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Shanti Stupa

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.

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.

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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 usually lasts for a maximum of ten days. The trek begins from Leh, which is noted for its natural beauty and 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 through a route of immense natural beauty. You can see the 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 view from the Stok Kangri is simply amazing. This rewarding feeling 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
Customized Your Trek to Stok Kangri

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Visit to the Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame near Leh is actually a museum dedicated to the Indian army's heroic struggles during the war in Kargil and Siachen sectors. It's a very interesting museum displaying the weapons employed during the Kargil war and belongings of the enemy soldiers including their outfits found after the Kargil war. 

Also, on display are the different outfits of the heroic soldiers with multi-layered shoes to protect them from frostbite, their frozen foods which they warm with balls of Hexamycin tablets before dinner. Due to the excessive cold in the region with temperature hovering between -300 C to -500 C it is difficult to strike a fire. This is also the reason why there were so many deaths of our heroic soldiers during the Siachen war.

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Lachulung La

Located on the Leh-Manali route, this is a mountain pass at about 16,000 feet above sea level. From here you get undulating views of the scenery beyond. You can see the entire Ladakh plateau in some sweeping glance of your eyes. Located 54 km from Sarchu, this mountain pass is considered a relatively easy route to traverse.

There is a nala that passes through this place and simply moving alongside can accomplish your task of crossing this pass. After crossing Lachulung La, the landscape changes where the road meanders through a canyon. 

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Tanglang La

One of the highest mountain passes in the Ladakh region, the Tanglang La pass is like a jewel in the crown on the Manali – Leh stretch. Claimed to be the second highest motorable mountain pass on the planet, your ascent from here is unceasingly upwards. It is like driving towards the clouds given that they are so close as well.

Along the way, the snow clad mountains will mesmerize you for sure. During the journey through this high-altitude place, you can witness the Tso Kar Lake behind the gigantic mountains. 

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Shanti Stupa

If you are not in mood to travel far from Leh but still wants to visit some beautiful place, Shanti Stupa is the place to go for. Located just at a distance of 5 KM on the Changspa hill at a height of about 4267 m, Shanti Stupa gives you a panoramic view of the whole Leh town with the snow-capped mountains at distant.

Especially, the sunrise and sunset from the Shanti Stupa are truly mesmerizing.


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Namgyal Tsemo Monastery

If you are planning a trip to Leh then exploring the monasteries always comes at the top of your list. Known for its three-storey high solid gold idol of Maitrieya Buddha Namgyal Tsemo Monastery was founded by King Tashi Namgyal of Ladakh. The monastery is located at the top of the mountains which offers a panoramic view of surroundings. The Gompa has temples , paintings , statues of Buddha and an assembly hall. Marvel at the sight of the Indus River tenderly flowing down and the snow capped peaks of Zanskar range. Not just get amazed by the views here but also admire the architecture of the gompa which is very impressive. The best thing about this place is its breathtaking views which keep changing with the lights.
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Chang La Pass

If you are planning for a bike road trip to Ladakh than you will be passing through Chang la Pass. This is the third highest motor able pass in the world. Located at an elevation of 5,360 m, the pass is covered by snow all round the war. The name literally means "Pass towards the South" or "Pass in the South" (Chang = south, La = Pass). For the bikers this is another pas which is quite challenging as it is very steep. The descent from Chang La towards Tangtse or Darbuk is again very steep. The pass is located in between Pangonh Lake and Leh. The Changla Pass is the main gateway for the Changthang Plateau situated in the Himalayas. If you are on a bike trip, stop here in the pass to get some of the best pictures of your lifetime.

Reviews

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Vinay Trivedi

07 March 2017

Such an amazing bike ride, challenging but with thrill till the end. Make sure that you are prepared to prevent the cold, the rough wind, the altitude sickness etc because even the symptoms of sickness will affect your trip. Khardung La Pass is quite a challenging one, also there are different shorter and longer passes throughout the journey. The service was also nice, not many complaints. The guides will know the place better because they are doing it for long. But still keep the track of the route before you start the trip. The guide was nice to us, keeping everything coordinated. The accommodation and food were also flawless to me.

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Sarla Iyer

02 August 2015

We started our tour by sightseeing of Manali. After the sight seeing, we rode our bikes on various high-altitude roads, including the Khardungla pass, the world’s highest motorable road which is more than 5600 m, above the sea level. I was all alone, feeling like the king of the road. We got to stopover at lovely lakes, some antic terrains, and peaceful out backs. We drove through there. It was awesome.

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Yoginder Bhattathiri

18 February 2016

To start with I had the most adventurous ride of a lifetime. Bike trip allows you to experience the best just in front of your eyes and Manali to Leh was one of my dream destination. The word that follows will be a huge WOW. Be it the surroundings or the roads the highway connecting Manali to Leh is brilliant. The roads are quite tedious, but that also means that more the adventure and more the fun. Everything was well organized from our accommodation to food. I went with my 2 friends and once we reached there we were provided with our bikes. Another best thing was that the fuel was included in the package. This is a must trip for the bikers.

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Gautama Achari

27 November 2015

The beauty of the landscapes of this destination is something that blew my mind the second I landed. Coupled with the chill climate this was the perfect trip! The people I met were amazing and the guides were so helpful and informative always keeping us engaged in fun activities. And the best part came when we reached Nubra valley via Khardung La pass and enjoyed a joyful camel ride. And I was awestruck by the beauty of the Pangong Lake as it slowly changed its colours. Amazing trip!! :)

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Dhana Guha

26 September 2015

Great trip! The rooms were good and so was our food. We covered all the places as mentioned in the package. We also visited some of the monasteries which revived us all at once. The sight of Nubra valleys was the best which we drove via Khardungla Pass. My buddies and I enjoyed the camel ride in Nubra valley. Although it was a bit cold but the surroundings around us made us forget everything. I will remember this trip as it was a trip with lots of memories. Thanks!

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Balamani Mishra

30 November 2015

Fantabulous time spent in the lap of the mountains, our entire cycling group had gone together and we enjoyed immensely. The cycling trip was really difficult at some time but the feel of it was really good. so positivity and cycling through high passes and snow clad peaks was really good. even the camping was good. after a long day of cycling they served us really good food everyday . The group leaders were also very helpful and were able to handle the fairly large group with utmost ease.

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What You Should Know More About Jammu and Kashmir

  • About the destination

    Kashmir, known as an epitome for Paradise on Earth, is indeed what it is poetically described. A lot of artists, writers and poets have taken inspiration from the natural beauty of Kashmir and when you visit here, you will understand that the beauty of this place is indeed life-changing. You will never see something so tranquil and breathtakingly pure and beautiful like Jammu and Kashmir.

    Though disputed for acquisition by three countries-India, Pakistan and China, this place has managed to maintain its charm despite of political instability and natural calamities. The locals here are very friendly and this mountainous region is a magnificent gift from nature.

    Tourists flock here for adventure, including trekking, mountaineering, skiing, relaxing on lake houseboats, mountain biking, hiking or just to have a sheer romance with nature. Jammu and Kashmir, a heaven on earth will make you feel like you are in a wonderland of miracles from nature which will rejuvenate your mind and soul and help you find a new soul within yourself.

    This is a place which you can visit with your family, friends or parents as there is a wide range of tourism options from which you can choose according to your travel preferences.


  • Travel Advice

    • Kashmir is one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world and hence, there are equal number of scammers who will try to sell you tour schemes, hotel rooms, jewelry at higher prices. So, beware of it and opt for a fair price sale.

    • Jammu and Kashmir has a plethora of adventure activities and hence, it is important to take care of all the safety precautions while trekking, mountaineering, mountain biking, skiing and other activities.

    • The weather in Kashmir is very unpredictable and hence, you should carry ample amount of rain gear.

    • Do not try to offend the locals in any way.

    • Take care of your cash and expensive belongings.

    • Obtain all the permits required for visiting various sight-seeing destinations.

    • Keep all emergency numbers like police, army and ambulance handy.

    • Do not go off your route while trekking or biking on the mountains.

  • Drinking Laws

    The legal age to consume alcohol in the state of Jammu and Kashmir is 21 ears for all sorts of alcoholic drinks.


  • Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Srinagar

    Srinagar is the capital city of Jammu and Kashmir and is one of the most beautiful places to visit. Special attractions which you can enjoy here are boating, house boat stay in Dal Lake, water skiing and unwinding yourself amid serene nature. Being surrounded by snow-clad mountains and having yourself being pampered by nature is an experience worth experiencing in Srinagar.


    Gulmarg

    Also known as the ‘Meadow of Flowers’, Gulmarg is indeed a treat to your eyes because you will see colorful and vibrantly blooming flowers against the backdrop of snow-clad sparkling mountains. You can also enjoy adventure activities like mountain biking, trekking and Skiing if you visit in winters. Also, do not forget to take the Gondola ride for a panoramic view of the town.


    Leh

    Leh is one of the most scenic places in Kashmir and ideally, you should visit this place in summers. Many mountain biking enthusiasts have Leh as their ultimate route and this place also hosts many other adventure activities. The place is clad with beauty and if you are a worshipper and admirer of the miracles of nature, this place will never disappoint you.

    Sonmarg

    Sonmarg, literally meaning ‘A path of Gold’ is given the name because of the long stream of blooming yellow and golden flowers which spread over long stretches. It also has some unexplored trekking routes and the mesmerizing feel and vibe which Sonmarg provides make is a must visit sight-seeing place for all the tourists who visit Kashmir.


    Hemis

    Hemis is one of the unexplored destinations of Jammu and Kashmir and famous for the snow leopard camps conducted to Hemis National Park. It is a must visit place for any wildlife enthusiast for seeing this rare leopard species ruling in its wild habitat.


    Pulwama

    This city has different colors of nature. From a calm weather, pleasant looking and smelling saffron fields and humble locals, this place perfectly mirrors the local rural culture of Jammu and Kashmir. You can enjoy trekking here in summer and snowboarding in winters as well.


    Kargil

    This name is mainly associated with the India-Pakistan war and the Line of Control but it has a lot more to it. You will get some of the most picturesque views in Kargil and the atmosphere in this city is a mixture of oozing nostalgic emotions and blessings of nature.


  • What you will like there?

    Heavenly natural beauty

    This Paradise on Earth, without and doubt, is one of the most scenic places on earth. The majestic snow clad mountains, pine trees, navy blue lakes ornamented with cute looking house-boats, and the perfectly cold weather will give you a feeling of being in a magical land and you will never want to get out of it.

    Tourist activities

    Tourists will have a plethora of options for their recreation and entertainment amid this natural wonderland. Adventure activities, entertainment, boating houseboat stay, sight-seeing, bon-fire, camping, shopping, local cuisine and a lot more, there is no limit to the things you can do in Jammu and Kashmir.

    Adventure

    Kashmir is nothing less than a pilgrimage site for those who worship adventure. From skiing, mountaineering, hiking, trekking, Valley crossing, boating to mountain biking, there is no end to the kind of adventure you can have in this mystic state.

    Snow-Clad Mountains

    Yes! The mountains of Kashmir, which are snow-clad for most of the time in the year, are in themselves an aspect of Kashmir which tourists will never forget, no matter how many other mountains they see. They are like a crown to the country of India and stand royally, showing their complete charm all the time.

  • Recommended reads for destination

    Website :

    J & K Travel Website


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    Books :

    Jammu and Kashmir Travel Guide


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