Ladakh Hill Station Trip
From trekking and mountaineering to Buddhist tours of various monasteries, Ladakh has it all. Popularly known as ‘Lama Land’, or ‘Little Tibet’ Ladakh lies at altitudes ranging between about 9,000 feet and 25,170 feet. Interestingly, the thin air makes the heat of the sun even more intense than at lower altitudes.
Bordered by the Karakoram chain of mountains in the north and Himalayas in the south, Ladakh is the largest of the ten provinces of Jammu and Kashmir and covers a total area of about 59,000 square kilometers and is made up of two administrative districts – Leh and Kargil.
It is emerging fast as one most important summer tourist destinations in India. There are some beautiful monasteries in Ladakh. The Hemis monastery is the largest monastery in Ladakh, which has huge painting of Lord Buddha displayed once in 11 years to the public. Hemis Wildlife Sanctuary, the high altitude national park beckons the wild life enthusiast.
Similarly, the Thiske monastery near Leh is known for its architecture, while the Shey Monastery houses a huge gold plated copper statue of Lord Buddha. Alchi, Likir and Lamayuru are amongst the oldest Gompas of Ladakh. Sankar Gompa, three kilometers north of the town centre, is among the most accessible monasteries in central Ladakh.
Alchi is one of the significant historical sites in Asia on the Srinagar-Leh highway and so are Dah and Hanu. Located on the far side of River Indus, they replete with the legends and myths.
The other important sight is the Nubra Valley with its breathtaking views.
But that is not all; Ladakh is blessed with some beautiful lakes. The Tso Morari Lake is one of the largest lakes in Ladakh region and is almost like an inland sea. Similarly, the Pangong Tso, at an altitude of almost 4,500 meters and 134-km long is an amazing sight. Kyaghr Lake is the halting place for trekkers moving from the Kiangdum camping ground to the Tsomorari Lake.