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  • With the summer knocking our door most of you might be planning to head out for a vacation in Ladakh. Ladakh has been always considered as the Land of dreams and people flock to this region just to explore its beauty. Situated in the shadowed area of the Himalayan Mountains in the beautiful state of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh is one of the most vibrant and the beautiful place on earth.

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    The main attractions of the Leh Ladakh are its snow-kissed peaks and panoramic views which act as the captivating factor for myriad tourists each year. From the snow-capped mountains to the mesmerizing waterfall these land will give you some of the best memories of your life. Standing tall at an altitude of 11,500 feet above the level of the sea, this region is surrounded by the alpine desert and beautiful landscapes.

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    It is said that Ladakh will always give you some of the best memories of your life. While you are visiting this magical land called Ladakh, you will definitely want to stay in a perfect place. Most of you might be searching for that perfect place with that homely feeling. So a homestay is a perfect option for you. 

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    These best homestays in Leh and adjacent towns give you an uncommon opportunity to experience individual accommodation of the Ladakhi individuals well inside your financial plan. Homestays are a mind-boggling approach to learn about the Ladakhi culture, about neighborhood populace and numerous more things and in this way, it is profoundly suggested. 

    Here are some of the best homestays in Leh Ladakh :

  • 01 Gangba Homestay

    If you are looking for a homestay with all the facilities in Ladakh then Gangaba Homestay is the perfect option for you. One of the best homestays in Leh and Ladakh area with all essential offices, Gangba Homestay falls on the way to Stok Kangri. It is the best homestay for groups, families, and companions. 

    Amid the stay, you can appreciate everyday activities with Ladakhi locals. You can likewise investigate the serene Ladakhi fields while the renowned Ladakhi blue jaybird trill from the Poplar trees. That is not all. From here you can visit all the famous tourist spots of Ladakh easily.

    You can also head out for trekking and visit the nearby monasteries and stupas of Ladakh. Get a chance to learn about the day to day life of the people there. And most of all you enjoy the glittering Milky Way from your terrace.

    Amenities: The homestay is equipped with all the state of art facilities for a modern day to day use. You will have hot and cold running waters for 24 hours. Also, you can enjoy different Ladakhi cuisine in their fine dining hall.

    Location: The Gangba Homestay is located at Upper Tukcha Road, Leh- Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir 194101.

    Price: The approximate price starts from Rs 1500 per person.

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  • 03Reeyork Homestay

    Another best homestay in Leh Ladakh is the Reeyork Homestay which is a perfect place for a comfortable stay. Situated in Chubi, a peaceful area far from Central Leh, this homestay is just a short walk away. 

    The family who runs this homestay offers solaces and comforts for all sorts of guests. It is encompassed by the perfect excellence exceptional to Ladakh. 

    What’s more, you have a very beautiful garden with a variety of Ladakhi fruits.  Get a very warm welcome as you enter the house and you will be delighted to meet the friendly people.

    Amenities: The lovely home has thirteen open, very much selected rooms with joined shower. The cutting-edge luxuries, running water, reinforcement generators, TV and so forth, makes your stay agreeable. Savor the tempting cuisine here. It is an awesome affair to feel at home in the rough magnificence of Leh.

    Location: The Reeyork Homestay is located at Leh, Jammu and Kashmir 194101

    Price: The approximate price starts from Rs 1500 per person.

    A tour of Ladakh is an adventure and at the same time gives you an insight into the religion and culture of the local people. Book any tour package of Leh Ladakh and have an adventure of a lifetime.
  • 04Rahila Guesthouse and Homestay

    There might be a few of you who are still looking for someplace where you can still get connected to the world. Well, then Rahila Guesthouse and Homestay is the perfect place for you to spend your vacation. 

    Rahila Guest House and Home Stay is situated in the beautiful town of Leh. In the event that you have a craving for heading out for some tour then you can visit the Shanti Stupa and Leh Palace that are 4 km and the Thiksey Monastery that is 18 km away. What’s more, you will have a very beautiful garden just right in front of you offering some of the best sights.

    Amenities: There are 18 rooms which offer free WiFi, room service, and satellite TV. Other services like showers, telephones, and work areas are also provided here.

    Location: The Rahila Guest House and Home Stay is located in the picturesque town of Ladakh.

    Price: The approximate price starts from Rs 1600 per person.

    Spend your vacation by exploring the best attraction and activities of Leh and make it a memorable one. 

  • 05Ladakh View Home Stay

    On the off chance that you are searching for a Homestay close Leh Palace, then Ladakh View is the best choice for you. It is renowned for giving unmatched settlement to the significant others of Homestays. 

    Get a chance to enjoy the amazing beauty of the whole region while you stay at this homestay. Wake up to a beautiful morning with the best view just right in front of you. Another interesting thing is that you can visit the nearby monasteries and stupas just a few walks away.

    Amenities: The rooms are perfect with attached. Benefit the present day solaces of hot water, Free Wi-Fi get to, and so forth. Have flavorful dinners given by the welcoming hosts. Make the homestay your base and look at the celebrated Shanti Stupa and the holy Spituk Monastery.

    Location: The Ladakh View Home Stay is located at Old Leh, Near Leh Palace, Leh, Jammu and Kashmir 194101.

    Price: The approximate price starts from Rs 2900

    The best way to experience Ladakh is via a road trip, passing majestic mountains, clear blue rivers and lakes, hot springs, and much more. Take a look at the best Leh Ladakh road trip to have an experience of a lifetime.
  • 06Tukchu Home-Stay

    If you are looking for something more special than the usual the Tukchu homestay is the perfect place for you. This homestay arranged in the lap of the snowcapped mountain environment and an immaculate place to unwind and revive. 

    It is in a calm and quiet area and has an excellent perspective of the Leh City. Get a chance to get close to nature while you stay at this homestay. This will be your home away from home with all the state of art facilities. Enjoy the scenic mountains of Leh from Tukchu homestays on your visit to Ladakh.

    Amenities: There are six rooms which are all well built and have attached bathroom with each of the rooms. They also have 24 hours hot and cold running water facilities. The dining area is also very hygiene and well arranged.

    Location: Tukchu Homestay is found just beneath popular Shanti Stupa in Changspa range of Leh city.

    Price: The approximate price starts from Rs 1000 per night.

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  • 07Gangs Shun Homestay

    Regardless of whether you're a visitor or going on business, Gangs-Shun Homestay is an awesome decision for settlement when going by Leh. The homestay is not very a long way from the Leh city. With its helpful area, the inn offers simple access to the Ladakh's must-see goals.  

    Exploit an abundance of unrivaled administrations and enhancements at this homestay. Gangs Shun Homestay is a brilliant decision for voyagers to Leh, offering a casual and bother free remain unfailingly. 24-hour front desk, luggage storage, car park, room service, family room are just a few of the facilities that set Gangs-Shun Homestay apart from other hotels in Leh.

    Amenities: All visitors homestay highlight insightful conveniences to guarantee an unparalleled feeling of solace. All the rooms are very well built and give you that perfect homely feeling.

    Location: Gangs Shun Homestay is located at Upper Tukcha Rd, Leh, Jammu and Kashmir 194101

    Price: The approximate price starts from Rs 1500

  • 08Saffron Stays

    Saffron Home Stay is in a perfect world situated in a pleasant valley of Pali at the foothills of Lonavala and Sahara Aamby Valley, encompassed by the Majestic Sahyadri Mountains. Get an opportunity to loosen up and be amidst nature. 

    Sun Valley is outlined by lasting stream streaming over the bequest, overwhelmed by shades of waterfall amid rainstorm, hung by the covering of fog amid winter.  Wake up to a beautiful morning every day and while in the evening you can stroll down the nearby places.

    Amenities: There are 6 spacious rooms to guests, each of which comes with a queen size bed and attached bathroom with running hot water supply. There is a normal Ladakhi kitchen with a dining room where they serve home-cooked Indian, Chinese, Tibetan and Ladakhi foods to visitors on earlier demand and charged according to the menu.

    Location: Saffron Stays is located at Leh, Jammu, and Kashmir, India.

    Price: The approximate price starts from Rs 1500 per night.

    The pristine and picturesque valley of the Himalayas for centuries has been called 'heaven on earth' and invites to an exciting Srinagar to Leh road trip. Don't miss out this beauty in your next holiday.
  • 09Himalayan Homestay

    There is another homestay which is a must try for you while you are visiting Ladakh. Himalayan Homestays offer you a remarkable chance to remain with and share the way of life of the Ladakhi individuals in remote towns while trekking through the tough natural surroundings of the imperiled snow panther. 

    By remaining with local people of Ladakh, you help them create pay from tourism exercises in their area.

    Amenities: All the rooms in the homestays are very well built and has been equipped with all the day to day need facilities. The rooms are very cozy and there are attached bathroom with each room with r4 hours running hot and cold water.

    Location: The Himalayan Homestay is located at Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir

    Price: The approximate price starts from Rs 1500 per night.

    Manali to Leh Ladakh journey will enchant your life for months to come with its magical and ravishing memories. A journey where you ride at your own speed,
  • 10Goba Homestay

    Goba Homestay is owned by Anchok Goba, having hands-on involvement in tourism and carrier industry. He is likewise the pleased proprietor of Tibetan kitchen eatery situated on the Fort Road, which has been serving Tibetan, Indian and other worldwide cooking to the explorers for a long time now. The property is a family run, inviting settlement including ten visitor rooms with current stylistic. There is a lot of basic space to laze around outside the rooms, we have a little garden and an eatery serving each of the three dinners of the day and a living room with the conventional stylistic layout.

    Amenities: The en-suite offices with hot and cool shower, each room comes fitted with superb bed material, LED TV's and complimentary Wi-Fi gets to. All rooms are recently done and our visitors will welcome the exertion that has gone into the points of interest and every one of the rooms have great perspectives given the climate is clear.

    Location: The Goba Homestay is located at IDGHA, CHUBI, Near Women Alliance, Leh - Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir 194101

    Price: The approximate price starts from Rs 2000 per night.

    So guys get ready to enjoy the most comfortable homestay in Ladakh this time along with your friends and family. And yes don’t forget to click a lot of pictures.

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Attractions in Leh

Trekking in Leh

Camping in Leh

Homestays in Leh

Cycling in Leh

Biking in Leh

Attractions

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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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Shanti Stupa

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

History

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

Structure of the stupa

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

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

Timings: 05:00 am to 09:00 pm

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


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Magnetic Hill

Magnetic Hill is still a mystery yet a famed attraction that pulls the adventure lovers on a large scale toward it. A mystifying phenomenon which stunts the science and fiction together and exists as a magic to the normal people visiting here. Magnetic Hill is a trump card of every Ladakh tour because of the awe-struck moments it would promise the travelers. There is a sign board placed which says that the hill defies gravity completely and inviting everyone to experience the magical phenomenon.

 If you keep your vehicle in neutral at a position marked on the road and wait, you will be surprised to see the vehicle starts moving uphill at 10-20 km per hour. And this is the unexplainable feature of Magnetic Hill that confuses the world of science. It is located on Leh-Kargil-Baltic Highway and on the east, the beautiful Sindhu River is flowing calmly. Near the hill there is a Sikh Gurudwara maintained by the Indian Army. Due to the natural attraction as well as the human architectural brilliance, the hill has gained popularity in a short term. 

Not just the vehicles hitting the road but the aircrafts and helicopters crossing the radius which Magnetic Hill comes in would feel the same magnetic effect. If the aircrafts are going on a slow pace, then it starts jerking while they are in the circumference of the hill. So the only solution to escape from the clutches of this phenomenon is that the crafts should move at a greater speed.

Height: Magnetic Hill is located at an elevation of 14000 feet above the sea level.

Location: To reach the hill, you can hit the Leh-Kargil-Baltic National Highway and it is situated at a distance of just 30 kms from Leh town.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit the Magnetic Hill is from June to October.

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Lamayuru Monastery

The high elevation where Lamayuru Monastery is located at amuses every traveler comes here. Existing on Leh-Srinagar Highway, around 15 kms east of the Fotu La, the monastery is perched on a height of 3510 meters. The murals, frescoes and the images of Buddha have created an interesting setting inside this famous Buddhist temple.

History

Lamayuru Monastery was originally the monastery belonged to Bon and the name means Swastika which symbolized eternity. The history says that an Indian scholar named Naropa caused a lake to dry up and there founded Lamayuru Monastery. Seng ge Sgang is the oldest building surviving which is dedicated to the builder-monk, Rinchen Zangpo.

The structure of the monastery

There were actually five buildings in the beginning and still one can find the remaining of the four buildings located in the corner. In the past there, were up to 400 monks and currently there are 100 monks residing in the monastery. There is a small temple can be seen which is dedicated to Avalokiteshwara.

Location: The monastery is located at a distance of 127 km from Leh in the Lamayuru region. You can reach the monastery via road by bus or jeep.

Timings: It is open on all days from 06:00 am to 06:00 pm.

Entry fee: INR 30 per person

Highlights: There will be two annual Mask Dance festivals happen which is the most suitable time to visit the monastery.

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Alchi Monastery

After the endless mountain peaks, green valleys, high passes, monasteries in Ladakh are the prime factors behind the huge number of visitors to the paradise every year. Alchi Monastery, a group of Buddhist shrines is now a remarkable landmark and a must visit tourist attraction in Leh. The rugged valleys, uneven mountain terrains etc are creating a flamboyant view from the monastery and make the travelers feel elevated. Alchi is a part of the three villages that together constitute to the Alchi Group of Monuments.

History

Alchi Monastery and its current guardians are grateful the great translator Rinchen Zangpo who was the reason behind the construction of the monastery. He built it in the AD 1000 and there were 32 wood carvers and sculptors from Kashmir to help him. But when the Gelug sect decided to shift the activities to Likir Monastery permanently, it turned to be the administrative shrine of the Alchi Gompa, officially.

Structure of the monastery

Alchi Monastic Complex has three principal shrines named the Dukhang or Assembly Hall, the Sumtseng and the temple of Manjushri. Chortens have a special space inside the complex. The wall paintings seen inside are dating back to the spiritual and artistic nuances found in Buddhism and Hindu Kingdoms. Like we seen in other monasteries, here also, you will find the huge statues of Buddha and several wood carvings and art works appearing in Baroque style.

Location: The monastery is located in Alchi Village in the Leh District, 70 km from Leh.

Timing: May to September on all days: from 10:00 am to 01:00 pm and from 02:00 pm to 06:00 pm.

Entry Fee: For Indians: INR 25, For Foreigners: INR 50

Highlights: The views from the monastery have attracted a lot of film production sets. Good photographic location as well.

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Royal Leh Palace

A nine storey high building displays the influence of Potala Palace in Lhasa is the famed Royal Leh Palace that stands with its head high on a cliff top overlooking the ravishing Leh town. Leh Palace is a must visit during anyone’s tour of Ladakh region as it has been standing there as a symbol of the old glorious days of the royal family lived here. The top floors accommodated the members of the regal community and the low floors were occupied by stables and stores.

History

In the 17th century, King Sengge Namgyal led the construction of Leh Palace and it gained fame in a short span of time. Later, it was termed as an architectural icon and the symbol of pride and glory of Leh. The history says that during the time when Dogra forces took control of Ladakh, Leh Palace was abandoned and the members of the family were asked to move to Stok Palace. The Archeological Survey of India has restored the valuable ruins of the palace and opened to the public as a remarkable tourist attraction.

Structure of the palace

There is a monastery behind the palace which is a part of the palace and there you will find the statue of a seating Buddha in there in the monastery behind the palace. On the walls of the palace, you will see the old pictures and paintings including Tibetan thangka.

Timings: The palace is open to the public on all days from 07:00 am to 04:00 pm

Entry fee: For Indians: INR 20 and for Foreigners: INR 100

Location: Leh Palace is closely located to the town. Visitors can reach the palace by walking from Leh town as it is about 5 kms away from there.

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Zanskar valley

The Zanskar Range is the mountain range in Jammu and Kashmir that acts as the separating line between Ladakh and Zanskar. The Zanskar Range is a part of the Tethys Himalayas, formed with weakly transformed sedimentary series. The average height of the Zanskar Range is 6000 meters. It is an inevitable spot for adventure lovers during their adrenaline rushing trekking trips to the Trans Himalayas every year.

On the way to Zanskar Valley, one will come across the incredible Suru Valley which puts forth a decent trekking experience to adventure lovers. Zanskar is alluring always with its brightly shining mountain peaks and the presumably attracting villages, sometimes, it looks overshadowing the relishing Changthang Region as well. Tourism has caused a great enhancements on the economic side of the region like education flourished and the lifestyle of the people has changed but it took its toll on the fragile mountain environment.

Nevertheless, Zanskar is the favorite tourist destination still because of the vast area that is made beautiful by multiple hues, the distinct flora and fauna and the extremely variant climatic conditions. There are two main branches of the Zanskar River; one is Doda which has source near Pensi-La and flows south eastwards to reach Padum and the second one is formed by two tributaries called Kargyag River and it has source near Shingo La.

Height: The valley is situated at an average height of 6000 meters above the sea level.

Location: It is located at a distance of about 464 kms from Leh and would take around 10 to 11 hours to reach. Buses are available from Leh to reach the valley.

Best time to visit: The months of June, July, August and September are suitable to visit the Zanskar Range as the other months will cause heavy snowfall and the roads will be blocked.

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Hemis National Park

Around 4400 sq.km is the area the prime attraction of Ladakh spreads into. We are talking about the renowned Hemis National Park named after the popular monastery in the region that is Hemis Monastery. The very rare species of wildlife is the reason behind its global recognition. Bharal and snow leopards are examples for the unseen animal collection found in Hemis National Park. The park is located on the west bank of the Indus River. 

The animals, the flora, the birds and the nature in the park and its vicinity are coming under the highly protected areas and this is the only place in India where the protected snow leopards are seen in abundance. The Rumbak and Markha catchments were found to be protected with the discovery of the park in 1981 and it grew into 4400 sq.km in 1990 and becomes the largest national park in South Asia. Argali or the Great Tibetan Sheep, Shapu etc are the supporters of the prey base for the predators in Hemis. Asiatic Ibex, the Tibetan Wolf, the Eurasian brown bear and red fox are some of the endangered species found before and some are still present in the park. The crucial problem faced by the park is the regular animal-human conflicts because over 1600 people are living inside the park boundaries, mainly pastoralists living with poultry farming, goats and sheep.

Height: The elevation at which the park exists is 3000-6000 meters above the sea level.

Location: The park is located about 5 kms from Leh and Leh Airport is the closest airport to the park.

Best time to visit: To reach the park there are a number of trekking routes opened from Mid-June to Mid-October. But the best season to spot snow leopards is of course, in late winter.


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Spituk Monastery

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

History     

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

Structure of the monastery

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

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

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

Entry fee: INR 20 per person

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


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Visit to the Hall of Fame

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Rohtang Pass

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Lachulung La

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

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

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

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

Height:
5059 meters

Best time to visit:
May to October

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

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Tanglang La

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

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

Height: 5328 meters of 1248 feet

Best time to visit: May to October

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

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Chadar Trek

For some years, adventure seekers all around the world have been talking about Chadar Trek in the Zanskar Region. Until this year, hundreds of people have experienced the thrill hidden and the mind blowing sights around Chadar frozen river. In fact, Chadar Trek is the most sought after and one of the breathtaking treks in the Himalayas. The winter trek is so special for those who are ready to have adventure at the maximum level. 

The river trek starts from Chilling where the river begins to freeze and mostly, travelers choose February as the best time to cross the frozen river as the ice sheets will be comparatively stable. The precarious snow-flakes would pose severe threats during the trek but in some other time, the challenges would be kind to the trekker. The surrounding of the river are completely vertical cliffs tall up to 600 meters. The Zanskar River is a tributary of the Indus and is 5 meters long. 

A trekker would have to cover 16 kms per day to complete the Chadar Trek. Usually, people opt for 10-15 days of trek depending on the climatic conditions persisting here. The temperature at Chadar will come to the lowest at -35 degree Celsius during winter and thus Chadar Trek becomes more intimidating. Approximate trekking distance one would have to cover in total is 75 kms.

Maximum altitude: 11123 feet is the height at which Chadar Trek would lead you to.

Location: To take part in Chadar Trek, one should arrive in Leh and from Leh, the journey starts and goes to Chilling, the beginning of the Zanskar River in the frozen state. From Leh it would take about 65-70 kms to reach Tilad via Chilling, the base camp of the trek.

Best time to visit: January end to February is the best time suitable for trekking in the frozen river of Chadar. Quality and safe trekking gears and highly warm clothes are required.

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Hemis Monastery

The biggest monastery in the North India is Hemis Monastery, one of the must visit attractions in Ladakh region. Set on the foothills of Indus, Hemis Monastery has 200 branches and over 1000 monks are staying there. It belongs to the red sect Brokpa of Buddhist order. Here the young Lamas are trained for the royal monasteries at Leh, Shey and Basgo.

History

Hemis Gompa came into existence 17th century and it was built by Chapgon Gyalshas and from then on the gompa was getting the royal patronage of Ladakh till now. But there is a saying that the monastery was founded by the first incarnation of Stangsang Raspa Nawang Gyatso. After the missing of the head Lama in 1956, a young 12 year old boy from Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh has been recognized as the head Lama of the gompa.

Structure of the monastery

The biggest monastery in the region has a surprising architecture and the building is quite appreciable. There are a lot of big statues and stupas decorated with stones and also the splendid collection of thankas. The collection of thankas is believed to be the largest and it would be shown to the public once in 11 years.

Location: Hemis Village is located 43 km south of Leh town and it is very easy to reach the monastery by bus or jeep.

Timing: 08:00 am to 01:00 pm and 02:00 pm to 06:00 pm

Entry fee: INR 100

Highlight: Hemis Festival is the prime attraction at the monastery which celebrates the birth anniversary of Guru Rinpoche. The tenth day of the Tibetan lunar month every 12th year is the date of festival.


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Kargil War Memorial

In the history of India, 1999 is a significant one in terms of politics in India and in its foreign relations. The Kargil War to be true has shocked the pulse of India but due to the timely attack of Indian Army against Pakistan made India proud though the war led many of our soldiers to lose their lives.

 To commemorate the victory India achieved and also to pay tribute to our brave soldiers, the Indian Army has built a War Memorial in Drass, the most important location which became famous during the war and now the memorial is known in different names such as Kargil War Memorial and Drass War Memorial. The Indian name of the memorial is Vijaypath. Lulled by the foothills of Tololing Hills, Drass Memorial keeps the soldier still alive through the epitaph which has the names of all the soldiers embalmed on it. On 26th July every year, Kargil Vijay Diwas is celebrated at the memorial. Indian Prime Minister pays tribute to the brave soldiers at Amar Jawan Jyothi at the India Gate, New Delhi on the same day.

 A Sandstone Wall is the prime attraction in the memorial which shows the names of the Indian Army personnel who fought and lost their lives in the war and near to the memorial you can see a souvenir shop as well. On the 13th anniversary of the victory in Kargil War, the soldiers have hoisted an Indian flag that weighs up to 15 kg as a tribute. There is a gallery, Manoj Pandey Gallery that displays the photographs taken during the war, the weapons used and artilleries discovered.

Location: Drass Valley in the foothills of Tololing is the location of Kargil War Memorial. You can visit the memorial during the visit to Kargil from Leh. It is located 5 kms from the city center across the famous Tiger Hill.

Timings: It is open on all days except Sunday, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and from 02:00 pm to 05:00 pm

Best time to visit: During the months of May, June, July, August and September would be the perfect time to visit the memorial.

 


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