see in Leh
Leh: Capital of Ladakh, Leh has been traditional
and important junction on the famous Silk Route of the antiquities.
It has enjoyed close trade relations with Central Asia.
This 17th century. Singee Palace dominates Leh town.
Japanese Stupas made for world peace, sets picturesquely on
the hilltop above Leh.
Hall of Fame
is a glorious museum constructed by Indian army. You can see
biographies of eminent defense personalities, images and weapons
used during Kargil war, Siachen and its heroes and their daily
instruments and lifestyle of Ladakhi people.
Places to see around Leh
Hemis Gonpa is considered as the largest and richest monastery
in Ladakh. The famous annual festival day called “Hemis
Tsechu” has been declared as the state holiday.
15 Kms. south of Leh, Shey was the seat of power of the King
of Ladakh. And Three-storey statue of Shakyamuni Buddha is
only of its kind in the region.
Stok Palace and Museum:
Stok Palace was constructed after the Ladakh lost to Zorawar
Singh in 19th century. At present Royal family resides here
at Stok. Stok Palace has museum of Royal dresses, Kings Throne
Thiksey Gonpa is famous for its three-storey Maitriya Buddha’s
statue and the photogenic view of the Gonpa, which looks alike
Potala Palace of Lhasa in Tibet.
Alchi monastery was founded by the great translator Lotsava
Rinchen Zangpo in 11th century AD. The exquisite murals of
Alchi Choskor are world famous and it is said that the artists
were specially brought from Kashmir.
Lamayuru Gonpa is the oldest monastery in Ladakh, which is
around 125 Kms from Leh on Leh-Srinagar Highway. Surrounded
by picturesque moonscape Lamayuru Gonpa belongs to Drigung
sect of Tibetan Buddhism.
Around Nubra Valley
Nubra means “Valley of flowers” situated on Pakistan
Border across Khardongla Pass 18,380 ft, the highest motorable
road in the world.
Administrative headquarters of Nubra valley, and offers variety
of accommodation to travelers. It has a monastery atop a hillock
from where you can also enjoy panoramic view of the valley.
Deskit sand dunes and double-humped camel ride reminds of
silk route tradition.
Sumur is a village across the Shayok River along lush green
meadow. Samstanling monastery of Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism
with historical and religious significance attracts both devotees
Famous for hotspring and it was a major stopover for Caravans
of Silk Route before continuing further journey towards Leh.
Tsomoriri Lake is located in Changthang approx. 240 Kms. from
Leh. The Lake is around 28 Kms. long and around 8 Kms wide
at an altitude of 14,000 ft, above the sea level. It harbors
many species of migratory birds including Brahmini Duck, Rudy
Shelduck etc. The Korzok village settlement with a monastery
close to the lake has its own appeal.
A twin lake Tsokar and Tarsaphuk tso form the part of a wide
picturesque valley with many wildlife including migratory
birds, wild asses (Kyangs) and Changpa nomads with thousands
of livestock including sheep, goats and yaks live in their
tents around the lakes in the vast expanse of pasture.
Pangong is approx. 140 Kms. away from Leh, situated at an
altitude of 14,000 ft. above the sea level. The Pangong Lake
is around 71 Kms. long but only 25% of the Lake is in India
rest falls in the share of China. The vast and serene lake
displays a spectacular color variation from dark blue to turquoise
green during the day.
Kargil, headquarter of Kargil district, is the central meeting
point between Srinagar, Leh and Zanskar with almost equal
distances from all sides. Shia Muslim populated town has hotels
and guest houses for tourists traveling between Leh, Zanskar
Located on Leh-Srinagar highway is second coldest inhabited
place on earth. A magnificent view of Tiger Hill can be enjoyed
from the main road. It has memorial museum of Kargil Heros
and 10th century rock carved Buddhist statues.
A lush green valley on the way to Zanskar with Shia population
is famous for magnificent closer view of Nun Kun glacier peaks
and giant rock carved statue of Buddha.
Zanskar is most isolated region of Ladakh, situated in the
Kargil district of Ladakh region, approx. 430 Kms. away from
Leh Town. Large number of Buddhist monasteries such as Karsha,
Phuktal, Zongkhul, Stongdey, Sani and Bardan etc. and the
interesting folklores, myths and startling natural beauties
attract thousands of tourists to this land.