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Ladakh Travel Guide: Places to Visit and Things to Do

 
  • Ladakh is a land of mystery and intrigue which never ceases to amaze travellers with its towering peaks and snow-capped Himalayan and Karakoram mountain ranges, the rapidly-flowing Indus and Zanskar rivers and numerous streams carrying the glaciers from the mountains tucked amidst lush green valleys, all conjure a travellers dream.

    Indeed, a travellers visit to India is never complete without a tour to Ladakh. It is not only a trekker's paradise, but a delight to every traveller as it offers serenity and tranquillity amidst picturesque and scenic views of nature.

    At Thrillophilia, we have carefully designed 
    Ladakh tours that you will always be in a win-win situation whether you are a nature lover and wish to soak in the idyllic beauty of nature or you are an avid adventure seeker with thrills and frills on your trip.
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  • 02Places to Visit - Ladakh

  • 03Pangong Lake

    Pangong Lake
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    This beautiful water reservoir is about 134 Km long and 60% of the lake falls under China. At an altitude of 14,270 ft. the clear blue water of the lake reflects the towering mountains all around. The scenic beauty with the tranquil and serene environment appears to be so unreal to the tourist. Drinking in the fascinating landscape one simply loses all sense of time and space.
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  • 04Royal Leh Palace

    Royal Leh Palace
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    Built by King Sengge Namgyal in the 17th century the Royal Palace of Leh is a nine-storey high structure which offers a grand panoramic view of the town of Leh, Stok Kangri and the Indus river. It has a museum which displays rare collections of ceremonial crowns, dresses, jewelleries, ornaments etc.

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  • 05Magnetic Hill

    Magnetic Hill
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    The Ladakh travel guide also provides Magnetic hill or gravity hill as it is sometimes called is a curious natural phenomenon. The hill falls on the National Highway from Leh to Kargil to Baltik. The hill can pull any vehicle up its steep slope with the ignition of the vehicle off. A Gurudwara near the hill is also an added attraction here.

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  • 06Tso Moriri

    Image Credit : Prabhu B Doss- Flickr

    Situated at a height of 15,000 ft. Tso Moriri Lake is a fresh water lake unlike the Pangong lake which has saline water. The journey from Leh to Tso Moriri is magnificent offering a sudden change in the landscape from rough and rugged to lush green full of vegetation. There is  also a hot spring on the trail to Tso Moriri. Guest houses are available near the lake.

  • 07Zanskar valley

    Zanskar valley
    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 Zansker 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.
  • 08Nubra valley

    Nubra valley
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    The Nubra valley, also called the Valley of Flowers, is about 150 Kms. away from Leh, the capital town of Ladakh. The journey takes us through the Khardung La pass which is the highest motorable road in the world. There are some guest houses and small hotels at Diskit which is the main village of Nubra.

  • 09Shanti Stupa

    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 hill top. 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. There is also a Buddhist temple with the Shanti Stupa, the Dalai Lama had inaugurated this temple in 1991.
  • 10Kargil (Kashmir - Leh Highway)

    Image Credit : Rajesh- Flickr

    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.

  • 11Khardung La

    Khardung La
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    At a height of 18,380 ft. Khardung La pass is the highest motorable road in the world. The pass lies on the trail from Leh to Nubra valley. In summer the weather conditions can change suddenly while in winter the pass receives heavy snowfall with temperature going below -400 C. The pass is about 40 Kms from Leh.

  • 12Lamayuru Monastry

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

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

  • 13Alchi Monastry

    Alchi Monastry
    Image Credit : Steve Hicks

    This is perhaps the only monastery in Ladakh which is located on a flat ground and not on a hill top like others. The Indus river flows by the monastery. Some wall painting purported to be 11/12 centuries old are quite beautiful and also well-preserved. The Indian influence on the paintings is quite discernible. The monastery provides a few guest houses with the basic facilities.

  • 14Shey Monastry

    Shey Monastry
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    Shey monastery about 15 Km from Leh was earlier the summer residence of the royal family. This is located on the banks of the river Indus and is adorned with a number of shrines and stupas. The monastery has the statue of blue-haired Maitreya Buddha which is 17.5 metre high and made of copper and brass.

  • 15Diskit Monastry

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    The Diskit monastery in the Diskit village of Nubra valley is a 14th century structure and is considered to be the oldest monastery in the Nubra valley. There is a huge 106 ft tall statue of Maitreya Buddha in the prayer hall of the monastery. There is a

  • 16Hemis Monastry

    Hemis Monastry
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    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.

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

  • 17Thiksey Monastry

    Thiksey Monastry
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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 these 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 monastries to be visited on your Leh Ladakh Tour .

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  • 19Stok Kangri Trek in Leh

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    About the Activity:
    • The Stok Kangiri is the highest mountain range of the Himalayas in the Ladhak region, making this a very popular and challenging trek. 
    • Your trek starts with your arrival from Delhi to Leh.
    • Spend some time and acclimatize yourself with the exquisiteness and the cold weather.
    • Start your trek to Stok, the whole path to the Stok Village is full of natural grandeur and flourishing green trees.
    • Reach Chang Ma, from where you head over to the Base Camp.
    • This destination of your base camp is blessed with lush greenery and numerous water bodies, your expert guide will train you and prepare you for your trek to Stok Kangri.
    • Trek for around 9-10 hours and reach the summit of Stok Kangri from where you can view the Karakoram Range to your north and Zanskar Range to your south.
    • Travel back to the base camp and then depart back to Leh. 
  • 20Manali To Leh Jeep Expedition

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    About the Activity: 

    From the pleasantly hospitable town of Manali, the Manali to Leh Jeep expedition  takes you on a roller coaster drive through distinct geographies portraying diverse geographies. From hill town to high altitude arid desert, this safari is one mega experience.

    The Manali to Leh by road traverses over five high altitude Himalayan passes such as Rohtang (3,978m), Keylong (3,350m), and Tanglang La (17,585ft) showcasing an ever changing dynamic landscape that alters from barren lands to lush green pastures. A drive through Skyangchu Thang, the biggest and highest plateau on earth on a stretch of 42kms leaves you breathless. For you to capture moments like these, the safari also includes a brief photography workshop to help arrest high altitude frames with more panache.

    By the end of the journey multi-hued prayer flags, Tibetian chortens, and friendly locals would be etched in your memories for a very long time to come.   

  • 21Jeep Tour from Manali to Srinagar

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    About the Activity:
    • Fixed Departure: July 9, 2016, July 23, 2016, August 13, 2016, and September 3, 2016
    • It is a dream of all adventure enthusiasts, motor sports lovers and leisure travelers to drive through the daunting and highest motorable passes of the world above 3500 meters.
    • Once you reach Manali from your destination by air, rail and road. There is good connectivity of flights that links Manali  to Delhi airport.
    • Visit a famous temple and check out other sightseeing spots with picturesque mountains and scenic landscapes in and around Manali.
    • Take a drive from Manali to various destinations including Jispa, Sarchu, Leh, Hunder, Panamik, Chang La, Pangong Tso, Srinagar and many more.
    • Enjoying the most amazing journey of their life sitting on the back seats. You can feel the effect of gravity, atmosphere low on air, freezing temperature.
    • Also visit the most famaous attractions like Shey Gompa, Thiksey,  Gompa Hemis and many winding roadways into mountain passes.
    • Your support team makes this challenging journey very smooth and safe without tampering the fun and adventure as you end the trip in Srinagar.
  • 22Bike Tour from Manali to Leh

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    About the Activity:
    • Take the toughest roads of Leh in a 12D/11 N long bike ride trip around Leh, the most beautiful valley in northern India.
    • Catch a Volvo bus from Delhi, travel overnight to reach Manali the next morning, get a short drive around Manali.
    • Make your trip exciting with a ride to cross Rohtang pass, then visit Keylong and Jispa; and the next day, cross another pass, the Baralacha pass before you reach Sarchu.
    • Roam around Leh, visit many local places and attractions to have  beautiful sightseeing day in between.
    • Pangong lake makes the trip more enjoyable because the view of the lake amidst the greenery is something very charming and exhilarating.
    • Take a ride to see Tsomoriri lake too after riding for 8 hours which is located in the Indus Valley of Ladakh and also visit Sarch before you get back to Manali.
    • Board an overnight Volvo bus to reach Delhi the next morning and your awesome trip ends there.
  • 23Bike Trip from Leh to Leh

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    About the Activity:
    • Leh, situated at 3500 m from sea level, is a place of absolute marvel.
    • Located in the upper Himalayas, this quaint district offers incredible sights and scenery.
    • This bike trip of 7 days is a chance to experience the uniqueness of Leh and the Indo-Tibetan culture that exists in perfect harmony there.
    • The trip covers areas like Pangong lake, Khardong-La and Nubra along with Leh.
    • Get ready for the adventure ride of a lifetime as you explore the town that once was a major commercial spot on the silk route during this 7 day trip. 
  • 24Markha Valley Trek, Ladakh 2016

    Markha Valley Trek, Ladakh 2016
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    About the Destination:

    A rather sought-after trek in the Ladakh region, the Markha Valley trek route does not disappoint anyone! It spills the chance to ascend the top of two very high passes, Gandala La (4800 m) & Kongmaru La (5150 m) and lets you feast your eyes on stunning sights from the summit. You also come across the charming Markha Village that is a trove in this cold semi-arid terrain of Ladakh. Other delights include witnessing the way of life of the region, crossing several streams and rivers and enjoying a trail through remote gorges and unbridled grazing grounds.

    Your initial two days of the Markha Valley trekking will be spent for acclimatisation as it is vital for a healthy trip ahead. In the meanwhile unravel monasteries, museum, fort, the local market place and Leh Palace. Cross over Ganda La (4800 m) and arrive at the winsome Markha Village that is laced with green fields and willow trees and has barren mountains in the backdrop. Other thrills include camping beside a gurgling stream, getting the stunning view of Kangyatze Peak and more. Till the final day, there is something to revel in every step of the way. 

  • 25Bike Tour to Leh and Srinagar from Delhi

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    About the Activity:
    • Prepare for a 12D/11N bike trip in Leh and Srinagar, if you are really a enthusiast about travelling, try to partake in this trip.
    • Start your trip from Delhi after boarding an overnight Volvo bus to Manali, after reahing Manali, enjoy a local ride over there.
    • Ride to Jispa, enjoy an overnight stay there after exploring Jispa for sometime, visit Barlacha Pass prior to reaching Sarchu.
    • Gear up your bike to meet the enchanting beauty of Pangong lake by car or bike as per your wish and while you return to Leh, get a chance to visit Thiksey monastery.
    • Also, visit the Khardong La and Nubra by car or bike, get back to Leh for a local exploration and an overnight stay.
    • From Leh, speed up your bikes to reach Lamayuru and then finally you will reach Kargil, visit Zozila pass before your go ahead to reach Srinagar and on the final day depart from Srinagar and you tour ends.
  • 26Jeep Safari and Photo Tour from Srinagar to Leh-ladakh

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    About the Activity:
    • Embark on this amazing jeep safari tour of Leh and its surrounding region.
    • Start your journey by arriving in Srinagar.
    • Explore Srinagar and its surrounding locations and get acclimatized. 
    • Next day, start your jeep safari  towards Leh via Sonmarg, Zojila Pass, Drass War Memorial, Kargil, and Mulbek Buddha.
    • After reaching Leh, explore the beautiful town and some of its most beautiful locations.
    • Continue your journey from Leh to Nubra Valley via the Khardung La pass, which is the highest motorable pass in the world.
    • Visit the Pangong lake and get a chance to stay in the camp near the lake.
    • End your amazing trip by heading back to Srinagar from Leh.
  • 27Manali to Leh Cycling Trip

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    About the Activity: 
    • Explore the breathtaking Himalayas atop two wheels on this enthralling cycling trip across Manali and Leh.
    • Start your trip from Manali and make your way across 5 passes with a maximum altitude of Khardung La (5602 mts).
    • Pass by Rohtang Pass, Bara Lachha La, Naki La & Lachu lung La and many more. 
    • Cycle through loopy passes, high altitude peaks, cold deserts and breathtaking snow filled landscapes. 
    • Conclude your 11 day tour by arriving at your stunning destination of Leh.

  • 28Manali To Leh Cycling Tour 2016

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    About the Destination:

    Manali to Leh cycling expedition is a scenic ride traversing through some of the highest passes in the world making it one of the most challenging rides to beat. Cutting across beautiful trails with the Himalayas serving as the perfect backdrop, one can cross Tanglang La, the world’ second highest motorable pass standing at 5280m before entering Manali. The route from Manali to Leh is straightforward with the roads either being completely dirt or tarmac.

    In the Manali Leh cycling tour explore rougher dirt tracks while making some tough climbs along with gut-wrenching descents. Everyday the distance covered ranges from 40 to 80 km traversing altitudes over 4000 m. Not only will this invigorating route comprise cycling from Leh in the Indus Valley to the alpine Kullu Valley covering a total of 470 km, but it also cuts across three mountain ranges of Zanskar, main Himalayas and Pir Panjal Range. Altogether one exceeds 29000 feet in altitude  crossing passes like the Khardung La, Tanglang La and Baralacha La (4890m). 

    Temperature: Around 25 degrees (Day) to 10 degrees (Night)

    Max Alt: 5328m (Tanglang La)

  • 29Motorcycle Expedition from Manali to Srinagar Via Ladakh

    Motorcycle Expedition from Manali to Srinagar Via Ladakh
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    About the Activity:

    • Indulge in a 11D/10N long motorcycle expedition from Manali to Srinagar via Ladakh and rivet in the salubrious nature of the Himalayan ranges.
    • Arrive in Manali in the morning and the whole day is yours to explore the villages and local markets before you get ready for an exciting bike trip to Srinagar.
    • Take the route that covers Baralacha la pass and then reach Sarchu where you can see the Mulkila and Barashiigra peaks in an elaborate way.
    • Ride through Lachlung La and Tanglang La passes and descend to the Indus valley, then reach Leh for an exciting experience amidst the green fields and scenery.
    • Also ride toward Khardung La, one of the biggest motor-able passes in the world and then to Hunder for a scintillating view of the entire valley; also visit Diksit monastery.
    • Engage in a trip to Samstanling gompa in Sumoor, find solace in the peaceful location.
    • Begin your journey to Chang La; ride to Pangong Tso lake, Tso Moriri and Tso Kar and then reach Kargil from where you will drive to Sri Nagar; your bike ride ends at night with a delicious dinner.
  • 30Adventure - Ladakh

  • 31Trek to Markha Valley

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    About the Activity:
    Fixed departures in June, July, August, and September
    • 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.
  • 32Cycling

    Image Credit : Henrik Johansson
    Ladakh is a cyclist's delight. 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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  • 33 Motor Biking

     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 you 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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  • 34Spot the Snow Leopard Sighting

    Spot the Snow Leopard Sighting
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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.

  • 35Visit to the 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. 

    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 region with 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.

  • 36Indus River Rafting

    Indus River Rafting

    The Indus river originating from Mt. Kailash and Mansarovar Lake in Tibet runs across the desert region of Ladakh. While rafting in this river 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.

  • 37Go on a Camel Safari

    Go on a Camel Safari
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    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 htis region you will find the Bactrial camels or double-humped camels. 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.

  • 38Go on a Yak Safari

    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.
  • 39Shop 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.

  • 40Skiing

    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.

  • 41Paragliding

    Paragliding
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    Paragliding is conducted mainly near the Khardung La pass region of Ladakh as the weather is quite calm there with cool mountain breeze blowing gently and helping  the lovers of this adventure sports to try a flight.

  • 42Visit to Drass valley

    Visit to 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 a lush green meadows with colourful fragrant flowers enhancing the beauty of nature.

  • 43Leh 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.
  • 44 Hangout at Lala's Art Cafe

     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.
  • 45Visit to Donkey sanctuary

    Visit to Donkey sanctuary
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    The donkey sanctuary is in a Korean temple in Ladakh. This semi-rural sanctuary was founded in 1996 by few entrepreneurs to protect the donkeys from maltreatment. The donkeys are well-looked after with a fodder of wheat and grass. Visitors are at liberty to gift foods to the animals.

  • 46Important Festival - Ladakh

  • 47 Hemis Festival

     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.

    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.

  • 48Losar Festival

    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.

  • 49Monastery 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.

  • 50Ladakh Festival

    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.

    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.

  • 51Things you must Buy - Ladakh

  • 52Copper Samovars

    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.

  • 53Prayer Wheel

    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.

  • 54Pashmina

    Pasmina 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.
  • 55Relics of Buddhists

    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.