3N/4D Ladakh Festival Tour

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The Ladakh Festival is a vibrant and colorful celebration that illuminates the streets of Leh with the essence of Ladakh’s rich cultural heritage. Marked by ornate jewelry, ceremonial dances, and traditional attire, the festival showcases the cultural diversity and artistic vibrancy of the region. With cultural troupes, traditional mask dances, folk music, and even thrilling polo matches, the Ladakh Festival offers a captivating and immersive experience into Ladakh’s unique cultural identity.

Tour Overview

Embark on an exhilarating journey to the heart of Ladakh with our Leh & Ladakh Festival tour. This captivating expedition commences with an early morning flight from Delhi to Leh, a former Himalayan kingdom that now stands as the capital of Ladakh. Perched at a breathtaking altitude of 3524 meters, Leh welcomes you with its moonlike landscapes and snow-capped peaks. The town’s dominant feature is the iconic Leh Palace, a reminiscent of its royal history.

The next day, immerse yourself in the vibrant Ladakh Festival, where the streets come alive with a dazzling array of colors, rhythmic drumbeats, and ceremonial dances. As you witness the inauguration procession and join in the festivities, you’ll be captivated by the rich cultural tapestry of the region. Explore the town’s historical gems, including the Leh Palace and the Jokhang Buddhist temple, marvel at the Namgyal Tsemo fortress ruins overlooking the town, and visit the serene Shanti Stupa and Stok Palace Museum.

The journey continues with guided tours of Shey, Thiksey, and Hemis monasteries, each offering a glimpse into Ladakh’s spiritual heritage. Shey’s hilltop monastery, Thiksey’s Potala Palace-inspired grandeur, and Hemis Gompa’s opulence provide insight into Ladakh’s rich Buddhist culture. Concluding with a flight back to Delhi, the tour leaves you with cherished memories of Ladakh’s enchanting landscapes, vibrant traditions, and spiritual landmarks.

Destinations Covered

Leh, Ladakh: Nestled amidst the towering Himalayan peaks, Leh, the capital of Ladakh, captivates with its ethereal landscapes and rich cultural tapestry. At an altitude of 3524 meters, the town exudes an otherworldly charm. Dominating the skyline is the imposing Leh Palace, a historic symbol of Ladakh’s royal legacy. The town’s serene ambiance, the convergence of Buddhist and Tibetan architecture, and the warmth of its predominantly Buddhist residents create a unique atmosphere that beckons travelers to explore its history and spirituality.

Ladakh Festival: Experience the vibrant Ladakh Festival, a dazzling spectacle that showcases the region’s rich cultural heritage. The streets burst to life with a kaleidoscope of colors, resonating drumbeats, and ceremonial dances. The inauguration procession, led by villagers adorned in ornate gold and silver jewelry, forms a visual feast. The celebration continues with cultural troupes and village contingents donning traditional Ladakhi attire, singing songs, and performing spirited dances accompanied by folk music. The festival encapsulates the heart and soul of Ladakh’s cultural identity.

Shey Monastery: Perched on a hilltop, Shey Monastery once served as the summer palace for Ladakh’s royalty. Its spiritual significance is palpable, with a two-story high-seated Buddha statue cast from copper and gilded with gold leaf. The monastery’s tranquility and panoramic views make it an essential stop on the tour, offering a glimpse into both Ladakh’s royal history and Buddhist spirituality.

Thiksey Monastery: Nestled atop a hill, Thiksey Monastery offers panoramic views of the lush Indus Valley. The monastery’s majestic chambers house an array of statues and stupas. Its grandeur, resembling Tibet’s Potala Palace, creates an awe-inspiring atmosphere. Courtyard murals infuse color and life, while the spirituality of the monastery resonates through its architecture and artifacts.

Hemis Gompa: Known as Ladakh’s largest and wealthiest monastery, Hemis Gompa is a sanctuary of gold statues, stupas, and thangkas. Its grandeur is exemplified by a colossal thangka, displayed once every 12 years during a sacred festival. The Gompa’s opulence and spiritual aura offer a glimpse into Ladakh’s devotion and rich Buddhist heritage.

This tour encapsulates the essence of Ladakh, from its tranquil landscapes and historic palaces to its vibrant festivals and spiritual monasteries, providing an unforgettable journey into the heart of this enchanting Himalayan region.

Detailed Tour Plan

Day 1: Flight from Dehli to Leh

Delhi – Leh. Early morning flight from Delhi to Leh. Flight prices do vary and when booked in advance cost less. Flights can be booked with us or independently. Upon arrival to Leh onward transfer to your guesthouse where the remains of the day can be spent at leisure.


Leh is the capital of the former Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh that now sits in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The region is a vast highland desert sitting at 3524 metres above sea level, lying between the Karakoram and the Himalayan ranges characterized by a desolate moonlike landscape and snowy peaks.

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The town is still dominated by the now ruined Leh Palace, former mansion of the royal family of Ladakh, built in the same style and about the same time as the Potala Palace. The 28 000 residents of the the city are predominantly Buddhists and accordingly, Leh is the very much the heart and soul of Buddhist culture in the region. Overnight – Leh & Ladakh

Day 2: The Ladakh Festival & city sightseeing tour

This morning the monastic festival of Leh comes to life with the rhythm of drumbeats and dance. The streets and alleys are blazing hues of every color and pulsate with life. Gathering at approximately 8am we take our spots to watch the inauguration procession of village people making their way down the mountain passes to the city wearing their finest gold and silver ornaments and exotic turquoise headdress.

In tow with the procession we’ll arrive to the main market area of the city where the celebration continues on a grand scale with various cultural troupes and village contingents participating in full ceremonial costumes or traditional Ladakhi dresses singing songs and performing various dances to the tune of village folk music. As the parade arrives at the Polo ground participants break into a variety of folk and popular dances, presenting the best samples of the region’s performing arts and sporting events including archery and polo. Traditional Mask Dances of the monasteries can also be seen with monastery lamas wearing their ritual regalia in accompaniment to their elaborately decorated masks dance in slow, languorous movements to the rhythm of cymbals, flutes and trumpets. This is a truly amazing sight.

Ladakh Festival

It also may be possible to watch a polo match of the ‘Ladakh Festival Cup’ comprising of various polo teams in the region (subject to festival scheduling). Here in the western Himalayas the game is played in its original form with fewer rules and frenzied crowd involvement.

Ladakh Festival

This afternoon offers a guided sightseeing tour of the town, dominated by Sengge Namgyal’s, nine storey palace. Sengge Namgyal a Buddhist and known as the Lion King was the King of Ladakh from 1616 to his death in 1642. His legacy lives in the many monasteries, palaces and shrines of Ladakh that were built under his reign. This grand nine story stone structure is one of the most captivating architectural ruins of the region. Built in traditional Tibetan style it sits on the foothills of the barren landscape. Constructed in the 17th century as the residential palace for the King to mark the reunifying Upper and Lower Ladakh, it showcases excellent example of the medieval Tibetan architecture with its colossal inclined buttressed walls and protruding wooden balconies.

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Above Leh Palace, on Namgyal Tsemo (Victory Peak) overlooking the town, are the ruins of the earliest royal residence at Leh a fortress type structure built by King Tashi Namgyal in the 16th century. In the bazaar the main sites to visit are the Jokhang, the new main Buddhist temple built in the 1980s by the Ladakh Buddhist association and an imposing mosque reflecting a mixture of Islamic and Tibetan architecture that accommodating more than 500 worshippers dating from the late 17th century situated opposite each other.

Ladakh Festival

Visits will also be made to Sankar Gompa to view the image of Avalokitesvara, inset with turquoise and shown with 1000 heads, arms and feet and 100000 eyes, Shanti Stupa – built to commemorate 2500 years of Buddhism and inaugurated by his holiness the Dalai Lama in 1985 and Stok Palace – a museum where in the Sengge Namgyal family heirlooms and relics are displayed. Overnight – Leh & Ladakh

Day 3: Shey and Thiksey Monestories, Hemis Gompa

Today offers guided tours of Shey, Thiksey and Hemis monasteries.

Shey monastery situated on a hilltop, 15km from Leh, was the summer palace of the royal family of the region. The monastery houses a two storey high-seated image of Buddha cast from copper and covered with gold leaf. It is also believed that Kings of Leh were born here in the monastery.

Shey Monastery

Thiksey monastery is situated on a hilltop and the views of the green Indus valley from its rooftop are splendid. This monastery has a number of chambers full of statues and stupas. Courtyard murals are bright and this imposing structure is in many respects a replica of Potala Palace in Lhasa.

Thiksey Monastery

Hemis Gompa is the biggest and wealthiest monastery in Ladakh which contains a large number of gold statues, stupas and thangkas, one of which is reputed to be the largest in existence and is exhibited once every 12 years.

Hemis-monastery-ladakhOvernight – Leh & Ladakh

Day 4: Leh to Delhi by flight

Leh – Delhi. Early this morning we transfer to the airport for our flight to Delhi.

End of Tour

FAQs about the Tour

Q: Why is Leh, Ladakh a popular tourist destination?
A: Leh, Ladakh is renowned for its breathtaking Himalayan landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and spiritual significance. It offers a unique blend of history, spirituality, and natural beauty.

Q: What is the Ladakh Festival?
A: The Ladakh Festival is a vibrant cultural celebration where the streets come alive with colorful processions, ceremonial dances, and cultural performances. It showcases Ladakh’s rich cultural tapestry and is a must-see event.

Q: What are the highlights of the Ladakh Festival?
A: The festival features an inauguration procession with villagers adorned in ornate jewelry, traditional dances, and cultural troupes. Visitors can witness traditional mask dances, folk music, and even polo matches, providing a comprehensive cultural experience.

Q: What historical sites can I explore in Leh?
A: Leh offers a treasure trove of historical sites, including the iconic Leh Palace, the ancient Shey Monastery with its Buddha statue, and the grand Thiksey Monastery resembling Tibet’s Potala Palace.

Q: What is unique about Hemis Gompa?
A: Hemis Gompa is Ladakh’s largest and wealthiest monastery, known for its opulent interiors, gold statues, stupas, and colossal thangkas. The exhibition of the largest thangka every 12 years during a sacred festival is a remarkable sight.

Q: How can I experience Ladakh’s spiritual side during the tour?
A: The tour includes visits to monasteries like Shey, Thiksey, and Hemis Gompa, providing insights into Ladakh’s rich Buddhist culture and spirituality.

Q: What is the significance of Shey Monastery?
A: Shey Monastery was once Ladakh’s summer palace and now houses a magnificent seated Buddha statue cast from copper and gold leaf. Its hilltop location offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

Q: How does Thiksey Monastery resemble the Potala Palace?
A: Thiksey Monastery’s grand architecture and chambers draw parallels to Tibet’s Potala Palace. Its rooftop views of the Indus Valley and vivid courtyard murals make it a fascinating historical and spiritual site.

Q: Is the tour suitable for adventure seekers?
A: While the focus is on cultural exploration and spirituality, adventurous travelers can opt for activities like exploring monasteries on hilltops and witnessing polo matches during the Ladakh Festival.

 Q: How can I reach Leh and Ladakh for this tour?
A: The tour begins with a flight from Delhi to Leh, providing convenient access to the heart of Ladakh’s mesmerizing landscapes and cultural experiences.

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13 Days Festivals of Ladakh with Nubra Valley Tour

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Tour Overview

Embark on a captivating journey through the heart of the Himalayas with this comprehensive tour. Beginning in Delhi, you’ll be greeted with warmth and transferred to your hotel for a comfortable stay. The adventure truly begins as you soar over the majestic Himalayan peaks to reach Leh, a high-altitude gem. Spend your initial days acclimatizing and exploring renowned monasteries like Shey, Thiksey, and Shankar. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of the region and witness the vibrant Hemis Festival, a celebration of tradition and spirituality.

Venture to the serene Alchi monastery, where ancient frescoes tell tales of history. Continue your exploration with a captivating excursion to the striking Lamayuru monastery, traversing the dramatic landscapes that Ladakh offers. As you journey through the picturesque Likir, marvel at the local way of life in Leh’s bustling bazaar. The path leads you to Nubra Valley, a Buddhist haven beyond the towering Khardung La pass, offering a glimpse into a tranquil world surrounded by the Karakoram range.

Discover the treasures of Samstanling monastery and the soothing Panamik Hot Springs during a delightful day excursion. Return to Leh, visiting the captivating Diskit monastery en route. Explore the heritage of Stok Palace, Phyang, and Spituk monasteries, embracing the spiritual essence of the region. Conclude your journey with a visit to Delhi, where a combined city tour reveals the fascinating blend of Old and New Delhi’s vibrant cultures. As you bid farewell to this unforgettable expedition, carry cherished memories back home.

Hemis Festival Dates: 16-17 Jun, 2024

Duration:  13 Days / 12 Nights

Places:  Delhi > Leh > Alchi > Lamayuru > Alchi > Likir > Leh > Nubra > Tiger > Leh > Delhi

13 Days Festivals of Ladakh with Nubra Valley Tour

Destinations Covered

Delhi: The tour starts in the bustling capital city of India, Delhi. Explore the contrast of Old and New Delhi as you visit historical sites like India Gate, Red Fort, and Jama Masjid, and experience the vibrant markets and bustling streets.

Leh: Your journey takes you to the enchanting high-altitude town of Leh. Acclimatize to the altitude while discovering the ancient monasteries of Shey, Thiksey, and Shankar. Experience the spiritual and cultural essence of the region.

Hemis Festival: Immerse yourself in the vivid celebrations of the Hemis Festival, a unique and vibrant showcase of Ladakhi culture, featuring colorful costumes, traditional dances, and elaborate rituals.

Alchi: A tranquil village known for its ancient Alchi Monastery, famous for its stunning wall paintings and sculptures. Visit nearby Rizong Monastery and witness the serenity of the surroundings.

Lamayuru: Embark on a scenic excursion to Lamayuru Monastery, nestled amidst the dramatic landscapes of Ladakh. Explore this ancient and picturesque site, known for its spiritual significance.

Likir: A visit to Likir Monastery offers insights into the spiritual heritage of Ladakh. Observe the daily rituals of the monks and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes.

Nubra Valley: Cross the towering Khardung La pass to reach the enchanting Nubra Valley. Discover the serene landscapes, visit Samstanling Monastery, and rejuvenate at the Panamik Hot Springs.

Stok Palace: Explore the history and culture of Ladakh through a visit to Stok Palace, which houses a museum displaying royal artifacts, costumes, and historical items.

Phyang and Spituk Monasteries: Delve deeper into Ladakh’s spiritual heritage as you visit Phyang and Spituk Monasteries. These ancient monastic complexes offer a glimpse into the region’s rich history and traditions.

This tour provides a comprehensive exploration of Ladakh’s cultural, spiritual, and natural treasures, offering a unique and unforgettable travel experience.

Detailed Tour Plan

Day-1. Arrive Delhi

Delhi International Airport

Meet assistance at airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight hotel

Day-2. Delhi – Leh – 3500 mts


Early morning transfer to domestic airport to check in highly spectacular flight over the Himalaya’s to Leh. Meet at airport and transfer to hotel. Day free for rest & acclimatization. Overnight hotel.

Day-3. In Leh

After breakfast full day sightseeing of famous monasteries Shey, & Thiksey.

Shey Monastery

Thiksey Monastery

Afternoon visit Shankar monastery.

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Overnight hotel.

Day-4. In Leh- Hemis Festival/Thak-Thak Festival

Full day at the monastery and witness the fest.

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Overnight hotel.

Day-5. Leh – Alchi 

In the morning depart for Alchi monastery.


Afternoon visit Alchi and Rizong monasteries.

Rizong monastery

Overnight Guest house

Day-6. Alchi – Lamayuru – Alchi

Full day excursion to Lamayuru monastery.


After having good look around we drive back to Alchi. Overnight guest house.

Day-7. Alchi – Likir – Leh

After breakfast we drive to Leh en route visiting Likir monastery.

likir-monasteryLate afternoon stroll through the main bazar to watch local’s activities.

Leh-BazaarOvernight hotel

Day-8. Leh – Tiger ( Nubra Valley ) 

In the morning drive into Nubra valley to Tiger over Khardung la – 18380 ft.

nubra-valley-lehAfternoon at leisure. Overnight in camp.

Nubra: The Buddhist region of Nubra lies north of Leh across the 5600 Mts. Khardung pass, the first of the five passes on the former trade route from Leh to Turkestan. Nubra consists of two long valleys, the Nubra & upper Shyok lying beneath the towering eastern Karakoram range. At the head of the Nubra valley is the 45 miles long Siachen glacier, the longest glacier in the Karakoram. Overnight in camp.

Day-9. In Tiger

samstanling monastery

Day excursion to Samstanling monastery and Panamik Hot Springs is organized along with picnic / hot lunch.

Panamik-village-ladakhReturn to Tiger enroute visit Ansa gompa. Overnight in camp.

Day-10. Tiger – Leh

After leisure breakfast we drive back to Leh enroute visiting Dishkit monastery.

diskit monastery

Overnight hotel.

Day-11. In Leh

Morning visit Stok Palace & in the afternoon visit Phyang & Spituk monasteries.


Overnight hotel

Day-12. Leh – Delhi

Early morning transfer to airport to board early morning flight for Delhi.

Jama Masjid Delhi Red Fort Mahatma Gandhi's Memorial Delhi

humayun's tomb

India GateQutub Minar

In the afternoon we will go for a combined city tour of Old & New Delhi. Overnight hotel

Day-13. Back Home

Transfer to airport in time to connect your flight back home.

End of Tour

FAQs about the Tour

q: What is the starting point of the tour?
a: The tour starts in Delhi, the capital city of India.

q: What is the highlight of the Hemis Festival?
a: The Hemis Festival is a vibrant celebration of Ladakhi culture, featuring colorful costumes, traditional dances, and elaborate rituals.

q: What is the significance of Alchi Monastery?
a: Alchi Monastery is known for its ancient wall paintings and sculptures, offering a glimpse into Ladakh’s rich spiritual heritage.

q: What can I expect during the excursion to Lamayuru?
a: The excursion to Lamayuru Monastery offers stunning views of Ladakh’s landscapes and a visit to an ancient monastery of spiritual importance.

q: What is unique about Nubra Valley?
a: Nubra Valley is accessible via the Khardung La pass, one of the world’s highest motorable roads. It features serene landscapes, Samstanling Monastery, and natural hot springs.

q: How can I experience Ladakh’s monastic heritage?
a: You can explore monasteries like Shey, Thiksey, Shankar, Likir, Phyang, and Spituk to gain insights into Ladakh’s spiritual and cultural heritage.

q: What are the key attractions in Leh?
a: Leh offers attractions like Stok Palace with its museum, Leh Market, and various monasteries such as Shey, Thiksey, and Shankar.

q: What is the final destination of the tour?
a: The tour concludes back in Delhi after exploring Ladakh’s cultural and natural treasures.

q: How does the tour help with acclimatization to high altitudes?
a: The tour starts with a stay in Leh, allowing travelers to acclimatize to the high altitude before exploring other destinations.

q: What is the overall theme of the tour?
a: The tour focuses on exploring Ladakh’s rich cultural heritage, ancient monasteries, serene landscapes, and unique festivals, providing a comprehensive experience of this Himalayan region.

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