Hemis Festival of Ladakh

 

Duration : 09 Nights/10 Days)

Destination Covered : Leh – Hemis – Shey – Thiksey – Nubra Valley – Dah Hanu – Uletokpo – Alchi – Likir – Leh

Day 01: Arrive Leh
Arrive Leh airport and transferred to Leh Hotel. Complete day for the acclimatization as Leh is 3500 Mtrs above sea level. Evening short visit to Leh bazaar. Overnight stay at Leh Hotel.

Day 02: Leh – Hemis
After early breakfast visit the famous Hemis monastery which is one and half hour drive from Leh and being the most famous monastery of the Ladhak. Founded in 17th century founded by Stagsang Raschegn who was offered the religious estates by the King and made him his principal guru in those times. Enjoy Hemis festival where local resident perform sacred masked dances over viewing the destruction of the sacrificial offerings which is worth seeing.

The Gompa out there have managed to preserve the statue of Lord Buddha and the stupas which are made of Gold , Silver and many auspicious objects. Later drive back to Leh. Day free at leisure to explore the beauty and surroundings of Leh. Overnight stay at Leh Hotel.

Day 03:Leh – Hemis – Thiksey – Shey Palace
After breakfast continue the day with Hemis festival visit. Drive down to see the festival and activities on the second day of the festival at the monastery. Later visit Thiksey Gompa part of Gelukpa order the disciple of Jangson Tsongkhapa situated on the top of the hill. Later while driving back visit Shey Palace founded by the first King of state. You can also admire the largest Buddha’s statue made by cooper guilt. Evening back to the hotel at Leh. Overnight stay at Leh Hotel.

Day 04:Leh – Khardongla – Nubra Valley
After breakfast check out and get ready to Drive 120 Km for Nubra Valley passing through villages which lead to reach Khardongla pass the world highest motorable road at about 5600 Mtrs above the sea level. Find the amazing bridge laid on the Glacier. Later short drive to Panamic famous for hot sulphur springs. Evening drive back to the camp at Nubra Valley. Overnight stay at Nubra camp.

Day 05: Nubra Valley
Breakfast. After breakfast sightseeing of Nubra Valley visiting Sumur monastery, Diskit monastery famous for its 500 years old Buddhist monastery situated on the hill top. Later visit Hundar being the home to the Chamba gompha and one of rare places on earth having splendid beauty of a desert having two humped bactrian camels , sand dunes, rolling mountains and snow peaks all at one place. Evening back to the camp. Overnight stay at Nubra Valley Camp.

Day 06: Nubra Valley – Leh
After breakfast check out the camp and drive back to Leh. Arrive Leh hotel by afternoon. Day free for personal activities and relax. Overnight at Leh Hotel.

Day 07: Leh – Dah Hanu – Uletokpo
After early breakfast drive Khaltsi about 3 hours drive. The area where community lives known as Drokhpa belonging to the purest of Pure from Aryan race. These people having beautiful eyes are tall, handsome. They are believed to have migrated to this area around 1000 year ago from central Asia. They are culturally distinct from the rest of the Ladakh.

The attraction in this area are the villages of Biama and Dah. The special interest of this region is Drokhpa inhabitants than the landscapes, their features are pure Indo Aryan preserving their racial purity down the centuries. Later visit to Dah to see the Aryan village and spend some good time with the inhabitants of this region. Evening back to the camp. Overnight at the Camp.

Day 08:Uletekpo – Lamayuru – Uletekpo
After breakfast take drive to the Lamayuru around two hours. Lamayuru having the most spectacular view known as Moon Land. Visit here will give you the history of the making of Yungdrung monastery. Visit the temple here constructed in eleventh century by the great translator Rinchen Zangpo. Visit the monastery and enjoy the most interesting festival on day one and enjoy. Evening back to the Uletokpo. Overnight at Uletekpo Camp.

Day 09: Uletekpo – Alchi – Likir – Leh
After breakfast check out and drive Alchi monastery being the only monastery in the Ladakh on flat ground. Visit temple giving Kashmiri influences. Continue drive to Likir monastery which belongs to the Gelukspa Order founded in 1065 AD. Drive back to Leh which is 53 Kms drive. Afternoon reach Leh and check in the hotel. Day free to relax. Overnight stay at Leh Hotel.

Day 10: Leh Departure(Flight) After early breakfast check out . Later transfer to the Leh airport to board the flight for onward journey.

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