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Ladakh has a unique stamp of serenity due to the Buddhism religion's presence in the region.

Chortens, commemorative cairns like stone pepper pots, are guardians of Buddhist faith. Originally built to hold the mortal remains & belongings of monks, are often found near the approach to a village, to bar the way of entry to the evil spirits. Built of stones, mud, brick, timber, or metals, there are eight different types of Chortens symbolizing different aspects of the Buddhist way.

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