May is about to end and many of us like me will be getting restless as Ladakh season gets closer. For many, Ladakh is an annual ritual, for many others it is an ambition of lifetime and you definitely can’t doubt the feelings of all of them who are terrified with the prospect of the season getting a corona wash-out. Although, limited transportation seem to be resuming but actual travel doesn’t seem to be happening in the near future. Good, if it happens this season at any point of time. I am sure many will rush with their bikes. But till then, lets go on a photo tour of Leh, a glimpse of it.
But honestly speaking, covering Ladakh in a single feature or a post or a gallery is not justified. It is so vast and vivid, that you need umpteen number of posts to capture them. Therefore, I am not trying to do anything like that in this post. Just trying to recall a Leh trip in May, couple of years back.
It actually also would have been the first season for tourists after Ladakh getting separated from Jammu & Kashmir and becoming a Union Territory. It would have been interesting to see how the place, the people and the administration have changed themselves.
Ladakh Beyond Leh, read: Turtuk, Beauty of the last bastion
Ladakh has a very unusual topography- a desert surrounded by snow-laden peaks. An only place like it in the country, out of the thin air- quite literally! Highest plateau in India over an altitude of 3000 metres.
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Ladakh is not just unusual nature, but it has everything else- history, patriotism, culture, architecture, myth, mystic and lot more. Leh Palace is just an example of it which is called as a architectural wonder and engineering feat of the Namgyal dynasty. At such a harsh place, this palace is said to have built just in three years and was completed in 1630 A.D. Palace has over hundred rooms in nine levels.
Red temple f Namgyal Tsemo is older than Leh Palace and was built in early years of 15th century by King Dakspa Bumdhe. Ladakh also fascinates us for its different shades of religion namely Buddhism, practised differently but for common goal.
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Ladakh is far and not easily accessible. Reaching and enjoying it has its own physical challenges. But despite of this, it is not a place to be seen in hurry. It needs time and patience, only then you can truly enjoy it and experience its different shades.
More around Leh: Diskit monastery which braved the Mongolian invaders
Shanti Stupa has been a recent addition to Leh scenario and was built in 1991 as a part of Peace Pagoda mission by both Japanese abd Ladakh Buddhists. Now it has become a regular tourist spot for everyone coming to Leh. It has got a nice backdrop of mountains and it is also one of the best places to have a panoramic view of the Leh town.
Ladakh is also visited by people from world over for its historical monasteries. One of the reasons that travellers are afraid of travel restrictions in coming days is the fact that most of the monastic festivals in these monasteries take place during months of June-July and August, including the Hemis Tsechu, most important of them all. People from around the world reach here to witness these festivals.
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As I said, that Ladakh is land of Buddhism. As a normal traveller you can learn about teachings, principles and architecture which you won’t find anywhere else. It also makes a very important place for learning for all those who want to study deep. Many monasteries are centres for that.
See: Photo tour of Hemis on the eve of Teschu festival
Flying to Ladakh is an experience in itself. See for yourself by watching the video of this flight on my YouTube channel by clicking on the link below.
Do you also miss travelling to Ladakh? Did you plan to go there this year? Share your views with us in the comments section below.
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It looks beautiful my friend! Thanks for sharing. Greetings from London.
Thanks a lot for dropping by. You are always welcome!
Thanks for a virtual trip
Thanks a lot Arvind for dropping by in the journey!