Ladakh

About Ladakh
If its the peace, tranquility and ancient culture that attracts you the most, Ladakh is the place to head for. It has successfully retained its ancient cultural heritage and still untouched by the waves of modernism. The inhabitants are simple and always wear a charming smile on their faces despite the trying climatic conditions. As far as tourist facilities are concerned, Ladakh is as advanced as any other destination in the world.

Ladakh spreads across an area of 3,500 meter high plain, sloping down gently from the face of bare mountains and around terraced fields to the flood plains of the Indus river.

The century old culture of Ladakh can be viewed in its ancient monuments, monasteries, oral literature, art forms, fairs and festivals. It is a place where all occasions- marriage, birth, harvesting or even the flowering of plants are marked by feasting, dancing and the singing of folk songs.

Attractions
  • Shey Palace and Monastery
    It crowns a knoll and reflected in a mirror-still lake located at its base. A two-storey high, gilded Maitreya Buddha image resides in the monastery.
  • Thiksey Monastery
    Exhibiting a fine example of the Ladakhi architecture, this Gompa is situated on the top of the hill and part of Gelukpa order. The 12 sline-height:21px;padding-left:10px;ey monastery complex contains numerous stupas, statues, thankas, wall paintings, swords and a large pillar engraved with the Buddha's teachings.
  • Hemis Monastery
    Hemis takes its name from the world famous Buddhist Gompa situated here. The combination of exotic wildlife, culture, art, and natural splendor makes Hemis a perfect travel destination.
  • Stok Palace and Monastery
    Stok Palace 10 kms from Leh has the only museum of Ladakh, which houses one of the most precious belongings of the earlier royal families. In its many halls, displays include rare precious stones, old Thanks, Queens jeweler, arms & armory and the Royal Crown of the King.
Festivals:

Hemis Festival
The monasteries are also the centers of Ladakh's cultural. Each monastery celebrates its annual festivals. One of the festivals which is famous and celebrated with zest is the Hemis festival.

People from all over Ladakh come to attend this two day long festival. The festival is preceded by seven days of prayers by the monks in the monastery. The most impressive part of the festival is the famous mask dance which lamas of the monastery perform continuously for two days. The masks represent various gods and demons.

The whole festival signifies the triumph of good over evil. The day marks the birthday of Guru Padmasambhava, the founder of the red sect.

Festival Calender
 Festival  Celebration Time
Leh Gompa End January-early February
Stok Gompa Early-mid February
Matho Gompa End February-early March
Lamayuru Gompa End April-early May
Hemis Gompa End June-early July
Phyang Gompa Early to end July
Thikse Gompa Mid July to early August
Spitak Gompa Early to mid January
Festival of Ladakh 1st week of August


Shey Palace and Monastery
Thiksey Monastery
Hemis Monastery
Stok Palace and Monastery