Things to do in Ladakh
1The unforgettable Leh Palace
2The busy and boisterous Leh Bazaar
3The stately Stok Palace
4The eclectic Potala Palace double, Thiksey
5A hidden surprise on the mountain top, Sankar Gompa
Ladakh is the last Buddhist paradise on earth virtually untouched by Western influence and the devastations of the Cultural Revolution that almost wiped Tibet from historical memory. Mountains are guarded by mountains, great zones of rock and ice, towering above the ambitions of even the most determined of explorers.
For six months, Ladakh becomes a no-go destination, cut off from trade routes and winding trails into the valley. And the other six months? Getting into Ladakh is an adventure in itself, as you must traverse a pass of the most challenging altitudes, where air pressure and vertigo run rampant over your senses; not much of a climber? That’s okay, take a stomach churning, zig-zag flight instead, playing chicken with the peaks.
- Leh, the capital city
- The Tsemo Fort
- Thiksey Monastery
Have you touched down safely? Welcome to Ladakh. We begin our journey in Leh, a thriving slice of backpacker reality against a backdrop of a 15th century palace ruin; the capital is vast, a contrary desert wedged between the Karakoram and the Himalayas.
Above the palace, and probably on the precipice of one of the best views in town, is the Tsemo Fort, built by Tashi Namgyai, the first prince to live in Leh. If you’re looking for a thrilling pocket of time to take back with you, Ladakh probably isn’t the place to find your inner scream-queen (or king); a spiritual excursion, visitors are invited to take a tour into the monastery life, starting with Shey 15km from Leh, an ancient summer palace hidden in the mountains, housing a copper casted Buddha, seated at two-stories above your eye level. Indeed, if you love statues, try Thiksey, a hilltop monastery with statues, stupas and murals aplenty, an almost replica of Potala Palace in Lhasa.
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