TOP 10 PLACES TO SEE IN SPELLBINDING LEH LADAKH
Ladakh, which represents the Himalayas spectacularly, contains in the bucket list of both adventurers and peacekeepers. How magical. The land of snow-covered mountains, vast valleys and uninhabited hinterland is truly the stage for adventure tourism trekking, the most enthusiastic. The walls of the dramatic mountains that are in Ladakh are an unforgettable landscape, such as the Indus, Zanskar and Shyok rivers accompanying the high mountain ranges and continuing throughout. Captivated between India and Tibet and the least populated in J & K, ‘Little Tibet’, has been monks and mountain people for centuries and is a beautiful country of mystical Buddhist monasteries.
On a clear day, from the one side of the plane in the distance, you can see the peaks of K2, Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum and the other side of the plane, as close as you think you get out and touch, is the Nun Only massive. Your exciting trip to Leh Ladakh is full of the sights and sounds that make for a complete holiday – you must miss the precious, strange gompas (Buddhist temples) on the rising hills, dwarfed by towering mountain mountains; Notice how the ruined landscapes come to life with surprising stripes of brilliant green spaces; Pure rocks that hold the old palaces. Built by people of Indo-Aruï and Tibetan origin, your company is warmly hearted and delicious in this extremely colorful place. Several popular trek routes (for example, Nubra Valley) and popular sights make it the best to travel to Leh Ladakh.
Leh Ladakh is full of pristine and natural beauty, and has a number of popular places to visit during your amazing trip:
The white Buddhist monument of Shanti Stupa is on a high, rocky edge in Changspa village. It is one of Ladakh’s most popular attractions and a place to watch spectacular views of the bird’s eye view of Leh and the high mountain passes. The Shanti Stupa holds the Buddha relics on its base, anchored by the 14th Dalai Lama himself. Shanti Stupa was built by a Japanese Buddhist monk in the context of a Peace Pagoda mission. Since then, Shanti Stupa has inspired peace among all kinds of visitors – for his religious significance and for some of Leh’s best photos you could get.
PANGONG TSO LAKE
Tibetan for ‘high grassland lake’, Pangong Tso is one of the largest brackish lakes in Asia. You recognize his timeless beauty of his feature in Bollywood film 3 IDIOTS (2009). This contested territory and saltwater lake is identified as a wetland of international importance within the framework of the Ramsar Convention. It will become a first border area in South Asia under convention! Located at an altitude of about 4,350m in east of Ladakh, Charismatic Pangong Tso from Leh can be reached in a five-hour drive on mostly rough and dramatic mountain road. The road crosses the towns of Shey and Gya and crosses the Chang La, where the army and a small tea party greet visitors. At the first glance at the azure blue, calm waters and shivering districts, it’s hard to imagine spreading more over a 100 kilometer area across the borders of India and Tibet.
The Zanskar Valley – deep in the mountains – is that country far away; you might have been dreamy if you were a child. Zanskar is often considered a lost Shangri-La, and is part of the Kargil district in the northernmost state of Jammu and Kashmir in India. The most isolated of all Trans Himalayan Valleys, Zanskar consists of a tri-armed valley system between the Great Himalayan Range and the Zanskar Mountain. The two main drainages of the region agree to form the main Zanska River. 10,000 strong, especially Buddhist populations live along the corridor of the valley system. The Tabzeland of Panzila Top (4401 m) is described by two small alpine and snow-covered peaks. The largest glacier in Ladakh, Drang-Drung runs in full sight when the Zanskar road winds along the steep slopes to Stod Valley, one of Zanskar’s most important tributaries.
Despite Ladakh’s many beautiful lakes, it is in fact a cold desert. Located 3000m less than Leh, the Nubra Valley is a lush green landscape in the lush landscapes and slopes of Ladakh; The remote hamlets and patchwork fields give this place a human touch. The region – located in the Karakoram Range – actually consists of two valleys: Nubra and Shyok, and is fed by the two rivers. In the summer you will see a carpet of pink and yellow roses in the valley, and by autumn, wild lavenders. Places to visit in the Nubra Valley are the Diskit regional hub (with its beautiful monastery) Hunder (for white sand dunes and several mid to high-range camping options), Sumur and for comfortable home stays, Turktuk. Sand dunes that lie between Hunder and Diskit in Nubra Valley have lured many tourists, with the camel safari being the main attraction. Hunder, which falls on the historic Silk Route, used to be a busy trade stopover with caravans of Bactrian camels moving in and out of the Nubra Valley. The Bactrian camels are large even-toed ungulates native to the steppes of central Asia. It is one of the two surviving camel species. They have two humps on its back, in contrast to the single-humped Dromedary camels. When they aren’t released into their herds and into the wild, the camels are used to take keen tourists around on a unique, memorable trek.
KHARDUNG LA PASS
Climbing steadily out of Leh and the Indus Valley, the road leading to Nubra Valley crosses the Khardung La pass at 5602 m (18,379ft). The (disputably) highest motorable road in the world serves as a gateway to Shyok and Nubra valleys. The pass offers tourists gorgeous views of the valley and the roads winding up the mountain. The clear air, scenic vistas and just generally more likely to be on top of the world-type feeling have made Khardung La a popular tourist attraction.
19 km from Leh, Thiksey Gompa is a popular monastery that grandly presides over a whole hillside. The monasteries we see today were built mostly 16th century onward, after King Tashi Namgyal unified the Ladakh kingdom. These places of worship (complete with rooms for monks to stay, schools and staying arrangements, library, kitchens and attached fields) have long fascinated tourists with dark prayer halls, frecoes, deep chanting and more. Upon entering, the temple on your right, known as Lakhang Nyerma, was a huge temple in its time, today it stands mostly in ruins. The beautiful monastery houses a huge 2-storey representation of the Maitreya (future) Buddha. There are also a number of sacred shrines, valuable artifacts and ancient relics right within the monastery complex. Where you move on to next – the du khang, a dark atmospheric main assembly hall – you will see old murals of tantric deities on the wall. Sited on a hilltop to the north of Indus River, Thiksey’s rooftop offers a stunning panoramic view of the fertile Indus Valley. There are about 35 monastic foundations or gompas spread across the entire region of Leh Ladakh, and Thiksey Gompa serves as the residence of approximately eighty monks. Your gompa hopping list for the day should include Shey, Spituk, Chemde, Hemis, Stakna, and Alchi.
Mysterious Magnetic Hill is a place one absolutely must visit in Ladakh. It is so fascinating because it is a gravity hill alleged to have magnetic properties strong enough to pull cars uphill and is notorious also for forcing passing aircraft to increase their altitude in order to escape magnetic interference. Is it an optical illusion or a real natural phenomenon? Guess you’ll have to see for yourself. Word has it that if you leave your vehicle at the base of the hill with brakes unlocked, it will start to move uphill – all on its own. That ought to pique your interest. Located on the Leh-Kargil-Baltik national highway, about 30 km from Leh, Magnetic Hill is bordered by the Sindhu River.
Also referred to as the ‘Lhachen Palkhar’, built in 1553 AD and 19 stories high Leh Palace sits on a hilltop and was apparently one of the tallest buildings in the world at a time. Although in ruins now, the palace is now being restored by the Archaeological survey of India. The palace also has a museum which holds a rich collection of jewelry, ornaments, ceremonial dresses and crowns. The paintings in the museum, it would appear, are more than 450 years old Chinese thangka paintings. From the roof top of the palace, expect spectacular views of Stok Kangri and the Ladakh mountain range.
GURUDWARA PATTHAR SAHIB
The Indian Army maintains a sikh Gurudwara near Magnetic Hill where the first of the Ten Gurus of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev, meditated in the 15th century. At a distance of about 20 kilometres from Leh, this beautiful Gurudwara Sahib was built in 1517 in memory of Guru Nanak. The shrine houses an immovable rock, considered to have a negative image of Guru Nanak. It is considered auspicious to visit this gurudwara before venturing into the tough roads ahead.
Go on an excursion to Sham Valley. This is an easier drive along Indus river towards Kargil. Visit Hall of Fame and Alchi Monastery (oldest Buddhist monastery of Ladakh) on your way, and as you move ahead from Magnetic Hills, just before Nimmu Village, you will be greeted by the famous confluence of the two rivers of Indus (coming from Tibet on the left) and Zanskar River from the Valley on the right. Zanskar River is known for its famous Chadar Trek.
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