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Ladakh Tour Packages >> Ladakh Monastery
Ladakh Monastery TrekDuration : 15 Nights / 16 Days
Places to see : Ladakh Monastery
Day 01: Arrive Delhi - Leh
Morning arrive Delhi at international airport our representative meet you at airport later drive to domestic airport take the morning flight for Leh. Check into the Hotel and relax the whole day. This is necessary for getting acclimatized. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 02: Leh - Ladakh
Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 04: Indus valley - Shey monastery and Thikse monastery
Shey monastery: King Deldon Namgyal got the two-story Shey Gompa constructed
in the year 1655, in the memory of his father. One of the highlights of
the monastery is a two-story high image of the seated Buddha. The image
is worked out of copper sheets, gilded with gold, and is the biggest metal
statue and the second largest Buddha statue in Ladakh. It also contains
sacrificial offerings such as grain, jewels, holy signs and mantras inside
it. The upper story of the Shey Gompa is adorned with a number of beautiful
Thikse monastery: Thiksey Gompa of Ladakh is situated at a distance of approximately 18 km from the town of Leh. One of the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh, it belongs to the Gelukpa Order of Buddhism. Sherab Zangpo of Stod got the Thikse Monastery built for the first time, at Stakmo. However, later Spon Paldan Sherab, the nephew of Sherab Zangpo, reconstructed the monastery in the year 1430 AD. The new monastery was sited on a hilltop, to the north of Indus River.
Thikse Monastery of Leh Ladakh houses a temple, known as Lakhang Nyerma. This temple, built by Rinchen Zangpo, the Translator, is dedicated to Goddess Dorje Chenmo. A huge temple in its time, today it stands mostly in ruins. Apart from this temple, there are a number of other sacred shrines inside the monastery complex. The monastery also has a rich collection of numerous valuable artifacts and ancient relics.
Thiksey Gompa serves as the residence of approximately eighty monks. It has been served, for quite a long time, by the successive reincarnations of the Skyabsje Khanpo Rinpoche. The monastery also plays the host to Gustor ritual, organized from the 17th to 19th day of the ninth month of the Tibetan calendar. Sacred dances also form a part of this ritual, which takes place on an annual basis
Stok Palace: This is the present residential palace of the Royal family of King Singe Namgyal, the family was staying earlier in the renowned Leh palace. Stok palace, constructed in 1825 AD by King Tsespal Tondup Namgyal, is a striking palace where the ancient and modern architectures meet together making the beautiful home.
This palace is famous for beautiful gardens apart from the architectural beauty. The view of the sunrise and sunset are wonderful from the palace, the glowing sunlight makes here sceneries quite enjoyable. At present, the palace is open to visits and presents a collection of royal attires, crown and other royal materials.
Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 05: Shey monastery and Thikse monastery - Lamayuru Monastery
Every year the Lamayuru Gompa plays host a masked dance, which takes place on the 17th and 18th day of the 5th month of Tibetan lunar calendar. The monks from the monasteries of the nearby areas also come to take part in the celebrations. There is an interesting legend associated with the Lamayuru Gompa of Leh Ladakh. It is said that the Lamayuru Valley used to be a clear lake, at the time of Sakyamuni (the Historical Buddha). And, nags (holy serpents) used to reside in the lake.
Bodhisattva Madhyantaka had once a prediction quite a long time back that the lake would eventually be dried, making way for the construction of a Buddhist monastery. The legend moves further to state that Mahasiddhacharya Naropa, an 11th century Indian Buddhist scholar, sat in meditation for a number of years in one of the caves in Dukhang. He was the one who caused a crack in the hillside surrounding the lake.
Through this crack, the lake started draining. When the lake dried out, the scholar found a dead lion lying inside it. On the same spot, where he found the tiger, he constructed the first temple of the area, known as the Singhe Ghang (Lion Mound). Another legend has it that the building of Lamayuru Monastery was constructed, as per the instructions of King of Ladakh, under the direction of Rinchen Zangpo, the Translator. After this, the monastery came under the administration of the Zhwa-mar-pa (Red Hats).
Later, Dharmaraja Jamyang Namgial offered the monastery to Chosje Danma. And this led to the observance of the rituals of the Digung Kargyud School, with the monastery being renamed as Yungdrung Tharpaling. Today, the Lamayuru Monastery is served by the successive reincarnations of Skyabsje Toldan Rinpoche.
Overnight at Hotel
Day 06: Lamayuru Monastery - Prinkti La
Day 07: Prinkti La - Hinju
Day 08: Hinju -Konzke La
Day 09: Konzke La -Sumda Chenmo
Day 13: Alchi
Sum-tsek is a triple-storied temple with a carved wooden fa?e consisting of pillars, carved brackets, and capitals. The walls of the halls are covered with mandalas in vibrant colors, standing figures of Bodhisattvas, Manjushri (the embodiment of wisdom), Avalokiteshvara, and Maitreya Buddha.
Lotsawa Lha-Khang and Manjushri Lha-Khang are two adjoining shrines that share a similar plan. The square shrine has four central columns that hold up the raised roof. Within the shrine of Manjushri are four large plaster images of the Bodhisattva. The murals of the temple follow the theme of the thousand Buddha while gods and goddesses dominate the wall space.
Lha-Khang Soma is a structure constructed later in comparison to other shrines of Alchi. Within the small square room is a chorten or votive stupa. Columns that support the roof have wonderful carved brackets with lion faces. Walls of the shrine are painted with the images of Vairochana, Buddha, Bodhisattvas, and guardian figures. The doorway is decorated and protected as usual with the image of Mahakal
Evening return back to Camp
Overnight stay at Alchi Village
Day 14: Alchi - Leh Ladakh
Day free in Leh.
Overnight at Hotel
Day 15: Leh - Delhi (Flight)
Day 16: Depart-Delhi
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