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Hemis Festival and Kalachakra

3rd Jul 2014
Photo of Hemis Festival and Kalachakra 1/4 by Roads Less Travelled
Photo of Hemis Festival and Kalachakra 2/4 by Roads Less Travelled
Photo of Hemis Festival and Kalachakra 3/4 by Roads Less Travelled
Photo of Hemis Festival and Kalachakra 4/4 by Roads Less Travelled

Join this rare Delhi to Ladakh jeep safari with Roads Less Travelled which takes you to the heart of Buddhist Ladakh at the famous Hemis Monastery Festival and Kalachakra. This Ladakh Tour traverses one of the most beautiful roads on earth (the Manali-Leh highway), crosses the highest motorable roads on earth (Khardung La), and makes u camp right beside the Pangong Lake. Life indeed is a festival to celebrate… !!!

Day 1 - Delhi – Manali
Leave your work and worries behind as you board a comfortable AC Volvo at 6pm on Friday evening (from Connaught Place in Delhi) to start your delhi to ladakh jeep safari    

Day 2 - Manali
Arrive in Manali at 9 am, leisure day in Manali, chill out at hot spring waters in Vashishtha Village, hang out at various cafes in Old Manali, or just chill by a lonely stretch of the Beas river

Day 3 - Manali – Jispa
The real jeep safari of this delhi to ladakh tour starts today as we drive for Jispa (5–6 hours drive via Rohtang Pass, where landscape changes from lush green Manali side to arid, rugged peaks of Lahaul & Chandra Valley). The afternoon is free to explore.Night rest at guest house in Jispa

Day 4 - Jispa – Leh
Today is one of the longest days of your delhi to ladakh package wherein we cross the high altitude passes of Baralachala & Lachangla, then the mighty Skyangchu thang (Biggest & highest plateau on earth on a stretch of 42 Kms). After crossing the mighty Tanglalng la we start descending towards the Indus Valley. We will check–in to the Guest House in Leh by late evening

Day 5 - Hemis Festival (Leh)
One of the biggest and most famous festivals of Ladakh opens today at Hemis Monastery – watch Cham dances, night stay in Leh. Discover the monasteries of Indus Valley including Thiksey& Shey.Spend the evening discovering the local culture of Leh.

Day 6 - Leh – Nubra Valley (Khardung La)
Today in the delhi to ladakh package you drive towards the ancient Silk Route via the highest motorable road on earth (Khardungla 18384 feet). Visit the famous Deskit Gompa of Nubra Valley. Walk on the sand dunes and ride the double humped camel (Bactrian camels brought to Ladakh by ancient Silk Route traders). Night Stay in Nubra   

Day 7 - Nubra – Leh
By late afternoon we come back to Leh and chill or roam around Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace & Leh Monastery.   

Day 8 - Leh- Pangong Tso
Discover the myriad colours and shades of Pangong lake. Leave Leh in the morning and crossthe third highest motorable pass (Changla) on earth today in this delhi to ladakh package. Spend good 3–4 hours by the great Pangong, 2/3rd of which lies inside the China border. Overnight at Camps by the Pangong Lake  

Day 9 - Pangong Tso – Leh
Wake up calls by the migratory birds this morning. Indulge in the walk beside the lake or go for your photography splurge. Arrive at Leh in second half. Evening free. Overnight in Leh

Day 10 - Kalachakra (Leh)
Visit to the 33rd Kalachakra ceremony presided by His Highness Dalai Lama. The iniciation ceremony takes several days, the first day is for the preperations followed by two or three days of actual empowerment.

Day 11 - Leh – Delhi
Alas ! Your Delhi to Ladakh package comes to an end today as you are transferred to the airport for your flight back to Delhi

Stay Details
Manali - 2 nights at a  Deluxe Guest house
Jispa - 1 night at a Deluxe Guest house
Leh  - 2 nights at a Deluxe Guest house
Pangong - 1 night at a Luxury Camp
Leh - 1 night at a Deluxe Guest house
Pangong - 1 night at a Luxury Camp
Leh - 2 nights at a  Deluxe Guest house

Tour Dates: 3rd - 13th July 2014

Photo of Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India by Roads Less Travelled
Photo of Jispa, Himachal Pradesh, India by Roads Less Travelled
Photo of Nubra Valley by Roads Less Travelled
Photo of Leh by Roads Less Travelled