Monasteries in Ladakh were established between 11th centuries and 19th centuries when Ladakh enjoyed independent Kingdom. As Today, Ladakh has about 35 Buddhist monasteries and all were the important institution responsible for keeping alive culture, education, religion and knowledge in the Himalayas.
If it’s the peace, tranquillity and ancient culture that attracts you the most, Ladakh is the place to head for. For centuries, these great monasteries became renowned across the Indian Himalayas where Tibetan Buddhism took deep roots. The monasteries played an important role in Buddhist arts and craft development which includes paintings, range of ritual objects, mandala drawings, wood carving, paper making and so on. The collection of manuscripts and ritual objects house within the monasteries are extremely precious, many of them dating several centuries.
Ladakh enjoys having in practices all the living major sects of Tibetan Buddhism of Nyingma, Sakya, Kkagyud and Geluk. Every monastery has several branches in almost all villages of Ladakh. It has successfully retained its ancient cultural heritage and still untouched by the waves of modernism, the relationship between the monasteries and the villages communities is considered as the central pillar for keeping alive the rich culture and religious traditions in the Himalayas. Every social system in the villages revolves around the monastery and its impact on people has been intense in every way. The inhabitants are simple and always wear a charming smile on their faces despite the trying climatic conditions.
As far as tourist facilities are concerned, Ladakh is as advanced as any other destination in the world.
Stay: Accommodation in clean & hygeinic hotel/home stay on twin sharing
Meals: Brekfast & Dinner during the trip
Activities: Rural Living, Village Homestay, Excursion of places
Rural Tourism Ladakh is a new initiative added to the “Altitude Destination” which was established in 2004. Deliveri