Hanle (village)

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Hanle, Ladakh
Hanle is located in Jammu and Kashmir
Location in Jammu and Kashmir, India
Hanle is located in India
Hanle (India)
Coordinates: 32°47′N 79°00′E / 32.79°N 79.00°E / 32.79; 79.00Coordinates: 32°47′N 79°00′E / 32.79°N 79.00°E / 32.79; 79.00
Country India
StateJammu and Kashmir
 • OfficialUrdu
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Hanle Gompa

Hanle is a village in Ladakh in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is the site of the 17th century Hanle Monastery (gompa) 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 - Tibet trade route.


The valley is home to approximately a thousand people, of whom about 300 people live in Hanle village.


Sengge Namgyal died at Hanle on his return from an expedition against the Mongols who had occupied the Tibetan province of Tsang and were threatening Ladakh.[1]

Indian Astronomical Observatory[edit]

Hanle is home to the Indian Astronomical Observatory. The location of the village and the observatory are highly sensitive due to the close proximity of the Tibetan / Chinese border. Special permission is needed to visit either by the Indian Government.[citation needed]

India set up the Himalayan Chandra Telescope, a 2m gamma ray telescope. Once complete the Major Atmospheric Cerenkov Experiment Telescope gamma ray telescope under construction there will be the world's largest telescope at the highest altitude and the second largest gamma ray telescope in the world.[2]


Fukche airport is 24 km away, and Ukdungle town is close by.


  1. ^ Ladakh: Crossroads of High Asia. Second Edition. (1996), p. 70. Janet Rizvi. Oxford University Press, New Delhi. ISBN 0-19-564546-4.
  2. ^ Sharma, Ravi (29 September 2001). "A stellar acquisition". Frontline (Volume 18 - Issue 20). Archived from the original on 14 June 2012.

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