India: The Himalayan Sojourn

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Delhi * Leh * Alchi * Leh * Nubra * Leh * Delhi

A landscape painted in hues of all colors one could fathom, Leh and ladakh is truly a paradise much coveted by India.

The fluttering prayer flags in multitudes of colors set against the backdrop of steadily rising mountains some snow clad and some not is just a part of the diversity this land has to offer. The many wondrous monasteries perched on Rocky Mountains entwined with the clear blue skies and vast patches of green is just like an artist’s canvas. From the tiny and lively town of Leh to the solitude of the Nubra valley, the highest Motorable pass at khardung La to the scenic village of Alchi, the variety of life will entice even the jet setters of the world. No pictures or words can come close to capture the beauty of this jewel in India's Crown.

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  • Arrive in Delhi
    India, Delhi

    Arrive at New Delhi International Airport. Following Customs, Immigration formalities and baggage collection, our Airport Representative will meet you as you exit the arrivals terminal building and will transfer you to your hotel.

    Upon reaching, check-in at Hotel Red Fox.

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  • Delhi - Leh
    India, Leh

    Today you will be transferred to the Domestic Airport to board a flight to Leh.

    Upon arrival check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day is free to acclimatize yourself to the high altitude of Leh.


    Overnight at hotel Lharimo. 

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  • Leh
    India, Leh

    Morning proceed for a short sightseeing tour around Upper Leh. Take in the panoramic view of Leh and the surrounding areas of Indus Valley from the Shanti Stupa which was built by a Japanese master in 1995. Sankar Gompa is a small Gelukpa Buddhist monastery in upper Leh and is the monastery of the Head Lama of Ladakh. Namgyal Tsemo or the Victory peaks as it is called is at the top of Leh. It was an ancient Castle of the Ladakh King Rakpa Bumde and Lehche Spakar. The Leh Palace is a nine storey structure built in the 17th century by the famous Ladakhi King Senge Namgyal. It is now cared for by the Archeological Survey of India.

    Overnight at hotel Lharimo. 

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  • Leh - Shey - Thiksey - Hemis - Leh
    India, Leh

    Morning after breakfast, drive to the Indus valley (120 kms round trip) to visit the Shey Palace, the Thiksey Gompa and the Hemis Gompa.


    The Shey Palace is situated on a hillock 15 kms upstream from Leh, It was once the residence of the royal family. According to tradition, it was the seat of power of the pre-Tibetan kings. A 7.5 mts high copper statue of Buddha plated with gold and the largest of its kind can be witnessed here. The Thinksey Gompa, 19 Kms from Leh, is one of the largest and architecturally most impressive Gompa. There are several temples in this Gompa, containing images, stupas and wall paintings of Buddha, which are exquisite. This Gompa is also popularly known as the Mini Patola Palace.


    40 Kms from Leh is the Hemis Gompa. It is the wealthiest, most well-known and biggest Gompa of Ladakh. Its popularity stems from the major annual festival that is held here in the summer. The festival is in the honor of Guru Padma Sambhava’s birth anniversary. It also has the largest Thanka in Ladakh which is unfurled once in 12 years. Hemis was built in 1630 during the reign of Singge Namgyal, an illustrious ruler of Ladakh. It flourished under the Namgyal Dynasty for the royalty favored the Drugpa sect, which is managed by the monastery. It is divided into two parts, the assembly hall on the right and the main temple on the left. The hall (Dukhang) is also used as a “green room” by the dancers during the festival. The temple is known as Tshogkhang. The verandahs have a plethora of frescos; one among them is the Buddhist “Wheel of Life” (Kalachakra) and the lords of the four quarters, besides the prayer wheel.

    Overnight at hotel Lharimo. 

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  • leh - Basgo - Alchi
    India, Alchi

    This Morning after breakfast, drive to Alchi. En-route visit the Basgo Gompa which is 40 kms downstream from Leh. It was the seat of power of a branch of the Namgyal family. It was here in 1680 that invading Mongol and Tibetan armies were held over a three year siege. Original 16th century murals and other arts at Basgo are a must see.

    Also make a stop at the Alchi Monastery which is famous for the paintings by the translator Richen Zangpo. One of its walls features thousands of miniature sized pictures of the Buddha. Three large sized images made of clay and painted brightly are its focal attractions. No longer an active religious center, it is looked after by monks from the Liker monastery. This is the only monastery amongst 34 monasteries, which is not located on a hill-top.

    Overnight at Alchi Resort. 

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  • Alchi - Lamayuru - Rizdong - Alchi
    India, Alchi

    Today after breakfast, proceed for a day excursion to Lamayuru monastery and the Ridzong Gompa. The Lamayuru Monastery is the oldest monastery in Ladakh and famous for its astounding landscape. More than a 1000 years back the great Tibetan master Naropa had visited this place and meditated at this very place. You can also visit the cave. Experience the hospitality of the monks who will serve you hot lunch in the monastery.


    On the drive back to Alchi visit the Rizdong Gompa. The Rizdong Gompa is the most isolated monastery of all the monasteries in Ladakh. There is no entry fee for this monastery. Lamas used to meditate for years at end by cutting themselves off from the rest of the world. Their only access to the world was a one feet square outlet window from which they could accept one meal of the day. The monastery was built by Tsultim Nima. Very close to the Rizdong Monastery is Chulichan, a nunnery spread over a kilometer and a half. Close to 20 Nuns reside at Chulichan. They provide food and clothes to the monks and perform morning and evening prayers.

    Overnight at Alchi Resort. 

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  • Alchi - Likir - Leh
    India, Leh

    Today you drive back to Leh. En-route visit the Likir Monastery. Founded in the 11th century and rededicated to a different monastic order in the 15th century, its earlier Gompa was destroyed in a fire. The present Gompa dates back to the 18th century. Skilled craftsmen designed excellent Thankas, earthen pots and carved wooden folding stools and live in the village. Majestically situated, Likir commands a spectacular view. The monastery belongs to the Yellow sect and the head Lama is the younger brother of the Dalai Lama.

    Overnight at hotel Lharimo. 

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  • Leh - Khardungla pass - Nubra
    India, Nubra

    Early morning proceed to Nubra Valley via the World Highest Motorable road (5602 Meters) the Khardungla pass. After crossing the pass stop at Khardung village to explore the area and visit a local school. Arrive at Nubra and check in at the camp. In the evening go for a small walk and explore the village.

    Hunder is a beautiful village to stay with numerous trees and you will really enjoy your stay at Hunder. There is a small monastery and a ruined fort above the village. The walk or Camel Safari (Double Hump Bactrian camels) from Hunder to Diskit, through sand dunes for two hours is exciting.

    Overnight at Tirith Camp. 

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  • Nubra
    India, Nubra

    Morning after breakfast, drive to Sumoor Village and visit the Samstanling Monastery to witness the prayers. Later drive to Panamik which famous for its hot Sulphur Springs. You may take a bath at the springs, which is said to be very good for the skin. Lunch at the camp. Post lunch visit Diskit monastery and the village. 

    Overnight at Tirith Camp.

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  • Nubra - Khardungla Pass - Leh
    India, Leh

    After Breakfast drive back to Leh via the Khardungla pass the World’s Highest Motorable road. Evening explore Leh bazaar to purchase the perfect souvenirs.

    Overnight at hotel Lharimo.

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  • Leh - Delhi
    India, Delhi

    Today you will be transferred to the Domestic Airport to board a flight to Delhi.

    Upon arrival check-in at the hotel. The afternoon & evening is at leisure to enable you to do some shopping or explore on your own.

    Overnight at hotel Red Fox.

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  • Delhi
    India, Delhi

    Today post breakfast, proceed for the sightseeing tour of Old Delhi and New Delhi.

    You will first visit Old Delhi. The tour will begin with a visit to Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, drive past the Red Fort (closed on Mondays & national holidays) a World Heritage Site and one of the most spectacular examples of Mughal Architecture. Continue to the Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques which can be viewed from the outside.

    After visiting Old Delhi, you will be driven to New Delhi, which reflects the legacy the British left behind. The tour to Imperial Delhi will include a visit to the Qutub Minar, the tallest stone tower in India. Qutub-ud-din Aibak started it in 1199. Then visit Humayun’s tomb, built by the widow of the second Mughal Emperor. The tomb is an outstanding monument in the Indo-Persian style, a precursor of the Taj Mahal. The tour also includes a drive past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament building and the Rastrapathi Bhawan - the President’s residence.

    Overnight at Hotel Red Fox Aerocity

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  • Departure from Delhi
    India, Delhi

    Today you will be transferred to the International Airport to board your flight for Odelhinward journey.

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