It was the last day of Leh Ladakh Tour we started our journey from Pangong Lake back to Leh. Just 45 kms before the Leh there is this famous tourist destination Hemis Monastery. It has a strong historical significance as it was made around 11th century but was re-established in the year 1672 by the Ladakhi King Sengge Namgyal. It is the largest and the richest monastery of the region. Hemis Monastery has more than 200 sub-monasteries with a huge collection of antique artefacts including the famous statue of Buddha made of copper, sacred stupas made of gold and silver, sacred Thangkas and various other very old murals. The architecture of the Hemis Monastery is very colourful and influenced by the traditional Tibetan architectural style. The whole monastery is divided into two major parts the assembly hall (Dukhang) and the temple (Tshogkhang). There are some really rare wall paintings of Buddhist Kal Chakra.
We reached to Leh in the late afternoon, spent the evening resting and strolling in the Leh Market and preparing ourselves for the long journey back to Delhi taking the same route via Jispa, Manali, and Chandigarh. I still feel nostalgic thinking of good old memories of this specific Leh Ladakh Trip, though it was bit tiresome but every moment was enjoyable to the max. We not only fulfilled our interest of bird watching but also clicked some of the unique pictures of them as well as the fascinating surroundings tall mountain peaks with water streams and other landscape photos. Nest day morning we drove back to Manali and day later we were in Delhi. The Australian group had another couple of days stay in Delhi itself then they flew back to their homes in Australia. In the coming years we had planned many more trips for them to other parts of India which I will share in my future blogs.
As written in Indian Holy Book Geeta i.e. It’s the journey not the outcome that matters…
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