North Of Leh-Srinagar Highway, Ladakh Region, J&K
Also Known As: Lu-Khyil
Founded In: 1065 AD
Founded By: Lama Duwang Chosje
Five kilometers to the north of the main
highway, shortly before the village of Saspol, the large and wealthy
gompa of Likkir, home to around one hundred monks, is renowned
for its new 75-foot –high yellow statue of the Buddha-to-come which
towers serenely above the terraced fields. A pleasant break from the bustle
of Leh, the village of Likkir now offers a small but adequate choice of
accommodation which, along with the sheer tranquility of the surroundings,
tempts many travelers to linger a few days.
About Likkir Gompa
Founded in 1065 by Lama Duwang Chosje who was given the land by Lachen
Gyalpo, the fifth king of Ladakh , the Gompa originally belonged to the
Khadampa sect. In 1470 the Gompa was converted by Lawang Lotos, a monk from
central Tibet, into the Gelug-pa monastery that is still here today.
The Gompa was extensively renovated in the 18th century and there is little
sign of the antiquity related to the site. The impressive Du-khang is
devoted to the three Buddhas - "Marme Zat" (past), "Shakyamuni" (present)
and "Maitreya" (Future), while the Gon-khang, decorated with lavish murals
of "Yamantaka" and "Mahakala" contains the statue of the wrathful protector,
Most visitors to Likkir continue on an excellent two-day hike from here to
Temisgang via Rhidzong, which provides a good and comparatively gentle
introduction to trekking in Ladakh. For those with less time on their hands,
a short acclimatizing three to four hour walk from the Gompa leads to the
top of the ridge west of Likkur, providing great views of the Indus Valley.
HOW TO GET THERE
Road: A single bus links Likkir to Leh , leaving Leh in the afternoon and
returning the next morning
Places of Interest (Visit
Leh is nested in a side valley just to the north of the Indus Valley.
Until 1947 it had close trading relations with Central Asia yak trains would
set off from the Leh Bazaar to complete the stages over the Kaakoam Pass to
Yarkand and Kashgar.
Administering the Valleys of Suru , Drass, Wakha and Bodkarbu, Kargil
lies midway between the alpine valleys of Kashmir and the fertile reaches of
the Indus Valley and ladakh
Thak Thok gompa
shelters a cave in which the apostle Padmasambhava is said to have meditated
during his epic eight-century journey to Tibet.
Dhahanu is situated to the south west of Leh,
around 163 Kms. passing through the beautiful villages of Kaltsey, Domkhar,
Padum is 240 km to the south of Kargil, comes as a bit of an anticlimax
Rangdum is an elliptical expanded plateau surrounded by colourful hills on
the one side and glacier encrusted rocky mountains on the other.
Walled in by the Great Himalayan Divide, Zanskar, literally " Land of
White Copper" has for decades exrted the allure of Shangri La on visitours
Zangla is the nodal point on the popular Padum Strongdey Zangla Karsha
Padum round trip, which covers most of the cultural sites of Zanskar.
The Suru Valley
Diving two of the world's most formidable mountain ranges, the Suru
Valley winds south from Kargil to the desolate Pensi La the main entry point
the Nubra valley - nubra means green used to be on the trading route
connection Tibet with Turkistan, Also Now as the Valley of Flowers
Drass (3230 m), 60 km west of Kargil on the road to Srinagar, is a small township lying in the centre of the valley of the same name
The Shyok River receives the waters of the Nubra and Changchenmo rivers. It rises from the Khumdang glacier, which can be approached from
Pangong Tso, 15km to the southeast of Leh, is one of the largest
saltwater lakes in Asia, a long narrow strip of water stretching from Ladakh
east into Tibet.
Tso Moriri or "Mountain Lake" is Famous for the large herds of
king, or wild ass, which graze on its shores, the lake of Tso Moriri.