An Indelible trip to Ladakh!

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14th May 2017
Photo of by Priyanka

Big Hello to Ladakh!

Day 1

I must say that even the two hours flight journey to Ladakh had its own appeal. My excitement to step into this beautiful place had no bounds. When we were about to reach Ladakh, the very first glimpse of this snow laden heaven brought a twinkle to my eyes! Just imagine looking down on a silent, placid, greenish blue lake from the window of your flight seat– beautiful, isn’t it? Or imagine the sight of magnificent mountains greeting you – that was a welcome I can never forget. There's nothing more enchanting than nature's handiwork in Ladakh... And then as you enter Leh, the characteristic mountains (yes, the ones which our televisions have made very popular) greet you with their silent white faces.

A mesmerizing view from aircraft

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A foggy hill

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Day 2

The Majestic Shey Palace!

The Shey Palace is built up in a very beautiful way and is extended up to 3 floors. Leh Shey Palace is attractive and tourist all over the world come and visits the palace. The name Shey is translated into Ladakhi that means mirror and it is known as the reflection of the palace. The shey is located at a intentional location overlooking the entire heartland of Ladakh.

Photo of An Indelible trip to Ladakh! by Priyanka
Photo of An Indelible trip to Ladakh! by Priyanka
Photo of An Indelible trip to Ladakh! by Priyanka

From the pages of history:

The village ‘Shey’ was the old capital of the upper Ladakh. The present structures or ruins are not the remains of old capital ‘Shey’ but of the new capital of Namgyal Dynasty. It was the 5th king of Ladakh, Sengge Namgyal (1616-1642), who built the Leh Palace (to read about Leh Palace click here). His son Deldan Namgyal, the 6th King of Ladakh, in the memory of his father built the Shey Palace and the Shrine in 1655. It was used as a summer palace by the royal families. However, in 1834 the royal families abandoned the Shey Palace and Leh Palace due to invasion of Ladakh by Dorga forces of General Zorawar Singh and moved to Stok Palace which locates about 13Km from Shey Palace. Presently the Palace is a historical monument and is maintained and managed by the Archeological Survey of India.

Photo of An Indelible trip to Ladakh! by Priyanka
Photo of An Indelible trip to Ladakh! by Priyanka

Shey palace includes a gold topped victory Stupa. The monastery has a two storied statue of Sakyamuni Buddha shaped with copper and gold. The walls of the Du-Khang are decorated with beautiful frescos. In view that the monastery is exclusive, it's most excellent to make preparations to peer this monastery with the top Lama beforehand. Many chortens will also be obvious to the east of the Monastery. A traveller should not miss the engraving on a rook-face beside the primary avenue beneath the monastery which symbolizes five Buddha's in meditation.

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Rancho's School

Do you remember the beautiful little school from the movie '3 Idiots'? Yes, you've read it right! Our next destination was Druk White Lotus School, fondly called as 'Rancho's School. 

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The school gave the memories of the scenes from the movie '3 Idiots'. Nestling amidst the picture-perfect views, this is a wonderful school with lots of creativity and new technologies along with the squad of bright students. 

Photo of An Indelible trip to Ladakh! by Priyanka
Photo of An Indelible trip to Ladakh! by Priyanka

Once you visit Rancho's school, one cannot miss the Idiotic wall , which proved to be a fun factor in the entire film. Here's the glimpse:

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The Holy Hemis Monastry!

Hemis Monastery is hailed as the biggest monastic institution in Ladakh. Quite an ancient one, it is supposed to have existed from before the 11th century. 

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Hemis Monastery has a beautiful architecture, which is quite interesting to witness. One can pay homage to the two large statues of Lord Buddha and Guru Rimpoche. Also, there is a museum that exhibits a large collection of Buddhist relics and several ancient items that suggest there existed a rich culture here. On the occasion of Hemis Festival, one can enjoy the Cham Dance or Masked Dance here for two days.

Photo of An Indelible trip to Ladakh! by Priyanka
Photo of An Indelible trip to Ladakh! by Priyanka

This holy Monastery casts a divine spell on visitors minds. By now we were hungry and were craving for the bite of delectable Ladakhi food. So, we headed towards the Hotel Chamba, which is famous for all types of Ladakhi delights. 

Photo of An Indelible trip to Ladakh! by Priyanka
Photo of An Indelible trip to Ladakh! by Priyanka

The hotel was really fantastic occupied with a grand entrance. 

Photo of An Indelible trip to Ladakh! by Priyanka
Photo of An Indelible trip to Ladakh! by Priyanka

This place urged us to bring out our shutterbugs and start clicking. It was that mesmerizing with picture-perfect views all over. We gorged on the varied lip-smacking Ladakhi specialities and felt satiated.

After lunch at Hotel Chamba, we headed straight towards our hotel and had some rest, as the subsequent day was more challenging. Stay tuned to know more about my next day's journey! ;)