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    Be it air, land or water, India is an ideal place for all kinds of tourism. Where almost every Indian state is bestowed with a river, fishing is one of the commonly enjoyed activities here. For some, fishing is their favourite past time, while for some it is their favourite sport.

    Indian rivers favour fishing throughout the year. Fishing in India is gaining rapid popularity and is experiencing tremendous growth among angling lovers around the globe.

    [A fishing enthusiast? Go fishing in Candolim, Goa!]

    Technically built fishing rods are replacing the traditional fishing rods, traditional ways of fishing are changing too. Fishing guides are also available to not only assist new anglers with the best fishing locations but also equip them with the skills required for fishing.

    The excitement of a fishing experience is incomparable and no other sport can replace it. Holding the angle as quietly as possible near water banks while watching the sunset can cast a magical spell on all fishing adventurers.

    Popular destinations for angling in India:

    1. Ramganga River, Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand 

    Apart from the breathtaking views of tigers, leopards, elephants and other wildlife, the Corbett National Park is also famous for the Ramganga River.

    [Apprceciate nature's beauty while touring in Corbett and camping at Rishikesh]

    Ramganga River that flows through most parts of this park is the best location for Mahseer and Goonch fishing expeditions. Surrounded with dense forests and serene beauty, this site is the only place where anglers can enjoy the thrill of fishing inside a tiger territory.

    The experience of angling in the Ramganga water cannot be replaced by any other destination. The largest Golden Mahseer catch in this area was 70 lbs. A lot of people prefer visiting Corbett when it comes to fishing in India.

    2. Beas Ghat, Uttarakhand 

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    The Ganges is said to be the holiest river in India. Every year, millions of devotees make their way to this holy river to experience serenity. Apart from being the holiest river, the Ganges is also one of the popular destinations for fishing. The Ganges basin is densely populated; in fact, it is the most highly populated river basin in the entire world.

    Thousands of anglers, from various parts of the world visit the Ganges every year. Fishing is also one of the main sources of living for the inhabitants of the Gangetic Plain.

    The name ‘Beas Ghat’ is not unknown for fishing adventurers and for Mahseer admirers, it is one of the very well known names. Situated on the foothills of the Himalayan range, Beas Ghat is one of the best spots for Mahseer fishing. Till date, Beas Ghat has reported the largest and highest number of Mahseer catches in India.

    3. Jia Bhoroli, Nameri National Park, Assam

    Assam is home to one-horned rhinos and many other endangered species in the world. The beauty and diversity of Assam’s wildlife is ineffable.

    The Nameri National Park lies on the foothills of the Himalayas. UNESCO has listed this park as a World Heritage Site and has also listed it as a Projected National Park. The Jia Bhoroli River flows through this park and is one of the most important water sources for the dwellers of the park. This river has been extensively popular right from the British period for the angling of the Mahseers.

    [Explore the wildlife of a world heritage site, Kaziranga National Park]

    The snow fed water of the river is crystal clear and is known to be a reservoir for some of the exotic species of fish. Apart from the Golden Mahseers, the river also contains other species like Murral, Goonch, Indian Trout, and Chocolate Mahseer.

    Wildlife in this park includes clouded leopards, Indian elephants, hornbills, giant squirrels, tigers, white winged wood duck and several others.

    4. Ranikor, Meghalaya

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    Wildlife and natural beauty thrive in northeast India. Meghalaya (Abode of Clouds), one of the states among the ‘Seven Sisters’ of India is a hotspot for tourists. A journey of 4-5 hours from Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, leads to a small village called Ranikor.

    This village is located on the Indo-Bangladesh border and is a passage for River Kynshi that originates from a small Meghalayan town called Rilang. The Kynshi River is one of the best spots to enjoy Mahseer expeditions.

    [Hungry for adventure? Explore caves of Meghalaya and trek Khasi Hills!]

    Ranikor is gradually becoming one of the most preferred destinations for Mahseer fishing, after Corbett National Park. A wide range of Mahseers along with some other sport fish is found in this region. Golden Mahseer, Chocolate Mahseer, Goonch and eels are some of the favourite species for the anglers. While at Ranikor, indigenous species of birds can also be seen.

    However, fishing in Ranikor needs a lot of experience and patience too. Fishing expeditions without proper experience can be extremely risky. As fishing in Ranikor involves riding on local boats, balancing the boat while catching the fish can be extremely dangerous.

    5. Mahakali River, Uttarakhand 

    Uttaranchal Fishing tours

    The Mahakali River is another favourite location for the fishing in India. This river flows through the Pancheshwar village of Uttaranchal. The glaciers of the Himalayas are the origin point for this river. The rocky bed of the Mahakali is an ideal location for fishing Mahseers.

    [Experience Musoorie's bountiful nature, explore Mussoorie on a rafting tour]

    Since the Mahakali is a torrential river, angling in it needs considerable experience and courage too. The water in this river is very clear and almost everything can be seen. The extreme clarity of the water provides one of the best angling experiences in the world. Night fishing is very popular among the fishing adventurers and can be carried out with the help of the local guides.

    6. Andaman Islands

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    Fishing in the mesmerizing Andaman Islands has its own share of fun. The islands in the Andaman are rich with varieties of fish species. Giant trevally, yellowfin tuna, and marlin are some of the most favourite species among fish adventure lovers. Havelock Islands in the Andaman is the most popular destination for saltwater fishing.

    [Exlpore the beautiful marine life of Andaman Islands]

    Popular species for fish tourism in India:

    7. Golden Mahseer

    Fishing tours in India

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    Golden Mahseer is often referred to as the ‘dream fish’ for fishing in India. It is one of the common names in the freshwaters of India. Since Golden Mahseer was once, the most commonly consumed fish in India, its market value and extinction rate are comparatively high. This species is considered to be the toughest member of the Mahseer family. While in water, the fish can weigh up to 150 lbs. Some fishing enthusiasts also call the golden Mahseer, the lion of the water.

    [Take an adventurous holdiay close to nature in Corbett National Park and rafting in Rishikesh]

    The Ramganga River flowing through the Corbett National Park is the best location for golden Mahseer fishing expeditions. Mid September-June is the ideal time to go for Mahseer fishing in this region; however, September-November is said to be the best time.

    8. Goonch Catfish

    Found mostly in the Indian rivers, Goonch is the largest among all species of catfish. Its gigantic size and the tendency to attack have earned it the title of ‘devil of the river’ and ‘river monster’ as well. Till now, the largest Goonch catfish catch has been reported from India.

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    Commonly found in bigger rivers, Goonch catfish is one of the most popular fish among fish lovers across India. Goonch is a migratory fish that feeds on frogs, shrimps and other small varieties of fish.

    It prefers to stay in the bottom of the rivers. Excessive fishing has resulted in degradation of these species from the Ganges and Brahmaputra, which was one of the largest reservoirs of Goonch catfish.

    The Ramganga River, flowing through the Corbett National Park, is one of the ideal locations for Goonch fishing. Every year, thousands of fishing adventurers swarm into the jungle suburbs of Corbett National Park to catch this river monster.

    9. Brown Trout

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    Trouts are also one of the favourite species for adventurers fishing in India. Though this species does not grow gigantic in size, it is one of the most desired species for fishing tours in India. Trouts are closely related to the salmon family and they prefer to stay in salt water. Trouts migrate to rivers during the birth of their spawns. They normally feed on crustaceans, insects and small fishes.

    [Indulge in fishing and camping in the Great Himalayan National Park]

    North America is the natural habitat for trouts. They were introduced in India during the British raj in the early 19th century and since then it has become a popular fish for consumption as well as a popular fish for sport. Brown, rainbow, and steelhead trout are the most commonly found breed of trouts.

    Rivers in the Himalayan region are the largest reservoirs for trouts. Trouts can also be found in Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan, and Kyrgyzstan. The Tirthan River serves as the best site for trout fishing in India.

    [Experience fishing in backwaters of Cauvery at the Valnoor fishing camp]

    Fly-fishing is the most commonly used angling technique for trout fishing in India. Fly anglers, artificial and synthetic flies are now available for trout fishing. Fishing in the Tirthan valley is strictly limited to six fish per angler every day. The highest trout catch in entire Asia was reported in Kashmir in 2006; 29 inch in length and 17.5 lbs.


Fishing in India

Attractions

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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

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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.
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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

Duration:
 6 Days

Altitude:
 3,600 m
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Rishikesh

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 

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Nainital

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

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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

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Mussoorie

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

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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

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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

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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

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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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