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Thiksey Gustor - Ladakh Festival

festival of ladakh

 Duration : 6 Nights & 7 Days
 Category : Moderate
 Group Size : 01 Pax (Min)
 Peak Point : Gandala pass of( 4970m)
 Best time to Plan : Mid June till end of September
 Activity : Adenture
Cost Per Person INR
One Car
01 : Rs.36,500/
02 : Rs.25,825/
03 : Rs.22,300/-
04 : Rs.21,900/-
Two Car
O6 : Rs.22,000/-
07 : Rs.21,165/-
08 : Rs.21,000/-

Cost includes:
� Accommodation in Hotels on APAI
� All transfers and sightseeing by Non ac Innova | Scorpio
� Ladakh Environments fee
� Inner-line permits to Restricted areas of Pangong
� Monastery entrances
� Wildlife fee and red cross ( for permit)
� Welcome with traditional Ladakh scarf ( Khataks ) and drinks ( Tea /coffe) and Ladakh tea
Cost doesn�t include:
Airfare to any , Tips , Drinks , insurances if any, anything not mentioned in Inclusion

Single room supplement : Rs 8000/-
Supplement for English speaking monastery guide : Rs 1800/- per day

 Trip Highlights 
  • Gentle walking staying in comfortable accommodation
  • Travel by comfortable vehicles (3 - 4 pax per vehicle)
  • Ancient monastery visits
  • Cultural Insight
  • Captivating beauty of Khardongla
  • Family visits and local personal interaction with cooking classes

 Trip Activities 
  • Gentle walking
  • Jeep Safari
  • Monastery and Palace Visits

 Trip at a Glance 
  • 4 Nights in Hotel
  • Two Men Tents During Trek
 Iternerary Details 
Arrive at Leh airport by morning flight from Delhi.
Thiksey Gustor
Continue the festival
Leh - Alchi (HT 3250 M) - - Lamayuru
Leh - Over Khardung La (HT 5602 M) - Hunder (HT 4350 M) (Nubra Valley) - approx 5 hrs
Hunder - Leh - approx 3 hrs
Leh � Delhi

Thiksey Gustor Main Festival of Ladakh

The Cost Includes :
  • Accommodation in Hotels on APAI
  • All transfers and sightseeing by Non ac Innova | Scorpio
  • Ladakh Environments fee
  • Inner-line permits to Restricted areas of Pangong
  • Monastery entrances
  • Wildlife fee and red cross ( for permit)
  • Welcome with traditional Ladakh scarf ( Khataks ) and drinks ( Tea /coffe) and Ladakh tea

Cost Doesn't Includes:
Airfare to any , Tips , Drinks , insurances if any, anything not mentioned in Inclusion


Thiksey Gustor Festival in Ladakh

Day 01: Arrive at Leh airport by morning flight from Delhi.
This flight is one of the most sensational flights in the world. On a clear day from one side of the aircraft can be seen in the distance the peaks of K2, Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum and on the other side of the aircraft, so close that you feel you could reach out and touch it, is the Nun Kun massif.
Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. You would take a little time to settle in and acclimatize since you have gone from a relatively low elevation in New Delhi to over 11,000 feet! During the afternoon, you can walk through the old town, beneath the Leh Palace, to allow you to get oriented to this fascinating city. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 02: Thiksey Gustor
Thiksey Gustor
Gustor literally means �Sacrifice of the 29 th dat. It is traditionally to the monasteries of the reformist Gelukpa order of Tibetan Buddhism. This two day long festival is held mainly in the Spituk, Thiksay and Karsha Zanskar) monasteries at different times of the very year. The celebration end with the dismembered and dispersal of the Torma (Sacrificial Cake) by the leader of the Black hat dancers in a ceremony called �Argham� or �klling�. This sybolise the destruction of all form of evil. And also re-dnacts the assassination of the Tibetan apostate King Lang-Darma, by a Buddhist monk in the mid 9 th century. In some monasteries, an effiy sybolising the stronger forces of evil is burnt at end of the festival. The mask worn by the dancers represent the guardian divinities(harmapalas) of the Buddhist pantheon, and the patron divities of the Geluk-pa order. The hiksay monastery about 20 km south of Leh. This Gonpa is situated on the top the hill and part of Geluk-pa order. The disciple of �Jamgon sokapa, Sherab Zangpo� of stod, first built the temple of Stkmo Lakhang at top the Thiksay Alley. Then Paldan Sharab nephew of Sherab Zangpo, founded Thiksay monastery. Here are sacred shrine and many precious to be seen. The successive reincarnation of Skabjay Khanpo Rinpoche act as in charge of the monastery. The Thiksay Gustor (Festival) held in 17th, 18th and 19 th day of the 10th � month of Tbetan lunar calendar. There are chance to see prayer in the early morning.
The festival follows with celebration and spiritual dances by monks of the monastery and even the head lama commencing the fair by wearing the black hat chams ( Monk dance ).

Day 03: Continue the festival
Thiksey Gustor revolves around the assassination of the 9th Century Tibetan apostate king Lang Darma by a Buddhist monk. The assassination is re-enacted during the festival with much pomp and grandeur. Some monasteries burn an effigy symbolising stronger evil forces. Early morning prayers are offered to bring divine peace to those who take part in it. After the two day celebrations, there is a ritualistic dispersal of the Torma or the sacrificial cake by the leader of the Black Hat dancers. This marks the end of the Thiksey Gustor festival.

Day 04: Leh - Alchi (HT 3250 M) - - Lamayuru
Today you will drive to ALCHI. The complex of temples located within the village is the most celebrated of Ladakh's monasteries and dates back to the 11th century. The complex consists of a group of five temples as well as a number of chortens scattered around the complex. The Dukhang and the three-tiered Sumstek are the most significant. It is the seat of the Ngri Rimpoche, an incarnation at present embodied in the younger brother of the Dalai Lama. Alchi Gompa is the only monastery, built on flat ground. It is very famous for its paintings and architecture, which has an Indian and Kashmiri influence in them. dinner and an overnight stay.Drive to the 11th century LAMAYURU MONASTERY, which is spectacularly located along the valley plain and surrounded by mountains on all sides. According to legend, the arhat Madhyantika, a disciple of Buddha offered "torma' (sacred food) and water to the spirits inhabiting the site to satisfy them. A handful of rain spilled on the soil which caused barley plants to sprout in the shape of Yung-drung (swastika), hence its name Yung-Drung. The great yogi Naropa meditated in a cave, which today forms part of the monastery. The monastery has gradually expanded over the years and newer structures have been built around a large courtyard. The antiquity of this site is evident from the large number of chortens, similar to those at Alchi.
After the visit you will be driving back to your hotel in Leh for an overnight stay.

Day 05: Leh - Over Khardung La (HT 5602 M) - Hunder (HT 4350 M) (Nubra Valley) - approx 5 hrs
The road journey from Leh to NUBRA VALLEY passes over KHARDUNG LA (the highest motorable road in the world) at 5602 M / 18,390 Ft, around 39 km from Leh. From the pass, one can see all the way south over the Indus valley to seemingly endless peaks and ridges of the Zanskar range, and north to the giants of the Saser massif. Nubra Valley is popularly known as Ldumra or the valley of flowers. It is situated in the north of Ladakh between the Karakoram and Ladakh ranges of the Himalayas. The average altitude of the valley is 10,000 Ft. above sea level. The Shayok and Saichen Rivers drain Nubra. The flat part of the river is sandy & occupied by green farms & myricaria. The villages look pretty with greenery, willow & poplar trees. Till partition Nubra Valley was one of the trade centers, the ancient famous Silk Route passed through this area. On arrival in Hundar you will be receive and check in the camp. Later walk to the sand dune to have unique opportunity to ride on a bacterian camel (double humped) amidst the sand dunes of this high altitude desert with snow capped mountains on the horizon. Back to Camp for overnight

Day 06: Hunder - Leh - approx 3 hrs
After breakfast drive to witness the morning prayer and visit to DISKIT MONASTERY perched on a rock overhanging next to a stream, which provides the source of energy used by mills in the area. The monastery is rich, full of thangkas, magnificent giant statues, effigies of the Buddha and old mural paintings in which can be noted a multitude of influences. It was founded by Lama Sherab Zangpo of Stod around 1420 A.D. DISKIT is the main village or headquarters of Nubra Valley, which has a small market consisting of a row of shops. Later drive back to Leh. Overnight Hotel

Day 07 : Leh � Delhi
Transfer to the airport to fly to Delhi. Tour Ends


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we should thanks to you and your organisation ( Kailash Expeditions ) for your for wonderful arrangment three in Ladakh and Himachal Pradesh. Appreciate for your highly professional team. We always recommend you and your company.

Lidia Castagnoli (lidia.ca@gmail.com ),
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We are back to home and had wonderful trekking service from Kailash Expeditions and your team and guide was really good and knowledgeable and will back next year .
Thanks and regards

Luis y pilar spain

it's a great pleasure to hear from you! Thanks for organizing such a wonderful tour to Ladakh and we will be back next time to explore Zanskar. we love tovisit Rangdum monastery How are things going? Here everithing is going fine.
I wish you all the best for new year, could it be lucky, prosperous and healthy for you and your nearest!


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