Pilgrimage to Ladakh

Thursday to Sunday, 29 August to 1 September, 2024

Join us in this rare spiritual adventure to “Little Tibet,” where we’ll experience one of the most spectacular landscapes on earth; meditate in ancient, powerful Buddhist temples and monasteries; walk through a Ladakhi village, and share joyful satsang with other like-minded souls. This trip will be led by Keshava and Daya Taylor, spiritual directors of Ananda Delhi.

An extension of the Tibetan plateau, Ladakh is a separate world from the rest of India, yet just over an hour flight from Delhi. This is one of the most beautiful flights in the world, flying directly over the Himalayas. The spiritual heritage of Buddhist mystical teachings travelled from India to Ladakh, then to Tibet. They’ve been preserved and practised uninterruptedly for the last 1,200 years. Ladakh’s continuous and still vibrant tradition of meditation, introspection and Dharma dates from this time.

Our home base for three days in one of Central Asia’s most scenic towns, tranquil, historic Leh, the capital of Ladakh, and long an important stopover on the old Silk Road connecting China, India, and Europe. Our hotel in Leh is within walking distance of the main bazaar—a mixture of Tibetan and Kashmiri curio shops, trekking provision stores, street vendors, and restaurants.

On this pilgrimage, with our Buddhist Ladakhi guide, we’ll wend our way up and down the Indus valley, bordered by two of the world’s highest mountain ranges—the Himalayas and the Karakorams. We’ll meditate in temples and prayer halls—spiritual havens where Buddhist monks and nuns have meditated, prayed and chanted for centuries; and discover exquisitely detailed wall murals, thangkas (religious paintings), and sculptures, amazingly preserved by Ladakh’s rarefied air and dry climate. These old monasteries contain rich collections of paintings and artifacts and the tangible power left by centuries of spiritual masters meditating there. And we’ll dive deep into the silence of Divine Mother’s majestic nature.

In Hemis monastery—one of Ladakh’s richest and most renowned—we’ll meditate where some say Jesus studied during his “lost years.” We’ll drive along the Indus River downstream to the charming ancient village of Alchi, containing deeply peaceful 11th-century temples with wall paintings done in Kashmiri style.

Ananda Pilgrimages are not so much about sightseeing and doing as about being—being in a place of high spiritual vibration and learning to relax and open your heart to receive blessings. Meditating as a group in these holy spots reinforces their power. The flavour of the pilgrimage is both inward and expansive. We’ll meditate together in the mornings and at each monastery, while simultaneously receiving the expansive vibrations of Ladakh’s astonishing natural beauty.

Shanti Stupa

Our Schedule

Thursday, 29 August
Morning flights to Leh, welcome tea, check-in, rest in your room, light lunch
3:30 pmOpening Satsang
4:30 pmOptional visit to Shanti Stupa for the view over Leh and Indus valley
7:30 pm
Dinner at hotel
Friday, 30 August
6:00 amDepart for morning prayers, chanting at Tikse monastery
ForenoonBox breakfast & Tikse visit
Drive to Hemis monastery, visit, lunch
AfternoonVisit Stakna monastery, and Sindhu Ghat on Indus river
Free time to rest or explore the bazaar
7:30 pmDinner at hotel
Saturday, 31 August
6:00 amEnergisation Exercises and Meditation
7:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amDrive to Alchi, visit ancient temples
Lunch at Alchi
Visit Likir Monastery, Pathar Sahib Gurudwara
8:00 pmDinner at hotel
Sunday, 1 September
Energisation, Meditation, Closing Circle, Breakfast.

Return to Delhi as per your convenience.

Thiksey Monastery

Accomodation, Meals and Transportation

Our 3-star hotel is close to the Main Bazaar in Leh. It is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and has views of Shanti Stupa and Leh Palace. Rooms are comfortable with an attached bath. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included, at the hotel or simple restaurants. Transportation in Ladakh will be by Tempo Traveller.

About the Altitude

Leh is at an elevation of 3500 metres. Arriving by flight requires a 12 to 24 hour acclimatisation period to adjust to the elevation and thin air. We’ll spend our first day resting, drinking extra water, and having light, optional activities within the town of Leh. By taking this rest period, most people have little discomfort. You should consult your doctor if you have a chronic problem that could be affected by elevation. There is no need to walk long distances.

However, visiting monasteries involves climbing many stairs. Those with asthma or heart conditions should consult a doctor and may need to limit their activity. This is not a suitable trip for those of fragile health. 

Reaching Leh

You would fly Delhi-Leh-Delhi, a flight of just over an hour each way. Flights currently start about ₹ 7000/- each way. You’d book your own flight, arriving in the morning of 29 August, and departing in the morning of 1 September.

We recommend arriving as early as is comfortable in the morning so that you can spend the whole day resting and acclimatising. We can let you know the airlines others are using. You may also choose to remain longer in Ladakh on your own. You could arrange an extension to visit Pangong Lake through the hotel. 

Flights are available from other Indian cities. Almost all of them stop over in Delhi, and you may choose to spend the night in Delhi before taking an early morning flight to Leh.

Stakna Monastery

Programme Fees

Double occupancy: Rs. 22,000 per person, plus airfare.
Single occupancy: Rs. 29,500 plus airfare.

If you wish double occupancy accommodation and you don’t know another pilgrim, you’ll be assigned a roommate if possible.

The programme fee includes:
Group ground transportation, including Leh airport transfers; lodging; three meals a day; mineral water; entry fees; all necessary tips to hotel & bus.

Not included in the fee:
Airfare, snacks, and beverages other than water; medical insurance, or medical care should you need it; donations at monasteries; optional tip to our guide; personal hotel expenses such as room service.

The pilgrimage begins at Leh airport on the morning of 29 August and ends after breakfast on 1 September.


A completed application form and payment are both needed to confirm your space.

We ask for full payment as soon as your application has been approved.

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