The Festivals at Stok and Thikse Monasteries
Matho Nagrang :
The festival of the blindfolded acrobatic oracle monks: On the 15th day of the 1st Tibetan month Monastery - the only Saskyapa monastic establishment in Ladakh. During this festival, the two oracles of the monastery make a public appearance in their full spiritual form. These oracles, actually monks of the monastery, mediate in complete isolation for a state of trance and invoking the spirit of the deities. On the day of the festival, they invoke and receive the deities and come into their full spiritual trance. They run over the high rise ramparts of the monastery, jump from one balcony to another and execute a number of acrobatic feats, all while blindfolded! People from far and wide come to hear the oracles predict key future events an to seek answers about their own future.
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY :
Arrival Leh transfer to hotel (full day rest) for acclimatization at hotel.
Visit to Sankar and Leh palace by walking. O/N hotel.
Drive to Stok Monastery to witness 1st day of the festival. O/N Hotel.
2nd day of the festival at Stok. O/N Hotel.
Drive to Lamayuru, Alchi and Likir Gompas. Back to Leh. O/N Hotel.
Drive to Hemis , Thiksay and Shey . This day you will witness the puja at Thiksay Gompa. O/N Hotel.
Drive to Daktok, Chamray and Stkna Gompas. O/N Hotel.
Drive to Matho Gonpa to witness the 1st day of their festival. O/n hotel.
2nd day of festival at Matho. O/N Hotel.
Drive to Spituk and Phyang Gompas with half-day sightseeing.
Transfer to Leh airport and fly back to Delhi.
The Oracle festival program can be modified to fit in visit Agra ( Taj Mahal & Rajesthan tour for 5-7 days).