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Zanskar Cultural Tours

Cultural Tours in Zanskar Valley is the subset of tourism concerned with Ladakhi cultures. Specifically the lifestyle of peoples in Zanskar Valley, the history of Zanskar and those peoples, their art, architecture, religion and other elements. Cultural Tours in Zanskar, showcasing the traditions of ethnic cultural societies and their values and lifestyle.



Zanskar Tours (15 Days)


Zanskar valley is the most attractive one having magnificent monasteries and great Himalayas. Visiting Monasteries like Sani which is one of the eighth holiest Buddhist sites in the world. The Rangdum monastery has small museum with interesting Tibetan artifacts. Karsha Monastery being largest in Zanskar has a number of shrines and has been embellished with exquisite paintings. Explore the terrain, Heritages and Cultures of Zanskar.


Day 01: Arrive Delhi

Arrive Delhi International airport where you be met and then transferred to your Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.


Day 02: Flight Delhi - Leh

Early morning, you will be transfered to domestic Airport to board flight for Leh. On arrival at Leh, our representative will well come you and you will be transfered to hotel. Check in hotel. Day free for acclimatisation. Overnight stay at hotel in Leh. (3500m)


Day 03: Sightseein Tour To Stok Palace, Matho Monastery, Samkar Gompa and Shanti Stupa)

After breakfast, drive to Stok (14 km) by crossing a bridge over Indus river Indus at Choglamsar village. In Stok, visit the royal palace, constructed by the king Tsespal Tondup Namgyal in 1825AD. Inside the palace, you see great collection of ancient royal ornaments, Thankas (scroll paintings) and old statues. After the visit, drive to Matho village, 10 km from Stok. This monastery was built by Lama Tungpa Dorje in 13th century. Two famous oracles (known as Rongtsan), (who were invited from Tibet by the founder of this monastery) still make appearance during the festival of monastery. After visiting Matho, drive back to Leh. Post Lunch, visit exquisite Shanti Stupa and Samkar Monastery in Leh. You enjoy the spectacular view of Indus valley with its surrounding magnificent mountains of mighty Himalaya. Overnight at hotel in Leh.


Day 04: Sightseeing in Indus valley (Shey Palace ,Thiksey and Hemis Monastery

After breakfast, drive to Hemis monastery which is 45 km far from Leh and it takes 90 minute drives. The great Mahasiddha Staktsang Raspa along with great ancestor Singey Namgyal built this biggest monastery in 16th century. After visiting this monastery, drive back to Thiksey monastery, which is 27 km from Hemis. This monastery is the oldest monastery of Gelugpa sect in Ladakh. The great Lama Paldan Shesrap built in 14th century. Here you visit the big statue of the Future Buddha. After visiting this monastery drive back to Leh via visiting Shey Palace wherein you visit big copper gilt statue of Lord Buddha. Overnight at Guest House in Leh. (3500m)


Day 05: Drive Leh – Likir – Alchi – Ulleytokpo (72 km)

Morning after breakfast, drive on Leh Srinagar highway to Ulleytokpo. En-route, visit Likir and Alchi monastery. On the way, you travel through spectacular and magnificent view of landscape with beautiful mountains, sometime imposing gorged. You pass across Magnetic hill, confluence of Indus and Zanskar before Nimoo village; beautiful and charming villages of Ladakh. Visit Likir exquisite Gelugpa sect monastery built on hill top with awe inspiring view of the valley, by Lhachen Gyalpo in 1065AD. A Big Statue of Maitreya Buddha (Future Buddha) constructed outside the moastery and it was inaugurated by 14th Dalai Lama. Later, drive to Alchi village (8km). After Saspol village, you cross Indus River over a bridge on left and follow the road that leads to Alchi. Visit the 1000 years Gelugpa sect Alchi monastery. After the visit, drive further 7km to Ulleytokpo for overnight stay. Overnight at Ulley resort above Indus River. (3300m)


Day 06: Drive Ulleytokpo – Rizong – Lamayuru –Fotula (4090 m) - Mulbek (113 km)

Post breakfast, Leave resort for Mulbek. Enroute you visit Rizong and Lamayuru monastery. Right from Ulletokpo you enter in right side valley and folow the road that leads to Rizong. 3km drive takes you at Nunnery with small temple. Further 3km drive takes you to Rizong monastery that picturesquely built on hill top with imposing view of surrounding wonderful mountains by Lama Tsultim Nima 150 years ago. This exquisite monastery is located in very isolated place in the middle of huge towering mountains. Later, drive back to Ulleytokpo then continue drive onward to Mulbek. Halt at Lamayuru to visit the beautiful Digung sect monastery, founded on hill top dominating the valley, by Lama Nyimagung. History says that great Mahasiddha Naropa visited this place and the sacred cave where he resided and meditated still to be seen inside the principle temple. After the visit, keep on drive to Mulbek by crossing Fotula-4090m (The highest motor road pass in the leh-Srinagar highway) as far as Mulbek. You pass through several charming villages and spectacular landscape. Arrive Mulbek. Overnight stay at Fixed camp. (3150m)


Day 07: Drive Mulbek – Kargil - Rangdum (170 km)

Morning post breakfast, visit 2nd century 9m high rock curved statue of Maitreya Buddha in Mulbek village and then proceed to Kargil. Arrive Kargil (2nd largest town in Ladakh). While leaving behind the highway, you continue drive to Rangdum along the spectacular Suru valley that will provide you view of highest mountain massif snow cover peaks Nun (7135m) and Kun (7077m). The road in Suru valley pass through several beautiful and charming villages (inhabitants are almost Muslim). Arrive at Rangdum village.Rangdum is physically located in the Suru Valley and culturally it is part of Zanskar. Overnight stay Fixed Camp. (3230m)


Day 08: Drive Rangdum – Padum (115 km)

Post breakfast, Befor leaving Rangdum, Visit the picturesque Rangdum monastery founded on hill top with enchanting view of the imposing valley, by Lama Gelek Yeshe Takpa 200 years ago. From the monastery, you take pleasure of wonderful panoramic view of landscape and Randum village. After then continue drive by crossing pentsila pass (4400m) on the way. Halt at top of pass to take photo of wonderful view of landscape with its stunning Drang Drum Glacier and towering mountains. On the way, you pass across the as many as Shepherds of Zanskar valley with their domestic animals and Yaks. Continue drive as far as Padum. Overnight stay at hotel in Padum. (3590m)


Day 09: Cultural Sightseeing in Zanskar (Sani Gompa, Bardan and Zongkul Monastery)

Morning after breakfast, drive Padum to Sani to visit the most famous monastery wherein you visit the sacred statues of Buddhas and Boddhisattavas. This monastery located and picturesquely built in the middle of field and houses. After the visit, proceed to Zongkul monastery and then continue drive to Bardan monastery. On the way you enjoy the view of beautiful and charming villages of Zangskar valley. After visiting the Bardan village and its monastery, drive back to Padum. Evening, explore Padum. Overnight in Padum.


Day 10: Sightseeing tour in Zanskar (Karsha and Stongde Monastery)

Morning after breakfast, drive to Karsha to visit the monastery. Karsha (Pair of White i.e., Outer white and Inner white) is 7km form padum. Visit Gelugpa sect and largest monastery of Zanskar. The monastery picturesquely built on hill top with imposing view of enchanting valley and tributary rivers (Tsarap and Doda river), by Great Lama Phagspa Shesrap (the translator of Zanskar). From the monastery, take pleasure of awesome and spectacular view of the capital of zanskar (Padum) and its surrounding mountains. After the visit continue drive to Stongde village. Visit the beautiful monastery built on hill top, overlooking the valley, by Lama Marpa 950 years ago. Approximately 60 monks are residing in this monastery. After the visit, return back to Padum. Afternoon, explore the Padum (The capital of Zanskar valley). Overnight stay at hotel in Padum.


Day 11: Drive Padum – Rangdum – Kargil (245 km)

Morning after breakfast, drive back to Kargil. Overnight at hotel in Kargil. (2900m)


Day 12: Drive Kargil – Leh.

Morning after breakfast, drive to Leh. Overnight at hotel (3500m).


Day 13: In Leh

The day is free for Rest or Shopping.


Days 14: Flight Leh - Delhi

Early morning transfer to Airport to take flight for Delhi. Arrive Delhi, transfer to Hotel. Overnight at Hotel in Delhi. (239m)


Days 15: Half Day Sightseeing Delhi / Departure.

Morning after breakfast, you have sightseeing of Old Delhi and New Delhi. Late evening, transfer to IGI Airport for return flight.


Cost with A - Category Hotels


02 to 03 Pax

€ 1202 per person

04 to 06 Pax

€ 1142 per person

07 to 09 Pax

€ 1053 per person

10 to 12 Pax

€ 984 per person

Single Supplement will be

€ 233


Included: A class Hotels with Breakfast & One meal (Lunch or Dinner)


Cost Includes :

  • Standard Hotel in Central Delhi with Bed & Breakfast.
  • A - Category Hotel in Leh.
  • All ground transportation in Delhi by air-conditioned car/coach.
  • All ground transportation in Ladakh by non air-conditioned jeep.
  • Local English speaking guide in Delhi & Ladakh.
  • Entry fee to monasteries/ monuments in Ladakh only.

Cost Does not Includes :

  • International/ Domestic Flights
  • Lunches & Dinners in Delhi.
  • Personal clothing.
  • Insurance and medical evacuation.
  • Tips, hard & soft drinks, mineral water, laundry, postage, telephone calls, anything not specified above and any item of personal nature.
  • Any expenses caused by reason beyond our control such as road block and flight cancellations due to natural calamities etc.
  • Entry fee to mounments in Delhi.
  • Any thing not specifically mentioned under the head "Cost includes".

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