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Leh

TraveLibro India Leh Featured City
Hidden in the Indus River Valley, sits the exquisitely enamouring Leh. A pleasantly travel-friendly place in lieu of its terrain, Leh experiences a crazy influx of tourists during the summers. This is not a short trip and needs to be planned well with at least a good two weeks set aside. The beautiful Leh Palace, the Shanti Stupa and nature bestowing her best at the Pangog Tso Lake and Nubra Valley, all leaves one awestruck by how much exquisiteness a place can pack in. The Gurdwara Pathar Sahib, also revered by the Buddhishts, along with the monasteries and Gompas, display a beautiful blend of cultures and faiths. Trekking trails, white water rafting and camping under the gooseberry trees, are just some of the many ways of experiencing Leh. We are sure the two weeks will be worth your while and will definitely leave you wanting more of it!
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TraveLibro India Leh Featured City Monasteries & Gompas

Monasteries & Gompas

A visit to the tranquil monasteries and Gompas scattered in the vast rugged terrain of Leh is a must. The most notabe ones are the Thiksey Monastery, Spituk Gompa, Shey Monastery, and the Hemis Monastery. Soak in the divine spirit on your visit to Thiksey Monastery, which bears a striking resemblance in its architecture to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. Visit the three-chapel Spituk Monastery, perched on the hilltop near Indus, which also hosts the Gustor Festival. Admire the gold statues and stupas ornate with precious stones at the Hemis Monastery also known for its priceless collection of Thangkas. Explore the beautiful Shey Monastery, Alchi Monastery, Diskit Monastery, and more.

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TraveLibro India Leh Featured City Hall of Fame Museum

Hall of Fame Museum

Take a tour of the Hall of Fame Museum dedicated to the brave soldiers of the Indian army who lost their lives during the Indo-Pakistani War. This museum is maintained by the Indian Army and lies on the Spituk-Kargil road. It houses Ladakhi cultural exhibits, memorabilia, arms and ammunition of the Pakistani Army seized during the war. Spend some time reading the biographies of Indian heroes and browse through the photographs of these brave hearts. You will also come across a section dedicated to the Siachen Glacier.

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TraveLibro India Leh Featured City Gurdwara Pathar Sahib

Gurdwara Pathar Sahib

Take the Leh-Kargil road to reach the sacred site of Gurdwara Pathar Sahib located about 40 km away from Leh. It is believed that Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh religion had visited Ladakh. While deep in meditation, he was attacked by a demon with a boulder; however, the boulder turned into soft molten wax, which took the shape of his body. Infuriated, the demon kicked the boulder to crush Guru Nanak, instead, got his leg stuck in it. Giving up on anger and ego the demon became a disciple of Guruji. Buddhists also rever Guruji and venerate him as Nanak Lama and Guru Gompka Maharaj.

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TraveLibro India Leh Featured City Pangong Tso Lake

Pangong Tso Lake

Visit the breathtaking Pangong Tso Lake, situated at a height of 4,250 m amidst the rugged mountains. This endorheic lake (a closed lake without an outlet), is one of the largest brackish (saline water) lakes in Asia. The pristine lake is shared between two countries, of which one-third lies in India and two-third in China. This delightful sight is sure to mesmerise you with its blue coloured waters shimmering in the sunlight making it a perfect spot to take pictures with nature as the backdrop. The Chang La pass offers beautiful countryside scenery making the five-hour drive interesting. During winter the lake is freezes completely.

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TraveLibro India Leh Featured City Shanti Stupa

Shanti Stupa

Shanti Stupa was built to promote world peace and is also considered as a symbol of amicable relations between the people of Ladakh and Japan. This beautiful two-levelled edifice is ornate with a white dome and an elongated spire. Take the stairway with about 500 steps uphill to Chanspa and come face-to-face with this beautiful structure.. This peace pagoda holds the relics of Buddha at its base and sits at a height of 4,267 m offering great views of Leh city. Witness the spectacular sunrise or sunset and appreciate the architectural beauty of Shanti Stupa.

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TraveLibro India Leh Featured City Tso Moriri or Tso Kar Lakes

Tso Moriri or Tso Kar Lakes

Undertake a long journey to take in the surreal landscape around the pristine lake of Tso Moriri or Tso Kar in the Rupshu valley. The lake is about 4,000 m above sea level, approximately 29 km long and about 8 km wide. This indigo-coloured water body is one of the most beautiful lakes in the Changthang region of Ladakh. It is the highest Ramsar site in the world and hosts a range of flora and fauna along with migratory birds and Tibetan wolves (rarely seen). Reach this remote site by taking a seven-hour journey with umpteen nature scenes decked with majestic mountains throughout.

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TraveLibro India Leh Featured City Khardung La Pass

Khardung La Pass

Embark on a road trip of a lifetime by riding or driving on the Khardung La Pass, one of the highest motorable passes in the world as per the Border Roads Organisation. Located at an altitude of 18,379 ft, the Pass offers picturesque panorama of the surrounding valleys. This road formerly functioned as a trade route to supply goods on camel and horse backs. Today, Khardung La Pass is a strategic road for the Indian Army due to its accessibility to the Siachen Glacier aiding in carrying supplies. This road is also popular amongst motorcyclists from world over. This enchanting Pass also serves as a gateway to the Shyok and Nubra valleys.

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TraveLibro India Leh Featured City Confluence of the Indus & Zanskar Rivers

Confluence of the Indus & Zanskar Rivers

Drive to the southeast part of Ladakh, a distance of about 35 km from Leh city, and witness another masterpiece by nature—the stunning confluence of Indus and Zanskar Rivers in the lap of Nimmu Valley. Indus River is important for the Ladakh region as it is the main source of water supply there. Zanskar River originates from the Zanskar ranges, while the Indus River finds its source from the Himalayan ranges. The azure coloured Zanskar River joins the Indus River in the Nimmu Valley about three km from Nimmu Village. Creating a perfect picturesque landscape with towering mountains dotting on the sides, it truly is a sight to behold.

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TraveLibro India Leh Featured City Leh Market

Leh Market

Take a piece of Leh with you, shop for popular items such as the Pashmina and Cashmere shawls, Tibetan handicrafts such as Buddhists masks, prayer wheels, Thangka paintings and Tibetan silver jewellery, which are unique to this region. Also, buy fresh apricot and apricot products that are grown and produced abundantly here and best bought from the Ladag Apricot Store. Head to the Tibetan Handicraft Community Showroom, or the Ladakh Art Palace, for Tibetan handicrafts and jewellery. Those looking for curios and souvenirs at nominal prices, head to one of the open markets—Moti Market, Shar Market and Tibetan Market and cash in on some great bargain deals.

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TraveLibro India Leh Featured City Paragliding

Paragliding

Those looking for adventure clubbed with natural beauty are in for a treat. Ladakh is known for adventure sports such as mountain biking, white water rafting, camping, trekking and paragliding. Soar in the air and engage in the physically and mentally demanding sport of paragliding. Experience the beauty of heavenly landscapes and enjoy a bird’s eye view over the Khardung La ranges and its surroundings. Hover above the towering peaks with specks of waters and other majestic views!

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TraveLibro India Leh Featured City Nubra Valley

Nubra Valley

Take an unforgettable tour to Nubra Valley and explore its diverse attractions such as the orchards, cold desert, monasteries, Bactrian camels, and indulge yourself in other activities. Nubra Valley is best visited between the months of May–August. This pristine valley comprises of places such as the Khardung La Pass, Panamik Village, the stunning Diskit Gompa, Maitreya Buddha, the hidden Lake of Yarab Tso, and a camel ride on the Hunder Sand Dunes is a must. It is a gateway to the famous Siachen Glacier also the Sasser Pass and the Karakoram Ranges of the ‘Silk Route’, which lie to the northwest of the valley linking Xinjiang with Nubra.

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TraveLibro India Leh Featured City Rafting

Rafting

Feel the adrenalin rush while participating in the fascinating sport of white water rafting on Indus and Zanskar Rivers. Most of the rafting organisers here provide packages ranging from one to five days and more. Rapids of Indus River range from a grade of I to II at some spots while the other enjoy rapids grading from III to even V. You can even enjoy camping at interesting spots on this journey. Traverse the Grand Canyon of the Himalaya as you navigate your way through the spectacular Zanskar River gorge. Both the rivers cater to all types of adventure junkies and are adorned with endless beauty throughout the route.

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TraveLibro India Leh Featured City Leh Palace

Leh Palace

Though in a state of ruins now, the Leh Palace is still worth visiting, due to its history and resemblance to Potala Palace in Lhasa (Tibet). The Leh Palace was constructed in the 17th century under the reign of King Sengge Namgyal. During the invasion by the Dogra dynasty in the 19th century, the royal family was forced to leave this place and live in exile at the famous Stok Palace. Pay a visit to the former royal residence, a nine-storey edifice with store rooms situated on the lower floors as the top floors were occupied by the royal family. Venture to the roof to enjoy panoramic views of the palace’s surroundings.

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TraveLibro India Leh Featured City Recreational Activities

Recreational Activities

Ladakh, apart from its endless natural beauty also offers a variety of recreational activities, thus alluring adventure junkies from all across the world. Engage in soft adventure activities such as archery, a traditional sport of Ladakh, or watch a contest at the National Archery Stadium. Try riding on the back of a Bactrian camel across the sand dunes of Hunder. Trek on the rocky paths fringed with dense forests and an amazing landscape. Go ice skiing on the snowy slopes or conquer the peaks on a challenging mountaineering expedition. If you aren’t too adventurous, watch the Ladakhi players play the exciting sport of horse polo while riding the Zanskari ponies.

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