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Shanti Stupa

One of the important Buddhist stupas, Shanti Stupa was built by a Japanese Buddhist. Located in Chandspa in the Leh district, this structure was built to promote world peace and harmony. As a testimony to the completion of Buddhism’s 2,500 years on earth, it has now become a major and popular tourist.

From this stupa, you can view most of the Leh town. The best and the most prized views are the sunrise and sunset views from the stupa.

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Visit to the Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame near Leh is actually a museum dedicated to the Indian army's heroic struggles during the war in Kargil and Siachen sectors. It's a very interesting museum displaying the weapons employed during the Kargil war and belongings of the enemy soldiers including their outfits found after the Kargil war. 

Also, on display are the different outfits of the heroic soldiers with multi-layered shoes to protect them from frostbite, their frozen foods which they warm with balls of Hexamycin tablets before dinner. Due to the excessive cold in the region with temperature hovering between -300 C to -500 C it is difficult to strike a fire. This is also the reason why there were so many deaths of our heroic soldiers during the Siachen war.

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Lachulung La

Located on the Leh-Manali route, this is a mountain pass at about 16,000 feet above sea level. From here you get undulating views of the scenery beyond. You can see the entire Ladakh plateau in some sweeping glance of your eyes. Located 54 km from Sarchu, this mountain pass is considered a relatively easy route to traverse.

There is a nala that passes through this place and simply moving alongside can accomplish your task of crossing this pass. After crossing Lachulung La, the landscape changes where the road meanders through a canyon. 

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Tanglang La

One of the highest mountain passes in the Ladakh region, the Tanglang La pass is like a jewel in the crown on the Manali – Leh stretch. Claimed to be the second highest motorable mountain pass on the planet, your ascent from here is unceasingly upwards. It is like driving towards the clouds given that they are so close as well.

Along the way, the snow clad mountains will mesmerize you for sure. During the journey through this high-altitude place, you can witness the Tso Kar Lake behind the gigantic mountains. 

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Shanti Stupa

If you are not in mood to travel far from Leh but still wants to visit some beautiful place, Shanti Stupa is the place to go for. Located just at a distance of 5 KM on the Changspa hill at a height of about 4267 m, Shanti Stupa gives you a panoramic view of the whole Leh town with the snow-capped mountains at distant.

Especially, the sunrise and sunset from the Shanti Stupa are truly mesmerizing.


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Namgyal Tsemo Monastery

If you are planning a trip to Leh then exploring the monasteries always comes at the top of your list. Known for its three-storey high solid gold idol of Maitrieya Buddha Namgyal Tsemo Monastery was founded by King Tashi Namgyal of Ladakh. The monastery is located at the top of the mountains which offers a panoramic view of surroundings. The Gompa has temples , paintings , statues of Buddha and an assembly hall. Marvel at the sight of the Indus River tenderly flowing down and the snow capped peaks of Zanskar range. Not just get amazed by the views here but also admire the architecture of the gompa which is very impressive. The best thing about this place is its breathtaking views which keep changing with the lights.
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Chang La Pass

If you are planning for a bike road trip to Ladakh than you will be passing through Chang la Pass. This is the third highest motor able pass in the world. Located at an elevation of 5,360 m, the pass is covered by snow all round the war. The name literally means "Pass towards the South" or "Pass in the South" (Chang = south, La = Pass). For the bikers this is another pas which is quite challenging as it is very steep. The descent from Chang La towards Tangtse or Darbuk is again very steep. The pass is located in between Pangonh Lake and Leh. The Changla Pass is the main gateway for the Changthang Plateau situated in the Himalayas. If you are on a bike trip, stop here in the pass to get some of the best pictures of your lifetime.
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Hemis Festival

Hemis festival takes place in the Hemis monastery of Ladakh every year on the tenth day of the Tibetan lunar month. The festival is held to commemorate the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava. This is a two-day affair and one of the biggest included in the ladakh travel guide, in which the Lamas participate in mask dances religious plays with accompaniment of drums, cymbals and long horns.

Local Tibetans eagerly waiting for the festival attire themselves in colourful dresses and join in the festivities. Every 12 years during the Tibetan Year of Monkey a 'Thanka' two-storey high and depicting the Guru is displayed. The 'Thanka' is richly embroidered with semi-precious stones and pearls. A fair is also held during this festival where beautiful handicrafts are displayed.

Reviews

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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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What You Should Know More About Leh

  • About the destination:

    Leh – the place in India where land meets heaven is one the very popular tourist destinations that attract visitors from all over the world. The sun kisses the beautiful faces in the city which is very far away from all the bustling noise and population of a typical city. This vast piece of land situated in the Himalayans holds the potential to make everyone speechless especially when it comes to beauty and serenity.

    This beautiful hilly destination lies in the middle of three great ranges namely, Ladakh, the Himalayan range and the Karakoram range and is situated approximately 3000 to 5000 meters above the sea level.

    There is a lot that the place offers apart from the scenic beauty such as the endless number of activities. The people are just as calm as the beautiful weather and food in mindblowing too. The district of Leh is situated in such a way that the place remains bounded by Pakistan occupied Kashmir in the west and China in the North. The Eastern portion consists of Lahul Spiti of Himachal Pradesh. With the state capital Srinagar, the place is situated merely 474kms away from Manali – which is another popular destination.


  • 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.


Listings in Leh