Places To See(LEH LADAKH)
picturesque village is 6 kms west of Padum, on the road to Kargil.
The chief attraction here is the castle like monastery which, unlike
other monasteries of the region, is built on level ground. By legend
its initial foundation is associated with Kanishka on account of the
Kanika Stupa which stands in the backyard of the walled complex. The
main building comprises a huge multi-columned central prayer hall
housing an array of statues of popular Buddhists divinities and Drugpa
(Old Schools) high saints. The most interesting frescoes, however,
can be seen in a small, almost discarded chapel at the back of the
main building, whose walls are adorned with stucco murals depicting
landscapes and floral designs based on the life of Padma-sambhava.
Adjoining this monastic complex is an old cemetery surrounded by a
ring of ancient rock carving which reflect Indian artistic influence.
is also associated with Naropa, the famous Indian yogi from Vikramsila,
who is said to have sat in meditation for some time under the Kanika
Stupa. The site is now occupied by a small room housing a veiled bronze
figure of the Yogi, which is unveiled, once a year in late July. A
2-day long festival is held to celebrate this occasion, which is attended
by people from far, and wide monks from Bardan Monastery perform masked
dances as ritual offering.
240 km long Kargil-Padun road, of which the first 90 km stretch is
paved, remains opened from around mid July to early November. Jeeps
and Gypsy taxis can also be hired at Kargil. During June and early
July, prior to opening of the road, it is recommended to walk into
Zanskar from panikhar or Parkachik onwards. In June, the summer is
at its height in the region and the climate is ideal for trekking
along the route free from vehicular traffic of any kind and when the
countryside is freshly rejuvenated into life after months of frigid
Important Places in Ladakh