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  • Jispa is a quiet little hamlet in the Lahaul district of Himachal Pradesh, and there are abundant camps in Jispa for exploration. Perched at an altitude of 10,500ft. and sitting 120 km from Manali, Jispa is also an important stopover (for rest and better acclimatization) on the long road trip to Leh-Ladakh.

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    These camps boast of picturesque settings, undisturbed quiet, peace and adventure in the laps of the Himalayas. Ranging from deluxe rooms and Swiss cottage tents, you are provided a good number of options to pick from. Most of these camps are lined by the banks of the beautiful Bhaga river, which makes for enchanting music for the night.

    Some of these camps are stretched over large areas, circled by apricot orchards, making it postcard-worthy. They also come with attached bathrooms, hot/cold water facilities, free Wi-Fi, foreign exchange counters and more.

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    All of the below mentioned Jispa camps are furnished with the best amenities, warm and hospitable staff, along with mouthwatering food! The staff members often go beyond their assigned tasks to ensure you have a seamless stay experience in Jispa during your expedition to Leh-Ladakh. You can also enjoy some of their offered packages and activities like short hikes, nature walking, stargazing, and many other adventures.

    This landscape is dominated beautifully by the lofty, snow-capped peaks that rise outside your tent every day to greet you, kissed by the very first ray of sunlight. Experience the heavenly warmth of a bonfire under a starlit night sky, with the mountains as your chaperones.

    Here are 15 camps in Jispa to make the village something more than a mere pit-stop:

  • 01Dragon Camp & Cafe Jispa

    One of the smaller yet most mesmerizing camps in Jispa, the Dragon Camp and Cafe skirts the beautiful Himalayan mountains. Featuring free parking, smoking rooms, bar, bus and laundry services, the camp is everything you need for a comfortable stay. Choose from a range of 10 deluxe suites and tents, while delicious, piping hot meals await you. A stay in this camp during your Leh-Ladakh bike trip will make your trip soothing.

    The food is healthy and local and comes at a good price. The tents come bearing attached bathrooms in order to avoid any inconvenience. The camp staff is friendly and approachable, and the owner is also a humble person. Sitting near the Bhaga river, you can listen to its sweet gurgling throughout the night. What’s better is that the camp is pet-friendly too!

    Amenities: 
    Smoking room,  Attached bathrooms, Pet friendly, Kitchenette 

    Price:
    INR 500 - 1500 per night

    Location: Leh - Manali Highway, Jispa, Himachal Pradesh 175132

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  • 02Gemur Holidays

    Cradled right between Kullu - Manali, and Ladakh, Camp Gemur Holidays is one of the most frequented halts for travelers on a road trip to Ladakh. Tucked away in the serenity of Jispa valley, the camp affords you staggering, panoramic views of the surrounding snow-capped beauties.

    Surrounded by a dense forest overlooking the ribbon of Bhaga river, Gemur Holidays is home to a line of deluxe Swiss cottage tents with top-grade amenities and services. Relatively quite remote as compared to other camps in Jispa, it is just the touch of luxury you need amidst wilderness- perfect to make your Manali to Leh bike expedition a great experience.

    Besides their hospitality, they also host camping events, bonfires, star-gazing events, treks, archery sessions, and river rappelling! A perfect blend of adventure and comfort, Gemur Holidays also lets you customize your activities and itinerary as per your needs.
     
    Amenities: Well trained guides, Mobile network, Electricity, European toilets 

    Price: 
    Regular tent - INR 2,200 per night
    With breakfast - INR 2,600 per night 
    With breakfast, lunch/dinner - INR 3,000 per night
    With all meals - INR 3,800 per night

    Location: Jispa, NH 21, Lahaul Spiti, Himachal Pradesh 175132

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  • 04Jispa Journeys

    Founded in the year 2005, Jispa Journeys began its journey with adventure campings in the Lahaul valley. True to the spirit of exploration, Jispa Journeys offers numerous adventure tours in the Himalayan mountains too. It is one of the most scenic and exciting places to camp in Jispa.

    Perfect for when the road has worn you out for the day. Although, don’t be surprised if you end up spending more than just a night here! They take camping very seriously and have a number of top grades Swiss cottage tents with attached washrooms, and standard tents for you to choose from. Meals are Indian, Chinese Continental, Italian, Tibetan, and local cuisines, which are all equally delicious and healthy.

    Camps are live in the month of Mid May to mid-September in Lahaul and Spiti. Rest assured that your stay with Jispa Journeys will not disappoint you, no matter what your expectations. 

    With amazing facilities, these camps are a perfect stay during your Manali Leh Srinagar bike trip.


    Location: Manali, Kullu Manali, Himachal Pradesh 175131


  • 05Retro Valley Camping Resort

    One of the most beautiful and rustic stay options in Manali, Retro Valley Camping Resort sits quite close to the gurgling Beas river. Equipped with excellent amenities and boasting of unmatched hospitality, the camp presents you a fine fusion of wilderness and luxury. You can even opt to explore the surrounding area on a rented car or bicycle here.

    The camp features on-site parking with 24-hour room service, for maximum comfort. The incredible views of the mountains around Jispa, coupled with the warm comforts of the camp make for a truly magical stay. Huddled right between Manali and Ladakh, Jispa is not only one of the most important pit-stop en route Leh, but also one of the most alluring places on your Manali Leh expedition. 

    Amenities: 
    Wi-Fi , Restaurant , Laundry service 

    Location: Naggar Road, Aleo, Manali, Himachal Pradesh 175131

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  • 06 Padma Lodge and Camps, Jispa

    Well known for its warm hospitality, Padma Lodge is one of the most favorite Jispa camps amongst travellers. You can also get the pure milk which the hotel uses, along with some of the purest dairy products you will find. Choose from a range of Swiss cottage tents as well as well-furnished and comfortable rooms, equipped with modern amenities that promise you a memorable stay, making your stay here comfortable during your Manali Leh jeep safari.

    After all the driving and riding tires you out, Padma Lodge offers the right mix of comfort and adventure to rejuvenate your senses. Host to a multitude of activities, Padma Lodge in Jispa is also ideal for a longer stay. It gives you an opportunity to explore around.

    Amenities: 
    Running hot & cold water, Internet service, Airport transfer, Doctor on call 

    Price:
    Standard room (single) - INR 2,250 per night
    Standard room (double) - INR 2,750 per night 
    Swiss cottage tent (single) - INR 3,050 per night
    Swiss cottage tent (double) - INR 3,500 per night

    Location: Leh Road, Jispa, Himachal Pradesh 175132

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  • 07Camp Paramount Journeys

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    Founded in the year 2017, Camp Paramount Journeys was born with the true spirit of adventure and exploration at heart. Their team of professionally qualified leaders organise numerous camping and trekking activities in the Himalayas.

    Equipped with well-furnished and top quality luxury cottages and tents, the warmth and hospitality of the staff ensures that you feel no discomfort throughout your stay. They also carry an in-house restaurant which is hailed for its delicious Indian, Tibetan and Chinese cuisine! The inviting comfort of Camp Paramount Journeys will tempt you to stay beyond your short, one-night halt! 

    Price:
    Deluxe swiss cottage tents
    Standard - INR 2,200 per night
    With breakfast - INR 2,600 per night
    With breakfast and lunch/dinner - INR 3,000 per night
    With all meals - INR 3,800 per night

    Location:
    V.P.O, Gemur, Himachal Pradesh 175132

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  • 08Himalayan Eco Spirit Camp, Jispa

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    Nestled in a beautiful nook of Jispa, the Himalayan Eco Spirit Camp is one of the best places to appreciate the landscape and beauty of the surrounding mountains. The camp brings you a range of eight clean, spacious and well-maintained tents, and attached bathrooms to afford you full privacy. The in-camp restaurant is home to some of the most delicious local dishes, along with Indian, Chinese and Tibetan cuisine.

    The camp manager is a warm and friendly person, whom you can reach out to in case of any requirements. Moreover, the staff will do their best to ensure that you take back nothing but warm memories from the stay. It also affords you the liberty to explore the beautiful campsite, for it is quite close to the untouched corners of Jispa. 

    Price:
    Approx. INR 2,900 per night

    Location:
    Jispa, Himachal Pradesh 175132 

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  • 09Darcha Sumdo Camps

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    A dreamlike destination, the Darcha - Sumdo Camps are one of the most picturesque camps in Jispa. Encompassing a wide range of deluxe and standard tents, the camp is surrounded on all sides by greenery and neighboring snow-clad majesties.

    The perfect halt to recover from your long journey to Leh. Flanked by Manali on one end and Ladakh on the other, Jispa is a beautiful halt en route the road trip to Leh. The Darcha - Sumdo Camps turn your necessary one night stay in Jispa into a memorable adventure, with just the right amount of facilities and unmatched hospitality. Hailed widely for the selection of the camp’s location, it is an experience that will leave you with far more than your expectations. 

    Location: VPO- Darcha Sumdo, Darcha - Yotse Road, Tehsil - Keylong, Lahaul Spiti, Darcha, Himachal Pradesh 175132

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  • 10Ecobeds Jispa Campsite

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    Housed under a canopy of tall mountain trees and right next to the banks of the emerald Bhaga river, Ecobeds Jipa Campsite is one of the loveliest camps in Jispa. Lined with spacious and comfortable tents, the camp also boasts of warm hospitality, numerous amenities, and supportive staff. The riverside location of the camp only adds to its allure, with a range of stunning Himalayan mountains etched in the Jispa skyline.

    Applauded for its healthy, clean tents and a customer/traveler friendly environment, it is also one of the most widely chosen stay options for trekkers and bikers alike. In addition to that, the camp is perfect for exploration and day hikes in the surrounding mountains. It is also one of the camps with maximum positive reviews on Google! 

    Location:
    Jispa, Himachal Pradesh 175132

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  • 11Brokpa Atisha Camps

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    Fusing the luxury of a Swiss cottage tent and the spirit of exploration, the Brokpa Atisha Camp is lodged beautifully along the bank of Bhaga river. It also makes for an amazing location for stargazing under the loving gaze of the surrounding icy peaks. The staff is very supportive and will work the 

    Offering mind-boggling views of the neighboring Himalayan giants and valleys, the camp is furnished with 12 Swiss cottage tents and 4 vintage tents (with attached bathrooms) to choose from. Located at a distance of about 135 km from Manali and 340 km from Leh, Brokpa Atisha Camp is also home to some of the most friendly and cooperatives staff members!

    The veg, as well as non-veg delicacies of the cook here, are quite famous among travelers! The camp runs every year from May to September, which is also the ideal time for a road trip to Leh. The sprawling mountains and valleys greet you first thing in the morning, while the undulating Bhaga river runs right beside.

    Location: Jispa, Himachal Pradesh 175132

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  • 12Bhaga Eco Camp

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    One of the most well-known and locally famous camps in Jispa, the Bhaga Eco Camp is your go-to for a fully adventurous stay. Lined along the bank of the whispering Bhaga river, the tents are professional and equipped with beds, blankets and suitable furniture to maximize comfort.

    There are also well-maintained washrooms furnished with European toilets and plumbing. The skyline of the mighty Himalayas looming up right outside your tents is a sight to die for. The camp organizers are also hosts to several camping and trekking events, along with stargazing, bird watching, nature walks and many more exciting activities.

    This mandatory halt at Jispa will seem like a whole new adventure on a road trip to Leh! With the soothing lullaby of the Bhaga river, you've ensured a delightful stay with Bhaga Eco Camp.

    Amenities: 
    24 hours electricity, Restaurant, First aid facility

    Location:
    Maniring-Mo, Jispa, Dist Lahaul Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, 175132

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  • 13Guesthouser

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    A relatively novel concept of holiday stays, Guesthouse is home to a stunning array of rustic tree houses, mountain cottages, boutique stays and tents to choose from. It is one of the most quirky camps in Jispa, and famous amongst road-trippers en route Ladakh.

    You get to stay at a local house, experience local culture and food at its best with Guesthouse. With a diverse range of accommodations tucked away in some of the most offbeat nooks of Jispa, you can explore to your heart's content. With the aim to make you feel like the owner, Guesthouses ensures you feel right at home with their beautiful accommodation options. With them, you're never a tourist, but a traveler. 

    Amenities: Heater, Power generator, Doctor on call

    Price: 
    Boutique stay - INR 3,317 per night
               Tent stay - INR 2,118 per night

    Location: Jispa, Himachal Pradesh 175132

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  • 14Jispa Valley Camp

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    One of the lesser known but most beautiful of Jispa camps, the Jispa Valley Camp is housed along the river Bhaga, lined with several small fields under the mighty Himalayan peaks. The camp staff is very humble and ready to assist you, while the food here is worth an arm and a leg. The delicacies include local, Indian, Chinese and Tibetan dishes, which you can enjoy by the beautiful bonfire under the starry nights.

    If you’re lucky enough or visit Jispa on a new moon night, you can even spot the incredible arm of the Milky Way etched across the sky! It will make not only your stay but also your entire road trip truly magical. The owner is a grounded man and prioritizes your comfort above all. The tents and clean and spacious, while the camp amenities keep away any and all discomforts. 

    Location: Rolingbor, Lahaul Spiti, Rolingbor - Jispa, Himachal Pradesh 175132

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  • 15Nomadic Camps Jispa

    Another beautiful stopover option en route Leh, Nomadic Camps Jispa is furnished with spacious and comfortable tents and hospitality that is second to none. The location of the camp only amps up the charm, as a raging river keeps you company on the side. The staff is warm and humble, ensuring that you have no complaints during your stay.

    The food may be simple, but is local and healthy so as to make sure that the long journey ahead is not only manageable but also pleasant for you. Lose yourself under the stellar night sky, warming up by a blazing bonfire while soft music soothes the senses. Nomadic Camps Jispa is a clean and homely stay, sharing the beauty of Jispa and its incredible mountain views etched in the clouds.

    Location:
    Jispa,  Himachal Pradesh, 175132

    Lakes in Ladakh are famous for its pristine beauty and serenity. Here we have the list of some best lakes in Ladakh which define the beauty of the place.

Adventure in Ladakh

Nature and wildlife in Ladakh

Camping in Ladakh

Homestays in Ladakh

Biking in Ladakh

Rafting 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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