Rather, the most sought after tourist destination is Pangong Tso in Ladakh region. It is the highest among the high altitude lakes in India which is filled with saline water but provides some awe-struck moments to the visitors with the unbelievable phenomenon of changing colours quite a number of times a day.The reflections of the towering Himalayan peaks in the water add more charm to the lake. Currently, Pangong Tso is the favourite location for tourists as the banks of the lake give soothing bed to relax and the nearby places are enhanced by the beauty of this particular lake. The quiet lake is 134 km in length and 5 km in width is situated at an altitude of 14270 meters. But the major share of the lake lies in the area of China. Now, its recognition is spread everywhere in the world because it is termed as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.The highly saline water does not accommodate any water species not even micro-organisms. But the banks of the lake give space for several birds and animals very rarely seen in the other parts of India. It is an important breeding ground for many migratory birds as well.Height: The lake is located at an altitude of 4250 meters above sea level.Location: Pangong Tso is easily accessible as it can be reached after a five-hour drive from Leh and the travel would be on a rough and dramatic mountain road. You will cross the villages of Shey and Gya during the tour and go through Chang La as well.Best time to visit: The months from May to September are the ideal time to visit the lake as the other seasons may cause challenges due to the heavy snowfall.
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.
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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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.
Will recommend it to anyone who wants to reconnoiter the stunning wilds of Ladakh and that too on the challenging yet rewarding cycling trail. it was a difficult trail but worth doing it. i was very proud of myself and couple of my friends who did it. the leadres were very helpful and also the fellow friends we mad in all a brilliant experience of cycling !
Had a great time, had gone here before but not on a cycling trail, so I just got admire the beauty ant my own pace. Please go!!I highly recommend it. The feeling you get after looking down at the valleys is like a rockstar!!!
we had an amazing cycling experience across the tough terrains of manali to leh. specially tangla pass was very diffucult and ridiing at rohtang pass was very amazing. finaly when you reach ladakh valley everything changes and you fall in love the nature. No doubt, the trip will test ur endurance ,be prepared for the journey because you all will face certain climatic barriers a head of the journey. even camping at the couple of locations were really good. it was a very exploring ride for me. do it if you love riding !!
All in all a good cycling trail with adequate and well spaced out spots to relax and revel in the beauty. Did not imagine the things to go so smoothly but they did. Made me a better person in fact, I was humbled by the mountains!
A happy trip was it for me. We prepared well before the cycling trip happened. Exercised and tried to get acclimatized by reaching Manali two days before the trip started. The food provided by the team was good, the camping was also flawless. I am looking forward to have a similar trip this year as well.
Cycling is a very tough job that too the hilly regions of Ladakh in the cold. In the beginning I thought I cannot finish the trip but as we crossed Leh, I decided I want to see all of Leh Ladakh though I feel tired. But for my surprise, cycled long distances without hesitation. I found the mind blowing surroundings were giving me energy. A very good place to visit folks. Never be late.
A great deal of energy and physical fitness is needed to cycle for 14 days continuously and it will not be easy if you are not fond of cycling through difficult plains. We had the maximum fun throughout the trip because we were a team of cyclists. The big challenge was to cross the passes at a high altitude. But nothing to worry, the guides’ team was with us throughout and they helped us by providing water and biscuits in between. A backup vehicle was also there. We camped at some places with a campfire to keep us protected from the severe cold. The best time of our life was happening there.
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.
Cycling from Manali to Leh! Wow! It was a really fun ride. The cycling was quite tedious and unlike bike rides, they need a lot of effort physically. I really loved the cycling through the stretch. It was awesome.