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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Being one of the topnotch attractions in Andaman is the sublime Havelock Island brimming with silky beaches and exuberant greenery. A lot of tourist locations, resorts, hotels, attractions and much more are creating the perfect background to Havelock Island to host as many tourists as possible. This is the largest of all the islands in Andaman and comprises of a lot of small islands. The administration in Havelock promotes eco-tourism on a large scale.
The lighthouse established in 2005 at the northern part of the island gives additional recognition for the island. The accommodation options on Havelock will let you be surprised. Ranging from high-end, luxurious resorts to camps with basic amenities, the stay arrangements done by the administrative people here are unbelievable.
Highlights: The long stretches of different types of beaches are the main highlight to be pointed out. Declared the best beaches in the world, almost all of them are blissfully located on Havelock Island, connected to closely to the main boat jetty on the island.
Elephant Beach, Radhanagar Beach, Vijaynagar Beach, Kalapathar Beach which are known in numbers also are proclaimed to have the highest number of tourists every year. The green fringed shorelines, the clear sea water, the colourful marine animals, the long coral reefs, the wild fauna and flora bring forth the astounding picture of Havelock incomparably beautiful.
Activities: Snorkeling and diving are the favourite activities done on the islands though other major water based activities like boating and kayaking are frequently done.
Distance from Port Blair: Havelock Island is lying 42 kms northeast of the capital city, Port Blair. There are regular boat services by the Directorate of Shipping Services which connect Phoenix Bay jetty in Port Blair to Havelock daily.
As the name suggests, Chidiya Tapu is the perfect haven for unseen migratory birds and common native birds found in Andaman Islands. Recognized as the most enchanting beach in Andaman and tourists arrive here on a large scale as the beach extends the best ever sights for them including the eye catching sunrise and sunset views. This is a silent yet crowded beach encircled by evergreen forests on one side and the short hills on the other side.
As it is considered to be the presenter of the most finishing touch of sunset and sunrise views, it is the main hub in Andaman Islands. The beach is filled with 46 varieties of endangered species of birds, and white spotted deer. There are a lot of seasonal orchids and other varieties of plants.
Highlights: The major attractions of Chidiya Tapu are the Chidiya Tapu Biological Park, the Sylvan Sands, the Munda Pahar Beaches etc. You will be able to stay at a forest guesthouse located nearby atop a hillock and from there, the panoramic view of Chidiya Tapu in detail.
Activities: Apart from sunset and sunrise views, plenty of people come for an Andaman and Nicobar trip to see this beach, to identify the rare species appear in multiple colours and size. Even though many of the birds are commonly found on the beach, you would find it as a unique and unnatural scene to find the colourful gathering of them. Boating is an attractive activity done here as well as snorkeling and swimming are also a part of the adventure activities usually experienced by those who visit here.
Distance from Port Blair: It is located about 25 kms from Port Blair.
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What You Should Know More About India
There are a number of foreigner tourists visiting India and hence, there are a lot of scammers who try to fool tourists by selling souvenirs, local dresses, jewelry and a lot of other things. So, do not speak to strangers easily.
Always carry sufficient cash with you but take care of it because incidences of pick pocketing and stealing are very common here.
Do not trust any tourist agency unless you check for their authorization. Usually book your tour facilities from an authorized tour agency.
Do not travel alone at night in lonely areas.
Carry your passport and other identity proofs at all times.
Try to find fellow travelers from your city/country and keep in touch with them if you are a solo traveler.
People can fool you and send you to wrong addresses and hence, carry a map and GPS device and trust only the given directions.
The drinking laws in India are different for every state, being from 18 years to 25 years, but in most of the states and Union territories, it is 21 years.
The drinking laws in India are different for every state, being from 18 years to 25 years, but in most of the states and Union territories, it is 21 years.
The best time to visit India is from October to March. India is large with diverse weather patterns. The Himalayas stop cold winds from reaching most of India so winters remain warm and summers can get very hot. The majority of India is tropical and is affected by three main seasons; summer, winter and monsoon.
Fly to India from any corner of the world. Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad are some major international airports in India. These airports serve traffic across the globe and are tend to be situated on the outskirts of the cities, not all though. To get in and around the city, there are prepaid taxis and auto rickshaws stationed outside the terminus.
Visa is required to everyone who is traveling to India. A 60 day, double entry electronic visa for citizens of 161 countries was introduced by the government of India, for further inquiries check on the official website. One can obtain a tourist visa for maximum of 6 months.
Rupee is the currency of India and you can exchange your money on arrival at the airport of India. There are several booths for currency exchange where you can get your money exchanged, which are usually available before you leave the custom area so keep checking. Always insist on a currency exchange receipt.
There are myriads of things to do in a country like India which is so huge, diverse, colorful, unique and simple.
Indian people live around food and just food; boasting a taste for uniqueness and varieties, here are some of the famous local foods which Indians are fond of.
Bhel Puri and Sev Puri in Mumbai
Malaiyo and Rasmalai in Banaras
Chhole Bhature, Golgappe, Haleem and Nihari in Delhi
Apang, Arunachal Pradesh
Gushtaba, Rista, and Roghan Josh in Kashmir
Biryani in Hyderabad
Galawati beef or mutton kebabs in Lucknow
Dal Bati Churma and Laal maas in Rajasthan
Paratha and Lassi in Amritsar and Delhi
Darjeeling Tea and Kerala coffee
Dhokla, Khakra, Khandwis and Thepla in Gujarat
Litti Chokha and Jhaal muri in Bihar
Dosa and Idli in Mysore
Sondesh and Gulab jamun in Kolkata
In metro or big cities, auto rickshaws and Taxis are available. If you plan to travel interstate of inter cities then planes and trains are some good options, however trains in India can be notoriously crowded and may exceed the expected arrival or departure time, hence try to book in advance for a confirm seat.
Another great option is hire a cab or a car with a driver and wander if you wish to travel at the ease of your comfort.
Confirm with your health specialist about your routine vaccination. Besides the routine vaccination, all the travelers are also advised to get travel vaccines like Hepatitis A and B, typhoid, Japanese encephalitis, typhoid, and rabies after discussing with your travel health specialist. As India is a developing country, the effect of food and water content may vary from individual to individual but getting the above mentioned vaccines can ensure a safe travel in India.
There are more than 20 languages which are spoken across the country and each region can have a different local language than the other. Hindi is spoken widespread but not by everyone and English can be understood in most part of the country.
"Namaskar" (hello), "shukriya" (thank you), "aap kaise hai" (how are you), "kitna hai" (how much) and "naam kya hai" (what's your name), these are some of the common greetings, expressions which are used in India and can be helpful on your trip to this country.
If you do not shop in India on your visit, you are doing injustice to yourself as where else can you find the colorful, varied and multitude of art inspired stuffs?
India is a land of diverse flora and Fauna and a unique Himalayan jungles. This list of famous wildlife sanctuaries and National Parks in India is given below:
This seven days celebration is held on the auspicious day of full moon in Kartik month which falls between October and November. This year the Puskar Mela/ Pushkar Fair is from 28th October till 04th November.
This is an annual camel and livestock fair, which is celebrated in the town of Pushkar. This fair is famous for being one of the world’s largest cattle fairs.
The places which are famous for water-sports activities are Goa, Andaman Islands, Gokarna, Lakshadweep and Maharashtra. If your trip is solely dedicated to water sports activities then head to Goa, Lakshadweep and Andaman islands to experience the best of India.
The eco friendly way of exploring India can grant you some of the best routes and trails to pedal through and enjoy the scenic panorama.Also there are some best motorbike tours in India that is the dream of every bike rider. Take a note of these routes for the best cycling tours in India:
The impressive interiors, breathtaking carriages and opulent lights of the luxury trains are just not enough. You get to live the royal lifestyle of former rulers of India while travelling on these trains. Trains visiting Rajasthan can be an impressive journey across the breadth and length of the state that displays the heritage, culture, richness and the traditions of this country in its hospitality, opulence and grand luxury.
India is a vast and bewildering country, it is a huge land so this is literally can give a culture shock but some things which are to be kept in mind while traveling to India are mentioned below:
The Thar Desert is the main desert land in India, however sand dunes and deserted areas can be found in some more regions of India which are listed below:
There are uncountable treks to which India can serve as a base, given below are some of the famous trails which are trekked with sheer fondness and love.
The coastal region of India is quite large and phenomenal for activities such as scuba diving, check out these destinations for watersports like Scuba.
Listed below are the most famous Hill stations in India; as being the popular destinations, you can find a swarm of tourist in these hill stations but these main stations can connect you to some equally majestic location in villages nearby or towns which are less famous but are less crowded too.
o India is a land of history, regal lineages and archeological ruins. Here is a comprehensive list of the ageless forts and palaces which were crafted ages ago yet they stand testimony to the test of time.
There are all types of places in India for a family holiday. From the architectural trails of the past to the serene valleys of Himalayas and Nilgiris, religious getaways to ocean hideaways; India is a package that no one denies.
o The paradise of India: Himachal Pradesh
o Heaven on Earth: Kashmir
o The Golden Triangle: Delhi-Agra-Jaipur
o Northeast: Meghalaya, Darjeeling, Assam, Nagaland.
o The religious and adventurous combo: Haridwar and Rishikesh
o Rajasthan Jewels: Jodhpur and Udaipur
o Nainital and Jim Corbett National Park
o The Indian Islands: Andaman and Nicobar
o God’s own country: Kerala
o The holy city: Banaras
o Puri in Orissa
o City of Dreams: Mumbai
o Kashmir of South: Coorg, Ooty, Kodaikanal
There are myriad of things which a couple can enjoy in India depending on the interest of a person. Some of the things which are trending as couple activities are mentioned here:
A comprehensive list of places which are mostly visited for a honeymoon in India are:
o Srinagar (Kashmir)
o Jaisalmer (Rajasthan)
o Agra (Uttar Pradesh)
o Andaman Islands
o Manali (Himanchal Pradesh)
o Udaipur (Rajasthan)
o Alleppey (Kerala)
o Coorg (Karnataka)
o Gangtok (Northeast India)
o Munnar (Kerala)
o Coonor (Karnataka)
o Matheran (Maharashtra)
o Mussoorie (Uttarakhand)
o Mt. Abu (Rajasthan)
o Lonavala and Khandala (Maharashtra)
o Hampi (Karnataka)
o Meghalaya (Northeast India)
o Leh (Ladakh)
There roads are scenic and loaded with adventure on these routes. Make your India bike trip an exhilarating experience by riding on these terrains.
o Guwahati to Tawang
o Manali to leh ladakh
o Shillong to Cherrapunjee
o Jaipur to Jaisalmer
o Mumbai to Goa
o Delhi to Nainital
o Ahmedabad to Kutch
o Shimla to Spiti Valley
o Valparai to Vazhachal Forest
o Chennai to Pondicherry
o Delhi – Ranthambore
o Darjeeling to Sikkim
Himalayas are the strength of India and is considered a shield that is worshipped by the people in India. The magnificent appearance and firmness of these mountains can be experienced from many places in India, some of which are listed below.
o Suru Valley, Zanskar Valley, Nubra Valley (Leh Ladakh)
o Parvati and Tirthan Valley, Himachal Pradesh
o Spiti and Lahaul Valley, Himachal Pradesh- Kaza, Tabo, Nako.
o Betab Valley
o Kinnaur Valley, Himachal Pradesh- Sangla, Raksham Chitkul
o Bhagirathi Valley, Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand
o Brahmaputra Valley, Assam
o Doon Valley
o Har ki Doon Valley, Uttarakhand
India is surrounded by the Ocean on three sides and that denotes the presence of endless beaches. The most famous beaches in India are:
India is known as the birthplace of Yoga Vidya. The best places where you can find numerous yoga retreats to learn and practice are:
If you don’t find timeless temples in India, where else in the world will you find then? The most famous temples in India are:
India is a treasure trove of archeological sites, some of the most famous UNESCO world heritage sites in India are:
A large chunk of the Indian land still belongs to rustic and raw villages and the best way to experience them is by taking a village safari on the given routes and destinations:
Some of the must carry things to your trip to India are listed below based on people’s experiences.
Ayurveda healing in India is an art of medication since inception and the best places to enjoy a retreat can be:
India is known for its heritage and cultural diversity; some of the famous heritage destinations in India are:
India is a very vast countries and not every city is a night city. The nightlife culture is mainly seen in the metro cities of India such as:
There are river and ocean Islands in India and some of the best islands are listed below:
Being surrounded by the sea from three sides, India is an ideal cruising destination. Some of the destinations which can serve your desire of cruising at the best are:
There are many water parks in India to beat the summer heat but the best and the craziest ones are listed below:
India is a gifted land, bestowed with some of the famous rivers in the world. Almost all the rivers of India makes good tides for rafting adventures, some of the places where you can enjoy rafting are:
India celebrates every month with one or the other festivals and the most famous ones are:
Some of the famous and old museums in India are:
The Himalayan slopes make India an idyllic destination for ski enthusiasts. Some of the destinations where you can slide and plunge with your ski gears are:
The North India has Himalayas, river Ganges and Indus; this is side of the country is rich in beautiful places to enjoy a scenic sojourn.
South India is the land of culture, tea, spices and coffee cultivation and beaches.
West India envelops the famous Thar Desert in its lap, the heritage forts and the economic capital of India- Mumbai.
East India is a slice of India and a well kept jewel, the Himalayan ranges are also found in the east India.
The most famous waterfalls in India are scattered across the country’s length and breadth and are listed below:
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27 November 2017
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11 November 2015
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01 February 2018
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