We thought of staying for one night at this ice desert. So we started our journey to Nubra valley. We visited the school where 3 idiots shooting took place
The City of LehWe started with Shey Palace, Shanti Stupa,Leh Palace, Thiksey Monastery and Rancho's School. Old and beautiful architecture, all marked by a typical wooden carved window frame. Most of these structures are Buddhist inspired and can be spotted as they are surrounded by stupas. These are all spots to be covered on the Leh-Manali Highway.The day was a little tiring as we shifted levels from sea level to 11,000ft swiftly. It took us a day to get acclimatised to the air and weather. Climbing a few flight of stairs got us loosing our breaths. Although this wouldn't be a problem if you have a slower rise i.e a road trip to reach Leh via Srinagar/Manali routes.
After some very welcome lunch at the cafe, we took a walk around the school & left for the Thiksey Monastery, a 12 storeyed complex, situated on the banks of Indus. The monastery houses various types of Buddhist art forms – flags, stupas, statues, Thangkas, wall paintings & a 49 feet high statue of Maitreya Buddha covering two storeys of the building.Tso Moriri & Tso Kar
On our return we visited the famous Thiksey Monastery which is simply gorgeous-with beautiful artwork & paintings. There is a flight of about 50 stairs to the top. The prayer bells are all around as you walk up.There is a huge 12ft statue of Buddha which took 3 years to build.