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Living Buddhism, Moutain Walks and lakes & Nomadic Tribes (15 days / 14 nights)

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Living Buddhism, Moutain Walks and lakes & Nomadic Tribes (15 days / 14 nights)

Commence your journey with one of the most sensational flights in the world. Visit some of the most awesome, vibrant and active monasteries in the region. The most famous of Ladakh’s monasteries, Hemis or Changchub Samstanling (The love palace of the compassionate person), dates back to the 17th century and was built over a period of 40 years (1602 – 1642 A.D.). An introduction to a floating trip on the Indus River which gives you a totally different perspective of the landscape than what you get from a vehicle. The road journey from Leh to Nubra Valley passes over Khardung La (the highest motorable road in the world) at 5602 M / 18,390 Ft, around 39 km from Leh. From the pass, one can see all the way south over the Indus valley to seemingly endless peaks and ridges of the Zanskar range, and north to the giants of the Saser massif. Nubra Valley is popularly known as Ldumra or the valley of flowers. You will get the unique opportunity to ride on a Bactrian camel (double humped) amidst the sand dunes of this high altitude desert with snow-capped mountains on the horizon An excursion to Pangong Tso, the largest brackish water lake in Asia, an absolutely amazing and captivating sight is laid out in front of you.

DAY 1

Arrive Delhi

You will be assisted on arrival and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon drive to visit Humayun’s Tomb built in the Indo Persian style and a predecessor to The Taj Mahal in Agra; India Gate - A War Memorial Arch. Also drive past the President's House called Rashtrapati Bhavan, Parliament House, Government Secretariat buildings and Connaught Place - the heart of New Delhi and a busy shopping center. Overnight stay in your hotel. Read more

Delhi - 1 night
DAY 2

Delhi - Leh - By Flight

After an early breakfast you are transferred to the domestic airport for your flight to Ladakh. This must be one of the most sensational flights in the world. On a clear day from one side of the aircraft can be seen in the distance the peaks of K2, Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum and on the other side of the aircraft, so close that you feel you could reach out and touch it, is the Nun Kun massif. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. You would take a little time to settle in and acclimatize since you have gone from a relatively low elevation in New Delhi to over 11,000 feet! Overnight stay at the hotel Read more

Leh - 3 night
DAY 3

In Leh - Visit Leh Palace & Sankar Gompa

The morning is at leisure to acclimatize to the rarefied air. You may choose to stroll along the main bazaar - observing the varied crowds. Looking into curio shops is an engaging experience. A particularly attractive sight is the line of women from nearby villages sitting along the edge of the footpath with baskets of fresh vegetables brought for sale. In the other direction, down the bazaar, are the Tibetan markets where one can bargain for pearls, turquoise, coral, lapis lazuli and many other kinds of semi-precious stones and jewellery, as well as carved yak-horn boxes, quaint brass locks, china or metal bowls, or any of a whole array of curios. Also walk to the Leh Palace & Sankar Gompa, which belongs to Gelukspa school of Tibetan Buddhism. This small Gompa is a branch of Spituk Gompa, founded by the first incarnation of Skyabje Bakula (head monk of Spituk monastery). Return to your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay. Read more

Leh - 3 Nights
DAY 4

In Leh - Visit Thiksey, Hemis & Stok

You begin the day by visiting Thiksey Monastery, which is one of the most vibrant and active monasteries in the region. It dates back to the 16th century and is part of the Gelug-pa Sect. It is headed by successive reincarnations of the Khanpo Rimpoche. The monastery is 12 storied and painted in deep shades of red, ochre and white. Continue your drive on a well mettled broad road traveling upstream along the Indus River to Hemis Gompa, crossing over the Indus at the village of Karu. The most famous of Ladakh’s monasteries, Hemis or Changchub Samstanling (The love palace of the compassionate person), dates back to the 17th century and was built over a period of 40 years (1602 – 1642 A.D.). Today Hemis is well known for its festival or Hemis Tsechu commemorating the birthday of Guru Padmasambhava. On the return journey to Leh, drive to Stok Palace, which is the present residence of the former royal family of Ladakh. King Teswang Thondup Namgyal built the palace in 1825. The last king of Ladakh died here in 1974. The main palace is five storeys high. The palace museum displays the collections of the royal family. Return to your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay. Read more

Leh - 3 Nights
DAY 5

Leh -Tingmosgang

After breakfast an hour’s drive across three passes, ranging in altitude between 3580 M to 3750 M, will get you to Hemis Shukpathan. It is a major village, which gets its name from the cedars, found in the valley, and which also boasts a beautiful gompa. You commence your trek from here. Crossing the village, a short uphill climb brings you to an ill-defined pass. From here there is a steep descent across the mountainside. On reaching the bottom of this valley you will be climbing a rather steep slope to the summit of the Mebtek-La (3720 M). However, on reaching the top, your efforts are rewarded with a bird’s eye view of the next valley. The trek from here to the picturesque village of Ang is an easy half-hour descent. A short walk will bring you to Tingmosgang. This is considered to be the richest valley in Ladakh with apricots, apples, nuts and beautiful houses. At Tingmosgang you will experience warm traditional Ladakhi hospitality during your homestay for the night. Read more

Tingmosgang - 1 Night
DAY 6

Tingmosgang - Lamayuru

Tingmosgang served as one of the capitals of Ladakh in the 15th century. Though most of the castle is in ruins, three temples remain and continue to be in use. On the day marking the three important events in the life of Buddha i.e. birth, enlightenment and parinirvana, people from all over Ladakh including Zanskar gather here making offerings of butter for the lamps, incense and flowers. The morning can be spent exploring the village as they set out for their daily chores. By midday you depart from Tingmosgang. Your drive from Tingmosgang descends to Nurla from where you turn right for Lamayuru along the main highway. After checking in to your accommodation and lunch, you proceed to visit the 11th century Lamayuru Monastery, which is spectacularly located along the valley plain and surrounded by mountains on all sides. According to legend, the arhat Madhyantika, a disciple of Buddha offered “torma’ (sacred food) and water to the spirits inhabiting the site to satisfy them. A handful of rain spilled on the soil which caused barley plants to sprout in the shape of Yung-drung (swastika), hence its name Yung-Drung. Overnight stay in your hotel. Read more

Lamayuru - 1 Night
DAY 7

Lamayuru – Alchi - Leh

On your return to Leh you stop en-route at Alchi. The complex of temples located within the village is the most celebrated of Ladakh’s monasteries and dates back to the 11th century. It is the seat of the Ngri Rimpoche, an incarnation at present embodied in the younger brother of the Dalai Lama. It is very famous for its paintings and architecture, which has an Indian and Kashmiri influence in them. Finally, you drive back to Leh. The evening free to explore the town on your own. Overnight stay at hotel. Read more

Leh - 1 Night
DAY 8

Leh - Hunder (4350 m) - Nubra Valley

The road journey from Leh to Nubra Valley passes over KHARDUNG LA (the highest motorable road in the world) at 5602 M / 18,390 Ft, around 39 km from Leh. From the Pass, one can see all the way south over the Indus valley to seemingly endless peaks and ridges of the Zanskar range, and north to the giants of the Saser massif. Nubra Valley is popularly known as Ldumra or the valley of flowers. The average altitude of the valley is 10,000 Ft. above sea level. The Shayok and Saichen Rivers drain Nubra. Till partition Nubra Valley was one of the trade centers, the ancient famous Silk Route passed through this area. Before proceeding to your camp you stop to visit Diskit Monastery perched on a rock overhanging next to a stream. The monastery is rich, full of thangkas, magnificent giant statues, effigies of the Buddha and old mural paintings in which can be noted a multitude of influences. It was founded by Lama Sherab Zangpo of Stod around 1420 A.D. Diskit is the main village or headquarters of Nubra Valley, which has a small market consisting of a row of shops. Overnight in your camp in Nubra Valley. Read more

Nubra valley - 2 Nights
DAY 9

In Nubra Valley

After breakfast you drive to Hunder, where you will get the unique opportunity to ride on a bacterian camel (double humped) amidst the sand dunes of this high altitude desert with snow capped mountains on the horizon. Thereafter, crossing over the Shayok River you will be driving upstream long the Saichen River to Panamik. The place has a number of hot springs on the right of the road just before entering the village. Panamik is literally the end of the road for this trip, as one has to return from this spot. On the return journey you stop by to visit Samstanling Gompa founded by Lama Tsultims Nima. The Gompa has some strict rules and regulations like not allowing women in the monastery after sunset and before sunrise, no smoking etc. The evening is at leisure to explore your rural surroundings. Overnight stay in your camp at Nubra Valley Read more

Nubra Valley - 2 Nights
DAY 10

Hunder - Leh

After breakfast drive to Leh over Khardung La. Afternoon rest and relax or take a walk to the local market. Overnight stay in Mahabodhi Eco Resorts.

Leh - 1 Night
DAY 11

Leh - Tso moriri Lake – Korzok

Tso in the Ladakhi language means a Lake. Tso Moriri is one of the most exciting places in Ladakh; some rate it better than Pangong Tso. A visit to Ladakh is incomplete without visiting Tso Moriri. It is a brackish water lake about 28 km long and 8 km wide at an altitude of 15,000 Ft above sea level. The complete area is considered as a protected wildlife sanctuary and special permits are required for the visit. Tso Moriri or “Mountain Lake” is situated in the middle of the elevated valley of Rupshu surrounded by snow-capped peaks. This valley is inhabited by a small-scattered population of “Changpas” who are nomadic shepards who also engage in trade and work in Ladakh, Lahaul and Spiti. The area is rich in wildlife including the “Kyang” (wild ass), red fox, black necked crane and geese. On arrival check in to your accommodation. In the afternoon explore the surrounding areas of the Lake. The village of Korzok is besides the lake. It is the Nomad Headquarters. A large meditation center has also come up besides the lake a little ahead of the village. One can visit the ancient Korzok Monastery or take the opportunity to catch hold of some nomadic tribesmen to get a glimpse of their lifestyle. Retire to your camp for an overnight stay. Read more

Korzok - 2 Nights
DAY 12

In Tso moriri

A full day to enjoy the serenity of the picturesque high altitude lake and also interact with nomadic tribes in the area. Overnight stay in your camp.

Karzok - 2 Nights
DAY 13

Tso Moriri – Tso Kar- Leh

Rise early in the morning to capture some unforgettable snaps of the deep blue waters of the lake against the backdrop of Rocky Mountains of unimaginable hues. After breakfast you continue your journey to Tso Kar. Tso Kar also called “White Lake” because of the salt deposits around it. It is a small lake with the backdrop formed by a chain of snow peaked mountains. The waters are deep blue in colour and the mountains, like the rest of the Ladakhi landscape are of varying shades of brown and purple with snow capped peaks. The banks are covered with salt deposits. The water of the lake is so salty that the salt that is deposited on its banks is sold all over Ladakh and Kashmir. A Nomad Headquarters (Samad Rockchen) is located next to the lake. After lunch at the lake, you commence your journey back to Leh. You arrive Leh by the evening and spend the night at your hotel Read more

Leh - 1 Night
DAY 14

Leh - Delhi – By flight

In time transfer to the Leh airport to board your flight back to Delhi. You are met upon arrival at Delhi airport and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon you have the option to relax after your stay in high altitude or pursue an independent activity. Overnight stay in your hotel.

Delhi - 1 Night
DAY 15

Depart Delhi

In time transfer to the international airport to board your flight back home.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Delhi
Day 2
Location Leh
Day 5
Location Tingmosgang
Hotel Homestay
Day 6
Location Lamayuru
Day 7
Location Leh
Day 8
Location Hunder
Day 10
Location Leh
Day 11
Location Tso Moriri
Day 13
Location Leh
Day 14
Location Delhi
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Delhi
Day 2
Location Leh
Day 5
Location Tingmosgang
Hotel Namra Camp
Day 6
Location Lamayuru
Day 7
Location Leh
Day 8
Location Hunder
Hotel Karma Inn
Day 10
Location Leh
Day 11
Location Tso Moriri
Day 13
Location Leh
Day 14
Location Delhi
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Delhi
Hotel Claridges
Day 2
Location Leh
Day 5
Location Tingmosgang
Hotel Namra Hotel
Day 6
Location Lamayuru
Day 7
Location Leh
Day 8
Location Hunder
Day 10
Location Leh
Day 11
Location Tso Moriri
Day 13
Location Leh
Day 1
Location Delhi
Hotel Claridges

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Domestic Flight Ticket (Delhi-Leh-Delhi)
  • Transport as per the itinerary by using 01 Toyota Innova/Similar if above 06 pax 01 Mini Bus/Similar
  • Accommodation on Dbl/Twin sharing on CPAI (Room + Breakfast) in Delhi & Leh
  • Accommodation on Dbl/Twin sharing on APAI (Room + Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner) in in rest of the places
  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • English Speaking local guides
  • Information services
  • Entrance & permit to visit restricted area
  • Oxygen Cylinder

Package excludes

  • Any international airfare and airport tax
  • Any personal, medical and evacuation insurance
  • Personal expenses like table drinks, tips, phone calls etc
  • Personal clothing including sleeping bags etc
  • Any other item not specified under cost includes

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  • If there is any unprecedented hike in the cost of transport (including fuel surcharge) or accommodation it will also affect the cost.
  • We shall not be responsible for any change in the itinerary due to landslides, flight cancellations, weather conditions or any unforeseen circumstances. The additional cost incurred will be in addition to the cost quoted.

REVIEWS

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Jill Jordan, United States

Dear Nilesh. I have just returned from the Colouricious Kashmir holiday. Could I thank you and your staff, not only for a wonderful holiday, but for all the rearrangements you made when we could not go to Srinagar. This must have involved a great deal of hard work and I wanted you to know how much we appreciated this. You were not obliged to do this and we were very grateful. ​ We had a wonderful time in Jaipur and, as always with your company, everything was so well organised. ​ ​ Could I also take this opportunity to thank Amrik. He was amazing. His skill, his patience and professionalism, his concern for all of us and his calm demeanour meant that we all had the utmost confidence in him. This made the holiday a great pleasure for all of us, despite the change of plans. He maintained his good humour at all times and provided a wealth of information whenever we needed it. Thank you again to you and to all your staff. Please give my best wishes to Isha and I hope she is well. Above all my thanks and best wishes to Amrik. Your sincerely ​ Jill Jordan (Margaret Jordan) Read more

Matthieu et Mouneen, France

M BEAU J'ai découvert Tanirikka par hasard sur le web. Bien m'en a pris. Organisation impeccable, excellent choix des hotels et du circuit. Notre formule: deux personnes, une voiture et un chauffeur. Hyper pratique pour sortir des sentiers battus.​ ​ Merci Tanirikka, Matthieu et Mouneen.

Patty Harrison, United Kingdom

Hello! ​ ​ After a few days of rest from the wonderful Gujarat trip Colouricious offered, I would like to take a moment of giving some feedback. ​ ​ Gautam was an excellent host/coordinator and expert on our trip. He has a unique ability to communicate with anybody, the Rabari nomads on the road, the British ladies, a small country Muslim community and more. He has built up many excellent relationships with so many people and it makes the trip more interesting. His pace of instruction and points of interest were spot on. ​ ​ There are so many memories, thankfully caught by camera to remind me of this trip. ​ ​ Here are but a few:​ ​ . seeing the nomads on the road, with their children and tables on their camels . going to a small encampment of travellers where children were making beaded bracelets (great skills actually) . Seeing a cotton factory and talking to the owner!​ ​ . Seeing a tribal dance at the Rann Riders and looking at the women's dress and jewellery . Seeing bells made and seeing a small community, I was particularly impressed with the community and how they interacted with a member of their community with autism.​ ​ . Seeing a variety of weaving, one that included knots in the weavings.​ ​ . Going to a embroiderers small house, where her daughter brought a jug of water on her head to the house. This woman was a character and her house was a warm inviting setting. ​ ​ These are but a few of my memories but just want to say you have a good leader in Gautam and he is an asset to your organisation.​ ​ I'm looking forward to the February trip and want to thank all of you for all your hard work in organising memorable trips! ​ Read more

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