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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.
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.
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
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.
The high elevation where Lamayuru Monastery is located at amuses every traveler comes here. Existing on Leh-Srinagar Highway, around 15 kms east of the Fotu La, the monastery is perched on a height of 3510 meters. The murals, frescoes and the images of Buddha have created an interesting setting inside this famous Buddhist temple.
Lamayuru Monastery was originally the monastery belonged to Bon and the name means Swastika which symbolized eternity. The history says that an Indian scholar named Naropa caused a lake to dry up and there founded Lamayuru Monastery. Seng ge Sgang is the oldest building surviving which is dedicated to the builder-monk, Rinchen Zangpo.
The structure of the monastery
There were actually five buildings in the beginning and still one can find the remaining of the four buildings located in the corner. In the past there, were up to 400 monks and currently there are 100 monks residing in the monastery. There is a small temple can be seen which is dedicated to Avalokiteshwara.
Location: The monastery is located at a distance of 127 km from Leh in the Lamayuru region. You can reach the monastery via road by bus or jeep.
Timings: It is open on all days from 06:00 am to 06:00 pm.
Entry fee: INR 30 per person
Highlights: There will be two annual Mask Dance festivals happen which is the most suitable time to visit the monastery.
After the endless mountain peaks, green valleys, high passes, monasteries in Ladakh are the prime factors behind the huge number of visitors to the paradise every year. Alchi Monastery, a group of Buddhist shrines is now a remarkable landmark and a must visit tourist attraction in Leh. The rugged valleys, uneven mountain terrains etc are creating a flamboyant view from the monastery and make the travelers feel elevated. Alchi is a part of the three villages that together constitute to the Alchi Group of Monuments.
Alchi Monastery and its current guardians are grateful the great translator Rinchen Zangpo who was the reason behind the construction of the monastery. He built it in the AD 1000 and there were 32 wood carvers and sculptors from Kashmir to help him. But when the Gelug sect decided to shift the activities to Likir Monastery permanently, it turned to be the administrative shrine of the Alchi Gompa, officially.
Structure of the monastery
Alchi Monastic Complex has three principal shrines named the Dukhang or Assembly Hall, the Sumtseng and the temple of Manjushri. Chortens have a special space inside the complex. The wall paintings seen inside are dating back to the spiritual and artistic nuances found in Buddhism and Hindu Kingdoms. Like we seen in other monasteries, here also, you will find the huge statues of Buddha and several wood carvings and art works appearing in Baroque style.
Location: The monastery is located in Alchi Village in the Leh District, 70 km from Leh.
Timing: May to September on all days: from 10:00 am to 01:00 pm and from 02:00 pm to 06:00 pm.
Entry Fee: For Indians: INR 25, For Foreigners: INR 50
Highlights: The views from the monastery have attracted a lot of film production sets. Good photographic location as well.
A nine storey high building displays the influence of Potala Palace in Lhasa is the famed Royal Leh Palace that stands with its head high on a cliff top overlooking the ravishing Leh town. Leh Palace is a must visit during anyone’s tour of Ladakh region as it has been standing there as a symbol of the old glorious days of the royal family lived here. The top floors accommodated the members of the regal community and the low floors were occupied by stables and stores.
In the 17th century, King Sengge Namgyal led the construction of Leh Palace and it gained fame in a short span of time. Later, it was termed as an architectural icon and the symbol of pride and glory of Leh. The history says that during the time when Dogra forces took control of Ladakh, Leh Palace was abandoned and the members of the family were asked to move to Stok Palace. The Archeological Survey of India has restored the valuable ruins of the palace and opened to the public as a remarkable tourist attraction.
Structure of the palace
There is a monastery behind the palace which is a part of the palace and there you will find the statue of a seating Buddha in there in the monastery behind the palace. On the walls of the palace, you will see the old pictures and paintings including Tibetan thangka.
Timings: The palace is open to the public on all days from 07:00 am to 04:00 pm
Entry fee: For Indians: INR 20 and for Foreigners: INR 100
Location: Leh Palace is closely located to the town. Visitors can reach the palace by walking from Leh town as it is about 5 kms away from there.
The Zanskar Range is the mountain range in Jammu and Kashmir that acts as the separating line between Ladakh and Zanskar. The Zanskar Range is a part of the Tethys Himalayas, formed with weakly transformed sedimentary series. The average height of the Zanskar Range is 6000 meters. It is an inevitable spot for adventure lovers during their adrenaline rushing trekking trips to the Trans Himalayas every year.
On the way to Zanskar Valley, one will come across the incredible Suru Valley which puts forth a decent trekking experience to adventure lovers. Zanskar is alluring always with its brightly shining mountain peaks and the presumably attracting villages, sometimes, it looks overshadowing the relishing Changthang Region as well. Tourism has caused a great enhancements on the economic side of the region like education flourished and the lifestyle of the people has changed but it took its toll on the fragile mountain environment.
Nevertheless, Zanskar is the favorite tourist destination still because of the vast area that is made beautiful by multiple hues, the distinct flora and fauna and the extremely variant climatic conditions. There are two main branches of the Zanskar River; one is Doda which has source near Pensi-La and flows south eastwards to reach Padum and the second one is formed by two tributaries called Kargyag River and it has source near Shingo La.
Height: The valley is situated at an average height of 6000 meters above the sea level.
Location: It is located at a distance of about 464 kms from Leh and would take around 10 to 11 hours to reach. Buses are available from Leh to reach the valley.
Best time to visit: The months of June, July, August and September are suitable to visit the Zanskar Range as the other months will cause heavy snowfall and the roads will be blocked.
Around 4400 sq.km is the area the prime attraction of Ladakh spreads into. We are talking about the renowned Hemis National Park named after the popular monastery in the region that is Hemis Monastery. The very rare species of wildlife is the reason behind its global recognition. Bharal and snow leopards are examples for the unseen animal collection found in Hemis National Park. The park is located on the west bank of the Indus River.
The animals, the flora, the birds and the nature in the park and its vicinity are coming under the highly protected areas and this is the only place in India where the protected snow leopards are seen in abundance. The Rumbak and Markha catchments were found to be protected with the discovery of the park in 1981 and it grew into 4400 sq.km in 1990 and becomes the largest national park in South Asia. Argali or the Great Tibetan Sheep, Shapu etc are the supporters of the prey base for the predators in Hemis. Asiatic Ibex, the Tibetan Wolf, the Eurasian brown bear and red fox are some of the endangered species found before and some are still present in the park. The crucial problem faced by the park is the regular animal-human conflicts because over 1600 people are living inside the park boundaries, mainly pastoralists living with poultry farming, goats and sheep.
Height: The elevation at which the park exists is 3000-6000 meters above the sea level.
Location: The park is located about 5 kms from Leh and Leh Airport is the closest airport to the park.
Best time to visit: To reach the park there are a number of trekking routes opened from Mid-June to Mid-October. But the best season to spot snow leopards is of course, in late winter.
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What You Should Know More About Tours in Leh
Trekking in Leh Ladakh is the most popular way of exploring the region, and the many grand trails offer an assurance of great and memorable experiences. Some of the best trekking tours in near Leh include:
The most popular jeep safari tour is the 472 kilometres long Manali to Leh tour. The tour generally covers famous sights like Khardung La pass, Keylong, Jispa, Darcha among others.The tour can take anywhere from 5 to 10 days, depending upon your sight-seeing desires. A Manali to Leh jeep safari tour will cost you between 25,000 INR to 40,000 INR per person, depending upon your tour provider. The jeep tour can also be extended to include other popular spots like the Nubra Valley.
Another popular jeep safari tour is from Srinagar to Leh. This tour generally covers famous spots like Sonamarg (the Meadow of Gold), Kargil with its views of Tiger Hill and Tololing, the statue of Maitreya Buddha, and several monasteries among other sights. Some tour providers also provide a trip to Nubra Valley. The tour takes approximately 4 to 5 days, and costs approximately 15,000 to 25,000 INR per person.
A motorcycle tour of Leh Ladakh is one of the most adventurous activities you can engage in. The tour incorporates all the major sights in and around Leh and Ladakh Nubra Valley, Jispa, Khardung La Pass, Keylong, Baralacha Pass etc.
There are many ways in which you can engage in such an expedition. First, you can choose to rent your own bike and pay a daily rental. Depending on your point of departure, your daily bike rental can cost you 800 INR to 2000 INR. Alternatively, you can choose to take advantage of a package by a tour provider. Such a package will include your itinerary, a bike, and hotel or camping provisions. The package, lasting between 8 to 20 days, will cost between 25,000 INR to 50,000 INR per head depending on your tour provider.
A comprehensive and leisurely tour of Ladakh, which allows you to experience the region peacefully, will take at least 8 to 10 days. Your trip can also extend to 20 days if you wish to stop and carefully explore the area. The number of days will also extend depending on whether you wish to stop and visit famous places en route to Leh from Delhi, Manali, Srinagar etc.
Yes, there are many exclusive packages offered by a range of tour providers for women only. Such tour packages generally start from Delhi, Chandigarh, Manali and Srinagar, and include transportation, hotel stays, camping provisions where needed, breakfast and dinner, first aid provisions, toll taxes, and oxygen cylinders. Sightseeing costs and the costs of adventure activities are also included in the packages. Tour guides are also arranged when the occasion calls for them.
Costs of such women-only exclusive tours in Leh vary based on the tour provider and the length of the tour. Slight variations based on starting points may also be expected. Keeping all this in mind, a tour to Leh Ladakh costs anywhere between 17,000 INR to 50,000 INR per person.
The Indus River flows across the north west to the south east, passing through Ladakh before it flows into Pakistan. This river is a major rafting hub in Leh Ladakh, especially during the summer months from June to September. Though the Indus river in Ladakh mostly consists of grade I or II rapids, there are places where the grades can also go up to III to V. This allows rafters to engage in some great rafting. The most popular river rafting spots on the Indus river in Ladakh include-
The approximate cost of river rafting in Ladakh is 1500 INR to 2000 INR per head. Costs vary depending upon the route you choose and the activity provider you choose.
Yes, a bike trip from Leh to Srinagar is not only a viable option, it is also quite a popular one with bikers. The route is a fantastic one, and the sights you will see are among the most magnificent in the world. The route is pleasant and easy to navigate, and if you are an experienced biker, there should be no difficulties on the route. Some things need to be kept in mind before you start, however.
The distance from Leh to Srinagar is approximately 434 kilometres. It is no trifling distance, and driving through the mountainous terrain can be exhausting, especially if you are not very experienced on mountain roads.
The climate is another challenge you might have to overcome. Ladakh is located at a great height, and oxygen shortage is a real problem there, especially to those used to low-lying terrains. Make sure you carry an oxygen cylinder on you at all times and take frequent breaks if you feel the need.
Since the landscape is so rough, you can also expect landslides blocking your way. Carry food supplies to keep you energised in case you face an unexpected derailment due to the terrain.
Most tours around Leh which can be covered in a jeep or bike can also be covered on a cycle. Cycling has the added advantage of being pliable on dirt tracks so you can explore roads less travelled too. There are several ways in which you can enjoy a cycling tour of Leh Ladakh.
Firstly, you can choose to rent a bicycle in Leh and bike up to the famous points around Leh including the Khardung La, Tanglang La and Baralacha La passes, Keylong, Jispa, Nubra Valley etc. Day trips to these spots will allow you to enjoy Leh Ladakh in a relaxed manner, and you can always return to the comfort of your hotel in the evening. You can also choose to make a circuit of all the famous spots around Ladakh and camp on the road at night.
Alternatively, you can choose to start your bicycling tour to Leh from Manali and Srinagar. This is a challenging tour and it is advisable that only advanced cyclists undertake it. The route is extremely scenic but also very tricky, and riding a bicycle in the mountainous terrain is a hard task. If you wish to undertake this tour, preface with it some strong preparation and do not jump headfirst into it.
Any cycling tour in Leh Ladakh should involve several pit stops which will allow you to reenergise yourself. Pushing your body beyond its capacities can prove life-threatening too since the landscape of Ladakh with its low oxygen is a challenge in itself. Take many breaks, carry adequate food and water supplies, and always have an oxygen cylinder with you.
The Markha valley trek in Ladakh is one of the most famous trekking routes in the state, and also one of the most difficult ones. The trek takes place over a distance of 75 kilometres, and is not one that beginners should undertake. During the trek, you will pass through some magnificent spots such as Yurutse, Ganda La Pass, Kongmaru La Pass, Hemis National Park etc. The trek will reward you with several stunning views of the majestic Kangyatze Peak too.
The Markha Valley trek takes approximately 8 to 9 days to complete. The first few days are spent in slow acclimatization after which the trek picks up speed and difficulty.
The Stok Kangri Trek is one of the most difficult treks around Ladakh. Its greatest difficulty is its height. The Stok kangri trek is the highest trekkable summit located at a height of about 20500 feet, and it can take anywhere between 9 to 18 days to complete the trek. The distance of the trek is approximately 40 kilometres, and you will have to deal with minus degree temperatures frequently. The entire route is full of spell-binding sights of the Himalayas and the valleys laid out below. Once you reach the summit, you will be able to see the whole of Zanskar and the Indus Valley below.
The best time to trek this route is from June to August when the summer is at its highest.
The Leh Ladakh Cultural Tour takes approximately 4 to 5 days in total and covers several famous cultural spots around the region. Monasteries, handicraft sites, temples and villages are the most frequented spots on these tours.
Visits to the Shey, Thiksey, Hemis, Alchi and Likir monasteries are common as are visits to the oracle of Sabu, Tibetan handicraft centre, Japanese temple and Zanskar village.
The places you visit on such a tour vary depending upon the tour organizer.
Yes, camel safaris are common in Leh and you can easily enjoy safaris over the sand dunes in Diskit and Hunder valley. Camel safaris in Hunder (Nubra Valley) are in fact world renowned as you pass through enchanting landscapes that are difficult to explore in a car or jeep.
Leh Ladakh is a fantastic honeymoon destination. The mighty sights and the beautiful treks around the region are nature’s gifts to honeymoon couples. Honeymoon tours of Leh Ladakh include visits to the most famous spots around the region including Keylong, Khardung La Pass, Jispa, Pangong Tso Lake, Nubra Valley among others. Camping options are also included in these tours. Adventure activities like Camel riding in the Nubra Valley and river rafting in the Indus are also included in some packages. The number of places included in your Leh Ladakh honeymoon tour depends upon the amount of time you are able to commit. A good tour package will last between 5 to 20 days.
Buddhism reigns supreme in the high altitudes of Ladakh and this fact has given birth to several grand monasteries in the region with their own unique identities. Most of these monasteries have been around for several centuries and their ancient has are full of a serenity that engulfs the visitor. Some of the best ancient monasteries you can visit in Leh Ladakh include,
The Chadar trek, or the Frozen River Trek, in Ladakh takes approximately 8 to 15 days to complete. It is 75 kilometres long.
Ladakh has a rich variety of local and national festivals which keep a spirit of joy alive in the region all year round. These festivals add colour and vibrancy to the local culture by celebrating the diversity of Ladakh. They are a great way to interact with the locals and gain insights into the lifestyle of Leh Ladakh. Some of the best festivals to enjoy during your tour of Ladakh include,
150 kilometres north of Leh lies the “Orchard of Ladakh”-the beautiful Nubra Valley with its lush grasslands and scenic mountain views. Mind-numbingly cold in the winters, the valley is a source of unending joy to travellers in the spring-filled summer months.
Exploring the dune-like valley in the summer months on a camel or on a bicycle is delightful, and the gazing upon the star-spangled night skies is awe-inspiring. Camping in the Nubra Valley is also a very special activity.
A tour of the Nubra Valley also includes visits to the Khardung La pass, the Diskit Gompa, Hunder village, Sumur village, Panamik, Terisha Tso among others. Trekking around the valley is an easy but rewarding experience. The range of beautiful experiences that Nubra Valley can provide travellers makes it a very special place in India. It is best explored between June and August.
The Hemis High Altitude Wildlife Sanctuary is a world-famous spot for snow leopard viewing. The sanctuary has the highest concentration of snow leopards in the world, and the magnificent animals can be spotted frequently in the wild here.
Though the sanctuary is open throughout the year, the best time to view snow leopards is from December to February. The sanctuary offers several good trekking routes from mid-June to mid-October.
Yes, you can definitely go on a solo backpacking tour to Leh. The region is a peaceful one and the locals are friendly and hospitable for most part, so you will not face any troubles on that account. However, a solo backpacking tour of Leh Ladakh, while rewarding, is also a tricky trip, and several cautions need to be kept in mind.
The climate and the terrain of Ladakh is the most challenging aspect of a trip to the region, but it should be of especial concern to a solo backpacker. Make sure you are well prepared to tackle any difficulties that come in your way. Always carry plentiful food and beverage supplies to keep you energised, and keep a first aid kit and oxygen cylinder with you at all times. But don’t carry too many things with you since traveling light is easier than lugging many bags along the road.
The height and remoteness of the landscape also means that you are likely to lose your phone connection at many points. It would be wise to keep several operational sim cards on you, preferably by different providers, so that you have maximum chances of being connected to the world. Creating a detailed itinerary and handing over a copy of it to your loved ones is also a good way of ensuring that you are prepared against emergencies.
Safety measures like pepper sprays and nail cutters should also be kept on hand just in case.
Apart from this, a solo backpacking trip in Ladakh is a wonderful experience so enjoy every bit of it.
The diverse range of places where you can indulge in exotic camping and the variety of awe-inspiring sights that can be experienced here add to the magnificence of camping in the region, and make it a memorable experience. Some of the best campsites in Ladakh include,