Places to visit in Leh Ladakh

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Top 10 tourist places in Leh Ladakh

WHEN ISOLATION IS NOT EVEN CLOSE TO IN HOSPITALITY AND FEELS LIKE THE VERY HOME YOU HAVE BEEN HUNTING FOR, YOU KNOW YOU ARE IN LADAKH. LADAKH’S PRECIOUS POSSESSION, ITS BIGGEST TOWN LEH, IS A TRAVELER’S DELIGHT. IT IS ALSO KNOWN AS A LAND OF HIGH PASSAGES AND IS MAINLY INHABITED BY TIBETANS.

List Are as below:

#1. Drangtse

Village in Zangskar situated in the Kargyag valley on the route to the Shin[tps_title][/tps_title]gkun pass. Above the village are an ancient monastery and the ruins of a whole town. The place was seized by the Tibetans in the tenth century and in retaliation destroyed by the Kashmiris.

#2. Gya

Village in Upper Ladakh on the Gya river, a southern tributary of the Indus, and on the road to Rupshu. Extensive ruins of an ancient castle and town with several watch towers point to their Mon or Dard origin, before these were driven out under Lha-chen dPal-gyi-mgon (c. 930-60). There are also ruins of an ancient monastery, name and origin unknown, and several chorales. One of these known as the Lha-bab-mchod-rten yielded some clay tablets (tsha-tsha) with inscriptions of the eighth or ninth century. Some distance below Gya is a high, pre-Buddhist Ihatho and a number of Mon graves.

#3. Hanu

A Dard village in Lower Ladakh on a northern tributary of the Indus on the road to Baltistan over the Chorbat passes. An inscription mentions the construction of the road from Achinatang to Hanu in the reign of Nyi-ma-rnam-rgyal (c. 1680-1720).

#4. Hemis

A famous monastery in Upper Ladakh, situated in a side valley south of the Indus and named Byang-chub-bsam-gling. It was built by King Seng-ge-rnam rgyal (c. 1590-1640) for sTag-tshang-ras-chen of the ‘Brug-pa order from Bhutan. Founded in 1602 the building was completed in 1642. The magnificent frescoes show Kashmiri and Khotani influence. Some of the images are of the tenth and eleventh century and may have been brought from the old gornpa in Meru called “The Mother of Hemis.”

#5. Henasku

Village in Lower Ladakh on the Kharbu river, a southern tributary of the Indus, close to the Kashmir-Leh road. The castle was the seat of a line of Purig chiefs of royal descent who were related to the kings of Ladakh. This principality was annexed under bDe-Idan-rnam-rgyal (c.1640-75).

#6. Hundar

Village in Nubra district on a southern tributary of the Shayog close to the confluence of the Nubra and Shayog rivers. Ruins of a fort or castle are probably the place where a Turki army under Mirza Haidar invading Nubra defeated a Ladakhi force under Bang-khapa in 1532. A votive tablet refers to King Seng-ge-rnam-rgyal (c. 1590-1640).

#7. Ichar

Village in Zangskar situated in the Kargyag valley. The village is built, ancient fashion, on a steep rock. Above it like a deserted monastery and the ruins of a large, square tower. Gyichar is mentioned in a document of a grant of land made to Karsha gompa.

#8. Igu

Village in Upper Ladakh in a small side valley north of the Indus. The castle gSer-khri-makhr was the seat of the famed Bang-kha-pa family of ministers and generals. There are many ancient ruins, the carving of a huge Bodhisattva statue and on some of the walls traces of frescoes. The old castle was destroyed by the invading Tibetan-Mongol forces in 1680.

#9. Jamling

Village and monastery in Zangskar situated on a northern tributary of the Tserab river. The name of the gompa is gNya-nam-gu-ru possibly indicating an ancient origin but no details are available. A second monastery also called gNya-nam-gu-ru exists close to Spadum.

#10. Kanji

Village in Lower Ladakh on the Kharbu River, a southern tributary of the Indus

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