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Buddhist Monastery of Tikse | Leh and Ladakh | India
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Hills and High Places - 16 days map

PRIVATE TOUR: From the Golden Sikh Temple in Amritsar, journey to the home of the Dalai Lama, crossing the majestic snow-clad Himalayas to discover the medieval temples and stupas of the Buddhist kingdom of Ladakh.

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Trip Highlights

High Himalayas - Exhilarating mountain vistas and home to Mount Everest
Amritsar - The stunning Golden Temple
Sarchu and Sahsur Gompas and its priceless 5 metre painting of all 84 Buddhist sidhas
Leh - ‘Little Tibet’, Sankar Gompa, Shanti Stupa, Hemis Monastery, Shey Monastery and Tikse Gompa
Delhi - The capital of India
Dharamsala and its laid back Buddhist atmosphere
Alchi Monastery - Classic Himalayan Gompa
Keylong - Rhotang Pass and the Tanglang Pass
Palampur Tea Estate, Manali and adventure sports


Breakfast daily, 4 lunches and 4 dinners
1 night permanent tented camp
Entrance fees for all included sightseeing
2 economy class flights: Delhi to Amritsar and Leh to Delhi
All relevant transfer and transportation in private modern Chauffeur driven air-conditioned vehicles (**mountain vehicles are not air-conditioned)
14 nights SUPERIOR hotels. STANDARD and DELUXE hotel options are also available upon request. Accommodation rating – See Trip Notes for details
Touring and excursions as per itinerary
Services of English-speaking Indian specialist guides for all included sight-seeing
An airport arrival transfer day 1 and a departure transfer day 16

Not Included

International flights and visa
Tipping - An entirely personal gesture


Day 1


Once you've arrived in Delhi, you'll be met and transferred to and afternoon flight to Amritsar and hotel check in.
Overnight: Amritsar

Day 2


Amritsar. This morning enjoy a tour of Amritsar, taking in the beautiful Golden Temple, considered the holiest shrine to Sikhs the world over, yet open to all. Surrounded by a complex of sparkling white marble and a lake for purification the lavishly guilded temple with bulbous golden domes houses the Adi Granth, the book of teachings for the Sikh faith. This evening we drive to the Wagah Border crossing (a land crossing between India/Pakistan) to watch the highly animated ‘Flag Lowering’ ceremony - a must for any visitor to the north of India.
Overnight: Amritsar  |  Breakfast

Days 3-4


Amritsar - Dharamsala. Driving north to Dharamsala offers some dramatic scenery, where rolling foothills rise high toward snow capped peaks. Dharamsala, the British hill station turned Tibetan settlement, home to the Dalai Lama and thousands of Tibetan refugees offers a sense of peace and tranquility to all those who arrive.

Day 4 offers guided sightseeing of the area surrounding the Dalai Lama’s residence, Dharamsala’s main Buddhist Temple - Tsug Lakhang and the Norbulingka Institute - center for Buddhist learning and handicrafts.
Overnight: Dharamsala  |  Breakfast x 2

Days 5-6


Dharamsala - Palampur - Manali. En route to Manali a stop is made at Palampur - a pretty hill station enclosed by aged British tea plantations. Touring a colonial plantation, set upon the mounting slopes of Kangra Valley, criss crossed by babbling brooks offers a chance to enjoy a fine cuppa. Arriving in Manali, the adventurous can opt to go white water rafting, mountain biking or skiing. Or simply spend the afternoon relaxing. Day 6 allows for a sightseeing tour of the city and an afternoon of leisure.
Overnight: Manali  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 7


Manali - Rohtang Pass - Keylong. Continuing north and rising to 3980 meters above sea level along the Rhotang Pass we arrive at the village of Keylong - 120 km from the Tibetan border.
Overnight: Keylong  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8


Keylong - Sarchu. En route to Sarchu there is time to stop and explore Sahsur Gompa, a beautiful Buddhist Temple built in the 17th century housing priceless 5 meter ‘Tankha’, (wall painting) depicting all 84 sidhas of Buddhism.
Overnight: Sarchu (permanent tented camp)  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 9-11

Leh & Ladakh

Keylong - Tanglang La Pass - Leh. Rudyard Kipling said of the region “Surely the Gods live here this is no place for men.” Travelling over the Tanglang La Pass at a dizzying height of 5350 meters confirms our arrival to the remote and sparsely populated region of Ladakh. Cradled by the Karakoram and the Great Himalayan ranges, the vast and often snow covered desert is often discribed as the last ‘Shangri-La’, (land of high mountain passes) and is one of the last enclaves of Mahayana Buddhism, Ladakh’s principle religion for nearly a thousand years, now much suppressed in its native homeland of Tibet. The following 3 days are spent exploring this delightful region. Day 10 - Leh city tour with visits to the Sankar Gompa and Shanti Stupa. Day 11 - guided touring of Hemis Monastery, Shey Monastery - a former royal palace and Tikse Gompa - a 12 story high complex resembling Potala Palace in Lhasa, housing Buddhist art, statues, art and swords.
Overnight: Leh & Ladakh  |  Breakfast x 3

Days 12-13


Leh - Alchi. Alchi is set amongst the desolate gorges of the Indus River and spectacular mountains. Here we will visit the Alchi Gompa, a must see Buddhist Temple dating back to 1000 AD. On day 13 we return to Leh.
Overnight: (1) Alchi, (1) Leh  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Days 14-15


Leh - Delhi - breakfast. Morning flight to Delhi and hotel check in upon arrival. The remainder of today and tomorrow offer free time to independently explore. Consider visits to the Red Fort, Qutab Minar and Raj Ghat.
Overnight: Delhi  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 16


Sadly today arrangements conclude after breakfast and onward departure transfer to the airport.

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Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room. The 'Single Room' price is applicable when a single room is required, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults.

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At a Glance

Trip Type
Any day of the year
Hotel Rating
Our rating: Superior
Tour Guide
Yes - for all included sightseeing
Breakfast: 15, Lunch: 4, Dinner: 4
Minimum Age
15 yrs, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
Dep. Transfer
View from the top of a mountain in Dharamsala
Snowy mountains of Manali
Lake and mountain landscape in Leh and Ladakh
Alchi Gompa in the Ladakh town of Alchi. Photo credit stevehicks.
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