LADAKH

LADAKH

Ladakh  -  the  ‘Land  of  the  High  Passes’  -  is  among  the  most  stunning  parts  of  the  Indian  Himalayas.  It  forms  the  eastern  part  of  the  state  of  Jammu  &  Kashmir set in an enormous and spectacular environment, it is a land abounding in amazing locations and features. Manned by two of the world's mightiest mountain ranges, the Karakoram in the north and the Great Himalaya in the south, Ladakh is traversed by two other parallel chains, the Ladakh Range and the Zanskar Range.

The town of Leh presents numerous options for the visitors. Sightseeing foremost among them, for Leh is a historic town that served as the royal capital of the Old Kingdom. It is having the nine-storey palace built by King Singge Namgyal in the grand tradition of Tibetan architecture. You can go down in the historic bazaar, the main sites to visit are the Jo-khang, a newly built Buddhist temple, and the historic mosque founded in the late 17th century standing, Zangsti, the Moravian Church and the Ladakh Ecological Centre. Also, a few kilometres up the Indus is Shey Palace, the most ancient capital, with its palace and temples.

However, the central area of Ladakh holds the spiritual treasure, with the greatest concentration of major Buddhist monasteries or gompas. Of the twelve situated on or near the Indus, the oldest monastery is that of Lamayuru. The monasteries of Phiyang, Hemis, Chemrey, Thiksey, Likir, Ri-dzong and Spituk are a must visit place with the last branch monasteries at Stok, Sabu and Sankar. But the jewel among Ladakh's monastic foundations is Alchi. Abandoned centuries ago as a place of active worship, it has been lovingly maintained by the monks of Likir, the nearest functioning monastery.

You can take a stroll among the giants; Zanskar and Ladakh Mountain Ranges. Apart from traversing through the famous town of Leh and the Leh Palace, Pangong Tso Lake, Tso Moriri Lake, Shanti Stupa,  Zanskar river: The Chadar Trek, Khardungla Pass: Highest civilian motor road in the world and Nubra Valley should be must on your itinerary. To get a superhuman feel and defy gravity, do check out the Magnetic Hill!


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