ABOUT LEH    **CLICK TO OPEN OR CLOSE THIS TAB**
ABOUT LEH

Incomparable natural beauty - Leh, nested in the Karakoram and Himalayan ranges, is like a fairy tale place, perfectly located on the banks of the renowned Indus River with all its majesty and amazing sceneries.  Leh valley attracts tourists from all over the world to its lap all through the year to witness the ancient Buddhist monuments, Mosques dating back to 16th and 17th centuries and a nine storied palace called as  Sengge Namgyal constructed in Tibetan architectural style. 

Leh is the land of Lamas, the Buddhist Monks and is mainly populated by Buddhists, Muslims & Hindus. Since the 8th century people belonging to different religions, particularly Buddhism and Islam, have been living in harmony in Leh. Leh houses numerous Buddhist monuments, monasteries and study centers. Shanti Stupa and Sankar Gompa are some of them. 

Lately, Leh has immensely grown to a big trade centre in Central Asia, with many trading opportunities for the motivated and dedicated young traders. Shopping is an experience in Leh. One can spot many local traders in the city selling out spectacular Tibetan motifs, jewellery, art & crafts, winter woolen clothes and decorated world famous hand and machine woven carpets. 

Since many years Leh is very famous for its unbounded offerings for the adventure lovers. It has numerous undiluted and vast terrains for the motor bikers and the trekkers. The road route from Manali or Srinagar is known to be one of the most beautiful roads in the world and is the real feast for the motor bike lovers. For bikers, the best route is Manali to Leh as it takes lesser time and allows you to enjoy some of the most mesmerizing sceneries. 

Feasting of the eyes is assured in Leh with the imposing pristine beauty of the snow capped Himalayan ranges in the backdrop. Tourists throng to this place during the month of August when the eye catching and breathe taking annual tourist festival is conducted. The adventurous tourists are invited to take up trekking in the challenging undulated Himalayan terrains.

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PRECAUTIONS & MEASURES    **CLICK TO OPEN OR CLOSE THIS TAB**
Precautions and Measures
  • The spectacular Leh can be inhospitable for kids. Please be well informed of all the conditions that needs to taken care of before planning a trip with kids. It is advisable for tourists to not take children below the age of 5 years, as they might have acclimatization problems.
  • For tourists travelling directly by air to Leh, acclimatization to such a high altitude may take about 24-  48 hours, even for adults.
  • To settle the acclimatization issue, it is advisable to drink as well as carry plenty of water. Also pack your medicines (recommended by your doctor for high altitudes) as a backup.
  • Alcohol and tobacco should be completely avoided, as it lowers the oxygen level further and adds up to worsen the situation with already low level of oxygen. If still you decide to consume, depending on your health then you might compromise with your sightseeing & fun time, sitting in a hotel.
  • As an additional precautionary measure, coffee should also be avoided if you are in Leh on a trekking expedition. Tea, which is available in plenty, can be consumed at will.
  • Power cuts are very frequent in Leh and Ladakh. Hence the tourists are advised to carry a torch with good stock of batteries etc. At some places your phones might not work too. Don’t miss carrying your own sanitizers as hygiene can be a concern in Leh and Ladakh.
  • Breathlessness due to low level of oxygen is common, so don’t forget to carry energy bars to keep boosting your body system and mechanism.
  • Carry your own water bottles and make sure that you drink only double boiled water. Please note that mineral water is not available in Leh. This is done to avoid the menace of plastic garbage. Many shops sell double boiled water and if you need you can ask the locals for the same.
  • Plastic is banned in Leh and Ladakh, so instead of plastic bags, use biodegradable bags made of cloth, jute, paper etc.
  • The locals there are shy and most of them possess the old primitive thoughts and culture, hence it is advisable to take permissions before taking a photograph of any local.
  • During trekking, littering is a strict NO and  while touring a national park, make sure that you do not disturb/ tease the animals.

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PLACES OF INTEREST TO VISIT IN LEH    **CLICK TO OPEN OR CLOSE **
PLACES OF VISIT
  1. There are many tourist attractions nearby the famous, ancient & historical mosque which was built during the Mughal Dynasty - Jama Masjid , and the Summer Palace Shey of the kings of Ladakh, with a massive Buddha Statue are among them. This is a place not to be missed by any traveling enthusiast.

  2. Trekking- Leh, a paradise for trekkers since years and year, is attracted by many nature lovers and adventure tourist. The snow covered Himalayan trekking terrains, poses mild to very tough challenges to trekkers. There are numerous challenging and breathtaking trekking trails in mountain ranges and some of the popular trekking routes include Spiti to Ladakh, Markha Valley trekking, Ladakh Zanskar trekking and the Nubra Valley trekking. The best trekking time is from June to September.
  1. Mountain Motor Biking - Since many years Leh is very famous for its unbounded offerings for the adventure lovers. Leh is a preferred destination for mountain biking offering daring mountain bikers the second highest motor able road in the world.  It has numerous undiluted and vast terrains for the motor bikers. The road route from Manali or Srinagar is known to be one of the most beautiful roads in the world and is the real feast for the motor bike lovers. For bikers, the best route is Manali to Leh The entire road of about 485 km between Leh and Manali gives an opportunity to the challenging mountain bikers to cut across the majestic Himalayan ranges through four mountains passes and allows you to enjoy some of the most mesmerizing sceneries. 

  2. Shanti Stupa-  As the name suggests – Shanti means Peace and Stupa means Pillar. It was established by a ‘Peace Sect’ of Japanese Buddhists. The pillar was opened in 1985 by Dalai Lama with an intention of Spreading Buddhist ideology and teaching all through the world. It is extremely attractive with the decorated walls showing the life stories of Great Buddha. The Stupa is accessible by trekking, jeeps or taxis and is surrounded with the mesmerising views of snowcapped mountains and spectacular unique styled Ladakhi houses.
  1. Leh Palace- Built in 17th century, this nine-storey monument was a presidential palace for the King Singge Namgyal. It is an imposing and captivating marvelous structure, rising from the edge of a hill overlooking the Leh town. It has a museum with some painted or embroidered scrolls and paintings amongst other things.
  1. Riasi Fort or General Zorawar’s Fort- is an ancient fort known for preserving the private wealth of the rulers of Dogra in Jammu. This age old ancient monument, presently in ruins, stands above the Leh Palace and the Namgyal Tsemo Gompa. The fort houses the valuables & wealthy treasure of the king, spectacular collection of coins and specimens of all new stamps issued by the state. 

  2. Sankar Gompa – It is an eye-catching monastery famously known for its excellent architecture. It houses an impressive representation of Avalokitesvara complete with 1000 arms and 1000 heads. This monastery is crowned with a spire made in gold and a dharma charka, symbolizing the first oration of Buddha in Sarnath and is managed by twenty monks.

  3. Shey Monastery-  This monastery is located at a small village called Shey near Leh on the banks of Indus River and is managed by Buddhists Monks from Hemis Monastery. The prime attraction of the monastery is the blue haired Maitreya Buddha of 17.5 m high, which is made with copper and brass and also decorated beautifully with studs of precious stones. The building is placed on a ridge similar  to a knife edge and the approach to the monastery is decorated with many Stupas (Pillars) and shrines.

  4. Stok Palace – The Stok Palace is a major tourist attraction in Leh, Built in 1825 AD by King Tsespal Tondup Namgyal, is a striking palace where the ancient and modern architectures fuse and displays together. This palace is known for beautiful gardens and the view of sunrise as well as sunset from the palace and it takes about 4 to 5 hours to explore the whole palace.

  5. Stok Palace Museum – Is  located within the Stok Palace at a distance of 14 km from Leh is the palace museum of Royal family. The museum showcases the worthy royal artifacts and paraphernalia including royal crowns, precious heirlooms, copper coins, prayer instruments and materials, precious stones,   jewellery and very old 16th century Tankas, which represents the life and teachings of Buddha.

  6. Karma Dupgyud Choeling Monastery - Situated about 9 km from Leh and the word Karmapa stands for "the embodiment of all the activities of the Buddha" or "the one who carries out buddha-activity”. There are seventeen Karmapas as of today. This Monastery plays an important role in propagating the values of Tibetan Buddhism and also working for the preservation of traditional Buddhist cultures.

  7. Matho Monastery-  With the history of five hundred years and believed to be established by Lama Dugpa Dorje, a famous Lama in Buddhist Monarchy, the monastery houses worthy marvelous collection of ancient Tankas.  Another attraction here is a holy shrine dedicated to the guardian deities. Matho Nagrang festival is conducted here annually in the first half of March and during the festival Buddhist monks perform many traditional rituals and sacred dances. 

  8. Namgyal Tsemo Gompa- It is placed in the backdrop of Leh palace and was constructed in 1430. The Gompa is placed in a steep hill overseeing the whole city. An amazing statue in gold of the Maitreya Buddha as high as three storey together with many idols and Buddhist scriptures are attractive to visitors.

  9. Stakna Gompa-  It is famous for the splendid architecture on a 60 m high isolated rock and is one of the most accessible monasteries. This monastery is a visual display of the religious and cultural heritage of India and Buddhism. The monastery was built in the year 1580. The Monastery is renowned as ‘Tiger’s Nose Monastery' because the rock on which the Gompa is located,  is shaped like a tiger leaping up to the sky and with the building itself is placed on the nose of this rock tiger.

  10. Thiksey Monastery – This monastery is an outstanding specimen of the architecture of Ladakh. It is a glorious Buddhist monastery located 18 km east of Leh (about 30-40 minutes drive from the Leh city). Standing on the picturesque top a hillock, the monastery encloses numerous Stupas, Thangkas, Statues, Swords, Wonderful wall paintings and a large pillar carved with Buddha’s ideas and preaching, all in a mammoth 12 storied building complex. Thiksey Festival, a major attraction for tourists and Buddhist devotees, is conducted here.

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