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HIMALAYAN EMOTIONS





"OM MANI PADME HUM"





Tour Lenght: 15 Nights - 16 Days
Destination tour: Delhi-Leh-Spituk-Sankar-Shey Palace-Thiksey-Hemis-Alchi-Likir- Lamayuru-Stok Palace-Matho Monastery-Sarchu-Jispa-Manali-Dharamsala-Amristar-Delhi



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Day 1 : flight Departure from your country

Day 2 : flight Arrive Delhi


Arriving Delhi , you will clear customs and immigration. Leaving the airport, you will be met by our representative, holding a play card with your name on it at the exit. Arrival transfer to your hotel and assistance for check-in will be provided. Rest of the days feel free to relax and independent activities. Overnight at hotel.

Day 3 : Delhi flight Leh


Early morning, after breakfast, transfer to airport to connect flight 9W 609 for Leh. Dep. Delhi : 0540 Arr. Leh : 0655 Upon arrival check-in at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4 : Leh – Spituk – Sankar - Leh


After Breakfast, full day visit of:
Spituk : Monastery 14 kms from Leh. The Spituk Monastery has a collection of 21 gold staties of Goddess Tara and a number of scroll paintings. Also visit the Temple of Kali which has an interesting collection of masks.
Sankar : A relatively modern monastery. It is closely associated with the Spituk monastery and serves as the residen- ce of the head priest – Kushak Bakula. A number of gold icons are to be found here. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5 : Leh – Shey – Thiksey – Hemis - Leh


After Breakfast, full day visit of:
Shey : Situated on a hillock 15 km 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 metre high copper statue of Buddha, plated with gold, and the largest of its kind, is installed here.
Thiksey : 19 Kms from Leh, spectacularly most impressive gompas. There are several temples in the gompa containing images, stupas and wall paintings of Buddha which are exquisite.
Hemis : 40 kms from Leh. It is the wealthiest, best known and biggest gompa of Ladakh Its popularity stems from The major annual festival held here in summer. The festival is also has the largest thanka in Ladakh which is unfirled Once in 12 years. On these days hundreds of pilgrims will gather at hemis to pay their tribute and homage. Hemis was built in 1630 during the reign of Sengg Namgyal, an illustrious ruler of Ladakh. It flourished under th Namgyal dynasty for the royalty favored the Drukgpa Sect which managed the monastery. It is divided into tow, 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 surfeit of frescoes, among them the Buddhist' Wheel of Life " and the 'Lords of the Four Quarters" besides rows of prayer wheels.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6 : Leh –Alchi – Likir – Lamayuru - Leh


After Breakfast, full day visit of:
Alchi : 70 Kms from Leh, on the banks of the Indus river, 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 attraction. No longer a active religions center, it is looked after by monks from Likir.
Likir :-Founded in the 11th century AD and rededicated to a different monastic order in the 15th century AD, its earlier gompa was destroyed in a fire. The present Gompa dates back to the18th century. Skilled craftsmen produ- cing excellent thankas, earthern pots and carved folding wooden stools, liver here in the village. Majestically situated, Likir commands a spectacular view.
Lamayuru Monastery:-Situated at the altitude of 3800 meters between Fotu-la and Khalsi. As per the legend, in ancient times a lake covered this site. One day a Hermit predicted that there will be a monastery one day and he throws the grainof rice on the earth which automatically forms the shape of Swastika (Yundrung) from where the name comes (Yundrung Tharpaling Gompa), constructed by Rinchen Zangpo one of his 108 constructions. Monastery noted for the sect drigungpa. In the gallery see 35 Buddha painted on the wall. Chapel of Avlokiteshvara – the 2 mtrs high image of him with 11 heads and 1000 heads.
In the principal building the traditional paintings of four Lokpals and wheel of life. The statue of Apchi Ihakhang, the goddess of drigungpa sect, the sculpture of Mahakala (Gonpo), Apuchi and Kubera the god of wealth and the interesting foom of gokhang. Overnight at the hotel

Day 7 : Leh – Stock Palace – Matho Monastery – Leh


After Breakfast, full day visit of:
Stock Palace : The last king died in 1974 but his widow continues to live here, their son continues the royal line and ascended the throne in July 1993. The palace is a rumbling building where only a dozen of the 80 rooms are used. The small palace museum is worth visiting. It is a showpiece for the royal Thangkas (many 400 years old), the crown, jewels, dresses, coins, pearls encrusted with turcoise and lapis lazulli as well as religious objects.
Also visit Matho Monastery . Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8 : Leh – Sarchu (Kms.253 /8 Hrs)


After Breakfast, leave by road for Sarchu , enroute stop for photography and admire the natural beauty. Upon arrival check in to the camp. Overnight in Tents.

Day 9 : Sarchu - Jispa (Kms.125 /5 Hrs)


Morning, after Breakfast, depart for Jispa . Overnight in Tent/hotel.

Day 10 : Jispa – Manali (Kms.141 /6 Hrs)


After Breakfast, leave by road for Manali . On arrival transfer and check-in into hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 11 : Manali


After Breakfast, full day visit of Manali: Situated at the northern end of Kullu valley, Manali has spectacular views of snow capped peaks and wooded slopes. Manali offers marvellous walks through dappled orchards and fairy tale forests of Deodar. You will visit the Hidimbha Temple, standing tall among the stately Deodars. This ancient temple with its three level roofs looks like a pagoda and its lintel and door frame are of intricately carved wood. The market is crowded with interesting shops selling Tibetan carpets and crafts. The village of Manali is 2 kms away across scented meadows and a quaint bridge over the sparking stream. Overnight at hotel.

Day 12 : Manali – Dharamsala (Kms. 253 /8 Hrs)


After Breakfast, leave by road for Dharamsala . Arrive and check in to hotel. Overnight at the hotel

Day 13 : Dharamsala – Amritsar (Kms. 199/6 Hrs)


After Breakfast, visit Dharamshala :- The principal township of Kangra is a fascinating place. It is spread over a height difference of over 450 metres. Here you can see the Mcleod Ganj and Forsythe Ganj which retain the British flavour so peculiar to the towns of Himachal Pradesh. Here is also the residence of H.H. THE DALAI LAMA next to the mona- stery. The library at the school of Tibetan studies is treasure trove of manuscripts and texts on Tibet and its culture. There are several picuresque picnic spots here. In afternoon, depart for Amritsar. Upon arrival check in to hotel and Overnight.

Day 14 : Amritsar train Delhi


After Breakfast enjoy full day city tour of Amritsar :- The city was founded by the fourth Sikh Guru – Ram Das. While excavating the holy tank called the "Pool of Immortality". This city is famous for the GOLDEN TEMPLE. The most sacred shrine of the Sikhs. Guru Arjun Dev built the temple and RanjitSingh, the Sikh ruler, enshrined the shrine and covered the doms with copper, overlaid with gold foil. The exterior walls are inlaid with precious stones and inside contains fine fillgree and gold inlay works. Also visit the Jalianwalan Bagh, Rambagh Gardens, Khalsa College, The Durgiana temple and Kashmir Emporium. Afternoon visit Golden Temple. Later in the afternoon, transfer to railway station. Dep Amritsar : 17.05 Hrs – Arr. Delhi : 22.50 Hrs. Meeting upon arrival and transfer to hotel. Overnight at the hotel

Day 15 : Delhi flight Departure your destination


After breakfast enjoy full day city tour of Delhi which is India's bustling capital city. It was from here that Hindu, Muslim and Mughal dynasties as well as the British ruled. Old & New Delhi present a stunning juxtaposition of sights and sounds with the ancient city built by Emperor Shah Jahan the builder of the famous Taj Mahal, and the new garden city built in 1911 by the British. First of all visit India Gate which is a famous war memorial at the east end of Rajpath. Also visit Rajghat (the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi ). Later on visit Lotus Temple(Bahai Temple) which is the newest most extravagant architectural wonder of the Bahai faith, located in Kalkaji, south of Delhi. In the late afternoon visit Qutab Minar which is 72.5 m in height and has a mosque at the base. It is a magnificent structure whose construction started in 1199 by a Muslim King Qutab-ud-din Aibak (after whom it was named) and was finished by his heir IItutmish. Later on drive past President's House , Parliament House & Secretariat Building . Car and driver will be at your disposal until departure transfer to International Airport to catch flight for onward journey.

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Day 16 : flight Leave


Depart by homebound flight ...



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