Ladakh - the ‘Land of the High Passes’ - is among the most stunning parts of the Indian Himalayas. Wedged between Pakistan, Tibet and Xinjiang Province (China) and India’s Himachal Pradesh. It is a region in Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir that currently extends from the Kunlun mountain range to the main Great Himalayas to the south.
Buddhism is the dominant religion in Ladakh and one can find its stamp all over in Ladakh. We visited its monasteries and schools and we discovered the true essence of Ladakh within the people.
The purpose of the trip was to capture the essence of Leh in a limited amount of time. We thought we’d discover the place by filming in the monasteries, schools, markets and historical sites. The surrounding landscapes were spectacular and therefore perfect for the curious viewer to look around in 360 degrees.
The main monasteries we visited were Hemis, Thiksey and Shey. See below for some images and we’ll gradually be adding some of the footage shot.
Below are some shots at around 6:30am at Hemis monastery when the monks do their morning prayers. It was incredible just to sit and watch the ancient ritual of chanting and playing instruments; an act meant to develop mindfulness.