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  • 01Ladakh Bike Trip : Manali-leh -srinagar

    Ladakh Bike Trip : Manali-leh -srinagar
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    Fixed Departure Dates - Multiple dates open to Join a Group departure in June, July, August and September and can be customized on request for separate group also.

    Note: This tour can be done in the opposite route also that is from Srinagar to Leh to Manali.

    About the Destination:

    Ladakh, the jewel in the crown of Jammu and Kashmir, is blessed with the fascinating Himalayan Range. Embraced with the captivating beauty of the scenic meadows, rivers, cold deserts and enchanting trails, the region boasts of being an adventure hub in the country.

    Be it for the trekkers, bikers, skiers or any other adventure sports, Ladakh is a one hotspot for all! In addition, the option to explore the stunning beauty and appeal of the region through Ladakh bike trip always add an extra amount of fun and excitement to a tour to this ‘Land of High Passes’.

    About the Departure with Details:

    This bike trip to Leh-Ladakh from Delhi will take you to Ladakh, Srinagar and Manali. Over the course of your bike trip to Ladakh, you will be introduced to various challenges, extremely uneven routes, narrow passes and much more! This apart, you can also expect to make stops and ride through fascinating landmarks like Khardung-La, the highest pass in the world, Tanglang La (17,600ft), Lachulung La (16,680ft), BaralachaLa (16500ft), the beautiful Zojila Pass as well as Pangong Lake.

    There are four different variants available with this package as given below:
    Variant 1: From Delhi - self bike and without fuel: for 2 persons sharing one bike- Rs. 31999/- per person
    Variant 2: From Delhi - self bike and without fuel: for single rider in one bike- Rs. 34999/- per person
    Variant 3: From Delhi - with bike rental and with fuel: for two persons sharing one bike- Rs. 43999/- per person
    Variant 4: From Delhi - with bike rental and with fuel: for single rider in one bike- Rs. 58999/- per person

    Sketch itinerary of Manali Leh Srinagar Bike Trip:

    Day 01: Delhi-Manali-over night in a Volvo bus.
    Day 02: Arrive Manali-local ride
    Day 03: Manali-Jispa (145 kms/7 hrs)
    Day 04: Jispa- Baralacha Pass- Sarchu (90 kms/6 hrs)
    Day 05: Sarchu/ Leh (253 kms/ 8 hrs)
    Day 06: Leh/ Khardong La/ Nubra (130 kms/ 6 hrs). By car or motorbike as per rider’s requirement.
    Day 07: Nubra/ Pangong Lake via Shyok valley (150 kms/ 5 hrs).
    Day 08: Pangong/ Leh enroute visit Thiksey Monastery (150 kms)
    Day 09: In Leh- day free or walk around Leh market for Shopping
    Day 10: Leh/ Lamayuru/ KargiL (245 kms/ 8 hrs)
    Day 11: Kargil/Zozila pass/ Srinagar (204 kms/ 6 hrs)
    Day 12: Drop at Srinagar airport. End

  • 02Bike Trip - Manali - Leh - Srinagar

    Bike Trip - Manali - Leh - Srinagar
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    About the Destination:

    Ladakh, a scenic as well as a blissful destination that poses various challenges for adventure enthusiasts, is one of the most sought after adventure destinations in the world. Be it trekking, sightseeing, leisure tours or a biking expedition, this scenic highland never ceases to amaze its visitors. While the stunning beauty of Ladakh disconnects you from the rest of the world, its fascinating challenges urges the adrenaline junkies to indulge in several thrilling activities and quench all their yearnings.

    About the Departure:

    Taking you to the heart of Ladakh, the Leh Ladakh Bike Trip from Manali will get you introduced with the enthralling corners of this snowy paradise. While for others, this tour might or might not sound engrossing, an ardent biker will instantly fall in love with it!

    Over the course of riding, you will be covering around 2,400km and riding through some of the most enticing passes in the world. Khardung La Pass is just one of them! Other captivating destinations to be covered in this expedition comprises of Pangong Lake, Nubbra Valley and several others.

  • 03Manali to Leh Bike Trip from Delhi 2017

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    Departure Dates - Multiple dates open to Join a Group departure in June, July, August and September and can be customized on request for separate group also.

    About the Destination:

    Bestowed with natural formations and heaven like ambience the regions of Ladakh and Leh are beautified with immense natural diversities. On the other hand, Kashmir is a land that is interminably beautiful and has inspired many love affairs and art pieces!

    Decorating the crown of the subcontinent of India, the landscapes of this area are richly embellished with sights of every kind imaginable.

    The Northern frontier of India has always been home to a rich and prosperous culture. Navigate the toughest passes on a trip of Manali to Leh on bike, the empty stretches of highways and  rock strewn pathways in the mountains all of which reward you with gorgeous vistas that make the ride worthwhile!

    About the Departure:
    Experience your version of The Motorcycle Diaries as you partake in this mesmerizing Leh ladakh bike trip of a lifetime through Ladakh and the striking paradise of Jammu and Kashmir. Experience the supernatural allures of the mountains of the North over two weeks!

    Beginning from Delhi, take home the rewards of an opportunity that allows you to discover yourself in a world that beholds such astonishing visions. Relish the strenuous yet picturesque journey along the winding foothills and curves that will make the adrenaline pump through your veins on your Manali to Leh bike trip!

    There are four different variants available and they are as follow:

    For two persons sharing one bike (without fuel and self bike): Rs. 22499 per person

    For single rider in one bike (without fuel and self bike): Rs. 24499 per person

    For two persons sharing one bike (with fuel and bike rental): Rs. 35999 per person

    For single rider in one bike (with fuel and bike rental): Rs. 45999 per person

    Note: There are two options available as 1) Start the trip from Manali and conclude it in Leh and catch your flights or 2) Start the trip from Manali to Leh and then return to Manali to conclude the trip.

  • 04Manali to Leh on Bike 2017

    Manali to Leh on Bike 2017
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    About the Destination:

    Dotted with towering peaks, spiritual monasteries, flowery meadows and gurgling rivers, Leh-Ladakh is truly a tourist’s paradise. On the other hand, Manali in Himachal Pradesh, with its gorgeousness and charisma is also second to none!

    While both these destinations are situated distance away from each other, their natural appeal and splendour binds them together. Be it for an occasional holiday, honeymoon tours, bike expedition or any other adventure tours, both Manali and Leh, both makes for an ideal destination.

    About the Activity:

    Originating from the appealing locales of Manali, this trip from manali to leh on bike takes the bikers to the enthralling surroundings of Leh. In addition to the charming meadows, colourful valleys and challenging trails, this Manali to Leh bike trip also takes the bikers through some of the narrowest as well as highest motorable passes in the world. Within the 11 days of this adventurous expedition of Leh Ladakh bike trip, the bikers are sure to kick-start a memorable journey of their lives! 

    NOTE: This package is available in two variants namely, Budget and Luxury

  • 05Ladakh Motorcycle Tour From Manali To Srinagar

    Ladakh Motorcycle Tour From Manali To Srinagar
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    About the Destination:

    Ladakh or the ‘Land of High Passes’ is blessed by the chanting of the monks and is rich in bounties of nature. The roads of this enchanting paradise have cast a spell on anyone who has traversed them and has beckoned to the wanderlust of many others! Before your very eyes you can see the colours of the landscape change from refreshing green, to arid carpets of brown, from deep azure blues of the lake  to the blinding silver light reflected from the snow. Stand in pride watching this richly embellished crown of the Indian subcontinent, glimmer and gleam in all its splendor!

    About the Departure with Details:         

    It is often said that the best way to explore Ladakh is on two wheels. Experience the truth of this claim come alive in all its glory. As you traverse the beautiful roads from Manali to Leh on bike, feel the engine of your 500cc monster purr in agreement and happiness! On this Ladakh motorcycle tour that takes you through the beautiful lands of Manali right up to Srinagar, the land that is often believed to be the manifestation of heaven on earth. 

    While on the bike tour from Manali to Leh, you will battle the highest passes, navigate the winding roads and pass like knife through butter over the silken highways between Srinagar – Leh. Experience divine beauty of Ladakh and simply let go and be one with its sights, smells and sounds! Ready? Set, Go!

    Duration: 12N/13D

    Highest Altitude: Khardung La Pass (18,380ft)

    Temperature Range: 3 to 35 Degrees

    Distance Ridden Each Day: 150km

    Difficulty Level: Moderate to Challenging

  • 06Ladakh Tour on Bike 2017

    Ladakh Tour on Bike 2017
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    About the Destination:

    Decked up in the varied bounties of nature and climate, Ladakh is a land that is deservedly in every travellers bucket list. What makes this northern region of India, a hotspot for travellers, tourists and thrill seekers is that it has some or the other beautiful sight for every sore eye.

    Home to some of the highest motorable passes in the world, Ladakh presents the perfect haven for bikers to test their riding skills. Where at one hand there is the highest motorable pass in the world, Khardung La, there are also the thrilling 21 hairpin bends of Gata loops. Passing through vast plains, snowy mountains, gushing streams and mysterious valleys alike, biking in Ladakh is an adventure that you are unlikely to ever forget!

    About the Activity:

    Commencing at Chandigarh, this Ladakh bike tour will see you ride the most coveted biked of all- Royal Enfield, through the most sought after landscapes of Ladakh. Passing through the touristy town of Manali, you will be crossing the vibrant villages of Tandi before reaching the vast plains f Sarchu and Moore. Conquering the highest motorable pass of Khardung La thereafter, you will be descending into the gorgeous Nubra Valley, also known as the ‘Valley of Flowers’. All through the route you get to experience the bounty of blessings from various monasteries that dot the towns and villages. Looking at the awe and splendour of the Pangong Tso Lake you will be mesmerized by its rich blue hues!

    Embark on this biking trail through Ladakh and be enchanted by its contrasts and diversities!

    Highest Altitude: Khardung La (5,602m)

    Temperature Range: 20 to 30 Degrees

    Total Riding Distance: 1,330km

  • 07Ladakh Bike Tour

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    About the Destination:

    Ladakh has its own reasons to be called as the ‘Land of High Passes’! Home to 3 of the highest motorable passes in the world, it is a dream destination for biking and cycling enthusiasts. Beautified by its stark contrasts, this destination has something for every traveller! Be it the beautiful Valley of Flowers, the surreal Pangong Tso Lake, the treacherous 21 loops of Gata, the snow adorned peaks of Himalayas and Karakoram – it is a paradise descended on earth!

    Adjacent to this glorious land is another heavenly destination, Kashmir. When entranced by so much beauty, even words fail to describe the experience of riding through these flowery, vivid and vibrant valleys. The best way to enjoy these roads? Slow down and be one with your bike and its rhythms.


    About the Activity:

    Gear up at Chandigarh and embark on this Ladakh tour on bike of a lifetime that will take you through some of the most beautiful landscapes, untouched by whims of mankind. Rev up the 350cc Royal Enfield engines and manoeuvre the winding roads that connect the northern frontier of India.

    Going through the bustling townscape of Manali, the Ladakh by bike tour takes the riders through some of the highest motorable passes in the world. On the way, it also get the bikers to taste the enthralment of cruising the fascinating Gata Loops and the unpredictable curves of the greater Himalayas.

    Highest Altitude: Khardung La (5,602m)

    Temperature Range: 3 to 35 Degrees

    Total Riding Distance: 2,010km

  • 08Leh Ladakh Bike Tour

    Leh Ladakh Bike Tour
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    About the Destination:

    The Himalayas and the Karakoram ranges cradle in their midst a gem of a destination, called Ladakh- ‘The Land of High Passes’. Nowhere else would you find a region so rich with diversity! The landscapes here are always bedecked in all of nature’s finery. Somewhere they are dressed in the greens of the meadows, somewhere they take up the azure blues of the Pangong Tso Lake, some where they are embellished in sliver of the mountains and yest somewhere else they take up the arid, brown colour of the desert!

    The only way to truly know the beauty of Ladakh and its capital city, Leh is to ride through its rich and varied landscapes. Embark on this once in a lifetime chance, drop everything and just hit GO!


  • 09Luxury Bike Tour To Ladakh (Delhi To Leh To Manali)

    Luxury Bike Tour To Ladakh (Delhi To Leh To Manali)
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    About the Destinations:

    Putting up an unparalleled majestic natural beauty, Ladakh is a land that allows you to craft your very own Himalayan odyssey. Best described as a “Land of high Passes” this Himalayan region is replete with rolling hillsides – some green, some snow-capped, and some so rugged that it can be mind-boggling.

    On this bike tour to Leh Ladakh, you’re destined for one of the most humbling experiences. Whether you ride along the majestic River Indus or croon your way with the Pangong Tso Lake beside you, there’s never a dull moment. The ride will be a test of patience, skill, and determination, which at the end assures you of a pit stop with an encounter with nomadic tribes who’ve made this setting their home.

    Go exploring around the city of Leh with its countless gompas, Tibetan market, and local eateries dishing out delicious fares to complete your Ladakhi sojourn. 

    Duration of the Tour: 13N/14D

    Meal Types: Veg

    Activities: Biking, Camping

    Distance Covered Daily: 150kms [Average]

    Highest Altitude: 18,000ft

    Temperature Range: 3 to 35 Degrees [summer] and -20 to -35 Degrees [winter]

    Difficulty Level: Moderate to Challenging 

  • 10Explore Ladakh On Bike

    Explore Ladakh On Bike
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    Fixed departure dates: Multiple dates open to Join a Group departure in June, July, August and September and can be customized on request for separate group also.

    About the Destination:

    The names Leh and Ladakh often bring forth to imagination a land that is still untouched by the hand of commercialisation and urban culture. Nestled within the protective covers of the Himalayas and adorned with magnificent landscapes, Leh-Ladakh is a belt that must be explored!

    Leh is a comprehensive town jotted with a number of religious and aesthetic attractions. Nature has been kind to the Nubra Valley and the Pangong Lake. The former seems like a carpet of exotic flowers while the latter is a sight to behold in all its glory. The Khardungla Pass and Chang La Pass offer panoramic views of such beauty and mystique that they have thus far, only been imagined!

    About the Departure with Details:

    There can be no better way to explore the exotic lands of Ladakh on bike! Riding along the exotic routes with diverse landscapes, always make for a dream journey that is unmatchable and unique it its own ways. Enjoy the thrill of riding at otherwise unimaginable heights. Imagine looking down and staring into a deep gorge on one side and being flanked by massive mountain ranges on the other!

    Be amazed with natural blessings like the Lamayuru or Moonland, Pangong Lake and the Khardung La Pass; the pristine waters, blue skies and calm ambience will rejuvenate your mind and soul. Learn of the region’s history and religion with visits to prominent monasteries and temples. Interact with the locals to acquaint yourself with the local lifestyle and culture. Engage in a thrilling rafting as well during the bike trip.

    Two people sharing a bike: INR 22000 per person
    Single Rider: INR 29000

    Duration: 6N/7D

    Maximum Altitude: 9,800-17,582ft


  • 11Ladakh Motorbike Tour (Srinagar to Manali)

    Ladakh Motorbike Tour (Srinagar to Manali)
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    About the Destination:

    Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, nestled in the mid of Kashmir Valley is surrounded by wonderful lakes like Dal, Nagin and Anchar, whose sparkling waters reflecting the rays of the sun is a sight to behold. Its dynamic houseboats sailing on the scenic Dal Lake, Lake side views, magnificent sunsets, snow clad mountains, sprawling green Mughal Garden and authentic Kashmiri cuisine with some exciting activities like skiing, trekking, white water rafting, paragliding, camping and Kayaking are just some of the reasons that makes Srinagar a dream destination for the visitors all year round!

    On the other hand a picturesque hill station surrounded by snowy mountains and dense pinewoods with the rambling Beas River, “Manali” in Himachal Pradesh is famous for its astonishing beauty and the famous Ladakh bike trip. Besides the splendour of its natural vista, a lot of other interesting activities are in store in Manali like mountaineering, and skiing which offer an awe inspiring experience.

    Activities: Biking, Sightseeing, Camping

    Highest Altitude: 18,360 feet

    Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

  • 12Biking Tour from Leh to Manali

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    About the Destination:

    Panoramas of astonishing mountain tops, wonderful glacier slopes and alluring sense of calm and peace make “Manali” an ideal destination for a holiday among the hills of Himachal Pradesh. Its amazing sites like Rohtang pass, Solang valley and abundant landscapes host number of adventure activities like biking, mountaineering; trekking and skiing that enchants visitors senses.

    On the other hand one of the most tranquil regions on the banks of river Indus, “Leh” is beautiful and mysterious. From soaring palaces on rocky Himalayan peaks to beautiful monasteries along with exhilarating activities like trekking, sightseeing, leisure tours or a biking expedition, this scenic highland always offer an extra amount of fun and excitement to all its visitors. Embark on this once in a lifetime chance, drop everything and just explore Leh!

    Activities: Biking

    Duration: 8N/9D

    Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate


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 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.

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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 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 entre 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

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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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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.

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Markha Valley Trek

Adventure lovers always had an affection to Markha Valley and still it fulfills the dreams of a trekker or adventure seeker with the unrivalled collection of natural spectacle. Long day trekking tours are offered by a lot of tour providers all over India which promise a journey through the most scenic locations and villages. The awesomely exciting feature of this trek is that it will let the trekker cross two high altitude passes in Ladakh; Gandala La at 4980 meters and Kongmaru La at 5276 meters.

 Being one of the diverse treks in Ladakh region, Markha Valley trek offers a lot of adventurous moments throughout. The barren land of Ladakh and the Buddhist temples found throughout the journey make the trek special. The route winds past the Ladakhi villages and it goes to Hemis National Park where the chances to spot some rare wildlife species are comparably high. The nomadic groups of people will be a unique picture to keep in heart. The symbols of Buddhism like ‘chortens’, stupas, multi colored prayer flags and numerous monasteries narrate the story of Buddhist culture embraced Markha centuries ago. Another interesting fact heard about Markha Valley trek is that it is also called ‘tea house trek’ due to the accommodation provided in parachute tents in most of the villages during the tour.

Maximum altitude: 15000 feet is the maximum altitude the trek will cover.

Location: In most of the cases, the trek starts from Leh. The trail usually goes through Chilling, Skyu and then to Markha. From Markha it would take the trekker to reach Hankar and Nimaling and finally return to Leh. The ideal trekking distance is 75 kms and it would be graded as difficult.

Best time to visit: The months of June, July, August, September and October are recommended as the best time to do Markha Valley trek.

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Stok Kongri Trek

Stok Kangri, Ladakh is one of the most popular places for high altitude trekking in India. Although the beauty of Ladakh draws in innumerable tourists and trekkers from all over the country and the world, the Stok Kangri trek isn’t really suited for anyone and everyone.

It is advisable that only experienced trekkers set out on this expedition as the climatic and geographical conditions of the place may not suit novice or amateur trekkers. Nonetheless, Stok Kangri is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the country. It is for this reason that the Stok Kangri trek forms an inevitable experience while trekking in India.

The trek begins from Leh, which is noted for its natural beauty as well as the warm and hospitable people. During the first couple of days of the trek, you can move around Leh, go sightseeing and get acclimatized to the weather of the region. These couple of days will prepare you for the trek ahead. You will next be taken to Chang Ma via Stok Village by road.

The journey from Leh to Stok Village takes you to witness the amiable yet fictional setting which includes lush greenery, glistening snow peaks and scenic splendor of the region in this stretch. On reaching Chang Ma, you reach a snow covered region and begin trekking. You will need to climb on for about three hours. From here you will head on to Manokorma, which is at an elevation of 14200 feet.

During the trek, you will be able to view some very beautiful peaks such as the Gulap Kangri, Parcha Kangri, etc. The base camp of the trek is at an elevation of 16, 300 feet. From here, the journey continues till you reach the Stok Kangri. The rewarding scenery from the top is what draws trekkers from all over the world to high altitude trekking in India. The trek back to Leh is a bit arduous and you may need to be careful while climbing down the mountainous terrain.

Best Season: June - October

Difficulty Level: Medium

Max. Elevation: 5000 m

Number of Days: Maximum 10 days of trek can be done here