Monastery tour

Indus valley to Thiksey, Hemis, Chemrey

Monastery Tour (Indus valley to Thiksey, Hemis, Chemrey), Ladakh Map

OVERVIEW


This 1-day Indus valley monastery tour takes you to some of the most famous Buddhist monasteries in Ladakh. This includes Thiksey monastery which resembles the Potala palace in Tibet and Hemis monastery which is the largest gompa in Ladakh. You will visit Shey palace with its 12-metre-high copper statue of Buddha gilded in gold. Stok palace, where the Ladakhi royal family currently lives, has an interesting museum displaying precious royal artefacts and family treasures. You will stop along the Indus river to admire the Stakna monastery built atop a rocky peak. If you drive 20 kilometres more, you could go to Chemrey and visit the beautiful gompa dominating the village and the barley fields.



Choose whether you want to include the visit of Chemrey monastery in your monastery tour in the east part of the Indus valley:

  • Indus valley to Hemis (1-day tour) from ₹ 3,175 / car  
  • Indus valley to Hemis with Chemrey (1-day tour) from ₹ 4,024 / car  

Stakna Monastery Gompa, Indus valley monastery tour (East) to Thiksey, Hemis and Chemrey, Ladakh
Buddha Statue at Thiksey Monastery Gompa, Indus valley monastery tour (East) to Thiksey, Hemis and Chemrey, Ladakh

Places to visit during the monastery tour

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Ideas: short tour done in 1 day from Leh. Many important/major monasteries and palaces along Indus valley.

Thiksey Monastery

Thiksey Monastery in the evening, Ladakh

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Hemis Monastery

Hemis Monastery, monks in the courtyard, Ladakh

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Shey Palace

Shey Palace facade, Ladakh

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Stok Palace

Stok Palace with snow-covered mountains in the background, Ladakh

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Stakna Monastery

Stakna Monastery in cloudy weather, Ladakh

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Chemrey Monastery

Chemrey Monastery surrounded with mountains, Ladakh

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Best time to visit the monasteries of the Indus valley

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Ideas: all year round. Good road along Indus valley... Try to come during one of the festivals.

Prayer wheels around the monastery complex, Ladakh

Tips for planning a monastery tour in the Indus valley

Altitude and acclimatization

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IDEAS: the monasteries of the Indus valley lies at an altitude of approx 3500m, same as Leh. The monasteries can be visited at the beginning of the trip in Ladakh, during acclimatization.

Permit for the monasteries of the Indus valley

There is no need for an Inner Line Permit to visit the monasteries of the Indus valley.

Phone and Internet service in the Indus valley

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Extract from /practical-info/mobile-network-and-internet-connectivity-in-leh-ladakh: "From Leh, you will get reception until Upshi.". Can say that there is good coverage in this area, roughly same as when in Leh.
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Accommodation during the monastery tour

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IDEAS: most of the travellers stay in Leh town before and after the 1-day monastery tour. There are many hotels and guesthouses in Leh, for all kind of budgets. (don't mention any specific hotel)

Also possible to stay closer to the monasteries, in villages or along Indus river. For example, The Indus River Camp, located near Shey, has nice cottages on the banks of Indus river. Possibility to stay in Stok village, in traditional Ladakhi house at WoodyVu Stok House or at Stok Palace Heritage Hotel, in the royal palace itself, unique experience (The Queen’s Room whose walls are decorated with 200-year-old murals).

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Monks blowing ceremonial trumpets in a monastery, Ladakh

Suggested itineraries for a monastery tour in the Indus valley

Indus valley to Hemis (1-day tour)

Day 1:

Visit Stok palace, Stakna monastery and Hemis monastery (where you can have lunch). Drive back to Leh and stop at Thiksey monastery and Shey palace on the way.

Indus valley to Hemis with Chemrey (1-day tour)

Day 1:

In the morning, visit Stok palace, Stakna monastery and Hemis monastery. Then, drive to Chemrey monastery. Head back towards Leh and visit Thiksey monastery and Shey palace.

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