Ladakh: Places around Guest House


Around our Guest House Ladakh and Leh offer plenty „must-sees“. The Guesthouse offers a Taxi Service at geovernment rates and with with experienced drivers. Experienced drivers are very important, as Ladakh roads can be quite dangerous.

Attractions in Ladakh around Leh and the Guest House

Ladakh: East of Leh


Shey



Thiksey

The monastery, 4 km from the Guesthouse towards Hemis at the Leh-Manali highway, is very beautiful. It is also called little Lhasa as it looks quite similar. Located on top of a hill it looks similar to the Potala Palace in Lhasa. It is the largest gompa in central Ladakh. One of the main points of interest is the Maitreya Temple installed to commemorate the visit of the 14th Dalai Lama in 1970. It contains a 15 m / 49 ft high statue of Maitreya, the largest such statue in Ladakh, covering two stories of the building. Completed in 1980 it is one of ladakhs most beautiful sculptures.


Stakna

The monastery, 4 km from the Guesthouse towards Hemis at the Leh-Manali highway, is very beautiful. It is also called little Lhasa as it looks quite similar. Located on top of a hill it looks similar to the Potala Palace in Lhasa. It is the largest gompa in central Ladakh. One of the main points of interest is the Maitreya Temple installed to commemorate the visit of the 14th Dalai Lama in 1970. It contains a 15 m / 49 ft high statue of Maitreya, the largest such statue in Ladakh, covering two stories of the building. Completed in 1980 it is one of ladakhs most beautiful sculptures.


Matho

The monastery, 4 km from the Guesthouse towards Hemis at the Leh-Manali highway, is very beautiful. It is also called little Lhasa as it looks quite similar. Located on top of a hill it looks similar to the Potala Palace in Lhasa. It is the largest gompa in central Ladakh. One of the main points of interest is the Maitreya Temple installed to commemorate the visit of the 14th Dalai Lama in 1970. It contains a 15 m / 49 ft high statue of Maitreya, the largest such statue in Ladakh, covering two stories of the building. Completed in 1980 it is one of ladakhs most beautiful sculptures.


Chemde

The Buildings of Chemde Gompa are studding a pyramidal hill – extrem scenic and picturesque. Afar it looks a bit similar to Thiksey. Located at the road to Pangong Lake its hard to ressist a picture snapping from the vehicle. As a sister concern to Hemis, Chemde is maintained by monks from Drugpa lamasery.


Hemis

Hemis Gompa is Ladakhs most well known monastery. It is a world heritage site of India and located 45km from Leh towards Manali. It wa founded in 1630 by the first incarnation of Stagsang Raspa Nawang Gyatso who was invited to Ladakh by the King Singay Namgyal. Hemis Monastery is the wealthiest and the hoariest ancient remark of Leh. Every year there is a two-day festival, nomally held in in June calles Tsechu.


Ladakh: West of Leh


Spitok

The monastery is located 8 kilometres from Leh. If your reaching the capital by plane you nearly scratch it with the right wing. It was founded in the 11th Century. As Rinchen Zangpo came to that place he said that an exemplary religious community would arise there. So the gompa was called spituk what means “effective as example”. Founded as a Red Hat institution, the monastery was taken over by the Yellow Hat sect in the 15th century. Around 100 monks live there. The gompa contains a giant statue of Kali that is unveiled during the annual Spitok festival.


Basgo

The monastery, 4 km from the Guesthouse towards Hemis at the Leh-Manali highway, is very beautiful. It is also called little Lhasa as it looks quite similar. Located on top of a hill it looks similar to the Potala Palace in Lhasa. It is the largest gompa in central Ladakh. One of the main points of interest is the Maitreya Temple installed to commemorate the visit of the 14th Dalai Lama in 1970. It contains a 15 m / 49 ft high statue of Maitreya, the largest such statue in Ladakh, covering two stories of the building. Completed in 1980 it is one of ladakhs most beautiful sculptures.


Likir

The monastery, 4 km from the Guesthouse towards Hemis at the Leh-Manali highway, is very beautiful. It is also called little Lhasa as it looks quite similar. Located on top of a hill it looks similar to the Potala Palace in Lhasa. It is the largest gompa in central Ladakh. One of the main points of interest is the Maitreya Temple installed to commemorate the visit of the 14th Dalai Lama in 1970. It contains a 15 m / 49 ft high statue of Maitreya, the largest such statue in Ladakh, covering two stories of the building. Completed in 1980 it is one of ladakhs most beautiful sculptures.


Alchi

The monastery, 4 km from the Guesthouse towards Hemis at the Leh-Manali highway, is very beautiful. It is also called little Lhasa as it looks quite similar. Located on top of a hill it looks similar to the Potala Palace in Lhasa. It is the largest gompa in central Ladakh. One of the main points of interest is the Maitreya Temple installed to commemorate the visit of the 14th Dalai Lama in 1970. It contains a 15 m / 49 ft high statue of Maitreya, the largest such statue in Ladakh, covering two stories of the building. Completed in 1980 it is one of ladakhs most beautiful sculptures.


Lamayuru

The Buildings of Chemde Gompa are studding a pyramidal hill – extrem scenic and picturesque. Afar it looks a bit similar to Thiksey. Located at the road to Pangong Lake its hard to ressist a picture snapping from the vehicle. As a sister concern to Hemis, Chemde is maintained by monks from Drugpa lamasery.


The Lakes


Pangong Lake & Chang La Pass

The Chang La is needs to be crossed to reach if you travel to Pangong Lake via Kharu. The name literally means "Pass towards the South" or "Pass in the South" (Chang = south, La = Pass). The elevation is 5,360m / 17,590ft and its claimed to be the second highest motorable road in the world. The climb is very steep and requires a careful drive. The descent from Chang La towards Tangtse or Darbuk is again very steep. As per the medics, it is advisable to not stay at the top of the pass for more than 20-25 minutes. Pangong Lake ist an endorheic lake ("high grassland lake" in tibetan. Tso means lake) is situated at a height of about 4,350m (14,270ft). It is 134 km long and extends from India to China. Approximately 60% of the length of the lake lies in China. The lake is 5km wide at its broadest point. All together it covers 604 km2. During winter the lake freezes completely, despite being saline. It is not a part of Indus river basin area and geographically a separate land locked river basin. A Ladakh innerline permit is needed to travel to Pangong Lake.


Tso Moriri Lake

Tso Moriri or Lake Moriri or "Mountain Lake", is a lake in the Ladakhi part of the Changtang Plateau. The lake is at an altitude of 4,522 m (14,836 ft). It is the largest of the high altitude lakes within Ladakh and India. It is about 16 miles (26 km) in length and 3 to 5 km wide. The lake has no outlet at present and the water is brackish. The lake is fed by springs and snow-melt from the adjacent mountains. Most water enters the lake in two major stream systems, one entering the lake from the north, the other from the southwest. It formerly had an outlet to the south, but this has become blocked and the lake has become a endorheic lake - its water is alkaline. Accessibility to the lake is largely limited to summer season. A Ladakh innerline permit is needed to travel to Tso Moriri.


Nubra Valley & Khardung La Pass


Khardung La Pass

According to the summit signs and the prints on the T-Shirts that can be bought in Leh, Khardung Pass (la means pass in tibetan) is the highest motorable road in the world with an elevation of 5,602m (18,379ft). However the summit is really high and Maggi and black tea tastes fantastic up there. Khardung-La is the gateway to the Shyok and Nubra valleys. Built in 1976, it was opened to public motor vehicles in 1988. Maintained by the Border Roads Organisation the pass is strategically important to India as it is used to carry supplies to the Siachen Glacier that lies part way up the latter valley.


Nubra Valley

Nubra valley is also a hot spot that must be seen on your Ladakh-trip. A Ladakh innerline permit is needed to travel there. From Leh its is reached via Khardung La Pass. The climb and descent is a great experience. The sand dunes of Nubra are a great attraction. In Diskit its possible to make a camel rides through the dunes. Diskit is the Nubra capital and about 150 km north from Leh. The Shyok River meets the Nubra River by forming a large valley. The Shyok river is a tributary of the Indus river. The average altitude of the valley is about 3.000m/10,000ft the sea level. Like the rest of the Tibetan Plateau, Nubra is a high altitude cold desert.