Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Ladakh,Best Place To Visit In India

Ladakh

Ladakh is a region of India in the state of Jammu and Kashmir that currently extends from the Kuen Lun mountain range to the main Great Himalayas to the south, inhabited by people of Indo-Aryan and Tibetan descent.

Ladakh is a land of mystery and intrigue which never ceases to amaze travellers with its towering peaks and snow-capped Himalayan and Karakoram mountain ranges, the rapidly-flowing Indus and Zanskar rivers and numerous streams carrying the glaciers from the mountains tucked amidst lush green valleys, all conjure a travellers dream.
At Thrillophilia, we have carefully designed Ladakh tours that you will always be in a win-win situation whether you are a nature lover and wish to soak in the idyllic beauty of nature or you are an avid adventure seeker with thrills and frills on your trip.

places to visit in and around Ladakh:

Pangong Lake:-
This beautiful water reservoir is about 134 Km long and 60% of the lake falls under China. At an altitude of 14,270 ft. the clear blue water of the lake reflects the towering mountains all around. The scenic beauty with the tranquil and serene environment appears to be so unreal to the tourist. Drinking in the fascinating landscape one simply loses all sense of time and space.

Tso Moriri:-
Situated at a height of 15,000 ft. Tso Moriri Lake is a fresh water lake unlike the Pangong lake which has saline water. The journey from Leh to Tso Moriri is magnificent offering a sudden change in the landscape from rough and rugged to lush green full of vegetation. There is  also a hot spring on the trail to Tso Moriri. Guest houses are available near the lake.

Royal Leh Palace:-
Built by King Sengge Namgyal in the 17th century the Royal Palace of Leh is a nine-storey high structure which offers a grand panoramic view of the town of Leh, Stok Kangri and the Indus river. It has a museum which displays rare collections of ceremonial crowns, dresses, jewelleries, ornaments etc.
 
Zanskar valley:-
Zanskar valley is one of the most isolated places to visit in Ladakh where about 14,000 people comprising of  mainly Buddhists live. The valley is sandwiched between the Great Himalayan ranges and the Zanskar mountain ranges. The Zansker river which has lent its name to the valley flows through the valley. Zanskar valley surrounded by lofty mountains and deep gorges is closed for about eight months in a year due to heavy snowfall in the region.
 
Magnetic Hill:-
The Ladakh travel guide also provides Magnetic hill or gravity hill as it is sometimes called is a curious natural phenomenon. The hill falls on the National Highway from Leh to Kargil to Baltik. The hill can pull any vehicle up its steep slope with the ignition of the vehicle off. A Gurudwara near the hill is also an added attraction here.
 
 Nubra valley:-
The Nubra valley, also called the Valley of Flowers, is about 150 Kms. away from Leh, the capital town of Ladakh. The journey takes us through the Khardung La pass which is the highest motorable road in the world. There are some guest houses and small hotels at Diskit which is the main village of Nubra.
 
Shanti Stupa:-
The Shanti Stupa  constructed by a Japanese is very near to the town of Leh and is set on a steep hill top. Being at a height of about 4267 metres the place affords a magnificent panoramic view of Leh and the snow-clad mountains. The sunrise and sunset are worth-seeing from this Stupa. There is also a Buddhist temple with the Shanti Stupa, the Dalai Lama had inaugurated this temple in 1991.
 
Kargil (Kashmir - Leh Highway):-
Kargil was once a busy town as it was within the trade route to and from China, Afghanistan, India, Turkey. It is the second biggest town of Ladakh and lies in the west of Leh facing the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan. The town became popular after a war was fought over the region between India and Pakistan. However, the town has remained largely peaceful till then and is home to a number of scenic attractions.
 
Khardung La:-
At a height of 18,380 ft. Khardung La pass is the highest motorable road in the world. The pass lies on the trail from Leh to Nubra valley. In summer the weather conditions can change suddenly while in winter the pass receives heavy snowfall with temperature going below -400 C. The pass is about 40 Kms from Leh.
 
Lamayuru Monastry:-
Situated at a height of 3510 metres and about 127 Kms from Leh this is the oldest Tibetan Buddhist monastery. The monastery is maintained by the Red Hat sect of Buddhism.
 
Alchi Monastry:-
This is perhaps the only monastery in Ladakh which is located on a flat ground and not on a hill top like others. The Indus river flows by the monastery. Some wall painting purported to be 11/12 centuries old are quite beautiful and also well-preserved. The Indian influence on the paintings is quite discernible. The monastery provides a few guest houses with the basic facilities.
 
Shey Monastry:-
Shey monastery about 15 Km from Leh was earlier the summer residence of the royal family. This is located on the banks of the river Indus and is adorned with a number of shrines and stupas. The monastery has the statue of blue-haired Maitreya Buddha which is 17.5 metre high and made of copper and brass.
 
Diskit Monastry:-
The Diskit monastery in the Diskit village of Nubra valley is a 14th century structure and is considered to be the oldest monastery in the Nubra valley. There is a huge 106 ft tall statue of Maitreya Buddha in the prayer hall of the monastery. There is also a 32 metre high statue of golden Buddha out in the open just opposite the monastery on another hill.
 
 Hemis Monastry:-
The town of Hemis is famous for its monastery is the largest monastic organisation in the Ladakh district. The Hemis monastery is considered to be the one of the richest monasteries in India with some very rare and exquisite antique collections like the copper statue of Buddha, inctricately carved gold and silver stupas and some exotic Thangkas.
 
Thiksey Monastry:-
The Thiksey monastery is situated in the Indus valley and is just 18 kms away from leh. The 12-storey monastery contains ten temples with an assembly hall and living quarters for the monks and also a nunnery. The 40 foot. high statue of Maitreya Buddha is the prime attraction here and is dedicated to the Goddess Tara. Other than these one can also see some rare, precious stupas, wall paintings, statues and swords in the monastery. The Ladakh travel guide lists some of the best monastries to be visited on your Leh Ladakh Tour .