Famous for/as: Scenic, Trekking
Languages: Ladakhi, Urdu
Best Season: Jun - Sep
Weather: Summer 5 to 40°C, Winter -14 to 24°C
Altitude: 2750 m
Ladakh, popularly known as 'the Moon Land', 'Little Tibet',
and 'the last Shangri La' is one of the most popular tourist
destinations of India, situated in the Jammu and Kashmir.
Ladakh is a hill station, a beautiful spectacular region of
higher altitude. Ladakh has the privilege of being a unique
place on Earth contributed by its snow-covered beauty,
landscapes, enchanting silence and what not, and a
confabulation of all charms in the physical world. It stands a
class apart from other places in India.
Leh Palace, an imposing and captivating marvelous structure,
rises from the edge of a hill overlooking the Leh town, the
well-known capital of Ladakh, and stretches out towards the
indigo sky. The palace was supposed to be built in the middle
of the 16th century by King Singe Namgyal and this nine-storeyed
monument still continues under the hold of Royal family.
Leh palace, an impressive palace and a major attraction for
tourists, is a 9 storied palace constructed way back in 17th
century for the comfort of King Singge Namgyal. Situated on
the ridge of a hillock, it is a miniature version of the
renowned Potola in Lhasa, Tibet.
Shanti Stupa, literally means peace(Shanti) pillar (Stupa)
established by a ‘Peace Sect’ of Japanese Buddhists, is
situated above Changspa in Leh District of Jammu and Kashmir.
The stupa was opened in 1985 by Dalai Lama with an intention
of Spreading Buddhist ideology and teaching all through the
world. This is a place which tells the world the need for
peace and harmony among its population.
Hemis Monastery or Hemis Gompa, constructed in 1630 during the
period of Sengge Namgyal, is the world known biggest Buddhist
Monastery in the region of Leh. The Monastery is managed by
Drukpa sect of Buddhism and the Gompa flourished by the
activities during the period of Namgyal dynasty.
Matho Monastery, with the history of five hundred years and
the only monastery under the Saskya monastic Establishment in
Leh Ladakh, is located on the beautiful Indus River valley and
is believed to be founded by Lama Dugpa Dorje, a famous Lama
in Buddhist Monarchy.
Shey Monastery, an erstwhile Royal residence up to 16th
century, is located at a small village Shey near Leh on the
banks of Indus River and is managed by Buddhists Monks from
Hemis Monastery. Lhachen Palgyigon, the first King of Ladakh
built this Monastery. The building is placed on a ridge
similar to a knife edge and the approach to the monastery is
decorated with many stupas and shrines.
Stakna Gompa, famous for the splendid architecture on a 60 m
high isolated rock and one of the most accessible monasteries,
is another eye-catching monastery of Leh. This monastery is a
visual display of the religious and cultural heritage of India
Thiksey Monastery, an outstanding specimen of Ladakhi
architecture, is a glorious Buddhist monastery located nearby
Leh in Jammu and Kashmir. Thiksey Monastery is the part of
Gelukpa order in Buddhism and is beautifully located in the
picturesque top of a hillock. It encloses numerous stupas,
Thangkas, statues, swords, wonderful wall paintings and a
large pillar carved with Buddha’s ideas and preaching, all in
a mammoth 12 storied building complex.
Leh, a paradise for trekkers, is attracted by many natural
lovers and adventurous tourist. The snow covered Himalayan
trekking terrains poses mild to very tough challenges to
trekkers. The experienced trekkers got the competitive chances
of highly challenging and breath taking trekking trails in
mountain ranges surrounding Leh. Safari through the plain
valleys in the banks of Indus River is also very attractive.
There are some trekking institutes which provide the necessary
support for the naïve trekkers.
The Nubra Valley is scenic place located in the State of Jammu
and Kashmir. The valley is located around 150 km from the city
of Leh. It is situated around 10000 feet above sea level and
it a popular tourist destination. Travelers are required to
obtain an Inner Line Permit from Leh which can be easily
obtained from an office in Leh. Travelers pass through some of
the most scenic locations in the country on the road to the
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.
How to Reach
Different airline services provide regular services from Leh
to Delhi, Jammu and Srinagar and return. Major cities in and
abroad can be reached through Delhi.
Jammu is the nearest railway station, which is about 734 km
from Leh. Jammu to Leh via Srinagar and takes more than two
days by bus.
Srinagar to Leh (700 km) which takes two days and HRTC provide
service from Manali to Leh (474 km), which takes about 20
hours or two days if you halt in between.