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Mulbekh Monastery

Mulbekh Monastery

in Buddhist Monestery, Buddhist Stupas, Buddhist temples, History, Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh, Nature, North India, Trekking, Valley | 0 comments

Mulbekh Monastery is situated in Zanskar region, Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, India. This consists of two gompas. One is Drukpa and other one is Gelugpa Buddhist Gompa. It is located 45kms away from this gompa.   What to see at Mulbekh Monastery: This monastery is famous for tall statue of Maitreya Buddha. Drupaka Gompa is one of the gompas of this monastery which is known as new Buddhist school. Other gompa of this monastery is known as Gelugpa which is known as Old Buddhist School. Along with Buddha statue, other attraction of this place is 30feet long limestone sculpture of Maitreya Buddha. Sculpture of this Buddha Measures 9 meter from the base to its top.   This monastery is also famous for frescoes, rock sculptures and statues. Rock sculpture is carved by Ladakhi missionaries to propagate Buddhism. Idol of this Buddha is blend of Saivite symbols and early art work of Buddhists. Statues of this place were built during the first century. Modern scholars date it around 8th century. There are ancient edicts inscribed on the mountains in Kharoshti Script near Maitreya rock idol.  This monastery is well known for wall paintings and prized relics.   What to see around Mulbekh Monastery: Zanskar River: Area of this river converted into U shape due to the glaciers. It originates at the north slope of the Great Himalayas. Zanskar Valley:  This valley is famous for flora. Other attractions of this valley are meadows, streams, Drang Drung Glacier. Trekking conducts here. Penzella Pass: In the Zanskar Range, it is one of the important grounds. This separates suru valley from Zanskar. Along with suru Valley this also separates the Zanskar from other parts of the Ladakh. Commonly seen animals of this place are Marmots and brown Bears. Shagma Karphu:  This place is famous for maintaining peaks, Zanskar Valley, sunset and sunrise. Buddhist culture is dominating at this place. By melting the snow, doted marshy lands are formed. Padum: It was once acted as capital to Zanskar. Padum Valley is the major attraction of this place. Other attractions of this place are Starrimo Monastery and Trekking.  It is located 16kms away from Zanskar. Rangdum Monastery: It lies between Kargil and padum. Main attraction of...

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Key Monastery

Key Monastery

in Architecture, Buddhist Monestery, Buddhist Stupas, Himachal Pradesh, History, Lahaul and Spiti district, Nature, North India, Spiti, Trekking, Valley | 0 comments

Key Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery which is located in the Spiti Valley, Lahaul and Spiti district, Himachal Pradesh, India. In the Spiti Valley this is the biggest monastery. Dromton founded this gompa between 1008 to 1064 CE. He was the disciple of teacher Atisha. It is the home to 350 lamas.   What to see in Key Monastery:  Monastery is famous for its architectural style. Architectural style of this gompa is known as Pasada Style. Monastery is having 3 floors. These floors are underground, Ground and First Floors. Ground floor is used as assembly hall.  This floor is having small rooms for the monks. These rooms are known as Tangyur. Assembly hall is also known as Du-khang.  Underground floor is used for the storage. Several attractions of this monastery are Ancient Weapons, Rare Thangkas, Ancient Murals and musical instruments like drums, cymbals, trumpets.   This monastery destroyed for several times and rebuilt. In 1840, monastery was undergone fire accident and in 1975 it was affected with an earthquake. This gompa belongs to Yellow Hat Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It appears like fortress.  In the Spiti Valley, this is one of the Gelugpa Sect monasteries. Other monasteries of this valley are Drangtse Monastery and Tabo Monastery. At the integral festivals, Mask dance perform by the monks. This is the resemblance of the victory of good over evil.   What to see around Key Monastery: Kibber: Lush Green fields and agricultural forms are abundant. Major crops are Peas and Barley. Village consists of only 80 houses. They are made up of adobe brick and mud. This place is famous for monasteries, barren splendour, and scenic mountains. It is located 2kms away from the monastery. Kaza: It is the base point for trekking. Places to visit in Kaza are Hikkim Monastery and Sa Kya Pa Sect monastery.  It is situated 12kms away from Gompa. Tangyud Monastery: It is located 14kms away from the gompa. For Buddhists it is the sacred place. Spectacular view of Kaza can be possible from here. Dhankar Monastery: It is located 32kms away from Gompa. Main intension to build this fort is to keep an eye on enemies and enjoy the Spiti Valley by seeing from...

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Spituk Monastery

Spituk Monastery

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Spituk Monastery is a Buddhist Monastery in Leh district, Ladakh, India. Other names of this monastery are Spituk Gompa and Pethup Gompa. Od-de was founded this Gompa. He was the elder brother of Lha Lama Changchub Od. It was established in 11th century.   What to see in Spituk Monastery: Major attractions of this Monastery is Giant Statue of Kali. This is home to 100 monks. Every year Gustor Festival celebrates so grandly from 27th to 29th day of 11th month according to Tibetan Calendar. Highlights of the festival are cultural exhibition, traditional arts, dance, Music and Prayers. Mask dance also perform here.   Spituk means exemplary. Main intension to establish this Monastery is to develop an exemplary religious community in Ladakh. It is located on the hill with the backdrop of snow peaks of Himalayas.  This gompa belongs to Yellow Hat order of Tibetan Buddhism. Attractions of this place are religious sculptures, frescoes, ancient idols and ancient shrines. Hill is devoted to Vajrabhairava deity. Face of this idol can be seen only during the Gustor festival.   Collection of antique arms, masks, thangkas, and statue of female Bodhisattva Tara can be seen  in the assembly hall. Monastery has a separate room for the images of Tara. This room is known as Dolma Lhakhang. It is also named as Temple of Tara. In the assemble hall of the monastery big throne can be seen. This is especially for the Dalai Lama.   What to see around Spituk Monastery: Gurudwara Pathar Sahib:  This was built in 15717AD. It is believed that a Demon was defeated by Guru Nanak at this place. Later he became the disciple of Guru Nanak. Leh Palace: This is the major attraction of this place. In 17th century this was acted as royal residence. Victory on the top of the Namgyal hill is another attraction. This tower was built as a mark of victory over Ballti Kashmir armies. War Museum: Other name is wall of fame. This museum showcases the war effort and Sacrifice of the Indian Army in its war against Pakistan. Sankar Gompa:  This place is famous for the statue of Avalokiteshwara Padmahari or Chenresig. This statue has thousands of heads and arms. Chamba...

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Valley of Flower National Park

Valley of Flower National Park

in Chamoli district, Hill station, History, Nature, North India, Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary | 0 comments

Valley of Flower National Park is located in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. British Mountaineers RL Holdsworth, Eric Shipton and Frank S Smythe lost their way while they were returning after successful expedition of Mt.Kamet. When they were in search of the way they found this valley which was full of flowers. All are attracted towards the beauty of this place and they named this place as Valley of Flower. Later, Book was released by Frank S Symthe in the name of Valley of the Flowers.   What to see in Valley of the Flowers: This Park is the second core zone of Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. In 1982, this was declared as National park. Valley is one of the best places for natural lovers, botanists and adventure lovers. This park is known for meadows of endemic alpine flowers and different variety of flora. It is the home to rare and endangered animals such as Blue Sheep, Red Fox, Brown Bear, Musk Deer, Snow Leopard, Black bear.   When the snow starts melting during the end of May, this valley is accessible. At that time very little number of flowers can be seen. Major attraction in the month of June is beautiful and watching huge glaciers and waterfalls in the Valley of flowers. Till mid July, lot of flowers blooming. More than 650 varieties of flowers can be seen here. Maximum number of flowers can be seen between mid July and Mid of August. Plants start drying in the month of September.   What to see around Valley of Flowers: Badrinath: It is one of the holy places for Hindu Devotes. Badrinath along with Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri is known as Chota Char Dham. It is cradled in Nar Narayan mountain ranges. It is located 7kms away from this park. Hemkund Sahib: It is located 24kms away from this  park. For Sikhs there are 508 important pilgrim places in India. It is one of those pilgrim places. This is the highest gurudwara of Sikh community. It is situated in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. Govindghat: This is the starting point for trekking to valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib. It is located 17kms away from Valley of Flowers. This is the...

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Chang La

Chang La

in Jammu & Kashmir, Nature, North India, Trekking, Valley | 0 comments

In the world Chang La is the third highest motorable road. It is the high mountain pass in Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, India. Chang means South and La means Pass. Chang La means Pass towards the South.  This is on the way from Leh to Pangong Lake.   What to see in Chang La:  Changla Baba temple is most famous at this place. This pass is named after this temple. It lies on the National Highway 21. Other name of this pass is Leh – Manali Highway. Carrying basic medicines for headache as you climb high air thins. So sometimes it leads to headache. When visitors are driving up to the Chang La Pass one side they can experience Sheer rock and on other side they can see deep cliff.  After reaching to the top of the Chang La Pass, visitors can experience beautiful snow capped mountains.  As it is a restricted area, inner line permission is essential for visiting Chang La. But it is easy to get permission from Divisional Commissioner’s office in Leh. Permission will be given for 3 weeks only. For trekking lovers this is one of the best places.   What to see around Chang La: Hemis Gompa: In 1672AD this was constructed. Every year colourful festival celebrates here in the month of July. This was founded by King Senge Nampar Gyalva. Nubra Valley: Nubra Valley is a tri armed Valley. This valley is famous for monasteries, Bactrian camels, Scenic Vistas and Orchards. Another attraction of this place is cold desert which lies between Hunder and Diskit.  Tourists come to this place to enjoy the joy rides of Bactrian camels and sand dunes.     Nubra Valley Attractions are Diskit Monastery, Ensa Gompa, Samstemling Gompa, Hunder, Panamik. Kargil:  Several tourists come to this place for its natural beauty. Plenty of Buddhist Monasteries can be seen here such as Bardan, Sani, Stongdey, Zongkhul, Phuktal, Karsha etc.  Richly cultivated hillsides can be seen here. Khardung La: This is the only way to enter into Nubra Valley. Other name of this place is K-Top.  In the world, this is one of the highest motorable roads. During the winter season this way will be closed due to heavy snow fall.  Pangong...

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Dachigam National Park

Dachigam National Park

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Dachigam National Park is located in Jammu and Kashmir. It is situated 22kms away from Srinagar.  Name of the park stands for 10 villages. To create the game preserve at this place, 10 villages of this place were relocated. Earlier it was under the control of Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir. Since 1910, this area comes under protected area. In 1981 it was declared as National Park. Flora and Fauna are the major attractions of this park.   What to see in Dachigam National Park: Flora: This Park consists of plenty of broad leaf species. At the mountain face, visitors can see waterfalls, meadows, alpine pastures, scrub vegetation with deep gullies. Grass lands and Meadows always filled with different type of beautiful flowers. But during the winter season this attraction cannot be seen. Lower region of the park is famous for Fish Population at Marsar Lake. Fauna:  Major animal that can be seen in this park is Kashmir stag. Other species live in this park are Hill Fox, Jackal, Himalayan Black Bear, Leopard Cat, Himalayan Grey Langur, Himalayan Serow, Leopard, Jungle Cat, Yellow throated Marten etc. Major birds that can be seen in this park are Woodpecker, Pygmy Owlet, Minivet, Golden Oriole, Himalayan Monal, Black Bulbul, Cinnamon Sparrow, Chough, Koklass Pheasant etc.   What to see around Dachigam National Park: Dal Lake: Deodar tree is major attractions in this place. Near the lake a small Shiva Mandir is located. Base camp for the trekkers is organised here. People believe that if they take a dip in the lake they will be blessed by Lord Shiva. Jama Masjid: This is oldest mosque of Srinagar. This was destroyed and reconstructed several times. Ancient mughal architecture style can be seen on this mosque. 370 pillars can be seen in this masjid. Rainwari: This is surrounding by beautiful mountains. Gurudwara in this place was constructed by Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji. He was the 6th guru of Sikh. Nagin Lake: This is also known as Jewel in the Ring. Major attractions of this lake are Shikaras and House Boats. Shankaracharya Temple: This was constructed by the son of Emperor Ashoka in 200 BC. It is located on the top of the hill Shankaracharya hill....

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