Ladakh, the land of many passes, snow clad mountains and arid land is among the highest of the world's inhabited plateaus. It lies at altitudes ranging from about 2,750 meters at Kargil to 7,672 meters at Saser Kangri in the Karakoram. The summer temperatures exceed up to 35 ° C, while in winter they may drop to -40 ° C in some high altitude areas. Ladakh has been the described as 'Moon Land', 'Magic Land', and 'Mysterious Land' for its unique landscape and exquisite culture. One sees no horizon here but only mountain peaks soaring up to 5 to 6 km.
The Nubra Valley literally means the valley of flowers. Nubra Valley is situated in the north of Leh. The average altitude of the valley is about 10,000 feet above the sea level.
The Khardong village, Khalser and Deskit are the main villages of Nubra valley.
At first glance, the valley seems parched and dry, but this is prime farming land by Ladakhi standard.
Rangdum is situated about 130 kms south-east of Kargil and falls midway between Kargil and Padum. Due to its remoteness from inhabited parts either of Suru or Zanskar, this area of wild beauty is almost haunting, while its isolation is near perfect even as the unpaved Zanskar road traverses its length.
The chief attraction of this area is an imposing 18th century Buddhist monastery with about 40 monks in residence.
The Suru Valley forms the mainstay of Kargil district. Lying nestled along the north-eastern foothills of the great Himalayan Wall.
It extends from Kargil town, first southward for a length of about 75 kms Upto the expanse around Panikhar.
hence eastward for another stretch of nearly 65 kms upto the foot of the Penzila watershed where the Suru valley rises.
It has become famous as the second coldest inhabited place in the world by virtue of the intense cold that descends upon the valley along with repeated snowfalls during winters. Winter temperature is sometimes known to plummet to less than minus 40 degrees.
The Drass valley starts from the base of the Zojila pass, the Himalayan gateway to Ladakh. For centuries its inhabitants are known to have negotiated this formidable pass.
It is situated about 204 kms from Srinagar in the west and 234 kms from Leh in the east, is the second largest urban centre of Ladakh and headquarters of the district of same name.The broad Kargil basin and its wide terraces are separated from the Mulbekh valley by the 12 kms. long Wakha gorge.
The old bazaar displayed a variety of Central Asian and Tibetan commodities even after the cessation of the Central Asian trade in 1949 till these were exhausted about two decades back.
The beautiful high altitude Pangong Lake is also another popular destination with trekkers.
It is a picturesque route that covers Shey and Thikse with their interesting monasteries, before turning off into the side valley of Chemrey.
It goes over the Chang - la , the pass over the Ladakh range which despite it height is not too difficult to tackle.
BasgoMonastery, is situated at Basgo in Leh part of Ladakh, in a location approximately at a distance of 40 km from Ley. This monastery is also referred as BazgoGompa.
The monastery is positioned on top of the hill in the spot where the ruins of the ancient town Basgo is found and this monastery is known for the Buddha statue it has and the murals which are adorning its walls.