Best of Ladakh - 8 Nights / 9 Days





Day 01:

Arrival in Leh
Upon arrival at Leh Airport you will be Welcomed in a Traditional Ladakhi style. Later, proceed to Hotel The Kaal, rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize. Overnight at the Hotel. (Lunch,Dinner)



Day 02:

Morning Excursion to Spituk and Hall of Fame (war museum), later we drive back to the hotel for Lunch. In the afternoon, guided sightseeing tour visiting the Sanker Gompa and then to Shanti Stupa. The Japanese for World Peace have built the Shanti Stupa at Changspa, on the hilltop and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985. Its state of the art work attracts a lot of tourists to Ladakh and is spectacular to watch. From there one can see the nice spectacular view of Leh town. Overnight at the Hotel. (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)


Day 03:

Leh - Alchi
After Breakfast we drive to Phyang, Located 22 Kms from Leh. The monastery is remarkably built on the hilltop, similar to the Likir monastery. And we drive further to Likir and visit Likir gompa situated atop a windy cliff top overlooking the beautiful village of Likir. It was founded in the 12th Century although the present construction dates back to the 18th century as the original one was destroyed by fire Bosgo The seat of power of a branch of the Namgyal family. It is here in 1680 A.D. that invading Mongol and Tibetian armies were held in check over a three year long seige. Then we drive and cross the River Indus and reach Alchi, Ladakh's most loved monastery. Unlike other monasteries, which are usually on a cliff top or cling to a mountainside, Alchi is at ground level and is nestled in the shade of a garden. Overnight stay at Camp. (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)


Day 04:

Alchi Lamayuru Ridzong - Leh
After Breakfast start early morning drive to Lamayuru and Ridzong back to Leh. Lamayuru Gompa- The oldest holy site in Ladakh, it was a bon shrine prior to the advent of Buddhism. For sheer spectacle value no other Gompa can match Lamayuru. After visit at lamayuru Gompa the drive to Ridzong Gompa. There is no road to Rizong Gompa hence one has to walk to the monastery which is deep into the mountains. Gompa is known as the Paradise for Meditation. Guru Padma Sambhava is believed to editated here for years. After Ridzong visit we drive back to Leh and check-in to our Hotel for overnight stay. (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)



Day 05:

Excursion to Matho, Stakna and Stok Palace
Stok Palace Museum which is about 12 kms from Leh across Indus river. It houses some old statues and other equipments. Matho is about 6 kms from Stok and houses some incredible statues and paintings. Later visit Stakna Gompa which is famous for its numerous statues and paintings. Later in the afternoon drive back to hotel. Evening at leisure to stroll in the bazaar. Overnight at the Hotel. (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)


Day 06:

Excursion to Hemis, Takthok and Chimdey
We start with a visit to famous Hemis Gompa founded in 1630's by Stag-tsang-ras-pa under the royal patronage of Sengge Namgyall. Hemis is one of the largest and richest gompas of Ladakh. The two-day festival of monastic dance in June-July has raised the reputation of Hemis particularly high. Takthok Monastery is situated in the village of Sakti. Before the monastery was founded there was a meditation cave of a Mahaadiddha called Kunga Phuntsog. Chemday Monastery is situated 40 Kms east of Leh. There is a sacred image of Padmasambhava to be seen there, one storey in height. There are furthermore many shrines. A custom exists whereby every year on the 28th & 29th days of the 9th Tibetan month, sacred dances are performed in association with the festival of an initiatory ritual. The successive reincarnations of Lama Tagsang Raschen act as the incumbents. Later in the evening we drive back to Hotel for overnight stay. (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)


Day 07:

Excursion to Shey, Thiksey and Mahabodhi Meditation Centre
Visit of the Indus Valley monastery tour with Mahabodhi Meditation Centre. We start with a visit to Shey the ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue. Then we visit Thiksey Gompa an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future. Drive further to visit the famous Hemis Gompa founded in 1630's by Stag-tsang-ras-pa under the royal patronage of Sengge Namgyall. After visiting Mahabodhi Meditation centre we drive back to our Hotel for overnight stay. (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)


Day 08:

Leh (Optional)
This morning, we visit to the local oracle. If you have any ailments or problems, she can conduct a healing. Should you have questions to ask, she can also help. Rest of the day at leisure for own activities and overnight stay at the Hotel. (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)


Day 09:

Depart Leh
In the morning transfer to the airport to board the flight for your onward destination, carrying along sweet memories of tour with SevenStar.

  Tour Cost Includes:


 * 07 nights accommodation in Leh

 * 01 night accommodation in Alchi

 * Daily Bed Tea, Breakfast & Lunch or Dinner during the stay in Hotel and     all meals during the stay in Camps

 * Assistance upon arrival at Leh airport with traditional welcome

 * Return airport and round trip transfers along with all sightseeing tours     by non-air conditioned Qualis or Scorpio.

 * Inner line Permit to restricted areas

 * Guide as per the itinerary (through out the tour except for Pangong lake

 * Currently applicable taxes and service charges

 * Applicable taxes

Doesn't Includes

 * Airfare to and from Leh

 * Monument fee, guide fee, camera fee

 * Mineral water, soft or hard drinks, starters

 * Personal expenditure like F&B

 * Laundry charges, telephone calls, tips, shopping etc

 * Anything NOT mentioned above under “Cost Includes”