India | Ladahk

India | Ladahk

Land of High Mountain Passes

Ladahk is one of the most unique and awesome areas of the world. It is part of the Trans-Himalaya, a vast complex of mountain ranges between the main Himalaya range and the Tibetan plateau. Often referred to as Little Tibet, its topography is arid and lunar-like. Ladahk is dotted with centuries-old Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and forts perched high atop craggy mountain peaks. See the world’s highest mountain ranges — the Himalaya and Karakorram.

Explore ancient monasteries and experience one of the last places on earth where Tibetan Buddhist culture has not been disrupted. Ladahk is a treasure trove of sacred Buddhist art, especially Alchi, a great jewel of the Buddhist world. Alchi has one of the few remaining examples of Indian Buddhist art from the 11th century. Each day your classroom will be a different monastery or temple where you will study Buddhist philosophy, art and culture.

You will have the rare opportunity to learn and practice Buddhist meditation with the monks in their centuries-old monasteries as a powerful hands-on authentic Buddhist learning experience. You will volunteer your service at the Tibetan Children’s Village and School. You will be totally immersed in Ladahki culture during this study abroad program. One of the many highlights of the program takes place at the beginning of the trip when you visit the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.Come join us on this fantastic journey into the remarkable world of Ladahk — with its moonscape terrain, ancient monasteries, and one of the most astounding cultures in all of Asia.

Our intensive Ladahk Study Abroad Program begins in India’s capital of New Delhi where we study Sikhism. Our classroom is the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, New Delhi’s largest Sikh temple where we learn how Sikhism became a synthesis of Hindu and Sufi Islamic ideas.

We then depart for Agra where we study the world of Islam with a visit to the Taj Mahal — one of Islam’s greatest architectural gems. After Agra, we then depart on a spectacular mountain flight over the massive Himalayas to Ladahk where our program focuses on Buddhism. During this culturally rich learning experience in India we explore these ancient philosophies and religious traditions and learn how they are alive in India today.

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Instructors, Scholars & Guides

Choeje Togden Rinpoche

Choeje Togden Rinpoche

Rinpoche, the spiritual leader of the Drikung Kargu school of Tibetan Buddhism in Ladahk, India. He was born in 1939 in a small village in Ladahk into a poor family. Rinpoche was recognized to be the 9th incarnation of Togden Rinpoche, a very famous teacher in Tibet. He began his formal traditional Buddhist monastic education at a very young age. In 1951 he traveled to Tibet where he received his extensive higher training in Buddhist studies. When China occupied Tibet in 1959 he returned to Ladahk where he has spent more than 40 years teaching and being involved in various religious and social welfare activities in Ladahk. Rinpoche is a very gifted teacher who has lectured all over the world on Buddhist philosophy.

Gen Konchok Pende

Gen Konchok Pende

Gen-la was born in Southern Ladakh in a small farming village. He has spent his entire life living in Ladahk, one of the world’s most remote areas. He became a monk at an early age and has studied Sanskrit and Buddhist philosophy in Varanasi, India. Gen-la is a fully ordained monk who belongs to the Kargu order of Tibetan Buddhism and is one of the prominent teachers from one of Ladakh’s oldest monasteries – Lamayuru. Currently living in Leh, Ladakh’s capital, he teaches English, Buddhist philosophy and meditation. Traveling with our groups throughout Ladahk is a very rare and special occasion because Gen-la opens many doors and introduces us to many experiences that other tourists never have the opportunity to see. It is a true pleasure having such a renowned lama guide, teach, and share his extraordinary culture with our groups.

Mahesh Rajmalani

Mahesh Rajmalani

Mahesh (Raj) has worked with Wisdom Tours since 2004. He has worked for the Ministry of Tourism since 1966. Raj has Post Graduate degrees in Marketing Management and French. Because of his excellent command of French, he has provided his services to the French Embassy in New Delhi and has worked with the Prime Minister of France, Mr. Raffarin, during his visits to India. Raj is also fluent in many of the local languages and dialects including Hindi.

Raj has great knowledge of Indian history, art, religion and culture and is a gifted speaker. His sense of humor and warm personality attract our guests who feel very comfortable in his presence and they really enjoy learning about India from his lectures. He is always very energetic and enthusiastic and loves to share his knowledge and experience of India with our groups. All who have had the privilege of listening to him speak would all agree, working with him is a real pleasure.

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