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HILLSTATIONS - LADAKH

Ladakh Hill Station

Ladakh

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Land of the Gompa and the Lama


Beyond the valley of Kashmir, on top of insurmountable mountains, lies Ladakh, the Shan-gri-la of the adventurous travellers. It is a land of barren rocks, a wasteland, with gompas or monasteries carved into the hillside. Magnificent statues of the Buddha, art treasures and tankhas (painted scrolls) are there in plenty for the lover of art to see and enjoy.Leh, the capital, is an oasis surrounded by mountains in horse-shoe formation and is part of the remote Karakoram ranges of the Himalayas.

Ladakh Tour Package
WHAT TO SEE

» Leh Khar Palace, built in the 16th century. There are wall paintings of the life of the Buddha. It has a collection of 100-year old tankhas, statues etc.

» The Leh monastery which houses a solid gold statue of the Buddha.

» The Leh Mosque, of Turko-Iranian architecture, built in 1594.

» Tsemo Gompa, one of the royal monasteries.

EXCURSIONS

» Shankar Gompa (3 km.), has an outstanding collection of small statues of pure gold and paintings.

» Spituk Monastery (8 km.), has a collection of tankhas and face masks.

» Shey Palace and Monastery (15 km.), the summer palace of the former Raja of Leh. The monastery has a 2-storeyed statue of the sitting Buddha, (Visit to be arranged through the Lama beforehand).

» Thiksey Monastery (19 km.) en route to Hemis, presents a panoramic view of the Indus Valley and a collection of art in its chambers.

» Fiang Gompa (20 km.), the monastery of the red sect of Buddhists, has an exquisite collection of statues and tankhas.

» Hemis Gompa (49 km.), has an impressive collection of tankhas, gold statues and stupas embedded with precious stones.

» Lamayuru (125 km.), Ladakh’s oldest monastery. There are caves carved into the mountains.

Adventure in Ladakh» Alchi and Likir Gompas (135 km.), have 1000-year old wall paintings.

» Mulbekh Monastery (190 km.), has a huge standing Buddha carved out of rock.

FESTIVALS OF SPECIAL LOCAL INTEREST

» Hemis Festival (June) commemorates the birth of Guru Padmasambhava, who fought with demons to protect his people. For 3 days there is gaiety, joy and worship. Masked dances are a part of the celebrations.

» Losar. Dating back to the 15th century, it is celebrated in the 11th month of the Buddhist year. There are several more festivals.

SHOPPING
Hand-woven carpets with dragon designs, copper and silver trinkets set with turquoise, tankhas or scrolls. (Buying and selling of antique is forbidden by low.)

SPORTING PASTIMES/TREKS
Archery contests are held in the seasons.Trekking in Ladakh is spectacular as it goes through high mountains. However it is advisable to be fully equipped before setting out, and to take a porter and ponies from Leh, Lamayuru or Padam, from where the treks commences. Some famous treks are -- Leh - Kargil, Kargil - Suru - Zanskar - Kishtwar - Manali and Kargil - Suru - Wardwan - Kishtwar - Pahalgam. There are also many short treks.



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