North Of Leh, In Nubra Valley, Ladakh Region, J&K
Main Attractions: Samstem Ling Gompa
Monastery Was Built In: 1841
Samstem Ling Gompa
Soon after passing Khalsar, the road crosses the confluence of the Shyok and
Nubra to a patch of green sloping from the river to the base of precipitous
mountains. Sumur is home to the Nubbra valley's most important monastery,
Samstem Ling Gompa, forty minutes' walk behind the village.
Built in 1841, the Gompa is home
to over a hundred Gelugpa monks, aged between seven and seventy. Action
centres on the large Du-khang, which is hung with Thangkas and dominated by
a huge gilded statue of Shakyamuni, accompanied by Maitreya and the
protector deity Mahakala.
Across the courtyard, the long, low Gon-Khang is guarded by statues of
fierce protector deities strung wit wide-eyed skulls and figurines of the 84
Mahasiddhas, venerated Tantric saints. Samstem ling is linked to the Gompa
of Rhizdong in the Indus valley west of Leh .
HOW TO GET THERE
Road: Buses leave from the prayer wheel on the main road in Sumur for Leh,
Panamic (Monday & Wednesday; 1-2 hr), and for Diskit
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.