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Cultural Tours

All our cultural tours go towards exploring the local traditions and customs of the local people. We visit the local temples and monasteries which constitute the mainstay and stabilizing factor in the local people’s lives. We also take time to visit a local family’s house and experience their lifestyle that radically differs from that of city life. We generally attempt at buying local produce and handicrafts, employing local staff. By doing this we not only bring economic gain to the locals but also respect their customs. On all our cultural tours our guides wear the local dress and interact with the locals so that you get a real feel and ambience of that particular region.

Leh Ladakh

Ladakh, the highest and the most extensive Himalayan region sandwiched between two vast mountain systems, the Himalayas to the south, the Karakoram to the north and beyond Karakoram lies another mountain Range, Kun - Lun. With its borders with Tibet, Chinese Sinkiang and Baltistan, Its location has earned Ladakh the nickname “Central Asian Diamond,” which brought the various realms of Asia together through certain important trade routes connecting lands lying on all its four sides. Ladakh served as a transit area, a region of interaction for people from neighboring regions.
Ladakh is divided into different interesting valleys; Zanskar to the south, Suru valley in the south West, Nubra Valley to the northeast, Markha Valley in the center and Rupshu to southeast. The major rivers of the region are Zanskar, Suru, Indus, Markha, and Shayok. Most of these trails for trekking and other travels always have a river, as a companion so during the travels in Ladakh, it is also interesting to connect our journeys with these rivers, along which flourished some of the great civilizations of the World.

These Valleys offers an amazing variety of ingredients for the travelers in terms of the ancient culture endowing it with the mystery as the result of centuries of isolation, its lunar landscape with beautiful monasteries constructed at the highest and isolated points on the rocky mountains and strikingly beautiful brackish lakes such as Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri, and Tso Kar.

The multi racial society is the result of intermingling of various ethnic groups such as Dards, Tibetans and possibly other races too.

Zanskar

Zanskar also has its share of ancient monasteries except that unlike Ladakh monasteries which are relatively close to each the Zanskar monasteries are at quite a distance from each other perched high up on cliffs. Some of the more famous monasteries we will visit on our culture tour are Zangla, Rangdum Karsha, Bardan and Stongde. The Zangla palace is now in ruins but well worth a visit. After a fruitful 4 day trip we stop over at a typical home in Zangla to spend the day with a Zanskari family and experience the difference between the Ladakhi and Zanskari way of life. Return to Leh after the tour.

It is also regarded as the last outpost of Tibetan civilization. Buddhist population dominates Ladakh and other religions preached being Islam.

Lahaul

With its beautiful side valleys, is a massive trough that divides the great Himalaya and pir panjal ranges. This is a typical Himalayan alpine area as high summits surrounds the valley and along the track lies massive moraines and glaciers. Its inhabitants, a mixture of Buddhists and Hindus, enjoy one of the highest per capita incomes in the subcontinents. Using glacial water channeled down the mountains through ancient irrigation ducts, lahauli farmers manage to coax a bumper crop of seed potatoes and peas. Lahaul generally used as a transit point to ladakh, is a very interesting destination for tourists. The monasteries of guru gantal, kardang, shesur in bhaga valley and temple and monastery of trilokinath and Udaipur are worth visiting.

Spiti

As Kipling describes in his famous saga, Kim "Surely the Gods live here, this is no place for human". The Spiti Valley may be one of such rare pockets where one can trace a continuous course of the development of Lamaism from its very primitive form of the days of the Padmasambhava, when it had more of the Bon - Pa overtone, to its latest version, the Ge-lug-pa. In Spiti, where faith is as deep as the rivers swift has an introversive culture of life focused around its several monasteries - Dhankar, Kye, Tabo, to name a few.


 
     
 
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