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Zanskar Cultural Tours (15 Days)

Zanskar valley is the most fascinating one having magnificient monastries and great Himalayas. Visting Monastries like Sani which is one of the 8 holiest Buddhist sites in the world. The Rangdum monastery has tiny “museum” with interesting Tibetan and other artifacts. Karsha Monastery being largest in Zanskar has a number of shrines and has been embellished with exquisite paintaings. Explore the terrain, cultures and heritage of Zanskar without extensive hiking.

 

Day 01: Arrive Delhi

Arrive Delhi International airport where you be met and then transferred to your Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

 

Day 02: Flight Delhi - Leh

Depart from the Hotel to the Domestic airport to catch your flight

 

 

departing Delhi at 0540 Hrs. Arrive Leh airport at 0655 Hrs. Where you will be meeting and then transferred to your Hotel. Check into the Hotel. Rest of the day free for acclimatization. Overnight in hotel.

 

Day 03: Drive Leh - Stok – Matho – Samkar – Shanti Stupa

After breakfast, drive to Stok (14km) by crossing a bridge over Indus river Indus at Choglamsar village. In Stok, visit the royal palace, constructed by the king Tsespal Tondup Namgyal in 1825AD. Inside the palace, you see great collection of ancient royal ornaments, Thankas (scroll paintings) and old statues. After the visit, drive to Matho village, 10 km from Stok. This monastery was built by Lama Tungpa Dorje in 13th century. Two famous oracles (known as Rongtsan), (who were invited from Tibet by the founder of this monastery) still make appearance during the festival of monastery. After visiting Matho, drive back to Leh. Post Lunch, visit exquisite Shanti Stupa and Samkar Monastery in Leh. You enjoy the spectacular view of Indus valley with its surrounding magnificent mountains of mighty Himalaya. Overnight at hotel in Leh.


Day 04: Drive Leh – Shey – Thiksey – Hemis – Leh

After breakfast, drive to Hemis monastery which is 45 km far from Leh and it takes 90 minute drives. The great Mahasiddha Staktsang Raspa along with great ancestor Singey Namgyal built this biggest monastery in 16th century. After visiting this monastery, drive back to Thiksey monastery, which is 27 km from Hemis. This monastery is the oldest monastery of Gelugpa sect in Ladakh. The great Lama Paldan Shesrap built in 14th century. Here you visit the big statue of the Future Buddha. After visiting this monastery drive back to Leh via visiting Shey Palace wherein you visit big copper gilt statue of Lord Buddha. Overnight at Guest House in Leh. (3500m)


Day 05: Drive Leh – Likir – Alchi – Ulleytokpo (72km/ 4-5 hrs)

Morning after breakfast, drive to Ulleytokpo. En-route visit Likir and Alchi monastery. Today you drive on Leh-Srinagar highway. On the way, you travel through spectacular and magnificent view of landscape and its beautiful mountains, sometime imposing gorge and you pass across Magnetic hill, confluence of Indus and Zanskar before Nimoo village; beautiful and charming villages of Ladakh. After Basgo, winding highway scenic for few meters and then open barren terrain till likir village. Leave highway towards the right and continue drive about more than 2kms up till Likir monastery. Visit Likir exquisite Gelugpa sect monastery built on hill top with awe inspiring view of the valley, by Lhachen Gyalpo in 1065AD.
You will also visit Big Statue of Maitreya Buddha (Future Buddha) beside the monastery. After the visit, continue drive to Alchi village (8km). After Saspol village, you cross Indus River over a bridge on left and follow the road that leads to Alchi. Visit the 1000 years Gelugpa sect monastery. Later drive further 7km to Ulleytokpo for overnight stay. Overnight at Ulley resort above Indus River. (3300m)


Day 06: Drive Ulleytokpo – Rizong – Lamayuru – Mulbek (113km / 5-6 hrs)

Post breakfast, Leave resort for Mulbek. Enroute you Rizong and Lamayuru monastery. Drive 1km from resort then take right hand side road at Gyera and enter into the stunning gorge. Continue drive up as far as Chulichan where you will find Nunnery with small temple. Further 3km drive takes you to Rizong monastery that picturesquely built on hill top with imposing view of surrounding wonderful mountains by Lama Tsultim Nima 150 years ago. This exquisite monastery is located in very isolated place in the middle of huge towering mountains. After the visit drive back to Gyera then continue drive onward to Mulbek. Halt at Lamayuru to visit the beautiful Digung sect monastery, founded on hill top dominating the valley, by Lama Nyimagung. History says that great Mahasiddha Naropa visited this place and the sacred cave where he resided and meditated still to be seen inside the principle temple. After the visit, keep on drive to Mulbek by crossing Fotula-4090m (The highest motor road pass in the leh-Srinagar highway) as far as Mubek. You pass through several charming villages and spectacular landscape. Arrive Mulbek. Overnight at Fixed camp.


Day 07: Drive Mulbek – Rangdum (170km / 8-10 hrs)

Morning after breakfast, visit 2nd century rock 9m high rock curved statue of Maitreya Buddha and then proceed to Kargil. Arrive Kargil (2nd largest town in Ladakh). While leaving behind the highway, you continue drive to Rangdum along the Suru valley. Today you have long journey but en-route you have unforgettable, enchanting and awesome view of landscape of Suru valley and its surrounding magnificent mountain peaks. As usual, morning after breakfast, drive Kargil to Rangdum passing through beautiful villages of Kargil. En-route, you enjoy the view of highest mountain massif snow cover peaks in the India Nun (7135m) and Kun (7077m) and you pass across several beautiful and charming villages (inhabitants are almost Muslim). Arrive at Rangdum village. Overnight Fixed Camp. (3230m)


Day 08: Drive Rangdum – Padum (115km / 7-8 hrs)

Post breakfast drive to Rangdum monastery. Visit the picturesque monastery founded on hill top with enchanting view of the valley, by Lama Gelek Yeshe Takpa 200 years ago. Rangdum is physically located in the Suru Valley and culturally it is part of Zanskar. From the monastery, you have wonderful panoramic view of landscape and Randum village. After then continue drive by crossing pentsila pass (4400m) on the way. Halt at top of pass to take photo of wonderful view of landscape with its stunning mountains. On the way, you pass across the as many as Shepherds of Zanskar with their domestic animals and Yaks. Continue drive as far as Padum.Overnight hotel in Padum. (3590m)


Day 09: Drive Padum - Sani – Bardan – Zongkul – Padum

Morning after breakfast, drive Padum to Sani to visit the most famous monastery wherein you visit the sacred statues of Buddhas and Boddhisattavas. This monastery located and picturesquely built in the middle of field and houses. After the visit, proceed to Zongkul monastery and then continue drive to Bardan monastery. On the way you enjoy the view of beautiful and charming villages of Zangskar valley. After visiting the Bardan village and its monastery, drive back to Padum. Evening, explore Padum (the capital of Zanskar. Overnight in Padum.

 

Day 10: Drive Padum – Karsha – Stongde – Padum

Morning after breakfast, drive to Karsha to visit the monastery. Karsha (Pair of White i.e., Outer white and Inner white) is 7km form padum. Visit Gelugpa sect and largest monastery of Zanskar. The monastery picturesquely built on hill top with imposing view of enchanting valley and tributary rivers (Tsarap and Doda river), by Great Lama Phagspa Shesrap (the translator of Zanskar). From the monastery, take pleasure of awesome and spectacular view of the capital of zanskar (Padum) and its surrounding mountains. After the visit continue drive to Stongde village. Visit the beautiful monastery built on hill top, overlooking the valley, by Lama Marpa 950 years ago. Approximately 60 monks are residing in this monastery. After the visit, continue drive back to Padum. Afternoon, explore the Padum. Overnight: hotel.

 

Day 11: Drive Padum – Rangdum – Kargil (245km)

Morning after breakfast, drive back to Kargil. Overnight at hotel in Kargil (2900m)


Day 12: Drive Kargil – Leh.

Morning after breakfast, drive to Leh. Overnight at hotel (3500m).


Day 13: In Leh

The day is free for Rest or Shopping.


Days 14: Flight Leh - Delhi

Early morning transfer to Airport to take flight for Delhi. Arrive Delhi, transfer to Hotel. Overnight at Hotel in Delhi. (239m)


Days 15: Half Day Sightseeing Delhi / Departure.

Morning after breakfast, you have sightseeing of Old Delhi and New Delhi. Late evening, transfer to International Airport to take return flight for your home country.

 

 

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Cost with A- Category Hotels

   

02 to 03 Pax

€ 1250 per person

04 to 06 Pax

€ 1190 per person

07 to 09 Pax

€ 1100 per person

10 to 12 Pax

€ 1050 per person

Single Supplement will be

€ 245

 

Included: A class category hotels with Breakfast & One meal (lunch or dinner)

 

Cost Includes :

  • Hotel : Neat & Clean in Central Delhi with Bed & Breakfast.
  • Hotel in Leh & Fix camps in Mulbek & Rangdum.
  • All ground tranportation in Delhi by air-conditioned car/coach.
  • All ground transportation in Ladakh by non air-conditioned jeep.
  • Local English speaking guide in Delhi & Ladakh.
  • Entry fee to monasteries in Ladakh only.

 

Cost Does not Includes :

  • International/ Domestic Flights
  • Lunches & Dinners in Delhi.
  • Sleeping bag and Personal clothing.
  • Insurance and medical evacuation.
  • Tips, hard & soft drinks, laundry, postage, telephone calls, anything not specified above and any item of personal nature.
  • Any expenses caused by reason beyond our control such as road block and flight cancellations due to natural calamities etc.
  • Entry fee to mounments in Delhi.
  • Any thing not specifically mentioned under the head “Cost includes”.

 

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