The King’s palace, which is now converted into a monastery is a must visit. A secret tunnel was found on the foothill of the monastery a few years back. It was found to be the water reservoir for winter, where water does not freeze. The tunnel is narrow and is very exciting to explore.
Situated 50 km west of Leh, Likir is a picturesque village divided into lower and upper Likir. It is a relatively prominent village and Likir Monastery is the main monastery in the region. Likir be reached from Leh airport in a bus which starts at 3 pm and will include a long walk to the village after the bus drops one at Leh highway. One can also take a cab.
I stayed at Old Likkir Guest house, owned by Stanzin Takspa. Stanzin is a mountain guide who has been to Siachen(7000M), Stok kangri(6000M) and other passes above 5000M. I have found him to be a very nice guide and have been trekking with him in Ladakh.
One can go during summer (June-Sep) to enjoy comfortable weather, which is the peak season. To enjoy local festivals one has to go in winter. Losar celebrations start around 2nd week and continues till end of December and Likir Monastery festival occurs after January. It is great place to stay, relax and enjoy adventures around Likir.
Likir has found a place, deep in my heart. I can't get enough of the beautiful people there and the amazing view as well. This place overwhelms me with its simplicity and beauty. Perfect for soaking in nature and life in its primitive form.
Though with the inception of networks, you are now always on 4G from Airtel, which I would not have preferred in a place like this, but I don’t mind as well.
There are a lot of short trekking options all around where you can find wildlife and can even chance upon snow leopard tracks or even the leopard itself.