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Leh Ladakh Tour – My Travel Journey (18)

It was day 4 in Leh of our Leh Ladakh Trip we were really excited for today because it was our trip to Sham Valley which included extensive bird watching activity throughout the way and around. Sham Valley is around 95 Kms from Leh which takes near to 4 hrs drive but as we had various stoppages at famous tourist destinations in between. We started early and our first stop was at Gurudwara Patthar Sahib’ which is built by the lamas of Leh around the year 1517 in order to honour the visit of Guru Nanak Dev. The scenic beauty around this Gurudwara is second to none. Just few minutes from there is the Magnetic Hill, as the name states when a vehicle is set on a neutral gear it starts sliding upward on the magnetic road. Here a vehicle can reach the speed of up to 2 kms per hour. Then we headed toward the Likir Monastery, the name Likir means coiled snake here it refer to two great spirits of Nanda and Taksako. It is one of the major monasteries in the region and picturesque surrounding is amazing. During the route, on and off we took time to fulfil another major purpose of travel which was bird watching which made the entire journey much more meaningful.

Leh (Leh Ladakh Tour)

Leh (Leh Ladakh Tour)

Further we proceeded to Alchi Gompa, which is a group of temples situated in a village since 11th century. Near Alchi Gompa its Basgo, which was capital of Ladakh during 15th and 16th centuries, there are still some ruins present of that era. Also it included the palace which was built in the same era. The Basgo Monastary was built around 16th century by Namgyal rulers, it is situated on the top of the hill near the ruins of the ancient town. Finally we drove back another 40Kms to reach Leh from Basgo for the night stay at our hotel.

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Posted by on April 17, 2014 in Leh Ladakh


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