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Leh-Ladakh Sightseeing

Leh- Ladakh is located in Jammu & Kashmir the northernmost state of India. It is situated at an altitude of 10,800 ft above the sea level covering the area of 45,110 Sq. km. Leh is the capital of Ladakh and is the biggest town of Ladakh. Tour to Leh Ladakh is preferred by nature loves and adventure freaks. The pristine beauty of barren sand, majestic mountain peaks, Buddhist monasteries, warm and ever smiling people attract tourists from all across the globe. The best time to visit this marvelous place is from May to August. There are various places of interest on a sightseeing trip to Leh Ladakh. Plan a trip with Kashmirholiday packages and visit these stunning beautiful places on a sight seeing trip. Some of them are as given below:-

Leh Palace, Leh:- Leh Palace is the main attraction of Leh Tour. Leh is a historic town that served as the royal capital of old kingdoms. Constructed way back in 17th Century the Leh Palace was built by King Singge Namgyal. The architecture of the Place is influenced by the famous Potala in Lhasa, the Tibetan architecture. The Palace provides a fascinating look of the surrounding Leh town and was a home to the Royal family until they were exiled to Stok in 1830. Above the Leh Palace, at the top of Namgyal Hill is the Victory Tower which was built in 16th century to commemorate the Ladakh’s victory over the Balti Kashmir armies

Shanti Stupa, Leh:-In order to bring peace into the world and spread the message of Buddhism, Japanese sects of Buddhists have established the Shanti Stupa in Leh. It is 3 Km from Fort road, Leh and is located on the hilltop at Changspa. Constructed in 1985 to commemorate 2500 years of Buddhism the magnificent white doomed structure the Shanti Stupa offer spectacular views of both sunrise and sunset. It looks stunning in night when illuminated with glittering lights. The gilt panels of Shanti Stupa showing the different phases of Buddha’s life.

Shey Palace and Shey Gompa, Leh:- Shey Palace is situated on the hillock about 15 Km south of Leh. It was built in 1645 by Deldon Namgyal as a summer resident for the kings of Ladakh. From the place one can get the glimpses of ranges in the south to the Thiksey Gompa and in the west to the Zanskar Mountai ranges. In 1655, in the memory of his father Deldon Namgyal built the two stories Shey Gompa adjacent to the palace. A two story high image of Buddha along with copper sheets gilded with gold are placed here.

Stok Palace, Leh :-The Stok Palace is the residence of the current Royal family of Leh. Built in 1825, the beautiful palace was built by one of Leh’s most famous king Tsespal Tondup Namgyal. The palace where the Royal family lives houses a museum of artifacts such as royal ornaments, crowns, attires etc. on display. The palace is a blend of modern and medieval style architectures.

Khardung-La, Leh:- La means pass in Tibetan language. The Khardung Pass is situated 37 Km north of Leh. It is supposed to have the highest motorable roads at the elevation of 18380 ft and is a gateway to the Nubra Valley. In earlier times it is used as ancient caravan trade route to Central Asia.

Panamik, Leh:- Panamik which is also known as Pinchimik is located 22 Km above the valley of Sumur in Leh. It is a sleepy village and on its mountainside above the village there are hot springs reputed to have therapeutic qualities. Across the river, clinging to the mountains are few trees surrounding the tiny Ensa Gompa.

Hall of Fame, Leh:- West of Leh is situated a glorious museum constructed by Indian army. Here one can see the memorabilia, images, weapons, used by the Indian army during Kargil war. Another section of this building is entirely dedicated to Siachen and its heroes.

Pangong Lake, Leh:- Situated at a distance of 145 Km from Leh at an altitude of 14,100 ft is the Pangong Lake. This beautiful lake at its widest point is about 6 to 7 Km wide and about 130 Km long that divides the border between India and China. Only one third of it is lying in India and is a major tourist attraction among visitors. Spangmik is the farthest point up to which the foreigners are allowed is about 7km along the southern shore from the head of the lake. It offers the spectacular views of the mountains of the Chang-Chenmo range to the north. Magnetic Hill, Ladakh:- The magnetic hill is located 30km west of Leh on Leh-Kargil- Batalik Highway. It is believed that the hill has magnetic properties which attract metallic objects. Even the vehicle can move up to the speed of 20 km ph while there engines are switched off.

Sangam of Indus and Zanskar Lake , Ladakh:- Driving through a picturesque landscape about 30 Km west of Leh one can find the confluence of Indus and Zanskar Rivers , 4 km before the Nimmu village at an altitude of 10,823 ft. The merging of two rivers offer awesome visuals to the visitors as both of them have different colors and force.