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Ladakh & Leh

Leh, the capital of the hermit kingdom of Ladakh, stands at an altitude of 3524 metres. It was once the trade route of India to Tibet and China for items like salt, grain, and cashmere, indigo and silk. The development of the Manali-Leh highway, which has encouraged tourism in the area. Easily explored on foot, you will find numerous mud-brick homes and narrow paths leading to the main market.

 

Accessible by flight or by road from Manali or Srinagar with a night’s stopover enroute, it is not recommended as a single day journey due to the high risk of altitude sickness. Rich in wildlife, you may come a across some rare species like gazelles, ibex, ammon, yak and demos.

 

Over the town looms the ruined 17th century Leh Palace, once the residence of the royal family. The Sankar Gompa, approximately half hour’s walk from Leh, is a cluster of contemporary edifices. Another popular site is Namgyal Tsemo Gompa that stands behind the Leh Palace, commanding a spectacular vista of the Leh. Most visitors make day excursions to places around Leh like Hemis, Alchi monastery, Zanskar Valley, Nubra valley, Lamayuru monastery and the world renowned Pangong Tso endorheic lake.

Itinerary that includes Ladakh: A Journey to the Hermit Kingdom

For first hand information about a tour we organised, please visit http://deelipmenezes.com/vacation-in-ladakh