LADAKH AS AN ESOTERIC SPIRITUAL DESTINATON
Ladakh region Indian Himalaya has been a spiritual land for centuries. Many earlier explores, painters, historian, writer and scholars described Ladakh as Mystical Land and described Ladakh in their own terms - Little Tibet, The Last Shangri La, Heaven Between Earth and Sky, Shambala, Moon Land, Peaks and Lamas, Land of Monks and Monasteries, Land of Lamas, etc.
Ladakh’s predominant religion has been Tibetan Buddhism and what is lost in Tibet in terms of spiritual wealth and practices, Ladakh and some surrounding regions in the Himalaya have managed to keep in alive till date. Many of the Monasteries and their annual Mask Dance / Chams Festivals (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cham_dance) showcase this ancient esoteric spiritual expressions, along with Oracle / Lhamo Performances (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lhamo_La-tso) as remedy for mental and physical weakness, Bon / Bonpo / Oonpo (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bon) rituals for relief from many belief of bad omens and bad times, seek blessings from re-incarnated Lama Rinpoche (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rinpoche for peace, prosperity and relief from pains and sufferings, visit Amchi Medicine (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AMCHI) Tibetan Medicine Practitioner for physical illness and relief, hoist Buddhist Prayer Flags (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prayer_flag) on high passes for re-energizing and elevation of one’s spirit, and attend annual Losar /New Year (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Losar) rituals and celebrations for brighter spiritual and physical progress, etc. All these practices are part of ancient spiritual practices still in vogue in Ladakh can be experienced on journey to Ladakh with Ancient Tracks through our Spiritual Esoteric Tours to Ladakh.
Great attendance for Teachings like the Kalachakra (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalachakra) and other time to time Spiritual Teachings by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other great spiritual teachers in Ladakh are still like that in those days lost Tibet makes Ladakh a Little Tibet outside Tibet.
Recitation of Mantra - Om Mani Pad Me Hung (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Om_mani_padme_hum) rotation of Prayer Wheels (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prayer_wheel) and Circumambulation (Kora or sKora) of ancient Gonpas (Monasteries), Chortens /Stupas (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Do-drul_Chorten), Sacred Lakes (Tso), Sacred Passes, Mani Walls(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mani_stone) Prostration /Chak) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prostration along these ancient spiritual sites, are every-day faithful activities still practiced in all the villages of Ladakh by the Buddhist population to express ones compassion and welfare towards all sentient beings and to collect good Karma (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karma) for one’s own wellbeing.
To experience Himalayan Tibetan Buddhist Spiritual atmosphere and to take part in these activities, Ancient Tracks’ Spiritual Tours to Ladakh for Spiritual seekers, is a perfect program to participate in.
Following Spiritual Tour Itineraries are tailored made to maximize such great spiritual experience where in we take you to those very places where ancient spiritual energies can be experienced and meet great spiritual masters from Ladakh Himalaya.
Some combinations and highlights of Spiritual Tour to Ladakh with Ancient Tracks are:
Some reference as to how Spiritually Ladakh was then and how it is now, following books on Ladakh by these great explorers, scholars, artist and adventurers of those days give a deep insight into Ladakh’s Spiritual History.