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  • Travelling is all about seeing new places and storing them in your memories to cherish forever after. And since photography plays such a major role in our travels today, there is no better way to enjoy a memorable trip than by heading out on one of the many photography tours in India. Photography tours are a great way to supplement your trip and the fact that they come in so many shapes and sizes only add to the fun. 

    There are many styles of photography tours in India which complement the many diverse sights to be seen in the country. From wildlife photography tours to cultural photography tours to tribal photography tours, there is a vast range of choice for you to pick from. You can choose to go on a single photography tour or even mix and match two or three tours to create a varied and engaging trip.

    The best part about photography tours in India is that they allow you to experience the best sights and sounds around the region you are visiting, and commit them to memory. Since you are accompanied by a guide on these trips, you have the chance to explore the best places and interact in a smoother fashion with the locals, thereby getting the most out of your trip. If natural settings delight you, you can consider undertaking a photography tour to one of the many wildlife and bird sanctuaries around the country, from Tal Chapar Wildlife Sanctuary to Gir National Park amongst others. 

    Cultural tours are perfect for those looking to experience the vibrant lives of the locals and be a part of their history and tribal tours are a great off-beat way to enjoy interacting with groups you have no interaction with otherwise, and therefore gaining an insight into lives unlike your own. Photography tours in India are a wonderful way for tourists to enjoy a different kind of experience during their travels and should be tried out by those looking for offbeat adventures.  

  • Nature Photography Tours in India

  • 01Wildlife Photography Tours

    Are you a wildlife enthusiast? If your answer is yes, then pack your bags and plan for a wildlife photography tour that will give you a first-hand experience. India can be considered as a hub of wildlife with national parks, 440 wildlife sanctuaries, 42 tiger reserves and 18 biosphere reserves. To get a chance to explore some of the magnificent national parks in the country is a privilege. 

    Wildlife photography tours in India are conducted to give one an experience of clicking high motion pictures of wild animals and capturing the scenic beauty of the forest. Generally the duration of these tours ranges from six to fourteen days where participants not only get to click pictures but are also given a chance to debate about them and to learn about wildlife culture and its importance. So, whether a participant is an Indian or a foreign national, the tour helps them understand the concept of biodiversity and environment conservation.

  • 02Bird Photography Tours in Tal Chapar

    For all you bird enthusiasts, the Tal Chapar Wildlife Sanctuary lying in a hidden corner of the magnificent state of Rajasthan is surely a treasure. A heaven for all bird photographers and enthusiasts, this place is well known for sights of rare birds. It is also one of those sanctuaries where wildlife is respected and a strong conservation mindset is followed.                                                                     

    This well protected park is home to around two thousand and five hundred blackbucks along with being the best Indian wildlife sanctuary to watch grassland birds. This place has recorded more than three hundred birds, which include some very rare species like White-tailed Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Spotted Creeper, Red Phalarope, Yellow-eyed Pigeon, Punjab Raven and many others. On an average, this area is great for spotting raptor species such as Eagles, Buzzards, Falcons, Vultures, Harriers and Hawks.                                                          

    Apart from these, some lucky ones may get an opportunity to sight the Chinkara, desert fox or desert cat as well. All in all, this is one of the best wildlife parks to participate in photography tours in India. It gives you a taste of photographing amazing birds and wild animals. It would definitely be exciting to be in this veritable paradise and to explore the bio-diversity of this place along with capturing its beauty.

  • 03Wildlife Photography Tours in Bhadra, Kutch, Tadoba, Bandipur and Gir National Park

    This is a great tour for all photography lovers, whether beginners, professionals or enthusiasts. One of the better photography tours in India, it captures the essence of Indian culture through its wildlife. These tours covers the Bhadra Tiger Reserve, Kutch, Tadoba, Bandipur National Park and Gir National Park.

    The Bhadra Tiger Reserve is in the stunning green forests of Karnataka while the Gir National Park is the only place in the world where elusive Asiatic Lions are found. But it isn’t just about tigers or lions. What makes this one of the best ways to explore the wonders of photography is the fact that it offers a wide variety of flora and fauna that can help anyone learn more, trying different photography techniques to take images of animals!                                                      

    These regions are well known for their lush green nature, which helps wildlife photographers get better, brighter and more interesting pictures. At the same time, this tour allows them to capture elusive, endangered animals in their true environments, doing things they naturally do. Photographers can get images such as a tiger eating a prey or pouncing on an animal, an elephant taking a safari while travelling behind a tiger or a lion sleeping beside his family. Other images worth capturing are birds and reptiles flying and moving around as if they own the world.

  • 04Environmental Photography Tours in India

    Photography is a medium where one can convey a message and spread awareness. The environment photography tour is designed for the same purpose. It is based on helping photographers realise the need for bringing a change in the environment and equipping them with knowledge about why and how the world needs to be saved.

    These tours takes photographers through a variety of places and regions, wherein they can click natural beauty and learn about the hazards that the environment is facing. It is through their photos that photographers can spread a message for the ailing environment.

  • 05Cave Photography in Badami

    Photographers who seek to practise and gain knowledge about different types of ancient architecture and history of India can join the travel photography tours in Badami. The region of Badami is one of those few places in the world where travellers and explorers can revel in the beauty of rock-cut temples and caves. The best part about visiting this place is that it isn’t just about photography, but also about capturing the essence of Indian history and culture.

    Apart from spectacular scenery, the region offers numerous opportunities for every kind of photographer Badami boasts sandstones that sparkle in the sun, waterfalls, cliffs, temples cut out from the rocks and crowds of rural people. Here one can observe women washing clothes and gossiping by the lake, along with men washing their buffaloes on the opposite side.

    The brilliant landscapes serve as quite an incredible factor during the whole tour. This Badami travel workshop is generally held for a period of two to three days, wherein individuals get to shoot regular images and practise indoor as well as on outdoor exploration sessions.

  • Cultural Photography Tours in India

  • 06Photography Tours in Varanasi

    Certain places offer photographers a chance to click something unique, such as monuments, historically popular places of interest, festivals, culture or landscapes. Some places however, are able to offer everything in a nutshell. One such place is Varanasi. This region is best known for its religious reverence along with its bright culture, vivid hues and colours, elaborate traditional, cheery locals and ghats.

    Defined by colours, unity in diversity, death and birth, indulgence and spirituality, this place is unique for photography. The photography tour of Varanasi can easily bring out the photographer in a person. In fact, even people who believe that they don’t need a camera, will take one and click images of Sadhus, priests and ladies dipping into the holy water of the Ganges. Such is the mesmerizing capacity of this photography tour!


    Photography tours in India offers a great opportunity for beginners to learn, a perfect place for medium levelers to hone their skills and a venu for advanced photographers to frame creative and unique shots. Apart from photography, tours are also a great opportunity for travellers to explore India and to learn its ancient, divine history while becoming acquainted with its unique culture and people.

  • 07Photography Tours of Forts and Dunes in Rajasthan

    Rajasthan is one of the premium destinations of India to visit. It is better known as the land of forts and dunes and offers its visitors diverse sights, showcasing its magnificent forts, cultural inheritance, desert safaris and much more. Most of the places covered during the photography tours in India of this region are in Jaipur, Bikaner, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur. During this tour, one gets an insight into how to photograph culture, heritage sites, landscapes, fort interiors and other structures and monuments.


    Imagine the beauty of forts along with their fortified walls that go as far as the edges of the hills enclosing them. That topped with a deep orange hue of the sun setting over the grainy texture of orange dunes creates a sight, which is splendid as well as mesmerizing. The whole feel of the starry night and full moon shining over the sand of the desert creates a magical sensation. Combined with the sound of the camel’s bell, it makes the whole scenery even more charming. Since Rajasthan is a colourful region in itself, one would find people wearing colourful clothes with women in mostly red robes and long skirts walking graciously.

    The magnificence of the forts here along with their opulence and great architecture is something that would enthral you. It is certain that by the end of this photography tour in India, most of the participants would be lingering on to get a few more glimpses of this region.

  • 08Photography Tours in Lahaul and Spiti

    While hundreds and thousands of photographers have explored the beauty of popular Indian cities and regions, there are a few beauties in this country that haven’t been explored yet. One such set of places includes Lahaul and Spiti. These regions still have a lower population density than most of the hilly regions in this country.

    Though, what gives both these regions an edge over the others is the fact that they are a valley of stunning sceneries and are complimented by snow-clad mountains. The crystal clear lakes of this region are overwhelming, while the stars and rivers can take anyone’s breath away. The tour to this region combines elements such as Jeep Safari, which will give one an idea about the region, along with short walks. Here photographers can practise and hone their skills while exploring the beauty of the villages and the pristine sights of this environment.


    This exotic location is a perfect environment to learn several photography skills, especially the skill of taking pictures in any kind of environment and at any kind of temperature. The terrain is spectacular and will surely enthrall photography enthusiasts.


  • 09Photography Tours of the Pushkar Camel Fair and Diwali in Rajasthan

    There isn’t a doubt that when it comes to India, photographers from all over the world prefer to explore the lands of Rajasthan. This region offers something for everyone, whether in terms of culture, environment, deserts, monuments or even fairs and festivals.

    The tour is normally planned for fifteen days, wherein photographers get to experience every small and big detail of Indian culture. For instance, they can visit the Pushkar Camel Fair, a vibrant celebration of camels and the traditional mode of conveyance in this region. Photographers get to enjoy and capture a variety of vivid hues, campfires along with setting sun and hot air balloons.


    Rajasthan’s famous cities such as Pink city of Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Udaipur are covered in this tour. Each of these regions is known for its enthralling edifices that make for excellent pictures. And the best part isn’t the places, but how people there celebrate Diwali. This festival, which celebrates the homecoming of Lord Rama, sees different kinds of elaborate rituals and ceremonies along with prayers and bursting of firecrackers bringing light and life to the pictures of photography.

    If that isn’t enough, you can capture the beauty of tiny, traditional workshops, cultural beauty, bazaars or markets and private homes. This tour isn’t just about photography; it is also about the spirit of photography, the need for capturing incredible beauty through the lens.

  • 10Village Photography Tours

    There isn’t an end to creativity and innovation, especially when photographers have their camera and walk towards a destination filled with colours, customs, commotion, people, places of interest and rituals. That is the reason behind the popularity of village tours in India. These tours give every kind of photographer an opportunity to hone his skill, while giving ample chances to click photographs or images that are innovative and unique in every sense.

    This village photography tour of India takes travellers and photographers on a voyage to different Indian villages, particularly the ones in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. Here photographers can get a grasp of vivid Indian customs, kaleidoscopic traditions and colours that will surely make for good photos. Capture a woman dancing in a ghagra choli or a woman preparing chapattis on Indian style hand-made gas burners. Or else, go creative and take shots of men in the field or something unique that goes on in the villages.

    Village tour is where photographers can capture people living life in a true spirit. For instance, women washing clothes at a ghat or a lake, young children clad in uniforms walking towards a government school, people feeding buffaloes or talking while ploughing the field. Offering a good exposure, these photography tours in India works best for beginner photographers as well as learners who seek to know more and explore something new.

  • 11Photography Tours of Kumbh Mela

    The Kumbh Mela is one of those celebrations that every Indian or Hindu would love to see at least once in a lifetime. Celebrated in Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain or Nasik at least once a year, this celebration occurs at different periods of time and varies in accordance to when Jupiter enters the sun sign of Aquarius, while Sun enters the sun sign of Aries. 

    This is the largest gathering of religious nature on the earth, which happens only four times in a period of twelve years. Hence, photography lovers should try the Kumbh Mela Tour. Not only will it help them get an idea about Hindu religion, it would also give them the opportunity to witness the largest religious gathering on the planet. The place is one of the best regions to enjoy several kinds of life form photography.

    In fact, the coverage of Nanga Sadhus or Nude Sadhus is one of the best photographs that the photographers can have in their collection. Apart from this, mass bathing and the overall colourful, chaotic aura of the region is something that the photographer would not just remember for ages. He will also take pride in showing the summary of the entire Mela through his pictures.

    During the 2013 Maha Kumbh Mela, over thirty million individuals took a dip in holy water! Now, imagine taking pictures of elated crowds taking a dip into the holy waters of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. The enthralling religious gatherings provide ample opportunities for photographers makes Kumbh Mela tour one of the best photography tours in India.

  • Tribal Photography Tours in India

  • 12Santhals Tribe Photography Tours

    With more than ten percent of its population designated as Tribal People, India along with Africa certainly has one of the largest tribal populations in the world. Here several tribes have been formed after the combining of over eighty million tribes.

    Although, going to different regions in India, particularly North Eastern sections can be difficult for photographers, the fact that there is a vast populations of tribal people in the country ensures that one can easily capture tribal populations in their natural habitat. The best way to do so is to opt for Santhal Tribe Tour, which allows photographers to understand different notions and ideas behind tribal living and helps them learn different customs and rituals.

    Santhal Tribe is the largest tribal community in India and one of the significant communities in Bangladesh and Nepal. This community, which is found in central states of India, is known for its distinct looks, along with food taboos, magical beliefs as well as exorcism. For instance, Santhals are usually short in height, have darker skin tones with nose ridges quite sunken.

    Therefore, photographing them gives the learner or professional an opportunity to understand the similarities as well as diversities between Santhals and rest of the country. It also provides them a chance to depict lives of Santhals in such a manner that anyone who sees an image understands the kind of life these people live along with the customs and traditions that they follow. This tour is not just educative, but photographically relevant as well.

  • 13Khasi People Photography Tours

    In India, several sections of North Eastern tribal people are known as Khasi or the indigenous people, who have their own unique culture, customs and traditions. For instance, in Ka Naim Khasi, it is widely believed that sacrificing a rooster will help man get redemption for sins. It is due to such traditions, rituals and customs that a tour to the Khasi dominated regions of India can be a boon for photographers.

    This is one of the best cultural photography tours in India, where people can learn about Khasi traditions, their way of living and get in-depth knowledge about their customs, taking away picture perfect memories.

  • 14Angami Naga Tribe Photography Tours

    Nagaland is a world on its own. This stunningly state of North Eastern India is known for its uniqueness, different style of living as well as its distinct features and customs. Hence, Nagaland is a heaven for photographers, especially for those who wish to get acquainted with the Angami Naga tribe, comprising of hill people who cultivate or perform the act of farming as well as livestock rearing.

    A photography tour of Angami Tribe is sure to provide photographers with a wonderful opportunity to capture something different in India. Comprising of mostly Christians, this tribe is known for being traditional warriors and a well-knit society that can serve as a great subject for photographers who love clicking humans and life forms. Angami Naga tribe doesn’t follow any kind of social stratification. Therefore, this observation can help photographers in getting some shots that truly explain the level of equality in this tribe. Apart from this, photographers can also capture the popular Angami dance festival.

    Here you can harness a beginner’s skills and provide professionals an opportunity to try something different. One can also take images of people playing Tati, a musical instrument for Angami and other such stills. They can capture kids from Angami tribe or a wedding ceremony in this tribe.


Photography 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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