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Jammu and Kashmir: Ladakh - Spituk, Phyang and Mulbekh
On the Srinagar Leh road, close to the air port is Spituk Gompa. It used to be of Kadam Pa stream, but it switched sides to Gelug Pa in the 15th century. A new gompa has been built beside the old one. It has electricity and has quite a few beautiful thonkas. The Gu - stor festival happens here in January 28th and 29th, is the most important event here. It is also the time when the veil of Devi Tara’s idol is removed. Along with Maa Tara, there are a few other deities like Bajra bhairav, Mahakal etc, all looking fearsome.
Spituk is also known for its collection of old documents, Thonkas, masks and books. It also offers fabulous views. Not very far off is the beautiful Latho temple.
It is at a distance of 40 kilometers from Leh and belongs to the red hat sec of the Lamas. There are 5 gompas here, including a museum. The meseum is over 900 years old and has an impressive collection of firearms and artifacts of China, Mongolia and Tibet.
The eight paths to nirvana, as taught by Buddha, has been depicted pictorially in the walls. Phyang lake is also nearby. The festival here is quite well known. The pathar sahib gurudwara is also in this roué, 25 kilometers off Leh. It is believed that Guru Nanak had stayed here.
Mulbekh: Mulbekh is known for the grand view of Moon land, and is en route when coming to Leh from Srinagar. It is about 40 kms from Kargil, and you should leave for Mulbek very early in the morning from Kargill. Rows after rows of colored mountains in shades of Orange, pink and slate will give you the impression that you are in the moon. Lower down are steep cliffs. And Higher up are snow capped mountain peaks, beckoning you. The immaculate beauty will leave you spell bound. You can slaso stay here at J&K tourism bungalow or PWD rest house. There is a private hotel too.
Just as you leave Mulbekh, you will come across the Chamba statue of Buddha, that has been carved out of a full mountain.