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Visit The Sacred Monasteries in Leh Ladakh
By:Nikita Martin <articles@rg-ideas.com>

Himalayas and Leh Ladakh forms a trio which offers you great adventure in terms of sports and especially the height. In Himalayas one can look forward to doing a plethora of adventure sport activities like biking cycling, rock climbing, jeep safari, jungle safari, river rafting, trekking, enjoying wildlife, motorbike safari and lastly mountaineering.

Himalayas are stretched out in through five nations India, China, Pakistan, Nepal and Bhutan. The Himalayan region primarily experiences just two seasons, summers and winters. However, the average temperature during the summers in the southern foothills of the mountain range is just 30 degrees whereas in winter it is around 18 degrees Celsius. The middle Himalayan region gives you 25 degrees in summers and extremely cold winters. However, the higher region gives you winters below freezing point and summers only 18 degrees.

Ladakh is situated on the north of the main Himalayas and so is totally unaware of the monsoons as the average rainfall in only some centimeters. This region gives you a vast stretch of mountain desert which stretches from peak to peak. It is famous for its monasteries and adventure sports like trekking, mountaineering, river rafting, camping, horse riding and even safaris. The Hemis monastery is the main monastery in ladakh and is famous for its huge Buddha painting which gets to be displayed once in every 11 years along with the famous annual festival.

Further, the Thiske Monastery is famous for its high and intelligent architecture whereas the Shey monastery is known for the large gold coated and copper painting of Buddha. Also, you can visit the Lamayuru monastery, which beats all others with its sheer majestic view whereas Achi monastery displays unique wood carving, frescoes and statues. They are known to be the oldest Gompas of Ladakh and form famous tourist attractions along with the wealth of artifacts. The place also offers you the Hemis wildlife sanctuary and the Nubra valley. Likir monastery moreover leaves you spell bound with the beauty and beats of the various types of festival performances.

Leh palace is one of the most famous tourists’ attractions in Leh a place near Ladakh. The palace featured with eight storey and was built in the 16th century owes a lot of resemblance to the world known Potala of Lhasa. You can find numerous monasteries in Leh also and get engrossed in their peaceful environment and surrounding.

The monasteries are a place of worship for the locals and are known to the best place for religious instruction and isolated meditation for the young. Monasteries are seen to celebrate their annual festivals usually in winters and are featured by gay mask dances. The monasteries are lined up with Chortens and mane walls. The mane walls in Leh are made of votive stones which are in turn subscribed with holy figures and prayers whereas the Chortens are known to be semi religious shrines which contain relics of the holy scripts or people.

Stok palace Museum and the Central Institute of Buddhist studies Choglamsar are few other attractions in Leh. One easily reaches these places with the help of buses which ply on a daily basis between these monasteries and Leh.

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