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The Land of Gompas

Destination

Delhi – Leh – Alchi – Lamayuru – Delhi

Tour Key Points

  • Buddhist culture
  • Famous monasteries of Ladakh
  • Oldest monastery at Alchi
  • Confluence of Indus and Zhanskar river
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  • Value for money
  • Accommodation & facilities
  • Food
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A Gompa, additionally called ling (Wylie: gling), may be a Buddhist faith fortification of learning, lineage, and sadhan that's a conflation of a fortification, a vihara, and a university related to Tibetan Buddhism.

A surreal landscape enclosed by the sky-piercing peaks of the covering Himalayan, Zanskar and Karakorum Range ranges, and adorned with crystal waters of the Shyok, Zanskar and Indus rivers, Leh, is that the main town within the Ladakh region, one in all the coldest deserts within the world. Its rugged piece of land and gushing rivers offer ripe opportunities for activities like trekking, stream rafting, camping, mountaineering and biking. Because the winter months approach, the town is swallowed in a very blanket of snow, creating it a paradisiacal setting for winter sports. Throughout the journey, trekkers’ are walking on precarious icy formations, staying in caves full of stalactites and stalagmites and encountering alternative snowy landscape.

  • Itinerary
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  1. Day 01 DELHI

    Upon arrival and Delhi, transfer to the hotel.

  2. Day 02 DELHI / LEH

    Flight to Ladakh, the last Shangri-La, mythical land of majestic peaks and ancient monasteries, hotel accommodation and rest of the day available to acclimatize to the average altitude above 3500 meters: here the Karakorum and Himalaya massifs dominate, here The magnificent "gompas", the fartificated monasteries, amaze with their beauty and their location in the most unexpected places.

  3. Day 03 LEH (SHEY-THIKSEY-HEMIS)

    Day dedicated to visiting the first monasteries. Located on a hill, the former summer residence of the royal dynasty, the Shey monastery houses a huge copper statue of Buddha. Thiksey, 19 km. da leh is one of the largest and most beautiful gompas in Ladakh, with a rich collection of ancient Tibetan texts, thankas and statues: from the top of the cig hill it also offers a magnificent view of the Indo valley. Hemis is one of the most famous monsters in the country: decorated with gold statues and stupas adorned with precious stones, it boasts a superb collection of thankas, including one that, exhibited only every 12 years, appears to be the largest in the world .

  4. Day 04 LEH (SPITUK-PHYANG)

    Visit of the monastery of Spituk, built in a dominant position on the trada that connects Leh to Srinagar. Among the oldest monastic settlements, expanded and renovated several times, it currently houses over 100 monks, a large college of fine masks and a large statue of the goddess Kali whose face is revealed only once a year.

    Phyang statues, bronzes, paintings and a well-stocked library. Free afternoon to devote to the lively market of the capital which offers interesting encounters with local ethnic groups who sell their mirci, shawls, carpets, wool and velvet garments, silver jewelry, amera, turquoise, coral.

  5. Day 05 LEH / ALCHI

    Transfer to Alchi, 72 km. about with the célèbre gompa. The only one built in the valley and not on high ground. Five temples dating back to different periods, paintings, architectures with evident Indian and Kashmir influences, and the valley in all its beauty.

  6. Day 06 ALCHI / LAMAYURU / LEH

    Continue to Lamayuru, literally "city" of the lamas ``. Visit to the spectacular monastic complex, a triumph of niches that enclose erect statues adorned with jewels, columns, refined and luminous colors, skilfully carved woods. Return to Leh with a journey of approximately 4 and a half hours.

  7. Day 07 LEH (STOK-CHOGLAMSAR)

    Move to Stok and visit the palace, still inhabited today by the descendants of the last king of Ladakh, which houses the museum with a nice collection of royal thangkas and turquoise. Stop at the village of Choglamsar, known for its Tibetan culture, and return to Leh.

  8. Day 08 LEH

    Free day during which sports enthusiasts can try their hand at an exciting rafting experience on the indus river from Phyang to Nimmu (extra for a fee).

  9. Day 09 LEH / DELHI

    Breakfast. flight to Delhi and, in the afternoon, visit the new part of the city, with the Qutb Minar, a towering Persian tower, the tomb of Humayun, which recalls the structure of the Taj Mahal, of Agra, the splendid Sikh temple, the India Gate, The ambasciate area, Connaught Place and its shops.

  10. Day 10 DELHI

    Breakfast. if time allows, visit the Jama mosque and the Raj Ghat in memory of Mahatma Gandhi. Before transfer to the airport.

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