Ladakh Mahayana Buddhism
[trx_column_item align=”left] Understand the world of Mahayana Buddhism practiced in the steely cold desserts of Ladakh
Dates : 12th Aug – 21st Aug 2017
Starting from: Leh
Type: Cultural tour
Cost per person: INR 38000
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Get immersed in the world of Mahayana Buddhism
If skies could be the bluest at a place, it would be in Ladakh. The sheer grandeur of the steely cold desert stuns you for a moment. Not a land for the faint hearted, Ladakh is one of the prime attractions for anyone visiting Jammu & Kashmir. From the countless monasteries to the breathtaking landscapes, Ladakh weaves the mountains into a beautiful story lined with clear water lakes, scenic cold deserts, and quaint towns.
The population of Ladakh is predominantly Buddhist and has been deeply influenced by Tibetan Buddhism, which follows the Mahayana and Vajrayana schools. In these forms of Buddhism, Buddha is worshipped a deity who has attained Nirvana (freedom from the cycle of birth and death).
• Visit some of the most revered monastries in Ladakh
• Overnight stay at Thiksey monastry guest house
• Opportunity to have a dialogue/ interveiew with a Rinpoche ‘the incarnated one’
• Meet a Thanka artist and get insight into this intricate and meditative form of art
• Meditation at Maha Bodhi Meditation Centre under the guidance of a Buddhist monk
Day 1: Leh arrival
Take an early morning flight from Delhi to Leh, we receive you at Kushok Bakula Rinpochey airport-Leh and transfer to Hotel. Take complete rest for the day. Late evening take a walk around Leh Town or take rest at hotel for acclimatize. Overnight at Leh.
Day 2: Around Leh- Shanti Stupa – Namgyal Tsemo – Leh Palace
Second day for the acclimitisation, you will be doing short sightseeing around upper Leh. Shanti Stupa, built by Japanese master in 1995, and inaugurated by H.H.Dalai Lama of Tibet, from here you can have the panoramic views of Leh and surrounding areas of Indus valley. Namgyal Tsemo or the Victory peaks as it is called is on the top of the Leh and it was a ancient Castle of Ladakh King dRakpa Bumde and Lehche Spakar or the Leh Palace is in nine storey built in 17th century by Ladakhi famous King Senge Namgyal. Now it is taken care of by the Archeological Survey of India. Overnight at Leh.
Day 3: Sabu – Stok – Thiksey – Hemis (60 kms / 2 -3 hrs)
After an early breakfast we drive to the Sabu village on the outskirts of Leh to visit the Oracle of this village. Here we see the oracle and the oracle performance. This centuries old culture and science deals with healing and understanding the cause of problems due to the spirits. After the oracle visit we leave by car to visit Stok royal Palace, the present home of royal family of Ladakh and you can visit the most beautiful royal museum for ancient ornaments, Jewelleries, Crown of the King and the queen. Hemis, the Drukpa monasteries located in the deep gorge. Overnight at Thiksey monastery guest house.
Day 4: Thiksey – Leh
Early moring attent the prayers of Thiksey monastery which is like an hour long. After breakfast we head back to Leh for an Interview / dialog with a Rinpoche ‘the incarnated one’ Overnight at Leh.
Day 5: Likir – Basgo – Alchi (70 kms / 3 – 4 hrs)
Drive to western part of Ladakh and follow the Indus river and stop at confluence of the Indus and Zanskar rivers and drive further to visit to the old Castle of Basgo, 16th century copper statue of future Buddha-Maitreya and huge clay statues and lots of fresco to be seen here. And then drive further to World famous monument, Alchi Choskor (religious monument, oldest of its type in Ladakh). Visit the famous Alchi Choskor, built in the 11th century by Lama Lotsava Rinchen Zangpo, has fabulous paintings and architecture. Alchi monastery, the only monastery in Ladakh built on flat ground, well known for its peerless wall paintings. This area is called Sham or Apricot Valley. Overnight at Alch Resort.
Day 6: Alchi – Lamayuru – Rigzon – Phyang – Leh (130 kms / 4 – 5 hrs)
After breakfast leave for Rigzong- the mountain fortress, renowned for its strict observation of Buddhist rules and regulations laid by the Great Master-the Buddha and also visit one of the oldest nunnery-Chulichan. Lunch at Khaltse town and after that drive towards Lamayuru (one of the oldest monasteries of Ladakh). Visit the Yurdung gonpa and enjoy the scenic view of the moonland (landscape similar to that on moon) and after excursion drive back to Leh en-route visiting Phyang monastery, the branch of Lamayuru. Dridung Kargudpa School of Tibetan Buddhism. Late evening return and overnight stay at Leh.
Day 7: Meeting with Bikkhu Sangasena ‘a renowned Therawada monk’ at Maha Bodhi International Meditation Centre.
On your way back to Leh, visit the Ladakh Handicraft Center at Choklamsar. Here you can buy beautiful handmade products and craft items. Overnight at Leh.
Day 8: Meditation at Maha Bodhi Meditation Centre under the guidance of a Buddhist monk.
Day 9: Visit a Thanka painter at a monastery. Evening spend your last day shopping for souvenirs. Overnight at Leh.
Day 10: Leh – Delhi departure
Early morning drive to Kushok Bakula Rinpochey airport-Leh to catch the flight back to Delhi. Check in to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure
Cost: INR 38000
1. All accommodations in Leh at hotel Mahey Retreat (‘A’ class property), on double occupancy and on MAP bases (bed, breakfast and dinner).
Accommodation at Alchi village in deluxe camping (Swiss cottage style / safari tents) also on MAP bases.
2. All Transfers and sightseeing as per the itinerary in an Innova / Xylo / Scorpio. For the 08 pax, vehicle used will be a tempo traveler with push back seats.
3. English speaking tour guide throughout the tour.
4. All Innerline permits, wildlife, monastery and monumental fees.
5. Any applicable taxes.