|4Th July 2011 Arrive Delhi
Flight to Delhi. On arrival in India you will be greeted and escorted by Indo Asia Tour's Executive to your hotel.
Check in time 1200 hrs noontime.
5Th July 2011 Delhi
After breakfast visit Red Fort* – the 17th century imposing fortress, the Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque), India’s largest mosque where more than 20,000 people can kneel in prayer and Raj Ghat –Mahatma Gandhi’s Memorial. In the afternoon visit New Delhi. You will drive past President’s Palace and India Gate (42m high), built to commemorate the 70,000 Indian soldiers who died in the 1st world war. Later visit Humayun’s Tomb, and the Qutub Minar, the highest sands stone minaret in the world (73 meters).
* Red Fort is closed on Mondays
6Th July 2011 Day 03 Delhi - Leh
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to connect flight to Leh. drive to Shekhavati. Huge palatial traditional houses called Havelis belonging to the mercantile communities of Rajasthan are the main attraction in these places, along with their fresco-painted walls, finely carved doors, on arrival transfer to the Hotel
Overnight in the Hotel.
7Th July 2011 Leh
Forenoon is free. Here you can walk around the City & visit Local Gompa. In the afternoon visit Shankar Monastery a couple of km north of the town centre. There is a library and great views from the roof. There is an impressive representation of Avalokitesvara complete with 1000 arms and 1000 heads.
Later visit Shanti Stupa, The Japanese for World Peace built the Shanti Stupa, at Changspa, on the hilltop, and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985. Its state of the art work attracts a lot of tourists to Ladakh and is spectacular to watch. From there one can see the nice spectacular view of Leh town.
Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
8Th July 2011 (Excursion to Shey, Thiksey and Stok)
Today we proceed for Indus Valey monastery tour. We start with a visit 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. Then we 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. Drive further to visit the famous Hemis Gompa founded in 1630's by Stag-tsang-ras-pa under the royal patronage of Sengge Namgyall. Stok palace; which is currently a museum was built in 1840 to house the Ladakhi royal family after the Dogra army had exiled them. Later in the evening we drive back to Leh.
Dinner and Overnight in the hotel
9Th July 2011 Leh (Excursion to Phyang and Spituk)
Today morning set out on an excursion to the Phyang Monastery built in the 16th century by the founder of the Namgyal Dynasty. It houses hundreds of statues including some Kashmiri bronzes, thangkas and manuscript copies of old temples. The temple walls have colourful paintings of the 8th fold path of Buddha's teachings. Later visit Spituk monastery which was founded by Old Led, in the 11th century AD. In those days the Gompa belonged to the Kadampa School but Gelukpa order was introduced during the region of King Dragspa Bum idle, when Lama Lhawang Lotus restored the monastery & Hall of Fame (war museum).
Dinner & Overnight in the hotel
10Th July 2011 Leh (Excursion to Hemis)
After breakfast drive to Hemis Monastery to witness the festival Hemis Monastery: This is biggest and the most important monastery in Ladakh. It was built in the 17th century by Chapgon Gyalshas and ever since has enjoyed the patronage of the royal family. Hemis is the headquarter of the Drukpa order and all the monasteries throughout Ladakh are administered by it. It also trains Lamas for the royal monasteries at Leh, Shey and Bazgo. The Monastery contains gold statues and stupas decorated with precious stones and many priceless old Thankas.
Each year the Hemis Festival attracts more than its share of pilgrims & tourists. Held during the full moon in June, is a series of colourful masked dances performed to the accompaniment of cymbals, drums & long horns.
Dinner & Overnight in the hotel.
11Th July 2011 Leh (Excursion to Hemis)
After breakfast drive to Matho Gompa & in the afternoon again to Hemis to witness the 2nd Day of festival. Enjoy the festival. This is special day to watch the Oracles. Both Oracles performs puja (Prayer) and change of 'LHATHO" etc.
Dinner & Overnight in the hotel.
12Th July 2011 Leh - Lamayuru - Alchi or Uley
After breakfast to Lamayuru, and Ridzong. Lamayuru lower ladakh its also called as sham. Lamayuru Gompa: The oldest holy site in Ladakh, it was a bon shrine prior to the advent of Buddhism. Also known as Yung Drung (Swastika) it is sited on a high promontory overlooking the village and valley. For sheer spectacle value no other Gompa can match Lamayuru.
After visit at lamayuru Gonpa the drive to Ridzong Gompa: There is no road to Rizong Gompa hence one has to walk to the monastery which is deep into the mountains. Rizong Gompa is known as the paradise for Meditation. Guru Padma Sambhava is believed to editated here for years. One can still find the small caves where Lamas used to meditate for years cutting themselves from the rest of the world except for a one feet square outlet window from where they accept the one time meal of the day.
Then we drive and cross the River Indus and reach Alchi, Ladakh's most loved monastery. Over a century old, its wall paintings are very similar to those of the Tabo gompa in Spiti, Himachal Pradesh. Unlike other monasteries, which are usually on a cliff top or cling to a mountainside, lchi is at ground level and is nestled in the shade of a garden.
Dinner & Overnight in the Camp in Alchi or Uley.
13Th July 2011 Alchy or Uley - Leh
After breakfast drive back to Leh and check in at our hotel for overnight stay Dinner & Overnight in the hotel.
14Th July 2011 Leh - Delhi
Morning, transfer to the Airport to board the flight to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi, transfer to the hotel and check in. Later drive for the temple tour of Delhi. Visit to Laxmi Narayan Temple, one of the biggest Hindu temple in Delhi. Later visit a sikh temple "Gurudwara Bangla Sahib".
Also visit Bhai's temple. This is a new religion in India. There is one Bhai temple in every continent, in Asia.
Overnight in the Hotel
15Th July 2011 Delhi/ Flight out
On time transfer to the International Airport to board the flight for onwards journey.
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