Ladakh, June 8, 2013: The land of high passes and worldwide acclaimed for its scenic beauty, rich culture, calmness and heritage is no doubt an ultimate tourism destination in this part of the world, but very few know about the fact that Leh is the largest district of India covering almost more than half the area of Jammu and Kashmir, of which it is the eastern part.
Considered a heaven for adventure tourism this region behold few of the finest places one could ever imagine to witness. While most of us are quite familiar with Pangong lake, magnetic hill and Nubra valley but Ladakh certainly has much more to offer. For instance the breathtaking ‘Khardungla Pass’ which is the ‘World’s highest motor able road, making you feel at the top of the world.
While it is bounded by two mighty mountain ranges, making it a popular place for adventure tourism, the well-preserved Tibetan-Buddhist culture makes it even more attractive and spiritual state. Among the most popular places of spiritual tourism interest include monasteries like Hemis, Thiksey, Shey, Alchi and Likir. Shanti Stupa and Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre are other few attractions in Leh.
Talking of spirituality a very astonishing fact pops out in this valley. Ladakh which is hub of Buddhism has a Gurudwara with very prominent historic significance. The Pathar Sahib Gurudwara which is 25 km from Leh Falls between Leh and Nimu en route. It is said that Guru Nanak Dev himself once came there and freed the people of that area from the wrath of a demon. The Gurudwara is not much far from the famous ‘Magnetic Hill’.
Many people visit Ladakh looking for an encounter and experience with Buddha Dhamma, its monks, nuns and monasteries. But for those yearning for a still deeper and meaningful understanding of the Buddha Dhamma, language and cultural difference presents a serious challenge. Most seekers, having arrived in Leh, find it difficult to locate suitable English speaking Dhamma and meditation teachers. Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre (MIMC) is one the few centers in Ladakh offering regular Dhamma talks, meditation courses, and books - literature on meditation, religion and yoga in English language.