Shanti Stupa & Leh Palace
During your stay at our camp, you'll have the opportunity to see some of the most important landmarks in the region, including the magnificent Leh Palace. Built by King Sengge Namgyal in the 17th century, the palace has nine storeys. Some parts of this palace are in ruins, while some sections display fine examples of Ladakhi architecture.
While in Ladakh, a visit to the Ladakh Arts & Media Organisation centre is a must. Housed in Munshi House, it is one of Leh's most important heritage houses. The view of the old city from the terrace of the Munshi House is a sight that should not be missed, and a cup of special Ladakhi tea with light snacks makes this experience even better.
Shanti Stupa, perched atop a magnificent vantage point over Leh, is an equally fascinating attraction. This Buddhist stupa with a stunning white-dome, also known as a chorten, offers panoramic views of the surrounding boulder-strewn landscape. Built to promote world peace and to commemorate 2,500 years of Buddhism, Shanti Stupa looks especially stunning when it is lit up at night.
Ancient Secrets of Nyerma -the Nunnery
The Nunnery at Nyerma, close to the TUTC camp, houses a school for a community of Buddhist nuns. It was established under the aegis of the present Khenpo Rinpoche of Thiksey, and is home to approximately 25 nuns from various parts of Ladakh, ranging in age from 11 to 87 years old. They practise meditation, study Buddhist philosophy and adhere to monastic practices. The nunnery is located within the precincts of the rich, ancient temple complex, founded by the Rinchen Zangpo, known as the Great Translator.
Evidence from the ruins that surround the nunnery suggests an ancient regional learning centre for Buddhist philosophical studies dating back to the 11th century. A peek into the stupas will give you a glimpse of some very special Buddhist paintings from a bygone era.
The village of Nyerma is also a mini-oasis in which many regional flora and fauna flourish. Here you'll get to learn about various indigenous herbs and plants used for medicines and cooking. Thiksey is one of the few Ladakhi villages that actually sits on the flat valley floor. The local community have taken to making mud bricks the traditional way, which is a fun thing to experience first-hand.
Seance with the Spirits
Buddhists are firm believers in the influence of the spirits on the material world. This influence is taken into consideration before any new venture or important activity is initiated. The lamas associated with the monasteries play the key role of mediator between the world of the humans and that of the spirits. Not only do they perform the rites necessary to appease the gods, they also take on the role of astrologers and oracles who can predict an auspicious time to start work. Whether it's for ploughing fields, picking the harvest, arranging a marriage or going on a journey, the lamas are consulted on almost everything.
In addition to a Seance Session with the Spirits, many other intriguing experiences can be enjoyed at TUTC.