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  • When it comes to road trip the first thing that strikes your mind is the most celebrated Manali to Leh highway road trip. Riding through the criss-cross terrain on your beast is something which will be captured in your heart forever. This time while you are on your road trip, get a chance to explore the incandescent beauty of the region. With the snow-capped mountains, distant valleys and the cool mountain breeze make it all more exciting. As you continue your ride through the rugged terrain you will come across some of the most well-known passes of Ladakh. Marvel at the sight of the amazing beauty of this region while you hit the roads on this adventurous road trip.


    Best Time for Manali to Ladakh Trip:

    June to September is the best time to travel to Leh Ladakh via this route. If travelling by road, a person will take at least 2 days with adequate stops for rest.


    Manali to Leh Distance:

    The approximate distance of Manali Leh highway is 473 km

    Manali to Leh Road Map:

    Manali – Rohtang – Gramphu – Kokhsar – Keylong – Jispa – Darcha – Zingzingbar – Baralacha La – Bharatpur – Sarchu – Gata Loops – Nakee La – Lachulung La – Pang - Tanglang La – Gya - Upshi - Karu – Leh

    Manali Leh Highway Status:

    "Manali-Leh Highway Snow Clearing May Start from 1st March"

    If the reports from BRO are to be believed, then the Manali-Leh Highway, which is a mountain highway of high significance may just open almost 2 months earlier than expected, a feat to be repeated almost after 17 years. This is because of the width of the layer of snow that usually covers the roads that go from the Rohtang Pass to the Baralacha La, covering areas like Keylong.

    The usually 20 to 30ft of snow has only been about 5ft this year, meaning it won’t take as long to clear the way and open the gates of Rohtang into Lahaul Valley and till the city of Leh till the end of April. It is noteworthy that the last time this happened was in the years 1999, 2000 and 2001. The BRO usually starts cleaning the ice in March, with the operations ending in May and gates opened for public by the end of May or beginning of June.


    Mode of Transportation:

    1) By Motorcycle
    2) By Jeep
    3) By Bus
    4) By Cycle

    The Manali to Leh road trip will surely be an amazing one and be in your memories forever.
  • Places to Visit During Manali Leh Road Trip

  • 01Manali

    Located at an elevation 6725 ft above the sea level this hill station showcases a realm which never fails to entice you. While in the summers the weather turns pleasant in the winters the peaks are all covered with the sparkling snow.

    The views are all paradisiacal and the adventures are always one peak. Be it skiing in the Solang Valley or Paragliding, each one of them is victualed at this destination. This spot is toured by vacationers all around the year and the beauty of this slice of Himalayas never fades away.
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  • 03Rohtang Pass

    On the Manali to Leh road trip, get spectacular and panoramic views from the Rohtang Pass. Located 51km from Manali, at an altitude of 3900m, it is a route that leads to places such as Pangi, Lahaul Spiti and Leh. You get views of beautiful snow-capped peaks and glaciers from here. It is in this vicinity that the Chandra River flows too.

    Just before getting to Rohtang Pass there is a Snow Point. You can enjoy yourself playing in the snow at this place. Open between June and October you can enjoy sledge rides and skiing during this time. 

    Also, check out best resorts to stay in Manali

  • 04Keylong

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    Whether you want to enjoy scenic walks through laid-back villages or enjoy grand mountain views, Keylong is the place to be. Alongside this place is the resplendent Bhaga Valley with its riches of greenery. Being the capital city of Lahaul, Keylong is a popular stop among the tourists and trekkers for an overnight stay.

    More than this, it is adored as an oasis of greenery that has all the reasons to amaze the visitors. On a visit to Keylong, you can also visit monasteries such as Shasur and Gemur. 

  • 05Jispa

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    A scenic and picturesque stretch of land, Jispa is located beside the Chandra River. Journey to this hamlet is one of the fascinating trails of the Manali – Leh tour. Decorated naturally by streams, scenic peaks, picturesque valleys and lush greeneries, it gets the visitors close to the Mother Nature.

    Due to its location; around 10,000ft above the sea level, it offers panoramic views of the surrounding like no other regions. A perfect setting for an overnight stay, there are numerous camping destinations in this village. While in this settlement, the different marvels of the nature will surely keep you spellbound. 

  • 06Darcha

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    Visit a picturesque Himalayan village called Darcha located beside the Bhaga River. From Keylong this place is around 23km. There is a huge camping ground available at Darcha which is commonly used as a camping ground by the tourists.

    Among all the enthralling treks in Leh Ladakh region, the Darcha-Padum trek is the most popular. If you have enough time during your Manali-Leh tour, you can plan this 9-10 days trek and experience a world never seen or imagined before. 

  • 07Zingzing Bar

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    A peace-over joint located on the way to Ladakh; between Jispa and Sarchu, Zingzing Bar is one of the highest roadside bars in the world. Well, don’t go by its name! More than bar, it is a resting ground of the army cadets and the exhausted travellers. None of the Manali to Leh road trips can get complete without a visit to this bar.

    This place has an ambience that is almost on the verge of meditative bliss. You can simply sit and sip your tea and be at peace with yourself. The charisma of this place is such that, within a very few moments, you can feel all the peace descending on you. 

  • 08Baralacha La

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    Located in the altitudinous sections of the Zanskar region, this is a mountain pass or the confluence point of many roads. Connecting Lahaul to Ladakh Tour, you pass through this plateau surrounded by mountain ranges such as Pir Panjal and Himalayas.

    Towering at over 16,000 feet, from Baralacha La, you can see the three valleys that surround it. Dividing the Bhaga and Yunam Rivers, this place is a starting point for the popular Suraj Tal trek.
  • 09Sarchu

    Sarchu
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    Located on the Manali – Leh highway and surrounded by the Himalayan range is a beautiful region called Sarchu. Locally known as ‘Sir Bhum Chum’, it is a perfect destination for camping and overnight stay, you can enjoy a night’s sleep amidst a treasure trove of scenery. There are various camps in Sarchu where you can stay and enjoy. 

    At an altitude of 14300 feet, expect the winds to be cooler than usual, but refreshing nevertheless! You are encompassed by picture-perfect scenic quotients. The sight of the majestic mountains overlooking you from a distance is equally thrilling; the experience is inexplicable and surreal.

  • 10Gata Loops

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    Not many people know of this place except for those who have been on the road from Manali –Leh. Anyone who has been to Gata Loops would describe it as a stunning region nestled in the Western Himalayas. Getting to this place and getting out of it is as thrilling as well.

    There are about twenty one winding curves along the road from Gata Loops. Adding to the adventurous sojourn, is its high altitude. Once you get here, you do feel like being at 17,000 feet above sea level, given the crispness of the winds and diffused sunlight. As you travel along the hairpin bends and curves, feel the adrenaline rush of being challenged by the terrain.

  • 11Lachulung La

    Located on the Leh-Manali route, this is a mountain pass at about 16,000 feet above sea level. From here you get undulating views of the scenery beyond. You can see the entire Ladakh plateau in some sweeping glance of your eyes. Located 54 km from Sarchu, this mountain pass is considered a relatively easy route to traverse.

    There is a Nala that passes through this place and simply moving alongside can accomplish your task of crossing this pass. After crossing Lachulung La, the landscape changes where the road meanders through a canyon. 

  • 12Pang

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    This is the place where the highest army transit camp exists. Traditionally a stop for the armed forces, Pang is now a stop for tourists as well. The scenery of this place is breathtakingly different.

    The high altitude of this place combined by beautiful surrounding scenery makes Pang a perfect place to take a break whilst on the tour. Being a remote region, one is assured to enjoy the vistas of naturalistic delights. 

  • 13Tanglang La

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    One of the highest mountain passes in the Leh Ladakh region, the Tanglang La pass is like a jewel in the crown on the Manali – Leh stretch. Claimed to be the second highest motorable mountain pass on the planet, your ascent from here is unceasingly upwards. It is like driving towards the clouds given that they are so close as well.

    Along the way, the snow-clad mountains will mesmerize you for sure. During the journey through this high-altitude place, you can witness the Tso Kar Lake behind the gigantic mountains. 

  • 14Upshi

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    Located along the Indus River and 45 km southeast of Leh, is a quaint and picturesque village called Upshi. Towards the east of this region is an ancient trading route that is connected to Tibet. There is also a helipad on this route that is used by helicopter-borne tourists and the armed forces.

    As the main economic activity around this region is goat farming, you can witness the goat farmers and their livestock in abundance all through the way. Tiny villages cocooned within the region adds to the pristine and surreal beauty of Upshi. Nothing short of bliss, living and staying in this paradisiacal village is indeed a privilege!

  • 15Karu

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    At Karu, you are flanked by lofty mountain peaks and hills. In this secluded bliss, you are charmed by the beauty of nature. The manifestations of nature’s finest representations lies at their best in this region. Sparkling streams, resplendent valleys and majestic mountains are the hallmarks of this region. 
  • 16Leh

    Serving as the dream destination of many, this land of rustic charm is famed for numerous passes and high elevations. The roads connecting Manali to Leh Ladakh have exceptional topography and are well-suited for the thrill seekers.

    Though the terrains are not that easy and the weather is also harsh, but these factors cannot keep away the adventure lovers. Owning a number of panoramic views of the snow-covered mountains and picturesque surroundings this place is a true delight for the eyes and soul alike.
  • Must Visit Places in Ladakh

  • 17Khardung La

    Positioned at an altitude of 18379 feet, Khardung La Pass that can be seen in a Manali to Ladakh trip is renowned as the highest motor-able pass in the world as different sources mention. The pass is located just 40 KM from Leh and acts as the doorway to Shyok and Nubra Valley. It is a prominent space in the trade history of India and China and now it is a highly recognized place for Indian Army.

    A lifetime experience of biking in Ladakh is the prime reason for the unending flood of bike riders toward the spot. From the month of May to October, the pass would support any kind of travellers but during winter it poses threats as thick covers of snow makes it tough yet undeniably beautiful. Winters in Ladakh is extremely cold and it covers most of the places in Ladakh with snow.
  • 18Shanti Stupa

    Glorified for the religious significance and strikingly enhanced by the surrounding landscape, Shanti Stupa has been influencing an ample number of visitors and travelers, especially those who travel from Manali Leh highway. A white-domed pagoda built by a Buddhist Bhikshu as a part of the Peace Pagoda Mission. The relics of Buddha are being preserved in the base of the stupa and a photo of the current Dalai Lama can also be seen. From the stupa, the views of Leh lying across the majestic valleys are magnanimously alluring.

    The visitors of the stupa have to climb a breathless steep of 500 steps to cover the altitude of 3609 meters or can be accessed by a vehicle as well. You can ambulate around the shorter, meditate by sitting inside where an amicable yet quiet ambiance is prevailing and pray.
  • 19Nubra Valley

    Nubra Valley is a quite popular name among the trekkers and travelers of Leh Ladakh. A large valley forming as the separation of Ladakh from Karakoram Ranges holds the utmost beautiful confluence of Shyok and Siachen Rivers. What is awaiting the visitors in this valley is a mix of stark slopes, monstrous arid mountains, sand dunes, the remnants of a glorified palace, monasteries and so on. Nubra Valley is also famous for camping and camel safari.

    Nubra Skat speakers form the majority of the inhabitants of this tri-armed valley, and most of them are Buddhists as well. Once a famous trade route between India and China, this magnanimous cold desert have lush vegetation especially due to the presence of the confluence of the rivers.
  • 20Pangong Lake

    Despite being the fact that it is completely frozen during winter, Pangong Lake or Pangong Tso, 135 KM in length steals any beholder’s heart undoubtedly. Stretching across an area of 604 sq.km, majority of the lake lies in China but Indians who visit the Himalayan ranges never miss out the opportunity to visit Pangong Lake. It is a separate land locked river basin with saline water in it and geography says that it contains no fish and microorganisms. 

    But the visitors of the lake spotted different types of ducks and some other birds and it proves that the lake has been acting as the laying bed for breeding for many avifauna. Hushed by the mighty Himalayan ranges so well, the lake appears as an unforgettable image forever.

  • 21Tso Moriri Lake

    Changthang Range in the Himalayas proudly possesses a valuable yet enticing attraction called Tso Moriri Lake, one of the calm and sacred high altitude lakes in Ladakh. Being complimented as a beholder’s paradise, Tso Moriri is the largest high altitude lake in India, flanked by the lofty mountains in its surrounding, bearing 29 KM length and 8 KM width. Camping is also done around the Tso Moriri.

    The lake is considered to be a preserved wetland by the Government now as it lays bed for many birds to breed over here. Apart from that, the lake remains harsh during winter but all the other times it boasts of its splendid beauty and extends a romantic feel everywhere around. From Leh, there is a direct route to reach the lake that can consume around 6-7 hours easily, but depending on your travel itinerary.

  • 22Magnetic Hill

    Those who have travelled to Leh Ladakh must have come across a signage saying ‘the phenomenon defying gravity’ at Magnetic Hill. The reasons for the miracle happens at Magnetic Hill are still vague. The topic of discussion is that when you park your car or any vehicle in a specified box marked on the road and leave the engine off and the gears on neutral, the car starts moving.

    Though it can be argued by saying it is because of gravity, the experienced ones are suggesting you turn your vehicle to the opposite direction and repeat the same. To surprise you, the vehicle will start moving uphill; if gravity is the force here how a vehicle can climb the steep hill without its driving force on. This mysterious hill has gained monstrous popularity among trekkers, travelers, and hippies.
  • 23Royal Leh Palace

    Singge Namgyal, a 17th century king led the construction of the royal Leh palace which is predominantly the main attraction in this mind blowing town of Kashmir. Though the royal families were exiled to Stok, the edifice is still possessing all its glory like it had in the past. The ardent lovers of Himalayas compulsorily makes a visit to this place in Leh which is an architectural icon.

    It has nine stories, but the most remarkable part is the venture to the rooftop to behold the expensive views of the immaculate nature around. There are more in its base to throw your eyes at; the Namgyal Stupa, Chandazik Gompa, Chamba Lhakhang etc.
  • 24Tso Kar

    Tso Kar is appreciated for its undulating beauty and for people out there it is also known as the white lake. Tso Kar existing in the Changthang region, around 250 KM away from Leh deposits salt on its shores as the lake is filled with saline water. These depositories conferred the name white lake to this amazing carving of nature. Those who visit Tso Moriri Lake never forgets to visit Tso Kar as well because both of them are competing for each other to surprise the visitors.

    Along with the black-necked cranes, the marshland near the lake is a haven for multiple other migratory bird species. During summer, near the lake, you can see a number of tents which would be inhabited by the nomadic tribes of Khampas and they defeat the winter by living in stone huts during heavy winter.
  • 25Lamayuru Monastery

    The authentic seat of Drikung Kagyu tradition in Ladakh is the Lamayuru Monastery which acts as the parent for more than 50 small monasteries in Ladakh and over 300 Buddhist monks are registered under the administration of this monastery.

    The history of Lamayuru dates back to the medieval period of India but the land the monastery is positioned has a lengthy historical legend to be told that relates to the period of Buddha. A mammoth rock structure holds this oldest monastery, 125 KM away from Leh and at a height of 3510 meters. Two masked dance festivals held annually are an added feature of the monastery which is one of the famous festivals of Ladakh.
  • 26Alchi Monastery

    The oldest monastery visible during the Leh Ladakh road trip is the Alchi Monastery that belongs to the Alchi group of monuments. The famous translator Guru Rinchen Zangpo built the monastery between 958 and 1055. The wall paintings inside the monastery are quite recognised by the world which reflect the artistic and spiritual details of Hindu kings and Buddhism from early centuries.

    Apart from the deciphered details, there is no clarity and authentic details about the history of Alchi monuments and the other two villages existing in the complex, Mandyu and Sumda Chun. There are more than the wall paintings which make the monastery alluring; like the wood carvings and an elaborate art-work compared to the Baroque style.
  • 27Shey Monastery

    Shey Monastery is easily accessible from Leh around 15 KM, and near to the gompa located the Shey palace complex too. There are a lot of histories relating this monastery but the primeval reason why the monastery is a hot potato is because of 10 meter statue of a seating Buddha made of copper along with gilded gold in it.

    This is termed as the second largest statue in Ladakh. The palace near to the monastery holds only some ruins for namesake now but still it attracts a number of visitors towards it. An umpteen number of wall paintings depicting the image of Buddha add more charm to the monastery though the architectural style of the whole monastery has been noted by critics and historians in a detailed manner.
  • 28Hemis National Park

    A high altitude national park in the eastern Ladakh region, Hemis National Park is India's largest high altitude protected reserve and for those who are travelling from Leh Manali highway, must visit destination to spot the rare species of snow leopard. It is also one of the largest protected areas since the presence of snow leopard was identified in a large quantity. Although, Hemis extends both its arms for the Tibetan wolf, the Eurasian brown bear and the red fox to freely stroll around the vicinity. The park is supported by the dry forests of fir, birch, juniper etc in the low altitude regions.

    More than 1600 inhabitants are living outside the park and majority of them are pastoralists. Despite being a traverse destination, no motorable vehicles are allowed inside the park. To spot the majestic snow leopards, visitors have to arrive there in late winters which are incomparable tough and cold.
  • 29Namgyal Monastery

    McLeod Ganj in Dharamshala is the host of Namgyal Monastery, which was the personal gompa of 14th Dalai Lama. Hence it bears the name Dalai Lama’s Temple. The influence of Tibetan Buddhism are well portrayed on the structures both in the interiors as well exteriors. In the monastery, the disciples perform the encrypted rituals and practices established during the Dalai Lama’s time.

    Understanding the valuable influence of those preachings and in order to protect the extremely precious knowledge, there is a tantric institute as well in the name of Namgyal Monastery. Mainstream Buddhism is the domain the students learn here through which the prescribed rites and practices will be generated to the upcoming sets of people as well.
  • 30Spituk Gompa

    As every other Gompas in Ladakh safeguard their origin, establishments and existence, Spituk Gompa that can be seen during your Manali to Ladakh road trip also has an inevitable source of existence in the mainstream features of Buddhism. Od de founded this monastery years ago, almost in the 11th century. Unnaturally,different to the similar Gompas, the Spituk monastery reveals a huge statue of Kali.

    Overly 100 monks are in the Gompa, praying, paying tribute to the Goddess and meditating. Gustor Festival conducted annually in the 11th month of the Tibetan Calendar has an unparalleled significance. The whole gompa is lulled by the pristine Himalayan mountains; at an elevation of 3307 meters it exists. Along with the ancient temples, newly constructed temples in the Gompa bring forth a stunning view.
  • 31Sangam Point

    A remarkably adorable spot during the Manali to Ladakh trip is the Sangam Point or the confluence of two mighty rivers Zanskar and Indus. The confluence has been replacing wonders after wonders every year so that the tourists of Leh Ladakh arrive here to apprehend the divine spectacle. A point to be remembered but extremely surprising is that during winter, the Zanskar River embraces the snow cover and expresses herself as a snowflake while the Indus hesitates to stop her journey.

    Nimmu Village is the neighbour of this unique confluence. How anyone can defy the glittering dark blue rivers carrying themselves in utmost beauty shimmering with the reflections of the surrounding snow-clad peaks.
  • 32Gurudwara Pathar Sahib

    On a journey from Manali to Ladakh, there is a temple dedicated to the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak is the uncelebrated yet important religious spot called Gurudwara Pathar Sahib. Donning the orange scarf, both men and women and any person can enter the temple. There is a belief that when Guru Nanak was meditating over here, one demon attacked him and tried to kill him with a rock but turned to be a soft substance and hit Guru.

    A rock structure symbolising the demon praying was the only remaining at the place and as a tribute to the mighty powers of the Guru, the temple was erected at the location, Nimmu Chilling.
  • 33The Hall of Fame

    Though there are several museum recollecting the memories of Indian soldiers who fought for the country in different small and large battles, the Hall of Fame in Leh would stand out for many reasons. A museum looked after by the Indian Army, is the existing tribute to those who lost their lives mainly in the Kargil War.

    The preserved items in the museum commemorates those soldiers everyday and 1 30 minute film introduces the visitor to the realities about Kargil War. The two extensive rooms in the museum have a lot to share, a well-presented note of Ladakhi history and culture as well.
  • 34Thiksey Monastery

    The Gelug sect of Buddhism has the authority over another beautiful and verily described Thiksey Monastery. 19 KM east to Leh is Thiksey Village and on top of a sheer beauty exists the gompa. In the same complex, there are multiple buildings dedicated to different sets of people.

    Due to its resemblances to the Potala Palace in Tibet, Thiksey have attained fast recognition from all over the world. One point cannot be missed out is the statue of Maitreya, 15 meters high, the largest statue in Ladakh and it covers the two stories of the buildings.

    The interiors of the monastery have enough reasons to boasts a lifetime since they are unalloyed beauties and examples of pure artistic talents. Images of Buddha being carved and painted on the walls determine the value of this gompa undying for centuries coming.

    Have a look at this weather guide of Ladakh and prepare yourself for the chilling yet soothing atmosphere.
  • 35Diskit Monastery

    Anyone who visits Nubra Valley would definitely set his foot on the soil of Diskit, the administrative center of Nubra and thus Diskit Monastery also shares the visitors with its glorified architecture. It is located at a height of 3142 meters above sea level and can be accessed through the rugged and tough roads from Diskit, letting one cross a small stream in between also.

    The Tibetan style construction with numerous frescos and murals make the monastery different. The parental authority of the gompa remains in the hands of the yellow sect of Buddhist or commonly called Gelugpa order and they deified the idol of Tsong Khapa. An immaculate nature not yet competing with anything else in the surroundings can magnify the experiences people expect to have here.
  • 36Hemis Monastery

    Yet another remarkable contribution of King Sengge Namgyal is obviously seen on the architecture of Hemis Monastery which was reconstructed by Sengge, an esteemed site visible during a Leh Ladakh road trip. The hillocks around and the greenery make it hidden once again despite being hidden in a gorge already. 45 KM is the distance between Hemis and Leh, easily accessible by any vehicle.

    An adorable interior decorated by numerous gold statues and stupas enhanced by the precious yet rare stones. The venerated Lord Padmasambhava has a significant role to play with the monastery; the annual festival dedicated to him. It falls on the month of May or June. This 11th century born (approximately) monastery has gone through multiple destructions and conquests.
  • Things to Know during Manali to Leh Trip

  • 37Petrol Pumps on Manali – Leh Highway

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    1) Manali

    While in Manali, you can find abundance of petrol pumps. This hill station town has a total of 6 petrol pumps.

    2) Tandi

    Moving 110 km from Manali, you can find a petrol pump in Tandi.

    Distance from Manali to Tandi: 110 Kms

    3) Karu

    345 km from Tandi and 30km before Leh, you can also refuel your vehicles in Karu.

    Distance from Tandi to Karu: 345kms

    4) Leh

    Arriving in Leh, one can also find quite a few petrol pumps. In addition to the few petrol pumps in Leh, you can refuel your vehicles at the petrol pump near the Leh Airport (25 km from Leh).

    Distance from Karu to Leh: 30kms

    Note: Petrol is also available in the road side grocery stores between Manali Leh highway. However, the quality of the fuel cannot be guaranteed.

  • 38ATMs on Manali-Leh Highway

    ATMs on Manali-Leh Highway
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    It is strictly recommended that while going on Leh Manali highway you should carry sufficient amount of cash, as you can find the scarcity of ATMs after leaving Leh/Manali. Though there are too many ATMs in Manali, giving you sufficient opportunities to withdraw cash, after Manali, there is only one ATM you will find in Keylong, which is on the way to Leh. 

    However, it is not mandatory that the ATM in Keylong will be in working condition. Aftermath, you will directly find ATMs in Leh, which will be limited in number. 

    Only the SBI, Jammu and Kashmir Bank, HDFC, Axis Bank and ICICI Bank have their ATMs in Leh. 

    Hence, make sure you have sufficient cash for the trip from the beginning only. Also, except a few antique shops, the majority of restaurants and hotels do not accept the credit or debit cards, please carry enough cash with you on your trip.

  • 39Mechanics on Manali-Leh Highway

    Mechanics on Manali-Leh Highway
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    Along your journey along the Manali-Leh Highway, you can find mechanics and puncture shops around Marhi, Khoksar, Keylong, Darcha, Sarchu and Upshi.
  • 40Mobile Phones and STD Booths

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    The only service providers in the valley of Leh are the BSNL and Airtel. Hence, the people who have the post-paid connections from these operators can enjoy a hassle-free connectivity during their visit to Leh. On the other hand, if you do not have the post-paid connection from the aforementioned service providers, there are only two options for you: First, either buy a prepaid connection from the mentioned service providers or just use the overcrowded phone booths located in the Leh city.

    As the city of Ladakh has a considerable amount of Army, the phone booths in the city are almost always crowded and you can find a lot of soldiers waiting in line to talk to their loved ones, especially in the booths located near the main market or the main road of Leh.

    However, if you want to buy the prepaid sim from BSNL or Airtel, it is one of the toughest tasks for the Indian nationals. As the Indian Govt. considers the regions of Leh-Ladakh and Jammu & Kashmir as sensitive areas, getting a SIM card is a daunting process for Indians.

    Hence, it is recommended that you do not apply for the SIM cards until you are planning to stay for long in the city. On the other hand, the foreign nationals can easily get the prepaid connections and the process is pretty straightforward. They only have to submit photocopies of passport and two passports sized photographs while submitting the application for the SIM cards. 

  • 41Places for Night Stopover:

    1) Keylong

    Located 117 km away from Manali, Keylong is the first place to take a break for the night while on the Manali to Leh bike trip. Listed below are some of the best hotels that go easy on the visitor’s pockets:

    • Hotel Dekyid,
    • Hotel New Gyespa,
    • Hotel Tashi Delek,
    • HPTDC Hotel Chandrabhaga,
    • Valley View Hotel

    Distance between Manali to Keylong: 117 Kms

    2) Sarchu

    After Keylong, one can also halt at Sarchu, which is located around 223 km from Manali or 96km from Keylong. Also this region is one of the popular destiantions for overnight camp stays in Ladakh, tent stays. Some of the best lodging and dining options are mentioned below:            
    • Himalayan Saga Camps
    • Goldrop Camps
    • Planet Himalaya Camps
    • Antrek Camps
    • Blue Poppy Camps

    Distance between Manali to Sarchu: 223 Km

    3) Leh

    Located 357km from Keylong and 250km from Sarchu, upon your arrival in Leh, you can relax around a number of hotels that are solely meant for the tourists. Most of these hotels are located within the easy reach from the main town. Some of the places to stay in Leh:

    • Ladakh Sarai
    • Hotel Nalanda Ladakh
    • The Grand Dragon Ladakh
    • Ladakh Residency

    Distance Between Keylong to Leh: 357 Kms

    Distance between Sarchu to Leh: 250 Kms

    For the bike ride, you can take a bike on rent in Manali and head on to this adventurous & scenic ride.

  • 42Safety Tips and Guidelines:

    Safety Tips and Guidelines:
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    Leh-Ladakh is not yet another normal tourist destination to go for. As the majority of the tourist destinations in Ladakh are located above 10,000 feet, it is important that you get acclimatized to the location before you continue your journey and follow some of the important safety tips and guidelines for Ladakh trip. So, here are some of the tips and guidelines for your safety for the trip.

     - Under any circumstances, do not consume any kind of anti-depressant drugs, alcohol, smoking and tobacco, because, being at the higher altitudes, you will face respiratory troubles.

    - Do not over-exert and avoid any kind of physical activity, which can give unnecessary exertion to your body.

    - Avoid sleeping at the higher altitudes. It is recommended that after spending a day at the higher altitudes, you move back down to the lower ones in the evening and spend overnight.

    - Keep yourself hydrated throughout the trip. Consume lots of ORS water or other types of fluid, which can be soup, milk, tea, fruit juices etc. However, do not be over hydrated too, as it can cause you to vomit or can develop cerebral edema like weakness, confusion, hyponatremia or even coma.

    - Have a diet rich in carbohydrates, because you need calories on higher altitudes and food rich in carbohydrates have around 70 percent of calories in them.

    - Please carry a sufficient amount of AMS preventive medication, though it is recommended that you do consult with your doctor before doing so, as different medications may have different side effects.

  • 43Rules for Inner Line Permits

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    For Indian Nationals:

    - From 2014 onwards, the Indian nationals would no longer require any kind of inner line permits to visit Ladakh. This is applicable to visit areas like Turtuk, Panamik, Khaltse, Pangong, Changthang, Hunder, Nubra Valley Tso Kar and Tso Moriri and few others.

    - Indian nationals must carry their nationality proof (ID proof) such as: Driving Licence, Voter ID, Passport and other similar.

    - Whenever enquired, the visitors should produce their ID proofs at the check points.

    - For the bikers, while crosiing regions like Hanle, Chusul, Tsaga, beyond Loma bend, Chumur, Marsimik La and Batalik Sector, inner line permits are a must.

    - This permit can be easily obtained from Leh DC office within 9:00am-3:00pm.

    For Foreign Nationals:

    - To visit areas like Turtuk, Panamik, Khaltse, Pangong, Changthang, Hunder, Tso Kar and Tso Moriri and few others, the foreign nationals must obtain the inner line permits.

    - Also, to visit Hanle, Chusul, Tsaga, beyond Loma bend, Chumur, Marsimik La and Batalik Sector, the foreign nationals must have the inner line permits.

    - These permits are usually valid for 3 weeks and can be easily obtained with the help of the local tour operators from Leh DC Office.

    - Foreign nationals, with exception from Bhutan, Burma, Nepal and Pakistan, also need to obtain PAP or the Protected Area Permit to visit the above mentioned places. This permit is issued at the Leh DC Office and is allowed only to a group of four or more foreign nationals and is valid for 7 days.

    - While travelling Suru and Zanskar valleys, inner line permits are not required. However, this permit doesn't allow them to beyond Merek Village in the Mahe or Pangong village.

    - Photo ID proof are a must to obtain the inner line permit. Passport, Driving Lisence or Voter's ID will do the required.
  • 44Information about AMS

    Wondering what AMS is? Well, it is the Acute Mountain Sickness which is the biggest challenge for the people traveling to Ladakh. When we reach out to the higher altitudes there is a scarcity of oxygen and our body faces severe levels of AMS.

    While some of them are lightly affected by it others might even have severe side effects. Headache, vomiting, nausea, and more such symptoms are seen quite a lot of travelers. To avoid this one must make sure that they carry Diamox which helps to overcome this problem or one can avoid using the Manali to Leh highway where this is more prominent.
  • 45Documents to Carry

    Documents to Carry
    Image Credit : Simon Matzinger - Flickr

    For the Indian nationals, it is mandatory to carry at least one ID proof, which can be the Aadhar Card, Voter ID, PAN Card, and Indian Passport, as you will be required to present it in some of the restricted places in the Leh region. Also, carry the attested copies of your ID proofs, in case you need to submit the same for inline permits for the restricted areas.

    For Foreign nationals, it is mandatory that they carry a copy of their passport and visa, along with the original ones. 

  • 46Manali to Leh Bus

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    Leh is approximately 500 km from Manali and there are plenty of buses between Manali and Leh, operated by the JKSRTC and HPTDC. 

    The one-way ticket of Manali Leh highway bus trip will cost you around Rs. 2500 per person, with an overnight stay in Keylong. Also, these services are only operational from July 1st to September 15th every year. 

  • 47Things to Carry on Manali to Leh Road Trip

    Things to Carry on Manali to Leh Road Trip

    lSome of the most important things that you must carry on your trip to Leh-Ladakh must be and spacially when you are on adventures motorbike tour on this route:-

     - As the temperature varies and becomes freezing cold after reaching Leh, it is recommended that you carry a good number of woollen clothes including jackets, gloves, sweaters, etc.

    - Take a good pair of shoes because the terrain is rough, and hence, you would need a good grip while walking.

    - As you will be gaining the altitude during the trip, there are fair chances that you may get the altitude sickness. Hence, carry the recommended medicines and first-aid kit along with insulin, inhalers etc., which can be helpful in emergencies.

    - During your Manali to Leh Bike trip, also carry sufficient amount of clean drinking water, energy foods and drinks as there will be very less food stalls and restaurants on the way till Leh and keep yourself hydrated.

    - A few other things you must carry during your trip to Leh are torch light with extra set of cells and bulbs, hiking gears, power banks for storing electricity charge for your phones and cameras, sunglasses, caps etc. It is advised that you carry at least four to five power banks because of the shortage of electricity in the hilly areas. 

  • Leh Ladakh Road Trip Packages

  • 48Backpacking Leh Ladakh Tour Package with Camping at Nubra Valley

    Backpacking Leh Ladakh Tour Package with Camping at Nubra Valley
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    Departure Dates

    April 28  May 11  June 15 July 14 August 15September 1

    Group size- 12

    About the Destination:

    Ladakh, the dream destination for many has been luring its admirers from every corner of the world and for a long time now. This time head out on this 6 Days and 5 Nights Leh Ladakh local sightseeing group tour and get a chance to come close to the ethereal beauty of Ladakh. Blessed with the beauty of the mountains, valleys, and monasteries, this region is considered synonymous with heaven

    Ladakh will not only bring you close to heavens, it will also make you feel heavenly. The monasteries, markets, palaces and high mountain passes are some of the things that you will not find anywhere else in the world, all of them set in such unparalleled sceneries. It is always a delight to see some of nature's and man's wonders, all of which you will have no shortage of in Ladakh, be it Pangong and Nubra Valley, or Diskit and Thiksey Monasteries.

    About the Tour:

    -Head out for an amazing tour of the breathtaking Ladakh in this 6 Days Leh Ladakh sightseeing group tour package and explore the beauty of this region.
    -Also called the ‘Land of High Passes’, it is known for its soaring mountains, pristine valleys, and a vibrant cultural life. 
    -Marvel at the sight of the awe-inspiring natural beauty that it is breathed and blessed by the Gods themselves.
    -Visit some of the places like Nubra Valley and Pangong Lake.
    -Also, visit some other places like Deskit Monastery and explore the Leh markets.
    -Conclude your tour after 6 days and head back home with lots of memories.

    *Note- This tour can be customized as a private tour. For answering your queries for the same, you can get in touch with us over mail

  • 496 Days Leh Ladakh Biking Tour Package

    6 Days Leh Ladakh Biking Tour Package
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    Price Variants

    - Cost without Bike/ Seat in a Car: INR 17845 per person

    - Double Rider (2 people sharing 1 bike): INR 22850 Per Person

    - Single Rider (1 person on 1 bike): INR 27450 Per Person

    About the Destination:

    The names Leh and Ladakh often bring forth to the imagination a land that is still untouched by the hand of commercialisation and urban culture. 6 Days Leh Ladakh Tour Package gives you that perfect adventure outing that you have been waiting for. Nestled within the protective covers of the Himalayas and adorned with magnificent landscapes, Leh-Ladakh is a belt that must be explored!

    Leh is a comprehensive town jotted with a number of religious and aesthetic attractions. Nature has been kind to the Nubra Valley and the Pangong Lake. The former seems like a carpet of exotic flowers while the latter is a sight to behold in all its glory. The Khardungla Pass and Chang La Pass offer panoramic views of such beauty and mystique that they have thus far, only been imagined!

    About the Tour:

    -Get ready to taste the adventure in Ladakh with this thrilling 6 Days Leh Ladakh Tour Package.
    -Start your tour after arriving at Leh and meet the tour representative, they will transfer you to your hotel.
    -Ride along the exotic routes with diverse landscapes, always make for a dream journey that is unmatchable and unique its own ways.
    -Enjoy the thrill of riding at otherwise unimaginable heights. Imagine looking down and staring into a deep gorge on one side and being flanked by massive mountain ranges on the other!
    -Be amazed by natural blessings like the Lamayuru or Moonland, Pangong Lake and the Khardung La Pass.
    -Learn of the region’s history and religion with visits to prominent monasteries and temples.
    -Interact with the locals to acquaint yourself with the local lifestyle and culture.
    -Conclude this tour after 6 days and head back home with lots of memories.
  • 50Manali to Leh Bike Trip from Delhi - 2019

    Manali to Leh Bike Trip from Delhi - 2019
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    Departure Dates 

    June 8,18,28; July 8,18,28; August 7,17,27; September 6,16

    Price Variants

    Cost without Bike: INR 35300 per person
    Double Rider(2 people sharing 1 bike): INR 43300 per person
    Single Rider(1 person on 1 bike): INR 52300 per person

    Group Size- 18 to 20 Participants/ 10-15 Bikes | Open for Solo or Groups

    About the Destination:

    Bestowed with natural formations and heaven like ambience the regions of Ladakh and Leh are beautified with immense natural diversities. On the other hand, Kashmir is a land that is utterly beautiful and has inspired many love affairs and art pieces!

    Decorating the crown of the subcontinent of India, literally, the landscapes of this area are richly embellished with sights of every kind imaginable.

    The Northern frontier of India has always been home to a rich and prosperous culture. Navigate the toughest passes on a trip of Manali to Leh on the bike, the empty stretches of highways and rock-strewn pathways in the mountains all of which reward you with gorgeous vistas that make the ride worthwhile!

    About the trip

    • The trip starts with you boarding your bus from Delhi for Manali, where you will meet your bikes for the Manali to Leh bike trip
    • You will take a test ride to Solang valley and will leave with your bikes for Leh the very next day.
    • Crossing Rohtang pass, Jispa, and Sarchu, you will arrive in Leh
    • You will pay visits to the Sham Valley, Nubra Valley, and Pangong Tso, before returning to Manali via Upshi and Jispa
    • These 12 days will leave you in awe of the beauty of this place and will keep you coming back for more
  • 51Ladakh Bike Trip : Manali Leh Srinagar

    Ladakh Bike Trip : Manali Leh Srinagar
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    Price Variants:
    Variant 1:  Self Drive (own bike & fuel): INR 35300/- per person
    Variant 2: Double Rider (2 people sharing 1 bike): INR 43300/- per person
    Variant 3: Single Rider (1 person on 1 bike): INR 52300/- per person

    Group Size: 18 to 22 Participants/ 10-15 Bikes | Open for Solo or Groups.
    Departure Dates: June (7, 27), July (17),  Aug (6),  Sept (26).

    About the Destination

    Ladakh, the jewel in the crown of Jammu and Kashmir, is blessed with the fascinating Himalayan Range. Embraced with the captivating beauty of the scenic meadows, rivers, cold deserts and enchanting trails, the region boasts of being an adventure hub in the country.

    Be it for the trekkers, bikers, skiers or any other adventure sports, Ladakh is one hotspot for all! In addition, the option to explore the stunning beauty and appeal of the region through Ladakh bike trip always add an extra amount of fun and excitement to a tour to this ‘Land of High Passes’.

    About the Trip

    This bike trip to Leh-Ladakh from Delhi will take you to Ladakh, Srinagar, and Manali. Over the course of your bike trip to Ladakh, you will be introduced to various challenges, extremely uneven routes, narrow passes and much more! This apart, you can also expect to make stops and ride through fascinating landmarks like Khardung-La, the highest pass in the world, Tanglang La (17,600ft), Lachulung La (16,680ft), BaralachaLa (16500ft), the beautiful Zojila Pass as well as Pangong Lake.

  • 52Manali to Leh Ladakh Sightseeing Tour Package

    Manali to Leh Ladakh Sightseeing Tour Package
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    Leh Ladakh Bike Trip Video

    Departure Dates
    June 9,14,15,21,22 July 6,10,13 August 3,10,17 September 1,7,15,22

    Group Size- 6 people

    About the Destination:
    Get ready to explore the beautiful land of cultural diversity and thrilling adventures, Ladakh, while you head out for a vacation. Leh Ladakh group tour package is the perfect tour where you can head out with your group and explore the beautiful city. The capital city of Leh is a wonderland in itself and has innumerable sights worth enjoying. Be it the bustling marketplaces, the royal palaces, the treasured monasteries or its extensive trails for trekkers, it has something for everyone.

    The mesmerizing beauty of Pangong and the alluring charm of Nubra Valley will leave you spellbound and wanting for more. Add to that the feeling of being on top of the world. Why sit and enjoy the facts, when you can actually go and see the ‘World’s Highest All Weather Motorable Road’: Khardung La Pass! Because it is better to experience a place once than to read about it a thousand times

    About the Tour

    • Your trip starts with arrival in Manali, post which you will leave to cross the Rohtang Pass into the Lahaul Valley
    • You will then drive from your first stop at Jispa to Leh via another popular stayover town of Sarchu
    • You will also be driven through the highest civilian motorable pass of the world, Khardung La
    • Khardung La connects Leh to the beautiful Nubra Valley, where you will visit Diskit and Hundar sand dunes for a double-humped camel ride
    • Also from Leh, you will drive for the famous Pangong Lake (one from 3 Idiots) over Chang La pass
    • These 8 days are going to be super exciting and full of sights that will leave you speechless with their grandeur
    *Note- This tour can be customized as a private variant also. Kindly drop us a mail with your queries for the same
  • 53Leh Ladakh to Manali Bike Trip Package 2019

    Leh Ladakh to Manali Bike Trip Package 2019
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    Leh Ladakh Bike Trip Video

    Departure Dates
    June 7,12,13,19,20,27 July 4,8,11,18,25  August 1,8,15,22,29  September 5 

    Price Variants
    Double Rider(2 people sharing 1 bike): INR 27950 per person
    Single Rider(1 person on 1 bike): INR 34950 per person

    Group Size- 18 to 20 Participants/ 10 Bikes | Open for Solo or Groups

    About the Destination
    The land of high passes, Ladakh is a true beauty and a gift of nature to the already beautiful land of Kashmir in India. Known for being the land of adventures and mysteries, Ladakh has a lot of tricks up its sleeve and reveals them all to its visitors in due time. Home to Ladakhi culture and people, surrounded by some of the most beautiful mountain ranges of the world, and gifted with stunning landscapes like the Dunes of Hundar and Pangong Lake, Ladakh will beckon to you to visit again when you leave. So might as well listen to it

    About the Trip

    • A bike trip through the Ladakh is almost every Indian's dream trip
    • Bike trip of Ladakh is not only an Indian but is also an international favorite because of the many high mountain passes here
    • Experience the culture of Ladakh and the lifestyle in these harsh conditions of living
    • Ride on one of the highest motorable passes in the world, the famous Khardung La
    • Visit the grand Pangong Tso Lake, which will easily take your breath away
    • Also, visit the Diskit Monastery
    • These 10 days will be the forever favorite of your life

  • 54Manali to Leh Jeep Expedition with Tso Moriri Lake

    Manali to Leh Jeep Expedition with Tso Moriri Lake
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      Fixed departure dates: Multiple dates open to Join a Group departure in June, July, August and September and can be customized on request for separate group also.

      About the Activity: 

      • From the pleasantly hospitable town of Manali, the Manali to Leh Jeep expedition takes you on a roller coaster drive through distinct geographies portraying diverse geographies. From hill town to high altitude arid desert, this safari is one mega experience.
      • The Manali to Leh by road traverses over five high altitude Himalayan passes such as Rohtang (3,978m), Keylong (3,350m), and Tanglang La (17,585ft) showcasing an ever changing dynamic landscape that alters from barren lands to lush green pastures. 
      • Tsomoriri Lake is the one attraction that demands all your attention during this jeep ride which is now Tso Moriri Wetland Conservation Reserve. It is the largest of the high altitude lakes entirely within India at an altitude of 4522 meter.
      • Interact with the amazing landscapes beautified by the natural formations throughout the journey. You will come across the undeniable beauties of Khardung La Pass, Pangong Lake, Deskit, Hundar, the confluence of Zanskar and Indus Rivers, Nubra Valley etc.
      • These places have been occupied by multitudinous mountains, valleys, small streams, rock formations, monasteries, gompas and what not.
      • By the end of the journey multi-hued prayer flags, Tibetian chortens, and friendly locals would be etched in your memories for a very long time to come.

      • Number of PAX       Standard               Deluxe                 Super Deluxe

      • Min 02 pax               Rs. 37470            Rs. 38090                Rs. 39660

      • Min 03 Pax               Rs. 28530            Rs. 29260                Rs. 30620

      • Min 04 pax               Rs. 24950             Rs. 25280                Rs. 27140

      • Min 05 Pax               Rs. 22090             Rs. 22780                Rs. 24220

      • Min 06 Pax               Rs. 20780              Rs. 21400                Rs. 22970

      • Min 07 Pax               Rs. 22540             Rs. 23220                 Rs. 24700

      • Min 08 Pax                Rs. 21500            Rs. 22130                  Rs. 23700

      • Min 09 Pax                Rs. 20300            Rs. 20960                  Rs. 22460

      • Min 10 Pax                Rs. 19690             Rs. 20320                  Rs. 21880

      • Min 11 Pax                 Rs. 18870             Rs. 19520                 Rs. 21040

      • Min 12 Pax                  Rs. 18480            Rs. 19100                 Rs. 20670

      • Extra Bed Child            Rs. 8800             Rs. 9800                    Rs. 10700
    • 55Leh Ladakh Sightseeing Tour

      Leh Ladakh Sightseeing Tour
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      About the Destination:
      Famed as the Land of high passes, this spectacular beauty is winning the heart of the travelers and is sliding up in the bucket list. The entire region is enfolded by alluring mountains, pristine lakes, and variants of Buddist culture. Each and every corner of Ladakh showcases its own enigma and hails out to the revelers from all over the map. Reaching Ladakh can be a little tricky due to the undulating quality of its terrain; however, it is accessible by various means of transport.

      About the Tour:
      With this tour, you can witness the gems of Ladakh, be it the ever brackish Pangong lake or the bizarre magnetic hill, all of them can be covered by selecting this package. Whether you wish to go for a trip with your family or travel solo, this package is just perfect for both purposes and is indeed a choice with no regrets.

      Wondering what you will be ticking off?
      Shanti Stupa: Built by the Japanese with a tinge of their architectural style, this structure extends the bird's eye view of Leh, which will put you under a spell with its beauty.
      Leh Palace: Keeping up the relics of an era gone by, this 9-storey high edifice, boasts with its unique collection of jewelry, crowns, and various other things of the prime ancestors.
      Magnetic Hill: A law of gravity-defying phenomenon. It has been noticed that when a vehicle is parked on neutral gear on this metallic road the vehicle slides up-hill although some believe it’s only an optical illusion
      SECMOL: Commonly known as the Rancho School. This school became famous after Aamir Khan's movie Three Idiots. The wall with painting about the three Idiots movie is the most popular spot for the tourist.
      Ladakh Hall of Fame: A museum which was built by the Indian Army filled with war memorabilia, martyr biographies & busts, images and weapons used during the Kargil war and other battles fought in Ladakh. 
      Spituk Gompa: This 15th century Gompa houses appealing icons and thangkas of Lord Buddha and has a collection of ancient masks, antique arms, and an awe-inspiring image of Mahakaal. 
      The confluence of the Zanskar & Indus: At this place, you can witness the magnificent view of two rivers in wedlock, namely Indus & Zanskar.
      Nubra Valley: Wish to experince the ride of double humped camels? Then this is your place to be which awaits you with its dunes and camels. 
      Pangong Lake: Located at the Indo China border, this brackish water lake, extends picture-perfect backdrops and its realm is just one of its kind.
      Shey Palace and Gompa: Dwelled on a hillock 15 Kms upstream from Leh, it was once the summer capital of Ladakh, and once you visit the place you will know the reason why it was so! 

      Note: 
      This package is available on the specific dates, April 15, Sept 14 and Sept 15





    • 56Manali to Leh Cycling Tour 2019

      Manali to Leh Cycling Tour 2019
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      About the Destination

      Ladakh is the emergent favorite of travelers, not just from India, but from the entire world. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains on all sides, the beauty of this place is unparalleled, and you will agree to that as soon as you set foot here. And despite being so far off and on the rain shadow side of the Himalayas, Ladakh is very well connected, especially the capital city of Leh. Apart from the main airport in the capital, you can arrive in Ladakh via road too, with highways coming in from Srinagar and from Manali, the latter being one of the most beautiful highways in the country.

      And this is another reason why Ladakh is a favorite of adventure junkies. You can ride a bike till here, or can even cycle up to this beautiful land of Leh, some 11,400ft above sea level.

      About the Trip

      Manali to Leh cycling expedition is a scenic ride traversing through some of the highest passes in the world making it one of the most challenging rides to beat. Cutting across beautiful trails with the Himalayas serving as the perfect backdrop, one can cross Tanglang La standing at 5328m before entering Leh. The route from Manali to Leh is straightforward with the roads either being completely dirt or tarmac.

      In the Manali Leh cycling tour explore rougher dirt tracks while making some tough climbs along with gut-wrenching descents. Everyday the distance covered ranges from 40 to 80 km traversing altitudes over 4000 m. Not only will this invigorating route comprise cycling from Leh in the Indus Valley to the alpine Kullu Valley covering a total of 470 km, but it also cuts across three mountain ranges of Zanskar, main Himalayas and Pir Panjal Range. Altogether one exceeds 29000 feet in altitude crossing passes like the Khardung La, Tanglang La and Baralacha La (4890m). 

    • 57Manali to Leh Jeep Safari

      Manali to Leh Jeep Safari
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      About the Activity: 

      From the pleasantly hospitable town of Manali, the Manali to Leh Jeep expedition  takes you on a roller coaster drive through distinct geographies portraying diverse geographies. From hill town to high altitude arid desert, this safari is one mega experience.

      The Manali to Leh by road traverses over five high altitude Himalayan passes such as Rohtang (3,978m), Keylong (3,350m), and Tanglang La (17,585ft) showcasing an ever changing dynamic landscape that alters from barren lands to lush green pastures. A drive through Skyangchu Thang, the biggest and highest plateau on earth on a stretch of 42kms leaves you breathless. For you to capture moments like these, the safari also includes a brief photography workshop to help arrest high altitude frames with more panache.

      By the end of the journey multi-hued prayer flags, Tibetian chortens, and friendly locals would be etched in your memories for a very long time to come.   

    • 58Leh Sightseeing Tour with Stay at Pangong

      Leh Sightseeing Tour with Stay at Pangong
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      About the Activity:

      • Make your vacation a special one with this exciting 7 days 6 nights sightseeing tour in Ladakh.
      • Ladakh, a muse for writers, a haven for bikers and a perfect getaway for the experience loving travellers! 
      • Experience one of the best Leh Ladakh tour packages while you're cuddled in the laps of the mighty Himalayan and Karakorum ranges, it is a destination that is beautified by contrasts!
      • During the course of this tour, you will get to explore Sangam, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Nubra valley, Leh and Pangong Tso lake. 
      • Explore the amazing beauty of the region with the valleys and the serene surroundings.
      • Experience the joy of riding in a double hunk camel in the Nubra valley and enjoy the beauty of the Pangong Tso lake as it slowly changes its colour.
      • This Ladakh tour package boasting this destination is deservedly among the gorgeous natural spectacles in the world!
      • Conclude your tour after getting transferred to the airport and head back home with wonderful memories.

      Duration of the Tour: 7D/6N

      Highest Altitude: Khardung La Pass (18,380 feet)

    • 598 Day Ladakh Sightseeing Tour with Stay at Tso Moriri

      8 Day Ladakh Sightseeing Tour with Stay at Tso Moriri
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      About the Destination
      Ladakh sits on the claim of the most coveted Himalayan destination with no one coming anywhere close to stealing its fame. Lying on the rain shadow side of the Himalayas, Ladakh is a semi-arid region, surrounded by snowcapped mountains on all sides that follow you everywhere you go. With some of the most unusual sights in the area, Ladakh can surely be said to be a gifted region. Almost a cold desert, the major cities are somewhat of an oasis and have been in existence for a very long time and stand tall with a vivid history. But foremost of everything, Ladakh has emerged out as a prime adventure location for many road-trippers and backpackers of the country, and from overseas as well.
      About the trip
      • The trip begins with your arrival at Leh airport
      • You will be visiting the local sights of the city as well as the attractions of the Sham Valley
      • The highlights there are the mysterious Magnetic hill and the beautiful confluence of the rivers Zanskar and Indus
      • The trip also takes you to the famous Nubra valley and the famous Pangong Tso Lake
      • From Pangong, you will be driving to the Tso Moriri, which is a beautiful Lake and a breeding ground for many migratory birds
      • You will also be staying in camps at various locations, the best part about which is the unending views of stars and galaxies in the clear nights
      • Enjoy this tour of 8 days and cherish it forever
      *Note- The tour pricing is for a group of 6 people. For queries on pricing for 2 or more people, feel free to get in touch with Thrillophilia
    • 60Women Only Sightseeing Group Tour of Ladakh

      Women Only Sightseeing Group Tour of Ladakh
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      About the Destination:

      The crown of India is beautified by Ladakh, the land of high passes, situated in the picturesque state of Jammu and Kashmir. Regarded as an exotic tourist destination, it is a land filled with breath-taking natural beauty and mystique.

      From majestic mountain passes and tranquil monasteries to magical lakes, Ladakh is sure to take your breath away. During summer, this beautiful region is adorned with a plethora of vibrant colors, but come winter time it is transformed into a snowy white wonderland, often cut off from the rest of the world.

      As a destination, Ladakh is replete with every sight imaginable; from sapphire blue lakes to jade green meadows and even dry and arid grasslands serve to make this land of extremes a must-go destination on every traveler's bucket list, and that is the very reason that no one should ever miss the chance of visiting this Paradise. That is why this tour is here to bring everyone on an equal pedestal by bringing together women of a different metal and organizing a women-only tour to the land of high passes, Ladakh

      About the Activity:

      Treat yourself to 6 nights 7 days of mystery with the women-only tour to Ladakh. Start your trip from the charming town of Leh, which will woo you with its quaint markets and charming palaces. Visit the beautiful Sham valley and the ancient monasteries.

      Take a trip down to enchanting Nubra valley and visit the famous Diskit monastery and the Hall of Fame, to experience local culture at its best.

      Lose yourself in the hypnotizing beauty of the colorful Pangong Tso and enjoy a memorable sunrise and sunset by the lake. A thrilling camel safari and drive through the highest motorable road in the world, seems just too good to be true!

      Departure Dates: May (19,25,31), June (6,12,18,24,30), July (6,12,18,24,30),  Aug (5, 11,17,23,29),  Sept (4,10,16,22)


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    Pangong Lake

    Rather, the most sought after tourist destination is Pangong Tso in Ladakh region. It is the highest among the high altitude lakes in India which is filled with saline water but provides some awe-struck moments to the visitors with the unbelievable phenomenon of changing colours quite a number of times a day.

    The reflections of the towering Himalayan peaks in the water add more charm to the lake. Currently, Pangong Tso is the favourite location for tourists as the banks of the lake give soothing bed to relax and the nearby places are enhanced by the beauty of this particular lake. The quiet lake is 134 km in length and 5 km in width is situated at an altitude of 14270 meters. But the major share of the lake lies in the area of China. Now, its recognition is spread everywhere in the world because it is termed as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.

    The highly saline water does not accommodate any water species not even micro-organisms. But the banks of the lake give space for several birds and animals very rarely seen in the other parts of India. It is an important breeding ground for many migratory birds as well.

    Height: The lake is located at an altitude of 4250 meters above sea level.

    Location: Pangong Tso is easily accessible as it can be reached after a five-hour drive from Leh and the travel would be on a rough and dramatic mountain road. You will cross the villages of Shey and Gya during the tour and go through Chang La as well.

    Best time to visit: The months from May to September are the ideal time to visit the lake as the other seasons may cause challenges due to the heavy snowfall.

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    Nubra Valley

    Something divine makes Nubra Valley close to heart and it is not an exaggeration but a fact that experienced and shared by the countless tourists visited the paradisiacal location in Jammu and Kashmir. Without touching the spectacular roads of Nubra Valley, a Ladakh tour will not be complete. The tri-armed valley has Diskit Village as its capital. Ldumra, a magnificent name is the original name of the valley as the local scholars insist. Ldumra means Valley of Flowers. The large valley is formed after the merging of Shyok River with Nubra or Siachen River causing the separation of the Ladakh and the Karakoram Ranges. The valley is located 10000 feet that is 3048 meters above mean sea level and those who cross the Khardung La Pass can easily come to Nubra Valley from Leh.

    Except for the river beds, every other place in the valley shows scant vegetation and low precipitation levels. Most of the villages in the valley are occupied by Nubra skat speakers and in the villages, one can find lush greenery and farming which happen through the regular irrigation. Diskit is the place where native people are seen in abundance and Diskit Monastery is the centre of attraction as well. The Shyok River flowing on one side of Diskit has a captivating effect on the visitors. Nubra Valley unwinds a lot of surprising sights when you visit it and an unbelievable fact is that the valley was open to the public till Hunder until 2010. Beyond Hunder, it was the greener region in the lower altitude where the Turtuk village exists. Till 2010, the Government did not allow tourists to mesmerize themselves in the magnificent beauty of Turtuk where numerous apricot trees and other vegetation along with the tribal community were preserved as a virgin.

    Height: 3048 meters above the sea level

    Location: The paradisiacal Nubra Valley is located at a distance of 140 km from Leh and the main road access to the valley is through Khardung La pass where you have to show the photocopies of your travel permit to the soldiers camping.

    Best time to visit: The months from June to September is the perfect period to visit Nubra Valley

    To see the pure, rugged face of nature, One must visit Ladakh once in their lifetime.

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    Khardung La

    Controversies regarding the proclamation that Khardung La is the highest motorable pass in the world is not yet diminished but Ladakh travelers still believe that it is the highest and most adventurous pass in the world. Despite the controversies, Khardung La keeps on attracting hundreds of adventure seekers every year, be it bikers, trekkers or visitors. Nestled amidst the most reverberating surrounding, the ‘Pass of Lower Castle’ is located at an altitude of 17582 feet. Near to the pass, the collection of awesome valleys will lure you and along with the natural extravaganzas, the Tibetan prayer flags are an additional charm.

    The pass was constructed in the year of 1976 and later in 1988, it was opened to public and from then on, the pass was inviting uncountable bikers, trekkers and tourists. It is maintained by the Border roads Organization as the pass is highly significant and important to India because it was once used to carry supplies to the Siachen Glacier. Recently, Khardung La became the hot potato of the town with a happy news that a ten member team of visually impaired people is going to conquer the pass through cycling in 2017.

    Height: Khardung La is located at an altitude of 5359 meters. But there is an incorrect proclamation on the signboards appear here saying that the height of the pass is 18379 feet.

    Location: The highest motorable pass in Ladakh is lying about 39 kms away from Leh. By road, one can reach the pass. The first 24 kms of the road are paved and from there to the North Pullu check post, the 15 kms of the road are filled with loose rock, dirt and occasional rivulets formed after the melting of snow.

    Best time to visit: The season between May to October is the best time to visit Khardung La.

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    Tso Moriri Lake

    It won’t be exceeding at all how much you describe the beauty of Tso Moriri in Ladakh, a highly protected lake in Changthang Region and a significant portion of Tso Moriri Wetland Conservation Reserve.  It is the largest of all high altitude lakes in India especially in Ladakh and is located at an altitude of 4522 meters above the sea level. The length comes to 26 km north to south and 3 to 5 km is the width and the water is wholly brackish. 

    The water to feed the lake comes from the springs and melted snow from the nearby mountains. There are two major stream systems to lead the water to the lake. One in the north part of the lake and the other comes in the southwest part. Huge, extensive marshes are seen at both the entrances of the lake. Rupshu Valley, a breathtaking area is the guardian of Tso Moriri along with an array of the lofty Himalayan Mountains in the surrounding.

    The number of people come to witness the beauty of this splendid lake is lesser when compared to that of Pangong Lake. It is because of the secluded location of the lake. Hence, it is a favorite home town for many migratory birds. They come to breed here especially birds like great- crested grebe, the brown-headed gull and the Brahmin duck. The rare Himalayan hares are also abundantly seen near the lake. Thus, the declaration of the lake as a reserved area is a right option to protect these species from extinction. Less human interference would keep their lives strong.

    Height: The lake is situated at an altitude of 4522 meters.

    Location: You can reach Tso Moriri via road from Leh. It is 150 kms away from Leh Airport. Kalka Railway station is the nearest one to the lake. You will get buses and taxis from the station as well.

    Best time to visit: May, June, July and August are the peak season when tourists come to Tso Moriri in large numbers and other months will be filled with snow and have extreme cold conditions.

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    Shanti Stupa

    The white dome of Shanti Stupa is clearly visible from a far distance when you are on a tour of Leh. Peace Pagoda got its name like that because of many reasons mainly the silence persists in and around the pagoda always. This Buddhist prayer center is the most beloved attraction in Jammu and Kashmir. At a height of 4267 meters, the two storied stupa stands holding its head high and overlooks the bustling Leh town. The uneven mountain terrains in the surrounding gives the pagoda a remarkable shining. It is at a location which is 5 km away from Leh town and one who visits the stupa has to climb five hundred steps. The exotic view of the Himalayan peaks turns the beauty of the stupa also, a peace lover would dedicate his life to have such overjoying moments.

    History

    The stupa was constructed by both Japanese and Ladakh Buddhists. The construction was started in 1983, many Buddhists and Indian Government officials have supervised the procedures throughout.

    Structure of the stupa

    Among the two structures of the pagoda, the first level depicts the central relief of Dharmachakra which has deer on each side and the turning wheel of Dharma also has a golden image of Buddha at the center. The second level displays images which show the birth of Budhha and the death as well. In addition, both the level have smaller images of Buddha meditating. The stupa came into existence in order to spread the word of peace and harmony among people and it came into establishment as a commemoration of the valuable 2500 years of Buddhism.

    Location: Any one can reach the stupa via road from Leh, only 5 kms from the town, a walk of fifteen minutes would require.

    Timings: 05:00 am to 09:00 pm

    Highlights: The sunset and sunrise views from the stupa are inevitably beautiful


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    Magnetic Hill

    Magnetic Hill is still a mystery yet a famed attraction that pulls the adventure lovers on a large scale toward it. A mystifying phenomenon which stunts the science and fiction together and exists as a magic to the normal people visiting here. Magnetic Hill is a trump card of every Ladakh tour because of the awe-struck moments it would promise the travelers. There is a sign board placed which says that the hill defies gravity completely and inviting everyone to experience the magical phenomenon.

     If you keep your vehicle in neutral at a position marked on the road and wait, you will be surprised to see the vehicle starts moving uphill at 10-20 km per hour. And this is the unexplainable feature of Magnetic Hill that confuses the world of science. It is located on Leh-Kargil-Baltic Highway and on the east, the beautiful Sindhu River is flowing calmly. Near the hill there is a Sikh Gurudwara maintained by the Indian Army. Due to the natural attraction as well as the human architectural brilliance, the hill has gained popularity in a short term. 

    Not just the vehicles hitting the road but the aircrafts and helicopters crossing the radius which Magnetic Hill comes in would feel the same magnetic effect. If the aircrafts are going on a slow pace, then it starts jerking while they are in the circumference of the hill. So the only solution to escape from the clutches of this phenomenon is that the crafts should move at a greater speed.

    Height: Magnetic Hill is located at an elevation of 14000 feet above the sea level.

    Location: To reach the hill, you can hit the Leh-Kargil-Baltic National Highway and it is situated at a distance of just 30 kms from Leh town.

    Best time to visit: The best time to visit the Magnetic Hill is from June to October.

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    Lamayuru Monastery

    The high elevation where Lamayuru Monastery is located at amuses every traveler comes here. Existing on Leh-Srinagar Highway, around 15 kms east of the Fotu La, the monastery is perched on a height of 3510 meters. The murals, frescoes and the images of Buddha have created an interesting setting inside this famous Buddhist temple.

    History

    Lamayuru Monastery was originally the monastery belonged to Bon and the name means Swastika which symbolized eternity. The history says that an Indian scholar named Naropa caused a lake to dry up and there founded Lamayuru Monastery. Seng ge Sgang is the oldest building surviving which is dedicated to the builder-monk, Rinchen Zangpo.

    The structure of the monastery

    There were actually five buildings in the beginning and still one can find the remaining of the four buildings located in the corner. In the past there, were up to 400 monks and currently there are 100 monks residing in the monastery. There is a small temple can be seen which is dedicated to Avalokiteshwara.

    Location: The monastery is located at a distance of 127 km from Leh in the Lamayuru region. You can reach the monastery via road by bus or jeep.

    Timings: It is open on all days from 06:00 am to 06:00 pm.

    Entry fee: INR 30 per person

    Highlights: There will be two annual Mask Dance festivals happen which is the most suitable time to visit the monastery.

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    Alchi Monastery

    After the endless mountain peaks, green valleys, high passes, monasteries in Ladakh are the prime factors behind the huge number of visitors to the paradise every year. Alchi Monastery, a group of Buddhist shrines is now a remarkable landmark and a must visit tourist attraction in Leh. The rugged valleys, uneven mountain terrains etc are creating a flamboyant view from the monastery and make the travelers feel elevated. Alchi is a part of the three villages that together constitute to the Alchi Group of Monuments.

    History

    Alchi Monastery and its current guardians are grateful the great translator Rinchen Zangpo who was the reason behind the construction of the monastery. He built it in the AD 1000 and there were 32 wood carvers and sculptors from Kashmir to help him. But when the Gelug sect decided to shift the activities to Likir Monastery permanently, it turned to be the administrative shrine of the Alchi Gompa, officially.

    Structure of the monastery

    Alchi Monastic Complex has three principal shrines named the Dukhang or Assembly Hall, the Sumtseng and the temple of Manjushri. Chortens have a special space inside the complex. The wall paintings seen inside are dating back to the spiritual and artistic nuances found in Buddhism and Hindu Kingdoms. Like we seen in other monasteries, here also, you will find the huge statues of Buddha and several wood carvings and art works appearing in Baroque style.

    Location: The monastery is located in Alchi Village in the Leh District, 70 km from Leh.

    Timing: May to September on all days: from 10:00 am to 01:00 pm and from 02:00 pm to 06:00 pm.

    Entry Fee: For Indians: INR 25, For Foreigners: INR 50

    Highlights: The views from the monastery have attracted a lot of film production sets. Good photographic location as well.

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    Royal Leh Palace

    A nine storey high building displays the influence of Potala Palace in Lhasa is the famed Royal Leh Palace that stands with its head high on a cliff top overlooking the ravishing Leh town. Leh Palace is a must visit during anyone’s tour of Ladakh region as it has been standing there as a symbol of the old glorious days of the royal family lived here. The top floors accommodated the members of the regal community and the low floors were occupied by stables and stores.

    History

    In the 17th century, King Sengge Namgyal led the construction of Leh Palace and it gained fame in a short span of time. Later, it was termed as an architectural icon and the symbol of pride and glory of Leh. The history says that during the time when Dogra forces took control of Ladakh, Leh Palace was abandoned and the members of the family were asked to move to Stok Palace. The Archeological Survey of India has restored the valuable ruins of the palace and opened to the public as a remarkable tourist attraction.

    Structure of the palace

    There is a monastery behind the palace which is a part of the palace and there you will find the statue of a seating Buddha in there in the monastery behind the palace. On the walls of the palace, you will see the old pictures and paintings including Tibetan thangka.

    Timings: The palace is open to public on all days from 07:00 am to 04:00 pm

    Entry fee: For Indians: INR 20 and for Foreigners: INR 100

    Location: Leh Palace is closely located to the town. Visitors can reach the palace by walking from Leh town as it is about 5 kms away from there.

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    Zanskar valley

    The Zanskar Range is the mountain range in Jammu and Kashmir that acts as the separating line between Ladakh and Zanskar. The Zanskar Range is a part of the Tethys Himalayas, formed with weakly transformed sedimentary series. The average height of the Zanskar Range is 6000 meters. It is an inevitable spot for adventure lovers during their adrenaline rushing trekking trips to the Trans Himalayas every year.

    On the way to Zanskar Valley, one will come across the incredible Suru Valley which puts forth a decent trekking experience to adventure lovers. Zanskar is alluring always with its brightly shining mountain peaks and the presumably attracting villages, sometimes, it looks overshadowing the relishing Changthang Region as well. Tourism has caused a great enhancements on the economic side of the region like education flourished and the lifestyle of the people has changed but it took its toll on the fragile mountain environment.

    Nevertheless, Zanskar is the favorite tourist destination still because of the vast area that is made beautiful by multiple hues, the distinct flora and fauna and the extremely variant climatic conditions. There are two main branches of the Zanskar River; one is Doda which has source near Pensi-La and flows south eastwards to reach Padum and the second one is formed by two tributaries called Kargyag River and it has source near Shingo La.

    Height: The valley is situated at an average height of 6000 meters above the sea level.

    Location: It is located at a distance of about 464 kms from Leh and would take around 10 to 11 hours to reach. Buses are available from Leh to reach the valley.

    Best time to visit: The months of June, July, August and September are suitable to visit the Zanskar Range as the other months will cause heavy snowfall and the roads will be blocked.

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    Hemis National Park

    Around 4400 sq.km is the area the prime attraction of Ladakh spreads into. We are talking about the renowned Hemis National Park named after the popular monastery in the region that is Hemis Monastery. The very rare species of wildlife is the reason behind its global recognition. Bharal and snow leopards are examples for the unseen animal collection found in Hemis National Park. The park is located on the west bank of the Indus River. 

    The animals, the flora, the birds and the nature in the park and its vicinity are coming under the highly protected areas and this is the only place in India where the protected snow leopards are seen in abundance. The Rumbak and Markha catchments were found to be protected with the discovery of the park in 1981 and it grew into 4400 sq.km in 1990 and becomes the largest national park in South Asia. Argali or the Great Tibetan Sheep, Shapu etc are the supporters of the prey base for the predators in Hemis. Asiatic Ibex, the Tibetan Wolf, the Eurasian brown bear and red fox are some of the endangered species found before and some are still present in the park. The crucial problem faced by the park is the regular animal-human conflicts because over 1600 people are living inside the park boundaries, mainly pastoralists living with poultry farming, goats and sheep.

    Height: The elevation at which the park exists is 3000-6000 meters above the sea level.

    Location: The park is located about 5 kms from Leh and Leh Airport is the closest airport to the park.

    Best time to visit: To reach the park there are a number of trekking routes opened from Mid-June to Mid-October. But the best season to spot snow leopards is of course, in late winter.


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    Spituk Monastery

    Spituk Monastery in Ladakh has another name that is Pethup Gompa, very famous among the locals. It is located at a distance of 8 km from Leh and there are 100 monks inside the gompa. The major attraction at the monastery is the giant statue of Goddess Kali. The Buddhist monastery is at a site which was blessed earlier by Arhat Nyimagung.

    History     

    Spituk Monastery was founded by Od-de. He was the elder brother of Lha Lama Changchub Od. When he came to Maryul, he built the monastery and introduced the monastic community. But Lotsewa Rinchen Zangpo on his arrival said that an exemplary religious sect should be there and thus the name of the monastery was changed to Spituk which meant exemplary.

    Structure of the monastery

    There are three chapels in the gompa with numerous statues of Buddha and several thankas as well. The Dukhang Hall is the highlight and the two rows of seats running to a throne at the end are also something unique found here. Visitors will come across the beautiful sculptors and chortens.

    Location: The monastery is perched on a thrilling hill top near Indus and about 8 kms away from Leh on Srinagar road. It is at an elevation of 3307 meters.

    Timings: It is open on all days from 08:00 am to 01:00 pm.

    Entry fee: INR 20 per person

    Highlights: Gustor Festival held from the 27th to 29th day in the eleventh month of the Tibetan Calendar and it is for two days with mask dance and prayers. Usually, the festival falls on winter time which guarantees the presence of natives in large but the number of tourists would be comparatively lesser.


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    Visit to the Hall of Fame

    Hall of Fame is a proud displayer of Indian Army simultaneously acts as the symbol of those dark days of India’s war against Pakistan. The museum that showcases seized arms and weapons of Pakistan army is located in Ladakh, the paradise of adventure lovers lying in the beautiful Himalayas. Moreover, the museum is considered to be a tribute to the brave soldiers who lost their lives during the war. To make it more appealing, the Indian Army has kept the photos and the things of those soldiers inside the museum. Also, the arranged items related to the history and culture of Ladakh, wildlife and vegetation have importance and amuses the visitors definitely. 

    There are things which enhance every Indian’s patriotic feelings as well as they let us appreciate the bravery shown by every Indian soldier during the wars, from the heart. Different quotes, letters written by the soldiers, the tools, aircrafts, weapons, tents and what all the soldiers have used during the period are preserved which give every visitor a minute to think and pay tribute to those brave hearts who lost their lives to help every one of us sleep in peace. Located next to Leh Airfield, the museum is opened on all days. Every day, visitors will be able to watch a detailed documentary on Operation Vijai or Kargil War screened.

    Entry fee:  For Indians: INR 10, for Foreigners: INR 50

    Timings: 09:00 am to 01:00 pm and 03:00 pm to 07:00 pm

    Highlight: Evening parade or march is a major event happening here

    Location: 4 kms from the main town, on the way to Magnetic hill via Leh Srinagar Highway.

    Tips: Camera and video are allowed inside but at an additional cost.


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    Rohtang Pass

    Rohtang Pass is quite famous among Ladakh travelers but the unpredictable avalanche and severe climatic conditions make it scary some times. Nonetheless, it had made adventure seekers’ tour of Ladakh mind-blowing. A high mountain pass at an elevation of 3978 meters above the sea level, Rohtang is just 51 km from Manali. It is a part of the proud Pir Panjal Range of the mighty Himalayas.

    It acts as the connecting link between Kullu Valley and Lahaul and Spiti Valley. Being an ancient trade route, it was well maintained by the natives. The generic name of the pass suggests that either the pass was the oldest and the most used pass. With the increase of visitors every year, the fragile mountain ecology will be in threat, environmentalists worry.

    But the exciting beauty of the mountain terrains seen from the top of the pass is indescribable and flamboyant. The Indian Government started building a tunnel which is 8.5 km long to bypass Rohtang pass in order to reduce the travel time and distance to Keylong, Lahaul and Spiti and Leh.

    The tunnel promises to reduce the distance by 50 km and the time by five hours between the south and north faces of Rohtang pass. Currently, the time taken to ascend and descend the pass itself is 5-6 hours.

    Height:
     Rohtang Pass is located at an altitude of 3978 meters above the sea level in the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas.

    Location:
     The pass is located about 51 kms away from Manali and you can reach the pass if you take Leh- Manali Highway.

    Best time to visit: 
    The pass will be open from the months of May to October as the snow starts melting and the paths will be cleared.

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    Lachulung La

    Apart from Khardung La or Baralacha La, Ladakh has numerous other passes at great heights which stand as Ladakh’s pride for centuries now. The glitters of other passes may be diminished by Khardung La mainly but all the other passes are equally important. Lachulung La is a single example.

    The elevation of this pass is 5059 meters above sea level which is considered to be a dangerously exciting height for any pass after Khardung La. Lachulung La is on the border of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. Also, it separates the valleys of Tsarap Chu and Tozay. If you take Leh-Manali highway, you will be able to cross this pass that has other names such as Lachalung La, Lungalacha La etc. 

    A fact that to be remembered before you head to visit this pass is, it is open only for four and a half months during summer. Any traveler should be prepared not to fall sick during the conquering of Lachulung La because its geographic status, the height, the rugged pathways and the remote villages it goes through may cause dramatic influence on your body. Being one of the most adventurous passes in Ladakh, Lachulung is a favorite stop avid adventure lovers.

    Also, the surroundings are quite fictional as the towering Himalayan passes and the nature lying in correspondence to them are creating soothing visuals. Trekkers should be very careful while climbing the altitude up as altitude sickness is assured at the top and keep hydrated to maintain your body conditions with respect to the climate. But the descent is smooth and easy so that you will feel overjoyed till the end.

    Height:
    5059 meters

    Best time to visit:
    May to October

    How to reach:
    Take Leh-Manali highway, from Sarchu 54 KM and from Pang, 24 Km

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    Tanglang La

    Tanglang La is a high mountain pass, the glorious pride of Ladakh, the favourite tourist spot for bikers and trekkers. 5328 meters above the sea level is the dream like height of this pass which happily poses some threatening adventure to those who try to climb up the top. The road leading to the pass on Leh-Manali highway, from Upshi to Tanglang La is completely paved. A 500 meter long section of the road is the only part which is unpaved. Tanglang La is also beautifully paved to the make the climb easier. 

    There are a lot of confusions existing regarding the position of Tanglang La in the list of world’s highest motorable passes and the world believes it to be the second highest which is proven to be wrong. The local sign on the top of the pass shows the altitude of the pass is 17582 feet or 5359 meters. But now, it is said that the sign board gives a wrong impression but the original height of the pass is 5328 meters. The pass is made beautiful by the innumerous Buddhist prayer flags despite the fact the road is tough to conquer and any type of traveler will fall for the scenery at the pass and adventure lovers would love to try their energy level by climbing up to the top. But remember, the oxygen level will be decreased as you cover the altitude and reaches to the half of what you feel at sea level.

    Height: 5328 meters of 1248 feet

    Best time to visit: May to October

    How to reach: The pass is close to Leh-Manali highway and can be reached via 21 Gata loops

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