Leh Ladakh – The mountains are calling.

Leh Ladakh – The mountains are calling.

LEH LADAKH

India is a country known for its rich cultural heritage which varies state to state. One can see different colors of culture starting from Northern tip to the Southern part of India. Among the gems of the tourist places in India, LEH LADAKH is one of the most beautiful and wonderful place to visit. Situated in the state of Jammu & Kashmir, it is expanded in an area of about 45110 km² (Leh), 86,904 km² (Ladakh) which makes it one of the best adventurous tourist places in India. It is known for its scenic beauty, the hills, the roads, the amazing views, the Buddhist Monasteries and much more. A view of different Indian culture can be depicted clearly by visiting Leh Ladakh, in the state of Jammu & Kashmir.

 

LOCATION:

LEH

A town in Leh district that ranges from 2300m to 5000m above the sea level, with a larger area of about 45,110 km² helps it to be known as a largest district in India. It is situated with its boundaries of west meeting with POK (Pakistan Occupied Kashmir), with china in northeastern part and south eastern with the Himalayan range or Lahaul Spiti. Leh is reached by travelling 434 kms from Srinagar and 474 from the heaven on earth called Manali.

LADAKH

With the height of 9800ft, Ladakh becomes the highest plateau in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The Kunlun mountain range in the north and the himalayan in south gives Ladakh a home between them. Upper Indus river valley, parts of himalayan and karakoram range, are subsumed by Ladakh.

HISTORY OF LEH & LADAKH

LEH

  • Found by a Tibetian Prince whose name was Skyid Ide nyimagon, in 10th Century.
  • The prince has even made many castles which are now seen as ruined and still add to the rawness of the beautiful place.
  • The Leh palace there, which is now a ruined fort is a nostalgic place to visit in Leh.
  • Was an important stopover for the trade routes between India and China along the Indus valley.

LADAKH

  • Earlier neighbours used to be – The Baltistan,Indus, Lahaul Spiti, Aksai chin, Nubra valley and Zanskar valley.
  • Modern neighbours include Baltistan, Lahaul Spiti, Jammu & Kashmir and Tibet.
  • Ladakh has played an important role in economy.
  • It was a meeting point for many trading routes until China closed its border with Tibet in 1960s.

LANGUAGES & CULTURE.

  • The Language which is predominated in Leh is Ladakhi.
  • The tourism has influenced the languages and made people lean Hindi & English also.
  • Whereas Ladakh has Ladakhi, Urdu, Balti and Tibetian are the official Languages of Ladakh.
  • Culture in Leh Ladakh is a very attractive factor to visit this tourist place.
  • The Buddhist centuries that were built centuries ago, leave a great impact on the travelers who visit them.
  • Buddhist culture is followed in Leh ladakh by the people living there.

BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN LEH LADAKH

  • Royal Leh Palace

A nine storeyed royal palace built in 16th century by King Sengge namgyal speaks about the history of Leh.

The ruined royal old castle of Leh.
  • Hall of Fame

A hall of pride for every Indian, as it enlightens the names of the soldiers who sacrificed their lives while protecting ours.

The flying flag embracing pride of our India.
  • Shanti Stupa

Chandspa’s hilltop is the house of the white domed Buddhist Stupa. This religious place provides an amazing panaromic views of the landscape.

The Beautiful view of Leh from Shanti Stupa
  • Pangong Lake

A lake that equilibrates through evaporation is another most famoust place to visit in Leh Ladakh. More than a half of this beautiful lake lies in China, covering an area of about  604 km

The long lasting Pangong tso lake shown in 3 idiots.
  • Nubra Valley

The very famous valley of forests, Nurba was formerly called Ldumra (the flowers valley). The Shyok River that meets Nurba river and forms a large beautiful valley that separates Karakoram and Ladakh Ranges.

The tri armed valley of the magnificent Ladakh.
  • Khardungla Top

Maintained by the Border road organisations, this pass is strategically very important to India as it is used to supply automobiles and vehicles to Siachen Glacier. It was built in 1976, its height is said to be about 17,582ft.

The top of the strategical pass and an eye catching sight.
  • Tso Moriri Lake

Also called a “Mountain Lake” is the largest of high altitude lakes in India with its complete presence in Ladakh. A 26km lake heading towards south and 3-5 km wide is protected with its surrounding as Tso Moriri wetland conservation reserve.

Tso moriri lake side at sunset.
  • Magnetic Hill

Also known as Gravity hill, mystery hill, mystery spot, anti-gravity hill or gravity road is a wonder of nature that makes an optical illusion for the traveler that makes the road looks like an uphill when the hill is actually going a slight downwards.

A beautiful optical illusion- Magnetic hill.
  • Alchi Monastery

The most famous and oldest monastery of Leh, mostly known as the monastic complex of temples in the village of Alchi. It comes under the the Ladakh automobile hill development council of Jammu & Kashmir, India.

Alchi the complex of temples in Alchi village, Leh.
  • Zanskar the Virgin Valley

Lying in the eastern half of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India, the Zanskar ranges its height upto 19,700ft, which are the highest peaks of Himachal. It is also a part of Tethys Himalaya. This range even separates the Kinnaur district from Himalayas, India.

A journey to the India’s remote valley- the Zanskar valley.
  • Spituk Monastery

Elevation – 10, 852 ft, also known as Pethup Gompa is a Buddhist Monastery in district of Leh, Ladakh, the northern India. The annual Gustor festival is held at the Spituk on the 27th day of the Tibetan calendar and celebrated till the the 29th day.

A sunset image of the Buddhist Spituk Monastery
  • Thiksey Monastery

This one is associated with the Gelug part of Buddhism, located on the hill top of a village Thiksey and considered to be the largest Gompa in the central Ladakh, India.

Wish as you spin, the prayer wheels of the monastery
  • Hemis Monastery

Existed before 11th century, and re-established in 1672 by Ladakhi King Sengge Namgyal is a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery of the Drukpa Lineage in Hemis, Ladakh, India.

Padmasambhava the the annual Hemis festival being held in early june.
  • Mulbekh monastery

Drukpa and Gelugpa Buddhist monastery are the two gompas constituted by the Mulbekh monastery, in Kargil, Ladakh the state of Jammu & Kashmir in the northern India.

Rock with the Chamba statue
  • Moonland

Travelling to Moonland is almost travelling to the moon as the local Lamayaru people believe. The place where the mud cliffs shake hands with the blue sea like skies, and make the horizon look like the lunar surface. Situated at a distance of 15km east of the famous Fotu La Pass on the Leh Srinagar Highway.

A land that is no less than travelling to the moon.

BEST TIME AND WEATHER TO VISIT LEH LADAKH

Leh Ladakh is a place that never goes off tourism season, every season emits its own kind of vibes, be it adventurous, beauteous, mesmerizing, floral, etc. The trip to Leh Ladakh depends upon the way how you want to experience it.

JUNE 

Temperature: Min-7° C , Max- 21° C
The Onset of Monsoon is regarded as the opening of the roads to Leh Ladakh. This the time you’ll see the ice covered mountains shining like crystals.

JULY

AUGUST Temperature: M 10° C, 25° C
This is the time when the Biker and photographers will find paradise at Leh Ladakh. By this time all the roads to Leh Ladakh are open like they are inviting us to watch it’s magnificent beauty.

SEPTEMBER

Temperature: Min 5°C, Max-21° C
The Monsoon has gone to sleep by now, so the roads have a more clear way. The glaciers won’t melt now as this is the message of winters that he’s coming. The Pleasant and beautiful barren lands still ask you to come and talk to them.

OCTOBER

Temperature: in- -1°C, Max – 14° C
Knock Knock, Winters have arrived. Roads to Leh Ladakh have been closed now, you’ll find the Manali-Leh Highway open but you may fin snowy roads. Only the passionate riders and survivors of winters choose to go now.

NOVEMBER

Temperature: in- -6° C, Max- 7°C
So, Hey Winters are now having Lunch properly, The lakes are frozen, the roads are closed, they’re lying under the snow sheets.Only if you can fly and reach there, you can go, but its already freezing cold on the highest altitudes.

DECEMBER-FEBRUARY

Temperature: Min-14° C, Max- 2° C
Winters are now sleeping already and they’ll sleep for these 3 months. Frozen Ice everywhere won’t let you know what’s resting beneath them. The frozen lakes now allow the famous frozen lakes trek, one of them is the Chadar trek.

MARCH-MAY

Temperature: Min- -5°C, Max- 16°C
Winters are awake and will pass by the onset of Monsoon. These 3 months will also not let you have the road trips as the roads are still closed. Flying can help but not the winters still sitting there.

THINGS TO DO ON TRIP TO LEH LADAKH.

  • Watch the birds of the mountain flying to their homes.
Migrating snow birds
  • Take some time, sit aback and watch the sunrises and sunsets.
Sunrisres in the mountains of Ladakh.
  • Spend the night looking at sky that’s giving you the roof filled of stars, and that moon so near that you could take it home.
  • Watch the crystal clear reflections of the mighty mountains in the settled lakes.
The reflecting images of the mighty mountains.
  • Play games at the barren lands for there’s no boundary for your six.
  • Make a wish by stacking of stones
Make a wish, it may reach early from that altitude.
  • Never miss a maggi of the high altitudes on the stalls roadside.
  • Camping and Bonfire time around the tents.
Starry sky, Camping nights, Bonfires and life.
  • Untie and Unburden yourself off and sit and relax in the midst of barren lands.
Bonfire in betweens.
  • Don’t miss out the BRO road signs, they’re hilarious. (BRO= Border Roads Organisation)
These Boards can be a major reason to travel Leh ladakh. Mr.Traveler
  • Sit aside the lakes, quietly and calmly.

For once in a lifetime take a trip, actually take a road trip to Leh Ladakh, it’s a lifetime experience.

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