Ladakh, the mystery
The land of clear waters, snow capped mountains, shimmering lakes and more beauty as far as your eyesight can take you- Ladakh is a visually stunning and culturally rich region high in the Indian Himalaya. This picturesque region is self sufficient which is a commendable achievement owing to the short season in which crops can grow and the limited arable land where water is laboriously channeled from mountain streams. The rugged wall of mountains around Ladakh lends a spectacular view to the region during all seasons. Buffyfish takes you on a trip to Ladakh through the winding mountainous terrain. With stupas and mud brick houses spread across the region, explore the beauty of nature and culture come together.
Indisputably the world’s highest motorable pass, Khardungla is located at 5602 meters and is a gateway to Shyok and Nubra valleys. In ancient times, Nubra formed a part of the overland trade route between Tibet and Turkestan. This Silk Route is also known as the Valley of Flowers and is one of the greenest regions of Ladakh. Unravel the legends of the silk route as you cross the formidable Khardungla along with Buffyfish’s expert guides. The scenic splendor of the region is a visual treat for the visitor.
This was a stopover for caravans between Tibet and Chia during ancient trade times. Diskit gompa, situated on a mountain is the one of the most beautiful views. The Maitreya Buddha that stands at a height of 106 feet is another attraction of this region.
Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri Lakes
The striking deep blue color of the lake and the mesmerizing view around is what catches the eye. The shimmering reflection of the mountains in the ever changing blue and green water of this lake is another striking feature.
A spectacular site in Leh, Tso Moriri Lake is a serene and a beautiful place to be at. Tso Moriri is located in the district of Rupshu, south east of Ladakh. The lake is surrounded by barren hills to which the snow capped mountains lend a striking backdrop. Situated in the midst of mountain peaks, shuting it off from the outside world, Mountain Lake is another name for Tso Moriri. Having no outlet, the water of the lake is brackish however, barely evident. As a matter of fact, the lack was once upon a time a popular source of salt.
Alchi Gompa said to be one of the oldest is more than 1000 years old is situated on the banks of River Indus. The monastery is famous for its murals on the walls although most are in need of restoration. Brightly painted large images on the wall of the monastery along with other miniature paintings of Buddha make the monastery a piece of art. Alchi Du-khang and the Sum-tsek are the two main temples of Alchi, however there are many more that you could explore. Sum-tsek, a three tiered temple is the oldest in the Alchi Monastery.
Dating back to the 11th century, Lamayuru monastery was founded by Mahasiddhacharya Naropa. This is home to more than 150 monks and has a rich collection of wall paintings, carpets, artifacts. The monastery has some caves that have been excavated from the mountains and are situated on a high cape overlooking the entire village and valley. Also known as yung drung (swastika), it has an 11 headed, 1000 eyed image of Chenzing. The Yundrung Kabgyad festival is held at this place during summer, on the 28th and 29th of the second Tibetan month.
The last village on the India Pakistan border, Turtuk is a peaceful village located in the Shyok River Valley. Turtuk, in every sense is a treat to the visitor- visually and culturally. Untouched by heavy tourism, the place has maintained its charm and a conversation with the locals is a delightful experience. The village is divided into three areas- Chutang- lower area, Yul- oldest area and Farol- most monasteries and guesthouses are located. During winter, the other two areas move to Chutang, which literally means river plain.
A journey with Buffyfish will take you through the enchanting mountainous region that unfolds the beauty within in forms of nature, culture and tradition. Colorful fluttering prayer flags are seen all over that are said to spread spiritual messages with the mountain breeze. Making one of the most beautiful places of India, Buffyfish’s trail through this region of Leh Ladakh will leave you wanting for more of it!!!