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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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Immersing yourselves in the serene beauty of the mountains is easier when you have luxurious rooms to stay in, clean beds to rest upon, and delicious food to indulge in. The best resorts in Shimla offer all of these things with the added bonus of great mountain views. Located in and around Shimla, these resorts represent the best of what the popular hill station has to offer.
Camping in Shimla is a particularly exotic experience. To sit in front of a crackling bonfire as the chilly winds hover around and the stars twinkle down magnanimously upon you while the warmth of your tent beckons invitingly, is a great way to enjoy Shimla’s beauty. Camp stays allow you to enjoy an equal mix of adventure and romance, and make way for wonderful memories. Great places for camp stays in Shimla include,
Homestays are delightful accommodations that provide guests with the comfort of a home away from home while also ensuring that the luxuries of a hotel stay are available to them. There are several homestays in Shimla that combine comfort with scenic landscapes and offer an altogether paradisiacal living experience. Some of these include,
Shimla is a very popular honeymoon destination, and it isn’t hard to understand why. The peace and solitude of the hills in combination with the joys of the Mall Road make for a fun-filled romantic time. There are several grand resorts in Shimla that offer beautiful rooms and cottages along with luxuries amenities that contribute to making your stay full of romance. Some of the best romantic resorts in and around Shimla include,
Shimla is a wonderful destination for families looking to enjoy a time full of adventure and peace. There is a lot in Shimla for children to enjoy, and a good resort only adds to the fun and beauty of your stay. There are many resorts in Shimla to choose from but some of the best family-centric resorts have facilities for the convenience of both children and parents, thus allowing everyone to have a great time.
Shimla is a great destination for all sorts of travellers. The abundance of luxury resorts around the location does not detract from the many good budget resorts that populate the hills around Shimla. These stays offer comfortable rooms with clean furnishings, and while they are low in cost, they are rich in luxurious mountain views. Some of the best budget stays in Shimla include,
To reside in a quaint cottage with the towering mountains surrounding you on all sides, and the soft breezes blowing in healthy mountain air is a great experience. The cottages in Shimla are mainly located in remote locations on the mountains and so offer the best of solitude and serenity. They come equipped with fully-furnished kitchenettes, but in some cases, you also have the option of ordering food from the kitchens of the cottage provider. Cottages are available from resorts as well as independent providers.
India is, on the whole, an exotic country full of myriad experiences. In order to best enjoy its diversity, travellers first need to establish themselves comfortably in a great resort. The places you stay in can make or break your vacation, so make sure to choose from the best. Some of the best resorts in India include,
India is one of the most wildlife rich countries. There are over a thousand wildlife reserves and national parks in India, and the best part about them is that tourists can stay in them. To be nestled in the lap of nature, simply kicking back and relaxing, is a great way to rejuvenate your mind and body. Most wildlife resorts also offer safaris through the sanctuary so that your stay can be interesting and informative at once. Some of the best wildlife resorts in India include,
The diverse landscape of India is an adventure lover’s joy. Camping is especially enjoyable when you have so many terrains to choose from. You can camp in rain forests, or in scorching deserts. Bare mountain tops and tiger reserves are always an option too. Camping lets you build some exotic memories as you enjoy adventure activities to your heart’s delight. Sleeping under starry skies with crackling bonfires outside adds further zest to the camping life. Some of the best camps in India include,
North India is a huge and varied region and every state has its own natural and cultural beauty. Homestays allow you to experience the best of North India while living in a space full of solitude. Not only can you enjoy the culture and traditions of North India with homestays, but also partake of a lot of yummy North Indian food. Feel at home with the best home stays in North India which include,
South India is as different from North India as possible, and yet, it has a allure of its own. To enjoy the peace and serenity of the moist hills of the Nilgiris or the backwaters of Kerala is a special experience altogether. Living in tea and spice plantations is a majestic experience too. All of these can be enjoyed with homestays in South India. Some of the best homestays in South India include,
The diverse and colourful landscape of India has a romance of its own. Whether you want to enjoy the seclusion of the hills, the adventure of the beaches or the majesty of the palaces, India has all of these to offer you and your partner. There are plenty of luxury resorts in all vacation destinations, and so you can choose from the crème de la crème. Some resorts which will heighten the romance of your vacation include,
Luxury seeps into every nook and corner of India and intensifies the glorious experiences that are possible when you vacation in the country. Whether you wish to spend a holiday nestled in the midst of misty mountains or whether you want to enjoy the water on the golden beaches- there are luxury resorts nearby that will add zest to your experiences. Some of the best luxury resorts in India include,
India has a magnificent coastline and the beaches that sparkle along the coast are full of life and adventure. There is so much to enjoy on the various beaches across the country that it is hard to know where to begin. Great beach resorts make the vacation a more pleasant experience, so it is vital to choose wisely. Some of the best resorts on India’s beaches include,
Living in a cottage is a very pleasant experience and yields some pretty amazing memories. Cottages allow you to enjoy a private living experience while also enjoying the comforts of a hotel stay. There are many amazing places in India where you can meet with good cottages, both luxury and budget. Couples in search of romance will especially enjoy the cottage lifestyle and families looking for peace and harmony will also find their needs met. Some of the best cottages for a vacation in India are,
Staying in a treehouse is at once adventurous and romantic- the stuff dreams are made of. To sip a cup of hot coffee or tea as the leaves rustle outside the windows and the winds blow chirpily through your quarters is an experience no one can forget. The best tree houses where you can indulge your inner child include,
Houseboats are an enjoyable and offbeat place to reside in, and there is no dearth of them in India. Most houseboats experiences in India are associated with the famous backwaters of Kerala. Some of the best houseboats in Kerala include,
But there are other places apart from Kerala where one can enjoy a stay in a houseboat too. Some of the best houseboats to be had in other places around India include,
If you want to enjoy a cheap and yet wonderful stay on the beaches of India, then beach shacks are a great option. Beach shacks are essentially bars and restaurants which also have lodging facilities. Since the term originated on the beaches of Goa, majority of the beach shacks are to be found there but other places also have good shacks you can explore. Some of the best beach shacks in India include,
Camping is an adventure in itself but camping in a desert is a whole different experience altogether. The vast sweeping landscape full of contrasting weather adds zest to the experience of camping since you can enjoy all kinds of adventure activities when the sun is high and cuddle down in front of a cosy bonfire when cold winds blow at night. There are many desert landscapes in India where you can enjoy a bout of camping. These include,
India has a rich royal past and this heritage has ensured that tourists can enjoy many palatial stays in India. The experience of living in a palace is a unique one since you do not just reside in the palace, you also partake of the royal customs and traditions that operate within the palace. Palatial stays leave you feeling like royalty. While Rajasthan is rich in palaces, there are several other places in the country where palatial stays can be enjoyed. Some great palatial stays include,
Heritage resorts allow you to partake of a history and culture that a modern building will not let you experience, and so staying in a heritage resort is a great way to immerse yourselves in the history and lifestyle of India. Some great heritage resorts in the country include,
If you are looking to immerse yourselves in a traditional Indian style of life, village resorts are a great option to explore. These grandiose resorts allow you to partake of the cultural heritage of the country’s villages while flavouring your stay with a taste of luxury. Some of the best village resorts in India include,
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