Places to Visit in Ladakh Jammu and Kashmir

  • It is a very old monastery, Diskit; close to seven centuries. The monastery was set up by Changzem Tserab Zangpo and which acts as a sub-monastery to the Thiksey Monastery. It belongs to the Gelukpa order of Buddhism. The verandah on the mid-level adorns a mega-sized prayer wheel which amazes many. 

    Right in front of the Shyok River is over 100 feet tall statue of Maitreya Buddha facing the Shyok River and Pakistan. It took four years (from 2006 to 2010) to build this majestic structure. The statue is very beautiful and looks as if it will speak just now!
  • Sulphur never smells good and so are the springs that emanate it. Yet for some beneficial skin curation properties, a dip is the least one can do. They are 150 kilometers from Leh and in a different class unto themselves. 
    The complex around has many facilities including showers.
  • Hidden within the Tegar village, Zimskang Museum is an unmarked historic house preserved in its original condition and open on request to visitors. To find it descend a path alongside a row of chortens and a main wall from the ancient little Manekhang Gompa and Angchunk Restaurant. It's the last unmarked wooden door on left.
  • Imagining sand dunes is very difficult here, at this height! Also one can find a Curios Mix of double-hemped Bactrian Camels & unknown flowers. Riding the camels is an experience in itself. Somehow the Ladakh & Leh regions display some greenery around for comparison.
  • A 134 km long lake stretched between two countries, Pangong Lake lies partly in India and partly in Tibet. The lake freezes completely during winters. The lake has been an issue of dispute between the two countries having the Line of Actual Control passing through it. Although not much aquatic life can be found in this lake, however migratory birds are seen here often.
  • Hemis Monastery or also known as the Hemis Gompa, built during the reign of King Sengge Namgyal in 1630, is divided into two parts namely, Tshongkhang and Dukhang. Tourists can enjoy watching beautiful wall paintings and decor of the Monastery along with an idol of Sakyamuni Buddha.
  • Stok Palace is a royal residential palace built in 1825 by Tsespal Tondup Namgyal for the King Sengge Namgyal and his dynasty. Situated 15 kms away from the main city of Leh, it houses a royal library and a museum. Tourists can see various royal artefacts, jewellery, precious stones, and many more things in the Stock Palace Museum, dating back to 16th century.
  • Suru Valley located near Suru River making it a popularpicnic spot with the valley covered with snow in winters. Suru River is a small tributary of the Shrigar River originating from the North of the Himalayas formed by the snowy wastes of snow-covered mountains peaks
  • Locate 3 kms from the main city, Sankar Gompa or Sankar Monastery is famous for its traditional architectural style. The interiors of this monastery also catch tourist attention. This monastery houses about 20 monks a figure of Avalokitesvara having 1,000 heads and arms.
  • Dras village is commonly connected and remembered with the Kargil war fought between India and Pakistan in 1999, which was fought here. It is also known as the ‘Gateway to Ladakh’ and is also the base camp to the trek going to Suru Valley. The best time to visit this place is in summers because the temperature reaches -4500 C in winters.
  • Monastery Circuit engulfs several Buddhist Monasteries like Thiksey Monastery, Pharka Monastery, Matho Monastery, Hemis Monastery and many more. Along with these monasteries, the circuit has a 15 m high statue and the entrance is completely decorated with prayer flags and much more.
  • Constructed on a rock at a height of 60 m and built in 1580, Stanka Monastery symbolises the cultural and traditional heritage of Buddhism. It is also called as the ‘Tiger’s Nose Monastery’ due to its shape on which it is built. The monastery also houses a museum which displays the rare artefacts and ancient collections of arms and armours of Ladakh’s kings.
  • Jama Mazjid is believed to be the biggest mosque of the region constructed in 1666-67, situated in the heart of capital city of Leh. It has a memorial dedicated to Muslim Sufi Saint named Mir Syed Ali Hamdani, known as Shahi Hamdan. Jama Mazjid stands as a symbol of agreement amidst Mughal Emperor Akhbar and Deldan Namgyal
  • Constructed during the 17th century by King Sengge Namgyal, Leh Palace is similar to Port Palace in Tibet and housed the royal families of Ladakh. Due to annexation in mid-19th century, the royal families were forced to move in the now famous Stok Palace. Leh Palace is mostly in ruins, only the upper floor houses some of the royal families, the rest is with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Tourists can visit the roof of this palace to have a fuller and beautiful view of the city
  • Thiksey Monastery is a part of Gelugpa order in Buddhism and is one of the most popular Buddhist Monasteries in this region. The monastery houses various Buddhist religious artefacts and a pillar with Buddhist preaching engraved on it.
  • Constructed in 1983, Ladakh Ecological Development Group is the Ecological Centre of Ladakh, promoting the awareness regarding the environmental issues. The centre worked hard for preparing and installing a solar photovoltaic power plant which now supplies power to about 350 households. This power plant was created with the intervention of n NGO which has also worked towards creating a hydraulic raw pump improving the water experience of the inhabitants.
  • Located 8 kms from Leh, Spituk Monastery was constructd in 11th century by Odde and was overtaken by Yellow Hat Sect in 15th century. There are about 100 monmks in this monastery who conduct the annual Gustor Festival with great zeal and enthusiasm. Spituk Monastery is also known as the Spituk Gompa
  • A small-township, Sangkoo is famous for its unique bowl-shaped valley. It is known as ‘the Gulmarg of Ladakh’ with having small villages and markets surrounding it. The valley is drained with Kartse River, Suru River and the Nakpochu River. The valley gives a very pictorial view with a sheet spread on it of different plantations
  • Tsemo Monastery is the considered to be the oldest monastery of region and is located towards the north of Leh. Constructed in 15th century by King Tashi Namgyal of Mangyal Dynasty, Tsemo Monastery has many ancient frescos, manuscripts and a 3-storey high Maitreya Buddha statue. Above the monastery, exists an old fort which is now in ruins, however the tourists can climb this fort and witness the beauty of Leh Valley
  • Karmpa Dupguyd Chooeling Monastery managed by the Karmpa Sect of Buddhists is known for preserving the Tibetan Buddhism culture. It is known as the Dharma Centre of Leh and houses about 17 Karmpas who promote and preach Tibetan Buddhism
  • Dedicated to a tantric, Vajra Bhairav who was believed to have super-natural powers, Vajra Bhairav Shrine houses a guardian deity of this tantric which is unveiled only once a year. Tourists coming to visit this shrine can also see the 600 year old paintings and other carvings on the walls of the shrine. It is belived to be the oldest shrine in this region.

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