Shyok

Leh, the beginning of the road for Shyok Valley.

Road to Khardung La

Khardung Top

South Pullu army camp on the Khardung-Diskit Road.

Khardung Village after which Khardung La takes its name.

The Shyok flows along the Khardung-Diskit road. The patch of green is the village Tirith.

The Shyok River, a tributary of the Indus River, originates from the Rimo Glacier, one of the tongues of Siachen Glacier. The river widens at the confluence with the Nubra River.

The 32 metre statue of Maitreya Buddha statue's construction was started in April 2006 and it was consecrated by H.H. the Dalai Lama on 25 July 2010. It is located below Diskit Monastery facing down the Shyok River.

The Diskit Monastery is the oldest and largest Buddhist monastery (gompa) in the Shyok Valley. It was founded by Changzem Tserab Zangpo, a disciple of Tsong Khapa, founder of Gelugpa, in the 14th century. The Diskit monastery is situated on the hill, just above the flood plains of the Shyok River.

Traditional Ladakhi kitchen inside the Diskit Gompa.

A monk makes a sand mandala in Diskit Gompa. A sand mandala is ritualistically destroyed once it has been completed and its accompanying ceremonies and viewing are finished to symbolize the Buddhist doctrinal belief in the transitory nature of material life.

The Shyok flows in a wide valley, passing through the villages of Diskit and Hunder continuing through Turtuk and Tyakshi before crossing into Pakistan. The Shyok joins the Indus at Keris, to the east of the town of Skardu in Baltistan.

Further down the Shyok is the village of Hundur which is famous for its sand dunes. The dunes are formed of real sand formed from rock erosion and minerals brought downstream with the waters of the Shyok river.

Hunder is also home to the only population of Bactrian Camels in India. The camels are a relic of ancient trade links the region had with Central Asia and Xinjiang in China. After the borders were closed in 1947 the small camel population survived and now offers tourists short rides in the dunes of Hundur.

A Bactrian Camel takes tourists on a short sojourn in the dunes of Hundur with the spectacular backdrop of the Diskit Gompa.

Like the scales of a Pangolin, fantastic rock formations in the mountains around the Shyok Valley get highlighted in the light of the evening sun.

The last rays of the setting sun coats the Shyok silver.

Several inscribed Mani stones are assembled around a shorten overlooking the confluence of the Shyok and Numbra Rivers at Sumur. The Shyok River meets the Nubra or Siachan River to form a large valley that separates the Ladakh and Karakoram Ranges.

A few chortens and a three storied abandoned palace is all that remains of the once powerful citadel at Zamskhang, built strategically at the confluence of the Shyok and Nubra Rivers.

The main prayer hall of the Samstanling Gompa at Sumur.