcases the worthy royal artifacts and paraphernalia including royal crowns, precious heirlooms, copper coins, prayer instruments and materials, precious stones and jewelers and also many very old 16th century Thangkas, which represents the life and teachings of Buddha.

Day 10: Leh – Uletokpo

This morning drive to Uletokpo. On your way you will visit Basgo Palace, Liker and Alchi Monasteries.

Basgo Monastery, also known as Basgo or Bazgo Gompa, is a Buddhist monastery located in Basgo in Leh District, Ladakh, northern India approximately 40 km from Leh.

Although the monastery was built for the Namgyal rulers in 1680, Bazgo itself was embedded in the early days of Ladakh and is frequently mentioned in the Ladakhi Chronicles when it was a political and cultural center. The monastery is situated on top of the hill towering over the ruins of the ancient town and is noted for its Buddha statue and murals. In the 15th century, a palace was built in Basgo.

Day 11: Uletokpo – Leh

Today continue your way to Lamayuru Monastery. Lamayuru monastery is the oldest and one of the largest monasteries in Ladakh region in Jammu and Kashmir. It is located approximately 127 km from Leh on a steep mountain between Bodhkharbu and Kha-la-che. The monastery belongs to Red-Hat Sect of Buddhism. At its peak, the monastery housed 400 monks but nowadays there are only 50 inmates. About 150 monks reside in Lamayuru village. The monastery is famous for its rich wall paintings, collection of thangkas, murals, scriptures and statues of different forms of Buddha and other deities. There are several legends about the monastery. According to one, it was founded by Mahasiddhacharya Naropa in 11th century who came to the place for meditation. However, the foundation of the monastery was predicted in the Bodhisattva Madhyantaka.

Drive back to Leh in the afternoon.

Day 12: Leh

Spend a full day excursion traveling on the World’s highest motorable road to Khardung La (5600 m).

Khardung La is a high mountain pass located in Ladakh region of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.

The pass on the Ladakh Range lies north of Leh and is the gateway to the Shyok and Nubra valleys. The Siachen Glacier lies partway up the latter valley. Built in 1976, it was opened to motor vehicles in 1988 and has since seen many automobile, motorbike and mountain biking expeditions. Maintained by the Border Roads Organisation, the pass is strategically important to India as it is used to carry supplies to the Siachen Glacier.

Evening free to explore Leh market.

Day 13: Leh – Delhi

This morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Delhi.

Spend the day at leisure in Delhi.

Day 14: Delhi

In the morning transfer to Delhi airport for your departure flight.

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Important Information

Accommodation:

Hotels each night of the itinerary (excluding your departure day). All GetAboutAsia accommodation is handpicked by us. Upgrades are available for this itinerary.

Inclusions:

•    Hotel accommodation. 
•    Meals: Daily Breakfast at the hotels. All melas in Keylong, Sarchu, Leh and Uletokpo.
•    Transport: All Transfers, Sightseeing tours, Excursions and Inter-city drives will be provided by an excellent quality Air-conditioned vehicle except from Manali to Leh by Non A/C vehicle.
•    Transport taxes: All Road / Toll / Interstate Taxes, Parking Fee, Fuel Charges and Driver’s allowance etc.
•    Entry fee for all the Monuments, & other sightseeing places as per the programme.
•    Meeting & Assistance at all the airports.
•    All prevailing taxes by the Central & State Government.

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