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  • The best Nubra Valley Camps 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 travellers offering only the best experiences to cherish a long long time.

    Ladakh evokes a love affair 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.

    The best camps in Nubra Valley 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 carefully picked, 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 a lush farmland and bountiful orchard, this Nubra Valley Camp offers 20 well maintained and artfully decorated rooms and tents, with a small organic garden. 

    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 conceptualised 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.

    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 organise 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 organise 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 way to spend your vacation in peace and serenity.

    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 to its guests.

    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 metres 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 colours 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.

    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 kilometre 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 centre 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.

    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 organising 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 ambience to its guests.

    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 socialising and meeting other fellow travellers.

    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.

    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. 

    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.

    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.

    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

Biking 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 favorite location for tourists as the banks of the lake give soothing bed to relax and the nearby places are enhanced by the beauty of this particular lake. The quiet lake is 134 km in length and 5 km in width is situated at an altitude of 14270 meters. But the major share of the lake lies in the area of China. Now, its recognition is spread everywhere in the world because it is termed as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.

The highly saline water does not accommodate any water species not even micro-organisms. But the banks of the lake give space for several birds and animals very rarely seen in the other parts of India. It is an important breeding ground for many migratory birds as well.

Height: The lake is located at an altitude of 4250 meters above the sea level.

Location: Pangong Tso is easily accessible as it can be reached after a five hour drive from Leh and the travel would be on a rough and dramatic mountain road. You will cross the villages of Shey and Gya during the tour and go through Chang La as well.

Best time to visit: The months from May to September are the ideal time to visit the lake as the other seasons may cause challenges due to the heavy snowfall.

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Nubra Valley

Something divine makes Nubra Valley close to heart and it is not an exaggeration but a fact that experienced and shared by the countless tourists visited the paradisiacal location in Jammu and Kashmir. Without touching the spectacular roads of Nubra Valley, a Ladakh tour will not be complete. The tri-armed valley has Diskit Village as its capital. Ldumra, a magnificent name is the original name of the valley as the local scholars insist. Ldumra means Valley of Flowers. The large valley is formed after the merging of Shyok River with Nubra or Siachen River causing the separation of the Ladakh and the Karakoram Ranges. The valley is located 10000 feet that is 3048 meters above mean sea level and those who cross the Khardung La Pass can easily come to Nubra Valley from Leh.

Except 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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Chadar Trek

For some years, adventure seekers all around the world have been talking about Chadar Trek in the Zanskar Region. Until this year, hundreds of people have experienced the thrill hidden and the mind blowing sights around Chadar frozen river. In fact, Chadar Trek is the most sought after and one of the breathtaking treks in the Himalayas. The winter trek is so special for those who are ready to have adventure at the maximum level. 

The river trek starts from Chilling where the river begins to freeze and mostly, travelers choose February as the best time to cross the frozen river as the ice sheets will be comparatively stable. The precarious snow-flakes would pose severe threats during the trek but in some other time, the challenges would be kind to the trekker. The surrounding of the river are completely vertical cliffs tall up to 600 meters. The Zanskar River is a tributary of the Indus and is 5 meters long. 

A trekker would have to cover 16 kms per day to complete the Chadar Trek. Usually, people opt for 10-15 days of trek depending on the climatic conditions persisting here. The temperature at Chadar will come to the lowest at -35 degree Celsius during winter and thus Chadar Trek becomes more intimidating. Approximate trekking distance one would have to cover in total is 75 kms.

Maximum altitude: 11123 feet is the height at which Chadar Trek would lead you to.

Location: To take part in Chadar Trek, one should arrive in Leh and from Leh, the journey starts and goes to Chilling, the beginning of the Zanskar River in the frozen state. From Leh it would take about 65-70 kms to reach Tilad via Chilling, the base camp of the trek.

Best time to visit: January end to February is the best time suitable for trekking in the frozen river of Chadar. Quality and safe trekking gears and highly warm clothes are required.

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Hemis Monastery

The biggest monastery in the North India is Hemis Monastery, one of the must visit attractions in Ladakh region. Set on the foothills of Indus, Hemis Monastery has 200 branches and over 1000 monks are staying there. It belongs to the red sect Brokpa of Buddhist order. Here the young Lamas are trained for the royal monasteries at Leh, Shey and Basgo.

History

Hemis Gompa came into existence 17th century and it was built by Chapgon Gyalshas and from then on the gompa was getting the royal patronage of Ladakh till now. But there is a saying that the monastery was founded by the first incarnation of Stangsang Raspa Nawang Gyatso. After the missing of the head Lama in 1956, a young 12 year old boy from Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh has been recognized as the head Lama of the gompa.

Structure of the monastery

The biggest monastery in the region has a surprising architecture and the building is quite appreciable. There are a lot of big statues and stupas decorated with stones and also the splendid collection of thankas. The collection of thankas is believed to be the largest and it would be shown to the public once in 11 years.

Location: Hemis Village is located 43 km south of Leh town and it is very easy to reach the monastery by bus or jeep.

Timing: 08:00 am to 01:00 pm and 02:00 pm to 06:00 pm

Entry fee: INR 100

Highlight: Hemis Festival is the prime attraction at the monastery which celebrates the birth anniversary of Guru Rinpoche. The tenth day of the Tibetan lunar month every 12th year is the date of festival.


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Markha Valley Trek

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

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

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

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

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

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Stok Kongri Trek

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

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

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

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

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

Best Season: June - October

Difficulty Level: Medium

Max. Elevation: 5000 m

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

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Stok Kangri Trek

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

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

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

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

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

Best Season: June - October

Difficulty Level: Medium

Max. Elevation: 5000 m

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

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