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India: Ladakh

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Book from € 1,299.-
GROUP SIZE: 4-24 | 22 DAYS

Excursions Intro

Below is a list of locally offered excursions. The prices are based on the participation of a minimum of 4 participants, and based on a price in Indian and Nepalese rupees (due to exchange rates so the price can sometimes change). Entrance fees are exclusive (unless explicitly stated).

€ 26.-

Amritsar - Golden Temple, Jalianwala Bagh and Pakistan-Indian border

During this combined excursion we visit the the Golden Temple and Jalianwala Bagh in the morning, and then in the evening witness the changing of the guard at the Pakistan-India Wagah border post.
The world famous complex of the Golden Temple of Amritsar is located in the center. The actual shrine of the Sikh temples, the Hari Mandir, is surrounded by a pond called Amrit Sarovar, roughly translated, a "pool of nectar ', which gave the city its name. The temple has a golden dome in the shape of an inverted lotus flower. You'll visit the walled garden Jalianwala Bagh, an important point in the history of Amritsar and the pursuit of Indian independence. In 1919 a massacre took place in the park, where the British Indian army opened fire on a group of unarmed men, women and children. You'll see there a monument to the victims.
The second part of the tour takes place in the evening, you visit the border post between India and Pakistan (28 km from Amritsar), where a lot of ceremonial display shows the changing of the guard and taking down of the flags. There is even a stand there to see it all from.

Excursion Time (subject to change and in consultation with the tour leader):
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm - Visit to the Golden Temple and Jalianwala Bagh
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. hours - Visit to the Wagah border

Included: transport, English speaking guide monuments
Not included: Entrance fees, Camera fees and tip for driver

€ 14.-

Delhi - City Tour

During the city tour of Delhi we will visit the following:
New Delhi: Humayun's Tomb, India Gate and Sikh Temple (Bangla Sahib)
Old Delhi: Raj Ghat, Jama Mashid, Red Fort (photo stop)

Excursion Time (subject to change and in consultation with the tour leader):
Excursion starting 11:00 am
End of tour 17:00 pm

Included: transportation and English speaking guide
Not included: Entrance fees, Camera fees and tip for the guide

€ 129.-

Ladakh - 3 day trekking (add to your booking)

During the three-day hike (see day 14-16 for detailed itinerary), walk through the rugged mountain landscape of Ladakh, a region where few or no people live. The luggage is transported by vans, horses and / or donkeys. Baggage not taken on the trek, you stow at the hotel in Leh. You carry your own daypack containing your camera, water bottle and a sweatshirt or sweater. There is a local certified mountain guide with you. The accompanying cook cooks for you, taking into account our western stomach. There are 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners included during the trek. You'll spend two nights in a tent. We provide a mattress but you must take care of a sleeping bag yourself.

Note: If you book the optional trekking, you do not make use of the standard program. These costs are naturally deducted from the price of the optional trekking. If you participate in the trekking this also means you have less leisure time in Leh.

Note: In itself, this trek is not particularly difficult. However, the altitude, the heat and lack of shade can make it heavy. Your condition should therefore be reasonable to good.

€ 37.-

Leh - Monasteries of Chemrey, Taktok, Matho and Spituk

During this excursion you will visit by jeep Chemrey, Taktok, Matho and Spituk. Few tourists visit the convent of Chemrey. This is a monastery of the Drukpa order and was built to commemorate the death of King Singge Namgyal in 1645. There are beautiful Buddhist images on the walls of the prayer room and the place is inhabited by around 20 friendly monks.
Taktok Gompa is an interesting little monastery, built around a cave. It is the only monastery of the Nyingmapa sect in Ladakh, the oldest Tibetan monastic order. Every year there is a beautiful monastery festival.
Spituk Gompa is situated on a hill, 10 km west of Leh. Matho Gompa is a monastery situated 26 km southeast of Leh. It has a spectacular view of the lunar landscape of Ladakh.

Excursion Time (subject to change and in consultation with the tour leader):
8:30 Departure from hotel
Return to hotel 3:00 p.m.

Included: Transport by jeep
Not included: Entrance fees, Camera fees and tip

€ 37.-

Leh - Monasteries of Shey, Thikse, Hemis and Stok

During this excursion you will visit the monasteries of Shey, thik, Hemis and Stok.
Shey Gompa is the former summer palace of the kings of Ladakh. Sacred fish swim in a pond and there is a small library, a collection of thangkas and a good 12 meters high Buddha statue of Shakyamuni, made of copper with gold leaf (the largest in the region). Outside the monastery are a lot of mani stones and chortens (prayer towers).
A little further is the superbly situated Thikse Gompa, the monastery sits on a beautiful hill. This restored monastery belongs to the Gelukpa order (Yellow Hats). Everywhere are buildings, temples and chortens. You'll see an important collection of Tibetan books in the library and a 15 meters high statue of Maitreya, the future Buddha. The monastery is beautifully painted with various motifs and ideas. From the roof of the monastery you have a beautiful view over the valley and the village below.
Hemis Gompa is situated in a lovely valley with babbling brooks. The monastery has some beautiful areas, where monks pray or meditate. This monastery of the Drukpa order founded in the early 17th century is an important monastery for Ladakhi Buddhists. At least once in their lives they have been here. Thangkas are religious images used to meditate and are standard in all temples. The largest thangka in Ladakh, over 12 m long, is in Hemis. This is displayed only once every 12 years! The monastery is also famous for its mask dance festival.
The Stok Palace (Stok Gompa) is located 16 km upstream from Leh across the Indus. This palace houses the former royal family of Ladakh, but part is opened as a museum, especially exhibiting thangkas.

Excursion Time (subject to change and in consultation with the tour leader):
8:30 Departure by jeep from the hotel
Return to hotel 3:00 p.m.

Included: Transport by jeep
Not included: Entrance fees, Camera fees and tip

€ 20.-

Manali - Trek to the Jogni waterfall

This walk goes ahead with at least five participants. From Manali you walk through old Manali, Manu Temple and Nehru Kund to the falls at Jogni. The return trip will be taken by jeep to include a stop at the Vashist Temple.

Excursion time (subject to change and in consultation with the tour leader):
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Included: trekking guide, jeep and a light packed lunch
Not included: Entrance fees, Camera fees and tip

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