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    A guide to horse riding in India

    From rafting, mountain climbing to even trekking and horse riding, India offers ample opportunities for an adventurer to indulge in any of the aforementioned sporting activities. With its origins in the royal era, horse riding in India as an adventure sport activity has picked up rapid pace.

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    So, it comes as no surprise that horse riding in India is often considered a royal sport. After all, it was the pageantry of Kings of  Rajasthan who first conceived this adventure sport. It is now practised in several places around the world but the experience of riding a horse ride in the streets especially in Rajasthan, is unique and unforgettable.

    There are several spots in India that offer the best of riding experiences. Some of them are the Pushkar fair ride, which is also called the Christmas ride, Ladakh-Himalaya Ride, the Nagaur ride and the Pushkar Camel fair.

    These are just a few mentions; the experience of horse riding in India can be better experienced if you go to the right places the right time of the year. The best experiences is offered in these places along with proper training and combined safari packages. These packages usually include the training and the horse riding trials.

    Horse Riding in India is an enjoyable affair

    These packages are complemented with safaris that make the experience better. Moreover,  the horses available in such destinations are well-bred and therefore easily maintainable. They are trained and do not cause any harm to the rider and all the tours and safaris are carried out with utmost care and balance.

    The best places for horse riding in India:

    1. Digvijay Pratishthan, Maharashtra

    Digvijay Pratishthan

    Digvijay Pratishthan is an institute which offers amazing scenic view and space to ride a horse comfortably. The institute focuses on making horse riding as a major sport in India. Located in Pune, Digvijay Pratishthan offers trail riding experiences for beginners and experts.

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    The course teaches you basic riding, jumping and tent pegging lessons. The institute is operational with expert trainers and trained horses with well-equipped accessories that are necessary to indulge in the sport. Packages vary from your needs of taking the course that ranges from beginner level to expert levels.

    2. Equitours

    Equitours

    Equitours is another popular vendor for horse riding in India. They offer the best of the equestrian adventures. All the rides are safe and carried under care. There are guards and monitors keeping a close watch over the activities and are ever ready to help.

    You can take a horse ride by the vineyards and the famous beaches or through the sacred valley of the Incas. The horse rising packages in the Equitours depend on time and the breed of horses available for sport during that season.

    3. Hacra, Rajasthan

    Hacra Horses

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    The Hacra, is a village in the Thar Desert also called the Maru Desh that organises horse riding in Rajasthan around the Ranakpur Jain Temple. This is an adventure in itself. The people here welcome you to their community; every bit of your time at the Hacra will be enjoyable as you would be treated as a part of the community and not a tourist.

    The ride organised by the Hacra community is supposed to be one of the best places for horse riding in India. The Ranakpur Jain temple symbolizes the patriotism of the rulers of the state, the dynasties of the Mewar and Marwar who built some of best places in the country. And of, course the culture and the heritage of Rajasthan is what makes it today.  

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    4. Krishna Ranch, Rajasthan

    Krishna Ranch

    The ranch organises specialised horse riding and horse safari experiences in Udaipur, Rajasthan. Riding in Udaipur is equivalent to riding through the seven kilometer stretch of rural Rajasthan and the Aravali mountain range.

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    The Krishna Ranch has been popular for organising different horse safaris in Udaipur. The best of the Marwari horses offer the best riding experience. in Udaipur. Besides, riding, the Krishna Ranch will also offer accommodation and boarding facilities within its premises.

    5. Pratap Country Inn, Rajasthan

    Pratap Country Inn

    Udaipur is one place in India that needs to be visited by one and all. Every detail in this place has a uniqueness of its own. Instead of taking a drive through the town, try horse riding instead as it gives a total different feel, allowing you will to enjoy the charm of Udaipur in its authenticity and charisma. Pratap country inn located in the central part of Udaipur.

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    Therefore the horse rides are organised from the area itself. There are about 20 horses reared for your trips and are of strong quality to ensure safe riding throughout the place. The duration of the ride can vary from 2 hours to half a day to even a full day.

    6. Princess Trails, Rajasthan

    Princess Trails

    Horse riding is the age old tradition of travelling opted by the Maharajas and Princess trails keeps the tradition alive by offering these rides to tourists and people. The horses used by Princess trails are the ancient breeds of Marwari horses; the ones connected to the Rajputs of the state.

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    Princess Trails riders

    Horses are connected to Rajputs and you can really live a part of the connection by taking a ride on these Marwari horses through Udaipur. You will really enjoy this connection as you witness the beauty of the place while you go for horse riding in Udaipur. Therefore, one should always put this horse riding in the list when planning a trip to Udaipur to experience the Royal traditions

    Princess Trails horses

    7. Relief Riders International, Rajasthan 

    Relief Riders International

    The Riders have been organising horse rides for tourists throughout Rajasthan, the best scenery a rider can get while horse riding in India. These rides were initially taken up as a part of providing relief to remote communities. The trips last for 13 to 15 days and do not include more than 12 riders.

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    Relief Riders International riders

    These rides took the horse back safari riders through the sand dune formations in the Bikaner region of Rajasthan. The rides that will be taken up by the Relief Riders International include the November 2013 Pushkar relief rides, the February 2014 Bikaner Relief ride and the February/March 2014 Chanod Relief Ride.

    8. Rohet Garh Horse Safaris, Rajasthan

    Rohet Garh Horse Safaris

    The Rohet Garh takes pride in keeping one of the finest stables of the Marwari house in the country, making it one of the best places for horse riding in India. Horse rides are organised for a day and some rides may go up to six days and six nights where you will be exploring the western part of Rajasthan around Rohet. The places around Rohet are a reflection of the heritage and cultural aesthetics of the country.

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    Besides coming in close encounters with the culture of Marwar you will also witness some of the most famous games that have been a part of the state’s heritage. This place is also known for some species of wildlife sanctuary that take shelter here like the Black Buck Antelope, the Blue Bull antelope and the Chinkara that would come out in the areas you would ride by.

    Rohet Garh Horses

    Take the following precautions while horse riding:

    1. Get a Helmet: Please wear a helmet whenever you get a horse. You will be riding an animal and sometimes unfavourable conditions can make them violent, therefore it is your duty to ensure that you are well protected in case you have a fall.

    2. Pay attention to instructions: Your excitement should not curb down your attention. Please listen to all the instructions and follow them strictly even if you find them silly.

    3. Take your step carefully: When the instructor is holding the horse for you, step on the mounting block and place your left foot in the stirrup. Then put your hand on the horse’s neck and the lower back. Then swing your right leg around the horse and then hold on to reins as you place your right foot on the right stirrup. Do not mess around as one wrong step may lead to a bad fall.

    4. Clear all your doubts: The instructors are present to help you with the ride. Do not hesitate to ask for instructors in any circumstances.

    Benefits of horse riding:

    Horse riding brings about numerous benefits

    It develops one's balance, helps to maintain coordination and the motor functions of the body.

    It also strengthens the muscles of the riders as he/she has to hold on to the horse firmly to ensure a proper ride. It also prevents muscle cramps, improves blood circulation, improves the reflex acceleration, stimulates the sensory integration and develops the visual index of the eyes.

    You can burn calories. The faster and longer you ride, the more calories you burn.

    Horse riding in India allows the mind goes through a type of therapy called the nature’s therapy; nothing can release your mental stress like nature in India does.

    The sensory parts of your brain get a fresh supply of oxygen which will increase your level of being alert.

    Village tours on a horseback

    Do's and don’ts on a horse ride:

    Do's:

    • Ride only in the areas specified by your instructors.
    • Wear helmets at all circumstances
    • Respect other riders
    • Handle the horse with care.
    • Notify an official in case of an emergency.
    • If you are riding on a busy street, ensure that your horse is trained to do so
    • Stick to the rules provided by the authorities, they are up there for a reason
    • Ride at a walk or a trot only.
    • Unload the horse trailers only in the areas designated for the purpose

    Be carfeul while horse riding

    Don’ts:

    • Do not venture out in the open without prior permission
    • Do not bring any other animal like a dog to the horse trail
    • Do not try to go for stand or jump when you ride, stunts are strictly prohibited
    • Do not leave your horse unattended
    • Do not consume alcohol when you horse ride
    • Do not take the horse to busy streets if it is not trained for it, the loud noise may scare it.
    • Do not let your horse engage in behaviours like kicking or biting
    • Do not tie your horse to a fence or tree, it connects with you not the tree or the fence

     

    We hope this guide has provided you enough information about horse riding in India!


Attractions

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Corbett National Park

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

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

Distance from Delhi: 254km

Best time to visit: November to June

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

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

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Lal Tibba

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Best season:
 Mid July to Mid August

Duration:
 6 Days

Altitude:
 3,600 m
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Rishikesh

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

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

Distance from Delhi: 228km

Best time to visit: Throughout the year

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

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

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Nainital

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

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

Distance from Delhi: 278km

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

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

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

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Chopta-Tungnath Trek

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

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

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

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

Best season: May to June and August to September

Duration: 3 Days

Altitude: 3680 m

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Mussoorie

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

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

Distance from Delhi: 270km

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

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

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

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Nag Tibba

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

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

Distance from Delhi: 347.4 Kilometers approximately

Nearest Railhead:
Dehradun Railway Station

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Har Ki Doon

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

Distance from Delhi: 299 Kilometres approximately

Nearest Railhead: Dehradun Railway Station

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Kedarkantha Trek

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

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

Distance from Delhi: 428.2 Kilometres approximately

Nearest Railhead: Dehradun Railway Station

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Pangong Lake

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

The reflections of the towering Himalayan peaks in the water add more charm to the lake. Currently, Pangong Tso is the 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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