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  • Ladakh is a land of possibility and bursting with adventure. Simply driving through the empty roads is an act which sends adrenaline levels shooting, and the sight of the stalwart mountains and bare cliffs adds further to the thrill of experiencing Ladakh. But for those who want more adventure from the mountains, there are plenty of adventure activities in Ladakh which fit the bill.

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    From trekking to rock climbing to camping to river rafting, Ladakh has a host of adventure sports which delight the heart and invigorate the mind. Enjoying these activities in Ladakh adds to the joy of the trip and makes for amazing memories that you can cherish for life.

    You can choose adventure sports in Ladakh based upon your level of fitness and the time on your hands. One of the best adventure activities to partake is
    trekking in Ladakh. There are several treks that you can choose from, depending upon your level.

    Multi-day trekking is one of the most strenuous adventure activities you can indulge in when in Ladakh; it has the power to push mental and physical limits and leave you with a proud sense of accomplishment that few other adventure sports can rival. 

    River rafting in the Indus and Zanskar rivers is another gorgeous way to experience some adrenaline boosting thrills, especially if you do not have the time or energy for a strenuous trek. Rock climbing is another fantastic adventure option for those short on time.

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    Here are some of the best adventure activities in Ladakh:

  • 01Biking in Ladakh

    Biking in Ladakh

    For some, it can be an adventure but for other biking in Leh Ladakh is the most exciting experience of a lifetime. It is said that you can’t consider yourself as a true rider if you have not ridden on the rugged terrains of Ladakh. Biking is considered as the most favourite and memorable trips of life during Ladakh tour.

    Each year thousands of riders come to explore this magnificent land on a road trip. Snaking your bike in Ladakh through the criss-cross terrain is a great experience for all. Beating high altitude sickness, riding at 18,000 feet is all at once very rewarding. Experience the joy of riding through the highest passes of the world. Ride your beast through the mountain tracks while enjoying the amazing view of the region. This is definitely going to be one hell of a ride.

    It doesn’t matter if you are an adventure junky or someone who travels with their whole pack for the experience, leh-ladakh tour will surely amaze you


    Manali to Leh Bike Trip from Delhi - 2019

    Manali to Leh Bike Trip from Delhi - 2019

    NNNNN995 Ratings

    d12 Daysn11 NightslLeh

    O41,530

    Starting from

    O35,300

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  • 03Chadar Trek

    Chadar Trek

    While you are vacationing in Ladakh, Chadar trek is something which you would not want to miss. Considered to be one of the most thrilling treks in the world, thousands of people travel to Ladakh to enjoy this amazing trek. After all what could be more fascinating then trekking on a thin sheet of ice? Chadar trek is one of the popular winter treks in Ladakh.

    ‘Chadar’ refers to the blanket or sheet of the rivers as the River Zanskar transforms itself from a rapid river into a blanket of ice during the winters. Chadar can be best enjoyed during the winters. This time is the best for trekkers and adventurers who dare to take some exciting challenges and also enjoy the mountains.  Offering some of the stunning sights, Chadar trek is one of the most preferred treks in the world. So this time don’t miss your chance to try this amazing trek in Ladakh.


    Chadar Trek - Frozen River Zanskar Trek - 2019

    Chadar Trek - Frozen River Zanskar Trek - 2019

    NNNNN5526 Ratings

    d9 Daysn8 NightslLeh

    O26,500

    Starting from

    O19,500

  • 04Camping in Ladakh

    Imagine a quite night under the blinking stars upon you shining bright, Sound’s fun right? Well then make it all real while camping at the top of the mountains in Ladakh. This is another adventurous activity which is becoming a favorite. Located at an average altitude of 11500 ft above sea level, Ladakh is the perfect getaway from the oppressive heat of the plains. Camping in Ladakh is an ideal way to get close with nature and explore its beauty.

    As Ladakh is already known for its majestic beauty, camping lets you explore this place to its core. Whether you are under the clear blue sky or the dazzling night sky, you will totally end up in an alternate world away from the busy life. Spend some time in the bosom of nature while camping in Ladakh.
  • 05Camel Safari in Nubra Valley

    While you are visiting this Moon Land there is another adventure which you can’t afford to miss. Camel Safari is slowly becoming one of the most sought of activity in Nubra Valley. Ladakh is the only place in India where you can enjoy a camel safari on a double-humped camel. Riding on a double-humped camel and scaling the striking landscapes of the high altitude desert is one of a kind experience. 

    This camel safari is very popular in the Diskit and Hunder valley. Camel safari in Nubra Valley will take you through the enchanting sand dunes and the nooks and corners of the valley which is usually impossible to reach by vehicle.

  • 06Quad Biking in Nubra Sand Dunes

    If you are thirsty for some more adventure then Quad biking in Nubra Valley will definitely quench your thirst. Known as the rooftop of the world, Ladakh has been attracting the adventure seekers for this one of a kind adventure activity. What could be a better adventure then exploring the highest motorable road with an ATV ride? 

    Just your kind of adventure right! Well, quad biking is another favourite activity for the thrill seekers. Marvel at the sight of the natural beauty of this region with an ATV ride. Start your amazing ride from the shimmering roads of Ladakh and explore the amazing Nubra Valley. Rising through the crises-cross path will definitely be a challenge for you. But when its adventure, the challenge is the thrill!

    Checkout: The Best Camps to stay in Nubra Valley


  • 07Rafting in Zanskar

    If you want to enjoy the beauty of the mountains while gushing through the waters then Ladakh is definitely the place for you. River rafting in Ladakh is an adventurous sport which is very famous among the people in Ladakh. Running down the valley, cutting through gorges and combating several obstacles makes river rafting in Zanskar is one of the challenging water sports in India.

    Traverse through the deep waters amidst deep canyons and soaring snow-covered peaks and feel the thrill. River rafting is very prominent in the Indus River and Zanskar River in Ladakh. Break through the water while enjoying the scenic view of the region. As it goes the adventure begins. To experience the thrill, one must do rafting in Zanskar river on a Ladakh tour. 
  • 08Ladakh Marathon

    Another activity which you can’t afford to miss while you are on your Ladakh trip. Want to take a part at the highest marathon in the world then here is your chance. This time head out to Ladakh and experience the highest marathon in the world at a height of 11,500 to 17,618 feet.  Covering a distance of 72 km this Marathon is the perfect race to test your limits. 

    Unlike other marathons, the Ladakh Marathon you will have to arrive at least a week earlier in advance to acclimatize for the race. As you will be running at a high altitude you will have to get acclimatized. This unique experience allows the runners to run with the local Ladakhis through the most amazing landscapes offering striking vistas of mountains, rivers and valleys.  Head out for this unique adventure in Ladakh.


  • 09Mountain Biking

    Well if you are looking for some hard core adventure then mountain biking is the perfect option for you. This is another adventure activity in Leh which is a must try for you. Ladakh is a paradise for the mountain bikers. What could be a better way to explore the highest motorable road Khardungla Pass while cycling? Cycle through the amazing beauty of the region and pass through the moonland like plateaus of Ladakh.

    Ride to the most beautiful lake in the Ladakh region Pangong Lake or bike along the Zanskar & Indus River exploring the cultures, lifestyles and the ancient Buddhist monasteries. You will never have enough of this place. Cycling through the zig zag road and the serene Nubra valley will let you explore the beauty of this place to its core. And the most of all you get a chance to increase your stamina as you will be cycling through the high roads and passes. Add some memories while you visit this amazing land and get a chance to learn about the local people and their culture.


  • 10Snow Leopard Trek

    Snow Leopard Trek

    There is no doubt in that Ladakh is definitely the dream destination for all. This land is not just known for its incandescent beauty but also for the adventure activities here. A lot of thrill seekers rush to this place to try some of the best adventure activities in Ladakh while enjoying the vivid landscape. Snow Leopard trek is another trek which is a must-do activity for you in Ladakh

    The Snow Leopard Trek, which is one of the prevalent winter treks in the Ladakh district, lies into a region where human accommodation evaporates and delivers a wild extend of tough mountains specked with creatures like snow panthers, Tibetan wolves, blue sheep, horned sheep and Eurasian Brown Bear. The trek enables one to get to know the old stories of Rumbak Valley. And the best part is you will be surprised by the twist and turns which you have to take while trekking.


    Snow Leopard Trek 2019, Ladakh

    Snow Leopard Trek 2019, Ladakh

    NNNNM28 Ratings

    d8 Daysn7 NightslLadakh

    O53,100

    Starting from

    O48,600

  • 11Play Polo

    Well this game might be a little different than the usual but polo is another sport which is very famous among the people of Ladakh. In Ladakh, each significant village has a polo ground and the diversion is a vital piece of the social texture of the Ladakhi people where music, particularly drums, go with the scoring of every objective. These are easy to explore when you are on a bike trip from srinagar or from manali

    The Ladakh polo game is quite different from the one which is played internationally. It is wilder and free flowing with two twenty minutes halves of play and a ten minute break in between. The point is to score by driving a little wooden ball into the adversary's net utilizing a long wooden hammer. Sound’s very different right. Well then if you are that sporty person and love some daring adventure then polo play is a must do activity for you.


  • 12Jeep Safari

    Jeep Safari

    Ladakh is a fantastic place to enjoy a vacation in. The magnificent and majestic landscape is an adventure in itself but the sights and sounds it offers to the tourist add further to the joy of visiting Ladakh. There are many places to visit in Ladakh, from high passes to ancient monasteries to fairytale lakes and more. And the best way to enjoy all these places is by undertaking a jeep safari in Ladakh. 

    Jeep safaris offer a convenient and affordable way of touring Ladakh and its environs and are well suited to the needs of a large travelling group. Jeep safaris in Ladakh usually begin either in Manali, Srinagar or Leh and cover not only the attractions of the Ladakh region but also those around it. Jeep safaris in Ladakh can range between 5 to 15 days, according to the itineraries they follow. 

    Manali Leh Manali Jeep Safari

    Manali Leh Manali Jeep Safari

    NNNNN402 Ratings

    d12 Daysn11 NightslLadakh

    O44,590

    Starting from

    O37,900

  • 13Markha Valley Trek

    Markha Valley Trek

    The Markha Valley Trek is one of the most beautiful treks in Ladakh. Best undertaken in the months of May to September, this 9-day trek is suitable for intermediate trekkers who have had some experience trekking in the mountains. The beautiful trek passes through the Hemis National Park, crosses the deep waters of the Markha river, climbs up to the high passes of Gandala La and Kongmaru, and weaves through sundry Ladakhi villages. 

    The sights on this route are breathtaking- the Ladakh and Zanskar ranges are visible in their full might and the Stok Kangri and Kang Yissay peaks are also visible. The 9 days you spend trekking this trail will be some of the most magical days of your lives, and the picture-perfect memories you bring back will stay with you forever. 

    Markha Valley Trek, Ladakh 2019

    Markha Valley Trek, Ladakh 2019

    NNNNN1039 Ratings

    d9 Daysn8 NightslLeh

    O22,500

    Starting from

    O19,500

  • 14Stok Kangri Trek

    Stok Kangri Trek

    The Stok Kangri trek in Ladakh is one of the most difficult treks in the region, and only to be undertaken by the most experienced of trekkers. Adventure enthusiasts will find that this trek serves all their adrenaline needs and aims to push the limits of physical and mental boundaries in a way few other treks in Ladakh can. The Stok Kangri trek begins in the Stok village and usually takes place over a course of 9 to 10 days, during which trekkers climb up to the highest peak in Ladakh, crossing steep trails and freezing waters on the way. 

    Completing the trek on time requires trekking nearly 10 to 12 hours a day. This experience is one of the most challenging ones you can undertake, but the thrill of looking out on to the Ladakh landscape from the peak of Stok Kangri is one that will live on in your hearts forever.  

    Stok Kangri Trek 2019, Ladakh

    Stok Kangri Trek 2019, Ladakh

    NNNNN1065 Ratings

    d9 Daysn8 NightslLeh

    O19,681

    Starting from

    O18,500

  • 15Archery

    Archery is one of Ladakh’s best-kept secrets. Not many tourists know that archery is the traditional local game of Ladakh, indulged in by people of all ages and viewed upon not just as a sport but a legacy to be proud of. Archery has its roots in the hunting tradition of Ladakh and is still revered among the villagers of the region. This is why most local people of Ladakh are trained in archery and enjoy it on a regular basis.

    However, archery in Ladakh is unlike archery in the national and international sporting arenas. It has its own unique rules and regulations that are followed with zeal. If you are visiting Ladakh in the summer months, you are likely to come upon several archery festivals all around the place. Villagers gather together to indulge in a game of archery in the spring months and an atmosphere of light-hearted fun prevails. Tourists can join in too so long as they respectfully follow the rules of the game. 

    Check Out: Best Hotels to stay in Leh

  • 16Ride to Highest Motorable Road in the World

    Ladakh is home to some of the highest passes in the world and this means that it has some of the highest motorable roads in the world. Both Khardung la and Marsimik La are considered to be in the running and there are conflicting options as to which pass in Ladakh can in fact be considered as the highest motorable road. Marsimik La is the highest motorable pass in Ladakh but the road leading up to it is quite tricky and can be treacherous unless the driver is extremely experienced. 

    The roads of Khardung La offer no such obstacle which is why it is considered as the highest motorable pass in Ladakh. Both these passes are quite high and driving across them is an experience that cannot be rivalled by any other. So, go for a ride across them in order to enjoy the thrill of driving the highest motorable roads in the world. If you're travelling from delhi to leh, here's complete guide.


Adventure in Ladakh

Trekking in Ladakh

Biking in Ladakh

Attractions

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Pangong Lake

Rather, the most sought after tourist destination is Pangong Tso in Ladakh region. It is the highest among the high altitude lakes in India which is filled with saline water but provides some awe-struck moments to the visitors with the unbelievable phenomenon of changing colours quite a number of times a day.

The reflections of the towering Himalayan peaks in the water add more charm to the lake. Currently, Pangong Tso is the favourite location for tourists as the banks of the lake give soothing bed to relax and the nearby places are enhanced by the beauty of this particular lake. The quiet lake is 134 km in length and 5 km in width is situated at an altitude of 14270 meters. But the major share of the lake lies in the area of China. Now, its recognition is spread everywhere in the world because it is termed as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.

The highly saline water does not accommodate any water species not even micro-organisms. But the banks of the lake give space for several birds and animals very rarely seen in the other parts of India. It is an important breeding ground for many migratory birds as well.

Height: The lake is located at an altitude of 4250 meters above sea level.

Location: Pangong Tso is easily accessible as it can be reached after a five-hour drive from Leh and the travel would be on a rough and dramatic mountain road. You will cross the villages of Shey and Gya during the tour and go through Chang La as well.

Best time to visit: The months from May to September are the ideal time to visit the lake as the other seasons may cause challenges due to the heavy snowfall.

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Nubra Valley

Something divine makes Nubra Valley close to heart and it is not an exaggeration but a fact that experienced and shared by the countless tourists visited the paradisiacal location in Jammu and Kashmir. Without touching the spectacular roads of Nubra Valley, a Ladakh tour will not be complete. The tri-armed valley has Diskit Village as its capital. Ldumra, a magnificent name is the original name of the valley as the local scholars insist. Ldumra means Valley of Flowers. The large valley is formed after the merging of Shyok River with Nubra or Siachen River causing the separation of the Ladakh and the Karakoram Ranges. The valley is located 10000 feet that is 3048 meters above mean sea level and those who cross the Khardung La Pass can easily come to Nubra Valley from Leh.

Except for the river beds, every other place in the valley shows scant vegetation and low precipitation levels. Most of the villages in the valley are occupied by Nubra skat speakers and in the villages, one can find lush greenery and farming which happen through the regular irrigation. Diskit is the place where native people are seen in abundance and Diskit Monastery is the centre of attraction as well. The Shyok River flowing on one side of Diskit has a captivating effect on the visitors. Nubra Valley unwinds a lot of surprising sights when you visit it and an unbelievable fact is that the valley was open to the public till Hunder until 2010. Beyond Hunder, it was the greener region in the lower altitude where the Turtuk village exists. Till 2010, the Government did not allow tourists to mesmerize themselves in the magnificent beauty of Turtuk where numerous apricot trees and other vegetation along with the tribal community were preserved as a virgin.

Height: 3048 meters above the sea level

Location: The paradisiacal Nubra Valley is located at a distance of 140 km from Leh and the main road access to the valley is through Khardung La pass where you have to show the photocopies of your travel permit to the soldiers camping.

Best time to visit: The months from June to September is the perfect period to visit Nubra Valley

To see the pure, rugged face of nature, One must visit Ladakh once in their lifetime.

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Khardung La

Controversies regarding the proclamation that Khardung La is the highest motorable pass in the world is not yet diminished but Ladakh travelers still believe that it is the highest and most adventurous pass in the world. Despite the controversies, Khardung La keeps on attracting hundreds of adventure seekers every year, be it bikers, trekkers or visitors. Nestled amidst the most reverberating surrounding, the ‘Pass of Lower Castle’ is located at an altitude of 17582 feet. Near to the pass, the collection of awesome valleys will lure you and along with the natural extravaganzas, the Tibetan prayer flags are an additional charm.

The pass was constructed in the year of 1976 and later in 1988, it was opened to public and from then on, the pass was inviting uncountable bikers, trekkers and tourists. It is maintained by the Border roads Organization as the pass is highly significant and important to India because it was once used to carry supplies to the Siachen Glacier. Recently, Khardung La became the hot potato of the town with a happy news that a ten member team of visually impaired people is going to conquer the pass through cycling in 2017.

Height: Khardung La is located at an altitude of 5359 meters. But there is an incorrect proclamation on the signboards appear here saying that the height of the pass is 18379 feet.

Location: The highest motorable pass in Ladakh is lying about 39 kms away from Leh. By road, one can reach the pass. The first 24 kms of the road are paved and from there to the North Pullu check post, the 15 kms of the road are filled with loose rock, dirt and occasional rivulets formed after the melting of snow.

Best time to visit: The season between May to October is the best time to visit Khardung La.

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Tso Moriri Lake

It won’t be exceeding at all how much you describe the beauty of Tso Moriri in Ladakh, a highly protected lake in Changthang Region and a significant portion of Tso Moriri Wetland Conservation Reserve.  It is the largest of all high altitude lakes in India especially in Ladakh and is located at an altitude of 4522 meters above the sea level. The length comes to 26 km north to south and 3 to 5 km is the width and the water is wholly brackish. 

The water to feed the lake comes from the springs and melted snow from the nearby mountains. There are two major stream systems to lead the water to the lake. One in the north part of the lake and the other comes in the southwest part. Huge, extensive marshes are seen at both the entrances of the lake. Rupshu Valley, a breathtaking area is the guardian of Tso Moriri along with an array of the lofty Himalayan Mountains in the surrounding.

The number of people come to witness the beauty of this splendid lake is lesser when compared to that of Pangong Lake. It is because of the secluded location of the lake. Hence, it is a favorite home town for many migratory birds. They come to breed here especially birds like great- crested grebe, the brown-headed gull and the Brahmin duck. The rare Himalayan hares are also abundantly seen near the lake. Thus, the declaration of the lake as a reserved area is a right option to protect these species from extinction. Less human interference would keep their lives strong.

Height: The lake is situated at an altitude of 4522 meters.

Location: You can reach Tso Moriri via road from Leh. It is 150 kms away from Leh Airport. Kalka Railway station is the nearest one to the lake. You will get buses and taxis from the station as well.

Best time to visit: May, June, July and August are the peak season when tourists come to Tso Moriri in large numbers and other months will be filled with snow and have extreme cold conditions.

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Shanti Stupa

The white dome of Shanti Stupa is clearly visible from a far distance when you are on a tour of Leh. Peace Pagoda got its name like that because of many reasons mainly the silence persists in and around the pagoda always. This Buddhist prayer center is the most beloved attraction in Jammu and Kashmir. At a height of 4267 meters, the two storied stupa stands holding its head high and overlooks the bustling Leh town. The uneven mountain terrains in the surrounding gives the pagoda a remarkable shining. It is at a location which is 5 km away from Leh town and one who visits the stupa has to climb five hundred steps. The exotic view of the Himalayan peaks turns the beauty of the stupa also, a peace lover would dedicate his life to have such overjoying moments.

History

The stupa was constructed by both Japanese and Ladakh Buddhists. The construction was started in 1983, many Buddhists and Indian Government officials have supervised the procedures throughout.

Structure of the stupa

Among the two structures of the pagoda, the first level depicts the central relief of Dharmachakra which has deer on each side and the turning wheel of Dharma also has a golden image of Buddha at the center. The second level displays images which show the birth of Budhha and the death as well. In addition, both the level have smaller images of Buddha meditating. The stupa came into existence in order to spread the word of peace and harmony among people and it came into establishment as a commemoration of the valuable 2500 years of Buddhism.

Location: Any one can reach the stupa via road from Leh, only 5 kms from the town, a walk of fifteen minutes would require.

Timings: 05:00 am to 09:00 pm

Highlights: The sunset and sunrise views from the stupa are inevitably beautiful


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Magnetic Hill

Magnetic Hill is still a mystery yet a famed attraction that pulls the adventure lovers on a large scale toward it. A mystifying phenomenon which stunts the science and fiction together and exists as a magic to the normal people visiting here. Magnetic Hill is a trump card of every Ladakh tour because of the awe-struck moments it would promise the travelers. There is a sign board placed which says that the hill defies gravity completely and inviting everyone to experience the magical phenomenon.

 If you keep your vehicle in neutral at a position marked on the road and wait, you will be surprised to see the vehicle starts moving uphill at 10-20 km per hour. And this is the unexplainable feature of Magnetic Hill that confuses the world of science. It is located on Leh-Kargil-Baltic Highway and on the east, the beautiful Sindhu River is flowing calmly. Near the hill there is a Sikh Gurudwara maintained by the Indian Army. Due to the natural attraction as well as the human architectural brilliance, the hill has gained popularity in a short term. 

Not just the vehicles hitting the road but the aircrafts and helicopters crossing the radius which Magnetic Hill comes in would feel the same magnetic effect. If the aircrafts are going on a slow pace, then it starts jerking while they are in the circumference of the hill. So the only solution to escape from the clutches of this phenomenon is that the crafts should move at a greater speed.

Height: Magnetic Hill is located at an elevation of 14000 feet above the sea level.

Location: To reach the hill, you can hit the Leh-Kargil-Baltic National Highway and it is situated at a distance of just 30 kms from Leh town.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit the Magnetic Hill is from June to October.

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Lamayuru Monastery

The high elevation where Lamayuru Monastery is located at amuses every traveler comes here. Existing on Leh-Srinagar Highway, around 15 kms east of the Fotu La, the monastery is perched on a height of 3510 meters. The murals, frescoes and the images of Buddha have created an interesting setting inside this famous Buddhist temple.

History

Lamayuru Monastery was originally the monastery belonged to Bon and the name means Swastika which symbolized eternity. The history says that an Indian scholar named Naropa caused a lake to dry up and there founded Lamayuru Monastery. Seng ge Sgang is the oldest building surviving which is dedicated to the builder-monk, Rinchen Zangpo.

The structure of the monastery

There were actually five buildings in the beginning and still one can find the remaining of the four buildings located in the corner. In the past there, were up to 400 monks and currently there are 100 monks residing in the monastery. There is a small temple can be seen which is dedicated to Avalokiteshwara.

Location: The monastery is located at a distance of 127 km from Leh in the Lamayuru region. You can reach the monastery via road by bus or jeep.

Timings: It is open on all days from 06:00 am to 06:00 pm.

Entry fee: INR 30 per person

Highlights: There will be two annual Mask Dance festivals happen which is the most suitable time to visit the monastery.

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Alchi Monastery

After the endless mountain peaks, green valleys, high passes, monasteries in Ladakh are the prime factors behind the huge number of visitors to the paradise every year. Alchi Monastery, a group of Buddhist shrines is now a remarkable landmark and a must visit tourist attraction in Leh. The rugged valleys, uneven mountain terrains etc are creating a flamboyant view from the monastery and make the travelers feel elevated. Alchi is a part of the three villages that together constitute to the Alchi Group of Monuments.

History

Alchi Monastery and its current guardians are grateful the great translator Rinchen Zangpo who was the reason behind the construction of the monastery. He built it in the AD 1000 and there were 32 wood carvers and sculptors from Kashmir to help him. But when the Gelug sect decided to shift the activities to Likir Monastery permanently, it turned to be the administrative shrine of the Alchi Gompa, officially.

Structure of the monastery

Alchi Monastic Complex has three principal shrines named the Dukhang or Assembly Hall, the Sumtseng and the temple of Manjushri. Chortens have a special space inside the complex. The wall paintings seen inside are dating back to the spiritual and artistic nuances found in Buddhism and Hindu Kingdoms. Like we seen in other monasteries, here also, you will find the huge statues of Buddha and several wood carvings and art works appearing in Baroque style.

Location: The monastery is located in Alchi Village in the Leh District, 70 km from Leh.

Timing: May to September on all days: from 10:00 am to 01:00 pm and from 02:00 pm to 06:00 pm.

Entry Fee: For Indians: INR 25, For Foreigners: INR 50

Highlights: The views from the monastery have attracted a lot of film production sets. Good photographic location as well.

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Royal Leh Palace

A nine storey high building displays the influence of Potala Palace in Lhasa is the famed Royal Leh Palace that stands with its head high on a cliff top overlooking the ravishing Leh town. Leh Palace is a must visit during anyone’s tour of Ladakh region as it has been standing there as a symbol of the old glorious days of the royal family lived here. The top floors accommodated the members of the regal community and the low floors were occupied by stables and stores.

History

In the 17th century, King Sengge Namgyal led the construction of Leh Palace and it gained fame in a short span of time. Later, it was termed as an architectural icon and the symbol of pride and glory of Leh. The history says that during the time when Dogra forces took control of Ladakh, Leh Palace was abandoned and the members of the family were asked to move to Stok Palace. The Archeological Survey of India has restored the valuable ruins of the palace and opened to the public as a remarkable tourist attraction.

Structure of the palace

There is a monastery behind the palace which is a part of the palace and there you will find the statue of a seating Buddha in there in the monastery behind the palace. On the walls of the palace, you will see the old pictures and paintings including Tibetan thangka.

Timings: The palace is open to the public on all days from 07:00 am to 04:00 pm

Entry fee: For Indians: INR 20 and for Foreigners: INR 100

Location: Leh Palace is closely located to the town. Visitors can reach the palace by walking from Leh town as it is about 5 kms away from there.

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Zanskar valley

The Zanskar Range is the mountain range in Jammu and Kashmir that acts as the separating line between Ladakh and Zanskar. The Zanskar Range is a part of the Tethys Himalayas, formed with weakly transformed sedimentary series. The average height of the Zanskar Range is 6000 meters. It is an inevitable spot for adventure lovers during their adrenaline rushing trekking trips to the Trans Himalayas every year.

On the way to Zanskar Valley, one will come across the incredible Suru Valley which puts forth a decent trekking experience to adventure lovers. Zanskar is alluring always with its brightly shining mountain peaks and the presumably attracting villages, sometimes, it looks overshadowing the relishing Changthang Region as well. Tourism has caused a great enhancements on the economic side of the region like education flourished and the lifestyle of the people has changed but it took its toll on the fragile mountain environment.

Nevertheless, Zanskar is the favorite tourist destination still because of the vast area that is made beautiful by multiple hues, the distinct flora and fauna and the extremely variant climatic conditions. There are two main branches of the Zanskar River; one is Doda which has source near Pensi-La and flows south eastwards to reach Padum and the second one is formed by two tributaries called Kargyag River and it has source near Shingo La.

Height: The valley is situated at an average height of 6000 meters above the sea level.

Location: It is located at a distance of about 464 kms from Leh and would take around 10 to 11 hours to reach. Buses are available from Leh to reach the valley.

Best time to visit: The months of June, July, August and September are suitable to visit the Zanskar Range as the other months will cause heavy snowfall and the roads will be blocked.

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Hemis National Park

Around 4400 sq.km is the area the prime attraction of Ladakh spreads into. We are talking about the renowned Hemis National Park named after the popular monastery in the region that is Hemis Monastery. The very rare species of wildlife is the reason behind its global recognition. Bharal and snow leopards are examples for the unseen animal collection found in Hemis National Park. The park is located on the west bank of the Indus River. 

The animals, the flora, the birds and the nature in the park and its vicinity are coming under the highly protected areas and this is the only place in India where the protected snow leopards are seen in abundance. The Rumbak and Markha catchments were found to be protected with the discovery of the park in 1981 and it grew into 4400 sq.km in 1990 and becomes the largest national park in South Asia. Argali or the Great Tibetan Sheep, Shapu etc are the supporters of the prey base for the predators in Hemis. Asiatic Ibex, the Tibetan Wolf, the Eurasian brown bear and red fox are some of the endangered species found before and some are still present in the park. The crucial problem faced by the park is the regular animal-human conflicts because over 1600 people are living inside the park boundaries, mainly pastoralists living with poultry farming, goats and sheep.

Height: The elevation at which the park exists is 3000-6000 meters above the sea level.

Location: The park is located about 5 kms from Leh and Leh Airport is the closest airport to the park.

Best time to visit: To reach the park there are a number of trekking routes opened from Mid-June to Mid-October. But the best season to spot snow leopards is of course, in late winter.


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Spituk Monastery

Spituk Monastery in Ladakh has another name that is Pethup Gompa, very famous among the locals. It is located at a distance of 8 km from Leh and there are 100 monks inside the gompa. The major attraction at the monastery is the giant statue of Goddess Kali. The Buddhist monastery is at a site which was blessed earlier by Arhat Nyimagung.

History     

Spituk Monastery was founded by Od-de. He was the elder brother of Lha Lama Changchub Od. When he came to Maryul, he built the monastery and introduced the monastic community. But Lotsewa Rinchen Zangpo on his arrival said that an exemplary religious sect should be there and thus the name of the monastery was changed to Spituk which meant exemplary.

Structure of the monastery

There are three chapels in the gompa with numerous statues of Buddha and several thankas as well. The Dukhang Hall is the highlight and the two rows of seats running to a throne at the end are also something unique found here. Visitors will come across the beautiful sculptors and chortens.

Location: The monastery is perched on a thrilling hill top near Indus and about 8 kms away from Leh on Srinagar road. It is at an elevation of 3307 meters.

Timings: It is open on all days from 08:00 am to 01:00 pm.

Entry fee: INR 20 per person

Highlights: Gustor Festival held from the 27th to 29th day in the eleventh month of the Tibetan Calendar and it is for two days with mask dance and prayers. Usually, the festival falls on winter time which guarantees the presence of natives in large but the number of tourists would be comparatively lesser.


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Visit to the Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame is a proud displayer of Indian Army simultaneously acts as the symbol of those dark days of India’s war against Pakistan. The museum that showcases seized arms and weapons of Pakistan army is located in Ladakh, the paradise of adventure lovers lying in the beautiful Himalayas. Moreover, the museum is considered to be a tribute to the brave soldiers who lost their lives during the war. To make it more appealing, the Indian Army has kept the photos and the things of those soldiers inside the museum. Also, the arranged items related to the history and culture of Ladakh, wildlife and vegetation have importance and amuses the visitors definitely. 

There are things which enhance every Indian’s patriotic feelings as well as they let us appreciate the bravery shown by every Indian soldier during the wars, from the heart. Different quotes, letters written by the soldiers, the tools, aircrafts, weapons, tents and what all the soldiers have used during the period are preserved which give every visitor a minute to think and pay tribute to those brave hearts who lost their lives to help every one of us sleep in peace. Located next to Leh Airfield, the museum is opened on all days. Every day, visitors will be able to watch a detailed documentary on Operation Vijai or Kargil War screened.

Entry fee:  For Indians: INR 10, for Foreigners: INR 50

Timings: 09:00 am to 01:00 pm and 03:00 pm to 07:00 pm

Highlight: Evening parade or march is a major event happening here

Location: 4 kms from the main town, on the way to Magnetic hill via Leh Srinagar Highway.

Tips: Camera and video are allowed inside but at an additional cost.


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Rohtang Pass

Rohtang Pass is quite famous among Ladakh travelers but the unpredictable avalanche and severe climatic conditions make it scary some times. Nonetheless, it had made adventure seekers’ tour of Ladakh mind-blowing. A high mountain pass at an elevation of 3978 meters above the sea level, Rohtang is just 51 km from Manali. It is a part of the proud Pir Panjal Range of the mighty Himalayas.

It acts as the connecting link between Kullu Valley and Lahaul and Spiti Valley. Being an ancient trade route, it was well maintained by the natives. The generic name of the pass suggests that either the pass was the oldest and the most used pass. With the increase of visitors every year, the fragile mountain ecology will be in threat, environmentalists worry.

But the exciting beauty of the mountain terrains seen from the top of the pass is indescribable and flamboyant. The Indian Government started building a tunnel which is 8.5 km long to bypass Rohtang pass in order to reduce the travel time and distance to Keylong, Lahaul and Spiti and Leh.

The tunnel promises to reduce the distance by 50 km and the time by five hours between the south and north faces of Rohtang pass. Currently, the time taken to ascend and descend the pass itself is 5-6 hours.

Height:
 Rohtang Pass is located at an altitude of 3978 meters above the sea level in the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas.

Location:
 The pass is located about 51 kms away from Manali and you can reach the pass if you take Leh- Manali Highway.

Best time to visit: 
The pass will be open from the months of May to October as the snow starts melting and the paths will be cleared.

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Lachulung La

Apart from Khardung La or Baralacha La, Ladakh has numerous other passes at great heights which stand as Ladakh’s pride for centuries now. The glitters of other passes may be diminished by Khardung La mainly but all the other passes are equally important. Lachulung La is a single example.

The elevation of this pass is 5059 meters above sea level which is considered to be a dangerously exciting height for any pass after Khardung La. Lachulung La is on the border of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. Also, it separates the valleys of Tsarap Chu and Tozay. If you take Leh-Manali highway, you will be able to cross this pass that has other names such as Lachalung La, Lungalacha La etc. 

A fact that to be remembered before you head to visit this pass is, it is open only for four and a half months during summer. Any traveler should be prepared not to fall sick during the conquering of Lachulung La because its geographic status, the height, the rugged pathways and the remote villages it goes through may cause dramatic influence on your body. Being one of the most adventurous passes in Ladakh, Lachulung is a favorite stop avid adventure lovers.

Also, the surroundings are quite fictional as the towering Himalayan passes and the nature lying in correspondence to them are creating soothing visuals. Trekkers should be very careful while climbing the altitude up as altitude sickness is assured at the top and keep hydrated to maintain your body conditions with respect to the climate. But the descent is smooth and easy so that you will feel overjoyed till the end.

Height:
5059 meters

Best time to visit:
May to October

How to reach:
Take Leh-Manali highway, from Sarchu 54 KM and from Pang, 24 Km

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Tanglang La

Tanglang La is a high mountain pass, the glorious pride of Ladakh, the favourite tourist spot for bikers and trekkers. 5328 meters above the sea level is the dream like height of this pass which happily poses some threatening adventure to those who try to climb up the top. The road leading to the pass on Leh-Manali highway, from Upshi to Tanglang La is completely paved. A 500 meter long section of the road is the only part which is unpaved. Tanglang La is also beautifully paved to the make the climb easier. 

There are a lot of confusions existing regarding the position of Tanglang La in the list of world’s highest motorable passes and the world believes it to be the second highest which is proven to be wrong. The local sign on the top of the pass shows the altitude of the pass is 17582 feet or 5359 meters. But now, it is said that the sign board gives a wrong impression but the original height of the pass is 5328 meters. The pass is made beautiful by the innumerous Buddhist prayer flags despite the fact the road is tough to conquer and any type of traveler will fall for the scenery at the pass and adventure lovers would love to try their energy level by climbing up to the top. But remember, the oxygen level will be decreased as you cover the altitude and reaches to the half of what you feel at sea level.

Height: 5328 meters of 1248 feet

Best time to visit: May to October

How to reach: The pass is close to Leh-Manali highway and can be reached via 21 Gata loops

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