Get mesmerized by prayer halls and religious frescoes, interact with the resident monks to learn more about Buddhism and the local traditions, and take in the amazing roof top views from the gompas.
Duration : 7 Days
Route : Leh → Hemis →Thiksey →Shey → Lamayuru → Alchi → Likir → Basgo → Leh
Day 1 Leh
Take in Leh at a sedate place. Due to high altitude it is recommended to take complete rest so that you are able to acclimatize properly.
Day 2 Leh
Set against the Himalayas and overlooking the crumbling Old Town is Leh Palace. Take a tour of the old town to explore Leh Palace, Chamba & Chandazik Gompas, Munshi’s House and Tsemo Fort.
Day 3 Hemis, Thiksey & Shey
Take a day trip to visit the gorgeous buddhist monasteries of Hemis. Thiksey and Shey.
Shey is home to the biggest metal statue in Ladakh.
Thiksey Gompa, noted for its resemblance to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, is one of main monasteries of the Gelugpa sect.
Hemis is popular for its colorful festival which is held every year in July.
Day 4 Lamayuru & Alchi
After an early breakfast head to Lamayuru, one of the largest and oldest gompas in Ladakh, with a population of around 150 resident monks.
Post lunch head to Alchi Monastery, known for its magnificent, and well-preserved 11th or 12th century wall paintings.
Day 5 Likir & Basgo
Head towards Leh via Likir and Basgo.
Likir is the seat of the Ngari Rinpoche, the present emanation of whom is the younger brother of the Dalai Lama.
Basgo is a mud-brick fortress, perched high on the hills of Ladakh, between the Himalaya and Karakoram mountain ranges.
Day 6 Leh
Explore the newer part of town. Enjoy the laid back vibe along Changs Pa, visit the Donkey sanctuary and catch the sunset at Shankar Gompa.
Day 7 Leh
Ramble through the markets before heading to the airport for your flight back. If time permits, the road trip from Leh to Manali is highly recommended.