Ladakh is often referred to as the Land of Buddhism. The monasteries are an important part of Ladakh’s culture and traditions Ladakh is often referred to as the Land of Buddhism. If you are planning a trip to Ladakh, Where to go in Leh-Ladakh and what to see; are the very first few questions that will surely cross your minds. So here is answer of your entire question. Following are the monasteries definitely warrant a visit during your holiday trip to Ladakh. Today we are going to discuss about Monetary and 5 beautiful Leh places.
You should visit 5 beautiful Leh Places
The beauty of the Leh can’t be expressed in words. Visiting Leh Ladakh can be a great experience as these places have a bounty of natural beauty. There is a bundle of attractions in Leh Ladakh, that are filled with extreme pristine beauty. Also read our Ladakh Tourism and Travel Guide >
1 Leh to Hemis Monastery
Hemis Gompa is the largest monastery in Ladakh. This monastery built in 1630 belongs to the red sect Brokpa of Buddhist order. This monastery lies at a distance of 48 km south of Leh. The structure of Hemis Monastery is very allegiant and represents a distinct style of architecture from the other important monasteries of Ladakh. Hemis monastery is founded in 1630 by First incarnation of Stagsang Raspa Nawang Gyatso.
In Hemis Gompa monastery an annual festival is celebrated in commemorating the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava held for two days in June-July of every year. This is a festival of dances celebrating the triumphs of good over evil. The dances in colorful consumes are fantastic. An annual ‘bazaar’ is also held on the occasion. The people from remote areas Ladakh assemble here to buy and sell their wares.
Note : The best time to visit monastery is between June to September. Photography is allowed inside the monastery but only without flash.
2 Sindhu Darshan
On the way to Hemis, Sindhu Darshan (8 kms from Leh) on the banks of the Indus river is a lovely picnic spot. Here, the three-day sindhu Darshan festival is held every year in the month of June. This festival is celebrated on the banks of Indus River, an ancient river of India, also known as the Sindhu River and is the cradle of Indian civilization. The festival first began in 1997, as an effort to promote national unity and tourism in the Ladakh region.
Devotees from all over the ladakh and India present their programmers all three days. Sindhu festival is celebrated to worship river Sindhu. This festival showcases the rich culture of the Ladakh and also promotes the handicrafts of the town. This festival is celebrated every year for three days, in the Shey manla. Sindhu festival is celebrated in the month of June, on the bank of river Sindhu.
It is said that this festival, which is dedicated to the Sindhu river, shows the rich culture and heritage of the Ladakh. Sindhu festival is started by the grand ceremony by many Ladakh religious associations. Many cultural programs are performed by the different state people. This festival is first celebrated in the year 1997. People gather on the Sindhu river bank and celebrated the festival with show and pomp. People from different states fill the earthen pots with the Sindhu river water and shows the love and respect for the river.
3 Shey palace
Shey is a village in the Leh district of Jammu and Kashmir, India. This palace is located 15 km from Leh. The old summer Palace of the kings of Ladakh is located here. The palace was built more than 555 years ago by Lhachen Palgyigon, the king of Ladakh. The palace has the largest golden Buddha statue in Ladakh.This palace was the royal residence of Namgyals who lived here till 1500. When they lost their position and power, the shey palace becomes a gompa.
4 Thiksey Gompa
Thiksey Gompa of Ladakh is situated at a distance of approximately 18 km from the town of Leh. it is one of the most beautiful monasteries in Ladakh. It belongs to the Gelukpa Order of Buddhism. Thikse Monastery of Leh Ladakh houses a temple, known as Lakhang Nyerma. This temple built by Rinchen Zangpo. Apart from this temple, there are a number of other sacred shrines inside the monastery complex. The monastery also has a rich collection of numerous valuable artifacts and ancient relics.
Thiksey Gompa serves as the residence of approximately eighty monks. It has been served for quite a long time by the successive reincarnations of the Skyabsje Khanpo Rinpoche. The monastery also plays the host to Gustor ritual, organized from the 17th to 19th day of the ninth month of the Tibetan calendar. Sacred dances also form a part of this ritual which takes place on an annual basis.
5 Stakna Monastery
Stakna Gompa of Ladakh is situated on the right bank of the Indus River. Stakna word means ‘tiger’s nose’. The monastery was so named because it was built on a hill which is shaped just like a tiger’s nose. Stakna monastery is founded by Chosje Jamyang Palkar in 16th century.
Stakna belongs to the Dugpa order and serves as the residence of approximately 30 monks. The successive reincarnations of the Stakna Tulku continue to serve as the incumbents of the monastery, preserving the teachings of the Dugpa order. Stakna Gompa also has a number of monasteries attached to it namely Mud and Kharu and those of Stakrimo, Bardan and Sani in Zanskar.
Monetary of Leh
The Indian Rupee is the only currency accepted in Ladakh. US Dollars and Pound Sterling are the easiest currencies to exchange with American express, Thomas Cook and Visa being the most accepted traveler’s cheque. All your valuables, passports etc can be left at your lodge or hotel for safekeeping.
Foreign Exchange : The State Bank of India and the J&K Bank have branches at various places in Ladakh, with main branches in Leh and Kargil, where foreign exchange facilities are also available. The State Bank of India also operates an extension counter at the Tourist Information Centre located in the Dak Bungalow Complex, Leh. Some hotels in Leh are also licensed to deal in foreign exchange, though these mainly service in-house clients. There is no foreign exchange facility outside these two towns.
Credit Cards : Credit Cards are not accepted by most of the hotels and travel agents except some antique shops.