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Leh

North India Manali Hill Station

Location
Jammu & Kashmir, the north Indian state, located to the extreme north of the country.

Languages
Altitude Range 2,500 To 4,500m
Main Attractions Trekking, Mountaineering, Camping, Water Rafting, and Buddhist Monasteries
Best Time June To End September (Avoid the winters, as the roads are blocked due to heavy snow fall)
Significance A fine trekking destination
Airport Raja Sansi, International Airport


General Overview
Leh Ladakh India Leh Ladakh Sitting on the lap of the majestic Mother Nature, Leh is an amazing place with sheer beauty and elegance. The place, which lies on one of the highest altitudes of the world, has immense sights to offer it visitors. Based on the banks of the river Indus, Leh is the administrative, commercial and cultural capital of Ladakh with a maximum number of inhabitants belonging to the Buddhist religion. The most striking sight at Leh is its bazaars, where you will get to the locale women in their traditional attire selling fruits, vegetables and household articles, spinning and knitting, and exchanging gentle banter between themselves and with passers-by. This sight gives one brief picture of Leh lifestyle in the day to day life.

All the major places of interest from monasteries, city and markets - all are within walkable distance, hence exploring them would never be a problem. Leh is also known as trekker's paradise, for it offers immense chances for the discerning trekkers to trek through it amazing natural treasures. Leh is also best for those who are looking for an exhilarating river rafting tours.
North India Manali Hill Station



Places of interest
The Tsemo Gompa - Also known as the Red Gompa is located at the north of the city. The left side of the entrance has the portrait of Tashi Namgyal. The Gompas has a colossal 2 storey high image of Maitreya which is flanked by Avalokitesvara and Manjusri figures.

Soma Gompa - This is a new monastery which is situated at old village. The monastery was constructed in 1957 which commemorates the 2500 th birthday of Buddha.

Leh Gompa Ladakh Hemis - Situated 40 km south of Leh, Hemis Gompas has number of gompas with innumerable Tankhas. The exposition of this tankhas takes place once in eleven years

Tiksey - As you move 25 km south of Leh, you can capture Tiksey, one of the most impressive monastery in Ladakh. The monastery is beautified with red, white and ochre colour. Tiksey is a 12 storey monastert and has around 10 temples by typical tapeing walls. The temple complex contains number of stupas, wall paintings, tankas, statues.


Special Attractions and Specialities of Leh
Trekking - Leh is a perfect place for all those who are looking for an amazing trekking destination. The picturesque surroundings with some of the spectacular views around, Leh throws open some of the best trekking routes in the world. The most popular of the treks in Leh are - the Markha Valley Trek, Lamayuru-Padam route and the Stok Khangri trek. Mysterious valleys of Suru and Zanskar with their spectacular scenery also are some of the best trekking options in the world.

River Rafting
Indus River provides one of the most breathtaking white water rafting in Himalayas. The view passing through the rafting route is awesome and takes one through the Ladakh Canyons and Zanskar ranges with the views of the various monasteries and gompas located in the river banks. The rapids of Indus falls in the grades of II and I and at some places also III.


How to Reach Leh
Air - Leh is one of the major airport of this region. The airport is linked with direct flights from Delhi, Chandigarh, Srinagar and Jammu. Kargil, Suru and Zanskar valleys - Srinagar and Leh airports are both convenient.

Road - Leh and Srinagar road is open from mid June and November. You will get ordinary and deluxe busses of the Jammu and Kashmir state road transport corporation.. Taxis can also be hired at Srinagar for this trip.

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