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    Bored with the conventional tours? Would you rather prefer something that is adventurous? Well, then it is time for you to go old school. Why not hop on your mountain bike and explore the wilderness?

    After all, getting down to the bare basics is one of the best ways to enjoy life. Cycling is a refreshing experience. You get to engage your mind, body and soul. It is one such activity that lets you connect to nature and discover yourself. In India, nature is supreme and what better way to travel around exotic places than cycling! While some of the bicycle touring experiences offer breathtaking views of the mountains, others promise you a great time within the magical landscape of the dense forest.

    Best Places for Cycling in India:

    1. Riding along the beautiful Pangong lake circuit, Ladakh

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    Riding on the beautiful lands of Ladakh surrounded by snow capped mountains and fresh air will transport you to a world of heavenly bliss. Ladakh is a cycling paradise for all cyclist. It really does not matter if you are an amateur or a hard core cycling buff. If a great time with nature is what thrills you the most, then wait no more, hit the Pangong Lake Circuits of Ladakh, ride through the mountains and the cliffs, and feel free yourself. Refresh, re-energise and rejuvenate.

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    Just watch your steps at the Chang La pass which is one of the highest and most dangerous passes in Ladakh. The ride takes you through along the shores of the lake Pangong, a stretch of road that brings the cyclist in you out in the open. With the view of blue water stretching towards a vast summit on one end and the barren mountains of the Chang Chenmo on the other side, the ride promises to be a breathtaking experience.  The circuit of the bicycle tour includes Leh - Karu - Chang-la- Durbuk - Tangse- Luckung- Spangmik and back to Leh.

    The route passes through picturesque villages of Shey and Thiksey, and touches Indus valley through the valleys of Chemrey and Sakti. And, Tangse is located just beyond the foot of the pass. However, one of the main attractions of this particular bicycle touring experience is a long basin of inland drainage that is divided by the India and China border. The entire tour lasts for three to four days.

    Distance 300kms

    2. Mountain Saga: All the way from Manali to Leh

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    The thrill of pedaling down the lanes of Manali with cold breeze hitting you is worth a try. Landscapes, a perfect weather condition and the high altitude, what more can a cyclist ask for? The ride from Manali to Leh is beautiful and memorable.

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    The beautiful route takes you through some of the greatest ranges of the country like the Rohtang La which is 3,979 m high, followed by Pir Panjal, Baralacha La. The great Himalayan range is a beautiful sight that makes you proud and then later comes the other ranges like the Nakeela, Lachulung La and the Taglang La all that forms the Zanskar Range. The tour usually lasts around fifteen days.

    Distance: 500 km

    3. Entering the region of lush green landscapes, Western Ghats

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    The very thought of spiralling roads, screech of the tires as they pass by the muddy slopes and the greenery that fills up every direction of your sight. These tours are generally held in later weeks of the September where the monsoons would have subsided up to a huge extent, leaving the roads less slippery and cleaner. It starts from Bangalore and covers the following destinations -- Madikeri, Kukke, Sakleshpur, Chikmagalur, Lokavalli, Koppa and Mangalore. It lasts for ten days.

    Apart from wildlife sanctuaries, coffee estates and reserve forests, you can also pass through several temples that are shining examples of architecture -- Belur and Halebidu. The cost of the tour varies from time to time depending on the number of people involved and the number of days the entire expedition would last.

    Distance: 400 km

    4. Biking through mountains of the Spiti Valley

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    The biker in you would definitely fancy a joyful and pleasant ride where the road is rough and challenging. The Spiti Valley is your destination. Apart from the clear skies that make your ride enjoyable, you will also witness several monks along the streets waving their spiritual flags. The weather in the Spiti Valley changes with a blink of an eye but that's the joy of riding a bicycle with such climatic changes.

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    The tour starts from Shimla and moves to Narkanda, Rampur, Rampur, Sarahan, Reckong Peo, Kalpa, Pooh, Nako, Tabo, Kaza, Kaza-ki-kibber-kaza, Losar, Chhatra and back to Manali. The tour lasts for fifteen days. Moreover, the valley has terrain vegetation with climate that is similar to Tibet. The Spiti Valley is located in the Himalayan Mountain ranges that lies between Tibet, Ladakh, Kinnaur, Lahaul and Kulu. These trips are organised thrice a year and once in every three months.

    Distance: 600 km

    5. From deserts to monuments: Jodhpur to Delhi

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    The cycling tour begins in Delhi where the passengers as well as their equipments are transferred to Jodhpur via train. The tour starts in Jodhpur and follows along the Sardar Samand Lake.  The ride later takes you to Narlai in the ancient town of Pali. While on one end there are hills whereas on the other there is a desert.

    Later, we visit the historic town of Kumbalgarh. The sandy desert stretches to the far end and on the other side there are small towns and villages where one can witness the beauty and culture of rural India. The tour then moves to Devigarh and ends at Udaipur. The entire trip lasts around ten days.

    Distance: 400 km

    6. Embark on a journey through a classic Kerala bike trail

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    It's called God’s own country, then why let it plunge to pollution? The sound of the water from far end trickles down your ears and then the intoxicating fragrance in the air makes the trip more splendid. Bike tours in Kerala are held in between August and September every year.

    The tour starts from Cochin and moves to Thattakad, Munnar, Thekkady, Vembanad Lake, Marari Beach and ends at Cochin again. It lasts for eight days. Bikers will be cycling in India through diverse landscapes, from lush green forests to breezy beaches.

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    Apart from traversing through historic towns and relishing some authentic Kerala cuisine, this cycling holiday offers an opportunity to explore the spice capital of the country.

    Distance: 400 km

    7. Mountains meet the horizon: Corbett, Uttarakhand

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    Biking on the mountains is in itself a whole new experience. The mountain ranges nestled the greens of the Corbett is the best place for mountain biking. As you cycle by the high mountain ranges, you can explore the deep woods, some of the deserted villages and of course the aesthetic landscapes that will help you realise the incredibility of India.

    Biking here is considered a sport with instructors and guides to help you wade through the dense greenery and farmland of the place. The tour starts from Pune and covers the following places – Ramnagar, Siddheshwar Temple and Baur Bridge till you hit Gadgada Forest Check Post. There are a few mildly challenging routes on the way through forest streams and old pathways but they are enjoyable to say the least.

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    As a part of the tour you will also pass through tuny rustic villages, farm sides and forests in and around the park. Apart from cycling alongside the shores and forest streams, you will also bear witness to the beautiful culture of the locals. The price of the adventure tour depends on the distance you intend to travel. The entire trip lasts around eight days.

    Distance: 108 km

    Bicycle Touring Tips:

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    Here are some tips to make your ride better and easier as cycling in India is a challenge and you may come across many difficulties in the process

    1. Gear up your bike: Do not give your bike a chance to complain. You know the feeling of a smooth ride when the chains are new and strong. They do not tire your legs either. Give your bike that it needs to make your ride through rocky and bumpy areas, a soft ride. Your bicycle is your only companion throughout the journey. So give it the care it deserves.

    2. Be prepared: A tool kit, puncture repair kit, a mini air-pump and a cell-phone are some of the tools which could come handy anytime during the journey. Do not let these small things bother you later when you really require these instruments.

    3. Be safe: Carry a LED head light, blinking safety lights, sunglasses and some cycling safety accessories. Helmets are important too. Make sure your cycle has reflectors attached in order to caution other vehicles during times of poor visibility.

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    4. Plan your trip: Don’t exert yourself in order to accomplish your goals of reaching your destination as soon as you can. Cycle how much you can and plan your path according to the terrain. Carry a map, or a GPS device to plan your journey on board.

    5. Prepare yourself: Your cycle is definitely the tool, but you are the engine to the pedal. Do not plan a long distance trip which is beyond your endurance. Prepare yourself well ahead of time and practice some mini rides way before the main long distance ride. Pack some high energy foods like bananas and whole grain bars. Do not consume energy drinks, as they can dehydrate you sooner due to their high sugar content. Pack plenty of water instead.

    6. Take constant breaks: If you are tired, do not over-exert yourself. Don’t wait until you are thirsty. Hydrate yourself occasionally. Take constant breaks and make sure your team members are in a position to keep up as well. Ask around the locals for some nearby eateries and enjoy the trip casually. Conduct some stretching exercises in regular intervals. Your thighs need some constant stretching, which otherwise could be strenuous to them.

    Dos and Don’ts while Cycling in India:

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    There are a few tricks you can follow to make your trip good one; and a few things that you might want to consider that could be



    · Use a bike that is right for your body.

    ·Your bike setup is extremely important.

    · Check your tire pressure and lubricate your chain at regular intervals.

    · Keep your saddle at the right height.

    · What you wear has to be comfortable. Padded cycling shorts and cycling jerseys can make a lot of difference.

    · Wear good cycling shoes.

    · Carry a waterproof jacket.

    · Wear a helmet and keep your cycle lights functioning.

    · Keep your luggage light. Carry only the important items with you.


    · Don’t wear cotton against your skin.

    · Don’t overload your cycle with unnecessary items.

    · Don’t ride with badly installed parts. They can be dangerous.

    · Don’t overexert yourself.

    · Don’t use a cycle too big or too small for you.

    · Don’t ride in the middle of the road. Follow road safety.

    · Don’t use mobile phone or earphones while cycling.

    Happy Cycling!

Cycling in India



Corbett National Park

Expanded over an area of 308 sq km, Jim Corbett National Park was established in the year 1936 and is one of the oldest national parks in the country. Situated at the base of the magnificent Himalayas, it is the first Tiger Reserve in the country and stands to be one of the most popular weekend getaways from Delhi. Though visitors are allowed to certain parts of the reserve, the park makes for a fun and exciting wildlife tour.

The national park is the perfect place for those wildlife species that seek refuge in its wonderfully green thickets. As the first national park to introduce and execute the ‘Project tiger’ campaign, Corbett national Park has been repeatedly termed as one of the best national parks in the country! So get your cameras and binoculars ready to go wildlife exploring soon!

Distance from Delhi: 254km

Best time to visit: November to June

Attractions: Bengal Tigers, Indian Elephant, Wild Buffaloes, Leopards, Crocodiles and Gharials

Activities: Jeep Safari, Elephant Safari, Wildlife Tours and nature photography


Lal Tibba

In the local language, Lal Tibba means the Red Hill. This is said to be the oldest and the most populated place in Mussoorie. The place is known for its scenic beauty courtesy the pleasant sunrise and sunset that leave the visitors spell bound. Do carry woolens irrespective of the month of the visit.

Location: It is situated in the Landour area and lies at an altitude of 8000 metre above the sea level.

Highlights: Lal Tibba is even famous as the Depot Hill because of the presence of a depot here. Besides this there is camp of the Indian Military services, All India Radio and Doordarshan. Hills of the Lal Tibba are also popular amongst the shoppers as there are a number of markets in the nearby areas.

Best Time: The best and the most ideal time to visit Lal Tibba is the summer months of March and June. Avoid travel during the monsoon months as there maybe leeches here.

Valley of Flowers Trek

Amongst all the exhilarating trekking in Uttaranchal or Uttarakhand, the trek to the Valley of Flowers is known to be the most enchanting and mesmeric. Discovered in 1931 by Frank Smith, a vivid botanist, explorer and mountaineer, the locals still believes the valley to be the abode of the angels and fairies.

The mystical and heavenly appearance, mesmeric beauty and the splendid outlook of the valley make it such.
Originating from Ghangria; on the foothills of the Western Himalayas, this fascinating trek comprises of rugged terrains, narrow passages, enticing views of the nearby peaks and steep climbs.

 Ascending the strenuous terrains, it takes around a few hours to reach the main valley and upon reaching the flat land, one should spend enough time exploring and witnessing the wonders of the nature.

Best season:
 Mid July to Mid August

 6 Days

 3,600 m


Visit the adventure capital of India, the marvelous and thrilling city of Rishikesh on your next vacation with your friends and family!  The 'Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas', Rishikesh is located at the base of the Himalayas and is blessed with the gorgeous, thundering river of Ganga, the popular trek friendly rugged terrains, challenging peaks, strenuous rapids and dense forests! If you are an ardent traveler, then Rishikesh makes for one of the most ideal weekend getaways near Delhi.

Being one of the holiest cities in India, Rishikesh is quite famous for its scenic landscape and serves as a gateway to other important religious centers such as Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. The adventurer paradise is a happening hub of many ancient temples and attractions such as Gita Bhawan, Laxman Jhula, Bharat Mandir, Neelkanth Mahadev, Swarga Ashram, Triveni Ghat amongst others! Grab your cameras and adventure gear and head to Rishikesh for an adventure packed holiday!

Distance from Delhi: 228km

Best time to visit: Throughout the year

Attractions: Triveni Ghat, Ram and Lakshman Jhula, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple and Vashista Cave

Activities: River Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Camping, Rappelling, Rock Climbing and Trekking 



If lush green plains and misty clouds allure you to nestle in a hammock and read a good book, far away from the city life then you need to head to Nainital, a stellar getaway place near Delhi for trekkers and nature lovers alike! Situated in the Kumaon foothills of the Himalayan ranges, Nainital is also known as the 'Lake District' of India.

 It has also been termed as a pious place for Hindus and is one of the most popular hill stations near Delhi due to its fascinating hills, picturesque plains, enjoyable climate and stunning lakes.  Adventurers engage in trekking activities and hike to the top of the beautiful hills just to witness the beautiful view and the wispy sky.

Distance from Delhi: 278km

Best time to visit: March to June and October to February.

Attractions: Nainital Lake, Governor's House, Eco Cave Gardens, Naini Peak and Snow View Point

Activities: Lake Visits, Village and Wildlife tours, Cable Car Rides, Rock Climbing and Trekking


Chopta-Tungnath Trek

Chopta Tungnath trek is a relatively unexplored trekking destination, which is known for its mesmerizing scenic beauty. The trek towards Tungnath, the 3 from Tungnath takes you to Chandrashila, which is situated at an altitude of 4,000 meters above sea level.

Chopta is blessed with rich flora and fauna as it is located in the midst of dense forests, with a beautiful floor of rhododendrons, interspersed by deodar and pine trees. During the first one and half kilometers, you will pass through a sea of brightly coloured rhododendrons and silver oak forests. Following this the vista opens to green alpine meadows which take you to the Tungnath temple.

According to folklore, the arms of Lord Shiva are believed to have emerged here. On trekking a kilometer further ahead, you will reach the Chandrashila peak from where you get spectacular views of the snow capped peaks of the Himalayas glistening in the sun rays. The grassy meadows of the region make it an ideal spot for camping too.

Chopta is well-connected by roadways connecting Guptakashi and Gopeshwar. The weather is lovely and the views are simply breathtaking.

Best season: May to June and August to September

Duration: 3 Days

Altitude: 3680 m



Known as the ‘Queen of the Hill Stations’, Mussoorie is situated in the foothills of the Himalayas and was discovered by Captain Young in the 18th century. It serves as a perfect getaway to escape from the heat of Delhi summers and is located at an altitude of 2000m above sea level. Mussoorie has its emerald hills enveloped in thick, rich greenery and attracts tourists from all over the country!  You can explore the quaint marketplaces in Mussoorie and sightsee some of the popular landmarks in the area such as Landour Bazaar, Lal Tibba, Chaar Dukkan, Gun Hill, the Mussoorie Library and the Savoy Hotel.

Mussoorie is undoubtedly one of the best hill stations in the country. Home to some of the most stunning waterfalls in Uttarakhand, Mussoorie offers the most enchanting panoramic view of the Shivalik Ranges and the Doon Valley.

Distance from Delhi: 270km

Best time to visit: March to June and September to November

Attractions: Gun Hill, Waterfalls, Lakes, Benog Wildlife sanctuary, Tibetan Buddhist temple,  Sir George Everest's House and Nag Devta Temple

Activities: Trekking, Nature Walks, Bird Watching, Boating, Ropeway Rides and Temple Visits


Nag Tibba

One of the most well-known treks near Delhi, the Nag Tibba peak stands in the Tehri Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. This trek over the weekend is witnessing growing footfalls, and offers splendid views of the Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, Gangotri and Kedarnath mountain peaks en route.

What makes this an ideal first trek are the relatively easy routes etched along the mountain. Thick Deodar forests blanket the hill, and the best seasons to visit are between February and June, and September to December. The Nag Tibba trek route is circular in nature, and the differing starting and ending points ensure that there is no overlap at any point. The lush meadows hide patches behind them that act as serene camping sites.

Distance from Delhi: 347.4 Kilometers approximately

Nearest Railhead:
Dehradun Railway Station


Har Ki Doon

A pristine hanging valley in the Garhwal range, Har Ki Doon is one of the simplest trekking places near Delhi—making it an ideal foray into Himalayan trekking for amateurs. Fulfilling scenes of nature’s majesty carry you through rampant alpine vegetation, glaciers and breath-taking views. For the hill folk, time has remained elusive and one gets to notice their lives from close quarters. The best season to visit is during the months from April to November, and is one of the closest places for trekking in Delhi.

Distance from Delhi: 299 Kilometres approximately

Nearest Railhead: Dehradun Railway Station


Kedarkantha Trek

Close to another marvel of nature, Har Ki Doon, lies the Kedarkantha trek passing through windy trails of the Garhwal Himalayas. A classic winter trek unravelling untouched mountain-villages on its path, it’s the perfect trek to prepare for the other more arduous Himalayan treks. 

Abound with flora and fauna, the Kedarkantha treks passes around the rim of Govind National Park and is open throughout the year. This place for trekking near Delhi is flanked by the Swargarohini peak and a hanging valley, complete with views that’ll blow your mind away.

Distance from Delhi: 428.2 Kilometres approximately

Nearest Railhead: Dehradun Railway Station


Pangong Lake

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.


Nubra Valley

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 for 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 centre 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

To see the pure, rugged face of nature, One must visit Ladakh once in their lifetime.


Khardung La

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.


Tso Moriri Lake

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.


Shanti Stupa

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

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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