Private Car

Max Altitude

5000 m

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Sani Monastery
Emperor Kanishka (Aka Kanika) had got 108 chortens constructed in the first century ADOne of them is in Sani. The holy site at Sani is called Turtot Gyat and is one of the 8 holiest Buddhistsites in the world. That is why most of the Luminaries of Himalayan Buddhism including PadmaSambhava, Naropa and Marpa have visited Sani. This venerable monastery had ancient and medieval frescoes.

Rangdum Monastery
Rangdum: (3,657 meters, 130 km from Kargil town, 65 Km from Panikhar). The Rangdum monastery has tiny “museum” with interesting Tibetan and other artifacts. Around forty monks live in the gompa, It is difficult to agree with accounts that date the Gompa to the 8th century. 18th century is more likely. The villagers who live near the Gompa are basically the agriculture shrifts of the monastery, a guidebook informs us

Zongkhul Monastery
This monastery is built in a spectacular cave, lies on the Padum-Kishtwar trekking route, just before the ascent to the Omasi-La Pass begins. Situated like a swallow’s nest on the rock face of the Ating Gorge, the monastery is associated with Naropa, a famous India Yogi. The two caves around which the present monastery has developed are said to have been used by Naropa for solitary mediation the frescos on the cave walls are very old and reflect a high degree of artistic achievement

Karsha Monastery
The largest monastic establishment of Zanskar, Karsha Gompa is an imposing complex of neatly white-washed adobe blocks comprising several chapels, besides residential rooms for its nearly 150resident monks. Karsha is 4-6 Km from Padum. Built picturesquely along the steep gradient of the mountainside above the Stod River, the monastery can be seen from far and wide. The Gompa, founded by Phagspa Sherab in the 11th century, has the largest library (Kahgyur Khang) in Zanskar and even beyond; there are eight temples and two assembly halls in the complex, which also houses a famous, large and priceless Thangka and smaller but valuable scrolls and precious idols
The Thabrang (room of God and religion) has frescoes dating back to around the 15th century. There is a 14th century Chomo Gompa (Nunnery) called the Dorje Dzong at the other end of Karsha. The nuns go over to the main Gompa for all major festivals. Karsha is the biggest and richest monastery in all Zanskar.

Stongday Monastery
Stongday Gompa is built on a rocky outcrop overlooking the oasis-like village below. It lies 20 Km to the north of Padum, on the road leading to Zangla. Stongday is now the second largest monastic establishment of Zanskar with 60 resident Gelukpa monks. The highlight of this monastery is its Gon Khang (temple of guardian deities).

Phugthal Monastery
Phugthal is the most spectacularly located monastic establishment anywhere in Ladakh. The Phugthal complex spills out of the mouth of a huge cave high up in the sheer mountain face of a
lateral gorge through which a major tributary of the Lungnak River flows. Perhaps the most isolated monastery in Zanskar, its foundation dates back to the early 12th century. The monastery has frescos and ceiling decorations reflecting strong Indian artistic and oceanographic influence

Zangla is 35 km from Padum. The Zanskar River, which leads from Padum to Zangla and then Leh, freezes so hard in the winters that for a few weeks one can walk on it. This is known as the chaadar. The trek from Padum to the motorable road in Leh district can take a week. There are little caves by the frozen river in which travelers’ camp at night. Zangla is base camp for in which travelers camp at night. Zangla is base camp for trekkers in the summers. There is a nunnery nearby. There are no formal hotels in the village, but some families take in guests

Shargole Monastery
Shargole is another 10 Kms ahead of Mulbekh, or 35 km, before Kargil, it’s small but old Ge-Lugs Pa Buddhist monastery has fellow but interesting frescoes. Inside the Gompa is an icon of an Avalokiteswar. There in the Gompa is also three images of Tara, caved in wood by Tibetan artists. It just out of a brown, granite cliff and appears as if it is suspended in the middle of the mountain. This architectural quirk makes it an object of curiosity among local people, too. The panoramic view from the verandah of the “cantilever monastery” is stunning and helps the worshipper concentrate better There is a tiny Buddhist nunnery below

Trip Overview
  • Category
  • Grade
  • Days
  • Nights
  • Accommodation
  • Transportation
    Private Car
  • Max Altitude
    5000 m
Day 1
Arrival, pickup by bus to hotel
Feel the cool breeze as you arrive at Kushok Bakula Airport Leh 3500m. Our arepresentative shall receive you at the airport and then transferred to hotel. Full day at rest at your hotel room to acclimatize to the altitude of Ladakh which is must. At your Hotel for lunch and later in the afternoon visit Shanti stupa which offers the best aerial views of Leh town and the 16thcentury built former palace of the Kings of Ladakh i.e. Lehchen Palkhar or Leh Palace. Evening a brisk walk to stretch your body. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2
Today we shall take you for a Fullday tour of some of the most important and beautiful Monasteries and Palaces on the Indus Valley. Visit Thakthok monastery, Stakna and meet Rinpoche, later we drive back to Leh
Day 3
Today after breakfast we drive to Sham valley, on the way we will visit Likir monastery, Basgo castle, and later we check in Hotel and Temisgham, in the evening we will visit Temisgahm monastery.
Day 4
Temisgham to Kargil, on the way we will visit Wanla monastery, and drive to kargil, on the way we explore Mulbik Chamba, the giant Buddha rock carving of the Gandra Arts, check in hotel in Kargil Overnight at Kargil
Day 5
Kargil to Rangdum we will drive along the Suru valley enjoy the breath taking view of the Nun Kun range and we will visit Kartsey Chamba, the giant Buddha statue of the 3rd century BC, later we reach at Rangdum and overnight stay at camp or Home stay.
Day 6
After breakfast we visist Rangdum monastery and cross Pantsey la pass and enter the beautiful valley of Zanskar valley, enjoy the beautiful mountain ranges of Z3 and Darang Durung Glacier, Drive along the panoramic landscape valley, you will find many small villages of Zanskar with barley crop and pasture land of the valley. We check in hotel in Padum.
Day 7
Today is the best chance to see the Stongday Monastery annual festival, the sacred mask dance and the ritual at the monastey, later we drive to Zangla and and explore the small palace and drive back to Padum
Day 8
Post breakfast we drive to Karsha monastery, vsist the monastery and Drive to Sani and explore Sani monastery and overnight stay at Padum In the evening visit Padum monastery. Overnight stay at Padum
Day 9
An early morning drive to kargil on the way we will visit Dzongkhul monastery, drive continually, stop for hot and tea at Rangdum and drive along the Suru valley, We reach kargil in the evening and check in hotel
Day 10
Kargil to Leh via Lamayuru 234kms /8hrs apporx. After an early breakfast we drive to Leh on the way visiting Lamayuru, Phyang monastery on the way , Overnight at hotel in Leh.
Day 11
Today is the grand ceremony of the HH Dalia Lama birth day, we will visit Choklamsar and Later we will visit Stakna monastery. Evening free liesure around Leh market, Overnight at hotel in Leh
Day 12
Transfer to the airport for onward journey with sweet memory from the Himalaya


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