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    Apart from providing soul searching experiences, India offers some splendid luxury vacations options ranging from boutique hotels to carefully crafted experiences. Thanks to our Maharaja lineage, it comes as no surprise that our attempt to redefine a luxurious experience hasn’t gone unnoticed. More and more luxury hotels in India are revamping their status and identity to fit into the royal spectrum. From architecture, accommodation to even food, almost everything is crafted with precision and finesse.

    What makes luxury hotels in India unbeatable in comparison with the other luxury hotels in the world is the warm hospitality of Indian tradition. With landscape ranging from a lush green backdrop to rustic deserts, these hotels provide the ultimate regal experience while soaking in the beauty of nature’s finest creations.

    Top 10 places that have redefined luxury over the past few years:

    1. The Oberoi Rajvilas in Jaipur, Rajasthan

    Splashes of Jaipur’s regal past can be seen in the Oberoi Rajvilas. One of the lesser known facts is that Oberoi Rajvilas stands third in the Asian continent and eighth in the world amongst the list of best hotels in the world. The hotel offers 54 premier rooms, 13 luxury tents, one Royal Tent, two Luxury Villas with Private Pools and one Kohinoor Villa with a Private Pool.

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    This is one of the best luxury hotels in India that evokes the princely era with its luxury villas and royal tents and is situated on 32 acres of lush gardens, flowering trees and cascading fountains. One of the most fascinating aspects of the hotels is that the standard of services remains the same irrespective of a luxury room or a tent house. This hotel is a perfect blend of Italian designs and Rajasthani architecture.

    Moreover, the embroidered canopies are a stellar touch to its interior decor. This luxury hotel is located at a distance of 5 miles from the city of Jaipur. A 280-year-old Shiva temple and a Rajasthani haveli (mansion) were restored on the premises of the hotel. The services provided to the guests in this hotel make this one of the most hospitable luxury hotels  in India.

    2. The Taj Mahal Palace and Tower in Mumbai, Maharashtra

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    This iconic hotel was built way back in the year 1903. This luxury hotel has a beautiful location to its credit. Situated adjacent to the Gateway of India, it acts as a cynosure of the sea. This hotel has nearly 560 luxury rooms including 44 suites which have vaulted ceilings, silk carpets, designer chandeliers, onyx columns and archways.

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    The noteworthy collection of artefacts and artworks add a sense of charm and royalty to the hotel’s identity. Amongst its prized possessions include Belgian chandeliers, Bastar tribal art works, Anglo Indian inlaid chairs and tables to Goan Christian artefacts and even Mughal inspired Jali designs. The hotel is an architectural marvel because of the presence of a blend of Oriental, Florentine and Moorish styles of architecture.

    When it comes to accommodation, a guest can opt for Taj Mahal Tower rooms, Taj Mahal Palace Rooms, The Taj Club Rooms, Taj Mahal Palace Suites, Taj Signature Suites and The Presidential Suite. It also houses 11 banquet halls, two lounges and bars, swimming pool, night club and a luxury spa in the hotel. You can also choose to dine in one of their ten restaurants or even opt for a private dining experience at the Chef’s Studio.

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    3. The Leela Palace Kempinski in Udaipur, Rajasthan

    The Leela Palace Kempinski, Udaipur, is one of the best hotels in India with respect to opulence that is located on the banks of Lake Pichola. This luxury hotel provides a breathtaking view of the Aravalli hills. The grandeur of the hotel can be judged from the fact that all the eight suites and 72 rooms face the tranquil waters of the lake. The rooms are all embellished with furniture and artefacts that speak volumes about the beauty of Rajasthani handicrafts.

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    This hotel also provides customised facilities including arriving to the hotel via luxury cars and ornate boats. When it comes to accommodation, you can opt for Maharaja Suite, Royal Suite, Duplex Suite, Luxury Suite, Lake View Room and Heritage View Room.

    It also offers some splendid experiences including The Leela Moments, Romance at the Leela, Royal Odyssey, Senses of Udaipur --  seven day journey, Sojourn into Self -- a five day journey and Soul connect -- a three day journey. The majestic appearance and quintessential regal identity makes this one of the most revered boutique hotels in India.

    4. Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur, Rajasthan

    If you are looking for a honeymoon destination, then the Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur seems to be an ideal choice. This hotel has attained the tag of being one of the most romantic luxury hotels in India. The Taj Lake Palace hotel is constructed with white marble. There are 83 rooms and 17 suites in this hotel.

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    This exotic hotel was constructed nearly 250 years ago in the middle of the famous Lake Pichola. The mesmerising aspect of this hotel is that it gives an illusion of being afloat in the lake like a flower to the guests. For accommodation, one can choose from Luxury Rooms, Palace Rooms, Royal Suites, Grand Royal Suites to Grand Presidential Suite.

    Like all other Taj hotels, this luxury hotel too offers several customised experiences namely Inside the Hotel, Outside the Hotel, Dining Experiences, Business Experiences, Rejuvenating Experiences, Taj Khazana. The use of bohemian crystals, leaves of green lotus, cusped arches and work of intricate ornate glass make this hotel one of the most beautiful hotels in India.

    5. The Oberoi Amarvilas in Agra, Uttar Pradesh

    Located in Agra, The Oberoi Amarvilas offers some of the most pristine views of the Taj Mahal from each and every window, lobby and suite of the hotel. This hotel is located at a distance of 600 metres from the monument. It has a blend of Mughal and Moorish style of architecture. This lavish hotel features fountains, pavilions, terraced lawns and reflection pools.

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    In fact, the rooms in this hotel have spectacular interiors and are decorated primarily in shades of yellow, orange and purple. The interiors are capable of transporting the guests to an era of princess and emperors. The Oberoi offers Premier Rooms, Premier Rooms with Balcony, Deluxe Suites, Deluxe Suite with Balcony, Luxury Suite and Kohinoor Suite.

    All the rooms come with LCD TV, DVD player, wireless broadband internet access, personal mini bar, a personalised butler service and a well stocked bathroom with a basket of Ayurvedic toiletries. The most intriguing aspect of this hotel is its grand sized soaking tub -- one of the few luxury hotels in India that have this feature. For dining options the hotel has Bellevue, Esphahan, Bar, Lounge and 24 hour in room dining. The nights in this luxury hotel are truly magical with the beautiful Taj Mahal being lit in the moonlight.

    6. The Oberoi Udaivilas in Udaipur, Rajasthan

    This luxury hotel Oberoi Udaivilas is located on the legendary lake of Udaipur, named Lake Pichola. This hotel provides breathtaking views of the the royal city. This hotel can be easily accessed by either road or by boat. It is located in 30 acres with beautiful fountains and mesmerising gardens acting as a periphery for the hotel. This hotel has a romantic and tranquil edge to its credit because of the presence of the Aravalli Range of mountains in its backdrop.

    Like all Oberoi luxury hotels in India, accommodation includes Premier Rooms, Premier Rooms with semi private pool, Premier Room with Pool View and Private Courtyard, Luxury Suite with Private Pool and Kohinoor suite with Private Pool. Moreover, all the rooms come with LCD TV, DVD player, Wireless broadband internet access, personal mini bar, a personalised butler service and a well stocked bathroom with a basket of Ayurvedic Toiletries.

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    In fact, it resembles a Rajasthani Palace. The bedrooms of this hotel are well-spaced and has elegantly-designed interiors. It has therapy suites and spa centers located inside it. The tourists can even get ayurveda and aromatherapy treatments in the spa centers located here. This luxury hotel has two swimming pools, a gym, a music disc, a video disc and a library. From this hotel, the tourists can also indulge in boat rides and various sightseeing tours. For dining options one can opt for Udai Mahal, Surya Mahal, Chandni, Bar, Picnics and even a private and 24 hour in-room dining.

    7. The Oberoi in Mumbai, Maharashtra

    The Oberoi Mumbai is located in the heart of Mumbai.  This beautiful hotel situated in the Marine Drive, and is considered to be one of the leading luxury hotels in India. This hotel overlooks the skyline. The different rooms and suites offer bewitching views of the oceans. The rooms of this hotel are well-equipped with state of the art facilities and latest technologies.

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    In this hotel, the tourists can find a number of exclusive dining options. In terms of the recreational facilities, this hotel has a lot to offer. It has a fitness center, a heated swimming pool, salon and a luxury spa. An intriguing feature about this hotel is that the guests are served with a personalised butler service. This luxury hotel in India is perfect for business and leisure stays.

    For accommodation, one can opt for Deluxe Room with City View, Luxury Room with City View, Premier Ocean View Room, Oberoi Executive Suite, Oberoi Executive Suite, Ocean View, Deluxe Suite, Ocean View, Premier Suite, Ocean View and a Presidential Suite. They have close to 73 suites and 214 rooms. All the rooms are well-equipped with oak wood floors, exquisite furniture and beautiful oil paintings apart from an iPod docking station, and a High Definition Media Interface (HDMI), WiFi and TV.

    8. The Taj Lands End in Mumbai, Maharashtra

    The Taj Lands End in Mumbai is a perfect destination for those looking forward to enjoying the amazing nightlife of Mumbai city. This hotel which comprises of more than 18 levels provides some breathtaking views of the Arabian Sea. With 368 rooms and 15 suites, this hotel is said to be the ultimate lodging destination of the elite.

    One attribute of this hotel which makes it stand apart from all its contemporaries is its inclusion of a ladies floor. This floor is particularly designed to take care of all the requirements of single women travellers. The facilities provided by this hotel include a Taj Club Floor and Lounge, Business Centre, Fitness Centre and Taj Khazana. Another intriguing feature of this hotel is its smoking floor.

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    Amongst other features, there is an international organic restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center and a banquet area. For accommodation, you can choose from deluxe and luxury rooms, Taj Club Rooms, Suites to even Presidential Suites.

    9. The Oberoi in Gurgaon, Haryana

    The Oberoi Gurgaon is a hotel which is located amidst the lush green cover of forests and a blue sky, providing a comfortable stay to corporate guests. This hotel has 202 guest rooms which possess a number of distinct features. The king sized windows provide a serene view of the pools and gardens located in the hotel’s outer region. It has a personalised butler facility only for selected suites.

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    It also has a bar and lounge. Moreover, the Oberoi Spa and Fitness Centre are open for 24 hours. For accommodation, one can opt for Deluxe Room, Luxury Room with Garden View, Premier Room with Pool View, Deluxe Suite, Luxury Suite, Premier Suite, Premier Suite with pool or even the Presidential Suite. They also have some of the finest dining options in the country -- Threesixtyone, Amaranta, The Piano Bar, Cigar Lounge, 24 hours in-room dining, The Belvedere, The Oberoi Patisserie and Delicatessen.

    10. The Leela Palace Kempinski, New Delhi

    This hotel is an epitome of remarkable architecture as well as grace of the capital city, making it one of the finest luxury hotels in India. There are 260 rooms in the hotel. Each of the room in the hotel is equipped with the latest of technology.

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    For accommodation, one can opt for Presidential Suite, Suites that include Maharaja Suite, Grande Suite with Pool, Luxury Suite, Executive Suite and Junior Suite, Royal Suite and rooms like Royal Premier Room and Grand Deluxe Room. The Uber Chic restaurant which is located inside the hotel serves some of the best delicacies. The luxury spa present in the hotel provides great a chance for guests to relax and rejuvenate.


Attractions

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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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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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Manali

From Manali, breathtaking views of the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges are a perennial specialty. This is the place where mountain adventures takes 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.

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Roopkund Trek

Counted among the best treks in India, the Roopkund trail is a trekker’s paradise. Roopkund’s topography is complete with verdant forests, acres and acres of open meadows, trickling brooks, and the celestial snow of course. Roopkund also comprises of the eerie Skeletal Lake, and is great for one’s initiation into high-altitude trekking. Pre-monsoon and post-monsoon seasons make Roopkund one of the compulsory trekking places near Delhi.

Distance from Delhi: 308 Kilometres approximately

Nearest Railhead: Kathgodam Railway Station

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Kuari Pass Trek

Kuari Pass which signifies doorway is one of the best treks in Uttaranchal. It is also known as Curzon trail as this trekking trail was discovered by Lord Curzon in 1905. The panoramic views of the eastern slopes of the majestic Garhwal Himalayas, Neelkanth, Mana, Hathi Ghori Parvat, Bertholi, Trishul, Dronagiri, Kamet and Nanda Devi peaks can be experienced on Kuari Pass Trek.

The trek has dense deodar, ok and rhododendron forests which present a picturesque view. Rare and protected flora and fauna can be found on this trail.  The trek passes via major rivers like Mandakini, Kaliganga and Dhauli Ganga .The ideal time to visit here is in summers.

Best Season: December - January
Duration: 6-8 Days
Max. Elevation: 4,264 m

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Dodital Trek

Dodital trek is a short trek and must to do when you are on trekking in Uttaranchal tour. Difficulty ranges from easy to moderate through thick forests and across majestic Himalayas landscapes, large meadows and stream crossings.  

The trek begins from Sangamchatti (kalyani) road near Uttarkashi and completes at the Hanumanchatti. From Dodital Lake, you will need to trek uphill to reach the Darwa pass, also called as Bakaria Khaga pass. The alpine meadows of Kanasar are an ideal place for camping.

Best season: May - October
Duration: 10 Days
Altitude: 4150 m

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The Castle Manali

Built in 1460 AD, the Naggar Castle has a unique architecture that comprises of stones and wood. About a century ago, this castle of Raja Sidh Singh of Kullu was converted into a rest house, and presently it is being taken care by the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation.

In its rechristened avatar, the castle is now The Castle Heritage Hotel. Naggar Castle came into the limelight after a bollywood movie was shot here. A grand Tibetan carnival dance was shot here and hence this castle grew in touristic prominence.


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Van Vihar National Park

One of the most frequent places to visit in Manali, the Van Vihar National Park attracts visitors mainly because of its ideal location, which is bang on the Mall road in Manali. The park is a welcome respite from the crowds and the pollution with its tall and shady groves of Deodar, birch and pine. There are a number of wooden and concrete benches within the park, which provide rest, relaxation and recreation to its visitors.

Take off your shoes and take a leisurely walk across the garden paths of this wonderful haven of nature. You could also have fun cruising around in a boat that sails in the small pond within the vicinity of this park. Set amidst beautiful and verdant environs, the park is a perfect respite for anyone who chooses to visit it and makes up for a great place for a spontaneous picnic or simply a long walk!

Timing:

08:00 am – 07:00 pm (summer)

08:00 am – 05:00 pm (winter)

Entry Fee: 10 INR per Person

Photography Allowed: Yes

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Gyuto Monastery

Gyuto Monastery is one of the most famous and popular monasteries in Tibet. This monastery is well known for its tantric meditation and people there study a lot about this subject. It is also known for its various tantric ritual arts and Buddhist philosophy. Gyuto monastery was founded in the year 1474 by the prime disciple of the 1st Dalai Lama.

Location: It is situated in the town of Dharamshala which is easy to reach through road, rail as well as airways. Transportation is not a major issue while visiting the place.

Highlights: You can find majestic statues of Buddha with a backdrop of snow clad mountains covering it. If you want to have a nice afternoon, it is the most peaceful and serene place to be at.



Best time to visit: Since this is a monastery, there is no particular season that makes any difference. However, if you are planning a full trip of the place, April-May has to be the best months.