LADAKH Photo Gallery
LADAKH Photo Gallery
Due to the Himalaya mountain range that block the monsoon clouds, the region of Ladakh is a high altitude desert that receive less than 100mm of rainfall every year.
Aereal view of a village in the Nubra Valley.
Ngakpa Yogi from Lamayuru, Ladakh.
Tibetan Buddhist tantric pratictioners, called ngakpa or ngakma, distinguish themselves from ordinary Buddhist monks also through the unshaved hair. During a retreat of many months or years, a ngakpa can’t wash or brush his hair so they gather together and form dreadlocks. They are called ‘retreat hair’ and won’t be cut any more from that time.
Tibetan man praying in Leh.
To do so, tibetans spin a prayer wheel repeating a mantra, usually the tibetan mantra “Om Mani Padme Hum“. Inside the cylindrical instrument, mostly made of metal or wood, is the Life-Tree on which other mantras are written. The prayer wheels are used to accumulate wisdom and merit (good karma) as well as to purify oneself from the bad karma (fruits of negativities).
A grandmother is carrying her grandchild during a Buddhist festival at the Shasur Gompa of Keylong in Himachal Pradesh.
View from Tanglang La mountain pass at 5,328mt.
The Leh-Manali highway is a very challenging road where it is common to find snow or water crossings, glacial melts and occasional landslides on the way. It crosses few high passes at over 5,000 metres where it is easy for travellers to experience altitude sickness or AMS (acute mountain sickness).
The wild and wide beauty of Ladakh valleys.
The access to the ‘Small Tibet’ is indeed quite challenging – high passes, snow/ice and water crossings, small roads and crazy drivers around- but it definitely worths it. The same roads that had been used to connect India with the Silk Road in China, might even have a more ancient story of passageway.
The landscapes evoke the ones in Tibet with which Ladakh shares history and culture (half of the Ladakhi people are from Tibetan descendance).
Lamayuru monastery is one of the largest and oldest gompas in Ladakh, with about 150 monks living there. In the surroundings there are many caves where even nowadays, few yogis spend part of the year for spiritual purpose and serious meditation.
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