Ladakh Tour with Hemis Festival for 11 Nights/12 Days at $ 1013 from TSI Holidays
Duration : 11 Nights/12 Days
Price: $ 1013 (price on twin sharing basis)
Destination : DELHI (2 Nights) – LEH (1 Night) – HEMIS (2 Nights) – SHEY – THIKSE – LEH (1 Night) – LIKIR – LAMAYURU (1 Night) – RIZONG – ALCHI (1Night) – PHYANG – LEH (2 Nights) – DELHI (1 Night)
About Hemis Festival: (29 June-30 June 2012)
The courtyard of Hemis Gompa – is the stage for the famous ‘Hemis’ festival. This festival celebrates the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava. The local people are seen dressed up in their finest traditional garb for the occasion. Spectacular masked dances and sacred plays by Lamas called ‘chhams’ are performed around the central flagpole. Guru Padmasambhava, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism is believed to have fought with demons for the safety of the local people. Masks worn by the lamas represent various guardian divinities of the Dugpa order. A colourful fair, displaying some beautiful handicrafts, is the special highlight of the festival.
An exclusive India tour with Travel Spirit International is always a memorable experience.
- All arrival and departure transfers and all surface arrangements in Non aircon Vehicle as per program.
- Accommodation on twin share basis as per program.
- Meal plan in Delhi would be on bed and breakfast basis and meal plan in Ladakh would be on full board basis (breakfast+lunch+dinner) .
- Services of local English Speaking Buddhist guide as per itinerary.
- Complete camping gear during the stay at Hemis
- Services of Cook helpers.
- Support vehicle foe camping gear.
- Camping charges.
- Entrance fee at monasteries ( One visit per monastery)
- Special entrance at Hemis festival
- River rafting (From Phey to Nimoo)
- All applicable taxes.
Day 1 / 26 JUNE’12: ARRIVAL DELHI
Upon arrival in Delhi you will be met and assisted by our company representative at airport. Later after traditional welcome transfer to your hotel. Delhi as the capital of India is a melting pot of modern, old cultures and traditions. Overnight at Hotel in Delhi.
Day 2 /27 JUNE’12: DELHI
After breakfast full day combined city tour of Delhi. Delhi is a melting pot of modern and old cultures and traditions. Today we take a guided tour of 17th Century Old Delhi. The attractions include Red Fort built in the year 1646. Jama Masjid which is the largest mosque in India built in the year 1656. Afternoon we explore two world heritage sites of New Delhi. Overnight at Hotel in Delhi.
Day 3 / 28 JUNE’12: DELHI – LEH (Flight)
After early breakfast check out at hotel and transfer to the domestic airport to board flight to Leh. Upon Arrival in Leh transfer to The Hotel. Full day in Leh at Leisure to acclimatize high altitude of Ladakh. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4 / 29 JUNE’12: LEH – HEMIS / ( 47 Kms / 1.5 Hrs)
Post breakfast make a visit to the Stok Palace. Also visit the Tibetan Handicraft center. PM depart for Hemis.
Overnight at Camp / Guest House in Hemis.
Day 5 / 30 JUNE’12: HEMIS FESTIVAL
Post breakfast this day attend the Hemis festival to witness the full day ceremony of Hemis festival.
The Hemis festival takes place in the rectangular courtyard in front of the main door of the monastery. A small Tibetan table is placed with the ceremonial items – cups full of holy water, uncooked rice, tormas made of dough and butter and incense sticks. A number of musicians play the traditional music with four pairs of cymbals, large-pan drums, small trumpets and large size wind instruments. The ceremonies begin with an early morning ritual atop the Gompa where, to the beat of drums and the resounding clash of cymbals and the spiritual wail of pipes, the portrait of “Dadmokarpo” or “Rygyalsras Rimpoche” is then ceremoniously put on display for all to admire and worship. The most esoteric of festivities are the mystic mask dances. Performed only in those gompas which follow the Tantric vajrayana teachings and the monks perform tantric worship.
Overnight at Camp / Guest House near Hemis.
Day 6 / 01 JULY’12: HEMIS – SHEY – THIKSEY – LEH ( 47 kms / 1.5 Hrs )
Morning attend the Festival. PM return to Leh. En route also visit Shey & Thiksey Monastery. Overnight at Hotel in Leh.
Day 7 / 02 JULY’12: LEH – LIKIR – LAMAYURU ( 125 Kms / 3.5 Hrs)
Post breakfast take the long drive through the valley of Indus. En route visit the Monastery of Likir. Continue drive to Lamayuru . Overnight at Camp or Lodge in Lamayuru.
Day 8 / 03 JULY’12: LAMAYURU – RIZONG – ALCHI ( Approx. 61 Kms / 2.5 Hrs)
This morning visit the monastery of Lamayuru. Later drive to Alchi. En route visit the Rizong Gompa. Proceed to Alchi and Overnight at Camp near Alchi.
Day 9 /04 JULY’12: ALCHI – PHAYANG – LEH ( 67 Kms / 2.5 hrs)
Post breakfast Return towards Leh. On way stop at Phayang Monastery. Later continue drive to Leh.
Overnight at Hotel in Leh.
Day 10 /05 JULY’12: LEH
Morning at Leisure after breakfast. Afternoon half Day River rafting in the river Indus (Optional & weather permitting).
Overnight at Hotel in Leh.
Day 11 /06 JULY’12: LEH – DELHI ( Flight)
Morning transfer to the Leh airport to board flight 9W to Delhi. Arrival in Delhi and assisted transfer to Hotel. PM free time in Delhi for own leisure activities. Overnight at Hotel in Delhi.
Day 12 /07 JULY’12: DEPARTURE DELHI
Morning after breakfast departure transfer to the International airport to board flight for Home.
01 April 2012 till 30 September 2012.
- Any flight fare.
- Any meals : Lunch & Dinner in Delhi
- Any transportation during the stay at Hemis
- Expenses of personal nature such as drinks laundry, telephone calls etc
- Any other services not mentioned above.
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