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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

  • 02Maya 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
  • 03Golden 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. 

  • 04Kairali 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.

  • 05Jiva 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. 

  • 06Golkonda 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. 

  • 07Banasura 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. 

  • 08Joy'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

  • 10Wildflower 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!

  • 11Ananda 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.

  • 12Kaya 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.

  • 13Oberoi 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.

  • 14The 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. 

  • 15RiverView 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. 

  • 16Suryavilas 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. 

  • 17Vishranti 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

  • 19Blue 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. 

  • 20Ramsukh 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. 

  • 21Park 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. 

  • 22Mayfair 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. 

  • 23Kenilworth 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. 

  • 24Neemrana 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. 

  • 25Amanbagh, 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. 

  • 26Tiger 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. 

  • 27Hotel 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. 

  • 28Sujan 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.


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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Havelock Island

Being one of the topnotch attractions in Andaman is the sublime Havelock Island brimming with silky beaches and exuberant greenery. A lot of tourist locations, resorts, hotels, attractions and much more are creating the perfect background to Havelock Island to host as many tourists as possible. This is the largest of all the islands in Andaman and comprises of a lot of small islands. The administration in Havelock promotes eco-tourism on a large scale.

 The lighthouse established in 2005 at the northern part of the island gives additional recognition for the island. The accommodation options on Havelock will let you be surprised. Ranging from high-end, luxurious resorts to camps with basic amenities, the stay arrangements done by the administrative people here are unbelievable.

Highlights: The long stretches of different types of beaches are the main highlight to be pointed out. Declared the best beaches in the world, almost all of them are blissfully located on Havelock Island, connected to closely to the main boat jetty on the island.  

Elephant Beach, Radhanagar Beach, Vijaynagar Beach, Kalapathar Beach which are known in numbers also are proclaimed to have the highest number of tourists every year. The green fringed shorelines, the clear sea water, the colourful marine animals, the long coral reefs, the wild fauna and flora bring forth the astounding picture of Havelock incomparably beautiful.

Activities: Snorkeling and diving are the favourite activities done on the islands though other major water based activities like boating and kayaking are frequently done.

Distance from Port Blair: Havelock Island is lying 42 kms northeast of the capital city, Port Blair. There are regular boat services by the Directorate of Shipping Services which connect Phoenix Bay jetty in Port Blair to Havelock daily.

 

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Chidiya Tapu

As the name suggests, Chidiya Tapu is the perfect haven for unseen migratory birds and common native birds found in Andaman Islands. Recognized as the most enchanting beach in Andaman and tourists arrive here on a large scale as the beach extends the best ever sights for them including the eye catching sunrise and sunset views. This is a silent yet crowded beach encircled by evergreen forests on one side and the short hills on the other side. 

As it is considered to be the presenter of the most finishing touch of sunset and sunrise views, it is the main hub in Andaman Islands. The beach is filled with 46 varieties of endangered species of birds, and white spotted deer. There are a lot of seasonal orchids and other varieties of plants.

Highlights: The major attractions of Chidiya Tapu are the Chidiya Tapu Biological Park, the Sylvan Sands, the Munda Pahar Beaches etc. You will be able to stay at a forest guesthouse located nearby atop a hillock and from there, the panoramic view of Chidiya Tapu in detail.

Activities: Apart from sunset and sunrise views, people come in plenty toward this beach to identify the rare species appear in multiple colours and size. Even though many of the birds are commonly found on the beach, you would find it as a unique and unnatural scene to find the colourful gathering of them. Boating is an attractive activity done here as well as snorkeling and swimming are also a part of the adventure activities usually experienced by those who visit here.

Distance from Port Blair: It is located about 25 kms from Port Blair.


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Neil Island

A tiny island located to the south of Andaman is Neil Island, brimming with less explore marine diversity, coral reefs, long beaches and bewitching greenery. Being one of the tourist destinations in Andaman, Neil is so happy to become the host with revealing all what it has. A romantically silent island unlike the hustle of Havelock Island, Neil Island is termed as the vegetable bowl of Andaman. A perfect place to simply relax and chill is the beaches here and the deserted shores are favourite to those who love to relax in utmost peace.

In two hours, one can explore the island by walking around. It got the name Neil after the British Brigadier General James Neill who stubbornly dealt with the rebels during the 1857 Mutiny. The rich cultivation of paddy is found in Neil Island that belongs to the Ritchies’ Arhcipelago between Havelock Island and Rose Island.

Highlights: One of the major highlights of Neil Island is Neil Kendra, a beautiful curving bay full of white sand and holding the major jetty of the island made attracting by disarraying numerous colourful wooden fishing boats. Known to be the heart of the island, Neil Kendra has Bharatpur Beach on its left and Laxmanpur Beach on the right. The richest collection of marine lives and coral reefs have given Neil Island the peculiarity of being one of the most thrilling scuba diving sites on the island. In addition to diving, Neil Island is home to those who love snorkeling, swimming, birding, cycling etc.

Activities: Glass bottom ride and snorkelling are the major activities available on Neil Island though there are enough opportunities to do diving and other prime adventure activities.

Distance from Port Blair: The island belongs to the South Andaman district is located about 36 km northeast from Port Blair.

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Radhanagar Beach

Radhanagar Beach in Andaman has ranked 8th among the top ten beautiful beaches in the world based on travelers reviews and rating available on multiple sources and Radhanagar Beach deserves it for many reasons. One of the most ravishing beauty in Andaman with a lot of tourists visiting it every year, Radhanagar Beach is the gem of Havelock Island. 500 meters away from the beach, one can see only the expansive blue water and the lush green tropical forests but when you reach the beach, the sights are apparently awe-inspiring.

 Radhanagar is commonly called as Beach No.7 and this is one of the closest beach located near to Havelock Island ferry tier. The silky beach is kids friendly as well so that families are found in plenty on the beach to spend their vacation or a short holiday. There are nothing to be worried as the coast guards are roaming around always and the number of people here will be a pleasant sight to see.

Activities: Snorkeling, swimming, scuba diving, boating, parasailing etc are some of the most commonly seen activities on the beach and among them Scuba Diving is the best as it offers the clear interaction with the wide range of marine animals and coral reefs around living in harmony. 

The turquoise water gives a rejuvenating experience while you swim across or do snorkeling and since the number of tourists are relatively higher, the Government opens more opportunities for them to spend an ample time on the beach. As it is a superb place adventure lovers also would covet, the fame it has achieved international importance in no time.

Distance from Port Blair: From Port Blair it will take more than three hours to reach Radhanagar Beach as it is located about 72 kms away from the capital city.

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Baratang Island

One of the aboriginal tribes of Andaman lives in Baratang Island, a highly blessed region with years-old wilderness. Earlier, the tribes did not let outside people to enter their community but presently, Baratang Island is a vibrant tourist destination as people love to spend time amidst the huge forests, limestone caves, mangrove ranges and the mud volcanoes.

Baratang is a part of the Great Andaman Chain with an area of 243 sq.kilometers and that marks it as the main island of the group. Middle Andaman is lying to the north and South Andaman in the south of Baratang Island. And it belongs to Rangat Taluk.

Highlights: The active mud volcanoes are the highlights of Baratang Island along with the abundant mangrove forests and evergreen rainforests and the limestone caves located beyond the forests. So adventure lovers find Baratang as a wise choice to indulge in mind blowing trekking and nature walk. Among the multiple number of mud volcanoes, jalki, as the locals call it, is the famous one.

Activity: Nature walk through the wild forests and the extensive mangrove forests is one of the prime activities done on Baratang Island. Boating, trekking, hiking etc are some of the other, identified activities available on the island.

Distance from Port Blair: The island is located about 150 kms north of Port Blair and one can reach the island by ferry services only.


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Elephant Beach

Settled on the sands of Havelock Island, Elephant Beach is a reveling beauty well presented by the long coral reefs and the shining shoreline. A peaceful beach with pure serenity and silent ambience will offer the visitors a soothing melody and that would be the perfect time to relax, to walk around with your love or just to do sunbathing. Among the different beach on Havelock Island, Elephant Beach has a special significance because of its friendly atmosphere and not so crowded shoreline. In addition to the adventurous activities such as snorkeling and scuba diving, tourists find time to do boating and similar activities on the beach. The clear water, the calm waves, the cool breeze and the magnificent sights on the shore have their own impacts on the number of people visiting the beach, and it increases only year by year.

Highlights: The long array of private boats, fishing boats and buoys extend a riveting beauty to the beach. Moreover, it is a kid friendly beach as well so that families are found here aplenty. The huge shoreline is the key factor behind the countless visitors appear on the beach every day. 

During monsoon also, tourists would love to come to Elephant Beach. People have reported that at times, the wild elephants from the nearby forests come to the beach and stroll along the white sandy bed.

Activities: An ideal place for snorkeling and scuba diving is Elephant Beach though boating and other fun, water based activities are also done by the visitors often. Tourists have experienced the best sea walking as well on Elephant Beach.

Distance from Port Blair: Elephant Beach is located on the famous Havelock Island. It is lying about 69 kms away from the capital city of Andaman, Port Blair. One can reach the beach via boat from Havelock jetty after reaching there from Port Blair by road or by boat.


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Diglipur

A marvelous town in the north part of Andaman Islands is Diglipur, an amicable tiny town with a lot of good people around. For eco- friendly tourists, this town is an inevitable choice. Though the marine life is the prominent feature of this town but the cultivation of orange and rice has enormous importance in the economy of Diglipur.

Highlights: Lamiya Bay Beach is a highlight of the town, it is located a few kilometers away from Kalipur Beach. The beach is lying in the foothills of Saddle peak, the highest one in Andaman. Around 20 kms from Diglipur is the green Shyamnagar covered by thick jungles and why Shyamnagar is a priority for tourists is because of the presence of mud volcanoes here. Kalipur Beach and Ramangar Beach are the other famous beaches at Diglipur and they are famous for turtle nesting. Moreover, visitors are quite eager to visit Alfred Caves as well where a huge collections of limestone structures are found.

Activities: Since there are plenty of beaches, caves, greenery etc, Diglipur offers the visitors a huge number of activities ranging from refreshing trekking through the jungles to the water based activities like island hopping, snorkeling, boating, fishing etc. Near to Diglipur there are famous spots to do multiple activities.

Distance from Port Blair: Lying 290 kms away from Port Blair, the small town of Diglipur that can be connected by boat from both Port Blair and Mayabunder. The boat services from Port Blair are available twice a week. But one can reach the town by road via ATR from Port Blair.

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Vijaynagar Beach

Known as Beach No.5 is Vijaynagar Beach in the north east part of Havelock Island. Very remote from the crowded locations on Havelock Island, Vijaynagar Beach is close to heart for those who love to spend time in utmost calmness. The regular touch of the sapphire blue water on the pearl like sandy beach makes no noise and it is one of the reasons why tourists chosen it as the perfect space for romantic couples and families. 

The beauty of the beach has been praised so much by those who visited it. It is always better to come here freely, just to roam around, or to float on the shallow water, or to read under the large shade given by the huge trees on the shore or to do sunbathing. The collection of Mahua trees and palms is the significant ornament making the beach a splendid place to sit back and relax as much as time one wants to. This is one of the magnificent attractions in Andaman.

Highlights: A photographer's paradise is Vijaynagar Beach; especially the sunrise views from the beach is incomparably magnificent. When the sun’s fresh rays spread all over the wide sea, the entire atmosphere starts blushing in all possible colours and there is no better sight from the beach would satiate a photographic mind. The native birds appear during the fresh mornings add effective colours to the sunrise pictures.

Activity: The beach is recognized for relaxed swimming and sunbathing. Adventure activities are not yet a fashion on this inevitable part of Havelock Island.

Distance from Port Blair: Vijaynagar Beach is located at a distance of about 38 kms from Port Blair but from Havelock jetty the beach is lying 9 kms away only.

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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.