Ladakh: The Little Indian TibetÂ (12 days / 10 nights)
Delhi Indian capital well connected with every part of world.
Day dedicated to visit Delhi. Visit the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, and rickshaw ride through the old town and the bazaar of Chandni Chowk. Then explore the southern part of the capital with the city founded by the British Luytens , the famous Qutub Minar minaret and the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun, Timurid architecture.
Day 3DELHI / LEH
Very early morning flight to Leh, capital of Ladakh, which lies 3500 meters above sea level. Late morning to rest at the hotel so you can acclimatize. Visit the small monastery of Sankar. Back into town (a half-hour walk downhill) by sneaking a path surrounded by fields and orchards. No strenuous exercise or prolonged walking can be done during this first day. Walk in the center of Leh, a former commercial hub on the Silk Road and spice.
Visit the monastery of Spituk, one of the most prestigious in the Yellow Hat Sect. Built in the fifteenth century on a hill overlooking the Indus valley. Continue to the Monastery Phyang, the Kagyu Red Hat Sect, a Mecca of Ladakh which houses art of beautiful statues and paintings. Visit Stok Palace, home to the last queen. Any part of the palace is converted into a museum. Y are exposed beautiful Perak, the Ladakhi cap covered with turquoise and coral, and many valuable tangka, everyday objects and old photographs. Visit the village and the Tibetan refugee camp in Choglamsar.
Early morning departure for Tiksey, built on a magnificent site overlooking the valley, to attend prayers. The monastery is particularly renowned for its stunning frescoes and architecture reminiscent of the Potala in Lhasa.Continue to the monastery of Shey palace of the kings of Ladakh until the sixteenth century. The royal family left and moved to Shey Palace Stok under pressure from Kashmiri Dogra, who disputed their trade in the famous pashmina wool. The gompa houses a giant Buddha statue erected in the seventeenth century. Free time in the old town of Leh in the many shops.
Visit Hemis Monastery, founded in the seventeenth century, the largest and most famous of Ladakh. Continue to Chemrey, magnificent fortress-monastery, then on to the monastery of Thak-Thak, located above the village of Sakti. Thak-thak Gompa is the sole representative in Ladakh of the order of the Nyingmapa, the oldest sect of Tibetan Buddhism.
Day 7LEH / LIKIR / RIDZONG / ULE TOKPO
Ride on a beautiful road that winds along the Indus. En route, visit the monastery of Likir, perched above the river. Buildings can be visited today date from the eighteenth century. His collection of paintings tangka and competes with the beauty of Alchi. Continue to the village of Yangthang. For those interested, walking two to three hours (if not according to the jeep road conditions), to the monastery of Ridzong, nestled in a rocky area.Foot pursuit of an hour (or jeep) to the camp of Ule Tokpo.
Day 8ULE TOKPO / LAMAYURU / ULE TOKPO
A winding road leads you aumonastÃ¨re Lamayuru located in a fantastic mineral to 3800 m altitude where 400 monks once lived. The monastery itself was founded in the eleventh century, still houses some beautiful paintings and a statue of the Buddha Vairocana, but it is mainly the surrounding countryside, quite exceptional, which makes a splendid Lamayuru tour (5 hours drive).
Day 9ULE TOKPO / ALCHI / BASGO / LEH
Way back to Leh (3h). On the way visit the ruins of the palace and the Temple of Basgo Gold and Silver, famous for its frescoes. Discovery of the monastery of Alchi, one of the most beautiful in Ladakh whose foundation is attributed to the Great Translator Rinchen Zangpo (Rin-chen-po-bzang; 958-1055). The Sumstek, its worship hall, contains the monumental statues of Maitreya, Manjusri and Ava-Lokisteshvara. Located in the heart of a pretty village nestled in a bend of the Indus between apricot orchards and breathtaking mountains, the sanctuary owes its fame to its wonderful frescoes which show a great influence of the art of Kashmir. In a remarkable bill they assume the Thousand Buddhas, represent the great translator Richen Zang-po and remarkable examples of mandalas.
Day 10LEH / DELHI
Transfer to the airport in the morning flight to Delhi. End of the day free.
Day 11LEH / DELHI
Free day. We must plan the day beat if the Leh flight is delayed or canceled. Excursions will be proposed to you on the spot if you want a particular visit to the Hindu temple of Akshardam, the museum of arts and crafts, the national museum (closed Monday), or a large Sikh temple, Bangla Sahib. After dinner, depart for Paris on Air France flight scheduled.
Day 12DELHI / HOME
Arrive early morning in your home.