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  • The best camps in Nubra Valley will open up a world filled with gorgeous mountain sceneries, gurgling streams, lush valleys and ancient monasteries in the distant, all call out to you to come and live in this paradise. Camping is an activity that can be enjoyed at any age or time and is a truly enriching and rejuvenating experience for one’s mind, body, and soul.

    Camping under the stars with a bonfire to keep you warm and the comfort of a loved one to hold you tight, cannot get any more perfect. Whether you like the peace and serenity of the mountainside or the thrill and rush of adventure activities here, camping in Nubra Valley caters to all kinds of travelers offering only the best experiences to cherish a long long time.

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    Leh tour package like never before and when it comes to camping in Ladakh, grab this experience and live a moment of peace, find yourself amidst all the chaos and hubbub of life, let go of your worries, and let the serenity and beauty draw you in.

    Spend your time reading great authors and sip a hot cup of chai overlooking the lofty mountains, sleep your heart out and eat the healthiest produce of the land, lie in wait for the mountain air to purify your lungs and embark on the best adventure activities to give you a thrill of a lifetime.

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    The Nubra Valley camps will not just delight you, but make you feel complete and at peace with yourself. Let the natural aura take control, while you pick the best campsites in Ladakh to perfectly suit your need, style, and budget. These campsites are the best places to visit in Ladakh, keeping in mind only the best for you and a wonderful vacation in paradise.

    Here are some of the best camps in Nubra Valley: 

  • 01Nubra Ethnic Camp

    The Nubra Ethnic Camp is nestled 10,000 ft above sea level in the quaint village of Hunder which is just 7 km from Diskit, also the headquarters of Nubra valley and two minutes walk from the well acclaimed Hunder sand dunes.

    The Nubra Ethnic Camps is an A class camp which has been recently built and is well equipped with attached toilet & bath facility. Sprawling across lush farmland and bountiful orchard, this Nubra Valley Camp offers 20 well maintained and artfully decorated rooms and tents, with a small organic garden. A stay in this camp during your Leh Ladakh road trip will make your trip soothing.

    The guests can relish and enjoy the taste of meals prepared from the produce of the locally grown vegetables which are well cared for and looked after and guests can enjoy the taste of locally grown vegetables. Let go of the humdrum city pace, while relaxing and unwinding yourself in the clean, fresh air and village life of Ladakh.

    Being situated in the heart of the beautiful Hunder village, you can go on a village walk anytime to learn and understand the local culture and distinct way of living here. The famous Hunder sand dunes are just a 5-minute drive or a 20-minute walk away.

    The Camp has 20 decent Tents with all the necessary amenities to suits every need and budget, also offering comfort to its visitors. The camp has facilities for hot and cold running water along with an attached toilet and bath with electricity. Buffet meals are served in Indian, Chinese and Ladakhi cuisine.

    Up to date and prompt medical facilities are also available catering to all kinds of difficulties in this high altitude area. The camp also maintains a well kept organic garden, the products of which are used in the meals cooked for its guests.

    Location: This camp is located in Hunder, a beautiful and quaint village. It is just about 7 Kms from Diskit and fortunately a short walk away from the famous Hunder Sand Dunes. You can reach the camp from Leh city in around 5 Hrs.

    Price: INR 3,600 - 6000 (prices are variable to the season you visit)
  • 02Mystique Meadows Camp

    The Mystique Meadows Earth Homes are nestled in the heart of Hunder village in Nubra Valley. The Nubra Valley Camps are conceptualized mud brick cottages structured and built using traditional ways and contemporary architecture.

    These cottages have been built ideally so as to give its guests a spectacular view of Ladakh’s rolling mountains and the Karakoram mighty ranges as well. Their restaurant serves meals Italian, Indian, Chinese, Continental and the delicious Ladakhi cuisine- perfect to make your Leh Ladakh bike expedition a fantastic experience.

    The cottages are well equipped with a television set and have a separate shower and washroom with a regular flow of hot and cold running water to make your stay here comfortable and relaxing. Each cottage also offers a complimentary tea/coffee maker and their very own organic vegetable garden serves the need for locally grown produce.

    For your entertainment and leisure, they organize cultural shows on request and are equipped with their own power back up and doctor on call facility for medical emergencies at this altitude.

    Location: The camp is situated in Nubra valley in the heart of Sumur village, which is 120 km from Leh on the bank of the majestic Siachen River.

    Price: INR 4,000 - 7,000 (prices are variable to the season you visit)
  • 03Apple Nubra Cottage

    Nestled amidst the Shyok River on one side and Nubra Valley on the other, the Apple Nubra Cottages comprise of 20 well equipped Swiss tents. These tents have an attached bath and heating equipment to make your stay comfortable.

    You can enjoy great food here served in their dining hall prepared from locally grown produce. Located in the beautiful village of Hunder, these camps in Nubra Valley also organize day trips and trekking opportunities to its guests to the nearby villages and monasteries of Nubra.

    These camps are a pet-friendly as well and do everything in their capacity to ensure a relaxing and hassle-free stay to its guests. The tents comprise a seating area, desk, and safety deposit, along with a shower, attached bathroom, and ironing facilities.

    You don’t need to venture too far for beauty, these camps have their very own kitchen garden with produce that is served in meals for themselves as well as guests. Its other facilities include a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage, and currency exchange options.

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

    Location: Located in the village of Hunder in Nubra Valley, it is a 10-minute drive from the Nubra White Sand Dunes.

    Price: INR 2,500 - 6,000 (prices are variable to the season you visit)
  • 04Cold Desert Camp

    The Cold Desert Camps, located in the quiet village of Hunder offers its guests an authentic vista of the snow clad mountains and the remarkable surroundings of Ladakh. The camp’s seclusion from the humdrum of city noise introduces you to a vacation filled with the bliss of nature, with the Shyok River flowing nearby and a view of the sand dunes in the distant, your mind will feel at home. 

    These Camps in Nubra Valley understand the importance of good service and health requirements especially in high altitude areas and hence have a doctor on call 24 hours a day and oxygen canisters for the guests on their trip to Khardung-la to ensure no one gets breathless and everyone enjoys the bliss at such a height.

    Sprawled over an area of 5.6 acres, each of the 15 well-equipped tents, offer guests a peaceful and comfortable shelter. Each tent is equipped with an attached bath, hot and cold running water, bedside lamps, seating area and comfy bed making the space inviting for the guests on their Manali Leh expedition.

    You can even enjoy adventure activities here in the village of Hunder like camel riding, ATV rides and River Rafting in the Shyok River. And if you need some quiet peace and contemplation then head to the nearby Diskit Monastery or enjoy a bonfire under a starry night with your loved one.

    Location: It is situated in the village of Hunder, just 300 meters from the famous Hunder Sand Dunes.

    Price: INR 2,500 - 10,000 (prices are variable to the season you visit)


  • 05Valley Flower Camp

    The Valley Flower Camp is set in the beautiful valley amidst the foothills of the Himalayas in Nubra, surrounding by picturesque snowy mountains and lush greenery. The Valley of Flowers or Nubra Valley is a haven for nature lovers and looks spectacular in full bloom with different shades and colors of the blooming flowers that adorn the hillsides. 

    This Nubra Valley Camp is an ‘A’ Class Deluxe Camp that offers a charming and picturesque view from your room making your night pleasant and morning vistas splendid. These 15 camps are well equipped with attached baths and hot/cold running water, making your stay here comfortable during your Manali Leh jeep safari.

    You can also enjoy a scrumptious and healthy meal at their in-house restaurant along with other facilities of a travel desk and laundry facilities. Very conveniently located, you can pay a visit to the nearby Sumur Monastery for an enriching experience or even head to the Diskit Monastery and Hunder Sand Dunes for a fun and interesting experience in the valley.

    Location: It is located in Sumur in Nubra, just a kilometer away from the Sumur Sand Dunes.

    Price: INR 3,000 - 6,000 (prices are variable to the season you visit)
  • 06Royal Deluxe Camp

    The Royal Deluxe Camp is beautifully nestled in Hunder village, spread over an acre of land and adorned with a blooming apricot orchard and a crystal clear river running through the center of the camp. Such a serene environment will not only entice you but make you feel pure delight in the peace and tranquillity of this mystical embrace.

    Having a total of 32 Swiss Tents spread across the orchard, each tent is pitched on concrete and has an attached bathroom and toilet for comfort and privacy during your stay here. You can enjoy scrumptious and tasty vegetarian food here and dine in their vast and spacious dining hall and make your Manali to Leh bike expedition memorable.

    With facilities like hot and cold running water, electricity backup and Free Wifi, you won’t feel the need to leave the place at all. To assist you better, the Royal Deluxe Camp in Nubra Valley also has a doctor on call, apart from organizing a bonfire for you and even cultural programmes with ethnic performances to give you an overview into the life in this white desert state.

    Location: This camp is set in the heart of Hunder Village in Nubra Valley.

    Price: INR 3,000 - 5,500 (prices are variable to the season you visit)


  • 07Double Humped Camp Hunder

    Nestled in the snow-laden peaks of the Himalayas, the Double Humped Camp in Nubra Valley is the ideal excuse to relax and unwind with the exciting adventures and fun filled serene experience here. The camps offer 10 well-maintained tent rooms to choose from in their Deluxe and Suite categories.

    Being a hotspot destination for tourists and a most sought after place for adventure, Ladakh receives an increasing number of visitors each year. This campsite is the perfect combination of the wilderness and its tranquillity also catering to adventure activities to quench the thirst of wanderlust adventurers.

    The camp portrays the hidden gorgeousness of Ladakh and is known for its simplicity and warmth. It is the perfect option for those who want to discover the ever blossoming Ladakh Valley. A stay here definitely makes your memories a once in a lifetime experience.

    The campsite is well equipped with great amenities like a 24-hour front desk, 24-hours room service, daily housekeeping, security and most important doctor on call in case of medical emergencies. All camps feature separate dining areas and attached bathrooms and are provided with comfortable beds, blankets and desk.

    On your vacation here, indulge in enjoyable camel rides or relax in the quiet tranquillity of the valley. The campsite also organises village visits and treks to understand the lifestyle and culture of the local people. 

    Enjoy a delectable meal at its in-house restaurant, while visiting its coffee shop for unwinding and enjoying pure bliss and leisure with your loved one. You can also request for a bonfire and barbecue, to enjoy a starry night with family and friends.

    Location: Double Humped Camp is located at Mani Wheel Junction, Hunder village, P.O District, Nubra valley. It is just 300 m away from Hunder Sand Dune & Camel Safari and 4 km from the Shyok River & Nubra River confluence.

    Price: INR 3,000 - 6000 (prices are variable to the season you visit)
  • 08Desert Himalaya Resort

    The Desert Himalaya Resort offers a gorgeous scenery nestled in Nubra Valley, with a refreshing stay and tinge of simplicity, making your vacation here worth every last penny. The tents here are well maintained, clean and simple offering a homely ambiance to its guests on their Leh expedition.

    The rooms also have a regular flow of hot and cold water along with an attached bathroom, essential toiletries and room service to serve your needs. What most camps don’t offer is a message and here you can avail rejuvenating massage therapies and treatments in their in-house spa as well as a travel desk to plan out an itinerary for the next few days you spend in Ladakh. 

    These camps in Nubra Valley also have a doctor on call facility in case of emergencies. You can dine and feel content with the deliciously cooked food in Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisine and served in their spacious dining hall which is a perfect place for socializing and meeting other fellow travelers.

    Location: The Desert Himalaya Resort is located in the village of Diskit in Nubra Valley.

    Price: INR 6,000 - 14,000 (prices are variable to the season you visit)

  • 09K2 Luxury Camp

    Camp in picture perfect surroundings at K2 Luxury Camps and feel the aura of the pristine nature surrounding you. The 25 Swiss tents are well maintained with basic amenities like a private bath and toilet for each tent along with a regular flow of hot and cold running water.

    Apart from this, these camps in Nubra Valley also have a spacious kitchen and dining area and any food preferences are noted on arrival to give you the healthy meals you deserve.

    These camps also have the perfect means for entertainment like providing a projector for a movie screening, intercom and satellite television along with a flaming bonfire under a starry night sky as the perfect treat to a day in paradise.

    The staff here are extremely courteous and for your safety, there is also a doctor on call facility to pay heed to medical emergencies at any time of the day or night.

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    Location: K2 Luxury Camp is located in Hunder Village in the Nubra Valley.

    Price: INR 3,500 - 6,000 (prices are variable to the season you visit)

  • 10Nubra Organi Retreat

    Nubra Organic Retreat built with the motive of organic farming reflects the true nature and purity of this divine land. This camp in Nubra Valley comprises of 20 Swiss Deluxe Camps with attached bathrooms and each tent offers a spectacular view of the snow clad Himalayan mountains.

    Enjoy delectable meals offered at the restaurant in Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisine. While you’re here indulge in fun-filled activities like a Camel safari in Ladakh, bird watching, village walks, nature treks and of course an amazing time at the Hunder Sand Dunes.

    Set amidst a magnificent orchard of willow trees, walnut, apple trees and vegetable garden, this retreat treats you to the sound of chirping birds and gurgling streams nearby making your vacation a pure bliss.

    Location: It is located in the village of Hunder in Nubra Valley.

    Price: INR 8,000 - 11, 000 (prices are variable to the season you visit)
  • 11Nature's Nest Camps

    Nature’s Nest Deluxe Camp is located at 14,500 ft on the banks of the world’s highest Saltwater lake, the Pangong Lake in Spangmik.  This camp in Nubra Valley offers 15 deluxe tents with en-suite amenities with a bath and washroom along with hot and cold running water to make your stay comfortable and hassle-free.

    With wall carpets and innovative room decor, these tents are a perfect escape on a holiday in Ladakh. Located in the midst of an apricot and apple orchard, these camps are also really close to the sand dunes, giving its guests the best of nature and adventure in an interesting package.

    This exclusive campsite also has up to date medical amenities, besides first aid kits and oxygen cylinders for those who might be affected by altitude sickness and any other emergencies. So don’t think twice and create unforgettable memories in this perfect and relaxing mountain retreat.

    Location: It is located in Hunder Village on the banks of the majestic and pristine Pangong Lake in Nubra Valley.

    Price: INR 8,000 - 10,000 (prices are variable to the season you visit)
  • 12Nubra Ecolodge

    The Nubra Ecolodge is surrounded by surreal landscapes of lofty mountains, deep blue water, white dunes, Buddhist monuments, beautiful mosques, and warm people. These camps in Nubra Valley comprises of two cottages with decks and four large safari tents, all with en-suite bathrooms and opening up to vistas of the gorgeous valley and snow clad mountains. 

    With a common dining room, kitchen area and vibrant living room, this camp also have a large open deck facing the valley which is used for dining and lounging in pleasant weather while you enjoy home cooked Ladakhi and Indian cuisine on your Ladakh expedition.

    Along with toiletries, locker facilities, heating, and WiFi available, these camps also have special arrangements made even for disabled guests to enjoy. The camp’s recreational facilities include a children’s playground and garden and to keep you entertained, a warm bonfire at night along with local music and dance that will capture your heart forever.

    Location: It is located near Sumur Sand Dunes in Nubra Valley.

    Price: INR 3,000 - 6,000 (prices are variable to the season you visit)

  • 13Paramount Camp

    These swiss tent camps are located in the beautiful Hunder Village of Nubra Valley offering you a view to enjoy nature at its best. The camps provide all the facilities of Wi-Fi, spacious twin rooms and a verandah giving you the extra comfort to relax and unwind in nature. 

    Right from where you sleep to travel to food, the guys at Paramount Camp customize everything to suit their guest needs. They can customize your bedding, special food requirements and dishes and even the sightseeing or nearby trekking are not done to the typical tourist places but rather a very local and new perspective for the guests.

    This camp is very much suitable for adventures who are on their trekking trip in Ladakh.

    Location: These camps are located in the Hunder Village of Nubra Valley.

    Price: INR 6,000 - 8,000 (prices are variable to the season you visit)


  • 14Tiger Camp Nubra

    This camp in Nubra Valley is situated in a prime area with the best facilities and offering an enriching experience of the spectacular panorama surrounding it. The Tiger Camp is also a centre for various fun and exciting adventure activities. With 10 Swiss Tents, the camp is equipped with attached bathrooms and toilets and the facility of running cold and hot water. 

    Guests can also enjoy a meal at their in-house restaurant serving delectable Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisine. With deluxe rooms and amazing amenities, it has earned the place of one of the finest campsites in Ladakh offering an impeccable view and the best services.

    Location: It is located in Nubra Valley, very close to the Panamik Village, Samstling Monastery and the famous Sumur Sand Dunes.

    Price: INR 3,000 + (prices are variable to the season you visit)
  • 15Edel Weiss Camp

    Edel Weiss Camp located in the quaint village of Hunder is an eco-friendly resort comprising of 15 private and luxury deluxe tents. Situated on the banks of the Shyok River in Nubra Valley, it offers a grand view of the lofty snow laden mountains and nestled amidst dense woodlands. 

    A land that brings content to your heart, the sweet sound of the chirping birds and a fresh gush of the mountain air makes this Nubra Valley Camp an ideal getaway with your family or group of friends.

     With contemporary and modern facilities like room service, 24 hours help desk and other living comforts, you won’t find the need for anything more in this amazing and simple campsite.

    You can check out the Srinagar to Leh guide to make your trip a memorable one.

    Location: The Edel Weiss Camp is situated in the village of Hunder on the banks of the Shyok River in Nubra Valley. It is located 124 km north of Leh between the Karakoram and Ladakh Ranges.


    Price: INR 3,500 - 6,000 (prices are variable to the season you visit)



Camping in Ladakh

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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 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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