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The Beautiful Leh..Part IX....Khardung La "Pass"

Khardung La

Khardung Pass, la means pass in Tibetan is a high mountain pass located in the Ladakh region of the India. The elevation of Khardung La is 5,359 m (17,582 ft) and it is the world's highest motorable pass.

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The pass on the Ladakh Range lies north of Leh and is the gateway to the Shyok and Nubra valleys. The Siachen Glacier lies part way up the latter valley. Built in 1976, it was opened to public motor vehicles in 1988 and has since seen many automobile, motorbike and mountain biking expeditions. Maintained by the Border Roads Organisation, the pass is strategically important to India as it is used to carry supplies to the Siachen Glacier.

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Posted by anuj1975 06:45 Archived in India Tagged me landscapes mountains skylines sky snow places india world beautiful hill la buddha road tourism pass ladakh leh budhhism khardungla highec Comments (1)

The Beautiful Leh..Part VIII..Confluence of Indus & Zanskar

And Magnetic Hill....

The confluence of the Zanskar River and the Indus is 3 km southeast of Nimmu village in Ladakh.This place is the meeting point of two rivers Indus & Zanskar. This place is famous for water activities....

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Magnet Hill is a so-called "gravity hill" located near Leh in Ladakh, India.The “magnet Hill” is located on the Leh-Kargil-Srinagar national highway, about 30 km from Leh, at a height of 11,000 feet above sea level. The magnetic hill has become a popular stop for domestic tourists on car journeys..

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Posted by anuj1975 05:43 Archived in India Tagged me landscapes mountains lakes sky snow night places india hill buddha road tourism ladakh leh magnetic zanskar kargil budhhism indus Comments (0)

The Beautiful Leh..Part VII..Pangong Tso Lake....

Pangong Tso , Tibetan for "long, narrow, enchanted lake", also referred to as Pangong Lake, is a lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4,350 m (14,270 ft). It is 134 km (83 mi) long and extends from India to Tibet. Approximately 60% of the length of the lake lies in Tibet. The lake is 5 km (3.1 mi) wide at its broadest point. All together it covers 604 km. During winter the lake freezes completely, despite being saline water. It is not part of Indus river basin area and geographically a separate land locked river basin.
The brackish water of the lake has very low micro-vegetation. Guides report that there are no fish or other aquatic life in the lake, except for some small crustaceans. On the other hand, visitors see numerous ducks and gulls over and on the lake surface. There are some species of scrub and perennial herbs that grow in the marshes around the lake.

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Posted by anuj1975 07:26 Archived in India Tagged me landscapes sunsets_and_sunrises mountains lakes skylines animals sky snow places india beautiful la buddha road tourism ladakh leh kargil budhhism pangong tso Comments (0)

The Beautiful Leh...Part - VI...On way to Pangong Tso lake

Chang La Pass and area around !!

The Chang La (el. 5,360 m or 17,590 ft) is a high mountain pass in Ladakh, India. It is the second highest motorable road in the world. Chang La is approached from Leh via kharu and sekti village by a black top road. The climb is very steep and requires a careful drive. The descent from Chang La towards Tangtse or Darbuk is again very steep. The place is a must go for nature lovers.

The Chang La is on the route to Pangong Lake from Leh. The name literally means "Pass towards the South" or "Pass in the South" (Chang = south, La = Pass).

This road is usually open all year, but it can be closed anytime when the access is not cleared of snow. The Changla Pass is the main gateway for the Changthang Plateau situated in the Himalayas. The pass is located on the 134 km-long (83 mi) road between the Pangong Lake and Leh.

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Posted by anuj1975 07:04 Archived in India Tagged landscapes mountains lakes skylines people snow places india beautiful la buddha road chang tourism ladakh leh budhhism pangong tso Comments (2)

The Beautiful Leh..Part - V...winters with fresh snowfall!

Leh has a cold desert climate with long, harsh winters from October to early March, with minimum temperatures well below freezing for most of the winter. The city gets occasional snowfall during winter. The weather in the remaining months is generally fine and warm during the day. Average annual rainfall is only 102 mm (4.02 inches). The temperature can range from -42 °C (-43.6 °F) in winter to 33 °C (91.4 °F) in summer.

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Posted by anuj1975 10:22 Archived in India Tagged me landscapes mountains buildings trees snow places india beautiful buddha road tourism ladakh leh kargil budhhism Comments (0)

The Beautiful Leh....Part - III....Likir Monastery

The Likir Monastery or gompa is one of the oldest and well maintained monasteries in Ladakh district in Jammu and Kashmir. The monastery is located in Likir village is believed to have been in existence since 11th century.

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Likir Monastery or Likir Gompa (Klud-kyil) is located approximately 52 kilometres (32 mi) west of Leh. It is picturesquely situated on a little hill in the valley near the Indus River and the village of Saspol about 9.5 kilometres (5.9 mi) north of the Srinigar to Leh highway.

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The monastery was enclosed by the bodies of the two great serpent spirits or the naga- rajas, Nanda and Taksako. Because of this, the name of the monastery became Likir or the Naga encircled. Initially, the monastery was associated with the Kadampa sect, however, the year 1470 saw a conversion by a central Tibetan monk Lawang Lotos. This coversion resulted in the monastery being brought under the Gelukspa Order of the great Lama Tsongkhapa.

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Throughout the year certain public processions takes place in the complex. These processions, held on auspicious days usually start behind the main temple in the open court around the Stupa, which often symbolize gateways before start of a journey. The procession path goes around the structures to finally reach the main temple court.

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Festivals
The Likir Monastery celebrates its annual festival from the 27th to 29th of 12th Tibetan month. The festival sees votive offerings known as Dosmochey apart from the performance of the sacred dances. The festival will next be celebrated on February 15-16 2007.

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Posted by anuj1975 08:57 Archived in India Tagged landscapes mountains buildings skylines birds sky snow india beautiful buddha tourism ladakh leh kargil budhhism Comments (0)

The Beautiful Leh...PART-I.....Spituk Gompa and area around.

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Spituk Monastery, also better as Spituk Gompa or Pethup Gompa, is a Buddhist monastery in Leh district, Ladakh, northern India, 8 kilometres from Leh. The monastery contains 100 monks and a giant statue of Kali (unveiled during the annual Spitok festival).Founded in the late 14th century as See-Thub (‘Exemplary’) Monastery, impressive Spituk Gompa is incongruously perched overlooking Leh’s airport runway around 5km from town.

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Posted by anuj1975 09:48 Archived in India Tagged landscapes sunsets_and_sunrises mountains skylines trees birds sky snow places india beautiful buddha tourism ladakh leh Comments (0)

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