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Ladakh

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Ladakh

Leh:

Leh, the largest town of the region is the former capital of the Ladakh kingdom. The Leh Palace located here is a must see. The palace built in the 17th century with its fascinating architectural ruins and museum attracts many visitors. An air of mystery is all pervading in and around the palace.  Located at the edge of Namgya hill, you can view the whole town, the snow capped landscape and Indus valley from the roof of the palace.

 

Other must sees here are the Stok Palace, Sankar Gompa, War Museum and the Zorawar Fort. There are many monasteries in the area with Tibetian engravings and located amidst picturesque surroundings. The Alchi monastery, Spituk monastery, Shanti Gompa, Stok monastery etc are a few to pick. The many nearby monasteries of the suburbs offer a perfect seclusion and sacred ambience for your love. If you are not planning to cover all monasteries, make a visit just to the Shey monastery with its giant copper statue of Buddha.

 

Nubra Valley:

The Nubra Valley is a beautiful place with several scenic spots located at a height of 10,00 feet above sea level. There are several villages on the valley. Other attractions include Diskit Monastery, Hundur Monastery, Lachung Temple, Samstanling Monastery and Maithreya Buddha (official residency of the Chief of Lamba of Nubra. The place can be visited only with an inner line permit which can be obtained from leh.

 

Magnetic Hill:

The Magnetic Hill located at a distance of 30 Kms from Leh town at a height of around 14,000 feet above the sea level is another must see. Sindhu River flows through the eastern side of the hill to Tibet and Indus flows through its southern side to Pakistan. The hill is named after its amazing magnetic attributes. It is said that even if the engines are off, vehicles move up here at the speed of 20 kms/hour.

 

Hemis Monastery:

This is the wealthiest and one of the largest monasteries in Ladakh region. This monastery houses rich collection of ancient relics. The annual Hemis festival held here marking the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava is very famous especially for its display of Thangka (a sacred and precious appliqué-work tapestry) once in 12 years.

 

Zangskar: 

Zangskar range is part of Kargil district and separates Ladakh from Jammu and Kashmir. Tourism here is mostly associated with trekking activities and the arid deserts around. The zigzagging rivers here like Hanle, Khurna, Suru, Shingo and Zanskar, leaves the place with an amazing charm.

The Leh-Zangskar valley if full of nature’s wonders like glaciers, beautiful mountain ranges and fruit gardens. Drand-Drug, the biggest glacier in the country is located here. Zongkhul the solitary monastery of Zanskar is also a must visit.

 

Markha Valley:

Markha River passing through the Markha Valley is a tributary of Zanskar River. This valley forms an important trekking route from Ladakh and is bounded by Kang Yatze Mountain.

 

Zangla:

Zangla, 35 kms away from Padum, ruled by nominal king till few years back, is a beautiful ruin and faces a desert valley. This place has a chapel and an old nunnery that displays the lifestyle of monastic people. Zangla is also renowned for a cultural tour covering places like padum, Stongdey, Zangla and Karsha.

 

Basgo:

Basgo is the capital of Lower Ladakh. This is a fascinating World Heritage Site restored very recently. The Chamba Gompa located here is a highlight of Indus Valley.The mural works inside this site is very appealing.

 

Tso Moriri Lake, Tso Moriri:

Tso Moriri Lake, also known as Mountain Lake is the lake on the highest altitude in the country. Located in Rupshu Valley in Changthang sub division, it is surrounded by mountains and runs through three districts. With its crystal clear deep blue water and beautiful surroundings, it’s a great place to spend some relaxing moments before heading to the nearby monasteries.

 

Pangong Lake:

Pangong Lake that flows to China is the largest brackish lake in Asia, located at Pangong region, close to Leh. Its longest part lies in China and the lake is famous for its changing color. It keeps changing to blue, green, violet and purples due to seasonal changes.

 

Tso Kar Lake, Tso Kar:

This lake is a bird watcher’s favourite spot. Many rare birds and few animals can be watched from here while enjoying the scenic landscape surrounded by hills.

 

Padum:

Padum is a popular pilgrimage destination of Jammu and Kashmir and is located about 240 km from Kargil. Apart from age-old heritage monasteries like Starrimo monastery and Karsha monastery, the beauty of the place is to be beholded.

 

Phugthal:

Phugthal is a spectacular l monastic establishment in Ladakh region. Built on the mouth of a huge cave, the Lungnak (Lingti-Tsarap) River flowing through its side adds to its beauty. It is also the most isolated staructure of Zanskar area and dates back to the 12th century. Phugthal can be accessed by a 7 km trek through a 7 km from the Purney Bridge along with Bardan and Muney monasteries.