LEH & LADAKH
Ladakh, popularly known as, the land of numerous passes of mystic Lamas, The Broken moon & The Last Shangrila.
Ladakh is Surrounded by two of the world's highest Mountain ranges, the Karakoram & great Himalaya. The region varies between 9,000 to 11,000 ft. above the sea level. Leh is the head quarter of Leh District & largest town of the region. Leh is located to the north of the Indus River at an elevation of 11,000 ft. Leh became the capital of Stud(Upper Ladakh) during the reign of King Graspa Bum_Lde.
The town is dominated by the nine storey Namgyal Palace & Namgyal Tsemo (victory peak), above the
Palace, built by Tashi Namgyal on his victorious reunification of the Upper & Lower Ladakh.
The earliest inhabitants of Ladakh were the Khampa nomads who domesticated yaks. The first settlement along the Indus River was established by Monks from the region of Kullu & other tribes called the Brokpas originating from Gilgit. Gya became the Ist seat of government of the Mon rulers, who was known by the name of Gyapacho.
Thiksey Monastery TOP
Thiskey Gompa, 17km. south of Leh, the most beautiful of all the Monasteries in Ladakh, belongs to the Gelukspa order. The Thiskey festival is held in the month of October - November. Around 80 Monks reside here at present. Buses are available between Leh and Thiskey every 30 minutes.
Shey Palace TOP
Shey, around 15 kms, south of Leh was the seat of power of the first king of Ladakh, Lhachen Spalgigon, who constructed the hill - top fortress. The ruin can be seen above the present Shey Palace. There are hundreds of Chortens (stupas) and Dresthang Gonpa built around the palace, which are under the Thiskey Monastery.
Deskit Monastery TOP
Deskit is the main village or headquarter of Nubra Valley, Which has a small market consisting of arrow of shops and around 500 years old Gonpa on the Hilltop. Spectacular view of the valley can be seen from the monastery.
Gurudwara Pathar Sahib TOP
Just 15 - 20 kms away from the Hotel lies a historical Gurudwara dedicated to Guru Nanak, the first Guru of the Sikhs. Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, as it is known is manned by the Indian Army. It attracts a lot of tourists as well as Sikh devotees.