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13 Nights / 14 Days

Ancient Monasteries Tour

Srinagar - Kargil - Rangdom - Padum - Kargil - Uletokpo - Leh (Ladakh)

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If you are looking to get enlightened by visiting some of the greatest monasteries in India then this 13 nights and 14 days Ancient Monastery tour is going to be a perfect one for you. Along with visiting monasteries located at Padum, Rangdom and Uletokpo, you are also going to enjoy the sightseeing your of beautiful Srinagar. You will get a chance to visit three different parts of this breathtaking state of the country, Jammu and Kashmir.  You will also be indulging in trekking at Zanskar, one of the most well-known trekking tracks around the world.

Trip Highlights
  • Shikara ride on Dal Lake, Srinagar
  • Visit to Rangdum and Sunni Gompa
  • Excursion to Karsha Monastery (the largest one at Zanskar)
  • Trek to Bardan Gompa (a 17th century monastery)
  • Visit to Lamayuru Monastery (the oldest and largest Gompa in Ladakh)
  • Trek to Rizong Monastery, known as ‘Paradise for Meditation’
  • Visit to Alchi monastery
  • Day trip to Hemis, Thiksey and Shey Monastery
  • Visit to Kings Palace  and Leh Mosque 

Itinerary Details
Day 1: Srinagar

Once you arrive at the Srinagar airport, you will get an assisted transfer to the houseboat. Enjoy a ride in the Shikara on the Dal Lake while admiring the beautiful view around. Overnight stay in the houseboat.

Day 2: Srinagar

Day 2 is booked for a half- day tour of the Mughal Gardens, which also includes a visit to Nishat, also known as The Garden of Pleasure. It was built during 1636 AD. Next in line is Shamilar Bagh, the Abode of Love built during 1619 AD. Post lunch, cover, the Jamia Masjid, Museum, Shah Hamdan mosque. Stroll around the market in the evening. Stay overnight on the houseboat.

Day 3: Srinagar - Kargil

Start your road journey to Kargil (205 kilometers). After Sonmarg, your drive is going to be downwards. Cross Zojila pass (3527m). It is popular as (Gateway of Ladakh). Stop at Drass for refreshment and passport check.  From here, Kargil is just two and a half hours away. Once you arrive, check-into the hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 4: Kargil - Rangdom (135 Kms)

Proceed towards the Zanskar valley, en-route Panikar and Parkachan villages. Enjoy the sight of Nun and Kun peaks. Evening arrival in Rangdum. Overnight stay in the tents.

Day 5: Rangdum - Padum (150 Kms)

Early morning visit toRangdum Gompa. Later, proceed to Padum, the Capital of Zanskar valley. En-route cross Pensila pass (4401 m). Also  enjoy the view of some ancient Buddhist villages. Once you cross Tungri bridge, you cover Sunni Gompa. Afternoon arrival in Padum. Stay overnight in the tents.

Day 6: Padum

Today, enjoy a day-trip to Pipitong, Thonde Gompa and Zangla (3450 m). This one of the most beautiful villages houses the Zangla Gompa . Next in line is another ancient monastery, Karsha Gompa. Overnight stay in the tents.

Day 7: Padum - Bardan Gompa

Day 7 is booked for an entire day trek to the Bardan Gompa (7 to 8 hours). Visit Padum market and Padum Gompa, while returning. Stay overnight in the tents.

Day 8: Padum - Kargil (285 Kms)

Reach Kargil in the evening after a full- day drive. Stay overnight in the hotel.

Day 9: Kargil - Uletokpo

While driving to Uletokpo (153 kms), you will cross Fotula pass (13749 feet), the highest pass on Srinagar- Leh route. Cover Mulbek and Lamayuru monastery, two of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh. Later proceed to Uletokpo. Afternoon visit to the Rizong monastery (5 kilometer journey on foot). Overnight stay in the tents.

Day 10: Uletokpo - Leh (81 kilometers)

On day 10, pay a visit to Alchi Monastery.  Carry on with the journey to Leh. Enjoy the view of Buddhist villages. The afternoon is free for leisure activities. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 11: Leh (Ladakh)

Enjoy an excursion to Hemis, Thiksey and Shey Monastery. These are three of the most well-known monasteries of Ladakh. Back to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 12: Leh (Ladakh)

Visit to Spituk and Phyang monastery. Later cover King’s palace, Leh Mosque, Tsemo Gompa, the Bazar as well as Shankar Gompa. Staying overnight at the Hotel.

Day 13: Leh (Ladakh)

Visit to Stok Palace and Museum. Visit the Tibetan Refugee Camp, on your way back. Spend the afternoon in the activities of your interest. Stay overnight in the hotel.

Day 14: Leh

Get transferred to the airport to catch a flight for your onward destination.


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