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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.

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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.

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

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Blogs / Sites about Basgo

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Images and photos of Basgo

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