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Discover Ladakh Festival Tour - 10 Days Spectacular Hidden World of Ladakh

Geographically, Ladakh is a part of India but culturally and physically it seems more like Tibet and Central Asia. Ladakh remains as an unspoiled enclave of Tibetan Buddhism at the remote borderland region on northern India. For centuries, the Silk Road Caravans and faithful pilgrims passed through these mountain crossroads between India, Tibet and Chinese Turkistan, endowing “Ladakh” with a melting pot of artistic tradition. The word ‘Ladakh’ means “Land of Light” because its clear and rarified air electrifies the sunlight – especially in the summer time. Ladakh is at its best, when the plains of India are hot, humid and when the monsoon braces the windward slopes of the Nepal and Bhutan from June through August. With an advantage of its location on the leeward side of the Himalayas, “Little Tibet” remains in a rain shadow during the summer rains. Our “Discover Ladakh” journey combines the very best of what Ladakh has to offer. Spend the first two days in Leh, acclimatizing, visiting monasteries, palaces and forts. Then drive over the world’s highest motorable Pass to the north frontiers of the Nubra valley, where we spend two nights visiting rock-clinging Monasteries, villages and riding double humped camels on sand dunes. After our return to Leh we have an option of experiencing a short river rafting trip down the Indus and Zanskar river valley or visit the villages and monasteries of Alchi and Lamayuru. Drive south to see and meet the Drokpa tribes and explore the Dahanu area. Then take a jeep safari east to the plains of Changangtang grasslands and visit the stunningly beautiful Pongong Lake.


Outline Itinerary

2016 Festival tour Ladakh (Hemis Festival date:  July 14-15)

10 July: Day 1: Delhi to Leh (by flight)(D)Board one of the most exciting trans-Himalayan flights into Leh 3500m, the capital of Ladakh. Meet our representative on arrival at Kushok Bakula Airport Leh & transfer to Hotel. Day for complete rest at the hotel to acclimatize. Evening you can take a brisk walk to the market.
Overnight at the hotel.

11 July: Day 2: Leh(B/L/D)After breakfast full day tour visiting Phiyang Spituk Monastery, two major monasteries in central Ladakh. After lunch visit the 16th century Leh Palace, visit Sankar Monastery and Changspa Chorten. Evening free to explore the local market one can browse for local curios at Nowshere market and Moti market.
Overnight at the hotel

12 July:Day 3: Leh – Nubra Valley(B/L/D)Today we drive up north of Leh , across the Khardongla pass into Nubra valley 130km, the erstwhile trade center on Turkmanistan – Nubra – Ladakh Silk Route trade cross the world highest motor able pass Khardongla pass. Arrive at Nubra we visit Diskit Monastery – which is a lovely monastery situated on a high mountain side and later walk through the silvery Sand Dunes of Nubra near Hunder village where you might spot the wild double humped Bactrain camels which is found only in Nubra valley as far as India is concerned. If possible you might even try a short Camel ride. Later we check-in at Tirith Deluxe Camp in Tirith village.
Overnight at the Camp.

13 July:Day 4:Nubra Valley – Leh(B/L/D)After an early breakfast proceed to visit the famous Samstanling Monastery and later drive back to Leh. Arrive by late afternoon and check-in at the hotel. Evening free to explore the Leh market.
Overnight in Hotel

14 July: Day5 :In Leh Attend Hemis Festival(B/L/D)Early Breakfast we drive to attend the famous Hemis Tshechu, a colorful ceremony of mask dances to commemorate the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava, the great tantric master who the teachings of Buddha Sakyamuni from India to Tibet in later part of 7th century. Hemis is also the biggest monastery complex in Ladakh built around 16th century, later in the afternoon we drive back to Leh after witnessing the festival , on the way visit Thiksey Monastery resembles something like the Potala Palace in Lhasa Tibet. Later on the way back we visit  “Gyabthago Family Home” in Stok village across the Indus river to try local butter tea & barley drink, and also see their 160 years old typical Ladakhi House. Lunch will be carried packed for the day. Evening free at the leh market.
Overnight at the hotel.

15 July:Day 6: Leh – Tingmosgang(B/L/D)After breakfast drive to Tingmosgang from Leh, en-route visit photo stop at the confluence of Indus & Zanskar Rivers which are two major rivers in Ladakh, and quite popular for River Rafting. Later en-route visit Alchi Monastery one of the 7 wonders in India which enshrines among the most magnificent miniature Buddhist paintings in the Himalayas which are more than 1000 years old. Also on the way we shall stop to visit the Basgo Castle which has some astounding murals. Arrive in Tingmogang village which was once the capital of western Ladakh. Evening walk around the village overlooking the Tingmosgang Khar and its ruins.
Overnight in Hotel

16 July:Day 7: Tingmosgang – Leh(B/L/D)Morning after leisure Breakfast visit the sacred statue of Avalokitsevara “Chenrizi” at Tingmosgang Gonpa and later we drive back to Leh en-route visit to the Giant Maitreya Buddha statue at Likir village. Close to Leh we also visit the Military Hall of Fame. Arrive Leh and free at leisure.
Overnight at the Hotel.

17 July:Day8: Leh-Pangong(B/L/D)Early morning full day excursion to Pangong Lake 135 km / 4400m east of Leh crossing Changla Pass 17500ft and driving via Durbuk and Tangtse villages in the Changthang region of Ladakh and perhaps one of the most amazing lakes in Asia which changes its color 4 – 5 times a day. Afternoon explore the lake and enjoy a romantic walk along the lake. Evening visit the tiny nomadic village located at a distance.
Overnight at tented Camp.

18 July:Day 9: Pangong – Leh(B/L/D)Members can enjoy early morning photo-shoots of the lake which looks great, breakfast and then drive back to Leh. Back to Leh by noon. Afternoon free at leisure for last minute shopping etc.
Overnight at the Hotel.

19 July:Day10 :Leh – Delhi(B)Early morning transfer to KBR Airport to board flight for your onward destination.

Yuru Kabgyat festival 2016(July 01)

28 June: Day 1: Delhi to Leh (by flight) (D)Board one of the most exciting trans-Himalayan flights into Leh 3500m, the capital of Ladakh. Meet our representative on arrival at Kushok Bakula Airport Leh & transfer to Hotel. Day for complete rest at the hotel to acclimatize yourself to the high altitudes of Leh. Evening you can take a brisk walk to the market.
Overnight at the hotel.

29 June: Day 2: Leh(B/L/D)Today we shall take you for a full day tour, morning half visit Phiyang Spituk Monastery, two major monasteries in central Ladakh. Afternoon visit the 16th century Leh Palace, Sankar Monastery and Changspa Chorten. Evening free to explore the local market one can browse for local curios at Nowshere market and Moti market.
Overnight at the hotel

30 June:Day 3: Leh – Tingmosgang(B/L/D)After breakfast drive to Tingmosgang 95 kms from Leh, en-route visit photo stop at the confluence of Indus & Zanskar Rivers which are two major rivers in Ladakh, and quite popular for River Rafting. Later en-route visit Alchi Monastery one of the 7 wonders in India which enshrines among the most magnificent miniature Buddhist paintings in the Himalayas which are more than 1000 years old. Also on the way we shall stop to visit the Basgo Castle which has some astounding murals. Arrive in Tingmogang village which was once the capital of western Ladakh. Evening walk around the village overlooking the TingmosgangKhar and its ruins.
Overnight in Hotel

01 July:Day 4: Tingmosgang – Lamayuru – Leh / Lamayuru festival(B/L/D)Morning after Breakfast drive 40 kms to Lamayuru village to witness the sacred mask dances of Yuru Kabgyat ceremony which is the annual festival of Lamayuru monastery. After lunch drive back to Leh 125kms.
Overnight at the Hotel.

02 July: Day 5: Leh – Nubra Valley(B/L/D)Today we drive up north of Leh , across the Khardongla pass into Nubra valley 130km, the erstwhile trade center on Turkmanistan – Nubra – Ladakh Silk Route trade. After 2 hrs of drive we cross the world highest motor able pass at 18380 ft. i.e. the Khardongla pass. Arrive at Nubra by noon and we visit Diskit Monastery – which is a lovely monastery situated on a high mountain side and later walk through the silvery Sand Dunes of Nubra near Hunder village where you might spot the wild double humped Bactrain camels which is found only in Nubra valley as far as India is concerned. If possible you might even try a short Camel ride. Later we check-in at Tirith Deluxe Camp in Tirith village.
Overnight at the Camp.

03 July: Day 6:Nubra Valley – Leh(B/L/D)After an early b/fast proceed to visit the famous Samstanling Monastery and later drive back to Leh. Arrive by late afternoon and check-in at the hotel. Evening free to explore the Leh market.
Overnight at the Hotel.

04 July:Day 7 : May: Leh(B/L/D)Full day visiting Shey, Thiksey, Hemis & Stok. After breakfast proceed to Shey – it was the ancient capital of Ladakh and even after Singye Namgyal built the more imposing palace at Leh, the kings continued to regard Shey, as their real home. The importance which was attached to Shey – the seat of Ladakh’s heartland – is attested by the enormous number of Chorten about the village, particularly around the palace complex and barren plain to the north of the road. Thiksey – is one of the largest and most impressive Gompas. There are several temples in this Gompa containing images, stupas and exquisite wall paintings. It also houses a two – storied statue of Buddha which has the main prayer hall around its shoulder. Later Proceed to Hemis – which is dedicated to Padmasambhava, what a visitor can observes a series of scenes in which the lamas, robed in gowns of rich, brightly colored brocade and sporting masks sometimes bizarrely hideous, parade in solemn dance and mime around the huge flag pole in the center of the courtyard to the plaintive melody of the Shawn. The moan of the eleven feet horns, the boom of drums and the clash of Cymbals. Hemis was found in the 1630’s by Tsang-ras-pa under the royal patronage of Singe Namgyal, Hemis is the largest and richest of the LadakhGompas. It nestles into the mountain side a little way up a glen in the mountains of Zanskar range. Stok – The Palace of the banished royal family, Stok has a museum which displays fabulous period costumes and jewelry of the royalty along with exquisite Tangkhas representing the life of the Sakya- Muni Buddha. Interesting historical objects like coins, seals, armour, weapons, precious jade and porcelain can also be seen here. Return to Leh.
Overnight at hotel.

05 July: Day8: Leh-Pangong(B/L/D)Early morning full day excursion to Pangong Lake 135 km / 4400m east of Leh crossing Changla Pass 17500ft and driving via Durbuk and Tangtse villages in the Changthang region of Ladakh and perhaps one of the most amazing lakes in Asia which changes its color 4 – 5 times a day. Afternoon explore the lake and enjoy a romantic walk along the lake.
Overnight at tented Camp.

06 July: Day 9: Pangong – Leh(B/L/D)Members can enjoy early morning photo-shoots of the lake which looks great, breakfast and then drive back to Leh. Back to Leh by noon. Afternoon free at leisure for last minute shopping etc.
Overnight at the Hotel.

07 July:Day 10: Leh – Delhi(B)Early morning transfer to KBR Airport to board flight for your onward destination.

Shachakul Gustor festival 2016(July 21)

16 July:Day 01: Arrival Leh(B/L/D)Meet on arrival at KBR airport and transfer to hotel. Post breakfast at leisure. Post lunch drive to Choklamsar for visit to SOS Tibetan village followed by visit to Shanti stupa. Evening free at leisure.
Overnight at the hotel.

17 July:Day 02: In Leh:(B/L/D)Morning visit Hemis monastery. Excursion to visit Shey & Thiksey monasteries.
Today visit Indus valley monasteries tours to Shey the ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue, built in the memory of King Singee Namgyal by his son Deldan Namgyal in 1633 A.D. Than visit Thiksey Gompa an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future is one of the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh, while back visit Stock Palace
Overnight at the Lharimo hotel

18 July:Day 03: Leh – Uleytopko(B/L/D)Drive to Uleytopko en route visiting Likir & Alchi monastery. After breakfast you drive Basgo On the way to Uley Tokpo. To visit there is the castle Basgo wearing like a steep crag amid fertile fields at the throat of all caravan routes since ancient times, the Tibetan name Rabtan Lhartse, visit Alchi Gompa, Alchi leads for centuries a deep sleep. It was once the most important religious and cultural center of the lower Ladakh. Developed in the early phase of the 11th century missionary. Gives the building an genuine impression of the former level of artistic creation in the West Himalaya. Gompa Likri
Overnight in Uleytopko camp.

19 July:Day 04: Uleytokpo – Lamayuru – Leh : (B/L/D)Drive to Lamayuru visit the monastery and back to Leh to attend Festival.
Overnight in Hotel.

20 July:Day 05: Leh – Tangtse(B/L/D)Drive to Tangtse via Changla pass 17500ft en-route visit Dak-thok and Chemday monastery.

Overnight in Tangtse.(Guest House)

21 July:Day 06: In Tangtse (Shachakul festival) (B/L/D)Morning drive 15km to witness Shachakul Gustor festival at Shachakul village which is one of the exotic monastery festivals and not many tourist know about this festival. Back to Tangtse. Overnight in Guest House.

22 July:Day 07: Tangtse – Pangong Lake – Leh: (B/L/D)Morning drive back to Leh, enroute we drive 35km further from Tangtse to visit Pangong Lake, one of the largest lakes in Himalayas situated at height of 4400mt and one of the largest lakes in the Himalayas. Arrive Leh and free. Farewell dinner at a restaurant outside the hotel.
Overnight in hotel.

23 July:Day 08: In Leh: (B/L/D)Morning visit Shankar Gompa & Spituk monastery. Afternoon at leisure.
Overnight at the hotel.

24 July:Day 09: In Leh. (B/L/D) (No transport duty)Full day free at leisure. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

25 July:Day 10: Leh – Delhi(B)Early morning after breakfast, transfer to airport to board the flight back to Delhi.

Korzok Gustor2016 in the land of the nomads(Korzok Monastery festival: Aug 05)

30 July:Day 1 : Delhi Leh(B/L/D)Early morning flight to Leh 11800 ft the capital of Ladakh. On arrival at Kushok Bakula Airport transfer to Hotel and full day at rest for high altitude acclimatization.Evening brisk walk to market.
Overnight at the Hotel.

31 July :Day2 :Leh – Ulleytokpo(B/L/D)After a leisure breakfast drive to Ulleytokpo 70km on the way visit Sangam, Alchi & Likir Monastery. Packed Lunch for the day. Afternoon excursion to Lamayuru Monastery & Lunar landscapes.
Overnight at Ulley.

01 Aug:Day 3 :Ulleytokpo – Beima(B/L/D)Morning drive to Drokpa Valley 85 km, the drokpa tribes of Ladakh are considered one of the pure descendents of Aryan race with different culture & a unique language. Check-in at the camp in Beima village. Packed Lunch and afternoon visit Dha & Beima villages which are among the two important Drokpa Tribes and which are among the few opened for tourists.
Overnight in camp

02 Aug:Day 4 :Beima – Tingmogang(B/L/D)Morning after breakfast drive to Tingmogang village. En-route stop at Khalatsi village for tea. Arrive Tingmogang by afternoon and check-in at the Hotel. Lunch and later visit Nunnery school, the great fortified Tingmogang Palace and the Chamba monastery. It was once the capital of western Ladakh.
Overnight at the hotel.

03 Aug :Day 5: Tingmogang – Stok(B/L/D)Morning after b/fast visit Vipassana Valley which is an exclusive meditation valley in the village and then drive back to Leh 92 km. By later afternoon arrive at Stok Village and check-in at Skittsal Resorts. Later in the afternoon visit the Royal Stok Palace Museum followed by visit to Ladakhi Family Home for local butter tea , Barley drink etc.
Overnight at the hotel Skittsal in Stok.

04 Aug:Day 6: Stok – Tsomoriri Lake(B/L/D)Early morning drive along Indus River into Rupshu Valley. A nice wilderness drive upto Tso-Moriri Lake 4200m / 220km east of Leh, box lunch for the day. Arrive Tsomoriri by late noon and check-in the camp. Evening relax and overnight at the tented Camp at Korzok village by Lake side, Korzok is the only permanent settlements of the Nomads of Rupshu region and one of the most high altitude settlements in Ladakh.
Overnight in camp

05 Aug:Day 7: Tso Moriri Lake( Korzok Gustor) (B/L/D)Today you shall witness the Korzok Gustor festival which is the annual monastery festival of Korzok Monastery located in Korzok village on the banks of Tsomoriri Lake which is one of the only permanent settlements of the Nomads of Rupshu region. Later explore the village and if desired members can take on a shirt trek/hike for 1-2 Hrs to the high pastureland of the village where the nomads live in tents made of Yak hair called “Rebo” with their herds of goats & Yaks producing butter & cheese. Back to the Camp for Lunch and later visit the nomadic village of Korzok and its small monastery. TsoMoriri Lake is a famous Bird watching sanctuary so carry your Binocular which shall be very helpful.
Overnight at the Camp.

06 Aug: Day 8: TsoMoriri – Leh(B/L/D)Early breakfast and drive to Leh, arrive by noon in Leh. Afternoon free at leisure for last minute shopping etc.
Overnight at the hotel.

07 Aug: Day 9: In Leh(B/L/D) (No transport duty)Full day free at leisure. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

08 Aug: Day 10: Leh – Delhi (B) (flight)Morning after a light snacks, transfer to airport to board flight for Delhi.


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Trip highlights

Jeep Safari, ancient monasteries villages, tribes, spectacular mountains cape, lakes and option for rafting.

Trip Overview

Trip Price From US$ 790 | See Details

Trip AccommodationHotels and tented hotels (best available) 3 star type

Trip SeasonsJune, July

Group Size Max 12 person( 4 passengers in each Jeep)

MealsAll meals included as specified in the itinerary Breakfast(B), Lunch(L), Dinner(D)

Trip Type Flavour of Buddhism

Price Code : Markup: DUA13/100/10

Best MonthsJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Outline Itinerary

2016 Festival tour Ladakh (Hemis Festival date:  July 14-15)

10 July: Day 1: Delhi to Leh (by flight)(D)Board one of the most exciting trans-Himalayan flights into Leh 3500m, the capital of Ladakh. Meet our representative on arrival at Kushok Bakula Airport Leh & transfer to Hotel. Day for complete rest at the hotel to acclimatize. Evening you can take a brisk walk to the market.
Overnight at the hotel.

11 July: Day 2: Leh(B/L/D)After breakfast full day tour visiting Phiyang Spituk Monastery, two major monasteries in central Ladakh. After lunch visit the 16th century Leh Palace, visit Sankar Monastery and Changspa Chorten. Evening free to explore the local market one can browse for local curios at Nowshere market and Moti market.
Overnight at the hotel

12 July:Day 3: Leh – Nubra Valley(B/L/D)Today we drive up north of Leh , across the Khardongla pass into Nubra valley 130km, the erstwhile trade center on Turkmanistan – Nubra – Ladakh Silk Route trade cross the world highest motor able pass Khardongla pass. Arrive at Nubra we visit Diskit Monastery – which is a lovely monastery situated on a high mountain side and later walk through the silvery Sand Dunes of Nubra near Hunder village where you might spot the wild double humped Bactrain camels which is found only in Nubra valley as far as India is concerned. If possible you might even try a short Camel ride. Later we check-in at Tirith Deluxe Camp in Tirith village.
Overnight at the Camp.

13 July:Day 4:Nubra Valley – Leh(B/L/D)After an early breakfast proceed to visit the famous Samstanling Monastery and later drive back to Leh. Arrive by late afternoon and check-in at the hotel. Evening free to explore the Leh market.
Overnight in Hotel

14 July: Day5 :In Leh Attend Hemis Festival(B/L/D)Early Breakfast we drive to attend the famous Hemis Tshechu, a colorful ceremony of mask dances to commemorate the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava, the great tantric master who the teachings of Buddha Sakyamuni from India to Tibet in later part of 7th century. Hemis is also the biggest monastery complex in Ladakh built around 16th century, later in the afternoon we drive back to Leh after witnessing the festival , on the way visit Thiksey Monastery resembles something like the Potala Palace in Lhasa Tibet. Later on the way back we visit  “Gyabthago Family Home” in Stok village across the Indus river to try local butter tea & barley drink, and also see their 160 years old typical Ladakhi House. Lunch will be carried packed for the day. Evening free at the leh market.
Overnight at the hotel.

15 July:Day 6: Leh – Tingmosgang(B/L/D)After breakfast drive to Tingmosgang from Leh, en-route visit photo stop at the confluence of Indus & Zanskar Rivers which are two major rivers in Ladakh, and quite popular for River Rafting. Later en-route visit Alchi Monastery one of the 7 wonders in India which enshrines among the most magnificent miniature Buddhist paintings in the Himalayas which are more than 1000 years old. Also on the way we shall stop to visit the Basgo Castle which has some astounding murals. Arrive in Tingmogang village which was once the capital of western Ladakh. Evening walk around the village overlooking the Tingmosgang Khar and its ruins.
Overnight in Hotel

16 July:Day 7: Tingmosgang – Leh(B/L/D)Morning after leisure Breakfast visit the sacred statue of Avalokitsevara “Chenrizi” at Tingmosgang Gonpa and later we drive back to Leh en-route visit to the Giant Maitreya Buddha statue at Likir village. Close to Leh we also visit the Military Hall of Fame. Arrive Leh and free at leisure.
Overnight at the Hotel.

17 July:Day8: Leh-Pangong(B/L/D)Early morning full day excursion to Pangong Lake 135 km / 4400m east of Leh crossing Changla Pass 17500ft and driving via Durbuk and Tangtse villages in the Changthang region of Ladakh and perhaps one of the most amazing lakes in Asia which changes its color 4 – 5 times a day. Afternoon explore the lake and enjoy a romantic walk along the lake. Evening visit the tiny nomadic village located at a distance.
Overnight at tented Camp.

18 July:Day 9: Pangong – Leh(B/L/D)Members can enjoy early morning photo-shoots of the lake which looks great, breakfast and then drive back to Leh. Back to Leh by noon. Afternoon free at leisure for last minute shopping etc.
Overnight at the Hotel.

19 July:Day10 :Leh – Delhi(B)Early morning transfer to KBR Airport to board flight for your onward destination.

Yuru Kabgyat festival 2016(July 01)

28 June: Day 1: Delhi to Leh (by flight) (D)Board one of the most exciting trans-Himalayan flights into Leh 3500m, the capital of Ladakh. Meet our representative on arrival at Kushok Bakula Airport Leh & transfer to Hotel. Day for complete rest at the hotel to acclimatize yourself to the high altitudes of Leh. Evening you can take a brisk walk to the market.
Overnight at the hotel.

29 June: Day 2: Leh(B/L/D)Today we shall take you for a full day tour, morning half visit Phiyang Spituk Monastery, two major monasteries in central Ladakh. Afternoon visit the 16th century Leh Palace, Sankar Monastery and Changspa Chorten. Evening free to explore the local market one can browse for local curios at Nowshere market and Moti market.
Overnight at the hotel

30 June:Day 3: Leh – Tingmosgang(B/L/D)After breakfast drive to Tingmosgang 95 kms from Leh, en-route visit photo stop at the confluence of Indus & Zanskar Rivers which are two major rivers in Ladakh, and quite popular for River Rafting. Later en-route visit Alchi Monastery one of the 7 wonders in India which enshrines among the most magnificent miniature Buddhist paintings in the Himalayas which are more than 1000 years old. Also on the way we shall stop to visit the Basgo Castle which has some astounding murals. Arrive in Tingmogang village which was once the capital of western Ladakh. Evening walk around the village overlooking the TingmosgangKhar and its ruins.
Overnight in Hotel

01 July:Day 4: Tingmosgang – Lamayuru – Leh / Lamayuru festival(B/L/D)Morning after Breakfast drive 40 kms to Lamayuru village to witness the sacred mask dances of Yuru Kabgyat ceremony which is the annual festival of Lamayuru monastery. After lunch drive back to Leh 125kms.
Overnight at the Hotel.

02 July: Day 5: Leh – Nubra Valley(B/L/D)Today we drive up north of Leh , across the Khardongla pass into Nubra valley 130km, the erstwhile trade center on Turkmanistan – Nubra – Ladakh Silk Route trade. After 2 hrs of drive we cross the world highest motor able pass at 18380 ft. i.e. the Khardongla pass. Arrive at Nubra by noon and we visit Diskit Monastery – which is a lovely monastery situated on a high mountain side and later walk through the silvery Sand Dunes of Nubra near Hunder village where you might spot the wild double humped Bactrain camels which is found only in Nubra valley as far as India is concerned. If possible you might even try a short Camel ride. Later we check-in at Tirith Deluxe Camp in Tirith village.
Overnight at the Camp.

03 July: Day 6:Nubra Valley – Leh(B/L/D)After an early b/fast proceed to visit the famous Samstanling Monastery and later drive back to Leh. Arrive by late afternoon and check-in at the hotel. Evening free to explore the Leh market.
Overnight at the Hotel.

04 July:Day 7 : May: Leh(B/L/D)Full day visiting Shey, Thiksey, Hemis & Stok. After breakfast proceed to Shey – it was the ancient capital of Ladakh and even after Singye Namgyal built the more imposing palace at Leh, the kings continued to regard Shey, as their real home. The importance which was attached to Shey – the seat of Ladakh’s heartland – is attested by the enormous number of Chorten about the village, particularly around the palace complex and barren plain to the north of the road. Thiksey – is one of the largest and most impressive Gompas. There are several temples in this Gompa containing images, stupas and exquisite wall paintings. It also houses a two – storied statue of Buddha which has the main prayer hall around its shoulder. Later Proceed to Hemis – which is dedicated to Padmasambhava, what a visitor can observes a series of scenes in which the lamas, robed in gowns of rich, brightly colored brocade and sporting masks sometimes bizarrely hideous, parade in solemn dance and mime around the huge flag pole in the center of the courtyard to the plaintive melody of the Shawn. The moan of the eleven feet horns, the boom of drums and the clash of Cymbals. Hemis was found in the 1630’s by Tsang-ras-pa under the royal patronage of Singe Namgyal, Hemis is the largest and richest of the LadakhGompas. It nestles into the mountain side a little way up a glen in the mountains of Zanskar range. Stok – The Palace of the banished royal family, Stok has a museum which displays fabulous period costumes and jewelry of the royalty along with exquisite Tangkhas representing the life of the Sakya- Muni Buddha. Interesting historical objects like coins, seals, armour, weapons, precious jade and porcelain can also be seen here. Return to Leh.
Overnight at hotel.

05 July: Day8: Leh-Pangong(B/L/D)Early morning full day excursion to Pangong Lake 135 km / 4400m east of Leh crossing Changla Pass 17500ft and driving via Durbuk and Tangtse villages in the Changthang region of Ladakh and perhaps one of the most amazing lakes in Asia which changes its color 4 – 5 times a day. Afternoon explore the lake and enjoy a romantic walk along the lake.
Overnight at tented Camp.

06 July: Day 9: Pangong – Leh(B/L/D)Members can enjoy early morning photo-shoots of the lake which looks great, breakfast and then drive back to Leh. Back to Leh by noon. Afternoon free at leisure for last minute shopping etc.
Overnight at the Hotel.

07 July:Day 10: Leh – Delhi(B)Early morning transfer to KBR Airport to board flight for your onward destination.

Shachakul Gustor festival 2016(July 21)

16 July:Day 01: Arrival Leh(B/L/D)Meet on arrival at KBR airport and transfer to hotel. Post breakfast at leisure. Post lunch drive to Choklamsar for visit to SOS Tibetan village followed by visit to Shanti stupa. Evening free at leisure.
Overnight at the hotel.

17 July:Day 02: In Leh:(B/L/D)Morning visit Hemis monastery. Excursion to visit Shey & Thiksey monasteries.
Today visit Indus valley monasteries tours to Shey the ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue, built in the memory of King Singee Namgyal by his son Deldan Namgyal in 1633 A.D. Than visit Thiksey Gompa an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future is one of the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh, while back visit Stock Palace
Overnight at the Lharimo hotel

18 July:Day 03: Leh – Uleytopko(B/L/D)Drive to Uleytopko en route visiting Likir & Alchi monastery. After breakfast you drive Basgo On the way to Uley Tokpo. To visit there is the castle Basgo wearing like a steep crag amid fertile fields at the throat of all caravan routes since ancient times, the Tibetan name Rabtan Lhartse, visit Alchi Gompa, Alchi leads for centuries a deep sleep. It was once the most important religious and cultural center of the lower Ladakh. Developed in the early phase of the 11th century missionary. Gives the building an genuine impression of the former level of artistic creation in the West Himalaya. Gompa Likri
Overnight in Uleytopko camp.

19 July:Day 04: Uleytokpo – Lamayuru – Leh : (B/L/D)Drive to Lamayuru visit the monastery and back to Leh to attend Festival.
Overnight in Hotel.

20 July:Day 05: Leh – Tangtse(B/L/D)Drive to Tangtse via Changla pass 17500ft en-route visit Dak-thok and Chemday monastery.

Overnight in Tangtse.(Guest House)

21 July:Day 06: In Tangtse (Shachakul festival) (B/L/D)Morning drive 15km to witness Shachakul Gustor festival at Shachakul village which is one of the exotic monastery festivals and not many tourist know about this festival. Back to Tangtse. Overnight in Guest House.

22 July:Day 07: Tangtse – Pangong Lake – Leh: (B/L/D)Morning drive back to Leh, enroute we drive 35km further from Tangtse to visit Pangong Lake, one of the largest lakes in Himalayas situated at height of 4400mt and one of the largest lakes in the Himalayas. Arrive Leh and free. Farewell dinner at a restaurant outside the hotel.
Overnight in hotel.

23 July:Day 08: In Leh: (B/L/D)Morning visit Shankar Gompa & Spituk monastery. Afternoon at leisure.
Overnight at the hotel.

24 July:Day 09: In Leh. (B/L/D) (No transport duty)Full day free at leisure. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

25 July:Day 10: Leh – Delhi(B)Early morning after breakfast, transfer to airport to board the flight back to Delhi.

Korzok Gustor2016 in the land of the nomads(Korzok Monastery festival: Aug 05)

30 July:Day 1 : Delhi Leh(B/L/D)Early morning flight to Leh 11800 ft the capital of Ladakh. On arrival at Kushok Bakula Airport transfer to Hotel and full day at rest for high altitude acclimatization.Evening brisk walk to market.
Overnight at the Hotel.

31 July :Day2 :Leh – Ulleytokpo(B/L/D)After a leisure breakfast drive to Ulleytokpo 70km on the way visit Sangam, Alchi & Likir Monastery. Packed Lunch for the day. Afternoon excursion to Lamayuru Monastery & Lunar landscapes.
Overnight at Ulley.

01 Aug:Day 3 :Ulleytokpo – Beima(B/L/D)Morning drive to Drokpa Valley 85 km, the drokpa tribes of Ladakh are considered one of the pure descendents of Aryan race with different culture & a unique language. Check-in at the camp in Beima village. Packed Lunch and afternoon visit Dha & Beima villages which are among the two important Drokpa Tribes and which are among the few opened for tourists.
Overnight in camp

02 Aug:Day 4 :Beima – Tingmogang(B/L/D)Morning after breakfast drive to Tingmogang village. En-route stop at Khalatsi village for tea. Arrive Tingmogang by afternoon and check-in at the Hotel. Lunch and later visit Nunnery school, the great fortified Tingmogang Palace and the Chamba monastery. It was once the capital of western Ladakh.
Overnight at the hotel.

03 Aug :Day 5: Tingmogang – Stok(B/L/D)Morning after b/fast visit Vipassana Valley which is an exclusive meditation valley in the village and then drive back to Leh 92 km. By later afternoon arrive at Stok Village and check-in at Skittsal Resorts. Later in the afternoon visit the Royal Stok Palace Museum followed by visit to Ladakhi Family Home for local butter tea , Barley drink etc.
Overnight at the hotel Skittsal in Stok.

04 Aug:Day 6: Stok – Tsomoriri Lake(B/L/D)Early morning drive along Indus River into Rupshu Valley. A nice wilderness drive upto Tso-Moriri Lake 4200m / 220km east of Leh, box lunch for the day. Arrive Tsomoriri by late noon and check-in the camp. Evening relax and overnight at the tented Camp at Korzok village by Lake side, Korzok is the only permanent settlements of the Nomads of Rupshu region and one of the most high altitude settlements in Ladakh.
Overnight in camp

05 Aug:Day 7: Tso Moriri Lake( Korzok Gustor) (B/L/D)Today you shall witness the Korzok Gustor festival which is the annual monastery festival of Korzok Monastery located in Korzok village on the banks of Tsomoriri Lake which is one of the only permanent settlements of the Nomads of Rupshu region. Later explore the village and if desired members can take on a shirt trek/hike for 1-2 Hrs to the high pastureland of the village where the nomads live in tents made of Yak hair called “Rebo” with their herds of goats & Yaks producing butter & cheese. Back to the Camp for Lunch and later visit the nomadic village of Korzok and its small monastery. TsoMoriri Lake is a famous Bird watching sanctuary so carry your Binocular which shall be very helpful.
Overnight at the Camp.

06 Aug: Day 8: TsoMoriri – Leh(B/L/D)Early breakfast and drive to Leh, arrive by noon in Leh. Afternoon free at leisure for last minute shopping etc.
Overnight at the hotel.

07 Aug: Day 9: In Leh(B/L/D) (No transport duty)Full day free at leisure. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

08 Aug: Day 10: Leh – Delhi (B) (flight)Morning after a light snacks, transfer to airport to board flight for Delhi.


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790 Per Person on twin sharing
Hemis Festival: US$790 per person
Lamayuru Festival: US$825 per person
Shachakul Festival: US$875 per person
Korzok Festival: US$950 per person
Plus US $390 (Approx.) for Delhi-Leh-Delhi airfare extra.

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    5 "David L R" Hello to the Windhorse team, Thanks for the opportunity to give some feedback on our recent tour. Back this past winter my daughter Leah and I were discussing where we might travel to celebrate her graduation from college. We discussed a number of different locations bur were intrigued by the idea

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