Basgo Fort/Palace

Basgo Palace with Stupas in Foreground

Incense Holder on Palace Wall

Gompa Overlooking Fort Ruins

Palace Walkway

After 12 days hanging around Leh, I finally got out to explore the wider Ladakh region with the photography group. It was our first multi-day trip, & we headed from Leh to Basgo and eventually on to Lama Yuru where we were to stay 2 nights while exploring the area.

We were meant to leave at 5:30am, but ended up out the door at 5:50am. Our first stop, about an hour out of Leh, was Basgo Fort. Built in the 15th century, there is an existing heritage monastery as well as a collection of stupas & dilapidated fort ruins. Definitely the highlight of my tour so far, I spent around 3 hours walking around the monastery taking photos, convinced the caretaker to let me enter the locked gompa (& then asked Jack to come in with me as I thought the old caretaker wanted to lock me in there with him & perhaps do something very un-Buddhist-like), & traversed the steep slopes surrounding the ruins. And a chance to get fabulously dirty sliding down dirt tracks & navigating the frail pathways – felt so adventurous!

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