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Kashmir Tour Packages
Mysterious Ladakh and The Kashmir Vally
Ladakh is a Himalayan region bordering on Tibet and close to it historically, geographically and ethnographically. It is now part of India and occupies 2/3 of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, located in the very north of the country. In the VIII-IX century was part of the Tibetan Empire, then separated into an independent kingdom. In the heyday of it included Baltistan (now Pakistan), Lahaul and Spiti, Zanskar, the western Tibetan kingdom of Guge, the Nubra Valley and the Indus Valley. There were important trade routes connecting Tibet with the outside world and the Great Silk Road. Until 1994, it was closed to tourists.
Today, when the Tibetan traditions are almost destroyed by the Chinese invasion, Ladakh is called the "last stronghold" of Buddhism. Here there are ancient Buddhist monasteries (gompas), which have never been subjected to external interference and for many years retain the original Tibetan traditions. Buddhism plays a leading role in the life of Ladakh, gompas serve as the centers of social and educational life in the region. Scattered in hard-to-reach places, they are still full of life and are replenished at the expense of the local population, traditionally giving the youngest son to monasticism. Monasteries store amazing material and spiritual values, monuments of art and iconography. At the present time Ladakh is recognized as the center of Tibetan Buddhism-Lamaism.
The Kashmir Valley is part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, famous for its beautiful climate and picturesque nature. Located in the mountains, it gave coolness in the summer and always served for the rest of the Indian rulers who built palaces here and broke parks.
Known by local craftsmen and famous for its fine carvings, delicate pashmina (wool products), carpets, textiles and copper utensils. In the valley, saffron is grown.
The Mughal Emperor Jahangir (father of Shah Jahananstroitel Taj Mahal and the son of Emporer Akbar) said the banner phrase about the Kashmir Valley: "If there is a heaven on earth, then it is here."
Early rise, transfer to the airport, morning flight to Leh, the capital of Ladakh (3500 m above sea level). Upon arrival, a meeting at the airport, transfer to the hotel, accommodation, further - free time, rest for acclimatization. If you want, you can walk around the city on your own. Overnight stay.
Leh is the capital of the principality of Ladakh, the most important commercial and cultural center of "Lesser Tibet". Earlier it was the most important transit point on the route of caravans along the Great Silk Road - caravans from all over Central Asia, Northern India, Kashmir and Tibet came here. Buddhist monks also wandered here, wandering around the region. After China closed the borders of Tibet, the city lost its transit significance, but it remains the most important center of all Indian Tibet. In the city there are highly esteemed temples, where rare sacred texts are stored and pilgrims stop.
The most important sights:
- Leh Palace (1630) - built by the most famous ruler of Ladakh Sengi Namgyal,
- Monastery complex Namgyal Tsemo (XVI century), the former residence of the rulers of Lech. Nearby is Gongkangh (Temple of the Divine Preservers) and the temple of Matreya (Buddha of the Future),
- the main bazaar, in former times the center of trade and the base of numerous caravans passing through the city,
- the modern Buddhist center of Jokhang,
- snow-white stupa Shanti (Pagoda of the World), built by Japanese Buddhists,
- Sankar Gompa, where the residence of the main lama of the Gelugpa tradition is located in Ladakh.
Breakfast. Tour of the monasteries of the valley of the Indus River: gompa Shay, Tiks and Hemis. Return to Leh. Overnight stay.
Shay is the former capital and palace of the royal family of Ladakh, a complex that includes an ancient 17th-century temple and the ruins of a palace built in 1655 by the Ladakh king Deldan Namgyal for a summer residence. In the monastery there are always two oracles - the predictor.
Tibex gompa is a grandiose monastery, one of the largest in the region, belonging to the Gelugpa sect. The temple of Buddha Matreya is decorated with stunning frescoes and is consecrated by the Dalai Lama himself. The monastery was founded in 1433 by Sherab Zangpo.
Hemis Gompa (XVII century) - is located 40 km. from Lech. This is the largest and richest monastery in Ladakh, founded by King Namgyal for the Druppa sect. Here are stored ancient relics and knowledge. Another feature of Hemis - it was in the local library by the Russian traveler Nikolai Natovich that Tibetan manuscripts were found, indicating the presence of Jesus Christ in the territory of Indian Tibet in the period from 12 to 30 years. Upon his return to Europe, Natovich published the book "The Life of Saint Issa".
Breakfast. A trip to Lake Pangong, which is located on the border with Tibet. During the movement, panoramic views of the monasteries of Shey and Tiks, as well as the valley of the Indus River, are opened. Tourists will cross one of the most accessible Chang-la Pass (5475 m.)
In the region, which is open even in winter. They will see the place of Tangse with an ancient temple. At the end of the tour, return to Leh, rest.
Pangong Tzu is a lake at an altitude of 4250 m above sea level, where the road leads through the Chang-la Pass (5475 m. Behind him, right on the border with Tibet there is a fabulous beauty lake, most of which is located on the territory of China. picturesque views and has a magical, mystical beauty - the color of the water in it varies depending on the weather, and the shores open mysterious views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Rare locals bred famous goats whose wool makes Pashmina.
Rare locals bred famous goats, of whose wool they make Pashmina.
Breakfast. Departure to Alchi (73 km, 2-3 hours). On the way - visit Likir gompa and Alchi Gompa. Overnight at the hotel.
Likir Gompa (XI century) - the meaning of its name is "surrounded by Nagami" (giant snake-spirits), it is believed that the monastery is wrapped around the bodies of two Nagas - Nando and Taksako. According to myth, the 5th king of Ladakh Lachen Gyalpo opt the place for him. Now it belongs to the Gelugpa sect and follows Tsongkhapa's commandments. In the monastery there are about 120 monks and about 30 pupils are studying. Here is the richest collection of the tank (Tibetan icons), sculptures and other art objects, skilled craftsmen working to transfer their work to the youth.
Alchi Gompa (XI century) is the center of Buddhist art and one of the main attractions of Ladakh. The construction of the monastery is associated with the name of the legendary Ringchen Zangpo, a great interpreter and religious figure, whose biography says that for the construction of the monastery he was brought 32 skilled sculptors and a wood carver from Kashmir.
Breakfast. Departure to Kargil (168 km). On the way - visit the monastery of Lamayuru. Overnight in Kargil.
Lamayuru Gompa (XI century) - one of the oldest monasteries of Ladakh, existed in pre-Buddhist times, belonged to the Bon religion (the original religion of Tibet in pre-Buddhist times) and was called Yungdrung (swastika). In its place in the XI century, a Buddhist monastery was established, belonging to the Kagyu sect (Red Hats). An old belief is that the creation of the monastery was promoted by the well known Tibetan guru and yogi Naropa, who meditated for several years in a cave near the monastery.
Breakfast. Departure to Srinagar, the capital of the same district. On the way - stop in Sonmarg. The popular resort of Kashmir. Arrival late at night and accommodation on a houseboat. Overnight stay.
Sonmarg or Golden Meadow is located at an altitude of 2743 meters in 80 km. It is called golden due to the yellow flowers of saffron, which blossom abundantly here in the spring. In addition to saffron, the resort's surroundings are abundantly covered with other alpine flowers, which undoubtedly please the eye, and the surrounding mountains form a picturesque panorama in which one can see the glacier Thajivas.
Srinagar, the summer capital of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, is located in a beautiful valley on Lake Dal and the Jhelum River, surrounded by the Himalayas. The city is famous for its gardens and lakes filled with the purest mountain water. The Mughal emperors, who admired its beauty, defeated in the neighborhood the legendary terraced gardens (total 777), which feed on the water of mountain springs.
Tourists arriving in Kashmir, with pleasure stop on houseboats (houses - boats) on the lake surrounded by blossoming lotus flowers. It is said that similar houses arose during the reign of the British, when the Kashmiri maharaja refused to allocate land for British villas, and inventive Englishmen began to build houseboats on the lake.
Breakfast. A trip to the mountain resort of Gulmarg. Overnight in Srinagar.
Gulmarg (Meadow of Flowers) is located at an altitude of 2730 m above the sea level. m. 60 km from Srinagar. Gulmarg is a popular ski resort (in winter) and a favorite vacation spot for Indians in the summer. It is claimed that the local 18-hole golf course is the highest in the world. When the weather is fine, stunning views are opened, from Gulmarg you can make a small track (3-4 hours), climb the ski lifts or simply enjoy the surrounding nature.
Breakfast. Excursion to Pahalgam (Valley of the Shepherds), a popular resort in the vicinity of Srinagar, which leads a picturesque road among the saffron fields of pine forests. Visit the ruins of Avantipur, where there are two Hindu temples of the IX century. From Pahalgam, a pilgrimage begins with the sacred caves of Amarnath, so it is crowded in summer. Pahalgam is loved by the figures of the Indian film industry, many films were shot here.
Breakfast. Excursion to the legendary Mughal gardens, afterwards - visiting the ancient temple of Shankaracharya (dedicated to the founder of Advaita Vedanta). After lunch - free time. We recommend visiting the shrine of Rosabal, which is considered to be the tomb of Jesus Christ and the shrine of the Ahmadiya movement in Islam.
In the Himalayas, there is a legend that Jesus did not die, and after the crucifixion was transported to India where he lived his life, died, and his grave is located in Srinagar. Many pilgrims come to the shrine, it is believed that the place has a great healing power.