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Tourist Destinations & Attractions in Leh Ladakh

Leh - Ladakh is the largest province within the North Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir, covering approximately 60,000 square miles (100,000 sq. km). It is surrounded and bisected by some of the highest mountain ranges in the world. Running in a generally northwest to southeast direction through Ladakh, the great Himalayan Range separates the Vale of Kashmir from Ladakh. We have various Tour Packages for your ready reference, though we believe on Tailor Made Itineraries for your scheduled trip to Ladakh and kashmir.
     
Leh Town :
  District headquarter / nearest airport / beautiful town and access to Manali in South and Srinagar – Kashmir in West. Nubra Valley in North has a border with Tibet and Pakistan. Pangong lake in North east from Leh and another beautiful lakes Tso Moriri and Tso kar in South east of Leh town.
  Leh was an important stopover on trade routes along the Indus Valley between Tibet to the east, Kashmir to the west and also between India and China for centuries. The main goods carried were salt, grain, pashm or cashmere wool, charas or cannabis resin from the Tarim Basin, indigo, silk yarn and Banaras brocade.

Several trade routes have traditionally converged on Leh, from all four directions. The most direct route was the one the modern highway follows from the Punjab via Mandi, the Kulu valley, over the Rohtang Pass, through Lahaul and on to the Indus Valley, and then down river to Leh.

The route from Srinigar was roughly the same as the road that today crosses the Zoji La (pass) to Kargil, and then up the Indus Valley to Leh. From Baltistan there were two difficult routes: the main on ran up the Shyok Valley from the Indus, over a pass and then down the Hanu River to the Indus again below Khalsi (Khalatse).

The other ran from Skardu straight up the Indus to Kargil and on to Leh. Then, there were both the summer and winter routes from Leh to Yarkand across the Karakorum. Finally, there were a couple of possible routes from Leh to Lhasa.

Chinese knew of a trade route through Ladakh to India as early as the Kushan period (1st to 3rd centuries AD) and certainly by Tang dynasty, little is actually known of the history of the region before the formation of the kingdom towards the end of the 10th century by the Tibetan prince, Skyid lde nyima gon (or Nyima gon), a grandson of the anti-Buddhist Tibetan king, Langdarma (r. c. 838 to 841).

The royal palace, known as Leh Palace, was built by King Sengge Namgyal (1612–1642), presumably between the period when the Portuguese Jesuit priest, Francisco de Azevedo, visited Leh in 1631, and made no mention of it, and Sengge Namgyal's death in 1642

The Leh Palace is nine story high, the upper floors accommodated the royal family, and the stables and store rooms are located on the lower floors. The palace was abandoned when Kashmiri forces besieged it in the mid-19th century. The royal family moved their premises south to their current home in Stok Palace on the southern bank of the Indus.

Leh, a fascinating streets and quaint bazaars. The main street is open and airy, with rows of shops on either side. The spectacular eight-storey Leh Palace looming above, overlooking the town, was built in the 16th century. Shanti Stupa offers an aerial view of Leh Valley with the backdrop of majestic Stok Kangri group of Peaks. Stok Palace by crossing river Indus worth visiting to see the Palace and its museum. Royal family still live here and some of the rooms are meant for commercial purposes.

Shey palace – Thiksey monastery and Hemis Monastery – Spituk Gompa and Kali Mata Temple - Phyang Gompa are major tourist spots around Leh.
Nubra Valley :
  In the North of Leh Town by crossing world highest pass called Khardungla. Way to Siachen Glacier and further to Karakoram ranges. In the west close to Pakistan Border and silk route since Alexgender crossed Indus river in 324 BC. Two hump camel are silent witness of that era.
Turtuk :
  the last village in Nubra valley and Pakistan border is a recently open area and restricted area. Need to have permits and some of the nationals are restricted or need pre permissions from Home Affairs – Indian Govt. should you need to visit Turtuk this is recommended to have two nights stay at Nubra which is sufficient to explore Hunder / Sumur / Panamic Hot spring and Turtuk village.
Pangong Lake :
  Tibetan for "long, narrow, enchanted lake", also referred to as Pangong Lake, is an endorheic lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4,350 m (14,270 ft). It is 134 km (83 mi) long and extends from India to Tibet. The lake is approx 5 km wide at its broadest point.
  In the North East of Leh by crossing Changla Pass famous for variation of colors and beautiful landscape . Close to Tibet Border and restricted area.

During winter the lake freezes completely and local natives cross the lake from one side to other.
Tso Moriri and Tso kar Salt Lake:
  In South east of Leh offers and incredible safari and rich for flaura and fauna. Chuma thang Hot spring water may be useful for foreign national. Pasmina Goats – Morai plains with dusty trail and Tanglangla pass world third highest pass. Close to Tibet Border and restricted area.
  One of the most beautiful area to be explored. Perfect for jeep safaris and enjoy with the nature. Around 500 kms round trip worth visiting form Leh to Leh. Though you can combine this section if driving from manali to Leh or Leh to Manali either way.
Alchi – Lamayuru valley:
  Driving in the west of Leh by following river Indus you may encounter various monasteries like Spituk / Phyang / Basgo / Confluence of Zanskar and Indus river / Likir Gompa you may reach Alchi which is the only one monastery formed at a flat ground.
  Further drive will take you to Lamayuru Valley called as a Moon land due to its geographic formation. One the most beautiful picturesque monastery related to Tantrik monastery and its beautiful history when it was under a large lake centuries years before.
Da Hanu Village:
  In the North west of Leh town you may encounter its interesting tribes by visiting Bema, via Achinathang - the home of the Drok-pas. The restricted areas of Ladakh. The villages of Da, Hanu, Garkhon and Darchiks are home to a minuscule ethnic group known as Drok-pa.
  They are Indo-Aryan by race in contrast with the Tibetan racial characteristics of majority of the Ladakhis, having their own distinct traditions and customs and practicing a form of Buddhism that has an intriguing intermixture of pre-Buddhist animist beliefs
Zanskar region:
  Down south of Leh can be approachable by Road and paradise for trekking lovers. 10 days trek from Lamayuru to Padum. Mush lush green and flat grounds in Zanskar offers and incredible beauty.
  Padum, the district headquarters of Zanskar, located on the southern part of a wide fertile plain in which the Tsarap Lingti Chu and the Stod rivers join to form the Zanskar river. The small township clings to a hillock, the site of an ancient palace and fort
Rangdum :
  gompa is perched on a steep sugarloaf mountain fousing some 40 monks of the Gelug-pa (yellow cap) sect. According to an inscription, the gompa was built around 260 years ago by Gelek Yashy Takpa during the regin of King Tsewang Namgyal of Ladakh.
  The small mani walls here and towards Padum are more ornate than in Ladakh. Buddha reliefs are arranged ont he stones and some of the stones are carved not only with the usual om mani padme hum mantra but also with pictures of chortens and mandalas
Karsha :
  the largest and most important monastery in Zanskar, lies on the other side of the Dodu river, a two- to three-hour walk away. Karsha is a treasure trove of Buddhist art, highlighted by the 500-year old wall frescoes in the lHabrang (teaching room).
Manali - Leh Overland Drive :
  Driving for almost 475 kms from Manali to Leh is one of the most beautiful high altitude drive in the world. Rohtang Pass / Baralacha Pass / Srchu / Tanglangla Pass are some of the major highlights on this route. Life line to connect this region with other Indian states
Leh to Srinagar Drive:
  Driving from Leh to Srinagar in west for almost 450 Kms connects with Kashmir Valley. D Zozila Pass differes both region and a pure contrast with Lush green vegetation in Kahsmir to High altitude desert area in Ladakh.
  Alchi Lamayuru Section / Fatu La Pass – Mulbekh – Kargil – Drass – coldest region in India - D Zozila pass and Sonamarg are some of the major highlights of this section
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Package Name No of Nights Destination / Night Stay
03 Nights Stay in Leh Ladakh 03 Nights Leh 3N
Highlights of Ladakh Trip 04 Nights Leh 4N
05 Nights Stay in Leh Ladakh Tour 05 Nights Leh 5N
Towards Valley of Flowers in Ladakh 06 Nights Leh 5N , Nubra 1N
Moon Valley & Pangong Tso (Lake) 08 Nights Leh 6N , Uleytoko 1N , Nubra 1N
Ladakh with Kashmir Tour Package 08 Nights Leh 4N , Nubra 1N , Uleytoko 1N, Kargil 1N , Srinagar 1N
Overland Safari to Ladakh 08 Nights Manali 1N, Sarchu 1N, Leh 4N, Pangong 1N, Nubra 1N
Tour to High Altitude Lakes in Ladakh 10 Nights Leh 7N, Uleytoko 1N, Nubra 1N, Tsomoriri 1N
Ladakh Panorama Tour Package 11 Nights Manali 1N, Sarchu 1N, Leh 4N, Pangong 1N, Nubra 1N, Uleytoko 1N, Kargil 1N, Srinagar 1N