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Ladakh, the land of high passes, is an unforgettable experience. Every inch of the land welcomes you with a splendid surprise. There are vast stretches of arid land, dotted with beautiful mountain lakes. High passes opening to lush green valleys; burning sun giving way to freezing winds, shiny glaciers coexists with undulating sand dunes, so does the yak and double humped Bactrian camel!  It is a magical landscape. And magical are the people of this place. They open their heart and home alike for you if you happen to visit them. Be it the trendy youth in the tourist flocked Leh market or the old monk at a monastery or the Chagpa nomad of the Rupshu valley- very few places have such tourist friendly people as in Ladakh. Their life is characterized by intense spirituality. You can find the colors of faith across the land- in gompas with bright inner wall murals, in fluttering prayer flags that dot every nook and corner, in golden and wooden prayer wheels that are a part and parcel of life, in neat white-washed stupas and meditational mani walls topped with countless mantra-inscribed pebbles. Nature, people and their faith is what make this land so interesting and enchanting.

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↑     Statue of Buddha in the Thiksay Gompa or Thiksay Monastery located on top of a hill approximately 19 kilometres east of Leh in Ladakh, India. It is noted for its resemblance to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet and is the largest monastery in central Ladakh, notably containing a separate set of buildings for female renunciates that has been the source of significant recent building and reorganisation.

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↑     Thiksay Gompa or Thiksay Monastery located on top of a hill approximately 19 kilometres east of Leh in Ladakh, India. It is noted for its resemblance to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet and is the largest monastery in central Ladakh, notably containing a separate set of buildings for female renunciates that has been the source of significant recent building and reorganisation.

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↑     Masks hang on a wall outside the premises of the Alchi Monastery. Alchi is regarded as one of the important Buddhist centers of Ladakh and a monastic jewel.

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↑     A monk with a prayer wheel at the Hemis Monastery. Situated approx 45 kms from Leh, Hemis is the biggest and richest monastery in Ladakh. The monastery belongs to Dugpa Kargyutpa order, built on a green hillside surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery, is hidden in a gorge.

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↑     Monks play music during the monastic festival at Phyang monastery, Ladakh. The monastery located approx. 15kms west of Leh hosts the annual Phyang Festival in the month of July, which attracts a lot of visitors from all over the world. The festival showcases typical Ladakhi dances that narrates a story of a fight between good and evil, ending with the eventual victory of the former.

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↑     Monks dress-up in preparation for the monastic festival at Phyang monastery, Ladakh. The monastery located approx. 15kms west of Leh hosts the annual Phyang Festival in the month of July, which attracts a lot of visitors from all over the world. The festival showcases typical Ladakhi dances that narrates a story of a fight between good and evil, ending with the eventual victory of the former.

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↑     The Lamayuru monastery in the backdrop of the moonscapes mountains situated 3510 meters above the sea-level.

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↑     A caravan of double hump bactrian camel in the backdrop of the Hundur sand dunes, Ladakh. Returning home after sunset the camels are the main attraction of the place and an important source of income for many villagers. Just like the rest of Ladakh, Hundur too gets tourists for a very short period of time in the year and the owners of the camel try to make the best of it by serving tourists with a ride on the double hump camel through the photogenic sand dunes. Located in the Nubra Valley, Hundur is a popular overnight stop, just 10km from Diskit. Ladakh India

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↑     Roads in Ladakh

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↑     The serpentine road leading to the lamayuru moonscapes in Ladakh.