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    Ayurveda is an ancient art of healing that has been in practice in India for more than 5,000 years. It is often considered as the medical side of Yoga and is highly effective in dealing with chronic illnesses, weakening effects of chemotherapy and metabolic problems. Ayurveda in India has grown by many folds over the years and has a number of Ayurvedic rejuvenation centres throughout the country, many of which can be found in leading hotels and resorts. While these Ayurvedic rejuvenation centres offer relaxation through massages and beauty treatments, Ayurvedic hospitals offer treatments to various chronic and severe illnesses.

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    Ayurveda in India uses a pranic system of healing, which aims at correcting the doshas in a body by balancing its life energy. The treatment involves different types of massages depending on the ailment; application of herbal oils and liquids on the body; typical massage techniques such as uzhichil and pizhichil; covering the body with herbs, leaves; and different types of herbal powders.

    The advantage of Ayurveda is that it uses natural elements for treatment purposes and the solutions provided are tailor-made to specifically address an individual’s problem. Like homeopathy, Ayurvedic treatment requires time to take effect. The treatment course usually stretches to at least two weeks before the effects can be seen.

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    Ayurvedic treatments are available in most resorts and hotels throughout the country. However, the main hubs of Ayurveda practice are Kerala, Goa and Karnataka. To derive the maximum benefits from Ayurveda, it is best that you seek treatment during rainy season i.e. between June and September. This period is recommended for the treatment as the due to the monsoons dust settles in and the atmosphere is clean, cool and moist. This opens the pores in the body, making it more receptive to treatments.

    Ayurvedic treatment is not just a remedy for your ailments but also a great way for soul searching. Some of the leading Ayurvedic rejuvenation and treatment centres are situated in the most picturesque places in the country. The tranquillity and serenity of these places will make your introspect and rebuild and rejuvenate your mind and body.

    So if you are looking for a complete package that offers physical, mental and spiritual wellness, head for centres that offer various Ayurveda India tours. Here’s a look at some of the leading pranic healing centres offering Ayurveda in India.

    Ayurveda Tours of India - Top Resorts and Centres 

    The Taj Ayurveda Centre, Calicut

    The Taj Ayurveda Centre Calicut

    The Taj Ayurveda Centre or the Gateway Ayurveda Centre is a part of the Taj Residency in Calicut. Although, there are Ayurvedic rejuvenation centres in most Taj Hotels, the Gateway Ayurveda Centre is unique and different from all others due to the wide range of treatments it offers. It has been rated as the best Ayurvedic centre in the country by The Guardian and has also won the ‘Green Leaf’ Award conferred by the Indian Department of Tourism for following the highest standards of Ayurveda practice.

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    The Gateway Ayurveda Centre offers treatments for varying periods of time and all treatments are supervised by experts from the Ayushman Ayurvedic Trust in Coimbatore, which is one of the most authentic agencies providing the best of Ayurvedic treatment in the country.

    At the Gateway Ayurveda Centre in the Taj Residency of Calicut, all provisions have been made to ensure the comfort and treatment techniques of guests. There are trained doctors, therapists and Yoga sessions for guests to ensure complete rejuvenation and relaxation. The treatment rooms at the Taj Ayurveda Centre have steam chambers for herbal steam therapies. It also provides for the Avagham tub for patients suffering from backaches, spinal problems or pile, Pathy or wooden beds for oil therapy called Abhyanga, a swimming pool, health club and a lounge with a small library.

    The Gateway Ayurveda Centre also offers signature treatments such as the Abhyanga, the Swedana, the Nasya, the Gandoosha, the Danta Dhavana and the Anjana. Abhyanga is a conventional therapy where herbal oils are applied all over the body of an individual to help him relax. This treatment helps in lowering the degree of fatigue in the body, relaxing the muscles and helps the individual get a relaxed sleep. Swedana is a mild fermentation process where the body is dabbed with a cloth dipped in warm water. This treatment too has a very relaxing effect on the mind and body.

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    The Nasya treatment involves taking in of two drops of therapeutic oil before breathing. This removes all nasal clogs and helps in easy breathing, removing snoring etc. The therapy called Gandoosha involves gargling with different kinds of liquids, which vary according to the problem an individual is facing. Danta Dhavana, as the name suggests, is  a treatment for the good health of the teeth and an individual is asked to clean his teeth using a herbal powder. The last treatment is Anjana, in which the eyes are lined with an anti-infection ointment which prevents cataracts and improves eyesight.

    At the Gateway Ayurveda Centre, you can also avail of other conventional Ayurveda treatments such as Karna Poorna, Kizhi, Dhara, Pizhichil and Yoga and Meditation. The centre offers programmes in varying durations to suit the convenience of its guests. There are programmes that stretch from 7 days to 35 days and are effective in treating problems such as rheumatoid arthritis, spondylitis, migraine and even paralysis. It is a great way to start an Ayurveda tour in India experience.

    Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort, Kerala

    Somatheeram is the world’s first Ayurveda resort and offers a number of well packaged ayurveda in India tours. It is situated on a picturesque hillock a few kilometres away from the Kovalam beach. The resort was established in 1985 and since then has been offering world class treatments to those seeking holistic healing.

    The Somatheeram resort is one of the most visited Ayurveda resorts in the world and has emerged as a major tourist destination for those who seek a peaceful vacation and healing for their tired minds and bodies. The beautiful sea that stretches beyond and the serene and tranquil atmosphere offered by the resort makes it one of the most popular resorts for treatment, thereby, making your Ayurveda in India all the more interesting.

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    The Somatheeram resort offers several packages in varying durations. Each package includes accommodation, vegetarian food and Ayurvedic treatments. The packages include rejuvenation and body purification therapies, slimming programmes, stress management programmes, beauty care programmes and Ayurveda anti-ageing programmes.

    The signature treatments offered at the Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort include 14-day treatments through Pizhichil, Njavarakizhi, Dhara, Vasthi, Sirovasthi, Udvarthanam, Abhyangam, Nasyam, Snehapanam, Kizhi, Dhanyamla Dhara, Kativasthi, Sirovasthi, Ksheeradhara and Karna Poornam. These treatments are highly effective in providing relief from conditions such as obesity, diabetic gangrene, osteoarthritis, psoriasis, leukemia, gynaecological disorders and even facial paralysis.

    Ananda, Uttarakhand

    Anand is situated in Uttarakhand. It focuses on the amalgamation of Ayurveda and Aromatherapy for healing and rejuvenating the body, mind and soul. It is situated at a distance of 262 km from Delhi and offers Yoga pavilions, beautiful scenic beauty, an expansive golf course, delicious and healthy food and the most important of all, peace of mind.

    The centre offers more than 79 different types of body and beauty treatments. What makes the treatment at Ananda special is the fact that the centre combines the ancient techniques of Ayurveda with contemporary spa approach to provide holistic healing, relaxation and rejuvenation. It is one of the most popular destination for Ayurveda in India.

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    The centre offers treatments such as Nasyam, Abhyangam, Pizhichil, Choorna Swedana, Kavala, Kati vasti, Takradhara, Mukha Lepa, Tan Lepa, Udwarthanam, Sneha Vasti, Tarpana, Gandoosha etc. It also offers several beauty and body care solutions through Himalayan Honey and Rose Facial, Rose Quartz Glow, Amethyst Rejuvenation, Ananda Royal Facial etc.

    Ananda has an efficient team of Ayurvedic practitioners, Nutritionists and Spa Therapists, who ensure that an individual receives the right solution for your problem. Ananda offers several packages that allow you to pick the right kind of treatment for yourself.

    Devaaya, The Ayurveda and Nature Cure Centre, Goa

    Devaaya The Ayurveda and Nature Cure Centre Goa

    Devaaya is situated on the Diyar Island, about 9 km from the capital city of Panaji. This beautiful Ayurveda centre was established by a leading business house, the Altor Victor Group. Surrounded by breathtaking scenic beauty, Devaaya is a paradise for those seeking relief from the cacophony of the cities.

    The centre offers great Ayurvedic treatments and therapies at its extensive facility. The centre has an efficient team of Ayurvedic doctors who first counsel an individual and then prescribe a treatment. The packages offered by Devaaya include a residential holistic programme, which covers accommodation, Yoga, meditation, healthy food and healthy music for the healing and rejuvenation of the body, mind and soul.

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    The Devaaya offers a Panchkarma package for a duration of 15, 22 and 30 days. The therapies included in the package are Abhyanga, Antar Sneha, Virechan, Navarakizhi etc. The Wellness package covers treatments such as Abhyanga, Padabhyanga, Health Consultation, synchronised abhyanga, karnapuran, shiro dhara, nasya etc.

    Furthermore, the meals offered at the centre are prepared as per the doctor’s advice. Keeping in mind the balance of the vata, pitta and kapha doshas, the meals  are kept vegetarian and include rice, pulses, vegetables, soups etc. Yoga and Meditation are an integral part of the healing process and hence are part of the packages that redefine an Ayurveda India tours experience.

    Kairali Ayurvedic Health Village, Kerala

    Kairali Ayurvedic Health Village Kerala

    The Kairali Ayurvedic Health Village is situated in the Palakkad district of Kerala. Surrounded by the picturesque beauty of the Western Ghats, the Kairali Ayurvedic Health Village offers serenity, tranquility and the goodness of authentic Ayurvedic treatments. The organisation, which had started off as a small entity, has as many as 20 centres abroad and about 25 centres throughout India. The company offers Ayurveda packages and Yoga and pilgrimage packages.

    The Kairali Ayurvedic Health Village focuses on techniques that aid in the complete healing of the mind and body. Besides providing relaxation to the mind and body through Ayurvedic massages and other treatments, it also allows an individual to a little bit of soul searching through the Yoga and Pilgrimage packages. The treatments offered at the Kairali Ayurvedic Health Village in Palakkad include medicinal massages, Panchakarma and recovery through healthy diet and environment.

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    The Panchakarma treatment includes techniques such as Nasyam, Anuvaasam, Nirupam, Virechana and Vamanan. It basically involves five different techniques of purgation to detoxify the body and create a healthy balances of vata, pitta and kapha doshas in the body. The diseases that are treated at the Kairali Ayurvedic Health resort include facial paralysis, slip disc and spondylitis, obesity, bronchial diseases, arthritis, skin disease etc.

    The Leela, Bangalore

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    Another centre for enjoying excellent Ayurvedic treatments is the Ayurveda Spa at the Leela Palace in Bangalore, Karnataka. The Leela is known for its high standards of service and quality. The spa at the Leela Palace in Bangalore is well equipped to facilitate authentic Ayurveda treatments such as massages, uzhichil and pizhichil.

    The Leela offers attractive Ayurveda rejuvenation and detoxification packages at its spa. The basic rejuvenation package offered at The Leela, Bangalore is of 3 days. The treatments offered under this package include one full body traditional massage, a unique combination of the Shirodhara and Abhyanga techniques and Shirodhara treatments. Under the package, you can also enjoy a personalised session of Yoga and meditation.

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    The Essence of Wellness package offered by the Leela is of 5 days. The treatments included in this package are a relaxing head and back massage, three rejuvenating massages, one Shirodhara treatment, feet Abhyanga and a Yoga or meditation session. The De-Stress Package is of 5-days and focuses on helping the body overcome stress through rejuvenating sessions and Ayurvedic treatments. The treatments included in the package are three sessions of Shirodhara, a personalised session of Yoga or meditation and two rejuvenating massages at the spa.

    Charaka, Andhra Pradesh

    Charaka is one of the popular destinations for availing treatments in Ayurveda. Situated in the city of Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh, Charaka offers holistic healing solutions for the mind, body and soul. The Ayurvedic rejuvenation centre was established in the year 2003 and it has grown extensively and made its mark with its unique treatments.

    Charaka offers treatments such as Panchakarma, Rasa Chikitsa, Kaya Kalpa Chikitsa, Vajikarana, Soundarya Vardhini etc. Panchakarma treatments cover all five techniques of purgation namely Vamana, Vasti, Virechana, Rakta mokshana and Nasya. The Vajikarana or Aphrodisiac therapy helps in conditions such as spermatogenesis. The Soundarya Vardhini package includes treatments such as Mukha Soundarya Vardhini, Keshini, Pada Shubhakari, Kara Shubhakari, etc; which offer solutions for beauty problems from head to toe.

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    Other treatments include  Dhara, Pizhichil, Njavarakizhi etc. The Charaka has various specialised treatments for a wide range of diseases such as hair loss or hair fall, slip disc, Parkinson’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, cancer, hepatitis,eczema, infertility etc. Charaka has a very efficient team of physicians and therapists who ensure that every individual gets the best treatment and also uses the best medicinal lotions and oils to enhance the experience. You can definitely include a trip here as a part of the Ayurveda india tours experience.

    Kalari Kovilakam, Kerala

    The Kalari Kovilakam was established in the 19th century and has since been an undisputable leader in terms of providing excellent Ayurvedic treatments. The Kovilakam, although has been renovated, but still retains the old world charm of the 19th century. Visitors aren’t allowed to wear shoes inside the Kovilakam or wear leather items or consume non-vegetarian food.

    At Kalari Kovilakam, an individual is treated to the most authentic techniques of Ayurvedic treatment and the treatment is often combines with Yoga and meditation to ensure complete healing and rejuvenation of the mind and body. All treatments are prescribed by a physician or an Ayurvedic practitioner. At Kalari Kovilakam, even the food served is prepared as per the doctor’s advice. The Kalari Kovilakam offers treatments that are a combination of Yoga and meditation, herbal massages and treatments, purifying baths, a shot at Kalaripayattu, which the traditional martial arts form of Kerala.

    Birla Kerala Vaidyashala

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    The Birla Kerala Vaidyashala is one of the most renowned rejuvenating centres offering various Ayurveda India tours. The Birla Kerala Vaidyashala is a part of the Yash Birla Group. The vaidyashala has as many as 25 therapy centres, Ayurvedic health resorts throughout the country.

    The Birla Kerala Vaidyashala is recognised for its unique and authentic treatment techniques. The Vaidyashala was awarded the title of the ‘Best Ayurvedic Spa’ at the Asia Spa Awards, India for 2011-12. In the year 2010-2011, the Birla Kerala Vaidyashala won the Golden Star Award for the ‘Most Preferred Ayurvedic Spa’.

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    The Vaidyashala offers several wellness treatments, signature therapies, express treatments and beauty treatments. The vaidyashala works in consultation with the best physicians and Ayurvedic doctors in the country to provide the best possible treatment to an individual.

    The Wellness therapies include treatments such as Abhyanga, Shirodhara etc. The Signature therapies of the Birla Kerala Vaidyashala include the Nirvana and the Stress Away therapies. The beauty treatments include Ayurvedic facial and Ayurvedic Herb Mask. The Birla Kerala Vaidyashala also offers several curative therapies and interesting packages.

    The packages come under Day Care Packages and Stay Care Packages. Under the Daycare package, you can avail of the Ayurvedic treatment package for 3 days; the Shringara package for 3 days; the revitalisation therapy for 5, 7, 14 or 21 days; the Aphrodisiac treatment for a time period ranging between 5 to 21 days. Other packages offered by the Birla Kerala Vaidyashala include Ayurvedic Sports Fitness Programme, Panchakarma Therapy; Spine Care programme etc.

    Indus Valley Ayurveda Centre, Mysore

    Indus Valley Ayurveda Centre Mysore

    The Indus Valley Ayurveda Centre is one of the most popular centres offering various Ayurveda tours of India. It was established in September 1999 and since then it has been providing unique and authentic remedies to people suffering from different kinds of ailments.

    The Indus Valley Ayurveda Centre offers a host of Ayurvedic treatments namely Abhyanga, Shirodhara, Njavarakizhi, Chakra Basti, Shiro Basti, Kati Basti, Talam, Kashaya Seka etc. The centre also offers Panchakarma treatment which include the five techniques of purgation namely the Vamana, Virechana, Nasya, Basti and Raktamokshana. These five techniques are used to detoxify the body and create a healthy balance of the vata, pitta and kapha doshas.

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    The Indus Valley Ayurvedic Centre also offers remedies for diseases such as allergies, Alzheimer’s disease, bronchitis, bulimic, arthritis, asthma, chronic fatigue, constipation, infertility, gastritis, obesity, osteoporosis, insomnia, ulcers etc. The centre also offers several beauty and skin care treatments such as Soundarya Vardhini, Mehndi, Keshini,Pada Shubhakari and Kara Shubhakari.

    The Soundarya Vardhini, as the name suggests, is used to enhance the beauty of the skin, its complexion and condition. Two therapists will use their best herbal secrets and turn your skin from drab to fab in just 60 minutes. With the Mehndi treatment, the hands and feet of an individual are adorned and also this treatment aids in controlling pitta doshas. The padashubakhari and kara shubhakari, make the hands and feet beautiful by improving the skin condition and complexion. The Keshini is a special treatment used to enhance the beauty and health of your hair.



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 favorite 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 the 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


Havelock Island

Being one of the topnotch attractions in Andaman is the sublime Havelock Island brimming with silky beaches and exuberant greenery. A lot of tourist locations, resorts, hotels, attractions and much more are creating the perfect background to Havelock Island to host as many tourists as possible. This is the largest of all the islands in Andaman and comprises of a lot of small islands. The administration in Havelock promotes eco-tourism on a large scale.

The lighthouse established in 2005 at the northern part of the island gives additional recognition for the island. The accommodation options on Havelock will let you be surprised. Ranging from high-end, luxurious resorts to camps with basic amenities, the stay arrangements done by the administrative people here are unbelievable.

Highlights: The long stretches of different types of beaches are the main highlight to be pointed out. Declared the best beaches in the world, almost all of them are blissfully located on Havelock Island, connected to closely to the main boat jetty on the island.  

Elephant Beach, Radhanagar Beach, Vijaynagar Beach, Kalapathar Beach which are known in numbers also are proclaimed to have the highest number of tourists every year as there are many beautiful hotels in Andaman, to provide the ultimate relaxation in holidays. The green fringed shorelines, the clear sea water, the colourful marine animals, the long coral reefs, the wild fauna and flora bring forth the astounding picture of Havelock incomparably beautiful.

Activities: Snorkeling and diving are the favourite activities done on the islands though other major water based activities like boating and kayaking are frequently done.

Distance from Port Blair: Havelock Island is lying 42 kms northeast of the capital city, Port Blair. There are regular boat services by the Directorate of Shipping Services which connect Phoenix Bay jetty in Port Blair to Havelock daily.



Chidiya Tapu

As the name suggests, Chidiya Tapu is the perfect haven for unseen migratory birds and common native birds found in the Andaman Islands. Recognized as the most enchanting beach in Andaman and tourists arrive here on a large scale as the beach extends the best ever sights for them including the eye catching sunrise and sunset views. This is a silent yet crowded beach encircled by evergreen forests on one side and the short hills on the other side. 

As it is considered to be the presenter of the most finishing touch of sunset and sunrise views, it is the main hub in Andaman Islands. The beach is filled with 46 varieties of endangered species of birds, and white spotted deer. There are a lot of seasonal orchids and other varieties of plants.

Highlights: The major attractions of Chidiya Tapu are the Chidiya Tapu Biological Park, the Sylvan Sands, the Munda Pahar Beaches etc. You will be able to stay at a forest guesthouse located nearby atop a hillock and from there, the panoramic view of Chidiya Tapu in detail.

Activities: Apart from sunset and sunrise views, plenty of people come for an Andaman and Nicobar trip to see this beach, to identify the rare species appear in multiple colours and size. Even though many of the birds are commonly found on the beach, you would find it as a unique and unnatural scene to find the colourful gathering of them. Boating is an attractive activity done here as well as snorkeling and swimming are also a part of the adventure activities usually experienced by those who visit here.

Distance from Port Blair: It is located about 25 kms from Port Blair.


Neil Island

A tiny island located to the south of Andaman is Neil Island, brimming with less explore marine diversity, coral reefs, long beaches and bewitching greenery. Being one of the tourist destinations in Andaman, Neil is so happy to become the host with revealing all what it has. A romantically silent island unlike the hustle of Havelock Island, Neil Island is termed as the vegetable bowl of Andaman. A perfect place to simply relax and chill is the beaches here and the deserted shores are favourite to those who love to relax in utmost peace.

In two hours, one can explore the island by walking around. It got the name Neil after the British Brigadier General James Neill who stubbornly dealt with the rebels during the 1857 Mutiny. The rich cultivation of paddy is found in Neil Island that belongs to the Ritchies’ Arhcipelago between Havelock Island and Rose Island. One should add this Island to their itinerary if they planning a trip to Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Highlights: One of the major highlights of Neil Island is Neil Kendra, a beautiful curving bay full of white sand and holding the major jetty of the island made attracting by disarraying numerous colourful wooden fishing boats. Known to be the heart of the island, Neil Kendra has Bharatpur Beach on its left and Laxmanpur Beach on the right. The richest collection of marine lives and coral reefs have given Neil Island the peculiarity of being one of the most thrilling scuba diving sites on the island. In addition to diving, Neil Island is home to those who love snorkeling, swimming, birding, cycling etc.

Activities: Glass bottom ride and snorkelling are the major activities available on Neil Island though there are enough opportunities to do diving and other prime adventure activities.

Distance from Port Blair: The island belongs to the South Andaman district is located about 36 km northeast from Port Blair.


Radhanagar Beach

Radhanagar Beach in Andaman has ranked 8th among the top ten beautiful beaches in the world based on travellers reviews and rating available on multiple sources and Radhanagar Beach deserves it for many reasons. One of the most ravishing beauty in Andaman with a lot of tourists visiting it every year, Radhanagar Beach is the gem of Havelock Island. 500 meters away from the beach, one can see only the expansive blue water and the lush green tropical forests but when you reach the beach, the sights are apparently awe-inspiring.

 Radhanagar is commonly called as Beach No.7 and this is one of the closest beach located near to Havelock Island ferry tier. The silky beach is kids friendly as well so that families are found in plenty on the beach to spend their vacation or a short holiday. There is nothing to be worried as the coast guards are roaming around always and the number of people here will be a pleasant sight to see. Andaman honeymoon packages itinerary always includes Havelock Island.

Activities: Snorkeling, swimming, scuba diving, boating, parasailing etc are some of the most commonly seen activities on the beach and among them Scuba Diving is the best as it offers the clear interaction with the wide range of marine animals and coral reefs around living in harmony. 

The turquoise water gives a rejuvenating experience while you swim across or do snorkelling and since the number of tourists are relatively higher, the Government opens more opportunities for them to spend an ample time on the beach. As it is a superb place adventure lovers also would covet, the fame it has achieved international importance in no time. You must book a Andaman tour including snorkelling, to make your holiday much more special.

Distance from Port Blair: From Port Blair it will take more than three hours to reach Radhanagar Beach as it is located about 72 kms away from the capital city.


Baratang Island

One of the aboriginal tribes of Andaman lives in Baratang Island, a highly blessed region with years-old wilderness. Earlier, the tribes did not let outside people to enter their community but presently, Baratang Island is a vibrant tourist destination as people love to spend time amidst the huge forests, limestone caves, mangrove ranges and the mud volcanoes.

Baratang is a part of the Great Andaman Chain with an area of 243 sq.kilometers and that marks it as the main island of the group. Middle Andaman is lying to the north and South Andaman in the south of Baratang Island. And it belongs to Rangat Taluk. 

Highlights: The active mud volcanoes are the highlights of Baratang Island along with the abundant mangrove forests and evergreen rainforests and the limestone caves located beyond the forests. So adventure lovers find Baratang as a wise choice to indulge in mind blowing trekking and nature walk. Among the multiple number of mud volcanoes, jalki, as the locals call it, is the famous one.

Activity: Nature walk through the wild forests and the extensive mangrove forests is one of the prime activities done on Baratang Island. Boating, trekking, hiking etc are some of the other, identified activities available on the island. For a comforting stay after a day full of activities, you must check the resorts in Andaman.

Distance from Port Blair: The island is located about 150 kms north of Port Blair and one can reach the island by ferry services only.


Elephant Beach

Settled on the sands of Havelock Island, Elephant Beach is a reveling beauty well presented by the long coral reefs and the shining shoreline. A peaceful beach with pure serenity and silent ambience will offer the visitors a soothing melody and that would be the perfect time to relax, to walk around with your love or just to do sunbathing. 

Among the different beach on Havelock Island, Elephant Beach has a special significance because of its friendly atmosphere and not so crowded shoreline. In addition to the adventurous activities such as snorkeling and scuba diving, tourists find time to do boating and similar activities on the beach. 

The clear water, the calm waves, the cool breeze and the magnificent sights on the shore have their own impacts on the number of people visiting the beach. You must check other islands of Andaman consisting of great beaches and make your tour marvellous by visiting them.

Highlights: The long array of private boats, fishing boats and buoys extend a riveting beauty to the beach. Moreover, it is a kid friendly beach as well so that families are found here aplenty. The huge shoreline is the key factor behind the countless visitors appear on the beach every day. 

During monsoon also, tourists would love to come to Elephant Beach. People have reported that at times, the wild elephants from the nearby forests come to the beach and stroll along the white sandy bed.

Activities: An ideal place for snorkeling and scuba diving is Elephant Beach though boating and other fun, water based activities are also done by the visitors often. Tourists have experienced the best sea walking as well on Elephant Beach.

Distance from Port Blair: Elephant Beach is located on the famous Havelock Island. It is lying about 69 kms away from the capital city of Andaman, Port Blair. One can reach the beach via boat from Havelock jetty after reaching there from Port Blair by road or by boat.



A marvelous town in the north part of Andaman Islands is Diglipur, an amicable tiny town with a lot of good people around. For eco- friendly tourists, this town is an inevitable choice. Though the marine life is the prominent feature of this town but the cultivation of orange and rice has enormous importance in the economy of Diglipur.

Highlights: Lamiya Bay Beach is a highlight of the town, it is located a few kilometers away from Kalipur Beach. The beach is lying in the foothills of Saddle peak, the highest one in Andaman. Around 20 kms from Diglipur is the green Shyamnagar covered by thick jungles and why Shyamnagar is a priority for tourists is because of the presence of mud volcanoes here. Kalipur Beach and Ramangar Beach are the other famous beaches at Diglipur and they are famous for turtle nesting. Moreover, visitors are quite eager to visit Alfred Caves as well where a huge collections of limestone structures are found.

Activities: Since there are plenty of beaches, caves, greenery etc, Diglipur offers the visitors a huge number of activities ranging from refreshing trekking through the jungles to the water based activities like island hopping, snorkeling, boating, fishing etc. Near to Diglipur there are famous spots to do multiple activities.

Distance from Port Blair: Lying 290 kms away from Port Blair, the small town of Diglipur that can be connected by boat from both Port Blair and Mayabunder. The boat services from Port Blair are available twice a week. But one can reach the town by road via ATR from Port Blair.


Vijaynagar Beach

Known as Beach No.5 is Vijaynagar Beach in the north east part of Havelock Island. Very remote from the crowded locations on Havelock Island, Vijaynagar Beach is close to heart for those who love to spend time in utmost calmness. The regular touch of the sapphire blue water on the pearl like sandy beach makes no noise and it is one of the reasons why tourists chosen it as the perfect space for romantic couples and families. Don't forget to check the resorts for couples in Andaman.

The beauty of the beach has been praised so much by those who visited it. It is always better to come here freely, just to roam around, or to float on the shallow water, or to read under the large shade given by the huge trees on the shore or to do sunbathing. The collection of Mahua trees and palms is the significant ornament making the beach a splendid place to sit back and relax as much as time one wants to. This is one of the magnificent attractions in Andaman.

Highlights: A photographer's paradise is Vijaynagar Beach; especially the sunrise views from the beach is incomparably magnificent. When the sun’s fresh rays spread all over the wide sea, the entire atmosphere starts blushing in all possible colours and there is no better sight from the beach would satiate a photographic mind. The native birds appear during the fresh mornings add effective colours to the sunrise pictures.

Activity: The beach is recognized for relaxed swimming and sunbathing. Adventure activities are not yet a fashion on this inevitable part of Havelock Island.

Distance from Port Blair: Vijaynagar Beach is located at a distance of about 38 kms from Port Blair but from Havelock jetty the beach is lying 9 kms away only.


Chadar Trek

For some years, adventure seekers all around the world have been talking about Chadar Trek in the Zanskar Region. Until this year, hundreds of people have experienced the thrill hidden and the mind blowing sights around Chadar frozen river. In fact, Chadar Trek is the most sought after and one of the breathtaking treks in the Himalayas. The winter trek is so special for those who are ready to have adventure at the maximum level. 

The river trek starts from Chilling where the river begins to freeze and mostly, travelers choose February as the best time to cross the frozen river as the ice sheets will be comparatively stable. The precarious snow-flakes would pose severe threats during the trek but in some other time, the challenges would be kind to the trekker. The surrounding of the river are completely vertical cliffs tall up to 600 meters. The Zanskar River is a tributary of the Indus and is 5 meters long. 

A trekker would have to cover 16 kms per day to complete the Chadar Trek. Usually, people opt for 10-15 days of trek depending on the climatic conditions persisting here. The temperature at Chadar will come to the lowest at -35 degree Celsius during winter and thus Chadar Trek becomes more intimidating. Approximate trekking distance one would have to cover in total is 75 kms.

Maximum altitude: 11123 feet is the height at which Chadar Trek would lead you to.

Location: To take part in Chadar Trek, one should arrive in Leh and from Leh, the journey starts and goes to Chilling, the beginning of the Zanskar River in the frozen state. From Leh it would take about 65-70 kms to reach Tilad via Chilling, the base camp of the trek.

Best time to visit: January end to February is the best time suitable for trekking in the frozen river of Chadar. Quality and safe trekking gears and highly warm clothes are required.


Hemis Monastery

The biggest monastery in the North India is Hemis Monastery, one of the must visit attractions in Ladakh region. Set on the foothills of Indus, Hemis Monastery has 200 branches and over 1000 monks are staying there. It belongs to the red sect Brokpa of Buddhist order. Here the young Lamas are trained for the royal monasteries at Leh, Shey and Basgo.


Hemis Gompa came into existence 17th century and it was built by Chapgon Gyalshas and from then on the gompa was getting the royal patronage of Ladakh till now. But there is a saying that the monastery was founded by the first incarnation of Stangsang Raspa Nawang Gyatso. After the missing of the head Lama in 1956, a young 12 year old boy from Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh has been recognized as the head Lama of the gompa.

Structure of the monastery

The biggest monastery in the region has a surprising architecture and the building is quite appreciable. There are a lot of big statues and stupas decorated with stones and also the splendid collection of thankas. The collection of thankas is believed to be the largest and it would be shown to the public once in 11 years.

Location: Hemis Village is located 43 km south of Leh town and it is very easy to reach the monastery by bus or jeep.

Timing: 08:00 am to 01:00 pm and 02:00 pm to 06:00 pm

Entry fee: INR 100

Highlight: Hemis Festival is the prime attraction at the monastery which celebrates the birth anniversary of Guru Rinpoche. The tenth day of the Tibetan lunar month every 12th year is the date of festival.

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