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  • It is time for you to check off the most exciting trip, Delhi to Leh from your bucket list and live your dream in the world of mountains and wonders. We have brought for you this comprehensive tour guide that will tell you all you need to know about this trip.

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    Famous for thrilling high altitude passes, extremely gorgeous glacial lakes, and mountains hiding under virgin snow, Ladakh is a fantasy that exists for real. Ladakh has the kind of landscapes you will not find in any other part of the country, which is quite evident from its fame.

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  • 01How to Reach Ladakh from Delhi

    By Air: 

    There are several flights that fly from Delhi to reach Ladakh. The frequency of these flights is very high. There are various connecting flights to Leh via Delhi. The aerial distance between Delhi and Ladakh is approximately 613 kilometers. The flight takes only 1.5 hours to reach Ladakh. After reaching the airport one can easily hire a cab to reach various places in Ladakh. Though the flight schedule may vary due to weather conditions in Leh.

    This is, without a doubt, the most convenient and the fastest mode of traveling as it takes very less time to reach Ladakh via a flight as compared to other modes. The views of the snow-capped mountains from high above are another reason why flying to Ladakh is a good choice.

    Besides, during winters, the airway is the only mode of transportation available to reach Ladakh as due to the heavy snowfall roads are closed. Experience Chadar trek in Ladakh winters and change your life forever. 

    By Road:

    A road trip to Ladakh is an adventure desired by every thrill-seeker in India. The roadway distance between Delhi to Ladakh is around 1000 kilometers if you take Delhi - Manali - Leh route. However, Delhi to Ladakh journey via Srinagar is a little longer with 1230 kilometers to cover. Read about the fixed departures of Ladakh beforehand to plan your holiday soon. 

    If you are into landscape photography or thrilling adventures, you should opt for a road trip so that you can savour the wonders of nature on the way by taking halts wherever the scenery is the best. If you want to avoid mountain sickness, Delhi to Ladakh via Srinagar route is recommended as it lets you acclimatize with a gradual increase in altitude unlike the route via Manali. As the long distance between Delhi and Ladakh cannot be covered in a day, multiple stays during the journeys are necessary irrespective of which route you are taking. 

    It usually takes 2 to 3 days to reach Ladakh via road depending upon the number of halts you take en route. The total travel time is 24 hours, approximately. Also, there is a direct bus which runs between Delhi to Ladakh that passes through Manali with an overnight stop at Keylong. It takes 40 hours to reach Ladakh from Delhi on this bus. Also, know more about the road trips to Leh Ladakh for the best road trip experience.

    By Air and Road:

    If you want to save some time without missing out on the adventurous and thrilling experience to travel via a road to reach Ladakh, you can take a flight to Srinagar and cover the rest of the journey on road. You can easily get a flight from Delhi to Srinagar which will only take 1.5 hours. Major airlines fly to Leh from Delhi like Air India, Jet Airways.

    Ladakh lies at a distance of 420 kilometers from Srinagar. There are rental bikes, cars, and taxis available for Ladakh in Srinagar. So, upon reaching Srinagar, you can choose the option that suits your style and adventure, and start the expedition. It takes 11 to 12 hours to reach from Srinagar to Leh. While you drive through Srinagar - Leh highway, you will realize that this heavenly road connects one heaven to another. The sights of vast expanses of pastures and barren lands, and rivers flowing in the valleys will take your breath away.
  • 02Best Time to Visit Leh

    With views to die for, Leh is a visual delight – another piece of heaven in Kashmir. It looks different during all the seasons but extremely scenic throughout the year. Most people prefer to visit Leh when the temperature is not too cold and the roads are clear with almost no probability of rainfall or snowfall, that is during May, June, July, and August. Then, the months of September and October bring along clear skies and chilly airs of the approaching winter, making it not so ideal time to visit Leh. After that, the winter season sets in, rendering the region isolated from the other parts of the country.

    So, if you are planning a comfortable trip from Delhi to Leh, summers, and autumns are the best seasons. You can consider the months of May, June, July, and September for the trip. The winter months in Ladakh starting from November to March bring extremely low temperatures and frequent snowfalls along, making movement and acclimatization tough.
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  • Highway Routes of Delhi to Leh

  • 04Route 1: Delhi – Manali – Leh

    Distance:
    The road distance between Delhi and Leh via Manali is 1,005 km

    Best Time to Visit:
    It is advisable to avoid taking this route during the monsoon season as water crossings and landslides render the rods dangerous. And the route remains closed from peak winter months to April due to heavy snow. The best time to take this route is May – June,
    and September – October.

    Route Map:
    Delhi – Chandigarh – Manali – Rohtang – Gramphu – Kokhsar – Keylong – Jispa – Darcha – Zingzingbar – Baralacha La – Bharatpur – Sarchu – Gata Loops – Nakee La – Lachulung La – Pang - Tanglang La – Gya – Upshi – Karu – Leh
  • 05Route 2: Delhi – Srinagar – Leh

    Best Time to Visit:
    This route between Delhi and Leh opens before the Manali route. Delhi – Srinagar – Leh route generally remains open from April to mid-November. Post which, it becomes difficult for BRO to clear the snow, and the route is closed for tourists. June to October is the best time to take a trip to Leh via this route.

    Distance: 
    The road distance between Delhi and Leh via Srinagar is 1,230 km

    Route Map:
    Delhi – Patnitop – Srinagar – Sonmarg – Zozi La – Drass – Kargil – Batalik – Dah – Leh
  • Places to Visit During Delhi - Manali - Leh Trip

  • 06Chandigarh

    Rightly popular as “The City Beautiful”, Chandigarh is not only one of the most desirable cities to live in, but also an excellent tourist destination you must explore on your Delhi to Leh trip. Before you make your way towards the mountains and high altitude regions, Chandigarh, with plenty of attractions for you to relish, calls for a halt.

    The city is in stark contrast with Delhi in terms of being well-organized and clean. While Sukhna Lake is a perfect place to enjoy a quiet evening watching the sun drown, Rock Garden is another major attraction in the city that will impress you with its unique man-made sculptures and structures. Chandigarh is also a great place for foodies and shopaholics.

    Also, find out Leh Ladakh tour packages at the best price and offer for your next adventurous holiday.
  • 07Manali

    Counted among the most popular hill stations in the entirety of India, Manali is a scenic town in the state of Himachal Pradesh located at an altitude of 2050 meters. Some of the major tourist attractions in Manali are Hidimba Devi Temple, Bijli Mahadev Temple, and Beas River. Apart from these tourist attractions, you have a long list of snow activities to try in Manali.

    Furthermore, Manali also houses a few popular trekking trails, namely Bhrigu Lake Trek, Beas Kund Trek, and Bijli Mahadev Trek. Also, check out Manali Ladakh trekking for one of the most adventurous treks. You should definitely take a halt to get a glimpse of the beauty you are headed to experience on your journey ahead. Don't forget to know more about Manali to Leh highways, routes, and other details before planning a road trip to Leh.
  • 08Rohtang Pass

    As you move ahead of Manali, amazingly pretty vistas await you at Rohtang Pass. This pass is located at a distance of 51 km from Manali Town and boasts an elevation of  13,050 feet. If you are interested in landscape photography, you will find Rohtang Pass irresistible.

    Green pastures with snow-clad mountains in the background will grab your attention instantly and will compel you to spend a couple of hours appreciating the beauty of the paradisiacal landscape that makes this spot an important stop on Delhi to Leh trip. If you visit Rohtang Pass in winters, you will find the entire place covered in white sheets of snow.

    Also, check out all the important mountain passes in Ladakh which forms major tourist attraction of Ladakh.
  • 09Keylong

    Lying 120 km north of Manali, Keylong is another beautiful place that is worth becoming your temporary destination on your Delhi to Leh journey. There are numerous natural and man-made wonders that make Keylong an excellent stopover on your dream trip.

    Keylong is located in Lahaul and Spiti district, and the cultural nuances that can be seen here are quite different from that of Kullu and Manali. You will come across a number of monasteries here, the most prominent ones of which are Shashur and Kardhang monasteries. Besides, the magnificent sights of Baralacha La Pass and Suraj Tal here will take your breath away.

    Click here to get the list of all the Monasteries in Ladakh that you must visit on your vacation to Leh Ladakh.
  • 10Jispa

    At a short distance of approximately 20 km from Keylong lies this quaint village in Spiti and Lahaul district of Himachal Pradesh. Jispa is located at an elevation of 10,500 feet and holds within its realm a rich culture to experience and dreamy vistas to relish and click on your cameras.

    The village is located by the river Bhaga and houses several chortens and stupas. The journey from Keylong to Jispa will become the highlight of your trip owing to the outstanding landscapes you will come across while driving amidst the snow-laden mountains. This beautiful place is definitely worthy of an overnight stay.
  • 11Darcha

    One of those remote villages in Lahaul that have earned a reputation among backpackers, Darcha is a remote village with a scarce population. This place, apart from being a common stopover, enjoys popularity among trekkers.

    The unbelievably picturesque landscape of the village with lofty hills and mountains surrounding it makes it an excellent spot for shutterbugs where they can easily find some surreal frames to freeze. If you plan on staying at Darcha overnight, you are going to love the camping experience here because there will be millions of stars studded in a clear sky to keep you company.

    Here is the list of best tour packages of Ladakh to experience the best of Ladakh on your next holiday to this mesmerising landscape of nature.
  • 12Zingzing Bar

    If someone has taken a bike trip from Delhi to Leh, there is no way they would not remember Zingzing Bar. Lying 18 km ahead of Baralacha La between Jispa and Sarchu, this bar is an excellent point where you can park your vehicles and put your body to some rest before the enthralling journey that awaits ahead.

    Beverages and food items are available here so that you can refuel your body. The spot, apart from relaxation and refueling, also offers peace, which is, of course, free of cost. Owing to the beautiful location of Zingzing Bar, many travelers can be seen clicking landscape pictures and selfies here.

    Leh Ladakh Bike Trip is every biker's dream and to make that come true, we've included everything one needs to know from the best routes to highway status to everything you should know.
  • 13Baralacha La Pass

    If you are an adventure freak living in India, you must have heard of Baralacha La umpteen times. This high altitude pass is located on an elevation of 16,043 feet, and riding a bike here is a memory to treasure. That is the reason why anybody who has been on Delhi to Leh trip cannot resist uploading their selfies at Baralacha La Pass.

    The region is blanketed with thick snow which makes passing through here a delightful yet a tough ride. This pass connects Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir to Lahaul in Lahaul and Spiti, and thus plays an important role in promoting the mobility in the region. 

    If you love adventure then here is a list of all the adventure activities in Ladakh that you shouldn't miss out on your next trip.
  • 14Sarchu

    This place played an important role being a major trading point in Silk Route and is now a popular tourist destination. The town sits at a whopping elevation of 14,070 feet above the sea level and serves as a stopover point during Delhi to Ladakh journey.

    Due to its high altitude location, the place stays hidden under the whites of snow during winter months, so most tourists visit it between the months of June and September. Though place does not have much in terms of tourist attractions, taking an overnight break here is both enjoyable in best camps in Sarchu and necessary to stay in good shape.

  • 15Gata Loops

    If you have not taken Leh to Ladakh route yet, chances are, you have not heard of Gata Loops. It is basically a road section with 21 hairpin bends which is nerve-wracking as it is. The stories of paranormal sightings here make the place all the more terrifying. It is said that the ghost of a man who had died and buried here often makes appearances.

    So, if you love mysteries, the place is going to serve as a great point, passing through which while hoping to catch a sight of the ghost will send chills down your spine in the already frosty atmosphere at a height of almost 15,000 feet.
  • 16Lachulung La Pass

    Imagine how thrilling it would feel to drive at an altitude of 16,600 feet – that is the experience you will undertake while you pass through Lachulung La – a high altitude pass in Ladakh region. The pass connects the valleys of Tozay and Tsarap Chu.

    The landscape created by the mountains around the pass wearing sheets of snow make it appear really stunning. This pass lies 54 km ahead of Sarchu and makes for a popular halt point where people love to treasure the moments by capturing videos and photographs

    Manali to Leh Road Trip Packages includes a wide array of options such as bike tours, jeep safari tours, and cycling expeditions to embark on an epic journey.
  • 17Pang

    It is the world’s highest transit camp, boasting an altitude of 15,640 feet. It is an ideal spot to take a halt on your Delhi to Ladakh trip as food and accommodation are available here. The journey is sure to tire you with low oxygen levels and rugged roads, and places like Pang offer much-needed rest and recharge to the travelers.

    The landscape of Pang introduces you to unique geography and vivid colors of Ladakh. Hence, it is also an excellent place to take out your cameras and indulge in a memorable photography session.

    A good way to celebrate this beautiful world is to camp, it means to get away far from the madding crowd. So, here is a complete information about campsites in Ladakh for your next trip.
  • 18Tanglang La Pass

    Ladakh is the land of high passes, so it is natural to expect a number of iconic high altitude passes while you cover your long journey from Delhi to Ladakh. Tanglang La is another popular spot that falls on the dream route.

    Counted among the highest motorable roads in the world, Tanglang La Pass claims an elevation of 17,480 feet. The oxygen level decreases drastically by the time you reach this pass, so it is better to be prepared to fight mountain sickness out. The dramatic landscape of the pass under the dramatic sky looks absolutely stunning and will keep you busy with your camera for a while.

    Want a taste of the rich Ladakhi traditions and way of life? Stay at these warm and comfortable homestays in Ladakh that offer the grandest welcome and home alike feel.
  • 19Upshi

    As you drive further from Tanglang La, the elevation will start to decrease and you will descend to reach Upshi. The site has a bridge spanning over Indus River which you are supposed to cross to continue your journey.

    You may not have heard the name of this place before but you must have come across videos and pictures from this place in your Instagram feed. The place is extremely scenic and makes for a good place for a short stopover.
  • 20Karu

    This is one of the most important places for taking a halt on Delhi to Leh trip. It is a small village inhabited by a small population, housing an army camp. What makes this place an important point on the trip is the presence of a petrol pump here. It is recommended to fill up your tanks at Karu before continuing with your journey.

    If you are returning from Leh and do not have enough fuel, you must get it at Karu because there isn’t any fuel station anywhere near ahead. Karu is located at a distance of 30 km from Leh. 

    Ladakhi treks will make your adventure trip to Ladakh a lot more exciting with some majestic sights of the wild region with the vast surroundings.
  • 21Leh

    After a long journey full of horrors and treats, you will reach Leh Town located at an elevation of 11,480 feet, which is more than just a visual delight. The town houses a number of iconic places for you to discover including the renowned Shanti Stupa and Leh Palace.

    You can also take a stroll in the vibrant market of Leh where you can spend some fun time shopping and dining. Leh also has a fair number of accommodation options that will soothe your body tired from the exhilarating trip. As far as the landscape is concerned, you just cannot get enough of beautiful attractions and activities in Leh

    In Leh Ladakh Sightseeing Tour, get up close and explore the natural beauty of the upper Himalayas as you discover the culture and heritage of Leh.
  • Places to Visit During Delhi - Srinagar - Leh Trip

  • 22Dal Lake

    Inarguably the prettiest lake in the entire country, Dal Lake is the major reason why Kashmir is called “Paradise on Earth”. This lake located in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu & Kashmir state, is the most iconic site in the state. Watching a sunset while enjoying shikara boat ride in the tranquil waters of Dal Lake is the kind of experience that gets etched in one’s memory and stays there forever.

    If you plan to visit Srinagar, a stay experience at a houseboat on the lake is a must to experience the authentic Kashmiri hospitality. The lake also gives ample opportunities to shutterbugs with vistas that will render you speechless.
  • 23Sonmarg

    A treat for your eyes and a soothing sensation for your soul, Sonmarg is a little piece of heaven for you on your Delhi to Ladakh trip. The valley is located at a distance of 87 km from Srinagar and is well-connected via roadway and railway.

    While the valley features velvety green meadows surrounded by lush green forests during summers, winters whitewash this whole place, turning it into a fairyland. The views of imposing Himalayan peaks covered in snow make the valley appear all the more picturesque. Owing to its open meadows that are truly picture-perfect, Sonmarg is loved by photographers all over the country.
  • 24Drass Valley

    It is a town in the Kargil district of Jammu and Kashmir with plenty of places to amuse the explorers visiting this place. Also known as “Gateway to Ladakh,” Drass is located at a distance of 60 km from Kargil Town.

    Apart from numerous places of interest, what makes Drass a popular tourist destination is its breathtaking landscapes and its extreme climate. Drass is the coldest inhabited place in India and the second coldest in the world after Siberia. Some of the attractions you may cover on your visit to Drass are Ningnoor Masjid, Suru Valley, Manman Top, and Brigade War Gallery.

  • 25Kargil

    One of the most important places in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Kargil Town is located in the Kargil district and is the second largest town in Ladakh after Leh Town. The region was not quite popular before the Kargil War that was fought in 1999 between India and Pakistan.

    The town has in store for you some good stay options and a market with quite a few shops. Located at an altitude of 8,780 feet, Kargil has beautiful landscapes that are further adorned by the snow-covered mighty mountains that surround it from all sides. Kargil war Memorial and Jama Masjid are the major tourist attractions in Kargil.

  • 26Mulbekh

    This is an underrated place that is worthy of a visit on Delhi to Leh trip. It is a town lying at a distance of 45 km from Kargil and can be definitely considered for a short halt and little exploration. Mulbekh is an interesting site for culture vultures as it is replete with Buddhist structures.

    Mulbekh is home to Mulbekh Monastery which consists of two gompas; one of which belongs to Drukpa sect and another one, Gelugpa sect. The town boasts an altitude of above 10,834 feet while the gompas are located at a height of 11,495 feet. Chamba statue is another famous attraction here.
  • 27Lamayuru

    It is a Buddhist monastery located in Lamayuru Town sitting at an elevation of 3,510 meters 127 away from Leh Town. This is one of the most prominent religious sites you should not miss on your journey to Leh as the construction of this monastery dates back to the 11th century.

    The monastery complex is situated on Srinagar – Leh Highway and looks absolutely stunning when seen from a distance. It is one of those structures you would love to make a part of your Instagram feed, so make sure to keep your camera charges when you visit Lamayuru. 

    Grab the best of this place from Lamayuru To Chilling Trek or Lamayuru To Darcha Trek and get the thrilling experience for a lifetime. 
  • 28Leh

    Located at an altitude of 3500 meters, Leh is a paradise within the paradise that Kashmir is. It is the most important destination in the entire Ladakh region with a few tourist places to cheer you up and a lively, bustling market to meet your needs.

    If you are on a bike trip from Delhi to Ladakh, Leh will comfort you with facilities that you could not expect on the highway you rode through. The town has guest houses where you can rest and a few eateries where you can celebrate your achievement of riding through the high altitude passes of Ladakh. Furthermore, the unique landscape of Leh will elate your spirit for adventure

    Explore some of the most beautiful and challenging landscapes on Earth on this 2400km Manali-Leh-Srinagar bike trip with verified guides and support.
  • Things you Should Know for Delhi to Ladakh Trip

  • 29Petrol Pumps

    One of the most important aspects of Delhi to Leh trip is keeping your vehicle’s tank full because fuel stations are separated by long stretches of uninhabited areas. So, it is advisable to start your journey with a full tank and top up your fuel level wherever you find a station on the route to avoid trouble.

    Manali – Leh Highway:

    Manali: 
    While in Manali, you can find an abundance of petrol pumps. This hill station town has a total of 6 petrol pumps.

    Tandi: 
    Moving 110 km from Manali, you can find a petrol pump in Tandi.

    Karu: 
    345 km from Tandi and 30km before Leh, you can also refuel your vehicles in Karu.

    Leh: Arriving in Leh, one can also find quite a few petrol pumps. In addition to the few petrol pumps in Leh, you can refuel your vehicles at the petrol pump near the Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport in Leh (25 km from Leh city).


    Srinagar-Leh Highway:

    Srinagar: There are plenty of petrol pumps in Srinagar, so fill your tank before leaving here.

    Nagbal: The next place with a petrol pump is Nagbal, 50 km from Srinagar.

    Ganderbal: There are two petrol pumps in Ganderbal, 70 km from Nagbal.

    Kargil: After a long stretch, you will find a petrol pump in Kargil.

    Khalsi: 70 km before Leh district, Khalsi has an Indian Oil petrol pump.  

  • 30ATMs

    Though India may be heading towards cashless transactions, it is the cash that you need in the remote areas of Jammu and Kashmir. So, it is always wise to withdraw extra cash before starting your journey even though there are quite a few ATMs on the way.

    Manali- Leh Highway:

    It is strictly recommended that while going on Leh Manali highway you should carry a sufficient amount of cash, as you can find the scarcity of ATMs after leaving Leh/Manali. Though there are too many ATMs in Manali, giving you sufficient opportunities to withdraw cash, after Manali, there is only one ATM you will find in Keylong, which is on the way to Leh. 


    Srinagar- Leh Highway:

    Srinagar: All bank ATMs are available
    Ganderbal: SBI, J&K Bank, HDFC Bank ATMs
    Kangan: J&K Bank and ATM
    Hari Ganiwan: J&K Bank ATM
    Gund: J&K BanK ATM
    Sonmarg: J&K Bank ATM
    Drass: J&K Bank ATM, SBI ATM near Kargil War Memorial
    Kargil: J&K Bank ATM
    Saspol: SBI ATM

    Only the SBI, Jammu and Kashmir Bank, HDFC, Axis Bank and ICICI Bank have their ATMs in Leh.
  • 31Mechanics


    The journey is long and the roads are dangerous, so it is always advised to get your vehicle checked before embarking on the journey. 

    Manali- Leh Highway:


    In your journey along the Manali-Leh Highway, you can find mechanics and puncture shops around Marhi, Khoksar, Keylong, Darcha, Sarchu, and Upshi.

    Srinagar- Leh Highway:

    You can find numerous mechanics in Srinagar. However, when you leave Srinagar, almost all towns en route have mechanic shops and puncture repair shops available. When you are traveling on Srinagar – Leh Highway, you can find mechanics in towns and villages like Kangan, Gund, Baltal, Lamayuru, Mulbekh, and Nimmu.
  • Must Visit Places in Ladakh

  • 32Khardung La

    Riding a bike on this pass is the wildest dream of every bike lover in India as it is one of the highest motorable roads in the world. Khardung La is a high altitude pass in the Himalayas, boasting an elevation of 17,582 feet. The pass, located in Ladakh region, is the gateway to Shyok Valley and Nubra Valley.

    Khardung La happens to be one of the best places to visit in Ladakh from June to August. Hence, your Delhi to Ladakh trip is really incomplete without rolling the wheels over the snowy terrains of Khardung La. 

  • 33Shanti Stupa

    Easily among the most photographed structures in Ladakh, Shanti Stupa, built in 1991 by a Japanese Buddhists and Ladakh Buddhists, is a symbol of peace. Perched on a hilltop in Chanspa, this white-domed Buddhist Stupa is located at a short distance of 4 km from Leh city center and is a major attraction in Leh sightseeing. This place not only lets you feel peace and divinity but also offers magnificent views of Leh Town from a higher angle, making it a perfect place for photography.

    Perhaps there is no better time to tour Ladakh region than during the festive season. Ladakh comes alive during festivals when people from different corners of the life comes together. Here is the list of all the festivals of Ladakh to enhance your trip.
  • 34Pangong Lake

    The most iconic of all the tourist places in Ladakh, Pangong Lake or Pangong Tso is a sight to behold. From its azure waters to the clouds floating above it and the mountains in its backdrop – everything about the lake is extremely dramatic.

    The reflection of the mountains and the changing hues of the water with the change in shades of the sky make the lake appear something way beyond ordinary. The lake is located at an altitude of 14,270 feet and is 134 km long. Pangong Tso is a paradise for landscape photographers.

    Camp around Pangong Lake is set to amidst the serene beauty of naked mountains which will definitely make your vacation a special one.
  • 35Nubra Valley

    Nubra Valley is known for its unique landscape where towering mountains bearing white snow surround vast deserts of golden sands. The barren landscapes of this valley, lying 150 km north of Leh, are ultimately scenic.

    Nubra Valley is where the two major rivers, Shyok and Siachen meet. The fame enjoyed by Nubra is also greatly attributed to double-humped camels that are iconic to the valley’s character. When you visit the valley, do not skip a ride on the back of a camel. Here is everything you have to know about camel safari in Nubra Valley.

    This landscape view of the valley also makes this place very famous for camping. Hence, these best Nubra Valley Camps will open up a world filled with gorgeous mountain sceneries, gurgling streams, lush valleys and ancient monasteries in the distant, all call out to you to come and live in this paradise
  • 36Tso Moriri Lake

    If you are planning to explore the lesser-explored parts of Ladakh, Tso Moriri is an item your list should not miss. This is another scenic lake in Ladakh that appears like the great Pangong Tso Lake.

    This lake located in Changthang Plateau of Ladakh is considered sacred by the locals. The surface elevation of Tso Moriri is 14,835 feet. Blue waters of the lake change their tones every now and then with the sky and make the lake appear magically beautiful.

    If you are planning to stay overnight at the lake then Tsomoriri Camps are a perfect option to enjoy superb Tso Moriri accommodation which is well–known for luxurious stays.
  • 37Magnetic Hill

    A hill in Ladakh that apparently defies the law of gravity. Magnetic Hill is among the major tourist places one should miss out on their trip to the region. It lies at a distance of 30 km from Leh Town.

    When you are driving a vehicle here, it seems that the vehicle is moving uphill without any gravitational force pulling it down. However, the scientific explanation of the magnetism in the region is that it is purely an optical illusion. Nonetheless, Magnetic Hill is a popular place among people visiting Ladakh and is definitely worth a visit to spend some moments of bewilderment.

  • 38Royal Leh Palace

    A magnificent palace overlooking the town of Leh, this site is an interesting place to learn about the past of the region. The palace which is in ruins now was built in the 16th century by the king Sengge Namgyal.

    The palace was once inhabited by the royal family. History buffs are sure to enjoy a visit to this palace as it also houses a museum that features interesting articles. You can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding regions from the roof of the palace.

    If you are looking for some amazing stays then check out this list of hotels in Leh and book one for your trip now.
  • 39Tso Kar

    This salt lake in Ladakh region surrounded by gorgeous landscape is a wonderful specimen of God’s artistry. As compared to Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri, this is smaller in size but appears equally charming as the other two lakes.

    The lake is located in Rupshu Valley at a distance of 50 km from Tso Moriri and claims an elevation of 15,280 feet. It is a must visit a place to enjoy some moments of solace and solitude.
  • 40Lamayuru Monastery

    Take a step into the world of spirituality and peace by paying a visit to this iconic Buddhist monastery located on Srinagar – Leh Highway. It is one of the oldest and largest monasteries in Ladakh as its construction date back to some time around the 10th and 11th centuries. Perched atop a hillock against the backdrop of a snow-clad mountain, this monastery looks amazing.
  • 41Alchi Monastery

    Among the large collection of Buddhist monasteries in Ladakh, Alchi Monastery holds an important place. This is one of the most renowned Buddhist learning centers in Ladakh, and one of the oldest too.

    Situated on the banks of Indus River, the monastery complex is quite photogenic and will compel you to take out your camera and click it along with its breathtaking scenery in the frame. Built in the 11th century, Alchi Monastery is located at a distance of 70 km from Leh.
  • 42Shey Monastery

    Rested atop a hillock in Shey, 15 km south of Leh, Shey Monastery is an excellent place where you can spend a couple of hours learning about the Buddhist culture and breathing in the soothing peace of the place.

    Shey Monastery was built in 1655 by the then king of Ladakh, Deldan Namgyal. Shey was once the summer capital of Ladakh, so the historical significance of the place is huge. The giant gold and copper statue of seated Shakyamuni Buddha at the monastery is noteworthy.
  • 43Hemis National Park

    If you want to spot an elusive snow leopard, a visit to Hemis National Park will do. Extending over a region of 4400 sq. km, this park is a treat for all wildlife buffs and photographers visiting Ladakh.

    The rich Himalayan biodiversity and unique landscapes set this wildlife apart from all the other wildlife parks you may have been to. The Hemis National Park also offers a number of trails for trekking in case you are planning for some offbeat adventure.

  • 44Namgyal Monastery

    A tour of Buddhist monasteries in Ladakh is incomplete without a visit to Namgyal Monastery, which was built in the 15th century by King Tashi Namgyal. The major attraction at the monastery is a giant three-storeyed gold statue of Maitreya Buddha. The complex also houses rare manuscripts and religious scriptures.

    The beautiful scenery of the Indus River and snow-capped Zanskar peaks can be relished from this site, which is probably the reason why this monastery is very popular among photographers.
  • 45Spituk Gompa

    This Buddhist monastery gives you an opportunity to meet monks and observe their lifestyle closely while reveling in the divine tranquility of the peaceful atmosphere that dominates the region. The gompa is located just 6 km away from Leh Town and is one of the major tourist attractions in the town.

    From its architecture to its location, everything about the monastery has an air of divinity to it. Founded in the 11th century, the monastery houses a giant statue of Kali.
  • 46Sangam Point

    A sight so wonderful that it will make you stare in disbelief, Sangam Point is the confluence point of Zanskar and Indus rivers. When you look down at these two rivers flowing between towering snow-blanketed mountains to meet and flow as one, you will feel an urge to hide it away among the most treasured moments you have ever lived.

    This is among the most popular tourist sites in the region and is visited by almost every person traveling to Leh. The place lies at a distance of 48 km from Leh Town. Owing to the stunning sight, Sangam Point is a great place for shutterbugs as well

    Add some adventure to your trip in a fulfilling way by enjoying river rafting in Leh-Ladakh for an exceptionally fascinating experience.
  • 47Gurudwara Pathar Sahib

    Located at a distance of 25 miles from Leh town, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib is a highly revered religious place popular among visitors belonging to all faiths. It is believed that Guru Nanak had defeated a demon on the same spot where the gurudwara stands.

    The original complex was built in the year 1517. Even local Buddhists worship Guru Nanak as Nanak Lama. If you take a halt here, do enjoy the delicious langar that is served here.\

    Also, taste the adventure as you head out on an exciting Ladakh safari and get a chance to explore the beauty of the region
  • 48The Hall of Fame

    This war memorial located in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir is an important tourist attraction, frequented by hundreds of tourists every day. The museum was built in 1986 to commemorate the brave soldiers who lost their lives while protecting the nation.

    The museum has on display weapons and uniforms used by Indian Army. Apart from inculcating in you to the spirit of patriotism, the museum also gives you an opportunity to learn about the culture and history of Ladakh.
  • 49Thiksey Monastery

    Numerous times you must have spotted this iconic landmark in your Instagram feed as it is among the most photographed monasteries in Ladakh. Whenever you are traveling from Delhi to Ladakh, do grab the chance to add this pretty structure to your collection of photographs.

    This Tibetan style monastery lies in Thiksey, 19 km away from Leh, and is affiliated with the Gelug Buddhists. This monastery, tucked atop a hill, overlooks the beautiful Indus Valley and is magnificent in its appearance.
  • 50Diskit Monastery

    Another popular example of the intriguing Tibetan architecture, Diskit Monastery is the oldest and the largest monastery in Nubra Valley of Ladakh and is frequented by locals and tourists alike. The monastery features a gigantic 100 feet tall statue of Lord Buddha which adds to the many reasons to visit this site.

    This fascinating monastery complex was built by Changzem Tserab Zangpo in the 14th century. Splendid views of Nubra Valley can be observed from the top section of the monastery.

  • 51Hemis Monastery

    This is the monastery the wildlife park, Hemis National Park is named after. Located at a distance of 45 km away from Leh Town, Hemis Monastery is visited by tourists in great numbers during the Hemis Festival which is organized here every year in June.

    The monastery looks absolutely stunning owing to the landscape it is the part of and Indus River that flows by it. Probably the largest monastery in Ladakh, Hemis Monastery was re-established in the year 1672 by Sengge Namgyal.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

History

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


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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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Lamayuru Monastery

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.

History

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.

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Alchi 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.

History

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.

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Royal Leh Palace

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.

History

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.

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Zanskar valley

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.

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Hemis National Park

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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Spituk Monastery

Spituk Monastery in Ladakh has another name that is Pethup Gompa, very famous among the locals. It is located at a distance of 8 km from Leh and there are 100 monks inside the gompa. The major attraction at the monastery is the giant statue of Goddess Kali. The Buddhist monastery is at a site which was blessed earlier by Arhat Nyimagung.

History     

Spituk Monastery was founded by Od-de. He was the elder brother of Lha Lama Changchub Od. When he came to Maryul, he built the monastery and introduced the monastic community. But Lotsewa Rinchen Zangpo on his arrival said that an exemplary religious sect should be there and thus the name of the monastery was changed to Spituk which meant exemplary.

Structure of the monastery

There are three chapels in the gompa with numerous statues of Buddha and several thankas as well. The Dukhang Hall is the highlight and the two rows of seats running to a throne at the end are also something unique found here. Visitors will come across the beautiful sculptors and chortens.

Location: The monastery is perched on a thrilling hill top near Indus and about 8 kms away from Leh on Srinagar road. It is at an elevation of 3307 meters.

Timings: It is open on all days from 08:00 am to 01:00 pm.

Entry fee: INR 20 per person

Highlights: Gustor Festival held from the 27th to 29th day in the eleventh month of the Tibetan Calendar and it is for two days with mask dance and prayers. Usually, the festival falls on winter time which guarantees the presence of natives in large but the number of tourists would be comparatively lesser.


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Visit to the Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame is a proud displayer of Indian Army simultaneously acts as the symbol of those dark days of India’s war against Pakistan. The museum that showcases seized arms and weapons of Pakistan army is located in Ladakh, the paradise of adventure lovers lying in the beautiful Himalayas. Moreover, the museum is considered to be a tribute to the brave soldiers who lost their lives during the war. To make it more appealing, the Indian Army has kept the photos and the things of those soldiers inside the museum. Also, the arranged items related to the history and culture of Ladakh, wildlife and vegetation have importance and amuses the visitors definitely. 

There are things which enhance every Indian’s patriotic feelings as well as they let us appreciate the bravery shown by every Indian soldier during the wars, from the heart. Different quotes, letters written by the soldiers, the tools, aircrafts, weapons, tents and what all the soldiers have used during the period are preserved which give every visitor a minute to think and pay tribute to those brave hearts who lost their lives to help every one of us sleep in peace. Located next to Leh Airfield, the museum is opened on all days. Every day, visitors will be able to watch a detailed documentary on Operation Vijai or Kargil War screened.

Entry fee:  For Indians: INR 10, for Foreigners: INR 50

Timings: 09:00 am to 01:00 pm and 03:00 pm to 07:00 pm

Highlight: Evening parade or march is a major event happening here

Location: 4 kms from the main town, on the way to Magnetic hill via Leh Srinagar Highway.

Tips: Camera and video are allowed inside but at an additional cost.


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Rohtang Pass

Rohtang Pass is quite famous among Ladakh travelers but the unpredictable avalanche and severe climatic conditions make it scary some times. Nonetheless, it had made adventure seekers’ tour of Ladakh mind-blowing. A high mountain pass at an elevation of 3978 meters above the sea level, Rohtang is just 51 km from Manali. It is a part of the proud Pir Panjal Range of the mighty Himalayas.

It acts as the connecting link between Kullu Valley and Lahaul and Spiti Valley. Being an ancient trade route, it was well maintained by the natives. The generic name of the pass suggests that either the pass was the oldest and the most used pass. With the increase of visitors every year, the fragile mountain ecology will be in threat, environmentalists worry.

But the exciting beauty of the mountain terrains seen from the top of the pass is indescribable and flamboyant. The Indian Government started building a tunnel which is 8.5 km long to bypass Rohtang pass in order to reduce the travel time and distance to Keylong, Lahaul and Spiti and Leh.

The tunnel promises to reduce the distance by 50 km and the time by five hours between the south and north faces of Rohtang pass. Currently, the time taken to ascend and descend the pass itself is 5-6 hours.

Height:
 Rohtang Pass is located at an altitude of 3978 meters above the sea level in the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas.

Location:
 The pass is located about 51 kms away from Manali and you can reach the pass if you take Leh- Manali Highway.

Best time to visit: 
The pass will be open from the months of May to October as the snow starts melting and the paths will be cleared.

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Lachulung La

Apart from Khardung La or Baralacha La, Ladakh has numerous other passes at great heights which stand as Ladakh’s pride for centuries now. The glitters of other passes may be diminished by Khardung La mainly but all the other passes are equally important. Lachulung La is a single example.

The elevation of this pass is 5059 meters above sea level which is considered to be a dangerously exciting height for any pass after Khardung La. Lachulung La is on the border of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. Also, it separates the valleys of Tsarap Chu and Tozay. If you take Leh-Manali highway, you will be able to cross this pass that has other names such as Lachalung La, Lungalacha La etc. 

A fact that to be remembered before you head to visit this pass is, it is open only for four and a half months during summer. Any traveler should be prepared not to fall sick during the conquering of Lachulung La because its geographic status, the height, the rugged pathways and the remote villages it goes through may cause dramatic influence on your body. Being one of the most adventurous passes in Ladakh, Lachulung is a favorite stop avid adventure lovers.

Also, the surroundings are quite fictional as the towering Himalayan passes and the nature lying in correspondence to them are creating soothing visuals. Trekkers should be very careful while climbing the altitude up as altitude sickness is assured at the top and keep hydrated to maintain your body conditions with respect to the climate. But the descent is smooth and easy so that you will feel overjoyed till the end.

Height:
5059 meters

Best time to visit:
May to October

How to reach:
Take Leh-Manali highway, from Sarchu 54 KM and from Pang, 24 Km

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Tanglang La

Tanglang La is a high mountain pass, the glorious pride of Ladakh, the favourite tourist spot for bikers and trekkers. 5328 meters above the sea level is the dream like height of this pass which happily poses some threatening adventure to those who try to climb up the top. The road leading to the pass on Leh-Manali highway, from Upshi to Tanglang La is completely paved. A 500 meter long section of the road is the only part which is unpaved. Tanglang La is also beautifully paved to the make the climb easier. 

There are a lot of confusions existing regarding the position of Tanglang La in the list of world’s highest motorable passes and the world believes it to be the second highest which is proven to be wrong. The local sign on the top of the pass shows the altitude of the pass is 17582 feet or 5359 meters. But now, it is said that the sign board gives a wrong impression but the original height of the pass is 5328 meters. The pass is made beautiful by the innumerous Buddhist prayer flags despite the fact the road is tough to conquer and any type of traveler will fall for the scenery at the pass and adventure lovers would love to try their energy level by climbing up to the top. But remember, the oxygen level will be decreased as you cover the altitude and reaches to the half of what you feel at sea level.

Height: 5328 meters of 1248 feet

Best time to visit: May to October

How to reach: The pass is close to Leh-Manali highway and can be reached via 21 Gata loops

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