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Ladakh - A Splendid Destination

Ladakh - “Land of high passes” is located at extreme northern part of India. Region is gifted with high mountains, breathtaking landscapes, valleys, lakes, beautiful ancient Buddhist monasteries, monks chanting prayers, unique culture, courteous people etc … leh ladakh tour packages From Bangalore

TOPOGRAPHY:
The second highest mountain, Karakoram Range (K2) forms the northern border of Ladakh. Majestic snow capped Himalayas including Nun & Kun (the highest peaks in Kashmir region) form the southern border. The Tibetan plateau stretches out to the east with the Kashmir Valley lying on the western border.

HIGHLIGHTS:
High altitude lakes such as Tso moriri and Pangong Tso are over 14,000 ft and are accessible by road. Driving to this region involves crossing passes that are above 16,000 ft - literally “atop of the word” feeling. Even the “low” lands in the region are at around 10,000 ft altitude. Crossing into the Nubra valley from Leh, takes one across the Khardung La, which is at 18,380 ft, one of the highest motorable pass in the world! leh ladakh tour packages

ACCLIMATIZATION:
Ladakh is a high altitude destination with low level of atmospheric oxygen. It is, therefore, absolutely necessary that visitors reaching Leh from the plains of India by air, give themselves sufficient time for acclimatization before engaging in any physical activity. This rarefied atmosphere may cause high altitude ailments like Acute Mountain Sickness, necessitating instant evacuation of visitors who are unable to get acclimatized. Anyone travelling to altitudes above 10,000 ft (2,700 m) is liable to suffer from acute mountain sickness (AMS) unless properly acclimatized.

Common symptoms of this ailment are headache, disturbed sleep, loss of appetite, nausea, coughing, breathlessness, exhaustion, lack of concentration, etc. So, in order to acclimatize yourself leh ladakh trip from bangalorein Ladakh, rest for the first 24 hours after arrival, especially if you have come by air. Try avoiding any kind of physical exertion for some time, after you reach. Other activities to be avoided include smoking and drinking.

Do not roam around even if you have not developed any symptoms of sickness immediately after your arrival. This is because these symptoms take the first 36 hours to develop. If you take rest for the first 24 hours and avoid any strenuous activity for the next 12 hours, then, your body will get used to the lower oxygen level of Ladakh in 2-3 days.

FITNESS:  
If you have never been to high altitude (above 12,000ft) you will find it is indeed difficult at first. Your ability to perform work is considerably diminished, but with proper planning, and a careful ascent rate everyone will acclimatize properly and will feel very definite improvements in ability and comfort as the days roll along. Key Mantra is keep yourself hydrated with average of 3 to 4 litres of water a day,leh ladakh tour packages From Bangalore minimize use cigarette and alcoholic beverages in the first few days of arriving into Leh.

RAFTING:
The Indus River, flows across the North West to the south east, passing through Ladakh and flows into Pakistan where it joins Shayok and Suru. The rafting on Indus provides spectacular view of the landscapes of Ladakh and Zanskar ranges which housed Buddhist monasteries on high cliff. As Indus has rapids starting from Grade I & II, this makes interesting for learners too. The popular rafting points are from Phey to Nimo and also from Upshi to Kharu or from Upshi to Nimo.

TREKKING:
When Ladakh was first thrown open to tourism an average itinerary encompassed visits to Leh and its environs with some treks into nearby valleys. The most popular of these were the 8 - day Markha valley trek, the 11- day Lamayuru - Padum route and the Stok Khangri round trek. Now with growing interest in adventure tourism the focus has shifted to the inexplicable valleys of Suru and Zanskar with their spectacular landscape.Ladakh Sarai

SEASON:
May to October. The best time to travel Jun to September

TEMPARATURE:
Temperature here is highly unpredictable. There is large variation between day and night temperatures; the day could be warm to hot and night Chilly to pretty cold. During season, temperature would vary between 2 C to 25 C. You need to carry both warm cloths as well as summer wear during the trip.

PERMITS:
Foreign nationals require Inner Line Permit & Restricted Area Permit. Indians also require permission to visit areas such as Pangong Tso, Nubra Valley etc, which can be organised on arrival at Leh.

leh ladakh trip from bangalore RELIGIOUS ETIQUETTE:
Wearing shorts while visiting a Gompa is not advisable & shoes should be removed. The right way of circumventing a Gompa is from left to right. Monks who act as your guide inside the Gompa do not expect any remuneration, but contributions can be left in the donation box, provided for the purpose. Photography inside the monasteries / Gompas are not permitted. The visitor is expected to respect & maintain the sanctity & tranquillity of the place.

LEH
Leh is the capital of Ladakh region. With a population of just above 1.75 lacks, Leh lies at an altitude of 11000 ft. Being a major trading centre in the past, it was extremely busy city and meeting point of cultures. The town is set amidst of dramatic surroundings. The city skyline is dominated by the palace and fort situated on a hill.

Bangalore to leh ladakh tour packages Hall of Fame: This splendid museum is located on Kargil road, just on the outskirts of Leh city. It was built in memory of the brave soldiers who lost their lives in Indo - Pakistan war. Maintained by the Indian Army, the museum showcases seized arms and amenities of Pakistani Army, pictures and biographies of brave soldiers.

A section of the museum also displays Siachen area exhibiting apparel and amenities used by the Indian Army in the region. Apart from this, one can also witness items related to Ladakhi culture, history, vegetation and wildlife found across the globe.

Leh Palace: This is an impressive structure, rises from the edge of a hill overlooking the Leh town and stretches out towards the indigo sky. Built in 17th century, this nine-storey monument was a residential place for the King Singge Namgyal.It has a museum with some painted or embroidered scrolls and paintings amongst other things.

Leh, leh ladakh tourism Shanti Stupa:
literally means peace (Shanti) pillar (Stupa) established by a ‘Peace Sect’ of Japanese Buddhists, is situated above Changspa in Leh. It can be easily reachable from Fort road. 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.

The stupa is very attractive with the sides are decorated with gilt panels showing the life stories of Great Buddha. The Stupa is accessible by road. Place is worth spending with the fascinating views snow-capped mountains, spectacular unique styled Ladakhi houses and the towering Namgyal Tsemo Gompa.

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The palace is located about 14 kms away from leh town, across the Indus River. Built in 1825 AD by King Tsespal Tondup Namgyal, it is a striking palace where the ancient and modern architectures meet together making the beautiful home. Palace is famous for beautiful gardens and the view of sunrise as well as sunset is amazing. Palace has collection of royal attires, crown and other royal materials. It will take around 4 to 5 hours to explore the whole palace. Spituk Monastery is a nearby attraction to visit.

Thikse Monastery:
Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Yellow Hat sect, located on top of a hill, approximately 19 kilometres east of Leh ( on Manali road). It is noted for its resemblance to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet and is the largest gompa in central Ladakh. The monastery is located at an altitude of 3,600 metres (11,800 ft). It is a 12-storey complex and houses many things of Buddhist art such as stupas, statues, thangkas, wall paintings and swords.

leh ladakh trip from bangalore Hemis Monastery:
It is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Drukpa Lineage, located in Hemis, situated 45 km from Leh. the monastery was re-established in 1672 by the Ladakhi king Sengge Namgyal. The annual Hemis festival honoring Padmasambhava is held here in early June.

Magnetic Hill:
This is a gravity hill located on Leh – Kargil - Srinagar national highway, about 50 km from Leh, at a height of 11,000 feet above sea level. The hill is alleged to have magnetic properties strong enough to pull cars uphill and force passing aircraft to increase their altitude in order to escape magnetic interference. In fact, this is a purely optical effect caused by layout of the surroundings.

Sangam: Sangam means Confluence (where two rivers meet each other). Here Indus and Zanskar rivers meet. Location is ideal for river rafting too.leh ladakh package tour from bangalore

Alchi: Alchi is a village and monastery in the Leh district, situated on the bank of Indus River, 70 km downstream from the capital in Leh. Unlike the other gompas in Ladakh, Alchi is situated on lowland, not on a hilltop.

Khardung La: Khardung La (Khardung Pass, la means pass in Tibetan) is a high mountain pass located north of Leh. The pass is the gateway to the Shyok and Nubra valleys. The Siachen Glacier lies partway up the latter valley. Built in 1976, it was opened to motor vehicles in 1988 and has since seen many automobile, motorbike and mountain biking expeditions. Maintained by the Border Roads Organization ( BRO ), the pass is strategically important to India as it is used to carry supplies to the Siachen Glacier.

Local summit signs claim that its elevation is 5,602 m (18,379 ft) metres high and that it is the world's highest motorable pass. But these claims are disputed by multiple modern leh ladakh trip from bangalore measurements, which all agree that its true height is much nearer to the 5,359 m (17,582 ft) measured using DGPS and imply that there are several higher motorable passes.

Khardong La is historically important as it lies on the major caravan route from Leh to Kashgar in Central Asia. About 10,000 horses and camels used to take the route annually, and a small population of Bactrian camels can still be seen at Hunder, in the area north of the pass. During World War II there was an attempt to transfer war material to China through this route.

Shopping in Leh:
Popular shopping items in Leh are Pashmina shawls, scarfs, other wool garments, locally handmade woollen socks, gloves, caps and sweaters. Tibetan handicraft items including prayer wheels, Buddhist masks and Thangka paintings, Tibetan silver jewellery and traditional Ladakhi jewellery with turquoise can also be purchased in Ladakh. Apricots that grow abundantly in Ladakh are another popular gift that you can take back as a delicious souvenir of your trip to Ladakh.

trip to leh from bangalore Popular markets here are - Tibetan Market off the Old Leh Road for clothes, Moti Market near the Leh bus stand or government - run emporiums, the choice is yours. While shopping in open markets, bargaining is commonly practiced and the final price you pay for any product will depend on your skill at negotiating with the seller. In government-run crafts emporia and larger established stores the prices are fixed and bargaining generally does not occur.

NUBRA
Nubra :Nubra is a tri-armed valley located to the north east of Ladakh valley / Leh. Diskit the capital of Nubra is about 150 km north from Leh town. The Shyok River meets the Nubra or Siachan River to form a large valley that separates the Ladakh and Karakoram Ranges. The Shyok river is a tributary of the Indus river. The average altitude of the valley is about 10,000 ft. i.e. 3048 metres above the sea level. The common way to access this valley is to travel over the Khardung La from Leh town. Non - locals require an Inner Line Permit to enter Nubra.

Diskit: Diskit Monastery also known as Deskit Gompa is the oldest and largest Buddhist monastery in the Nubra Valley. The monastery has statue of Maitreya Buddha in the prayer hall,Leh, leh ladakh tourism a huge drum and several images of violent guardian deities. An elevated dome of the monastery depicts a fresco of the Tashilhunpo Monastery of Tibet.

Hundar: Hundar was the capital of the erstwhile Nubra kingdom in the 17th century, and is home to the Chamba Gompa. Between Hundar and Diskit lie several kilometers of sand dunes, and two-humped bactrian camels graze in the neighboring "forests" of sea buckthorn.

Along the Nubra or Siachan River lie the villages of Sumur, Kyagar (called Tiger by the Indian Army), Tirith, Panamik, Turtuk and many others. Samstanling monastery is between Kyagar and Sumur villages, and Panamik is noted for its hot springs. Across the Nubra or Siachan River at Panamik, is the isolated Ensa Gompa.

PANGONG LAKE
Just about 160 km from Leh is a beautiful lake by the name – Pangong, much famed after three idiots movie. Drive to this lake is exciting & adventurous too. Road passes through altitude pass – Chang La. Overall drive from Leh is about 5 ½ hrs – one way, through a rough and dramatically scenic mountain road. Due to the saltiness in the water of the lake, there is very less micro-vegetation. There are no fish or other aquatic life in the lake, except for some small lobsters. However, numerous ducks and gulls on the lake surface can be spotted amply. Overnight stay in the nearby village would be ideal, as day trip could be hectic.
 
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