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Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour

Monasteries in Ladakh were established between 11th centuries and 19th centuries when Ladakh enjoyed independent Kingdom. As Today, Ladakh has about 35 Buddhist monasteries and all were the important institution responsible for keeping alive culture, education, religion and knowledge in the Himalayas.

If it’s the peace, tranquillity and ancient culture that attracts you the most, Ladakh is the place to head for. For centuries, these great monasteries became renowned across the Indian Himalayas where Tibetan Buddhism took deep roots. The monasteries played an important role in Buddhist arts and craft development which includes paintings, range of ritual objects, mandala drawings, wood carving, paper making and so on. The collection of manuscripts and ritual objects house within the monasteries are extremely precious, many of them dating several centuries.

Ladakh enjoys having in practices all the living major sects of Tibetan Buddhism of Nyingma, Sakya, Kkagyud and Geluk. Every monastery has several branches in almost all villages of Ladakh. It has successfully retained its ancient cultural heritage and still untouched by the waves of modernism, the relationship between the monasteries and the villages communities is considered as the central pillar for keeping alive the rich culture and religious traditions in the Himalayas. Every social system in the villages revolves around the monastery and its impact on people has been intense in every way. The inhabitants are simple and always wear a charming smile on their faces despite the trying climatic conditions.

As far as tourist facilities are concerned, Ladakh is as advanced as any other destination in the world.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Leh, received in a traditional way at Leh Airport and check in Hotel.

Day 02: Post breakfast, briefing about Buddhism in Ladakh and its Monasteries.
After Lunch visit Tsemo Monastery, Sankar Monastery and Shanti Stupa.

Day 03: Visit Spituk Gonpa, Phyang Gonpa, Liker, Saspol caves and Alchi.

Day 04: Alchi to Mangyu, Rezong and Lamayuru.

Day 05: Lamayuru to Mulbik (Nunnery) and Shargol Gonpa.

Day 06: Shargol to Phokar village and Phokarzong. (Walking of 4 hours)

Day 07: Shargol to Leh.

Day 08: Thiksey, Hemis, Gotsang and Khespang (Camping)

Day 09: Back to Leh. End of the tour

Thiksey Monastery

Thiksey Monastery

Buddhist puja

Buddhist puja

The Wheel of Life

The Wheel of Life

Sand mandala

Sand mandala