mere 17km west of Leh, PHYANG gompa looms large at the head of
a secluded side-valley that tapers north into the Ladakh Range from the Srinagar
highway. It was built by Tashi Namgyal in the later half of the 16th
century A.D.and looks like a place from a distance.The gompa belongs to the
Red Cap sect of the Buddhists. Hundreds of icons of Budha are kept on
The gompa itself houses a fifty-strong community of lamas, but few
antique murals of note, most having recently been painted over with brighter
colors. Its only treasures are a small collection of fourteenth-century
Kashmir bronzes, and the light of airy Du-khang’s three silver
chortens, one of which is decorated with a seven-eyed dzi stone.
The gem, considered to be highly auspicious, was brought to Phyang from
Tibet by the monastery’s former head lama, whose ashes the chorten
The gompa’s gloomily
atmospheric Gon-khang houses a ferocious veiled protector deity and
an amazing collection of weapons and armour plundered during the Mongol
invasions of the fourteenth century. Also dangling from the cobweb covered
rafters are various bits of dead animals, including most of a vulture and
several sets of yak horns, believed to be nine-hundred-year-old relics of
the Bon cult.
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.