The citadel and the three temples were built by the Tibetan king Gragspabum and his descendants in the 16th and 17th centuries A.D.
Things to see and do in Ladakh.
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Likir Gompa, built in the 11th century, is known for the 75 m tall Buddha statue. Likir means “Naga-encircled”, representing Nanda and Taksako.
The Hall of Fame is a museum constructed and maintained by the Indian army in memory of the brave soldiers who lost their lives in the Indo-Pak wars.
Hemis Gompa, 50 km from Leh, was established in 1672 AD by king Senge Namgyal Gyalva. The popular Hemis Festival takes place here every year.
One of Ladakh’s most prominent monasteries is located in the village of Hemis, which lies about 49kms southeast of Leh and less than 35kms from Shey.
Located just off the highway that runs south to Manali, Hotel Whispering Willows in the village of Shey is part of the Banjara Group of camps & retreats in the Himalayas.
This school, founded by the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa, is managed by the The Druk Pema Karpo Educational Society with international financial support.
Thiksey Gompa is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Gelugpa sect is noted for its resemblance to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet.
We were struck by the ancient murals on its walls, the lovely golden thrones for the head Lamas and the fabulous idols of Buddha, Maitreya, Manjushri and other Boddhisatvas in the inner sanctum.