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Discovery of Ladakh Tour

(14 Days / 13 Nights)
(Delhi-Amritsar-Dharamsala-Jammu-Leh (Spituk, Phyang, Tikse, Shey, Hemis, Stok, Alchi, Likir)-Delhi)

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Ladakh means the land of high passes, also known as the land of endless discoveries, the moon land. Due to its nearness and resemblance to the Tibetan culture it is also called little Tibet. Ladakh is situated on the Northern part of India at an altitude of 3500 m. making this the highest inhabited region in India. The River Indus with its tributaries slice their way through the mountain range of Ladakh. Ladakh is bounded by the Great Himalayas in the Karakoram ranges and gifted with high mountains, valleys, lakes, beautiful ancient Buddhist monasteries on hill top and their resident (monks) chanting prayers. Remote though it is, Ladakh has never been totally isolated. Over the centuries the trade route from India to central Asia passed through this area undeterred by its high passes and desert landscape. Caravans carrying spices, brocades, pearls, carpets and tea took just two months to cover the distance up to central Asian towns.

Day 01. Flight to India (Delhi)
Around Midnight arrival in
Delhi. The cosmopolitan City and capital Delhi is the main gateway for travelers. You are met by an Indo Vacations representative and transferred to your Hotel.

Day 02. Old - New Delhi

We will start our day with the sightseeing in Old Delhi. We take a Rickshaw ride parallel to the
Red Fort through the old city and famous Silk Road and Silver Bazaar. Sightseeing of Old Delhi includes "Rajghat", the place where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated and Jama Masjid, the great mosque of old Delhi. Today we also visit the famous "Humayun's Tomb" which is the first substantial example of Mughal architecture in India and "Qutub Minar" which is 71 meter high and was constructed in 1199. Before we proceed to the Hotel we will have a ride through New Delhi through the area of the Government Buildings and Embassies. Here we have a stopover at India Gate, the 42m-high stone arch or triumph. India Gate bears the names of 90,000 soldiers who died in the campaigns of the 1st world war.

Day 03. Delhi - Amritsar (about 450 km by train)
In the morning we start our train journey by Shatabdi Express and proceed to Amritsar. Amritsar (meaning pool of Nectar) lies in the northern state of Punjab and is famous for its Golden Temple. We visit the Golden Temple to know more about the native Sikh population of the state Punjab. Sikhs are meanwhile scattered in whole of India and are easily recognizable through their mighty colourful turbans.

Day 04. Amritsar - Dharamsala (about 200 km)

Today we leave Amritsar and drive through the lower mountains of Himalaya to Dharamshala. Dharamshala has one of the most spectacular settings for a Hill Station as it varies in height from 1200 m. to 1800 m. In Dharamshala , there is a strong Tibetan influence. The Dalai Lama settled here after the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1959. There is a monastery at Mcleodganj a short distance along from the Dalai's Lama's residence. We have a walk through Mcleodganj and visit a Tibetan monastery, the church of St. John and a school complex.

Day 05. Dharamsala - Jammu (about 190 km)
Along the snow covered mountains of mighty Himalayas we drive from Dharamshala to Jammu. The city of Jammu is the second largest in the state and is the winter capital of the government. The old town of Jammu overlooks the river Tawi. In Jammu we visit the Baghunath Temple of the 19th century and Ranbireswar-Temple which is dedicated to God Shiva. We also visit the Dogra Art Gallery which is famous for its miniature paintings. Jammu is basically the Homeland of Dogra, the Rajput clan of the hill region N of the Ravi River.

Day 06. Jammu - Leh (by air)
In the morning a short flight brings us to Leh, the capital of Ladakh. Due to its altitude (3500 m.) Ladakh is also known as the roof of the world. Leh was an important place in the historical times on the silk road to central Asia. The rest of the day is at leisure to acclaim ourselves to this high altitude of Leh.

Day 07. Leh
In the noon we visit Leh Palace. Leh Palace in the NW has been described as a miniature version of Lhasa's Potala palace, with which this 17th century building is contemporary. This Potala (palace) rises up like mountain. From the town below it is dazzling in the morning sun and ghostly at night. We enjoy the wonderful view of the city and beautiful surroundings from the roof of the palace. This palace was built by the King Singe Namagyal and still owned by the royal family. At present is this palace not occupied as the royal family resides in the other palace in stock.

Day 08. Leh Excursion: Spituk, Phyang
Today we start our day by visiting the monastery Spituk. Spituk monastery (15. Century) is 8 km from Leh and is situated on a hilltop overlooking the Indus. Spituk valley has an enormous statue of Kali whose face is unveiled once a year during the Spituk festival. This monastery also contains an ancient collection of masks. 135 yellow capped monks resides in this monastery. After the visit of Spituk we shall proceed to the Gompa Phyang which is a traditional monastery setting for a spectacular religious festival with masked dancing. There are 50 red capped monks residing here.

Day 09. Leh Excursion: Tikse, Shey
Today we start our excursion by visiting the monastery of Tikse. Tikse is one of the most imposing monastery in Ladakh. The monastery has 12 stories, 10 temples, a nunnery and 60 lamas in residence. It contains numerous stupas, statues, tankhas, wall painting and a large pillar engraved with the teaching of Buddha. We can also see here a collection of Tibetan scripts. After the visit of Tikse we visit the village of Shey on the eastern bank of the Indus. Shay was the royal residence and was located at an important vantage point in the Indus valley. It has a large victory stupa which is topped with gold.

Day 10. Leh Excursion: Hemis
Today we visit the monastery of Hemis. The rich monastery of Hemis is the biggest in Ladakh and is perched on top of a pleasant green hill surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery. Every year a colorful famous festival of mask dances takes place in Hemis. This Monastery (Gompa) has an important library of Tibetan style books and an impressive collection of tankhas, the largest of which is displayed every 11 years.

Day 11. Leh Excursion: Stok
We drive today to the small village stok. The attraction of stok remains the palace of stok which is 200 years old. The palace and museum at stok is a showpiece for the royal tankhas, royal crown, dresses, coins, precious stones and turquoise head dresses.

Day 12. Leh Excursion: Alchir, Likir
In the noon we drive to Alchi through the exciting landscaping of Ladakh. Alchi has been declared as an UNESCO monument. The Monastery of Alchi is a large temple complex and is regarded as one of the most important Buddhist centers in Ladakh and a jewel of monastic skill. After the visit of Alchi we proceed to Likir. Likir contains the ruins of a Buddhist citadel impressively sited on a spur overlooking the Indus Valley. It served as a royal residence for several periods between 15th and 17th Centuries.

Day 13. Leh - Delhi (by air)
In the noon flight from Leh to Delhi. In the afternoon we visit Bahai Temple, also known as Lotus Temple which is built out of white marble and in the characteristic Bahai temple shape of a lotus flower. Bahai temples are 9 sided, symbolizing comprehensiveness, oneness and unity. We visit this unique building which gives the message of unification of the human race. The rest of the day at leisure.

Day 14. Flight to Home
Around midnight flight to home destination.

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About Hotels:
We provide you the accommodation as per your budget mentioned above in the table of hotels category for any of the booked tour. Hotels provided by us are from budget to luxury class hotels. Luxury hotels are all five stars or of above standard. Deluxe would be a combination of 3 and 4 star Hotels and standard would be a combination of 2 and 3 star or similar hotels. The criteria for selecting hotels by us remains the best value of your money. We also provide you wherever possible accommodation in heritage hotels. Heritage Hotels are old Palaces, Forts and Grand mansions of Maharajas which have been later renovated and converted into Hotels. Rooms are decorated all individually. Rooms are comfortable, romantic and present the flair of olden Maharaja days.

Our Services Include:
      Accommodation in double rooms on twin sharing basis with bath and WC in the chosen
         category. 
     
Rooms on the departure day.
     
American/continental Breakfast.
     
Services of qualified local guides (English speaking or languages of your choice) at 
         every place of sightseeing.
     
All Transfers and departures on arrival and departure by Indo Vacations representative.
    
  All Transfers and Sightseeing throughout the tour by an air-conditioned Car with driver. 
         For groups an individual air-conditioned bus (Except Standard Hotels) will be 
         provided.

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         beverages.
     
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