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    A sought-after destination for holidays, India is larger than life in many ways, with a population of over a billion to its busy streets and eclectic fashion. Amidst the chaos, India is also a luxury travel destination, with a mix of old-world charm and modern sophistication.

    Known as the ‘Land of the Maharajas’, the palaces that have survived the test of time since colonial times have now (at least most of them) been converted to luxury hotels and resorts. From the Taj Mahal in Agra to the decadent palaces found in Rajasthan, opulence and grandeur can be found in abundance in India.

    Luxurious places and experiences in India

    1. Enjoy your Dinner at The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur, Rajasthan

    The Oberoi Rajvilas situated in Jaipur also makes the list of luxury travel guide of India for its fine dining and drinking. The Oberoi Group of Hotels is well-known for their high service standards all across the country. This particular hotel is no exception. It offers world-class gourmet dining with an exotic spread that will leave you spoilt for choice. From Indian to International cuisines, the chefs that prepare these scrumptious meals are widely recognized for their culinary skills.

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    Enjoy a meal for two while you are served some of the best wines in the world. The Surya Mahal and Raj Mahal is the perfect place for Indian cuisine. While you dine, you can enjoy traditional Indian music. The impeccably high standards of service will make your experience a memorable one. Also, you can avail of the round-the-clock in-room dining facility where you can have your favorite cuisine delivered to your suite.

    2. Go Tiger Spotting and Stay a Night at Aman-i-Khás, Rajasthan

    Outdoor tents at Aman-i-Khs

    The luxurious Aman-i-Khás has been listed in luxury travel guides about India as it is considered by many as the best place for tiger spotting. If you love adventure, this luxury wilderness camp is the right place for you. Forests and grasslands will surround you as you dwell in big, palatial tents. The tigers here are the main attraction. Safety will not be compromised as you will be given a tour by expert guides who will help you navigate the terrain and give you the adventure you deserve.

    [Get up close with nature on our Rajasthan wildlife tour]

    Also, various bird species that can be spotted. After a day of touring and adventure, you can relax on your very own personal deck outside your tent. Enjoy the company of your fellow visitors or just relax and unwind with the stars in the sky for company.

    3. Get a Relaxing Massage at the Taj Green Cove in Kerala

    The Taj Green Cove in Kerela is considered as one of the best for anyone who wishes to get a luxury massage. Known as one of India’s finest, this beach resort spreads across a whopping 10 acres. It has small and intimate cottages with a private balcony overlooking the entire resort. Soak up the sun and enjoy the sand while you also avail of a rejuvenating massage that will relax your body and cleanse your soul.

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    The resort also has palatial suits and private villas with their very own sun deck in addition to a private pool. The Taj Green Cove is the perfect getaway for newly-weds as well as those couples who want to get away from the stresses of everyday life.

    Known for its famous massages, a full-service spa offers powerful spa treatments. Preferred among visitors is the hot coconut massage which will help exfoliate your skin.

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    4. Bathe like a King at The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, Uttar Pradesh

    The grand exteior of The Oberoi Amarvilas Agra

    The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra has been listed on a host of luxury travel guides of India as the place with the most luxurious bathing experience. The hotel possesses over 50 rooms with a few luxury suites. Each room in the hotel has a spacious bathroom as well as an open terrace. Nothing gets more luxurious than that.

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    There is only one master suite in the entire hotel which has its very own living, dining and dressing rooms. The bathroom has a huge bath tub which is made of the finest white marble. While you relax your body in the bath, you can also bath salts to enrich your bathing experience. There is the option of availing of the rose and milk bath which will help sooth your skin. To top it off, you can visit the spa to have a relaxing massages with the latest techniques.

    5. Experience Splendor and Luxury at Taj Lake Palace Udaipur, Rajasthan

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    Considered as one of the leading hotels in the world, Taj Lake Palace located in Udaipur, Rajasthan has a sophisticated charm that sets it apart from other landmark hotels in the world. Each room is iconic and styled differently, thereby making it unique and exclusive. You will never be in want for much as the services rendered in the hotel are world-class.

    [Enjoy grandeur and luxurious stays in Rajasthan on the Golden Triangle Heritage Tour]

    From fine dining to luxurious river boat rides, your stay will be nothing short of magical. This luxury hotel is also considered as the most romantic hotel in the world, and for good reason. The entire hotel is beautifully located on Lake Pichola.

    6. Luxury Spot for Gaming: The Leela Goa Cavelossim, Goa

    Luxury travel guide of India also rank The Leela Goa Cavelossim, Goa as the best luxury place for gaming. The hotel houses super-spacious and grand hotel rooms that have a view of the sea below. Also, it offers personal butler services, ensuring that you will never be in want for anything. Since Goa is considered by many as the party destination, this hotel also has a disco along with two bars.

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    Apart from all the other great amenities, this stay is most famous for its gaming facilities. For golf lovers, get you clubs ready as the hotel possesses a 12-hole, par 3 golf course. Additionally, it also houses a round-the-clock casino which has slot machines, roulette as well as derby games. For those who like to take a gamble, there is no other place like this in India. Enjoy sunny Goa and all it has to offer at the Leela Goa Cavelossim.

    7. Luxury Floating Residences: Kumarakom Lake Resort Kottayam, Kerala

    If you enjoy being surrounded by cool water, then the Kumarakom Lake Resort Kottayam in Kerala is just the right place for you to visit. Listed as the best place for floating residence on many luxury travel guides of India, this resort provides the perfect reason for you to indulge in luxury. It comprises of around 45-50 villas and suits that have their very own swimming pool. The view that the resort offers of the lake is stunning, providing visitors with a peace of mind.

    However, if you wish to experience greater luxury, then you can opt for a houseboat cruise. Almost 80 feet long, these houseboats are fully air-conditioned, which comes along with a living room, dining room as well as a kitchen (hence being a house on the water). Boatmen navigate the waters for you while you relax and unwind.

    You can hire a personal chef on board to whip up famous delicacies to whet your appetite. Spa treatments are also available on board as well.

    8. A Luxurious Tiger Safari: Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, Rajasthan

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    The Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve is the best place to go for a tiger safari. Listed on luxury travel guides of India, this place is a great option for those who wish to seek adventure. Considered by many as one of the largest national parks, this reserve is home to some to the royal tigers of India.

    [Experience tiger sightings in a wildlife safari on our Ranthambore Adventure tour]

    You can experience life in the outdoors by staying in one of their 25 luxury tents that are elegant and spacious. Experienced guide will be take you through the tiger safari. You do not have to worry about safety as all the necessary precautions will be put in place much before the safari even begins. After a day of adventure, you can relax by pampering yourself to a spa treatment as a fitting end to a long day.

    9. Go Luxury Yachting in Goa

    Luxury Yachts in Goa are a common sight

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    Luxury yachting in India is a new concept which is slowly gaining momentum. Popular in the West, the concept of yachting is definitely meant for those who enjoy the finer things in life and are not afraid to meet the expenses.

    The luxury travel guide of India informs us that luxury yachting for the elite will soon be introduced in India by the end of the year. This experience will be well worth your money, as you sail the high seas in comfort.

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    These yachts are especially designed for those tourists who enjoy a casual traveling experience. Also, the yachting experience will also be open to weddings and parties. Groups can also charter one of these luxury yachts for board meetings.

    10. Unwind at the Wildflower Hall Spa, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

    The view at Wildflower Hall Spa Shimla is like no other

    The Wildflower Hall Spa, Shimla is also a staple on the luxury travel guide of India, and for good reason too. Shimla has always been synonymous with peace and tranquility; therefore, it is only fitting that a spa will help further that experience. Surrounded by mountains, embrace the spirit of the Himalayas.

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    With a setting so wonderful, you can then indulge yourself in luxury by availing of the spa treatment at the hotel. The therapists will ensure that they do their best to soothe your weary body with the best treatments possible. The ritual followed is steeped in Indian tradition and have been in practice for countless number of years. This, along with the incorporation of Indian techniques will surely give you the rest and relaxation you need.

    The spa suites and pavilions on offer provide a breathtaking sight of the lush green forest that surrounds the hotel in addition to a spectacular view of the Himalayas. After your spa treatment, you can get rid of your tension in one of the hotel’s few heated pools.

    11. Travel Through Rajasthan with Royal Rajasthan on Wheels

    Travelling has been made luxurious with Royal Rajasthan on Wheels

    Rajasthan has always been synonymous with luxury and opulence. Therefore, the Royal Rajasthan on Wheels is a fitting tribute to the land of palaces and maharajas. The train service which is listed on many luxury travel guides of India will take you on a 7-day tour of the best of Rajasthan, while providing you with all the comforts that money can afford. The starting point of this luxurious ride on wheels is Delhi, where you will progress through famous cities in Rajasthan.

    During the journey, you can enjoy the services of a personal butler who will provide all that you need to make your journey a pleasurable one. The interiors of the train have a contemporary yet traditional design. While on your journey, you can choose from a wide array of delicious meals and fine wines. The beds are draped with the finest silk and the cushions here exude a certain warmth.

    12.Take a Trip on the Golden Chariot Luxury Train Experience from Bangalore

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    The 7-day journey on the Gold Chariot Luxury Train which starts from Bangalore will provide an experience you will surely not forget. Take a historic ride through some of the most famous places in the Southern part of India. As you relax and unwind, take in the sights and sounds of the beautiful scenery that will unfold outside your window. The plush interiors will make you feel right at home.

    Even while your journey progresses through the South, you can choose from a bevy of scrumptious food options that will be delivered to you by your very own personal butler. The train is replete with all modern amenities; however, the spectacular view on offer will ensure that you will not require a television.  For your on board entertainment, you will witness dance performances and live music shows. What better way to travel in style and see beautiful India than on a luxury train ride!

    13. Pay a Visit to Umaid Bhawan Palace, Rajasthan

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    The Umaid Bhawan Palace is considered as among the last great surviving palaces in India. Situated above the vibrant city of Jodhpur, this palace spreads across over 20 acres of lush green gardens. The palace is a fine mix of traditional India and the modernity of the West. This juxtaposition makes it a favorable travel destination for India as well as foreign travelers.

    [Explore more about the cultural capital of India with our Rajasthan Holiday tour]

    The interiors of the palaces are decked with mural and paintings that follow the Art Deco style and exudes luxury and opulence in a minimalist way. The palace also house over 50 suites and rooms combined which overlook the sprawling green expanse.

    You can avail of a tour of the city of Jodhpur in one of the palace’s many vintage cars along with a personal butler. A dinner beneath the stars can also be arranged along with music to complement the wide spread of food on offer.

    14. Party the Night Away at Marbela Beach Resort, Goa

    Be the life of the party at the Marbela Beach Resort Goa?

    The Marbela Beach Resort in Goa will help you experience heaven on earth. Officially declared by many of its visitors as one of the chicest hotels in Goa and listed in numerous luxury travel guides about India, the resort provides just the right amount of tranquility without compromising on the Goan party experience.

    [Take an offbeat Goa holiday and enjoy the sun, sand and sea]

    With a more contemporary feel that the other resorts in India, it possesses lux interiors that are sleek, modern and sophisticated. The suites and rooms at the resort offer a stunning view of the wide expanse of water.

    Therefore, let the cool breeze greet you every morning as you wake in picturesque Goa. For private dinners and parties, makeshift tents can be set up on the beach by request. Also, you can experience the famous Goan nightlife at the disco which is open to all guests at the resort.


Luxury stays in India

Attractions

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Corbett National Park

Expanded over an area of 308 sq km, Jim Corbett National Park was established in the year 1936 and is one of the oldest national parks in the country. Situated at the base of the magnificent Himalayas, it is the first Tiger Reserve in the country and stands to be one of the most popular weekend getaways from Delhi. Though visitors are allowed to certain parts of the reserve, the park makes for a fun and exciting wildlife tour.

The national park is the perfect place for those wildlife species that seek refuge in its wonderfully green thickets. As the first national park to introduce and execute the ‘Project tiger’ campaign, Corbett national Park has been repeatedly termed as one of the best national parks in the country! So get your cameras and binoculars ready to go wildlife exploring soon!

Distance from Delhi: 254km

Best time to visit: November to June

Attractions: Bengal Tigers, Indian Elephant, Wild Buffaloes, Leopards, Crocodiles and Gharials

Activities: Jeep Safari, Elephant Safari, Wildlife Tours and nature photography

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Lal Tibba

In the local language, Lal Tibba means the Red Hill. This is said to be the oldest and the most populated place in Mussoorie. The place is known for its scenic beauty courtesy the pleasant sunrise and sunset that leave the visitors spell bound. Do carry woolens irrespective of the month of the visit.

Location: It is situated in the Landour area and lies at an altitude of 8000 metre above the sea level.

Highlights: Lal Tibba is even famous as the Depot Hill because of the presence of a depot here. Besides this there is camp of the Indian Military services, All India Radio and Doordarshan. Hills of the Lal Tibba are also popular amongst the shoppers as there are a number of markets in the nearby areas.


Best Time: The best and the most ideal time to visit Lal Tibba is the summer months of March and June. Avoid travel during the monsoon months as there maybe leeches here.
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Valley of Flowers Trek

Amongst all the exhilarating trekking in Uttaranchal or Uttarakhand, the trek to the Valley of Flowers is known to be the most enchanting and mesmeric. Discovered in 1931 by Frank Smith, a vivid botanist, explorer and mountaineer, the locals still believes the valley to be the abode of the angels and fairies.

The mystical and heavenly appearance, mesmeric beauty and the splendid outlook of the valley make it such.
Originating from Ghangria; on the foothills of the Western Himalayas, this fascinating trek comprises of rugged terrains, narrow passages, enticing views of the nearby peaks and steep climbs.

 Ascending the strenuous terrains, it takes around a few hours to reach the main valley and upon reaching the flat land, one should spend enough time exploring and witnessing the wonders of the nature.

Best season:
 Mid July to Mid August

Duration:
 6 Days

Altitude:
 3,600 m
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Rishikesh

Visit the adventure capital of India, the marvelous and thrilling city of Rishikesh on your next vacation with your friends and family!  The 'Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas', Rishikesh is located at the base of the Himalayas and is blessed with the gorgeous, thundering river of Ganga, the popular trek friendly rugged terrains, challenging peaks, strenuous rapids and dense forests! If you are an ardent traveler, then Rishikesh makes for one of the most ideal weekend getaways near Delhi.

Being one of the holiest cities in India, Rishikesh is quite famous for its scenic landscape and serves as a gateway to other important religious centers such as Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. The adventurer paradise is a happening hub of many ancient temples and attractions such as Gita Bhawan, Laxman Jhula, Bharat Mandir, Neelkanth Mahadev, Swarga Ashram, Triveni Ghat amongst others! Grab your cameras and adventure gear and head to Rishikesh for an adventure packed holiday!

Distance from Delhi: 228km

Best time to visit: Throughout the year

Attractions: Triveni Ghat, Ram and Lakshman Jhula, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple and Vashista Cave

Activities: River Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Camping, Rappelling, Rock Climbing and Trekking 

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Nainital

If lush green plains and misty clouds allure you to nestle in a hammock and read a good book, far away from the city life then you need to head to Nainital, a stellar getaway place near Delhi for trekkers and nature lovers alike! Situated in the Kumaon foothills of the Himalayan ranges, Nainital is also known as the 'Lake District' of India.

 It has also been termed as a pious place for Hindus and is one of the most popular hill stations near Delhi due to its fascinating hills, picturesque plains, enjoyable climate and stunning lakes.  Adventurers engage in trekking activities and hike to the top of the beautiful hills just to witness the beautiful view and the wispy sky.

Distance from Delhi: 278km

Best time to visit: March to June and October to February.

Attractions: Nainital Lake, Governor's House, Eco Cave Gardens, Naini Peak and Snow View Point

Activities: Lake Visits, Village and Wildlife tours, Cable Car Rides, Rock Climbing and Trekking

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Chopta-Tungnath Trek

Chopta Tungnath trek is a relatively unexplored trekking destination, which is known for its mesmerizing scenic beauty. The trek towards Tungnath, the 3 from Tungnath takes you to Chandrashila, which is situated at an altitude of 4,000 meters above sea level.

Chopta is blessed with rich flora and fauna as it is located in the midst of dense forests, with a beautiful floor of rhododendrons, interspersed by deodar and pine trees. During the first one and half kilometers, you will pass through a sea of brightly coloured rhododendrons and silver oak forests. Following this the vista opens to green alpine meadows which take you to the Tungnath temple.

According to folklore, the arms of Lord Shiva are believed to have emerged here. On trekking a kilometer further ahead, you will reach the Chandrashila peak from where you get spectacular views of the snow capped peaks of the Himalayas glistening in the sun rays. The grassy meadows of the region make it an ideal spot for camping too.

Chopta is well-connected by roadways connecting Guptakashi and Gopeshwar. The weather is lovely and the views are simply breathtaking.

Best season: May to June and August to September

Duration: 3 Days

Altitude: 3680 m

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Mussoorie

Known as the ‘Queen of the Hill Stations’, Mussoorie is situated in the foothills of the Himalayas and was discovered by Captain Young in the 18th century. It serves as a perfect getaway to escape from the heat of Delhi summers and is located at an altitude of 2000m above sea level. Mussoorie has its emerald hills enveloped in thick, rich greenery and attracts tourists from all over the country!  You can explore the quaint marketplaces in Mussoorie and sightsee some of the popular landmarks in the area such as Landour Bazaar, Lal Tibba, Chaar Dukkan, Gun Hill, the Mussoorie Library and the Savoy Hotel.

Mussoorie is undoubtedly one of the best hill stations in the country. Home to some of the most stunning waterfalls in Uttarakhand, Mussoorie offers the most enchanting panoramic view of the Shivalik Ranges and the Doon Valley.

Distance from Delhi: 270km

Best time to visit: March to June and September to November

Attractions: Gun Hill, Waterfalls, Lakes, Benog Wildlife sanctuary, Tibetan Buddhist temple,  Sir George Everest's House and Nag Devta Temple

Activities: Trekking, Nature Walks, Bird Watching, Boating, Ropeway Rides and Temple Visits

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Nag Tibba

One of the most well-known treks near Delhi, the Nag Tibba peak stands in the Tehri Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. This trek over the weekend is witnessing growing footfalls, and offers splendid views of the Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, Gangotri and Kedarnath mountain peaks en route.

What makes this an ideal first trek are the relatively easy routes etched along the mountain. Thick Deodar forests blanket the hill, and the best seasons to visit are between February and June, and September to December. The Nag Tibba trek route is circular in nature, and the differing starting and ending points ensure that there is no overlap at any point. The lush meadows hide patches behind them that act as serene camping sites.

Distance from Delhi: 347.4 Kilometers approximately

Nearest Railhead:
Dehradun Railway Station

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Har Ki Doon

A pristine hanging valley in the Garhwal range, Har Ki Doon is one of the simplest trekking places near Delhi—making it an ideal foray into Himalayan trekking for amateurs. Fulfilling scenes of nature’s majesty carry you through rampant alpine vegetation, glaciers and breath-taking views. For the hill folk, time has remained elusive and one gets to notice their lives from close quarters. The best season to visit is during the months from April to November, and is one of the closest places for trekking in Delhi.

Distance from Delhi: 299 Kilometres approximately

Nearest Railhead: Dehradun Railway Station

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Kedarkantha Trek

Close to another marvel of nature, Har Ki Doon, lies the Kedarkantha trek passing through windy trails of the Garhwal Himalayas. A classic winter trek unravelling untouched mountain-villages on its path, it’s the perfect trek to prepare for the other more arduous Himalayan treks. 

Abound with flora and fauna, the Kedarkantha treks passes around the rim of Govind National Park and is open throughout the year. This place for trekking near Delhi is flanked by the Swargarohini peak and a hanging valley, complete with views that’ll blow your mind away.

Distance from Delhi: 428.2 Kilometres approximately

Nearest Railhead: Dehradun Railway Station

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

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

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

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

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

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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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