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Pangong Lake

Rather, the most sought after tourist destination is Pangong Tso in Ladakh region. It is the highest among the high altitude lakes in India which is filled with saline water but provides some awe-struck moments to the visitors with the unbelievable phenomenon of changing colours quite a number of times a day.

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

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

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

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

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

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Nubra Valley

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

Except the river beds, every other place in the valley shows scant vegetation and low precipitation levels. Most of the villages in the valley are occupied by Nubra skat speakers and in the villages, one can find lush greenery and farming which happen through the regular irrigation. Diskit is the place where native people are seen in abundance and Diskit Monastery is the entre of attraction as well. The Shyok River flowing on one side of Diskit has a captivating effect on the visitors. Nubra Valley unwinds a lot of surprising sights when you visit it and an unbelievable fact is that the valley was open to the public till Hunder until 2010. Beyond Hunder, it was the greener region in the lower altitude where the Turtuk village exists. Till 2010, the Government did not allow tourists to mesmerize themselves in the magnificent beauty of Turtuk where numerous apricot trees and other vegetation along with the tribal community were preserved as a virgin.

Height: 3048 meters above the sea level

Location: The paradisiacal Nubra Valley is located at a distance of 140 km from Leh and the main road access to the valley is through Khardung La pass where you have to show the photocopies of your travel permit to the soldiers camping.

Best time to visit: The months from June to September is the perfect period to visit Nubra Valley

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Khardung La

Controversies regarding the proclamation that Khardung La is the highest motorable pass in the world is not yet diminished but Ladakh travelers still believe that it is the highest and most adventurous pass in the world. Despite the controversies, Khardung La keeps on attracting hundreds of adventure seekers every year, be it bikers, trekkers or visitors. Nestled amidst the most reverberating surrounding, the ‘Pass of Lower Castle’ is located at an altitude of 17582 feet. Near to the pass, the collection of awesome valleys will lure you and along with the natural extravaganzas, the Tibetan prayer flags are an additional charm.

The pass was constructed in the year of 1976 and later in 1988, it was opened to public and from then on, the pass was inviting uncountable bikers, trekkers and tourists. It is maintained by the Border roads Organization as the pass is highly significant and important to India because it was once used to carry supplies to the Siachen Glacier. Recently, Khardung La became the hot potato of the town with a happy news that a ten member team of visually impaired people is going to conquer the pass through cycling in 2017.

Height: Khardung La is located at an altitude of 5359 meters. But there is an incorrect proclamation on the signboards appear here saying that the height of the pass is 18379 feet.

Location: The highest motorable pass in Ladakh is lying about 39 kms away from Leh. By road, one can reach the pass. The first 24 kms of the road are paved and from there to the North Pullu check post, the 15 kms of the road are filled with loose rock, dirt and occasional rivulets formed after the melting of snow.

Best time to visit: The season between May to October is the best time to visit Khardung La.

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Tso Moriri Lake

It won’t be exceeding at all how much you describe the beauty of Tso Moriri in Ladakh, a highly protected lake in Changthang Region and a significant portion of Tso Moriri Wetland Conservation Reserve.  It is the largest of all high altitude lakes in India especially in Ladakh and is located at an altitude of 4522 meters above the sea level. The length comes to 26 km north to south and 3 to 5 km is the width and the water is wholly brackish. 

The water to feed the lake comes from the springs and melted snow from the nearby mountains. There are two major stream systems to lead the water to the lake. One in the north part of the lake and the other comes in the southwest part. Huge, extensive marshes are seen at both the entrances of the lake. Rupshu Valley, a breathtaking area is the guardian of Tso Moriri along with an array of the lofty Himalayan Mountains in the surrounding.

The number of people come to witness the beauty of this splendid lake is lesser when compared to that of Pangong Lake. It is because of the secluded location of the lake. Hence, it is a favorite home town for many migratory birds. They come to breed here especially birds like great- crested grebe, the brown-headed gull and the Brahmin duck. The rare Himalayan hares are also abundantly seen near the lake. Thus, the declaration of the lake as a reserved area is a right option to protect these species from extinction. Less human interference would keep their lives strong.

Height: The lake is situated at an altitude of 4522 meters.

Location: You can reach Tso Moriri via road from Leh. It is 150 kms away from Leh Airport. Kalka Railway station is the nearest one to the lake. You will get buses and taxis from the station as well.

Best time to visit: May, June, July and August are the peak season when tourists come to Tso Moriri in large numbers and other months will be filled with snow and have extreme cold conditions.

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Shanti Stupa

The white dome of Shanti Stupa is clearly visible from a far distance when you are on a tour of Leh. Peace Pagoda got its name like that because of many reasons mainly the silence persists in and around the pagoda always. This Buddhist prayer center is the most beloved attraction in Jammu and Kashmir. At a height of 4267 meters, the two storied stupa stands holding its head high and overlooks the bustling Leh town. The uneven mountain terrains in the surrounding gives the pagoda a remarkable shining. It is at a location which is 5 km away from Leh town and one who visits the stupa has to climb five hundred steps. The exotic view of the Himalayan peaks turns the beauty of the stupa also, a peace lover would dedicate his life to have such overjoying moments.

History

The stupa was constructed by both Japanese and Ladakh Buddhists. The construction was started in 1983, many Buddhists and Indian Government officials have supervised the procedures throughout.

Structure of the stupa

Among the two structures of the pagoda, the first level depicts the central relief of Dharmachakra which has deer on each side and the turning wheel of Dharma also has a golden image of Buddha at the center. The second level displays images which show the birth of Budhha and the death as well. In addition, both the level have smaller images of Buddha meditating. The stupa came into existence in order to spread the word of peace and harmony among people and it came into establishment as a commemoration of the valuable 2500 years of Buddhism.

Location: Any one can reach the stupa via road from Leh, only 5 kms from the town, a walk of fifteen minutes would require.

Timings: 05:00 am to 09:00 pm

Highlights: The sunset and sunrise views from the stupa are inevitably beautiful


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Magnetic Hill

Magnetic Hill is still a mystery yet a famed attraction that pulls the adventure lovers on a large scale toward it. A mystifying phenomenon which stunts the science and fiction together and exists as a magic to the normal people visiting here. Magnetic Hill is a trump card of every Ladakh tour because of the awe-struck moments it would promise the travelers. There is a sign board placed which says that the hill defies gravity completely and inviting everyone to experience the magical phenomenon.

 If you keep your vehicle in neutral at a position marked on the road and wait, you will be surprised to see the vehicle starts moving uphill at 10-20 km per hour. And this is the unexplainable feature of Magnetic Hill that confuses the world of science. It is located on Leh-Kargil-Baltic Highway and on the east, the beautiful Sindhu River is flowing calmly. Near the hill there is a Sikh Gurudwara maintained by the Indian Army. Due to the natural attraction as well as the human architectural brilliance, the hill has gained popularity in a short term. 

Not just the vehicles hitting the road but the aircrafts and helicopters crossing the radius which Magnetic Hill comes in would feel the same magnetic effect. If the aircrafts are going on a slow pace, then it starts jerking while they are in the circumference of the hill. So the only solution to escape from the clutches of this phenomenon is that the crafts should move at a greater speed.

Height: Magnetic Hill is located at an elevation of 14000 feet above the sea level.

Location: To reach the hill, you can hit the Leh-Kargil-Baltic National Highway and it is situated at a distance of just 30 kms from Leh town.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit the Magnetic Hill is from June to October.

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Chadar Trek

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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What You Should Know More About Leh

  • Travel Advice:

    • The politically sensitive Leh: Tourism is comparatively new to the region of Leh with only a few years of experience in this field and given how politically sensitive Leh is, it is quite tricky as to how one must approach situations in this place. One requires special permits to visit the Inner Line regions and these are available from local authorities.

    • Don’t be dehydrated: If you’re visiting this beautiful location, it is important that you also indulge in trekking since the most primary attraction is that and if you’re going to do that then it also becomes important for you to keep enough stock of drinking water. Sometimes, serious problems can be caused due to lack of care.

    • Photography: Like mentioned previously, Leh is rather politically sensitive. Hence, photography too is prohibited in certain places. Keep a look out for sign boards which warn you of such restrictions and make sure you obey them.

    • Bottled water: It is more advisable to carry bottled water throughout your journey and not drink the local water as it can get quite polluted.

    • Drinking laws: There are only two known vendors in Leh that sell alcohol and if they happen to ask for IDs, then it is essential that you provide them with that. Alcohol is generally permitted as per the country’s rules but it is better to stay safe than become sorry later on. Apart from that, the nightlife is quite relaxed but also exciting.

  • What you cannot afford to miss:

    • The beautiful mountains of Leh: The whole district of Leh is typically mountainous with approximately three parallel ranges that consist of the Himalayas, the Zanskars and the Ladakhi ranges. In fact, there are serene rivers flowing through these ranges. For instance, the Shayok and the Indus which make up for the requirements of the locals. Explore these beautiful and scenic places with the help of a trusted guide.

    • Town hopping in Leh: Set your foot in the beautiful little town of Leh and you will realize just how wonderful everything that comprises Leh is. The twon consists of the Palace which was the former mansion of the royal family. There is much historic relevance lying to this place wherein the great Dalai Lama was only once a part of. You will truly understand the feeling in-depth once you visit this place yourself.

    • Visit the famous Pangong-Tso lake: Remember that breathtaking view that is showcased in many of the famous Bollywood movies? Well, that place truly exists and is not just a set created with artificial backdrops. It is called the Pangong-Tso lake which stretches through the boundary between India and Bhutan. You can camp in and around the place and there are many services that will happily allow you to do so. Indulge in extra-curricular activities too while you’re at it.

    • Visit the historic passes: We are sure you have heard of the Khardungla pass. Well, it might look like just a simple road to many but if you take a closer look, the place is quite beautiful. The Khardungla pass is managed by the Border Roads Organization and is the gateway to the north. This place holds much historic relevance and due to that, it has successfully emerged as one of the most important tourist spots in India.

    • Spiritual oneness at monasteries: There are numerous monasteries situated in and around Leh. The spiritual energy one receives at such places is truly enchanting by nature. This is one of those must-do things for all tourists who visit Leh.

  • What you will like in Leh:

    • Watch the sunrise sitting by the lake: One thing that you cannot absolutely miss is watching the sunrise by the lake situated in Leh. Camping in and around coupled with spending quality time with your loved one at such a scenic place will help you feel whole and complete.

    • Walk through the mountains and hear them birds tweet: Quit tweeting from your phone. Instead, take a closer look at the mountains and hear the birds tweet away to glory. The glistening magic that this place holds is way above what your phone can offer you.

    • Witness a local marriage: Each one of us hail from varied backgrounds. What we do is quite different, our mannerisms, our cultures and so on. Similarly, in Leh as well, it is quite fascinating to watch and even indulge in some of the ways the locals conduct certain ceremonies. Witness a typical Leh marriage if you’re lucky enough.

    • Food hopping: There are numerous typical food items that you can savor yourself in. Chief among them are momos. Imagine sipping on hot soups in the time of chilly monsoon climate of Leh! Isn’t that thought enticing. We are quite sure it is. So what are you waiting for? This is one of those must do things in Leh while you’re at it.

  • Recommended reads for destination

    Government websites : 

    Leh Website


    Others : 

    Ladakh Holiday Info


    Books on Leh : 

    Ladakh: A Photo Travelogue, Indian Himalaya, Insight Ladakh, The Leh Travel Guide.


  • When is the best time to visit Leh?

    Given its harsh weather, the best time to visit Leh is during summers most specifically from April to June. The temperature during these months is moderate.

    • Summer (April-June): Leh is relatively warm during this time and the weather is comfortable for travel.
    • Monsoon (July-August): Monsoon descends on Leh from July-August. Landslides and cloudburst are common during this time.
    • Winter: (September-February): Winter starts around September, but the time from November to February is particularly unbearable in Leh.

  • How to reach Leh?

    Leh can be accessed by Air, Road, Bus and Train

    Air: Flights to Leh can be booked year round, even in Winters. The Leh Airport is not a private airport but rather a military one. So, the security checks are stricter that you are used to. Make sure you have all your travel document ready before you reach the airport. Once you exit the airport, you can hire a private cab that will take you to your hotel.

    Bus: There are direct buses to Leh from Jammu and Kashmir and Manali. If you are planning on taking a bus, be sure to prepare for a bumpy and adventurous ride. If you are starting from Delhi, the journey will take 4 whole days and is suffice to a will become a journey of a lifetime.

    Train: The railway station closest to Leh are Pathankot and Chandigarh. Even if you take a train to either of these cities, Leh is still a 3-day ride away. This is the least preferred route by travellers to Leh.

    Road/Self Drive: For most travellers and adventure seekers, a road trip to Leh is the most preferred option to travel to this beautiful and breath-taking location. Although a bike road trip is often the most common choice amongst travellers, many even opt for SUV’s for a more comfortable road trip. But the ultimate adventure seekers have known to bike this rugged terrain.  There are two accessible roads to Leh, a lower road from Jammu and Kashmir and the higher road from Rohtang La via Keylong and Sarchu.

  • Which are the best places to visit in Leh?

    There is an endless list of places to visit in Leh and really shortlisting the Top 10 is an impossible task. So here is a list of all the places worth visiting in Leh. Remember that Leh is not a location you travel to frequently so try and cover most if not all.

    • Pangong Lake
    • Shanti Stupa
    • Tso Moriri Lake
    • Leh Palace
    • Khardung La Pass
    • Magnetic Hill
    • Nubra Valley
    • Namgyal Tsemo Gompa
    • Spituk Monastery
    • Hall of Fame Museum
    • Chantang Wildlife Sanctuary
    • Tso Kar Lake
    • Stok Palace
    • Zanskar Valley
    • Nyoma
    • Phutkal Monastery, Zanskar
    • Chemrey Monastery
    • Diskit Monastery, Lachung Temple and Hundur Monastery
    • Dah Hanu
    • Alchi
    • Kargil
    • Likir Monastery
    • Hemis High Altitude Wildlife Sanctuary, Hemis
    • Hemis Monastery
    • Panamik Village, Nubra Valley
    • Sanskar Gompa
    • Yarab Tso, Sumur
    • Lamayuru Town
    • Moonland, Lamayuru
    • Maitreya Buddha, Nubra Valley
    • Samstanling Monastery, Nubra Valley
    • Wanla Gompa, Lamayuru
    • Lamayuru Monastery, Lamayuru
    • Gotsang Gompa, Hemis
    • Stakna Gompa, Hemis
    • Shang Gompa, Hemis

  • What are the different things/activities to do in Leh?

    Leh is a dream destination for thrill seekers, but there are many activities for someone looking to connect with the divine and soak up the rich culture of this magnificent place.

    Here is a list of some of the best activities to do in Leh

  • Which are the best places to experience local cuisine in Leh?

    Here is a list of the best places to eat in Leh. Each restaurant serves up local delicacies among other food items.

    Bon Appetit

    Food Planet

    Wonderland Restaurant and Coffee Shop

    Ladakh Café

    Tibetan Kitchen

    G-Kitchen

    Lehchen

    Penguin Garden

    Bob’s Café

    Gesmo

    Gohil’s Restaurant

    II Forno

    Café Jeevan

    Hidden North Café

    Neha Snacks

    Chopsticks

    Ladakhi Food

    Bakery Shacks

    Amigo

    KH Restaurant

    Spituk Gompa Canteen

    Little Café


  • Which are some best resorts to stay in Leh?

    Here is our carefully compiled list of resorts in Leh. The offer luxurious stay at competitive prices and offer the ultimate Leh experience. You trip to Leh is incomplete without a stay at these outstanding resorts.

    • The Zen Ladakh
    • Ladakh Sarai Resort
    • Qik Stay @ Royal Palace Leh
    • Saser Camp
    • The Last Resort – Ladakh
    • Shey Bhumi, Leh
    • Saboo Resorts
    • Tsokar Eco Resort and Restaurant
    • Hotel Shambhala
    • Fana Resort

  • What are the best public transport modes to commute around Leh?

    There aren’t any public busses in Leh. Just the Private or Haryana Tourism busses that ply from Manali and Jammu and Kashmir. So, the best way to get around Leh using public transport is by way of private cabs.

    They are all run by locals and they offer packages to various tourist destination in Leh. You can compare and decide the best can service you would like to hire.

  • Which are the best places for shopping in Leh?

    In addition to buying unique handicrafts in Leh, you can also stock up on some amazing winter wear made using the best local wool. And if you are in the mood to splurge a little you can even buy the famous Pashminas here.

    Here is a list of some the famous shopping places in Leh.

    • Ladakh Art Palace
    • Tibetan Handicraft Emporium
    • Ladakh Environment and Health Organization
    • Tibetan Handicraft Community Showroom
    • Cottage Industries Exposition
    • Ecology Centre
    • Women’s Alliance
    • Tibetan Market
    • Moti Market

  • Which are the best cycling tours in Leh?

    Cycling tours are very popular in Leh. Here is a list of some of the tours available there.

    Manali to Leh Cycling Tour

    Cost: The tours cost approx. INR 32,591 or 500 USD Per Person

    Duration: 12Days and 11 nights

    Inclusions: Meals, Activities, Guide and Accommodation

  • I am visiting Leh for the first time how should I prepare myself?

    A solo trip to Leh can be thrilling but it’s important to plan everything possible but remember to leave wiggle room because your plans can change once you arrive in Leh.

    • It is important to confirm and book a few things especially with regards to transportation and accommodation.
    • Make sure you have enough money in different forms such as cash, cards, travellers cheque etc. This way if you lose your belongings or god forbid are robbed, you will have access to resources.
    • Don’t forget to  carry extra batteries and power banks as you may go days without access to charging points especially if you're camping and tracking.
    • Plan the essentials and don’t worry too much about the day to day activity. There is a lot you will learn and discover once you reach Leh. So, make sure there is wiggle room in your travel plans.
    • Make sure you travel during high season i.e. June to September. This way you will ensure your safety among other traveller and you may even meet other solo travellers.
    • Make sure you have a taxi budget if you are planning on using private cabs to get around. Private Cabs are very expensive and travelling alone, that can be a huge expense.
    • Keep sharing your location and plans with friend and family so they can contact or locate you in case of an emergency.
    • Don’t pack too much, travel as light as possible.
    • Carry at least two proofs of identifications.

  • Which are the famous and most adventurous treks in Leh?

    Trekking is the most popular tourist activity in Leh and there are trekking options available. There vary in price, difficulty and duration, you can choose the one that suits you best.

    Here is a list of some of the most popular and adventurous treks in Leh.

    • Stok Kangri Expedition. The duration of the trek is 8 Nights/9 Days. It costs approx. 16,800 INR or 259 USD Per Person.
    • Markha Valley Trek. The duration of the trek is 7 Nights/8 Days. It costs approx. 15,000 INR or 231 USD Per Person.
    • Chadar Frozen River Trek. The duration of the trek is 8 Nights/9 Days. It costs approx. 21,500 INR or 331 USD Per Person.
    • Lamayuru Chilling Trek. The duration of the trek is 4 Nights/5 Days. It costs approx. 17,000 INR or 259 USD Per Person.
    • Kanamo Peak Trek. The duration of the trek is 2 Nights/3 Days. It costs approx. 4,500 INR or 69 USD Per Person.
    • Spiti Valley Trek with Homestay. The duration of the trek is 5 Nights/6 Days. It costs approx. 9,200 INR or 141 USD Per Person.
    • Parang La Trek. The duration of the trek is 8 Nights/9 Days. It costs approx. 23,000 INR or 354 USD Per Person.

  • How is Leh for Honeymoon couples?

    Leh is a magical place and while it may seem like the ultimate adventure paradise, it is so much more. In fact, it is an ideal and unlikely Honeymoon destination with numerous activities for couple’s.

    Leh offers you a location that is not very crowded even during peak season. Hence making it ideal for couples to spend some quality time and not having to worry about crowded tourist attraction. In addition to the numerous sightseeing options, you can also explore your wild side by taking you one the many popular adventure activities. And to top it all, Leh has some luxurious resorts that offer world class facilities, so if you don’t feel like sightseeing, you can enjoy at your resort with your partner. There are direct flights to Leh from Delhi, the travel time by air is just under 2 hours. So, if you have time restrictions you can always plan a quick getaway and return for a more wholesome experience.

  • Which places are good for a bike trip In Leh?

    You most likely will start your bike trip to Leh from Delhi, Manali or Srinagar. But once in Leh these are the places ideal for a bike ride.

    • Nubra Valley
    • Pangong Tso Lake
    • Karu
    • Sarchu

  • Which are the famous monasteries in Leh?

    There are numerous monasteries in Leh and its hard to pick the best ones. It won’t be possible for you to visit them all, so, here’s a list of the 10 most spectacular monasteries in Leh.

    • Hemis Monastery
    • Thiksey Monastery
    • Diskit Monastery
    • Likir Monastery
    • Spituk Monastery
    • Stakna Monastery
    • Alchi Monastery
    • Phyang Monastery
    • Takthok Monastery
    • Sumda Chun Monastery

  • What are some must carry things to keep in mind while travelling to Leh?

    Here is a list of essentials to carry on your trip to Leh.

    • Hat/Cap
    • Sun-Screens
    • Stole/something to protect you from the dust
    • Warn Jackets
    • Inner thermal suits
    • Heavy woollens
    • Sun glasses
    • Water bottle
    • Medicines
    • Lip Balm
    • Moisturizer as your skin can become very dry
    • 2 proofs of identification

  • Where is Pangong Lake Located in Leh? And how can I reach there?

    Pangong lake is located at a height of 4,250 meters in the barren land of Ladakh, it is 160 Km from Leh.The lake is a 5-hour drive from Leh. You will pass two villages names Shey and Gya and the Changla pass on your way to the lake.

  • Where is Zanskar river located? What is special about it?

    The Zanskar river is a tributary of the ancient river Indus. The river lies in Zanskar which is a tehsil of the Kargil District. The river is a popular tourist spot for rafting.

  • Where is Nubra valley located? And how can I reach there?

    Nubra valley is located 150 Km north of Leh. The valley can be accessed from the Khardung La Pass. Alternatively you can access the valley from Wari La Pass in Sakti, which is located east of the Khardung La Pass. The third access point connects the valley from Pangong Tso lake vial the villages of Shyok and Durbuk.

  • Which are the famous sanctuaries and parks in Leh?

    Leh has some unique wildlife specific to the region. To view the wildlife in the Leh region, head to one of the following parks or sanctuaries.

    • Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary
    • Hemis National Park
    • Karakoram Wildlife Sanctuary
    • Donkey Sanctuary

  • Where is Khardung La located and Why is it so famous?

    Khardung La is located at a distance of 39 km from Leh. Khardung La is pass that connects Leh to Shyok and Nubra Valley. It is famous as it acts a gateway between Leh and these locations. Historically, the route lies on a major Caravan route from Kashgar in Central Asia to Leh.

  • What are some best destinations for white water rafting in Leh?

    The best place for white water rafting would be in the one of the tributaries on the Indus River such as the Zanskar River.

  • Which are the best locations for camping in Leh?

    Camping is a popular tourist activity in Leh. Following are the best places to go camping in Leh.

    • Diskit in the Nubra Valley
    • Pangong Lake
    • Thiksey
    • Tsermang

  • Where can I experience a Yak safari in Leh?

    There are several places in Leh that offers the yak safari. There are many tour operators that organize these safari tours. Make sure you book in advance as this is an extremely popular tourist activity.

  • What are the famous museums in Leh?

    Here is a list of all the famous museums in Leh.

    • Hall of Fame
    • Stok Palace Museum
    • The Little Paradise
    • Ladakh rocks mineral museum

  • What are best places for paragliding in Leh?

    The best place for paragliding in Leh would be the Khardung La Pas.

  • Where are the Magnetic hills located and How can I reach there?

    Magnetic Hills or Gravity Hills are located 30km from Leh and our 14000 feet above sea level. In order to reach the magnetic hills, you must take the Leh-Kargil-Baltic National highway which will lead you straight to the hills.

  • What are some famous festivals of Leh?

    There are many cultural festivals in Leh. Here’s a list with dates. So next time you plan a trip to Leh, you can do so keeping in mind the dates of the festivals.

    • Deskit Gustor Festival: 17th October to 18th October
    • Thiksey Gustor Festival: 6th November to 7th November
    • Chemday Wangchok Festival, Padum: 16th November to 17th
    • Galdan Namchot Festival: 12th December
    • Losar Festival: 19th December
    • Yargon Tungshak Festival: 19th February to 20th February
    • Matho Nagrang Festival: 1st March to 2nd March
    • Saka Dawa Festival: 29th May
    • Yuru Kabgyat Festival: 12th June to 12th June
    • Sindhu Darshan: 12th June to 14th June
    • Hemis Festival: 23rd June to 24th June
    • Stongday Gustor Festival: 1st July to 2nd July
    • Karsha Gustor Festival: 11th July to 12th July

  • What are some famous destinations for skiing in Leh?

    Skiing in Leh can be best experienced at Ladakh Himalayan Range ‘Zanskar’.

  • What are best places in Leh to experience beauty of Himalayas?

    Although all of Leh is breath takingly Beautiful. But there are some places where the beauty just amplifies. Here a list of some of the places.

    • Zanskar Valley
    • Pangong Tso Lake
    • Kargil
    • Khardung La Pass
    • Nubra Valley
    • Magnetic Hills
    • Spituk Gompa

  • Are there any tents at Pangong lake and how much is the average cost of stay in these camps?

    There are numerous camping sites around the Pangong lake. Average price for camping varies from INR 2800 to INR 5500 Per Person. Click here for more info.

Traveller Tales from Leh

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Umesh Joshi

05 October 2017

First, I would like to say thank you to shyam@thrillophilia.com for their coordination and cooperation.The trip was well planned and executed extremely well by the tour operators, I am very happy with the services provided by thrillophilia during this trek. 1) Our trek leaders Salman and Stenzin are really a wonderful Guys, they were very helpful and supportive all the time during trekking.Other staff members were also supportive and helpful. 2) Food quality and quantity was good. 3) Accommodation was good, camps were in good shape, neat and clean and quite spacious. Let's review the Trek. No doubt Stok trek was awesome as well as difficult. It would not be correct if I will say Stok trek is the most beautiful trek ???? but there is something which makes this trek different from all other treks and which is the main reason to attract tourist from every corner of the word, that is its height. At 20,500 feet Stok Kangri is the highest trekkable summit in India (6,153 m), what google says but when I googled it bit more and try to find if there is any other trek exist in this word which is above Stok, I did not get any information so I assume this is the highest trekkable summit in world ???? Highlights of this Trek 1) Trekking till base camp is not very tiring, which itself a big achievement as you would be able to achieve the height of 16300 feet ???? and the best part what I found in this trek is “you don’t need to walk too many hours to reach base camp” 2-4 hours walk a day is max you will walk. 2) Leh treks are totally different from Himachal and Uttrakhand treks in terms of scenic beauty, it’s a different experience, you would be able to see some splendid views of the Stok mountain ranges. 3) The last day “Summit day” will give you a totally different experience. You start your trek at night time which generally don’t happen in other treks. Moreover, you will get a chance to do snow trekking in summers as well “Only in summit Day”. Here is a great saying "the best view comes after the hardest climb" Very True!!! Preparation: I should say this is not a trek for first time trekkers but still if someone wants to give a try, Start your preparation at least 2 months before this trek as last day “Summit Day” is really a challenging one, compare to other days where you have to just walk 2-4 hours max here on final day you have to walk for a 12 – 14 hours and trekking at night on Snow is bit tricky task and it becomes more challenging when you have to walk by putting Crampons on your shoes. a) Aim for 5 km running in 30 minutes b) Do breathing exercise which helps you a lot during this trek especially. c) Drink as much as water you can.

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Yoginder Bhattathiri

18 February 2016

To start with I had the most adventurous ride of a lifetime. Bike trip allows you to experience the best just in front of your eyes and Manali to Leh was one of my dream destination. The word that follows will be a huge WOW. Be it the surroundings or the roads the highway connecting Manali to Leh is brilliant. The roads are quite tedious, but that also means that more the adventure and more the fun. Everything was well organized from our accommodation to food. I went with my 2 friends and once we reached there we were provided with our bikes. Another best thing was that the fuel was included in the package. This is a must trip for the bikers.

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Gautama Achari

27 November 2015

The beauty of the landscapes of this destination is something that blew my mind the second I landed. Coupled with the chill climate this was the perfect trip! The people I met were amazing and the guides were so helpful and informative always keeping us engaged in fun activities. And the best part came when we reached Nubra valley via Khardung La pass and enjoyed a joyful camel ride. And I was awestruck by the beauty of the Pangong Lake as it slowly changed its colours. Amazing trip!! :)

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Dhana Guha

26 September 2015

Great trip! The rooms were good and so was our food. We covered all the places as mentioned in the package. We also visited some of the monasteries which revived us all at once. The sight of Nubra valleys was the best which we drove via Khardungla Pass. My buddies and I enjoyed the camel ride in Nubra valley. Although it was a bit cold but the surroundings around us made us forget everything. I will remember this trip as it was a trip with lots of memories. Thanks!

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Balamani Mishra

30 November 2015

Fantabulous time spent in the lap of the mountains, our entire cycling group had gone together and we enjoyed immensely. The cycling trip was really difficult at some time but the feel of it was really good. so positivity and cycling through high passes and snow clad peaks was really good. even the camping was good. after a long day of cycling they served us really good food everyday . The group leaders were also very helpful and were able to handle the fairly large group with utmost ease.

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Purushottam Malik

29 October 2015

I think it was one of the best trips which I had in last 4 years. Our trip from Manali to Leh was of 12 days and it was an adventurous one. We were provided with all the facilities. Our bikes were provided to us and also a mechanic for our trip. Most of all your fuel is included in this package which is super good. We covered all the amazing passes like Keylong, Khardungla pass etc. The sight around the Pangong Lake was one of kind. And ya we did click a lot of pictures. This trip is a must do for the bikers as well as the nature lovers.

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Vaidehi Patel

21 July 2014

Two days of the Markha Valley trekking was spent for acclimatisation. Although, it is really boring, it was very crucial for a hale and healthy trek ahead. In this particular time, we visited unravel monasteries, the museum, some forts, and the local market place. We also got to visit the Leh Palace, which was gigantic. After this we crossed over Ganda La which was 4800 m and arrived at the beautiful Markha Village. This village is super green and lively. While all these seem serene and romantic, the thrilling part of our trek included camping beside a rippling stream, the trek itself, we getting the astonishing view of Kangyatze Peak. Each day was unique and fun in its own way.

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Anjushri Pilla

10 March 2015

Rougher dirt tracks needs to be covered. Along with this we also made some very tough climbs. The descents were gut-wrenching yet interesting. If you think that it is very stressful, the distance we covered were somewhat less. It almost ranged from 40 to 80 km on an average. However, the traversing altitudes were over 4000 m. To be honest, if you are not an avid cycler, this can be really tedious and dangerous too. Also, with the altitude and weather conditions, I felt quite dizzy and easily dehydrated. If you are planning to do this, make sure to have great physical fitness. That all being said, this trip was fruitful.

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Trilochan Varrier

09 November 2015

It was a truly amazing experience as we rode on our bikes from Manali to Leh. From the snowy mountains to the vast green trees covered with snow makes everything perfect for us. We also had a back up bike and 01 backup jeep to carry luggage and mechanic. While riding my bike broke down near the Tsomoriri Lake. But the backup mechanic was real in dealing with the issue and it was good to go again. While riding you will be riding at a speed of 120-130 on the highways. Also, be careful while you ride in the roads of Leh passes. It was really an unforgettable experience for us.

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