Thailand is known for its beautiful beaches, floating market, bustling city and vibrant night life with crispy tropical climate. talking about ladakh, it’s opposite of Thailand. ladakh is a dry mountain desert dotted with desert oasis, monasteries clinging with the hills, huge mountains, dramatic landscape which turns after every bend in the mountain. blue water lakes with fluffy birds, camels and deserts, vast stretch of lands and nomadic people. Buddhism in Ladakh is form of Tibetan Buddhism, also called Lamaism, which holds the form of the later phase of Tantrism in Mahayana Buddhism. Rinchen Zangpo, who established Budhism in Ladakh, is said, after having studied Buddhism in India in the 10th century, to have devoted himself to translating sacred scriptures into Tibetan and to have constructed 108 temples in Ladakh. Although Buddhism became extinct in India in the 13th century, the last phase of Buddhism has continuously survived in Ladakh, called also Western Tibet, from the 10th century to the present age.
Knowing Ladakh: beautiful monasteries, clear lakes and huge mountains consists of the visual treat of ladakh. sandwiched between the Karakorum mountain ranges to the north and the Himalayas to the south. The Indian portion of Ladakh is composed of the Leh and Kargil districts. it’s called a land of high passes, located on the borderland of India & Tibet. Ladakh is also known as ‘The Land of the Mystic Lamas’, “The Broken Moonland” or ‘The Last Shanghai-La’. It is also known as ‘Little Tibet’ because of the cultural & geographical similarities with Tibet.
Ladakh’s rich historic past: The fate of ladakh or western Tibet was more linked to Turkestan and central asia during the early 13th century. Although Lahasa remained the religious pilgrimage center and sanctum. In year 1843 gulab singh, Dogra ruler of kashmir annexed ladakh with lahul spiti. After the partition in 1947 ladakh became part of Indian union along with jammu and Kashmir. ladakh still remains a stronghold of Buddhist faith.
Ladakh Heritage: There was a time every second son in a Ladakh family would shave his head and go to live in gompa, which therefore looks like a village with a lot of inhabitants. As opposed to Buddhist temples in Japan, it seems to have kept the original feature of ‘Sangha’ (monastic community). Main cultural and religious centers of ladakhi buddhist are the gompas. The solitary place of meditation. there are sixteen big and extensive gompas in ladakh of all the sects of mahayana buddhism. besides each village has its own gompa with many walls chortens, mendok and stones carved with “Om mani padme hum”
Thiksey: Going about 20km southeast from Leh, one reaches the thiksey gompa originally founded in the 15th century. This gompa has the nearest appearance to Italian hillside towns. A large edifice including the Dukhang stands on the hilltop, from which monks’ chambers, shrines, and Chortens (stupas) are massed along the slope, completely integrated into the hill. The wooden cloisters surrounding the courtyard on the hilltop are lavishly painted with murals.
Hemis: it is a quiet place on top of mountains. this monastery belongs to Dugpa Kargyutpa order, built on a green hillside surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery hidden in a gorge. It is the biggest and richest monastery in Ladakh and is must see for everyone. Sacred mask dance is performed on 9th, and 10th, day of the Tibetan 5th, month of Tibetan calendar.
Shey: shey monastery is situated around 15 kilometers from leh town. perched on a hillock overlooking the beautiful Shey village. ‘Shey’ loosely translated into Ladakhi means mirror (or maybe reflection) and it is the reflection of the palace on the still waters of the lake below which gave origins to its name. this monastery has a big gold statue of a seated Shakyamuni Buddha.
Ladakh Now: with the modern times ladakh has changed a lot form a small inhabitant place of monks and nomads to a large town of leh. the old town of leh have given way to hotels and the mule paths have been made in concrete roads. ladakh has now become a favorite tourist destination with good infrastructure and access by roads to all rural areas.
Ladakh landscapes: After seeing the breathtaking landscapes of ladakh you will realize your overseas trip from Thailand was worth it. you will camp at clear blue alpine lakes, drive through hairpin beds and high passes. looming into the wild it will be your everyday’s cup of tea to see large untamed cliffs and rivers flowing through the teeth of mountains, trekking routes leading to snowy peaks and the monastery placed beautifully on the sleepy hills. you will take beautiful photographs, back home you will boast your friends and the relatives of the unraveled beauty and undoubtedly the beautiful memories will stick to your mind always.
How to reach there: with the help of our friends, customers and Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) We have got considerable support from them to bring people of Thailand to ladakh, You can take direct flight from Bangkok to Delhi. and from Delhi there is a direct 1 hour flight to leh Ladakh. there are other land routes to ladakh one is from kashmir which takes two days drive and the other is from Manali it also takes two days drive. The drive on these roads is very scenic. if you are looking for adventure in your travel we highly recommend you to go through by road.
Photography and village walks: If ever in your life have you imagined to take some magnificent photos, due to the beauty of nature even the novice people can take some great photographs. back home you can boast your friends and family of visiting this beautiful heaven. during your travels in ladakh you will be very lucky to spend some days with the villagers in the remote corners of ladakh villages like turtuk, alchi and lamayuru will provide you abudant knowledge about the ladakh’s past and the influence of Buddhism on this region.
Safety and other concerns: ladakh is one of few places in India where you will feel very safe like at home. the reason behind is that most of the people who live in ladakh are very sober and avoid any kind of violence, it is very safe place, people are very innocent, friendly and helpful.even if you are lost they will be glad to accompany you to hotel, or take you to their home to enjoy a cup of butter tea or a soup of steaming momo’s.
Permits for tourists: Thai tourists traveling to pangong lake, nubra valley, tso moriri lake require permits to travel there. we arrange these travel permits in leh.
Shopping in Ladakh: you can shop for rugs, pashmina shawls, scarfs, stoles and jewellery. the leh bazaar is full with beautiful ornaments and traditional ladakhi head gear and jewellery. the thankas or paintings can be a good buy.
Acclimatization: if you arrive directly to ladakh by air, it is advised to rest on day one in ladakh, then next day you can go to lower lying places like sham valley or alchi/ lamayuru. After one day you will be all set to explore the places.Keep your body hydrated.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS BY OUR CLIENTS FROM THAILAND
Do we need visa for ladakh?
you need valid Indian visa to travel to ladakh.
Do we need to travel in group in ladakh or we can travel indidually?
it depends on you, if you have a group you can travel in group, or you can travel individually or solo. there is no restriction on number of people traveling.
what are the entry and exit points from ladakh?
ladakh is accessible by road from kashmir or manali. you can fly directly to ladakh from delhi. you can also exit ladakh from kashmir or manali.
how many days are sufficient to stay in ladakh?
ladakh can be covered in approximately 7 to 8 days.
is ladakh safe for older people being a high altitude place?
older people can visit ladakh, they will enjoy a lot. people suffering from asthma have to take special precautions they can keep oxygen tank in the car and take medicine and rest before they start to go and explore other places in ladakh.
I heard ladakh is cold? how cold is it?
Being a extreme mountain region it is cold, but in summers there is a pleasant atmosphere with sunny days and cool nights, it is advisable to carry warm clothes. places like pangong and tso moriri are colder because they are located closely to the lakes.
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