India’s Own Moonland
Leh Ladakh – An Unparalleled Journey To The Paradise In India
It is said that only in Ladakh can a man sitting in the sun with his feet in the shade suffer from sunstroke and frostbite at the same time.
A land like no other with every single corner full of attractions to visit and surreal and fabulous landscapes, amazing people and culture, Ladakh is truly a heaven on Earth.
A land who holds the glory of India of 1999 war has its own political and geographical importance for India as Kargil is well a part of Ladakh.
Since first college day many a few wait for the amazing bike trip to Ladakh as it is said that the best way to enjoy the beauty of Ladakh is through bike trip.
The most famous car/bike routes are as follows:
1. Srinagar to Leh
Srinagar – Sonmarg – Zoji La – Drass – Kargil – Mulbek – Lamayaru – Saspol – Leh
2. Manali to Leh
Manali – Rohtang – Gramphu – Kokhsar – Keylong – Jispa – Darcha – Zingzingbar – Baralacha La – Bharatpur – Sarchu – Gata Loops – Nakee La – Lachulung La – Pang – Tanglang La – Gya – Upshi – Karu – Leh
Residing between two of the world’s mightiest mountain ranges, the Great Himalaya and the Karakoram Ladakh is mystical in its own way as it resides the always changing colors of Pangong Lake or the attraction of Magnetic hill.
The reasons for such great tourist attraction are its beautiful monasteries, awesome locations, and markets of vivid interests defining the culture of the place.
Visiting Leh you can either sit and behold either the beautiful architecture of the man made buildings like Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace, Namgyal Tsemo Gompa, Spituk Monastery, Hall of Fame Museum, Stok Palace, Puktal Monastery, Zanskar, Chemrey Monastery, Hemis monastery, Maitreya Buddha at Nubra Valley a 32 metre tall statue of Buddha.
You can gaze the evergreen beauty of mother nature sitting on the bank of Pangong Lake and witnessing its changing colors, or cross the highest motor able Khardungla pass to reach Nubra Valley, or go on a trek with your buddies on Chadar trek, Kargil trek and see the glory India beholds after 1999 war also you can see the magic nature can do by witnessing the attraction of Magnetic hill.
This is not all you can experience in Ladakh but a lot more like the Changtang wildlife sanctuary where wildlife is flourishing in the best guarded way.
If you are a shopping buff and like to fill you bags with souvenirs and local produce then do visit Gol Market as it offers beautiful tibetean jewellery decorated carpets and what not.
Must visit places to explore when ever you make a trip to Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, India:
1. Pangong Lake
Situated at the height of 4350 meters this 12 kilometres long lake extending from India to Tibet, because of its altitude temperature here ranges from -5°C to 10°C because of this lake freezes completely during winters in spite of its salinity the a distinct feature of this lake is it
never remains blue and continue to change its colors from azure to light blue to green and grey too its and exceptional example of how mystical the nature can be.
2. Shanti Stupa
At an amazing height of 11,841 feet above sea level is one of the magnificent Tibetan structures that has ever been built its this height give access to its beautiful surroundings, overlooking the entire vibrant and colourful city of Leh it offers panoramic views this stupa marks the completion of 2500 years of Buddhism and to promote world peace.snow-capped mountains provide a sensational backdrop to Shanti Stupa.
3. Leh Palace
Built by King Sengge Namgyal in the 17th century as a royal palace being one of the tallest buildings of its time with nine stories in all, this palace is of high strategic position.
4. Khardung La Pass
At an elevation of 5,602 m world’s highest motor able pass a very important strategic pass into the Siachen glacier, a gateway to the Nubra and Shyok valleys in the Ladakh region.
5. Spituk Monastery
A Buddhist monastery containing 100 monks and a giant statue of Kali.
6. Hall Of Fame Museum
Paying homage to the bravehearts who gave the supreme sacrifice fighting for India in Indo-Pakistan war. Along with this, one can also witness items related to Ladakhi culture, history, vegetation and wildlife found across the globe. This museum maintained by the
7. Hemis Monastery
A trip to Ladakh is incomplete if there is no visit to town of Hemis, studded with mesmerising monasteries host of the iconic celebration called Hemis Festival, gompas and an probable spotting of the rare snow leopard at the highest wildlife sanctuary in the world.
8. Maitreya Buddha
A 32 meter tall statue of Maitreya Buddha facing towards the Shyok river. This statue has been recently built, with 8 Kg gold
9. Magnetic Hill
Having River Sindhu flowing in its eastern side situated at an elevation of around 14,000 feet above sea level has mysterious magnetic making vehicles defy the force of gravity and move upwards on the hill when parked at the marked location and always putting tourists in awe of the moment.
With its never fading mystic and picturesque nature Ladakh instills a adrenaline rush and is a first on the to do list of every college going Indian.
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