About 400 kms from Srinagar (Jammu &
Hemis Monastery, Thikse Monastery, Sankar
Gompa, Hemis Wildlife Sanctuary and Nubra Valleys. Best Time To Visit :
May to September.
Ladakh Travel Guide :'The
Moonland, 'Little Tibet', and 'the last Shangri La' are the names which have
been applied to Ladakh over the centuries. Situated in the northern Indian
state of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh is a miniature version of Tibet. Ladakh
is also called Lama Land as the place holds great significance for
Buddhists. The landscape of Ladakh is in sharp contrast to that of rest of
Kashmir. Of course, Kashmir is lapped in the snow -covered fringes of
Himalayas, but Ladakh with its jagged peaks and barren landscape looks
Ladakh is located in varying altitudes, ranging between 9,000 feet and
25,170 feet. Ladakh is bounded by two of the highest mountain ranges,
Himalayas and Karakoram. In fact, it is said that Ladakh's landscape is
similar to that of the moon. When the moon rays fall on the barren
landscape, Ladakh looks like an alien land. Only in the mid 1970s, Ladakh
was opened for outside visitors.
Visit Ladakh :If you are visiting Kashmir don't fail to make the trip to beautiful land
of Ladakh. Truly with its ancient gompas perched on soaring hill-tops,
shattered looking landscapes splashed with marvellous patches of green,
ancient palaces clinging to sheer rock walls, Ladakh offers a heaven like
look. Besides, the delightful and immensely colourful Ladakhi people will
make your holiday a memorable experience.
The climate of Ladakh can only be described as unusual. This is one place
where one can suffer from sun burn and frostbite both at the same time. The
day temperature remains high but falls very drastically at night. In summer,
the temperature ranges from 30oC to -3oC while in winter it ranges from 15oC
to -20oC. Ladakh receives an annual rainfall of 50 mm.
How to Reach
By Air :
Leh is the major airport in Ladakh. Direct
flights to Leh are available from Delhi, Chandigarh, Srinagar and Jammu.
By Road :
The main road-route to Ladakh is the Leh -
Srinagar highway open between mid June and November. Another option to reach
Ladakh is the picturesque Manali-Leh highway. Apart from buses of Jammu and
Kashmir government, private taxis can also be hired for a fascinating trip
Places Where You Can Stay
Good accommodation is available in Ladakh for different class groups. It is
advisable to go in for advance booking during the peak season. Some of the
best hotels in the top end category are Dragon, Shambha La, Laser Mo, Lotus,
Mandala and Mahay. You may also stay at the Buddhist monasteries of
Shopping in Ladakh
Ladakh is popular for exquisitely made Tibetan handicraft items. Small
decorative pieces associated with Buddhism can also be purchased. You may
also buy chang and tea vessels, cups and butter churns, knitted carpets with
Tibetan motifs, Tibetan jewelleries etc.
Places To See in Ladakh
The Hemis Monastery :
One of the largest and most
important monasteries of Ladakh, Hemis is 45 kms away from Leh. The claim to
fame of the Hemis monastery is a huge painting of Lord Buddha which is
displayed to public only once in 11 years. Hemis Monastery is also renowned
for its Hemis Festival which usally falls in June - July.
The Thikse Monastery :
Considered as an architectural
wonder, the Thikse Monastery is located about 17 kms from Leh. A picturesque
monastery, Thikse is superbly sited on a hilltop overlooking the village and
the Indus. The beautiful monastery has a huge gold-plated copper statue of
Lord Buddha. Besides, it has an important collection of Tibetan style books
in its library and some excellent artwork.
Sankar Gompa :
Located some 3 kms away from the city
centre, Sankar Gompa is another eye-catching monastery of Ladakh. Known for
its excellent architecture, the gompa houses an impressive representation of
Avalokitesvara complete with 1000 arms and 1000 heads. It is regarded as the
most accessible monastery of Ladakh.
Hemis Wildlife Sanctuary :
The Hemis High Altitude
National Park is one of India's highest wildlife sanctuaries. The sanctuary
is located in a most picturesque location. It sprawls over an area of
600-sq-km and is home to some animal and bird species that can survive
easily in high and difficult terrain.
Nubra Valley :
Visiting Nubra valley is quite an
exhilarating experience. With breathtaking sceneries and hospitable people,
Nubra Valley offers a wonderful vacationing experience. Nubra has only
recently been opened for tourists.
Ladakh Lakes :
The lakes of Ladakh are also unique in the
sense that they look quite different from a typical lake due to the peculiar
terrain of Ladakh. Tso Morari, the largest of the Ladakh lakes almost looks
like an inland sea. Flowing at an altitude of 4,500 meters, Pangong Tso lake
is only 8-km wide at its broadest but is 134-km long. Kyaghr lake is another
beautiful lake of Ladakh and Kyaghr banks are a popular halting place for
Some of the popular Ladakh Tour Packages
Highlights : Starting from
Delhi, this tour provides the touch and feel of major tourist
attractions of Leh, Likir, Lamayuru and Alchi. The sojourn is
accompanied with tours to the famous hill stations of these regions.
Highlights : An especially customized tour
package, Ladakh treks in India gives you a wonderful chance to enjoy
trekking across the Great Himalayan ranges and Karakom ranges. Besides,
it also take you to the enchanting monasteries and old palaces of
Highlights : A 14 Days tour, Festivals of
Ladakh tour package provides an excellent opportunity to participate in
colourful festivals of Ladakh. As most of the festivals in Ladakh are
related to Buddhism, so you get a close look of the Buddhist traditions
Highlights : Norther Zanskar Circuit, a 22
days tour package is very much suitable for adventure seekers and common
traveller as well. On this tour package you can enjoy the adventure
option such as trekking in popular Zanskar circuit of Ladakh.
Highlights : Visit district Leh, district
headquarters of Ladakh on this tour package. See the magnificent Leh
Palace, Leh Gompa and Sankar Gompa. Also pay a visit to the popular
Hemis and Thikse monasteries, located close to Leh city centre.