Ladakh’s Monasteries, Palaces and Fortresses

Ladakh’s Monasteries, Palaces and Fortresses

Ladakh is in northern India, bordering on Tibet. It’s people, culture, architecture and Buddhism are very similar to Tibet. Ladakh is filled with gorgeous Tibetan-style gompas (monasteries), palaces and fortresses perched high up on cliffs and mountains throughout the region. These are pictures from our favourite sites. For the full story on each of these sites go to our Destinations page.  Continue reading “Ladakh’s Monasteries, Palaces and Fortresses”

Ancient sites in the Indus and Nubra Valleys

Ancient sites in the Indus and Nubra Valleys

Palaces, monasteries and Tibetan culture make the Leh and the surrounding area an interesting place to explore.  Tibetan Buddhism came to Ladakh in the 17th century and in recent history, many Tibetans fled Tibet to settle in Ladakh. Between the arid landscape and Tibetan architecture, Ladakh feels more like Tibet than India.   Continue reading “Ancient sites in the Indus and Nubra Valleys”

Ladakh’s Colourful Markha Valley

Ladakh’s Colourful Markha Valley

Wide valleys with colourful, rugged mountains and rushing rivers made for incredible views on Ladakh’s Markha Valley trek. Ladakh is a region in the far north of India in the state of Jammu-Kashmir in the Indian Himalayas. The area borders on Tibet so the people, culture and landscape very similar to Tibet and in fact many Tibetan refugees now call Ladakh home. Being so close to the Tibetan plateau, it is very arid, with barren, high mountains arising from deep valleys. Continue reading “Ladakh’s Colourful Markha Valley”