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Thak Thok Gompa


 

Thak Thok gompa shelters a cave in which the apostle Padmasambhava is said to have meditated during his epic eight-century journey to Tibet. Blackened over the years by sticky butter-lamp and incense smoke, the mysterious grotto is now somewhat ustaged by the monastery’s more modern wings nearby. As well as some spectacular 35-year-old wall paintings, the Urgyan Photan Du-khang harbours a collection of multicolored yak-butter candle-sculptures made by the head lama. for a glimpse of “state-of-the-art” Buddhist iconography, head to the top of Thak Thok village, where a shiny new temple houses a row of huge gleaming Buddhas, decked out in silk robes and surrounded by garish modern murals.

Apart from during the annual festival, the village of Sakti is a tranquil place, blessed with serene views south over the snowy mountains behind Hemis. Accommodation is available in the J&K Tourist Bungalow. There are also plenty of ideal camping spots beside the river, although as ever you should seek permission before putting up a tent on someone’s field. Nine buses a day leave Leh for Sakti.    

The Main Temple
The main shrine here is a cave in which the apostle Padmasambhava is said to have meditated during his epic 8th century journey to Tibet. Blackened over the years by sticky but ter-lamp and incense smoke, the dark and mysterious grotto is now somewhat upstaged by the monastery's more modern wings nearby. As well as some spectacular thirty-year-old wall paintings, the Urgyan Photan Du-khang harbours a collection of multicoloured yak butter candle sculptures made by the head lama.

For a glimpse of "State of the art" Buddhist iconography, head to the top of Thak Thok village, where a shiny new temple houses a row of huge gleaming Buddhas, decked out in silk robes and surrounded by garish modern murals.

The Festivities
Apart from during the annual festivals of Thak Thok Tse Chu (9-11 of the sixth Tibetan month) and viz Thak Thok Manchog (20-29 of the ninth Tibetan month), the village itself is a tranquil place, blessed with serene views south over the snowy mountains behind Hemis.

HOW TO GET THERE
Road: Three buses a day leave Leh for Thak Thok: the first and most convenient at 10.30 am, and the last at 4.00 pm, returning at 7.00 pm.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ladakh Places of Interest (Visit Ladakh)

Leh
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.

Kargil

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
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
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Padum
Padum is 240 km to the south of Kargil, comes as a bit of an anticlimax

Rangdum
Rangdum is an elliptical expanded plateau surrounded by colourful hills on the one side and glacier encrusted rocky mountains on the other. 


Zanskar
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Zangla
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Valley of Ladakh

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 for Zanskar. 

Nubra Valley
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Drass Valley
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 . 

Shyok Valley
The Shyok River receives the waters of the Nubra and Changchenmo rivers. It rises from the Khumdang glacier, which can be approached from Shyok. 


Pangong Tso
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
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