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Leh-Ladakh Tourist Attractions

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Leh-Ladakh Tourist Attractions
Leh-Ladakh Tourist Attractions
Leh-Ladakh Tourist Attractions
7.1 based on 8 reviews

Ladakh essentially translates into ‘the land of high passes’. It is a region in the state of Jammu and Kashmir that is sandwiched between the Karakoram Mountains to the north and Himalayas to the south. Leh used to be the capital of Ladakh. Due to the barren nature of the landscape it has also been called the ‘Broken Moon land’. There are several tourist attractions in Leh-Ladakh. This region has the least density of population in India and has a charm and beauty of its own that attracts thousands of visitors from all parts of the world. It was through Ladakh that Buddhism reached Tibet from India. The influence of Buddhism can be seen in the innumerable monasteries that are scattered around the region. These establishments are the basis of Ladakh’s culture and are supposed to contain several valuable treasures. Chortens and Stupas are also Buddhist structures that can be seen in Leh-Ladakh. Throughout your journey in Ladakh you will be able to see the Joie de vivre and warm disposition of the locals despite the difficult climatic conditions that they have to endure on a daily basis. The location will take your breath away. You will be able to see all the tourist spots in Ladakh. The Ladakh experience will definitely leave you respecting nature for what it truly is, a home for mankind. The monasteries that have been erected in such unimaginable terrain are bound to leave you astounded as to the indomitable spirit of man. Since it is situated at an altitude of 3500 meters above sea level, the temperature in summer  (June to September) can touch 35 degrees Celsius and minus 30 degrees Celsius in late December and January. Annual rainfall is 6 inches. The unpolluted mountain air, the awe inspiring Himalayan peaks and distinct landscape are what make Leh-Ladakh a complete experience.

How to Reach Ladakh:

By Air: Ladakh Airport is well connected to all the important cities in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. However Jammu airport is well connected to the important cities in the country; some of them being New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Chennai. There are frequent flights to this region from different airline companies.

By Train: there is no railway station in Ladakh; the nearest railway station is the Jammu Tawi station. Jammu Tawi is well connected to the rest of the country by way of several long distance trains that reach here from the farthest corners of the country. There are trains from New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Chennai to name a few. If you are travelling by train you will have to get down at Jammu Tawi and make the rest of the trip by road.

By Road: Ladakh can be accessed by road from Jammu and Srinagar and from Manali to Ladakh. From Manali the route is via the Rohtang Pass that opens only during the months of July to September. From Srinagar the route is via the Zoji La Pass which opens during the June and October. The Jammu & Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation and Himachal Road Transport Corporation provide bus facilities to Ladakh. Taxis or hired jeeps can also be used by travelers.

When to Visit Ladakh:

Ladakh has harsh winters and it is only recommended to make a trip during the summer. The months from June to September are very good for travelers to come to Ladakh. The pass remains closed during the rains and it is not considered favorable to travel to Ladakh during the winter.

Sightseeing attractions in Ladakh:

Ladakh is an amazing destination for those who love the Himalayan way of life. The possibilities of a vacation in Ladakh are endless. You could go for trekking, hiking and all kinds of adventurous activities. It is also a wonderful destination for honeymooners. Ladakh is also a place of visit for people who would like to know the Buddhist way of life and visit the monasteries. Some of the tourist destinations in Ladakh are Hemis Monastery, Shanti Stupa, General Zorawar`s Fort, Karma Dupgyud Choeling Monastery, Leh Palace and so on. You could also go for mountain biking or paragliding at Ladakh.

Hemis Monastery:

The Hemis Monastery is located 45 Kms South West of Leh. It was constructed in 1630 by the first incarnation of Stagsang Raspa Nawang Gyatso. There is a copper statue of the Buddha and paintings on the walls of the verandah that depict the ‘Lords of the Four Quarters’ and the ‘Kalachakra’ or the 'cycles of life’. It is a great experience to visit this monastery as it gives one an idea about the Buddhist way of life.

Leh Palace:

The Leh Palace was built in the 17th century and the edifice is like that of the one in Tibet. It is 9 storeys tall. The palace which was in a wrecked state is now maintained by the Archaeological Department of India. The location of the palace is breathtaking and the visitor can see the beautiful Stok Kangri, the Indus Valley and also the Ladakh mountain range.

Karma Dupgyud Choeling Monastery:

The Karma Dupgyud Choeling Monastery is located 9 Kms from Leh and is managed by the Karmapa sect of Tibetan Buddhists. The monastery preserves the Buddhist way of life and propagates the values of Tibetan Buddhism. This monastery draws several followers who visit the monastery to understand the Karmapa`s teachings.

General Zorawar`s fort in Ladakh:

This historic fort is located above the Palace of Leh and the Gompa of Namgyal Tsemo. It was a very important structure but lies in ruins today. The fort today houses a large collection of coins and specimens of stamps and ancient artefacts. Tourists who are interested in history and culture visit this fort. There is a Durga temple, a mosque and a natural spring within the fort.

Paragliding in Leh:

Paragliding is a very popular sport in Leh. The landscape allows for paragliding enthusiasts to enjoy their sport. Even though paragliding is done all year round, the best time for paragliding is October to June.

Hotels and accommodation in Leh-Ladakh:

Hotel accommodation in Leh Ladakh is never a problem as there are plenty of options for people with all budgets. There are star hotels as well as budget properties for those who are more conscious of the budget. Some of the hotels in Leh-Ladakh are Hotel Grand Dragon, Hotel Omasila, Hotel Holiday, Hotel Dragon, Hotel Caravan Centre, Hotel Singge Palace, Hotel Gawaling International, Singge Palace Hotel, Hotel Asia, Hotel, Ladakh, Hotel Royal and so on.

Hotel Gawaling International:

This is a wonderfully located hotel which is at a short distance from Leh yet amidst a green environment. There are wonderfully appointed rooms with all the modern amenities. The hotel offers a panoramic view of the beautiful mountain ranges and green fields.

Hotel Caravan Centre:

Hotel Caravan Centre is located in the rural ambience of Skara. It is located in between the Airport and city centre. It is a garden retreat and overlooks the Stok Khangri range of the Himalayas. The owner is very hospitable and is very responsive to the needs of the guests. There is even an organic vegetable garden within the premises of the hotel.

Hotel Asia:

The Hotel Asia is a traditionally run property at Ladakh. It is just a couple of minutes stroll from the market place. Despite its location it offers a majestic view of the surroundings. There are lush green lawns that are studded with beautiful flowers. There is also a rooftop café and a multi-cuisine restaurant.

Hotel Grand Dragon:

The Hotel Grand Dragon is the self-admittedly the highest star luxury hotel in the world. It is a 4 star property that is located in the heart of the ancient city of Leh. The hotel offers every amenity that a guest might even wish for. The dining is also among the best in Leh. This hotel is for the discerning traveler.

Hotel Royal:

Hotel Royal Palace is located in South Leh at a 7 minutes distance from main market. The hotel offers all modern amenities and even offers Ayurvedic massage.

Hotel Singge Palace:

Hotel Singge Palace is a royal retreat that is nestled in the tranquil Leh. It is very close to the market place and yet gives an impression of tranquility. The hotel has all modern amenities and also a multi-cuisine restaurant that serves local Ladakhi food.
 

  • Shiva Patekar's picture
    Leh ladakh is the best tourist destination Nov 19, 2013 by Shiva Patekar
    It is quiet great to be with nature away from the hustle and bustle of the city. I just want to escape from the busy schedules and it’s great and awesome to be in Ladakh. Ladakh can offer a unique mind blowing geography that can’t give from nowhere else in the world and that must be the reason... More
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    I am fascinated by the expedition in Leh ladakh Nov 19, 2013 by Ansilin Thomas
    I have traveled several times to leh ladakh and I found it is the best tourist destination in India. The people in lehLadakh are so helpful and very kind so you don’t feel that you are coming from outside. The availability of luxurious rooms is always easy to get and you can book as per your... More
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  • Madhu K Rajan's picture
    Truly amazing trip in Leh ladakh Nov 19, 2013 by Madhu K Rajan
    My personal recommendation is to visit this place if you think to spend your holidays with a vibrant place in India. I have visited Leh Ladakh for consecutive summers and I always feel different about it each time. There are numerous jeep safari’s available at your finger tip so that you don’t... More
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  • Madhu K Rajan's picture
    Truly amazing trip in Leh ladakh Nov 19, 2013 by Madhu K Rajan
    My personal recommendation is to visit this place if you think to spend your holidays with a vibrant place in India. I have visited Leh Ladakh for consecutive summers and I always feel different about it each time. There are numerous jeep safari’s available at your finger tip so that you don’t... More
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  • Louise Preston's picture
    Memorable Visit to Leh Ladakh Sep 18, 2013 by Louise Preston
    Ladakh has always fascinated me. I have seen many pictures of the place and have wanted to visit Ladakh ever since. But for some reason I had not been able to do it. When I came across the Fociz Tours website there was a very good description of Ladakh and I just decided to go for it. I was not... More
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  • Louise Preston's picture
    Memorable Visit to Leh Ladakh Sep 18, 2013 by Louise Preston
    Ladakh has always fascinated me. I have seen many pictures of the place and have wanted to visit Ladakh ever since. But for some reason I had not been able to do it. When I came across the Fociz Tours website there was a very good description of Ladakh and I just decided to go for it. I was not... More
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  • Sonu Singh's picture
    Great to visit Thiksey Monastery Aug 24, 2013 by Sonu Singh
    I had been to the one of the most well known tourist attractions, Leh-Ladakh. It’s a great place and I enjoyed the wonderful scenic beauty of nature throughout my journey in Leh-Ladakh. It’s a place with many tourist places of attractions like temples, masjids, churches, monasteries... More
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  • Nitesh Karnik's picture
    Leh Ladakh road trip Jul 30, 2013 by Nitesh Karnik
    One of the best ways to have fun with a vacation is to having a road trip there along the way Leh Ladakh. A lengthy driving vacation to a place like Leh in the Ladakh area will be twice the fun for you also, as my trip itself was more fascinating than the location itself. Many individuals were... More
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Leh-Ladakh Tourist Attractions 7.1 out of 10 8 user reviews. Ladakh essentially translates into ‘the land of high passes’. It is a region in the state of Jammu and Kashmir that is sandwiched between the Karako..