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Home >>Trekking in Ladakh >> Ladakh Spiti Cultural Tour
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Day 01: Arrive Delhi

Day 02: Delhi – Chandigarh by train.

Day 03: Drive Chandigarh – Shimla (117 km)

Day 04: Drive Shimla – Saharan (155 km)

Day 05: Drive Saharan – Kalpa (51 km)

Day 06: Drive Kalpa – Nako (110 km)

Day 07: Drive Nako – Tabo (64 km)

Day 08: Drive Tabo – Dankar – Pin valley – Kaza/ Ringrik (45 km)

Day 09: Drive Kaza / Rangrik – Ki – Langza – Comic - Kaza

Day 10: Drive Kaza/Rangrik – Kumzomla (4590m) – Keylong (206 km)

Day 11: Drive Keylong – Baralacha-la (4980m) - Sarchu (140 km)

Day 12: Drive Sarchu – Taklang-la (5300m) - Leh

Day 13: Sightseeing to Shanti Stupa and Leh Palace

Day 14: Full day Sightseeing of Stok – Matho – Hemis – Thiksey

Day 15: Drive Likir - Alchi – Ulleytokpo (72 km)

Day 16: Drive Ulleytokpo – Rizong – Lamayuru – Ulleytokpo (55 km)

Day 17: Drive Ulleytokpo – Leh

Day 18: Flight Leh – Delhi

Day 19: Departure

Day 01: Arrive Delhi

Arrive Delhi, transfer to hotel. After breakfast, visit Old and New Delhi. Overnight at hotel in Delhi.

Day 02: Delhi – Chandigarh by train.

After breakfast, leave hotel for Chandigarh. Transfer to Railway station and then journey in the Train till Chandigarh. Arrive Chandigarh. Transfer to hotel. Afternoon, visit Chandigarh city. Overnight at hotel in Chandigarh.

Day 03: Drive Chandigarh – Shimla (117 km)

Early morning drive to Shimla. Arrive Shimla by afternoon. Evening, hike around the Shimla market. Overnight at Hotel.

Shimla : originally called Simla, is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh. In 1864, Shimla was declared the summer capital of the British Raj in India. Shimla is often referred to as the "Queen of Hills" (a term coined by the British), draped in forests of pine, rhododendron, and oak. Experiences pleasant summers and cold, snowy winters. The city is famous for its buildings styled in tudorbethan and neo-gothic architecture dating from the colonial era. The city is named after the goddess Shyamala Devi, an incarnation of the Hindu Goddess Kali.

Day 04: Drive Shimla – Saharan (155 km)

Morning after breakfast, drive to Saharan. Today you enjoy long journey through spectacular valleys Narkanda and Rampur across Sutlej River, and stunning gorges and wonderful panoramic landscape surrounded by magnificent Shivalik ranges. You pass through two main towns Narkanda and Rampur. Arrive Saharan visit Bhimakali temple. Overnight at hotel in Saharan.

Shri Bhima Kali Temple is dedicated to the mother goddess Bhimakali, presiding deity of the rulers of former Bushahr State and one of 51 Shakti Peethass. The town Sarahan is known as the gate way of Kinnaur. Down below at a distance of 7 km from Sarahan is the River Satluj.

Day 05: Drive Saharan – Kalpa (51 km)

Post breakfast, drive Saharan to Kalpa. Today you enjoy short journey to Kalpa. Evening, short hike to Charming Roghi village. Overnight at hotel in Kalpa.

Kalpa is a small village at a height of 2960m in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. Main attraction is Narayan-Nagini temple and Hu-Bu-Lan-Kar monastery. This monastery was founded by Lama Lotsava Rinchen Zangpo (950-1055 AD ). Walk along the narrow lanes of this village up to the temple where you will get a good glimpse of Kinnaur culture and its color full villagers. From Kalpa we can get views of three peaks Roldang 5499m, Jarkanden ( 6473m) and the Kinnaur Kailash at 6050 m height.

Day 06: Drive Kalpa – Nako (110 km)

Leave hotel after breakfast for Nako. Enjoy the journey with the view of awesome and wonderful landscape, stunning gorges and enchanting valleys. Arrive Nako by afternoon. Late afternoon visit residence of H.H Dalai Lama and Nako monastery dating back to 11th century. Overnight at hotel. (3662m)

Nako monastery : The complex of monastery founded on western edge of the town comprising of four temples. From outside, the monastery exudes a very simple appearance, but this is in contrast to what you will see inside. Two temples are of utmost importance here, the Main temple and the Upper temple. Both these temples are considered to be built in 11th century by Lama Lotsava Rinchen Zangpo.I is the oldest amongst all the structures, still preserve their original clay sculptures, murals and ceiling panels. The largest temple or the main temple is also called the Translator's Temple. It also happens to be the oldest monument in the village. Nako is also the starting point of an ancient trek route originally Buddhist monks used to take traveling between different monasteries in the region.

Day 07: Drive Nako – Tabo (64 km)

Morning after breakfast, drive to Tabo. Just a few kilometers off the point where NH-22 ends near Indo-Tibetan border, is the high altitude Oasis of Nako. You drive along with downstream Spiti River towards Tabo. Overwhelm your journey with spectacular and enchanting view of panoramic landscape of Spiti valley. Arrive Tabo by afternoon. Post Lunch, visit Tabo monastery and explore charming village,perched at an altitude of 3050 m, it offers magnificent views of the valley below. Overnight at hotel.

Tabo Monastery was founded by the great scholar Lotsava Richen Zangpo, in the year 960 AD. infact, it saw tremendous growth in the Tibetan art between 11th century and 20th century. Tabo Monastery is adorned with a number of exquisite ancient murals, some of them dating back to the 11th century. The entire complex of the monastery consists of nine structures, out of which the most popular one is the Duwang Lakhang. The huge Chaitya Hall boasts of magnificent architecture as well as a few splendid Buddhist sculptures. Apart from these, there is the four-faced magnificent Buddha idol, the Amitay Buddha (in seated position), a stucco idol of Bodhisattva Maitreya, etc. Because of its beautiful murals and stucco images, Tabo has been given the name of 'The Ajanta of the Himalayas'. The monastery serves as the residence of approximately sixty monks. The main shrine inside the monastery is that of Tsuglak khang and it is situated at the heart of the complex. Tabo Monastery also has a rich collection of clay statues of the Buddha, painted in the Kashmiri style.

Day 08: Drive Tabo – Dankar – Pin valley – Kaza/ Ringrik (45 km)

Today you have a most comfortable journey along downstream Spiti River, good road and magnificent view of enchanting Spiti valley surrounded by huge marvelous plateau. An hour's drive away is Schichilling, from where you take a right turn to Dhankar Gompa, 7kms away. Another 5ms towards Kaza is a diversion going to imposing Pin Valley from a place called Attargo. After visiting Pin valley, drive back to Kaza. Arrive Kaza (Capital of Spiti), fairly well developed small town, 3600meters high. Overnight at hotel.

Dhankar Gompa perched at a height of 12,774 feet and falls between the towns of Kaza and Tabo. Dhankar was the erstwhile capital of Spiti Valley Kingdom during the 17th century. The monastery was built approximately one thousand years ago. One of the major attractions of Dhankar Monastery is statue of Vairochana (Dhayan Buddha), consisting of 4 figures seated back to back. It also houses a collection of various crumbling thankas. Situated around 1 km away Dhankar Gompa is the small village of Shichilling, which houses the new Dhankar Monastery. The new monastery belongs to the Gelugkpa School of Order and serves as the residence of approximately 150 monks. To the south of the gompa is a national park, where you might get to see the snow leopard.

Day 09: Drive Kaza / Rangrik – Ki – Langza – Comic - Kaza

Today you have full day sightseeing tour around Spiti valley. Morning after breakfast, drive to Langza village where you visit Kingdom of Leopard. Later drive to visit Komic monastery which belongs to Saskya school of Tibetan Buddhism. After the visit, drive back to Kaza/Rangrik via visiting picturesque Ki monastery. Later drive back to Kaza/Rangrik. Overnight at hotel.

Ki Monastery was founded by Brom-ston 1008-1064 CE, a pupil of the famous teacher, Atisha, in the 11th century. This may however, refer to a now destroyed Kadampa monastery at the nearby village of Rangrik, which was probably destroyed in the 14th century when the Sakya sect rose to power with Mongol assistance. During the reign of the Fifth Dalai Lama it became a Gelugpa sect. In 1820 it was sacked again during the wars between Ladakh and Kulu. In 1841 it was severely damaged by the Dogra army under Ghulam Khan and Rahim Khan. Later that same year suffered more damage from a Sikh army. In the 1840s it was also ravaged by fire and in 1975 a violent earthquake caused more damage which was repaired with the help of the Archaeological Survey of India and the State Public Works Department. The successive trails of destruction and patch-up jobs have resulted in a haphazard growth of box-like structures, and so the monastery looks like a fort, where temples are built on top of one another. The walls of the monastery are covered by paintings and murals. It is an outstanding example of the monastic architecture, which developed during the 14th century in the wake of the Chinese influence. Ki monastery has a collection of ancient murals and books of high aesthetic value and it enshrines Buddha images and idols, in the position of Dhyana.

Day 10: Drive Kaza/Rangrik – Kumzomla (4590m) – Keylong (206 km)

Post breakfast, continue drive to Keylong. From Kaza, the first main village is Losar, about 60 km away. A little further on is the Kunzum La (4590m). From the pass, a 9km trail goes to the lovely Chandratal (Moon Lake), at about 4250m. Batal is the starting point for treks to nearby Bara Shigri (Big Glacier), which is up to 10km. long and 1km wide - one of the longest glaciers in the Himalaya. There are a couple of dhabas (Small Food Corners) at Baal offering basic food. You rejoin Leh-Manali highway at Gyamru. Few kilometers approach you at Khoksar, is desolate and regarded as the coldest place in Himachal Pradesh. There's a police check point here and you will need to get out and sign the register. Arrive Keylong by evening. Overnight at hotel in Keylong.

Day 11: Drive Keylong – Baralacha-la (4980m) - Sarchu (140 km)

Morning after breakfast, continue your journey to Sarchu along the beautiful valley. At Darcha, the road goes up in zigzag steep incline to the left which leads to the Leh. Follow the road, open valley. Today your journey will be long also and you pass through a place called Zingzingbar (4150 m), military camp and a river over a bridge and several rising steeps and a plateau. After zigzag ascent of slope, you reach near a attractive lake and then the road passes through large imposing pasture and the Baralacha-la (4980m). The road continues on the left bank of the Tsarap River. Ultimately you reach at your destination. Overnight at fixed camp in Sarchu. (4290m)

Day 12: Drive Sarchu – Taklang-la (5300m) - Leh

Post breakfast; drive Sarchu to leh via Taklangla. You cross Taklangla (the world's second highest motorable pass).On the way you may be able to see wild Asses (Tibetan Skyang) across the Tsokar Lake.You have long journey on manali-Leh highway but en-route you see several Nomadic camps, wonderful view of enchanting landscape, awesome view of mountains of mighty Himalaya and several charming villages. Arrive Leh by late afternoon. Overnight at hotel in Leh. (3500m)

Day 13: Sightseeing to Shanti Stupa and Leh Palace

Morning free. Post Lunch visit Shanti Stupa and Leh Palace.

Shanti Stupa is a Buddhist white-domed stupa (chorten), built on a hilltop with awe inspiring view of Leh town and enchanting Indus valley in 1991 by Japanese Buddhist Bhikshu Gyomyo Nakamura . The Shanti Stupa holds the relics of the Buddha at its base, enshrined by the 14th Dalai Lama himself. The stupa has become a tourist attraction not only due to its religious significance but also due to its location which provides panoramic views of the surrounding landscap .

Royal palace, known as Leh Palace, was built by King Sengge Namgyal (1612–1642), presumably between the periods when the Portuguese Jesuit priest, Francisco de Azevedo, visited Leh in 1631. Leh Palace is nine storeys high; the upper floors accommodated the royal family, and the stables and store rooms are located on the lower floors. The palace was abandoned when Kashmiri forces besieged it in the mid-19th century. The royal family moved their premises south to their current home in Stok Palace on the southern bank of the Indus.

Day 14: Full day Sightseeing of Stok – Matho – Hemis – Thiksey

After breakfast, drive to Stok via Choglamsar by crossing a bridge on the river Indus. In Stok, visit the royal palace of present king and queen which constructed by the king Tsespal Tondup Namgyal in 1825. Inside the palace, you see great collection of ancient royal ornaments, Thankas and old statues. After visiting Stok Palace, drive to Matho village, 10 km from Stok. Visit Matho monastery built by Lama Tumgpa Dorje in 13th century. The famous two oracles (known as Rongtsan), who were invited from Tibet by the founder of this monastery, still make appearance during the festival of the monastery. Later,drive to Hemis monastery. 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 Overnight at hotel in Leh. (3500m)

Day 15: Drive Likir - Alchi – Ulleytokpo (72 km)

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 visit also 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. (3300 m)

Day 16: Drive Ulleytokpo – Rizong – Lamayuru – Ulleytokpo (55 km)

Post breakfast, drive to Lamayuru via you visit Rizong monastery. Drive 1 km 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, drive back to Ulleytokpo. Overnight at Ulley resort.

Day 17: Drive Ulleytokpo – Leh

Post breakfast, drive Ulleytokpo to Leh. Arrive Leh by afternoon Post Lunch, enjoy hike around the market. Overnight at hotel in Leh.

Day 18: Flight Leh – Delhi

Early morning transfer to airport for return flight. Arrive Delhi, transfer to hotel. Late evening, transfer to International Airport to take return flight for your home country.

Day 19: Departure

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No. of Pax

Cost with A-Category Hotels

  • 02 to 03 Pax

    €1400 per person
  • 04 to 06 Pax

    €1300 per person
  • 07 to 09 Pax

    €1180 per person
  • 10 to 09 Pax

    €1090 per person
  • Single Room Supplement

    €395 per person

 

  • One Tour Leader Compliementary on Paying for 10-12 Pax
  • Included: Hotel with Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner except in Delhi.
  • Rates are valid till December 2017.
  • Cost Includes :

    • Delhi - Chandigarh by Shatabdi Express Train
    • Flight Leh - Delhi in Economy Class
    • Hotel: Neat & Clean in Delhi, Chandigarh and Shimla with Bed & Breakfast.
    • A Class Hotel in Leh.
    • All ground transportation in Delhi by air-conditioned car/coach.
    • All ground transportation in Ladakh, Chandigarh and Himachal by non air-conditioned jeep.
    • Local English speaking guide in Delhi, Chandigarh, Himachal & Ladakh.
    • Entry fee of monasteries / monuments except Delhi only.

     

    Cost Does not Includes :

    • International 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 monuments in Delhi, Amritsar, Dharamshala & Manali.
    • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Cost includes”.
    • GST (Goods & Services Tax) 5% on the complete bill

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