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  • On the Manali to Leh trip be amazed at the assortment of scenic quotients. Covering a distance of 474km, this spectacular journey offers some of the awe-inspiring sceneries and is worth witnessing. Get possessed by the charms of Mother Nature and get cocooned in her majestic grace.

    The meditative disposition of the towering mountains and valleys is surreal. Be it the crystal clear mountain streams or the abounding alpine forests, this is a paradisiacal tour. Be amazed at simple sights that give you inimitable joy. 

    Distance Between Manali to Leh: 474 Kms

    Best Time to Visit Leh Ladakh: June to September

    The Route:

    Manali – Rohtang – Gramphu – Kokhsar – Keylong – Jispa – Darcha – Zingzingbar – Baralacha La – Bharatpur – Sarchu – Gata Loops – Nakee La – Lachulung La – Pang - Tanglang La – Gya - Upshi - Karu – Leh

  • Leh Ladakh Road Trip Packages

  • 01Leh Ladakh Tour Package from Manali 2018

    Leh Ladakh Tour Package from Manali 2018
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      Code: 7683456
    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.
  • 02Best Offers on Ladakh Tour Packages: Enquire Now

  • 03Manali to Leh Jeep Expedition with Tso Moriri Lake

    Manali to Leh Jeep Expedition with Tso Moriri Lake
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      Code: 3065003

      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
    • 04Manali to Leh Bike Trip from Delhi 2018

      Manali to Leh Bike Trip from Delhi 2018
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      Departure Dates 

      June 9,14,15,21,22,29  July 6,10,13,20,28 August 3,10,17,24,31 September 7

      Price Variants

      Self Drive (own bike & fuel): INR 30800 per person
      Double Rider(2 people sharing 1 bike): INR 38800 per person
      Single Rider(1 person on 1 bike): INR 47800 per person

      Group Size- 18 to 20 Participants/ 10 Bikes | Open for Solo or Groups

      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 utterly beautiful and has inspired many love affairs and art pieces!

      Decorating the crown of the subcontinent of India, literally, 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 trip

      • The trip starts with you boarding your bus from Delhi for Manali, where you will meet your bikes for the Manali to Leh bike trip
      • You will take a test ride to Solang valley and will leave with your bikes for Leh the very next day.
      • Crossing Rohtang pass, Jispa and Sarchu, you will arrive in Leh
      • You will pay visits to the Sham Valley, Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso, before returning to Manali via Upshi and Jispa
      • These 12 days will leave you in awe of the beauty of this place and will keep you coming back for more
    • 05Manali to Leh Cycling Tour 2018

      Manali to Leh Cycling Tour 2018
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      About the Destination

      Ladakh is the emergent favorite of travelers, not just from India, but from the entire world. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains on all sides, the beauty of this place is unparalleled, and you will agree to that as soon as you set foot here. And despite being so far off and on the rain shadow side of the Himalayas, Ladakh is very well connected, especially the capital city of Leh. Apart from the main airport in the capital, you can arrive in Ladakh via road too, with highways coming in from Srinagar and from Manali, the latter being one of the most beautiful highways in the country.

      And this is another reason why Ladakh is a favorite of adventure junkies. You can ride a bike till here, or can even cycle up to this beautiful land of Leh, some 11,400ft above sea level.

      About the Trip

      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 standing at 5328m before entering Leh. 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). 

    • 06Ladakh Bike Trip : Manali Leh Srinagar

      Ladakh Bike Trip : Manali Leh Srinagar
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      Leh Ladakh Bike Trip Video

      Fixed Departure Dates:
      June 7 July 28, 26 August 20 

      Price Variants:
      Variant 1:  Self Drive (own bike & fuel): INR 38000/- per person
      Variant 2: Double Rider (2 people sharing 1 bike): INR 46000/- per person
      Variant 3: Single Rider (1 person on 1 bike): INR 56000/- per person

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

      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 Trip

      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.

    • 07Manali to Leh Ladakh Sightseeing Tour Package

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

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

      Group Size- 6 people

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

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

      About the Tour

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

      6 Days Leh Ladakh Biking Tour Package
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        Code: 8557485

      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.
    • 09Backpacking Leh Ladakh Tour Package with Camping at Nubra Valley

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

      Departure Dates

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

      Group size- 12

      About the Destination:

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

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

      About the Tour:

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

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

    • 10Leh Ladakh Group Tour Package with Camping

      Leh Ladakh Group Tour Package with Camping
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      Departure Dates

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


      Group size- 6 People


      About the Destination

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

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

      About the tour

      • After your arrival in Ladakh, you will be visiting some of the most wondrous creations of nature as well as made by man in honor of the land that gave them shelter
      • Visit Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace, Magnetic Hill, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Ladakh Hall of Fame, Spituk Gompa
      • Also famous is the view of the confluence of Indus and Zanskar, both of which have different colors
      • Visit Nubra Valley and see the sand dunes of Hundar
      • Visit the famous Pangong Lake from the 3 Idiots movie
      • Enjoy these 7 days and 6 nights in the magic of Ladakh
      *Note- This tour is customizable for private departures also. You can avail it by dropping Thrillophilia a query
    • 11Leh Ladakh Sightseeing Tour

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

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

    • Places to Visit During Manali Leh Road Trip

    • 12Manali

      Manali

      From Manali, breathtaking views of the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges are a perennial speciality. This is the place where mountain adventures take on a new dimension. A haven for tourists, Manali is replete with scenic quotients offering trekking enthusiasts an experience of its own kind.

      Attracting visitors from all over the world all year round, this is a place for backpackers to explore the serene settings of the Himalayas. It is also the place where adventure tourists can enjoy exhilarating activities such as paragliding, rafting and skiing while on Manali to Leh Road trip.

    • 13Rohtang La

      Rohtang La

      This is a place where the earth meets the sky! At more than 15,000ft, you are greeted and embraced by the clouds on a Manali to Leh Road trip. Located on the eastern part of the Pir Panjal range, this mountain pass is a connecting point for the Kullu and Lahaul and Spiti valleys.

      A natural divide between these two valleys, an ancient trade route passed through either side of the Pir Panjal ranges. From the Rohtang La, enjoy panoramic views of the Himalayas and its snow-capped mountains. Enjoy regional food at local dhabas and eateries; savour the unique ambience to the brim during your biking trip to Leh.

    • 14Keylong

      Keylong
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      An administrative centre of the Lahaul and Spiti region, Keylong is famous for the Kardang Monastery. Being an important monastery of the Drukpa sect, this place of full of Buddhist pilgrims. Keylong is also the place where the yearly Lahaul festival is held.

      Apart from the monasteries and scenic views, you can also visit the holy Kelang Wazir temple in the vicinity. Located at about 120km north of Manali, this is an excellent place to spend an overnight during the Manali to Leh trip.

    • 15Jispa

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      A picturesque town cocooned amidst the richness of the Himalayan region is a revelation. Jispa is one such village that celebrates its secluded bliss quietly. Located on the banks of the Bhaga River, this place is an ideal region to get acclimatized to the subsequent journeys into elevated regions.

      Presenting a surreal charm, Jispa is an idyllic location with mesmerizing charms. Be it the sounds of the river when you sleep peacefully at night or the towering peaks that seem to be in eternal stillness, everything about Jispa is heavenly.
    • 16Darcha

      Darcha
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      During a journey of uninterrupted beauty, Darcha presents a unique reality that is intriguing and equally fascinating. Located on the banks of the Bhaga River this is a small village that emanates a silent charm.

      From Darcha, you can trek to Padum over a period of several days and enjoy the serene beauty of the region. The visual treat on offer makes Darcha and the surrounding regions, a photographer’s favourite haunt.

    • 17Baralacha La

      Baralacha La
      Image Credit : Deepak Sharma - Flickr

      This place is a pride of the Zanskar section in the Himalayas. A beautiful nature-architected pass, the Baralacha La connects Lahaul to Ladakh. If on one side the Pir Panjal mountains amaze you, on the other, the Himalayan range stands in inviting disposition. 

      Being a high mountain pass in Ladakh, you get amazing views of the landscape from here. Be it the melting snow from the mountains beyond you, or the uniquely shaped hills in the distance to the valleys and streams, you get an enthralling as well as exciting visuals in the blink of your eye.

    • 18Sarchu

      Sarchu
      Image Credit : Kiran Jonnalagadda - Flickr
      Nestled between the Baralacha La and Lachulung La, Sarchu is a halt point for tourists on the Manali to Leh trip. Offering vast open fields for setting up tents, it makes it for an ideal camping destination to the visitors. The region also houses one of the camps that belong to the Indian Army beside the Tsarap River.

      Usually, the trek to the Zanskar region originates in Sarchu and it also serves as the overnight retiring ground to the trekkers. Also known as Sir Bhum Chum, the barren splendour of this place is likened to that of Ladakh. There are also camps in Sarchu where you can spend a night and experience stars gazing.
    • 19Lachulung La

      Lachulung La

      Known as an easier mountain pass to traverse, Lachulung La is located about 16,600ft above the sea level. Being a natural divider of the Tsarap Chu Chu and Tozay rivers, this pass is close to the Pangong Lake as well.

      When you get here you can notice that most tourist vehicles have stopped allowing visitors to see the natural beauty of this place. It offers the best of the panoramic views of the nearby peaks and valleys. The inexplicable scenic quotients are equally complemented by the salubrious weather.

    • 20Upshi

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      Located beside the Indus River, Upshi comprises of a quaint and picturesque setting. Located in the vicinity of an ancient trade route that is connected to Tibet, this village was once a thriving place. Now the occupants of this paradisiacal region are busy with activities such as goat farming.

      Almost every home in this hamlet has a goat breeding area. You can also witness numerous shepherds walking with their livestock towards pastures and back. It is a fantastic place to go for a village tour and be charmed by the elegant and serene lifestyle of the inhabitants.

    • 21Karu

      Karu
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      Karu is a picturesque destination in your Leh trip. The finest representations of nature can be seen in vivid display here. Be it the snow capped mountains to the crystal clear streams, every element in this place offers a utopian experience. While crossing or passing through this village, you might find it hard to halt your vehicle and have a glimpse of its alluring beauty.
    • 22 Leh

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      Leh is a dream destination for many travellers in India and even for those who are visiting from overseas. It is not just a destination for solo travellers but has so much to offer to young travellers, families and couples alike. Leh is famous for its high altitudes and numerous passes connecting various locations in this difficult terrain. To explore the best tourist places in Leh, one must visit this frozen paradise to explore its secrets and admire its breath-taking beauty.

       Despite its harsh weather and inaccessibility, it remains a popular tourist destination for people from all over the world. But make sure you are physically fit to endure the harsh weather and difficult terrains of Leh.You must be wondering why visit this place is perfect when the terrain is difficult to navigate. Well you must visit this place because not only is it a pocket friendly tourist destination, (provided you book in advance), it is sparsely crowded even during peak season and the local hosts are committed to ensure you to have a terrific experience.

       Leh is a dream destination for many travellers and the holy grail for the adventure enthusiasts. If you are a photography enthusiast then Leh is the paradise you have been waiting for all your life. There isn’t much to offers in terms of nature or wildlife photography, but what you can capture instead is vast empty canvas that you can paint.

       The landscape here is unlike anywhere in India and worldwide and so much of it is still undiscovered and undocumented. In addition to the mesmerizing landscape, there are many turquoise blue lakes, beautifully constructed monasteries, snow-covered mountains and unimaginable sights that change every few kilometres. It’s safe, economical and you can travel here by yourself, or with your friends, families and even that someone special. The tourist places in Leh will leave you mesmerised by its beauty.

    • Places to Visit in Leh

    • 23Pangong Lake

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      Also called as Pangong Tso, this is a picturesque lake in the upper reaches of the Himalayan range in the Ladakh district. At about 13,900ft, this natural water body has scenic quotients which are unparalleled in beauty and magnificence. Camping near Pangong Lake is a major activity in Ladakh. 

      At a distance of about five hours drive from Leh, the trip to Pangong Lake on a Manali to Leh road trip lets you view the beautiful countryside and also pass through the third highest motorable mountain pass in the world called the Chang La. The azure waters of this lake stand eternally still.

    • 24Nubra Valley

      Nubra Valley
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      This valley is one of the finest expositions of nature’s magnificence. There are very few places on Earth with the same stature as this when it comes to beautiful and varied scenery. Located in the Nubra district about 150km north of Leh, this valley is where the Shylok and Siachan rivers confluence.

      At an average altitude of above 10,000ft, this region is a cold desert with vegetation along river beds. The villages of this valley are fertile and with adequate irrigation facilities. The majority of inhabitants here speaks the Nubra language and are Buddhists. Nubra is also famous for its camps that gives a beautiful star gazing experience.

    • 25Lamayuru Monastery

      Lamayuru Monastery
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      Also called the Luru Gompa Monastery, Lamayuru is amongst the foremost monasteries in Ladakh region. Located in the Kargil district of Ladakh and close to Leh, this sacred monastery consists of five buildings. Housing on an average more than 400 Buddhist monks, it is the venue ground of the two masked dance festivals. 

      The landscape next to the monastery is unique and enticing. Many people are of the opinion that the soil of this region is similar to the soil found on the moon.

    • 26Khardung La

      Known as the highest motorable pass in the world Khardungla pass stands at a height of 5,359 meters and offers some of the best views. The pass is another essential door to Siachen Glacier. A troop of around 10,000 stallions and camels explored this street every year on their approach to Kashgar in Central Asia.

      The pass is deliberately essential as a result of the strained Indo-China connection. Several bikers take this street day by day. Some more brave explorers drive up to Khardungla and oar back on their bikes. Conquering the most astounding motorable street is by all accounts on many individuals' motivation while navigating this pass.
    • 27Shanti Stupa

      Shanti Stupa
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      One of the important Buddhist stupas, Shanti Stupa was built by a Japanese Buddhist. Located in Chandspa in the Leh district, this structure was built to promote world peace and harmony. As a testimony to the completion of Buddhism’s 2,500 years on earth, it has now become a major and popular tourist spot in Ladakh.

      From this stupa, you can view most of the Leh town. The best and the most prized views are the sunrise and sunset views from the stupa.

    • 28Royal Leh Palace

      You must have definitely heard about this palace if you are planning to visit Ladakh. Surrounded by the amazing beauty of the region with the snow-capped mountains and the valleys Ladakh is also famous for the Royal Leh palace. Located at the Leh city, Leh Palace is one of the main tourist attractions in the Leh city. This palace is one of the tallest buildings of its time with nine stories. 

      One can enjoy the spectacular views of Stok Kangri and the Ladakh mountain range. The building was started in the year 1553 and the construction was completed by the 17th century during the reign of Sengge Namgyal. The architecture is the finest example of the medieval Tibetan architecture.

    • 29Magnetic Hill

      Known for its amazing magnetic wonders this hill is very famous place to visit in Ladakh. Thousands of tourist comes to visit this place every year. 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.

    • 30Alchi Monastry

      Located at the Alichi village which is 70 km from Leh on the left of Indus river, alichi Monastery is the main centre of attraction in the village. This is considered as one of the most sacred centre in Ladakh. Also, regarded as the monastic jewel of Ladakh this monastery dates back to nearly one thousand years .

      There are five shrines in the Choskor temple complex with some amazing wall paintings. On one wall it features thousands of miniature sized pictures of the Buddha. One can also see three large three sized images made of clay painted brightly here.
    • 31Shey Monastry

      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.
    • 32Diskit Monastry

      Most of you might have heard about this monastery in Ladakh. Within the Nubra region of Ladakh, Diskit is arranged at an elevation of 3142 meters above ocean level, and lays 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. 

      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. 

    • 33Gurudwara Pathar Sahib

      There is another attraction in Ladakh which you should visit during your Leh Ladakh trip. 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.

    • 34Hall of Fame

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

      This building comprises of two stories. While on the ground floor, there is data about the overcome troopers as and a keepsake shop yet on the primary floor, there are relics of different wars for the most part Kargil war, like the weapons utilized amid the war and some imperative archives, identified with the same.
    • 35Thiksey Monastry

      When you are on a tour to Ladakh don’t miss a chance to visit this one of a kind amazing monastery. Out of the amazing monasteries in Ladakh Thiksey Monastery is another monastery which is famous among the tourist around the world. Arranged 18 km from Leh in the Indus valley Thiksey monastery is the biggest religious community in focal Ladakh. 

      The Tibetan Buddhist monastery of Gelugpa group of Tibetan Buddhism is situated at the highest point of slope. The 12 story religious community has 10 temples, an assembly hall and is home to 120 friars and abbey. Aside from going by religious community, one can likewise locate some uncommon and valuable stupas, statues, thangkas, divider canvases and swords in the cloister.

    • 36Hemis Monastry

      If you love exploring the monasteries and the its surroundings then this is another monastery which is a must visit for you. Hemis Monastry is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery (gompa) of the Drukpa Lineage, situated in Hemis, Ladakh, India. Arranged 45 km from Leh, the cloister was re-set up in 1672 by the Ladakhi ruler Sengge Namgyal. 

      Hemis Gompa is the biggest religious community in Ladakh. The gigantic architural structure of Hemis Monastery is remarkable and speaks to a particular style of engineering from the other critical cloisters of Ladakh. An essential yearly celebration of Ladakh recognizing the birth commemoration of Guru Padmasambhava is held at this religious community successively for two days in June-July.

    • 37Tso Moriri Lake

      This is another lake in Ladakh which is very famous among the people. Surrounded by barren hills with the backdrop of the snow-capped mountains this 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. Camping near To Moriri is also preferred by a lot of visitors there. 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. Set amidst the mountain ranges in Leh this lakes provides you with some of the best views with peaceful surroundings. 

    • 38Sangam Point

      This is one of the most famous spots in Leh and also a favourite among the people. The meeting point of the Indus and Zanskar is known as the Sangam Point. As the water of the Indus River is very warm and the Zanskar is frozen, this becomes an amazing sight for the onlookers. 

      The two rivers meet at this point and then flows to Pakistan. The convergence of these rivers takes place at a distance of 30 km west of Leh. Soak yourself in the majestic view of this region as well as the river as they collide.
    • 39Spituk Gompa

      For those of you who are still searching for some different spot to visit in Ladakh then here we bring you another place. Revive yourself as you visit this famous Gompa. Spituk Gompa reviews the Indus Valley with various mudbrick structures tumbling happily down a lofty hillock towards Spituk town. 

      The monastery is around 5km from focal Leh, incoherently roosted neglecting the air terminal runway. Inside the fundamental religious community complex, the most attractive structure is the Skudung Lhakhang, with ambiguously Chinese-looking into swung corners to its plated rooftop. The brilliant old dukhang (Tibetan petition corridor) contains an unmistakably yellow-hatted statue of Tsongkhapa. 

    • 40Namgyal Monastery

      There is another monastery which is a must visit for you in your Ladakh Sightseeing Tour. Namgyal  Tsemo Monastery worked by King Tashi Namgyal after the reunification of upper and lower Ladakh and triumph over Hor. Their (Hor) bodies are set under the picture of Mahakala, the watchman divinity to stop encourage intrusion of Hor.

      The Leh royal residence known as 'Lechen Palkhar' was worked by Singay Namgyal in the start of seventeenth Century A.D. The nine-storied royal residence is currently abandoned, and the ASI (Archeological Survey of India) has taken up the redesign work.
    • 41Hemis National Park

      Found 40 km southeast of Leh untruths this stunning National park.The Hemis High Altitude National Park that reaches out more than 600 sq. km. is named after the renowned cloister, Hemis gompa. The Hemis National Park includes the catchments of Markha, Rumbak and Sumdah nalas. It is known for some uncommon species like the bharal and the snow panther.

      Hemis has in certainty been recognized as a snow panther hold under a venture propelled by the Central Government went for monitoring the species, its prey base and its delicate bumpy home.
    • 42Tso Kar Lake

      There is another must-see attraction in Leh Ladakh tour and that is the Tso Kar Lake. Also called ‘White Lake' is one of the three high height saltwater lakes in Ladakh. The Tso-Kar Lake is known as 'White Lake' on the grounds that the white salt of the water stores everywhere throughout the lake shores. Tso-Kar Lake is the littlest lake among the three vital lakes in Ladakh. 

      The Tso-Kar lake is extremely well known with bird watchers. The range encompassing Tso-Kar lake is rich with wildlife and birds. Be that as it may, the principle fascination among the birds' life at Tso Kar is dark necked cranes. The dark necked cranes, known for their devotion, come to Tso Kar to lay eggs.

    • Things to know during Manali to Leh trip

    • 43Petrol Pumps on Manali – Leh Highway

      Petrol Pumps on Manali – Leh Highway

      1) Manali

      While in Manali, you can find abundance of petrol pumps. This hill station town has a total of 6 petrol pumps.

      2) Tandi

      Moving 110 km from Manali, you can find a petrol pump in Tandi.

      Distance from Manali to Tandi: 110 Kms

      3) Karu

      345 km from Tandi and 30km before Leh, you can also refuel your vehicles in Karu.

      Distance from Tandi to Karu: 345kms

      4) Leh

      Arriving in Leh, one can also find quite a few petrol pumps. In addition to the few petrol pumps in Leh, you can refuel your vehicles at the petrol pump near the Leh Airport (25 km from Leh).


    • 44ATMs on Manali-Leh Highway

      ATMs on Manali-Leh Highway
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      It is strictly recommended that while going on Leh Manali highway you should carry sufficient amount of cash, as you can find the scarcity of ATMs after leaving Leh/Manali. Though there are too many ATMs in Manali, giving you sufficient opportunities to withdraw cash, after Manali, there is only one ATM you will find in Keylong, which is on the way to Leh. 

      However, it is not mandatory that the ATM in Keylong will be in working condition. Aftermath, you will directly find ATMs in Leh, which will be limited in number. 

      Only the SBI, Jammu and Kashmir Bank, HDFC, Axis Bank and ICICI Bank have their ATMs in Leh. 

      Hence, make sure you have sufficient cash for the trip from the beginning only. Also, except a few antique shops, the majority of restaurants and hotels do not accept the credit or debit cards, please carry enough cash with you on your trip.

    • 45Mechanics on Manali-Leh Highway

      Mechanics on Manali-Leh Highway
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      Before starting this tour, check the vehicles properly in order to avoid any breakdowns. However, all through the journey, you can find mechanic shops in Marhi, Khoksar, Keylong, Darcha, Sarchu and Upshi.
    • 46Places for Night Stopover:

      1) Keylong

      Located 117 km away from Manali, Keylong is the first place to take a break for the night while on the Manali to Leh bike trip. Listed below are some of the best hotels that go easy on the visitor’s pockets:

      • Hotel Dekyid,
      • Hotel New Gyespa,
      • Hotel Tashi Delek,
      • HPTDC Hotel Chandrabhaga,
      • Valley View Hotel

      Distance between Manali to Keylong: 117 Kms

      2) Sarchu

      After Keylong, one can also halt at Sarchu, which is located around 223 km from Manali or 96km from Keylong. Also this region is one of the popular destiantions for overnight camp stays in Ladakh, tent stays. Some of the best lodging and dining options are mentioned below:            
      • Himalayan Saga Camps
      • Goldrop Camps
      • Planet Himalaya Camps
      • Antrek Camps
      • Blue Poppy Camps

      Distance between Manali to Sarchu: 223 Km

      3) Leh

      Located 357km from Keylong and 250km from Sarchu, upon your arrival in Leh, you can relax around a number of hotels that are solely meant for the tourists. Most of these hotels are located within the easy reach from the main town. Some of the places to stay in Leh:

      • Ladakh Sarai
      • Hotel Nalanda Ladakh
      • The Grand Dragon Ladakh
      • Ladakh Residency

      Distance Between Keylong to Leh: 357 Kms

      Distance between Sarchu to Leh: 250 Kms

      For the bike ride, you can take a bike on rent in Manali and head on to this adventurous & scenic ride.

    • 47Inner Line Permits

      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.

      Rules for Inner Line Permits for 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.

      Inner Line Permits for 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.


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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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    Stok Kangri Trek

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

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

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

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

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

    Best Season: June - October

    Difficulty Level: Medium

    Max. Elevation: 5000 m

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

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