Dhahanu Tour / Dhahanu Jeep Safari

Highlights:Region: Zhung (Middle Ladakh), Sham (Lower Ladakh), Drok-pa
Max. Altitude: 3900m

At the confluence of the rivers Shayok and Indus in the Kargil region west of Leh live a people known as Drok-pa. They are racially and culturally distinct from the rest of Ladakhis. Their religious practices more so resemble the animist practices of the pre-Buddhist religion Bon than that of Buddhism as practiced in the rest of Ladakh. One curious cultural feature is their abhorrence of the cow or any of its products. Their ancient traditions and way of life are partly preserved through their songs and hymns.

One of these is a description of an ibex hunt and the ibex is specially sacred to them. Another recalls their migration from the Gilgit region further west in Pakistan, an event which must have occurred well before Gilgit came under the influence of Islam. Their language is said to be akin to that spoken in Gilgit and by immigrants from Gilgit settled in Dras south of Kargil.

Their facial features, however, as well as their head and dress ornaments are the most striking and first noticeable as one encounters them. Whereas Ladakh's population seems to be mostly of Tibetan origin, they are of pure Indo-Aryan stock, believed perhaps to have descended from the army of Alexander of Macedonia. Today they number around two thousand inhabitants settled in five villages.

Detailed ItineraryDuration: 09 Nights / 10 Days

Day 01: Early morning flight Delhi to Leh, transfer to hotel and rest.

Day 02: Morning sightseeing - Shanti Stupa, and Sangkar Gompa; lunch at hotel, afternoon rest.

Day 03: Full day sightseeing – famous Ladakh monasteries - Shey, Thikse, Hemis; picnic lunch; return to hotel in Leh.

Day 04: Full day sightseeing - Likir Gompa and Alchi Gompa; picnic lunch, overnight at Uletokpo Camp.

Day 05: Full day sightseeing - Lamayuru Gompa, picnic lunch, and drive to Dha Hanu, overnight in camp at Dha Hanu.

Day 06: Full day visiting Drok-pa villages, overnight at Dha Hanu camp.

Day 07: Drive to Uletokpo Camp, afternoon visit the Ridzong Gompa and nunnery, overnight at Uletokpo Camp.

Day 08: Drive back to Leh, on the way visit Bazgo Fort; hotel in Leh.

Day 09: Full day at your leisure, shopping, cultural show of Ladakhi songs and dances in the evening.

Day 10:
Fly back to Delhi, depart India.

Important Places to visit in Ladakh » Leh Tour
» Kargil Tour
» Zanskar Tour
» Nubra Valley Tour
» Chang Thang Tour
» Dhahanu Tour
» Drass Valley Tour
» Suru Valley Tour
» Rangdum Tour
» Padum Tour
» Phugtal Tour
» Sani Tour
» Stongdey Tour
» Shyok Valley Tour
» Sankoo Tour
» Salt Valley Tour
» Indus Valley Tour
» Zangla Tour

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