Ladakh Travel Guide
Ladakh is an arid, barren and cold desert, situated high in the Himalayan and Karakoram ranges. Yet it’s a place which manages to enchant poets, artists and explorers with its beauty and unspoiled splendours, and entices them to brave the harsh and unforgiving conditions to reach this roof of the world. So much so, Ladakh today has become a goal of sorts for every adventure tourist; who would like nothing more than to visit The Land of the Lamas and get swept away by the sheer vastness of this wonderful and magical place. This is where this Ladakh Travel Guide comes in; In it, we have provided all the information you need to plan your trip to Ladakh.
Don’t miss this in Ladakh:
- Buddhist monasteries
- Landscape of Ladakh
- Deep blue colours lakes
- The rich heritage of music, dance, culture and lifestyle.
- Sunset and sunrise from the Leh Palace.
Leh lies in the heart of Ladakh which sprawls just north of the river Indus at an altitude of 3520 m (11500ft). It is a small town of flat-roofed houses and interesting lanes where people greet each other with a smiling ‘Julley’.
The town is surrounded by high mountains of Stok Kangri range and Namgyal Tsemo hill. Every year in the months of June, July and August thousands of tourists from all over the world are seen bustling around the city. The entire streets and rooftop restaurant are full of tourists. It is wonderful to see the melting of various cultures over a sip of tea or with a mug of beer.
- Leh Palace is one of the most historically rich edifices of Kashmir located in the town of Leh.
- The palace was built in the 17th century by King Sengge Namgyal and was his former residence.
- Palace offers the marvellous view of the of the whole Leh town and the mighty Himalayan ranges of Stok
- Kangri and Zanskar mountain ranges give this palace a strategic position.
- The palace is now under the Archaeological Survey of India to renovate the ancient structures of that era and to keep intact the history of Namgyal dynasty in Leh.
How to Reach Leh Palace
The Leh Palace is located in the old Leh city, you need to walk through the old town to reach the palace. It is situated at a distance of 5 km from the Leh air force base airport. A variety of accommodation is available at Leh to choose from. Guest Houses for budget travellers are available near Leh Bus stand. Luxury hotels are available in different locations in the city.
This monastery has statues of Maitreya Buddha, Avalokiteshvara and Manjushree. Early morning and the evening are the most suitable time to visit this hill. It is one of the highest points near the Leh Town.
This monastery has a collection of miniature statues of pure gold and a great collection of paintings. It can be accessed by a walk along the fields of Chubi and also by motor-able road. Sankar Gompa of Ladakh is located at a distance of approximately 3 km from the town of Leh. There are some ‘time’ restrictions for visiting the Sankar Monastery of Leh Ladakh. Entrances are adorned with the paintings of the Guardian of the Four Directions. On the left wall of the entrance verandah, is a “Wheel of Life”, held by Yama.
- This mosque is built in the style of typical Leh architecture.
- Situated in the heart of the Leh city, the mosque was constructed as per an agreement between Namgail and the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.
- The mosque is ancient heritage in Leh.
- It is one of the most recent religious monuments of Ladakh.
- It is situated at a height of solitude, most apt for meditation.
How to Reach Shanti Stupa Located on the top of the hill Chanspa, requires 15 minutes of walk to reach the Stupa on the hill from the foothill.
- Reaching the hilltop involves a trek, make sure you are in comfortable attire.
- Do not miss the view of Shanti Stupa at night.
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