Thikse Gompa or Thikse Monastery, Leh, Ladak, India

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Thikse Gompa or Thikse Monastery, Leh, Ladak, India

Thikse Gompa or Thikse Monastery, Leh, Ladak, India (Picture : instantfocus)


* It is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Yellow Hat (Gelugpa) sect, located on top of a hill, approximately 19 kilometres east of Leh in Ladakh, India.

* It is noted for its resemblance to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet and is the largest gompa in central Ladakh.

* The monastery is located at an altitude of 3,600 metres (11,800 ft) in the Indus valley.

* It is a 12-storey complex and houses many items of Buddhist art such as stupas, statues, thangkas, wall paintings and swords.

* One of the main points of interest is the Maitreya (future Buddha) Temple which is installed to commemorate the visit of the 14th Dalai Lama to this monastery in 1970.

* A 15 metres (49 ft) high statue of Maitreya, the largest such statue in Ladakh, covering two storeys of the building is deified in the monastery.

* 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.

* Restoration of the old monasteries in Ladakh, including the Thiksey monastery, is being carried out by the Archeological Survey of India, at the request of the concerned Monastery administration.

* The annual festival held in the monastery precincts is known as the Gustor ritual, which is held from the 17th to 19th day of the ninth month of the Tibetan calendar (October–November).

* Sacred dances such as the mask dance or Cham Dance are performed as a part of this ritual.

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Mulbekh Chamba, Kargil, Jammu and Kashmir


Mulbekh Chamba, Kargil, Jammu and Kashmir

Mulbekh Chamba, Kargil, Jammu and Kashmir

* It is a 9-metre high rock sculpture of Maitreya, Buddha of future ages.

* Its execution combines esoteric Shaivite symbolism and early Buddhist art.

* The statue, carved on a hillside in the Suru Valley, belongs to 9th century.

* This imposing sculpture depicts a standing Bodhisattva with 4 arms and a headdress. It is adorned with jewels.

* Evidences reveal that this sculpture was made when Kashmiri Buddhist missionaries came traveling east of the Himalayas.

* Mulbekh in Jammu & Kashmir is a small sleepy village on Srinagar-Leh highway yet very very very beautiful, some 45 kilometers from Kargil towards east and 190 kilometers to reach Leh.

* The village resembles as it is sitting on the lap of barren mountains with some green toppings.

* Mulbekh Gompa is a nearby attraction.

* The thing to notice about the place is, if you are ascending to Leh from Srinagar side you will feel the presence of Buddhism from here only.

* Accommodation is not at all a problem with a JKTDC guest house and some other private options.

* Power or electricity is definitely a problem here. Only source is Diesel Generator which supplies power from 8-11 in night and 4-7 in the morning for prayer purposes.

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Frozen Pangong Tso (Tso:Ladakhi for lake), Ladakh, India


Frozen Pangong Tso (Tso:Ladakhi for lake), Ladakh, India

Frozen Pangong Tso (Tso:Ladakhi for lake), Ladakh, India (Picture : RKBharat)

* It is a high altitude brackish/salt water lake situated in the himalaya at a height of about 4,350 m (13,900 ft).

* It is 134 km (83 mi) long and extends from India to Tibet. The lake is supposedly 5 km wide at its broadest point.

* A third of the lake lies in India while two thirds of the the lake lies in China.

* During winter the lake freezes completely, despite being saline water.

* The lake is in the process of being identified under the Ramsar Convention as a wetland of international importance. This will be the first trans-boundary wetland in South Asia under the convention.

* Pangong Tso is about five hours drive from Leh, most of it through spectacular valleys.

* The road also traverses the third-highest pass in the world, the Changla pass, where army sentries and a small teahouse greet visitors. The Tea is FREE.

* Road down from Changla Pass leads through Tangste and other smaller villages, crossing river called Pagal Naala or “The Crazy Stream”.

* An Inner Line Permit is required to visit the lake as it lies on the Sino-Indian Line of Actual Control. While Indian nationals can obtain individual permits, others must have group permits (with a minimum of three persons) accompanied by an accredited guide; the tourist office in Leh issues the permits for a small fee. For security reasons, India does not permit boating.

* Bollywood 2010 movie, 3 Idiots (Aamir Khan) last scene was shooted here.

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Manali-Leh highway reopens

The 475-km-long Manali-Leh highway was reopened to vehicular traffic after a gap of about seven months.

The strategic road was closed due to a heavy snowfall on the Baralacha Pass. The Manali-Leh road has now become an alternate route to the frontier areas of the Ladakh region.

The road played a key role during the Kargil conflict in carrying food, arms and ammunition for the Army in the border district of Leh-Ladakh.

Commander, 38 BRTF, AK Dikshit, said the 222-km Manali-Sarchu road was opened for light vehicles yesterday evening, but from June 5 it would also be opened to all kind of vehicles, he added.

Dikshit further said all tourists vehicles would also be allowed to the Rohtang Pass from Marhi from June 2.

With the opening of the Manali-Leh road, tourists will be able to enjoy the scenic splendour of the western Himalayas. In 1989, the Government of India threw open the Manali-Leh highway to foreign tourists and ever since the number of foreigners visiting these areas has increased.

The domestic tourists also do not lag behind. Many enthusiastic adventure tourists make a beeline for this difficult terrain.


Manali-Leh road closed from Oct 31 ’10

Friday October 8th, 2010 in India, Travel News | Be the first to Comment »

The Manali-Leh highway will be closed for all vehicular traffic from October 31. A spokesperson of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), which maintains the highway, said here today that the Rohtang Pass and the Baralacha Pass were blocked due to snow during winter as a result of which the movement of vehicles was not possible.

In case, any vehicle got stranded due to bad weather or any other eventuality, the BRO would not be responsible for any loss to human life or property. Further, if an accident or any other mishappening occurred, it would not be in a position to carry out snow clearance operation for evacuation, he said.

The spokesperson advised all to avoid taking any chances by using the road after the closure.

Source: The Tribune, Chandigarh