Manali Ladakh Trekking
Manali is a very popular place amongst trekkers and mountaineers. The trip to Ladakh has so many hikes, which pass through the high passes and offer arresting views of mountain desert backdrop.
Enjoy the real Himalayan escapade while hiking. The highway between Manali and Leh is bordered by two of the world's most towering mountain ranges; the Great Himalayas, the Karakoram, the Ladakh range & the Zanskar range.
The entire area is full of gorgeous untamed flowers, a broad range of mountain animals, countless species of inhabitant and migratory birds and cordial, enduring, cheery and well-mannered people.
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You will find a blend of the Tibetan, Balti, Dard and Aryan cultural mix in people of this region. Explore the remote regions of Zanskar; observe the non-Mongoloid Drogpa tribe in the Indus valley between Khalsi and Battalik and the Changpa nomadic shepherds of the Eastern plains.
Leh palace: One of the most fascinating palaces, Leh Palace is set on the edge of a hill.
It is one of the major attractions of Ladakh. Built in 17th century, the nine storied palace was the home of royal family. It houses Ladakhi branch.
Stok Palace: The elegant Stok Palace of Ladakh is four storied palace stands above terraces studded with whitewashed farmhouses. Built in early 19th century, this has been an official habitat of Ladakhi royal family.
The palace comprises of some remarkable collection of antique objects. The main attraction of this palace is its Thankas.
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Spituk monastery: Located about 18 km from Leh, Spituk monastery is placed on the hill top near Indus. Spituk monastery was set up in 11th century.
It was belonged to Kadampa School. In the 11th month, the local people celebrate the festival called Spituk.
Hemis Gompa: The prominent monastery which has the feature of being the most affluent monastery of Ladakh. It was built by the first avatar of Nawang Gyatso. The festival called Hemis is celebrated here.
How to get there:
By Air: Indian Airlines and Jet Airways have regular flights to and fro Leh. Leh airport is linked with important cities like Delhi, Srinagar and Chandigarh.
By Road: Regular state transport bus services run between Srinagar and Leh and Manali and Leh. If you do not prefer traveling by bus, the alternative available is jeeps.
By Rail: Jammu is the closest railway station and is 734 km from Leh. From here Buses take two days to reach Leh.
Best Time to Visit: June to October
November to March is the best season for bird watching.
Other Places to Visit
Leh: One of the well known places of Ladakh, Leh is the main commercial hub. It was the main center of trade with Central Asia.
The most visited place is renowned for its palace called Namgyal.
Tso Moriri Lake: A gorgeous lake is surrounded by mountains. Set at a height of 14000 ft, this lake is set near Korzok village.
Pangong Lake: Located at an altitude of 4267 m, it is placed above sea level. The main attractive feature of this lake is turquoise colored water.
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Things to keep in mind:
- Special permits are required for trekking in the Indian Himalayas.
- This strenuous trek can be reached up to 4470 m, and it requires better fitness.
- Do not exert much; avoid walking too fast on wet stones.
- Approach guide, if required.
- Do not disturb monastic at prayer.
- Take permission before taking snaps.
- Do not touch sacred artifacts.
- Avoid drinking, smoking and drugs or spitting in the premises of monastery.
- While trekking in this area, make sure that you do not dirty the surrounding places and camping sites.
Things to carry:
- Walking stick
- Binoculars and camera
- Sleeping bag
- Hiking shoes
- Woolen clothes
- Water, juices, snacks
- Electric torch
- Medical kit
- A good compass
- An extra pair of clothes