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    The Indian Subcontinent is best known for the breathtaking scenes it has to offer.The adventure sports in India are emerging faster than any other activity. You can now experience the paragliding tours, skiing, rock climbing, trekking and white water rafting.

    There are several places that offer you great white water or river rafting experience in India. Up North, there are places where you can engage in rafting like Zanskar and Indus River in Jammu and Kashmir, Bhagirathi River in Uttarakhand, Teesta River in Sikkim and Rishikesh in Uttarakhand.

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    All these mentioned places offer you a breathtaking view of mountains on both the sides as the rivers flow through the valley. In Central India, you can ride the raft in Kolad, which is in Maharashtra. Down south, there are several places in Karnataka, where Dandeli rafting in north Karnataka and the Barapole Rafting in Coorg are known to be exciting.

    Rafting is an adventure sport which includes a team of people to travel through the river on a raft. White water rafting or river rafting basically involves travelling on an extremely challenging rocky course. You not only get to enjoy the mountainous place with its beauty, but also to connect with raw nature in its ultimate force. Moreover rafting in India is an exciting experience in itself.

    This guide will give you a glimpse of all the places and how you can make the most of your river rafting adventure.

    There are degrees of rough water which are suitable for river rafting. The degrees are usually mentioned in grades of rafting standards. The grades range from 1-6 and the higher numbers indicate the roughness of the course.

    Grade 1 requires a very basic skill level and very little movement of the raft is necessary.

    Grade 2 has a little aunt of rocks and the movements are more pronounced in comparison with the previous grade.

    Grade 3 includes white water which is gushy in nature.

    Grade 4 includes rocks and medium waves, with a considerable drops and sharp movements, which are required.

    Grade 5 has a heavy amount of water with large rocks and dangerous spots. It requires a considerable amount of practice in order to perform the movements in this stage.

    Grade 6 is the most hazardous and is extremely dangerous rafting standards. Completing such a course is considered to be a matter of skill and is more than often taken up by people who are experienced with rafting.

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    In any grade of river rafting, it is extremely important to observe the safety aspects. Precautions must be taken while indulging in the activity. With a wide range of beautiful landscapes, rafting in India can indeed be a memorable experience.

    The best river rafting locations in India:

    1. Rishikesh

    Rafting in Rishikesh

    Riding the fresh waters of the river while the shivering cold water splashes on your face. This is one enthralling experience, and this is exactly what you experience when you raft on the white waters of Rishikesh.

    The camp is placed in Shivpuri which is a sandy beach. This place is an adventure house which offers different types of packages for rafting, adventurous trekking and rock climbing. Surrounding the camp is the fresh and brisk air from the lake and crystal clear water from the Ganges.

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    The camp also offers other facilities like Swiss Alpine tents, sanitation options and a 24 hour kitchen. You can raft down from the Marine drive to the camp and back again which would be a 20km ride. You can make your trip better by coupling with other adventures like rock climbing or trekking.

    2. Manali

    Rafting in Manali

    Nestled in the valley of the River Beas, Manali is one of the most beautiful hill stations to go and enjoy rafting in India. Located at the altitude of 2,050m the place Kullu in Manali is a popular river rafting destination. Rafting in Manali can be taken in the River Beas where the currents are strong but manageable.

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    River rafting in Manali at the River Beas kund from Pirdi goes for up to 4 km down to Jhiri which goes up to 14 km. The journey would take an hour and a half but the experience will stay with you for a lifetime. The view of the pine and deodar forests surrounding the place is quite soothing. The best season for rafting in Manali is during April and June.

    3. Himachal Pradesh

    Natural greenery in abundance; the clear waters that pass by purifying every pebble on its way; the lovely mouth watering red apples; you just run out of phrases to describe this beautiful state of Himachal Pradesh. Adventure sports are quite popular in Himachal Pradesh and especially river rafting gets a great deal of appreciation.

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    The rivers of the upper Himalayas that run across the state are the best for white water rafting.  They are challenging with insane ups and downs; it is quite an experience when your inflated boat crashes through the rocky banks. Moreover these rivers and snow fed every year making it all the more cold and challenging but fighting the currents as you row your boat down the path is completely worth it.

    4. Barapole River, Coorg

    The mighty Barapole River Coorg

    Just imagine walking on the roads early in the morning and all that surrounds you is thick mist and the only sound that lingers in your ears. The beautiful Coorg or Kodagu as it is called has a lot to offer to its tourists.

    It is also the birthplace of River Cauvery that flows across the state. Besides being nestled between beautiful hills like the Brahmagiri, Coorg also entertains adventure sports. Do not leave the place before going rafting in the Barapole River of the district.

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    Rafting here is very well planned considering all the safety precautions with river guides, paramedics and all the support being present round the clock at different spots. Yes, it sounds scary to battle the strong currents of the harsh river, but the feeling cannot be matched.

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    5. Dandeli

    Dandeli, a small town in the Uttara Karnataka district which was home to several adventure sports and the wildlife safaris has now introduced the white river rafting, which is the first one of its kind in South India. The white river rafting packages in Dandeli are available in two different forms.

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    The Bison River run stretches up to 13 km, and the ride through the Bison river lasts for four hours. It gives you an insane rush of adrenaline as you raft through the entire section of the roughest channels and the beautiful forests of the Western Ghats. You may also be able to see some wildlife in the journey.

    The other river rafting in india package is called the mid run which is a 3 hour raft for about 9 km. In the second river rafting package the rafting again goes through the Bison river falls and goes past some of the rough channels for a while before the ride gets smooth. This ride will take you through the forest area and again there is a possibility of having close encounters with wildlife.

    All the safety precautions are considered here and all the rafts are closely monitored by rafting professionals who are alert all the time. The rafters will be provided with walkie talkies and there are meeting points in several places throughout the stretch in case of any emergency. Life jackets, helmets and other safety gear come within the river rafting package.

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    6. Bhagirathi River

    If the waters make you happy, you must try the white water rafting in the Bhagirathi River. The river flows through the beautiful villages and the sandy beaches, it offers an unimaginable but enthralling experience of rafting through the 150 Km stretch. You will come across rapids like the Elephant rock, the Chute, the Sharp ‘S’ and the confluence rapids.

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    After all the challenging hues, if you are craving for more, then this white river rafting experience in the Bhagirathi river will tighten your belts. The point of the Bhagirathi with the Alaknanda river at the Devprayag that forms the Ganga is extremely challenging. You really need to battle the current with force.

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    In fact, further ahead there are more rapids waiting to welcome or perhaps waiting to fight with you; the currents at the Ganga are a tough one to deal with followed by the Daniel dip and the Wall. This is one of the best places that offers rafting in India.

    The best season to take up white river rafting at the Bhagirathi is from October to Mid-May.

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    Tips to a great river rafting experience:

    What To Bring?

    Light Clothing: You must carry a pair of clothes, which are made from the material that dry quickly. You wouldn’t want to keep shivering with wet clothes for the whole day.

    Preferably, wear shorts, as it will be easier to swim across the river with a pair of shorts than heavy pants which will hinder your leg movement, when in water.

    T-shirts or quick-drying clothing and it is better to wear them. They are comfortable and can be easily dried.

    Footwear: Wear some suitable footwear like shoes or sneakers. Heavy duty rubber sandals are good for such adventures as your feet can breathe and can be easily dried.

    Sunscreen: You will have need to carry a good sunscreen as the whole day is going to be spent outdoors.

    Eyewear: It is better if you have protective eyewear like swimming goggles.

    Jacket: Don’t forget to pack a windproof jacket, as it is not just the river rafting activity that you will be indulging in on that day. Such places are usually cold and after the activity, you might want to keep yourself warm.

    Towels: Carry some towels.

    A light sweater: Don’t forget to carry a sweater, in case you decide to spend the night camping near the river.

    Essentials like: A Flashlight and the first aid box

    How to Plan?

    Get ready for an experience of a lifetime

    Plan in advance

    Plan your rafting experience in advance. Always consult before finalising on river rafting packages. Rafting in india can be difficult at times. The grade of the river rafting experience too is important. Plan these details in advance, keeping in mind all the members joining this adventure. Choose the grade level, the place and plan the trip in advance.

    Keep a budget

    Keep a tight but flexible budget. Whatever be the condition, do not compromise on the safety aspect of the adventure.

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    Carry stuff with you, instead of buying items at the place where you need them. They might overcharge you for things that are not that expensive, only because you need it at that particular. Better be safe than sorry. Carry some essential things that you need.

    Consult Professionals

    White water Rafting is an adventure sport. The instructors and the organizers need to be professional enough to handle the safety and the quality of the ride. You can consult some professionals who can manage the activity without compromising on the safety.

    What You Should Expect?

    This is a risky Sport: This adventure sport is risky and not without any expected course. The path is not always a planned course, in higher grades. The lower grades are not so risky but keep in mind that this sport is an extremely adventurous sport with a lot of risks involved.

    Safety first: Make sure all the safety precautions are carried out, from the start till the end of the course.

    Be ready to take a dive: There might be constant jumps in the course, where you get completely immersed in the river for a while. Be ready and enjoy these unexpected dives

    [Traverse through the highs and the lows of rapturous rivers and enchanting landscapes with the Alaknanda river rafting expedition]

    Help in maneuvering: Don’t just sit there, help the maneuvering in the course, which will make you more involved in the sport and get the raw thrill out of it.

    Never forget your life jacket and helmet: Do not underestimate nature, and always ensure you wear your lifejacket and safety helmet. Take responsibility so that others do it too.

    Not for the light hearted: This sport offers you a constant adrenaline rush, and is not for the light hearted folks out there.

    Be Prepared: Unlike any other ride, this sport has an unexpected course with a lot of spontaneous movements. Be Prepared for such jolts, movements and dips.

    [Live your life on the edge and embark on a river rafting experience like no other.]

    Do’s and Don’ts


    ?       Communicate with the guide clearly

    ?       Wear light clothes which dry quickly

    ?       Wear appropriate footwear

    ?       Wear appropriate glasses


    ?       Do not wear heavy clothing

    ?       Do not carry electronic goods

    ?       Do not litter the area

    ?       This adventurous activity is not suitable for pregnant women in carriage and people with heart issues.

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    We hope this guide to rafting in India has been helpful in providing you more information and happy rafting!

Rafting in India



Corbett National Park

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

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

Distance from Delhi: 254km

Best time to visit: November to June

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

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


Lal Tibba

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

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

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

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


Known as one of the most ancient and sacred cities in India, Haridwar is situated on the banks of the Holy Ganga River and is one of the few places near Delhi to visit at any time during the year, and if you are an ardent devotee, then there are specific times during the year that you can visit this place.

Revered by Hindus all over the country, Haridwar is one of the seven holiest cities of India and widely known as home to the Panch Tirth (five pilgrimage destinations) and three Siddha Peetha (a place where desires get fulfilled). A pious and holy place, Haridwar is a haven for photographers who can capture the deep beauty of the place and raw Indian culture.

Distance from Delhi: 208km

Best time to visit: February to March and August to October

Attractions: Har Ki Pauri, Holy Ganges, Shantikunj, Chandi Devi and Mansa Devi Temple

Activities: Rafting, Temple Visits, Cable Car Ride, Boat Rides and Ghat Visits 


Valley of Flowers Trek

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

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

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

Best season:
 Mid July to Mid August

 6 Days

 3,600 m


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

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

Distance from Delhi: 228km

Best time to visit: Throughout the year

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

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



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

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

Distance from Delhi: 278km

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

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

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


Chopta-Tungnath Trek

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

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

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

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

Best season: May to June and August to September

Duration: 3 Days

Altitude: 3680 m



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

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

Distance from Delhi: 270km

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

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

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


Nag Tibba

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

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

Distance from Delhi: 347.4 Kilometers approximately

Nearest Railhead:
Dehradun Railway Station


Har Ki Doon

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

Distance from Delhi: 299 Kilometres approximately

Nearest Railhead: Dehradun Railway Station


Kedarkantha Trek

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

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

Distance from Delhi: 428.2 Kilometres approximately

Nearest Railhead: Dehradun Railway Station


Pangong Lake

Rather, the most sought after tourist destination is Pangong Tso in Ladakh region. It is the highest among the high altitude lakes in India which is filled with saline water but provides some awe-struck moments to the visitors with the unbelievable phenomenon of changing colours quite a number of times a day.

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

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

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

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

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


Nubra Valley

Something divine makes Nubra Valley close to heart and it is not an exaggeration but a fact that experienced and shared by the countless tourists visited the paradisiacal location in Jammu and Kashmir. Without touching the spectacular roads of Nubra Valley, a Ladakh tour will not be complete. The tri-armed valley has Diskit Village as its capital. Ldumra, a magnificent name is the original name of the valley as the local scholars insist. Ldumra means Valley of Flowers. The large valley is formed after the merging of Shyok River with Nubra or Siachen River causing the separation of the Ladakh and the Karakoram Ranges. The valley is located 10000 feet that is 3048 meters above mean sea level and those who cross the Khardung La Pass can easily come to Nubra Valley from Leh.

Except for the river beds, every other place in the valley shows scant vegetation and low precipitation levels. Most of the villages in the valley are occupied by Nubra skat speakers and in the villages, one can find lush greenery and farming which happen through the regular irrigation. Diskit is the place where native people are seen in abundance and Diskit Monastery is the centre of attraction as well. The Shyok River flowing on one side of Diskit has a captivating effect on the visitors. Nubra Valley unwinds a lot of surprising sights when you visit it and an unbelievable fact is that the valley was open to the public till Hunder until 2010. Beyond Hunder, it was the greener region in the lower altitude where the Turtuk village exists. Till 2010, the Government did not allow tourists to mesmerize themselves in the magnificent beauty of Turtuk where numerous apricot trees and other vegetation along with the tribal community were preserved as a virgin.

Height: 3048 meters above the sea level

Location: The paradisiacal Nubra Valley is located at a distance of 140 km from Leh and the main road access to the valley is through Khardung La pass where you have to show the photocopies of your travel permit to the soldiers camping.

Best time to visit: The months from June to September is the perfect period to visit Nubra Valley

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


Khardung La

Controversies regarding the proclamation that Khardung La is the highest motorable pass in the world is not yet diminished but Ladakh travelers still believe that it is the highest and most adventurous pass in the world. Despite the controversies, Khardung La keeps on attracting hundreds of adventure seekers every year, be it bikers, trekkers or visitors. Nestled amidst the most reverberating surrounding, the ‘Pass of Lower Castle’ is located at an altitude of 17582 feet. Near to the pass, the collection of awesome valleys will lure you and along with the natural extravaganzas, the Tibetan prayer flags are an additional charm.

The pass was constructed in the year of 1976 and later in 1988, it was opened to public and from then on, the pass was inviting uncountable bikers, trekkers and tourists. It is maintained by the Border roads Organization as the pass is highly significant and important to India because it was once used to carry supplies to the Siachen Glacier. Recently, Khardung La became the hot potato of the town with a happy news that a ten member team of visually impaired people is going to conquer the pass through cycling in 2017.

Height: Khardung La is located at an altitude of 5359 meters. But there is an incorrect proclamation on the signboards appear here saying that the height of the pass is 18379 feet.

Location: The highest motorable pass in Ladakh is lying about 39 kms away from Leh. By road, one can reach the pass. The first 24 kms of the road are paved and from there to the North Pullu check post, the 15 kms of the road are filled with loose rock, dirt and occasional rivulets formed after the melting of snow.

Best time to visit: The season between May to October is the best time to visit Khardung La.


Tso Moriri Lake

It won’t be exceeding at all how much you describe the beauty of Tso Moriri in Ladakh, a highly protected lake in Changthang Region and a significant portion of Tso Moriri Wetland Conservation Reserve.  It is the largest of all high altitude lakes in India especially in Ladakh and is located at an altitude of 4522 meters above the sea level. The length comes to 26 km north to south and 3 to 5 km is the width and the water is wholly brackish. 

The water to feed the lake comes from the springs and melted snow from the nearby mountains. There are two major stream systems to lead the water to the lake. One in the north part of the lake and the other comes in the southwest part. Huge, extensive marshes are seen at both the entrances of the lake. Rupshu Valley, a breathtaking area is the guardian of Tso Moriri along with an array of the lofty Himalayan Mountains in the surrounding.

The number of people come to witness the beauty of this splendid lake is lesser when compared to that of Pangong Lake. It is because of the secluded location of the lake. Hence, it is a favorite home town for many migratory birds. They come to breed here especially birds like great- crested grebe, the brown-headed gull and the Brahmin duck. The rare Himalayan hares are also abundantly seen near the lake. Thus, the declaration of the lake as a reserved area is a right option to protect these species from extinction. Less human interference would keep their lives strong.

Height: The lake is situated at an altitude of 4522 meters.

Location: You can reach Tso Moriri via road from Leh. It is 150 kms away from Leh Airport. Kalka Railway station is the nearest one to the lake. You will get buses and taxis from the station as well.

Best time to visit: May, June, July and August are the peak season when tourists come to Tso Moriri in large numbers and other months will be filled with snow and have extreme cold conditions.


Shanti Stupa

The white dome of Shanti Stupa is clearly visible from a far distance when you are on a tour of Leh. Peace Pagoda got its name like that because of many reasons mainly the silence persists in and around the pagoda always. This Buddhist prayer center is the most beloved attraction in Jammu and Kashmir. At a height of 4267 meters, the two storied stupa stands holding its head high and overlooks the bustling Leh town. The uneven mountain terrains in the surrounding gives the pagoda a remarkable shining. It is at a location which is 5 km away from Leh town and one who visits the stupa has to climb five hundred steps. The exotic view of the Himalayan peaks turns the beauty of the stupa also, a peace lover would dedicate his life to have such overjoying moments.


The stupa was constructed by both Japanese and Ladakh Buddhists. The construction was started in 1983, many Buddhists and Indian Government officials have supervised the procedures throughout.

Structure of the stupa

Among the two structures of the pagoda, the first level depicts the central relief of Dharmachakra which has deer on each side and the turning wheel of Dharma also has a golden image of Buddha at the center. The second level displays images which show the birth of Budhha and the death as well. In addition, both the level have smaller images of Buddha meditating. The stupa came into existence in order to spread the word of peace and harmony among people and it came into establishment as a commemoration of the valuable 2500 years of Buddhism.

Location: Any one can reach the stupa via road from Leh, only 5 kms from the town, a walk of fifteen minutes would require.

Timings: 05:00 am to 09:00 pm

Highlights: The sunset and sunrise views from the stupa are inevitably beautiful

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