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    The best way to see India is at the ground level. When you sit in a train and look out of the window, it is like watching a movie. At different times of the journey, different aspects of everyday Indian existence reveal itself to you. A visit to India is incomplete without feeling the hustle and bustle of a typical Indian railway station. You will be drawn to the safety and simple comforts that Indian train journeys offer you. You will be mesmerized by the constant chanting of tea and food sellers at each station.

    Key information about Indian Railways to plan your journey:

    If you have never been to India, you may be surprised at what you see. Unlike what you saw on television, Indian trains are not bursting at the seams. You find no people sitting atop the train! And the best thing is that rail travel in India is inexpensive. Be it short distance or long distance, train travel is a safe and comfortable way to get across.

    1. Train Routes

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    You must know that the Indian railway system covers more than sixty thousand kilometers of rail routes. The Indian Railways has more than six thousand five hundred stations. The Indian railway network is only behind Russia and China. Meaning, it is bigger than some of the developed nations of the world. This enormous network creates more employment than any other place. Therefore, the Indian railways employs more than a million staff.

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    You get trains to any destination in India. Some are direct trains. Some are connecting trains. Unfortunately, there are no direct railway lines to the Indian state of Kashmir. A railway line that connects Srinagar to several other parts of India is being constructed though.

    2. Checking Train Times

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    The Indian railway system has been automated. You can check train timings, schedules and fares online, simplifying rail travel altogether. This website only displays direct trains. Some destinations will need you to change at least two trains. You can call the Indian rail toll-free number to get information on this. For instance, if you are travelling between Varanasi to Jaisalmer, there are no direct trains. You have to take a connecting train at Delhi or Jaipur to Jaisalmer depending on where you are boarding.

    3. Purchasing Tickets

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    Indian train journeys are not possible without making a reservation or purchasing a train ticket. Nowadays computerized reservations make it convenient for passengers to purchase train tickets from anywhere in India. Making reservations well in advance helps. There are some train routes that get booked weeks in advance.

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    If you happen to visit any railway station, you will see giant screens displaying berth availability between destinations. You can check berth availability on the indian rail website and a slew of third party websites that source and display this information. Many trains have a foreign quota - this scheme provisions certain number of seats for international visitors.

    4. Important Notes About Reservations:

    Advance Booking

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    All bookings for railway reservations open well in advance of 60. You may not be able to book certain short-distance trains 60 days in advancebut only 30 days in advance.

    International visitors to India can utilize the Foreign Tourist (FT) quota. This facility enables international visitors to book important Indian train journeys at short notice. Tickets bought under this scheme can be paid in US Dollars or Pound Sterling or any foreign convertible currency.

    You can purchase tickets on the IRCTC website - You need to create an account on this website. You have to follow the registration process as required by this website and setup your account.

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    When you book a ticket on IRCTC, you get an e-ticket or an electronic ticket. You can take a printout of this ticket and undertake Indian train journeys with a valid identify proof such as your passport for example.

    An i-ticket (Internet ticket) option is provided if the e-ticket option is not available for a particular train route. The i-ticket is couriered to your address.

    Reservation Against Cancellation (RAC) and Waiting List (WL)

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    With an RAC ticket you can board a train and travel even though you are not allotted any specific seat number or berth number. You can get a berth only if any confirmed passenger has cancelled their ticket. This information is with the railway ticket inspector. At the end of inspection, this person will have a list of all the passengers who have not made it into the train for the journey. The inspector then allots a berth to an RAC ticket holder.

    But now the question is what happens if nobody cancels? In this case, the RAC ticket holder is still allowed to travel in the train. He or she can sit on any of the berths. In some cases a single seat has to be shared by two RAC ticket holders.

    A Waiting List ticket does not allow you to travel in any Indian train journeys. You have to wait till your ticket moves up the list against cancellations. You status will change to RAC and subsequently to confirmed (CNF) status depending on the number of tickets cancelled. If your ticket status remains at RAC, you can travel in the train without a berth. If your ticket status moves up to CNF, then you are assured of a berth in the train.

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    When you book a ticket online or at the reservation counter, a PNR number is generated. This is the unique identification number of your train ticket. You can periodically check the status of your ticket using the PNR number. There are plenty of websites on the Internet that let you check the status of your ticket by entering the PNR number.

    The Tatkal Scheme

    Tatkal means ‘immediate’ in Hindi. Sometimes you may have to travel at short notice. In some important train routes tickets get booked well in advance. To allow short-notice bookings, the Indian railways provisions some berths under the Tatkal scheme. The fare for Tatkal keeps changing. More information can be found at the Indian Railways website.

    5. Classes of Travel

    Indian trains have eight types of classes. However, trains generally do not accommodate all types of classes and only have some of these 8 classes

    Air-Conditioned First Class (AC1)

    Most long distance trains have this class. It is the most expensive way to travel by train. This class consists of sleeper compartments which come in two varieties, four berths or two berths. While booking the ticket you can specify which type of compartment you wish.

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    Air-Conditioned 2-Tier (AC2)

    This class of trains are also found in most long distance trains in India. Most middle class families traveling long distances use this class. The seats are padded with leather and are convertible to flatbeds for lying down. Unlike AC1, the AC2 class is not compartmentalized.

    Air-Conditioned 3-Tier (AC3)

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    AC2 and AC3 are similar with the only difference being the way bunks are arranged. In the AC3 class bunks are arranged in a 3-tiered manner, meaning the AC3 class can accommodate more passengers than the AC2 class.

    First Class

    First class is a non-air conditioned class. This class consists of sleeper coaches available in two types, the 4-berth, or the 2-berth. The seats are however not convertible to beds. Seating is available for an extra charge and if your ticket is booked in advance.

    AC Executive Chair Class

    This class is only available in the Shatabdi Express trains. Seats are arranged in a 2 + 2 fashion. Between the seats is the common pathway. The Shatabdi Express provides food and beverages that is included in the fare.

    AC Chair Class

    This class is a good way to travel if you are traveling only during daytime. The seat arrangement in this class is in a 2 + 3 manner across the width of the train. The AC Chair Class as its name suggests is air conditioned.

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    Sleeper Class

    A majority of Indians use this class. In this class, there are upper, lower, and middle berths that allow you to lie down on them.

    The sleeper class is generally crowded as it can accommodate more number of passengers than any of the aforementioned classes. This class does not have air conditioning. However, there are fans mounted on the ceiling that can provide comfort when the conditions are hot and humid.

    Unreserved 2nd Class

    As the name suggests, this class is for people who could not make a reservation but have to travel anyways. It is also used by people who want to travel short distances. You can purchase tickets from the railway ticket conductor on the spot. This type of class is generally crowded, hence it is not recommended for long distance travel.

    Indrail Pass

    The Indrail Pass is created on similar lines to the Eurail Pass for travel in an Indian train. It is a special scheme for foreign nationals when on a rail travel expedition in India. It enables them to travel to an unlimited number of destinations. The pass is valid from half a day to a period of ninety days.

    There are some of the benefits of this pass.You need not buy separate tickets for different train routes. A single pass is all you need to travel anywhere.This pass is only available for foreign nationals and non-resident Indians. It is bought in foreign convertible currencies.

    Indian rail travel tips

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    For international visitors, the Indian railway system brings them mixed reactions. They are worried about the quality of toilets in an Indian train. They are skeptical about the quality of food available. There are so many fears in their minds. Actually, traveling in a train in India is safer than traveling on road. The following are some proven ways to improve your traveling experience when in a train in India.

    1. A Good Book is a Good Companion in Indian Train Journeys

    Read a good book whilst you melt into the ever changing landscape outside the train window. It helps to get a window seat, although you can see the outside world from any seat.

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    2. Strike a Good conversation

    If you are the gregarious type, then you won’t have shortage of people who would be interested to talk to you. Often, the best way to kill time in a long distance journey is to strike healthy conversations with fellow passengers. There are some precautions to be taken in this regard though. Don’t gladly accept food and drink that your fellow passengers offer. Use your prudence. Sometimes such stuff might be laced with sedatives.

    3. Bring your Own Food

    Bringing your own food solves your apprehensions about the quality of food available on Indian trains. You can do this if you are on a diet or you have special eating requirements. Avoid taking non-vegetarian food in a train.

    4. Go to the Bathroom Early

    Try to get up early in the morning and go to the bathroom. The period between 8 am and 9 am in the morning has a lot of people trying to go to the bathroom. So don’t be stuck in a queue. Get up around 5 am and finish off your bathroom routine.

    5. Anti-Bacterial Liquid Hand Wash

    After you finish your bathroom routine, wash your hands with anti-bacterial hand wash liquid. Bring your antibacterial tissue paper and wipe yourself clean.

    6. Keep your Luggage Safe

    Don’t travel with expensive stuff like SLR cameras, jewelry, and hard cash in any Indian train. Even if you have to do it, try to secure your luggage with a lock. It should be difficult for anyone to break the lock. But nothing is infallible. If you are a couple, try to guard the luggage whilst the other person uses the restroom. The key is to have someone always guarding the luggage.



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.

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


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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