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. 

Phuktal Gompa

Dark clouds above Phuktal Gompa
Dark clouds above Phuktal Gompa
Phuktal Gompa and an old chorten from village
Phuktal Gompa and an old chorten from village
A novice monk on his way to Phuktal Gompa
A novice monk on his way to Phuktal Gompa

Thiksey Gompa

Tiksey Gompa
Tiksey Gompa
Tiksey Gompa
Tiksey Gompa

Lamayuru Gompa

Lamayuru Gompa on a hill above the valley
Lamayuru Gompa on a hill above the valley
Colourful chortens in Lamayuru
Colourful chortens in Lamayuru
Lamayuru Gompa
Lamayuru Gompa

Diskit Gompa

Diskit Gompa set between two cliffs
Diskit Gompa set between two cliffs
Diskit Gompa
Diskit Gompa
Diskit Gompa
Diskit Gompa

Thekchhok Gompa

Thekchhok Gompa
Thekchhok Gompa
Thekchhok Gompa, Chemrey
Thekchhok Gompa, Chemrey

Karsha Gompa

Karsha Gompa
Karsha Gompa
Karsha Gompa
Karsha Gompa

Likir Gompa

Likir Gompa
Likir Gompa
Likir Gompa with an old chorten in front
Likir Gompa with an old chorten in front

Basgo Gompa and Fortress Ruins

Basgo Gompa and Palace ruins
Basgo Gompa and Palace ruins
Basgo Gompa and Palace ruins
Basgo Gompa and Palace ruins

Wanla Gompa

Wanla Gompa
Wanla Gompa
Wanla Gompa
Wanla Gompa

Tsemo Fort

Tsemo Fort, Leh
Tsemo Fort, Leh

Stakna Gompa

Stakna Gompa
Stakna Gompa

Naropa Royal Palace and Fortress ruins

Shey Palace with fortress ruins behind
Naropa Palace (Shey)with fortress ruins behind

Leh Palace

Leh Palace
Leh Palace

Hemis Gompa

Hemis Gompa
Hemis Gompa

Spitok Gompa

Spitok Gompa
Spitok Gompa

Techa Gompa

Tacha Gompa up high on a small cliff
Tacha Gompa up high on a small cliff

Coming up next: Culture and Food in Punjab

For extra pics from this trip go to Gallery/Northern India. For extra pictures from other blogs go to Gallery at monkeystale.ca

To read about more of our adventures go to Destinations.

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