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  • The roaring of the engine, echoes amidst the barren hills and the challenging boulevard makes every riders spine tingle. The gust of the chaste breeze strikes their faces and victorious is how every biker feels, as they trade through the enticing panorama of Ladakh. The Manali to Leh Ladakh bike trip is one of the most momentous journeys, in every biker’s wish list.

    Ladakh is a mysterious land shrouded in myth and legend, blessed with stunning landscapes and candescent lakes. Embraced in the arms of the gigantic snow-capped mountains of the Himalaya, the mesmeric vista of Ladakh is an ideal destination for a bike trip. Witness the immaculate culture and encounter the quaint villages and monasteries while on this Leh Ladakh bike trip.

    This ride through the semi- parched plains of Ladakh is an exhilarating experience for all the adventurers in India and also those around the World. Taking a road trip to Ladakh is exploring some of the highest traversable mountain passes in the world and is a dream come true for every passionate biker.

  • Routes for Leh Ladakh Bike Trip

  • 01Route: 1 Delhi - Srinagar - Leh – Manali

    Image Credit :  Kiran SRK-Flickr

    -Total Distance: 2200 Km (Approximate value)

    -Best time to Visit: June to October

    -Route Map: Delhi- Ludhiana- Jalandhar- Jammu-  Srinagar- Kargil- Leh- Hunder- Pangong- Karu- Sarchu- Manali. 


    Day 1: Delhi to Jammu

    On day one you will travel from Delhi to Jammu. If you choose to travel by road, on the way you will cross Ludhiana and Jalandhar. You will take around 10 hours to reach Jammu, which is approximately 600 Km.

    Day 2: Jammu – Srinagar

    On the second day, travel from Jammu to Srinagar. This distance is approximately 300 Km. You will take around seven hours to reach Srinagar, if you travel by road.

    Day 3: Srinagar

    After a tiring journey from Jammu to Srinagar, add some excitement by claiming your bikes for the ride. After this enjoy a good night’s sleep in at a hotel in Srinagar and get energized for the awaiting thrill.

    Day 4: Srinagar to Kargil

    Begin your day early, for a 203 Km spell binding bike ride. You will be riding from Srinagar to Kargil via Sonmarg. This route passes through the Zojila Pass (11,500ft), Drass. While in Kargil, a visit to the Kargil War Memorial is a must, to know the heroic stories of our brave soldiers. Take a break in Kargil for the night.

    Day 5: Kargil to Leh

    Today, enjoy riding the stunning boulevard from Kargil to Leh and explore the beauty of Ladakh as you pass through Phey, Alchi, Lamayuru and Saraks. It’s a journey of 210 Km, which will take you about 4 hours.

    Day 6: Leh and Around

    Spend a day at Leh and visit the captivating places around. Admire and find peace at the age old Lamayuru Monastery.  Take time and stopover to be in awe of the mesmeric vistas of Lamayuru, which are also known as the ‘Moonland’ Hills. Tonight, you can stay at any hotel in Leh, depending on your comfort.

    Day 7: Leh - Kardungla - Diskit – Hunder

    After rejuvenating yourself at Leh, start early and prepare yourself to travel a distance of 120Km. Feel your spine tingle as you explore the Khardung La pass (18,380ft), one of the utmost traversable roads in the world. Also, visit the Deskit Monastery on the way, as you ride further to Hunder.

    Day 8: Hunder - Nubra Valley

    While in Hunder, explore the captivating Wari La- Nubra Valley. If it fits in your schedule, take time to experience the camel safari through the sand dunes. Later, enjoy camping under the stars at Hunder.

    Day 9: Nubra - Pangong Tso

    Today you will depart from the Nubra valley and cover approximately 217Km to reach the Pangong Lake. Entice yourself with the scenic beauty of the Pangong Tso Lake. There is a camping site near the lake, check-in into the camp for an overnight stay.

    Day 10: Pangong – Karu

    Bid adieu to the mesmeric Pangong Lake and ride your bike through the Chang-la pass (17370 ft) towards Karu

    Day 11: Karu – Sarchu

    Ride approximately for 217Km and cover the stretch from Karu to Sarchu in 6hours.  Sarchu is one of the popular halts in Himalayas and is located on the border of Himacahal Pradesh and Ladakh.  Sarchu proffers tented accommodations where you can take a break.

    Day 12: Sarchu- Manali

    Cherish the memories you build camping in the fascinating panorama of Sarchu. Embark riding towards Manali and enjoy the amazing views along the way. Spend the night in Manali.

    Day 13: Manali – Delhi

    The enthralling adventure ends here. Depart from Manali and reach Delhi, from here head back to your respective places along with stories full of thrill and adventures. 

  • 02Route: 2 Delhi - Manali - Leh – Delhi

    Image Credit :  Kiran SRK-Flickr

    -Total Distance:  2300 Km (approximate value)

    -Best time to Visit: June to September

    -Route Map: Delhi- Manali- Sarchu- Pang- Leh- Kardungla- Hunder- Nubra- Pangong- Leh- Kargil- Srinagar- Jammu- Delhi.


    Day 1: Delhi to Manali

    Commence your journey from New Delhi and head out on the National Highway 1. Enjoy the boulevard amidst exciting pastures of farmlands. You will be riding through the immaculate city of Chandigarh on the way to Manali. It is a 12 hours ride; you will cover approximately 550Kms. Once at Manali check into a hotel of your choice and take rest.

    Day 2: Manali – Sarchu

    On day two will cover a stretch of around 235km, as you traverse towards Sarchu. The journey will be spectacular, as you will trade through the National Highway 3, which is in the midst of jungles full of coniferous trees.  Ride via districts of Spiti and Lahaul and reach Sarchu, where you can take a break in the tents.

    Day 3: Srachu – Pang - Leh

    Sarchu to Pang is approximately a ride of 75 Km; it would take around 2hours for you to reach from Sarchu to Pang. Pang is a necessary halt during the journey, as it has several tea houses along the way and it also proffers tent accommodations. After taking a break at Pang, ride further to Leh.

    Day 4: Leh

    Spend a day at Leh and admire the age old Lamayuru Monastery. Also visit the mesmeric vistas of Lamayuru, also known as the ‘Moonland’ Hills. Tonight, you can stay at a hotel in Leh, depending on your comfort.

    Day 5: Leh - Kardungla – Hunder

    Today morning start early and travel a distance of 120Km. Feel your spine tingle as you explore the Khardung La (18,380ft), the utmost motorable road in the world .Visit the Deskit Monastery and ride further to reach Hunder.

    Day 6: Hunder – Nubra

    While in Hunder, explore the Wari La- Nubra Valley in the morning. One can take pleasure in activities like the camel safari through the sand dunes and also enjoy camping under the stars at Hunder.

    Day 7: Nubra – Pangong

    Today you will depart from the Nubra valley and cover approximately 217Km to reach the Pangong Lake. Entice yourself with the scenic beauty of the Pangong Tso Lake. There is a camping site near the lake, check-in into the camp for an overnight stay.

    Day 8: Pangong – Leh

    Pangong Tso is located approx 175 kms from Leh town across the Chang la pass. On this route you will pass via. Chang La at 17,590 ft, which  is one of the highest motorable roads. You will witness the pristine culture of Ladakh as you will come across some villages on this route.

    Day 10: Leh – Kargil

    On day ten, enjoy the astounding boulevard from Leh to Kargil, as you pass through Saraks, Lamayuru, Alchi and Phey. It’s a journey of about 210 Km, which you will cover in approximately 4 hours.  Pay a tribute to our heroic soldiers, at the Kargil war Memorial. 

    Day 11: Kargil – Srinagar

    Commence early from Kargil and traverse via the alluring vistas of Dras, Baltal and Sonamarg and reach Srinagar. Today, you will be covering a stretch of 200kms in about 5hours.

    Day 12: Sringar

    Admire the divine beauty of Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir. The Shalimar Bagh is one of the most beautiful attractions here.  Explore the Mughal Gardens and the Shankaracharya Temple before you find a hotel to relax for the night.

    Day 13: Sringar – Jammu

    Bid adieu to the picturesque city of Srinagar and ride back towards Jammu. This route will take you via Jawahar Tunnel that will open at Jammu. Check in at a hotel for an overnight stay.

    Day 14: Jammu - Delhi

    The enthralling journey comes to an end. Depart from Jammu and reach Delhi, from here head back to your respective places along with fun filled and adventurous stories. 

  • Essential Info About Ladakh Road Trip

  • 03How to prepare for Leh Ladakh Bike Trip

    Prepare Your Bike:

    The first thing to keep into consideration is that the bike has to be well kept and properly maintained. Meticulously check that your bike’s drive chain, air filter, the clutch and gear box, control cables, the lights and electrical, the brakes, the wheels and tyres, frame, the engine and suspension, everything is in the best condition. 

    It is very important to get your bike thoroughly serviced beforehand; if you do not want to fall prey to unwanted circumstances and enjoy a hindrance free adventurous ride.

    Prepare Your Luggage:

    Travel light, but also carry all the necessities required to suffice your basic needs. A few jackets to beat the cold are extremely necessary. Pack your luggage in a way that is easy to carry on the ride and doesn’t add to the burden. 

    Consider carrying an extra pair of sturdy shoes. It is wise to be armed with a few supplies like a blue tooth headset, ear plugs, a torch, extra pair of gloves, a tool-kit, a physical map, a battery pack, a headlamp and a first-aid kit. 

    Prepare The Biker:

    For a pleasant ride, it is important that the rider is fit and healthy. Exercise and warm up thoroughly and strengthen your immunity. A bike trip to Ladakh means long hours of riding, variations in temperature and also sticking to the schedule. 

    Make yourself capable enough to face any of the predicaments that you might encounter. One also needs to have a positive frame of mind and a can do attitude, as it reflects in our actions and helps us make wise decisions.

  • 04Duration and Best Time for Bike Trip

    Duration:

    The Duration of the trip will be approximately 15 days, depending on the schedule and also on other external factors like natural calamities, weather conditions, health status, etc. 

    Best Time:

    The best time to take a Ladakh trip is from June to September.  Bikers would really enjoy their ride at this time of the year.

  • 05How to Rent a Bike for Ladakh Trip

    Image Credit : Prabhu B Doss-Flickr

    Renting from Delhi:

    Bike rental shops are readily available in Karol bagh area of New Delhi.  The rates start from Rs.900 for a day for two wheelers, which are robust enough to be driven to Ladakh. A deposit amount is required while renting a bike, which starts from Rs.10, 000 and varies according to its make. 

    At the time of the rental, you are required to provide sufficient documents of identification and the driver license. Parent's consent letter is required for anyone under the age of 25. Many shops rent out additional equipments such as riding gear, GPS etc Customers also have the option of hiring a guide or mechanic for the entire trip on a daily wage basis.

    Renting in Manali:

    If you choose to rent a bike from Manali, you can strike a bargain, for anything between Rs.1000 and Rs.1800 depending on the model and the condition of the bike. Additionally you will also have to pay a deposit amount, which again ranges from Rs.12, 000 to Rs.18, 000. 

    The bike rental company will be keeping an original copy of your nationality proof (Adhaar Card, Passport or Voter Id) until the bike is returned. It is highly advised, that you take the bike for a test ride and push it to its limits to make sure the bike is functioning properly.

  • 06Leh Ladakh Bike Trip Cost

    Leh Ladakh Bike Trip Cost
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    Petrol Cost:

    The distance covered while you explore places, during the trip to Ladakh on the bike is approximately about 3300-3600 KMs. Let us consider that your bike gives a mileage of about 30 KMPL on an average. 

    And also reflect on the fact that you would be riding through hilly terrains and plains. In this case you would require Rs 8000 – 9000 worth of fuel roughly.

    Stay Cost:

    On the Ladakh trip on bike, you would come across several stay options, which would suffice your demands and requirements. Comfort level, liking and many other clauses and circumstances are several factors that would directly affect the cost of stay.  

    If you are comfortable staying in an average budget hotel, then the expenditure for the same would go up to approximately Rs 500-700 per day. If you are looking for a high-end accommodation, with all the amenities then you would have to spend approximately about Rs 2000 to Rs 2500 per day.

    Food Cost:

    The food cost incurred during the bike trip to Leh Ladakh, varies depending on factors like the number of people, whether the food is vegetarian or non- vegetarian and also the choice of place. If you go to a Dhaba, then the cost of meal would come out around Rs 100-150 per person. 

    But if you chose to eat at a restaurant, which proffers great variety and an warm ambience then the cost of food per person will go up to approximately  Rs 300 – Rs 500 per person. The rates will go on increasing as you keep moving to other expensive restaurants.

    Rented Bike:

    In case you wish to rent a bike for the bike trip to Leh – Ladakh, then the cost of petrol has an added expenditure of the rent and this automatically hikes the price of travelling. A decent bike on rent, which is in a well kept condition would cost around Rs 1000 – 1300 per day. The rent will differ considering the make and model of the bike you rent. 

    If calculated, the cost of rent for the entire journey comes out around Rs 13000 – 17000. You could surely try your luck in getting some discount. The total cost acquired, including the bike rent and the fuel cost will be about Rs 21000 – 26000 approximately.

  • 07Petrol Pumps on Highways

    Petrol Pumps on Highways
    Image Credit : Kiran SRK - Flickr

     Manali to Leh:

    On this route, once you start from Manali, you will find only two Petrol Pumps till you reach Leh. Hence, it is advisable that while taking a bike trip to Ladakh through the Manali to Leh route, one should have their tank full and also carry some extra jars of petrol along with them. The petrol pumps will be found at the following places:-

    -     Tandi
    -     Upshi/Karu

    Srinagar to Leh:

    On this route, it is easy to find fuel as you will come across several petrol pumps. On this Srinagar to Leh highway there are petrol pumps at the following places:-  

    -     Srinagar
    -     Kangan
    -     Sonamarg
    -     Kargil
    -     Mulbekh
    -     Wakha
    -     Khaltsi

  • 08ATM's On Highway

    ATM's On Highway
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    Manali to Leh:

    On the Leh- Ladakh bike trip, through the Manali to Leh route, you will find only one ATM at Keylong, but later there are several ATMs at Leh.

    Srinagar to Leh:

    On the Srinagar to Leh route, you will find ATMs at Ganderbal, Drass and Kargil, apart from the ATMs at Leh and Srinagar.

  • 09Mechanics on Highway

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     Manali to Leh:

    On the bike trip to Ladakh, along the Manali-Leh Highway, you can find mechanics and puncture shops around Marhi, Khoksar, Keylong, Darcha, Sarchu and Upshi.

    Srinagar to Leh:

    In case of emergency, one can find many mechanics and puncture shops on the Srinagar to Leh route. They are available at Ganderbal, Sonamarg, Kargil, Lamayuru, Mulbekh and Nimmu.

  • 10Mobile Phones and STD Booths

    Mobile Phones and STD Booths
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    The only service providers in the valley of Leh are the BSNL, Airtel and Aircel. Hence, the people who have the post-paid connections from these operators, can enjoy a hassle free connectivity during their visit to Leh. On the other hand, if you do not have the post-paid connection from the aforementioned service providers, there are only two options for you: First, either buy a prepaid connections from the mentioned service providers, or just use the overcrowded phone booths located in the Leh city.

    As the city of Ladakh has considerable amount of Army, the phone booths in the city are almost always crowded and you can find a lot of soldiers waiting in line to talk to their loved ones, especially in the booths located near the main market or the main road of Leh.

    However, if you want to buy the prepaid sim from BSNL, Airtel or Aircel, it is one of the toughest tasks for the Indian nationals. As the Indian Govt. considers the regions of Leh-Ladakh and Jammu & Kashmir as sensitive areas, getting a SIM card is a daunting process for Indians. Hence, it is recommended that you do not apply for the SIM cards until you are planning to stay for long in the city. On the other hand, the foreign nationals can easily get the prepaid connections and the process is pretty straight forward. They only have to submit photocopies of passport and two passport sized photogrpahs while submitting the application for the SIM cards. 

  • 11Inner Line Permits

    Inner Line Permits
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    The Inner Line Permit application form is easily available at the stationary shop behind the Leh DC office. One can visit the Leh DC office from 9.00 AM to 03:00 PM, no applications will be accepted after that. The office remains closed on Sundays and National Holidays. To acquire the permit one has to pay Rs. 200, which includes environment tax and Red Cross Donation. Once approved, it is advisable that you carry copies of your Inner Line Permit, as you might have to submit them at certain check posts of the military personnel.

    Indian Nationals:

    The inner line permit (ILP) rules for Ladakh tourism have been simplified. There are certain requirements to be considered like a valid photo ID and attested photocopies that act as a proof of Nationality (Passport, DL, Voters ID etc.).

     No inner line permits are now required to travel to places like Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri. However, there are some exceptions. In case one plans to cover a direct Stretch from Tso Moriri to Pangong Tso via Chushul route with a visit to Hanle, then one needs to give detailed information.

     It is important to mention Pangong Tso, Man, Merak, Chushul, Tsaga, Loma, Nyoma, Mahe, Hanle and Tso Moriri in the permit application. Similarly, it is mandatory to apply for an Inner Line Permit, if you are planning to visit Pangong directly from Nubra via Shyok, Darbuk, Tangtse.

    Foreign Nationals:

    The foreign nationals must obtain the inner line permits, if they plan to visit areas like Turtuk, Panamik, Khaltse, Pangong, Changthang, Hunder, Tso Kar and Tso Moriri and few others. Also, to visit Hanle, Chusul, Tsaga, beyond Loma bend, Chumur, Marsimik La and Batalik Sector, they must have the inner line permits.

    Foreign nationals, with exception from Bhutan, Burma, Nepal and Pakistan, also need to obtain PAP or the Protected Area Permit to visit the above mentioned places. This permit is issued at the Leh DC Office and is allowed only to a group of four or more foreign nationals and is valid for 7 days.

    While travelling Suru and Zanskar valleys, inner line permits are not required. However, this permit doesn't allow them to beyond Merek Village in the Mahe or Pangong village.

  • 12Information about AMS

    Information about AMS
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    There is a possibility that you might suffer from Altitude sickness or Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). One should be weary of the following symptoms.

    -       Lack of appetite

    -       Nausea or vomiting

    -       Fatigue or weakness

    -       Dizziness

    -       Swelling of hands , feet, and face

    -       Insomnia

    -       Shortness of breath upon exertion

    -       Nosebleed

    -       Persistent rapid pulse or drowsiness.

    It is advisable that you carry certain medication and stay hydrated. If your health doesn’t permit, kindly go down to a lower altitude and take rest.

  • 13Leh Ladakh Bike Trip Tips

    This bike trip is considered as one of the best motorcycle tours in India but before that have some valuable tips-: 

    -A sudden change in climate and atmosphere can hamper your health. Hence, it is sensible to stay at least for a day before you begin your journey. This will help you get  accustomed to your surroundings.

    -Try and maintain a cordial atmosphere when you visit the local villages, religious centres or other such places.

    -Rules and regulations are imposed for your own safety. They help your journey be peaceful and joyous. Do not break any rules, while on this trip.

    -The locals define the culture of a place, befriend them and enhance your knowledge. Treat them with harmony and respect and avoid hurting their sentiments in anyway.

    -Exploring a new place becomes easier with proper guidance from experienced people. Feel free to take assistance from tour guides or organizers.

    -Keep updating someone about your whereabouts and further plans, so that people can reach you in case of emergency.

    -Preferably, eat less oily but healthy food like boiled veggies and meat.  

     

  • Attractions of Ladakh

  • 14Pangong Lake Day Tour from Leh

    If you are visiting this exotic land of Ladakh than this lake is a must see destination for you. Also, known as Pangong Tso, this lake is an endorheic lake which is located at the Himalayas and is 134 km long. This lake is a must see place while on your Leh trip. The lake is identified as a wetland under the Ramsar Convention. Get mesmerized by the lake as it slowly keeps changing its colors. 

    The scintillating water of the lake is very famous among the people who come to visit here. Spend some time enchanted by the breathtaking view of the lake. The lake covers around one third area within our country and the other two third portion lies with Tibet and is controlled by China.

  • 15Magnetic Hill Tour from Leh

    There is another destination which is must visit for you during your Leh Ladakh trip. The magnetic hills are a gravity hills located near Leh in Ladakh. Standing tall at an altitude of 14,000 feet these hills said to have some magnetic energy that can pull cars uphill. This hill is on the Leh-Kargil-Batalik national highway, and is bordered by the Sindhu river. 

    These mystics hills still amazes the people coming to visit this destination. The optical illusion created by these hills is the perfect example of natural wonders. Spend some time lazing around these hills and don’t forget to click some memorable pictures while you are on the magnetic grounds.

  • 16Royal Leh Palace

    Royal Leh Palace
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    Constructed in the 17th century by King Sengge Namgyal, the Royal Leh Palace is a nine-storey tall structure. Once you are at the roof of the palace, you get to witness the beautiful panoramic view of the whole Leh town, along with the Indus Valley, Stok Kangri in the mountain ranges of Zanskar and the Ladakh mountain ranges. The palace also has a museum, which contains a huge collection of jewelleries, Thangkas, ornaments, ceremonial crowns and dresses.


  • 17Tso Moriri Lake Tour

    Also known as the mountain lake Tso Moriri lake is another tourist attraction in Ladakh tourism. Set amidst the mountain ranges in Leh this lakes provides you with some of the best views with peaceful surroundings.  Surrounded by barren hills with the backdrop of the snow capped mountains these lake makes an ideal vacation spot. 

    The lake measures 28 km in length from north to south and about 4-6 km in breadth and about 100 feet average in depth. The crystal clear water and blue colour of the lake will make you fall in love with this place. Another interesting thing about this lake is that this lake was once a popular source of salt. Find out all about this amazing place on your next trip to Leh ladakh tour

  • 18Zanskar Valley

    The Zanskar Valley is the place to witness enchanting visuals of snow capped peaks and alpine lakes. Located in the Ladakh district, there are numerous places to see here. Visit the Zongkhul Monastery by undertaking the exciting Padum-Kishtwar trekking route.

    Visit Zangla, which is an ancient castle that also houses a chapel and also feel amazed at the captivating beauty that you see from the Penzella Pass. Take a village tour through a human settlement in this divine land at Karsha. Get more breathtaking views from Panikhar and also visit the Panikhar Fort.

  • 19Nubra Valley

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    Trekking on the rocky, colossal trails of this valley is a truly exciting experience as it is situated near the banks of the pure nubra river.

    The valley is named as “the valley of flowers” and it has some of the most beautiful, vibrant and colourful flowers set amidst lush green landscape. This place is popular because of its serene and tranquil ambience.

  • 20Shanti 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 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. There is also a Buddhist temple with the Shanti Stupa, the Dalai Lama had inaugurated this temple in 1991.
  • 21Khardung La

    The Khardung La pass, which is also known as the ‘Pass of Lower Castle’, is a gateway to the Shyok and Nubra valley. The Border Road Organization has declared the Khardung La pass as the utmost traversable pass in the world. It is a very enticing and challenging drive.

    The Khardung La pass is approximately 40km away from Leh and is situated at an altitude of 18,379 ft. When you drive through this pass, you will be fascinated by the breathtaking view of the valleys.

  • 22Lamayuru Monastry Tour

    While you are on your Ladakh trip there is no doubt in that you will be visiting the monasteries. One such monastery which is a must visit for you is the Lamayuru Monastry. Lamayuru is around 100 km before Leh, directly after Fotu la, the most elevated pass on the Srinagar Leh roadway. Lamayuru is among the most seasoned monateries in Leh and is beleived to be in presence along an indistinguishable time from Alchi religious community.

    Lamauru cloister is abput 125 kms from Leh and can be gone to while in transit to Leh from Srinagar in the event that you are going by street. In spite of the fact that practically in remnants Lamayuru religious community is home to around 150 monks of Red-Hat order of Buddhism. It is beleived to have housed more than 400 monks in prior circumstances.
  • 23Alchi Monastery

    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.

  • 24Shey Monastry Tour

    There is another place in your ladakh packages which is must visit for you, Shey monastery is situated at a single hillock at a separation of 15 km away south of Leh. This cloister is likewise called Shey Palance which was at one time the living arrangement of the imperial family which was got built by the principal ruler of Ladakh, Lhachen Palgyigon. 

    Principle fascination in Shey Monastery is twelve feet Shakyamuni Buddha's statue. It is made by embellishment copper and is the biggest statue in the district. It was worked by Deldan Namgyal in 1633 as a funerary remembrance of his dad, lord Singee Namgyal. There is another towering statue of the Buddha. Stone carvings in the religious community are novel. 

  • 25Diskit Monastry Tour

    While you are visiting the Himalayas there is another monastery which is amust visit for you. Withing the Nubra region of Ladakh, Diskit is arranged at an elevation of 3142 meters above ocean level, and lies 15 km north-west off the Khalsar-Panamik course, at the edge of the abandon in Shyok valley. Diskit is well known for its fourteenth century monastery, which is accepted to be the biggest and most seasoned cloister in Nubra valley.

    This monastery can be reached from Diskit town through a rough and dusty street that crosses a stream amidst the town. The monastery has a place with Gelugpa arrange or the Yellow Hat order of Tibetan Buddhsim. It was established by Changzem Tserab Zangpo, the pupil of Tsong Khapa, in fourteenth century. 
  • 26Gurudwara Pathar Sahib Day Tour

    There is another attraction in Ladakh which you should visit during your leh ladakh attraction. Gurudwara Pathar Sahib is located 25 miles from Leh in Ladakh area in Jammu and Kashmir, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib remains at where Guru Nanak, the organizer of Sikh religion and the principal master, is accepted to have vanquished an evil presence.

     In spite of the fact that the locale is prevalently Buddhist, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib is additionally revered and loved by Buddhists. Tibetan Buddhists adore Guru Nanak as Guru Gompka Maharaj and as Nanak Lama. There are many legends associated with this hill and has become very famous among the general people as well.

  • 27Hemis 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.

    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.

  • 28Hall of Fame Tour

    While on your Leh Ladakh tour you might have definitely come around 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 Airfiled, 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. 

  • 29Hemis National park

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    The Hemis National Park is established in 1981 and is also known as Snow Leopard Capital of India. It is mostly barren habitat and is home to around 11 species of fauna, which include some of the most endangered and rare species, and around 30 species of avifauna.  The best season to visit the Hemis National is from April to June and for some great bird-watching, September to December is the ideal time. Some of the most beautiful and rare species that you can find here include Pallas' cat, ibex, wolf, Tibetan argali and the Ladakh urial.

    Talking about the avifauna species, you can find the Himalayan Snowcock Tetraogallus himalayensis and the Chukar Partridge Alectoris chukar. The nearest airport is Leh and one can reach here by taking flights from Delhi, Jammu, Srinagar, or from Chandigarh. If road is your option, you can take taxis from Leh to reach the national park.
  • 30Kargil

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    The Ladakh district lies near LOC having Kashmir valley towards south and Gilgit-baltistan towards west. It is situated 234 kilometers west of Leh. It is a perfect place for camping at night before moving forward your journey to explore other attractive places around Leh.
  • 31Drass Valley

    Drass Valley

    Starting from the base of the Zojila pass, this is a Himalayan getaway like no other! Located in the Kargil district of Jammu & Kashmir, this place is also known colloquially as the Gateway to Ladakh. The Drass Valley is an adjacent land that runs along the Drass River.

    Trekkers visit this valley to take a trek to the Suru Valley. This is a three day long trek and the route passes through upland villages and green meadows. You can also visit the Pugu Valley from here. This valley is known for its hot springs that has potential therapeutic health benefits.


  • Leh Ladakh Packages

  • 324 Days Leh Ladakh Tour Package with Pangong Lake Camping

    4 Days Leh Ladakh Tour Package with Pangong Lake Camping

     About the Destination:

    Ladakh the dream destination for all has been luring its travellers from far and wide. This time head out on this 4 Days Leh Ladakh tour package and get a chance to explore the incredible beauty of this region. Blessed with the beauty of the monasteries, mountains and valleys, this region is considered just another heaven on earth.

    Make sure while you are heading to this destination explore the monasteries, the bustling marketplaces, the royal palaces and high mountain passes. As you continue your journey you will also come across some of the beautiful places like Nubra Valley and Pangong Lake. Enjoy camping under the billions of stars this time.

    About the Tour:

    -Head out for an amazing tour of the breathtaking Ladakh in this 4 Days Leh Ladakh 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 4 days and head back home with lots of memories.

  • 33Manali to Leh Bike Trip from Delhi 2018

    Manali to Leh Bike Trip from Delhi 2018

    Departure Dates - Multiple dates open to Join a Group departure in June, July, August and September and can be customized on request for the separate group also.

    About the Destination:

    Bestowed with natural formations and heaven like ambience the regions of Ladakh and Leh are beautified with immense natural diversities. On the other hand, Kashmir is a land that is interminably beautiful and has inspired many love affairs and art pieces!

    Decorating the crown of the subcontinent of India, the landscapes of this area are richly embellished with sights of every kind imaginable.

    The Northern frontier of India has always been home to a rich and prosperous culture. Navigate the toughest passes on a trip of Manali to Leh on the bike, the empty stretches of highways and rock strewn pathways in the mountains all of which reward you with gorgeous vistas that make the ride worthwhile!

    About the Departure:
    Experience your version of The Motorcycle Diaries on the thrilling motorcycle routes as you partake in this mesmerizing Manali to Leh bike trip of a lifetime through Ladakh and the striking paradise of Jammu and Kashmir. Experience the supernatural allures of the mountains of the North over two weeks!

    Beginning from Delhi, take home the rewards of an opportunity that allows you to discover yourself in a world that beholds such astonishing visions. Relish the strenuous yet picturesque journey along the winding foothills and curves that will make the adrenaline pump through your veins on your Manali to Leh bike trip!

    There are four different variants available and they are as follow:

    For one person (without fuel and self-bike): Rs. 32800 per person

    For two persons sharing one bike (with fuel and bike rental): Rs. 40800 per person

    For the single rider in one bike (with fuel and bike rental): Rs. 49800 per person

    Note: There are two options available as 1) Start the trip from Manali and conclude it in Leh and catch your flights or 2) Start the trip from Manali to Leh and then return to Manali to conclude the trip.

  • 346 Days Leh Ladakh Biking Tour Package

    6 Days Leh Ladakh Biking Tour Package

    About the Destination:

    The names Leh and Ladakh often bring forth to the imagination a land that is still untouched by the hand of commercialisation and urban culture. 6 Days Leh Ladakh Tour Package gives you that perfect adventure outing that you have been waiting for. Nestled within the protective covers of the Himalayas and adorned with magnificent landscapes, Leh-Ladakh is a belt that must be explored!

    Leh is a comprehensive town jotted with a number of religious and aesthetic attractions. Nature has been kind to the Nubra Valley and the Pangong Lake. The former seems like a carpet of exotic flowers while the latter is a sight to behold in all its glory. The Khardungla Pass and Chang La Pass offer panoramic views of such beauty and mystique that they have thus far, only been imagined!

    About the Tour:

    -Get ready to taste the adventure in Ladakh with this thrilling 6 Days Leh Ladakh Tour Package.
    -Start your tour after arriving at Leh and meet the tour representative, they will transfer you to your hotel.
    -Ride along the exotic routes with diverse landscapes, always make for a dream journey that is unmatchable and unique its own ways.
    -Enjoy the thrill of riding at otherwise unimaginable heights. Imagine looking down and staring into a deep gorge on one side and being flanked by massive mountain ranges on the other!
    -Be amazed by natural blessings like the Lamayuru or Moonland, Pangong Lake and the Khardung La Pass.
    -Learn of the region’s history and religion with visits to prominent monasteries and temples.
    -Interact with the locals to acquaint yourself with the local lifestyle and culture.
    -Conclude this tour after 6 days and head back home with lots of memories.
  • 35Leh Ladakh Group Tour Pacakge

    Leh Ladakh Group Tour Pacakge
    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, 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 every traveller.

    The traditional villages of Sham valley and Alchi with the exotic Liker and Lamayuru monasteries and the famous Gurudwara of Pathar Sahib, really make up for all the natural blessings that this land enjoys. Why sit and enjoy the facts, when you can actually go and see the ‘World’s Highest Motorable Road’: Khardung La Pass!

    About the Tour:

    -Head out on this adventure with this amazing Leh Ladakh group tour package.
    -Start your tour after arriving at Leh airport and then get transferred to your hotel.
    -Get off to a great start, by watching the natural and architectural wonders like numerous monasteries, Magnetic Hill and quaint and beautiful villages enroute.
    -Visit few other places like Gurudwara Patthar Sahib, Moon landscapes and Lamayuru monastery.
    -Also, don’t miss your chance to visit Sunrise Vistas, Thiksey Monastery and Shey Palace.
    -Camp under the stars on the shores of the immaculate blue Pangong Tso Lake and enjoy a sound sleep.
    -Get a taste of local life in the peculiar villages and also drive by the highest motorable road in the world.
    -Conclude this tour after 8 days and 7 night and cherish these wonderful memories for life.
  • 36Manali to Leh Jeep Expedition with Tso Moriri Lake

    Manali to Leh Jeep Expedition with Tso Moriri Lake

      Fixed departure dates: Multiple dates open to Join a Group departure in June, July, August and September and can be customized on request for separate group also.

      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. 
      • Tsomoriri Lake is the one attraction that demands all your attention during this jeep ride which is now Tso Moriri Wetland Conservation Reserve. It is the largest of the high altitude lakes entirely within India at an altitude of 4522 meter.
      • Interact with the amazing landscapes beautified by the natural formations throughout the journey. You will come across the undeniable beauties of Khardung La Pass, Pangong Lake, Deskit, Hundar, the confluence of Zanskar and Indus Rivers, Nubra Valley etc.
      • These places have been occupied by multitudinous mountains, valleys, small streams, rock formations, monasteries, gompas and what not.
      • 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.

      • Number of PAX       Standard               Deluxe                 Super Deluxe

      • Min 02 pax               Rs. 37470            Rs. 38090                Rs. 39660

      • Min 03 Pax               Rs. 28530            Rs. 29260                Rs. 30620

      • Min 04 pax               Rs. 24950             Rs. 25280                Rs. 27140

      • Min 05 Pax               Rs. 22090             Rs. 22780                Rs. 24220

      • Min 06 Pax               Rs. 20780              Rs. 21400                Rs. 22970

      • Min 07 Pax               Rs. 22540             Rs. 23220                 Rs. 24700

      • Min 08 Pax                Rs. 21500            Rs. 22130                  Rs. 23700

      • Min 09 Pax                Rs. 20300            Rs. 20960                  Rs. 22460

      • Min 10 Pax                Rs. 19690             Rs. 20320                  Rs. 21880

      • Min 11 Pax                 Rs. 18870             Rs. 19520                 Rs. 21040

      • Min 12 Pax                  Rs. 18480            Rs. 19100                 Rs. 20670

      • Extra Bed Child            Rs. 8800             Rs. 9800                    Rs. 10700
    • 37Ladakh Bike Trip : Manali Leh Srinagar

      Ladakh Bike Trip : Manali Leh Srinagar

      Fixed Departure Dates - Multiple dates open to Join a Group departure in June, July, August and September and can be customized on request for the separate group also.

      Note: This tour can be done in the opposite route also that is from Srinagar to Leh to Manali.

      About the Destination:

      Ladakh, the jewel in the crown of Jammu and Kashmir, is blessed with the fascinating Himalayan Range. Embraced with the captivating beauty of the scenic meadows, rivers, cold deserts and enchanting trails, the region boasts of being an adventure hub in the country.

      Be it for the trekkers, bikers, skiers or any other adventure sports, Ladakh is one hotspot for all! In addition, the option to explore the stunning beauty and appeal of the region through Ladakh bike trip always add an extra amount of fun and excitement to a tour to this ‘Land of High Passes’.

      About the Departure with Details:

      This bike trip to Leh-Ladakh from Delhi will take you to Ladakh, Srinagar and Manali. Over the course of your bike trip to Ladakh, you will be introduced to various challenges, extremely uneven routes, narrow passes and much more! This apart, you can also expect to make stops and ride through fascinating landmarks like Khardung-La, the highest pass in the world, Tanglang La (17,600ft), Lachulung La (16,680ft), BaralachaLa (16500ft), the beautiful Zojila Pass as well as Pangong Lake.

      There are four different variants available with this package as given below:
      Variant 1: From Delhi - self-bike and without fuel: for 2 persons sharing one bike- Rs. 33999/- per person
      Variant 2: From Delhi - self-bike and without fuel: for the single rider in one bike- Rs. 34999/- per person
      Variant 3: From Delhi - with bike rental and with fuel: for two persons sharing one bike- Rs. 43999/- per person
      Variant 4: From Delhi - with bike rental and with fuel: for the single rider in one bike- Rs. 58999/- per person

      Sketch itinerary of Manali Leh Srinagar Bike Trip:

      Day 01: Delhi-Manali-over night in a Volvo bus.
      Day 02: Arrive Manali-local ride
      Day 03: Manali-Jispa (145 kms/7 hrs)
      Day 04: Jispa- Baralacha Pass- Sarchu (90 kms/6 hrs)
      Day 05: Sarchu/ Leh (253 kms/ 8 hrs)
      Day 06: Leh/ Khardong La/ Nubra (130 kms/ 6 hrs). By car or motorbike as per rider’s requirement.
      Day 07: Nubra/ Pangong Lake via Shyok valley (150 kms/ 5 hrs).
      Day 08: Pangong/ Leh en-route visit Thiksey Monastery (150 kms)
      Day 09: In Leh- day free or walk around Leh market for Shopping
      Day 10: Leh/ Lamayuru/ Kargil (245 kms/ 8 hrs)
      Day 11: Kargil/Zozila pass/ Srinagar (204 kms/ 6 hrs)
      Day 12: Drop at Srinagar airport. End

    • 38Manali to Leh Cycling Tour 2018

      Manali to Leh Cycling Tour 2018

      About the Destination:

      Departure Dates - Multiple dates open to Join a Group departure in June, July, August and September and can be customized on request for the separate group also.

      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). 

    • 39Manali to Leh Jeep Safari

      Manali to Leh Jeep Safari

      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.   

    • 40Leh Ladakh Tour Package from Delhi by Air, 2018

      Leh Ladakh Tour Package from Delhi by Air, 2018

      About the Destination:

      Ladakh or the land of high passes is situated in the picturesque state of Jammu and Kashmir. Leh Ladakh tour package from Delhi by air will definitely make your vacation a special one. It has always been regarded as an exotic tourist destination, filled with breath-taking natural beauty and mystery! 

      The charming town of Leh will leave you smitten with its spectacular views of the majestic snow-capped Himalayan ranges, lush greenery, mystic monasteries and sparkling rivers. The town also boasts of an amazing trekking trail which attracts enthusiastic trekkers from all over the world. Get ready to be awed by the scenic beauty of this region while you head out on this tour. And yes, don't forget to take your camera with you.

      About the Tour:

      -Explore the wonders of mystical Ladakh, on a 7nights/8daysLeh Ladakh Tour Package from Delhi by air which kicks starts from the charming town of Leh. 
      -Explore the charming Leh market and the majestic Leh Palace and Shanti Stupa. Drive up to the beautiful Sham valley and visit ancient monasteries steeped in age-old traditions.  
      -Drive up to the awe-inspiring moon landscapes, enjoy breathtaking views of the Nubra Valley, as you drive through the highest motorable road in the world.
      -Enjoy a thrilling camel safari, witness the mesmerizing sunset over the beautiful shimmering waters of the Pangong Lake.
      -Experience a slice of culture and history at the famous Shey Palace. 
      -Conclude this Leh Ladakh tour package from Delhi by air and head back home with lovely memories of this beautiful place!


      Note: Flight tickets are not included in the package. Tickets can be booked at an additional cost

    • 41Leh Ladakh Bike Trip 2018

      Leh Ladakh Bike Trip 2018

      About the Destinations:

      The Leh Ladakh bike trip 2018 takes you to the enchanting lands of Leh, one of the primal points in the Indian tourism map. 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. Join this 6 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 2018.

      -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 road Khardungla 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 Trip after 6 days and 5 nights and head back home with lots of memories.
    • 42Leh Ladakh Tour Package from Manali 2018

      Leh Ladakh Tour Package from Manali 2018
      About the Destination:
      Ladakh, a scenic as well as a blissful destination that poses various challenges for adventure enthusiasts, is one of the most sought off adventure destinations in the world. Leh Ladakh tour package from Manali allows you to explore this region in a more vivid way. Be it trekking, sightseeing, leisure tours or a biking expedition, this scenic highland never ceases to amaze its visitors.

      While the stunning beauty of Ladakh disconnects you from the rest of the world, its fascinating challenges urges the adrenaline junkies to indulge in several thrilling activities and quench all their yearnings. Soak in the amazing beauty of the region while you head out here along with your loved ones.

      About the Tour:

      -Taking you to the heart of Ladakh, the Leh Ladakh tour package from Manali will get you introduced to the enthralling corners of this snowy paradise.

      -Start this tour after arriving at Manali and then get ready for the adventure as you ride through the roads.

      - While for others, this tour might or might not sound engrossing, an ardent biker will instantly fall in love with it.

      -Over the course of riding, you will be covering around 2,400km and be riding through some of the most enticing passes in the world. 

      -Feel the thrill as you ride through Khardung La Pass which is a wish of all the riders.

      -Head out on an exploration of few other places like Pangong Lake, Nubra Valley and several others.

      -Explore the famous Hunder valley, Diskit Monastery, Lamayuru Monastery, Mulbek and Buddha statue.
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    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 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 entre 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

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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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