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    Leh Ladakh Tour

The capital of the Ladakh district, Leh is towards the eastern parts of Jammu and Kashmir. Ladakh means the land of high passes, also known as the land of endless discoveries, the moon land, little Tibet ...., situated on the Northern part of India at an altitude of 9000 feet to 25000 feet. Ladakh is bounded by world's two mightiest mountain ranges the bounded by the Great Himalayas, in the Karakoram ranges.
 

The region is watered by the Zanskar River, which flows into the Indus River just below. The Stok mountain range lies just south of Leh, while towards the north one can find the snow-capped Ladakh range. In the winters, it is freezing cold with temperatures going below 0C.

 

Leh India is one of the favorite tourist destinations located in the northernmost parts of the country. Lapped in the snow-covered fringes of the Himalayas, Leh India has been the center of Tibeto-Buddhist culture since ages. Its colorful gompas have attracted the devout Buddhists from all over the globe. Besides, it is also a favorite hiking locale and is known for some of the best hikes in India.

 

Sightseeing  in Leh Ladakh
A miniature version of the Potala in Lhasa, the Leh Palace is one of the major attractions here. The palace was built in the 17th century and is now dilapidated and deserted. It was the home of the royal family until they were exiled to Stok in the 1830s. Above the palace, at the top of the Namgyal hill, is the Victory Tower, built to commemorate Ladakh's victory over the Balti Kashmir armies in the early 16th century.

The Namgyal Tsemo Gompa,
built in 1430, contains a three-story high Buddha image and ancient manuscripts and frescoes. The fort above this gompa is ruined, but the views of Leh from here are breathtakingly beautiful.

The Sankar gompa
is located a couple of kilometers north of the town center. The gompa belongs to the Gelukpa order and has an impressive impression of the Buddhist deity Avalokiteshwara Padmahari or Chenresig, with 1,000 arms and an equal number of heads.

The Shanti Stupa
was built by a Japanese order and was opened by the Dalai Lama in 1985. From the top, one can view the exotic locales nearby. The stupa is located at a distance of 3 km from the Fort Road.
The Mughal emperor Aurangzeb commissioned the mosque at the head of the Leh Bazaar. The Soma gompa lies near the mosque.

Seventy kilometers from Leh India, on the banks of river Indus, is the Alchi gompa dating back to the 11th century. It is one of the largest and a famous monastery with a widely renowned collection of paintings.

At a distance of 45 km south of Leh, Hemis is one of the biggest gompas in Ladakh. Built in 1630, it belongs to the red sect, Brokpa. It is also known as Chang Chub Sam Ling or "the lone place of the compassionate person." To commemorate the birth of the renowned Indian sage, Padmasambhava, the annual Hemis festival is held in the month of June/July.

Situated on the opposite bank of the Indus across Thikse, the Matho gompa was established in the first half of the 16th century and has a valuable collection of old and beautiful thangkas, some in the form of 'mandalas.' Its annual festival of oracles in early March is an important event in the Ladakhi religious calendar.

Until the 16th century, the Shey gompa was the royal residence. It is located at a distance of 15 km south of Leh. This Palace Monastery has the largest statue of Maitreya Buddha (the Buddha to come) in Ladakh. Erected in the mid-17th century, worked out of gold and gilded copper sheets with blue hair, it stands 17.5 m high.

At a distance of 8 km from Leh, standing majestically on top of a hillock overlooking the Indus Valley, lies the Spituk Gompa. It was built in the 15th century and houses a collection of ancient masks, antique arms, icons and thangkas. Higher up the hill is the Mahakal Temple, containing the shrine of Vajrabhairava.

About 20 km south of Leh, Thikse gompa is an imposing monastery and one of the finest examples of Ladakhi architecture. It belongs to the Gelukpa order. The 12-story monastery complex contains numerous stupas, statues, thangkas, wall paintings, swords and a large pillar engraved with the Buddha's teachings.

Belonging to the Brokpa sect, the Phyang gompa was built in the 16th century. Located at a distance of 16 km from Leh, it houses hundreds of statues, thangkas, old manuscripts and some old weapons.

The Bagso gompa is located 40 km downstream from Leh, and was the seat of power of a branch of the Namgyal family. It is here in AD 1680 that invading Mongol and Tibetan armies were held in check over a three-year-long siege. Original 16th-century murals and other arts of Bagso are worth seeing.

About 45 km from Leh, the Chernry gompa is situated in a picturesque valley leading to Changia. It was constructed upon Sengge Namgyal's death in 1645. A large collection of scriptures with title pages in sterling silver and the text in gold letters is kept here.


Nubra Valley : Popularly known as the "Ldomra or the valley of flowers situated at an altitude of about 10000 ft. The major attraction is the world highest road (Khardong la 18,380 ft) The capital of Nubra, Diskit is 118 km from Leh has a beautiful monastery(founded in 1420) on the hilltop just above the village. 7 km from Diskit is the village of Hunder, very famous for double hump camels which is only found in Central Asia and Nubra Valley. Other attractions are the villages of Trith, Sumur, Tegar (Samstangling Monastery ) and Panamik (hot springs).

 

The Pangong Lake is situated at 14,000 feet (4,267 m), one of the largest brackish-water lakes in Asia, is also considered as the largest lake in Ladakh.. Pangong Lake lies like a giant snake is 130 km long. The Pangong Lake is 160 km from Leh, with Spectacular view colorful mountains and Changla Pass. The Ladakh range is crossed by the Chang-la (18,000 feet / 5,475 m), which is the third highest pass in the world.

 

Kargil can be subdivided into two tourist circuits:

KARGIL:
The second Largest town of Ladakh, is around 230Km from Leh, was once the trade route that leads to Kashmir, Baltistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia and Tibet. It still retains its conservative Balti Shia Muslim culture and has two fine Mosques built in Turkish style. Now use as a stop over when going to Srinagar or Zanskar.

ZANSKAR:
The land of Religion, it is noted for its high ranges, fine Gompas and gentle people. It has the largest number of Gompas in Ladakh region outside the Indus Valley. The land is virtually untouched until now. Now a popular destination for adventure treks. The famous peaks of Nun & Kun also are in Zanskar. Padum is the the main habitation and subdivisional headquarter. Close by are two famous Gompas of Stagrimo&Pibithing. A two hour trek from Padum takes one to Karsha Gompa(16th Century). This is the largest and the wealthiest Gompa of this region. Other interesting Gompas of this region are:-Sani(6Km from Padum),Stongdey(18Km),Bardan(12Km)and the Phugtal Gompa.

 

Climate
In winter the temp touches as low as minus 30 degree(Leh & Kargil) and minus 60 degree in (Drass) subzero temp. prevails from December to February throughout Ladakh, where as, zero degree temp.'s experienced during rest of winter months. This result in freezing of all conceivable water resources. During summer the maximum temp. increases from 20 degree C to 38 degree C in July and August. The relative humidity is low and ranges from 31 to 64 percent.

 
 

 

 

 

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