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Basgo – a historical town situated on banks of Indus in Ladakh.




Basgo is a historical town that is situated on the bank of the Indus River in Ladakh.

Overview of Basgo

• Basgo was once an important cultural and political center.
• It is known for its gompas such as Basgo Monastery and historical ruins.
• It has an average elevation of 3292 metres (10,821 feet).
• Basgo Monastery which is also known as Basgo or Bazgo Gompa, is a Buddhist monastery.
• Basgo or Bazgo is in Leh District, Ladakh, northern India, which is about 40 km from Leh.
• The monastery was built for the Namgyal rulers in 1680.
• The monastery is situated on top of the hill towering over the ruins of the ancient town.
• It is noted for its Buddha statue and murals.
• In the 15th century, a palace was built in Basgo.
• Basgo Castle is middle age structure listed in UNESCO World Endangered Sites.
• It is located 40 km from capital old Ladakh – Leh.

Other attractions in the neighborhood

• Breathtaking Leh
• Historic Shey Palace
• Thiksey and Hemis Monastery
• Spituk – Home of the Spituk Monastery
• Explore the Tsokar Wetlands
• Kiangs (Tibetian Wild Ass) of Tsokar
• Cultural discovery – the Changpas
• Enchanting emerald blue Tsomoriri Lake
• Tsomoriri Wetland Conservation Reserve
• Leh Palace
• Extensive trekking (Leh to Matho)
• Rich, exotic wildlife of Hemis National Park
• Snow Leopards of Rumbak
• Matho Pass

Places to visit in Ladakh

• Monasteries
• Polyandry
• Primogeniture
• Khangbu

Fauna Available
A total of 225 species have been recorded.
• Brown-headed Gull
• Brahimini duck
• Ruddy Sheldrake
• Barhead goose
• Black Necked Crane
• Tibetan Raven
• Red-Billed Chough
• Snow-cock
• Chukor
• Lammergeier
• Golden Eagle
• Bharal, or Blue Sheep
• Shapo, or Urial, is a goat
• The Argali or Nayan
• The Chiru, or Tibetan Antelope
• The Kyang, or Tibetan Wild Ass
• The Snow Leopard
• Lynx
• Tibetan Wolf
• Brown Bears
• Marmots
• Voles
• Hares
• Several types of Pika

Sights and Activities

Monasteries and other Architecture
• Many monasteries celebrate their annual festivals in winter
• Monasteries have a wealth of artefacts
• Lamayuru is the oldest religious centre of Ladakh
• Wood carving, statues and frescoes are unique
• The wealth of its possession and its annual summer festival make Hemis the most popular
• Thiksay rates high in terms of architectural impact
• The beauty of the festival performances at Likir and Phyang
• Shey, Spituk and the Sankar monasteries are very beautiful

National Monuments in Ladakh
• Sculpture at Drass
• Rock Cut Sculpture at Mulbekh.
• Lamayuru Monastery.
• Likir Monastery.
• Alchi Monastery
• Phyang Monastery.
• Hemis Monastery.
• Leh Palace.
• Old Castle Tsemo Hill.
• Stupa at T- Suru.
• Shey Palace
• Nubra Valley
• Glacial himalaya
• Changthang (Nyoma Division)
• Pangong Lake
• Tsomo Riri Lake

Events and Festivals
• Hemis, which falls in late June or the first half of July, and is dedicated to Padmasambhava.
• Festivals at Lamayuru (also early July).
• Phyang (Late July or early August).
• Tak-thok (about ten days after Phyang).
• Karsha in Zanskar (11 days after Phyang).
• Spituk, Stok, Thiksay, Chemrey Matho all have their festivals in winter, between November and March.
• Likir and Deskit (Nubra) time their festivals to coincide with Dosmochey, the festival of the scapegoat.
• Falling in the second half of February, Dosmoche is one of the two New Year festivals, the other being Losar.

Best time to visit / climate

• The best time for a visit is summer, during May-June, and autumn, September-October.
• For snowboard joys, December to March is the best time.

Location on Google Maps


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How to get there?

1. By Road
• The National Highway 1D from Srinagar via Kargil is generally open longer.
• The Leh-Manali Highway can be troublesome due to very high passes and plateaus, and the lower but landslide-prone Rohtang Pass near Manali.
National Highway 1D
• The overland approach to Ladakh from the Kashmir valley via the 434-km.
• Srinagar-Leh road typically remains open for traffic from June to October/November.
• The Jammu & Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation (JKSRTC) operates regular Deluxe and Ordinary bus services between Srinagar and Leh on this route with an overnight halt at Kargil.
• Taxis (cars and jeeps) are also available at Srinagar for the journey.
• Leh-Manali Highway.
• Since 1989, the 473-km Manali-Leh road has been serving as the second land approach to Ladakh.
• Open for traffic from June to late October.

2. By Air
Leh’s Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport has flights to Delhi at least daily on Kingfisher, Jet Airways and/or Indian Airlines which also provides twice weekly services to Jammu and a weekly flight to Srinagar.

3. By Rail
• There are no railways currently in Ladakh, however a railway is proposed.
• See Bilaspur-Mandi-Leh Railway for more information.

Some travel books from Amazon about The Hampta Pass Trek

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: India Lonely Planet Indian Himalaya Lonely Planet Trekking in the Indian Himalaya

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at you.travel
Hotels at maplandia.com
Hotels at virtualtourist.com

Blogs / Sites about Basgo

Blogs and reviews at cultureholidays.com
Blogs at lonelyplanet.com
Blogs and reviews at windhorsetours.com

Images and photos of Basgo

Images at google.com
Images at lonelyplanet.com
Images at flickr.com

Videos of Basgo





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