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  • The Indian spa industry has grown in leaps and bounds. If you look at the age old therapeutic treatments that has its strong roots in Ayurveda and the super-luxury ambience of the modern-day luxury spa resorts that have sprouted all over our vast country, what you get is a blend of the traditional and opulent luxury that you find only in India.

    While the concept of luxury spa holidays is still in its nascent stages in India, it has been observed that the number of tourists opting for this tour has skyrocketed over the years.

    While the state of Kerala in southern India is a hot destination thanks to its strong roots in Ayurveda, you will also find some of the most amazing luxury spas in India located close to the mighty himalyan mountain ranges.
  • Best Spas in South

  • 01Maya Spa, Kumarakom, Kerala

    Maya Spa, Kumarakom, Kerala

    The Maya spa is one of the largest luxury spas in India and is located in the picturesque city of Kumarakom. The spa is set amidst the Kerala backwaters on the shores of Vembanad Lake. It has also been voted as one of the best and most holistic spas in India. This unique wellness destination set against the most scenic settings that you can imagine, is a signature brand of ‘ Spa by Zuri.’

    Maya Spa has some the best of equipment and facilities that includes a wide range of gym and fitness equipment, sauna and plunge pools, along with proven specialised therapies like Ayurveda, Hydrotherapy, Thai Massages, and Sabai stone therapy to balance the forces in your body and renew the senses.

    This luxury spa resort has two wings – the first one offers ayurvedic treatments, while the second one offers Oriental and Western style treatments, including massage, skin treatments, reflexology, and Shiatsu.

    The best part about this luxury spa resort is the special meditation and yoga pavilion on an island in the lagoon. Another popular offering is the Cloud 9 massage, that offers a relaxing head massage while floating on a water bed to invigorate your limbs and tone muscles.

    Some of the other offerings of this spa are the Elemental Massages, Therapeutic Body Wrap, where you will experience a complete rejuvenation of your mind, body and skin. Add to this divine healing therapies and the Maya Spa will beckon you with its holistic healing pleasures.

    Maya Spa, Kumarakom, Kerala
  • 02Golden Palms Hotels & Spa, Bangalore

    Golden Palms Hotels & Spa, Bangalore

    Located inside the famous Golden Palms hotel this spa promotes wellness at it’s best.   Relax and kick back at one of the best spas in Bangalore, spacious and well equipped with trained staff at your beck and call.

    This spa features therapies ranging from traditional Indian procedures to oriental treatments.  Boasting a large relaxation room, saunas, meditation areas and a state of the art gymnasium this spa is the perfect advanced health and beauty treatments.

    You can choose from Aroma therapy massages, Thai massage, Hot stone massage, Balinese massage, scrubs, wraps and salon services. Treatments are tailored to the client’s needs and a free doctor consultation is provided. 

  • 03Kairali Ayurvedic Healing Village Health Resort, Palakkad, Kerala

    Kairali Ayurvedic Healing Village Health Resort, Palakkad, Kerala

    Located in god’s own country in the city of Palakkad, the Kairali Ayurvedic Healing Village Health Resort is an abode of bliss and serenity, surrounded by lush greenery and abundance of natural beauty.

    This spa is the epitome of natural rejuvenation and uses ingredients you won’t find anywhere else retrieved from the abundant surrounding forests. A stay at Kairali’s The Ayurvedic Healing Village ensures long-term benefits, as Kairali’s Ayurvediic treatments cleanse, heal and educate. 

    The high quality of treatments paired with standard business code makes The Ayurvedic Healing Village one of the leading Ayurvedic health retreats in Asia, and among the best wellness centers in the world.

  • 04Jiva Spa, Vivanta By Taj, Bekal

    Jiva Spa, Vivanta By Taj, Bekal

    Jiva Grande at Vivanat Bekal is supposedly one of the finest spas in India and stays true to this. This spa will focus on long term wellness programs of 2 - 4 weeks of Yoga, Ayurveda and Spiritual Retreats. This unique spa boasts the uniqueness of blending modern luxurious comfort with traditional wellness treatments.

    This spa features signature experiences, Ayurveda programmes, Indian therapies, Indian aromatherapy, scrubs and wraps, and beauty rituals. Set amidst lush greenery overlooking stunning views, get closer to nature as you relax and rejuvenate in this wonderful spa offering authentic and holistic services. 

  • 05Golkonda Resorts and Spa, Hyderabad

    Golkonda Resorts and Spa, Hyderabad

    Take a trip to Thailand as you indulge in this exquisite Thai spa oozing luxury along with the calming aroma of lemongrass filling the air, located in Hyderabad the Golkonda Resort Spa boasts 5 star facilities along with a world class salon.

    De stress and relax as you let yourself go at the hands of trained professionals release all your tenisions with worldly techniques that are unique and rare. 

    You can indulge in duet spa treatments as well if you’re looking for something to do with your partner.

    Indulge in ultimate luxury at one of the finest spas in Hyderabad at this destination where you will be pampered into oblivion. 

  • 06Banasura Hill Resort, Wayanad

    Banasura Hill Resort, Wayanad

    Indulge in an invigorating experience at the Banasura Hill Resort Spa set deep amidst lush green hill forests in Waynad, Kerela.

    Resort your physical, mental and spiritual with the unique touch of Ayurveda with your experience at this spa. Feel all your stress melt away as expert masseurs massage you using an exotic concoction of herbal preparations and medicated oils. 

    Cleanse your body and mind with a wide array of purifying treatments for long term wellness and longevity.

    Each treatment room has the utmost privacy also bringing you closer to nature as it’s set against the backdrop of lush greenery providing you stunning views while you relax and rejuvenate. 

  • 07Joy's Spa, Le Pondy, Pondicherry

    Joy's Spa, Le Pondy, Pondicherry

    Delve into a quaint little world of calmness and bliss at the humble Joy’s Spa in Le Pondy located in the beautiful town of Pondicherry. 

    Experience head to toe rejuvenation as you cleanse your boy mind and soul with Le Pondy’s refreshing services catering to all your problems.  Indulge in timeless wellbeing.

    Services range from relaxation techniques to body wraps and facials. This spa caters to both men and women.

  • Best Spas in North

  • 08Wildflower Hall Spa, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

    Wildflower Hall Spa, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

    Located at a height of 8,250 feet in the majestic Himalayan range this Luxury Spa Resort is as close to a fantasy as you can get. Once the home of Lord Kitchener, it was renovated and created to become a luxury spa resort with all the modern-day amenities you can imagine.

    The Oberoi’s Wildflower Hall Spa offers holistic Ayurveda treatments based on age-old therapies, as well as Oriental and western offerings, all complete with your own private spa enclosures for your privacy.

    Apart from that, they also offer luxurious spa programs with body scrubs, head massage, and Himalayan cedar baths. A heated swimming pool, outdoor jacuzzi and long leisurely walks in the cedar forests trails will leave you as delighted and rejuvenated as you are. If you are the outdoors type, this luxury spa resort also offers river rafting, mountain biking, billiards, archery and ice skating too!

  • 09Ananda Spa, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

    Ananda Spa, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

    This mystical reosrt hosts one of the most visited luxury spas in India. The spa is situated in the tranquil settings of the foothills of the Himalayas and next to the holy cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh in Uttarakhand.

    Built majestically on the Maharaja’s palace estate, with the luscious Sal forests in the vicinity and the majestic Ganga flowing by, the settings cannot be any more conducive to a beautiful spa experience. The Ananda Spa offers you a lovely mix of spirituality, relaxation and sheer ecstasy; everything required for a lovely spa vacation.

    You will be offered a range of traditional Indian Ayurvedic treatments, Yoga and Vedanta, combined with international wellness programs. Here, the old and new co-exist beautifully, to give you the ultimate holistic experience.

    If you need more, there are spa boutiques that offer you a treasure trove of goodies like music and organic food to complete your experience and take some home as well!

    The spa also offers a five-night stress management treatment that leaves you feeling ready to take on the world again!A minimum stay of 3 nights is required to book your stay here.

  • 10Kaya Kalp, The Royal Spa, Agra, Uttar Pradesh

    Kaya Kalp, The Royal Spa, Agra, Uttar Pradesh

    This luxury spa resort was opened in 2008 in Agra and is spread over an amazing 99.000 sq feet of pristine space. Making it one of the largest luxury spas in India and capturing the eyes of visitors with its majestic splendour and offerings.

    Embracing the many influences of Mughal architecture and landscaping, it’s hard to escape the feeling oftradition, opulence and royalty. There are magnificent water bodies scattered all around and fountains and rain water sprays add to the mystique and ambience. Courtyards of greenery embrace vibrant blue skies and the effect can only be called mesmerising. Your spa vacation will never be the same.

    Here in the natural splendour you can revisit your body and rejuvenate your spirits with signature massages that are designed to bring back your inner glow. It relieves muscular tension with soothing strokes and the special aroma therapeutic massages can take your breath away. Other special offerings are the Indian foot massage and Shirodhara to awaken the deepest recesses of your being.

  • 11Oberoi Amarvilas Spa, Agra, Uttar Pradesh

    Oberoi Amarvilas Spa, Agra, Uttar Pradesh

    Ever bathed in a flower bath while gazing outside at the magnificent Taj Mahal? If that sounds like something only royalty would do, well then consider yourself a king or queen at the Oberoi Amarvilas Spa, a part of one of the best luxury hotels in Agra. Located just 600 metres away from the Taj Mahal, you will have a great view of this monument of love from here.

    This place is the epitome of romance of luxury spas in India with a touch of royalty thrown in. The use of exotic herbal oils used by royalty, with traditional Ayurvedic therapies and Thai massages are some of the exquisite offerings here.

    What’s more, the herbal oils and other skin care products used are available for you to buy and take home to continue your spa experience at home. This exotic spa offers speciality baths that include neem purifying baths with neem leaves, milk and rose baths, marigold baths and detox herbal baths.

  • 12The Oberoi Udaivillas, Udaipur

    The Oberoi Udaivillas, Udaipur

    Redefine luxury as you relax at the spa at the Oberoi Udaivillas, boasting one of the best spas in India. Indulge in this majestic spa tastefully decorated with chandeliers crowned by a beautiful sky dome giving off a royal vibe. Soak up in marble tubs while you look out at stunning breathtaking views of the city of Udaipur.

    Refresh and rejuvenate as you avail various international and ayurvedic therapeutic treatments using special oils and state of the art facilities.

    Indulge in signature indigenous rituals, touch therapies and ayurvedic rituals each more unique than the other. The magnificent spa pool is what makes this destination famous with the deep blue tiles making it glow a beautiful azure in the sun light. 

  • 13RiverView Retreat, Corbett National Park

    RiverView Retreat, Corbett National Park

    Delve into the magnificent beauty if nature at it’s best as you relax at the holistic spa at RiverView Retreat in Corbett. Combining oriental and western therapeutic treatments this spa boasts trained experts who’s main aim is to let you have an unforgettable experience of true serenity and bliss.

    Warmth, comfort and relaxation are this spa’s main goals and you’ll get just that as you choose from various therapies using only the best of natural ingredients.

    The setting of this wildlife resort is ideal for indulging in the pleasures of the spa treatment, stemming a harmonious balance of energy. So lose yourself in a sea of unfathomable relaxation with their unique range of spa and wellness treatments, designed to maintain your physical, mental and spiritual equipoise. 

  • 14Suryavilas Resorts & Spa, Solan, Himachal Pradesh

    Suryavilas Resorts & Spa, Solan, Himachal Pradesh

    Get a taste of what heaven will feel like as you relax at Suryavilas Spa nestled deep within the snow-capped Himalayan range in Himachal Pradesh.  

    Revitalize your body, mind and soul against the back drop of majestic mountains with state of the art facilities and treatments that will awaken your senses.

    The Spa uses top-of-the-line international treatments including the world famous Thalgo range of products. Indulge in an amazing experience as you overlook stunning views of the birthplace of yoga and meditation while you unwind at this unique destination definitely boasting the fact that it is one of the best spas in India. 

  • 15Vishranti Resort and Spa, Dehradun

    Vishranti Resort and Spa, Dehradun

    Indulge in the ultimate jungle retreat at the Vishranti Resort and Spa located deep withing adundant greenery in Dehradun. The Rudraksha Tree Spa is nestled under the spiritual and rare Rudraksha tree surrounded by healing bamboo and fragrant lemon grass.

    The uniqueness of this luxury spa stems from the aura it spreads, most of it’s ingredients used in special ayurvedic therapies and treatments are grown in-house and are a hundred percent natural and organic. Growing their own ingredients this beautiful holistic spa also ensures utmost quality.

    Lose yourself in blissful nature as you envelop yourself in state of the art treatments at therapies bound to improve your mental, spiritual and physical well-being.

  • Best Spas in West

  • 16Blue Ocean Resort & Spa, Ratnagiri

    Blue Ocean Resort & Spa, Ratnagiri

    Located on Malgund near Ganapatipule, Blue Ocean Resort boasts a state of the art Spa with amazing amenities. Relax and kick back as you get pampered in style with massage therapies and relaxing body treatments.

    This unique spa offers the opportunity to experience different healing traditions in one spa appointment. The elements of life therapy covers you in warm mud, bathes you in rose and jasmine, exfoliates your skin, and massages you into utter ecstasy, while the aroma-balancing therapy blends bathing, massage, antiaging techniques, and lymph drainage into one treatment.

    Treat yourself as you let go with cleansing facials, skin exfoliation remedies and much more. Get taken care by a staff that is always at your service trained to satisfy you to your fullest. 

  • 17Ramsukh Resorts and Spa, Mahabaleshwar

    Ramsukh Resorts and Spa, Mahabaleshwar

    Riding on the element that this is the only indoor and outdoor spa in Mahabaleshwar, Ramsukh Resorts and Spa boasts it’s extreme hygiene measures and efficiently managed wellness center.

    Indulge in Rejuvenation Spa Therapies, Beauty Treatments, Facials, Scrubs and Wraps, enhanced by the soothing sounds of soft music and the therapeutic aroma of essential oils to nurture your body, mind and soul.  

    This spa has expert masseuses with training to provide the most relaxing and refreshing pain relieving massages that will leave you with an overall feel good vibe. Also featuring a Jacuzzi, a state of the art gymnasium and a beautifully shaded meditation area, visit this spa for a humble refreshing experience. 

  • 18Park Hyatt Resort and Spa, Goa

    Park Hyatt Resort and Spa, Goa

    This spa located in Goa is unlike no other bagging the compliment of being one of the best spas in India. Relax at Sereno Spa where ancient Ayurvedic and yogic healing traditions are infused with the revitalizing allure of the Arabian Sea.

    Look over at lush beautiful gardens while you indulge in holistic massage and ayurvedic treatments inspired by yogic traditions designed to let you rejuvenate and refresh.

    Open up all your sense as you let yourself go at this luxury spa with amazing body and face treatments promoting wellness, detoxification and serenity.

    Exceed your expectations with the Hyatt experience and avail a wide range of treatments weather its to hydrate or detoxify. 

  • 19Mayfair Hideaway Spa Resorts, Goa

    Mayfair Hideaway Spa Resorts, Goa

    Delve into the ultimate getaway as you refresh and rejuvenate at the Mayfair Hideaway Spa, tastefully located on a beachfront in Goa overlooking beautiful lush green trees and blue skies.

    Indulge in holistic treatments and remedies that aim at fulfilling your mind, body and soul. Trained experts are at our service, giving life changing massages that are aimed at healing various physical issues.  You will be offered Western, European or Oriental wellness packages including Indian ‘Yoga’.

    Exotic ingredients and techniques are used to ensure long term fulfillment for holistic and ultimate rejuvenation at this wonderful spa. 

    Also equipped with a state of the art sauna and Jacuzzi this is the ideal destination for a relaxing escapade. 

  • 20Kenilworth Resort & Spa, Goa

    Kenilworth Resort & Spa, Goa

    Soak up the warm sun at the Kenilworth Beach Resort’s  spa. Relax and refresh at the Sohum Spa as you get nurtured and pampered as you look over beautiful white sands and blue skies.

    Redefine luxury as you indulge in enticing treatments and therapies while you cared for by experts. Shum spa has thoughtfully created packages for it’s guests integrating healing and wellness modalities from various streams of healing with relaxing and pampering experiences.

    You can avail a wide range of treatments and packages ranging from one day packages to 14 days packages leaving refreshed and relaxed for long term wellness.

    Sohum spa also offers couples packages for you and your partner to indulge in together. 

  • 21Neemrana Fort Palace, Rajasthan

    Neemrana Fort Palace, Rajasthan

    Take a trip back in time and experience beautiful history as you relax and rejuvenate at the Neemrana Fort Palace spa. Located in Rajasthan this spa’s interiors scream luxury and royalty.

    This spa also boasts a deep azure pool where you can relax and refresh while getting some of the best ayurvedic treatments. Neemrana’s Ayurvedic soothes the nerves and revitalizes the stressed, urban body. 

    Choose from a large host of different packages that will lead to long term well-being and detoxification. This spa also provides yoga for the ultimate stress relief. 

  • 22Amanbagh, Alwar, Rajasthan

    Amanbagh, Alwar, Rajasthan

    An oasis among the rugged outcrops of the Aravalli mountain range, Amanbagh is a Rajasthani retreat for the ultimate holiday get away. What holiday is complete without a relaxing spa experience, Indulge in the AMAN spa a soothing holistic destination for all your needs. 

    Rejuvenate your body, soul and mind as you indulge in amazing therapies ranging from massanges and facials to henna art.  

    Located beautifully in an oasis like setting, this spa boasts experts who will pamper you with exclusively prepared skin care products leaving you feeling amazing and relaxed. This spa hosts yoga sessions, provided deep tissue Swedish massages and much more. Get a taste of luxury at this spa. 

  • 23Tiger Heaven Resort, Ranthambore

    Tiger Heaven Resort, Ranthambore

    Relax and rejuvenate in the lap of nature at the Tiger Heaven Resort Royal Spa, located at the edge of the famous Ranthambore National Park.  

    Soothe your sense and soul as you indulge in the beauty of nature while you experience true bliss at this heavenly destination.

    At this spa various massage therapies like Swedish, Balinese, Thai massage, Aromatic massage, hot-stone massage are tailor made to suite according a guest requirements. 

    Mind altering treatments coupled with the peaceful sound of birds chirping and river gushing make this spa like no other.

    This spa also has tailored packages for couples who want a romantic spa getaway, boasting a cozy Jacuzzi only for two.Delve into your own personal heaven and leave feeling up lifted for a long time. 

  • 24Hotel Castle Mandawa, Rajasthan

    Hotel Castle Mandawa, Rajasthan

    Experience ultimate luxury and feel like royalty at the spa in Castle Mandawa located in the beautiful historic city of Rajasthan.

    This spa offers state of the art treatments and therapies and specializes in the Ayurvedic  Shirodhara treatment performed by trained masseurs of the R3 Spa Group. Interiors of this spa feature a palace vibe with high ceilings and mosaic windows for the complete royal feel.

    Couples can also avail spa packages specially designed to rejuvenate and replenish you and your partner in a specially designed massage room. 

  • 25Sujan Spa, The Serai, Jaisalmer

    Sujan Spa, The Serai, Jaisalmer

    Feel like you’re floating in a dream at this highly praised Sujan Spa at the Serai located in the majestic city of Jaisalmer. Sujan’s claim to fame stems from the fact that it has been created by Rosamund Freeman-Atwood, of the globally renowned Raison d’Etr.

    Set amidst the magical desert under the shade of four massive tents with quirky interiors ad décor that transports you to a different era.  


    From stimulating reflexology to cleansing scrubs and tranquil massages, the organic and ayurvedic products used for your benefit  are made with ingredients from the Thar, blended with an selection of healing herbs that will leave you feeling relaxed and heavenly.



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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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



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.


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


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


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


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.


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!


08:00 am – 07:00 pm (summer)

08:00 am – 05:00 pm (winter)

Entry Fee: 10 INR per Person

Photography Allowed: Yes


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.