Due to its Tibetan Buddhist heritage, people identify Ladakh as a land of gompas but it used to be an independent Kingdom too. Naturally, there are lots of palaces and forts in Ladakh too. Some of them can be found in the city of Leh itself while many others are scattered in the far-off areas.
Thikse Monastery on the Leh-Manali highway is a structure so massive that it is hard not to notice it. This 15th-century construction is one of the largest gompas in Ladakh and design is compared often to Potala Palace.
Photographs of a Ladakhi autumn shot during an impromptu bike ride through various monasteries and villages along the Leh Manali highway. Yellow and orange of poplars and willows standout in contarst to the clear blue Himalayan sky.