Day 01. Flight
to India (Delhi)
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
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
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
Day 04. Amritsar - Dharamsala (about
Today we leave Amritsar
and drive through the lower mountains of
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
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
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
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
valley. It has a large victory stupa which is topped
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:
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
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
Around midnight flight to home destination.
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