Ladakh"Take A Trip to The Tribal Beauty"

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    Pangong Lake, Ladakh (Leh) – Pangong Tso Tibetan for "high grassland lake", also referred to as Pangong Lake, is a.... Jump up ^ Bhat, F., et al., Ecology and biodiversity in Pangong Tso (lake) and its inlet stream in Ladakh,  One-third part of the lake lies in India while the remaining two-third lies in Tibet, a region controlled by China. A large chunk of streams that fill the lake are located on the Tibetan part. The lake is located just 5 hours drive from Leh in the Ladakh region of Jammu & Kashmir.

     

    Leh Palace, Ladakh (Leh) - This palace is currently ruined, and is undergoing restoration by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). There are nine storeys in this palace. The royal family lives in the upper floors, while store rooms along with stables are present in the lower floors. From the roof of this palace, tourists can have an aerial view of the Leh Valley. Leh Palace is similar in construction to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. This palace was constructed by King Sengge Namgyal during the 17th century.

     

    Shanti Stupa, Ladakh (Leh) - Shanti Stupa is a Buddhist white-domed stupa on a hilltop in Chanspa, Leh district, Ladakh, in the north Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It was built in 1991 by Japanese Buddhist Bhikshu, Gyomyo Nakamura and part of the Peace Pagoda mission. After its completion in 1991, the pillar was inaugurated by the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso. It is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and some of the traditional Ladakhi houses. This stupa is about 5 km away from the city of Leh and faces the famous Leh Palace. Shanti Stupa refers to a peace pillar, which was established by a 'Peace Sect' of Japanese Buddhists. This pillar is located in the Leh District just above Changspa, which is famous for its gilt panels that depict the life stories of Buddha.

     

    Nubra Valley, Ladakh (Leh) – Nubra is a tri-armed valley located to the north east of Ladakh valley. Diskit the capital of Nubra is about 150 km north from Leh town, the capital of Ladakh district, India. Local scholars say that its original name was Ldumra. T his valley  separates the Ladakh from the Karakoram Ranges and the famous Siachen Glacier lies to the north of the valley.

    To the northwest of Nubra valley, lies The Sasser Pass and the famous Karakoram Pass of the 'Silk Route' fame which connect Nubra with Xinjiang. Panamik village is the last settlement in the northern end of in Nubra valley is open to tourists. Nubra valley has a lot to offer and is as a must do for everyone who travels to Leh It has been identified as a tourist  circuit by the local administration of Leh district.

      

    Gurdwara Pathar Sahib, Ladakh (Leh) – Gurdwara Shri Pathar Sahib is situated on the Srinagar-Leh Road, 25kms before the Leh. It is very beautiful and it was created in memory of the founder of Sikh religion and the first guru , Guru Nanak Dev ji.

     

    Thiksey Monastery, Ladakh (Leh) - The monastery remains crowded during the Thiksey festival, which is celebrated at a grand level. Thiksey Monastery is a popular Buddhist Monastery which is situated very close to Leh. It is a part of Gelugpa order in Buddhism and houses Thangkas, stupas, swords, wall paintings, statues and a pillar. This pillar is carved with the preaching and ideas of Buddha and is housed in the 12-storey building of the monastery.

      

    Hemis Monastery, Ladakh (Leh) - Visitors can see beautiful wall paintings in the veranda of this Gompa that depict the 'Kalachakra' and the 'Lords of the Four Quarters'. There is also an idol of Sakyamuni Buddha at this monastery that attracts a lot of devotees. The monastery is very crowded during late June and early July, when Hemis Chheshu or the birthday of Guru Padmasambhava is celebrated. Hemis Monastery is popularly known as Hemis Gompa, which was built during the reign of King Sengge Namgyal in 1630.

     

    Dras, Ladakh (Leh) - It is also a base camp for the 3-day long trek to the famous Suru Valley. The winters in the region are very harsh with the minimum temperature dropping to -450 Celsius. In the region, winter lasts between mid-October and mid-May. Dras is a very small village in the district of Kargil, which is often tagged as 'The Gateway to Ladakh'. It came into limelight in 1999, during the incursions by the Pakistani army into the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

     

    Stok Palace, Ladakh (Leh) - This palace is situated at around 15 km from the main city of Leh and houses a library with 108 volumes of the Kangyur. The palace is famous for conducting an annual festival of dance-mask that sees a huge participation by the local inhabitants. Tourists can also see some of the rare collection of royal attires, crowns and other important materials inside this palace. There are many beautiful gardens in this palace, from where travellers can have views of sunset and sunrise. Displaying a perfect blend of traditional and contemporary architectural styles, it was built by King Tsespal Tondup Namgyal in 1825.

     

    Shey Gompa, Ladakh (Leh) - King Deldan Namgyal constructed this monastery in memory for his father, Singay Namgyal. This monastery is also known for its giant copper and gilded gold statue of Shakyamuni Buddha. It is the second largest statue in Ladakh, which is managed by the monks of Hemis monastery. This place is around 15 km to the south of Leh and lies on the main Leh-Manali Road. In the past, Shey was the summer capital of Ladakh and is presently in ruins. This monastery was constructed in 1655 by King Deldan Namgyal, better known as Lhachen Palgyigon.

     

    Changla Pass, Ladakh (Leh) – The Chang La is a high mountain pass in Ladakh, India. It is claimed to be the second highest motorable road in the world. Chang La is approached from Leh via Kharu and Sekti village by an asphalt road.

    The third highest motorable mountain pass in the world, Chang La Pass, situated at an altitude of 5,360 meters above sea level, is named after the Sadhu Changla Baba. The Pass temple was built after him only. The place is famous for its  scenic and serene natural beauty which attracts tourists from all around the world. The nearest settlement to this place is the little hamlet of Tangste. It is the main gateway for the Changthang plateau situated in the Himalayas. 

     

    Alchi Choskor, Ladakh (Leh) - The village is largely populated by Hindus and Buddhists, and both offer prayers at this temple. It is also situated near an 11th century temple, which can be ideally visited during May and September. This temple is around 70 km away from Leh on the main Leh-Srinagar Highway. It is also known as Alchi Gompa, and is approximately 1,000 years old. This temple is an ideal study centre of Buddhism and is managed by the monks of Likir.

     

    Khardung La Pass, Ladakh (Leh) – Khardung La is a mountain pass located in the Ladakh region of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The local pronunciation is "Khardong La" or "Khardzong La," but, as with most names in Ladakh, the romanised spelling varies. This High Mountain pass and deep valleys play a very important role in trade, travel and migration. There are many passes situated through the mountain sub ranges and hills.

     

    Jama Masjid, Ladakh (Leh) - The Jama Masjid was constructed as a part of an agreement between the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb and the then ruler of Ladakh, Deldan Namgyal in 1666-67. Jama Masjid is one of the historical mosques in Ladakh, which is situated in the heart of Leh, the capital of the state. It is considered to be the biggest mosques in the region and houses a memorial known as Shahi Hamdan. This memorial is dedicated to a Muslim Sufi Saint named Mir Syed Ali Hamdani.

     

    Spituk Monastery, Ladakh (Leh) - There are around 100 monks at this monastery, who conduct the annual Gustor festival. During the Spituk Gustor festival, a giant statue of Goddess Kali is unveiled at the monastery. This festival is celebrated from 27th to 29th of the eleventh month in the ancient Tibetan calendar. This monastery is located at about 8 km from Leh and was established during the 11th century by Od-de, the elder brother of Lha Lama Changchub Od. In 15th century, this monastery was overtaken by the Yellow Hat sect. It was essentially a Red Hat institution, which is known for its unique collection of icons, arms, Thangkas and masks.

     

    Spangmik, Ladakh (Leh) - Spangmik, one of the farthest villages in Pangong area, is situated on the southern shore at distance of around 7 km from the Pangong Lake. Tourists can avail beautiful views of mountains of the Chang-Chenmo Range and snow-capped peaks of the Pangong Range from the village. Apart from this, several glaciers located on the north west of the Pangong Lake are also visible from the village.

      

    Monastero Tak Thok, Ladakh (Leh) – Takthok Monastery is a Buddhist monastery in Sakti village in Ladakh, northern India, located approximately 46 kilometres east of Leh

     

    Sun Temple, Ladakh (Leh) - It was also built using hard and square limestone, which acts as a reminder of the architectural style of the bygone era. Sun Temple is a very famous temple in Ladakh, which is dedicated to the Sun God, Bhaskar. It is a mediaeval temple, which was constructed by King Lalitaditya for commemorating the Sun God. There is a colonnaded courtyard at this temple along with the main shrine. Visitors can also see around 84 columns that were used for building this temple.

     

    Suru Valley, Ladakh (Leh) - Tourism in this valley is very limited and majority of the travellers go to the nearby places like Zanskar and Padum. The tourist facilities in the region are not good and visitors have to find accommodation in the summer tent camps in Rangdum. Suru Valley is mainly drained by the Suru River and houses the main town of Kargil. There are approximately 25,000 people in this valley, who are descendants of Dard and Tibetan communities. Large numbers of local population are followers of Shia Islam, who were converted from Tibetan Buddhism in the 16th century.

     

    Sankar Gompa, Ladakh (Leh) - The steps at this monastery lead to double doors that are the means to reach 'Dukhang' or the assembly hall. On the right of the doors, there are three green drums along with a place of the Gyeskos. The walls of this monastery are painted completely with mandalas and a Tibetan calendar. Tourists can also visit guest rooms, library and the rooms of Abbot that are located upstairs.  Sankar Gompa is located approximately 3 km from the main city and is well-known for its traditional architectural style. Inside the gompa, there is a figure of Avalokitesvara having 1,000 heads and arms. Often known as Sankar Monastery, it can be reached on foot from Leh. There are around 20 monks living at this place. The visit time is limited to morning and evening.

     

    Ladakh Ecological Development Group, Ladakh (Leh) - This group is mainly an environmental NGO, which tries to promote sustainable development in Ladakh along with solar energy. It is also concerned about the economic, cultural and environmental issues that affect the disadvantaged communities in the region. There are more than hundred staff members in this centre, which is headed by Tsewang Rigzin. Ladakh Ecological Development Group was constructed in 1983 and is commonly known as the Ecological Centre of Ladakh. The main objective of this centre is to promote and spread awareness regarding the environmental issues in Ladakh. It also works effectively towards the positive aspects of alternative technology.

     

    Sankoo, Ladakh (Leh) - The entire valley is filled with the plantations of willows, myricarea and wild roses that attract large number of tourists. In the outskirts of Sankoo, there is a small shrine of the Muslim Saint Syed Mir Hashim, who was invited by Thi-Namgyal for preaching the Suru principality. Sankoo is a very small township, which located at a distance of 42 km south of Kargil. It is situated in a bowl shaped valley, which is drained by streams like Kartse River, Suru River and the Nakpochu River. This place is often called Ladakh's own Gulmarg and has a small bazaar and several small villages surrounding it.

     

    Tsemo Monastery, Ladakh (Leh) - This Gompa has many ancient manuscripts, frescoes and a big golden statue of Maitreya Buddha, which is as high as a 3-storey structure. Visitors can also see 10 ft high statues of Avalokitesvara and Manjushri at the gompa. There is a fort above this structure, which is partially ruined. Tourists can climb this fort for having a beautiful look of the Leh Valley. Tsemo Gompa was constructed by King Tashi Namgyal of the Namgyal dynasty, who ruled Leh during the 15th century. Completed in 1430, it is presently maintained by the monks of Sankar Gompa. Often known as Namgyal Tsemo Gompa, this gompa is situated to the north of Leh and is considered to be one of the oldest Gompas in the region.

     

    Karma Dupgyud Choeling Monastery, Ladakh (Leh) - The monastery also propagates the traditional values of Buddhism along with preserving the Tibetan Buddhism culture.  Karma Dupgyud Choeling Monastery is a famous Dharma centre in Leh, which is managed by the Karmapa sect of Tibetan Buddhists. This Karmapa sect mainly stands for the embodiment of all the activities of Lord Buddha. Presently, there are over 17 Karmapas in the world that play a key role in promoting the values of Tibetan Buddhism.

     

    Matho Monastery, Ladakh (Leh) - Travellers can also see a holy shrine inside the monastery, which is dedicated to the main guardian deities. It is an ideal place for understanding and studying the traditional Buddhist teachings and ideologies. Visitors come to this place during the famous Matho Nagrang festival, when the Buddhist monks perform sacred rituals and dances. Matho Monastery is more than 500 years old and comes under the management of Sakya Monastic Establishment in Ladakh. This site is situated in the Indus River valley and was established by Lama Dugpa Dorje. There is a small museum inside the complex, which has some ancient collections of Thangkas that are showcased in the form of mandalas.

     

    Dukhang, Ladakh (Leh) - The walls of beautiful Alchi's Temple are decorated with wall paintings and murals that express a rare combination of indigenous colours. Dotted with numerous attendant figures, animals and sacred symbols, the south wall above the doorway possesses images of Mahakala, great time, timelessness, deathlessness or eternity. Various colours are used to depict different qualities of the four main manifestations of Buddha. Buddha in blue represents Akshobya or unshakable and in yellow represents Ratnasambhava or Jewel Born. Moreover, Buddha in red depicts Amitabha or boundless radiance, while in green depicts Amoghasiddhi or unfailing success.

     

    Monastery Circuit, Ladakh (Leh) - It also has prayer flags along with an ornamented entrance that houses a 15 m tall statue. Monastery Circuit houses several Buddhist Gompas like Thiksey Monastery, Pharka Monastery, Matho Monastery, Hemis Monastery and many more. Hemis Monastery is one of the largest monasteries in the region, which houses a large painting of Buddha that can be seen only once in 11 years. Another important monastery, Thiksey Gompa is a 12-storey structure that has been painted with beautiful colours.

     

    Serzang Temple, Ladakh (Leh) - The walls of this temple are painted with the figures of Buddha along with the images of people associated with Red Hat sect. This temple also preserves a Serzang manuscript copy of the Tibetan Buddhist Canon, which has been written in silver, gold and copper letters. It is around 40 km away from the nearest airport at Leh.  The copper gilt image of Maitreya Buddha at this temple measures around 30 ft in height. It also houses several mural paintings like Tilopa, Marpa, Mila Raspa and Naropa. Serzang Temple is situated adjacent to the royal quarters in the village of Basgo, which comes under the Leh District. It was constructed during the 17th century using gold and copper. This shrine can be reached by travelling on the main Leh-Srinagar Highway.

     

    Vajra Bhairav Shrine, Ladakh (Leh) - Tourists can also see more than 600 years old paintings on the walls of this shrine. This shrine is considered to be one of the oldest buildings in Spituk. It is situated about 10 km from Leh and can be reached by road. Vajra Bhairav Shrine is mainly dedicated to a tantric guardian deity, who belongs to the Gelug-pa order. It is commonly believed that this deity has some supernatural powers and is essentially unveiled to the public only once in a year. Rest of the time, this idol is kept inside a chamber, which is present at this shrine.

     

    Zanskar the Virgin Valley, Ladakh (Leh) - It is one of the coldest regions in Ladakh, and witnesses a temperature of -400 Celsius during winter season. Local inhabitants living here stay very far from one another and take several weeks to travel to each others place. Zanskar the Virgin Valley is well-known as the 'land of white copper'. This valley is situated in Ladakh and has an elevation ranging from around 3,500 m to 7,000 m above sea level. It is considered to be one of the remotest regions in the world and has remained in veil till 1994. Opened for tourists coming to Ladakh from 1995, this place is situated along two rivers that meet in the plains of Padum Valley.

     

    Stanka Monastery, Ladakh (Leh) - It is prominently called 'Tiger's Nose Monastery', due to the resemblance of the rock on which it stands to a tiger leaping up to the sky. This Gompa also houses a marble statue of Avalokitesvara, which is believed to be brought from the state of Assam. There is also a museum inside the Gompa that preserves various collections of arms and armoury of the ancient Ladakh rulers. Stanka Monastery or Stanka Gompa is constructed on a 60 m high isolated rock, which displays the cultural and religious heritage of Buddhism. It houses a treasure of Buddhist artefacts, teachings and paintings, which is managed by Drukpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. In 1580, this monastery was built by a scholar named Chosje Jamyang Palkar.

     

    General Zorawar's Fort, Ladakh (Leh) -Visitors can also see some of the precious coins, artefacts and specimens of the new stamps at this fort. General Zorawar’s Fort is widely called as Riasi Fort, and is situated in the Rajouri District. This fort is known to preserve the private wealth collected by the Dogra rulers in Jammu. It is presently in ruins and overlooks the famous Chenab River. It was later named after General Zorawar Singh, who is remembered for his struggle against the Chinese rulers.

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    The Grand Dragon, Ladakh

    Old Road

    The Grand Dragon, Ladakh is situated 4.4 km away from Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochey Airport and 1.2 km from JK SRTC bus stand. It offers centrally heated rooms which are provided with LCD TV, tea/coffee maker, telephone an

    12,000.00 Avg/night

    Kidar Hotel, Ladakh

    Fort Road

    Kidar Hotel, Ladakh is located at Fort road. Tsas Soma Masjid (Approx. 1km) and the Hall of Fame (Approx. 6km) are some of the places close to the hotel. Leh District, is the second largest district in the country, after

    3,850.00 Avg/night

    Nalanda Hotel, Ladakh

    Upper Karzoo

    Nalanda Hotel, Ladakh offers comfy and reasonable keep for each business and leisure travelers who looking for some economical decisions.It is a professionally managed hotel in the heart of the city. This property is cre

    5,500.00 Avg/night

    The Ladakh, Ladakh

    Karzoo Road

    The Ladakh, Ladakh offers comfy and reasonable keep for each business and leisure travelers who looking for some economical decisions.It is a professionally managed hotel in the heart of the city. This property is create

    4,700.00 Avg/night

    lha Ri Sa Resort, Ladakh

    The Land of Endless Discovery Skara

    lha Ri Sa Resort, Ladakh offers comfy and reasonable keep for each business and leisure travelers who looking for some economical decisions.It is a professionally managed hotel in the heart of the city. This property is

    7,000.00 Avg/night

    Omasila Hotel, Ladakh

    Changspa Road

    Ladakh Himalayan Retreat, Ladakh offers comfy and reasonable keep for each business and leisure travelers who looking for some economical decisions.It is a professionally managed hotel in the heart of the city. This prop

    3,600.00 Avg/night

    Ladakh Himalayan Retreat, Ladakh

    Ladakh Himalayan Retreat

    Ladakh Himalayan Retreat, Ladakh offers comfy and reasonable keep for each business and leisure travelers who looking for some economical decisions.It is a professionally managed hotel in the heart of the city. This prop

    4,200.00 Avg/night

    Ladakh Sarai, Ladakh

    Saboo Village Road

    Ladakh Sarai, Ladakh offers comfy and reasonable keep for each business and leisure travelers who looking for some economical decisions.It is a professionally managed hotel in the heart of the city. This property is crea

    7,500.00 Avg/night

    City Palace, Ladakh

    Upper Tukcha Road

    City Palace, Ladakh is located on Tukcha Road. It enjoys proximity to the airport and bus stand. It is surrounded by major tourist destinations like Tsas Soma Masjid (Approx. 1km) and Shanti Stupa (Approx. 4km). Shanti S

    3,560.00 Avg/night

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    Pangong Lake, Ladakh (Leh) – Pangong Tso Tibetan for "high grassland lake", also referred to as Pangong Lake, is a.... Jump up ^ Bhat, F., et al., Ecology and biodiversity in Pangong Tso (lake) and its inlet stream in Ladakh,  One-third part of the lake lies in India while the remaining two-third lies in Tibet, a region controlled by China. A large chunk of streams that fill the lake are located on the Tibetan part. The lake is located just 5 hours drive from Leh in the Ladakh region of Jammu & Kashmir.

     

    Leh Palace, Ladakh (Leh) - This palace is currently ruined, and is undergoing restoration by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). There are nine storeys in this palace. The royal family lives in the upper floors, while store rooms along with stables are present in the lower floors. From the roof of this palace, tourists can have an aerial view of the Leh Valley. Leh Palace is similar in construction to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. This palace was constructed by King Sengge Namgyal during the 17th century.

     

    Shanti Stupa, Ladakh (Leh) - Shanti Stupa is a Buddhist white-domed stupa on a hilltop in Chanspa, Leh district, Ladakh, in the north Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It was built in 1991 by Japanese Buddhist Bhikshu, Gyomyo Nakamura and part of the Peace Pagoda mission. After its completion in 1991, the pillar was inaugurated by the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso. It is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and some of the traditional Ladakhi houses. This stupa is about 5 km away from the city of Leh and faces the famous Leh Palace. Shanti Stupa refers to a peace pillar, which was established by a 'Peace Sect' of Japanese Buddhists. This pillar is located in the Leh District just above Changspa, which is famous for its gilt panels that depict the life stories of Buddha.

     

    Nubra Valley, Ladakh (Leh) – Nubra is a tri-armed valley located to the north east of Ladakh valley. Diskit the capital of Nubra is about 150 km north from Leh town, the capital of Ladakh district, India. Local scholars say that its original name was Ldumra. T his valley  separates the Ladakh from the Karakoram Ranges and the famous Siachen Glacier lies to the north of the valley.

    To the northwest of Nubra valley, lies The Sasser Pass and the famous Karakoram Pass of the 'Silk Route' fame which connect Nubra with Xinjiang. Panamik village is the last settlement in the northern end of in Nubra valley is open to tourists. Nubra valley has a lot to offer and is as a must do for everyone who travels to Leh It has been identified as a tourist  circuit by the local administration of Leh district.

      

    Gurdwara Pathar Sahib, Ladakh (Leh) – Gurdwara Shri Pathar Sahib is situated on the Srinagar-Leh Road, 25kms before the Leh. It is very beautiful and it was created in memory of the founder of Sikh religion and the first guru , Guru Nanak Dev ji.

     

    Thiksey Monastery, Ladakh (Leh) - The monastery remains crowded during the Thiksey festival, which is celebrated at a grand level. Thiksey Monastery is a popular Buddhist Monastery which is situated very close to Leh. It is a part of Gelugpa order in Buddhism and houses Thangkas, stupas, swords, wall paintings, statues and a pillar. This pillar is carved with the preaching and ideas of Buddha and is housed in the 12-storey building of the monastery.

      

    Hemis Monastery, Ladakh (Leh) - Visitors can see beautiful wall paintings in the veranda of this Gompa that depict the 'Kalachakra' and the 'Lords of the Four Quarters'. There is also an idol of Sakyamuni Buddha at this monastery that attracts a lot of devotees. The monastery is very crowded during late June and early July, when Hemis Chheshu or the birthday of Guru Padmasambhava is celebrated. Hemis Monastery is popularly known as Hemis Gompa, which was built during the reign of King Sengge Namgyal in 1630.

     

    Dras, Ladakh (Leh) - It is also a base camp for the 3-day long trek to the famous Suru Valley. The winters in the region are very harsh with the minimum temperature dropping to -450 Celsius. In the region, winter lasts between mid-October and mid-May. Dras is a very small village in the district of Kargil, which is often tagged as 'The Gateway to Ladakh'. It came into limelight in 1999, during the incursions by the Pakistani army into the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

     

    Stok Palace, Ladakh (Leh) - This palace is situated at around 15 km from the main city of Leh and houses a library with 108 volumes of the Kangyur. The palace is famous for conducting an annual festival of dance-mask that sees a huge participation by the local inhabitants. Tourists can also see some of the rare collection of royal attires, crowns and other important materials inside this palace. There are many beautiful gardens in this palace, from where travellers can have views of sunset and sunrise. Displaying a perfect blend of traditional and contemporary architectural styles, it was built by King Tsespal Tondup Namgyal in 1825.

     

    Shey Gompa, Ladakh (Leh) - King Deldan Namgyal constructed this monastery in memory for his father, Singay Namgyal. This monastery is also known for its giant copper and gilded gold statue of Shakyamuni Buddha. It is the second largest statue in Ladakh, which is managed by the monks of Hemis monastery. This place is around 15 km to the south of Leh and lies on the main Leh-Manali Road. In the past, Shey was the summer capital of Ladakh and is presently in ruins. This monastery was constructed in 1655 by King Deldan Namgyal, better known as Lhachen Palgyigon.

     

    Changla Pass, Ladakh (Leh) – The Chang La is a high mountain pass in Ladakh, India. It is claimed to be the second highest motorable road in the world. Chang La is approached from Leh via Kharu and Sekti village by an asphalt road.

    The third highest motorable mountain pass in the world, Chang La Pass, situated at an altitude of 5,360 meters above sea level, is named after the Sadhu Changla Baba. The Pass temple was built after him only. The place is famous for its  scenic and serene natural beauty which attracts tourists from all around the world. The nearest settlement to this place is the little hamlet of Tangste. It is the main gateway for the Changthang plateau situated in the Himalayas. 

     

    Alchi Choskor, Ladakh (Leh) - The village is largely populated by Hindus and Buddhists, and both offer prayers at this temple. It is also situated near an 11th century temple, which can be ideally visited during May and September. This temple is around 70 km away from Leh on the main Leh-Srinagar Highway. It is also known as Alchi Gompa, and is approximately 1,000 years old. This temple is an ideal study centre of Buddhism and is managed by the monks of Likir.

     

    Khardung La Pass, Ladakh (Leh) – Khardung La is a mountain pass located in the Ladakh region of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The local pronunciation is "Khardong La" or "Khardzong La," but, as with most names in Ladakh, the romanised spelling varies. This High Mountain pass and deep valleys play a very important role in trade, travel and migration. There are many passes situated through the mountain sub ranges and hills.

     

    Jama Masjid, Ladakh (Leh) - The Jama Masjid was constructed as a part of an agreement between the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb and the then ruler of Ladakh, Deldan Namgyal in 1666-67. Jama Masjid is one of the historical mosques in Ladakh, which is situated in the heart of Leh, the capital of the state. It is considered to be the biggest mosques in the region and houses a memorial known as Shahi Hamdan. This memorial is dedicated to a Muslim Sufi Saint named Mir Syed Ali Hamdani.

     

    Spituk Monastery, Ladakh (Leh) - There are around 100 monks at this monastery, who conduct the annual Gustor festival. During the Spituk Gustor festival, a giant statue of Goddess Kali is unveiled at the monastery. This festival is celebrated from 27th to 29th of the eleventh month in the ancient Tibetan calendar. This monastery is located at about 8 km from Leh and was established during the 11th century by Od-de, the elder brother of Lha Lama Changchub Od. In 15th century, this monastery was overtaken by the Yellow Hat sect. It was essentially a Red Hat institution, which is known for its unique collection of icons, arms, Thangkas and masks.

     

    Spangmik, Ladakh (Leh) - Spangmik, one of the farthest villages in Pangong area, is situated on the southern shore at distance of around 7 km from the Pangong Lake. Tourists can avail beautiful views of mountains of the Chang-Chenmo Range and snow-capped peaks of the Pangong Range from the village. Apart from this, several glaciers located on the north west of the Pangong Lake are also visible from the village.

      

    Monastero Tak Thok, Ladakh (Leh) – Takthok Monastery is a Buddhist monastery in Sakti village in Ladakh, northern India, located approximately 46 kilometres east of Leh

     

    Sun Temple, Ladakh (Leh) - It was also built using hard and square limestone, which acts as a reminder of the architectural style of the bygone era. Sun Temple is a very famous temple in Ladakh, which is dedicated to the Sun God, Bhaskar. It is a mediaeval temple, which was constructed by King Lalitaditya for commemorating the Sun God. There is a colonnaded courtyard at this temple along with the main shrine. Visitors can also see around 84 columns that were used for building this temple.

     

    Suru Valley, Ladakh (Leh) - Tourism in this valley is very limited and majority of the travellers go to the nearby places like Zanskar and Padum. The tourist facilities in the region are not good and visitors have to find accommodation in the summer tent camps in Rangdum. Suru Valley is mainly drained by the Suru River and houses the main town of Kargil. There are approximately 25,000 people in this valley, who are descendants of Dard and Tibetan communities. Large numbers of local population are followers of Shia Islam, who were converted from Tibetan Buddhism in the 16th century.

     

    Sankar Gompa, Ladakh (Leh) - The steps at this monastery lead to double doors that are the means to reach 'Dukhang' or the assembly hall. On the right of the doors, there are three green drums along with a place of the Gyeskos. The walls of this monastery are painted completely with mandalas and a Tibetan calendar. Tourists can also visit guest rooms, library and the rooms of Abbot that are located upstairs.  Sankar Gompa is located approximately 3 km from the main city and is well-known for its traditional architectural style. Inside the gompa, there is a figure of Avalokitesvara having 1,000 heads and arms. Often known as Sankar Monastery, it can be reached on foot from Leh. There are around 20 monks living at this place. The visit time is limited to morning and evening.

     

    Ladakh Ecological Development Group, Ladakh (Leh) - This group is mainly an environmental NGO, which tries to promote sustainable development in Ladakh along with solar energy. It is also concerned about the economic, cultural and environmental issues that affect the disadvantaged communities in the region. There are more than hundred staff members in this centre, which is headed by Tsewang Rigzin. Ladakh Ecological Development Group was constructed in 1983 and is commonly known as the Ecological Centre of Ladakh. The main objective of this centre is to promote and spread awareness regarding the environmental issues in Ladakh. It also works effectively towards the positive aspects of alternative technology.

     

    Sankoo, Ladakh (Leh) - The entire valley is filled with the plantations of willows, myricarea and wild roses that attract large number of tourists. In the outskirts of Sankoo, there is a small shrine of the Muslim Saint Syed Mir Hashim, who was invited by Thi-Namgyal for preaching the Suru principality. Sankoo is a very small township, which located at a distance of 42 km south of Kargil. It is situated in a bowl shaped valley, which is drained by streams like Kartse River, Suru River and the Nakpochu River. This place is often called Ladakh's own Gulmarg and has a small bazaar and several small villages surrounding it.

     

    Tsemo Monastery, Ladakh (Leh) - This Gompa has many ancient manuscripts, frescoes and a big golden statue of Maitreya Buddha, which is as high as a 3-storey structure. Visitors can also see 10 ft high statues of Avalokitesvara and Manjushri at the gompa. There is a fort above this structure, which is partially ruined. Tourists can climb this fort for having a beautiful look of the Leh Valley. Tsemo Gompa was constructed by King Tashi Namgyal of the Namgyal dynasty, who ruled Leh during the 15th century. Completed in 1430, it is presently maintained by the monks of Sankar Gompa. Often known as Namgyal Tsemo Gompa, this gompa is situated to the north of Leh and is considered to be one of the oldest Gompas in the region.

     

    Karma Dupgyud Choeling Monastery, Ladakh (Leh) - The monastery also propagates the traditional values of Buddhism along with preserving the Tibetan Buddhism culture.  Karma Dupgyud Choeling Monastery is a famous Dharma centre in Leh, which is managed by the Karmapa sect of Tibetan Buddhists. This Karmapa sect mainly stands for the embodiment of all the activities of Lord Buddha. Presently, there are over 17 Karmapas in the world that play a key role in promoting the values of Tibetan Buddhism.

     

    Matho Monastery, Ladakh (Leh) - Travellers can also see a holy shrine inside the monastery, which is dedicated to the main guardian deities. It is an ideal place for understanding and studying the traditional Buddhist teachings and ideologies. Visitors come to this place during the famous Matho Nagrang festival, when the Buddhist monks perform sacred rituals and dances. Matho Monastery is more than 500 years old and comes under the management of Sakya Monastic Establishment in Ladakh. This site is situated in the Indus River valley and was established by Lama Dugpa Dorje. There is a small museum inside the complex, which has some ancient collections of Thangkas that are showcased in the form of mandalas.

     

    Dukhang, Ladakh (Leh) - The walls of beautiful Alchi's Temple are decorated with wall paintings and murals that express a rare combination of indigenous colours. Dotted with numerous attendant figures, animals and sacred symbols, the south wall above the doorway possesses images of Mahakala, great time, timelessness, deathlessness or eternity. Various colours are used to depict different qualities of the four main manifestations of Buddha. Buddha in blue represents Akshobya or unshakable and in yellow represents Ratnasambhava or Jewel Born. Moreover, Buddha in red depicts Amitabha or boundless radiance, while in green depicts Amoghasiddhi or unfailing success.

     

    Monastery Circuit, Ladakh (Leh) - It also has prayer flags along with an ornamented entrance that houses a 15 m tall statue. Monastery Circuit houses several Buddhist Gompas like Thiksey Monastery, Pharka Monastery, Matho Monastery, Hemis Monastery and many more. Hemis Monastery is one of the largest monasteries in the region, which houses a large painting of Buddha that can be seen only once in 11 years. Another important monastery, Thiksey Gompa is a 12-storey structure that has been painted with beautiful colours.

     

    Serzang Temple, Ladakh (Leh) - The walls of this temple are painted with the figures of Buddha along with the images of people associated with Red Hat sect. This temple also preserves a Serzang manuscript copy of the Tibetan Buddhist Canon, which has been written in silver, gold and copper letters. It is around 40 km away from the nearest airport at Leh.  The copper gilt image of Maitreya Buddha at this temple measures around 30 ft in height. It also houses several mural paintings like Tilopa, Marpa, Mila Raspa and Naropa. Serzang Temple is situated adjacent to the royal quarters in the village of Basgo, which comes under the Leh District. It was constructed during the 17th century using gold and copper. This shrine can be reached by travelling on the main Leh-Srinagar Highway.

     

    Vajra Bhairav Shrine, Ladakh (Leh) - Tourists can also see more than 600 years old paintings on the walls of this shrine. This shrine is considered to be one of the oldest buildings in Spituk. It is situated about 10 km from Leh and can be reached by road. Vajra Bhairav Shrine is mainly dedicated to a tantric guardian deity, who belongs to the Gelug-pa order. It is commonly believed that this deity has some supernatural powers and is essentially unveiled to the public only once in a year. Rest of the time, this idol is kept inside a chamber, which is present at this shrine.

     

    Zanskar the Virgin Valley, Ladakh (Leh) - It is one of the coldest regions in Ladakh, and witnesses a temperature of -400 Celsius during winter season. Local inhabitants living here stay very far from one another and take several weeks to travel to each others place. Zanskar the Virgin Valley is well-known as the 'land of white copper'. This valley is situated in Ladakh and has an elevation ranging from around 3,500 m to 7,000 m above sea level. It is considered to be one of the remotest regions in the world and has remained in veil till 1994. Opened for tourists coming to Ladakh from 1995, this place is situated along two rivers that meet in the plains of Padum Valley.

     

    Stanka Monastery, Ladakh (Leh) - It is prominently called 'Tiger's Nose Monastery', due to the resemblance of the rock on which it stands to a tiger leaping up to the sky. This Gompa also houses a marble statue of Avalokitesvara, which is believed to be brought from the state of Assam. There is also a museum inside the Gompa that preserves various collections of arms and armoury of the ancient Ladakh rulers. Stanka Monastery or Stanka Gompa is constructed on a 60 m high isolated rock, which displays the cultural and religious heritage of Buddhism. It houses a treasure of Buddhist artefacts, teachings and paintings, which is managed by Drukpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. In 1580, this monastery was built by a scholar named Chosje Jamyang Palkar.

     

    General Zorawar's Fort, Ladakh (Leh) -Visitors can also see some of the precious coins, artefacts and specimens of the new stamps at this fort. General Zorawar’s Fort is widely called as Riasi Fort, and is situated in the Rajouri District. This fort is known to preserve the private wealth collected by the Dogra rulers in Jammu. It is presently in ruins and overlooks the famous Chenab River. It was later named after General Zorawar Singh, who is remembered for his struggle against the Chinese rulers.

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