Sunset over Hanle Monastery
The shepherds here are mostly Tibetan refugees who came to India after the Chinese occupation of Tibet.
Hanle Monastery or Hanle or Analy Gompa Buddhist monastery belonging to the "Red Hat" Drukpa Kagyu branch of Tibetan Buddhism. The monks claim that it is the oldest monastery in Ladakh, predating even the famous Hemis monastery.
Hanle is located at a distance of about 250km from Leh. Its proximity to the Chinese border means that tourism here is tightly regulated. Western tourists are not allowed to visit Hanle, while Indian tourists require an Inner line permit to visit the area. Which is a pity, coz Hanle is one of the most beautiful regions of Ladakh that i have ever visited. The valley teems with numerous Kiangs and other exotic wildlife like the Black necked crane are also to be found here.