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Ladakh – Lesser Tibet

Tour dates: August 11 – August 22, 2024 (dates of stay in India).

Number of days: 12 days / 11 nights in India (no flight).

Where to: India.

Where to fly to: Delhi (then from Delhi fly to Leh, the capital of Ladakh).

Visa: tourist single entry Indian visa, can be arranged online 4 days in advance.

Insurance: standard medical insurance for traveling abroad (optional).

Vaccinations: PCR test for covid-19 is NOT required, covid-19 vaccination is NOT required.

Cost of the tour: $1650.

Escort: The group is accompanied by a Russian guide-interpreter.

Organizer: Travellers’ Club “All Ways”.

Ladakh is northern highland India, the Himalayas. Until 1974, the area was closed to tourists. The area is also called Indian Tibet or Little Tibet because of its similarity to the culture and nature of Tibet. Turquoise lakes, snowy mountain peaks, active Buddhist monasteries and temples – all this you will find in Ladakh. Because the transmission of the Buddha’s teachings in Tibet was partially suspended after the Chinese invasion, today Ladakh has become the second home of Tibetan Buddhism. Here this tradition is preserved in its original form.

Almost 100 years after the Trans-Himalayan Expedition of the Roerichs, we too are going to Ladakh (the Roerichs were here in 1925) to meet the amazing world where they wait for the next Maitreya Buddha to come, erecting endless huge statues of him all over Ladakh.

This is not a lost world. Planes fly here and cheap souvenirs are sold on the main street of Le. But you can’t get here without an invitation from this world. It will simply call and after the journey, every traveler will be grateful for that Call for a lifetime.

Passing the icy bridges over the rushing river,” Roerich wrote, “we passed as if into another country. The people are fairer, the streams are healthier, the herbs are medicinal, the stones have many colors. And there is goodness in the air itself. In the morning, strong frosts. At noon a clear dry heat. The rocks are purple and greenish. The grasses are golden like rich carpets. And the bowels of the mountains, and the riverside silt, and the healing aromatic grains, all are ready to bring gifts. Great solutions are possible here.”

Numerous caravans passed along the Great Silk Road here, as well as pilgrims, saints and an endless stream of seekers.

Ladakh has the largest number of Buddhist shrines, monasteries, and stupas, and is the most sparsely populated region in the world.


Pangong Lake
Lake Tso Moriri

For the last 6 years he has been living in the Himalayan Kulu Valley, in the city of Manali. Works as a tour guide in India.
Associate of the International Roerich Memorial Trust in the Himalayas in 2019-2022.


Travel program

Day 1. Aug. 11.

Arrive overnight in Delhi from Moscow by Aeroflot (you can also arrive by any other flights).
Meeting with the organizer and domestic flight to
capital of Ladakh.
We’re checking into a hotel in Leh.
Rest and lunch.
We walk around the city center, visit the Royal Palace , where in 1925, at the invitation of the king, lived Roerichs.
At the palace, we will visit the royal chapel of Goddess Dug-kar, the Savior of the World. A first introduction to ancient Buddhist relics.
After dinner, an introductory lecture on the history of Little Tibet.
The altitude is 3600 meters.

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Day 2. Aug. 12
All day in
. We meet the dawn, walk along the most beautiful places, acclimatize.
On the program:
Shanti Stupa
This Peace Pagoda was built by Japanese monk Gyemyo Nakamura and inaugurated by the Dalai Lama in 1991. The people of Ladak and the Japanese who came to build the stupa worked voluntarily and it was important for everyone to build a stupa in the country that gave the world Shakyamuni Buddha.
It feels like the lightest and brightest place in Ladak, sunrises and sunsets are welcomed here.
Tiksi Monastery
The largest monastery in Ladaka with a huge, 15-meter statue of Maitreya Buddha occupying two floors. This Maitreya was described by the Dalai Lama as the most beautiful Buddha he had ever seen.
We get permissions to enter the Nubra Valley, Pangong Lake (these are border areas, so permits are required).
After dinner, an introductory lecture on the Roerich family, their expeditions and legacy.

Day 3. Aug. 13.
In the morning we leave for
On the way we visit the most important monasteries of Ladakh:
Basgo, Alchi
You can talk about them for hours, but it’s better to feel the ancient energies once, see the millennia-old images and hear the mumbling of mantras that have not stopped for centuries.

– A tiny village where there is a rock image of Maitreya Buddha, which is known for Nikolai Roerich’s painting “Maitreya the Victorious”. That’s what we’re going there for.
“Every traveler must pass by this rock. Two hands toward the sky, as the call of distant worlds. Two hands downward as the blessing of the earth. They know Maitreya is coming.”
N.K. Roerich.
And we will also be able to see the valley from the walls of the ruins of the ancient monastery of Maulbek.
“Those who built Lamayuru and Maulbeck knew what true beauty and fearlessness are. Italian cities dim before such magnitude, before such decorativeness. And these solemn rows of stupas are like joyous lamps on the tourmaline sands. Where is there a country equal to these forgotten places? Let us be just and bow down before true beauty.”
N.K. Roerich
Spending the night in Lamayuru. The altitude is 3100 – 3500 m.

Day 4. Aug. 14.
We spend the early morning at the service at the monastery
We’re having breakfast and heading back to
In the evening we stroll through local stores, admiring national clothing, Himalayan shawls and ancient Tibetan jewelry.
After dinner, an introductory lecture on Buddhism.

Day 5. Aug. 15
Early in the morning we drive to the magical energy sanctuary
Nubra Valley.
We’re in for a challenge – the way to Nubra is through the highest vehicle pass in the world
Khardung La
. But we are already well acclimatized, so we will enjoy the views of the Karakoram at the pass.
The height of the pass is 5360 m.
Nubra. She’s a sight to behold. It has to be felt. You can eat the air here. It’s sweet and dense. Nubra is an amazement to all the senses. It’s purple mountain tops, that’s on one side.
is the Ladak Range
and on the other.
the Karakoram.
. To walk between them is to meet your real self and be surprised. It is – unexpectedly – sand dunes, the desert where ancient caravan routes traveled.
The altitude is 3,000 meters.

Day 6. Aug. 16
Today we’re going to visit
Diskit Monastery.
XIV century, the oldest and largest monastery in the valley. The views from the roof of the monastery are very beautiful.
Below the monastery is a huge statue
of Maitreya Buddha,
of incredible beauty and power.
The Nubra Valley is famous for its desert and camels, descendants of those left here from the days of the Silk Road. Camel rides are available to take you on a desert tour.

Day 7. Aug. 17
A good, long day. We’re going to the most beautiful place on earth.
Pangong Lake.
. Some of it is in India, some of it in China.
The lake is salty, elevation 4200 meters.
The unearthly landscape, the clearest air, the view of the Karakoram, the meeting with marmots, the feeling of flying, the final scene from the cult movie “Three Idiots”.

Day 8. Aug. 18
Dawn on Pangong is the best in the world.
After breakfast we drive to another beautiful lake
Tso Moriri.
. It is located at an altitude of 4600m.
The settlement of Korzok is home to descendants of pirates from the Silk Road era. Now they just don’t repair the road at the entrance to the lake for weary tourists to stop for the night. And most importantly, we tourists have no complaints. The time spent at the lake is unforgettable.

Day 9. Aug. 19.
We meet another beautiful high mountain sunrise on the lake and after breakfast we return to Leh. On the way, we stop at
Hemis Monastery.
We visit Hemis Monastery, a Buddhist monastery dating back to the 11th century, where, according to legend, there is secret evidence that Issa (Jesus) lived and preached in this monastery for some time.
Nikolai Konstantinovich Roerich during the Trans-Himalayan Expedition saw here the very manuscript in which it is written about Issa.
It is the largest and richest monastery in Ladakh. This is where every monk’s classic retreat takes place. They spend 3 years, 3 months and 3 days in total seclusion in caves near the monastery.

Day 10. Aug. 20.

Today we spend the whole day in the capital city of Ladak Leh. A day of souvenir and jewelry shopping, slow strolls through the historic streets and delicious food at the designer restaurants for which Leh is famous.

Day 11. Aug. 21.
Return day to Delhi on a morning flight.
We are accommodated at the historic Aurobindo Ashram near the airport. Another jewel of our journey through protected India.
Here we will have a rest before going home, meditate in the beautiful meditation hall, buy useful souvenirs in the ashram store: Aurobindo’s scented sticks and oils are known far beyond the borders of India.
We both have lunch and dinner at the ashram.

Day 12. Aug. 22.
Early departure to the airport in time for your morning flight.



Cost of travel



The price includes:

-Participation in all program activities
-Hotel accommodation in a twin room (single supplement of $300)
-Breakfasts and dinners
-Transportation during the trip
-All admission tickets
-All Permits
-The first aid kit
-Information and organizational support
-Assistance in e-visa processing

Not included in the price:

-Airfare to and from Delhi
-Delhi – Leh – Delhi domestic flight $150-$200.
-Dinners $100-$120 for the entire trip as desired
-Visa $25 (e-visa for 30 days), done in 48 hours
-Medical insurance $20-$25 (usually included in the bank card package)
-Personal expenses