Buddhism and Astronomy (An Astronomy Tour)

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7 days
Rong Valley and Leh

Hidden heritage and India’s First Astrostay

Experience the clear Dark Skies along with stories of Cosmos through a curated Astrotour of Ladakh

Why this experience is unique?

  • Visit Tibetan Buddhist temple
  • Session with a local Astrologer
  • Astronomy session with locals
  • Valleys and lakes of Ladakh
Experience Details

In the highlands of Ladakh, where the mountains soar over 11,500 feet, lies a special place where the sky is so clear that you can see the stars with amazing clarity. Join a unique tour led by local experts who know the secrets of the night sky.

On this tour, you’ll travel through the dark landscapes of Ladakh and learn stories about the stars and planets. You’ll also get to look through a powerful telescope to see distant galaxies and other amazing things in space. Along the way, you’ll visit ancient monasteries, which hold the history and traditions of the region.

This tour isn’t just about stargazing; it’s also about experiencing the connection between astronomy and Buddhism. Join us on this unforgettable journey to explore the wonders of Ladakh’s night sky and learn from the wisdom of the locals.

Your Day by Day Journey
Day 1 and 2: Arrive and acclimatize
  • Arrive in Leh
  • Explore the town

Day 1Acclimatize in local homestay

Upon arrival at the airport, guests will be greeted with pick-up service in a spacious SUV and transported to the cozy Phyang Homestay. Here, they can expect to find an oxygen cylinder provided for their comfort and well-being. Settle into the semi-luxurious accommodations and take the opportunity to rest, as the first day is dedicated to allowing the body to adjust to the higher altitude levels of Ladakh. Enjoy the serene surroundings and prepare for the adventures that lie ahead, knowing that every precaution has been taken to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable stay.

Day 2Shanti Stupa & Leh Market

After breakfast, guests will be picked up from Phyang Homestay to delve into the local culture and cosmology of Ladakh, exploring landmarks like Tsemo Castle, Leh Palace, and Leh Market. An encounter with Onpo, a knowledgeable local astrologer, provides insights into the intersection of cosmology and Buddhism. Later in the evening, rendezvous with the Cosmohub team at Phyang Monastery for a guided stargazing session led by a women’s group, followed by a traditional Ladakhi dinner. Accommodations are provided at Phyang Homestay, conveniently located just a 5-minute walk from Cosmohub, with an oxygen cylinder readily available in the SUV for any emergency situations.

Day 3 and 4: Cultural Immersion at Ladakh
  • Hemis Monastery - Ladakh
  • Stay with an Army Veteran
  • Hidden village of Kyungyam

Day 3Drive to Hemis Monastery

Explore the secluded Hemis monastery one of the richest monasteries of the region, immerse in a cooking adventure, and swap stories with loved ones at Sakti Homestay. The Homestay is hosted by one the veterans of Indian army who like to share his stories of border between the countries as well as history of his land.

Day 4Stargazing at Kyungyam Village

Experience the quaint charm of Kungiyam Village with a guided tour, followed by an enchanting night sky observation. Afterwards, indulge in a delicious homemade organic meal at Kungiyam Homestay, where you can relax and enjoy the company of your hosts while sharing stories and laughter. The village in located in the Rong Valley formed by the mighty Indus River.

Day 5 to 7: Pashmina Goats of Rong Valley
  • The hidden village of Kyungyam
  • Stargazing session at the Cosmohub
  • Evening at Leh

Day 5Pashmina at Kungiyam Village

Take a journey to the upper reaches of Kungiyam Village where you can encounter the Pashmina Goat Shepherds. Immerse yourself in their everyday routines, which include tasks such as dehairing and harvesting pashmina wool with nomads of the region.

Day 6Drive back to Leh

Return to Leh and engage with the pioneering entrepreneurs of Cosmohub. Capture their tales and experiences, documenting their journey to success. Explore the vibrant Leh Market during your visit.

Day 7Goodbye Leh

On the last day, the tour ends post breakfast in the homestay. One can fly back or keep exploring Ladakh for next few days.

What it includes?

– Accommodation (One room with Breakfast & Dinner)
– Transportation (Exclusive SUV – Innova)
– Session with Onpo ji specialized in Cosmology and Buddhism
– Stargazing at Cosmohub with the ladies group
– All Permits throughout the Trip
– Monastery and monument Tickets (excluding camera tickets)
– Cooking Experience and collecting local folklores at Sakti Homestay
– Nomadic Lifestyle and folklores Experience at Kungiyam
– Special Guide – Astropreneur

What it excludes?

– Air fare
– Travel visa and insurance
– Bottled water
– Room service
– Any private expenses

Is this Experience right for you?

Are you travelling because you need some time away from your urban life? Does living a village life in the mud house in the mountains excite you? Are you ready to truly live the local lifestyle? If your answer is yes, take up this experience that will transport you to a different world. You might not get the internet here but you will also not feel the need for it as you will be busy exploring the unique sites, mountain views, and village life. The luxury here is living at the beautiful mountain destination, getting freshly cooked organic food at every meal, and having happy locals offering their warm hospitality.

Hear from communities

  • Guests like to eat our Ladakhi food. They say it is delicious, even when it is prepared by an elderly ama (mother) like me. I always make sure I serve them the cleanest and healthiest food. My husband is a copper artist. When guests leave us, they say ‘Julley’, and hug us. It makes us feel happy.

    Tsering Dolkar
    Mountain Homestay Host - Sumda Chun
  • I became a Mountain Homestay Host in 2018, and I have hosted many travellers since then. Running a homestay has helped me and my family a lot. Not only is the solar set up in our house useful for us, but even travellers prefer to stay in our homestay because of it.

    Rigzin Dolkar
    Mountain Homestay Host - Photolalok
  • The training we got in astronomy turned out to be a life-changing experience for our village. I felt happy and proud while mapping the position of the planets and sharing the secrets of the universe with the tourists. Tourists told me that even they didn’t know so much about the dark skies!

    Tsewang Dorjey
    Astropreneur - Maan
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