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Things to do in Ladakh

Majestic in its scope and fascinating in the depth and variety of its experiences, Ladakh is one of the best places to visit in the world. High passes make up the region, sheer cliffs stand in stern starkness, gorgeous lakes shimmer invitingly from all corners, long empty roads beckon invitingly, and an atmosphere of peace and purity fills the air.

There are many beautiful places to visit in Ladakh; places of such grandeur and subtlety that they make you marvel at the power of the natural creative process that went into forming them. Both natural and man-made marvels enrich the landscape of Ladakh, making a trip a fantastic adventure that will leave you with grand memories. 
There are many things to do in Ladakh. A couple of days required to acclimatize in Ladakh can be spent profitably enjoying the sites in and around Leh, from the various monasteries that glorify the region to the palaces and museums that add to its cultural depth. 


Once you are ready to visit the higher altitudes of Ladakh, you can enjoy visits to places like Pangong Tso, Khardung La, Marsmik La, Hemis National Park and other grand landscapes that makeup Ladakh. You can also undertake one of the adventurous treks that enrich Ladakh. 
With so many places to see and things to do your trip to Ladakh, it promises to be full of excitement and variety. The chance to visit Ladakh is a great blessing, so enjoy it thoroughly. The options are many and varied, and the thrills you get out of them will be endless.

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About Chadar Frozen River Trek :


Ladakh is the home to numerous natural wonders, but the most precious gift bestowed upon this magical land is the Chadar Trek. The trek is all about persistence & survival – of learning to survive in the harsh terrains at sub-zero temperatures, interacting with the locals & understanding their way of living, especially in one of the most inhabitable regions in the world, while you trek across a dramatic gorge with frozen waterfalls on the frozen trail of Zanskar spanned out like a “Chadar” it acts as a mirror for the sky!


The primal thrill of sleeping in caves, musing over blazing bonfires in freezing temperatures with most definitely the ever-present sense of danger, yet surviving it all – makes it the “Do before you die” journey!


Chadar Trek Quick Facts:

  • Chadar River Trek Duration: 9D/8N
  • Chadar Trek Distance:  62 km
  • Maximum Altitude: 11,123ft
  • Difficulty Level: Difficult 
  • Chadar Trek Temperature: -5 to -15 degrees (during the day) and -15 to -25 degrees (during the night)
  • Chadar Trek Best Time: Early January - Early February.
  • Start and End Point of the Trek: Guest House in Leh.
  • Nearest Airport: Leh airport. (Kushok Bakula Rimpochee airport)
  • Last ATM: Leh Market and Airport.



How to Reach Leh :


The easiest way to travel to Leh is by air. The nearest airport is Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport (IXL) located in Leh. This airport is connected with many international airports in India like Delhi. It also receives flights from Srinagar, Jammu, Chandigarh, and other common destinations in India.

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Motor Biking

Motor Biking expeditions in Ladakh are getting more recognition these days, and hence it is included in our Ladakh travel guide. While going from Manali you will be crossing Rohtang pass, Darcha, Tang lang La and Baralach La crossing which are in the Leh valley with the Indus river flowing majestically.

You can also stretch your expedition to Khardung La pass, the highest motorable road in the world, Pangong Lake, Tso Moriri Lake and other sites. On the way you will enjoy the ever-changing panorama and the climate.

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  • Embark on this amazing and adventurous trip to Markha Valley in Leh and Ladakh region.
  • Arrive in Leh on your first day and explore the town and its beautiful tourist locations and get acclimatized.
  • On the second day, get a transfer to the road head from Leh, from where your trek will start and then reach Yurutse via Zinchen which will take around 3 hours of trekking.
  • Third day will be the longest trekking day of the tour, starting from Yurutse to Skiu via Ganda, which will be of 25 km and take 7-8 hours to complete. 
  • The next day you will continue your trek from Skiu to Markha, which will be around 20 km taking around 6 hours.
  • Fifth day will take you from Markha to Thochuntse amdist the majestic Himalayas covered with snow, which will take around 6 hours and is a distance of 13 km.
  • Sixth day is a short trek of 6 to 7 km but as it is ascent, it will take around 3 to 4 hours from Thochuntse to Nimaling.
  • On your seventh day, you will trek from Nimaling to Shang Sumdo, a trek of around 18 km and aftermath proceed to Leh via the Gongmaru La pass.
  • Eight day will be your last day of the tour and you will depart from Leh.
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Cycling

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Cycling is one of the famous activities to do in Ladakh. There are so many trails where you can have a visual feast of natural beauty while cycling on the quiet roads, at times chatting with the friendly local people, drinking in the changing landscapes and the beauty of the tall snow-covered mountains. At times though due to the difficult terrain cycling may be arduous but the adventurers feel more thrill in such trails.
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Spot the Snow Leopard

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The best place to find snow leopards in Ladakh is Hemis National Park which is also called the Snow Leopard Capital of the world. Normally the success rate of finding a snow leopard is about 50% in this region. These places to visit in Ladakh, heads the tourists must see list as they can cach the majestic, enigmatic snow leopard and it is one of the best things to do in Ladakh.

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Indus River Rafting

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The Indus river originating from Mt. Kailash and Mansarovar Lake in Tibet runs across the desert region of Ladakh. While rafting in this river in Ladakh you get to enjoy some fascinating beauty of nature as the river takes you through the gorges in the Ladakh and Zanskar ranges. This river has mainly rapids of Grade I and Grade II and at some places of Grade III.

There are different sections in the river where the difficulty levels vary. However, there is no denying the fact this gives you tremendous pumping of your adrenalin along with a mesmerising panorama of the places around the river banks.

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Go on a Camel Safari

Camel trekking or camel safari in Ladakh was the most common mode of transportation for the purpose of trade, around 3-4 centuries ago. It is still predominantly practiced in the Nubra valley from Hundar to Diskit. Only in this region, you will find the Bactrian camels or double-humped camels and it is one of the amazing things to do in Ladakh.

The distinctive features of these camels are that they store fat instead of water inside the humps. Camel safari tours are also organized here and have become popular among travellers.

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Go on a Yak Safari

Yaks or Dong as the local people call the animal is huge in size measuring about 6 ft in height and close to 1000 Kg in weight. Yak safari in the desert lands of Ladakh is a memorable experience as you get to enjoy the pristine beauty of the nature, the serene blue lakes, the sprawling green valleys, and regal snow-peaked mountains standing tall on all sides.

The Yaks are natural-born animals of this rugged terrain and can withstand the arduousness of such safari easily.
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Shop at the Leh Market

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The bustling market in Leh is full of various types of curio items, colourful trinkets and such other articles which could be a collector's delight. One should take some memento along with him before leaving ladakh.

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Skiing

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The abundance of high and steep slopes in the Trans-Himalayan mountain ranges along with the astonishing beauty of the snow-clad mountains and the frozen lakes, the ever-changing landscape invite skiers from all over India and abroad. Skiing treks are also being taken these days to explore unknown areas of Ladakh and it is one of the must-do activities in Ladakh.

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Hangout at Lala's Art Cafe

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 The ladakh travel guide offers to you Lala's Art Cafe which is  situated in the old town of Leh. The Cafe has some amazing collections of black and white soul photography. Also, there are deep carvings in the entrance to downstairs. It's a perfect place for unwinding with your friends after a long day of arduous and tiresome adventure sports with a tall glass of Italian coffee.
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Must Visit Places in Ladakh

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Pangong Lake

The ever-changing colours of Pangong lake set against the intense blue sky make it one of the most spectacular sites in Ladakh. Pangong Tso is a glacial lake approximately 150 kilometres long, spreading out over India and China. Only 5 hours of driving distance from Leh, this lake is cannot be missed when you are Ladakh. Nestled amidst the mountains at a height of 4350 metres though it is, Pangong Tso maintains a liquid state year-round owing to its saline content and it is one of the best Ladakh tour places.

The beauty of this lake against the backdrop of the majestic mountains is one of the most powerful sights in the world as well as the most peace-giving. Pangong Tso brings the depth of nature’s creativity to light in full force and makes you want to bow in reverence before it. You can also indulge yourself in camping around Pangong Lake which will give you some spectacular views of the lake. This is one place you absolutely must visit when in Ladakh.

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Royal Leh Palace

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A 17th-century palace built after the fashion of medieval palaces in Tibet, and which stands overlooking the town of Leh, the Royal Leh Palace is one of the most important cultural destinations in Ladakh. Such is its significance that the structure is considered to be one of the most important buildings in Ladakh, despite its dilapidated outlook. Located atop a high hill, the palace offers a panoramic view of the town of Leh spread out against a backdrop of the Stok Kangri and Ladakh ranges. 

The palace also includes a museum which has artefacts dating back almost 450 years. This museum is one of the most attractive parts of the palace. Visiting this museum is a great way to get some valuable insight into the history and culture of Ladakh.

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Magnetic Hill

Magnetic Hill is one of the most wonderful natural landmarks in Ladakh and must be seen for its magic to be fully understood. The Magnetic Hill is a “gravity hill’, capable of enacting a unique optical illusion that baffles tourists every time they view it. The hill gives the illusion that an object which is going downhill is actually following an uphill track. Cars that are traveling down the slope seem to be going uphill, thereby apparently defying gravity. 

This unique optical illusion is a rare phenomenon and only a few places in the world produce it. Experiencing the phenomenon of Magnetic Hill will make you marvel at the intricacy and creativity of nature and give you some unique memories to enjoy even after you leave Ladakh. 

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Tso Moriri

Tso Moriri is a small and dainty lake in Ladakh. Falling as it does on the Ladakhi end of the Changthang Plateau, it is fed by the trickling streams and melting snows of neighbouring mountains. Tso Moriri is at an approximate distance of 250 kilometres from Leh, and a drive of roughly 8 to 10 hours is required to reach here. However, Tso Moriri amply repays the effort it takes to reach here in the form of gorgeous panoramic views. One must take an experience of camping around this beautiful lake to enjoys scenic views of nature.

The simplicity of the lake is the best feature of the lake- its still waters are undisturbed by the commotion and there isn’t as much touristic crowd disturbing the silence as is found near Pangong Tso. Tso Moriri is lovely in its beauty, and admiration for the simple perfection of the area flows naturally when you are near the lake. 

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Zanskar Valley

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Zanskar valley is one of the most isolated places to visit in Ladakh where about 14,000 people comprising of mainly Buddhists live. The valley is sandwiched between the Great Himalayan ranges and the Zanskar mountain ranges. 

The Zanskar river which has lent its name to the valley flows through the valley. Zanskar valley surrounded by lofty mountains and deep gorges is closed for about eight months in a year due to heavy snowfall in the region. During winters the Zanskar river gets frozen that leads to the formation of the most beautiful trek of India known as the Chadar Trek or the Frozen River Trek
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Nubra Valley

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One of the most important tourist destinations in Leh, Nubra valley is a place that cannot be missed if you are traveling to Ladakh in the summer. Nubra valley offers tourists the chance to enjoy a multitude of adventures. The 150-kilometer-long valley is rich in sightseeing opportunities. From the Diskit monastery to the sand dunes to the Shayok and Nubra Rivers, there is a lot to enjoy here. 

Paying visits to the local villages of Hunter, Turtuke, and Diskit is also a good way to enjoy the sights of Nubra valley. Trekking and camping is an adventurous way to enjoy Nubra valley but you can also engage in jeep and camel safaris. Hiring a local guide is a good way of enjoying the valley in all its aspects. 

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Shanti Stupa

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The Shanti Stupa constructed by a Japanese is very near to the town of Leh and is set on a steep hilltop. Being at a height of about 4267 metres the place affords a magnificent panoramic view of Leh and the snow-clad mountains. The sunrise and sunset are worth-seeing from this Stupa and it is one of the amazing Ladakh places.

The architecture and the beauty of this place are unexplainable. It reflects the unique architectural style, completely different from the Ladakhi style. There is also a Buddhist temple with the Shanti Stupa which is inaugurated by the 14th Dalai Lama.

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Kargil (Kashmir - Leh Highway)

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Kargil was once a busy town as it was within the trade route to and from China, Afghanistan, India, Turkey. It is the second biggest town of Ladakh and lies in the west of Leh facing the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan.

The town became popular after a war was fought over the region between India and Pakistan. However, the town has remained largely peaceful till then and is home to a number of scenic attractions.

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Khardung La

One of the most renowned passes in India, Khardunga La is a high-altitude motorable pass in Ladakh. According to the locals, it is the highest motorable pass in India though opinion is divided on the matter. Khardung La is majestic in its scope and visiting it is one of the most exotic experiences you can have in Ladakh. 

The pass is situated at an altitude of nearly 18,500 feet and the views from here are awe-inspiring. Sharp, chilly winds blow here relentlessly and add to the adventurous nature of the pass. An army canteen near the pass provides tourists with the chance to enjoy a nice hot cup of tea and some snacks as they gaze tirelessly upon the fascinating view.

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Lamayuru Monastry

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Situated at a height of 3510 meters and about 127 Kms from Leh this is the oldest Tibetan Buddhist monastery. The monastery is maintained by the Red Hat sect of Buddhism.

The beautiful collection of wall paintings rich in color, murals, thangkas, and scriptures make the visit to the monastery worthwhile. The landscape here resembles a mainland like a terrain and has led to a spurt in camps and road trips conducted in this region.

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Alchi Monastery

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Alchi Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh. An ancient Buddhist monastery complex makes up the monastery and houses several chortens and temples. Alchi Monastery primarily includes three major shrines that are important to Buddhism- the Dukhang (Assembly hall), the Sumtsek and the Temple of Manjushri. These shrines date back to the 12th century and are considered to be of great significance in the Ladakh region. 

Several wall paintings also decorate the monuments of the monastery and reflect both Buddhist and Hindu ideals. Wooden artefacts are also an important part of the monastery’ decor and are considered to be important artistic works. Alchi Monastery is a monument to Ladakh’s past and therefore plays an important role in the culture of the region. Its location on the banks of the Indus river further adds to the glorious experience of visiting the monastery. 

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Shey Monastery

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Located 15 kilometers south of Leh on the Leh-Manali road is the famous Shey monastery complex. Shey was the summer capital of Ladakh in the years gone by and the palace and the monastery are reflections of a bygone era. The palace is mostly in ruins today but the monastery is still worth a visit. The monastery houses a grand statue of Shakyamuni Buddha and it is one of the best Ladakh places.

This 12-meter-high statue covers all three floors of the monastery and is one of the most spectacular man-made wonders to be seen in Ladakh. The upper floor of the monastery is covered in beautiful, intricately designed paintings while the lower floor features a library rich in ancient books. Small shrines further add to the depth of the monastery. 

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Diskit Monastery

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Ladakh is rich in monasteries but the Diskit monastery is one of the most renowned of all monasteries in the region. Located in Nubra Valley, this monastery is the oldest and the largest monastery in the Ladakh. A grand 100-foot statue of the Maitreya Buddha is ensconced at the entrance to the monastery and makes a grand and awe-inspiring picture as you approach it. 

The monastery is located on a high plain with the Shylok river flowing peaceably by. A number of other shrines and temples are also located inside the monastery. The monastery hosts a “Festival of the Scapegoat" during February, one of the best festival Ladakh region could have, a festival which reflects the spirit of the culture of Ladakh. It is an enjoyable festival though tourists find it hard to attend because the snows block Nubra Valley from civilization in the winters.

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Gurudwara Pathar Sahib

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Built in the loving memory of Guru Nanak Dev, this Gurudwara is a sacred site revered by the devotees. It is located on the Leh-Kargil highway and falls on the route to Leh. While Leh has countless places brimming with tourists, this place is still not known by many and is a true treasure for the solace seekers. If interesting tales bewitch you then this holy place holds a huge rock which is said to be thrown away by a demon on Guru Nanak Dev and was never removed.

Even after repetitive efforts, no one was able to push away this mighty structure and this is the reason it is called the Pathar Gurudwara. Visiting this serene site is indeed one of the best things to do in Ladakh if you are touring with your family as this quaint slice has everything to soothe your soul.

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Sangam Point

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Looking for places to visit in Ladakh? Well, Sangam point is your answer. With the literal meaning confluence of two, here the Zanskar river meets the Indus. Both of them have distinct colors, while the Zanskar is all brown with a soft muddy texture the Indus exhibits variable textures of greens.

At this specific point, both of them form a single trail and the view is truly majestic. Located on the National Highway 1 this place falls en route of all the travelers heading to Srinagar and there is no need to change your routes and visit the spot. If you wish to give your eyes a feast then this is the view which you should not miss as the aura of the entire region is just splendid and tranquility is interwoven in the environs all over.
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Spituk Gompa

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Also reckoned as the Spituk Monastery this site boasts with an exceptionally crafted deity of Kali. Built back in the early 11th century this Gompa is settled at an elevation of 3,307 m above sea level and is a hub for the monastic community. At this place, you can spot countless monks who can enlighten you about the deep history of Buddhism. From the top of the monastery, you can take a glimpse of the rugged terrains contrasting with the clear blue skies which extends a scape, as of a streaky canvas.

While the site is not revered by many tourists, it is always brimming with the followers of the Buddhist community. The major festival celebrated here is the Gustor festival and that is the time when the place turns even more lively and is adorned with the colorful Buddhist flags!
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Namgyal Monastery

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Next, in the list of places to visit in Ladakh is Namgyal Monastery. A treasure for the solitude seekers this monastery is just perfect for the purpose. Locally called as the Dalai Lama’s temple this edifice is a temple of serenity and is known for the tantric practices.

Also, this is the private monastery of Dalai Lama and is also called as the Namgyal Tantric College. If you are wondering why is called so then the doubt is apt! It is named after the female lifelong deity and henceforth is a spiritual center. With time this site is gaining prominence and is now not only toured by the locals but tourists alike.
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Hemis National Park

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If bounties of nature is what attracts you then exploring the Hemis National Park is undeniably one of the best things to do in Ladakh. Famed for homing the largest count of snow leopards in its abode this place is mounted at an elevation of approximately 3000 m above the sea level. Settled in the Palearctic zone this National Park not only houses snow leopard but has several other variants of fauna.

Also, this park surrounded by the Indus river which adds up to the charm of the place and makes it even more enticing all around the year. Spotting a brown bear, Tibetian wolf, and various other animals are a child’s play as they can be easily seen roaming around here and there. The topography of the park is just amazing and it victuals several variants of wildlife’s vibrancy.
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Tso Kar Lake

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There is another must-see attraction in Leh Ladakh tour and that is the Tso Kar Lake. Also called ‘White Lake' is one of the three high height saltwater lakes in Ladakh. The Tso-Kar Lake is known as 'White Lake' on the grounds that the white salt of the water stores everywhere throughout the lake shores. Tso-Kar Lake is the littlest lake among the three vital lakes in Ladakh. 

The Tso-Kar lake is extremely well known with bird watchers. The range encompassing Tso-Kar lake is rich with wildlife and birds. Be that as it may, the principle fascination among the birds' life at Tso Kar is dark necked cranes. The dark necked cranes, known for their devotion, come to Tso Kar to lay eggs.

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Drass Valley

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Drass valley is known as the Gateway to Ladakh and is the second highest and coldest inhabited area in the world after Siberia. The valley begins at Zozi La and extends till Kargil. During the summer months, the valley completely changes from a snow-bound place to lush green meadows with colourful fragrant flowers enhancing the beauty of nature and it is one of the best Ladakh visiting place.


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Donkey Sanctuary

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Ladakh features several sanctuaries and national parks, but the Donkey sanctuary is one of the most unique sanctuaries in the region. This sanctuary is a small affair set up by a private citizen in order to provide a home to donkeys who were left homeless after they had served their use in other establishments. 

The Donkey sanctuary gives hurt and homeless donkeys a place of refuge where they can recover their lost sense of life and regain their lost strength. Visiting the Donkey sanctuary in Ladakh is a good way to get a look at a different aspect of Ladakhi culture and the drive up to the place makes for a good road trip. 

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Leh Post Office

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Leh Post office is perhaps the  highest Post Office in the world at an altitude of 3500 metres. It is a commendable job for the Indian Postal Services to operate a Post Office under very trying conditions and difficult terrains. However, tourists throng the post office to buy picture postcards. A philately exhibition is held every year during the Ladakh festival in Leh.
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Hemis Monastery

The town of Hemis is famous for its monastery is the largest monastic organisation in the Ladakh district. The Hemis monastery is considered to be the one of the richest monasteries in India with some very rare and exquisite antique collections like the copper statue of Buddha, inctricately carved gold and silver stupas and some exotic Thangkas and it is one of the famous Ladakh visiting place.

The Tibetan style architecture within the monastery is very bright and colourful in contrast to the surrounding landscape. An added attraction is the beautiful Hemis National Park is located close to the monastery and is home to the several endangered and rare animals such as Snow leopards.
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Hall of Fame

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Hall of Fame near Leh is actually a museum dedicated to the Indian army's heroic struggles during the war in Kargil and Siachen sectors. It's a very interesting museum displaying the weapons employed during the Kargil war and belongings of the enemy soldiers including their outfits found after the Kargil war and is one of the famous Ladakh tour places.

Also, on display are the different outfits of the heroic soldiers with multi-layered shoes to protect them from frostbite, their frozen foods which they warm with balls of Hexamycin tablets before dinner. Due to the excessive cold in the Ladakh region with the temperature hovering between -300 C to -500 C it is difficult to strike a fire. This is also the reason why there were so many deaths of our heroic soldiers during the Siachen war.

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Thiksey Monastery

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The Thiksey monastery is situated in the Indus valley and is just 18 kms away from Leh. The 12-storey monastery contains ten temples with an assembly hall and living quarters for the monks and also a nunnery. The 40 foot. high statue of Maitreya Buddha is the prime attraction here and is dedicated to the Goddess Tara. 

Other than this one can also see some rare, precious stupas, wall paintings, statues and swords in the monastery. The Ladakh travel guide lists some of the best monasteries to be visited on your visit to Leh Ladakh.

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Festivals of Ladakh

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Hemis Festival

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Hemis festival takes place in the Hemis monastery of Ladakh every year on the tenth day of the Tibetan lunar month. The festival is held to commemorate the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava. This is a two-day affair and one of the biggest included in the ladakh travel guide, in which the Lamas participate in mask dances religious plays with accompaniment of drums, cymbals and long horns and it is one of the best things to do in Ladakh.

Local Tibetans eagerly waiting for the festival attire themselves in colourful dresses and join in the festivities. Every 12 years during the Tibetan Year of Monkey a 'Thanka' two-storey high and depicting the Guru is displayed. The 'Thanka' is richly embroidered with semi-precious stones and pearls. A fair is also held during this festival where beautiful handicrafts are displayed.

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Losar Festival

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Losar festival is perhaps the most popular and eagerly-awaited festivals in Ladakh. It starts on the first of eleventh month of every year. The rituals and rites which are performed during the Losar festival is a mixture of Buddhist and pre-Buddhist religious practices. The start of the festival is heralded with the end of the harvesting season. 

People dress themselves up in new attires and women adorn themselves with fine jewelleries to join the festive spirit. Goats and sheep are kept reserved for use during the festival time. Chang, a local beer made from Barley, flows freely as a part of the celebrations.

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Monastery Festival

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Almost all the monasteries or Gompas in Ladakh organise yearly festivals in their individual units. A large percentage of these festivals take place during the winter months probably because those are the months of relative inactivity for the local people.

The biggest and the most famous festival of Hemis is held in late June or early July, Lamyuru festival takes place in early July, Phyang in late July or early August. Some festivals are also held in February.

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Ladakh Festival

Ladakh by virtue of its geographical location is cut off for most of the year from the world outside. So, as the brief summer season approaches, people welcome it with gay abandon. The season normally lasts till September before engulfing region once again in a thick sheet of snow for the next eight-nine months and it is one of the best things to do in Ladakh.

Before the start of the winter season, it becomes engrossed in vibrant festivities by organising the Ladakh festival which continues for seven days. The festival starts with long processions followed by various types of dances like lion dances, Yak dances etc.

Numerous stalls are opened displaying finest exhibitions of handicrafts, excellent and tasty local food and the local beer Chang made of Barley adds a heady concoction to the spirit of the festivities. Various forms of sporting activities like Archery,  Polo matches, white-water river rafting, and treks are organised throughout the duration of the festival.

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Copper Samovars

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Copper samovars are basically tea kettles with a provision for heating water by burning coal kept within a hidden container. These samovars are very popular with the tourists. There are also Tibetan designs embossed on the outer surface of the samovars to make them look attractive and appealing.

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Prayer Wheel

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The prayer wheel is a cylindrical wheel which has a spindle attached to it. The spindle could be made of metal, stone, wood or leather. The words "Om Mani Padme Hum" are inscribed on the wheel.

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Pashmina

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Pashmina is a type of very fine and soft cashmere wool which will keep you very warm. The wool is extracted from Pashmina goats or Changthangis which are reared in the high altitude valleys of Ladakh.
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Relics of Buddhists

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Some relics of Buddha which are said to be original remains of Him are still available such as the holy relic of the tooth of Buddha. Take back home some of the best things to shop for that is included in our Ladakh travel guide.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Leh Ladakh Trips

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Q) How are the road conditions in Leh Ladakh?

A: During your road trip or while traveling by road, you will be passing through 30% road and 70% off roads.  After crossing Manali you will reach Leh, then onto Pangong and Nubra which is a mixture of both roads and off-road. Also, you will find sections of asphalt and areas with huge stones in the way. The best part is that your whole adventure will be mostly on the off-road.

Q) Can I do Manali to Leh with 1 stop at Sarchu?

A: Although this is possible on your trip I would suggest you shouldn’t. Leh trip is mostly about experiencing scenic views and its stunning surroundings. So while you are driving down the roads from Manali to Leh it is always better to make 2 stops. You might be a bit late but the joy of experiencing the natural beauty will let you feel more relaxed. As you make the stops you will have some time to adjust your body to acclimatize to the high altitudes, reducing chances of getting AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Though there are some beautiful campsites at Sarchu where you can have a comfy stay.

Q) Can I go to Nubra valley and come back in the same day?

A: Well, if you see theoretically it will be a yes and practically it will no. For reaching Nubra valley you will be passing through Khardungla, the highest motorable road in the world. And it’s not a good idea to pass such a high altitude twice. As Nubra Valley is known for its beauty and the magnificence, spend some time enjoying the serenity of this region.

Q) Can I go to Pangong Tso Lake and come back in the same day?

A: Well, if you see theoretically it will be a yes and practically it will no. Panging Tso Lake is quite far away to cover in just one day. Also, you will be passing through the third highest motorable pass in the world, Chang La. As for the one who loves to explore the natural beauty Panging Lake is one of the most enchanting in the entire trip.  Another interesting thing is that you will be camping here for the night. Spend the night under the sky and staring at the lake as it glitters in the moonlight. It will be totally worth it.

Q) Can I do Leh to Srinagar in one day?

A: Yes, this is possible in one day. The road which you will pass here is very good. Only a few sections are bad roads around Zojila pass and Sonamarg. You might also face the rain in between your trip and the roads might get a bit slippery. You can also take a stop at Kargil where you can enjoy the beauty of the place and also visit the Kargil war memorial.

Q) Is there any lack of oxygen in Ladakh?

A: If you are traveling at  1000 above sea level will find difficulty in breathing or is likely to fall prey to altitude sickness. It happens due to the low level of atmospheric oxygen.

Q) What are the symptoms of High Altitude sickness? How long does it take to get acclimatize in Ladakh?

A: Few of the symptoms of high altitude include giddiness, loss of appetite, lack of sleep and difficulty in breathing. The best way to get acclimatize in Ladakh is a natural rest for at least 48 hours.

Q) Is there an ATM at Leh, Nubra & Pangong, Can we use Credit Cards?

A: A very few operator and hotels accept credit cards here and there will be a service charge of 2%. You will find ATM’s of Jammu and Kashmir Bank, State Bank of India, HDFC Bank, Axis Bank and Punjab National Bank in Leh city. Outside Leh city, there are no ATMs.

Q) Do credit cards work in hotels and restaurants?

A: Yes, credit cards are accepted in a few hotels in Leh. There are some restaurants too that accept the credit cards but they charge 2% service tax.

Q) What permits do I need for a complete Ladakh trip?

A: Ladakh region requires some inner line permits across few places such as to cross Rohtang pass, Nubra Valley and Pangong Lake. If you cross Rohtang early in the morning, chances are that there might be no one to check your permit. But it is better to get your permits. For Nubra and Pangong, you need 2 permits each.

Q) Which is the best time to visit Ladakh?

A: The best time to visit Ladakh is between May and September when the weather in Ladakh is the warmest. Ladakh doesn't experience rain like elsewhere in India, so the monsoon season is the perfect time to travel to Leh.

Q) Can we Visit Ladakh with Kids?

A: Ladakh is best for group tours and bike tours. It is not sensible for the kids. If you are traveling with kids you should be wary of all the conditions. It is advisable for tourists to not take children below the age of 5 years, as they may face acclimatization issues.

Q) What kind of accommodation is available in Ladakh?

A: While visiting Ladakh you will find that there are four different categories graded to a hotel- A, B, C, D.  When it comes to A class hotels, their facilities and services are simply comparable to any 3-star hotel. Each hotel in Ladakh is designed with the traditional architecture of the region and feature oversized rooms equipped with modern amenities. These rooms are furnished with Ladakhi and Tibetan décor.

Q) How many minimum days are required to explore Ladakh?

A: You will need at least a minimum of 15 days to explore the amazing Ladakh including the monasteries, villages, and forts. You first two days will be acclimatization days. You might also take some extra time if you are planning to head out for a mountain trek.

Q) What kind of clothes should we bring there?

A: If you are trekking 4000 meters above sea level, you need warm woolen clothes. Rain and snowfall can take place in June and July and therefore windcheaters and raincoats are good. If you are into trekking, a pair of waterproof shoes are a must. T-shirts and shorts can do during the daytime but after evening the climate gets chilly and one requires a jacket and pullover.

Q) What kind of tourist vehicles are found in this region?

A: While you are Leh you will find different kinds of tourist vehicles like Toyota Qualis and Mahindra Scorpio vehicles. You will not find auto rickshaws here.

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A journey to the top of the world, Leh-Ladakh features most of the world’s highest motorable passes with the spectacular beauty of snow-capped mountains. Admired for its unparalleled scenic views, pristine icy lakes, and swirling roads, Ladakh is becoming the most Instagrammable place in India and is on everyone’s bucket list. It offers you a stay amidst the beautiful valley of mountains and a starlit sky in the night. The unique thing about the Ladakh terrain is that it has mountains, forests, deserts, lakes, rivers, waterfalls in one beautiful and dynamic geography.


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Route: Leh - Sham Valley - Khardungla- Nubra Valley - Pangong - Chang-la - Leh.

Duration: 6 days & 5 nights 

Start point:  Leh Airport

Endpoint: Leh Airport

Passes covered: Khardung-la (18,000 ft) and Chang-la (17,688 ft)

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Get ready to make your dream of riding in Ladakh come true in the action-packed bike trip where one would be experiencing the fusion of thrill, serene beauty and culture of The "Land of High Passes", as the entire tour is exclusively elected by Thrillophilia's outdoor experts.

A wonderful bike ride to Leh-Ladakh, a land covered with snow-capped mountains and the highest motorable passes, makes you feel at the top of the world. Admired for its unparalleled scenic views, pristine icy lakes, and swirling roads, Ladakh is becoming the most Instagrammable place in India and is on everyone’s bucket list. It offers you a stay amidst the beautiful valley of mountains and a starlit sky in the night.

The unique thing about the Ladakh terrain is that it has mountains, forests, deserts, lakes, rivers, waterfalls in one beautiful and dynamic geography.

 

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Route: Leh - Sham valley - Khardungla - Nubra Valley - Pangong - Chang la - Leh

Duration: 6 Days & 5 Night 

Start point:  Leh Airport

Endpoint: Leh Airport

Passes covered: Khardung-la (18,000 ft) and Chang-la (17,688 ft)

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The crown of India is beautified by Ladakh, the land of high passes, situated in the picturesque state of Jammu and Kashmir. Regarded as an exotic tourist destination, it is a land filled with breath-taking natural beauty and mystique.

From majestic mountain passes and tranquil monasteries to magical lakes, Ladakh trip is sure to take your breath away. During summer, this beautiful region is adorned with a plethora of vibrant colors, but come winter time it is transformed into a snowy white wonderland, often cut off from the rest of the world.

As a destination, Ladakh is replete with every sight imaginable; from sapphire blue lakes to jade green meadows and even dry and arid grasslands serve to make this land of extremes a must-go destination on every traveler's bucket list, and that is the very reason that no one should ever miss the chance of visiting this Paradise. That is why this Ladakh tour package is here to bring everyone on an equal pedestal by bringing together women of a different metal and organizing a women-only trip to Ladakh.

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Treat yourself to 6 nights 7 days of mystery with the women-only tour to Ladakh. Start your trip from the charming town of Leh, which will woo you with its quaint markets and charming palaces. Visit the beautiful Sham valley and the ancient monasteries.

Take a trip down to enchanting Nubra valley and visit the famous Diskit Monastery and the Hall of Fame, to experience local culture at its best.

With this one of the unique Ladakh tour packages of ours, lose yourself in the hypnotizing beauty of the colorful Pangong Tso and enjoy a memorable sunrise and sunset by the lake. A thrilling camel safari and drive through the highest motorable road in the world, seems just too good to be true!

Departure Dates: May (19,25,31), June (6,12,18,24,30), July (6,12,18,24,30),  Aug (5, 11,17,23,29),  Sept (4,10,16,22)

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Experience the amazing adventure with this round trip to Leh-Ladakh. Starting from Delhi, this tour takes you to amazing destinations like Manali, Jispa, Sarchu, Leh, and many more. Drive through the highest motorable passes while enjoying the beauty of snow-capped mountains, lakes, amazing experiences, and much more. Ladakh is known for its breathtaking landscapes, crystal clear skies, the highest mountain passes, thrilling adventure activities, Buddhist Monasteries, and festivals. Experience the divine energy at the majestic monasteries that adds to the scenic beauty of the cold desert.


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Route: Manali - Jispa - Sarchu - Leh - Nubra via Khardung La - Pangong Lake - Tso Kar Lake - Jispa - Manali

Duration: 10 Days & 9 Night 

Start point: Manali

Endpoint: Manali

Passes covered: Khardung-la (18,000 ft), Rohtang Pass (16,051 ft), Lachung La(16,600 ft), and Baralacha la ( 16,000 ft)

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 Get ready to make your dream of riding in Ladakh come true in the action-packed bike trip where one would be experiencing the fusion of thrill, serene beauty and culture of the "Land of High Passes", as the entire tour is exclusively elected by Thrillophilia's outdoor experts.


This circuit features some of the world’s highest motorable passes with the spectacular beauty of snow-capped mountains, Lakes, rivers on their side while covering these breathtaking destinations, Solang valley, Gata Loops, Zojila pass, Kargil, Magnetic hill, Confluence of Indus, And Zanskar river, Dal lake and much more waiting on the way!

Admired for its unparalleled scenic views, pristine icy lakes, and swirling roads, This circuit is becoming the most Instagrammable place in India and is on everyone’s bucket list, it offers you a stay amidst the beautiful valley of mountains and a starlit sky in the night.

 

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Route: Manali - Jispa - Sarchu - Leh - Nubra via Khardung La Pass - Pangong Lake - Leh - Lamayuru - Kargil - Zojila Pass - Sonamarg - Srinagar.

Duration: 11 Days & 10 Night 

Start point: Manali

Endpoint: Srinagar

Passes covered: Khardung-la (18,000 ft), Chang-la (17,688 ft), Rohtang Pass (16,051 ft), Lachung La(16,600 ft), and Baralacha la ( 16,000 ft)

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Leh region gives you the experience of the highest motorable passes in the world along with the incomparable beauty of the mountains covered with snow. Admired for its unparalleled scenic views, pristine icy lakes, and swirling roads, Ladakh is becoming the most Instagrammable place in India and is on everyone’s bucket list. It offers you a stay amidst the beautiful valley of mountains and a starlit sky in the night.


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Route: Leh - Sham Valley - Khardungla- Nubra Valley - Pangong - Chang-la - Stok village - Leh.

Duration: 7 Days & 6 Nights 

Start point:  Leh Airport

Endpoint: Leh Airport

Passes covered: Khardung-la (18,000 ft) and Chang-la (17,688 ft)

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Fly all the way from Delhi to Ladakh and enjoy this beautiful amalgamation of mountains, forests, deserts, lakes, rivers, waterfalls in one beautiful and dynamic geography. This journey features most of the world’s highest motorable passes with the spectacular beauty of snow-capped mountains. Admired for its unparalleled scenic views, pristine icy lakes, and swirling roads, Ladakh is becoming the most Instagrammable place in India and is on everyone’s bucket list. It offers you a stay amidst the beautiful valley of mountains and a starlit sky in the night.


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Route: Leh - Sham Valley - Khardungla- Nubra Valley - Pangong - Chang-la - Leh.

Duration: 6 Days & 5 Nights 

Start point:  Leh Airport

Endpoint: Leh Airport

Passes covered: Khardung-la (18,000 ft) and Chang-la (17,688 ft)

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Starting from Leh, this tour features the most amazing journey, which covers both the beautiful valleys of Manali and the adventurous routes of Ladakh. Explore the adventurous side of your personality while enjoying this thrilling road trip to Ladakh from Manali via various exciting destinations and twisty roads. Cover the breathtaking destinations during your road trip like Solang valley, Gata Loops, Manali, Pang, Magnetic hill, Confluence of Indus And Zanskar river and so much more!

Admired for its unparalleled scenic views, pristine icy lakes, and swirling roads, Ladakh is becoming the most Instagrammable place in India and is on everyone’s bucket list, it offers you a stay amidst the beautiful valley of mountains and a starlit sky in the night.

 

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Route: Leh-Sham valley - Khardung La Pass - Nubra valley - Pangong Lake- Leh - Jispa - Manali

Duration: 8 Days & 7 Night 

Start point:  Leh

Endpoint: Manali

Passes covered: Khardung-la (18,000 ft), Chang-la (17,688 ft), Rohtang Pass (16,051 ft), Lachung La(16,600 ft) and Baralacha la ( 16,000 ft)

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Situated right on the border on the northwest edge of Ladakh is Turtuk that was once a part of Pakistan till the 1971 Indo-Pak war to be specific. With this 7 days tour to Ladakh, enjoy a journey to the top of the world featuring most of the world’s highest motorable passes with the spectacular beauty of snow-capped mountains. Admired for its unparalleled scenic views, pristine icy lakes, and swirling roads, Ladakh is becoming the most Instagrammable place in India and is on everyone’s bucket list.


Duration: 7 Days & 6 nights

Start point: Leh

Endpoint: Leh

Route: Leh - Sham valley - Nubra - Turtuk - Pangong - Leh

Passes covered: Khardung-la (18,000 ft) and Chang-la (17,688 ft)

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Ladakh sits on the claim of the most coveted Himalayan destination with no one coming anywhere close to stealing its fame. Lying on the rain shadow side of the Himalayas, Ladakh is a semi-arid region, surrounded by snowcapped mountains on all sides that follow you everywhere you go. With some of the most unusual sights in the area, Ladakh can surely be said to be a gifted region. Almost a cold desert, the major cities are somewhat of an oasis and have been in existence for a very long time and stand tall with a vivid history. But foremost of everything, Ladakh has emerged out as a prime adventure location for many road-trippers and backpackers of the country, and from overseas as well. So head out on this amazing Ladakh trip which will surely turn out to be the best journey of your life.

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  • The trip begins with your arrival at Leh airport
  • You will be visiting the local sights of the city as well as the attractions of the Sham Valley
  • The highlights there are the mysterious Magnetic hill and the beautiful confluence of the rivers Zanskar and Indus
  • The trip also takes you to the famous Nubra valley and the famous Pangong Tso Lake which are the most admired places among the people opting for Ladakh Tour Packages.
  • From Pangong, you will be driving to the Tso Moriri, which is a beautiful Lake and a breeding ground for many migratory birds
  • You will also be staying in camps at various locations, the best part about which is the unending views of stars and galaxies in the clear nights
  • Enjoy this tour of 8 days and cherish it forever
*Note- The tour pricing is for a group of 6 people. For queries on pricing for 2 or more people, feel free to get in touch with Thrillophilia
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