Saturday, 14 April 2012

WelcomHeritage Shambha - La, Leh-Ladakh

WelcomHeritage Shambha - La
Leh, Leh, Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, India - 194 101

Historical Background

WelcomHeritage Shambha-La is operational during Summer months from early May to the end of October
WelcomHeritage Shambha La lies in the region of Ladakh also known as the little Tibet.Ladakh has a monastery circuit represented by all the four Buddhist sects.These monastries often in aloof and remote locations look down on gorges and streams across expanses of geological wonder and might.In Ladakhi Folklore paradise is to be found in this world itself in the mythical northern region of Shambha –La.This exquisite hotel is run by the owners Mr. and Mrs. Narboo who also live in its premises.Mr. Narboo is the former minister for tourism of J&K state and apart from his political interests is keen to see that Ladakh realizes it full tourism potential.

Brief Description
A mile away from the heart of Leh town is the beautiful resort of WelcomHeritage Shamba-La, located in a grove of poplar trees and defined by the blissful tranquility of its surroundings. At 11,000 feet above sea level, Leh, in a side valley off the Indus river, has a distinct charm and vitality in a setting of spectacular landscapes, that your eyes can feast upon from the terrace atop the WelcomHeritage Shamba-la resort.   

Room Type

Regular Room
Rs. 2900
Rs. 3500

Room Type

Superior Room
Rs. 4500
Rs. 4500

Room Type

Rs. 5800
Rs. 5800

Extra Bed : Rs. 1000 per person per night inclusive of Breakfast (CP plan)
Rates are inclusive of Breakfast
Buffet Meals : Breakfast Rs. 200, Lunch Rs. 300, Dinner Rs. 350
Luxury Tax on Room only : NA
Sales Tax on Food only : NA
Service Charge : NA
Service Tax : 10% on Entire Bill


Ladakh Festival (1st Sep – 15th Sep)
Ladakh festival, organized by the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism showcase Ladakhi culture with the aim to promote Ladakh which is the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the State.

The inauguration ceremony takes place in Leh on large scale with the procession of various cultural troupes from different part of Ladakh. It passes through Leh Market dancing, singing with traditional music, in colorful traditional Ladakhi dresses, and finishes at Polo ground after performing their best dances and songs. The program includes Archery, Polo and Mask Dances from the monasteries, traditional dances by cultural troupes from Villages. There are series of musical concert and dance program in Leh town.

Stok (10 km)
Stok Palace: This four-storied palace was built in the 1840s by Ladakh's Namgyal dynasty and present Queen or Gyalmo still lives in the palace in summers. There are more than 80 rooms in the palace, for the most part, unused. The Museum collection includes royal heirlooms like 16th century thangkas, ceremonial objects, crown jewels, ancient coins, dresses and brilliantly bejewelled pirakhs (women's ceremonial head dress) worn by the queens.

Stok Gompa
Close to Stok Palace, this gompa has an impressive collection of dance masks and murals.
An archery contest is held in July at the Palace, while the Tsechu festival of the Gompa takes place in February.
Stok-Kangri Peak
While there are many mountain peaks to be seen from the valley at 6,121, this imposing peak towers over the rest.

Shey Monastery (15 km)
The old capital of Ladakh, it was occupied by the Namgyals till the 16th century. At present all the remains in this deserted area are the ruins of the palace on a ridge below the fort and the gompa, with a 15-metre high copper and brass Buddha embedded with previous stones. There are also very fine paintings of bodhisattvas and protector deities around the statue. Once considered an auspicious cremation ground, there are several memorials around with ashes of prominent monks, members of the royal family and others.

Thikse Monastery (19 km)
This striking and important 12-storey monastery of the Gelugpa (Yellow Hat) sect was built in the 15th century. The tapering layers in varying colours comprises ten temples and a nunnery encompassing several stupas, ancient thangkas, statues, a pillar engraved with the Buddha's teachings, the prayer hall with ancient murals of savage deities and old manuscripts stacked in racks.
The Dalai Lama inaugurated a new temple within the complex in 1980 with a gigantic 15-metre gold Buddha near the entrance. The view from this monastery's vantage point is magnificent.
Stakhna Gompa
The earliest Drukpa monastery in the area, it is also known as "Tiger Nose", earning this name from the shape of the hill on which it is located. There are excellent views of the Indus valley and the Zanskar range from here.

Hemis Gompa (45 kms)
The largest and richest monastery of Ladakh, it comes abuzz with activity during its two-day Hemis Tsechu festival in mid-July when monks perform the chaam dance wearing colourful masks. The main theme of the dances is the victory of good over evil and they commemorate the birth of Padmasambhava or Guru Rimpoche. This 17th century Drukpa monastery of the Kagypa (Red Hats) sect is well connected from Leh.

Tso Moriri Lake (220 km)
This 27 km long lake is surrounded by stark mountains and very little habitation though Tibetan nomads of Changpas can be seen skirting around it. It is home to the Tibetan wild ass or kiang and is the only nesting spot for the rare bar-headed geese, besides the Brahminy duck and black necked cranes.

Pangong Tso
The largest salt-water lake in Asia, it is spread over a 130 km stretch at a height of 4,250 metres. Most of the lake lies in Tibet, with only a quarter inside Ladakh. The Pangong and Changchenmo ranges that surround the lake are reflected in these still waters. Many rare birds, including the Himalayan chakor and quail come to nest in the lake.

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