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Ladakh

Varanasi IndiaLadakh is a popular tourist destination. ladakh – the land of Highpasses - marks the boundary of the worlds two mightiest mountain ranges, the Great Himalaya and the Karakoram. It lies between the two thinner ones, the ladakh range and the Zanskar range, in the state of jammu and Kashmir in the northen part of India. The altitude here ranges from  2,750 mts  to 7,673 mts. ladakh has been variously described as  `the moonland` , `little Tibet` and even `the last Shangri la`. The Indian portion of Ladakh is composed of the Leh and Kargil districts.Among both of the districts leh is the largest district of india that covers almost half of the area of  Jammu and Kashmir. The great Indus River flows right through Ladakh. It is at a distance of  434 Kms from Srinagar and  474 Kms from  Manali.

Ladakh is an very unique spot for the adventure lovers. The high altitude and mountains ranges of ladakh makes it an ideal place for paragliding, mountaineering, trekking and even skiing.

One can go trekking through the mountainous terrain of Ladakh, enjoy a game of polo in a high altitude arena or watch an archery contest where local residents compete in a contest that remains unchanged by time. Mountaineering, white water rafting and wildlife tours are main tourist attractions of Leh Ladakh India. A white water river rafting expedition along the 26-kilometre stretch from Fhey to Nimo along the Indus River. It is the highest point where river rafting is possible in the world.

The summer temperature rarely exceeds about 270c in the shades, while in winter they may plummet to-200c even in Leh. Surprisingly, through, the thin air makes the heart of the sun even more intense than at lower altitude; it is said that only in ladakh  can a man sitting from sunstroke and frostbite at the same time.


How to Reach Ladakh :

By Air:  The nearest landing facility in Ladakh is in Leh. Direct flights are available which are well connected with the main  cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, Srinagar and Jammu & Kashmir.

By Train: Ladakh (Leh) does not have a train station, and the nearest station is Jammu tawi,it is about 680 km away from Ladakh. it takes nearly 2 days travel to reach ladakh. , from the jammu tawi station.

By Road: Ladakh is connected to Srinagar and Jammu by road. Delhi-Leh 1047 Kms, Srinagar-Leh 434 Km.

LADAKH ROAD MAP
WEATHER REPORT
LADAKH DISTANCE CHART
Delhi 210 Bharatpur 55 Kms
Jaipur 250 Kms Ranthambore 250 Kms
Gwalior 130 Kms Orchha 250 Kms

Places to see in Ladakh -

Leh Palace: It is in the north beyond the Old village, has been described as a miniature version of lhasa`s Potala Palace. Singay Namgiyal built the palace in the late 16th century; the palace stands like a sentinel overlooking the town. Inside there are old paintings depicting the life of the Buddha Open summer 0700-0930 and also some times 1500-1800. it has nine story’s sloping buttresses and projecting wooden balconies. a part of the palace is a museum. It has numerous rooms, steps and narrow passages lined with old thagkas, painting and arms. The central prayer room are usually locked but are opened on request. It has religious text lines on the walls.

Namgyal Tsemo - Soaring above the valley, the monastery dominates both the palace and the town, exhibiting in a manner the supremacy of the spiritual king. The monastery houses a gilded statue of the Buddha, painted scrolls, ancient manuscript and wall paintings.

Leh mosque - Built by deldan namgyal in the mid 17th century, a tribute it his Muslim mother, the leh mosque is an exquisite work of turko-Iranian architecture and stands majestically in the main bazaar. It is worth visiting (not open to women bisitors). The Sunni Muslim mosque is believed to stand on the land granted by king Deldan Namgyal in the 1660`s; his grandmother was the Muslim queen of ladakh. The mahabodhi society international meditation centre is in town.

Gompa Tsemo
(15th century) - One of the royal monasteries, Tsemo Gompa is located near the palace, it is known for its two-storied statue of chamb Buddha in a sitting posture. It is a strenuous walk north of the city and has a colossal 20storey high I, age of maitreya, flanked by figures of Avolokitesvara (right) and Manjusri (left) the namgyal rulers founded it Nimmu; About 8 k.m to the leh lays Nimmu at the confluence of differently colored Indus and Zanskar rivers. A refreshing spot for tea.

Basgo - It is listed as one of the top 100 endangered world heritage sites in 2000. This 400 year old mud brick Gompa can be reached only through winding, steep tracks. Ser Zung temple with great frescoes in the prayer room, another temple with enormous gold and copper statues of the Maitreya Buddha (future Buddha) is worthy attraction.

Rizong - Rizong Gompa and Juklichen Nunnery are about 6 Km. along a teep, rocky track path of the maonroad. There is no village at Rizongbut accommodation is available at Gompa (for men) or the nunnery (for women)Lhalsi; there has been a bridge over the Indus river, at the turn-off to Dhahran at Khalsi. It is also a check point with a major military area around it is a check post.

Shey Gompa - 15k.m south of leh, shey was the former summer palace of the kings of ladakh. The Gompa with its small library, collection of thagkas, Some Stupas, Mani walls, 12 k.m sakyamuni Buddha statue made of copper but gold plated is easily to reach and can be combined with a visit to Thikse




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