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  • Visiting Leh Ladakh can be a thrilling experience as the place is endowed with natural beauty in abundance. There are a plethora of attractions in Ladakh which are brimming with pristine serenity. The list of attractions in Ladakh is inclusive of a number of religious places, Ladakh safaris, palaces of the royalty, mountain peaks, archaic monasteries, adventure activity spots, various gompas, and so much more. Ladakh with its distinct characteristic appeal is indeed a perfect mix of Buddhism, Indian and Tibetan linings which definitely make it a must visit place in India.

    The mesmerizing hilly region is swamped by an array of local as well as foreign tourists on annual basis. Unsurprisingly, the place is considered to be an ideal holiday destination in both summers and winters. Its unscathed appeal, lush green surroundings, snow peaked mountains and the variety of secluded spots make it a hit amongst the honeymooners. This isn’t enough. With abundant of adventure activities on offer such as mountaineering, trekking, rafting, mountain biking, and more, it is visited in large numbers by adventure enthusiasts too.

    Best time for Ladakh Safari

    Summer is the best time to experience Ladakh Safari. In summers, the maximum temperature does not go beyond 30 degrees Celsius. Winters are definitely not recommended as there is thick snow sheets which hampers the accessibility of the roads.

  • Ladakh Safari Packages

  • 01Backpacking Leh Ladakh Tour Package with Camping at Nubra Valley

    Backpacking Leh Ladakh Tour Package with Camping at Nubra Valley
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      Code: 8557485

    Departure Dates

    April 28  May 11  June 15 July 14 August 15September 1

    Group size- 12

    About the Destination:

    Ladakh, the dream destination for many has been luring its admirers from every corner of the world and for a long time now. This time head out on this 6 Days and 5 Nights Leh Ladakh local sightseeing group tour and get a chance to come close to the ethereal beauty of Ladakh. Blessed with the beauty of the mountains, valleys, and monasteries, this region is considered synonymous with heaven

    Ladakh will not only bring you close to heavens, it will also make you feel heavenly. The monasteries, markets, palaces and high mountain passes are some of the things that you will not find anywhere else in the world, all of them set in such unparalleled sceneries. It is always a delight to see some of nature's and man's wonders, all of which you will have no shortage of in Ladakh, be it Pangong and Nubra Valley, or Diskit and Thiksey Monasteries.

    About the Tour:

    -Head out for an amazing tour of the breathtaking Ladakh in this 6 Days Leh Ladakh sightseeing group tour package and explore the beauty of this region.
    -Also called the ‘Land of High Passes’, it is known for its soaring mountains, pristine valleys, and a vibrant cultural life. 
    -Marvel at the sight of the awe-inspiring natural beauty that it is breathed and blessed by the Gods themselves.
    -Visit some of the places like Nubra Valley and Pangong Lake.
    -Also, visit some other places like Deskit Monastery and explore the Leh markets.
    -Conclude your tour after 6 days and head back home with lots of memories.

    *Note- This tour can be customized as a private tour. For answering your queries for the same, you can get in touch with us over mail

  • 02Manali to Leh Ladakh Sightseeing Tour Package

    Manali to Leh Ladakh Sightseeing Tour Package
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      Code: 8557485
    Leh Ladakh Bike Trip Video

    Departure Dates
    June 9,14,15,21,22 July 6,10,13 August 3,10,17 September 1,7,15,22

    Group Size- 6 people

    About the Destination:
    Get ready to explore the beautiful land of cultural diversity and thrilling adventures, Ladakh, while you head out for a vacation. Leh Ladakh group tour package is the perfect tour where you can head out with your group and explore the beautiful city. The capital city of Leh is a wonderland in itself and has innumerable sights worth enjoying. Be it the bustling marketplaces, the royal palaces, the treasured monasteries or its extensive trails for trekkers, it has something for everyone.

    The mesmerizing beauty of Pangong and the alluring charm of Nubra Valley will leave you spellbound and wanting for more. Add to that the feeling of being on top of the world. Why sit and enjoy the facts, when you can actually go and see the ‘World’s Highest All Weather Motorable Road’: Khardung La Pass! Because it is better to experience a place once than to read about it a thousand times

    About the Tour

    • Your trip starts with arrival in Manali, post which you will leave to cross the Rohtang Pass into the Lahaul Valley
    • You will then drive from your first stop at Jispa to Leh via another popular stayover town of Sarchu
    • You will also be driven through the highest civilian motorable pass of the world, Khardung La
    • Khardung La connects Leh to the beautiful Nubra Valley, where you will visit Diskit and Hundar sand dunes for a double-humped camel ride
    • Also from Leh, you will drive for the famous Pangong Lake (one from 3 Idiots) over Chang La pass
    • These 8 days are going to be super exciting and full of sights that will leave you speechless with their grandeur
    *Note- This tour can be customized as a private variant also. Kindly drop us a mail with your queries for the same
  • 03Leh Ladakh Group Tour Package with Camping

    Leh Ladakh Group Tour Package with Camping
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    • lLeh
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    • Thrillophilia
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      Thrillophilia

    Departure Dates

    April 12 to 15, 19 to 22, 26 to 29 May 1 to 31 June 1 to 30 July 1 to 31 August 2 to 5, 9 to 19, 21 to 26, 31  September 1 to 3, 6 to 9, 13 to 16, 20 to 23


    Group size- 6 People


    About the Destination

    Kashmir is a beautiful land, one that has inspired many a poets and artists to base their creations upon. And sitting in the very heart of Kashmir is the diversely beautiful land of Ladakh. It is a wide stretch of beautiful arid lands surrounded by high snowcapped mountains on all sides.Situated between the Himalayan mountain range and Kunlun mountain range, this beautiful land has everything that you expect from a high altitude region, only in a much more beautiful manner.

    Ladakh owns up to its name of 'Land of High Passes', with a few amongst the highest motorable roads in the world lying in the Himalayan region of Ladakh. Also famous are some of the most unusual sights of this wonderland like the Magnetic Hill, Pangong Lake, Chadar Trek etc. One can only feel why Ladakh is everyone's beloved when they have felt Ladakh up close

    About the tour

    • After your arrival in Ladakh, you will be visiting some of the most wondrous creations of nature as well as made by man in honor of the land that gave them shelter
    • Visit Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace, Magnetic Hill, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Ladakh Hall of Fame, Spituk Gompa
    • Also famous is the view of the confluence of Indus and Zanskar, both of which have different colors
    • Visit Nubra Valley and see the sand dunes of Hundar
    • Visit the famous Pangong Lake from the 3 Idiots movie
    • Enjoy these 7 days and 6 nights in the magic of Ladakh
    *Note- This tour is customizable for private departures also. You can avail it by dropping Thrillophilia a query
  • 04Leh Bike Tour Adventure with Camping

    Leh Bike Tour Adventure with Camping
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    • lLeh
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      Code: 8557485

    Leh Ladakh Bike Trip Video

    Daily Departure Dates: 
    15th to 31st May | 1st June to 31st July | 2nd to 5th August, 9th to 19th August, 21st to 26th August and 31st August | 1st to 3rd September, 6th to 9th September, 13th to 16th September, 20th to 23rd September

    Price Variants
    - Double Rider (2 people sharing 1 bike): INR 22950 Per Person
    - Single Rider (1 person on 1 bike): INR 27950 Per Person


    Group Size: 18 to 20 Participants on 10 Bikes | Open for Solo or Groups

    About the Destinations:

    This Leh Ladakh bike trip package takes you to the enchanting lands of Leh, one of the most coveted and booming destinations in the Indian tourism sector. Sitting graciously at a height of 11,562ft, this pictorial region boasts of its alluring charm, towering peaks, snowy outlook and the serenity that prevails in almost every bit of it.

    While the lofty peaks of Leh enchant visitors from all the corners of the globe, its enthralling charm and appeal entice mostly the adventure seekers. And when it comes to thrill and adventure, biking proves to be the best way to pump in some adrenaline in this heavenly region. In fact, biking is slowly becoming the favorite way for many travelers. Join this 7 days bike trip to Leh, ride through some of the scenic marvels and get acquainted with the pristine beauty of Leh.

    About the Tour:

    -Make your Ladakh adventure a memorable one with this thrilling Leh Ladakh bike trip package.

    -Start your tour after arriving at Leh and then explore the nearby places on your own.

    -Feel the thrill as you ride through the barren roads and soak in the beauty of the region.

    -Experience the adrenaline rush as you ride over the highest motorable civilian pass, Khardung La Pass

    -Visit some of the monasteries here and then explore the famous Pangong lake and the small villages.

    -Continue your ride and then cross over the Changla Pass. Visit some other places like Thiksey Monastery, Samstanling Gompa etc.

    -Meet the local people here and learn about their culture and tradition as you click a memorable picture.

    -Conclude Leh Ladakh Bike tour package after 7 days and 6 nights and head back home with lots of memories.
  • 05Ladakh Sightseeing Tour For 8 Days

    Ladakh Sightseeing Tour For 8 Days
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      Code: 8557485
    About the Destination:
    With its incandescent beauty with the mountains,  verdant valleys and the beckoning monasteries Ladakh is one destination you would love to visit. 8 Days Leh Ladakh Tour Package is the perfect tour for the ones looking for adventure in the mountains. Ladakh stores plenty of amusements within unfolding them to let its visitors remain bewitched.

    Get a chance to meet the local people and learn about their day to day life. Feel the thrill as you ride through Khardungla, highest motorable path in the world. Enjoy a night of camping under the billions of stars and get awed by the beauty of Pangong Lake. 

    About the Tour:

    -Get ready to make your adventure special with this 8 Days Leh Ladakh Tour Package.
    -Here is a remarkable tour of Ladakh to unwind the hidden beauty of this land of remote mountains and passes.
    -Ride through the highest motor-able pass in the world, Khardung La, and you will get a spectacular drive along Indus, Zanskar and Shyok.
    -This tour will be letting you explore the predominant Buddhist culture prevailing in the location through the umpteen number of monasteries and pagodas.
    -Pangong Tso, Diskit, Nubra Valley etc are some of the highlights the tour proudly presents before you.
    -Conclude this tour after 8 days and head back home with lots of memories.
  • 06Leh Ladakh Jeep Safari Package from Manali

    Leh Ladakh Jeep Safari Package from Manali
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      Code: 8557485
    About the Destination:
    Known as the most beautiful destinations in the world, Ladakh had been attracting a lot of tourists. Leh Ladakh jeep safari package is the perfect one for the adventure seekers where they can explore the beauty of region while driving through the barren roads. Each day will hold something new for you during this incredible journey. Soak in the beauty of the region with the mountains, valleys, scenic monasteries etc.

    Not just this you also get a chance to learn about the rich culture and traditions of this region. Meet the local people and enjoy a cup of hot tea with them. Visit some of the places like Thiksey Monastery, Shey Monastery, Leh Palaces etc. Don't miss your chance to enjoy the wonderful camping by the Pangong Lake and feel the thrill as you ride through Khardungla, highest motorable road in the world.

    About the Tour:
    -Brace yourself as you head out on this thrilling adventure of Leh Ladakh jeep safari package once you reach Manali from your destination by air, rail and road. 

    -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 famous 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.

    -Conclude this Leh Ladakh jeep safari package after 10 days and 9 nights and head back home with lots of memories.
  • 07Manali to Leh Jeep Safari

    Manali to Leh Jeep Safari
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      Code: 6691309

    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.   

  • 08Leh Ladakh Sightseeing Tour

    Leh Ladakh Sightseeing Tour
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    About the Activity:
    • Ladakh, a muse for writers, a haven for bikers and a perfect getaway for the experience loving travelers! 
    • Experience one of the best Ladak tour packages for 6 days and 5 nights while you're cuddled in the laps of the mighty Himalayan and Karakorum ranges, it is a destination that is beautified by contrasts!
    • During the course of this tour you will get to explore Sham Valley, Alchi, Khardung La, Nubra Valley, Hundur, Diskit and Pangong Tso lake. 
    • Where you will find azure blues of the Pangong Tso Lake, you will also witness the sand dunes of Hunder. Where your eyes take in the sparsely populated nomadic settlements, they will also behold the wonder of the grand Buddhist architecture at the monasteries. 
    • A destination that is this rich in natural bounties, obviously presents sights to soothe every sore eye. A mainstay on the bucket list of every traveller, this Ladakh tour package boasting this destination is deservedly among the most gorgeous natural spectacles in the world!

    Note: Minimum people required for this tour is 6. The package is customizable for 2 people/small groups. 

  • 09Leh Ladakh Tour Package from Srinagar, 2018

    Leh Ladakh Tour Package from Srinagar, 2018
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      Code: 8557485
    About the Destination:
    With the beauty of the beckoning mountains and valleys, Ladakh has been able to grab the attention of a lot of people around the world. Soak in the beauty of this region while you head out on this  Leh Ladakh Tour Package from Srinagar and learn about the culture of Ladakh. Feel the thrill as you try some of the adventure activities here.

    Meet the local people and spend some time with them learning about the rich culture of the people. Head out on a sightseeing tour and explore some of the famous attractions here. This time get ready for that perfect adventure in Ladakh amidst the mountains.

    About the Tour:
    -Make you adventure special with this Leh Ladakh Tour Package from Srinagar and explore the beauty of the region.
    -Start this tour after you reach Srinagar and then transfer to your hotel.
    -Then you will start riding towards the attractions spreading across Ladakh from the next day onward.
    -Srinagar, Leh, Pangong Tso, Nubra Valley, Sarchu, Jispa and Manali are the places you will be staying during the tour.
    -On the ride, many famous sights like the quaint villages, the Buddhist monasteries, the multi-hued prayer flags, chortens, small streams.
    -Your adventure is made special with the uneven Himalayan peaks both short and huge and multiple high altitude passes are seen.
    -Explore some of the places during this exciting tour.
    -Conclude this tour after 11 days and 10 nights and head back home with thrilling memories.
  • Attractions of Ladakh:

  • 10Pangong Lake

    How can anyone forget the mesmerizingly breath-taking lake from 3 Idiot where Kareena Kapoor confessed her love for Amir Khan. Yes, it was the beautiful Pangong Tso. Pangong Tso lake is incredibly popular as a tourist attraction in Leh Ladakh. Located on the Changtang plateau, it lies in the eastern Ladakh region.

    Pangong Tso is also a hot spot for camping for all the adventure seekers visiting Ladakh. June to September is the perfect time to visit this attraction.


  • 11Khardung La Pass

    Khardung La Pass is another popular tourist attraction of Ladakh. It is believed to be the highest motorable road in the world that is situated at an elevation of about 5600 meters. The Khardung La Pass is the gateway to the famous Nubra Valley from Leh city.  This is one among the highest passes in Ladakh and is also a great spot for motorbiking and mountain biking expeditions.

    Moreover, from the Khardung La Pass, you can also enjoy the spectacular views of the far-fetched Nubra valley and the other surrounding peaks. The best time to visit Khardung La Pass is during the summer months that is from May to September.
  • 12Nubra Valley

    Situated towards the north eastern region of Ladakh, the Nubra valley is a tri-armed valley. It is the sand dunes here that make it incredibly popular amongst the tourists. These dunes will give you an appeal and vibe of the Arabian Nights. Known for its two-humped camels, it is one of the best tourist attractions of Leh Ladakh.

    Given the climatic conditions, the ideal time to visit Nubra Valley is during the autumn season that is between the months of July to September. You can also enjoy camping in Nubra Valley during your trip to Ladakh.


  • 13Tso Moriri Lake

    Nestled at an elevation of 4595 meters, the Tso Moriri Lake is one of the highest altitude lakes of India. It is also the largest in the Trans-Himalayan region and can be reached through Leh via Upshi. This blue water and brackish lake is home to a plethora of species of the Himalayan animals.

    Several migratory birds also fly to this lake. This beautiful lake in Ladakh is secluded by snowy peaks mounting over a height of 6000 meters which separates the lake from the outside world. When here, do not forget to miss the Korzok village. You can also enjoy an overnight camp stay around Tso Moriri.

    Definitely not as famous as the Pangong Lake, but it is certainly one place where you can stay forever. Summer months of June, July and August are regarded as the ideal time for a visit.

  • 14Shanti Stupa

    Constructed by a statesman and a famous lama of Ladakh, Kushok Bakula and a Japanese Buddhist Bhikshu Gyomo Nakamura, the Shanti Stupa was inaugurated in the year 1991. The place in true sense is an epitome of peace amidst the terrorism and human intolerance prevalent in this part of Kashmir.

    Tucked at a massive height of 4267 meters, the stupa appears to be lying parallel to the mystical skyline. Situated only 5 km from Leh, the Shanti Stupa is a spectacular two level structure maintaining a Dharamachakra. Dharamachakra basically signifies the Wheel of life and presents Buddha’s teaching to walk on the path of enlightenment.

    Here you can find murals, a carved idol of Lord Buddha with several forms of artworks.

  • 15Magnetic Hill

    Another place in Leh Ladakh that is certainly not worth a miss is the Magnetic Hill. The science behind the phenomenon prevalent here is unknown, however, it has been noted the time and again that if you leave any vehicle with its brakes unlocked at the base of the hill, it will go on moving uphill slowly on its own.

    Magic Not really. Simply the superpowers you get when you come to this place. It is also a great spot for Ladakh safaris.
  • 16Kargil

    Your trip to Ladakh will be incomplete if you do not take a visit to Kargil. Situated on the banks of the River Indus, Kargil is the second largest town in Ladakh. It is nestled at an elevation of 2676 meters and is a major town in the region. This has also been the battleground for the infamous Indo Par war of 1999. Lying 204 km from Srinagar and about 234 km from Leh, Kargil is a transit hub that has roads leading to Leh from Srinagar.

    Further, Drass that lies some 60 km from Kargil is the second coldest inhabited region of the world. Moreover, Kargil is also a great spot for adventure lovers as you can enjoy a variety of thrilling sports such as mountaineering, mountain biking and trekking here. Summer months of May to July are the perfect times to explore the place as the temperature then is cold with frigid nights.

  • 17Hemis Monastery

    The Hemis Monastery that belongs to the Drukpa lineage has been in existence prior to the 11th century and is one of the most ancient monasteries in Ladakh. Situated some 45 km away from Leh, the monastery exhibits a vast collection of antiques such as stupas made of precious metals, murals, copper statue of Buddha, various artefacts and sacred Thangkas.

    It is the unique structure of the monastery reflecting the mesmerizing Tibetan style of architecture that makes it phenomenally popular. Hemis Monastery is divided in 2 parts. One is the temple area that is known as the Tshogkhang and the other is the assembly hall known as the Dukhang.

    There is a huge courtyard in the university which is also worth a visit. If possible, plan a visit during the Hemis Festival which is one of the major festivals of Ladakh that is celebrated in the monastery’s courtyard.

  • 18Hall of Fame

    While on your Leh Ladakh tour you might have definitely come to this place. One of the most famous museums in Ladakh built in the memory of the soldiers who sacrificed their life. The Hall of Fame, situated close to the Leh Airfield, is an exhibition hall developed and kept up by the Indian Army in the memory of the warriors who had lost their lives amid the Indo-Pak wars. 

    It is additionally named as a remembrance for the war saints. This building comprises of two stories. While on the ground floor, there is data about the overcome troopers as and a keepsake shop yet on the primary floor, there are relics of different wars for the most part Kargil war, like the weapons utilized amid the war and some imperative archives, identified with the same. 


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Sightseeing tours of ladakh in Ladakh

Attractions

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Pangong Lake

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

The reflections of the towering Himalayan peaks in the water add more charm to the lake. Currently, Pangong Tso is the favorite location for tourists as the banks of the lake give soothing bed to relax and the nearby places are enhanced by the beauty of this particular lake. The quiet lake is 134 km in length and 5 km in width is situated at an altitude of 14270 meters. But the major share of the lake lies in the area of China. Now, its recognition is spread everywhere in the world because it is termed as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.

The highly saline water does not accommodate any water species not even micro-organisms. But the banks of the lake give space for several birds and animals very rarely seen in the other parts of India. It is an important breeding ground for many migratory birds as well.

Height: The lake is located at an altitude of 4250 meters above the sea level.

Location: Pangong Tso is easily accessible as it can be reached after a five hour drive from Leh and the travel would be on a rough and dramatic mountain road. You will cross the villages of Shey and Gya during the tour and go through Chang La as well.

Best time to visit: The months from May to September are the ideal time to visit the lake as the other seasons may cause challenges due to the heavy snowfall.

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Nubra Valley

Something divine makes Nubra Valley close to heart and it is not an exaggeration but a fact that experienced and shared by the countless tourists visited the paradisiacal location in Jammu and Kashmir. Without touching the spectacular roads of Nubra Valley, a Ladakh tour will not be complete. The tri-armed valley has Diskit Village as its capital. Ldumra, a magnificent name is the original name of the valley as the local scholars insist. Ldumra means Valley of Flowers. The large valley is formed after the merging of Shyok River with Nubra or Siachen River causing the separation of the Ladakh and the Karakoram Ranges. The valley is located 10000 feet that is 3048 meters above mean sea level and those who cross the Khardung La Pass can easily come to Nubra Valley from Leh.

Except for the river beds, every other place in the valley shows scant vegetation and low precipitation levels. Most of the villages in the valley are occupied by Nubra skat speakers and in the villages, one can find lush greenery and farming which happen through the regular irrigation. Diskit is the place where native people are seen in abundance and Diskit Monastery is the centre of attraction as well. The Shyok River flowing on one side of Diskit has a captivating effect on the visitors. Nubra Valley unwinds a lot of surprising sights when you visit it and an unbelievable fact is that the valley was open to the public till Hunder until 2010. Beyond Hunder, it was the greener region in the lower altitude where the Turtuk village exists. Till 2010, the Government did not allow tourists to mesmerize themselves in the magnificent beauty of Turtuk where numerous apricot trees and other vegetation along with the tribal community were preserved as a virgin.

Height: 3048 meters above the sea level

Location: The paradisiacal Nubra Valley is located at a distance of 140 km from Leh and the main road access to the valley is through Khardung La pass where you have to show the photocopies of your travel permit to the soldiers camping.

Best time to visit: The months from June to September is the perfect period to visit Nubra Valley

To see the pure, rugged face of nature, One must visit Ladakh once in their lifetime.

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Khardung La

Controversies regarding the proclamation that Khardung La is the highest motorable pass in the world is not yet diminished but Ladakh travelers still believe that it is the highest and most adventurous pass in the world. Despite the controversies, Khardung La keeps on attracting hundreds of adventure seekers every year, be it bikers, trekkers or visitors. Nestled amidst the most reverberating surrounding, the ‘Pass of Lower Castle’ is located at an altitude of 17582 feet. Near to the pass, the collection of awesome valleys will lure you and along with the natural extravaganzas, the Tibetan prayer flags are an additional charm.

The pass was constructed in the year of 1976 and later in 1988, it was opened to public and from then on, the pass was inviting uncountable bikers, trekkers and tourists. It is maintained by the Border roads Organization as the pass is highly significant and important to India because it was once used to carry supplies to the Siachen Glacier. Recently, Khardung La became the hot potato of the town with a happy news that a ten member team of visually impaired people is going to conquer the pass through cycling in 2017.

Height: Khardung La is located at an altitude of 5359 meters. But there is an incorrect proclamation on the signboards appear here saying that the height of the pass is 18379 feet.

Location: The highest motorable pass in Ladakh is lying about 39 kms away from Leh. By road, one can reach the pass. The first 24 kms of the road are paved and from there to the North Pullu check post, the 15 kms of the road are filled with loose rock, dirt and occasional rivulets formed after the melting of snow.

Best time to visit: The season between May to October is the best time to visit Khardung La.

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Tso Moriri Lake

It won’t be exceeding at all how much you describe the beauty of Tso Moriri in Ladakh, a highly protected lake in Changthang Region and a significant portion of Tso Moriri Wetland Conservation Reserve.  It is the largest of all high altitude lakes in India especially in Ladakh and is located at an altitude of 4522 meters above the sea level. The length comes to 26 km north to south and 3 to 5 km is the width and the water is wholly brackish. 

The water to feed the lake comes from the springs and melted snow from the nearby mountains. There are two major stream systems to lead the water to the lake. One in the north part of the lake and the other comes in the southwest part. Huge, extensive marshes are seen at both the entrances of the lake. Rupshu Valley, a breathtaking area is the guardian of Tso Moriri along with an array of the lofty Himalayan Mountains in the surrounding.

The number of people come to witness the beauty of this splendid lake is lesser when compared to that of Pangong Lake. It is because of the secluded location of the lake. Hence, it is a favorite home town for many migratory birds. They come to breed here especially birds like great- crested grebe, the brown-headed gull and the Brahmin duck. The rare Himalayan hares are also abundantly seen near the lake. Thus, the declaration of the lake as a reserved area is a right option to protect these species from extinction. Less human interference would keep their lives strong.

Height: The lake is situated at an altitude of 4522 meters.

Location: You can reach Tso Moriri via road from Leh. It is 150 kms away from Leh Airport. Kalka Railway station is the nearest one to the lake. You will get buses and taxis from the station as well.

Best time to visit: May, June, July and August are the peak season when tourists come to Tso Moriri in large numbers and other months will be filled with snow and have extreme cold conditions.

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Shanti Stupa

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

History

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

Structure of the stupa

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

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

Timings: 05:00 am to 09:00 pm

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


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Magnetic Hill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Chadar Trek

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hemis Monastery

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

History

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

Structure of the monastery

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

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

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

Entry fee: INR 100

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


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Markha Valley Trek

Adventure lovers always had an affection to Markha Valley and still it fulfills the dreams of a trekker or adventure seeker with the unrivalled collection of natural spectacle. Long day trekking tours are offered by a lot of tour providers all over India which promise a journey through the most scenic locations and villages. The awesomely exciting feature of this trek is that it will let the trekker cross two high altitude passes in Ladakh; Gandala La at 4980 meters and Kongmaru La at 5276 meters.

 Being one of the diverse treks in Ladakh region, Markha Valley trek offers a lot of adventurous moments throughout. The barren land of Ladakh and the Buddhist temples found throughout the journey make the trek special. The route winds past the Ladakhi villages and it goes to Hemis National Park where the chances to spot some rare wildlife species are comparably high. The nomadic groups of people will be a unique picture to keep in heart. The symbols of Buddhism like ‘chortens’, stupas, multi colored prayer flags and numerous monasteries narrate the story of Buddhist culture embraced Markha centuries ago. Another interesting fact heard about Markha Valley trek is that it is also called ‘tea house trek’ due to the accommodation provided in parachute tents in most of the villages during the tour.

Maximum altitude: 15000 feet is the maximum altitude the trek will cover.

Location: In most of the cases, the trek starts from Leh. The trail usually goes through Chilling, Skyu and then to Markha. From Markha it would take the trekker to reach Hankar and Nimaling and finally return to Leh. The ideal trekking distance is 75 kms and it would be graded as difficult.

Best time to visit: The months of June, July, August, September and October are recommended as the best time to do Markha Valley trek.

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Stok Kongri Trek

Stok Kangri, Ladakh is one of the most popular places for high altitude trekking in India. Although the beauty of Ladakh draws in innumerable tourists and trekkers from all over the country and the world, the Stok Kangri trek isn’t really suited for anyone and everyone.

It is advisable that only experienced trekkers set out on this expedition as the climatic and geographical conditions of the place may not suit novice or amateur trekkers. Nonetheless, Stok Kangri is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the country. It is for this reason that the Stok Kangri trek forms an inevitable experience while trekking in India.

The trek begins from Leh, which is noted for its natural beauty as well as the warm and hospitable people. During the first couple of days of the trek, you can move around Leh, go sightseeing and get acclimatized to the weather of the region. These couple of days will prepare you for the trek ahead. You will next be taken to Chang Ma via Stok Village by road.

The journey from Leh to Stok Village takes you to witness the amiable yet fictional setting which includes lush greenery, glistening snow peaks and scenic splendor of the region in this stretch. On reaching Chang Ma, you reach a snow covered region and begin trekking. You will need to climb on for about three hours. From here you will head on to Manokorma, which is at an elevation of 14200 feet.

During the trek, you will be able to view some very beautiful peaks such as the Gulap Kangri, Parcha Kangri, etc. The base camp of the trek is at an elevation of 16, 300 feet. From here, the journey continues till you reach the Stok Kangri. The rewarding scenery from the top is what draws trekkers from all over the world to high altitude trekking in India. The trek back to Leh is a bit arduous and you may need to be careful while climbing down the mountainous terrain.

Best Season: June - October

Difficulty Level: Medium

Max. Elevation: 5000 m

Number of Days: Maximum 10 days of trek can be done here

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Stok Kangri Trek

Stok Kangri, Ladakh is one of the most popular places for high altitude trekking in India. Although the beauty of Ladakh draws in innumerable tourists and trekkers from all over the country and the world, the Stok Kangri trek isn’t really suited for anyone and everyone.

It is advisable that only experienced trekkers set out on this expedition as the climatic and geographical conditions of the place may not suit novice or amateur trekkers. Nonetheless, Stok Kangri is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the country. It is for this reason that the Stok Kangri trek forms an inevitable experience while trekking in India.

The trek begins from Leh, which is noted for its natural beauty as well as the warm and hospitable people. During the first couple of days of the trek, you can move around Leh, go sightseeing and get acclimatized to the weather of the region. These couple of days will prepare you for the trek ahead. You will next be taken to Chang Ma via Stok Village by road.

The journey from Leh to Stok Village takes you to witness the amiable yet fictional setting which includes lush greenery, glistening snow peaks and scenic splendour of the region in this stretch. On reaching Chang Ma, you reach a snow covered region, and begin trekking. You will need to climb on for about three hours. From here you will head on to Manokorma, which is at an elevation of 14200 feet.

During the trek, you will be able to view some very beautiful peaks such as the Gulap Kangri, Parcha Kangri, etc. The base camp of the trek is at an elevation of 16, 300 feet. From here, the journey continues till you reach the Stok Kangri. The rewarding scenery from the top is what draws trekkers from all over the world to high altitude trekking in India. The trek back to Leh is a bit arduous and you may need to be careful while climbing down the mountainous terrain.

Best Season: June - October

Difficulty Level: Medium

Max. Elevation: 5000 m

Number of days: Maximum 10 days of trek can be done here

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