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    India is filled with picturesque beaches and backwaters. These backwaters flow in between embankments where the local community is settled. Flanked by thick groves of coconut trees, the backwaters are often a beautiful pastel green due to the growth of algae on the surface.


    Talking about bayous in India, it is inevitable to mention backwaters in Kerala and Goa. The Kerala backwaters are a chain of brackish lagoons that lie parallel along the Malabar Coast, which is the local name for the Arabian Sea Coast.


    To add to its beauty, the backwaters are explored using exquisitely crafted houseboats in Goa or kettuvallams in Kerala which are the epitome of luxury, style and comfort. These houseboats are a beautiful blend of tradition and contemporary luxury. Fitted with all modern amenities and facilities, these houseboats are the best way to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the beautiful surroundings of the backwaters in India.

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    These houseboats are fine examples of superior craftsmanship and excellent build skills. So be it honeymoon or family vacation, these beautiful houseboats are the first choice for holidaying tourists in both Kerala and Goa. These houseboats are available in different versions.

    Besides being able to soak in the serene and tranquil atmosphere of the beautiful surroundings of Kerala, a journey in a houseboat also sheds some light on the local culture and cuisine of Kerala more closely.

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    Kerala is rightly called God’s Own Country. Blessed with lush green surroundings, stunning beaches, palm trees that dot the horizon and most importantly, backwaters that have become the identity of the state, Kerala is a nature lover’s paradise. The beauty of the land is accentuated by the exquisitely crafted houseboats that silently cruise along the length of the backwaters of Kerala.

    Kerala backwaters are a network of lakes which are connected by both manmade and natural canals and channels. These backwaters were formed due to the action of the shore currents and the waves which create low island barriers on the mouth of the rivers flowing  into the sea from the Western Ghats.

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    The backwaters of Kerala have a delicate ecosystem and home to many marine creatures such as Mudskippers, Otters, Turtles etc. The Kuttanad backwaters and the Vembanad Kayal are the most popular in India among tourists. In fact, the Alleppey district is often called the Venice of the East.

    From beautiful city of Cochin to Kollam, the backwaters draw hundreds and thousands of tourists from all over the world. While on one hand local food items such as fish and vegetables are transported in a boat; on the other hand these backwaters are the venue for the famed boat race that is held in different parts of Kerala every year. Snake boat races called ‘Vallam kali’ in Malayalam are held on these backwaters every year and the event is a major crowd puller in Kerala.

    Here are some of the best backwaters in India:

    Kuttanad, Kerala

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    Kuttanad has a beautiful labyrinth of backwaters that are connected by canals and channels. It's a part of Alleppey, Pathanamthitta and Kottayam districts of Kerala. The Kuttanad region has the lowest altitude in India.

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    Most tourists prefer to explore the backwaters in India on a houseboat. A trip through Kuttanad is the best way to catch a glimpse of the rural lifestyle and culture of the region.

    Kuttanad is also known for its paddy fields and is often called the ‘Rice Bowl of Kerala’. According to folklore, the place got its name from an incident in the mythological text book Mahabharata.

    It is believed that during their exile period, the Pandavas came to Kuttanad and reclaimed land by burning down forests. The place was initially called ‘Kuttanad’ which metamorphosed into the current name slowly. Even today, on digging into the soil, coal or kari can be seen below the soil surface.

    Alappuzha, Kerala

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    The Alappuzha district or Alleppey district is the most recognised destination in Kerala for backwaters in India. The district is best known for the Kayamkulam lake and its intrinsic network of canals and channels between the backwaters, which have earned it the name ‘Venice of the East’. Houseboats are readily available in Alleppey to explore the backwaters.

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    Some of the most exquisite destinations in Alappuzha include the Pathiramanal island, which can be reached by an hour boat ride from Alappuzha and the Kayamkulam Lake. The Kayamkulam Lake is the site for snake boat races in the district. There are a number of old colonial buildings in the district which are of much historical importance.

    Kottayam-Kumarakom, Kerala

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    Kumarakom is a popular tourist site in Kerala. This village is a cluster of little islands surrounded by the Vembanad lake in the Kuttanad region of Kerala. Apart from the lush greenery, a beautiful bird sanctuary and a breathtaking views of the Vembanad lake, Kumarakom is a hotspot for backwater cruises on the lovely houseboats.

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    Kumarakom is also known for the various Ayurvedic rejuvenation centres that offer an assortment of massages that have therapeutic properties. Kottayam and Kumarakom are situated close by and are frequented by nature enthusiasts.

    Munroe Island, Kerala

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    Surrounded by the rivers Kallada, Sasthamkotta and Ashtamudi in the Kollam district, the Munroe Island or Munroethuruth, is a small village comprising of a cluster of eight small islands. The network of channels and canals that criss cross are the main attraction of the island.

    The Munroe Island also plays host to a large number of migratory birds that fly in from different parts of the world. The commonly spotted birds in the region are the Woodpeckers, Paddy birds and Crow pheasants. A visit to the Munroe Island provides an opportunity to understand the cultivation of popular spices of India.

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    Houseboat rides are the best way to explore the backwaters in the region. The coir industry is quite important in the Munroe Island and locals can be seen working on preparing the coir early morning. A backwater cruise through the bayous and connecting canals opens up the countryside to visitors allowing them to learn more about the region than they would otherwise do.

    Thiruvallam, Kerala

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    Formed at the confluence of the Rivers Killi and Karamana, Thiruvallam backwaters are situated at a distance of 6km from the capital city of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram. Thiruvallam is usually associated with canoe rides, but it is these days emerging as a major hub for backwater cruises. The Veli Lagoon, which is situated very near to Thiruvallam, is a very popular spot for water sports activities.

    Kasaragod, Kerala

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    Kasaragod is situated in the northern part of Kerala and is generally known for rice cultivation. However, Kasaragod is now gradually becoming a well known destination for backwater cruises.

    [Discover the best part of God's Own Country with our Best of Kerala Tour]

    The best known cruise destinations in Kasargod are Chandragiri and Valiyaparambu. As many as four rivers flow into the backwaters of Kasargod and there are several islands along the stretch, which are home to innumerable migratory birds.

     

    Goa

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    While most travellers associate India backwaters to Kerala, very few know that Goa is also a popular destination for backwater cruises in India. Although the idea of cruising in houseboats on backwaters in India remains the same, the experience is completely different when compared to that in Kerala.

    The houseboats in Goa are exquisitely crafted out of lightweight wood and are fully equipped with modern amenities. Interestingly, a lot of these houseboats are floating pubs. For those interested in cruising along the beautiful backwaters of Goa, houseboats ply the Chapora River in Siolim and take you through beautiful routes flanked by embankments that offer a sneak peek into the life and culture of the locals.

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    Passengers are offered a pick up and drop facility. Once on-board, passengers are offered delicious Goan delicacies and beverages. Passengers can indulge in fishing, swimming or even spend time playing indoor games such as chess, scramble, ludo, etc. For those interested in fishing, chefs on board can will also cook your catch in delicious Goan style.

    Many boat riders also take their guests on dolphin spotting trips. The coastline of Goa is home to the adorable Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins which can easily be recognised by their hump and elongated dorsal fins. Dolphin spotting trips are usually conducted in the early hours of the morning as the dolphins are closer to the shore at this time. During the remaining hours of the day, the dolphins move deeper into the sea and disappear from human view.

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    The experience on a Goan houseboat is exhilarating. There is good music, food and wine which makes the ambience festive.

    Some operators take their guests on an enthralling journey to spice plantations where the cultivation of aromatic spices and preparation of products such as feni are demonstrated. During these trips, passengers also get to observe Goa in the early hours.

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    The houseboat cruise in Goa also provides the opportunity to spot different migratory birds in the region. The Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary in Chorao Island is an important pit stop during houseboat cruises in Goa. This visit allows our visitors to spot and identify the native and migratory bird species in Goa.


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 favorite location for tourists as the banks of the lake give soothing bed to relax and the nearby places are enhanced by the beauty of this particular lake. The quiet lake is 134 km in length and 5 km in width is situated at an altitude of 14270 meters. But the major share of the lake lies in the area of China. Now, its recognition is spread everywhere in the world because it is termed as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.

The highly saline water does not accommodate any water species not even micro-organisms. But the banks of the lake give space for several birds and animals very rarely seen in the other parts of India. It is an important breeding ground for many migratory birds as well.

Height: The lake is located at an altitude of 4250 meters above the sea level.

Location: Pangong Tso is easily accessible as it can be reached after a five hour drive from Leh and the travel would be on a rough and dramatic mountain road. You will cross the villages of Shey and Gya during the tour and go through Chang La as well.

Best time to visit: The months from May to September are the ideal time to visit the lake as the other seasons may cause challenges due to the heavy snowfall.

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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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