A very sought after jeep safari from Leh is that of Nubra Valley. After starting at early morning from Leh and covering 40 km, one is delighted to have visited the highest motorable pass in the world - Khardung-la. Another 56 km drive and one arrives at Khalsar. From Khalsar one can take a detour to Shyok valley and proceed to Sumur and Panamik. Alternately one can drive on 20 km to Diskit, famous for its ‘cold desert’, which is full of sand dunes.
On 2nd of June 2010, on our return journey from Hundar village, with plenty of time in our hand, it was worth while visiting Diskit monastery - the largest in the Nubra valley. On the way we came across a beautiful looking Monastic School, run by Monastery administration.
Alighting from jeep, we entered the huge compound. The gigantic Buddha statue structure was being freshly painted and spruced up on the eve of His Holiness Dalai Lama’s visit.
|Buddha statue being painted|
|View of Diskit Monastery from Lama School|
We resumed our short journey towards the Diskit Gompa and on the way come across students from Monastic School carrying the big diameter cable or pipe, whatever.
|Lama Students on job|
A climb to seven storied Diskit Gompa through a few hundred steps takes some time and effort; but the effort is adequately rewarded. From elevation of upper stories of the Gompa, the panorama of hills and the greenery around the Diskit village looks spectacular. After negotiating Final flight of steps, we get a view of Gompa hall; it looks spectacular, with the court yard painted with murals.
|Vista from Diskit Monastery|
The Lama School, with gigantic Buddha statue, on the backside on a small hillock looked imposing.
|View from Diskit Monastery|
|Inside Diskit Gompa|
|Buddha idol - a close-up|
|Shyok river in Shyok valley|