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  • With the incandescent beauty of the snow capped mountains and the beautiful lakes, Ladakh has been calling travelers from all around the globe. Moon Land for some and Mystery Land for some Ladakh has never ceased for make globetrotters fall in love with this place. Not just the mountains will take your breath away but also the camps in Ladakh, culture, monasteries, and stupas there will just take away all your worries away. Meet the local people and try some of their Ladakhis cuisine which is something different from the usual.

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    There is no doubt that camping is the best option while you are looking for some outdoor activities. Whether you are planning to camp in the wild or just under the sparkling night sky camping will always give you some best experiences. Be it going on a road trip, bike trip or trekking you will obviously head out for camping in this magical land. A lot of you might be surfing the web looking for some camping option in Ladakh.


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    Here are some of the best camps in Ladakh:

  • 01Camp Whispering Camps

    As the name goes this is one of the best camps in Pangong Lake for that perfect camping experience under the clear night sky. Nestled amidst the bank of Pangong Lake in Spangmik, Camp Whispering Camps has been considered as a heaven for the thrill seekers and the adventurers. 

    Offering some of the spectacular view of the mountains of the Changchenmo range to the north you will feel like staying at this place forever. Spend some time staring at the reflection of the mountains as the shimmering water of Pangong Lake slowly changes its colour from bluish to greenish. Camping under the stars with the magical view is the best thing to do in Leh Ladakh tour.

    Amenities: Camp Whispering camp is located at 14,200ft. There are 15 special tents with en-suite facilities of cold running water in each tent, confronting delightful Pangong Lake. Also get a chance to admire the décor of the tent with boutique style stylistic layout.

    Location: The Camp Whispering Camps is located in on the bank of Pangong Lake in Spangmik, Ladakh.

    Price: The approximate price starts from Rs 5720 per adult.

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  • 02Camp Redstart

    When in Ladakh all you want to do is explore the whole place to its core. So while you are here this time make it best one while staying on a comfortable camp. Offering a garden, Camp Redstart is the ideal place for you to start with your Ladakh travel. 

    And the most of all you will have that perfect view of the 180-degree view of the mountains and the beautiful lake. With comfortable beds and clean and warm beds all you have to do is just enjoy. You will also have a very wonderful staff attending to all your demands during your stay.

    Amenities: The camps are very well maintained and equipped with all the state of art facilities for day to day use. There are new luxurious and spacious Deluxe Tents with attached bath. You will also have a free parking lot while you are staying at the camps.

    Location: Camp Redstart is located at Pangong Lake, Spangmik Village, Leh, Jammu and Kashmir 194101

    Price: The approximate price starts from 4500 per adult.

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  • 03Nomadic Life Camp

    Nomadic  Life Camp is arranged in Ladakh eastern Changthang locale around 1500 feet from ocean level. It is close Tsomoriri Lake and beneath Korzok town at an elevation of 5,080 ft in Ladakh and is one of the biggest of the high altitude lakes in Ladakh. This camp is around 240km from Leh. 

    The Nomadic Camp is a standard Camp in the staggering environs of Tsomoriri Lake. The camp shows the fundamental and the state of art facilities for day to day world. The camp offers a scope of pleasantries to its visitors like a restroom, cool running water, and restorative office.

    Amenities: Nomadic Life Camp Tsomoriri presents 20 tents which are partitioned as a single and twofold sharing premise. Each of the tents is all around named with all civilities and additionally flawless and clean and are close to Tsomoriri Lake.

    Location: The Nomadic Life Camp is situated at Tsomoriri in Ladakh.

    Price: The approximate price starts from Rs 2860 per person.

  • 04Nature’s Nest Camp

    If you are looking for something more different than the usual then Nature’s Nest Camp is the perfect camping option for you in Pangong Lake. Nature's nest camp is located in on the bank of Pangong Lake offering some of the best view of the snow capped mountains with the vast shimmering lake. 

    This is another best camps in Ladakh which has been opted by a lot of people around the world. Wake up to a beautiful clear blue morning and enjoy a cup of hot tea while you stare at the distant mountains. And the best part here is the Pangong Lake where you can witness the beauty of the lake as it slowly changes its colour.

    Amenities: There are very beautiful Deluxe Cams which are all designed for modern day use. You will also have attached bathroom to each of your tents which are very well cleaned and hygiene. The dining area hall is also very well maintained and you can taste from different varieties of food.

    Location: Nature’s Nest Camp is located at at about 14,200 feet on the bank of the world’s highest saltwater Lake Pangong.

    Price: The approximate price starts from Rs 5100 per person.
  • 05Pangong Retreat

    You have not properly enjoyed camping in Ladakh until you stay at Pangong retreat in Ladakh. Pangong Retreat is a perfect boutique withdraws set confronting the heavenly Pangong Lake in Spangmik Village. With the staggering all-encompassing perspectives of nature's skilled landscape, this camp is a heaven for the adventurers around the globe. 

    The Retreat offers you an agreeable settlement giving you essential conveniences enabling you to appreciate a really one of a kind involvement with nature - the brilliant grass, the nightfalls, the mountains and the Pangong Lake.

    Amenities: There are 25 liberally dispersed, peaceful and noteworthy agreeable tents here which require an impeccable excursion. The tents effortlessly rest up to three and four with isolated beds. These tents join the solaces of an extravagant remain with the advantages of natural air

    Location: The Pangong Retreat is located at a distance of about 150 kms away from the Leh city facing the Pangong Lake.

    Price: The approximate price starts from Rs 4000 per person.

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  • 06Tsomoriri Camps and Resorts

    While you are camping in Ladakh you would definitely want to spend your vacation on a comfortable camp. Tsomoriri Camp and Resort is situated close Tsomoriri Lake in the Changthang territory at an elevation of 15,080 ft in Ladakh. In this camp, one can find medical facilities and with be well taken care of the people individuals who might be influenced by High height ailment other than emergency treatment.

    Furthermore, staff of resort is proficient in providing you with all these facilities. Camping at this beautiful location with the magical view is a must do activity in Ladakh.

    Amenities: There are  05 Rooms and 15 connected choice tents fulfilled with all fundamental and in addition contemporary pleasantries like cold running water in each tent, confronting delightful Tsomoriri Lake. Every one of the tents are one end to the other jute floor coverings and boutique style décor on the walls.

    Location: The Tsomoriri Camps and Resorts is located near Tsomoriri Lake in the Changthang area.

    Price: The approximate price starts from Rs 4000 per person.

  • 07Camp Martsemik La

    Another best camps in Pangong Lake which is a must try for you in Pangong is Camp Marstemik La. Martsemik Camping Resort is an extravagance rose and Hut camp at Pangong Lake offering unparallel perspectives of the encompassing mountain ranges, a great perspective of Pangong lake or an adventurous bike trip.

    Martsemik Eco Resort gives you an all-encompassing view of the Ladakh which will encounter a perfect serenity while unwinding at Camp Martsemik La.

    Amenities: There are 34 carefully named tents with joined restrooms. The rose settlement is very much named with all the advanced offices with private open joined washrooms and a private verandah that is a perfect place to appreciate the timeout at the center of the day.

    Location: The Camp Martsemik La is located at Pangong Lake Road, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir 194201.

    Price: The approximate price starts at 4,500 per person.

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  • 08Wonderland Camp

    Wonderland Tourist Camp is another best camps in Pangong lake which is a perfect getaway for you. The camp is located in Pangong Lake in the heart of little town spangmik . The camp is unmistakable remains on a lifting range giving best perspective of the Pangong Lake and mountain. 

    The camp is managed by a team of proficient, expert and benevolent individuals, camp gives pleasant environment and are furnished with all the present-day luxuries. With this magical view from the camps, camping at this location has become the best activity one must do if planning for Leh.

    Amenities: Designed in a way where one can sit and appreciate the stunning perspective of the bordering mountain and celebrated Pangong Lake. The camp has every one of the conveniences for a casual remain. The luxuries incorporate room benefit, 24-hour front work area and dining serves delightful sustenance.

    Location: Wonderland Camp is located at Spangmik, Pangong ( 153 Kms from Leh), Leh

    Price: The approximate price starts from Rs 3859 per person.

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  • 09Golden Mark Camps

    If you are looking for some more camping option near Tso Moriri Lake then Golden Mark Camps are another great option for you. Golden Mark camps are situated toward the southeast of Leh in eastern Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, at a street separation of 215 kilometers (134 mi) from Leh in the town Korzok. 

    Korzok is on the Ladakhi segment of the Changthang level in the midst of snow pinnacles that are the wellspring of water to the lake. Get a chance to soak in the beauty of the region while you camp at the Golden Mark Camps. Also, meet the friendly local people and learn about their unique culture.

    Amenities: There are 6 camps with connected lavatory and 16 camps with basic shower. Every one of the camps is pitched close banks of the Tso Moriri. All the camps are equipped with modern day facilities. There are also 24 hours running hot and water services.

    Location: The Golden Mark Camps are located to the southeast of Leh in eastern Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir.

    Price: The approximate price starts from Rs 2700 per person.

  • 10100 Sky Camp

    If you are looking for some luxurious camp stay in Ladakh then 100 sky camp is the perfect option for you. The camp is a perfect waterfront camp with some amazing views of the surroundings.100 Sky  Camp is a perfect paradise situated on Spangmik Leh, Ladakh. 

    Get an opportunity to catch the beauty of extravagance tents which have dependably been an imperative piece of our way of life. Wonder about the sumptuous excellence of nature ,investigate the stunning joy of Spangmik,Pangong Lake and trekking in Ladakh.

    Amenities: All the rooms of the camps are very well built and well maintained. There are attached bathroom and 24 water running water facilities.

    Location: The 100 Sky camp is located at Pangong Lake Rd, Spangmik, Jammu and Kashmir 194201

    Price: The approximate price starts from Rs 4600 per person.
  • 11Camp Watermark

    Camp Water Mark is situated in on the bank of Pangong Lake in Spangmik. Camp Water Mark is arranged at around 14,200 feet on the bank of the world's most astounding saltwater Lake Pangong. 

    The camp offers the fundamental and essential office to its visitors. The Camp offers a scope of offices to its visitors with attached bathroom, cold running water, and medical facility.

    Amenities: The Camp has around 15 exclusive tents. Every one of the tents are all around kept up perfect and clean and are confronting Pangong Lake.

    Location: The Pangong Camp is situated at Spangmik town close Pangong Lake.

    Price: The approximate price starts from Rs 3000 per person.

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  • 12Norling Camp

    For those of you who are still waiting for that perfect camping option in Tso Moriri which falls under your budget then Norling Camp is the perfect option for you. This is another best camps in Tso Moriri which is a must try for you. You will never be disappointed while you visit this camping site. Offering some of the stunning views of the mountains of Leh and the famous Tso Moriri lake this will be your best ever camping experience. 

    The Norling Camp offers perfect accommodation in Karzok Gömpa. The Norling Camp is arranged in Tsomoriri which is a standout amongst the most delightful and charming vacationer goals in northern India. The Norling Camp offers an invigorating mix of comfort and balanced atmosphere that gives an inviting retreat for the guest.

    Amenities: The rooms of the property are all around outfitted, breezy and richly planned remembering prerequisites of current voyager. The mix of warm hues and fine upholstery makes each room welcoming while very much arranged insides and enhancements make visitors remain agreeable. The rooms have perfect and clean washrooms with supply of hot and cold water facilities.

    Location: Norling Camp is located at Karzok, Tsomoriri Lake, Ladakh.

    Price: The approximate price starts from Rs 3500 per person.

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  • 13Highland Camps

    As the name recommends Highland Camps is arranged in the Highland district (Lukung Village) of Ladakh close wonderful Pangong Tso. This is another best camps in Pangong Lake which is a must try for you while you are visiting Ladakh. 

    Marvel at the sight of the amazing beauty of the region while you stay at the highland camps. Offering some of the best sights of the mighty mountain and the soulful Pangong Lake you will end of totally in a different world while you stay at these comfortable tents.

    Amenities: There are total 10 deluxe Swiss Camp which are all very well built with all the state of art facilities for a modern day to day use. With each of the tents there are attached bathroom with 24 hours running service of cold as well as hot water.

    Location: Highlands Camps are located at Pangong Lake Rd, Jammu and Kashmir 194201

    Price: The approximate price starts from Rs 2,800

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  • 14Nomad Camp Pangong

    While you are off to one of the most beautiful place on earth, you would definitely want to stay at the best place. Nomad Camp Pangong is another best camps in Pangong which will definitely make your vacation a special one.

    People around the world visit this place to enjoy its stunning beauty with the mountains and the Pangong Lake. The best thing about this camp is that the beautiful Pangong Lake is just at a walking distance. One can enjoy the changing color of the Pangong Lake which make it all more beautiful.

    Amenities:  All the camps are well built with all the state of art facilities. There is an attached bathroom with each of the room with hot and cold running water. One can also get a private parking lot while you are staying at the camps.

    Location: The Nomad Camp Pangong is located at Pangong Lake Rd, Jammu and Kashmir 194201

    Price: The approximate price starts from Rs 3500 per person.

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  • 15Yak Camp Tsomoriri

    There is yet another camp in Tso Moriri if you are looking for comfortable camping and lot of adventure activities in Ladakh. This is another best camps in Tso Moriri just perfect for you. Yak Camp is arranged on Tsomoriri Lake 240 Kms from Leh in the Korzak village at a height of 4,595 m. The Yak Camp is a standard Camp in the excellent environs of Tsomoriri close Lake. 

    The camp offers the basic and essential office to its visitors. The Yak Camp is situated at Tsomoriri in Ladakh. The camp is equipped with attached washroom, cold running water, and medicinal facilities.

    Amenities: The Camp has around 20 tents partitioned into Single and twofold sharing premise. Every one of the tents is all around kept up flawless and clean and are close to Tsomoriri Lake.

    Location: The Yak Camp Tsomoriri is located on Tsomoriri Lake in the Korzak village.

    Price: The approximate price starts from Rs 3300 per person.

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  • 16Nubra Ethnic Camp

    Nubra Ethnic Camp is one of the most exclusive camps in Nubra Valley. Featuring approximately 20 tents equipped with the best amenities in the region, the camp provides its guests with a fantastic experience of camping in Nubra Valley. Fresh, organic produce, buffest meals, regular electric supply, sophisticated bedding, and a well-trained staff make staying at Nubra Ethnic Camp a memorable experience. 

    The camp managers also provide their guests with an extensive sightseeing itinerary of Nubra valley which includes activities like camel safaris as well as trips to local attractions like Diskit Monastery, Samstanling Monastery, Yarab Tso Lake, and Panamik among others.

    Amenities: 

    Free wifi
    24-hour electricity supply 
    Electric Blankets
    On-call doctors and medical aid facilities

    Location: Nubra Valley, Hunder, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir

    Price: INR 3700 to 6000 per night 

  • 17Chamba Camp Thiksey

    Chamba Camp Thiksey provides you with one of the most luxurious camping experiences in Ladakh. Chic and sophisticated, with modern amenities that make camping in Ladakh seem like staying in a five-star resort, Chamba Camp Thiksey aims to offer its guests the best of all worlds. The majestic landscape of Ladakh serves as a backdrop to the luxurious tents of the camp which are equipped with royal beds, comfortable décor, modern amenities and serviced by 24 hours of electricity. 

    Guests can choose from the Luxury Suite Tents and the Presidential Suite Tents, both of which are equally appealing options. There are plenty of dining options to choose from and the friendly nature of the staff only adds to the joy of the stay. There are many hotels in Leh which you can check out for your comfortable stay.

    Amenities: 

    King size wooden beds
    Modern Heaters
    En-suite bathroom
    Round-the-clock hot and cold water

    Location: Thiksey Naga,

    Price: INR 4000 to 6000 per night

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  • 18Double Humped Camp Hunder

    Featuring 10 deluxe tents fitted with modern amenities, the Double Humped camp in Nubra Valley offers some of the best camping accommodations in Ladakh. Camping in Nubra Valley is a wonderful experience, with its beautiful grasslands, grandiose attractions, fresh winds and majestic mountain scenery. The camp provides its guests with luxurious tents equipped with attached bathrooms and first aid kits. 

    There are several good dining options available in the camp premises, and the management also provides its visitors with entertainment options like traditional folk dances and music in the evening.  Visits to local attractions and enjoying festivals of Ladakh in festival time are also provided by the camp.

    Amenities: 

    Attached bathrooms
    First aid kits
    Multi-cuisine dining

    Location: Mani Junction, Nubra Valley, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir

    Price: INR 3000 to 6000 per night 

  • 19Aryan Valley Camp

    Aryan Valley Camp is one of the most luxurious camps in Ladakh and offers its guests an unequalled experience of Ladakh’s majestic natural beauty. The location of this camp, far from the usual tourist routes, in the midst of Ladakh’s awe-inspiring mountains, is its best feature. 

    The Indus river flows close by and the stillness of the region is undisturbed by tourist activities. The camp features several deluxe tents fitted with modern amenities which serve to make the stay a comfortable one. The 20 spacious tents come with twin or double beds, along with attached bathrooms.

    Amenities: 

    Organic Farming
    Attached Bathroom
    Hot and Cold Water Supply 
    Continental Breakfast
    Modern Heaters

    Location: Beam Lastang Dha Beema Mohalla, Lasthang Tahsil Khaltse

    Price: INR 4500-6000 per night 

  • 20Mystic Meadows Camp

    A wonderful place to go camping in Nubra Valley, the Mystic Meadows tent offers its visitors the choice of 8 swiss cottage tents, 5 Mongolian yurt tents and 4 rooms, all of which are equipped with modern amenities and have bathrooms attached. 

    The location of the camp adds to the beauty of the stay experience- the camp provides its visitors the chance to indulge in a wide variety of activities in Nubra valley including treks, sightseeing, camel safaris, bike trips and more. Cultural shows are also enacted in the evenings for the benefit of the guests.

    Riding through the criss-cross terrain on the magnificent path of Manali to Leh, you can enjoy your quality stay here.

    Amenities: 

    Running hot water
    Organic farming
    On-call doctors
    Multi-cuisine dining

    Location: Nubra Valley, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir

    Price: INR 4000- 6000 per night 

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Camping in Ladakh

Tent stays in Ladakh

Swiss tents 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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