8 days, 7 nights

The spectacular mountain geography of this remote Indian province is a stronghold of Tibetan Buddhism. Monasteries adorned with the iconic blue, red, and yellow prayer flags dot the steep mountain slopes, and crystal clear rivers flow from glaciers, cascading into the mighty Indus river.

Join us on this Ekno Travels journey into the mountains of Ladakh as we explore the Hemis Festival, dedicated to Lord Padmasambhava, Guru Rinpoche, an 8th century Buddhist master. from across the world.
This festival of dance and theater is enacted with elaborate masks, costumes, and adornment. The glorious finale, in a cacophony of instruments, chants, and sounds, ends in unveiling of the monasteries giant Thankga (tibetan buddhist painting). A moment of pure magic.

India’s northernmost province, Ladakh – is spread over a mountainous terrain averaging of an average altitude of 3500m above sea level. A part of the State of Jammu and Kashmir, it was opened to tourists in the mid-70s and since then, thousands of people from around the world have thronged to this bastion of Himalayan Buddhism.


TOUR DATES 21 – 28 June 2018
TOUR COST A$2600 per person twin share

Single Supplement A$595

* Prices based on minimum 6 people with English speaking guide

DURATION 8 days, 7 nights
Map Hemis Festival Leh Ladakh, India


Additional information

Dates21 – 28 June, 2018
Day 1

21 June 2018

Pickup from International / Domestic Airport to our hotel in Delhi. Overnight Delhi
Day 2

22 June 2018

Early morning flight to Leh, the spectacular capital of Ladakh. Nestled on all sides by the towering Himalayas, the mighty Indus River roars in the valley below.  Upon arrival we take a walking tour of Leh Bazaar and take the rest of the day to relax and acclimatize. Overnight Hotel, Leh
Day 3

23 June 2018

After Breakfast, we visit Gompa Soma, a Buddhist temple constructed in 1840 at the base of the touring Leh palace. Afterwords, we head to Moti Market, Leh’s old bazaar, for an exploration of its ancient lanes with history that can be traced to the Asian spice trade. Lunch together followed by free time to rest, explore, or sip traditional Tibetan butter tea at your leisure. Overnight Hotel, Leh
Day 4

24 June 2018

Today we witness the celebrations of the Hemis Festival, which commemorates the birth of Guru Padamasambhava. After an early breakfast we travel to the Hemis Monastery, the largest and richest monastery in all of Ladakh. At 9am the birthday celebrations of Guru Padamasambhava begin in the courtyard, filled with local Ladakhis and Buddhist pilgrims. A raised platform with a richly cushioned seat and a finely painted small Tibetan table is placed with the ceremonial items – cups full of holy water, uncooked rice, tormas made of dough and butter and incense sticks. A number of musicians play the traditional music with four pairs of cymbals, large-pan drums, small trumpets and large size wind instruments.

The festival highlight is the gathering of the lamas around the central flagpole to perform the mystic mask dances (Chams) and sacred plays. Dressed in colorful bright brocades with vibrantly decorated and richly adorned paper-mache masks the dancers enact an elaborate combat between good spirits and evil demons to the clatter of drums, cymbals and long horns.

In the afternoon, we return to Leh for a guided tour of the city, including a visit to the Royal Palace. Constructed in the 17th century, this imposing nine story stone palace is one of the most captivating architectural ruins in the region. Situated in the foothills of the barren landscape, the palace was built as a residence for the King and to mark the reunifying Upper and Lower Ladakh. Above the Royal Palace, on Namgyal Tsemo (Victory Peak), are the ruins of Leh’s earliest royal residence, a fortress type structure built by King Tashi Namgyal in the 16th century. Overnight Leh

Day 5

25 June 2018

After breakfast we will take you sightseeing of Stok Palace, Shey Palace and Thiksey monasteries.

Stock Palace is the home of  the present day royal family  Stok Palace and museum was built in the year 1825, by King Tespal Tondup Namgyal. At present the place has a collection of royal dresses and crown etc. which is open for travelers.

Shey Palace was built by Deldan Namgyal in the beginning of 17th century AD. The main image inn the monastery is three story statue of Buddha Shakamuni, made of copper gilt which was made by Deldan Namgyal in the memory of his father Singay Namgyal. The statue is the only of its kind in the region.

Thiksey Gompa is the  most beautiful of all the monasteries in Ladakh, belongs to the Gelukspa order.   Return to Leh.  Overnight Leh.

Day 6

26 June 2018

After breakfast we travel to the town of Lamayuru, a spectacular 3 hour drive outside of Leh, our journey weaves through mountain passes, and river valleys that embed themselves eternally in your heart and mind. We visit the local monastery and gompa and climb to the high point overlooking the town. Afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the lunar, white stone surroundings. Overnight Lamayuru/Alchi
Day 7

27 June 2018

We begin our return journey to Leh by way of Alchi, the ancient Buddhist village tucked in the Indus river valley. The Alchi Gompa is considered one of the most ancient Buddhist sites in the region dating back to 10th Century .Spend some time observing the comings and goings of the temple and browsing for crafts.  Our drive back to Leh offers a spectacular setting for thought and reflection on our week’s journey. Overnight Leh
Day 8

28 June 2018

Prepare for your morning flight to Delhi. Arrive in Delhi. Continue to your final destination. We look forward to seeing you on another Ekno tour soon!


Pickup and drop off Delhi airport
7 nights’ accommodation and breakfast
Internal airfares from Delhi to Leh
Internal transfers by car from Delhi and return to Delhi
Entrance fees
Local English speaking guide throughout tour


Return airfares to India
Visa on arrival costs
Lunch and dinner
Personal expenditure such as drinks, laundry service and souvenirs
Compulsory insurance of any kind

Ladakh Hemis Festival 2016