Ladakh & Kashmir – Across the Top of the World – Leh-Kargil highway


Welcome to days 18 & 19 of our Top of the World tour.

Today, day 18, we are leaving Leh (our base for the past week) behind us and heading west towards Kashmir. It’s a fab day – one of the best of the trip as we explore a couple of fascinating village fortress/monasteries. First up as we head along the Leh-Srinagar highway is the village of Basgo which was once an important cultural and political centre, The monastery is situated within the ruins of a fortress which was built atop rugged hills – making attacks very difficult. In fact the fortress was never breached by invaders.

Also special today is that we’re celebrating a birthday, so we’ve taken the opportunity to surprise the birthday gal Suzanne with a cake here at Basgo monastery. The first slice of the cake, as is tradition, was given to the buddha inside the temple, and the rest we’re all enjoying – even our drivers (who were the cake organisers).

Happy birthday Suzanne!

Basgo Monastery

Birthday celebrations at Basgo Monastery

Basgo Monastery

Basgo Monastery caretaker

Alchi Monastery

Day 19 and we’re continuing today on our last road journey to Kashmir, we’ve stopped at Lamayuru Monastery, one of the largest, and oldest Monasteries in Ladakh. Situated in a striking landscape, known as Moonland, Lamayuru dates back to the 11th century, and is a sprawling collection of temples, shrines, stairs and pathways interspersed with ruins of even older buildings. It’s our last monastery visit in Ladakh, and certainly one of the most impressive.


Lamayuru Monastery

Lamayuru Monastery

Monk at Lamayuru Monastery

Woman at Lamayuru Monastery