Sunday, March 17, 2019

Leh Ladakh, India- Holiday Destination

Leh Ladakh, India- Holiday Destination

Fast Fact:
Location: Leh Ladakh
Leh Ladakh weather: Winter lowest temperature -14.4 degree Celsius, Summer highest temperature 25-degree Celsius. 
Leh Ladakh Best Time to Visit: September To April
Nearest Railway Station: Jammu Tawi
Leh Ladakh Nearest Airport: Leh
Leh Ladakh Distance: 44 km from Leh Airport
Tourist Attractions: Zanskar Valley,, Pangong Tso Lake Kargil, Khardung-la Pass, Nubra Valley, Magnetic Hill, Hemis National Park, Shanti Stupa, Hemis Monastery, Royal Leh Palace, Moonland, Chadar Trek, Diskit Monastery.

Leh Ladakh:

Ladakh the largest of the ten provinces of Jammu and Kashmir is bordered by the Karakoram chain of mountains in the north and Himalayas in the south. Ladakh is the place of towering mountains and Buddhist simplicity. It is beautiful terrains and mountains beckon the adventurous tourist for trekking and mountaineering. The place of jagged peaks and barren landscapes, it is at once charming and amazing. Hidden behind this harsh and forbidding facade is an ancient civilization with captivating people. The great Indus river flows right through Ladakh. The province is divided into Leh, the capital, lower Ladakh, Rupshu, Nubra & Zanskar.

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Leh Ladakh, India- Holiday Destination

Flora and Fauna in Ladakh:

A wide variety of flora and fauna including some endangered types of animals are found in Ladakh. Ladakh is home to various animals and plants.

Flora of Ladakh
Disregarding the height of the district and rough nature of its territory, scanty vegetation can be seen here. A couple of valleys of the area are very ripe what's more the specific farming yields and plants, some willow forests, herbs and wild roses become here. Around 1,100 medicine plants were likewise spotted here.

Fauna of Ladakh
One can without much of a stretch detect various creatures meandering uninhibitedly in their regular environment. Hemis National Park is likewise the best vacation destination in Ladakh to recognize the stunning fauna at a solitary spot. Yaks, ibex, Tibetan bunny, Blue sheep, wild ass, Bharal, Marmot, the Tibetan impala, additionally called the Chiru and the Snow Leopard and so forth are a piece of a biological system of Ladakh.

Avifauna of Ladakh:
Nearly 310 type of avifauna contributes to the avifauna of Ladakh. Golden Eagle, Wallcreeper, Lamagier, Black-necked crane, Rock Bunting, Himalayan Snowcock make Ladakh a must visit destination to marvel at superb avifauna.

Leh Ladakh Places to Visit:

Leh: Leh the capital of Ladakh since the 14th Century is located at an altitude of 11000 ft. Leh is also a favourite hiking destination and is known for some of the best hikes in the country. The main attraction is the nine-storey Leh Palace built by Sing age Namgyal in the 16th century and Tsemo built by Tashi Namgyal. The other places of importance are the Shanti Stupa Zoravar Fort and Sanskar Monastery etc. It is also the main economic centre of Ladakh.

Dha-Hanu: It is at a distance of 150 - 170 km from Leh and is located at an altitude of 10000 ft. It is the place of the "Drok-Pa" an Indo Aryan race. Only two villages Dha & Biama are open for the traveller. Their cultural and religious practices are totally different from the others of Ladakh. Bon-Chos faith in an ancient Pre-Buddhist animist religion known as "Bon-Chos". These people abstained from bathing all their lives saying that "If you wash, your luck goes away" yet since the most recent couple of years this training is starting to blur away. It has a lot to offer to researchers in the field of Ethnology & Social Anthropology.

Central Ladakh: This place around river Indus extends from Upshi to Khaltse. This is a very beautiful place with lots of Monasteries and villages. The administrative capital of Ladakh (Leh) also comes under this area. The major tourist attractions are the nine-storey Palace, the Palace Museum of Stok, Thiksey, Hemis, Phyang, Chemrey, Lamayuru, Alchi, Spituk, Ridzong, Monasteries and villages of Basgo, Sanskar, Nimoo etc.  

Khardung-la Pass: Khardungla Pass is an entryway which leads to Nubra and Shyok valleys. While this might not be a typical tourist attraction Leh Ladakh, it is certainly amongst the must-visit places to visit in and around Leh Ladakh for adventure junkies.

Nubra Valley: Prominently known as the "Ldomra" or the valley of flowers, it is situated at a height of about 10000 ft. The major attraction is the world's highest road 'Khardong la' at 18,380 ft. The capital of Nubra, Diskit is 118 km from Leh. It has a wonderful monastery founded in 1420, on the hilltop just above the village. 7 km. from Diskit is the village of Hunder which is very well known for double hump camels, found only in Central Asia and Nubra Valley. Other tourist attractions are the villages of Trith, Sumur, Tegar (Samstangling Monastery ) and Panamik (hot springs). 8 km from Panamik is Ensa Monastery which is 250 years old and accessible only after a trek of 3-4 hours.

Changthang Area: The area is also famous for its wild animals. You may see foxes, snow leopards, wolves, wild asses, antelopes, marmots & even some endangered species of birds like the bar-headed goose, Brahimi ducks, crested grebe etc.

Suru Valley: The Suru Valley one of the prettiest regions of Ladakh, stretches for 140 km beyond Kargil to the Penzi La pass, the point of entering into the Zanskar valley. Its verdant hills are intensively cultivated. Enough snow and water amid the year support two yields every year. The valleys are amazing scenic beauty in spring when they are the Sankoo-Panikhar tract is magnificent. The open valley adorned with undulating alpine meadows strewn with wildflowers, groves of poplars and willows are set against the majestic backdrop of the Himalayan peaks dusted with snow.

Pangong Tso: This high salt-water lake, considered to be the highest salt-water lake in the world, is at 4300 meters in elevation and is surrounded by mountain peaks over 6500 meters high. The lake is extremely long, about 150 km long, but is only a couple of miles wide basically shaped like a pencil.

Zanskar Valley: Zanskar valley is one of the best locations to visit in Leh Ladakh. It is amongst the most desolate location in the Himalayan range. The lofty territories covered with snow reflect the heavenly skies. The tributaries of the Zanskar River are popular for seasonal white river rafting.

Kargil: A tour to Leh Ladakh is incomplete without a visit to Kargil. This is the second largest town in Ladakh, located on the banks of Indus River. It‘s a transit hub with roads leading to Leh, Padum, Zanskar and Srinagar. Additionally, it is a haven for adventure enthusiasts as they can enjoy sports such as trekking and mountaineering.

Magnetic Hill: The science behind the wonder is obscure yet it has been seen that in the event that you leave your vehicle at the base of the hill with the brakes open, it will start moving uphill slowly on its own. Magic? Definitely not. It is simply the superpowers you get when you reach this place.

Spituk Gompa: Ladakh is popular as the place of the monks and monasteries. Spituk is one of the destinations many tourist places to visit in Leh Ladakh. This is popular for its beautifully carved location at the top of a hill. The winds at the night may chill you to the bones.

Hemis National Park: Hemis National Park has the distinction of being the biggest national park in South Asia. The park is protected home for endangered mammals like leopards, Tibetan wolf, Asiatic ibex, the Eurasian brown bear and the red fox. For nature lovers and bird watchers, this is the haven and has to be on your list of places to see in Ladakh.

Shanti Stupa: What better location to invoke some thoughts from within than this? Situated on a hill in Chanspa, Leh, the Shanti Stupa is one of the most radiant and peaceful Buddhist monuments you could possibly see in the extreme north of India.

Hemis Monastery: One of the most popular Buddhist monasteries in India, Hemis Monastery is well known for its annual mask festival. This is a two-day religious celebration taking place on Tse Chu, the tenth month in Tibetan calendar. The festival is spiritually celebrated in the memory of Guru Padmasambhava, who is believed to be the Gautam Buddha’s reincarnation.

Royal Leh Palace: Resembling the essence of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, the Royal Leh Palace is located on a cliff overlooking the enchanting town of Leh. A prominent symbol of the royal family’s magnificence living in this town in the old days.

 Moonland: It is the close similarity to Moon is the main reason why this wonderful naturally occurring land in Leh Ladakh is hard to miss on your way to Lamayuru. If you wish to visit one of the most staggering unseen places in Leh, this is the place to be. It is ideal to travel to this place during the time of a full moon since it is believed to be a unique experience altogether with the moonlight reflecting on this sort of surface.

Chadar Trek: How about walking on a frozen lake? Chadar Trek in Leh Ladakh is one such unimaginable and exciting experience. ‘Chadar’ refers to a blanket, because in winter the popular Zanskar River in Leh Ladakh covers to a blanket of ice. Come to observe the transformation of colours of this frozen river while you trek on it. The mild blue colour changes to light yellow when the sun sparkles directly on it for a few hours in the day. It looks milky white on a moonlit night. The Chadar Trek venture is said to be a standout amongst the most audacious and hardest trek ventures.

Thiksey Gompa: Resembling the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, Thiksey is one of the magnificent Buddhist monasteries in Ladakh. Snuggled at a high altitude of 11,800 feet, this monastery is looked after by the people of Yellow Hat (Gelugpa) sect. It includes a 12-story building complex and houses more than 500 monks. Thiksey has a large and precious collection of Buddhist books, statues, journals, scripts, stupas, swords & Thangka paintings.

How to Reach:

How to Reach Leh Ladakh by Flight: The nearest airport is at Leh 44 km, which is well connected to Delhi, Jammu, Srinagar, Chandigarh, Mumbai and several other cities in India. Leh city has several accommodation options.

How to Reach Leh Ladakh by Road: If you do not want to take flight, then you will have to reach Manali or Srinagar via trains and buses and then from Manali or Srinagar, you can get a bus or a cab or even a shared taxi that drops you directly to Leh. The road from Manali to Leh is said to be one of the most amazing & picturesque routes in the world. A lot of travellers cover this route on their motorbikes, especially on Royal Enfield motorcycles as the terrain is a bit bumpy.

How to Reach Leh Ladakh by Train: The nearest railway station is Jammu Tawi  700 km from Ladakh. Which is well connected with Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai.

Jammu Tawi Train:

Train No
Train Name
Kolkata Jammu Tawi
9.:25 am (45.40 hr.)
Sealdah Jammu Tawi
13:10 pm
23:30pm (34.20 hr.)
Himgiri Express How to Jammu Tawi
23:55 pm
12:35 pm (36.40 hr.)

Where to Stay:

Hotels in Leh:

The Grand Dragon Ladakh
Ladakh Old Road – Sheynam, Leh, Jammu and Kashmir 194101
Phone: 01982 257 786

The Auspicious Hotel
Address: Chulung old road, Leh, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir 194101
Phone: 094191 77864

The Druk Ladakh
Shanti Stupa Road, Yurtung, Leh Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir 194101
Phone: 094191 78448

Hotel Layul Palace
Shanti Supa Road, Leh India, Shanti Stupa Rd, Leh, Jammu and Kashmir 194101
Phone: 096229 74125

Hotel Antelope TM
Shanti Stupa Rd, Leh, 194101
Phone: 01982 252 221

Hotel Kidar
Fort Road, Lower Tucha, Leh, Jammu and Kashmir 194101
Phone: 096229 63234

Hotel Singge Palace
Old Leh Road, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir 194101
Phone: 01982 253 344

Hotel Ladakh Palace
Near Shanti Stupa, Yurtung, Leh, Jammu and Kashmir 194101
Phone: 01982 258 044


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