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Tour Dates: 31st Aug 2008 to 10th Sep 2008
Duration: 10 Nights / 11 Days
Destinations Covered: Leh -Sumur (Nubra Valley)-Leh -Uletokpo -Lamayuru -Uletokpo -Leh

31st Aug: Arrive Leh
Begin your tour
Arrive into Leh

Welcome to Vardhman's "Ladakh Annual Festival Tour"!
Reach Leh and get a warm welcome from Vardhman's representative on day 01 (i.e. 31st Aug.) of the Ladakh Annual Festival tour. Check in at the hotel and leisure for rest of the day. Full day rest to acclimatize yourself. Evening go for a brisk walk to stretch your body.
Overnight: Hotel

01st Sep: Full day at Ladakh Festival
Full day free to Enjoy Ladakh Annual Festival on 1st Sept. Celebrated every year in September in Leh, Ladakh Annual Festival is the inauguration ceremony of Losar festival and is celebrated on a massive scale.
Overnight: Hotel

02nd Sep: Leh Sight Seeing
Go on a sightseeing tour of Phyang monastery on Sept. 2nd. In the afternoon visit Matho and Stakna monastery. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Phiyang Gompa : 17 Kms from Leh on the Leh-Kargil road, it looks like a huge palace from afar, build by Tashi Namgyal in the later half of the 16th century AD, it belongs to the Red Cap sect of Buddhists. Hundreds of icon of Buddha and other gods are kept on wooden shelves.
Continue drive towards Alchi monastery, famous for its massive statues of Buddha, its wood carving and Cashmere wall paintings. Upon arrival, check into your hotel.
Stakna Gompa: Situated on the right bank of the Indus River, at a distance of approximately 25 km from the town of Leh. The name, 'Stakna' literally means 'tiger's nose'. The monastery was so named because it was built on a hill, which is shaped just like a tiger's nose. Stakna Monastery of Leh Ladakh owes its inception to Chosje Jamyang Palkar, the great scholar saint of Bhutan. It formed a part of the many religious estates offered by the Dharmaraja Jamyang Namgial to the saint, around 1580 AD.
Matho Monastery: Situated at a distance of approximately 26 km to the southeast of Leh. It is located on the opposite bank of the River Indus and was founded in the 16th century by Lama Dugpa Dorje. The monastery houses a rich collection of four hundred years old Thangkas. One of the main attractions of Matho Gompa of Leh Ladakh is Matho Nagrang Festival. This festival is organized every year on the 14th and 15th day of the first Tibetan month. On this day, all the monks take part in the sacred dances
Overnight: Hotel

03rd Sep: Leh - Khardungla Pass- Sumur (Nubra Valley)
Drive to Nubra valley via Khardungla pass on day 04 of the Ladakh Annual Festival tour. Khardungla Pass : The road journey to Nubra valley leads through Khardung La pass (The highest Motorable road in the world) 18,390 ft. around 39 Kms. Away from Leh. There are two checkpoints on the both sides of the pass. Khardong is the first village of Nubra valley at higher altitude than Deskit and other villages.
On arrival, transfer to the Silk Route Cottage. Evening at Leisure.
Silk Route Cottage: Located in a quaint village (Sumur) in the Nubra Valley to the north of Leh over Khardung La. A very large property with lush green feilds and gardens.The only A Class property in Nubra Valley with attached toilets and showers. The rooms are fitted with modern aminities and are very spacious & comfortable. The organic vegetables grown in the garden are used for preparing the meals.
Overnight: Silk Route Cottage

04th Sep: Nubra Valley Sight Seeing
On day 05, proceed for a visit to the White Sand Dunes at Hunder. You can also enjoy the camel ride (on own). Later visit Hunder and Diskit monasteries and in the evening trek to Samstaling Monastery.
Diskit & Hundur Gompas: Built by Changzem Tserab Zangpo, a disciple of Tsong-kha-pa, the Diskit Gompa dates back to the 14th century. There is a legend attached to this monastery. It goes that a Mongol demon, a sworn enemy of Buddhism, was annihilated near the monastery. However, his lifeless body kept coming back there again and again. It is further said that the wrinkled head and hand of the demon are still kept there in a dark and claustrophobic temple, packed with fierce Gods and Goddesses.
Overnight stay at the Cottage.
Overnight: Silk Route Cottage

05th Sep: Sumur - Leh
This morning after breakfast drive back to Leh. Drive past via Khardungla pass the World Highest Motorable road on day 06 of the Ladakh Annual Festival. In the evening explore Leh bazaar for souvenir. Also visit Leh Jokhang or Leh Mosque by foot.
Overnight: Hotel

06th Sep: Leh Sight Seeing
Full day sightseeing tour of Leh. Visit places like Shey, Thiksey and Hemis monastery.
Hemis Gompa: This monastery is the best-known in Ladakh. Ladakh's largest monastery. It contains a number of gold statues and Stupas decorated with precious stones and a superb collection of Thankas, including one that is the largest in existence. Hemis gompa is believed to have been established in 1630 by Lama Tagstang Raspa and built by Palden Sara under the patronage of King Sengge Namgyal on a site previously sanctified by the construction of a cave hermitage dating from the 12th century. This monastery is the oldest one in the area belonging to the Kargyu school. The Gompa is a unique example of a monastic complex of this period which manifests in its structure the geomantic principles which underlie religious constructions of this type.
After seeing the sights of the monastery leave for the Thiksey Monastery and Shey Palace.
Thiksey Monastery: This is situated on a mountain from where you can see panoramic views of the Indus Valley. Within the monastery you can see many beautiful Buddhist artifacts. 19 Kms from Leh, spectacularly sited, Thiksey is one of the largest and architecturally most impressive Gompas. There are several temples in this Gompas, containing images, stupas and wall paintings of Buddha, which are exquisite.
Shey Palace: Shey palace with its remarkable statue of Buddha and panoramic views of Indus valley. 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 kinds. A 7.5 mts high copper statue of Buddha, plated with gold and the largest of its kind, is installed here.
Overnight: Hotel

07th Sep: Leh - Uletokpo
Early morning depart for Uletokpo one of the most important & beautiful monasteries of Ladakh visiting Likir & Alchi monastery on the way. Upon arrival in late afternoon check into tented camps for overnight rest.
Morning after leisurely breakfast drive to Leh, enroute visit Alchi and Likir Monasteries. Upon arrival, check into your hotel.
Likir Gompa : 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 dated back to the 18th century. Skilled craftsmen producing excellent Thankas, earthen pots and carved wooden folding stools, live here in the village. Majestically situated, Likir commands a spectacular view. A magnificent giant Jupiter tree, one of the few survivors of its species, stands in the courtyard.
Alchi Gompa : 70 Kms from Leh, on the banks of the Indus, is the Alchi Gompa dating a thousand years back. 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 hilltop.
Overnight: Camp

08th Sep: Uletokpo-Excursion to Lamayuru -Uletokpo
Start your day with a morning excursion to Lamayuru Monastery on day 09. It is situated at a distance of approximately 127 km to the west of Leh. The legend associated with this monastery goes that at the time of Sakyamuni (the Historical Buddha), nags (holy serpents) used to live in a Lake at the present day Lamayuru's valley. It was the prediction of the Bodhisattva Madhyantaka that the lake would get drained out, making the place for the construction of a monastery. It is further believed that in 11th century, Mahasiddhacharya Naropa, Indian Buddhist scholar, meditated for many years in a cave in Dukhang, still seen today.
Also visit the Rizong monastery and Chulichan nunnery in the afternoon.
Rizong Monastery: Situated at a distance of approximately 73 km from the town of Leh. Built by the great Lama Tsultim Nima, it dates back to the year 1831. Approximately 40 monks reside in the Rizong Gompa of Ladakh, which belongs to the Tsongkhapa Order. The successive reincarnations of Lama Tsultim Nima and his son, Sras Rinpoche, serve as the incumbents of the monastery. The inmates of the Rizdong Monastery of Leh Ladakh are permitted to have only religious robes and books with them.
Chulichan nunnery: Around 1.5km below Rizong Monastery lies Chulichan Nunnery, one of the oldest nunneries in Ladakh. It is famous for it's orchards of sweet apricots. There are currently 15 nuns at the nunnery, aged 10-18. All can read and write english and some have relatively good spoken English. There are two teachers at the school - both speak no English but do speak Hindi. Accommodation will be within the nunnery itself thus only females are permitted to live and teach at Chulichan.
Overnight stay at Uletokpo camps.
Overnight: Hotel

09th Sep: Uletokpo -Leh
Drive back to Leh in the morning of day 10 and enroute visit Likir and Spituk monastery. Upon arrival check into your hotel. Also visit Stok Palace and museum in the evening.
Likir Gompa: 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 dated back to the 18th century. Skilled craftsmen producing excellent Thankas, earthen pots and carved wooden folding stools, live here in the village. Majestically situated, Likir commands a spectacular view. A magnificent giant Jupiter tree, one of the few survivors of its species, stands in the courtyard.
Spituk Monastery: The Spituk Monastery of Ladakh is situated at a distance of approximately 8 km from the town of Leh. Towering over a conical, the 3-chapel monastery dates back to the 11th century, when it was founded century by Od-de, the elder brother of Lha Lama Changchub Od. He was the one to introduce a monastic community here. When a translator, Rinchen Zangpo, came to this place, he said that an exemplary religious community would develop there. This statement led to the naming of the monastery as Spituk, meaning Exemplary.
Stok Palace & Museum : The palace of the banished royal family, Stok has a museum which displays fabulous period costumes and jewelry of the royalty along with exquisite Thankas representing the life style of Shakya Muni. Interesting historical objects like coins, armor, weapons, precious jades and porcelain too can be seen here.
Overnight: Hotel

10th Sep: Leh
On the last day of your tour transfer to Leh airport to board the flight for your onward journey to back home with sweet and pleasant memories of your "Ladakh Annual Festival Tour" escorted by Vardhman Vacations.
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