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Leh Ladakh Travel
Where is Ladakh?
The district of Ladakh is located in the state of Jammu and Kashmir in North India. It is the largest district of the state, with Leh being its capital. It is internationally known for its mountain beauty and Tibetan Buddhist culture.
How will you gain access?
Leh, the capital of the district, is well connected by air to places like Delhi, Chandigarh, Jammu, and Srinagar. From Srinagar, it is a 45-minute flight to Leh. The Srinagar-Leh route stretches over 434 km and remains open from early June to November. There are regular government and private bus services available on the route. The second land route is the 480-km Manali-Leh Highway.
What magnetizes people?
Dominating the Leh area, the Leh Palace is an imposing 9-story structure. The royal family Sengge Namgyal moved out in 1940 and since that time, the building has been empty. A few years back, the Archaeological Survey declared it a protected monument and has been making extensive repairs. The top floor of the palace provides a splendid view of the Indus Valley.
As you move further up ahead of the palace, you arrive at the TsemoGompa. The Gompa can be reached either from Chubi or by walking up the south approach from the Leh Palace.
Inaugurated by the Dalai Lama in 1985, the Shanti Stupa is a newly-added attraction in the Leh area. The Stupa was built with the assistance of the Japanese. The visitors are charmed by the exquisite murals of the structure and the calm ambiance that surrounds them.
Chain of Monasteries
There are a number of monasteries to the southeast and west of Leh. To the southeast of Leh are some popular monasteries of Shey, This key, Hemis, Stanka, Matho, and the Stok Palace. To the west are monasteries like Spituk, Likir, Alchi, and Rhizdong.
What are the adventures in store?
River Indus offers a fabulous option for rafting. There are gentle runs on offer for the first-timers. However, there are tough stretches as well, to get your adrenaline pumping. Ladakh also provides high altitude trekking options. There are two basic treks- one from Likhir to Temisgam and the other from Stok to Matho. You will come across some beautiful villages and scenic spots as you move on.
Which are the nearby hotels?
Hotel Shambhala La (3 km from the airport) is a 5-star deluxe hotel in Ladakh. The hotel has a total of 26 rooms and offers facilities like a banquet hall, restaurant, billiard room, doctor on call, laundry, TV, telephone, etc. There are also arrangements for sightseeing and trekking. Hotel Dragon Leh, a 5 star deluxe, is yet another opportunity to avail oneself of fabulous accommodation. The hotel offers value for your money and exceptional hospitality service to the tourists. Moonland Guest House is near the airport offering 15 rooms.
What is the best time?
June to October is the most convenient time to pay a visit to Ladakh, for most of the routes remain closed after the month of November due to heavy snowfall. There is another good reason for visiting Ladakh in the summer months. Most of the Gompas and the Buddhist monasteries hold their annual festivals during this period.