Ladakh and Stargazing

One of the prominent city in the eastern region of Ladakh is the city of Hanle. It is the site of the 17th century Hanle Monastery (gompa) of the “Red Hat” Tibetan Drukpa Kagyu branch of Tibetan Buddhism and is located in the Hanle Valley on an old branch of the ancient Ladakh – Tibet trade route.

In the new era Hanle is known to be the home to the Indian Astronomical Observatory. The location of the village and the observatory are highly sensitive due to the close proximity of the Tibetan / Chinese border.

On a clear sky night the constellations and the Milky Way are said to be visible to naked eyes. This trip is planned with an intend to experience this magnificent beauty

Planed for

5th of June 2019 to 16th of June 2019

Wednesday05/Jun/2019
Thursday06/Jun/2019
Friday07/Jun/2019
Saturday08/Jun/2019
Sunday09/Jun/2019
Monday10/Jun/2019
Tuesday11/Jun/2019
Wednesday12/Jun/2019
Thursday13/Jun/2019
Friday14/Jun/2019
Saturday15/Jun/2019
Sunday16/Jun/2019

Route

Thane – Udaipur – Gurugram – Srinagar – Sonamurg – Kargil – Leh – Chumathang – Hanle – Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Manali – Gurugram – Udaipur – Thane

Places to visit en route

Cities 

Drass:  is a town in the Kargil District between Zoji La pass and Kargil town. It is often called “The Gateway to Ladakh”. Dras lies in the centre of the valley of the same name (Dras valley) . The Battle of Kargil was fought in Drass in the year 1999. Dras is the coldest place in India.

Leh: is a town in Leh district in the Ladakh region of northern India. It was also the capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh, the seat of which was in the Leh Palace. This royal palace was built by King Sengge Namgyal (1612–1642) Leh was an important stopover on trade routes along the Indus Valley between Tibet to the east, Kashmir to the west and also between India and China for centuries.

Hanle: is a village in Ladakh; It is the site of the 17th century Hanle Monastery (gompa) of the “Red Hat” Tibetan Drukpa Kagyu branch of Tibetan Buddhism and is located in the Hanle Valley on an old branch of the ancient Ladakh – Tibet trade route. Hanle is home to the Indian Astronomical Observatory. The location of the village and the observatory are highly sensitive due to the close proximity of the Tibetan / Chinese border

Chumathang: is a village in Leh District on the bank of the Indus river. It hosts couple of hot springs towards the east of the Monastery. This also servers as a midway stop for folks travelling to Tso Moriri

Lakes

Tso Moriri: or Lake Moriri or “Mountain Lake”, is a lake in the Ladakhi part of the Changthang Plateau. The lake is at an altitude of 4,522 m (14,836 ft). It is the largest of the high altitude lakes entirely within India. The lake has no outlet at present and the water is brackish though not very perceptible to taste

Tso Kar: or Tsho kar, known for its size and depth, is a fluctuating salt lake situated in the Rupshu Plateau and valley in the southern part of Ladakh. connected by an inlet stream at its south-west end to a small lake, Startsapuk Tso, and together they form the 9 km2 More plains pool, which is dominated by the peaks of two mountains, Thugje (6050 m) and Gursan (6370 m). Until a few years ago the lake was an important source of salt, which the Changpa nomads used to export to Tibet.

Gompa

Hanle Monastery: is a 17th-century gompa of the Drukpa Lineage of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism located on an old branch of the ancient Ladakh-Tibet trade route. The monastery is home to about ten monks while another 33 or so come regularly for prayers. It is only 19 kilometres (12 mi) from the disputed frontier between India and Chinese-controlled Tibet

Suitable for

Individuals willing to live it out of their backpacks

Trip Details

Date From To Kms
04/Jun/2019 Goa Thane  xx Kms
05/Jun/2019 Thane Udaipur xx Kms
06/Jun/2019 Udaipur Gurugram xx Kms
07/Jun/2019 Pune to Delhi by Flight 
07/Jun/2019 Gurugram Jalandhar xx Kms
08/Jun/2019 Jalandhar Sonamurg xx Kms
09/Jun/2019 Sonamurg Leh xx Kms
10/Jun/2019 Leh Hanle xx Kms
11/Jun/2019 Hanle Sarchu xx Kms
12/Jun/2019 Sarchu Kullu xx Kms
13/Jun/2019 Kullu Gurugram xx Kms
13/Jun/2019 Delhi to Pune by Flight 
14/Jun/2019 Gurugram Udaipur xx Kms
15/Jun/2019 Udaipur Thane xx Kms
16/Jun/2019 Thane Goa xx Kms

Communication

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