Dun Desert of Choglamsar from Its “Landmark” Gonpa

Choglamsar at an altitude of about 3,235 meters  is located to the south east of Leh. The village on the right bank of the Indus River is about eight kilometers from Leh. This Tibetan refugee settlement is a main center of Tibetan Buddhism, studies and cultures.

The word Choglamsar means a place from where several paths lead to Leh town.

Since the village is known for Ladakhi table (chokse), it is also called Choklsel, a place of chokses.

The settlement sprawling along the Indus River boasts multiple gonpas. But one on the hill is visible from everywhere. This “landmark” gonpa doubles as a vantage point that affords views worth a number of interesting frames.

Today’s photo story Dun Desert of Choglamsar in Ladakh showcases some of these views and the gonpa.

 

An unidentified gonpa (Buddhist temple) in Choglamsar, Jammu and Kashmir, India

October 2, 2013. The Buddhist temple that dominates the landscape of Choglamsar is painted in bright colors, including gold, dark pink, blue, and green.

 

Choglamsar in Leh, Ladakh

October 2, 2013. Views from the Buddhist temple: A public bus moves through the dun landscape of Choklsel.

 

Choglamsar on the Indus River in India

October 2, 2013. Views from the Buddhist temple: Choglamsar sprawls along the Indus River.

 

Spituk Monastery from Choglamsar

October 2, 2013. Views from the Buddhist temple: Spituk Monastery

The photo story Dun Desert of Choglamsar in Ladakh continues on the next page.

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