If you have limited time, want to enjoy the Himalayas and one of its most intact Buddhist cultures, this short summer excursion to Ladakh is for you. After a day in Delhi, you fly across the sky-touching mountains into Leh, the capital of Ladakh, or “Little Tibet.” Here you spend a week visiting the different monasteries and participating in one of the many summer festivals. Along the way, you can visit with the shaman, stay in a local home and explore the fascinating blend of the Buddhist and Muslim cultures. Note that there may be slight deviations from the itinerary, depending on festival schedule.
Leaving Ladakh, you then head out across the passes down into Dharamsala, the home of the Tibetan Government in Exile.
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ITINERARY at a Glance
Arrive in Delhi
Fly Leh and walk through market.
Shankar Gompa, Spitok, Tibetan Village, Oracle.
Hemis, and Stok or Thikse.
Dak Thok and Chemre.
Drive Likir and then on to Alchi and Ulleytopko.
Drive Lamayuru for day and return to Ulleytopko.
Return near Leh, and overnight with a family.
Visit with family. Return to Leh. Afternoon free for shopping.
Drive Jispa and visit Keylong.
Drive Manali. Walk to Khadung Monastery. Visit Ghosal village, test beer in a local house and lunch with family.
Full day in Manali – Nagar Castle, market, jagat Sukh Temples, tea with locals, Hadimba temple, Gadan Thekchoking Gompa.
Manali to Dharamsala. Free afternoon.
Namgyal Monastery, Tibetan Medical School, Norbulinka Institute and Local Market.
Free day in Dharamasala with guide to revisit places you would like or see new ones.
Drive Amritsar. Visit Golden Temple and Jalianwala Bagh. Return to Delhi on 9W 739 (1845/1955). Transfer to airport for flight home.