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BONO-NA harvest festival at Indus valley

Destinations: Delhi - Leh - Delhi
Trip Duration: 11N/12D
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Itinerary

DHA-HANU - THE MYSTERIOUS DROK-PA PEOPLE

Though officially Buddhist, the Dards of the Indus valley called Drok-pa have not been fully integrated into the mainstream of Ladakh’s society. They continue to follow their ancestral belief system, a quaint mix of animistic customs and shamanist rites, which allude to the existence of ancestor and nature worship. Popularly believed to be descendants of the wandering troops of Alexander of Macedonia, but rather immigrants from what is now Northern Pakistan, they are the remnants of a larger stock of a migratory Iranian Indo-Aryan people.

Among the many ancestral traditional still followed by the Drok-pa is the abhorrence of the cow and all things associated with it, a pre-Aryan tradition. It is counterbalanced by the reverence for the goat as a symbol of fertility and prosperity, even to the level of a cult animal, the most preferred sacrificial offering to the altars of their indigenous deities on many occasions. The most important festival is the great harvest festival called Bono-na, held alternately in Garkon and Dha village with a one year break in between.

DARDS-  BONO-NA harvest festival at Indus valley.

From 8th October  to 12th October 2013.

Bono-na festival held 8th of October 2013 at Dha village duration 5 days,  Dha, Garkon, Darsik. The greatest attraction in these area are the village old dards communities are entirely populated by last remnants of Dards in the Ladakh,  dards are considered as last race of Aryans confined to Indus valley, there language and cultural are very deferent than the Ladakhi people.

Day 1- 4th , October arrival Delhi

Transfer to Hotel O/n

Day 2- 5th October  Delhi to Leh

Morning Transfer to domestic airport fly  to Leh, arrival Leh transfer to Hotel. Full day rest for acclimatization O/N Hotel

Day -3 6th October  In Leh

Acclimatization day, after breakfast visit Shey Thiksey, hemis monastery.  O/N Hotel

Day 4, 7th October Leh to Dha village

After breakfast drive 160km along the Indus River lunch at Khaltse, and continue drive to Dha village O/N Guest house evening visit the village see their peroration for festival O/N Guest house.

Day 5- 8th October ( witness the great harvest festival of  the Dards  committees, dancing singing and many social activity’s all the day and nights ) O/N Guest House

Day 6- 9th October:- ( witness the great harvest festival of  the Dards  committees, dancing singing and many social activity’s all the day and nights ) O/N Guest House

Day 7- 10th October:- ( witness the great harvest festival of  the Dards  committees, dancing singing and many social activity’s all the day and nights ) O/N Guest House

Day 8- 11th October

Morning after breakfast visits other Dards villages, Beema, Garkon, Dartsik. After lunch visit festival O/N Huest House

Day 9- 12th October

After breakfast visit Hanu village after lunch witness the last day festival O/N Guest House

Day 10-13th October Dha to Alchi

After breakfast drive enroot visit Domkhar village, Skurbucha village, Achinathang village, in this villages you can see real old ladakhi traditional houses, people in traditional dress  working in the field  visit  a small monastery in Skurbuchan, after visit Rizong Monastery O/N Alchi evening visit oldest monastery in Ladakh 10th 11th century monastery their are wonderful wall paintings preserved. O/N Guest House.

Day 11- 14th October Alchi to Leh

After breakfast drive enroot visit Liker monastery Basgo monastery Phyng monastery O/N Hotel in Leh

Day 12 – 15th October

Morning after breakfast transfer to airport and fly to Delhi/Arrival at Delhi 9;30 visit old Delhi full day sight seeing evening transfer to International airport on board with sweet memory of Bona-Na festival. 

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