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Excursions

Shey Palace and Monastery (15 km)
The palace has the largest Victory stupa, topped with pure gold and a 7.5 meter statue of Chamba or Maitreya Buddha in a sitting position is wrought of copper and brass, gilded with gold & silver and studded with precious gems.

Thikse Gompa (19 km)
Thikse is one of the largest and architecturally impressive gompas. It has 12 storeys and consists of several temples, resident lamas and a nunnery. Thikse festival is held in autumn every year in the month of September.

Stakhna Gompa (20 km)
Stakhna monastery is amongst the oldest in Ladakh. This Gompa is just a few kilometer away from Thikse Gompa.

Phyang Gompa (20 km)
On the Leh-Kargil road, Phyang gompa was built by Tashi Namgyal in the later half of the 16th century A.D. and it belongs to the red sect of the Buddhists. Phyang festival is held during summer in July / August.

Hemis High Altitude National Park (35 km)
This National Park is a home to some of the most exotic and rare flora and fauna species. The best time to visit the park is May to October. Permission to visit /camp may be obtained from the Divisional Forest Officer, Hemis National Park, Leh, Ladakh.

Basgo (40 km)
It was the seat of power of a branch of the Namgyal family.

Chemrey Gompa (45 km)
Situated in a picturesque valley leading to Changla, this gompa was constructed as a funeral act of merit on Sengge Namgyal’s death in 1645. Close by is a cave monastery reputed to have been the abode of Padma Sambhav during one of his periods of meditation.

Hemis Gompa (49 km)
Hemis Gompa is the wealthiest, best known and biggest gompa of Ladakh. Its most popular festival, Hemis festival is held annually in June /July.

Tak-Thog Gompa (50 Km)
Located east of Leh, this is the only monastery belonging to the Nying-ma-pa order. Guru Rimpoche (Padma Sambhava) is said to have founded this monastery.

Likir Gompa (61 km)
On the Srinagar -Leh road, the primary attraction of the monastery, however, are the 1000 year old wall paintings. Skilled craftsmen producing excellent thankas, earthen pots and carved, folding, wooden stools, live here in the village.


altAlchi Gompa (70 km)

Dates back to 1000 years, this monastery consists of six temples which contain a chorten (religious shrine containing relics of holy people or scripture).

Lamayaru Gompa (125 km)
On crossing Foto -La, the highest point on the Srinagar-Leh road, the oldest holy site in Ladakh, Lamayaru gompa was a Bon Shrine prior to the advent of Buddhism.

Lakes: Pongong Lake or Pongong Tso (143 km)
Pongong Lake is one of the largest and most beautiful natural lakes in the country. The lake is bisected by the international border between India and China as two third part falls in Tibet (China).

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Tso Moriri (217 km)

Tso moriri, a pearl shaped lake, lies in an extremely picturesque location between two mountain ranges. An overnight halt is necessary and tented accommodation is arranged by Snow Leopard Adventures of Zangsty, Leh during the season. J & K Tourism operates tented cottages.

Tso Kar
Situated about 45 Km northwest from the Tso Moriri Lake, this ‘white lake’ so called for the salt deposits lying along the shore.

altNubra Valley

Along the eastern ridge of the Karakoram Range in northern Ladakh is the Nubra Valley comprising of the Upper Shayok and Nubra river valleys. Khardungla, at 18,300 ft has the world's highest motorable road. Tourists can travel upto Khardungla (the highest motorable road in the world) by taxi around 50 Km from Leh and see snow even during summer.

The main attraction in this area is Bactarian Camel (shaggy double hump Camel). Sightseeing in the valley are : Deskit - the largest village in the valley; Sumur - two large monasteries of the region are situated here. Paying Guest accommodation and PWD guest houses available. Hundar has a large sandy desert around it. Double humped Bactrian camels are available for safaris on the sand dunes. Drokpa Circuit - (160 km approximately) On the banks of the Indus near Khaltse live the Drokpha , a pure Aryan race. Ethnically, linguistically, culturally at variance from the rest of Ladakh and those in the surrounding village this 2000 strong race occupies five villages two of which, Dah and Biama. The route following the Indus after Khalatse goes past the attractive villages of Domkhar, Skurbuchan and Achinathang.


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