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North India Splendor

Duration : 14 Night / 15 Days
Destinations : Delhi - Leh - Sarchu - Jispa - Manali - Dharamshala - Amritsar - Delhi
 

  • Day 01 : Delhi
    Arrive Delhi.
    Assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel
     

  • Day 02 : Delhi - Leh (By flight)
    Early morning transfer to airport to connect flight for Leh.
    Upon arrival check-in at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize. Overnight at the hotel.
     

  • Day 03 : Leh
    Full day visit of :-
    Spituk Monastery : 14 kms from Leh. The Spituk Monastery has a collection of 21 gold staties of Goddess Tara and a number of scroll paintings. Also visit the temple of Kali which has an interesting collection of masks.

    Sankar : A relatively modern monastery. It is closely associated with the Spituk monastery and serves as the residence of the head priest - Kushak Bakula. A number of gold icons are to be found here.

    Overnight at the hotel.
     

  • Day 04 : Leh
    Full day visit of :-
    Shey Monastery: Situated on a hillock 15 km upstream from Leh. It was once the residence of the Royal family. According to tradition, it was the seat of power of the pre-Tibetan kings. A 7.5 metre high copper statue of Buddha, plated with gold, and the largest of its kind, is installed here.

    Thikshey : 19 Kms from Leh, spectacularly most impressive gompas. There are several temples in the gompa containing images, stupas and wall paintings of Buddha which are exquisite.

    Hemis : 40 kms from Leh. It is the wealthiest, best known and biggest gompa of Ladakh Its popularity stems from the major annual festival held here in summer. The festival is also has the largest thanka in Ladakh which is unfurled once in 12 years. On these days hundreds of pilgrims will gather at hemis to pay their tribute and homage. Hemis was built in 1630 during the reign of Sengg Namgyal, an illustrious ruler of Ladakh. It flourished under th Namgyal dynasty for the royalty favored the Drukgpa Sect which managed the monastery. It is divided into tow, the assembly hall on the right and the main temple on the left. The hall, Dukhang, is also used as a “green room' by the dancers during the festival. The temple is known as Tshogkhang. The verandahs have a surfeit of frescoes, among them the Buddhist ‘ Wheel of Life “ and the ‘Lords of the Four Quarters” besides rows of prayer wheels.

    Overnight at the hotel.
     

  • Day 05 : Leh

    Full day visit of :

    Alchi : 70 Kms from Leh, on the banks of the Indus river, is the Alchi Gompa dating a thousand years back. One of its walls features thousands of miniature- sized pictures of the Buddha. Three large sized images made of clay and painted brightly are its focal attraction. No longer a active religions center, it is looked after by monks from Likir.

    Likir : Founded in the 11th century AD and rededicated to a different monastic order in the 15th century AD, its earlier gompa was destroyed in a fire. The present Gompa dates back to the18th century. Skilled craftsmen producing excellent thankas, earthern pots and carved folding wooden stools, liver here in the village. Majestically situated, Likir commands a spectacular view.

    Lamayuru Monastery : Situated at the altitude of 3800 meters between Fotu-la and Khalsi. As per the legend, in ancient times a lake covered this site. One day a Hermit predicted that there will be a monastery one day and he throws the grainof rice on the earth which automatically forms the shape of Swastika (Yundrung) from where the name comes (Yundrung Tharpaling Gompa), constructed by Rinchen Zangpo one of his 108 constructions. Monastery noted for the sect drigungpa. In the gallery see 35 Buddha painted on the wall. Chapel of Avlokiteshvara - the 2 mtrs high image of him with 11 heads and 1000 heads.
     

  • Day 06 : Leh

    Full day visit of :-

    Stock Palace : The last king died in 1974 but his widow continues to live here, their son continues the royal line and ascended the throne in July 1993. The palace is a rumbling building where only a dozen of the 80 rooms are used. The small palace museum is worth visiting. It is a showpiece for the royal Thangkas (many 400 years old), the crown, jewels, dresses, coins, pearls encrusted with turcoise and lapis lazulli as well as religious objects.

    Also visit MATHO MONASTERY. Overnight at the hotel.
     

  • Day 07 : Leh - Sarchu ( 253 Kms. / 8 Hrs. )
    Leave by road for Sarchu, stop for photography and admire the natural beauty. Upon arrival check in to the camp.

    Overnight in Tents.
     

  • Day 08 : Sarchu - Jispa ( 125 Kms. / 5 Hrs.)
    Morning depart for Jispa.

    Overnight in Tent/hotel.
     

  • Day 09 : Jispa - Manali ( 141 Kms. / 6 Hrs.)
    Leave by road for Manali. Overnight at hotel.
     

  • Day 10 : Manali
    Full day visit of Manali.

    Overnight at hotel.
     

  • Day 11 : Manali - Dharamshala ( 253 Kms. / 8 Hrs. )
    Leave by road for Dharamshala.

    Arrive and check in to hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
     

  • Day 12 : Dharamshala - Amritsar ( 199 Kms. / 6 Hrs. )
    Morning visit to Dharamshala
    In afternoon, depart for Amritsar. Upon arrival check in to hotel and Overnight.
     

  • Day 13 : Amritsar - Delhi (Train)
    Morning visit  Amritsar

    Afternoon visit Golden Temple. Later in the afternoon, transfer to railway station.
    Dep Amritsar : 1705 Hrs
    Arr Delhi : 2250 Hrs

    Meeting upon arrival and transfer to hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
     

  • Day 14 : Delhi
    Morning proceed for the tour of :

    New Delhi : This city designed and built by the British in the 1920's - a city of wide boulevards impressive Government buildings, green parks and gardens. First you will visit two monuments from Delhi's past Humayun's Tomb and Qutub Minar. Then your drive takes you along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate and Parliament House.

    In the afternoon visit :

    Old Delhi : An ancient walled city. Here you will see Red Fort, the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire, Raj Ghat, the memorial site of the Mahatma Gandhi; Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India; and Chandni Chowk, the bustling and colourful market of the old city.

    Overnight at the hotel.
     

  • Day 15 : Leave Delhi
    Depart by homebound flight

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