Changthang valley

Hanley Village

Hanle is a village in Leh District, Ladakh in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.The Hanle village is situated approximately 254 kms to the southwest of Leh. It can be reached in a 4-5 hours drive or ride from Leh,. The road crosses the villages of Upshi, Chumathang and Nyoma. One can also reach Hanle Village from Tso Moriri via Crossing Mahay Bridge.its 159 km from Tsomoriri to Hanle

Hanle Monastery

Hanle Monastery is built in 17th century, it is the site of the "Red Hat" Tibetan Drukpa Kagyu branch of Tibetan Buddhism and is located in the Hanle Valley on an old branch of the ancient Ladakh - Former Tibet Trade route.The valley is home to approximately a thousand people, of whom about 300 people live in Hanle village Indian Astronomical Observatory Hanle is famous for Indian Astronomical Observatory. Its World's largest telescope at the highest altitude and the second largest gamma ray telescope in the world. India set up the Himalayan Chandra Telescope. Once complete the main Atmospheric Cerenkov Experiment Telescope gamma ray telescope under constructed.


Every year Disket Gustor (Festival) is celebrated on the 28th to 29th in the eighth month of the Tibetan calendar. People gather from different parts of Ladakh at Diskit Monastery to watch the mask dance. The mask dance also known as (Cham) dance is performed by the Lamas of the Monastery to energetically express the superiority of good over evil forces.