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  • When you visit Ladakh, it is absolutely essential that you experience camping in the region. There are many ways to camp in Ladakh. You can camp by carrying and setting up your own tents wherever you desire or you can enjoy camping as a part of a tour group or you can enjoy a camping experience in the permanent camps set up in particular places. While camping in your own tents is an adventurous experience, it can often be quite trying to the body because such camping involves going without a lot of essential comforts.

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    This is why camping in permanent camps is a fantastic experience- not only do you get to enjoy camping, you also get to enjoy it in luxury. And while there are many fantastic places where you can camp in Ladakh, none can top the experience of camping beside the glorious Pangong lake.

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    Pangong lake camps allow you to experience the best of this majestic glacial lake with its ever-changing crystal waters and its serene stillness. Though there are quite a few Pangong lake camps perched on the shores of Pangong Tso, you never feel stifled by the crowds because of the majestic scope of the shores. 

    All these camps are furnished with amenities that add to the comfort of the stay which makes camping here akin to staying in a luxurious hotel. Camping around Pangong Tso is an adventurous experience- you can enjoy all the sights in leisure as you lounge beside the lake or you can engage on daily treks around the lake.

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    As night falls, you can enjoy a memorable bonfire on the shores of the lake while sipping on hot beverages. Camping in the lake camps around Pangong Tso is a beautiful experience which should definitely be tried when in Ladakh. 

    Some of the best camps around Pangong Lake 

  • 01Camp Whispering Camps

    Camp 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

    Camp 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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  • 04Pangong Retreat

    Pangong 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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  • 05Camp Martsemik La

    Camp 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.

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    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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  • 06Wonderland Camp

    Wonderland 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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  • 07100 Sky Camp

    100 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.
  • 08Camp Watermark

    Camp 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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  • 09Highland Camps

    Highland 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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  • 10Nomad Camp Pangong

    Nomad 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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  • 11Pangong Sarai Camps

    Pangong Sarai Camps

    For those of you who are still searching for something different then the other then Pangong Sarai Camps are the perfect option for you. Tucked away in the bosom of nature away from the hustle and bustle of daily life these camps will definitely make your vacation in Ladakh a special one. 

    Pangong Sarai gloats of having the best found campground at the world-renowned turquoise blue Pangong Lake. Soak in the beauty of this place while you enjoy a sipping a cup of tea at your comfortable bed.

    Amenities: There are 23 cottages with attached shower. Each tent is attached with toilets confronting the serene Pangong Lake. Enjoy fine dining which is specially built with mud bricks to give you that homely feeling.

    Location: The Pangong Sarai Camps are located at Pangong Lake Rd, Man, Jammu and Kashmir 194201.

    Price: The approximate price starts from Rs 3220 per person.

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  • 12Nature’s Nest Camp

    Nature’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.
  • 13The Kora Pangong Camp

    The Kora Pangong Camp

    Located close to the beautiful Pangong Lake, the Kora Pangong camp provides elite camping experience to its visitors. The camp features well-maintained tents with an elegant décor. Not only are there double beds provided inside the tents, but there are also washrooms attached to each, with all the essential amenities provided for. 

    The services provided by the camp are also amongst the best- friendly managers make staying here a great experience. The camp is located far from the crowded touristic areas which makes it a perfect place where you can enjoy the best of Ladakh’s majestic natural landscape. 

    The landscape around this camp is one of the most fascinating in Ladakh- sweeping plains surrounded by endless snow peaks, with a mantle of blue overhead. Staying at this camp is certain to be a memorable experience and you can even enjoy camel safari in Ladakh.

    Amenities: 

    Private car /Coach parking.
    Attached washroom with hot water facility
    Multi-cuisine dining

    Location: Spangmik, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, India

    Price: Approx. INR 2000- 5000

  • 14Camp Blue Waters

    Camp Blue Waters

    A camp made up of 15 appealing Swiss Cottage Tents overlooking the glacial Pangong lake, Camp Blue Waters is a perfect camping destination for people who want to experience the best of Ladakh’s natural beauty. This camp gives its visitors a chance to enjoy the magnificence of the region around Pangong Tso in utter peace and solitude. 

    Camping on the banks of the Pangong lake with the clear waters and cool winds for a company in a memorable experience only to be rivaled by the experience of enjoying a crackling bonfire under a starry sky on a chilly night around Pangong Tso. 

    The camp is staffed by locals who understand the lay of the land and will, therefore, be able to provide you with all the specialized services the high altitude of Pangong Tso requires. The tents in the camp are well furnished and come with attached bathrooms, which means that you will not need to compromise on comfort whilst enjoying a camping experience in Ladakh. 

    Amenities: 

    Private bathroom
    In-house restaurant
    Car Rental and Parking space
    Oxygen cylinders

    Location: Darbuka, near Pangong Lake, Spangmik, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, India

    Price: Approx. INR 3000- 6000

  • 15 The Regal Camp

     The Regal Camp

    The Regal Camp is considered to be one of the best Pangong lake camps and a camping experience here will definitely serve to provide you with an inexhaustible source of memories. The camp consists of 17 tents in Super Deluxe and Deluxe variations, so you can choose your tent in accordance with your budget. 

    The tents are comfortably furnished to provide a luxurious camping experience. Comfortable double beds, carpet lined floors, attached bathrooms with running water and necessary amenities add to the joy of camping on the shores of the Pangong lake. 

    The camp is especially renowned for its in-house restaurant which serves a wide variety of delicious food including Indian, Chinese and continental food. Cuddling up next to a campfire on the Pangong Tso bank will be one of the best memories you take away from the camping experience in The Regal camp.There are many hotels in Leh which you can go for your comfortable stay.

    Amenities: 

    Hot water Facilities
    Power backup
    Oxygen Cylinder facilities

    Location: Spangmik Village, Pangong, Spangmik, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, India

    Price: Approx. INR 3000- 7000

  • 16Holiday Shore Camp

    Holiday Shore Camp

    Another one of the beautiful Pangong Lake camps in Ladakh, Holiday Shire Camp aims to provide you with the best holiday camping experience around Pangong Tso. The camp features 15 deluxe tents furnished with comfort-providing amenities like double beds, all day long hot and cold water facilities, carpeted flooring, attached bathrooms and more. 

    An in-house restaurant serving all types of Indian food alongside Chinese and Continental food is also a part of their offering. Camping with Holiday Shore Camp will allow you to enjoy the magnificent views of the Himalayas visible from the Pangong shores and thrill with joy over the unique ambiance to be enjoyed in the upper reaches of the world.

    Amenities: 

    Warm quilts and blankets in all rooms
    24 hours hot water facilities
    Power backup
    First Aid
    Oxygen cylinders

    Location: Spangmik Village, Pangong Lake, Ladakh, Jammu, and Kashmir, India

    Price: Approx. INR 3000- 5500

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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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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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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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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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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.

History

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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